Two Week Look Ahead - May 5, 2016

Good morning.  It’s hard to believe that there are less than ten days of classes left for Seniors before they take final exams.  The year is flying by and there has been a ton of activity at LHS in recent weeks, and before the end of the month, we will have prom, graduation activities, and the Washington DC trip (to name a few).  We are still tracking to get occupancy of the new building by the end of May.  The building is unbelievable!  I can’t wait for the community to get opportunity to walk see what our students and staff will be moving into this summer.  
Here are some of the highlights from the last few weeks:

  • Our spring sports teams are off to a very good start.  We are seeing success on the athletic fields and our participation rates are high.  
  • Our Special Olympians competed in the Special Olympics, held at Fitchburg State University.  Our athletes were cheered on by their Best Buddies.
  • We held an all-school, Best Buddies Rally on Tuesday to congratulate our athletes on their accomplishments.  Best Buddies created a slideshow that was shown to the student body. 
  • The results from Coin Wars are in! Hunger Task Force wants to thank every student, teacher and administrator for their support this year. Together we raised $1886, shattering our previous record of $1466. With this extra money, we are closer than ever to being able to build a well to provide a community with clean water for generations. 
  • Our students in Advanced Placement courses are in the middle of AP testing. 
  • Student in Economics class had their Invention Convention earlier this week. 
  • Teacher Appreciation Day was May 4 
  • Secretary Appreciation Day was April 27 
  • Nurse Appreciation Day was May 6 
  • World Hunger Task Force participated in Empty Bowls with student from THMS

The School Committee voted unanimously, Wednesday night, to eliminate the reporting of class rank as part of the college admission process beginning with the Class of 2017.  This powerpoint present that I used in my presentation to the School Committee can be found on the LHS website.  Some highlights from the presentation are:

  • LHS currently reports an unweighted grade point average.
  • Colleges recalculate student GPA based on the criteria of courses they value and may set their own weights (added points) based on College Prep, Honors, or AP level courses.
  • Publicizing formal rank is an outdated practice which can harm a students’ chances of getting into top colleges, and could disqualify them from scholarship opportunities.
  • The difference between students separated by 10 places in rank can be tenths of a point.
  • Class rank data would still be available to be used to identify Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
  • We will continue to recommend students to choose the most challenging course load they can, while encouraging them not to overschedule themselves.
  • Many colleges and universities are embracing a more holistic review of student applications.
  • “Over half of high schools no longer use class rankings.” – National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • “We are more focused on a student’s transcript.  Class rankings are too variable/unreliable to make a determination of the strength of a student’s application.” – Yale University Admissions
  • “There is a growing number of high schools who do not supply rank.  Not having a rank would not hurt a student, but having an unsatisfactory rank could possibly hurt a student.” – Brown University Admissions Officer
  • Some Massachusetts high schools that no longer report rank: Bromfield, Wachusett, Nashoba, Tahanto, Lincoln-Sudbury, Acton-Boxboro, Concord-Carlisle, Weston, Westford, etc.
  • A student in last year’s graduating class took 14 honors and AP courses over the course of HS, had final grades of all A’s and B’s except 3 C’s.  The student had a GPA of 88.58 and ranked in the bottom 50% of the graduating class.
  • Over 75% of teachers supported the elimination of class rank
  • The School Council voted unanimously in support of the elimination of class rank

The calendar of upcoming events:  

  • Friday, May 6 – JV Baseball and Softball at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Senior showcase 7:00 pm in the Auditorium

Saturday, May 7 – Town Meeting at 9:00 am in the auditorium

  • Goodbye LHS Sock Hop at 6:00 pm in the gymnasium (Dance lessons starting at 5:00 and tours of the current building between 6-8 pm)

Monday, May 9 
  • Varsity Baseball and Softball vs. Littleton at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse vs Sizer School at 7:00 pm on the turf (JV plays at 5:30 on the turf)

Tuesday, May 10 
  • Grade 8 Math MCAS
  • Student government election speeches – Advisory
  • Unified Track meet vs. North Middlesex at 3:30 on the turf
  • Girls lacrosse vs. Fitchburg on the turf (JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00 pm)
  • The Drama Club presents The Crucible at 6:00 pm in the auditorium

Wednesday, May 11 
  • Grade 8 Math MCAS
  • JV Baseball and Softball vs. Clinton at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Boys Track Meet vs. Narragansett and Oakmont at 3:30 pm on the turf
  • The Drama Club presents The Crucible at 6:00 pm in the auditorium

Thursday, May 12 
  • Senior Department Awards at 7:45 am in the auditorium
  • Student Government Elections – Advisory
  • Varsity Baseball and Softball vs. Narragansett at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Boys Lacrosse vs. Hudson on the turf (JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00 pm)

Friday, May 13 
  • POPS Concert at 7:00 pm in the LHS Gymnasium

Saturday, May 14 
  • Boys District Track Meet on the turf- time TBD

Monday, May 16 
  • Last Day of Class for Seniors
  • Varsity Baseball and Softball vs. Tyngsborough at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Girls Lacrosse vs. Marlboro on the turf (JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00 pm)

Tuesday, May 17 
  • 8th Grade MCAS – Science
  • Seniors have C & A Finals

Wednesday, May 18
  • Seniors have G & F Finals
  • 8th Grade MCAS - Science
  • Varsity Baseball vs. Fitchburg at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Boys and Girls League Track Meet at 4:00 pm on the turf

Thursday, May 19 
  • Seniors have E & B Finals
  • JV Baseball and Softball vs. Gardner 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Boys and Girls League Track Meet at 4:00 pm on the turf

Friday, May 20 
  • Last Senior Final Exam – D and any make-up finals
  • Prom at 6:30 pm at Wachusett Mountain

Saturday, May 21 
  • Town-Wide Yard Sale at 8:00 am (Boys and Girls Club Event)
  • Girls Lacrosse vs. Nashoba at 11:00 am on the turf

Monday, May 23 
  • Varsity Baseball and Softball vs. Ayer-Shirley at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Lunenburg National Honor Society and the American Red Cross are hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, May 23 from 2-7pm at the Eagle House Senior Center, 25 Memorial Drive, Lunenburg.

  1. Open to the public. Appointments preferred but walk-ins are welcome.
  2. Appointments can be made on the Red Cross website using the following link:

Tuesday, May 24 
  • Baccalaureate at St. Bonafice at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 25 
  • Senior Motorcade at 7:15 am leaving from Conrad’s
  • Senior Breakfast at 8:00 am in LHS Café
  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse vs. Oakmont at 3:30 pm on the turf
  • Varsity Baseball and Softball at 4:00 pm at Marshall Park
  • Girls JV Lacrosse vs. Oakmont at 5:00 pm on the turf

Thursday, May 26 
  • Graduation Rehearsal at 4:00 pm on the turf
  • Senior Reception at 5:00 pm in the café 
  • Caps and Gowns at 5:45 pm in the cafe
  • Senior Community Scholarship Awards at 6:15 in the Auditorium
Friday, May 27 
  • Memorial Day Exercises
  • Graduation at 6:30 pm on the turf (If inclement weather, we will be in gym of the new building)


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