Two Week Look Ahead - December 12, 2016

I apologize for not sending this out a couple of weeks ago. I’m trying to get caught up on things today. Winter sports are underway and there are lots of activities going on at LMHS. Last week, we opened the gymnasium for our first basketball games. Over the next two weeks, we will have our first music and drama performances in the new auditorium. 

The Music department will be putting on two concerts this week. On Tuesday, December 13, students in grades 6-12 will put on their Vocal Concert at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. On Thursday, December 15, the Instrumental Concert will take place for students in grades 6-12. That concert is also at 7:00 pm. Hopefully, you will come out to support our talented musicians.

The LHS Theater Club will perform John Cariani's play "Almost, Maine" on December 21st and 23rd at 7pm in the LMHS Auditorium. This will be the first dramatic performance in our new auditorium. "Almost, Maine" is a series of dramatic and comedic character studies that depicts average working people discovering odd romantic connections and/or coming to terms with
relationship disappointments in deep rural New England. The sum of its parts promises to be as poignant as it is endearing. Admission is: Students $5, Adults $10.

On Friday, December 16 we will be having our winter semi-formal in the cafeteria from 7-10 pm.

We have recognized that there is increased pressure and stress on our students in recent years. This stress can manifest itself in many different ways. Most times, the stress that we all deal with is normal and manageable. However, there are also many individuals who are dealing with more than just typical stress and pressure. Often times, those students are dealing with anxiety, depression, or another form of mental illness. We want to help to bring awareness to mental health concerns, let students know that there is help available if they need it, and work to debunk the stigma often associated with mental illness.

On Wednesday, December 14, the SHINE Initiative will be coming to LHS to meet with students in grades 9-12. Three members of the SHINE Initiative will be available and will give presentations to students in grade levels. The presentations will be approximately 45 minutes long.

From the SHINE Initiative website:

“In recent years the SHINE Initiative has honed it’s focus on mental health of children and young adults.

Why? Quite simply, because we know that half of lifetime causes of mental illness begin by age 14.

We also believe that through education and information-sharing we can have a lifelong and positive impact on the mental health and total wellness of our communities. We are proud to note that in recent years several school systems and institutions of higher learning have partnered with us to raise awareness of mental illness and to help diffuse and debunk some of the misconceptions and myths that have fueled stigma for generations.”

We are planning on hosting a community presentation early in 2017.

Athletics schedule:

  • Tuesday, December 13 – Girls Basketball vs. Groton-Dunstable at 7:00 pm at LHS Memorial Gym in the Pete Trainor Christmas Tournament
  • Wednesday, December 14 – Girls Basketball vs. TBD at 5:30 or 7:00 pm in LHS Memorial Gym in the Pete Trainor Christmas Tournament
  • Monday, December 19 – Girls Basketball vs. Ayer-Shirley at 7:00 pm in LHS Memorial Gym
  • Friday, December 23 – Ice Hockey vs. Littleton at 3:30 pm at Wallace Civic Center

No School December 26-January 2

Happy Holidays.

Brian Spadafino


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