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  • 25 Sep 2018 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    The primary purpose of a financial audit is to provide an independent opinion of the organization’s financial statements, and to express an opinion on whether or not “the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the organization.” It is important to note that the preparation of the financial statements “in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles” is the responsibility of the organization’s management and not the auditors.  Their responsibility is only to express an opinion.

    The auditors will review the underlying financial data by taking test samples to ensure that transactions have been recorded properly.  This will include ensuring that internal documentation and third party documentation exists. For example for purchases of supplies, the auditors will ensure that approved purchase orders, packing slips, and invoices from the vendor exist.

    An important part of the audit is to review internal controls to verify that there are no material weaknesses that could lead to misrepresentation of the financial statements or to fraud. An effective internal control system provides reasonable assurance that policies, tasks, behaviors and other aspects of an organization, enable its effective and efficient operation, and help to provide for better internal and external financial reposting.  Good internal controls will detect, prevent and correct errors or possible fraud. This will include reviewing the business related policies and procedures and testing to ensure that they are being followed.  The auditors will also look to ensure that there are adequate separation of duties as well as cross-training in crucial areas.  Another key responsibility of the auditors is to conduct fraud interviews with various members of the organization.  The purpose of the interviews is to ensure that there is reasonable assurance that fraud does not exist within an organization.

    I am proud to say that for the past five years there has been no disclosure of any material financial statement misrepresentations nor any material weaknesses in our internal controls during our audits.

  • 11 Sep 2018 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you may or may not know, the state is transitioning to a new statewide assessment called the next-generation MCAS which is a computer-based format for students in grades 3 – 8 as well as the 10th grade ELA and Math. The high school science and high school retests will continue to be paper based at this time. Therefore, this coming spring, all students in grades 3 – 8 and those taking the 10th grade ELA and Math will be participating in the computer-based test unless paper-based testing is specified in their IEP as an accommodation. We will have training and trial runs with the students beforehand, so they are well prepared. Below is an explanation from Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, regarding MCAS and graduation requirements:

    Massachusetts high school students are required to pass MCAS tests in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science and technology/engineering in order to graduate from high school. For ELA and mathematics, the current state requirements for earning a high school diploma are:

     a score of at least 240 on the existing grade 10 ELA and mathematics MCAS tests, or

     a score of between 220 and 238 on those tests and fulfilling the requirements of an Educational

    Proficiency Plan, which outlines how the student will become proficient in that particular subject.

    Members of the class of 2021 will fulfill the MCAS part of their graduation requirements in ELA and mathematics by taking the next-generation, computer-based version of the MCAS tests in those subjects in spring 2019. The tests will be similar in design to the tests that they took as eighth graders in spring 2017 if they were in a Massachusetts public school.

    The next-generation grade 10 MCAS tests will have different achievement levels and scores than the previous versions of the grade 10 tests, but for the class of 2021, I am recommending to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that we require students to reach the score corresponding to 240 (or 220 plus the fulfillment of an Educational Proficiency Plan) on the ELA and mathematics tests in order to qualify for a high school diploma. In other words, I am recommending that the passing standard remain the same for your class as the state introduces the new assessments in those subjects. The standard could rise for future classes, but that is something the Board will discuss at a later date.

    The transition to a next-generation science MCAS is happening on a different timetable, and the existing science MCAS and requirement will not change for the class of 2021. Students will still have to earn a score of at least 220 on one of the existing high school MCAS science and technology/engineering tests: biology, chemistry, introductory physics, or technology/engineering.

    Students will continue to have retest opportunities on high school MCAS tests and will have the opportunity to qualify for scholarship programs through the high school MCAS tests.

  • 28 Aug 2018 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you may imagine, this has been a busy and an exciting summer at LPS! We recently concluded a successful summer school program with seventy-six students in attendance. New staff orientation was held August 20th and 21st, followed by full staff orientation August 22nd-24th and yesterday, August 27th was the first day of classes for students. We have restored the position in the high school of Dean/Assistant Principal and we are pleased to welcome Jen Kramer, formerly of the Newton Public Schools, who has assumed the responsibilities of that office. It is always great fun to exchange greetings with our returning students and staff and to welcome new students and new staff to our school community.

    We continue to improve the school facilities, both buildings and grounds, the intention being to provide an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. The woodwork and doors in the EMS building have been refinished and many of the classrooms have been painted. In the High School there have been a few classrooms that did not have direct access from the hallway. This summer we constructed doorways to those classrooms that enable direct access from the corridors. Work continues on lowering ceilings and replacing older carpeting. The cafeteria has new tables and chairs that will enable family style meals, as well as providing a more welcoming space for a variety of meetings. The renovation of the greenhouse is nearly complete and provides a wonderful facility for the horticulture program. We continue to improve the grounds with extensive landscaping of the lawns and gardens, including new plantings of shrubs and trees. Sadly, the three pear trees behind the church had to be taken down as they had rotted from within.

    This year the staff will be engaged in the initial year of our Curriculum Review & Development program, designed to codify our educational program across the grade levels, thus refining the articulation and the alignment of each content area (core content & essential skills), grades two-twelve. The focus of that work for the next two years will be on ELA (English Language Arts) and math. We are also focusing on our Student Citizenship initiative designed to advance the core principles articulated in our LPS Code of Conduct (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Courage, & Compassion). This year our theme is Respect & Responsibility and to that end, the students and staff will engage in common readings and discussions nuanced to their grade/age level about the importance of being a person of integrity and contributing to the common good.

    We are expanding our opportunities for students to engage in athletics and other extracurricular activities. Alyson Humphreys, Director of Athletics & Activities will keep you informed about these opportunities during the course of the year. We are also pleased that the Special Olympics Program will continue to provide opportunities for LPS students to participate in athletic competitions.

    The Partners In Education (PIE) Executive Committee will hold its first meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, September 20th from 8:00-9:00 am in the Community Room in the high school building. Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operation Officer and Genie Peterson, a parent, are serving as Co-Chairs of PIE for this year. The first of four Parent Advisory meetings for 2018-19 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th from 8:00-9:00 am in the Community Room located in the high school. The focus for that meeting is an update on the school’s programs and initiatives as we begin the current school year.

    As I draft this letter we are still awaiting approval of our LPS Reconstruction Plan, a plan required of Chapter 766 Special Education Schools for submission every six years. The approval process has been delayed given the fact that the Massachusetts legislature did not pass the state budget until late July and the governor then had ten days to review it before signing it. Subsequently, The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) submits each school’s plan to the Commissioner of Education and to Operational Services Division (OSD) for program and financial approval, respectively. Once those protocols have been completed, schools like LPS are informed as to the status of their Reconstruction Plan. We have been informed that the target for completing this process is no later than October 1st.

    We are most appreciative that you have entrusted the education and well-being of your son/daughter to us. We are confident that the educational program and the highly competent and dedicated staff at LPS will enable each student to flourish!



  • 26 Jun 2018 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congrats to 3 of LPS' 2018 Seniors Josh Murphy, Kaitlyn Gilman, and Tim Raphael who were winners in the Yearbook category of the Best of the Massachusetts High School Press 2017-2018. Congrats!

    Check out their winning designs here:

    Design of the Year: Yearbook Cover

    Design of the Year: Yearbook Spread

  • 07 Jun 2018 7:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us in congratulating our very own Meredith Sullivan who will be taking on the role of High School Counseling Supervisor permanently, as of July 1st. Meredith began her work at LPS twelve years ago and has been a positive contributor to our school ever since. In addition to providing counseling services, she has held a part-time Dean of students position, as well as a Student Council advisor.

    Prior to coming to LPS, Meredith worked in specialized foster care as a supervisor and director. She provided clinical supervision of staff as well as the managerial aspects of the agency.

    Meredith's supervisory skills, clinical experience, professionalism, and dedication to the LPS community will be a great addition to our administrative team.

    Congratulations, Meredith!

  • 24 May 2018 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learning Prep School has recently been selected as a 2018-2019 National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) School of Excellence. This distinction has been bestowed upon select qualified licensed private special education schools.

    Selection as a NASET School of Excellence is the highest level of recognition a private special education school can achieve through our professional association. This honor is presented to private special education schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.

  • 14 May 2018 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ben Maricle ’10 has always had a passion for movies.  At age three, he saw The Lion King™ and a lifetime interest in movies and movie making took root.  Today, Ben produces a weekly local cable channel movie review show called Where Hollywood is Taken Seriously in which he gives his take on some of Tinsel town’s latest productions.  Now at age 27 and with over 150 online reviews under his belt, Ben is hitting his stride and has the hardware to prove it.  In 2016 he received a Telly Award for his work - no small achievement, particularly for a non-professional.  It is described as “the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs from around the world.”  Not bad for a part-time hobbyist whose principal job is working with the elderly residents at an assisted living facility in North Attleboro.

    I met with Ben at his home in Mansfield on one of his days off.  He had attended the Alumni Reception last July where we agreed to talk further.  An alumnus of Massasoit Community College, he is articulate and thoughtful and a congenial host.  We chatted easily in his living room as I sipped on a can of cold ginger ale that was waiting for me when I arrived.  From the outset it was clear that Ben harbors an undisguised love for movies.

    “I’m ten minutes from a theater, so I try to see two a week,” he explains.  What kind of movies does he like, I ask?  “I review all genres, focusing on the directing, acting, writing and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI).  ” Ben chooses his movies from The Hollywood Reporter and then begins writing his review for his weekly filming at the Mansfield Cable Access Corp., where he began volunteering in 2013. Previous to that, Ben had been experimenting with his idea on his computer at home using iMovie.  “Each review that I do includes five movie stills downloaded from Google Images.  If it’s a post-Oscar special, I can use more,” Ben explains. “The images appear on the screen behind me as I read my script off the teleprompter.”

    The weekly routine that makes this all possible is clearly more than a discipline; it’s a labor of love, as evidenced by the time involved.  It only takes ten minutes to film, but the bulk of the time is in creating the script.  “It’s 20 to 25 minutes to choose the images, but it’s four to five hours for me to write the review before Margie does her editing.”  

    Ben gives a serious nod to LPS, where he developed his love for writing.  He is also clear about his gratitude for the help he receives from his friends at the studio, crediting Mansfield Cable Access staff members and mentors, Jack and Maureen O’Neill and Margie Begin.  All have helped in their own way, Margie with script editing, Jack with filming and directing the videos, and Maureen for her many hours of helping Ben, who doesn’t drive, with transportation.  “I bring the script and photos and they do the rest.”  The finished product is then broadcast on the Mansfield cable channel before being downloaded as an MP4 file to YouTube and Facebook.

       Any thoughts about future ambitions, I asked?  With his love of Hollywood, Ben did not rule out taking a stab at writing a book of fiction; a horror story, perhaps, in the spirit of his muse, Stephen King.  As we wrapped up our conversation, the final question was still hanging out there.  What would this movie aficionado and enthusiast consider to be the greatest movie ever made?  For Ben, the original 1977 Stars Wars was the hands down winner and undisputed champion.  And, if he had a choice, the Hollywood personality he would most like to meet?  The die-hard Star Wars fan and historian answered without hesitation: George Lucas.  Of course.


  • 09 May 2018 8:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Monday, May 7, Legislators came to visit Learning Prep, to learn more about our program and see classes in action! 

    Pictured left to right: Dave Morrissette, LPS Chief Financial Officer; Gretchen Petersen, LPS Chief Operating Officer; Lisamarie Sears, Aide to Senator Cynthia Creem; Dimitry Gednev, Aide to Representative Ruth Balser; Ted Sharp, LPS Chief Executive Officer, Representative Alice Peisch; Representative Kim Ferguson; Representative Hannah Kane.

  • 27 Apr 2018 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With their student as guides, parents roamed the hallways Thursday night, visiting teachers, reviewing portfolios and hearing and seeing first-hand about how learning takes place at LPS.  “So much of our communication happens by phone, email and text,” commented one parent, “so it’s always fun to be able meet teachers and counselors face-to-face.” Many of the visitors were siblings who had the chance to see LPS, in some cases for the first time.  With many parents coming directly from work, dinner was provided in the cafeteria where families could talk between visiting classes.  The weather was dry and warm and families conversed outside as they travelled between buildings, acknowledging that, at least for the night, Spring had finally arrived.

    Administrators Greeted guests 

    Parents had a chance to review student work.

          The Hamawys visit a science class

  • 27 Apr 2018 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It began over April vacation, but by the end of the first week back the campus had a new look. The front of the High School received a facelift with a new walk and landscaping, bringing flowers and color just in time for spring.  With a new Belgian Block border, the front of the E/MS now has an attractive display of Azaleas, accented by a blanket of red bark mulch.  Landscaping additions also include Dwarf Dogwoods, Hydrangea, Yews, and assorted perennials and annuals soon to be planted.

    The April vacation also saw the addition of new LED lighting throughout the school, resulting in considerable cost savings. New flooring and other maintenance upgrades were also achieved while faculty and students were away.

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