I hope that you and your family have had many occasions to enjoy the summer. The weather in July and August has been spectacular, affording many opportunities to take advantage of everything that living in New England has to offer.
Another school year is about to begin and the first student day for all LPS students is Monday, August 26, 2019. We are looking forward to greeting our returning students and welcoming students new to the school.
This week we are engaged in orientations with new staff and returning staff, as we prepare to greet the students. There is a palpable enthusiasm in the air as we prepare for a meaningful year of teaching and learning at LPS. Each year there are some staff members not returning while new staff members join our community and this year is no different? Please join us in welcoming new staff to our community of learners.
We enjoyed a very successful summer school, providing the students with an opportunity to stay abreast of their skills and content understandings, as well as enjoying many fun activities with their peers and staff members.
We have been engaged in facility improvements and general maintenance including the completion of our new Health & Wellness Center, funded by the generosity of friends of the school; lowering the ceilings on the first floor of the high school building to improve aesthetics and acoustics; refinishing all of the woodwork in the high school, as we did in EMS last year; removing the last of the old carpeting; and, of course, concentrating on the normal summer cleaning and refurbishing of the facilities.
We are entering the second year of our Curriculum Review & Development program and will complete the review of our math and ELA curriculum by May, 2020. This important work codifies the articulation and sequencing of the essential skills and core content knowledge across the school curriculum, grades 2-12. In 2020-21 we will focus on the review and development of science and social studies.
This is a special year for Learning Prep School as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. Founded in 1970, the school has occupied the present site for approximately 48 years after originally being located in Boston. You will hear more about the celebratory activities as the year progresses.
Most importantly, we are most appreciative that you have provided us with the privilege of working with your child each day. Relational trust is the cornerstone of a healthy, respectful, and vibrant school/parent partnership. We invite you to be active participants in making your child’s experience at LPS meaningful and joyful.
Ted Sharp, Head of School