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In April, LPS's Owen Sutcliffe was nominated for, and awarded, the "Dougie" Award by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation. Owen, who like his younger brother Leo, has an autism diagnosis, is a fantastic supporter of Leo’s artwork. His family's self-proclaimed “Sales Man”, Owen worked over 30 events in 2021, raising over $3,000 for the 501c3 @completepuzzle that the Sutcliffe family founded. All funds raised support the autism community: Individuals, their families and the therapists that help them progress.
Over the years, as the result of his hard work with therapists and his family, Owen's confidence has grown. His increased confidence and growing skills have paved the way for him to be successful supporting and promoting Leo. Owen has earned the ability to do this AND he consistently rises to the occasion. Owen circulates at all of his brother's exhibits telling anyone that will listen that Leo is “the best artist in our whole family!” There are sales that result because he puts himself out there.
In addition, Owen mailed bookmarks featuring Leo’s artwork to several Massachusetts public libraries, resulting in an exhibit at the @tiltonlibrary last November.
We are so proud of Owen and his hard work on behalf of his brother and the Autism community, and we are lucky to have him as part of our LPS community. This award is so well-deserved. Congratulations Owen!
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Prices vary depending on plant type and sizes. Vegetables, herbs, & flowering annuals in 6-Packs are $5.00. Also, many of these are available in 4.5” Ecogrow pots for $3.00/plant. Houseplants range from 4” to 12” pots.
Wed, 5/4- Sat, 5/28
We are pleased to make a few introductions to the newest members of our LPS team!
Firstly, we would like to welcome David Gill to our team as our head of facilities. David has several years of experience managing facilities at the Wellesley and Kernwood Country Clubs and working in construction as a project manager and carpenter.
Keia Williams is joining LPS the first week of May as our new Transition Counselor. Keia worked for several years as a youth counselor in North Carolina helping students complete GEDs, prepare for college, or join the workforce. Most recently, she's been completing her Master's in Counseling and Psychology at Cambridge College and interning as an Career Cohort Lead at Youth Options Unlimited Boston.
Kelly Gilmore will be joining our Child Care Program. In addition to being a talented freelance artist, Kelly also has a BS in Education from Keene State and has worked with both mainstream and special ed elementary-age students.
Welcome to LPS!
"Until this year, I had no idea what my senior year or post-high school future would look like. As each year went by at LPS, I gained more confidence in myself through getting my own job, planning for college, and pushing myself in my classes. On my ELP week, I have adapted to a new environment working at Babson College, which has boosted my self-confidence and taught me how to respond to work-related challenges. Along with Babson, I've held a part-time job at a grocery store in my town for the past three years, which has contributed significantly to improving my work habits and time management skills. Next year, I am thrilled to be going off to Dean College, an achievement which I never thought would be possible. The teachers, staff, and students here at LPS have all helped me in this amazing process and, as I reflect on my growth, I am so excited to see what the future holds."
While the school is embracing diversity and inclusion, Food Service is planning to have International Thursdays in April. Countries featured will be Mozambique, Ethiopia, India, and Poland.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) initiatives are an ongoing process at Learning Prep. Our goals are to become a community that celebrates diversity, promotes equity, is inclusive for all our families and students, and promotes justice. Earlier this school year, parents/guardians were invited to complete a survey for Learning Prep to begin gathering data about DEIJ.
At this point, we would like to encourage families to join our DEIJ Thought Partners group, as we work to make our community more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just. We welcome and appreciate parent/guardian feedback, as we thoughtfully plan our next steps for DEIJ initiatives.
On Thursday, April 28, LPS is having a Curriculum Night, starting at 6:00. We're going to have our first DEIJ Thought Partners meeting immediately before that, at 5:15 in the HS at LPS. We would like this to be a jumping off point where LPS can inform families about what we've done so far related to our DEIJ initiatives, discuss how we could best support families, and get some feedback from you. Please email Michelle Cuddy (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP.
We are thrilled to announce our first in-person parent event in 2 years! Please join us on Thursday, April 28th from 6:00-7:45 PM for an opportunity for parents and guardians to hear about your student's classes, tour the school and meet their teachers. Additionally, you can visit the Book Fair, which we are excited to be able to host again! More information to come.
Wednesday, 3/23 from 6:00 - 7:15 PM
Virtual Event via Zoom
By: Jen Kracoff, M.S. CCC-SLP & Emily Hastie, CCC-SLP
In this session, Speech pathologists Jen and Emily will provide an overview of what a language-based learning disability is, how it might present at school and at home, and what support that could be implemented to help students be more successful in both settings.
All Speaker Series events are open to the public.
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Summer Program will run Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 29.
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