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We are proud to announce that Learning Prep School has been selected as a 2019 Family Favorite in Boston Parents Reader's Choice awards in the category of Special Needs Services and Resources. Thank you to everyone who voted, we are very proud of this designation!
On Thursday, May 16th LPS students in our enrichment production had put up a spectacular show in a short amount of time.
Looking back over the life of our first enrichment production project Landlines, our students accomplished so much for themselves and for our school. This year we started having one period a day for an enrichment class during what used to be our 3rd period break. Students are able to rotate to a different class each day during the week that varies from students’ standard core curriculum classes (i.e. Pixel Art, Baking, Team Sports, Color and Chat, etc.). For terms 3 and 4 we also offered a slightly different class during the enrichment period, which was our production class.
Our class met 5 days a week during 3rd period. Students in the class did not rotate, but stayed in Theatre the entire week. We were able to hold auditions, rehearse, and put up a show in 3.5 months time while only meeting 40 minutes a day. This is pretty amazing and a huge accomplishment.
Many students in this production were first timers to the stage as well as to memorizing lines. And to top it off, they were all successful in this ambitious endeavor. All of them developed stronger acting skills and gained self confidence during this experience. They were also able to build skills through cast bonding games and experiences. Students had the opportunity to work with one of our speech teacher Erin Lackaye throughout the rehearsal process to better understand their lines and work towards memorization or “being off book” twice a week during rehearsal. Erin was also our stage manager and assistant director. This was Erin’s first time working on a show at LPS and she jumped right in and did a fantastic job.
When it finally came time for our first performance, the students were nervous, but more than ready to perform in front of an audience. All 4 performances we were met with energetic audiences who were engaged through the whole show with laughter and applause.
Landlines was our first jump into building our theatre program at LPS, and we dove right in, both staff and students. As the cast came onto the stage for their final bows on May 16th, I stood up with a tear in my eye thinking of all their capabilities. I am excited to jump into next year with high expectations and great plans ahead.
Join us for our final performance of the year on June 6th at 7 PM in the LPS Cafeteria for The Prince Who Wouldn’t Talk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets now or for any questions about our Theatre program.
On Friday, May 10th LPS celebrated the reopening of our Greenhouse and Horticulture program. With your support, we raised approximately $1,300, with all proceeds going right back into the program. Thank you to everyone who attended, ordered plants and showed their support!
Since 1970 Learning Prep School has earned a reputation for providing an educational program and a safe and supportive learning environment for students with language processing and attendant learning challenges as their primary disability. Complex learning profiles of our students may include dyslexia, expressive/receptive language issues, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, limited social pragmatics and executive functioning challenges.
In the spring of 1982, our campus greenhouse was constructed and the horticulture program soon became one of the signature programs at Learning Prep School. During the summer of 2018, as a result of a generous grant from Price Waterhouse Foundation, an extensive renovation of the greenhouse facility was completed in time for opening of the 2018-2019 School Year. Horticultural students have been working with staff members in the greenhouse and surrounding gardens planting flowers, herbs, vegetables, and houseplants, as well as learning essential information attendant with operating a business.
On Friday, May 10th at 2:00 pm we will be celebrating the reopening of the facility and the program. There will be light refreshments for our guests, music, and will be an excellent opportunity to select a Mother’s Day Gift. The greenhouse will also be open on Saturday, May 11th from 8:00am-1:00pm, providing everyone with an opportunity to view the facility, learn about the program, and to purchase plants for Mom and anyone who enjoys gardening.
For those looking to preview the sale, a pre-order form will be sent out soon- keep your eyes peeled!
If you have any questions about the LPS Greenhouse Isabella Chiaravallotti in Horticulture at email@example.com.
If you have any questions about the LPS Greenhouse Grand Opening, you may contact Alex Magay, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, March 13th, students and their families participated in a Family Baking Night, learning how to make fruit tarts and enjoying their delicious creations. It was a great success and a lot of fun! Stay tuned for future Family fun events!
Founder and CEO of Magellan Jets, Joshua Hebert, is an LPS alumnus who attended LPS in the early 1990's. Joshua came to speak to this year's graduating class earlier this week to speak about successful career advice, making a good first impression, work ethic and pursuing their dreams!
The Transition department hosted another successful Financial Literacy Fair for the LPS juniors and seniors on Friday, February 8. Students learned from experts from PwC, Village Bank and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of Boston how to budget for saving, investing, housing, nutrition, clothing, credit and lending, taxes, insurance, education, transportation and luxury items.
On February 6th, students of Chapter 766 schools were invited to the Massachusetts State House to speak about their experiences to state lawmakers with the goal of cultivating support for Chapter 766 schools. Reprensening LPS, was Jake O'Neil, Class of 2019 who did an amazing job sharing his perspective and wowing state representatives with his professionalism. You can watch Jake's 5 minute speech here. Great job, Jake!
On Thursday, January 31, Learning Prep School hosted a very well attended event to support Partners In Education (PIE). Food Service Director, Lindsay and her team prepared a wonderful meatball dinner and desserts for everyone, followed by a fun night of bingo called by High School Principal, Jennifer Thorell.
Students and parents presented their winning bingo cards and they were able to select gift cards for i-tunes, Starbucks or Five Below. We concluded the evening with our LPS Gift Basket Raffle. For the night we raised over $300 thanks to the abundance of family members in attendance that will directly support PIE. The aim of PIE is to promote and enhance the character, culture, and values of the educational program offered at LPS, and to forge a unified, vibrant, caring community of support for Learning Prep School.
Thank you to everyone who attended or helped out at this event and we hope to see you at the next LPS Family Night!
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