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Our breakfast and lunch program has had some exciting changes! Students will no longer be charged for breakfast and/or lunch. The business office is working on refunding families with positive balances. We will have snack bar sales for families that choose to take advantage of that program. We also are excited to collaborate with the greenhouse program!
Breakfast will be available as a Grab and Go service. EMS students who elect to have breakfast will notify their homeroom teacher. High School students will notify their first period teacher. Any student tardy past 8:15 will need to give Clara or Dawn their order.
Students can get lunch any day they would like. They simply need to go in the lunch line and choose components of the lunch they would like to eat/try. As always, we will be promoting healthy eating and making smart choices.
Some students have food allergies, food sensitivities and restrictions. Our alternative lunches are listed on our menu.
Our Food Services Director, Lindsay, is certified in Allergen Awareness. Our food service staff is certified in food safety. Available for review, will be a binder with food ingredients and nutrition labels for quick access.
Food Service Snack Bar Policy 2018-2019: All students will have an opportunity to buy snack bar items daily, in addition to being offered a breakfast and lunch. All proceeds will go towards student activities for the LPS community. Snack bar sales will be cash only. No exceptions.
E/MS snacks will include items such as:
High School snacks will include items such as:
All items will cost either $1.00 or $2.00 based on size/item
All items are subject to change.
We look forward to serving our students and working with families to create a healthy and enjoyable dining experience!
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
Congratulations to Theresa Hopp, Cheryl Baggen, Bob Owens, and Katie Cerrone who were recognized at the 9th Annual Newton SEPAC Special Educator Awards!
Nominees were invited to a event to connect with families and peers and to be celebrated for doing exceptional work with students receiving special education services. Newton's mayor, superintendent, asst. superintendent, and school committee members were in attendance (about 250+ guests). We are honored that LPS family members recognized the talents of these wonderful staff members!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
You could see it in their faces, as thousands streamed by the LPS water station on Comm. Ave. Pain and fatigue mixed with grim determination as runners strove to validate the months of training for the world’s most difficult marathon in the most horrendous race conditions imaginable.
“This was the hardest thing I have ever done,” Amy confided by text after the race. In past races she has always stopped at the tent for a few moments to thank people for coming out to watch. This year she paused only long enough to hand her water soaked gloves to E/MS student, Julia Mantville, and continue the race, hands numb, and desperate to finish and end the misery.
Claudine Nicholas, no stranger to marathons and the stress of long distance running, said afterward, “in all my years of running, I have never been so cold!” Hampered by problems with her running gear, she finished the race just seconds before they turned off the timing clock at the finish line. Officials later added 10 minutes to the clock so more runners, who had struggled through the unimaginable head winds, could be recorded as having officially finished the race.
Despite the conditions, LPS was not without its stalwart supporters. Alumni parent and former trustee, Charlie Breslin, and daughters Caroline and Julia ’17 kept vigil. Joining them were E/MS Dean, Susan Smith-Powers and parents Brian and Nicole Mantville with daughter Julia.
As John Hancock charity runners for LPS, both Amy and Claudine have earned the gratitude of a grateful school for their extraordinary investment of time, effort and sacrifice to raise funds for our students and programs. They truly are the definition of commitment.
Charlie, Julia and Caroline Breslin
The Mantvilles brave the Marathon elements
The Great Deluge of the 2018 Boston Marathon
Definately a day for swans . . .
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