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As is common at the beginning of every school year, you will see some new faces around the school. Please join us in welcome the following new staff to our wonderful community!
Amy Milligan, School Nurse
Patrice McDonald, School Nurse
Rajmattie Thakoordeen, Daycare Teacher
Kristen Tomasetti, Daycare Teacher
Mandy Nardone, Occupational Therapist
Kevin Tierney, Math Teacher
Welcome to LPS, we're so glad you're here!
Thank you to all of our Family & Friends that helped Learning Prep School reach its fundraising goal in FY 2019. We reached our target goal on Friday, June 28th, just two days before the end of our fiscal year. Every gift mattered, and we could not have done it without your support that directly funded our operating budget where it was needed most. Words cannot explain how much we appreciate your support!
The Carpe Diem Award and Outstanding Service Award are two new traditions at LPS. The Carpe Diem Award is an honor award to a member of the faculty who continuously "seize the day", and was recently awarded to Amanda N! The Outstanding Service Award is given to a staff member who consistently demonstrates an excellent work ethic, a positive attitude and a dedication to our school, and was award to Carlos. Congratulations to both Amanda and Carlos for your enthusiasm and commitment to making a LPS a great place to teach, work and learn!
The last few weeks of the school year are always intensive and exciting. During the period March-June MCAS are a major focus for staff and students. Thirty of our thirty-six seniors passed MCAS and several others have submitted portfolios. Commencement for the Class of 2019 was held on Friday evening, May 31st. It was a beautiful ceremony celebrating the seniors as they transition to the next step in their life’s journey. Members of the Class of 2019 have been accepted at Cape Cod Community College, Landmark College (2), Lesley Threshold Program (3), Via University (Denmark), Salem State, Beacon College (2), Bridgewater State, Framingham State, Mass Bay Transitional Scholars Program, Full Sail University (Curry College),Massasoit Community College (2), Middlesex Community College, among others.
On the evening of May 23rd our annual Senior Parents’ event was held, highlighted by the tradition of each senior reading a letter to their parents, expressing their appreciation for all that they have done to support them. Senior Week provided numerous activities for the seniors to enjoy, including a PAWSOX game. Thanks to all who made these activities possible. On the evening of May 22nd we hosted another Alumni Event with 35 Alums joining us for spaghetti and meatball dinner, together with Bingo and a raffle. Alums from 1996-2018 attended! Our next Alumni event is scheduled for July 10th here at LPS. On Wednesday, May 15th a sumptuous Staff Appreciation Luncheon was provided by parents, an effort truly appreciated and enjoyed by all staff. Our Middle School “Moving On” ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th at 10:00am, as we celebrate the accomplishments of our grade eight students and wish them well as they prepare to enter high school. The last day of school is Monday, June 17th. This will be a Blue/Green Spirit Field Day.
On behalf of all of us at LPS, we hope you will have an enjoyable and a safe summer with your family and friends. For those families and students who are not returning to LPS please know that we have enjoyed having you as part of our community and we wish you the best. We look forward to those of you who will be returning in August, and look forward to welcoming our new students and families.
Thank you for the privilege of working with your children!
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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the LPS Greenhouse Grand Opening, you may contact Alex Magay, Director of Development at email@example.com.
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!
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