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On Friday, October 18, Elementary and MIddle School students attended a Field Trip to the beautiful Blue Hills Conservatory and Science Center! Students participated in a Kite-Making Workshop, visited the Weather Observatory and Weather Watching station, and took a Guided Hike. It was a beautiful fall day to be outside!
Thanks to a generous donation, LPS has acquired a new Health & Wellness center to be used for Physical Education, After School Program, and other classes as appropriate. Our new center is equipped with yoga mats & blocks, exercise balls, free weights, resistance bands, jump ropes, boxing gloves/stand-up bags, elliptical, treadmills, a rower, spin bikes, a barre, modified pull-up bar, foam rollers, a Radio/tv (with workout videos), a Wii (for Wii sports and 'Just Dance') and projector for class use.
We are so excited for students to use this new space and invite you to come check it out next time you're on campus!
To celebrate our 50th year, we are launching a free, three-part Speaker Series open to the public!
Part 1: The College Admissions Process for Students with Learning, Attention or Organizational Challenges
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:30- 8:00 PM
By: Carol Kinlan, Senior Consultant at Matlack Educational Consulting, Needham MA
Location: Learning Prep School, High School Building Community Room
This talk is for parents and professionals working with with college-bound, high school students who struggle with mild to complex learning, attentional or organizational issues. We will discuss: how to get extra time on standardized tests, student's legal rights after high school, top-ranked colleges for students with learning disorders, questions for assessing college support when touring colleges; top assistive tech tools and--most importantly, how to ensure your student will be successful once they're in college.
Refreshments will be served.
RSVPs appreciated to Korina Martin, Director of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
To review the full State of the School Report, please go here.
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.
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