Leicester High School

May 1st, 2022

Dates to Remember

May 4 - Team Photos/Spring Athletics

May 6 - Junior Promenade/Union Station 6 - 10 PM

May 11 - Early Release Day (1/2 Day for students)

May 13 - PowerSchool 5 Week Progress Reports (Grades updated)

May 20 - Senior Promenade/The College of the Holy Cross 6 - 10 PM

May 20 - Special Olympics School Day Games

May 26 - Senior Awards Night/LHS 7 - 8:30 PM

June 2 - Senior Car Parade

June 20 - No School

June 21st - Last day of school (1/2 day for students)

Announcements

Standardized Testing

MCAS/AP Testing Calendar 2022

Please know that all dates are subject to change as DESE may alter testing windows.

Attention Seniors

Leicester High School Commencement

After polling the Class of 2022, and reviewing Covid-19 related regulations regarding indoor venues, it has been determined that the Class of 2022 commencement exercises will be held at an outdoor venue. Leicester High School has secured Polar Park as our commencement venue. Graduation exercises will take place Monday, June 6th, 2022 at 7:00 PM. As more details become available they will be communicated.

Youth Activation Council/Special Olympics

The Youth Activation Council is a group of Unified student leaders, athletes, and partners, from high schools all over Massachusetts. They meet regularly, once a month, throughout the school year to plan, share, and empower other student leaders in schools to join the inclusion movement. YAC members are asked to speak at Student Council conferences, MIAA youth summits, advocate on Hill Day – an event in Washington D.C., and a variety of other roles. Student voice and empowerment to be front and center of our inclusion movement. Please complete the attached application and submit it to Mrs. Johnson if you are interested.

Inclusion and Acceptance

To wrap up our month celebrating inclusion and acceptance (Socks Up for Down Syndrome Day, Autism Acceptance Day, etc.), our students signed the Best Buddies/Special Olympics pledge to Spread the Word>>Inclusion. We are proud to be an inclusive school where WE ARE ALL WOLVERINES!
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Special Olympics School Day Games

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • May 20th is GAME DAY
  • May 11th and May 13th are volunteer meetings

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

  • You can not be on academic or social probation
  • You must stay for the whole day, including cleanup. Seniors make sure you note this.
  • You are responsible for making up any missed assignments for the day.
  • Stay at your station and listen to your captain and co-captain. Cheer for student-athletes! They are the stars of the day and we are there to help them feel like it.
  • There is absolutely no tolerance for negative, derogatory, or disrespectful language towards anyone on this day.

OTHER REMINDERS

Volunteers will be provided with lunch

Please attend volunteer meetings. At these meetings, volunteers will be given a tee-shirt that must be worn the day of the games.

If you have any questions please email deannaherbert2022@lpsma.net.

The Wolverine Den

With the weather getting warmer The Wolverine Den (located in the back of the nurse's office) has all the summer attire you will need! From toiletries to tank tops and everything in between Don't be hesitant to stop by and grab anything you may need, and the best part is everything is free!


Currently, we have lots of winter clothing still so if you need or want anything for the next season we have you covered!


Donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated, but for now, we ask for you to hold off on winter clothes and instead are looking for summer clothes specifically:

  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Athletic Shorts
  • New undergarments

Doing Some Spring Cleaning?

Planet Aid, who supplies the big yellow donation bin at the entrance to our driveway, has told us that they are running a national competition through May 11. There are prizes for the schools that collect the most clothing (measured by weight), so if you're planning on doing some spring cleaning and have some clothing to donate, put it in the yellow bin before May 11. It's a Win/Win -- you'll get rid of some clutter and LHS may be a competition winner!
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Military Appreciation Month

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Junior Promenade

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LHS Music Department

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Summer Science Academy

The Summer Science Academy offers one-week science sessions for students entering grades 6 – 9 or 9 - 12 in the fall of 2022. Students will work as scientists and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected program. This summer, topics include criminal and animal forensic science, cancer biology, and biotechnology. Students will have the opportunity to use the tools found in state-of-the-art research facilities and learn techniques used by real scientists and researchers.


For session descriptions and additional information including discounts and scholarships can be found on our website,

https://www.bridgew.edu/center/case/science-academy

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Employment Opportunity

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Class Dues

Reminder: Pay Your Class Dues! 9-12 Graders must have their class dues paid prior to going to any dances at the end of the year including Semi-Formal, Promenades, Dinner Dances, Commencement Exercises, etc. Each year= $25.00 with a total of $100.00 by your final day at LHS. Please use this link for detailed directions.
Class Dues Payment Portal

Class dues are paid using Unipay Gold.

Reminder: Dismissal Procedure

Just a friendly reminder that the LHS Dismissal Procedure requires a note, phone call, or email from a parent/guardian the morning of the dismissal, giving permission and stating the time for their student's dismissal. Yes, even our "technically-an-adult" 18-year-old students require said permission! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Johnson.

Yearbook Orders (Use the QR code below)

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Guidance Department Updates

College Night for Juniors

On Tuesday, April 26, Mr. Barry and Mr. Bowes met with the parents of the Junior class to present "College Night for Juniors".


At this meeting, they discussed:


  • Post-secondary options
  • Types of admissions
  • College search process
  • Creating a college list
  • Visiting campuses & college fairs
  • Registering and taking SATs & ACTs
  • Creating a Common Application
  • Writing a college essay
  • Letters of recommendations
  • Understanding financial aid
  • How to schedule guidance counselors appointments


The presentation is linked below. If you have any questions about the process for your student or want to schedule a meeting with your student's counselor to go over the process, please contact the guidance office.

Scholarship Information and Applications

Be sure to apply for local and regional scholarships in the upcoming weeks - deadlines are coming up!

MyCAP


The letter linked below contains important information about Individual Career and Academic Plans (MyCAPs). Every 9th through 12th-grade student at Leicester High School will have a MyCAP. Parents and families play an important role in helping children plan for and reach their postsecondary goals. Please click on the link for this information.




Link to MCAP Information

Around Campus

Month of Inclusion and Acceptance

This past Friday, LHS Students joined other schools around the Commonwealth for the Special Olympics/Unified Teams Youth Summit. We shared a lot of great ideas for how to kick off our inaugural year as a Unified Teams school in 2022-23, and made quite a few big plans for our teams. Students who would still like to get involved can fill out this Google Form to join the team. It's never too late to join -- and it's gonna be awesome!
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Meeting Updates

4/28/22 and 4/29/22 School Committee Meetings

Interviewed in open session for the position of Superintendent of the Leicester Public Schools were:


  • Marlene DiLeo, Ed.D., Superintendent, Ware Public Schools
  • Patricia Gardner, Superintendent, Palmer Public Schools
  • Brett Kustigian, Ed.D, Superintendent, Quaboag Regional Public Schools
  • John Provost, Ed.D., Superintendent, Northampton Public Schools

4/13/22 School Council

Meeting Notes:
  • Members discussed student behavior issues, particularly vaping and student physical altercations.
  • Members discussed the Leicester High School Improvement Plan for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Members discussed the possible reduction of the Leicester Public Schools' budget by 1.3 million dollars.

Athletics

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Covid - 19

Covid Update

Information regarding LPS Covid-19 positivity rates can be found by accessing this link.

Masking Guidelines

On Wednesday, February 9, Commissioner Riley announced that after consulting with medical experts and state health officials, he will not renew the state mask requirement in schools after it expires on February 28. Effective Monday, February 28, when we return after vacation the DESE mask requirement will be lifted statewide. On February 15th, 2022, the School Committee voted to make masks optional in the Leicester Public Schools for staff and students.


As always, any individual who wishes to continue to mask, including those who face higher risk from COVID-19, should be supported in that choice. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and DPH strongly recommend that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear masks in school settings.


Important Information


  • Any individual who wishes to continue to mask, including those who face higher risk from COVID-19, are encouraged to do so and will be supported in that choice.
  • Per DPH, masking continues to be required in the School Health Offices in all buildings.



DESE/DPH Protocols remain in place for the following:


  • Students and staff who have had COVID or need to quarantine due to an outside of school exposure, and return after their five-day isolation/quarantine period, must wear a mask for the remaining 5 days, except when eating, drinking, or outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Recommended that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear a mask in school settings.
  • Individuals who experience COVID symptoms should stay home and be tested. If negative, they may return to school once fever-free, without medication, for a full 24 hours, and improvement of all other symptoms. A mask should be worn until symptoms fully resolve.
  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Public Health strongly recommend students and staff continue to follow the DESE-DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios.

Covid-19 At Home Testing Program


In accordance with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), our district is updating our COVID-19 Testing Program, effective January 31, 2022. We are opting into an at-home testing program that will increase testing of our participating students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. The at-home testing option will begin the week of January 31, 2022. In addition to this new at-home antigen test option, we will continue with routine COVID safety checks and/or symptomatic testing during the week. As part of this shift in the program, we are discontinuing Test and Stay and contact tracing for in-school close contacts. This means that if you are a potential contact in school, you may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine. This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary and only those who opt-in will receive tests. In order to begin receiving tests the week of January 31st, you would have needed to opt-in by January 24th. Additional emails allowing for opting into the program will follow.


Overview: At-Home Rapid Testing Program

  • About the Test: iHealth is a 15-minute at-home FDA-approved rapid antigen test
  • Opt-In: To participate, you must opt-in by completing the [online form]. By opting in, you will agree to review the training materials for test administration, report positive test results, and administer the tests according to Leicester Public Schools and State guidelines.
  • Weekly: Every two weeks you will receive an iHealth at-home rapid test kit. Each kit contains two individual tests. You will administer one test each week on Tuesday.
  • Reporting Positive Test Results: If you test positive on an at-home antigen test, you will report the positive result using the [positive result notification link]. The district will keep the results confidential and will not make individual results public. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you inform your healthcare professional of the positive result.
  • Easy, Free, and Flexible: This test is administered at home (not at school), reducing the burden on school staff and time to administer tests and increasing your flexibility to do testing in the home for free.
  • Students that are absent, or unable to pick up their test on the day of distribution should contact the applicable school main office their next school day. Students should test the evening of the day they receive their test.

Busing

Per the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Schools are strongly encouraged to keep bus windows open whenever feasible to increase ventilation on buses. Increasing outside air will affect the temperatures on buses. Families and caregivers, please send students to school with plenty of warm layers in fall and winter, as bus temperatures could fluctuate throughout the day.

Quarantine Meals

If your child is quarantined at home, breakfast and/or lunch are available from the school at no cost to you. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please complete this Google Form the DAY BEFORE you would like a meal.

  • You must complete the above-linked form one day in advance in order to have breakfast/lunch prepared for your child.

  • Meals can be picked up between 10:00 and 10:30 at the main office on the date(s) you request.

  • The meal will consist of the main menu choice for that day - no substitutions. Click here for school menus.

Leicester High School 21-22 Bell Schedule

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