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February Newsletter

The monthly newsletter that celebrates our community.


Mike Shammas

Food Service Instructor

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Can you explain what you do at LPS?

I strive every day to teach students new skills that students can use in their daily lives, their school day and their professional career. Even if it’s not culinary related I hope they can use the skill or concept as a work tool.

Where were you before you came to LPS?

Directly before I was working full-time at Tomasso Trattoria. My last teaching assignment was at Bay Path Vocational and before that at Putnam Vocational in Springfield. I’ve also taught Adult Education classes at Keefe Tech and Assabet Vocational. As a chef, we are teaching our staff daily.

What do you love the most about your role within LPS?

I get to work with the great population here at LPS and feed them good food as well.

Why did you get into education?

I wanted to transfer my skill set from a daily grind to...



Summer Program

Pretty soon after the Near Year, parents everywhere are starting to think, “Okay, what is my child going to do this summer?” For roughly a third of LPS students, they will attend our annual 3 week Summer Program which is held every July. And new this year, we are thrilled to open up the program to the public!

The LPS Summer Program (EYP) is designed to maintain progress and prevent substantial regression through structured educational and social experiences. The students benefit from the appropriate academic instruction, teacher directed interactive academic lessons, strategies and accommodations responding to students’ learning styles, skill reinforcement and social skills training through their classes.

For all students the program consists of reading, math, writing, essential speech and OT, social activities, electives and weekly field trips. Middle schools students additionally have social skills groups, and organizational support; while High School students develop transitional /independent living skills development via a volunteer-based work experience, twice a week.

This year, the LPS Summer Program will operate from...



Tuesday, February 8: Free Speaker Series event, 6:00-7:15 PM

Friday, February 11: All School Sports Day

Friday, February 11: PIE Virtual Bingo Night! 7-8 PM

Monday, February 14: All School Wear Red Day

Thursday, February 17: Parent Advisory Group (PAG) meeting, 9:00 AM

Monday, February 21 - Friday, February 25: February Vacation

Wednesday, March 9 & Thursday, March 10: MCAS ELA retest

Friday, March 11: All School Pajama Day

Tuesday, March 15 & Wednesday, March 16: MCAS Math retest


10 tips for supporting your child with learning disabilities

By: Korina Martin, Director of Admissions

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As the Director of Admissions, I talk to a lot of parents. Via email, phone and Zoom, many of my hours are spent listening to and talking with concerned mothers, inquisitive fathers, upset grandparents - all trying to understand why their child is struggling. As a parent, sometimes you just feel helpless. You don’t know what you don’t know, and while you may have all the right tools in place, most of the time, sometimes you can’t help but feel like you want to do more. 

As parents, the place we have the most control is usually at home. The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a fantastic resource for families whose children learn differently. They share strategies that can be used at home for children with learning disabilities. They describe trying to find a balance - of providing some, but not too much support. What is that balance? The truth is, it’s likely changing all the time. With time, maturity and new skills being acquired regularly, it’s a moving target. But the LDA has some suggestions you can use to help find that balance: 



Announcements & Reminders

Family Bingo Night

A virtual event for the whole family!

Students will receive Bingo cards at school on Thursday, 2/10 to bring home*. 

Marla Jacobs will be our host, and gift card prizes will be given to the winners on Monday at school!

PIE would appreciate gift card donations to support this event.

Please contact Gretchen Petersen at [email protected] with any questions.


You pick our menu!

In the month of March, Food Service will use menu ideas from students and staff to create the menu. If your menu idea is selected you will have your name featured on the menu and get to be first in line that day! If you would like to participate-please fill the google form sent out by Lindsay by 2/8. Any questions please see Lindsay or Mike.

Updated Covid Protocols

The 2021-22 Covid Protocols have been updated. You can find them on our website under Current Students/Covid-19 or attached here.

You can also see this updated flowchart from the Department of Education on what to do when identified as a close contact or testing positive for Covid.

Speaker Series event

Sensory Processing: What is it and how might it impact my child?

Tuesday, 2/8

6:00 - 7:15 PM

Virtual Event via Zoom

By: Katie Dabdoub, OTD, MPA, OTR/L & Mandy Nardone, MS, OTR/L


Get involved

The Parent Advisory Group (PAG) & the Partners In Education (PIE) are two parent organizations that families can participate. For more information about each group's goals and the meeting dates, click here.

The next meeting is:

PAG: Thursday, 2/17 9:00am

Zoom link for all meetings:


MCAS Dates

Please see the schedule below for MCAS dates the spring. More info to come.

March 9 & 10 - ELA retest

March 15 & 16 - Math retest

March 22 & 23 - 10th grade ELA

April 5 & 6 - 5th/6th grade ELA

April 7 & 8 - 7th/8th grade ELA

April 26 & 27 - 5th/8th grade Science

May 10 & 11 - 5th/6th grade Math

May12 & 13 - 7th/8th grade Math

May17 & 18 - 10th grade Math

June 7 & 8 - Biology - 9th grade & retest

High School Yearbook

Pre-order your 2021-22 High School Yearbook! A full color book documenting this extraordinary school year! Order today on JostensYearbooks.com

Grade Level Parents

Grade representatives for the 2021-22 school year:

12th: Debbie Berechman

11th: Stacey Suckerman

10th: Roslyn Michelson

9th: (available)

8th: Lori Day

5th-7th: Christina Chatalian


Attention 9th grade parents and guardians! We are looking for a volunteer to be a Grade Parent for the 9th grade. If interested in learning more, please contact Amy Davis at [email protected].

2021-22 Calendar

You can download the 2021-22 School Year Calendar here.

(updated 7/12/21)

Also, check out learningprep.org/calendar for a full list of events.

Family Directory

Is available via DIRECTORYSPOT. To access:

  1. Download DirectorySpot from the app store.
  2. Enter your email address as the username.

Lunch Menu

To review the lunch menu, click here.

Parent Facebook Group

Join our private Facebook group just parents and guardians called:

LPS Panther Parents & Families Group.

Click this link to join!


Get your LPS Gear!

Here's a great way to show your LPS Panther Pride!

Check out the School Store today!

Know someone who would benefit from LPS?

If you know someone who may be looking for a place like LPS, tell them about our weekly, Virtual Information Sessions and to reach out to:

Korina Martin, Director of Admissions at [email protected]

Contact Info


1507 Washington Street

West Newton, MA 02465

Phone: (617) 965-0764

Main Fax: (617) 527-1514


Jenna Wilson

[email protected]

617-965-0764 ext. x 1014

Nurses Fax: (617) 244-1921


All transportation changes and early dismissals to:

HS: [email protected]

MS: [email protected]

Amy Davis, Principal

[email protected]

617-965-0764 ext. x 1221

Amy Plante, Assistant Principal

[email protected]

617-965-0764 ext. x 1322

Vanessa Craveiro, Chief Financial Officer

[email protected]

617-965-0764 ext. x 1317

Korina Martin, Director of Admissions

[email protected] 

617-965-0764 ext. x 1202

Kurt Moellering, Executive Director

[email protected]

617-965-0764 ext. x 1201

Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operating Officer

[email protected]

617-965-0764 ext. x 1208

Dee Lane, Director of Development & Alumni Relations

[email protected]

617-965-0764 ext. x 1206

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