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March Newsletter

The monthly newsletter that celebrates our community.


Nadine Seibel

Middle School Counselor

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Can you explain what you do at LPS?

As a counselor, I primarily work one-to-one with students and communicate regularly with their families and staff. Students work with me to voice and address their learning and social concerns while building on their own self-regulation and social skills. I also teach a few Health and Student Issues courses which focus on important topics related to students’ overall well-being. 

Where were you before you came to LPS?

I recently graduated from a master’s program at Boston University. While completing my master’s degree, I interned at an elementary school in Waltham and Arlington Youth Counseling Center while working as an in-home behavior therapist. 

What do you most looking forward to in your role with LPS?

Connecting with students, families, and staff to facilitate a positive learning experience for all of my students.

Why did you get into education?

Education is a fundamental building block for success and a huge part of everyone’s childhood. As a school counselor, I recognize...



Dual Enrollment

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with MassBay Community College that provides qualifying Seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while attending LPS.

This opportunity provides so many advantages to our high school seniors including:

1)Transfer credits. The courses they take while LPS may be transferred to the college they attend following high school, as per the rules of the college they choose to attend after graduation, which saves time and money for students.

2)Exploration. Students can explore their different interests through the college courses and be exposed to an educational experience outside what their used to. This can help them learn more about themselves as a person and a student.

3)Build confidence. Students enrolled in college courses have the chance to see that they can do it and take the "scariness" out of going to college.

More information will be coming out soon including how students can qualify and how to apply.

With dual-enrollment now an option for students at Learning Prep, we know this opportunity will be a wonderful supplement to their educational experience.


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

Thursday, March 17: All school Green Day

Friday, March 18: International Day of Happiness

Monday, March 21: No school - Professional Development

Tuesday, March 22 & Wednesday, March 23: MCAS 10th grade ELA

Wednesday, March 23: Speaker Series event, 6:00 PM

Thursday, March 24: Partners in Education (PIE) meeting, 9:00 AM

Friday, March 25: MS Student Bingo Pizza Party, 2:45 PM

Friday, April 1: Junior & Senior Financial Literacy Fair

Tuesday, April 5 & Wednesday, April 6: MCAS ELA 5th/6th grade

(Tentative) Wednesday, June 22: Last day of school


Reflections over break

By: Amy Davis, Principal

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Welcome back from the February vacation week. As we return to our regular schedule and turn the calendar to March, we are looking at two-thirds of the school year already complete, with the last third about to go racing by...CRAZY! The break provided me a chance to step back, enjoy time with my family, get things done around the house but more importantly, it gave me a chance to reflect on my first half of the school year as principal of the whole school. 

I have been at LPS for 23 years, and have worked in the Elementary/Middle School for all of those years. This year was my first opportunity to expand my role and step into the high school world. It has been wonderful to be able to catch up and see with my own eyes the growth in the students who started at LPS in the Elementary/Middle School. So much learning on all fronts. While LPS is a small school we occasionally hear about student successes as they move through the grades but there is something about being able to interact with them and experience how much they have matured and who they have grown up to be. 

In my 23 years I have learned a lot about Learning Prep and what goes into making it successful. I have learned about...



Announcements & Reminders

MS Student Council Event

After a 2 year hiatus, we are excited to announce our first after school Middle School Student Council event:

Bingo Pizza Party!!!

Join us for an exciting afternoon on Friday, March 25 from 2:45 - 4:30 PM and play Bingo with your friends, earn fun prizes, and enjoy some pizza! Be on the look-out for a permission slip that will be sent home during the week of March 14th.

10th Grade day of service

The 10th graders are going to be participating in a community service volunteer day on Saturday March 19th at cradles to crayons. If anyone from any grades would like to donate the following items and we can bring them to cradles to crayons that would be most welcome. Also if any 10th grade families haven’t signed up yet and would like to please contact Roslyn Michelson at 


Vaping Presentation

On March 7th, Grades 8-12 will attend an assembly on vaping by Cory Mashburn, a consultant from Massachusetts Partnership for Youth.

"What Are You Puffing?"

Vaping has recently become a troubling trend in our schools and communities. This presentation focuses on the physical and mental impact vaping has on the body. Many students falsely believe that vaping is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes and are unaware of the health consequences.  

We are also working on scheduling a Zoom presentation on vaping for our parents. Stay tuned for more details.

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: Language-Based Learning Disabilities 101

Wednesday, 3/23

6:00 - 7:15 PM

Virtual Event via Zoom

By: Jen Kracoff, M.S. CCC-SLP

Emily Hastie, CCC-SLP


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:

PIE - 3/24 at 9:00 AM

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 adavis@learningprep.org.

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:


DirectorySpot from the app store.

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 kmartin@learningprep.org

Contact Info


1507 Washington Street

West Newton, MA 02465

Phone: (617) 965-0764

Main Fax: (617) 527-1514


Jenna Wilson


617-965-0764 ext. x 1014

Nurses Fax: (617) 244-1921


All transportation changes and early dismissals to:

HS: dhurley@learningprep.org

MS: ccaruso@learningprep.org

Amy Davis, Principal


617-965-0764 ext. x 1221

Amy Plante, Assistant Principal


617-965-0764 ext. x 1322

Vanessa Craveiro, Chief Financial Officer


617-965-0764 ext. x 1317

Korina Martin, Director of Admissions


617-965-0764 ext. x 1202

Kurt Moellering, Executive Director


617-965-0764 ext. x 1201

Gretchen Petersen, Chief Operating Officer


617-965-0764 ext. x 1208

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