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November Newsletter

The monthly newsletter that celebrates our community.


Each month we will feature a student and a project they (and we!) are proud of.

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Jasmin Vasquez, Class of '22

"I chose to create the LGBTQ board because I have friends who are part of this community and I wanted to show my support. It was important for me to make something that represents the LGBTQ community and for each individual voice to be heard. I want people to understand the community and accept them for who they are, human beings. I wanted this board to symbolize happiness, kindness, and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. At the end of the day we are all human, and we should all love one another instead of hating one another."


Arianna Drummy, Transition Counselor

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Where were you before you came to LPS?

Before LPS I was working at the College Internship Program in Lee, MA as a student advisor. My role was to support young adults with learning differences with executive functioning, parent communication, medication management, and budgeting

What is your favorite part of being an educator?

My favorite part about being an educator is learning from the students, and having a positive impact on their academic journey. 

Why did you get into education?

My degree is in Youth Development which is a combination of education, social work, and non-profit studies. I got into education to empower students to use their voice, and take ownership of their education. 

Read on...



What is Enrichment at LPS? You may hear your student talk about “enrichment” and wonder, what class is that? Enrichment is period 3 every day and starts at 9:20. At the beginning of enrichment, students can go over to the cafeteria to pick up a free breakfast or a snack or students can also bring in a snack from home. Students eat their snack in their enrichment rooms where the first thing that staff do is read the daily bulletin. This is information specific to each building (Middle or High School) that includes information about fun happenings coming up (“Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin”), changes in routines, staff absences, what amazing lunch is offered today, upcoming Student Council events and more. This is an opportunity to answer any day to day questions and offer student support.  

Read on...


Monday, November 8: All School Student Council Food Drive begins

Tuesday, November 9: MCAS Retest Math, Session 1

Tuesday, November 9: Speaker Series: What happens to children

with disabilities? by Dr. David Stein, 6:00 PM (virtual)

Wednesday, November 10: MCAS Retest Math, Session 2

Wednesday, November 10: Virtual Presentation for Parents: Bullying Prevention & Intervention Plan, 9:00-10:00 AM

Thursday, November 11: No School, Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 16: Virtual Grade Level Meeting for 8th Grade, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, November 16: Virtual Book Fair begins

Tuesday, November 16: MCAS Retest ELA, Session 1

Wednesday, November 17: MCAS Retest ELA, Session 2

Thursday, November 18: Partners in Education meeting, 9:00 AM

Friday, November 19: Student Council Food Drive ends

Friday, November 19: High School Student Council event at Monster Mini Golf, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 24: Early Release, 11:00 AM dismissal

Thursday, November 25: No School, Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 26: No School

Thursday, December 2: Winter Fair

Friday, December 3: Wear your Blue/Green shirt!

Thursday, December 9: Parent Advisory Group meeting, 9:00-10:00 AM

Thursday, December 9: Virtual Grade Level Meeting for 9th Grade, 6:00 PM


By: Susan Smith Powers, Dean of Students & Student Support

Catching Your Kids Being Good!

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One of the hallmarks of our program is our commitment to our community core values which include respect, honesty, courage, compassion and responsibility. All members of our school community are expected to demonstrate behavior consistent with these core values. We believe that these core values are fundamental to a supportive, safe and orderly school environment. Many of our students, especially our younger ones, are still learning about our core values and how they apply to everyday life.

One of the ways we teach and reinforce our core values is by “catching kids being good”, which reinforces positive behavior. As an educator with a background in child development and clinical counseling and almost three decades working with adolescents, I’ve learned that the best way to increase positive behavior is through positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement focuses on what the student is doing right rather than on what the student is doing wrong. This increases the likelihood of the favored behavior being repeated. Positive reinforcement helps motivate students to do better in the future. They also understand that their good behavior results in positive consequences such as rewards or even mere positive praise. This teaches them the value of personal responsibility, self-discipline as well as pride for their accomplishments.

So how do these “Good Citizen Slips'' (GCS) work?

Read on...

Announcements & Reminders

Food Drive

Student Council’s Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive will run from Monday, 11/8 -Friday, 11/19. Each Homeroom will get a Food Drive Box to collect non-perishable Food Items. The Homeroom that COLLECTS the MOST Food ITEMS will WIN a Pizza Party! 

Health Screenings

The Nursing Office will be holding annual health screenings the week of 11/.15. If your child is participating in this, the Nursing office has already been in contact with you.

Contacting Clara Caruso

Please be aware that Clara will no longer be using her LPS cell phone but can continue to be reached at 617-965-0764 x1016 or 


Blue/Green Fridays

The 1st Friday of every month will be "Wear your Blue/Green shirt" day. All participating students will be entered to win a raffle so please encourage your student to participate! If you need a shirt, please contact Debby Worcester at dworcester@learningprep.org.

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.

Speaker Series event

What happens to children

with disabilities?

by Dr. David Stein

Tuesday, November 9th 6:00-7:15 PM

RSVP here

More info here

Winter Fair is back!

Our Annual Student Winter Fair is returning on Thursday, December 2nd.

To make the event successful, we need donations!

Please see this flyer for more info on how you can help.

Family Directory

Has been release! Please check your email for a separate invitation from "Directory Spot" to access it.

Outdoor clothing

Just a reminder that our tents are still up and we are eating outside as much as possible. Please make sure your student has adequate clothing to be outside for a half hour.

Grade Level Meetings

These meetings will focus on an overview of the current year and preview of the upcoming year. Meetings will be held via zoom at 6:00pm through this link:


11/16 - 8th grade

12/9 - 9th grade

12/16 - 10th grade

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.

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!

The School Store has been updated so 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

Seen around campus

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Left to right: Newly elected HS Student Council, After School cooking club, After School drama club

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Left to right: Childcare supporting Virtual Marathon Day, Unity Day rock painting by student Dali Dean, Amy and Abby's return from completely the Virtual Marathon

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Left to right: After School Program Soccer game, student Will Burns supporting the Fall plant sale, HS Halloween Social

Contact Info


1507 Washington Street

West Newton, MA 02465

Phone: (617) 965-0764

Main Fax: (617) 527-1514


Nancy Ishkanian


617-965-0764 ext. x 1014

Nurses Fax: (617) 244-1921


All transportation changes and early dismissals to:


Amy Davis, Principal


617-965-0764 ext. x 1221

Amy Plante, Assistant Principal


617-965-0764 ext. x 1322

Vanessa Craverio, 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

Dee Lane, Director of Development & Alumni Relations


617-965-0764 ext. x 1206

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