Lexington High School

Reducing Stress and Developing Resiliency


News and Announcements

LHS PTSA Presents Dr. Ryan Madigan

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: LHS Media Library (Room 147)
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Madigan, BU Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
Topic: “Identifying, Understanding and Coping with Stress & Anxiety: Strategies for High School Students and their Parents”

As a follow-up to last year’s presentation, Dr. Ryan Madigan will return to discuss stress and coping strategies, specifically for high school students and their parents. During this forum, Dr. Madigan will discuss:

Dr. Madigan is on staff at McLean Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient DBT Program, a Fellow at the Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, and Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University and completed his internship at Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital Boston in pediatric psychology.

LHS Revised Assessment Policy

Some years ago an Odd-Even Policy was put in place at LHS to assist in scheduling tests and assessments in a balanced way over the course of the quarter and especially at ends of terms. This policy became increasingly more difficult to implement fairly as a result of calendar changes, holidays, professional development half-days and snow days. To investigate and propose new alternatives to the current odd/even policy an Equitable Assessment Committee was formed earlier this year. Comprised of faculty members representing a wide range of departments, the committee responded to these objectives:

  1. Create an equitable policy that addresses managing student stress resulting from assessments.
  2. Foster and promote self-advocacy skills amongst the student population.
This committee proposed two plausible options to encourage self-advocacy and manage student stress resulting from the volume of assessments during the quarter. The faculty considered the two proposals and voted. The majority approved the plan we have dubbed The Flexibility Policy.

What assessments apply?
Any assessment that would require more than 20 minutes of class time or more than 45 minutes of homework time, including but not limited to tests, essays and projects.


Policy: There will be no formal testing schedule, but students with an overload may approach the teacher who has assigned the third assessment or beyond on a specific day. This policy requires that teachers be flexible with students who have 3 or more assessments in a single day. (Teachers need to reschedule for the student, but not for the whole class.)

The approached teacher must make arrangements for that student to complete the assessment on an alternative date (within 2 days of the original scheduled date).

The teacher should be made aware of the situation as soon as possible, not on the day before the assessment.

Students who do not feel comfortable approaching their teacher can go to their guidance counselor or homeroom teacher (promoting the advisor/mentor role) for advice.

Only one major assessment may be assigned by a teacher during each of the last two weeks of the quarter.

This policy goes into effect April 1, 2011, and will be evaluated at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.