Lexington Middle School

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LMS recognized as an Apple Distinguished School

LEXINGTON, Nebraska __ May 22, 2012 __ Lexington Middle School is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Distinguished School for its exemplary program that leverages cutting edge technologies and teaching practices to create a dynamic 21st Century learning environment.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership.  Lexington Middle School is one of 56 schools in the United States to be honored.

The selection of Lexington Middle School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with the thoughtful and innovative implementation of technology. Lexington Middle School principal Dean Tickle stated, "The recognition from Apple is a tremendous honor for our school. Our community, Board of Education, technology staff, and teachers have made a commitment to provide our students with the types of digital experiences that will enable them to responsibly participate and excel in the 21st Century."

"Our implementation of Apple laptops has allowed our slmsawardchool to create a global learning environment. LMS uses laptops to bring people from our community and around the world into our school via technology. Students are challenged to leverage technology to create and problem solve in all curricular areas. They also learn about being a good digital citizen and what it means to be an ethical member of a global society," Tickle stated.

In addition to student use of MacBook computers, teachers also benefit from enhanced technology. Educators use computers to better track student achievement, analyze data, and make changes in instruction with increased speed. Additionally, online collaboration tools allow teachers to exchange ideas and digital resources with people around the world. This broadens students? experiences, too, as teachers are able to translate and transform this shared content into dynamic learning experiences in the classroom. The 1-to-1 environment has exponentially increased educational possibilities and experiences, allowing learning and teaching to extend beyond the school walls.


Red Ribbon Week
Help your student Celebrate Red Ribbon Week.

What is Red Ribbon Week?

It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 - 31st

Why Do We Celebrate Red Ribbon Week Each Year?

The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG - FREE AMERICA.

LMS Red Ribbon Week Discussions

Discuss these topics at home with your students

Monday: Discuss the severity of drugs and alcohol within our community.

Activity – WEAR RED

Questions to discuss with your students:

- Do you think drugs are an issue at LMS? Lexington?

- How do you think middle school students can help make Lexington a Drug Free community?

Tuesday: Discuss the common misperceptions of bullying and what could be done to prevent bullying in schools.

Activity – HAT DAY

Questions to discuss with your students:

- What is your definition of bullying?

- What could be done at LMS to prevent bullying?

***Remind your students that the Bully movie will be shown tonight at the middle school at 7:00pm (must have parent/guardian with them in order to attend)

Wednesday: Discuss the affects drugs and alcohol have on the brain.


Questions to discuss with your students:

- What do you know about the physical effects of drugs and alcohol?

- Does anyone know of someone who has been physically harmed by drugs or alcohol?

Thursday: Discuss the role of bystanders in bullying situations.

Activity – JERSEY DAY

Questions to discuss with your students:

- Have you ever been a bystander of a bully and a victim?

- Have you ever helped to stop a bully? How?

- If you haven’t stopped a bully before, what has kept you from helping the victim?

Friday: Congratulate our school on being a Drug and Bully free school.


Discussion with students:

- Take the time to allow students to share positive thoughts and experiences throughout the week

Eclipse Season!

Eclipse season happens about twice a year.  We are currently experiencing one.

Sixth grade Science students prepared for the Total Lunar Eclipse.  It was October 8th in the morning--as the Full Moon was setting.  The scientists who created these technical diagrams of a lunar eclipse are:  Melissa, Dustin, Daniel, Shayla.


 A Partial Solar Eclipse occurs on October 23rd as the Sun is setting.  Lexington has a possibility of seeing it if conditions are right.  Scientists who created these technical diagrams of a solar eclipse are:  Dylan, Jassmin, Ariana, Alexis.


Ask your 6th grader to show you when Lexington could be able to witness a Total Solar Eclipse.  You may want to mark the date on your calendar!

Mixed Metaphors

Idiomatic expressions can be tricky for non-native speakers. Consider the following examples:

Nous sommes comme les doigts de la main. (French) This phrase literally translates to “We are like the fingers of the hand.” Huh? English equivalent: We are like two peas in a pod.

Bien águila (Spanish) Translation: Sharp eagle. English equivalent: smart cookie

As if learning a new language was not difficult enough, idiomatic expressions like these are found in every language and their non-literal meanings are often intelligible only to a particular area or nation. Even if people become fluent in a new language, they still may not necessarily be proficient at interpreting idioms.

Perhaps more difficult than idiomatic expressions are mixed metaphors. Metaphors themselves are a types of figurative (non-literal) language that require readers to understand connections between items being compared. An example of metaphor is “Her thoughts are spider webs.” Confused thoughts are being compared to spider webs because both can be tangled. In mixed metaphors, these connections are not always clear and sometimes even border on the ridiculous! Mixed metaphors combine two or more metaphors and often make very little sense – even to native speakers of a language. Some examples:

"I don’t think we should wait until the other shoe drops. History has already shown what is likely to happen. The ball has been down this court before and I can see already the light at the end of the tunnel." (Detroit News, quoted in The New Yorker, November 26, 2012)

This mixed metaphor strangely combines “when the other shoe falls,” “the ball is in your court,” and “the light at the end of the tunnel.” The writer jumps from one metaphor to another.

Here’s another:

“When life throws you curve balls, make lemonade.” (Earle Dukes Roberts III)

In this example, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is combined with a baseball metaphor. The meaning is understandable, but the reader must understand both metaphors.

The famous New York Yankee “Yogi” Berra may have been as well-known for using mixed metaphors as for his baseball playing ability. His comments on two separate occasions that "90% of the game is half mental” and “"Baseball is ninety percent mental; the other half is physical” involve some very interesting math!

Even President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. is sometimes guilty of using mixed metaphors. In his inaugural address, he said, "As we consider the road that unfolds before us..." He is describing an interesting future for our nation indeed – one that includes strange folding and unfolding highways....

Don’t worry if you are not the brightest brick, there may be a very good reason that you don’t understand what people around you are saying! (“brightest bulb” and “two bricks short of a load”)

Some examples in this article were found on the following websites:


by Erin Hanna


After waiting I have a new room that is amazing and I am totally enjoying it.

                Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

The first quarter is almost over and the students have accomplished a lot in a short time.

Getting to know the Sixth graders has been exciting because they bring so much excitement to your day and then there are the times you have to wonder, what where they thinking when they turned in that assignment and it doesn’t meet the requirements or not done at all.   But they are learning to do better.

The Seventh graders just finished their Systems of the Body projects and we have all learned a lot.  The growth that they have made from last year has been great to see.  In a week and half I will get to enjoy a new group of Seventh graders.

The Eighth graders just finished their Teen Issue projects and it is always great to learn, listen and watch their projects.  We have had some great conversations/discussions after the topics.

That to me has been rewarding to listen to their viewpoints and discuss them with mine.  We are now into our alcohol unit and that will end my time with them before I get a new set of eighth graders.

But to all you parents, I have enjoyed getting to know your child or children.  Thanks for all you do and will do to make your child or children enjoy their years at the Middle School.

The 7th Grade Music Appreciation Class has been researching a music composer from the Baroque, Classical and Jazz periods. They then made a power point and presented their findings in class.   Some of the research included:
Birth/Death dates
Period of Music history
Age started learning about music
Years active as a musician
Songs by the composer
Instruments played
Musical jobs they had
City/Country they lived in
If their parents or other family members were musicians
They also had to find pictures of their family, house, workplace, autograph and grave.  At the end of the presentation they were to find a song by the composer and play a short portion of their music.
Many of the songs that are used today in movies, television, cartoons, computer games and cell phone rings are from these long ago musicians.