Lexington Middle School
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 school 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.
Title 1 School Improvement
January 8, 2013
Dear Parent / Guardian:
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that according to 2011-12 state student assessment results, Lexington Middle School is in Year 2 of Title I School Improvement for 2012-2013 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Lexington Middle School did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) towards the goal of being proficient in reading and mathematics.
To read the entire letter please click on a link below or visit the Title 1 School Improvement page.
Art Work on Display
The Lexington middle school students have been very busy in their art classes this year. Some of their work will be on display at the Lexington Historical Museum during the month of March! It is exciting to be able to show case the fine work they have been doing.
Works Cited Page
For the past few weeks in language arts, we have been working on research related topics. Students have been laboring over source cards, learning how to format a works cited page, and discovering the ins and outs of in-text citations. The whole research process can be quite confusing and time intensive, and learning how to navigate the world of online research can be a daunting task for many students. Of course, 8th graders can always be counted on to break through the monotony! While making a citation for a book published by Reader's Digest Young Families, one confused (and slightly horrified) student asked me why the book kept saying that readers digest young families. After explaining the meaning of the word "digest" and the importance of apostrophes, I'm still not certain he completely understood. It did, however, make the day a little more fun! As we continue, we will be delving into persuasive essays that incorporate the research process. Students will be learning the art of linguistic persuasion and putting their research knowledge to work.
National History Day
I have recently had the opportunity to work with several eighth grade students who are preparing to compete in the National History Day contest at UNK on March 12th. I won't take the time to detail their projects here-- I hope they will receive some Clipper-Herald press when the time comes - but I did want to comment on their preparation process.
First of all, these students are taking this challenging contest very seriously and have worked incredibly hard to put together some impressive entries. They have taken advantage of any spare moment they have during the day to stop by to work on revising their work and to cite and annotate sources. Before school, during lunch, after school, via e-mail, you name it! I am so proud of their work ethic and their desire to create entries of which they are proud as well!
While it is true that these students have risen to the occasion of meeting the many requirements of this contest (many of which are new experiences for them), it has also been especially encouraging to see them applying what they've learned in their Language Arts classes regarding the writing process. Each of the students competing in the historical research category of the contest completed brainstorms and number note plans. Their thoughts are well organized, and their work is very purposeful. They are in control of their process and have an effective means of communicating their thoughts. Source materials found during their research were evaluated, and students determined which ones lent credibility to their work. They have taken what they've been taught and have made it their own.
This really is probably the dream of every teacher: that every student would become confident, skilled, and able to independently think, create, and problem-solve. It's been exciting to see that dream in motion! Erin Hanna
National History Day
Congratulations are in order for these 14 eighth-graders, who are headed to the next step in competition for National History Day on March 12th in Kearney.
(names for photo) Molly, Abril, Delsi, Camille, Jose, Aisha, Isis, Kobe, Jackie, Julia, Khadra, Anely, Theresa, and Kate.
The various projects included writing a 1,500 word paper, making an informative exhibit for display, and creating a documentary. These students are now tweaking their projects to compete on the next level, by writing a process paper, adding a complete bibliography, and brushing up on their topics for the question and answer portion.
At this point no more class time is devoted to the projects, so students are showing that extra "umph" by working outside of the classroom on their own time, and meeting with Mr. Nieto, Mrs. Hanna, and Mrs. Smets before and after school.
There are Kearney and Lincoln competitions to hurdle, but the final step of the competition is a trip to Washington, DC!
Good luck, students!
What better way to learn about the structure of a cell than to build one? Students in Mrs. Haines' life skills science class created a model of a cell using food items. They were also required to label each part. Students also learned about the various functions each part of the cell performs.
This year students, teachers, parents and community members may submit online photos that have taken at the Middle School. On the banner bar on the right of this page is a button for Yearbook photos, All you need to do is click on the button, type in the access code and upload your photo. Photos need to be school appropriate, located at the middle school and free from embellishments for possible selection.
Preorder your 2014 Yearbooks for $20.00. Place your order with Ms. McDonald. So order your 2014 yearbook and see if your photo was selected.
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