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.


Using Sports to Teach Kids Character

Athletic competition provides opportunities for young people to learn and grow. If your children are involved in sports, make the most of the opportunity to teach them about these six important character qualities:

Teachability. No matter how much an athlete accomplishes, he always has room to grow. To excel, he must be eager to learn and willing to accept instruction.

The bigger issue here is humility and respect for authority. The coach might make decisions your child doesn't agree with; the referee or umpire might make a bad call. Still, your child needs to learn to deal with his frustration in a positive way. Learning this on the field or in the gym can translate into respect for other authority figures: teachers, bosses, and police officers.

Integrity. Modeling is the key to teaching your kids integrity. No matter what you say, your kids will remember your actions more than your words. Your integrity is reflected in the way you cheer at your child's game and the way you talk about the game afterward. Would you give back a victory in order to do the right thing? What is your attitude about stretching the rules in order to win? we must call our children to honesty and integrity, and sports provide opportunities to do that.

Perseverance. In the heat of competition, your child will face defeat and failure. In football, he'll fumble the ball or miss a tackle; in softball, she'll strike out; in soccer, he'll let an opponent past him for the game-winning goal. Whenever there's a winner, there is also a loser — in track or swimming, there are many losers. It's important to teach your child how to deal with failure in a positive way. That lesson, learned under pressure, will help prepare him to succeed — in sports and many other areas of life.

Positive attitude. Your child's attitude, whether good or bad, will determine how far she can go in life. Praise your child for her positive attitude above her good performance. Challenge her with the notion that one optimistic person can set the tone for the whole team.

Respect. As you know, there's a lot of posturing and "trash-talking" in sports today — even in kids' games. In the heat of competition, your child may be tempted to put another player down or pump himself up. He's trying to feel important. But it's vital that we teach our kids to show good sportsmanship even during on-the-field battles.  They need to learn to redefine what "winning" means. If they win a game but disrespect or humiliate other players, that is not winning.

Self-esteem. Sports will bring out the unique characteristics of your children. Maybe your son can't jump high enough to touch the net — but he might be a good shooter from the outside. Maybe it's clear your daughter will never be the star of the team — but perhaps her teammates all look to her for encouragement. Whatever the case, your children will learn a lot about their strengths and weaknesses.


Geology Rocks!

The 8th Grade Science students are currently learning about the Rock Cycle.  Throughout this unit the students have dug into the process of how different rocks are formed.  They have learned that sedimentary rocks are formed from sediments that have been compacted and cemented together.  Igneous rocks form when lava or magma cools and hardens.  Metamorphic rocks form when other rocks change into different rocks due to heat and pressure.  In their Rock Cycle Stop-Motion iMovie students explain the process of how these types of rocks form and how they are always changing due to Earth's powerful forces.

Write. Rewrite

Larry L. King once said, “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” At this point in the 8th grade semester, our students are finding this out the hard way – there are no breaks, and there are no shortcuts. In preparation for the 8th grade NeSA Writing Test, we read, we write, we rewrite, and we write some more. While this schedule may seem arduous for some, the intensive writing gives others a chance to shine. We turned in our first final copy of a five-paragraph essay two weeks ago, complete with rough drafts, revision, and all the pre-writing steps. As I was reading through the essays, it quickly became clear that we have some very talented 8th grade writers. Some of these essays painted elaborate pictures of “fiery, five-pointed leaves dancing to the rhythm of a brisk autumn breeze” and sidewalks “overflowing with a muted rainbow of color.” Having a vivid imagination is one essential part of writing, but being able to capture that essence in writing and craft a picture for the reader is a skill that needs to be nurtured. For the next several weeks, we will continue to write and rewrite, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have fun!

Holiday Concert

The middle school band is in the process of preparing for their Holiday Concert on December 18th at 7pm.  This year the band is attempting some challenging new music and also looking at the possibility of adding some small groups to the concert.  Along with preparing for the concert the band is working hard and reading rhythms as well as different playing techniques.  We have noticed huge improvements with many of our students and look forward to a great 2nd semester.  We hope to see a large crowd for our concert on the 18th, hope to see you there.