Lexington Middle School

 

Full of Life

We have had a great start to the 2016-17 school year! Our classes are full of life.

6th graders are learning about family and caring for babies. They will develop skills and attitudes needed for character development, caring for oneself, others and managing resources.

7th grade has been busy in the kitchen making cookies. They will learn essential kitchen safety and sanitation procedures, common cooking term abbreviations, proper measuring techniques, the use and care of laboratory equipment, and common food preparation terms. Students will gain experience in reading, understanding, increasing, decreasing and following recipes.

8th graders have started on their pillow project. They will learn basic sewing skills and techniques that can be used throughout their lives.

   


Physical Education

In the first several weeks of Physical Education we have focused on conditioning and preparing to run the first timed mile of the semester.  A lot of our conditioning has been done outside on the track.  We have done some longer runs trying to build up stamina, as well as, some shorter and interval running to work on pace setting.  The first timed mile is used as a baseline and then we set a grading rubric looking for improvement each month.  

Remember to do your part at home to help your child stay active.  Encourage them to engage in an appropriate amount of physical activity and avoid too much sedentary time. In addition to being fun for children and teens, regular physical activity has many health benefits, including:

  • Strengthening bones

  • Decreasing blood pressure

  • Reducing stress and anxiety

  • Increasing self-esteem

  • Helping with weight management

Children and teens should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week, preferably daily.  Remember that children imitate adults. Start adding physical activity to your own daily routine and encourage your child to join you.

Some examples of moderate intensity physical activity include:

  • Brisk walking

  • Playing tag

  • Jumping rope

  • Playing soccer

  • Swimming

  • Dancing

In addition to encouraging physical activity, help children avoid too much sedentary time. Although quiet time for reading and homework is fine, limit the time your children watch television, play video games, or surf the web to no more than 2 hours per day. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend television viewing for children age 2 or younger. Instead, encourage your children to find fun activities to do with family members or on their own that simply involve more activity.


Speaking Up

LMS students are learning how to become better speakers this year through a variety of presentations.  Each class will have different presentations to complete.  So far, we have presented two or three times, learned the basics to a presentation, and are learning to adjust our volume, tone, posture, eye contact, gestures and visual aids.  That’s a lot to learn is such a short time!  

The best advice we have heard is practice, practice, practice!  If a student could not find a family member to listen, they are encouraged to practice in front of a mirror.  Practice will make everything much easier!  Students typically receive two grades for each assignment: a presentation grade and a class work grade.  Most work will be completed in class although sometimes a student may have to finish outside of class.  So far, students have enjoyed sharing their heritage, hobby, or bucket list with the rest of the class.  We are all improving as speakers and audience members with each presentation!


LMS Cross Country

LMS has gone full swing into the fall sports season. Volleyball and football have been practicing for a few weeks now. Cross Country, in addition to practices, have held a couple of meets. They have taken part of a “scrimmage” run, as well as a meet at Overton golf course and Lakeside golf course. They have done very well against stiff competition, including Grand Island, Kearney, and North Platte. There have been several runners from LMS placing in the top 15. The future of XC at Lex is very bright indeed. There is a saying that fits this program: we don’t rebuild, we reload!


Stripes Team

7th grade Language Arts have been reading Freak the Mighty!  We have been exploring the elements of fiction, point of view, and a few examples of figurative language.  This is a great book that most all students can relate to in some way or another.  

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