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.



The Living Skills class at LMS focus on  how technology and every day life affects the family.  To accomplish this learning,  students use computer-based instruction along with hands-on experiences to learn the subject matter.  Within this setting, students are applying science, math and common sense learning.

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade are into their first modules and some are even finishing module number one.  The module may be anything from baking a pie, taking care of children, sewing a tote bag or setting a table and using good manners.  One of the interesting components is in each module there is a section on careers.  Students work in pairs or threesomes to accomplish their goals in the module.

Digital Art

The L.M.S. students in Digital Art class have been creating websites. The assignment consisted of each student creating a website that would portray a mock business or a personal interest/hobby. The software's operational learning curve was substantial. However, I was very pleased with our students and their ability to adapt, use critical thinking, and problem solving skills to overcome the many challenges this project set before them.

Example of the complex software interface:





Check out some student created websites below:

Vanessa  http://site455574.45.webydo.com/

Claudia http://site456142.45.webydo.com/

Gracie http://site455230.45.webydo.com/

Evelin http://site455226.45.webydo.com/contact.html

Jaxon http://site455469.45.webydo.com/

Shane http://site456028.45.webydo.com/

Miguel http://site455432.45.webydo.com/



A New Year in a New Building and a Classroom!!!

Keyboarding /Computer Skills classes have moved to a new room in the Middle School and we are excited!!! Even though it is a long trek from the core classrooms to the north end of the new building, we are enjoying the new space.

Another change for this year in the Explore rotation is a shortened term. Instead of the traditional quarter classes that students were used to, they are now rotating through six classes for six weeks each.

Sixth grade students will be working on basic keyboarding skills using the EduType software program to help them to learn the proper keystroke for the alphabet. The important aspect for 6thincrease their speed and accuracy. Typing is a skill that must be learned and then practiced to become proficient. Typing is a skill that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Keyboarding/Computer Skills for 7th and 8th graders includes a refresher on typing alphabetic keys plus an introduction to numbers and symbols. We are also trying to incorporate some basic word formatting skills to help students as they type papers for various classes. In this shortened format, we will only be able to cover some basics, but if students practice and use these skills correctly, they will have them for a lifetime.

The New School Year in Dual Language.

In this school year, we started the new process in the dual language program. We would like to describe some activities in which we are working on. We will be experiencing the different genres of music and the most successful singers and composers in this difficult environment.

We are going to make a power point presentation in which the student will be presenting their investigation and in this process the students are going to choose their favorite artist. In this activity the student will select the artist of their preference and then they have to search information related with him /her. In this stage of the process the students will have to include personal details such as: real names, family, the beginnings of their careers, favorites foods, sports, their first and last hit in their musical career etc.

Continuing with the process, the end of their investigation, the students have to choose one of the many songs of their favorite artist. They are going to prepare their own performance in which they have to sing the song and at the same time have to record themselves and put the performance in their PowerPoint.  They will be presented to the rest of the class. The second option the students can select any song and they can have the opportunity to dance and record this performance.

We are very glad with this new beginning and we hope that, in the rest of the year we can have more fun activities to enjoy the new curriculum of the Dual Language program.

Tools of Geography

It is hard to believe that we are almost a month into the school year! Time sure has flown by! In our 6th grade geography classes, students have been learning about the Tools of Geography. In this chapter we have learned all the important parts of a map, latitude and longitude, the importance of the equator and the prime meridian. Finally we have learned how to find absolute location by using coordinates to find cities. The students have had to find certain cities on Earth and choose their top five choices for places they'd like to visit. The overall top five choices have been...

1. Rio de Janiero, Brazil




2. Tokyo, Japan




3. ST. Petersburg, Russia




4. Rome, Italy




5. Lima, Peru