Lexington Middle School


7th Grade Science - Mrs. Sund

Last week my class was working on their Zoo projects.  As a 7th grade class we took a field trip down to the Omaha Zoo.  We spent the night at the zoo in the aquarium. The students were so excited and had a blast.  As a class the students had to pick one animal they were going to see at the zoo.  Before we left to the zoo, the students had to research their animal and write one paragraph about their animal.  While the students were at the zoo, they had to find their animal and take notes.  They needed to observe what their animal was doing and how the area where their animal was located had changed to fit their needs.  When we got back from the zoo the students had to write another paragraph about what they observed at the zoo.

Mr. Allen's Class

Mr. Allen has welcomed student teacher, Mr. Josiah Scollard from UNK in to help guide the students through the Roman studies.  Mr. Scollard comes to UNK from Lincoln, where he went to Lincoln SW High.  Mr. Scollard was fortunate enough to spend 8 weeks with Mrs. Haines, and now is working for 8 weeks with Mr. Allen.

Currently students are exploring the history of Rome, from its humble beginnings as a small city-state near the Tiber River, and including its growth into a major super power in the 2nd century CE.   Students are busy researching information about the expansion of Rome.   They have been collecting details surrounding several events including the Punic Wars with Carthage, The Roman Civil Wars, Julius Caesar and the fall of the Republic, and finally the expansion of the Roman Empire.

Students will be taking their research information and creating Newspaper articles on their computers.   They are pretending they have traveled back in time, and were the actual reporter on the scene of the events.   Their stories need to include an answer to the typical journalism questions of who, what where, when and why...They also need to use a "snapshot" that could be included in the "news".   Finally the students are adding a map showing the expansion of Rome's territory during the time.

Students will be moving into Western Europe during the Middle Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire.   Students will finish their 7th grade social studies work with European studies, where they will explore several key issues regarding feudalism, the Black Death, Medieval Castles, crusades, and ending with an understanding of the church in Europe.

LMS Summer School

Mark your calendars! Summer school at LMS is right around the corner. This year summer school is June 6th – June 30th. We will have classes Monday through Thursday from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Breakfast will be served daily at 8:00 A.M.  
Please watch for more information!

Rojas Florez’s Study

I recently read the Luisa Fernanda Rojas Florez’s article “Factors Affecting Academic Resilience in Middle School Students: A Case Study.”  She explains that resilience is not something a person has or does not have.  Resilient behaviors and actions “can be learned and developed in any person” (65).  Adversity, to varying degrees, is an aspect of every life.  Resilience is, basically, how people survive adversity.  In her article, Rojas Florez references previous studies that claim that parents, schools, and even the students themselves can support resiliency by providing/finding access to social resources, having a relationship with a caring adult, and being involved in extracurricular activities. 

In Rojas Florez’s own study, her goal was to help parents understand how to promote the quality of resiliency in their children and to understand what risk factors had an impact on the student’s development of resiliency (70).   Rojas Florez’s qualitative data collection noted how students recognized what helped them through the difficult time.  As examples, a student who experienced lower economic status was able to “survive” that situation by relying on strong family attachments; a student who experienced harsh discipline had family support that helped him get through that season of adversity. 

Strong parenting skills and role models both were noted to help students develop resilience skills.  A caring adult, high expectations, encouragement, consistent and responsive parenting strategies all support student resiliency.  A student’s ownership of particular qualities, such as “optimism,” “self-esteem,” “determination,” and “perseverance” also increase the likelihood that the student will develop resiliency. 

Considering our students here at Lexington Middle School, are we (parents, teachers, students) setting our students up for success by creating an environment and opportunities that promote resiliency? 

Rojas Florez, Luisa Fernanda.  “Factors Affecting Academic Resilience in Middle School Students: A Case Study.”  GIST Education and Learning Research Journal 11 (Jul-Dec. 2015):  63-78.  

Keep Looking Up!

Sixth Grade Science students regularly discuss our observations of and appreciation for the nighttime and daytime sky—including the changing phases of the Moon, the changing position of the Sun on the horizon as it rises and sets, and the changing position of planets and constellations. 

 Some Scientists have shared these great photos!

Sunset 03-26-16
by Arly O.
Sunrise 04-04-16
by Arly O.
Sunrise 03-16-16
by Keri S.
Sunrise 04-06-16
by Keri S.
Last Quarter Moon 
by Landon B.
the Sky at Sunset 
by Landon B.
Sunset 03-27-16
by Luisa B.
Sunset 04-04-16
by Luisa B.
Moon and Jupiter 
by Brianna Z.
Rainbow 03-14-16
by Brianna Z.
Waxing Crescent Moon 
by Brianna Z.
First Quarter Moon-Daylight 
by Brianna Z.

Enjoy the view and develop your own appreciation for Looking Up!