Lexington Middle School


Cross Country

Runners at your mark.  Set! Go!  The 2015 middle school cross-country season has begun.  We are at 40 individuals participating and we began the season by running in the Watermelon run on Friday August, 21st.  We have a great group of individuals each with their own unique talents.  Coach Miller and Coach Monzon are excited to see each athlete grow and improve as the season continues.

Getting Involved at Your Child’s School

Whether their kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It's a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.

Many schools now have to raise their own funds for activities and supplies that once were considered basic necessities, and parent volunteers are essential to organizing and chaperoning these fundraising events and other school activities.

Reasons to Get Involved

Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the larger community.

Not only will the school reap the benefits of your involvement — you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you'll gain a firsthand understanding of your child's daily activities. You'll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space).

Even if you haven't been involved in the past, it's never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school. Some parents may experience "volunteer burnout" by the time their kids enter high school or decide that the schools don't need them as much then. Many parents who volunteered a lot of time during their kids' elementary years return to full-time careers by the time their kids are teens, so there's often a shortage in the secondary schools.

Finding the Right Opportunity

One of the best starting points for getting involved is a parent-teacher conference or open house. These are usually scheduled early in each school year, and are a great opportunity to approach your child's teachers or principal about volunteer involvement.

If you have something to offer, or if you just want to help out in whatever way you can, discuss the possibilities with teachers, who might arrange something with you personally or direct you to a department head or administrator who can answer your questions and make suggestions. It's also a good idea to join the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or parents' advisory council.


Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: August 2013

For a list of ideas on how you can volunteer visit:http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/school.html#

Freak the Mighty

The Stars have arrived and are ready to dive head on into our first unit of the year in Language Arts. We are beginning this year with the Novel unit by reading Freak the Mighty. The students will learn about friendship, accepting those who are different, and how bullying can affect individuals. When we are finished with the book, the students will complete a brochure using all of their new knowledge on the plot diagram and figurative language to promote and try to sell the book. We will end the unit by watching the movie and comparing/contrasting the book to the movie. I can’t think of a better way to start the year than by reading a book that will help promote friendship and accepting others.

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam

It’s a new school year and a new beginning! 8th grade is up and running, and we have the first couple of weeks under our belts. We are connecting faces with names and getting back to the grind of regular classroom work while also trying to fit in some laughs and fun times. In Reading, we have already started our first novel – Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam – and we have been learning about the history of war dogs in the United States. So far, we have read articles about U.S. war dogs, made pictures posters, and presented our posters to the class to teach everyone about the article. The book is also becoming quite good – sometimes it’s hard to stop reading when class is over! Hopefully as the new school year progresses, we will continue to encourage each other to learn. We’re off to a great start!

8th Grade Reading

Many students in 8th Grade Reading have already dived into the novel entitled CRACKER!, THE BEST DOG IN VIETNAM, by Cynthia Kadohata.

Cracker is a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. She is crucial to the success of her platoon in Vietnam. Throughout the course of the book, Cracker needs to learn to trust her handler, and become friends with him. If they aren’t a good team they may not make it home alive.

Cracker actually expresses her point of view in the novel, as well as the handler.

Kadohata has also written award-winning novels, such as KIRA-KIRA and WEEDFLOWER.

School Supply Lists for 2015-16

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