Lexington Middle School
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 school 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.
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!
The middle school band is in the process of preparing for their Holiday Concert on . 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.
History of Halloween
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve.
Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries, Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve.
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. Other countries
embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.
(article published on www.halloweenhistory.org)
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