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.
7th grade Stripes Language Arts began 2015 by students starting their research project. Mr. Koch’s students have been researching their individually chosen legend that is someone of noted celebrity, with larger-than-life accomplishments, and whose fame is well-known. Students have chosen anyone from John F. Kennedy to Jenni Rivera. Students will research, prepare, write, and present a speech on a legend. All classes seem to be looking forward to listening and learning from all of their peers!
Getting Involved with 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, PhDâ€¨ Date reviewed: August 2013
For a list of ideas on how you can volunteer visit:http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/school.html#
Hour of Code
National Computer Science Education Week begins December 8 and to celebrate, students from LMS will be participating in a grassroots program called the hour of code. What is it? Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
Students on the 7th grade Stripes team will be practicing how to write code and logging their hours on the website. Log on to www.hourofcode.com and start your coding journey.
7th Graders succeeding with their new curriculum
The district adopted a new math curriculum this school year. Students are doing very well transitioning to GO Math. The curriculum consists of a hardcopy workbook and an online component. Everything that is available in the hardcopy is also available online! You can access the book, help videos, and practice problems to assist with the learning of your child.
So far this year, we have learned operations with rational numbers, ratios, proportions, and how to solve equations. The students performed especially well at solving equations! They have impressed us with their abilities and they have been putting forth a tremendous amount of effort to be successful this year.
If you would like to see the new curriculum in action, just ask your child to pull it up on his/her computer. They can show you quite a few different activities that can definitely help them out!
Many students work hard at LMS so it is important to honor their achievements. Recently a fun ceremony was held for this very purpose. Two big events took place: first, LMS taped Mr Wall to the wall as a result of a successful book fair; second, honor roll certificates were distributed.
The ELL Freedom Team was honored to have two students make that group. The students are still learning their academic English, so consequently they can struggle during this learning process. Hibaaq Salat-7th grader and Guadalupe Navarro-6th grader have risen above those challenges and met the requirements of the Honor Roll. Congratulations!
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