Lexington Middle School

 

Health

We are back in school and going strong. The first few days are spent getting the little management things done but over all the first three days have been great. 

I want to share the Sixth Grade program this year. 

They will be getting a lot of new information, which will incorporate the G.R.E.A.T. program with the Health Units. Officer Pinkelman who has been trained to teach this program will join us. This is the next step to the G.R.E.A.T. program that your child(ren) took in 5th grade. 

This Unit Covers:

Gangs- Violence Prevention
Being a part of community
Setting goals along with others.
Decisions, making the Right Choices
Getting along with OthersKeeping your Cool
Manage your Anger
How to Solve Problem
Refusing Skill 

I so look forward to a great year.

Mrs. Gnirk – Middle School Health Teacher


Total Solar Eclipse-- August 21, 2017!

Get ready!

Monday, August 21, 2017—Total Solar Eclipse!

It will be visible from Lexington near 1:00 pm CDT (if we have clear skies)!

Sixth Grade Science students will be learning about eclipses this year. They will be starting their 7th Grade year when it happens.

Some helpful websites to bookmark to prepare for the event are:

Shadow & Substance  http://www.shadowandsubstance.com/

National Eclipse http://nationaleclipse.com

A total eclipse is when the Sun is completely hidden by the Moon, the sky becomes dark, and the Sun’s faint atmosphere (corona) becomes visible—looking like a beautiful halo.

This is the first time in 40 years that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental United States . . . and Nebraska is in a prime location to view it.  

“The Sun’s visible (and invisible) rays can cause serious damage to the sensitive tissues of the eyes, often without being immediately aware of it!  Normally, our common sense protects us from looking directly at the Sun for more than a second.  But during an eclipse, astronomical enthusiasm can overwhelm common sense, and people can wind up staring at the Sun for too long.  Make sure you have something with you to protect your eyes before the eclipse becomes total—or if you are only seeing the partial eclipse.”

(Sunglasses are NOT enough.)

Source:  NSTA (National Science Teachers Association); SOLAR SCIENCE  ALL-AMERICAN TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE; Fraknoi & Schatz

Keep Looking Up!


Mrs. Sund's Science Class

This week my students will be learning and reviewing the 7 steps to the scientific method.  These 7 steps included:

1. Develop a Question/Problem

2. Observation/Research

3. Formulate a Hypothesis

4. Conduct Experiment

5. Collect and Analyze Data

6. Conclusion

7. Communication Results

My students will be using these steps for every lab and experiment we do throughout the school year. This week as a class my students will be conducting an M&M experiment.  They will need to predict what color of M&M they would find the most in the bag.  After my students have completed their experiment they will then be able to eat their M&M’s ☺


"The Bully"

During the 4th quarter, our 6th grade reading class has been reading the novel, “The Bully”, by Paul Langan. This story is about a young man who has moved from his home in Philadelphia to a town in California.  Darrell, a 9th grader,  finds himself in a terrible situation as a bigger boy, who also attends his school and is in his classes, bullies him.  This is a story about believing in yourself and building confidence in yourself, even when others tear you down.

After each chapter, the class discussed the characters and their role in the story.  We were able to break down the story into chunks, and show that reading a novel is not as scary as we think it may be.  The students enjoyed the story very much and were excited to see what was going to happen next.  During discussion time of the story, we talked about characters and their feelings.  We also talked about how the characters actions affected them.  “The Bully” is a great story, and if you have a 6th grader, ask them if they read the book and to tell you about it.  


Majestic Theater This Summer

Did you know that an increasing number of therapists prescribe movies to help their patients explore their psyches? In addition to getting award nods, these and other movies can change the way we think, feel, and ultimately deal with life's ups and downs (WebMD). Are you in need of a laugh, a thrill, or maybe a good cry?  Check out the Majestic Theatre this summer.  In addition to the regular showings on Friday/Saturday night andSunday afternoon, the Majestic will be adding additional showings and matinee times during the summer months.

 The 8th grade NNER group at Lexington Middle School has enjoyed their experience of volunteering at the theatre. In addition to viewing the movie, students who volunteer get hands-on, real-life learning opportunities with running concessions and the registers. Most importantly, our students are learning the value of a community run theatre and the pride that is associated with the restoration and progress. Many of our student volunteers have jumped at the opportunity to help at the Majestic during the summer months.

 Remember to like our facebook page to keep up to date on the latest showings, or visit us at www.lexmajestic.org to view our monthly schedule. See you at the movies!


6th Grade Geograhpy

The school year is ending, but we are still learning about the world around us. This time our class has jumped into our last chapter on Japan. This has been a great chapter where our students have learned a lot about the population density of Japan and the adaptations the people of Japan have made. We've looked at reasons why Japan has so many earthquakes, their parking garages, capsule hotels, and a traditional Japanese home. Regretfully, we ran out of time before a Japanese friend of mine could come to talk to our classes about every day life in Japan. It has been a fun chapter that the kids are really enjoying.

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