Lexington Middle School


Time Capsule

What would you put into a time capsule?  You could pick from items such as a picture, a favorite toy, or a book?  The National 6th grade team has been researching information about time capsules during the third quarter in Mrs. Morton’s Language Arts class.  Many different items can be included in a time capsule like pictures, toys, and letters.  After reading about time capsules, the classes then needed to pick something to place in a time capsule.  The students picked an item, and wrote about it.  They first were to describe their item, second, explain why the item was important to them, and third, why it would be important in the future.  Some different items the students chose were drumsticks, soccer balls, pictures of family members, and different types of food.   The paragraphs were written in class and typed.   If you know a 6th grade National student, ask them what they picked.  They had fun choosing an item to place in their time capsule and writing about it for class.

Resolutions and Responsibilities

The New Year of 2016 has begun --- did you make any resolutions?  As a student, perhaps your goal was to get higher grades or become more skilled at your favorite sport.  There are also those “traditional” resolutions of losing weight, becoming more fit or spending more time with family and friends.  According to the dictionary, a resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” While setting a goal is an important first step to keeping that resolution, it is also essential that the individual look at the process and responsibility of how to reach that goal.   It requires hard work and perseverance.  Are you making that process?

Closely related to the idea of resolutions are the dreams that we have for our lives.  While walking through the school hallway this week, there was a sign that read “Dreams work when you do.”  In other words, if you are going to reach that goal/resolution/dream, you are going to have to put forth the effort to get to there.  It might require some sacrifices or spending less time on some electronics.  Whatever your resolution or dream might be, keep it in mind and do the work to make it work!!!

7th Grade Math

The students have been working hard so far this semester in 7th Grade Math. All 7th Grade Math Students have now learned how to solve equations and inequalities! We started with one-step equations, which the students understood very well! Then we moved onto two-step equations. These were more difficult, but their hard work paid off and they flew through them! To finish off the unit, students worked on one-step inequalities. The students were able to apply their knowledge from one-step equations and started to really understand those inequalities. There are a lot more concepts to get through this year, but if the students continue to work hard they will dominate the rest of the year!

Nebraska State Writing Assessment

Eighth grade students at LMS will be taking the Nebraska State Writing Assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, January 26 – 27.  Attendance during testing is important.  Please help us by avoiding scheduling appointments for your child during this time. Your child will be more successful if they have plenty of rest and a good breakfast.  Please encourage your students to give their best effort on this important test. Thank you for your help!

The Nebraska statewide writing assessment is intended to:

1.  gather information to assist teachers in determining the progress of students in meeting state or local standards for writing;

2. provide each local school district with a report of student progress in meeting state or local  standards for writing; and

3.  lead to improved writing by Nebraska students.

After all tests have been submitted and scored, results from the tests will be shared with teachers, students, and parents so they can all work together to help students reach their potential.


Students in PE this semester will participate in a Pickleball unit. Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badmintontennis, and table tennis.  Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels.