Lexington Middle School

 

Circle of Friends 

What is Circle of Friends?  Many students and parents have been asking this very question.  Circle of Friend is a social skills program made possible by Autism Action Partnership grant funding. It consists of a group of peers (mentors) who interact with a classmate who experiences social challenges. This group is beneficial to both the mentors and the focus students. Through the course of the year, the students learn about autism spectrum disorders, how to model appropriate social skills and have opportunities to participate in activities designed to practice social skills with the focus student. One of the most important factors in our group is FUN!  We want this to be a fun positive experience for all involved.  Through our activities we have seen even the quietest of students open up and share their smile.  It has been a great experience for all involved….we can’t wait to see what the next year will bring us!


Lexington Middle  School Blood Drive

We’re excited to announce that Lexington Middle School is participating in the American Red Cross Future Blood Donor program, which introduces middle school students to the importance of blood donation. The program offers our school an activity that is not only fun, but also educational and gives our students a chance to support our community.

The Future Blood Donor program teaches students about the function of blood in our bodies, the different components of blood and the importance of blood donation. Students are then asked to recruit individuals to donate at our school’s upcoming blood drive. The Red Cross believes that we will help create a future generation of blood donors by getting students involved at an early age, and we share their vision. 

Each student who recruits at least one person to come out to donate at the blood drive will be recognized and will receive a fun appreciation item from the Red Cross. We want our students to know how important they are and about their impact on their community. This experience will be a fun way to engage our students, and the best part is knowing that they are helping save lives!

 Below is the information for our school’s upcoming blood drive.

Lexington Middle School Blood Drive

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, contact Mrs. Rosner at the school. Appointments may also be scheduled using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or by visiting redcrossblood.org using sponsor code lexnems

Please support our students and school by donating blood, recruiting blood donors or volunteering at the blood drive.


Lindsay Rosner
Special Education
Lexington Middle School

Reading Over Christmas Break

Reading is an important skill.  Please check in with your student and find out what book they are reading.  Ask them to read the book aloud to you and ask them about the characters in the book.  Perhaps there is a book you would like to read together over the break.  Set a page and a time that you can sit down and talk about the book you are reading together.  Students can come back after break and take an A.R. test over the book they have read.  This will help with Quarter 3 A.R. goals.  Keep reading every day!  Set a number of pages to be read everyday and this will help our students meet their goals!  Use these websites below to help talk about books your student has already read.

https://hosted6.renlearn.com/373877/HomeConnect/

http://www.arbookfind.com/UserType.aspx


8th Grade Liberty Team

 

On the 8 th grade Liberty team, we just finished up our first novel for the year, Inside Out and Back Again, that follows one year in the life of a Vietnamese girl named Hà. Hà and her family flee Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975, and they end up in Alabama, desperate to learn English and fit in with their new surroundings. This is no ordinary novel, however; it’s told in poetic free verse. At first, students were a little hesitant to read a whole book in poem form, but they quickly realized it didn’t make that much of a difference. Hà’s refugee experience was an interesting narrative as well as a poetic story. 
Now that we’ve concluded the novel, we’ve moved on to different forms of poetry and poetic elements, including lyric, narrative, and formal structured poetry. We will explore the fun, artistic world of blackout poetry as well as some traditional Christmas poetry and songs that we know and love. What a great way to end quarter two!

The Watson Go To Birmingham

Sixth grade Language Arts students are starting a chapter book this week called, The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. The story is about an African American family who set out on a journey from Flint, Michigan into Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. Kenny, a ten-year- old boy, is the main character and tells the story from his point of view. This means the reader will know what the character is thinking and feeling, but not what the other characters. The 6 th graders are also learning about the Civil Rights Movement along with the book. New vocabulary words such as intimidate, numb and vital are discussed along with the book. This is a great story and the students are showing they really enjoy the book.

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