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2014-12-18 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur,PhD.,
Superintendent of Schools, Lexington ISD

Our school board members value our community’s input. I have been working closely with Dr. Russell Marshall from Arrow and Associates to provide an opportunity for students, staff, and community members to provide face-to-face input for a profile of what the community would like to see in their next superintendent. Dr. Marshall will be here on Thursday, December 18th and will meet with students, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodial staff and faculty, as well as community members. Please plan on joining us for the Town Hall Meeting from 5:00 to 6:00 pm to give your input. For those of you who cannot attend the meeting, we will also have an online survey available for you to fill out. Please stay tuned for tweets on how to fill out the online survey if you are unable to make Thursday’s Meeting.

Last week was an awesome week for Lexington students and staff. Final numbers from the Middle School Rockdale Academic UIL Competition confirmed that Lexington Middle School (LMS) won first place in the academic competition in our zoned area schools, with Franklin following in a close second, and then followed by Rockdale and Hearne. Lexington Elementary School students won third place with Franklin winning first, Rockdale second, and Hearne coming in fourth. I am very proud of our students and teachers who worked so hard to help our students shine.

In keeping with our District Visioning Goal to provide learning experiences that inspire creativity, emphasize critical thinking and allow for the creation of student owned products, Lexington Middle School implemented a LMS Competitive Robotics Club. Our Robotics kids got the “innovative solution” award for their project solution in Austin on Saturday.

LMS faculty has been working hard to improve our middle school students’ knowledge of American History through many interesting and innovative opportunities. Last week, our Parents in Education (PIE) organization showed their tremendous support for our school and our students when they sponsored a terrific night of Social Studies fun in the *Are You Smarter than a Sixth Grader* competition between students and parents. It was a great opportunity for our students to work on their social studies facts in a fun filled way and to encourage parent participation in helping them do so. In the end, the parents did win, but not without being continually challenged by the kids. It was wonderful to see the kids excited and working together to outsmart the parents with their knowledge of social studies. I am thankful for parents who work hand in hand with our staff to make sure our students are successful.

Those of you who had the opportunity to hear the sounds of the season last Thursday as our LMS and LHS band students performed, know what an awesome treat that was. The whole secondary cafeteria was rocking to the beautiful music under the direction of our Band Director, Mr. Rick Kutcher. Everyone in that gym would absolutely agree that Lexington is the place to be.

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