2011-05-05 / School

From the Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Frances M. McArthur, PhD Lexington ISD

When attending the recent One Act Play competition in San Antonio, I was stunned by the level of talent and skill exhibited by every single student in that play. As I contemplate the tremendous self-confidence and accomplishment of those students, and the great majority of students within our district, I know that their accomplishments are a joint venture between their parents, their teachers, and their community. Here in Lexington, the students who perform on stage, on the athletic field, or at the Livestock Show are visibly upheld by caring teachers, loving parents, and a proud community appreciating and applauding their success. That care and pride was evident everywhere I turned this past weekend at Homecoming. From the community wide Gospel singing, to the excitement on the square, to the church services on Sunday, it is clear that Lexington is a place where people love God and are proud of our children and our community.

Each year, the first week of May is designated as Teacher Appreciation Week. This week is one of my favorite times of year because it gives us the opportunity to thank those teachers who are making a difference in the lives of our children. We are so very fortunate to have teachers of the caliber we have in Lexington Schools. As the teaching profession has become more and more difficult, I am very appreciative of the support this community gives our hard working teachers. Monday and Tuesday, Joe Bricker and several of his LCRA colleagues were an invaluable help to me as we served a fried fish lunch to express our gratitude to teachers. On Wednesday, our elementary PTO members donated an extra planning period of time for one teacher per grade level. This gift of time was a wonderful idea that means so much to teachers who are working nights, weekends, and unpaid days during the summer, trying to ensure our students are successful. I am grateful for our PTO making an effort to thank our teachers and staff or to make their job a little easier. I am also grateful for those end-of-year letters addressed to our teachers thanking them for what they have done for your child. It is hard for me to communicate how difficult the busy month of May can be on our teachers with the heightened accountability demands, final exams, and end of year activities. Your letters of encouragement and your prayers mean more to the person receiving them than you can imagine. Thank you Lexington for supporting our wonderful teachers this week and every week. I feel blessed to be a part of such a supportive community.

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