2011-10-13 / School

From the Superintendent of Schools

Frances M. McArthur, Ph.D.
Lexington ISD

Last week, Lexington students learned about Rachel Scott, the first person to perish at Columbine High School in 1999, through her writings and accounts told by her family and teachers. The message of kindness and acceptance was powerful and Lexington secondary students embraced the challenges of positive change based upon how people treat one another that Rachel proposed in her diary. We are blessed in Lexington to have a generous community who helped fund this character education program in our schools. I want to thank our Lexington Lions Club and the Lexington Rotary for underwriting a large portion of the cost of bringing Rachel’s Challenge to our schools and community.

This past week nine of our students competed at the State Fair of Texas showing steers, hogs, and breeding heifers. Congratulations to Cody Morgan, Henry Heller, Caroline Heller, Kristen Boettcher, Clay Boettcher, Kayla Boettcher, and Kyle Brewer for placing in the Fort Worth Hog Competition and making the Sale of Champions. Additionally, Jacob Warner, Cody Morgan, Rachael Beard, and Kayla Boettcher placed in the steer competition; and Cody Morgan placed with his Beefmaster heifers. I commend these students for their hard work. These students are taking care of their animals before and after school, as well as being active in athletics and/or service organizations and carrying rigorous course loads.

I am also very proud of the energy and excitement that our band has shown this year. You can hear and feel the enthusiasm in the sound of their music. Already this month they have competed in two contests. October 1st, they performed at the USSBA Contest in New Braunfels and placed 1st. This past Saturday they competed in the Blinn College Marching Contest inBrenhamandreceiveda2onascaleof1to5,with1being clearly outstanding. In this same contest last year, our students were awarded a 3. Congratulations to Mr. Guess and the entire band for their improvement this year. I get energized walking across our campus while they practice, just listening to the gusto with which they play.

Next week is National School Bus Safety Week. Having ridden our bus routes, I have been impressed with the competence and dedication of our bus drivers. Please let our bus drivers know how much you appreciate all they do to make sure our students arrive to and from school safely each day.

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