This week our LHS eleventh and tenth grade students will be taking the English Language Arts (ELA) Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skillsexam. While our third through ninth grade Lexington ISD teachers are diligently preparing our students for the STAAR and End of Course (EOC) exams, some of our students are still accountable under the prior testing system (TAKS).
Even though there has been so much focus and discussion about STAAR tests in grades 3-8 and EOC in 9th grade, the TAKS tests in 10th and 11th still have a major impact on our students. The 11th grade TAKS test will still be used to determine whether a student will graduate, because they must pass exit level tests in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
What a great basketball season we had in Lexington ISD this year! I congratulate Coach Holcomb and our boys for advancing to the playoffs and for playing with character.
I am happy to report the success of our FFA students during the San Angelo and San Antonio Stock Shows this past month. At the San Angelo Stock Show, Kristen Boettcher won 5th Place with her Hampshire Barrow, Clay Boettcher won 9th Place with his Crossbred Barrow, and Jake Warner won 8th place with his Steer. In San Antonio, Jake Warner won Grand Champion Brahman Steer and was awarded a $10,000 Scholarship, plus $9,000 in the sale. Henry Heller won 5th Place Hampshire, which is behind Grand and Reserve overall Hampshire, and earned $2,000.00. Kayla Boettcher won 11th Place Crossbred. Cody Morgan won 2nd Place Simbrah Steer, 1st place Brahman steer, Reserve Grand Calf Champion and 7th place Brahman Heifer, and Reserve Champion Senior Heifer. What a successful season so far! I congratulate all of the winners mentioned above, but I also congratulate every one of our students who get up early in the morning seven days a week to care for their animals and I wish them all luck at the Houston Stock Show during Spring Break next week.
In closing, I want to thank Mrs. Hope Siegmund, our School District Nurse, who has worked very hard to promote the spirit of volunteerism and character education of our students. Nurse Siegmund organized the Pennies for Patients campaign that collected $2,706.00 to help find a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma and that helped teach our students they can make a difference in the lives of others who are suffering.