2012-03-29 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools Lexington Independent School District

Last week was a busy week for our students and staff with the Lee County Stock Show and the Invitational Track Meet all taking place the same week as High School Academic UIL. I want to congratulate Kirsten Nadeau, who placed third in Headline Writing, Chelsey Iselt, who placed fourth in Ready Writing, Shayna Jacobs, who placed second in Prose, and Karley Wren and Marcus Casassa, who placed third and sixth in Poetry respectively.

Additionally, Cody Church took third place in Persuasive Extemporary and advanced to region. In Accounting, Maegan Sanders took individual second place and she too, has advanced to regionals. The accounting Team of Maegan Sanders, Malissa Sanders, Corey Strain, and Caleb Braziel placed third. Mackenzie Brown placed sixth in Accounting Computer Science. I am so pleased to see our students competing and excelling in academic UIL. Our High School One Act Play Students also did an outstanding job last week in Cameron. In fact, Lexington High School was the highest scoring team at the competition with a total of 46 points. The One Act Play Team has advanced to District. Individually, Mary Beth Ross was awarded Best Actress and Will Holcomb won Best Actor. Cody Church made All Star Cast and Vaughn Kassner, Colin Wiggins, Brianna Brooks, Brooke Herklotz, Malissa Sanders, Xzandra Chrisner, Reagan Johnston, Kaylee Kenney, and Maegan Sanders all made Honorable Mention All Star Cast. I got to see the play this past Tuesday night. I really enjoyed the evening and was so proud of our students and our Theater Arts staff, Mr. Boyer and Mrs. Ross. Our One Act Play Team will compete again in Cameron on April 4th at 1:00pm. I hope to see many of our awesome Lexington community there to support and encourage them on to the next level.

Our FFA students also did an awesome job at the Lee County Junior Livestock Show. With many early morning and evening hours taking care of their animals, the following students all made Lexington look great:

Breeding heifers- Cody Morgan, Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Beefmaster Heifer

Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Brahman Heifer

Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Breeding Heifers

Senior Heifer Showmanship

Commercial Pen of Heifers - Marla Iselt- 3rd place, Katelyn Iselt- 5th place, Clay Boettcher, Rachael Beard , Emma Beard

Steers- Jacob Warner- Champion American and Senior Showmanship, Henry Heller- 2nd in class and Reserve Champion overall Kristen Boettcher- 1st place, Madison Bexley- 2nd place American Carter Hibbeler- 2nd place and Junior Showmanship, Chase Hibbeler- 3rd place , Cody Morgan- 4th place , Raimond French- 6th place, Taylor Otte- 4th place, Kayla Boettcher- 5th place, Rachael Beard- 3rd place American

Hogs- Bailee Smith- Grand Champion, Madison Bexley- 1st place and Champion Heavyweight, Clay Boettcher- 4th place, Kristen Boettcher- 1st place and Reserve Light Heavy Division, Henry Heller- 4th place, Caroline Heller- 5th place, Kayla Boettcher- 4th place , Kyle Brewer- 5th place, Tyler Meyer- 1st place, Kinsley Meyer- 2nd place, Caleb Meyer- 9th place, Whitney Pillack- 10th place, Kayla Janda- 9th place, Cody Morgan- 10th place, Chase Hibbeler- 10th place, Carter Hibbeler- 4th place, Colby Bexley- 9th place, Jason Winkler- 9th place.

Goats- Katelyn Iselt- 1st place and Reserve Champion, Marla Iselt- 7th place, Emma Beard- 5th place.

Additionally we had four students participate in the cake competition. I got a chance to look at those cakes and I was wishing I had been asked to judge just so I could taste some of the most delicious looking cakes I have ever seen. I am proud of Megan Williamson, Christen Schneider, Jessica Burns, and Sara McManus for their efforts in the cake competition.

Monday through Thursday of this week our students are experiencing the first round of the new state testing system (STAAR and EOC). In addition to the increased difficulty level of the STAAR, it is designed to determine if a student is successful in the current grade level and prepared for the next grade level, and it is aligned to ensure students are college- and career-ready. Under the STAAR tests, even students in our elementary school will be assessed on college and career readiness standards. I am proud of our dedicated teachers and staff who are committed to ensuring that student learning is a top priority. Over the past year, they have worked very hard preparing our students with relevant and challenging work, and have supported them by re-teaching and intervening when students did not understand or master the content. They have done this despite frozen salaries, and tremendous cuts to our workforce, causing them to work longer hours nurturing, comforting and at the same time pushing our students to more rigorous work. I think it is important to remember as we begin this round of testing, that we are expecting our teachers and students to meet higher standards with considerably less resources as our state funding per student is diminished more and more.

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