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2012-05-10 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

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

Someone said to me last week “only eighteen days of school left”. I couldn’t believe it was so few days, so I checked and sure enough they were right. The year has flown by and I know everyone is looking forward to the summer. As we near the end of the school year, there will be many recognition ceremonies, field days, and other school events that are so very important. However, these days are busier than ever for our staff as we celebrate our students’ accomplishments and finish out the year. Thank you for supporting us as we try to make sure each student is cared for during these hectic days, with student safety being our highest priority.

This week we celebrate teacher appreciation week. A recognized district of Lexington ISD’s caliber excels foremost in academics. Our teachers and teacher coaches are one of the reasons our students excel. They show excellence in the classroom, as they shape what our future in Lexington and across the state will be each and every day. Academic and athletic achievements are useless, in my mind, if not accompanied by strong character and moral development. Our children are recognized everywhere they go because of their behavior. Please take the time to thank our Lexington educators this week for modeling high standards and virtues.

Our high school students are participating in another round of testing at the high school this week. On Monday, our freshmen took the STAAR U.S. History Mandatory Field Test, on Tuesday the STAAR Algebra I, and on Thursday, students will be taking the STAAR Geometry End of Course and a Field test for Modified Geometry.

I cannot close without saying how proud I am of our baseball team, who played in a playoff tournament this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at LaGrange. They played an excellent team and worked hard the whole time. They also behaved in a manner that stood out to onlookers. I was approached Friday evening at the game by a LaGrange teacher who happened to attend the game. This gentleman approached me as I was leaving the game and commended me on the great attitude and behavior of our students. Even though we lost two out of three games to Schulenburg, I was proud of our players and their coaches, Coach Finley and Coach Conway. Congratulations to the team for a great season and thank you for always representing Lexington well and making us proud.

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