2012-08-30 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

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

What a wonderful beginning we had when Lexington students came back to our schools this week. Our students’ bright and sweet faces,were a joy to behold as they came prepared for exciting new adventures in learning. We were thrilled to have over twenty high school students taking advantage of the opportunities we began offering two years ago to enroll in college level courses of their choice. These students enrolled, despite the fact that we had to pass the $200.00 per course charge on to our students when the state took away our funding for college classes.

We will continue to offer many college and career readiness opportunities at Lexington High School this fall. On Tuesday, October 17th, the Preliminary National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, (PSAT-NMSQT), will be administered at Lexington High School to all LHS sophomores and juniors at no charge to the students. Additionally, eighth graders and freshman may register for the exam for a small fee. Parents, this is a great college and career readiness opportunity for your high school students. According to the College Board, on average, students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score 145 points higher on the SAT than those who do not, and students who take the PSAT/NMSQT more than once score even higher. Recently, we purchased the Naviance Family Connection Program to assist parents in tracking and analyzing data regarding their students’ college and career plans. I hope parents will take the time to sit down with their students and click through the Naviance program found on our secondary counselor’s website. This new program is just another tool to ensure that our students and their parents take full advantage of the information available to them. Only by working together to empower our students to make smart choices regarding college and career readiness, will we accomplish our goal of making sure all of our students graduate with college and career options open to them.

I want to thank the Lexington community once again for sending us your precious children for us to teach. It is a privilege and joy to watch them bloom and grow to be young citizens with honorable characters and a passion for learning.

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