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2013-02-28 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, PhD., Superintendent of Schools, Lexington ISD

We have wonderful and talented students in Lexington schools who shine both inside and outside of the classroom. This past month, two of our amazing student athletes signed on to play college ball. Both of these young men will continue to work on their long-term academic goals as they play college ball. I want to congratulate Jason Washington and Jacob Warner, because as I watched them both sign on for college admission and scholarships, I knew their dreams and aspirations for the future hold so much more than just playing football for Texas A&I and Blinn College, respectively. Their achievements on the football field have garnered them recognition as athletes, but their determination to move forward with their longterm career goals is truly admirable. I am proud of Jason for planning to give back to society by becoming a teacher/coach and of Jacob who will be following his father’s footsteps and becoming a veterinarian.

As I have mentioned before, there are so many ways our students stand out, I wish I had space to share them all. This past week, Derek Dane, another one of our student athletes, was selected to participate in an exciting leadership camp for students interested in pursuing a health science career. Derek, who hopes to be an orthopedic surgeon, has been selected to shadow medical students this summer, while taking six hours of college classes through George Mason University.

Making a difference for others is another way our students light up our community and our world. Our service minded students are not just the greatest young people in the area, they are also the greatest for our world. This past month our elementary students raised over $2,400.00 for the Leukemia Foundation. The money our students raised in their pennies for patients campaign will go to aiding the families of sick children, as they struggle to be there for their child while he/she undergoes chemotherapy or radiation. I am grateful to Hope Siegmund, our school nurse, and all of our teachers for helping instill the importance of giving and serving in our students.

Lastly, I want to give a very special shout out to our elementary PTO for their amazing support of our students this past Friday. I was told that our PTO raised $7,700.00 at the PTO Family Night - Magic Show/Silent Auction Fundraiser. I was unable to attend because of training I had to attend last weekend, but I was deeply touched by the generosity of our

Lexington parents and community members. I am particularly grateful to our PTO officers: Donna Faske, Tiffany Patschke, Stacey Stamport, Kelly Voight, and John Woods for organizing the event, and to Bradley Patschke, who I am told grilled all the delicious hamburgers.

I consider it an honor and privilege to lead a district of not only remarkable students, but dedicated and generous parents and community members who continually show me their support for our children and our schools.

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