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2013-04-11 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

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

What a great school district we have here at Lexington ISD! It is great because of many reasons: the dedication, commitment, and work of our employees, and the success of our students that make Lexington great, but it is the heart and character of our students, parents, and teachers that make us exceptional.

Today, I want to share with our readers two examples of the service-mindedness of our students that moved me this week. When walking by our Ag. Shop last week, I happened to see our welding students busily working on the bench pictured below. The workmanship is outstanding and I am very proud of our students for their work ethic, skill, and dedication, but it was the reason behind why they were working so intently that moved me most.

Mr. Mike Lilley, our welding teacher learned of a young father who was struggling with Stage 4 Cancer and of a fundraiser friends and family were having for him. Immediately, Mr. Lilley and his students swung into action to build a beautiful bench that could be used to raise money for his cancer treatment. Teaching our students the value of service beyond oneself is common here in Lexington, and it makes me very proud.

I also want to take a moment to thank our Lexington Middle School (LMS) Student Council Students and their sponsor, Mrs. Tammy Alford, for their servicemindedness and commitment to make Lexington look good. Recently, at our LMS track meet, our middle school students could be seen everywhere, not just competing in track and field events, but picking up around the track between competitions. Our students decided to help the District save money in custodial services by cleaning up around the stadium. Onlookers from other districts were amazed to see our children working between events! “Wow, one Cameron staff member said, “I have never seen anything like this.”

Yes, our children are exceptional!!!!!!!

Congratulations to our Lexington High School Band for receiving a 1st Division Rating at the Blue Bonnet Music Festival in San Antonio this past week. The judges were impressed by how outstanding our young musicians are. We have a very young band, with only three juniors and no seniors. The rest of our band is made up of 8th grade, 9th grade, and 10th grade students.

One of the judges was clearly impressed by their talent and age and remarked, “powerful performance!”

This award was our first 1st division rating in a very long time. I am not only proud of our students’ musical success, I am also pleased to see them excel because the research is clear on the cognitive bonuses of playing an instrument and being involved in the arts. Before school started this year, our Lexington instructional staff spent time studying brain compatible strategies and student success. Using music in instruction is highly effective in helping students learn. In fact, music is one of the seven intelligences identified in the brain, and the only one that utilizes all seven intelligences simultaneously. Students who participate in music exercise their brain far beyond just reading and writing.

Additionally, according to the The College Board, students in band continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in music performance.

I also want to congratulate Ms. Nora Mosby, our band director, on a great year so far. Ms. Mosby took our students to the Blue Bonnet Music Festival to help them prepare for our UIL Competition coming up next week in Caldwell. I hope many of our wonderful community members join me next Tuesday, April 16th at 1:00 p.m. to encourage and support our awesome Lexington High School Band!

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