2013-04-18 / General Stories

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, PhD., Superintendent of Schools, Lexington ISD Frances M. McArthur, PhD., Superintendent of Schools, Lexington ISD The Greatest Show on Earth is coming to Lexington this Thursday evening. Please join us in the APK Gym when our elementary students, under the direction of Coach Marla Mitchell, will razzle and dazzle us with their annual spring program. Come early because our students are very talented and we expect another packed house.

I am very proud of Vance Kassner, Melanie Scantlin, Mackenzie Brown, and Eriq Mitchell, who represented Lexington at the district tennis tournament last week in Taylor. Vance and Melanie won third place in District and Mackenzie and Eriq won first. These four students won these honors, even as they were spread very thin participating in many other academic and athletic events. While I will not be able to attend the regional tournament this week in Stephenville, there is no doubt in my mind that Mackenzie and Eriq will represent us well.

April is National Librarians Month. We are blessed in Lexington ISD to have Mrs. Debbie Johnson as our school librarian. As the district’s certified librarian, Mrs. Johnson is officially responsible for oversight of all three of our school libraries, though she is fortunate to have amazing assistants in Mrs. Jackie Dodd and Mrs. Connie Ward at the middle school and high school level. This year, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Dodd have also worked to assist in making sure our new Lexington Middle School Media Center will be well stocked in the technology resources needed for students to locate, gather and organize information using appropriate technology and information systems. Thanks in part to these ladies’ valuable input, the LMS Media Center will be fully equipped to prepare our students to manage information, utilize technologies, innovate, and above all, think. Our students will be able to access a wealth of educational resources, thanks to the visionary planning of our design team and the hard work of our librarian and her library assistants. Our librarians are no longer just managing books. Whether it is hosting our G/T parent and community members presentations, authors, storytellers, book fairs, reading programs, and coordinating UIL contests, these ladies partner with our teachers to assist students in using a variety of resources to conduct research and write reports which are a critical part of college and career readiness.

Please take a moment to visit our school libraries and thank these wonderful ladies for all that they do to encourage our students to read for knowledge and pleasure.

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