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2013-05-16 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

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

In Lexington ISD, college and career readiness actually begins in kindergarten. I don’t know a kindergartner who doesn’t have big dreams.

Our amazing kindergarten teachers realize this and they begin working on fostering those dreams and helping to bring those dreams to life as our five year olds dress up as the person they want to be when they grow up.

Furthermore, they inform those dreams with information of what it takes to get there. Setting goals is critical to success in life and our teachers are working daily at helping our students set long-term and short-term goals to make their dreams of being anything they want to be a reality.

This Thursday, our first and second graders will get to learn more about many different colleges and careers during our 5th Grade Career Fair.

Our third through fifth grade students have had the opportunity to learn from dedicated community members all year long, who generously gave of their time to come and talk to our children about their careers and what it took them to get there. The month of May our fifth grade students take the information they have been learning and become presenters for our first and second grade students. Mrs. Tina Woodward, our 5th grade Language Arts teacher works with all of our fifth graders by integrating what they have learned all year long into a written research report and presentation.

Students are required to prepare a Career Fair board that includes: job description, education, earnings, and the career dress for the career of their choice. She also requires a written report from every student. I am so thankful for teachers like Mrs. Tina Woodward who are committed to helping our students fulfill their dreams by providing them with engaging and inspirational instruction and for counselors like Mrs. Kathy Boettcher for guiding them through the interest inventory on Career Cruising, finding the information regarding earnings, education, job descriptions, and career dress.

The Lexington 6th and 7th Grade Band students attended Schlitterbahn Sound Waves Music Festival this past weekend, along with 33 other Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs from all over Texas. The 6th and 7th Grade Bands represented Lexington very well by receiving an Excellent and Good rating respectively. The judges were very impressed with their stage presence and the energy of their musical performance. After the performance, the group spent a relaxing afternoon splashing around Schlitterbahn. I am so proud of our students who did a great job and of Ms. Nora Mosby, our talented and dedicated band director.

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