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2013-06-06 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

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

This past Saturday evening we celebrated the culmination of thirteen years of effort by our seniors as they walked across Eagle Stadium for the last time as students. It is always bittersweet for me to see another class move on. We are certainly going to miss the playful spirit of this class, but we are proud of them for persevering, overcoming challenges, and carving out bright futures for themselves. I learned this morning that when I congratulated them for earning almost $400,000.00 in scholarships, I did not include a $250,000.00 package that Oscar Sauceda was awarded to continue his education from the United States Marine Corp. Oscar plans to serve our country and continue his education while serving in the marines. I am immensely grateful for the service of this fine young man. He has been an example to our students with his dedication and quiet and impeccable character during his time at Lexington High School, and he continues to inspire us all as he moves on to make his mark in this world.

While school is out for the summer for most of our students, we encourage them to continue learning and growing. One way to help your children grow during the summer is to provide multiple opportunities for them to read for pleasure. Numerous research studies have shown that reading for pleasure not only improves children’s reading, spelling, writing and grammar, it improves scores on all subject matter tests, leads to more serious content area reading, and develops better critical thinkers. Mrs. Debbie Johnson, our LISD librarian, will be providing a fun opportunity for parents to encourage the power of reading in their children. Summer reading will be held at the Elementary library every Tuesday and Thursday evening, June 6- June 28, from 6:30PM-8:00PM. All students finishing grades 1-5 may participate. Each time a student attends summer reading, their name will be put in a drawing. On June 28, three names will be drawn. Those students will each win a 20" bicycle donated by the Lexington Masonic Lodge. If you have an elementary age child, I encourage you to make the most of this opportunity to keep your child’s mind engaged during the month of June in a fun and valuable way.

Lexington schools are a remarkable place, in large part because of the support we receive from our community. Our schools are strengthened by our students, staff, parents, community members and those who have worked tirelessly to raise funds and generously donated money so that our students can be encouraged to read for pleasure and so that our high school seniors can continue their education. It is truly a blessing to be a part of such a caring and giving community.

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