Lexington High School To Be Featured on National Stage for High Performance and Progressive Practice

February 9, 2016

Lexington High School is one of only 18 high-­‐performing middle level and high schools selected to present at the Ignite ‘16 School Showcase as part of National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Annual Conference February 25-­‐27, 2016 in Orlando, FL. The NASSP and the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR) annually host this national showcase that convenes school leaders, teachers, and students from the nation’s top middle and high schools to discuss effective practices, programs, and strategies with colleagues from across the country.

Lexington High School is being nationally recognized for exhibiting dramatic improvement in state test scores, graduation rates, attendance and student mobility. Playing a major role in these significant changes is the school’s “Destination: Graduation” program that is driven through a partnership with the Lexington Community Foundation. Representing LHS at the Breaking Ranks Showcase will be Principal Kyle Hoehner, Assistant Principals Audrey Racek, Tom Coviello and Phil Truax, and teachers Peg Fisher, Annette Fitzgerald, Eric Bell, Travis Patocka, and Sam Jilka.

The aforementioned group of educators will be presenting an up-­‐close look at the classes, initiatives and strategies that drive the school-­‐wide “Destination: Graduation” program that was created five years ago to address the challenges of 75 percent poverty, 20 percent ELL, and some of the state’s lowest achievement scores and graduation rates.

Principal Kyle Hoehner said, “The collaborative, relationship-­‐driven, school-­‐to-­‐community initiative has personalized our school environment and increased stakeholder accountability.” He added, “Our shared mantra, ‘Teachers Will Never Give Up On Students and Students Will Never Give Up On Themselves or Each Other,’ drives weekly student-­‐teacher academic/activity/behavioral growth conferences, academic pep rallies, cohort graduation competition, the Gathering of Champions initiative, and our Foundations of Leadership program. Our 95% attendance and 91% graduation rates support a significant 3-­‐year growth in graduation and state assessments that include increases in Reading+28%, Writing+19%, and Math+17%.”

“It is truly an honor to be selected as one of only 18 schools nationwide for this recognition, especially considering that there are nearly 100,000 secondary schools in the United States. The Lexington school district and community share equally in this recognition. Our school’s success is a testimony to the collaborative work being done by our students and the school district’s teachers, administrators, parents and community,” said Hoehner.  “It is truly a district-­‐wide, community-­‐wide honor.”

“The Ignite ’16 School Showcase uniquely connects principals, teacher leaders, and students with exemplary colleagues across the nation to discuss effective practices,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “That connectedness is essential to school leadership in the 21st century, and we know the Showcase will expand the professional learning communities of many of the educators in attendance.”

Schools are chosen to present on the basis of their outstanding reputations for quality and innovative practices with challenging populations. At the Showcase, they will share stories of implementing those practices, many of which are aligned with NASSP’s Breaking Ranks framework for school improvement.

“The schools presenting at this year’s Showcase are truly inspirational,” said CSSR President Joe DiMartino. “As they share their stories of implementing the Breaking Ranks framework, participants will become energized about the possibilities. They will bring back with them accounts of success that will provide a vision for transformation of their own schools.”

The schools selected for the 2016 Showcase are: Carl Wunsche Sr. High School | Spring, TX Douglas Taylor School | Chicago, IL

East Leyden High School | Franklin Park, IL

Frank H. Peterson Academy of Technology| Jacksonville, FL Hall

Dale Middle High School | Farmingdale, ME

Hastings Middle School | Hastings, NE

Joplin High School | Joplin, MO

Lexington High School | Lexington, NE

Maplewood Richmond Heights High School | Maplewood, MO

Mater Academy Charter Middle High School | Hialeah Gardens, FL

North Providence High School | North Providence, RI    

Pottsgrove High School | Pottstown, PA

Raymond High School | Raymond, NH

Ravenswood Middle School | Ravenswood, WV

Revere High School | Revere, MA

Santa Fe Indian School | Santa Fe, NM  

Science Leadership Academy | Philadelphia, PA

Timberview Middle School | Ft. Worth, TX