Lexington Middle School


Digital Art -- Monster Me Project

In Mr. McKenna’s Digital Art class, students are working on a Photoshop project entitled “Monster Me”. This project is an opportunity for 6th grade students to showcase their proficiency in using the computer to create artwork digitally. Students take their picture and find an interesting/relevant background. They must use their image editing skills acquired over the quarter and employ Photoshop CC 2018 in order to creativity and digitally alter their image. This project forces students to not only use learned skills and creativity but also problem solving skills to overcome issues involved in the process of creating the “Monster Me” image.

Liberty Team Social Studies

The 8th grade social studies students on the Liberty Team have been very busy this term. We have engaged in a variety of projects, we have been learning about the United States Constitution, the U.S. Bill of Rights, the first 16 Presidents, a variety of National Monuments, the divisions between the North and the South leading into the Civil War and finally a bit of Economics and budgeting.

The students have really impressed me with their talents. We have a number of budding actors and actresses, producers and cinematographers. After studying the Bill of Rights, they were asked to produce a final project where they had several options. Many chose to create an I-Movie, in which they wrote, directed, starred in and produced their version of what the Bill of Rights meant to them.  There were many very good videos.

I think the highlight of the term for my students, was being able to register for high school.  Many, I believe, were excited and perhaps a bit hesitate at the same time. I would like to pass along some advice for them as the transition to high school. Stay on top of their homework so they don’t get behind, stay focused and do not let distractions sidetrack from what is important, and get involved in the many extra curricular things high school has to offer. Also, figure out what your college goal is, and go after it.

It has been a good year, with many talented and great students.  I wish them the best of luck on their journey to high school and beyond.


Ms. Bourge

Eighth Graders Take Steps to be College and Career Ready

 For the last two full weeks of the school year the eighth graders are learning all about college and career readiness during their science classes.  Mrs. McCracken, the eighth grade counselor, used this week to talk to them about the transition to high school including a discussion about credits, graduation requirements, and how to start building their resume once in high school.  Students also learned about the different options they have after high school which include attending a community college, a four-year university, joining the military, attending a technical or trade school, or completing an apprenticeship.  The eighth graders were also introduced to the Nebraska Career Education Model in order to learn about the six different career fields of Business, Marketing, and Management, Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Communication and Information Systems, Human Services and Education, Health Sciences, and Skilled and Technical Sciences.  They learned every career imaginable fits somewhere into that model.  In order to learn more about one specific field of their choice, students had the opportunity to attend a career speaker session on Friday, May 11th.  These sessions included a panel discussion with several community members who volunteered their time to come share their career journeys with the eighth graders.  We would especially like to thank our volunteers: Business, Marketing and Management: Amy Owens and Beth Rogers with KRVN, Jill Denker and Bridget Brandt with Lexington Regional Health Center, and Andrea McClintic and Stephanie Novoa with Dawson Area Development, and Stephanie Buell with Pinnacle Bank.  Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: Haley Rogers.  Communication and Information Systems: Dave Schroeder with KRVN and Jessica Rivas with Lexington Public Schools Technology Department.  Human Services and Education: Luke Pinkelman with Lexington Police Department, Joe Pepplitsch with the City of Lexington, Amber Ackerson, attorney for RuralMed, Gloria Simonson, and Scott West.  Health Sciences: Tom and Jen Alexander with Lexington Family Dentistry, Travis Maloley with USave Pharmacy, Katelyn Utter, Jeremy Wozny, Tessa Gall, Tiffany Burkey, and Mallory Dean with Lexington Regional Health Center. Skilled and Technical Sciences: Mark Wall and Doug Klute with Cheever Construction, Randy Rieke and Becky Crawford with Orthman Manufacturing, Cole Brodine with Dawson Public Power, and Mike Maloley and Jared McCracken with MRK Inc.

During the second week of the college and career unit the eighth graders will be learning about financial aid and how to start saving for college.  They will also create accounts on Nebraska Career Connections in order to complete inventories and activities related to more career exploration.  It is our hope and goal that these activities and lessons spark an interest in college and career planning for the eighth graders and allow them to start to have conversations about their future with the adults in their lives.

Understanding Math!

According to Michael Shaughnessy, Ph.D., President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the practice of mathematics can be “almost like learning to play the piano—even doing a little bit each day can help.” He also provides a warning that rote memorization of facts does not envelope the true essence of mathematics and that activities that focus on reasoning open students minds to a deeper level of understanding. Along with the study of formulas and algorithms, we seize opportunities to provide experiences with mathematical reasoning in 6th grade math. Problem solving tasks involving logic and puzzles or mathematical riddles provide experiences in communicating mathematical ideas, cooperation and perseverance. At home, a deeper level of understanding in mathematics can take place by including learners in day-to-day use of mathematics...doubling a recipe, calculating the cost of fuel or mileage, using measurement tools to determine length or weight. We all use mathematics every day and sharing these moments will increase student understanding of math!

The Great Park Pursuit

At our Reading Banquet this year, we were introduced to The Great Park Pursuit.  This program encourages families to get out and enjoy parks and State Recreation Areas throughout Nebraska.  As you visit each park, you can capture an impression and submit it to put your name into a drawing for prizes including an iPad, a 2019 State Park Entry Permit, or the grand prize of $1500.  On the website, there is also a list of activities your family can take part in as you enjoy being outdoors together.  Get out there, make some memories, and have some fun as a family!

Math Is All Around Us

As summer approaches, and students are no longer participating in formal math instruction, you can still be sure that they keep their math skills sharp.  There are many ways that students can be encouraged to use math in routine daily activities.  Here are a few ideas...

1.  Use math when shopping.  Even when doing grocery shopping, ask your son/daughter to do some estimating.  About how much is this item per ounce?  Approximately what will our total cost be for these items?  How much would this cost if we get 20% off?

2.  Have your son/daughter cook or bake with you.  Cooking is the perfect time to review fractions and measurement.  Take half of the recipe.  Double the recipe.  How many different ways can you add 3/4 cup?

3.  If your student is babysitting or mowing lawns to earn some money this summer, have them create a budget for how the money will be used.

4.  Craft, sewing and construction projects are a great way to review measurement skills.

5.  Calculate mileage for a trip.  How many miles did we get per gallon of gasoline?  How long will it take if we travel at 70 miles per hour?

These are just a few ideas, but math is all around us.  Ask questions.  Ask them to use problem solving skills. And...have a great summer!


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