Lexington Middle School

 

Can you believe that we are almost halfway through the school year!  Wow!  Where has the time gone?  Speaking of time, I would like to give you a heads up that 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will be holding a History Night on January 29th from 3:30-5:30 pm.  Hopefully, this will give you enough time to make arrangements so you can be here for your child’s presentation.  They have been working really hard on this project and would love to share it with you.  We are looking forward to seeing on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.


The Majestic Theater

The Majestic Theatre is owned by Lexington Public Schools. The theatre was purchased by the school board in 2012 to provide students with a hands-on, real-life learning opportunity. Students from middle school to high school were actively involved in the demolition and remodeling of the theatre interior.  Today, students and community members are involved in volunteering at the Majestic. We take pride in being able to keep our prices low and offer second-run movies at a discounted price. If you’re looking for an inexpensive activity for your family, come out to the Majestic Theatre and enjoy a movie with us.  Visit our website at www.lexmajestic.org to see our latest events. 


Eighth Grade Science Travel Thru Time

Currently in 8th-grade science we are finishing up a project. The students were asked to travel through time to their favorite periods/eras on the Geological time scale.  Many students wanted to check out the Mesozoic period, the time when the dinosaurs lived. The exciting part for me is that students get to choose what makes them interested in this part of our world's history. Why is this fish still alive after 23 million years? Many students have found out how the mountains were created. The students have taken an Amazing Race adventure and summarized what they have found out about the period/era and are creating a presentation based on their findings.


Don’t Miss.

Being in school all day, everyday day, helps your child get the most out of Middle School.  Encourage good attendance with these ideas:

-       Explain to your son or daughter that there is no substitute for being in class.  Your child needs to be present to hear teachers explain concepts, to participate in group projects and class discussions, and to ask questions.

-       Schedule doctor, dentist, and orthodontist appointments for before or after school hours, or during vacations, whenever possible. 

-       It will be easier for your child to get up on time for school if he or she has had at least nine hours of sleep.  Set a reasonable bedtime, and make sure he or she puts away electronic devices so they aren’t tempted to stay awake to read messages or play games.

Good school attendance is vital for good school performance.  When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.  Good school attendance is also important because it helps your child develop habits that will help them be successful for the rest of their lives.


CTE AG CLASS

There is a lot happening in Ag class! The sixth graders have been learning about the impact of agriculture has on our everyday lives. They are currently working on an activity of researching the various sustainable farming practices that are preserving our World's precious soil to grow our supply of food. They are given the opportunity to be the teacher and to teach us more about the farm practices. 

The seventh graders are learning about the seven important steps of the food system. THe seven steps include production agriculture, harvesting, processing, distribution, marketing, consumption, and food disposal. While they understand not everyone is part of each of the steps, they do know they have their place in the consumption food step if they eat food! They are taking a step further to learn how important the marketing step is to advertise new products and get customer interest.  Currently they are working on coming up with inventions of new products or tools that will help improve their daily lives. Once they have come up with a draft of their product, they will create a model and present their inventions as if they were businessmen and businesswomen!

The eighth graders are prepping for the upcoming livestock judging unit. They are learning the basic livestock terminology and will soon learn how to judge cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs based on specific characteristics ideal to the meat and breeding industry! Throughout the unit they will be able to judge real livestock classes, be able to write a set of reasons, and be able to give their personal oral reasons on why they place a class the way they did.

 


Vocal Music Program

First semester has been a successful time for the High School and Middle School vocal music program. Since 2013 the HS choir has participated in the annual Composer/Conductor/Educator symposium at UNK. Each year a composer is chosen to travel to Kearney and work with area students rehearsing a concert of his/her own music. This year’s composer was Vijay Singh (no, not the world famous professional golfer). For the first two months of the semester our students prepared his music, including a special piece to be performed by only the LHS choir. Professor Singh was a great clinician with our kids and was very kind to share his music with the students. The LHS choir joined choirs from Kearney Catholic HS, Overton HS, Kearney HS and the UNK Choraleers for a concert on the evening of Monday October 28th.

Our vocal music students also played a part in honoring our veterans this past Monday, Veteran’s Day. We had Veteran’s Day ceremonies at both the LMS and LHS. Our HS National Anthem Singers sang the Star Spangled Banner and Natasha Esquivel sang a special song from the TV series “Band of Brothers” at the LHS Ceremony. Our 8th grade choir and 8th grade Woodwind Ensemble sang the Star Spangled Banner and then the 8th grade choir provided a special song “One Great Nation” at the LMS ceremony. Part of being a musician is having the honor of providing music for special moments: weddings, funerals, sporting events, public ceremonies. Veteran’s Day is a great way to teach our students how to use their musical gift in public service.

We are looking forward to our Thanksgiving break followed by winter concerts in December. The LHS Concert is Monday December 9th and the LMS Concert is Thursday December 12th. Both performances will be held at the LMS Auditorium.

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