Lexington Middle School


My Brother Sam Is Dead

8th grade students read a historical novel entitled MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD by James and Christopher Collier.

It's about the Meeker family who live in Connecticut and the setting is during the American Revolutionary War. The authors do a splendid job of showing the readers how heart-wrenching it is when your family is divided by war.  

The older son enlisted with the Patriots and his family has always been loyal to the King of England.

The younger son is conflicted between being loyal to his family or to his older brother, whom he has always admired.

Even though the title tells you what's going to happen, the novel is a page-turner because you just don't know when or how this tragedy will occur.


It is often hard for teachers and parents to understand the difficulties students with learning and attention deficits face in the classroom everyday.  In addition, the frustration those students face can be overwhelming for them and make completing daily assignments nearly impossible.  The website, Understood, offers teachers and parents a unique simulation of some of the challenges students with learning disabilities face in the classroom, as well as interviews with students who describe those challenges.  It also provides strategies that may be beneficial in helping students succeed in the classroom.  

Upcoming Blood Drive

Lexington Middle School and the Student Council could really use your help as we prepare for our upcoming blood drive. There are still open appointment times, and here are three easy ways you can help us meet our goal on February 15th, 2018.

  1. If you haven’t scheduled your donation yet, sign up!

  1. Invite your spouse or significant other. Share the love as you share the lifesaving gift of blood together.

  1. Invite a friend to our drive. Donating blood is always more fun with a friend, so bring one or more along with you.

Each middle school student who recruits at least one person to come out to donate at the blood drive will be recognized and will receive a fun appreciation item from the Red Cross. We want our students to know how important they are and about their impact on their community. This experience will be a fun way to engage our students, and the best part is knowing that they are helping save lives!

If you have any questions or concerns about donating blood, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Your donation means so much to Lexington Middle School and the American Red Cross. Patients in need count on drives like ours to provide a steady supply of blood. Each donation can help save up to three lives, so by meeting our goal, we can touch so many lives in our community and around the country.

Your commitment to our blood drive’s success and Lexington Middle School are greatly appreciated. Let’s get those appointment times filled up.

Lindsay Rosner


Trout in the Classroom

-- Ms. Lisa Cotter

Last year, Mr. Hanson and his students experienced the Trout in the Classroom. This year, the Trout in the Classroom equipment is being used by Mr. Risinger and his students.  Fortunately, Ms. Cotter and her students are also able to experience Trout in the Classroom due to the equipment being privately funded by numerous wonderful people including Linda Miller (former Lexington resident), Theresa Stuart (Lexington), Bruce Hayden (Omaha), Ed and Lee Brogie (Wayne), and Katti Renik (Wisconsin) through donorschoose.org project I submitted in November 2017.

[https://www.donorschoose.org/project/trout-in-the-classroom/2919880/ ]   The tank is insulated with foam to control the temperature and to shield the eggs and alevins from the light.  On the left is the chiller unit and it is set at 52 °F; as water circulates through the tank and pump unit - the temperature will fluctuate from 50 - 54 °F. [picture above right]

The trout eggs were fertilized on December 20, 2017.  The eggs showed eyes on January 3, 2018. On January 8, 2018, 6,042 trout eggs [picture to the left] were shipped from Ennis National Fish Hatchery in Ennis, Montana to Nebraska Game and Parks in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The viable eggs are red/pink, while the white/yellow eggs on the surface are dead. Originally, the eggs were scheduled to arrive at Lexington Middle School on January 11th; however, due to the snow storm, shipping was delayed and the eggs did not arrive until January 16th.  The journey from the fertilization to the classroom is interesting. For more information [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnVTb5jd1p0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bncSoT95Wohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycD_WJ7p0bU ]

Due to the delay in shipping, the hatch date could not be determined.  We were very surprised when the trout eggs began to hatch into alevins on January 21, 2018 [picture on left].  During the 1-6 week alevin stage, the yolk sac provides nourishment until absorbed into the belly.  On January 29th, there were  more alevins and they are noticeably larger [picture on right].

The trout water is tested several times a week to ensure the water is at safe levels for the developing trout to survive.  My students learned about the nitrogen cycle so they would better understand the water testing.  Students in my classes have begun to test the pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels.

As the trout grow, the alevins will develop into fry, fingerlings, and finally into adults.  The surviving trout from Ms. Cotter and Mr. Risinger’s tanks will be delivered to a Nebraska State Park to stock a stream or lake for anglers to catch and eat!

How To Prepare For An IEP Meeting

If you have a student with and Individualized Education Plan or IEP, preparing for the annual meeting can help for a successful and smooth collaboration.  Here a few suggestions to help you prepare for a meeting and to help create and effective IEP.

  1. Review documents.  Look over past IEP’s, grades, homework, tests, report cards, etc.  Write down your own observations, concerns and celebrations.  What are the successes or where is your child still struggling?  Are there any new concerns?  What supports are helpful or no longer needed?

  2. Invite and prepare guests.  If you would like support at the meeting, invite someone to attend with you.  Explain how they can help support you in the meeting.  If your child will attend the IEP meeting, take the time to help them prepare for what will be talked about and how they can provide useful information.

  3. Be prepared to give input.  You know your child best.  Be ready to share about your child’s strength’s, any concerns or suggestions, and any questions you might have.  It may help to write a list of points you want to bring up at the meeting.  

  4. Relax and know that everyone has your child’s best interest at heart.  Focus on your child’s strengths, interests and challenges.  Remember that you know your child better than anyone else and the team wants to hear your input.

Ancient China

The first few weeks of the semester have been an adventure for 7th grade stripes team members. Mrs. Risinger’s 7th grade social studies students have been experiencing a journey through time. This journey has landed them in ancient China, between the years of 1800 B.C. and 300 A.D. Students have been immersed in ancient Chinese culture, customs, and beliefs. They have also studied the many dynasties that emerged between these years including the Shang, Zhou, Qin, and Han.

In the past week, students have taken this new found knowledge about ancient Chinese civilization and applied it to the study of ancient Chinese artifacts. In their study, students analyzed seven different ancient Chinese artifacts. These artifacts included bronze vessels, jade jewelry, bronze weapons, clay statues, household objects, human sacrifices, and oracle bones. After analyzing these artifacts students were broken into groups and were given the task of making a poster that would represent what they have learned thus far about ancient Chinese civilization and their artifacts. The result of this project was around two dozen awesome posters depicting different aspects of ancient Chinese civilization.



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