Lexington Middle School

 

Crazy Snowy Winter

It has been a crazy snowy winter, let’s hope spring is here. My flowers are coming up through the snow, so they are ready for spring too. The Liberty Team had a great trip to Mid-Plains Community College, in spite of the snow morning. Our students had a great time getting some hands-on experience at the technical campus in the morning, some students in my group were able to give welding a try. Then off to the academic campus in the afternoon. Many students were very impressed with the new medical facility where they interacted with a number of highly technical medical “dummies”.

This spring will be very busy. We have MAPS testing coming March 20 and 21. Then counselors will be at LMS to register Liberty Team for high school, March 26. Ready or not parents high school is coming. We will also have state testing March 28-April 4. A few tips for students before taking any of these tests:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a high protein breakfast
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Have a pre-test ritual to ease the stress, ie visualizing positive results, deep breathing, listening to music, etc.

In social studies in between testing and Easter break we will be focused on the following topics:

  • An introduction to the Constitution and understanding the 3 Branches of Government
  • The Bill of Rights
  • An overview of the first 16 American Presidents



Take Care and have a great rest of the school year!! Sincerely, Ms. Bourge!!


Moms and Dads, Your Child Needs You

~By Kristie Dugan, LMS Instructional Coach

Middle schoolers are not the easiest to raise sometimes. We as parents and teachers, know that there are many challenges that come with raising kids, but these particular years do seem to cause more stress than others sometimes.

Middle Schoolers have tons of emotions racing through their heads at this age. They are having to make more decisions each day, more than they have ever had to before; Do I do my homework now, or play a little longer on Fort Night? Do I say something to the kid that hurt my feelings, or walk away? Do I send this picture or text or not? Do I listen to the teacher when he or she is teaching, or talk to my friend sitting next to me? This list of questions could go on and on and on. Many times middle schoolers have never thought about making these choices on their own until now. They just did what they were told to do when they were little by their parents, or an adult. Life seemed easy.  

As parents, we need to help with our child as their mind and body is growing and maturing. This list is also long for us as parents. We must continue to make sure they have clothes that fit and are clean, that they are at school every day, they go to bed at a decent time and that they have good food to eat at home, etc.. Our time with them now must also include daily questions and conversations about how their day went, who their friends are and what they do when they are together with their friends. We must include questions about how their classes are going, what their grades are, how are their teachers helping them to learn, etc.. We must help middle schoolers also learn how to monitor their emotions and talk about their feelings with us, after all, parents have known their child the longest and may be the first to realize when something is bothering them.

As teachers, we all care about every one of our kids...your kids! We want them to do their best in and out of class! We want them to learn about making the best decisions, even if it isn’t the decision they really want to make.

Please know if you ever need help with having a conversation with your child, or you have a concern about, there are people at the school that will listen and help.  

Teachers can do their best at instructing their best lessons, providing the best practices for the students to work on, and helping to achieve the challenges of the classroom. However, sometimes, if a middle schooler has too many “other things” on their mind, not even the best instruction can help your child learn. We as teachers and parents must work together to help your child become the best he or she can become.  


Keep Looking Up!

Sixth Grade Science students regularly discuss our observations of and appreciation for the nighttime and daytime sky—including the changing phases of the Moon, the changing position of the Sun on the horizon as it rises and sets, and the changing position of planets and constellations. 

Some Scientists have shared these photos!

Sun Cloud
11-5-18, 3:39 PM
Faith L.
Waxing Crescent Moon
1-10-19, 6:22 PM
Jullissa O.
Waning Gibbous Moon
1-23-19, 7:38 AM
Gerardo A.
Sky
10-18-18, 3:37 PM
Emely M.
Winter Rainbow--1
12-19-18, 8:14 AM
Diego L.
Winter Rainbow--2
12-19-18, 8:14 AM
Diego L.
Venus & Waning Crescent Moon-2
1-31-19, 7:26 AM
Paola O.
Venus, Waning Crescent Moon,
and Jupiter--1
1-31-19, 7:15 AM
Alan C.
1-27-19, 5:55 PM
Emely M.
Waning Crescent Moon, 
Venus, and Jupiter
2-1-19, 7:13 AM
Emma M.
Sky
2-1-19, 7:24 AM
Gerardo A.
 
Waning Crescent Moon
2-1-19, 7:25 AM
Gerardo A.
Sky
2-4-19, 6:12 PM
Alexis A.
Sunset--1
10-13-18, 7:03 PM
Xavier M.
Sunset--2
10-13-18, 7:03 PM
Xavier M.
Sunset--1
1-25-19, 5:49 PM
Juan G.
Sunset--2
1-25-19, 5:50 PM
Juan G.
Sunrise
2-12-19, 7:39 AM
Dulce A.
Sky
9-18
Chaigne W.
Waxing Crescent Moon
9-18
Bakita D.
Sky
9-18
Alan C.
Full "Harvest" Moon
9-24-18
Faith L.
Waning Gibbous Moon--01
1-23-19 AM
Angel B.
Venus & Jupiter
1-23-19 AM
Angel B.
Full Moon
9-18
Ciara M.
Sky
9-21-18
Emely M.
Venus & Jupiter before sunrise
1-24-19, 7:12 AM
Miriam T.
Venus & Waning Crescent Moon
and Jupiter--1
1-31-19, 7:26 AM
Paola O.
Venus, Waning Crescent Moon,
and Jupiter--2
1-31-19, 7:15 AM
Alan C.
McCook
11-10-18, 5:35 PM
Delaney S.

Enjoy the view and develop your own appreciation for Looking Up!


Blind Date with a Book

To celebrate the month of love, we’ve been hosting “Blind Date with a Book” in the LMS library.  Every week, several good books are wrapped up to hide their covers. We’ve written a few hints about the content on the wrapping paper, as well as the book level and AR points.  

8 Ways to Have an Awesome Blind Date:

  1. Throw out all expectations!

  2. Wear something you love.

  3. Open your mind.

  4. Don’t complain. You get what you get – don’t throw a fit!

  5. Learn something new.

  6. Be positive Smile!

  7. Don’t do too much Googling!

  8. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Students have enjoyed unwrapping their selection, and it’s been fun for us to be part of making some “love connections” between good readers and good books!


Mid-Plains Community College Tour

This winter LMS 8th graders will have a chance to tour the campus of Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.  We went last year and were thrilled to not only look around the campus, but have group discussions about students' futures, employment possibilities, potential scholarships, and had several opportunities to participate in hands-on activities that will be talked about for years to come.

Students buffed cars in the automotive class, made molds of teeth in the dental class, massaged a cow heart in the biology department, and studied leaves in botany class.  We also welded one-on-one with the college welding students, created circuits to make electricity, and watched a life-size dummy have blood drawn by a phletobomist - in - training.

Eating at their amazing cafeteria was also a delicious highlight of the trip!

Looking forward to the tours on Feb. 20 and March. 13. 

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