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We'll Take Those Compliments!

Parents, every time we have visitors in our building (State Department personnel, other district personnel meeting at one of our schools for a training event, or local groups) they always, and I mean always, compliment the behavior, attitude, and manners of our students. Visitors are acknowledged correctly and appropriately. They are not "run over" by students changing classes. During an assembly, the students listen respectfully to the speaker. Visitors notice and positively comment on our students, your children. Even the bus drivers we contract with to take our students to sporting events and field trip, tell me the same thing. They take time to call me and tell me what well-mannered students we have (and that's on a bus)! While it seems all the news is about standards and testing, there are other facets of education that are not measured by a test score.This is important and one of the attributes of our schools that you won't see on the State Report Card.  When our students are complimented by visitors, those compliments reflect the students' parents and the culture of the students' school. I believe both parents and schools deserve an A!


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Thanksgiving in May

In the 4 1/2 years that I have been Director of Schools in Lexington City, I stand firm in my belief that good things happen every day for our students. Good wishes and prayers are sent out and up for our Lexington City School families with serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and needs beyond their control; we laugh and cry and celebrate with and for our students; and no matter what a person's job description says, everyone works together from 6:00am till 6:00pm to make coming to school a clean, happy, safe, nutritious, and nurturing place to grow and learn. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6 , and we will take the whole week to not just thank our terrific teachers but to thank all the personnel in our schools who work from 6:00am to 6:00pm on behalf of our students. Take some time to thank your child's teachers, the principals, the custodial and maintenance staffs, our support staff folks in the school front offices and classrooms, our school nutrition program ladies (they are the 6:00am group that gets everyone going in the morning), our nurses (who see almost 7000 students each year), counselors, student services personnel, librarians, school psychologist, and special assignment teachers in Encore, Activity, and Special Education. So we are designating Teacher Appreciation Week as "Everybody Appreciation Week" during May 2-6, and we invite you to join us to say thanks whenever and as often as you can.

What Christopher Robin said to Winnie the Pooh

The students and teachers lined up in the gym this morning waving signs and clapping while "Roar" blasted from the speaker.  They were waiting for their HEROES to come through the line and when they did, the gym erupted into a thunderous applause and whistles and shouts of individual names!  And did they ever come through the line...with their teachers and with their own banner letting the world, or at least West Tennessee, know who they were and what they were going to do! Today they were Olympians. Feeling all of the power and strength and positive energy the first Olympians did in 776 BC. Today they represented Lexington City School System just like their older peers at Lexington Middle who were on their way over on the bus to take them to Jackson for the competition today.  Before they ever left their buildings they were winners.  They have taught us more about heart and strength and perseverance than any of the rest of us will ever know. They left us to go to the Special Olympics and a day of competition and awards they will never forget. What we were left with was a picture in our minds and feeling in our hearts that we will never forget.  It reminds me of something Christopher Robin told Winnie the Pooh, "Remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin was right then... and now. 


Dr. Seuss, Sports, and Spring Break

We left the snow and ice behind and zoomed into the land of the Cat in the Hat, Name your Game, and Spring Break!  What a jam-packed 3 weeks we have had at both schools! CES had a wonderful time with the celebration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday.  Please look for a 1/4 page celebration in the Progress next week (4/1/15) of some of their highlights.  I had a great time as a guest reader and was in my "happy place" once again.  Thanks to Sherry Wood for coordinating the guest readers and getting the story and pictures ready for the newspaper and to our wonderful teachers, staff and children for loving the learning all week. If you are a sports fan, then LMS has a game for everyone...the volleyball team ended their season last week with big wins at Middleton and a split at Chester County. Great girls and coaches and so much talent going to high schools and staying here for the future of volleyball at LMS! Look for boys soccer, baseball, and golf matches going on every week.  Coach Wallace and the football team have weekly workouts going on as well.  Wherever our red teams are playing, you will not be disappointed in what you see.  Spring break came with students and teachers thinking it was not a day too soon.  We have hopes for pretty weather, some rest, some time with family, and time to just do the things we've put on the back burner.  In the Central Office, you can hear us constantly saying, "I can't believe there will be only 8 weeks left when we get back."  We'll make those weeks productive and happy for our students before we send them out the door again for a much longer break. Then you will hear the Central Office say, "I can't believe that school will be starting back next week!" Make the most of YOUR week as a student, parent, or school system employee!