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We Are The Minutemen!

This is the 50th anniversary of what was once called the Round School, the New School,  Lexington City School, and finally Paul G. Caywood Elementary School. I have had many adults tell me they remember walking from the old Lexington City Schools building (now the Civic Center) with their books in hand and following their teachers to "move in" to the current elementary school on Monroe Ave. I can picture the lines of students walking with their arms loaded to their new school and classroom.  The pod structure of the building was futuristic for 1967, but there were many "round" schools being built all over the country at that time. It can be difficult to navigate UNLESS you are a student there.  It doesn't take long for the children to be able to go anywhere and get back to where they started from! So 50 years of teachers, students and parents have figured it out, and they continue to do so every year.

If you have not been in the PK-5 buidling in a few years, so much has changed. The color scheme is not longer gold, green, and orange in the lockers, walls, and carpet. The system began removing carpet before I arrived in 2011, and the only place were carpet exists is the Little Theatre. Plans are being made to remove that carpet and replace with new carpet for the acoustic value of it during musicals and plays. Those multi-colored lockers are now all grey thanks to Shane James, Wesley Greenway, and Justin Melton, and they look so good with our red, black and grey tiled floors. The foyer was remodeled 3 years ago, and it is a warm, happy, inviting area for our school families and visitors.  Several organizations use Caywood School as a training area, and they always remark on how well-maintained and clean the buidling is. Our maintenance staff and GCA custodial staff are proud of their work, and WE are proud of them. Mr. J.W. Kizer as lovingly cared for this building for quite some time and loves the school ALMOST as much as the loves the students and staff. Almost. 

In marking the 50th birthday of Caywood Elementary School, the Board of Education and the PTO at CES are giving it a new sign.  It will be on Hwy 22S by the football field.  It will feature digital signage, and it will proudly showcase the events of the school. It is due to be up and running by August 11.  Look for a dedication picture in The Lexington Progress in a new weeks, and look for it on your drive to and from CES.

This is how we celebrate the past while moving into the future.  LCSS must never forget who we are, and the history of where we have been. The city of Lexington must never forget the role a great school system plays in the total value of a city. We are the Minutemen.  We are the Lexington City School System...past, present, and future. 

Be sure to visit the LCSS FaceBook page to keep up with the latest news from our schools and system.

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.

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! 

No More Sickness...No More Ice...Please!

We really wanted snow...enough for a snowman, one long weekend, and snowcream.  We got thick ice, roads so slick we couldn't move, and until last Friday, not enough snow for a smile. Who knew when schools closed on 2/12 and 2/13 for multiple illnesses, it would take 12 days before we would see each other again.  I guess that made coming back to school even sweeter on Monday! Of course, the little ones were quick to show how happy they were to see their teachers and their friends.  The middle school students were quicker to tell me how glad they were that we didn't have school, but I know they were glad to get back to their friends, their teachers and for some, even their lessons and some homework.  This week we have had 4-H speeches (check out LCSS's FaceBook page) with some awesome young people who can speak like seasoned adults; a return to volleyball practice and games; soccer practice, football practice, and baseball practice. Volleyball is still going strong at LMS, and the girls are great! (Let me warn you...if you don't have quick reflexes, watch where you sit!) The first baseball game is March 9th, and the soccer jamboree is March 7th. Go the LMS website for details.  We'll be announcing a new addition to Physicial Education at both schools during the last 9 weeks with coverage in the local newspaper and information coming home to selected grade levels.  Stay tuned.  So, as you see, it did not take us long to get back in the swing of things at LCSS.  I am glad to be back with my colleagues at the Central Office and have the opportunity to get my "kid fix" during the day or at after school care or at a volleyball game (as long as I can remember to duck!)