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Teaching and Learning

Donna McPeakeDirector of Teaching and Learning  

Donna McPeake

Our Mission—The mission of the Lexington City School System is to provide a quality education that increases the achievement of every student in order for all to become successful and thoughtful contributors to society. The faculty and staff of LCSS are dedicated to providing quality teaching and learning for all. The success of Your Children, Our Schools, Their Future ensures a progressive Lexington, Henderson County, which makes for a great place to work, play, and live.

Instructional Programs—LCSS endeavors to reach each student at their instructional level.  In order to achieve this, we have adopted high quality instructional materials that will help our students be college and career ready.  Currently, LCSS is using Eureka Math in K-8 as their math curriculum.   We recently adopted English Language Arts curriculum in the Lexington City School District.  We are using CKLA and K-2 TN Foundational Skills for K-2, Amplify LearnZillion for 3-5 and HMH Into Literature for 6-8.  Our Social Studies curriculum for grades 3-5 at CES is Gallopade and for grades 6-8 it is McGraw Hill.  The Science curriculum for grades 3-5 is HMH/Think Central and for grades 6-8 it is Pearson Realize.  

Assessments LCSS utilizes assessments in order to identify strengths and deficits that our students exhibit.  We use STAR 360 as our universal screener in the areas of math and reading.  This assessment is given in August and then used as a benchmark assessment in the Winter quarter and Spring quarter. We will also be using AimsWeb Plus as a screener for our PK-2 students to ensure growth in foundational literacy.  This assessment will also be given three times per year.  We will also administer the CASE assessment twice this year.  This assessment is very similar to the state mandated TCAP test.  It provides an in depth report as to what standards our students are mastering and those that they need additional instruction with.  It is given after the first nine weeks and again in March.  

Professional Development  The teachers in our system are continuously seeking to grow and expand their knowledge of teaching strategies, content, standards mastery, differentiation, and student success measures through data analysis.  They are provided opportunities to participate in these PD sessions through peer trainings, school visits, professional organizations/workshops, state sponsored trainings, book studies, and other mediums.  The LCSS system has sponsored several trainings for the state and other consultants so that our teachers and staff can have the opportunity to be at the forefront of these trainings.