Congratulations to the Lexington Boys' Swim & Dive Team - 2019 OCC Champions!

Eastern 5th grade band preparing for their concert January 17th @ 7:00pm in the High School Auditorium.

Officer Davis spent some time with students at Central on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Thank you SRO Davis, all our Lexington Law Enforcement Officers and Law Enforcement Officers everywhere for all you do to help make our communities safer and to be a ...

Eastern 5th grade art students learning ceramics techniques by creating mugs.

We are so proud of these students for being exceptional Minutemen by showing their pride in academic and character achievement. These students are the fourth receivers of Student of the Month for the 2018-2019 school year at Western Elementary.

This six weeks the Junior High sponsored a Kindness Challenge. Teachers nominated students who were "caught being kind".  A drawing was held including all the names of students nominated. The students pictured are the 7th and 8th grade winners of the Kindness ...

These HS BioClub members participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count at Gorman Nature Center. They walked trails along with other volunteers from the community and from Ashland University to count the number and species of birds at Gorman and the surrounding area. ...

Austin B: Grove City-Baseball Jake D: Ashland University-Baseball Ben V: University of Cincinnati-Baseball Cade S: The Ohio State University-Football Kyle J: University of Louisville-CC/Track Carina W: Ohio University-CC/Track Nick S: Ashland ...

The Lexington LEO club volunteered to help at Crossroads Church in organizing and wrapping gifts for over 1,000 local children. The gifts were specific to each child based on the child's size and needs which included socks, underwear, coats, boots, hats, gloves, clothing, ...

Mrs. North's second grade class at Western Elementary collected and delivered their "giving" goods to the Animal Shelter. The students loved the idea of doing a service project to help the animals waiting to be adopted.

Junior High CACY club members volunteered to help distribute Christmas gifts to over 1,000 students.

Lexington Junior High Toy Drive for the Richland County Outreach Center.

Lexington Junior Zoe S. recently created a 10-pound paper dress for a digital art project. The creation is named Pulp-Fiction. This name acknowledges that the dress is made entirely of various papers. The article of paper fashion is tailored to fit Zoe, and it is quite ...

Junior High students are studying evidence for layers of the Earth by using earthquake waves. Charlie is the "earthquake", the kids have Slinkys to simulate energy transfer. It has been a great learning experience that was lots of fun too!

These members of the Lexington High School Orchestra have been selected to participate in the Regional Orchestra. With the students is Steve Domka, the Lexington Orchestra Director. Congratulations to all!

Lexington High School student Gabriella M. was recently crowned Miss Ohio High School 2019 and will be competing for the title of Miss High School America with the winners of the other 49 states this summer. Congratulations Gabriella!

Lexington senior, Cade S. was named Ohio’s Mr. Football by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Cade was also selected as the Division III Defensive Player of the Year and earned First Team All-Ohio honors as well. Congratulations Cade!

Eastern 4th grade students “protesting” no taxation without representation as part of their study of why the colonists wanted independence from Great Britain.

Congratulations to the Lexington High School Varsity and JV Academic Challenge teams for winning the 2018 Mid-Ohio ESC Academic Challenge!

Congratulations to our Lexington High School Seniors who signed today to continue their playing careers after High School. Sylvia G. (Tennis) Belmont Abby College; Hayleigh T. (Tennis) Notre Dame College; Meghan S. (Bowling) Notre Dame College; Amelia M. ...

Central and Western Elementary third grade students combined to perform an awesome and moving tribute to Veterans and active duty military. Thank you to Mrs. Hassmann, Mr. Poiner and all the third grade teachers for their efforts to make this combined performance ...

Eastern sixth grade students celebrated World Kindness Day November 13th. Each student was given a heart and all the students were asked to go around the room and write a kind compliment or encouraging word on each students' heart that is pertinent to that student. Many ...

Congratulations to Lexington Senior Kyle J. - Division II OHSAA State Individual Cross Country Champion!

Congratulations to the Lexington Girls’ Cross Country Team - 2018 OHSAA Division II State Champions!

Lexington senior, Amelia M. earned Honorable Mention All-Ohio in Div. II Volleyball. Congratulations Amelia!

Lexington Senior Isabelle J. earned the title Miss Ohio Teen USA 2019 in a state wide competition held in Cincinnati. Congratulations Isabelle. We are all proud of you!

Spray Paint Art by 8th grader Owen S.

Congratulations to the Lexington Band of Gold on qualifying for the 31st consecutive year for the OMEA State Finals competition and on earning their 29th Superior rating. The BOG Tradition of Excellence Continues...

The Boys’ team finished as Division II Regional Runners-Up & Senior Kyle J. as the DII Individual Regional Champion. The Girls’ team finished as Division II Regional Champions scoring 19pts! Both teams will travel to National Trail Raceway on Saturday, ...

Central Elementary Right to Read Week.

Boys Swim and Dive 2019 OCC Champions
Boys Swim and Dive 2019 OCC Champions
Eastern 5th Grade Band
Eastern 5th Grade Band
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Eastern 5th Grade Art Ceramics
Eastern 5th Grade Art Ceramics
Western Students of the Month
Western Students of the Month
Junior High CACY Kindness Challenge
Junior High CACY Kindness Challenge
BioClub Christmas Bird Count at Gorman Nature Center
BioClub Christmas Bird Count at Gorman Nature Center
Minutemen Sign Letters of Intent
Minutemen Sign Letters of Intent
Lexington LEO Club Helps at Crossroads Church
Lexington LEO Club Helps at Crossroads Church
Western Animal Shelter Donations
Western Animal Shelter Donations
Junior High CACY Members Distribute Gifts
Junior High CACY Members Distribute Gifts
Junior High Toy Drive
Junior High Toy Drive
Zoe S. Digital Art Project
Zoe S. Digital Art Project
Junior High Students Studying Layers of the Earth
Junior High Students Studying Layers of the Earth
Students Selected to Regional Orchestra
Students Selected to Regional Orchestra
Gabriella M. Crowned Miss Ohio High School 2019
Gabriella M. Crowned Miss Ohio High School 2019
Cade S. Named Mr. Football, DPOY and 1st Team All-Ohio
Cade S. Named Mr. Football, DPOY and 1st Team All-Ohio
Eastern 4th Grade Colonists Study
Eastern 4th Grade Colonists Study
2018 Mid-Ohio ESC Academic Challenge
2018 Mid-Ohio ESC Academic Challenge
College Signing Day
College Signing Day
Central and Western Veterans Day Program
Central and Western Veterans Day Program
Eastern World Kindness Day
Eastern World Kindness Day
Lexington Senior Kyle J. - Division II OHSAA State Individual Cross Country Champion!
Lexington Senior Kyle J. - Division II OHSAA State Individual Cross ...
Girls’ Cross Country Team - 2018 OHSAA Division II State Champions!
Girls’ Cross Country Team - 2018 OHSAA Division II State Champions!
Amelia M. Earned Honorable Mention All-Ohio in Volleyball
Amelia M. Earned Honorable Mention All-Ohio in Volleyball
Isabelle J. Named Miss Ohio Teen USA 2019
Isabelle J. Named Miss Ohio Teen USA 2019
Spray Paint Art
Spray Paint Art
Lexington Band of Gold OMEA State Finals
Lexington Band of Gold OMEA State Finals
Cross Country Teams Districts 2018
Cross Country Teams Districts 2018
Central Right to Read Week
Central Right to Read Week

All Activities for Saturday, January 19, 2019 have been canceled. This will include all competitions, practices and off season activities due to the predicted winter storm.

All Activities scheduled for Sunday, January 20, 2019 and Monday, January 21, 2019 are currently suspended until we can determine the impact of the
predicted winter storm
. Decisions regarding these activities will be communicated with coaches/advisors and via text alert, our Facebook page and our website.

THANK YOU!

Our most sincere THANK YOU to our school district community for their support!

The support of our staff, our parents and our community is unmatched.

The passing of our new facilities bond issue is a huge win for the students and families our district will serve for generations to come, the teachers and support staff who will be serving those students and families for generations to come and our community, as a whole.

We have so much for which to be thankful!

We are...
…Big Lex!

Dear Parents, Guardians and Family members of our students,

Below is our early morning procedure/timeline for checking road conditions and making decisions regarding delayed starts or cancellation of school.

Our regular daily routine is day custodian and maintenance personnel begin work at 6:00am. Our bus drivers begin arriving around 6:00am also. The first buses leave the Transportation Department at approximately 6:15am.

When we have inclement weather overnight, in the early morning or being forecast for early morning, Robin Boggs, our Transportation Supervisor, Jeremy Secrist and I will drive various roads within our district to assess the road conditions. Often the roads which cause us the most concerns are the back/side roads and areas that historically are not plowed/treated early in the morning.

Our first decision regarding cancellation or delay needs to be made by 6:00am, at the latest. Robin, Jeremy and I will be in communication regarding the road conditions from 5:15am until the decision is made. We want to make the decision to delay or cancel as early as is possible (between 5:30-5:45 is our goal).

If we decide on a two-hour delay, we will need to determine if we will continue with the delay or to cancel by 8:00am, at the latest. Robin, Jeremy and I will be driving our areas of the district again, prior to discussing the conditions at 7:15am, until we decide what we need to do (between 7:30-7:45 is our goal).

Our decisions are made based on the road conditions in our district. Severe wind chill temperatures will also be a factor in making a decision to delay or cancel school. Wind chill temperatures hovering in the -20 range are cause for safety concerns. The safety of everyone coming to our buildings (students riding our buses, students / staff driving to school, parents bringing children to school and students who walk to school) is our priority.

Just a reminder that the quickest way for parents and staff to receive information regarding a delay or cancellation is to register for our Alert system, for which there is a link on our main webpage. Or, register for the WMFD Alert system by following the links on the WMFD website. We also use our alert system to communicate other important information and reminders throughout the school year.

Please contact Supt. Mike Ziegelhofer at 419-884-2132 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Eastern Elementary was awarded the recognition as a 2018 Overall A School! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS AND STAFF AT EASTERN!

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Congratulations! I’m honored to notify you Ohio’s State Board of Education has granted your school its Overall A Award.

As an Overall A Award winner, your school’s report card shows your school is demonstrating high academic performance and building bright futures for students of every background and ability level. Congratulations on this impressive achievement!

Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, is the state’s plan to ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent prekindergarten through grade 12 education. Our mission is to prepare students for a future that has yet to be written. Many consider this to be a daunting endeavor. Your education team, however, has clearly embraced this challenge. 

I want you to know how much we appreciate your leadership and the dedication your team has to providing a high-quality experience for all students. Please share our gratitude with all of those who contributed to this accomplishment.

In the coming weeks, you’ll receive an official ‘Overall A’ banner to display in your school.

Thank you for all you do for the students and families you serve.

Sincerely,
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Tess Elshoff
President

2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration

Lexington Local Schools will hold kindergarten registration at Central and Western Elementary schools on Thursday, February 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 pm to 7:00 p.m. at Central and Western Elementary schools.  Registration will also be held on Thursday, February 28th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:99 p.m.

Your child must be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2019 to be eligible for kindergarten.  The following documentation is required for kindergarten registration:

     1.  Child's original birth certificate

     2.  Child's social security card

     3.  Child's immunization record

     4.  Custody papers (single, adoptive, foster family or name change)

     5.  Proof of residence (current rental/purchase/lease agreement or

         utility bill)

     6.  Your driver's license

 Parents will sign up for a kindergarten screening date & time during registration.

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(Credit: Mark Caudill, Mansfield News Journal)
LEXINGTON - Lexington Local Schools is a patriotic unit.

Three of the district's schools — Western and Eastern elementary schools and the high school — recently were selected for Purple Star recognition. Central Elementary School was chosen in the spring.

The Purple Star designation is for military-friendly schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to the nation's armed forces. Awardees receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their buildings.

"It's a recognition that we're very proud of," Superintendent Mike Ziegelhofer said. "We recognize the sacrifices that our staff and parents who are in the military make."

The Purple Star advisory board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide eligibility.

"A supportive school environment can have a significant impact on our military-connected students, and we're happy to see such a great interest in this designation by Ohio's schools," said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. "These Purple Star schools provide our children and families with the resources they need to be successful.

"We're thankful for their service and honored to continue the important work of improving services for Ohio's military families."

To qualify for the recognition, a school must have a staff point of contact for military students and families who serves as the primary liaison between them and the school.

The liaison completes professional development on special considerations for military students and families under federal law.

That person identifies and informs teachers of the military-connected students in their classrooms and the special considerations military families and students should receive.

Each school in the Lexington district has its own liaison. Kelli Dyer is the contact person at Western.

Dyer, the physical education teacher, has been a member of the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard for 17 years, attaining the rank of E-7 master sergeant.

"We had one student last year whose dad was deployed," Dyer said. "We want to make sure we're touching base with family and student, helping them in any way that we can."

She added classroom teachers are good about sending care packages and cards to those who are deployed.

"It's a great way to express our support for our military personnel," Western principal Genelle Eggerton said. "It's the least we can do."

A school also must maintain a dedicated page on its website featuring resources for military families.

Lexington's schools go beyond that. For the last two years, the high school has honored vets by having them walk through the school on Veterans Day.

"I think that really helped our designation for this award," high school principal Kevin Young said. "It has grown in the two years we've done it."

He estimated the high school has seven to 10 students whose parents are on active duty.

"At the beginning of the year, we do an inventory, kind of like a survey," Young said. "What we like to do is follow up with the students and their counselors and see if there are any needs they have."

Ziegelhofer said loved ones left behind when a family member is deployed make almost as much of a sacrifice as the military personnel.

"Every military family takes their turn making their sacrifices," the superintendent said. "People don't always think about that."

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Congratulations to Eastern Elementary, Western Elementary and Lexington High School who joined previously awarded Central Elementary as being selected as a 2018 Purple Star School. We were recently informed that the Ohio Department of Education has recognized them for “outstanding commitment to serving military students and families!”

Click on the link below for more details regarding the Purple Star Award. For the list of the most recent Award recipients open the link below and click on the link to the 4th round honorees.

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Ohio-Network-for-Military-Families-and-Veterans/Supporting-Ohio-s-Military-Families/Purple-Star-Award

Click here for the letter from Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Best advice is if you approach, from either direction, a school bus stopped on or along the road, for any reason, with or without its lights flashing STOP.

We must all do our part of keep our precious children safe on their way to and from school each day. No one should be in such a hurry to jeopardize children's safety.

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Congratulations Central Elementary students, teachers, staff, principal and parents for being recognized as an Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School for 2018 by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Also, congratulations to Mansfield City's Spanish Immersion School and Mt. Vernon's Twin Oak Elementary School for their recognition.

Only 300 Public and 49 Private school buildings being recognized this year.
Only 13 Public and 3 Private school buildings being recognized in Ohio this year.
 
U.S. Secretary of Education (USDOE) Betsy DeVos Monday recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
A total of 16 Ohio schools are among those being recognized.
"I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. "We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs."
The department went on to note the National Blue Ribbon Schools award "affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content."
Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized on more than 8,800 schools. An awards ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8, celebrating the 300 public and 49 private school honorees.
All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's student groups and all students over the past five years.
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
Ohio's Blue Ribbon Schools include the following:
- Bath Elementary School, Revere Local School District
- Bluffton Elementary School, Bluffton Exempted Village Schools
- Brecksville-Broadview Heights Middle School, Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District
- Central Elementary School, Lexington Local School District
- Hazel Harvey Elementary School, Chippewa Local School District
- Indian Riffle Elementary School, Kettering City Schools
- John Foster Dulles Elementary School, Oak Hills Local School District
- Mansfield Spanish Immersion School, Mansfield City Schools
- Maplewood Elementary School, Maplewood Local School District
- Mariemont Elementary School, Mariemont City Schools
- Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (non-public), Archdiocese of Cincinnati
- Nortre Dame-Cathedral Latin School (non-public), Diocese of Cleveland
- Oakwood Elementary School, Paulding Exempted Village School District
- Saint Andrew-Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School (non-public), Archdiocese of Cincinnati
- Stadium Drive Elementary School, Boardman Local School District
- Twin Oak Elementary School, Mount Vernon City School District

Click Here for the letter from Aba Kumi, Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

LexingtonSRO
A new face will be walking the halls and patrolling the parking lots and playgrounds of the five Lexington school buildings in the fall. Officer Mike Davis of the Lexington Police Department was hired to be the School Resource Officer for the district beginning in August.  Officer Davis is a graduate of Lexington High School, a twelve year veteran of the Lexington Police Department, and also serves as a field training officer for new recruits. He has been married for 17 years and he and his wife have a five year old daughter. Officer Davis is very eager to begin his new role with the department as the SRO for Lexington Local Schools. 

In regards to his new role, Officer Davis stated that he sees “the implementation of a school resource officer as a huge opportunity to further serve the community, as well as the faculty and students of our schools. We have the opportunity to bring the community, police, and educators together with the common goals of maintaining a high standard of education, promoting a safe environment free of violence and bullying, and open the doors of the police department to the people we serve.”

Superintendent Mike Ziegelhofer shares Officer Davis’ sentiments and stated, "Lexington Local Schools welcomes Officer Davis to the district and is excited to partner with him as part of its on-going efforts to improve the safety and security of its schools, and to ensure that students can work, learn, and grow in an atmosphere that promotes positivity, safety, and student success and wellness."

2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration

Lexington Local Schools will hold kindergarten registration at Central and Western Elementary schools on Thursday, February 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 pm to 7:00 p.m. at Central and Western Elementary schools.  Registration will also be held on Thursday, February 28th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:99 p.m.

Your child must be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2019 to be eligible for kindergarten.  The following documentation is required for kindergarten registration:

     1.  Child's original birth certificate

     2.  Child's social security card

     3.  Child's immunization record

     4.  Custody papers (single, adoptive, foster family or name change)

     5.  Proof of residence (current rental/purchase/lease agreement or

         utility bill)

     6.  Your driver's license

 Parents will sign up for a kindergarten screening date & time during registration.

K12Alerts

Lexington Schools has updated to a new text and email alert service. The K12Alerts Portal link to sign up/make changes can be found under "Parents & Students" and clicking on "Text and Email Alerts" or by clicking here. If you were previously signed up for district-wide messages, you will still receive those alerts as usual. If you only wish to receive district-wide alerts, you do not need to do anything. If you wish to receive individual school specific alerts as well, those will need to be signed up for again. For existing users, enter your phone number or email address as the username and a password of changeme by default. After signing in, you can change your contact information as well as change the password to one of your choice. Click the "Click here to continue" button at the bottom of the contact information page and select the schools you wish to receive alerts from on the following page. Click "Add" and then "Click to continue" to confirm your selections.

Text and Email Messaging can be used for a variety of reasons such as:
Snow day notifications, school closings or delays
Emergency alerts (school lockdowns)
Alerting parents for delayed school buses
Alerting parents for local dangers

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 Lexington Local Schools earned an “Excellent” rating on the most recent report card issued by the Ohio department of Education. This marks the 11th consecutive year of an “Excellent” rating. This type of continued achievement is only possible through the dedication and commitment of school and community.

Over the past several years, Lexington has continued to improve its scores on the performance indicators from the state used to determine the report card rating.  These achievements are a reflection of our teachers’ expertise and their commitment to maximizing each student’s academic growth.  They reflect the hard work, focus of our students and parents, and their dedication.

 

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"The Lexington Local Schools, through a partnership with our children's families and our community, will provide the BEST possible curricular and co-curricular opportunities to challenge all students to reach their highest potential, to enjoy learning and to make positive contributions within their homes and communities."

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