Having fun while learning at the 2019 Lexington Math Camp!

Congratulations to Lexington High School Senior Ben V. on being named to the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association First Team All-Ohio!

Congratulations to Lexington High School Junior Alex G. Alex competed in the Division I State Track & Field Championships at the Ohio State University Jesse Owens Stadium where he was State Runner-Up in BOTH the 100 & 200 meter races! Way to go Alex!

CONGRATULATIONS to our Minuteman Athletic programs for earning the 2019 All Sports Championship. Lexington has won 12 of the 15 OCC All Sports Championships since the inception of the OCC in 2003-2004. We are BIG LEX!

Central and Western students enjoyed learning from the experts on Safety Day! Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talents.

Lexington High School Student Council hosted a Mental Wellness Fair during lunches on May 22. Over 15 community groups from Richland County set up booths, shared important information and interacted with students. As students visited tables and displays from area ...

Congratulations to the Junior High Academic Challenge teams for placing 2nd and 4th in their recent tournament! 2nd Place: Jacob H., Alex M., Jennifer C., Grant M., Ava G., Chloe D. 4th Place: Carter W., Wesley H., Wyatt M., Sophi R., Kylie G.

8th grade students performing chemistry experiments in preparation for High School. Their experiments were a practical application of the content they have been studying. The experiments covered chemical reactions, ions, isotopes, and chemical equations.

The High School BioClub visited Central Elementary recently to teach a lesson on the different types of bees, the importance of bees to our food supply and ways to protect bees. The BioClub members also helped the first graders finish a craft designed by the HS students ...

Eastern Elementary 6th grade Academic Challenge teams finished their competition season in exceptional fashion! One team finished first in each of the competitions and the other team finished in the top four in each competition. Combined, the two teams scored over 300 ...

Eastern Elementary students provided lunch on the square in Mansfield recently. Our students are learning the value and meaning of selfless acts of kindness. So proud of our Eastern students! You ROCK!

Congratulations to the Lexington Minutemen Baseball Team - 2019 OCC Co-Champions! Go Lex!

Congratulations Lady Lex Track & Field - 2019 OCC Champions! Also, Congratulations Coach Michelle Smith - OCC Coach of the Year!

Lexington High School Students traveled to Western Elementary today to read to students as part of Right to Read Week! We are BIG LEX!

Lexington Senior William S. was awarded the Rotary McGowan Courage Award on May 7th by the Mansfield Rotary Club. He joined 8 other students from Richland County who were also recognized by the Rotary Club for having demonstrated courage, tenacity, and fortitude in the ...

Congratulations to our Boys’ Tennis team - 2019 OCC Champions! This is back to back championships and league champions 10 of the past 12 years! Go Lex!

These four Lexington High School Seniors signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic pursuits next fall at the following Universities. Sage M., swimming at the University of Evansville; Alli M., swimming at the University of Tampa; Michael D., ...

The 2019 Eastern Elementary all school color wheel project organized by Art teacher Mrs. Haas in recognition of Art Appreciation month. Eastern students have been participating in the color wheel projects since 2009.

Lexington High School students are wearing purple in honor of Purple Up! day, a time for Americans to show their support for military families. April is the Month of the Military Child. Lexington recognizes, supports and is thankful for our military families. Military ...

12 Lexington High School students attended the National YMCA Youth and Government program at the Ohio State House last weekend. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, ...

April 12, 2019 Lindsey Gies / Yellow Day at Lexington Schools! (Yellow is Lindsey's favorite color) Lindsey Gies is a senior at Shelby HS. She is an excellent student and actively involved in a variety of co-curricular activities. She was this year's homecoming ...

The High School Varsity Academic Challenge team competed in the OAC Regional competition. The team performed well and finished the competition 3-3. Congratulations to our team! (pictured from left to right: Maggie S., Katie S., Gavin D. and Evan B.)

The Eastern Elementary 5th grade band is playing a piece called "Dancin' on the Bayou". The percussionists get to play wash boards and wash tubs with thimbles on their fingers, plus all of the normal percussion equipment. They were so excited the day they received the ...

Mr. Ziegelhofer testifying to the OFCC at the Statehouse to lobby for rule changes allowing both of our buildings to be designed together, and getting students in the 21st century learning environments our community voted for sooner.

Look what the Eastern 6th grade art students made for April Fool's day and put in the teachers eating area before school! The artwork is now on display at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center for the art show.

Lexington HS Senior, Jerrod K. was a 2019 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship nominee recognized last night at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. This scholarship program honors Mid-Ohio's finest scholars from Crawford, Morrow and Richland counties. Each nominee reads an ...

Coaches and athletes from the Lexington Track team donated food and time to serve lunch while on Spring Break.

Eastern teachers Mrs. Guy and Mrs. Rogers, Eastern 4th grade student Sydney N. and Mr. Ziegelhofer serving lunch on the square in Mansfield just before spring break. This is an ongoing community service project adopted by the Eastern Student Council. So proud of our ...

Lexington High School Key Club collected pop tabs during the month of February as a fundraiser for a Ronald McDonald House. They delivered 52lbs of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House recently. Pictured are the Key Club officers who delivered the pop tabs and had the ...

Congratulations Lexington High School Fire-N-Ice for qualifying to participate in the upcoming State Choir contest! GOOD LUCK!

Math Camp 2019
Math Camp 2019
Ben V. Named OHSBCA 1st Team All-Ohio
Ben V. Named OHSBCA 1st Team All-Ohio
Alex G. State Runner-Up 100 & 200 Meter Races
Alex G. State Runner-Up 100 & 200 Meter Races
2019 OCC All Sports Champions
2019 OCC All Sports Champions
Safety Day for Central and Western Students
Safety Day for Central and Western Students
High School Mental Wellness Fair
High School Mental Wellness Fair
Junior High Academic Challenge Teams
Junior High Academic Challenge Teams
8th Grade Chemistry Experiments
8th Grade Chemistry Experiments
High School BioClub Educates About Bees
High School BioClub Educates About Bees
Eastern 6th Grade Academic Challenge Teams
Eastern 6th Grade Academic Challenge Teams
Eastern Students Provide Lunch on the Square
Eastern Students Provide Lunch on the Square
Varsity Baseball Team 2019 OCC Co-Champions
Varsity Baseball Team 2019 OCC Co-Champions
Lady Lex Track and Field 2019 OCC Champions
Lady Lex Track and Field 2019 OCC Champions
Students Participate In Right To Read Week
Students Participate In Right To Read Week
William S. Awarded the Rotary McGowan Courage Award
William S. Awarded the Rotary McGowan Courage Award
Boys Tennis Team - 2019 OCC Champions
Boys Tennis Team - 2019 OCC Champions
College Signing Day
College Signing Day
2019 Eastern Color Wheel
2019 Eastern Color Wheel
Purple Up! For Military Kids
Purple Up! For Military Kids
National YMCA Youth and Government Program
National YMCA Youth and Government Program
Lindsey Gies Yellow Day
Lindsey Gies Yellow Day
Varsity Academic Challenge Team OAC Regional Competition
Varsity Academic Challenge Team OAC Regional Competition
Eastern 5th Grade Band Dancin' on the Bayou
Eastern 5th Grade Band Dancin' on the Bayou
Mr. Ziegelhofer Testifying to the OFCC for Rule Changes
Mr. Ziegelhofer Testifying to the OFCC for Rule Changes
Eastern Students Prank Teachers for April Fools Day
Eastern Students Prank Teachers for April Fools Day
2019 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Nominee
2019 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Nominee
Lexington Track Team Helps Serve Lunch Downtown
Lexington Track Team Helps Serve Lunch Downtown
Eastern Student Councils Helps Serve Lunch Downtown
Eastern Student Councils Helps Serve Lunch Downtown
Key Club Collected Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser
Key Club Collected Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser
Lexington High School Fire-N-Ice
Lexington High School Fire-N-Ice

PurpleStar

(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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