Maskin S, a senior at Lexington HS, was selected as a Franklin B. Walter Distinguished Scholar recipient for 2019-2020. Pictured at the awards banquet, prior to the closing of schools, is Kevin Young, Lexington HS Principal, Pam Conover, Maskin's impact teacher; ...

Eastern Elementary students recently had a virtual Fine Arts show which included Visual and Performing Arts. Here are pictures of some of the students and staff who participated in the Fine Arts show. Everyone had a great time showcasing their talents. Way to go Eastern!

Addy W. organized a donation drive at our Junior High prior to school being closed. She was able to coordinate with the Domestic Violence Shelter in Mansfield and thanks to all the generous donations from the students and staff at the Junior High, she delivered 25 book ...

In February, some of our Eastern Elementary 6th grade students competed in a math league competition for the first time. We just received the scores and our Eastern team earned 5th place in the region which includes schools from all of the following counties: Hancock, ...

Scott O. recently competed in the Division I OHSAA State bowling tournament. Scott becomes the first bowler in the history of the Lex bowling program to be a two time State qualifier. This year Scott was also the Ohio Cardinal Conference Bowler of the Year and the OHSAA ...

Congratulations to the Lexington High School Symphony Orchestra for receiving straight 1s at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra Adjudication!

Richland Newhope hosted its inaugural bowling event to kick off Developmental Disability Awareness Month. Students from our Junior High and High School participated in this event along with students from throughout the area. (One of our teams even winning 1st place!)

Congratulations to Eastern students Mia D. and Lily T. for having their artwork selected for the Young People's Art Exhibition in Columbus. Congratulations Mia and Lily!

Central Elementary fourth graders recently provided an appreciation breakfast for school support staff and local service providers. The students invited the School Transportation, Maintenance and Technology Departments and the various Village of Lexington Departments and ...

Lexington Girls’ and Boys’ swim teams qualify 16 to the State Swim meet (12 swimmers and 4 divers). Congratulations and Good Luck!

A Robotics Club was started at the Junior High last school year. Recently our 8th grade Robotics Team entered their first competition ever and finished second in paired rounds, won the Excellence Award based on their combined score for all three parts of the competition, ...

Lexington Boys' Varsity Swim team earned the 2020 District Championship recently at Bowling Green State University. Congratulations! On to State...

AP Biology students toured Charles River Laboratories in Ashland. Students learned about career opportunities in the Biotech industry.

The Lady Lex Girls’ Varsity Basketball team beat Mt. Vernon in their last regular season game and in doing so, earned the 2019-2020 outright Ohio Cardinal Conference Girls’ Basketball league championship! CONGRATULATIONS Ladies!

Lexington Senior, Gabriella M. received 2 Gold Keys in the Regional Judging of The National Scholastic Art competition for her jewelry creations. Her pieces will now go to the National Judging competition. Congratulations and Good Luck Gabriella!

Western Elementary recently celebrated World Read Aloud Day by taking time for teachers and staff to read aloud to the students.

“Greenhouse Effect”, created by senior Zoe S., is a gold key and scholarship winning piece in the National Scholastic Art competition. Inspired by climate change, Zoe created a raincoat made from shower curtains and paper flowers. Each flower was hand-made and placed ...

Our Lex Junior High Academic Challenge team placed 2nd in a recent MOESC Academic Challenge competition. Team members from left to right: Oden B., Jacob H., Kennedy L., Grant M., Wyatt M., Darcie R.

The Junior High and Eastern Mathcounts teams competed in the Regional Mathcounts competition at Ashland University. Teams from all over the Akron and Canton Regions competed. Our Junior High team took 2nd place at regionals! The team consisted of Noah E., Drayton B., Owan ...

Congratulations to Mikinzi P. (French Horn) for qualifying and performing with the Ohio All-State Band at the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio!

Congratulations to High School students Daniel D. (Cello) and Scott O. (Bass) for qualifying and performing with the Ohio All State Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio!

A group of Lexington students recently attended a luncheon at the Ashland University Ashbrook Center. Governor Mike DeWine was the guest of honor. The students had a chance to meet the Governor after receiving a special award from the Governor for their advancement of ...

Our Eastern Elementary 5th grade Academic Challenge team competed recently in the MOESC Academic Challenge Competition. The competition included 28 teams from Crawford, Richland and Ashland Counties. Our Eastern team took 1st place out of those 28 teams competing! ...

Junior High Math 8 students recently concluded their study of transformations, dilations, scale, and scale factor. Some students chose to make a scale model of a famous structure. Students were required to make their model to a matching scale.

Lex HS band students Andrew R., Mikinzi P., and Daniel D. auditioned for and were chosen to participate in the Ohio State University Honors Band. They had the distinct honor to perform with this prestigious group recently. There were 206 high school students chosen to be ...

Congratulations to the Eastern and Junior High students who participated in the 2020 Richland County Spelling Bee. 6th grader, Addie S. earned First Place and will advance to the Tri-County Spelling Bee in February. Drayton B. and Natalie H. placed in the top 12 ...

The Eastern Elementary sixth grade academic challenge team competed in an online competition in December. Eastern's team placed fifth in the nation! They beat the reigning National Champions from last year to take first place in the state of Ohio. Wow! What an awesome ...

6th Grader Gavin proudly shows off the purchase he made using funds he earned selling a calendar that he illustrated himself. His calendar is awesome and he discovered others thought so and wanted to buy a copy. What started as a cute gift for his mom turned into a hit ...

The Ashbrook Center held a national competition for high school students. Each entry had to be a 3-5 page essay accompanied by a three minute video. Junior Joanna H. (pictured to the left) won the competition with an essay critiquing the imbalanced reporting of social ...

Ariana H. and Mr. Z play a game of "Pie in the Face" at the Western Elementary Winter Wonderland...Mr. Z lost :) What a great victory smile!

Franklin B. Walter Distinguished Scholar
Franklin B. Walter Distinguished Scholar
Eastern Virtual Fine Arts Show
Eastern Virtual Fine Arts Show
Addy W Organized Donation Drive
Addy W Organized Donation Drive
Eastern Math League Competition
Eastern Math League Competition
Scott O Finishes Great Bowling Career
Scott O Finishes Great Bowling Career
Symphony Orchestra Receives Straight 1s
Symphony Orchestra Receives Straight 1s
Richland Newhope Bowling Event
Richland Newhope Bowling Event
Eastern Students Artwork Selected for Art Exhibition
Eastern Students Artwork Selected for Art Exhibition
Central Appreciation Breakfast
Central Appreciation Breakfast
Lexington Swimmers Qualify for State
Lexington Swimmers Qualify for State
Junior High Robotics Club
Junior High Robotics Club
Boys Varsity Swim Team District Champions
Boys Varsity Swim Team District Champions
Students Visit Charles River Laboratories
Students Visit Charles River Laboratories
Girls Basketball 19-20 OCC Champions
Girls Basketball 19-20 OCC Champions
Gabriella M. Art Competition
Gabriella M. Art Competition
Western Read Aloud Day
Western Read Aloud Day
Zoe S Greenhouse Effect
Zoe S Greenhouse Effect
JH Academic Challenge Team
JH Academic Challenge Team
Eastern and Junior High MathCounts
Eastern and Junior High MathCounts
Mikinzi P. - All State Band
Mikinzi P. - All State Band
All State Orchestra
All State Orchestra
Ashland Ashbrook Center Luncheon
Ashland Ashbrook Center Luncheon
5th Grade Academic Challenge Team
5th Grade Academic Challenge Team
Math 8 Scale Projects
Math 8 Scale Projects
Students Chosen for Ohio State Honors Band
Students Chosen for Ohio State Honors Band
2020 Richland County Spelling Bee
2020 Richland County Spelling Bee
Sixth Grade Academic Challenge Online Competition
Sixth Grade Academic Challenge Online Competition
Gavin's Illustrated Calendar
Gavin's Illustrated Calendar
Ashbrook Center Essays
Ashbrook Center Essays
Ariana and Mr. Z Play
Ariana and Mr. Z Play "Pie in the Face"

Well, school's out for summer! Or should I say "unplugged for summer"...

A most sincere 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐊 𝐘𝐎𝐔 to our staff, students and parents for all the time and efforts to make this very unique, challenging and sometimes frustrating end to our school year go as well as it could possibly go. And, in doing so, making this VERY unique situation a uniquely GREAT and memorable school year!

Our drive in graduation celebration for the Class of 2020 #MakingHistory is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 2:00pm (the rain date is Sunday, June 28). Everything we can do to make this unique graduation, uniquely GREAT and meaningful, we will do.

In the next week or so, you will see several different ways we are recognizing and honoring our Class of 2020.

There is a banner on the bridge by the Lex Depot.

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There will be a yard sign for each senior displayed all around the Lexington Village square.

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And, there will be two billboards, one at the "old Deckers" location and one on Lex-Springmill across from Home Road.

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𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭!

Regarding next school year... We continue to work on the plans necessary to implement each of the three options for how the next school year could begin - completely reopening with specific guidelines, continuing to provide instruction/learning opportunities virtually or implementing some hybrid form of both. We have also been in conversations with the other Richland County School Districts to learn what those options might look like for those districts. Right now, we have no idea what the start of next school year will look like. We also have no idea what the situation regarding COVID-19 will be between now and late July. What we do know is, we need to be as well prepared as possible for whatever the situation is, at that time. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more and the situation becomes clearer.

We will also be surveying our parents, students and staff regarding the online program we just finished, thoughts on the three options for the start of the school year and suggestions as to how the start of the next school year can be as effective, meaningful and safe as possible. We will be releasing those surveys sometime during the first couple weeks of June.

Thank you again for your support, active involvement and making our children's quality of education a top priority!

Enjoy a safe, relaxing, fun summer!

Sincerely,
Mike Ziegelhofer

Dear Lex Students and Parents,

We are sorry to announce that we will not be able to host June Math Camp this year.

Our hope is to combine Lexington Science and Math Camps in August depending on social distancing guidelines at that time.

We will post any updates here on our Facebook page as well as our website.

𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐒𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞

Week 7 is "in the books". It's difficult to imagine it has been 9 weeks since the closure and week 7 of our online program, yet it seems like much longer than that.

Our teachers, students and parents continue to be amazing in making our online program go as smoothly as it does. It has been said, "it doesn't take much to make a huge difference". But, what it does take is compassion, empathy, some time and a huge heart. Our staff and parents are living examples of what it takes to work together to make a huge difference. Being part of this team is humbling and heart warming. Thank you!

A reminder next week is our last week of assignments Monday-Thursday, with Friday being a makeup/catch-up day. May 25 is Memorial Day and May 26-28 are makeup/catch-up days. May 28 is the last day of school.

This was our ninth week providing lunches and as of this week we've served 2,880 lunches to our students. Those of us bagging and distributing lunches have enjoyed every minute. Our THANKS to Tricia Volz and Karen Yoder for organizing the lunch program.

The 20-21 school year... No one knows what the start of next school year will look like, but we are fairly certain there are only three options. Schools could be reopened with specific guidelines for reopening. Schools could be required to continue providing instruction/learning opportunities virtually. Or, schools could have the option to implement some hybrid form of both. We have been meeting as an Administrative team for the past several weeks focusing on those three options and discussing how we would best be able to implement each option as effectively and safely as possible. If the opening of next school year includes an online component, whether hybrid or completely virtual, our goal is to have an effective and rigorous online curriculum that will be consistent between home and school and have horizontal and vertical curricular alignment. For grades 6-12 we are planning to use Edgenuity. Edgenuity is the software we have been using for our online program. We know Edgenuity directly aligns with the curricula we use within our classrooms 6-12, which is very important. We have purchased the access necessary for all students grades 6-12. We are now working on how to best implement Edgenuity for the hybrid and completely virtual options. For grades K-5, Joy Bowman, our PK-6 Curriculum Director, and our elementary staff are leading the research of effective online programs designed for the lower grade levels and the implementation of those programs. As we progress in this work, K-12, we will continue to provide updates.

Finances... the news last week of the State cutting $300 million in public K-12 school district funding was shocking, understandable given the situation and completely changed the operational plans of every public school district in Ohio. That $300 million in funding cuts is for 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 fiscal year (FY20). This fiscal year ends June 30, 2020. So between now and June 30 our school district's State funding will be cut $477,000. State funding represents approximately 50% of our total budget. The other approximately 50% of our total budget is from local property taxes. Among the many things that are unknown for next school year are 1. will the State impose additional budget cuts for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2020 (FY21) and 2. what will the impact be on our property tax revenue due to what may be a significant increase in delinquent property tax payments. The financial outlook for every public school district in Ohio is challenging, at best. Some things we are planning to help offset the $477,000 immediate cut include, not filling the following positions for 20-21... Asst. Supt., Athletic Director, Dean of Students at Eastern and three current teaching vacancies. Given our enrollment projections by grade level for next school year, not filling those teaching vacancies will only slightly increase some classroom numbers, but not to the extent it causes us any concerns. The average increase for the impacted classrooms is going from 20 to 22 students. We will also be limiting all purchases to what is absolutely needed/necessary. As we learn more about what to expect with regard to finances for FY21 and what impact that may have, we will keep you informed.

I know the financial situation only adds to the uncertainties and challenges. But, TOGETHER, we will be innovative, we will adapt, we will persevere and we will overcome. TOGETHER, we will continue to do the only thing we know to do... provide each student with every opportunity to be as well prepared as possible for whatever comes next with encouragement, support, passion, compassion, empathy and a commitment to Excellence.

TOGETHER WE CAN AND TOGETHER WE WILL!

Sincerely,
Mike Ziegelhofer

𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐅𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞

I waited to do my next update until our seniors were notified of our plans regarding graduation 2020. The Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration plans are attached in the link below. Our seniors fully understand the current situation, but, to the extent possible, they were hoping for as close to a normal graduation as is possible and to at least feel like they are together. The plan, developed by the HS leadership team and Storyside Church accomplishes both those "hoping for" wishes of our seniors. A huge THANK YOU to Storyside Church for their willingness to do whatever they can to help make this type of graduation celebration possible. Another huge THANK YOU to WMFD and Rob Meisse for offering to live stream the event so those who cannot attend can watch the celebration. The CLASS of 2020... Making History, Dreaming Big and never giving up! Go LEX!

I also want to share an update to our plans for the last few weeks of school. A reminder for the weeks of May 4, May 11 and May 18 there will only be lessons for Monday-Thursday. Those three Fridays will be make up/catch up days. There will be no lessons for Monday, May 25, Memorial Day. There will also be no lessons for the last three days of school, May 26-28. Those three days will also be make up/catch up days. The make up/catch up days are great opportunities for teachers to continue all the types of interactions they've been doing, that the kids look forward to, like Zoom class meetings to just socialize together and enjoy each other's "company".

For this coming summer, our teachers are going to provide lists of educational and enjoyable learning links, apps, etc. by grade level/subject/course (similar to what was provided the first couple weeks of the closure) that the students can do during the summer, if they wish. So all can take advantage of this opportunity and given the uncertainty of how and when the 20-21 school year will start, we want the students using laptops loaned from the school to keep the laptops over the summer.

This is Teacher Appreciation Week! From what I've heard, for parents, appreciating their children's teachers has been taken to a whole new level as a result of the school closure and the online lessons. They are so very thankful for how much the teachers care and the willingness to go above and beyond for their children. They're thankful that even at a distance teachers are making a difference!

Stay safe, be well and have a great week!

Mike Ziegelhofer

𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐬: http://www.lexington.k12.oh.us/images/district/2020graduationplans.pdf

𝐋𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟐𝟎/𝟐𝟏 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫

We are ready to resume kindergarten registration for the 20/21 school year!

Your student is eligible for kindergarten if he/she is 5 years old by August 1, 2020.

Please call Central at 419-884-1308, or Western at 419-884-2765 to set up an appointment to bring in your student's registration papers and the documents listed below.

There will be someone at school from 9-12 and 5-7 on Monday, May 11, 2020 and Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Click on the link below for all the kindergarten registration forms that need to be completed. You can print the forms and complete them prior to your appointment 𝐎𝐑 you can obtain the forms at the school when you come for your appointment and complete the forms at the school.

http://www.lexington.k12.oh.us/images/Central/RegistrationForms.pdf

Please bring copies of the following documents with you to your appointment on May 11 or May 12:

𝟏. Immunization Record (if you need to have them faxed, the Central fax number is 419-884-6154, the Western fax number is 419-884-2221)
𝟐. Certified copy of your child's birth certificate.
𝟑. Copy of social security card, or your child's social security number.
𝟒. If applicable, any legal documents regarding custody if there has been a separation, divorce, or name change.
𝟓. Proof of residency (current utility bill or rental/lease agreement with parent's name at said address
If you are living with someone and the utility bills or the rental/lease agreement does not include your name, you will need a proof of residency affidavit, that you can pick up at the school during your appointment.
𝟔. Your actual, valid driver's license.

Due to the cancellation of school Lexington Local Schools will have kindergarten screening when school resumes for the 20-21 school year, during the kindergarten students' school day.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's school at the number listed above or call the Board of Education number at 419-884-2132.

𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞

It sure seems like its been longer than 4 weeks, doesn't it...

Several things I want to share...

Beginning the week of May 4, we are going to ask our teachers to reduce the number of assignments per week to four (4). Fridays, beginning Friday, May 8 and each Friday the remainder of the month of May, can be used as "catch up on assignments day", if needed and for any Zoom individual, small group or full class meetings/get togethers the teachers may want to have. Please be reminded, all assignments (Monday-Thursday) are to continue to be approximately 20-25 minutes in length, worth 10 points per assignment and all assignments completed and submitted will receive full credit including any assignments or portions of assignments submitted late.

We are working on a plan/schedule for students to pick up their stuff and/or return our stuff. As soon as we have those logistics worked out, we will communicate that with everyone.

We are also working out the logistics for a graduation in late June that will adhere to the social distancing requirements and at the same time, be as much like a "normal" graduation as is possible given the situation. When we have everything worked out, we will communicate the plans to the Class of 2020 first and then everyone else.

Our teachers and support staff continue to work through this most challenging of times with the utmost dedication, professionalism, compassion and empathy. Our parents continue to deal with it all in amazing ways and continue to be supportive, encouraging, understanding and patient. It's not easy, but it's worth it. 𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐄𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑, we are teaching, influencing and making a significant, positive difference in the lives of these precious young adults. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐑𝐎𝐂𝐊! The difference you all are making now and the experiences you are providing now will be what the Class of 2020 tell their kids and grandkids about some day.

Stay safe and be well!

Mike Ziegelhofer

𝐆𝐨 𝐋𝐄𝐗!

𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞

As we finish week three, I want to share that all continues to go as well as all this can go given the circumstances. Our students and parents are adjusting as well as can be expected. Our staff is also developing a routine, as best as is possible, and they continue to make clear to all of us their dedication, compassion and huge hearts for the students they serve.

Our leadership team has been working on various possible options regarding graduation and recognizing our seniors, individually and as the Class of 2020. We have reserved a Friday and the following Sunday in late June and late July for a Friday “prom” and a Sunday graduation celebration. We are also discussing what options may be possible, just in case, we are not able to have the large gatherings on either of those weekends. We are discussing the possibilities of a virtual graduation, a drive in graduation similar to what some churches did on Easter Sunday or a graduation ceremony later in the fall. If you have or learn of any other ideas for a graduation ceremony, we would love to hear from you. You can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. One way or another we 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 recognize and honor our seniors!

We are also beginning conversations about what the start of next school year might look like. And, given the various potential scenarios we have come up with, what would we need and be able to do to establish the procedures and protocols to make it work and address the safety and wellbeing of the students and staff. It is impossible to know what the COVID situation will look like several months from now, but it is not too early to begin thinking about it and discussing “what ifs”.

On a personal note, I made the decision to retire effective August 1, 2020. It is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. I have loved every day of my career. I've included the letter I gave to our Board of Education in the link below. It best summarizes my sentiments. I decided to include this with my update, not to bring any attention to me, but to 𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐊 every staff member, student, parent and Board member past and present, and our community for 32 of the best years of my life. It has truly been an honor and privilege to be part of this excellent school district and wonderful community.

Sincerely,
Mike Ziegelhofer

http://www.lexington.k12.oh.us/images/District/MZRetirementLetter.pdf

𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐓𝐰𝐨 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞

We just finished week two of our Lex online assignments/learning opportunities. And the best way to describe how it is going is to simply and sincerely say,

𝐓𝐇𝐀𝐍𝐊 𝐘𝐎𝐔!

THANK YOU parents for your support, patience and all your efforts/work at home. This is not easy.

THANK YOU to our entire staff for their dedication, hours of planning/developing assignments/activities, passion and genuine compassion for the students they serve.

THANK YOU to our students for trying their best with the online assignments and persevering during this very challenging situation.

TOGETHER, we will make this work to the best of our ability. TOGETHER, we got this!

𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐑𝐎𝐂𝐊!

A reminder students will receive full credit for all assignments completed to the best of their ability and submitted by the end of the week the assignment was given. Points earned for assignments completed will be posted in Progress Book by the following Monday at noon. If a student has incomplete assignments, that will be indicated in Progress Book. If/when the student “makes up” and submits the incomplete assignment to the best of his/her ability, the student will receive full credit for that assignment. We need to be sensitive to each student’s situation and give students the opportunity to complete assignments even when late for full credit.

Amid all this “stuff”, we continue to have so much for which to be thankful! The “thankful for list” definitely includes 𝐲𝐨𝐮 (our students parents and staff)!

Happy Easter! Happy Passover!

Sincerely,
Mike Ziegelhofer

Week one of our online program is “in the books”. I know all did not go perfectly. What does go perfectly? I know we will all get better at this as we move forward. But from what I’ve heard and observed, I cannot imagine a week one of this nature going any smoother. Our administrators and staff have poured their hearts and efforts into doing everything and anything possible to provide meaningful learning opportunities and offer encouragement and support to our students and their parents. Our students have been very receptive to this new way of “going to school”. And, our parents have been willing to do their part to encourage their child(ren) and help make all this work. The way school staff, students and parents have stepped up to do this TOGETHER has been truly and overwhelmingly remarkable. THANK YOU!

A reminder that teachers will be posting weekly assignments each Monday by noon. Each assignment is worth 10 points if completed to the best of the student’s ability and submitted when due. So, students will have up to five assignments per week for each course or subject they have. To calculate a student’s final grade for the last grading period, the teacher will add the total points the student earned by completing and submitting assignments when due, calculating that percentage of the total assignment points possible and using the Lex grading scale to determine the letter grade. For example, to earn an A- for the final grading period all the student needs to do is complete, to the best of his/her ability, and submit when due 90% of the assignments (93% for an A).

We made the decision to approach our online assignments this way for several reasons.

· We want to encourage students to complete the assignments to the best of their ability and submit the assignments when due.

· Students deserve credit for the work they do, without the impact of their particular situation negatively impacting their points/grade.

· We do not want our parents to be overwhelmed by the idea of needing to be the teacher. Parents just simply need to be encouraging their student(s) to complete and submit the work on time.

I want to sincerely thank our staff, students and parents for their efforts to make this go as well as possible. Amid all the challenges and uncertainty, we have so much for which to be thankful. Not the least of which is each other.

Sincerely,
Mike Ziegelhofer

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐬…

A+ 100 – 97 4.0
A 96 – 93 4.0
A- 92 – 90 3.67
B+ 89 – 87 3.33
B 86 – 83 3.0
B- 82 – 80 2.67
C+ 79 – 77 2.33
C 76 – 73 2.0
C- 72 – 70 1.67
D+ 69 – 67 1.33
D 66 – 60 1.0

Grade Card Update

Grade cards for students in grades 1 through 6 are now available through Parent Access.

Cick here for a detailed step by step guide on how to access the grade card in Parent Access.

Grade cards for kindergarten students will be mailed home today, Friday, April 3rd, 2020.

If you do not have computer/internet access, please contact your building principal or your child's teacher to request a paper copy to be mailed to you.

If you have not activated your Parent Access account and no longer have the information to do so, please contact Vickie Stima at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have forgotten your password, please follow the directions on the Parent Access log-in page to reset your password.

Dear Lexington Students/Parents:

First, we want to thank you for your patience during this trying and unprecedented time. As a district, we would like to share our updated plan to provide specific, weekly lessons/instruction for our students; now that it appears our time away may be longer than three weeks. We will be providing a list of educational resource links for students to maintain/enhance their current skill/knowledge levels beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 29.

However, with this ever changing situation, it is important that we share our long-term plan for student learning which will begin Monday, March 30. We have two plans: one plan for students’ grades PK through 3rd grade and a separate plan for students grades 4 through 12. As we receive information from ODE and the Governor, we will share our plan for assessing these materials.

𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐏𝐫𝐞-𝐊 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝟑𝐫𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟑𝟎𝐭𝐡:

● Teachers of PK - Grade 3 students will email weekly lesson plans to parents each Monday.

● Assignments and lessons are being designed to engage students for approximately 20-30 minutes of work per day/per subject.

● Students/parents who are experiencing difficulties accessing and/or completing assignments online should contact their building office and leave a message or email the building principal. Messages and email will be checked regularly.

● Parents/students without internet access are asked to contact their building principal to arrange for supplemental materials to be printed and picked up. For those interested Spectrum is offering free internet access at 1-844-488-8395.

𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝟒𝐭𝐡 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝟏𝟐𝐭𝐡 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟑𝟎𝐭𝐡:

● Students will be able to access specific lessons via Schoology. Teachers will post weekly assignments, every Monday by noon. The expectation is for students to complete the assignment to the best of their ability. Assignments will be checked for completion on a weekly basis.

● All of our students grades 4-12 are already enrolled within Schoology. This is the site teachers will use to communicate their course assignments. Student usernames and passwords are the same the passwords they currently use to log onto their devices at school. The specific Lexington Schoology link is: https://lex.schoology.com/login/ldap?&school=914461514

● Students/parents who are experiencing difficulties accessing and/or completing assignments online should contact their building office and leave a message or email the building principal. Messages and email will be checked regularly.

● Assignments/lessons are being designed to align with State standards and engage students for approximately 20-30 minutes of work per day/per subject.

● Students already enrolled in Edgenuity should continue their coursework.
(Additionally, we cannot enroll any new students in Edgenuity courses.)

● CCP courses will carry-on as directed using Canvas.

● Parents/students without internet access will be asked to contact their building principal to arrange supplemental materials to be printed and picked up. For those interested Spectrum is offering free internet access at 1-844-488-8395. Additionally, you can use your smartphone to create an internet “hotspot” from which you can connect a device to the internet. Please use the following links for guidance.

https://www.verizonwireless.com/articles/how-to-use-your-smartphone-as-a-mobile-hotspot/

https://support.google.com/android/answer/9059108?hl=en

If any of our students or parents have any questions or if students or parents need to have a laptop, because they do not have one, please call me at 419-571-0962.

Thank you for your continued support of the Lexington Schools and your active involvement in your child(ren)’s education.

Sincerely,

Mike Ziegelhofer, Superintendent

𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬:
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𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬:
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𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐨𝐫 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬:
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𝐂𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐥:
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𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧:
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𝐖𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧
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𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟐𝟕, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞
 
Dear Lexington Students/Parents:
 
Please be reminded that our teachers PK-12 will begin posting weekly lessons Monday, March 30, 2020 and each following Monday through the end of the school year or as directed by the Governor.
 
As we begin our online school work this coming Monday, March 30th, I would like to share our plans regarding how the digital assignments will be graded.
 
𝐊-𝟔𝐭𝐡 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞:
Students K-1 will receive participation grades for each assignment completed and students 2-6 will receive 10 points for each assignment completed. A completed assignment is one the student has fully completed to the best of his/her ability. If a student is struggling to complete an assignment, please share with the student’s teacher(s) what specific questions the student has regarding the assignment so the teacher(s) can provide the help needed.
The third grading period will be marked as ended on March 6. Teachers will average current grades for the third nine weeks through March 6 and post final grades in Progress Book. The fourth grading period will start March 30. We will continue our online plan through the end of the school year or as directed by the Governor.
 
𝟕𝐭𝐡-𝟏𝟐𝐭𝐡 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞:
Each completed assignment will be worth 10 points. A completed assignment is one the student has fully completed to the best of his/her ability. If a student is struggling to complete an assignment, please share with the teacher(s) what specific questions the student has regarding the assignment so the teacher(s) can provide the help needed.
 
There are 2 weeks remaining in the 5th grading period, and for these next two weeks, the grades for the digital assignments will be included and averaged in Progress Book with the grades already earned in the 5th grading period. For the 6th grading period we will continue with our online plan through the end of the school year or until otherwise directed by the Governor.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact your student(s)’ teachers, counselor, building principal or me via phone or email if you have any questions or if we can be of any help, in any way, at any time.
 
We will all work together to make the best of this unprecedented and challenging time.
 
I am thankful for everyone’s efforts to make this work as best we can.
 
I pray you and your family stay safe and well.
 
Sincerely,
Mike Ziegelhofer, Superintendent
𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟐𝟕, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎
 
Dear Parents,
 
I want to share the latest news from Columbus regarding the current COVID 19 pandemic and Ohio public and private schools. Just today Governor DeWine signed into law HB 197. This legislation includes the following items that pertain specifically to public and private schools.
 
𝐇𝐁 𝟏𝟗𝟕
 
• Waives ALL State standardized testing grades K-12 for the 2019-2020 school year.
• Waives ALL 2019-2020 State Report Card requirements for school districts.
• Waives ALL Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
• Permits school districts to grant a high school diploma to any student determined to be on track to graduate AND whom the HS Principal, in consultation with teachers and counselors, determines the student has successfully completed the student’s high school curriculum or individualized education program
• Declares the intent that public and private schools continue to find ways to keep students actively engaged in learning opportunities for the remainder of the school year.
• Permits school district to continue providing lunches to students for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to provide lunches each Monday from 11:30-12:30 at the high school cafeteria entrances which is adjacent to the parking lot behind the flag pole and near the main entrance of the high school.
 
Please contact your student(s)’ building principals or me if you have any questions.
 
Sincerely,
Mike Ziegelhofer, Superintendent

Resources

Click the following link to view/print Parents/Students Resources for Grades PreK-6: http://www.lexington.k12.oh.us/images/District/LexingtonPreK-6Resources.pdf

Click the following link to view/print Parents/Students Resources for Grades 7-12: http://www.lexington.k12.oh.us/images/District/Lexington7-12Resources.pdf

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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!

High School Math Mentor

Academic Mentor needed at the High School. Qualified candidate will prepare students for the end-of-course exam in math that will be administered in December. A strong foundation in Algebra I and Geometry preferred as well as a college degree. The candidate will work five days per week tutoring students in small groups from November 4th-December 6th, 2019. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to Kevin Young, High School Principal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 419-884-1111.

Substitute Custodians

Lexington Local Schools has a need for Substitute Custodians. Custodian hours - Varied shifts, 8 hours per day. Must demonstrate aptitude and competence for assigned responsibilities. Complete classified application form found on website: www.lexington.k12.oh.us Send application to Jeremy Secrist, Assistant Superintendent 103 Clever Lane Lexington, OH 44904 or e-mail completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BondSale

https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/06/26/lexington-school-district-residents-pay-millions-dollars-less-bond-issue/1572881001/

Being able to sell the bonds to generate our local share (47%) of our new facilities project on June 26, 2019 in less than 90 minutes AND reduce our interest rate from 5.25% to 3.01% AND reduce the length of our district’s “mortgage” from 37 years to 30 years  AND reduce the average millage rate over those 30 years from 8.6 to 5.53 AND in doing all that save the residents of our school district nearly $28 million dollars in interest over the 30 years was quite a day!

WE have so much for which to be thankful! We are blessed with great kids, great families, a great staff and a great/tremendously supportive community! I cannot imagine a school district/community more deserving of the way this bond sale went than ours! - MZ

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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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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