Southwest Trip 2018 Daily Blog

Southwest Trip 2018 Daily Blog

Day Eight: Action Packed and Packed to Go It was GRAY/Green Day when we first woke and saw the sky. GRAY. Thick, dense clouds slowly rolled our direction and then rain, sometimes heavy, drenched our tents and us. The kids had question marks written all over their faces. Do we stay or go? Can we […]

Environmental Debates: Another Capstone Challenge

Environmental Debates: Another Capstone Challenge

The 8th grade capstone year is filled with leadership and academic rite of passages unique to The Lexington School. These challenges prepare our young adults for what’s next–high school, college, and life. One of the final projects before packing their gear for the Southwest Trip is Environmental Debates where in teams of four, students integrate […]

May Head’s Letter: ONE School Project Details

May Head’s Letter: ONE School Project Details

The beauty of The ONE School Campaign is that there is something in it for every student at The Lexington School. When I think about the ONE School Campaign I am reminded of the warm feeling I have as a parent and a Head of School when our students sing “One Candle” at the end […]

It’s the Element of Surprise: Outdoor Adventure Club [VIDEO]

It’s the Element of Surprise: Outdoor Adventure Club [VIDEO]

What is an outdoor adventure to you? It could be running out of gas and walking a mile to the nearest station or digging a hole for a fence post and hitting a pipe that shouldn’t be hit. It might mean lying on wet grass in the backyard on a warm summer night looking up […]

Capstone Project: A Meaningful Collaboration [Video]

Capstone Project: A Meaningful Collaboration [Video]

Merriam-Webster Definition of capstone. 1 : a coping stone : coping. 2 : the high point : crowning achievement. The capstone of her career. The Lexington School definition of Capstone. 1 : research project.  2 : performance 3 : meaningful and true collaboration.  What does it mean to collaborate? And how do you teach kids to do it well? People […]

Lee Kiefer’s Fearless Commencement Address [Transcript, Video, Photos]

Lee Kiefer’s Fearless Commencement Address [Transcript, Video, Photos]

The wall might crumble without the capstone. Architecturally this is true.The capstone is one of the finishing or protective stones that form the top of an exterior masonry wall or building, and it is the perfect metaphor for the culminating 8th grade year at The Lexington School. The capstone experience at The Lexington School includes […]

Middle School Scholarships Can Change the Course

Middle School Scholarships Can Change the Course

In early May five boys and five girls will visit The Lexington School. They will go to classes, take a test, and participate in an interview. They aren’t the only 5th graders who spend a day at TLS, but they all have something very special in common. They are finalists for the Bluegrass Boys Scholarship […]

Lasting First Impression: Student Tour Guides Tell the Story.

Lasting First Impression: Student Tour Guides Tell the Story.

With Prospective Family Day right around the corner, a strong point of interest is the Student Tour Guide Program at The Lexington School. Some schools rely on the adults to tell the story because they fear the old adage “from the mouth of babes.” What on earth will the children say? The Lexington School Admission […]

“Outside Four Walls” Means Unlocking the Potential in Today’s Students

“Outside Four Walls” Means Unlocking the Potential in Today’s Students

It’s 5 AM right now, and I’m awake, reflecting on this trip and how amazing it has been. This group of kids has been really special.  They’ve managed some challenges with the weather and some stomach issues on top of working through the tough activities and physical challenges of this terrain. They have overcome it […]

Stuck in the Middle? Not so much. 4 Ways Middle School is Great in K-8 Schools.

Stuck in the Middle? Not so much. 4 Ways Middle School is Great in K-8 Schools.

It’s the seventh grade trip. They’ve been outside all day long in the hot and sticky South Carolina sun. Early this morning they learned to surf for the first time. This afternoon they toured the salt marsh, watched dolphins feed, pulled crab traps, and felt glad to be human. Now these eight girls sit tightly […]