April 2021 Newsletter
Superintendent's Message
As we enter the fourth quarter, I'm pleased to report that 20 more students have opted to return to campus for the hybrid-learning program. Faculty and staff are continuing to stress our COVID protocols and the students are doing a good job of following the safety guidelines. Based upon our success with the hybrid model, we are planning on a five-day, in-person Extended School Year (also known as Summer School Program) for July and August.
Lexington's students continue to inspire and amaze me. Three of our high school science students contributed to a virtual science webinar hosted by The GLOBE Program. Our Drama Club's production of Diverse Connections was selected for inclusion in two theatre festivals, the Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival and the Queens Borough Arts Festival.
Lexington staff held a special "thank you" for front desk coordinator, Norman Wyatt, on April 26th (pictured with me in the above photo). Norman, who is also known as "Mr. Lexington," is the first person that visitors encounter upon entering the building and is beloved by students and staff. In addition to overseeing deliveries and supporting back-office functions throughout the building, Norman embellishes the front lobby's daily calendar with his creative drawings. We are so lucky to have Norman as a member of the Lexington family!
With wishes for health and safety,
Russell O. West
High Fives to Our New York State Legislators
Lexington School for the Deaf thanks the NYS Senate, Assembly & Executive Chamber for supporting our students. The legislators made sure that next year's New York State budget includes funds for the school's operating expenses and infrastructure projects. As a member of the 4201 Schools Association, Lexington depends on state funds to support the highly specialized learning environment that we offer to students.
Drama Club Invited to Two Theatre Festivals
For the second time in three years, a Lexington Drama Club production has been chosen for showcasing in the annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival. This year's Festival will be held virtually on May 17th. Participation in the Festival was awarded to five outstanding public high school theatrical productions from across New York City. Lexington was selected for its original production, Diverse Connections. Lexington students will be featured in a selection of clips from the production including “Vanity and the Reflection,” “Through My Son’s Eyes,” “I Am Me,” and “Who Am I?” as well as a special musical performance with students from all five schools.
The Lexington Drama Club has also been selected for showcasing in the seventh annual Queens Borough Arts Festival. The jurors selected Diverse Connection’s "Nap Revolution,” to be featured in the Festival’s virtual showcase, which will be released in early June 2021 with students highlighted on the Festival webpage. Watch our webpage for links to both festivals!
If you have not yet had a chance to watch Diverse Connections, you can go to https://youtu.be/9zvhOgP6n9k to see the show!
Science Students Featured in GLOBE Webinar
In celebration of National ASL Day on April 15th, Lexington science teacher, Jillian Anderson, and Lexington students Andrew Constantinescu, Ilhum Haque and Alexandra Quiroz, participated in a special webinar on ASL science words. Their presentation included in depth descriptions of ASL science signs to make them more accessible for people who are Blind and DeafBlind. The program was hosted by Rosalba Giarrantano (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies), Julie Malmberg (GLOBE Implementation Office) and The GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment), a worldwide hands-on, science and education program focusing on the environment.
ASL Conversational Workshops for Families
For everyone's convenience, Lexington's ASL Conversational Workshops have been scheduled for the remainder of the school year. There are 15 opportunities for family members and staff members to join a workshop and develop their ASL skills. Click here for the flyer in English and Spanish!
Theater Students "Bake" Cakes
Students in Shira Harris' high school theater elective just concluded a project about cake. They read a play about a baking contest where the winning cake was actually made out of cardboard! The students discussed theater prop making and how to integrate topics from the play into artistic creations, and watched professional prop makers design and create fake cakes to be used on stage. Then, the students baked up their own cardboard cakes! Students joining the class virtually used found materials such as paper, tin cans, boxes, and more to build their own cakes. Take a look at their delicious-looking creations!  
Multicultural Art Project
PreK students in teacher Lisa Santiago and instructional assistant Michelle Baker's class are learning about different cultures around the world. The students made paintings of the globe and then pasted pictures of people from around the world.
Celebrating Our Lexington Families 
Lexington celebrates the 45 family members who signed up for the April ASL classes!! We had aunts, uncles, dads, grandmas, moms and siblings join this month! Thank you for your commitment to learning American Sign Language and please keep an eye out for our next round of classes coming soon. Please reach out to Meggi Smith, Family Liaison (msmith@lexnyc.org), or Leigh Crane (lcrane@lexnyc.org) if you have any questions or would like to join in, and don’t forget to explore our weekly ASL workshops and resources by clicking here https://sites.google.com/lexnyc.org/familyasl/
Colorful Courtyard
Lexington's facilities management team has brightened up the courtyard play area with colorful circles, hexagons and lines. The painted shapes add a splash of color to the area and help to remind students to social distance while engaged in outdoor play. The shapes also make great "frames" for students who use recess time to create chalk artwork.