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Lincoln Public Schools Communication Services continues to look for the most effective way to provide you with information.  EdNotes is written and published specifically for the faculty and staff of Lincoln Public Schools.

If you have information you would like to include, please email Mary Kay Roth at mkroth@lps.org.

North Star wins state SLAM poetry title < Updated

Lincoln North Star High School won the state SLAM poetry championship last night at the Holland Center in Omaha.

North Star's Serenity Stokes was named the Spirit of the Slam winner. Team members include: Morgan Bauers, Morgan Dinnel, Serenity Stokes, Ryane Needles, Haley Knutson, Lexie Belgum, Ben King, Adrian Martinez, Joel Kouakou, Rachel Vermillion, Joe Reitz, and Taylor Schmieding. 

Lincoln High School finished fourth as a team.

Posted on April 21, 2015


Staff at Early Childhood Celebration < Updated

The Early Childhood team participated in the Early Childhood Celebration recently at Southeast Community College. This celebration offers learning activities and resources for families with young children. The pictures in the gallery show the volunteers who attended, children engaging in play, as well as the String Beans performance.

Posted on April 21, 2015


LPS High School Music/Theater Calendar < Updated

High schools in Lincoln Public Schools perform various music and theater performances throughout the year. For more information about a specific event, call the school. To add a music or theater performance to this list, email zbaehr@lps.org.

April 2015

23-24 - Theater: Evening of One-Acts, April 23-24, 7:30 p.m., LNE Black Box

25 - Competition: Lincoln East Jazz Festival at EHS, April 25, all day, auditorium

27 - Concert: Jazz Band Concert Cafe, East HS, April 27, 7 p.m., auditorium

30 - Musical: Into the Woods, Southeast, April 30-May 2, 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinee on May 3, auditorium. All seats are reserved. Call 402-436-1304 for ticket information.

30 - Theater: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lincoln High School, April 30-May 1 at 7 p.m., May 2 at 2 p.m., Ted Sorensen Theatre, LHS

May 2015

1-2 - Theater: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lincoln High School, April 30-May 1 at 7 p.m., May 2 at 2 p.m., Ted Sorensen Theatre, LHS

1-3 - Musical: Southeast, April 30-May 3, 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, auditorium

1, 2 - Rock Show, Northeast, May 1-2, 7 p.m., LNE Auditorium, ($5)

7 - Concert: Jazz Band, Southeast, May 7, 7 p.m., auditorium

8-9 - Concert: Expressions, East HS, May 8-9, 8 p.m.

11 - Concert: Band & Orchestra, Southwest, May 11, 7 p.m., auditorium

11 - Concert: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, Southeast, May 11, 7 p.m., auditorium

12 - Concert: A Little Knight Music, Southeast, May 12, 7 p.m., auditorium

12 - Concert: Bands, East HS, May 12, 6 p.m., auditorium

13 - Concert: Choir, Southwest, May 13, 7 p.m., auditorium

13 - Concert: Orchestra, Southeast, May 13, 7 p.m., auditorium

13 - Finale Concert and Awards Ceremony, Northeast, May 13, 6 p.m., LNE Auditorium

16 - Concert: Spring Swing, Southeast, May 16

18-19 - Theater: Nunsense - LSW Faculty Production, May 18-19, 7 p.m., Tickets go on sale April 18, call 402-436-1335

24 - Concert Choir@ LNE Graduation, Northeast, May 24, 4:30 p.m., Devaney Center 

School Listing

Lincoln East High School

Competition: Lincoln East Jazz Festival at EHS, April 25, all day, auditorium

Concert: Jazz Band Concert Cafe, East HS, April 27, 7 p.m., auditorium

Concert: Expressions, East HS, May 8-9, 8 p.m.

Concert: Bands, East HS, May 12, 6 p.m., auditorium

Lincoln High School

Theater: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lincoln High School, April 30-May 1 at 7 p.m., May 2 at 2 p.m., Ted Sorensen Theatre, LHS

Lincoln North Star High School

 

Lincoln Northeast High School

Theater: Evening of One-Acts, April 23-24, 7:30 p.m., LNE Black Box

Rock Show, Northeast, May 1-2, 7 p.m., LNE Auditorium, ($5)

Finale Concert and Awards Ceremony, Northeast, May 13, 6 p.m., LNE Auditorium

Concert Choir@ LNE Graduation, Northeast, May 24, 4:30 p.m., Devaney Center

Lincoln Southeast High School

Musical: Southeast, April 30-May 3, 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, auditorium

Concert: Jazz Band, Southeast, May 7, 7 p.m., auditorium

Concert: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, Southeast, May 11, 7 p.m., auditorium

Concert: A Little Knight Music, Southeast, May 12, 7 p.m., auditorium

Concert: Orchestra, Southeast, May 13, 7 p.m., auditorium

Concert: Spring Swing, Southeast, May 16

Lincoln Southwest High School

Concert: Band & Orchestra, Southwest, May 11, 7 p.m., auditorium

Concert: Choir, Southwest, May 13, 7 p.m., auditorium

Theater: Nunsense - LSW Faculty Production, May 18-19, 7 p.m., Tickets go on sale April 18, call 402-436-1335

Posted on April 20, 2015



Concordia hosting summer early childhood conference < New

Concordia University is having an Early Childhood Education Conference on June 17 on its main campus in Seward. This conference will offer professional development for those who serve young children ages birth through second grade.

For more information about this conference, visit the conference website, or contact Annette Oliver, Early Childhood Program Director at Annette.oliver@cune.edu or by phone at 800-535-5494, ext. 7474.

Posted on April 20, 2015


Staff encouraged to complete renewal application for certification < New

If your Nebraska certificate is expiring on August 31, 2015 please complete your renewal application now unless you are waiting for college coursework that is being taken this summer. If you have any questions about the renewal process please contact Grady Blase at gblase@lps.org or 402-436-1581.

Posted on April 20, 2015


East's Harper honored for art he uses to overcome adversity

Research shows that arts education positively affects student growth beyond the art classroom both educationally and socially.

Nebraskans for the Arts’ April Student Spotlight winner, Jacob Harper, demonstrates how the arts helped him navigate through adversity to excel in school and in helping others.

Harper, a senior at Lincoln East High School, has a passion for visual arts. So much that a portfolio of work helped him win a $5,000 scholarship to Hastings College. But his participation in school arts activities have meant more to Harper than money.

He said that the arts helped him overcome his school anxiety, depression, father’s death and bullying. “The art room has been a safe haven for me over the years and I have developed friendships and a purpose in life through the arts,” he said.

Harper, who has also grown an appreciation for helping others, was nominated for the Salvation Army’s D.J.’s Hero Award for his selfless acts for others and commitment to the community. He has also been a student ambassador to China for People-to-People.

“Jacob had many obstacles to overcome that could have overwhelmed him,” said his nominator, Lincoln East High School teacher Lynne Hershey. “But we have seen Jacob grow into an individual who has extraordinary dedication to his art studies and engaged with learning and helping others around him.”

Posted on April 17, 2015


Cassie Seiboldt, Northeast math teacher, chosen for distinguished fellowship

Cassie Seiboldt, math teacher at Lincoln Northeast High School, has been chosen for the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship. Seiboldt graduated from Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Ark., then attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in 2014. According to the organization's website, KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded based on three criteria: the potential to develop the content knowledge needed for teaching, the potential to develop exemplary teaching practices, and the potential to develop the qualities of a teacher leader. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to develop in each of these areas in order to be selected. Once selected, Teaching Fellows focus on growth in these areas over the three phases of the program. 

1. The Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship, also know as KSTF, is a fellowship awarded to current student teachers and first year teachers in the mathematics or science fields to help support them through their first 5 years of teaching.   Over the five years, the fellowship recipients meet up to 3 times a year and participate in an online community sharing ideas and supporting each other on all aspects of teaching.   The main focus of the fellowship is to improve the quality of high school science and mathematics education in the United States. There are 34 recipients from across the country for the 2015 cohort. We were chosen based on the potential to develop content knowledge needed for teaching, develop exemplary teaching practices, and develop the qualities of a teacher leader.

2. I am so honored to be selected as a 2015 fellow. During the interview weekend, I met amazing candidates and staff and I know I will be able to collaborate and learn many ways to improve upon all aspects of my teaching. But I am most excited for my students. They do not realize it, but I know through this fellowship, they will become more confident math students. Through all of the professional development opportunities, my classroom will evolve into a place where students will be able to challenge themselves and feel more engaged in learning mathematics.

3. My high school experience was different from most. I graduated with around 700 students and Bentonville High School offered so many opportunities for students to be successful in academics, athletics, and the arts. I had so many wonderful instructors but I never realized the amount of dedication and understanding they needed to have for an effective classroom.  I had several teachers that cared that I had the skills and knowledge to be successful after my high school education. During my first year of teaching, I wanted to make sure that I offered the same opportunities in my classes for students to be set up for success after high school. In order to do this, I knew that I needed to continue my own education. I know that receiving the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship will be one of the first steps in doing so.

4. Throughout and after the five-year commitment, I hope that I am able to implement lessons and tasks that promote positive thinking about mathematics. By the time students reach the high school level, students feel that they are either good or bad at math. My main goal is to change their viewpoint on this matter and challenge them to think critically about problems and promote discovering a solution. Through the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship, I will collaborate with other fellows to help create this experience for my students.

5. One of the specific areas of the fellowship that I am most looking forward to is collaborating with the current and past fellows on creating mathematical tasks that promote discovery. By creating a task that has the students engaged, they are more likely to understand and make connections to mathematical concepts. Through this collaboration, I will be able to improve my effectiveness as a teacher.

Posted on April 17, 2015


Reeker tapped to organize national art group's convention

Bob Reeker, Visual Art and Integrated Technology Specialist at Eastridge Elementary School, has been named the 2016 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention Coordinator.  Bob will work with a team of educators and NAEA staff to deliver the three-day convention in Chicago, March 17-19, 2016.

Posted on April 17, 2015


Two LSE seniors honored by 'NY Times' for editorials

Two students at Lincoln Southeast High School have been named to the Top 10 of the second annual Student Editorial Contest of the New York Times.

Seniors Jeffrey Wood and Zoie Taylore will have their editorials published under the "Top Ten Winners" section on the Times' website.

Wood's editorial is titled: "Journalistic Objectivity was Yesterday's Saving Grace," and Taylore's is titled, "Redefining 'Ladylike'." You can read their winning editorials below, learn more about the competition on the Times' website.

Brianne Keller, journalism teacher at Southeast, expressed great pride in the work of her students.

"With nearly 5,000 entries from across the country, I knew statistically - the odds were against us. But I was optimistic," Keller said. "I am immensely proud of them, and the rest of my staff."


Journalistic Objectivity was Yesterday’s Saving Grace by Jeffrey Wood

As an aspiring journalist, I thrive on facts. I am delighted by well-made infographics from nonpartisan research groups, quotes from primary sources, and balanced articles from well-established media. As a Millennial, however, I was born and raised on the internet.

With the democratization of information, anyone can become a journalist. For the first time in the history of written, daily news, the hierarchy of knowledge has been overturned. I, without leaving my desk, can report in detail the political views of villagers from Ayartharmam, India.

But this is not journalism. This is parlor talk. Though tense conversations exchanged over cups of cooling decaf have been replaced with social media diatribes, asserting their veracity with forked-tongued ferocity, the sources are still uncited, the details still misunderstood, and the nuances still lost. Context and complexity have never had a place in these political arenas.

What has changed is the effect. In the past, these exchanges were ephemeral, dying at the doorway, forgotten on the drive home. Now, they linger, forever stored in the bizarre grandeur of the internet.

Bloggers have become synonymous with reporters. These men and women, untrained and unqualified, have become the folk heros of this new frontier. Their spin is heralded as innovative, rebellious, and refreshing.

According to Ohio State Communications Professor, Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, “People have more media choices these days, and they can choose to only be exposed to messages that agree with their current beliefs. … They’re not looking for insights that might change their mind.”

Glenn Greenwald, who broke the Snowden Surveillance story, balks at objectivity. “Human beings are not objectivity-driven machines. We all intrinsically perceive and process the world through subjective prisms. What is the value in pretending otherwise?”

The value is freedom of thought. The truth of the matter is that information remains inaccessible. If we’re lucky, we get second-hand news, harvested raw from an intrepid reporter for the Associated Press and refined by a major news outlet. More often, we get sensationalized, third-party headlines, regurgitated by colleagues, family, and friends.

The facts back up Knobloch-Westerwick’s finding. The Pew Research Center found the percentage of Americans expressing a consistently liberal or consistently conservative view has doubled, from 10% in 1994 to 21% in 2014.4

Similarly, the portion of each party that believes that the other is a threat to the country has increased to 36% of republicans and 27% of democrats.

It is our job as journalists to deconstruct the hierarchy of knowledge, one article at a time. This won’t be done by filtering the news through our opinion. It is our duty to pass down the information just as we found it, letting the reader think for themselves.

Sources:

How Did Obama Play In India? We Ask 4 Villagers To Weigh In – Wilbur Sargunaraj, NPR

STUDY: AMERICANS CHOOSE MEDIA MESSAGES THAT AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWS – Jeff Grabmeier, Ohio State University

Is Glenn Greenwald the Future of News? – Bill Keller, New York Times

7 things to know about polarization in America – Carroll Doherty, Pew Research Center


Redefining Ladylike by Zoie Taylore

“I did it five times.”

“Well – I did it 12 times.”

“I’ve got all of you beat. I did it 16 times!”

No – this isn’t a scene from a raunchy high school movie, but rather a group of young women discussing how many times they’ve said the naughty word: sorry.

Saying sorry, especially for women, has become the new norm. As natural nurturers this instinctive space-filler keeps the peace, while simultaneously ensuring our likeability and ladylikeness. This instant “belly up” tactic works to defeat women on a daily basis. 

This “sorry” epidemic is detrimental to women, especially for the future of female leadership. According to the New York Times article “Speaking While Female”, when a woman speaks in a professional setting, she walks a tightrope. This tightrope being the fine line between being barely heard, and being too aggressive. Speaking up puts you into the automatic bitch box. But not speaking up gets you no where, creating the ultimate female-catch-22. This lexical faux pas could very well be the reason only 5.2% of Fortune 500 CEO’s are women, and that women hold a mere 1% of the worlds wealth. 

Now, sorry in itself is not a bad word, nor is it gender exclusive. In fact, it is common trait of politeness. And, according to a SALON article called “I’m Not Sorry for Saying Sorry: Women Should Feel Free to Apologize as Much as They Want,” sorry is just a “ritual of restoring balance to a conversation.” In other words, a form of chit chat to make people more comfortable. But constantly apologizing for speaking your mind, or for things that are not your fault is exhausting, incarcerating, and usually exclusive to women. 

Melissa Atkins Wardy, author of “Redefining Girly”, recently stated in a CNN article that “Our girls need to learn their voice has every right to take up space in a conversation, in a room, and in an argument.” Confidence counts just as much as competence and this generation of girls is lacking in one of the two. With 60% of all university graduates being women, it certainly isn’t competence. And in addition saying and feeling sorry for doing day to day activities causes a serious confidence gap between men and women. This is why men are more likely to feel over-confident, while women are prone to underestimation. 

The recent Dove commercial “Sorry Not Sorry” has brought attention to the sorry sickness. With more women acknowledging the excessive use of this appeaser, the apology apocalypse will hopefully be a thing of the past. 

“Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over.” -Bella Abzug

Works cited:

Sandberg, Sheryl, and Adam Grant. “Speaking While Female.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 10 Jan. 2015. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.

Warner, Judith. “Fact Sheet: The Women’s Leadership Gap.” Americanprogress.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.

Klingle, Kylah. “I’m Not Sorry for Saying Sorry: Women Should Feel Free to Apologize as Much as They Want.” Saloncom RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.

Wallace, Kelly. “Sorry to Ask but … Do Women Apologize More than Men? – CNN.com.” CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.

News, Abc. “Pantene Commercial Asks Whether Women Say ‘Sorry’ Too Much.” ABC News. ABC News Network, 18 June 2014. Web. 04 Mar. 2015.

Posted on April 16, 2015


LPS honored with 'Excellence' award from Apex

Lincoln Public Schools is one of six nationwide to be chosen as a recipient of the 2015 Apex Learning Award of Excellence.

From the Apex Learning Organization:

Founded in 1997, Apex Learning is the leading provider of blended and virtual learning solutions to the nation's schools. The company's standards-based digital curriculum — in math, science, English, social studies, world languages, and Advanced Placement — is widely used for original credit, credit recovery, remediation, intervention, acceleration, and exam preparation.

The Apex Learning Award of Excellence rewards excellence in implementing blended and virtual learning programs. Annually, up to five schools or districts across the nation who foster and demonstrate extraordinary vision and dedication to increasing student achievement will receive this special recognition.  

Recipients of the Apex Learning Award of Excellence have a unique opportunity to share their expertise in implementing blended and virtual programs with the education community. We are pleased to partner with schools and districts in acknowledging dedication and success in increasing student achievement through blended and virtual learning programs.

Selection Criteria

The Award of Excellence rewards schools and districts who have programs that demonstrate:

  • Innovative practices and strategies to achieve program goals.
  • Meaningful impact to students served by blended or virtual programs.
  • Potential to be replicated or adapted in other instructional settings.
  • Proven results in achieving program goals, such as increased student engagement, improved test scores, or increased graduation rates.

Programs will have been implemented for at least 12 months prior to submission and the school or district will continue the program beyond the current academic year.

 

Posted on April 16, 2015


Foundation hosts first Inspire Awards

More than 100 students and staff of Lincoln Public Schools were honored at the first ever Inspire Awards, presented by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. The Inspire Awards derive from the Gold Star Awards, which have not been celebrated since 2011,  and are the only district wide recognition of the phenomenal work being done in schools.

Each school had the opportunity to nominate one student and one faculty member who were recognized at the ceremony.  Dr. Joel, Wendy Van and members of the Board of Education as well as Foundation Board members were thrilled to honor the educators and students who exemplify the ideals of personal and professional excellence and who contribute to making their school communities better. Winners donned bright orange Inspire t-shirts and danced in the North Star High School Auditorium while North Star and Northeast combined pep bands rocked the house. Beach balls added to the air of festivity before the event and were hurled around the auditorium by participating attendees – the festive atmosphere was catching.

Dr. Joel congratulated the winners on being “the best and the brightest” and  thanked the award recipients for their hard work. Wendy congratulated the winners on a life well lived…a job well done”, remarking that the awards were about “who you are, and who you strive to be.”

Husker men’s basketball coach Tim Miles delivered a lively keynote address full of humor and anecdotes, and his words of integrity, hope, passion and selflessness inspired the crowd.

The new Inspire School award was presented by North Star High School, the 2014 Gold Star School Award winner.  Hill Elementary School won the 2015 Inspire School Award, and Principal Michelle Phillips accepted the award and outlined all of the work her school is doing to improve itself and its community. Hill received a $6,500 cash award, generously donated by Allstate and Wells Fargo, in order to continue these efforts.

After the ceremony, the celebration continued, as award winners congregated in the North Star commons to enjoy an ice cream social and a video of the winners. This (newly) annual celebratory event recognizes inspiring students, faculty and staff within the district and encourages all present to continue aspiring for greatness. 

Winners included:

STUDENTS: Akash Nooka, Adams Elementary; Kai Crabb, Arnold Elementary; Jackson Koebernick, Beattie Elementary; Trish Nguyen, Belmont Elementary; Mikayla Martinez, Brownell Elementary; Riley Anderson, Calvert Elementary; Israel Kouakou, Campbell Elementary; Ben Hunzeker, Cavett Elementary; Zein Saleh, Clinton Elementary; Emma Benson, Eastridge Elementary; Kevin Figueroa, Elliott Elementary; Dayron Ruiz, Everett Elementary; Grant Wasserman, Fredstrom Elementary; Niang Vung, Hartley Elementary; Tatum Terwilliger, Hill Elementary; Louis Antinoro, Humann Elementary; Mia Pair, Huntington Elementary; Jack Haeffner, Kahoa Elementary; Tyson Campbell, Kloefkorn Elementary; Lily Whitmore, Kooser Elementary; Isaac Vicharra Rodriguez III, Lakeview Elementary; Lily Lautenschlager, Maxey Elementary; Ka Lu Say, McPhee Elementary; McKenna Weber, Morley Elementary; Briana Nash, Norwood Park Elementary; Maleaka Boedhram, Pershing Elementary; Sequoia Davis, Prescott Elementary; Aaron Nitzsche, Pyrtle Elementary; Andrew Duweling, Randolph Elementary; Madison Bassen, Riley Elementary; Jennifer Novoselova, Roper Elementary; Garrett Magner, Rousseau Elementary; Hunter Henning, Saratoga Elementary; Henry Moberly, Sheridan Elementary; Renee’ Gausman, West Lincoln Elementary; Adam Algahimi, Zeman Elementary; Trista Williams, Culler Middle; Caspian Bradford, Dawes Middle; Savannah Redl, Goodrich Middle; Saylor Mack, Irving Middle; Davis Buchanan, Lefler Middle; Turner Linafelter, Lux Middle; Megan Haeffner, Mickle Middle; Brynna Madison, Park Middle; Isis Burks, Pound Middle; Jackson Mikkelsen, Schoo Middle; Will Ozaki, East High; Raven L Collier, Lincoln High; Alex Stogdill, North Star High; Destiny Dewald, Northeast High; Elle Hansen, Southeast High; Meena Vasudevan, Southwest High; Aubrey Dowling, Bryan Community; Logan Hadgi, Don D. Sherrill Education Center ; Jayden Kaplan, Don D. Sherrill Education Center 

STAFF: Deb Eschliman, Adams Elementary; Connie Peters, Arnold Elementary; Lee Dreyer, Beattie Elementary; Bobbie Ehrlich, Belmont Elementary; Allyn Fujan, Brownell Elementary; Karen R McWilliams, Calvert Elementary; Charissa Widman, Campbell Elementary; “Jack Moldovan, “, Campbell Elementary; Rachel Baumert, Cavett Elementary; Makaela Johnson, Clinton Elementary; Alan Eighme, Eastridge Elementary; Patty Baker, Elliott Elementary; Elizabeth Montes, Everett Elementary; Betsy Carr, Fredstrom Elementary; Monica Ash, Hartley Elementary; Wendy Leach, Hill Elementary; Jan Prettyman, Humann Elementary; Mary Getting, Huntington Elementary; Jennifer Fosler, Kahoa Elementary; Lisa Roberson, Kloefkorn Elementary; Gilda Mosley, Kooser Elementary; Diane Schneider, Lakeview Elementary; Ruth Beechley, Maxey Elementary; Michele Langer, McPhee Elementary; “Curt Mann, “, Meadow Lane Elementary; Craig Roberts, Morley Elementary; Mary Kay Kreikemeier, Norwood Park Elementary; Carry Koebernick, Pershing Elementary; Shawn Williams, Prescott Elementary; Pam Hoefs, Pyrtle Elementary; Christina Dickhaut, Randolph Elementary; Porter Chollet, Riley Elementary; Ann Schmer, Roper Elementary; Courtney Anderson, Rousseau Elementary; Cheri Parent, Saratoga Elementary; Anessa Brohman, Sheridan Elementary; Colette (Jane) McGachey, West Lincoln Elementary; Tracy Mullen, Zeman Elementary; Alysa Haack, Culler Middle; Philip Voigt, Dawes Middle; Shelly Lenz, Goodrich Middle; Mike Robb, Irving Middle; Jan McKeown, Lefler Middle; Kathi Mercure, Lux Middle; Jarred Rowe, Mickle Middle; Jai Burks, Park Middle; Darla Reinwald, Pound Middle; Richard “Dick” Krapfl, Schoo Middle; John Matzke, East High; Elizabeth Okereke, Lincoln High; Brenda Broeker, North Star High; Jeanette Dorn, Northeast High; Jesi DeWitt, Southeast High; Matt Heimes, Southwest High; Jennifer Northouse, Bryan Community; “Jarrett Hayes , “, Don D. Sherrill Education Center ; Nick Milliken, Don D. Sherrill Education Center  ; “Bobbi Roesler, “, “IT Focus Program , “

Posted on April 16, 2015


Bright Lights announces summer classes

Once again, Bright Lights will offer classes for students in elementary and middle school.  Summer 2015 Bright Lights classes will be held June 8-12, June 15-19, June 22-26 and July 6-10.  The main program site is at Randolph Elementary School, 37th and D streets.  Many classes are still open for enrollment. For more information concerning classes, scholarships, limited free busing and other details, check the website at www.brightlights.org.

Posted on April 16, 2015


LPS celebrates three groundbreaking ceremonies

Lincoln Public Schools celebrates three groundbreaking ceremonies this spring for:  a new elementary school, a new middle school and a renovated facility providing services to middle school students who need behavior skills.

The groundbreakings will all be held at 11 a.m. on Fridays:

  • April 24: The new Marilyn Moore Middle School/and Copple Family YMCA near 84th Street and Yankee Hill Road.
  • May 1: The new Bill Nuernberger Education Center, a renovation of the former Bryan facility at 1801 S. 40th St.
  • May 8: The new Sally G. Wysong Elementary School at 7901 Blanchard Blvd.

** The facilities are funded through the Lincoln Public Schools bond issue approved by the community in February, 2014

 

Posted on April 16, 2015


NETA announces student contest winners

The Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) will host their annual educational technology conference at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha April 23-24, 2015. Lincoln Public Schools has five students' projects choosen to be honored during the conference.

Congratulations to the following:

NETA Conference Logo Contest
6th-8th Winner: Anthony Pautz, sponsored by Adam Schwaninger, Schoo Middle School
9th-12th Winner & Overall Winner: Danielle Shefke, sponsored by Steve Carr, LPS Information Technology Focus Program

Graphic Imagery Contest
6th-8th: 3rd Place - Kaden Berge, sponsored by Heather Steiner, Schoo Middle School

Open Class Contest
Animation 9th-12th Winner: Jake Mangels, sponsored by Brent Jarosz, LPS Information Technology Focus Program

Infographics Contest
PK-5th Winners: Miguel Pesina, sponsored by Barb Smith, Riley Elementary School

Megan Jorgensen, teacher at Schoo Middle School, will receive a free registration to the NETA conference.  Susan Prabulos at Meadow Lane Elementary will also receive a technology grant for her "Kids, Coding, & Robots, OH MY!" project.

Posted on April 15, 2015


An orchestra, a concert and a proposal

And the orchestra played on!

Recently Lincoln High School orchestra director Brett Noser proposed to Holly Liibbe, a teacher at Culler Middle School. It happened during the middle of a concert, with the orchestra adding just the right amount of crescendo at just the right time.

Posted on April 15, 2015


Board of Education considers attendance area proposals

Highlights of April 14 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education met for a regular Board meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The next Board meeting is set for Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Board of Education considers attendance area proposals

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday considered proposed new attendance area boundary changes for specified elementary, middle and high schools in southeast Lincoln. The Board will take the final vote of approving the attendance areas at the April 28 meeting.

Ed Zimmer, the Board member who chairs the Board’s Planning Committee, said that LPS had “received gratifying feedback, and we have made the necessary adjustments to give us a good start to the new facilities.”

Board member Kathy Danek said: “Growth is a good thing, but we will also have growing pains…Our middle schools are on the cusp of the growth we’ve experienced over the last decade…We know we can and will make it work.”

Board member Lanny Boswell said he believes the proposed attendance areas accomplish three things:

  • Values the connections between families and schools
  • Provides relief to middle schools
  • Provides for growth in southeast Lincoln

The Board discussed attendance area proposals for:

  • Elementary schools: Recommended attendance areas – starting in 2016-17 – for the new Sally G. Wysong Elementary School, as well as Cavett, Humann, Maxey and Zeman elementary schools.
  • Middle schools: Recommended attendance areas – starting in 2017-18 – for the new Marilyn Moore Middle School as well as Lux, Pound and Scott middle schools. In addition, it is recommended that staff manage the student enrollment process, including option and transfer requests, in a manner that limits new enrollment growth for Scott Middle School.  
  • High schools: Recommended attendance areas – starting in 2017-18 – for Lincoln East and Lincoln Southeast high schools.

In February 2014, the community of Lincoln approved a $153 million bond issue that includes construction of a new elementary and new middle school. When new schools open in our community, it is necessary to make adjustments in boundaries to create an attendance area for the new school, as well as to provide relief to nearby schools that are serving at or over capacity.

For more information: http://www.lps.org/2014bond/attendanceareas/

More space for Nutrition Services

The Board considered a proposal to purchase a warehouse/office building and adjacent land located at 710 Hill Street – for a facility that would house storage for Lincoln Public Schools Nutrition Services. The Board will take the final vote at the April 28 meeting.

On an average day, LPS serves about 26,000 lunches – and 7,000 breakfasts.

Scott Wieskamp, director of Facilities and Maintenance at LPS, cited statistics reflecting significant growth in the school district related to Nutrition Services.

Over the last six years, LPS has seen:

  • A 31 percent increase in school breakfast participation.
  • A 17 percent increase in school lunches.
  • A 33 percent increase in food purchases.
  • A 45 percent increase in commodities received for LPS Nutrition Services.

In addition:

  • LPS has added 13 new school kitchens to the school district since 1990 (33 percent growth).
  • Between 2009 and 2014, student enrollment has increased by 11 percent.
  • Two additional school kitchens will be added in 2016 and 2017.  

LPS Food Stores has no room to expand at its current location in the LPS Distribution Center and has out-grown the current freezer space there.  The advantages of a new facility include eliminating the need to rent outside cold storage, enabling LPS to receive larger truckload deliveries of dry and frozen food from the USDA, and to use more commodity food items to cover the menu, in turn saving the district money on shipping charges and food purchases.      

Grants

The Board approved a grant application for:

  • Farm to School: Includes efforts that connect schools with local or regional farmers, food processors and manufactures to serve local or regionally procured foods in school cafeterias.

The Board considered grant applications and will vote final approval on April 28 for:

  • School improvement grant (for a program at Lincoln High School).
  • Sixpence Early Learning Fund: Nebraska's Early Childhood Education Endowment Grant for Birth to Three.

Celebrations of success

The Board of Education recognized Shannon Mitchell, assistant principal of Arnold Elementary School, honored with the Nebraska School Psychologist Association’s Service to Children Award.  

 

Posted on April 14, 2015


Children's day, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta set for April 25 at LHS

El Centro is hosting a Children's Day and Cinco De Mayo Fiesta 2015 Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lincoln High School, 2229 J St. In case of poor weather, the event will be held in the LHS gymnasium.

Activities include kid games, bounce house, food, booths, music and more. For more information, call 402-474-3950.

Posted on April 14, 2015


Humann to celebrate 25 years

Humann Elementary School will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a community open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. The school, at 6720 Rockwood Lane, will provide refreshments and tours.

Posted on April 13, 2015


Speaking Spanish at the Children's Zoo

Students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha will be visiting the Lincoln Children's Zoo from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 24th. They will be teaching everyone about their favorite animals, speaking in the Spanish language while they do so.

Posted on April 13, 2015


Rousseau Elementary to celebrate 50 years

Rousseau Elementary School will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on April 19th from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be music by the school's strings, chorus, and band members, in addition to tours, refreshments, and time capsule memorabilia. The school is located at 3701 S. 33 St.

 

Posted on April 13, 2015


Timmons, Kuhl honored for work

Two staff members in Lincoln Public Schools have been honored for their work in their field by their alma mater.

Jill Timmons, special education supervisor for LPS, was selected as the 2014-15 Outstanding Alumnus Award Recipient for School Psychology from the Department of Counseling & School Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  

Molly Kuhl, a school pyschologist for LPS, was selected as an the 2014-15 Outstanding Site Supervisor Award for School Psychology from the Counseling & School Psychology Department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. 

They will be honored in a ceremony at UNK in May.

Posted on April 10, 2015


LHS Wind Ensemble plays for ceremony

The Lincoln High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Chris Watson, braved the damp weather on April 7, to play at the Mayor's Recognition of National Service Event held at Civic Plaza.  The event is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national services in cities, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities.

 

Posted on April 09, 2015


Meadow Lane computer teacher’s wish granted

Thanks to the vision of Susan Prabulos, Meadow Lane Elementary computer instructor, students will be able to bring computer coding to life.

The Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) notified Prabulos her school would be awarded a grant for $1,533.96 for her project “Kids, Coding, and Robots, OH MY!”

The project allows students to see a physical representation of coding through a robot, helping students better grasp the visual and spatial aspects of coding. The grant will assist in purchasing the iPad Minis, cases, and Dash robot.

Prabulos wrote in her application, “My goal is to bring coding off the screen and into a 3 dimensional setting. Controlling and coding a robot with an iPad takes learning to a whole new level. Students are interacting with the object they are coding and are able to visually grasp coding ideas.”

Through this project, students will learn and practice coding skills, computational thinking, and problem solving. Students will use the iPads with coding apps, and document their work with Dash and Dot, the robots.

“A major goal is to help students be in charge of their own learning,” added Prabulos. “I love how I can hand pairs or small groups of students an iPad and a robot and see their collaborative learning take off. I, as the teacher, am there to support, coach, and encourage. The students are the drivers, taking the lead in their learning.”

In addition to the grant, Prabulos is invited to attend the NETA Spring Conference in Omaha in April. Both Prabulos’ conference registration and the substitute teacher for the school day will be covered by NETA.

NETA’s purpose is to encourage the linking of technology to the curriculum. They encourage projects that directly integrate different types of technology into different subject areas (including across the curriculum) and different grade levels.

Posted on April 07, 2015


How one school flipped 100% trash into 90% compost

Sheridan Elementary School started composting the food waste in their cafeteria after Spring Break. So far, they are composting an average of 90% of the waste leftover from their lunches.

This means, a measly 10% is now being sent to the landfill instead of the 100% from before. The daily total of compost is approximately 158 lbs, and the trash is less than 20lbs. Sheridan is the fifth school in the district to implement the food waste compost program in their cafeteria. Saratoga and Beattie Elementary, and Irving Middle School and Lincoln Southwest High School are the others. Rousseau Elementary School will being on April 22 (Earth Day).

Sheridan Principal De Ann Currin has encouraged students to be problem solvers and figure out ways to eliminate trash from their lunch. While straws are available, students are encouraged to ask themselves, “Do I really need to take a plastic straw that will just end up in the landfill?”

More and more students are electing to drink their milk out of the carton instead of using a straw. Students are also taking the initiative to make other envi-ronmentally responsible choices as they go through the lunch line. When presented with the choice of compostable or noncompostable packaging, they are choosing as many compostable items as possible. Many of the students are excited to declare that everything on their tray can go into the compost container.

There are many students at Sheridan who bring a lunch from home, and they have also found ways to reduce their waste. They are making easy changes like reusing their empty bags instead of throwing them away after one use, or taking leftover food home instead of throwing it away.

The compost program is a team effort, said LPS Sustainability Coordinator Brittney Albin, and it takes the work of the principal, kitchen and custodial staff, and teachers and students to make it work.

The expansion of the composting program is possible thanks to a grant from the Solid Waste Department of the City of Lincoln. LPS is hoping to work with new vendors coming to Lincoln.

 

Posted on April 02, 2015


Belmont TRACKS Scholars Embark on Leadership Journey

On Thursday, March 19, the Media Center in Belmont Elementary School was filled with excited parents, guardians, siblings, Belmont staff, and administration. All were in attendance to help celebrate the nomination of the 8th class of the Belmont TRACKS Empowerment Leadership Group. Nominees were center stage standing beside their teacher as their nomination was read. Each nomination was carefully crafted addressing their strengths, challenges, and potential for positive life outcomes. Scholars sheepishly smiled as they heard words of affirmation about their positive characteristics. Parents and even siblings broke out phones to record the moment, and one father was greeted by a hug from an anxious nominee as he had made the trek from Omaha for this occasion.

“It is never an easy decision to select only twelve from the entire grade for this experience. However, I’m excited for each of these students to have the TRACKS experience,” said Megan Dufek, fourth grade team leader, Belmont Elementary School.

Weekly through mid-May scholars will meet and take part in an experiential experience that will focus on the development and exploration of their leadership skills.

2015 Belmont TRACKS Empowerment Leadership Scholars are: Asiah Taylor, Javon Leuty, Ali Al-Razaq, Joes Lado Andrea, Kenmauri Singleton, Kayla Blackson, Juan Puentes-Mills, Daniel Turner, Poni John, La'Nea McPherson, Nevaeh Lobato, and Stephen Alvarez.

Belmont TRACKS was conceived in 2007 after a school visit by Pete Ferguson (then a parent of a Belmont scholar) to Angela Boyer’s fourth grade classroom. The program utilizes a strength-based approach to help young people enhance: 1) their self-identity; 2) their self-advocacy skills; and, 3) their personal vision. Facilitation of the groups is carried out through a culturally appropriate model. The overarching purpose of this initiative is to empower all students to reach their academic and life potential. To date, over 100 Belmont fourth grade youth have participated, and 98% have successfully transitioned (graduated from the experience).

For additional information or to talk about ways to support these scholars contact Peter Ferguson, LPS Youth Development Coordinator, pfergus@lps.org or (402) 436-1974, or Megan Dufek, Fourth Grade Teacher, Belmont Elementary School, mdufek@lps.org or (402) 436-1124.

Posted on April 02, 2015


Popular Multicultural Leadership event open for registration

Lincoln Public Schools staff can now register for the 2015 Multicultural Leadership Institute - http://home.lps.org/multicultural/institute/.

This annual event has filled up quickly in recent years. This year's event is May 27 at Lincoln Southwest High School, with a morning and afternoon session.

Speakers this year include: 

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Howard_Stevenson-pic+10Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher in independent and public K-12 schools as well as community mental health centers and teaches how children can develop healthy racial identities through racial stress management. The PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) Project uses basketball and racial socialization to help youth and parents cope with stress from violence and social rejection. With Penn professors Loretta and John Jemmott, and Christopher Coleman, Dr. Stevenson co-leads the SHAPE-UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers Project which trains Black barbers to be health educators of HIV/STDS and teach violence risk reduction and negotiation skills to Black 18-24 year old males while they are cutting hair. His most recent best-seller book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools, shifts a focus on race relations away from colorblind-ness toward racial literacy: the ability to read, recast, and resolve racially stressful encounters when they happen.

Dr. Valerie Adams-Bass earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania’s V. Adams-Bass IMG_0130Graduate School of Education. Her research interests are racial socialization, racial identity and the identity development processes of African American adolescents. She investigates how racial socialization and racial identity relate to the interpretation of stereotyped Black media images and what relationships exist between exposure to these images and the body image and self-esteem of Black youth. This focus resulted in her being awarded a Ruth Landes Memorial Fellowship. She has served as an IFESH Volunteer Teacher for Africa in Namibia and as a Rotary International Scholarship to study in Durban, South Africa. Dr. Adams-Bass has also served as a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School Site Coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania. The school was the feature of the GSE Freedom School documentary that aired on PBS stations and won a 2011 Telly Award. As well as her research with adolescents, Dr. Adams-Bass is interested in research informed culturally relevant professional development for teachers, youth development professionals and counselors. Dr. Adams-Bass is currently serving as a University of California at Davis (UCDavis) fellow working with the College of Education’s Dean Harold Levine and Digital Promise to investigate the impact of digital learning platforms on the academic outcomes of k-12 students.

Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and a Faculty Affiliate in the African And African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a developmental psychologist who focuses on the racial Bentley-Edwards 2014_020321experiences of youth. She is particularly interested in how the messages we give children and adolescents about race and racism influences racial cohesion, interpersonal relationships and academic outcomes. Dr. Bentley-Edwards studies how cultural strengths can be used to buffer the negative effects of discrimination, bullying and community violence on health and education. Although most of her work focuses on African American children, she also studies the racial conversations that occur in White families and with White practitioners. Dr. Bentley-Edwards was recently awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections grant to study the bullying experiences of African American children.

Posted on April 02, 2015


New director for employee relations named

Robert Seybert has been selected as the new director of Employee Relations and Personnel for Lincoln Public Schools - Eric Weber, associate superintendent for Human Resources at LPS, has announced.

Seybert will join LPS at the beginning of June and will take over for Ken Babcock, who is retiring at the end of June.

Seybert is currently with Baylor Evnen Curtis Grimit and Witt law firm in Lincoln, and is a member of the firm’s litigation and worker’s compensation practice groups. He has experience in employment law, civil litigation, premise liability, workers’ compensation, insurance defense, intellectual property and general corporate law. He graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He also has received his Professional in Human Resources certification demonstrating mastery of the technical and operational aspects of HR practices and U.S. laws and regulations.

"We are thrilled he will be joining us," Weber said, "and would ask that you join us in welcoming him to our school district."

Posted on April 02, 2015


$23,000 Carstens Scholarship open to 4 eligible LPS Seniors

The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools Announces a new scholarship opportunity. The Robert D. Carstens Scholarship Fund is currently seeking applications for four $23,625 college scholarships. Applicants need to be a current LPS Senior pursuing a degree in either Agriculture or Business. The perfect applicant is someone who is an extremely hard worker, has faced and overcome challenges, but simply may not be able to afford college. The donors hope this scholarship will be a life changing experience for the student and enable them to achieve something that may have felt out of reach.

 

To apply, visit the Foundation for LPS website http://foundationforlps.org/scholarships/forms-2/. This is a special scholarship offering and falls outside of the regular Foundation for LPS Scholarship cycle. Applications are due on April 20, 2015 at Noon. Please contact Linda Soto at the Foundation with any questions by calling 402-436-1612.

Posted on April 01, 2015


Cans4Books: Helping the earth and our libraries one can at a time

National School Library Month and Earth Day happen in April, so what better way to honor both than participating in the 15th Annual Cans4Books drive taking place April 1-30.

 

Students and their families can bring their aluminum cans to A-Can Recycling (3255 S. 10th Street) or A & J Recycling (3250 N. 20th Street) and the money raised from the cans will go to their school’s media center. The top three schools with the most earnings per capita will receive gift certificates to the SouthPointe Barnes & Noble.

 

For more information, contact Brittney Albin or Marti Franti at (402)436-1072 extension 82006.

 

Posted on April 01, 2015


2016 Science Fair Dates

The 2016 Zoetis - LPS - Novartis Science Fair will be March 3. The annual event is a showcase of science experiements and young scientists, which typically number upwards of 600 students from across Lancaster County.

Posted on March 31, 2015


East wins 14th straight speech title; LPS teams take 3 of top 4 spots

Lincoln East won the Class A State Speech Championship for the 14th straight year, this time accomplishing the year's title with no individual champions. The event was held Thursday, March 26 in Kearney.

Instead, East earned three second-place finishes, three third-place finishes, two fourth-place finishes and a sixth-place finish. The Spartans are coached by Matt Davis.

Lincoln Southeast finished third in the Team Sweepstakes, and Lincoln Southwest finished fourth. Southeast was led by John Golden and Taylor Griffith with a gold-medal performance in Duet Acting. It's the first time any LSE students have won the title in Duet.

Southwest was led by Margaret Gies, who won gold in Persuasive Speaking.

Lincoln North Star's was the fourth LPS team at the state meet. It's Oral Interpretation of Drama won sixth place.

Posted on March 27, 2015


2015 Graduation Dates

Thursday, May 21

7:00 PM - Bryan Community (At Lincoln East High School Auditorium)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

PBA: Pinnacle Bank Arena (Map)
BDSC: Bob Devaney Sports Center (Map)

12:00 PM - North Star (PBA)
1:30 PM - Southeast (BDSC)
3:00 PM - Lincoln High (PBA)
4:30 PM - Northeast (BDSC)
6:00 PM - Southwest (PBA)
7:30 PM - East (BDSC)

Posted on March 26, 2015


Eastridge Elementary celebrating 60 years

Eastridge Elementary School will be hosting a special celebration on Sunday, April 19, from 2-4 p.m. in honor of their 60th Anniversary.

Alumni are asked to share their favorite Eagle membories by sending them to 6245 L Street, Lincoln, NE 68510; or by emailing them to breeker@lps.org.

Posted on March 26, 2015


LPS Technology Implementation Plan approved

Highlights of March 24 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education met for a regular Board meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The next Board meeting is set for Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Technology Implementation Plan approved

Students at Lincoln Public Schools – grades 3-12 – will receive individual Chromebooks over the next three years, the school district will provide effective staff development for technology, and quality teaching and learning will serve as the focus of technology: all according to the Technology Implementation Plan approved by the Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday.“This is the stuff of legacy,” said Board member Don Mayhew, who also serves as the chair of the Board’s Technology Committee.

“This plan is good only if instruction is first,” said Kathy Danek, vice president of the Board, “and my colleagues have been very astute in making that a priority.”

The plan calls for phasing in a comprehensive technology plan at LPS over the next three years, and highlights include:

Devices

2015: Devices for all sixth graders; pilot for high school students at the new Career Academy

2016: Devices for third, fourth and fifth graders, seventh graders and students at two high schools

2017: Devices for eighth graders, and for students at four remaining high schools; tablets in K-2 classrooms

2018: Begin a rotation of refreshing devices every three years

Computer labs
When students have access to devices, there will be a significant reduction in the need for computer labs in elementary, middle and high schools (consequently the number of labs will decrease from a current 440 labs to 223 labs) – resulting in budget savings.

Background

In January, the Board approved a Technology Resolution that directed LPS staff to develop a comprehensive technology plan within existing funding parameters, providing for appropriate staffing, proposing sufficient professional development and providing greatly expanded access to technology district-wide all in support of student learning. The plan will be reviewed annually.

Update on Community Suicide Coalition

LPS encouraged the development of a community-wide coalition to work toward the prevention of youth suicide – and an update on the group was provided to the Board Tuesday by Bryan Seck, Homeless Outreach Specialist at LPS and one of the co-chairs for the Coalition.

“The major take-away for our youth is that it’s ok to feel down, what’s important is to ask for help,” Seck said. “Suicide is preventable. There is hope and help in Lincoln.”

Seck explained that the coalition – with representatives from the public and private sectors, and from all facets of the community – has been meeting monthly to discuss goals, timeline and mission. “Our goal is to focus and develop a coordinated response plan for youth, age 10-24, and get all community individuals and organizations working in the same direction when it comes to suicide prevention and post-vention.”

Update on Summer School 2015

Lincoln Public Schools will again hold summer school in 2015 – highlighted by a six-week high school program housed at Lincoln North Star High School and available to students in general education, English Language Learning and special education. The session will run from May 28 through July 9.

The cost will be: $65 for 2.5 credit hours, $130 for 5 credit hours and $60 for each additional 5 credit course hour.

In addition LPS will offer:

  • Special Education Summer Programs focusing on meeting the individual needs of students through Extended School Year (ESY) services will be offered. These services will be available to all students who receive special education services who demonstrate regression in critical skills without timely recoupment.  Preschool classroom-based programs will take place at three elementary school sites from June 15-18, 22-25 and July 13-16, 20-23. Elementary schools have the option to apply for a mini grant to offer summer services in reading, math, or transitional programs in their buildings; ESY services can be provided during these sessions, if appropriate. Donald D. Sherrill Education Center and Yankee Hill will be offering summer services for students in their programs in grades K-8 from June 15-18, 22-25 and July 13-16, 20-23. Middle schools will offer ESY services for students who qualify. In addition to ESY services, high schools will offer individualized studies, integrated curriculum, VOICE ESY, and participation in regular high school summer courses with consultation. Continuous services for children birth through age 3 will continue to be delivered by homebase teams over summer.

  • Summer elementary literacy/numeracy programs funded by a Nebraska Department of Education Flexible Funding Grant will be offered at multiple sites in the school district.   

  • Middle school instrumental and vocal music camps for middle school students and an elementary vocal music camp for fifth grade students.

  • A limited summer technology program for upper elementary and middle school students.      

Change of policy

The Board approved policy changes in the middle level instructional program that will more effectively deliver its non-core curriculum and that will aim to give students an opportunity for the best quality in exploratory courses.

The Board also approved a variety of policies related to updating Human Resources issues.

Celebrations of success

The Board of Education recognized John Heineman, coordinator for the International Baccalaureate program at Lincoln High School, honored as Administrator of the Year by the Nebraska State Thespians.

Open House on Attendance Areas

The Lincoln Board of Education hosted a second Open House late Tuesday afternoon to hear community members comments and questions related to upcoming changes in attendance areas for elementary, middle and high schools. The community is welcome to continue to comment and ask questions about attendance area options through an online version of the Open House. The Board is not expected to make the final selection until April. The online Open House is located at: http://www.lps.org/2014bond/attendanceareas/

 

Posted on March 25, 2015


Teacher's Perspective with Amy Holloman, itinerant strings teacher

One side controls the expression, the other the motor skills, and the whole brain controls the concerted effort for a beautiful piece of music. Check out our latest Teacher's Perspective video with Amy Holloman, an itinerant strings teacher for Lincoln Public Schools. She teaches at Belmont, Campbell, and West Lincoln elementary schools, and Goodrich Middle School.

Posted on March 20, 2015


Clinton honors students with 'O-FISH-al' recognition wall

Teachers at Clinton Elementary have been recognizing exemplary academic achievement by presenting students with fish shaped, colored card stock including the student's name and academic achievement. Then, the student adds their fish to our O – “FISH” – ally Outstanding Achievement! wall. Fish are symbolic of this year's theme of "Dive Into Learning."

Posted on March 20, 2015


Foundation's Inspire event to honor staff. students

The Inspire awards are the Foundation's updated version of our traditional Gold Star Banquet and Gold Star School Award. The new name and format speak to the inspirational educators and students we honor at this event.

On April 9, 2015 at North Star High School, students and educators from across the district will be honored. One school will be chosen for the INSPIRE 2015 School award and will receive a cash prize of $6,500 generously donated by Wells Fargo Bank and Allstate.

The dynamic Tim Miles, head men's basketball coach for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will give the keynote address. The celebration will end with an ice cream social. 

Posted on March 20, 2015


Mickle goes 'college' to talk post-secondary futures

All students and staff at Mickle Middle School were encouraged to wear college apparel representing their Alma Mater or favorite college. Teachers were also asked to share personal experience about college and how attending college shaped their futures with each of their classes. 

School counselors coordinated the event, emphasizing their focus for students to consider their post-secondary future.

Teachers and staff posted signs outside their classroom/office displaying where they went to school. Students and teachers really got into the day as one teacher said he spent the entire class period answering excellent questions students asked.

Pictured in the photo gallery are Dr. Charf and Mr. Schafer who wore graduation clothes and some students in their college apparel. Also pictured are a few signs teachers posted. One teacher even decorated her door.

Posted on March 20, 2015


How a former baseball coach and current PE teacher uses his art talent

Jerome Ehrlich, PE teacher at Belmont Elementary School, and former baseball coach at Lincoln Northeast High School, loves his three families: the one at home, the one at Belmont, and the one at Northeast! Check out this video on his passion for art.

Posted on March 20, 2015


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