Looking for new recipe ideas? Family and Consumer Science teachers in Lincoln Public Schools were invited to share some of their favorite recipes. Some are simple, some require more expertise, all sound really delicious. Bon appetite!
Cheesy Potato Casserole
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
2 lbs frozen hash browns (I use the diced kind)
1/2 cup butter
1 (10½-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup diced onion
Salt and pepper, to taste
- Defrost potatoes, melt butter and mix together all ingredients.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour in a 9x13 baking dish.
Crispy Fan Baked Potatoes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Scrub clean Russet potatoes, however many you need, do not peel
Mix up dry bread crumbs with added parmesan or cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika (for every potato, you will need ¼ cup bread crumbs, ¼ cup cheese, ¼ teaspoon of each seasoning)
Find the flattest side, lengthwise
Cut into 1/4 inch fan cuts without cutting all the way through the potato
Rinse with water again, pat dry thoroughly
Brush on olive oil – on the skin and throughout the cuts
Microwave on high for six minutes with the cut side down
Place on baking sheet and bake in 425 degree oven for 30 minutes or until tender. During the last five minutes of baking, take potatoes out and fill with bread crumb mixture. Finish baking and remove when cheese has melted and topping looks crispy.
*To make this a complete meal, add broccoli flowerets in the bread crumb mixture and cooked bacon, if desired.
Czech-Slovak Dough for Kolaches
2 pkgs yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water
½ teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup margarine/butter/shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1¼ teaspoon salt
8 cups flour or less
Dissolve yeast in ½ cup warm water with ½ teaspoon sugar, usually 5 to 10 minutes. Cream sugar and margarine well. Add beaten egg, 2 cups warm water and dissolved yeast.
Add sifted flour so that dough can be well kneaded. When it is elastic to the touch, put the dough in a warm place OR refrigerate overnight.
Knead down again, let rise until double in bulk. Shape and fill with filling such as cherry pie filling, apricot filling, poppy seed, prune or whatever you like.
Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup water
3 cups cranberries
¼ teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Bring water and syrup to a boil. Add cranberries and spices. Simmer till all cranberries have popped and a sauce is created.
Haricots Verts with Roasted Shallots,
Roquefort & Almonds
© Copyright Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
2 lbs. haricots verts (thin green beans), trimmed
1 lb. shallots, peeled and sliced in half
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 lb. blue cheese (preferably Roquefort), crumbled
3/4 cup almonds (preferably Marcona), toasted and roughly chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss shallots in vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread onto a sheet pan and roast until beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
- In a large stockpot, bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil. Boil green beans until al dente. Immediately transfer beans to a bowl of ice water to quickly cool. Drain beans in a colander and set aside to dry.
- Place stockpot over a medium-low heat. Add beans, shallots and enough vegetable oil to coat. Once beans and shallots are warm, add in half the cheese and almonds and toss to combine.
- Remove from heat and transfer beans to desired serving platter. Top with remaining cheese and almonds.
Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes
1 (10.5 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup diced onions
1 Package (30 oz.) shredded hash brown potatoes
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 13x9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together soup, sour cream, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese, onion and hash browns until well mixed. Spoon evenly in to baking dish.
Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
1 (16-ounce) package Oreo cookies, crushed
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (24-ounce) package white chocolate bark
1 (24-ounce) package chocolate bark
- Using a blender or handheld mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together.
- Roll into walnut-size balls.
- Chill for an hour.
- Melt approximately 3/4 package of white almond bark.
- Stick a toothpick in an Oreo ball and dip it in the melted white almond bark.
- Allow to harden on wax paper. Takes about 15 minutes.
- While waiting, melt about 1/4 package of chocolate almond bark.
- When Oreo balls are no longer sticky to the touch, decorate with drizzles of chocolate and white almond bark.
- I just use a sandwich bag with a tiny hole cut in one corner to drizzle the almond bark.
Machine Shed Baked Potato Soup
2 1/2 lbs baby red potatoes, quartered
1/2 cup bacon, uncooked finely diced
1 large onion, diced
1/4 bunch celery, diced
2 quarts milk
1 quart water
4 tablespoons chicken base
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup margarine or 3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup flour
1/4 bunch fresh parsley, freshly chopped
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup colby cheese, Shredded
1/4 cup bacon, bits fried
2 green onions, chopped for garnish
In large pot, boil potatoes in water 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. In large heavy pot, sauté bacon, onion and celery over medium-high heat until celery is tender, about 5 minutes.
Remove mixture from pot, drain bacon grease and return mixture to pot. Add milk, water, base, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is very hot, about 8 minutes, stirring often. Do not let mixture boil.
In small, heavy saucepan melt margarine. Add flour and mix well. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture bubbles, stirring 2 to 3 minutes to make a roux. While constantly stirring soup, add roux slowly until soup is thick and creamy, about 4 minutes.
Stir in parsley, reserved potatoes, and cream. Garnish with cheese, bacon bits, onions or all three.
Angel Crisp Cookies
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening – 1/2 margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon salt
Cream sugars, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients. Mix well. Form into small balls (about the size of a walnut). Dip top half in water, then granulated sugar. Press down in center with finger. Place on ungreased baking pan. Bake at 325° until lightly browned (8-10 min). Remove immediately to a cooling rack.
1 cup margarine
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2-8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup sugar
5 medium apples, peeled and sliced-any cooking apple
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cream margarine, sugar and vanilla. Blend in flour. Spread into a buttered 9x13 pan. Combine cream cheese and sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Pour into pan over crust. Spread evenly. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Toss in apples and stir to coat. Spoon into 13x9 pan making sure to spread apples evenly. Bake 450° for 8 minutes and then 400° for 25 minutes. Cool. Carefully cut into bars.
1 (16-ounce) package OREO chocolate sandwich cookies, divided
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
24 ounces almond bark, melted
- Crush cookies to fine crumbs in food processor. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Place in mixing bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
- Freeze balls on parchment.
- Melt almond bark in microwave in a pie plate. Begin with 60 seconds and then stir. Reheat in 30-second increments.
- Take balls out of freezer a dozen at a time.
- Dip balls in almond bark; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.)
- Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store truffles, covered, in refrigerator.
Place truffle ball in melted chocolate to coat; roll if necessary. Lift truffle from chocolate using two forks (this will allow excess chocolate to run off) before placing on wax paper.
1 lb. salted cocktail peanuts
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
16 oz. chocolate bark
1/8 to 1/4 paraffin wax
Melt chips, bark and paraffin. Stir in peanuts. Drop onto cookie sheets covered with wax paper. Set in refrigerator. When firm, place in airtight container and keep in refrigerator.
Pecan Balls with Dried Cranberries
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1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted flour
2 cups ground pecans
1 cup cut-up craisins
Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined. Blend in pecans and finely chopped craisins. Use cookie scoop and roll dough into balls. Refrigerate 1-2 hours. Bake at 350 degrees on greased cookie sheet for 20 minutes. Roll balls in powdered sugar twice after cookies have cooled completely.
I got this recipe when I was in high school from Nancy Stritt who was my FCS teacher. They were her traditional Christmas gifts at the time and have also been a holiday tradition in my family.
Dissolve 2 Tablespoons yeast in 1/4 cup warm water
In a separate bowl melt: 1/2 cup (1 stick) oleo – I use real butter
Add to it: 1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup sugar
Mix the three ingredients. Add 1 cup cold water. Add dissolved yeast. Add 2 eggs. Measure 6 cups of flour into a bowl. Begin adding flour 1 cup at a time and beat thoroughly after each addition. Add until the dough is thick enough to knead. Knead for 5 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl. Prepare topping for rolls.
2 cups brown sugar
2 sticks oleo (again, use real butter)
1/4 cup milk
Melt, stir together and put into two 9x13 cake pans.
Allow dough to double in size. Roll into a large rectangle. Spread with sour cream, butter, sugar, cinnamon. Roll up dough. Cut into 1½-inch slices and place in pan. Bake at 350° F.
Raspberry Coffee Cake
This was the recipe I found for the quick bread unit in my high school foods class.
Cut one 3 oz. package cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter into 2 cups packaged biscuit mix till crumbly. Blend in 1/3 cup milk. Turn out onto lightly-floured surface and knead 8-10 strokes. On waxed paper, roll dough to 12 x 8 rectangle. Turn onto greased baking sheet; remove waxed paper. Spread 1/2 cup raspberry preserves (apricot is good too, needs to be preserves – not jelly) down center of dough. Make 2½-inch cuts at 1-inch intervals on long sides. Fold strips over filling. Bake at 425° F for 12 to 15 minutes. Drizzle the warm coffee cake with confectioners icing (add almond flavoring). Makes 1 coffee cake.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
This is the most frequently requested dish at our family gatherings.
1 1/4 cups margarine, melted
2 2/3 cups pretzels, broken
6 oz. strawberry Jello
1 large pkg. frozen strawberries
2 cups pineapple juice or water, boiling
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 cup sugar
8 oz. Cool Whip
Stir together the crushed pretzels and melted margarine in bottom of 9 x13 pan. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Let cool while preparing other layers. Dissolve gelatin in boiling liquid. Stir in strawberries and allow to thicken almost to jelled point. Cream together the cream cheese and sugar. Fold in the whipped topping. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the pretzel layer. Spread thickened Jello over the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate.
T. Diane Bonesteel
1 cup margarine or butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup oil
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of nutmeg
Blend butters, sugars, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and mix well with creamed ingredients. Make into walnut size balls flatten with a glass that has been dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes.
Swedish Butter Cookies
1 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter and add vanilla. Add sugar, flour and baking powder. Form in 2 rolls and chill. Cut in ¼-inch thick or more. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° until set (10 minutes).
1 package of regular Oreos (not double stuff)
2 8-oz. pkgs cream cheese, softened
melting chocolate or almond bark (optional)
Crush cookies with a rolling pin or food processor. Stir in cream cheese until well blended. Drop by cookie scoop on baking tray. Refrigerate until serving. If desired, each ball can be dipped in melted chocolate and allowed to harden before serving.
Wild Rice Soup
1/2 cup finely diced onion, 1 T butter
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked wild rice, cooked in chicken broth
1 cup diced ham, Black Forest or Virginia
1/2 cup carrots, finely grated
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup half n half
Sauté onion in one tablespoon of butter. Set aside. Melt butter, whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add and whisk in chicken broth. Add cooked wild rice, ham and carrots. Simmer until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Add almonds and half and half. Simmer, but do not boil.
Posted on December 04, 2013
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
Posted on December 04, 2013
An essay contest for fifth-graders is seeking entries about mothers. ‘What My Mother Means to Me” is the essay contest sponsored by the American Mothers, Inc., a nonprofit.
The essay is to be 150 words or less. Students will compete against others in their home state, and each state’s winner is forwarded to the national contest. For more information, visit www.americanmothers.org, or email email@example.com.
Posted on November 15, 2013
October is Disability Awareness Month, and the Special Education Department in Lincoln Public Schools is presenting three, free educational opportunities for families, teachers, administrators and interested community partners.
Each workshop will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the LPS District Office Board Room at 5905 O St.
Mary Phillips, a supervisor in the LPS Special Education Department , said, "It's a good time of year for parents as they are preparing how to transition into adult services."
Vocational Rehabilitation Services will present on Vocational transition services. Learn how to prepare students for life after high school. This workshop will discuss the new VR process and timelines for the Referral to the Employment Plan.
Department of Health & Human Services will present on the DD Eligibility and Appeal Process. This workshop will focus on the DD applicaiton and Appeal process, and the technical assistance that is available to families. There will also be a discussion on ACCESSNebraska and what services are available for children.
This workshop provides crucial information to parents and students regarding the necessary process of planning for the future as students move through the educational system and prepare for life after school. Planning for careers, high education or adult services need to being early in a student's educational career.
Please call 402-436-1905 to say you plan to attend a session so enough materials can be made available. Workshops are free and open to the public.
Posted on November 01, 2013
Bubba’s Closet, a goodwill effort by the elementary principals of Lincoln Public Schools, is accepting elementary-age clothing that children have outgrown. ?
Clothes to consider donating include warm jackets, pants and shirts, and may be dropped off at the following Hangers locations:
- 2525 Pine Lake Rd.
- 2655 S. 70th
- 1550 S. Coddington
- 2101 G St
All clothes will be cleaned by Hanger’s at no charge, and sorted by LPS elementary principals, who sponsor this annual event.
Then, on Saturday Nov. 16, donated clothes will be available to the community’s children at the annual Bubba’s Closet event: 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Hartley Elementary School, 730 N. 33rd St.
Any elementary student, accompanied by an adult, may come and choose appropriate items of clothing to adopt and use – for free. There are no income requirements. Sacks will be provided by Lincoln Public Schools.
For more information contact Mary Kay Roth, LPS Communications, 402-436-1609.
Posted on November 01, 2013
More College Week Stories
10 Reasons to go to College
1. More Money
Attending and graduating from college with a degree in a relevant subject, with a mastery of real-world skills and knowledge, will position you at the forefront of your field, and help you realize your career aspirations. Research analysts and experts have concluded, based on sound statistical analysis, that college graduates with a bachelor's degree earn up to 75% more per year than those with a high school diploma only. Additionally, college degree holders can expect their real wage to increase over time while those with a high school diploma may experience a decline. (collegeatlas.org)
2. More Job opportunities
So are you really that much smarter if you earn a college degree? Well, that all depends on you--but in most cases the answer is yes. Even if you don't remember everything you were taught in college, most students come away with (1) a greater ability to think analytically and (2) the discipline to see a task through from beginning to end--two very attractive qualities in an potential employee. For that reason, and several others, employers seek after college graduates when looking to fill job positions. Earning a college degree will greatly enhance your marketability as a professional. (“The benefits of earning a college degree” Collegeatlas.org)
3. Make Connections
In college, students make new friends and other connections that will be helpful when it’s time to get started in a career. Those friends they make in college will help them get jobs, and these connections and networks will help them throughout their lives. (“5 reasons your child should go to college” Greatschools.org)
4. Live a healthier and happier life
Studies have shown that college graduates are healthier and are less likely to get divorced. The divorce rate for college graduates who married between 1990 and 1994 is about 25 percent. That’s compared with more than 50 percent for those without a four-year college degree. Plus, people with just a high school diploma are nearly twice as likely to be in poorer health than college graduates. (“5 reasons your child should go to college” Greatschools.org)
5. Get ahead of the game!
It’s estimated that by 2014, 90% of the fastest growing careers will require some level of education beyond high school (“so why should you go to college” college.gov)
6. Plan ahead
It will benefit you in lots of other ways, such as health insurance and generous retirement plans. Jobs for college graduates typically offer more and better benefits than lower-skill jobs requiring just a high school diploma. (“so why should you go to college” college.gov)
7. Start Fresh
Sometimes you just need a fresh start in life. You need to put away your old habits and your old self, and become the person you were meant to be. That may sound cheesy, but I’ve found it to be true of myself as well as many other people I know. It is especially the case for young people who are transitioning from childhood to adulthood. College is the perfect opportunity to break out of that old shell and become someone totally new. (“10 Reasons Why You Should Go to College – Besides Just Getting a High-Paying Job” Casey Slide)
8. Gain Independence
College can give a young person the independence they feel they need as well as the opportunity to start making their own decisions. (“10 Reasons Why You Should Go to College – Besides Just Getting a High-Paying Job” Casey Slide)
9. Figure Out Who You Are
I am not sure that I had any clue who I was when I began college. I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in life, or what my real passions were. It took me leaving my family, my friends, my hometown, and their influences to begin to figure myself out. It gave me a starting point as I transitioned from everything I had once known. (“10 Reasons Why You Should Go to College – Besides Just Getting a High-Paying Job” Casey Slide)
10. Have Some Fun
Sometimes I get a little sad thinking that college was the best time of my life. While I know that is not really true, I must admit that I had a really fun time. I will always be thankful I was able to have that experience. (“10 Reasons Why You Should Go to College – Besides Just Getting a High-Paying Job” Casey Slide)
Posted on October 25, 2013
Step 1 - Be a Pain - In a good way
Ask adults in your life to help guide you to college — and keep asking until you find someone who will.
- Visit the 8th, 9th and 10th Grade section at EducationQuest.org for additional resources.
- See the “Find Help Near You” section if you can’t find an adult to help guide you to college.
- Watch the “College Doesn’t Just Happen” video to learn how decisions you make in high school can impact your options for college.
- Sign up for Countdown2College at EducationQuest.org to receive monthly college planning emails.
Step 2 - PUSH Yourself
Work with your school counselor to create a four-year coursework plan for high school that will ensure admission into college.
- Take the most challenging courses you can.
- Grades count — so learn good study skills.
- Use a daily planner to keep track of assignments and tests.
- Take notes in class and while you’re reading.
- Ask questions during class and participate in class discussions.
- Do your most difficult homework first while you’re fresh and alert.
- Get involved! Extracurricular activities can lead to scholarship opportunities and will look good on college applications.
- Track your awards, jobs and activities with the Activities Resume at EducationQuest.org.
- Freshmen and sophomores… Ask your school counselor about taking the PLAN and PSAT preliminary college entrance exams.
Step 3 - Find the Right Fit
Think about potential careers and college majors.
- Ask your counselor about career assessment tools at your school.
- Get involved in activities that match your career interests.
- Check into job shadowing opportunities in a field that interests you.
- Find part-time employment to learn basic job skills and to start building your resume.
- Start researching colleges that fit your interests.
- Check out College Profiles at EducationQuest.org.
- Attend events at colleges in your area to experience a
- Enroll in sports and/or academic camps at an area college.
- Watch the “Find the Right Fit” video at EducationQuest.org to learn how to find a college that best fits your career interests.
Step 4 - Put your hands on some cash
Visit EducationQuest.org to learn about financial aid and use online tools.
- Complete the College Funding Estimator to estimate your eligibility for financial aid.
- Create a profile on ScholarshipQuest to find scholarships that match your criteria. It contains over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships.
- Continue saving for college.
- Save at least half of your earnings from a part-time job for college.
- Ask your parents to consider the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust. Find details about this “529 College Savings Plan” at Nest529.com.
Posted on October 25, 2013
Last year the University of Nebraska - Lincoln altered its scholarship selection process to align with other Big Ten universities as well as other selective colleges and universities across the nation. Some families of students in Lincoln Public Schools wondered how this would impact their child’s opportunity to receive a scholarship at UNL.
UNL’s Dean of Academic Services and Enrollment Management, Alan Cerveny explained that the scholarship process is no longer a set formula combining high school class rank and the applicant’s top ACT score but is now a holistic process in which a scholarship committee reviews the applicant’s entire record.
While the University’s process still places a high priority on test scores and class rank, it allows the committee to consider factors such as size of the graduating class and special circumstances that some students face.
Cerveny welcomes the change because it is designed to help UNL identify and award scholarships to students who are the most academically prepared for college.
“We look at the rigor of the courses students have taken - and are taking during their senior year - to help us gauge whether they will be able to maintain the 3.5 grade point average required to renew their scholarship each year while at UNL,” said Cerveny. “Students who take college-level courses (such as AP, IB, and weighted courses) in high school and do well in them are more likely to continue doing well in their college courses.”
The change in UNL’s scholarship procedure is very compatible with the recommendations LPS counselors, teachers, and administrators give to students. Lincoln Public Schools offers weighted courses which are intended to be the most rigorous courses in a subject area. Students in weighted courses receive an additional grade point for earning an A, B, or C (instead of an A being worth 4 points it is worth 5 points in a weighted course).
“We want our students to take the most challenging coursework they can and weighted grades give them an incentive to try a more difficult course,” said Dr. Jadi Miller, Director of Curriculum for Lincoln Public Schools.
Frequently weighted courses are Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses but some Differentiated (D) courses are also weighted. In order for a course to become weighted it must be evaluated by a committee of educators and approved by the Director of Curriculum.
In addition to offering weighted courses, Lincoln Public Schools also altered the calculation of class rank with the Class of 2003 in order to reward students who not only take rigorous courses but who also take a full schedule of courses.
“Most high schools rank students strictly on weighted GPA which can discourage top students from taking courses that are not weighted, such as music, in order to protect their high class rank” said Miller. “Our system is unique because any graded course that a student takes can add points to the class rank calculation.”
Cerveny believes the new scholarship awarding process at UNL is working well. Last year over 200 seniors from Lincoln Public Schools received UNL scholarships.
He and Miller agree that looking at the whole student - rather than just numbers - is good for everyone.
Posted on October 25, 2013
Every organization has its own “language” – how well can you match the college term at the top with its definition below?
3. Financial Aid
4. Bachelor’s (B.A. or B.S.)
12. Associate’s (A.A. or A.S.)
14. Transfer student
A. scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study to help you pay for college costs
B. paper you receive when you graduate from a 2- or 4-year college or university
C. two-year degree – usually from a community college
D. student who begins taking classes at one college and then changes to another
E. a second area of study in college – requires fewer courses than for a major
F. specialized area of study in college
G. paper you receive when you graduate from high school
H. “free” money for college; usually based on “merit” – which means something you do well, like academics, sports, music, volunteering
I. finish a program of specific courses
J. Job you have while in college that helps you pay college costs
K. four-year degree – from a 4-year college or university
L. “free” money for college; usually based on you and your family’s ability to pay for college costs
M. training in a trade
N. money you borrow to pay for college costs – has to be paid back
Posted on October 25, 2013
Jessica Grieser has seen both ends of the college admissions process. Once she had to choose between two colleges, and now she helps others learn more about college as an Admissions Counselor at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
1 - When did you graduate high school? Where did you go to elementary and middle school? And where did you graduate from college?
I graduated from Lincoln Southwest High School in 2007, and I had also attended Cavett Elementary and Scott Middle School growing up. I then graduated in 2011 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors in Journalism, my degree in Advertising/PR.
2 - When you were looking for a college to attend, what factors did you consider? How did you end up deciding which college?
When I was looking for a college to attend, I definitely let location be a factor. It became no question, I was either going to choose Nebraska Wesleyan or UNL. I wanted the feeling of community and academic prestige of Wesleyan, but I also wanted the chance to be a Husker and go through the UNL Greek system as well. After visiting both campuses and speaking with my parents a lot, we had decided UNL was a better fit for me.
3 - Now that you are an admissions counselor, are there other factors that you encourage high school students to consider?
Now that I’m an Admissions Counselor, I would definitely advise High School students to do a number of things when considering colleges. One is you should always visit campus. One of the best ways to realize whether you could see yourself there for four years or not is by actually experiencing the campus, it’s atmosphere, meet professors, etc. Another tip is to make sure they have what you are looking for academically and how great their programs are. But yeah, definitely visit, visit and visit a third time.
4 - When you visit high schools, what are the best questions that students ask you?
I love when students ask me questions about life as a student. I was a college student not too long ago, so I feel like I can provide them with great information regarding time management, experience in the classroom, clubs, intramurals, social scenes, etc. Yes, academics should be a HUGE part of your college search, but you are about to partake on the “best four years of your life”, so you definitely should be informed about what it’s all going to be like!
5 - When students visit a college campus, what should they look for, ask about and think about?
When students are visiting a campus, they should be looking at the atmosphere of the school, does this campus feel right? Are you seeing groups of students out studying in the commons areas, are there a lot of facilities available to you that peak your interest (recreation, entertainment, food). Even things like parking! Nebraska is not the warmest of places, so knowing whether you will have to walk 15 minutes in the cold everyday may or may not be something you can handle.
6 - What other advice would you give high school students considering different colleges?
There is so much that I can list when it comes to advice during this process, but ultimately I say give yourself a nice array of choices and then go with your gut! This is a stressful time but I promise you will have so much fun!
Posted on October 24, 2013
Jerome Martin, a former teacher in Lincoln Public Schools, is now Manager of Client Services for Career Cruising, an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool that LPS students use to explore career plans and college options. Because Martin believed in Career Cruising so much he wanted to help further develop it, he answered questions about how it works and how it can impact students.
1 - Where did you teach in LPS, and what did you teach?
Lincoln East High School 1995-2005 (Career Education & Planning, Computer Application, Advanced Computer Applications, Desktop Publishing, Business Communications)
Goodrich Middle School 1994-1995 (Exploratory Computers, Computer Applications, Advanced Computer Applications, Keyboarding)
2 - What was it about Career Cruising that interested you early on in the project for LPS?
As a Career Education teacher, it was always a battle to find career-related resources that were student-friendly, and had up-to-date student information. We had a variety of resources we were using at the time, but none that really engaged the student. When our district made the decision to look at Career Cruising, and I attended a training session, I was “wowed” by the product. It was the first time as an educator where I found a computer program that had everything all in one place that had so many good resources for students to do their research on careers of interest to them.
The fact that students could take a career interest assessment and quickly pull results that they could begin researching right away was pretty powerful for students. They could see that if they chose to continue their education beyond high school, how this could open other career opportunities whether they went on to a community college or university. It really opened students eyes to see that if they were interested in a particular career, what level of education they needed beyond high school.
I also loved the transparency of the program. If a student said they were interested in being a veterinarian because they loved their pets, but they weren’t all that interested in biology, they could see why the career would not be listed as part of their results based on how they answered their questions of interest. The program really highlighted to students the central aspects of the career. Students could also easily see what subjects they needed to study in high school to help prepare them for the careers they were interested in pursuing.
The other aspect that I really liked was the college section as this helped students see the post-secondary schools that offered majors in the areas they were interested in studying. Everything was easy for students to navigate and find so they could also easily use this resource at home on their own if they wanted to further investigate options outside of class.?
3 - What kind of impact did you see CC have on students and families?
What really sold me on Career Cruising was the impact this website had on students and parents. I talked with students and parents that let me know they were using Career Cruising ongoing throughout their high school careers. Several students would save their resume to the portfolio space of the website and they would continue to update this. When students used to save this on their own, they would forget where they saved their resume, or couldn’t find the device they used to save their information. With the ability to access Career Cruising from any location with access to the internet, students can easily pull up any documents they have saved whenever they need the information.
I had several junior and seniors that would continue to use Career Cruising to research post-secondary schools as they were making their college decision. Parents loved having Career Cruising available to them as well so they could help their child research careers and post-secondary schools, and easily have information at their fingertips.
4 - How has Career Cruising changed for the better for students and schools?
Career Cruising strives to be at the forefront of career development and we are constantly updating our products and services to meet the needs of our clients. Over the past few years we have added exciting new products to the Career Cruising family.
For example, we are able to fully integrate Career Cruising with a school’s student information system to help students with their course selection so high school students think about the impact their course studies have on their future goals. This add-on program is called ccPathfinder, and it ensures 100% accuracy in all validation and graduation requirements. It lets students see at a glance which courses they have successfully completed. It also clearly displays which ones they need to take to stay on track for high school graduation. Result? Less stress all around.
Another product we’ve added is ccAchieve which gives high school students the power to manage the complex college application process with ease by organizing and tracking application deadlines and requirements, college visits, financial assistance, local scholarship opportunities and applications. Another new product we have is ccSpark! which enables students to begin their career education as early as kindergarten.
We’ve also added a financial literacy learning program called ccTheRealGame which brings what’s real right into the classroom where students learn by doing, role-playing, imagining and working together to build adult lives and communities. In addition to all of this, we’re creating more vibrant communities across the country by bringing education and industry together in one place through ccInspire. This application helps students discover careers that inspire them, by connecting with local companies offering career development opportunities like job shadows, internships and company tours. Employers nourish their talent pipeline by providing content, mentoring and sharing valuable knowledge with local students.
We know as students are more engaged with Career Cruising, they better understand the value of what they are doing in school and in turn become more engaged within their school community.
Posted on October 23, 2013
With 3,738 runners, the 2013 Pumpkin Run is the biggest ever, beating last year's record of 3,457. The course was run in beautiful Pioneers Park, located on the southwest edge of Lincoln. This one-mile course runs over gentle, grass-covered rolling hills. Pioneers Park is the home cross country course for the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Wesleyan University and all Lincoln area high schools.
SCHOOL AWARD WINNERS
10% Participation Awards - Adams; Belmont; Cavett; Fredstrom; Hill; Kahoa; Meadow Lane; Rousseau
10% Participation Awards - Beattie; Brownell; Calvert; Hartley; Norwood Park; Prescott; Pyrtle; Riley; Saratoga
Posted on October 22, 2013
The Lincoln area college fair is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Southeast Community College at 84th and O streets. This fair includes more than 120 colleges and universities from Nebraska and surrounding states.
All this week, Lincoln Public Schools will promote various aspects of researching choosing colleges. The information will cover a variety of topics from various viewpoints, and be meaningful for families with students of all ages.
At this Sunday’s college fair, while visiting with representatives from each college you can learn about their school’s academic programs, scholarship opportunities, housing and more.
And if you think you’ll be filling out forms all afternoon, think again because times have changed.
Fill out one online form, print off the barcode from that form, and then share that barcode with any of the college reps you wish and they will be able to share more information with you.
Posted on October 22, 2013
Career Cruising is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool that LPS students use to explore career plans and college options. Career Cruising can be accessed from school, from home, or wherever a student/parent has Internet access.
Features of the program include:
Interest and Skills Assessment- a world-renowned career assessment tool to help students
Career Profiles- thorough and up-to-date information about hundreds of different occupations, including direct links between careers and college programs.
Multimedia Interviews- interviews with real people in each occupation, which add depth and realism to career profiles
College and Financial Aid Information- comprehensive college and financial aid information, with a number of useful search tool to help students find the right college and the right scholarships
Career Portfolio- available online, so students develop their education and career plans. LPS students are encouraged to use this part of the program extensively.
Resume Builder- integrated with the portfolio to help students format and print professional looking resumes quickly and easily.
Posted on October 21, 2013
This year, a new program called the 'Cameron Effect.' has been created to focus on how good it feels to do something nice for someone. The group of student-performers previously worked on an anti-bullying campaign. (Watch video)
The group performs skits to illustrate the proper way to stop bullying and the positive consequences of helping someone. The students are Lincoln High School students who travel the city and region to perform: four times in September, 15 each in October and November, and three times in December.
Each school will also be given "kindness cards" so when a student does something nice for someone, they can write it on the card and the schools will create their own 'wall ofkindness.'
A photograph of each school's wall will be taken to add to a larger collage.
The program this year is made possible by donations from The Letheby Group at RBC Wealth Management and Wayne's Body Shop.
Posted on September 27, 2013