Parent Notes

This site provides the most current information of interest to parents: services, resources, data and news from around the School District.

For information specific to the school your children attend, please review the school's newsletter and Web site.   Links to all LPS schools can be accessed from www.lps.org.

If you have children in elementary and middle level schools, please watch for your monthly issue of "Community News" and "FreeTimes."  It includes information about Lincoln Public Schools and activities sponsored by Lincoln organizations.

If you have comments or questions about ParentNotes, please contact Mary Kay Roth, Communications Coordinator, at 436-1609 or mkroth@lps.org.

LPS Musical / Theater Schedule < Updated

Below are various musical performances hosted by high schools in Lincoln Public Schools. If LPS staff have more events to be listed, contact zbaehr@lps.org.
Day School Event
October 6 LHS Jazz and Orchestra Concert - 7 p.m.
October 6 LNS Instrumental Concert 7 p.m.
October 6-9 LNE Fall Show, 'All the Comforts of Home', in the Drama Center, 7:30 p.m.
October 8,10,11 LSE Fall Play THE GRAPES OF WRATH 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
October 13 LSE Jazz Band I Concert 6:30 p.m. & Orchestra Concert 8 p.m. at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
October 13 LNS Choral Concert 7 p.m.
October 17 LSE LPS Marching Band Contest 1 p.m. at Seacrest Activities Center
October 20 LSE Bel Canto, Excalibur, Queens Ct, Singing Knights Concert 7 p.m. at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
October 22 LSE Knight Sounds, C&N, Ct. Choir, Ars Nova Concert 7 p.m. at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
October 24 LSE NSBA State Marching Band Contest at Seacrest Field
 November 2015
November 5-7 EHS Musical, 'My Fair Lady,' auditorium, 7 p.m.
November 7 LNS Doane Honor Festival
November 14 EHS Night at the Acroplois VIII, south gym, 7 p.m.
November 19,20,21 LNS Allstate Band,Choir,Orchestra at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
November 24 LHS Lincoln High Play Festival
 December 2015
December 3 LNS One Act Play 7 p.m.
December 3 LHS Play Production: Spirit Shall Fly at 7 p.m.
December 3-4 EHS One-Act Play, 7 p.m.
December 4 LSE One-Act Play Performance 7:30 p.m. at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
December 5 LNE District Play Production Contest - 'Rumpelstillskin'
December 5 LSE District Play Production Contest
December 5 LHS District Play Production Contest
December 7 LSE Symphonic Band & Pound 8th Grade Band 7pm (Pound)
December 8 LHS Choir and Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.
December 8 EHS Winter Choral Concert, auditorium, 7 p.m.
December 10-12 LSW A Christmas Story, at 7 p.m., tickets on sale Nov. 10
December 10-12 EHS State One-Act Plays, Kearney, 8 a.m.
December 10 LSE Orchestra w/Pound 7/8 Orchestra, 7 p.m. Pound Middle School
December 11 LSE State Play Production Contest at Johnny Carson Theatre, Norfolk
December 14 LSE Madrigal Dinner & Winter Choral Concert (Sheridan Lutheran)
December 14 EHS Winter Band Concert, auditorium, 7 p.m.
December 15 LNS Choral Concert 7 p.m.
December 15 EHS Show Choir Showcase, auditorium, 7 p.m.
December 16 LSE Orchestra & Concert Band, 7 p.m. (JLDH)
December 17 LNS Instrumental Concert 7 p.m.
December 18 EHS Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Day, 12:30 p.m.
December 21 LNS Class Plays 7 p.m.
December 21 EHS East vocal solo & Ensemble Day, 12:30 p.m.
 January 2016
January 7 LSE Jazz Band I, II, III Concert 7 p.m. at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
January 8,9 LSE State Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
January 8,9   State Thespians Convention
January 28,29,30 LSE Nite of Knights 7 p.m. Admission at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
January 30 EHS Show Choir Contest, EHS, all day
 February 2016
February 4 LSE Orchestra w/Irving 8th Grade Orchestra, 7 p.m. at Irving Middle School
February 6   Lincoln Southwest Show Choir Showdown, all day
February 8 EHS Bands Concert, auditorium, 7 p.m.
February 11,12,13 LNS Nebraska Wesleyan Honor Choir/Band/Orch At NWU
February 15 LSE Jazz Band I, II, III Concert 7 p.m. at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
February 16 LSE Wind Ensemble & Irving 8th Grade Band, 7 pm at Irving Middle School
February 20 LNS LPS Solo / Small Ens. Contest At North Star 8 a.m.
February 22 LSE Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Concert 7pm at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
February 25,26,27 LHS Musical: Bye, Bye Birdie, Feb. 25-26 at 7 p.m., Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.
 March 2016
March 1 EHS Orchestra Finale Concert, auditorium, 7 p.m.
March 1-4 LNE Spring Play: "String Theory', 7:30 p.m.
March 2 LSE Singing Knights, Knight Sounds, Excalibur Concert 7 p.m.
March 3 LHS Jazz and Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.
March 3,4,5 LNS Musical, Th-Sat: 7 p.m.; Sat: 2:30 p.m.
March 17 LSE Orchestra & 6th Gr. All-City Instrumental Fest. 7 p.m. at Prasch
March 29 LNS Instrumental Concert 7 p.m.
 April 2016
April 2 EHS UNL Spring Strings
April 5 LNS Choral Concert, 7 p.m.
April 7-9 EHS Spring Play, auditorium, 7 p.m.
April 7,8,9,14,15,16 LSW The Spring Musical: Singin' In The Rain, April 7, 8, 9 and 14,15,16 at 7 p.m., tickets on sale
April 11 EHS Bands & Orchestras Concert, auditorium, 7 p.m.
April 13 LSE Court Choir, Queens Court Concert 7 p.m. in LSE Commons Area
April 14 EHS Spring Choir Concert, auditorium, 7 p.m.
April 18 LHS LINKS Orchestra Contest
April 18 LNS NSAA District Music Contest
April 21-22 LNE Night of One Act Plays, 7:30 p.m.
April 21,22,23 LHS Show: Rosencrantz And Guidenstern Are Dead, April 21-22 at 7 p.m., April 23 at 2 p.m.
April 25 EHS Jazz Concert Cafe, commons area, 7 p.m.
April 28,29 LNS Electrophonic, 7 p.m.
April 28,29 LHS Class Act Productions and IB Student Directed Productions, Times TBA
April 28,29,30 LSE Musical 7:30 p.m., at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
May 2016 
May 1 LSE Musical, 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee, Admission charge. at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
May 5 LHS Joy Night performance including LHS musicians
May 5 LSE Jazz Band I, II & III Concert 7pm at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
May 6-7 EHS Expressions, 7 p.m.
May 6 LHS Joy Night performance including LHS musicians
May 9 LHS Jazz, Concert band, Wind Ensemble, Chamber, and Rock Orchestra Concert - 6:30 p.m.
May 9 LSE Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ens. Concert 7 p.m. at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
May 10 EHS Bands Concert, auditorium, 6 p.m.
May 10 LSE “A Little Knight Music” Spring Choral Concert 7 p.m.. Kimball
May 10 LNS Choral Concert 7 p.m.
May 11 LSE Orchestra Concert 7 p.m. at Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center
May 12 LNS Instrumental Concert 7 p.m.
May 14 LSE Spring Swing (Knight Sounds, Countesses & Noblemen) (TBA)
May 16,17 LSW LSW Faculty Production: Laughing Stock, May 16, 17 at 7 p.m., tickets on sale April 16
 June 2016
June 20-25 LSE International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Posted on October 05, 2015

College Edition: “... began to feel like a community”

See our online version of our Community News College Edition

Tanner Pfeiffer

Junior - University of Nebraska - Lincoln
2013 Graduate - Lincoln Northeast High School

What was the most valuable thing learned, or class taken, or activity at your high school that helped you after high school?

AP Language and Composition best prepared me for all of the critical analysis required beyond high school. I didn’t realize it at the time because I was reading mostly fiction, but the analysis techniques I learned in that class so easily transfer to crucial content like textbooks, political articles, legal documents, and advertisements. Being able to pick out arguments, fallacies, and logical statements is essential to succeeding in the post-secondary world.

How did you realize you had selected the right major, or needed to strongly consider changing your major?

In the second semester of my sophomore year, Westbrook Music Building began to feel like a community I was part of instead of a place I went to for class. I could walk in and be greeted warmly by so many talented colleagues and peers who share my passion and interests, and that was life-altering for me.

How has college helped you shape your professional plans?

College has opened up so many opportunities, that I’m now intending to pursue a completely different career than when I first came. I’d never really conducted or had any instruction in music composition before coming to college, but now I’m planning to become a composer/conductor working with both choral and instrumental ensembles. Having access to world-class instructors and passionate peers willing to work with you as colleagues has been an extremely rewarding experience.

Posted on October 02, 2015

Bryan Community Culture Night

The Bryan Community Focus Program will be hosting its second annual Culture Night on Thursday, October 1, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The event will feature performances starting at 6:00 p.m. by Southeast Step Chain, Ground Zero, Poi Art, LDT Productions, and the Hoodlums. Classroom cultural projects will be on display, along with samples of foods from many different cultures.

For more information, contact (402)436-1308.

Posted on September 28, 2015

East anglers catch a few before weather cancellation

What started out as a perfect morning for fishing, quickly changed for the National Fishing in Schools Program (NFSP) F.I.S.H tournament. Students from Lincoln East High School were able to fish for 30 minutes before the entire tournament was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The basic purpose of the event was to provide a fun, competitive-light fishing tournament for high school students who have completed the NFSP course in their school.

Students were paired in teams of two, used catch-and-release, no live bait, and fished from shore.

Posted on September 24, 2015

IB program hosting annual Academy Day this Saturday

This Saturday, Sept. 19, is the annual Academy Day / Open House for students and families interested in the International Baccalaureate program at LHS. The program is open to all students throughout Lincoln, but must be enrolled at LHS. This event is primarily geared for middle school families, but anyone is welcome to attend. More details and signup form are here - http://www.123contactform.com/form-392260/IB-Academy-Day-2015.

Posted on September 17, 2015

MOSAIC on display at district office

Over 24 years ago, a new rule from the Nebraska Department of Education insisted schools include current and unbiased information about different cultures in their libraries. Lincoln Public Schools stepped up to the challenge by creating a Multicultural Committee to review materials and make recommendations to schools about appropriate content.

“Our media specialists are doing an amazing job opening the world to students through books,” said district media coordinator Chris Haeffner. “With all the time they spend in the classroom with kids, they don’t have the time required to research and review all the new materials that fit within Rule 16.”

Haeffner said the MOSAIC committee helps with that. The committee consists of current and retired media specialists and volunteers. Each member reviews between 10 to 20 books each year depending on the reading levels. Even though this year’s books have just been announced, these reviewers have already begun selecting and reviewing titles for the 2016-17 school year.

“We have a rigorous evaluation process with a set of guidelines for each grade level, and only the books that receive a very good or higher rating make the cut for our display.”

By having the MOSAIC committee making recommendations, media specialists in the schools can preview the books through the traveling display and see which books are popular with their students. Then librarians can order those titles to house in their school’s library.

“We know that it is critical for kids to find themselves reflected in books,” added Haeffner. “Not only can these books help them relate to things they are feeling and doing, it can open their minds to our global society and also take them to places a world away to learn about new cultures.”

This year’s MOSAIC display includes over 278 titles, and will be at the District Office until September 16. Then the display will be split into smaller groups to travel to different schools around the district.

For more information about MOSAIC, log-on to the Library Media Services webpage.

Posted on September 11, 2015

Students surprise United Way Breakfast with performance

Students from the Lincoln Southeast High School chorus surprised those attending the United Way breakfast with a performance. Even though the microphones didn't work right away, the students perservered and performed wonderfully.

Then students from Sheridan Elementary joined the LSE choir members for a song to end the breakfast.

Posted on September 10, 2015

‘You are a brand’

What is a brand, have you ever thought about it? That was a question posed by Cliff Carlson, technical recruiter for Hudl - speaking to about 110 Lincoln Public Schools high school students attending the school district’s new Career Academy.

“Do you ever think about the fact that you have a brand? Who’s given that any thought? That at 16, 17 or 18 you have a brand, and everything you do positively and negatively impacts your brand. There is no neutral. You’re either going backwards or you’re going forward. You are either positively or negatively impacting how you are perceived,” Carlson said.

During the 45-minute presentation, Carlson informed students they were building their brand in three ways — first impressions, you’re not what you say, and you are surrounded — and that can impact their futures.



Carlson asked students to think about a time in their lives when they had made a negative first impression. That time when they had an embarrassed feeling, and couldn’t believe what they had just done. He encouraged them to take that moment and learn from it.

“If you let that be a thing that stops you in life, that's too bad, because guess what, you're going to fail a lot. We fail forward with our firsts. Because to fail and learn nothing is truly failing, but if you can pick that up and learn from it and not repeat it, that's a great failed first.”


Carlson also impressed upon students they can say whatever they want about who they are, but ultimately what they do defines who they are.

“You can say whatever you want to me during an interview, I don't care, because I'm going to find out what you do. More to it, employers, friends, family, they aren't going to care what you say, they are going to care what you do habitually. You show me your habits, and I'll show you who you really are. So remember that.” He added, “That's part of your impression, that's part of your brand.”

Carlson encouraged students to be known for their grit, their work ethic and for being able to take critical criticism and do something with it. He told students that critical feedback starts in school and continues for the rest of their lives.

“You get into the workplace and basically all you get is critical feedback. The majority, 98 percent of the feedback I get from my boss and from other people at Hudl is constructive criticism. And then you go take that critical feedback and you go do something with it. That's the workplace folks. If you can't collaborate off of critical feedback, you are not going to work in America's workforce anymore.”


Through a story about a family dinner conversation when he was in high school, Carlson reminded students that no matter who they say they are and what they do, it’s who they surround themselves with — both in public and online — that also defines their brand.

“My father was telling me who I surrounded myself with, who I put next to me in the team photo, who I aspire to be more like was dragging me back. And it doesn't matter what I thought of myself, what mattered was what I was putting out to the public. My brand was getting hit hard because I ran with the wrong people. You need to think about who you surround yourself with. I'm not saying you've got to cut people out of your life, but you've got to ask yourself, is this person making me better? Because if they're not, you’ve got to really wonder why you've got them in your life.”

He also reminded students that what they put online is not private.

“Those messages you send, those groups you're a part of, those things you do online, yes they are virtual but they are not private. And you can configure your settings on your Snapchat, or on your Facebook any way you want, it's not private. I'm not telling you to stop, I'm telling you to be thoughtful about who you surround yourself with. Both in your life, and in your virtual life.”

Carlson then shared a saying at Hudl to remind students what to strive for when selecting the people they surround themselves with:  "A players hire A players, B players hire C players. People with higher standards hire people with higher standards. People better than them.”


Throughout the presentation, Carlson told students they were lucky. They’d been given an opportunity to participate in a unique program like the Career Academy.  He encouraged them to never stop learning, a skill that would take them far.

“Whether you go to a community college, whether you go to Wesleyan, whether you go to UNL, or the University of Iowa, it doesn't matter. I would encourage you to prepare yourself by learning how to learn, by learning how to read and write and speak critically. Really push yourself, no matter what vocational path you get on. This degree does not equal this job. They say your generation will change vocations at least five times in your lifetime. Be open to learning. Learning how to learn. Learning how to listen. Learning how to take diligent notes. Being a really thoughtful writer. And all the jobs are open to you, because you'll be a really talented person.”

Posted on September 09, 2015

Students travel 440 miles in a matter of minutes for field trip

How can you take 570 Lincoln elementary students on a field trip to a paleontology dig 440 miles across the state of Nebraska for free?  With a virtual field trip set up between Lincoln Public Schools and other organizations across the state, the hassle and costs of these learning experiences are minimal.

"National parks and other places in our state offer these opportunities to our students free or at little cost, without needing to get parent permissions slips signed, buses scheduled, lunches packed. It's a great opportunity for our students to get out of the classroom and experience the world around them," commented LPS distance learning coordinator, Linda Dickeson.

The virtual field trips are done using a two-way interactive videoconferencing system set up between the schools and the host organization. The most recent of these virtual field trips was conducted with Agate Fossil Beds in the Panhandle of Nebraska and Prescott Elementary. Park rangers gave tours of their facility, showcased fossils and displayed artists' renderings of prehistoric animals found at the national park.

"I'm going to tell you about some animals we have," said Park Ranger Ann to the 102 kindergartners sitting around the projector screen. "Right behind me is the beardog. Looking at his head, what can we tell about what he eats?"

The experience was set up as part of Prescott's Expressive Arts Day.  Prescott principal Ruth Ann Wylie challenged the school’s specialists to find creative and engaging ways to make the most of shortened PLC days.

“They did a great job developing what we call Expressive Arts Day. They plan physical activities, arts events and other things that relate to what we are doing and expand what students are learning in the classroom,” Wylie said. “Today our students can make the connection to our newly created fossil dig out back in our outdoor classroom.”

The tour of Agate Fossil Beds is just one of the 37 field trips offered to Nebraska educators through the Nebraska Virtual Instruction Source. Schools interested in setting up a virtual field trip can go to http://nvis.esucc.org/ at the Field Trip link to choose a location and topic that fits into their lessons. Topics and organizations range from NASA to national parks, art museums, and how food gets from the farm to our tables.

For more information about distance learning opportunities, contact Lincoln Public Schools distance learning coordinator Linda Dickeson at ldickes@class.lps.org.

Posted on August 26, 2015

TCA students gain valuable experience

High school students participating in the first Career Academy health services pathway received hands-on experience in working with needles.

During class time, instructor Amy Holst, along with two EMT volunteers from Kawasaki, worked with students on drawing blood, giving injections and starting IVs.

“This should take a little edge off of being nervous, as far as working with needles,” said Holst. “At least they get introduced to it and learn how to use them, hold them correctly.”

Students of the class see the experience as a way to get a jumpstart on their future.

“I think it's going to help me because I'm learning right now, practicing, so when I get into the real future, I'll know what to do. It’s really exciting,” commented Khadiya Mengelkamp.

Another student Carolyn Hopkins added, “It's made me more confident in things I'm going to be doing in my career in the future. Even though I'm just starting, I know I can do it.”

Holst said thanks to community support, this experience was possible for students. “For Kawasaki to send these EMT's out, there is no way I could watch 25 students with needles and run four different lab stations. It's huge that Kawasaki and the community itself, lends a hand and comes out to help us.”

Posted on August 25, 2015

Irving and Sheridan win school recycling award

Irving Middle School and Sheridan Elementary were honored with the School Recycling Award from the Keep Nebraska Beautiful organization. Sheridan was given the second place award, and Irving was given the first place award and a $50 check.

Both schools acitively recycled and composted during the 2014-15 school year. Iriving recycled over 30,800 pounds of materials and composted over 66,400 pounds during last year.  Sheridan recycled over 12,100 pounds and started composting in March with a total of 6,670 pounds of organic waste.

In addition to lessening the schools' environmental footprint, both programs helped students learn about keeping our environment beautiful.

“Composting is putting things that decompose like food scraps and paper into a bin or pile, and letting it decompose and become rich soil that helps the earth, and is also better than putting it in landfills.” – 5th Grader

“Composting is taking biodegradable material, breaking it down, and putting it back in the system.” – 4th Grader

“It helps by not being put into landfills because food scraps turn into bad chemicals when they are in the landfill and this hurts the earth. Also, when compost becomes dirt, it's very rich and full of nutrients, so it helps the environment.” – 5th Grader

“Compost nutrifies the plants and the plants help you eat, breathe, and stay healthy.” – 4th Grader

“Instead of polluting the Earth in landfills, it puts nutrients in the soil.” -4th Grader

Accepting the awards were assistant custodial supervisor Bob Mounce from Sheridan and principal Dr. Susette Taylor from Irving.

Posted on August 21, 2015

Ribbons cut, speeches made: LPS/SCC Career Academy is game changer, difference maker

High school students will arrive this week on Wednesday, but on Monday at The Career Academy – a partnership of Lincoln Public Schools, Southeast Community College and local business and industry – the community cut ribbons, gave speeches and celebrated a great new facility on the SCC campus that will offer career pathways for high school and college students.


LPS Academy student Anthony Marks helped offer tours of the new school and also spoke on the official program, thanking the audience for providing him the opportunity to follow his dream of engineering: “I’m ready to get started, I’m excited about getting started.”


LPS Superintendent Steve Joel proclaimed “there is no career academy model like this in America….We have partnered academic institutions, brought in business organizations and industry that had needs, but also had a willingness to support this Academy with resources, mentorships and internships. We wouldn’t be here today if they weren’t willing to roll up their sleeves and imagine this dream…This will be a game changer and a difference maker in the lives of our kids.”


Dan Hohensee, director of The Career Academy, said: “This will serve as a connection between academics and the real world.”


Great comments from the morning:

  • Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts: “This is a wonderful celebration of a variety of things…helping make sure we have the 21st century work force in Nebraska…But ultimately the best thing about this new Academy is what it’s going to do for our kids: Give them an opportunity to have that great career.”
  • U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer: “This is an innovative, entrepreneurial program, and we can only imagine what it will be like in a few more years.”
  • Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler: “This Academy represents one more instance, an example of where public democratic institutions work with private sector forces – to make great things happen.”
  • Paul Illich, president of Southeast Community College: “This will not just change Lincoln, it will charge the entire area of southeast Nebraska.”
  • Lanny Boswell, a member of the Lincoln Board of Education and a member of the joint LPS-SCC Career Academy Board, said research indicates that students who have personal meaningful connections to school are more likely to graduate on time, “and The Career Academy provides a new way for students to connect with school.”
  • Dale Kruse, a member of the SCC Board and joint LPS-SCC Board: “I believe this also contributes to keeping our young people here in Nebraska.”
  • Kevin Keller, Union Bank: “Today we celebrate the beginning of a student’s journey into a new career….They have a spark and it is our job to help them…to help fuel the fire they have within…. The Career Academy represents the best of our community…all joining their hands together…to help students into their future.”
  • Nick Cusick, co-founder and CEO of IMSCORP – and one of the first to suggest a notion for the Academy – stressed that the success of the community and country depends on the success of every student – and every student has unique learning needs: “I applaud LPS and SCC for their vision to make this possible….I applaud students and families who have made the choice to attend this Academy...I applaud my fellow businesses who have stepped forward.”
  • Wendy Van, president of the Foundation for LPS, noted that Monday’s audience was filled with “noble men and women…Each of you believe in the children of Lincoln, NE…and what they are capable of…and we thank you.”

Posted on August 10, 2015

Making hope happen

Last spring, the principals of Belmont, Campbell, Fredstrom, and Kooser Elementary started talking about ways their staff could inspire their students about their futures.

"We read the book, 'Make Hope Happen' by Dr. Shane J. Lopez," said Campbell Elementary principal Julie Lawler. "And that got us thinking about ways our staff could give the elementary students in northwest Lincoln hope about what their future may hold."

The teachers from all four elementary schools gathered for an afternoon of brainstorming and learning concepts from Lopez.

Lopez, a senior scientist at Gallup, used the four elementary schools' data from the annual Hope, Engagement, and Well-being Gallup poll given to fifth graders last fall. His goal was to assist staff in building a "hope map".

"He shared specific data from the Gallup polls from our schools' fifth graders last October, and we found commonalities in the data points in our area," added Vicki Schulenberg, Fredstrom Elementary principal. "The data showed all of us that we need to do a better job of allowing kids to be better problem solvers."

By building a "hope map", the educators were able to illustrate obstacles and pathways to get to a goal, and ways they can work as a team to help kids reach their goals.

"Lopez helped our staff envision what does a good job great life look like, and how do we share that with our kids," said Lawler.

Posted on August 04, 2015

Back to school

First-Day Videos from the past

Summer is winding down and we are getting ready for students.  The first day of classes for grades K-9 is August 12, the first day for grades 10-12 is August 13.

Here are some key reminders for families as they prepare for the start of the 2015-16 school year:

Elementary School Supplies
Pencils, erasers, crayons, glue, scissors, etc...traditionally, one of the rituals families participate in as they prepare for the new school year is to purchase school supplies.

In accordance with the Nebraska Constitution and state and federal law, Lincoln Public Schools provides a free, public education to all students. This generally means the district provides the supplies needed for instruction at no cost to students. For this reason, please do not send school supplies for your child’s individual use at school.

If you enjoy shopping for school supplies, and would like to make a donation to your child’s classroom, this list provides suggestions. Items donated will be shared with all students at each grade level. Thank you!

Immunizations/physical requirements
Parents need to provide a student immunization record in order to enroll in school. The requirements and approved waiver form are listed on the Health Services website, which has lots of other health-related information.  Still have a question? Call our Health Services team at 402-436-1000.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications / Lunch Money / Menus
Lunch prices will stay the same this year, however, there are some changes. Free and reduced applications are not renewable, so you must fill it out again. Start here - http://www.lps.org/post/index.cfm?collection=29. You can find a lot of information about menus, paying online, and nutrition information for meals. Also, you can get daily meal announcements on Twitter at @LPSMenus and Facebook.

Parent StudentVue
Students and parents / guardians can get secure access to grades, assignments, and attendance information through Synergy ParentVUE and StudentVUE. ParentVUE is not intended to replace direct communication between students/parents/teachers or other school staff members.

Information available via ParentVUE includes:

  • Communications from teachers
  • Attendance
  • Progress Grades
  • Assignment Calendars
  • Student Schedules
  • Course History

You can learn a lot more here - http://home.lps.org/training/parentvue-lps-parent-portal-for-student-information/ - but you can get this information via web or mobile apps. An activation key is required to login to Synergy ParentVUE and StudentVUE.  Call the school to get your activation key.

Volunteer sign-up
Once a week, once a month, once a quarter, once a year — no matter how much time you can give, you have the power to make a difference in the life of a student and school by serving as a volunteer. Volunteer roles might include …

  • Helping in the front office with a mailing
  • Shredding paper
  • Stapling forms
  • Counting flyers for teacher homerooms
  • Shelving books in the media center
  • Decorating in the classroom
  • Examples
  • Room parent
  • Classroom readers
  • Field trips assistants
  • Chaperones for school events where students are supervised by an LPS employee (school dances, celebrations, homeroom parties)
  • Chaperoning an overnight band trip
  • Sponsoring an after school club
  • Driving for school or club events
  • School Activity outside of the school building that driving or an overnight stay is involved

For the safety of our students and volunteers, we ask all our volunteers to fill out an application. Application to Volunteer

Posted on August 04, 2015

FBLA National award winners announced

More than 300 Nebraska students and advisers recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Nebraska FBLA members competed June 29-July 2 in 70 competitive events. More than 11,000 FBLA members from 46 states, as well as U.S. territories and international chapters attended the conference.

Nebraska members brought home 22 Top Ten awards, and Lincoln Public Schools had three award national winners.

The Top Ten award winners are: third place, Banking and Financial Systems — Eric Le and Jacob Shiers, Lincoln Southwest High School; ninth place, Management Decision Making — Alicia Zeng and Ojus Jain, Lincoln East High School.

Mason Frey of Lincoln Southwest High School was awarded the achievement level of the National Community Service Awards.

Posted on July 28, 2015