Parent Notes

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

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Lux Middle School students excel in national quiz bowl

Under the leadership of eighth grade team captain Suzie Cho, a team of five students representing Lux Middle School made an impressive showing at the 2015 National Academic Championships for Middle School/Junior High Quiz Bowl teams. Held in the city of New Orleans, the questions focused on history, geography, math, science, grammar, literature, poetry, music and the arts.

The Junior National Championships allows ninth graders as team members so this team benefited from Lux alum Luke Bigelow & Dallas Lim who attended East High School last year. Lux eighth grader Darrix Lim and seventh grader Erin Bigelow completed the team line-up.

“The team had a shaky start in the first qualifying round robin match because they had not competed together in a quiz bowl competition since June of 2014 when they qualified for this important tournament,” commented their coach, Linda Bettis. “Then they followed my directive to loosen up and have fun and everything will be okay!”

With every match that they played, the team’s confidence grew. They finished the qualifying rounds with a record of five wins and one loss — good enough to join 12 other teams from across the nation in the tournament play offs.

The Lux team won their first three matches Monday morning. Their fourth and final match was against the sister team of their previous victory. Like the championships in 2014, a Lux team is now pre-qualified for the 2016 National Championships.  

Bettis added, “Next year’s team will not have the expertise of Luke and Dallas, however, the captain has resolved that she will re-form a team that will be ultra-competitive to take back to next year’s event.”

Posted on June 18, 2015

LNS student wins 3 state championships in Microsoft Office competition

Lincoln North Star High School student, Brooke Lampe, placed first in three of the six events of the Certiport and Nebraska Department of Education's Microsoft Office Specialist competition held this spring. She won $250 for each 1st place honor, along with a Microsoft Surface, and free airfare for her and a chaperon to fly to Orlando for national competition. Since Lampe can only compete in one event at nationals, she will represent Nebraska in Word 2013 during the National Championships this week.

Lampe worked on her Microsoft Office Specialist certification through independent study at Lincoln North Star High School. "Besides the competition, Brooke also earned Microsoft Specialist certifications in Access and also took the MS Word Expert 1 & 2 and the MS Excel Expert 1 & 2, which wouldn't even be covered in our Advanced Information Technology class," commented Shannon Quible, instructor at LNS. "She's just a highly motivated and driven student, and this program let us differentiate the curriculum to meet her needs."

Thousands of Nebraska students age 13 to 22 were eligible to participate in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the following exams by May 20, 2015: Microsoft Office Specialist Word (2013 or 2010), Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (2013 or 2010), and Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint (2013 or 2010).

Invitations to the MOS U.S. National Championship were extended to the top champion in each exam track. During the 2015 MOS U.S. National Championship event, student competitors will take a unique competition exam in their track, further testing their knowledge of the applications. One winner per track will be named the 2015 MOS U.S. National Champion, and each will win an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the 2015 MOS World Championship in Dallas, Texas August 9-12, 2015.


Posted on June 16, 2015

LPS Students to benefit from Lincoln City Library internet upgrades

Lincoln Public Schools connection to NetworkNebraska just recieved a boost that will allow more students to access educational resources outside of school hours. Mayor Chris Beutler announced a partnership between Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) and NebraskaLink to greatly improve LCL’s broadband capabilities. This will allow LCL to access Internet through NetworkNebraska, an educational Internet provider also used by LPS.

Mayor Beutler said,  “We are especially excited about how this will benefit Lincoln Public Schools as the District moves forward with providing tablets and other technology for students.  The fiber connections will provide better wireless Internet for students outside of school.  This partnership will help prepare our students for the workforce of tomorrow.   I want to thank NebraskaLink, our excellent library system and the PSC for making this project possible.”

Library Director Pat Leach said students' tablets will connect automatically to the LPS network when they enter an LCL location.   “For low-income families with school-age children who do not have a broadband connection at home, the access provided by the Lincoln Library Network may be the only source of broadband Internet access available to the student,” Leach said. 

“The Libraries’ plan to increase access to global information is critical for our students, who will use this infrastructure to support their learning that, increasingly, requires access to digital content,” said Kirk Langer, Chief Technology Officer for LPS.  “This timely community partnership means LPS students can use the safe learning environment of the Lincoln City Libraries outside the school day.  They will now have the type of network access necessary to support the devices LPS provides for students from third through twelfth grade.”

Posted on June 11, 2015

Students use video to learn about each other

The deaf and hard of hearing students from Prescott Elementary will be attending Beattie Elementary next fall. We used video to introduce the students to their new classmates, and in return Beattie showed them around.  See the videos and the students' reactions.


Posted on June 10, 2015

Lincoln North Star High School student Cornhusker Girls' State Governor

Kamryn Sannicks of Lincoln North Star High School was elected to governor by her peers at the 2015 Cornhusker Girls' State. Sannicks was the Federalist party candidate from the town of Filmore, and her slogan was "Yes we kam!".

In Sannicks' campaign video, she stated that she would put an emphasis for education for the whole state and work on environmental regulations that would essentially make fracking in the state of Nebraska illegal.

Sannicks participates in the Congressional debate team at LNS.

Posted on June 08, 2015

Multicultural students honored

The Lincoln Public Schools Multicultural Education Department, in partnership with several community organizations, honored graduating seniors and other district students achieving academic success. For a complete list of students honored, please click on the corresponding link below:

African American Students Honored

Asian Students Honored

Hispanic Students Honored

Native American Students Honored

Posted on June 08, 2015

African American students honored

The Lincoln Public Schools Multicultural Education Department, in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Southeast Community College, honored African American graduating seniors and all high school students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Below is a list of students honored at the end of the school year:
(* denotes students with at at least a 3.5 GPA, ** denotes students with at least a 3.8 GPA)

Bryan Community Focus Program
Kenysha Moody - 12

East High School
Chase Adams* - 9
Peyton Aipperspach - 9
Daniel Brown - 9
Chynna Burgess** - 9
Zachry Callins - 9
Tathloch Dak** - 9
Amaris Davis* - 9
Laura Francisco** - 9
Mattheows Ginting** - 9
Hudson Hill - 9
Darling Ngoh - 9
Jamison Sapp* - 9
Hannah Seizys** - 9
Lauryn Amos* - 10
Danielle Callins** - 10
Ashley Francisco** - 10
Faith Hutcherson** - 10
Taryn Kalkowski* - 10
Cavin Randall - 10
Janessa Thompson-Pollard - 10
Novelyn Watson* - 10
Alyia Whitehall* - 10
Micah Wilson** - 10
Jasmine Dennis - 11
Da'juan Fisher - 11
Chyna Grant* - 11
Alexandra Jensen** - 11
Katherine Josiah* - 11
Maven Losey** - 11
Alexis Mayse** - 11
Angel Mitike** - 11
Trevon Myles - 11
Kasiya Owen - 11
Haleigh Seizys** - 11
Jacob Stock - 11
Samantha Washington - 11
Perria Whittington - 11
Erika Abele - 12
Qua'yanna Anderson - 12
Fairoz Awad - 12
Jaidrian Cadwell - 12
Coreyonta Curtis - 12
Emma Ebito* - 12
Justice Johnson - 12
Daniel Kennedy - 12
Marisa Landwehr - 12
Shantiera Miller - 12
Karasira Ndam - 12
Duoth Puok - 12
Lee-Ann Sims* - 12
Simone Smith* - 12
D'Angelo Young-Baker - 12

Lincoln High School
Maria Avila* - 9
Simon Benn* - 9
Salman Djingueinabaye* - 9
Jennah Duncan - 9
Betiel Habtemariam* - 9
Maleah Haynes - 9
Amara Hopkins-Colliers - 9
Simon Joseph* - 9
Dauntavis Lawrence - 9
Jacein Mayfield - 9
Isaiah McGrone - 9
Joshua Mfinanga* - 9
Jihad Muhammad* - 9
La'rae Pickens-Bonebright* - 9
Maia Ramsay** - 9
Ghareeba Saleem** - 9
Alexus Sheridan - 9
Avian Tate** - 9
Claudia Taylor - 9
Lidia Wani - 9
Devin Andersen - 10
Raelynn Burkinshaw** - 10
Isaiah Collier - 10
Khea Demery** - 10
Jamil Funnah* - 10
Milkias Gebremariam** - 10
Danait Habtemariam* - 10
Cesen Hailesellassie* - 10
Joseph Harmes Afuh* - 10
Dream Heidemann - 10
Darius Humphrey* - 10
Naomi Ingram - 10
Nyalit Lual - 10
Javonte' Martin* - 10
Kristopher Moreira-Immenschuh - 10
Jada Nungesser** - 10
Marcus Richardson - 10
Korpo Sawo - 10
Betselot Tadesse** - 10
Taron Tucker - 10
Tamya Zimmerman - 10
Desiree Britton - 11
Jaydn Burton** - 11
Lacretia Contreras - 11
Wesley Dawkins - 11
Anthony Evans - 11
James Hunt - 11
Quinesa Jones - 11
Paul Muragizi - 11
Pascale Ndamo Mboulou* - 11
Tedum Npimnee - 11
James Rehwaldt Alexander** - 11
Christian Scott - 11
Autumn Traylor - 11
Lela Waldman-Shanks - 11
Daniel Witte** - 11
Jama Ahmose* - 12
Venus Allen - 12
Antonia Anderson - 12
Taya Arkfeld - 12
Kaylina Barnes - 12
Cohren Barth - 12
Tehya Birch - 12
Timothy Brock - 12
Charlie Bush - 12
Isaiah Bush - 12
Demond Calhoun - 12
Cartavious Cannon - 12
Marcelles Cherry* - 12
La'Renzo Clemons - 12
Juanita Cobb - 12
Shakori Colen - 12
Raven Collier* - 12
D'Angelo Cotton - 12
Jamie Davis - 12
Sabrah Davis - 12
Dominique Epps - 12
Jerrin Ewings - 12
Davina Falcon - 12
Kevin Gallardo-Franklin - 12
Isiaih Graves - 12
Travious Greggs - 12
Donella Handy - 12
Lenzell Harris - 12
Hamisha Howard - 12
Jay Hudgins - 12
Jaida Jackson* - 12
Jaden Jilg-Brown - 12
Ciera Johns - 12
Kylee Johnson - 12
Tykele Jones - 12
Christina Joseph - 12
Nyasebit Kuol - 12
Muminfidadya Kuwa - 12
Henry Kyles* - 12
Tiauna Lewis* - 12
Adrianna Lott - 12
Elisia Medina-Jordan - 12
Shaequan Mitchell - 12
Maluba Mudundulu* - 12
Rawson Ngoh** - 12
Isaac Okeng - 12
Walker Okeng - 12
Justyn Payne - 12
Delano Cuttese Proctor - 12
Emily Reed - 12
Markeil Reis - 12
De Anthony Rothwell - 12
Abraham Sakilla - 12
Pacience Scott - 12
Bethelem Thok - 12
Justice Topil-Pinto - 12
Jason Towery - 12
Meosha Wallace - 12
Kierra Ward - 12
Isiah Washington - 12
Dasia Watson - 12
Raven Whirl - 12
Tethloch Wie - 12
D'Quandra Williams - 12
Raven Williams - 12
Shania Williams - 12
Keshawn Wilson - 12
Taylor Ybarra-Ratumaimuri - 12
Emmanuel Zayzay - 12

North Star High School
Eze Asuoha* - 9
Jaylen Barrett** - 9
Nakia Braaten - 9
Mirra Brooks - 9
Trinity Cox** - 9
Hana Daldoum - 9
Abdelrahman Elhaj - 9
Heba Engles* - 9
Abola David Garang* - 9
Alexander Goll* - 9
Domonique Harris - 9
Bryannah Hutchinson* - 9
Sicily Hutchinson* - 9
Madison Jennings - 9
Dorcas Mandungu** - 9
Kwayera Mensah* - 9
Acacia Miller - 9
Dasha Plair - 9
Jamal Reynolds - 9
Nathaniel Ulmer-Schmit** - 9
Zachary Underwood - 9
Tasneem Ali* - 10
Yaa Baeta** - 10
Caleb Brown - 10
Kaedyn Campbell* - 10
Goanar Chot - 10
Koat Chot - 10
Trystyn Cox** - 10
Nyaluak Dar** - 10
Elijah Hopkins* - 10
Imonie Jones - 10
Diana Lado Andrea** - 10
Ruth Njuguna** - 10
Javien Perez - 10
Marquez Reynolds** - 10
Jennifer Yuma - 10
Sarah Allick** - 11
Tempest Bragg - 11
Kefani Broussard - 11
Katasia Cahn - 11
Michaela Foster** - 11
Bemnet Habtu* - 11
Quar-Nesha Hite** - 11
Nyathase Koang - 11
Dina Lado Andrea** - 11
Taylor Levos-Smith - 11
Jazzmyn Pekarek-Agbo - 11
Kamryn Sannicks** - 11
Triston Simpson - 11
Lusamba Tshibengabo** - 11
Dayonna Tucker** - 11
Akol Akot - 12
Angelique Archie - 12
Christie Asuoha* - 12
Luka Bel - 12
Justice Brown - 12
Savannah Brown - 12
Johnny Calloway** - 12
Tereic Carlisle - 12
Garett Carter - 12
Deshawn Cavitt - 12
Lamario Clark - 12
Mujtaba Ebrahim - 12
Dina Garafan - 12
Kayla Gaskins - 12
Samson Goitom** - 12
Dante' Golden - 12
Dayton Golden - 12
Kierra Gronenthal - 12
Narica Herrington - 12
Tonicia Horton - 12
Deja Howard - 12
Jasmine Howard - 12
Tyler Johnson - 12
Zacchaeus Jones - 12
Joshua Lawson - 12
Jacinda Liddell - 12
Nyagoa Mading - 12
Daprese Madlock** - 12
Andrew Martinez** - 12
Kafele Mensah - 12
Jacson Mikaya - 12
Isaiah Minter - 12
Mawada Mohammed - 12
Kiera Moore - 12
Tre'quan Netherland - 12
Ruben Ngoyi - 12
Mandella Nikang - 12
Manzel Nimox - 12
Keilaughn Overstreet - 12
Robpartra Patterson - 12
Branden Pearson - 12
Raye Reynolds - 12
K'Tarra Saddler - 12
Taylor Schmieding - 12
Markaus Schnepp-Copeland - 12
Hayley Seacrest - 12
Laura Smith - 12
Laquarain Spencer - 12
Jada Stearns** - 12
Donald Teburso - 12
Michelle Tomlin - 12
Dionna Tucker - 12
Keandre Turner - 12
Kelley Weston - 12
Jayda Whirl - 12
Amari Williams - 12
Trey Williams - 12
Trey Yelling - 12
Awa Youm** - 12

Northeast High School
Tasneem Abdelfatah** - 9
Akeem Anderson Enriquez - 9
Destiny Brown* - 9
Diamond Bush - 9
Jason Dennis - 9
Valentina Fowler** - 9
Americle Fuqua - 9
Batool Ibrahim - 9
Melissa Kimbulu* - 9
Tiannah Moore - 9
Eleeza Parker - 9
Bailey Salisbury - 9
Anthony Simms - 9
Saron Tekeste** - 9
Payton Thompson - 9
Ahmed Ahmed* - 10
Cherene Al-Hamidawi** - 10
Destiny Allen - 10
TyReesh Boedhram** - 10
Carlos Knowles - 10
Tyrone Kometscher - 10
Moise Lutumba* - 10
Madison McCoy** - 10
Khadiya Mengelkamp* - 10
Noah Storer* - 10
Larry White - 10
Shae Alexander - 11
Yonathan Alibe* - 11
Buddy Belford - 11
Sierra Center** - 11
Alonga Chol - 11
Erica Craig - 11
Promise Iromuanya - 11
Breana Johnston - 11
Tenaj Jones - 11
Maryah Norton - 11
Mohamed Soumit - 11
Joanna Stallworth* - 11
Kayla VanNess** - 11
Jasmine Wairimu - 11
Tabor Watts - 11
Geigh Zollicoffer* - 11
Lexis Beebee - 12
Nyapon Bol - 12
TaNekia Bradford Washington - 12
Darius Brown - 12
Malik Carter - 12
Davarrius Coleman - 12
Derrick Curtis - 12
Trenton Deboer - 12
Tantashea Giger - 12
Rahma Gotiya - 12
Xavier Haggan - 12
Tycie Hicken - 12
Saleem Holden - 12
Khalil Hunter - 12
Yousif Ibrahim - 12
Tierra Johnson** - 12
Khan Kailech - 12
Elijah Kouma - 12
Jacob Larson - 12
Nikki Lawrence* - 12
Tracy Lee - 12
Liem Liem - 12
Da'ne'j'a Menyweather - 12
Robert Millard - 12
Abdul Raheem Muhammed - 12
Tyree Murrell - 12
Trenton Norton - 12
Elizabeth Otto* - 12
Skyler Perkins - 12
Kreonna Reed* - 12
Mena Robertson - 12
Kerry Rush - 12
Sarah Shelton - 12
Mikayla Shepard* - 12
Taysha Slade - 12
Rachel Stallworth* - 12
Yonatan Tekeste* - 12
Briana Walker - 12
Radious Walker-Woods** - 12
Kejana Wallace - 12
Dante Walton - 12
Shaneequah Watkins - 12
Kinesha Wilson - 12
Mary Wur - 12

Southeast High School
Anthony Bailous* - 9
Devlyn Bryan-Martin - 9
Traeton Davis - 9
Isira Dirar** - 9
Kennedy Flowers* - 9
Charles Fobie - 9
Isaiah Hamlette* - 9
Tiana Hudson - 9
Emalyn Kruse** - 9
Aaliyah McClendon - 9
Tyana McDowell** - 9
David Murphy* - 9
Kayden Pringle - 9
Well Puok* - 9
Mackenzie Reed** - 9
Briannan Rodgers - 9
Caitlyn Sims - 9
Maya Thomas - 9
Sontarian Walker* - 9
Lauryn Williams** - 9
Kashayla Baucke - 10
Alondra Brooks - 10
Bronwyn Brown** - 10
Mya Erdkamp - 10
Jordan Gibbons - 10
Christopher Hansel - 10
Nicholas Hardman Pickens - 10
Matthias Lindburg - 10
Corina Marsh* - 10
Patrick Miley** - 10
Jasmyn Nash - 10
Arrion Smith - 10
Aydan Stanton - 10
Sontrea' Walker - 10
Asya White* - 10
Jocelyn Anderson - 11
Jennaca Brown - 11
Abrar Dirar** - 11
Bobbi Fulton - 11
Khily Gandara - 11
Asante' Hairl-Mclaughlin* - 11
Ahmaad Miley - 11
Nerissa Moravec** - 11
Samuel Morris - 11
Jace Anderson** - 12
Cheyanne Beckner - 12
Kade Bowling - 12
Mayte Brown - 12
Olivier Brutus - 12
Kale Bryan-Martin - 12
Amarri Buckner - 12
Isaiah Buckner - 12
Jazmyn Coleman - 12
Tyler Cox - 12
Alexis Deets - 12
Lelani Delaney - 12
Sara Derkeng - 12
Tyra Douglas - 12
Kennyth English - 12
Trey Gearhart-Gorton - 12
Darius Geiser - 12
Darion Girmus - 12
Whitney Gray - 12
Hailey Greene - 12
Tarik Guest - 12
Anthony Halliburton - 12
Anna Haverman - 12
Zikea Hill - 12
Erykah Houser** - 12
Ceare Howland - 12
Melissa Kioko** - 12
Sharaia Krogh - 12
Jaden Krolikowski - 12
Braden Lehn - 12
Alexis Madlock - 12
Ashawn McEwan - 12
Jason McEwen - 12
Tayvon Miller-Williams - 12
Briley Moore - 12
Corina Moss - 12
Charles Phillips - 12
Gianni Phillips* - 12
Ethan Price* - 12
Tate Pringle - 12
Gabrielle Rodgers - 12
Zachary Scheich - 12
Keenan Serrano - 12
Brandi Shannon-King - 12
Conner Sims - 12
Tylon Sobotka - 12
Saron Tessema* - 12
Brandon Vick - 12
Blake Walker - 12

Southwest High School
Keith Adu-Adjei - 9
Keenon Davis - 9
Isaac Edwards - 9
Masen Louviere* - 9
Nyapouch Makuach* - 9
Kiara Oswald - 9
Ryan Parde** - 9
Tariq Richter - 9
Brayden Roberts* - 9
James Russell* - 9
Tinsae Tessema - 9
Kam Veney** - 9
Iyana Allen - 10
Haili Bullock - 10
Aden Davis** - 10
Tahani Gondolfi - 10
Kathryn Hastings** - 10
Keshta Manakdan* - 10
Eryn McConnell - 10
Aiah Nour - 10
Plar Phillippi - 10
Simone Stohlmann-Hekl** - 10
Naman Williams - 10
Christopher Ziboh* - 10
Chauncy Bentley - 11
Nyalat Buom - 11
Scott Jones - 11
Jeremy Knowles - 11
Nia O'Bryant** - 11
Jeffrey Owusu-Ansah - 11
Bhan Tiap* - 11
Tristen Williams** - 11
Deondray Allen - 12
Arcane Boles - 12
Awood Chol** - 12
Duane Green** - 12
Dante Hall - 12
Kendoll Hammerschmidt - 12
Janae Hansel - 12
Savannah Jennings* - 12
Paris Lord - 12
Jasmine Miller - 12
Danielle Mukusha* - 12
Elaine Mukusha - 12
Ahmed Nour - 12
Daniel Oestmann* - 12
Cameron Owens - 12
Jazlyn Palmer - 12
Riong Riong - 12
Nathaniel Russell - 12
Mikayla Schalch - 12
Anthony Threats - 12
Dylan Wilkinson - 12
Isaiah Williams-Samuels - 12
Nyamal Wiyual - 12

Yankee Hill Program
Malik Ezell-Doyle - 12


Posted on June 08, 2015

Asian students honored

The Lincoln Public Schools Multicultural Education Department, in partnership with Asian Community and Cultural Center, honored all LPS Asian American graduating seniors.

Below is a list of students honored at the end of the school year:
(* denotes students with at at least a 3.5 GPA, ** denotes students with at least a 4.0 GPA)

East High School
Sitti Azizah**
Myan Bhoopalam**
Ameer Chughtai*
Zaran Claes*
Alexander Deng**
Anthony Domico**
Andrea Fiala**
Sunwoo Ha**
Michael Jha*
Alyssa Johnson**
Isha Khanna**
Rena Kwankin
Tashi Lhamo*
Daniel Masada**
Hailey Moy**
William Ozaki
Lan Portnoy*
Micaila Post
Shuowei Qin**
Gabriel Riethoven*
Makenna Sheldon
Maria Jonah Viola*
Ingrid Zhang**

Lincoln High School
Chris Belt
Anie Bista
Dung Chau
Rambo De
Linh Do
Manh Dinh Doan
Bayan Hesso
Trang Hoang**
Elsa Hosang*
Ku Htoo
Kyaw Say Htoo
Gin Khai
Wah Kpaw
Bryan Lam
Peter Le
Thien Le
Trang Le*
Nang Mang
Melia Markham*
Bu Meh
Phre Meh
Eh Nay Moo
Paw Moo
Anh Thuy Nguyen
Connie Nguyen**
Loc Nguyen
Ngoc Huong Nguyen
Quan Nguyen
Thao Nguyen
Avinash Nooka*
Yeh Mi Pai
Suan Pau
Hser Paw
Wah Paw
Shannon Pham**
Vincent Phan*
Thien Phan Truong
Wah Poe
Lu Reh
Su Reh
Jesus Ruiz Izaguirre*
Paw Say*
Brandon Southworth
Kevin Tran*
Paw Wah*
Ziyun Wang**
Carissa Wei**
Connor Zoz
Margaret Zoz**

North Star High School
Skye Adair*
Stephen Bui**
Anna Cao
Jasmin Chun**
Tri Tam Khuu Nguyen*
Christine Le
Diana Le
Kenny Le
Nhu Quynh Le
Ba Nguyen
David Nguyen**
Huyen Nguyen*
Kim Nguyen**
Michael Nguyen
Suong Nguyen*
Tai Nguyen*
Tai Nguyen
Tan Dat Nguyen
Thomas Nguyen
Huy Ong
Andrew Pham**
Khu Say*
Stacy Storm**
Alan Tang
Duyen Tran
Minh-Hao Tran
Uyen Tran*
Justin Truong*
Diane Vu
Ying Ying Zhong
Peter Duong
Jennifer Faith*
Tycie Hicken
Jerome Manlimos
Tyrel Meers*
Phuong Ngo
David Nguyen
Dominic Nguyen
Lillian Nguyen*
Loc Minh Nguyen**
Theresa Nguyen*
Nam Pham
Andre Pinho
Brandon Salisbury
Taysha Slade
Jomari Smallfoot
An Tran**
Nhu Tran**

Southeast High School
Jade Ariola
Peter Barnes*
Gavin Boutdy
Karishma Budhram
Yasser Gratol
Trishia Gudim*
Annie Hua*
Yuzhao Shen**
Tony Tran

Southwest High School
Lisa Ath*
Arcane Boles
Taylor Dao
Keila Brianna Dela Cruz*
Leya Feng*
Cecily Gist
Kelcie Hibberd*
Eric Le**
Alex Maben**
Miranda Neil**
Kieu Nguyen
Windsor Nguyen
Donna Nhan
Hannah Oh**
Swetha Tatineni**
Lisa Vu
Micah Wiebusch

Posted on June 08, 2015

Hispanic students honored

The Lincoln Public Schools Multicultural Education Department, in partnership with El Centro de las Américas, honored Latino graduating seniors with a 2.0 GPA or higher during Triunfo 2015.

Below is a list of students honored at the end of the school year:
(* denotes students with at at least a 3.5 GPA, ** denotes students with at least a 4.0 GPA)

East High School
Cy Bennett
Claudia Freeman Garcia De Alba
Isaac Garcia
Emily Hernandez
Justice Johnson
Alyson Matzke*
Angelica Murillo
Simone Smith*

Lincoln High School
Jaqueline Beltran Tinoco
Vanessa Carmona Ponce
Antonio Carrillo Moreno
Jaqueline Castillo Padilla
Zaira Chavira Gonzalez
Alexis Cruz**
Garret Cruz
Alexa Curington
Maria De Diego Alfaro
Rafael Delgado
Monica Delgado Gonzalez
Davina Falcon
Marquetta Fronterhouse
Kevin Gallardo-Franklin
Melina Garcia
Victoria Garza
Alejandra Gonzalez
Jonothan Gonzalez
Maria Gonzalez Mendieta
Travious Greggs
Garrett Griffin*
Victor Guerrero
Luis Guiza
McKenzie Haeffner
Jose Hernandez Dominguez
Catherine Jaramillo*
Edwardo Juarez
Johan Keller*
Brianna Knapp
Jose Lopez Perez
Emilia Martinez
Julia Medina
Rafael Mendoza
Matveli Montoya
Lia Ortiz
Diana Perez
Jose Perez Blanco
Ivonne Perez-Juarez
Jessica Puentes
Maria Reynoso Tello
Le'tia Rodriguez
Ariana Rodriguez Rios
Victor Ruelas
Jesus Ruiz Izaguirre*
Elizabeth Sanchez
Marisol Sanchez
Matthew Thomas
Justice Topil-Pinto
Jacob Torres
Peter Vega Orozco
Taylor Ybarra-Ratumaimuri

North Star High School
Maria De Los Angeles Andrade Guerrero
Daniel Bravo
Jose Cano
Alexus Chester
Rudy Cordon Pinto
Sergio Cuevas Felix
Nancy Cuevas Solano
Amanda Delgado
Cole Dempsey**
Kelvin Espino Espinoza
Daniel Figueroa
Vivian Foster
Kayla Gaskins
Viridiana Gonzalez-Flores
Johnny Gress
Jose Gutierrez
Evelyn Hernandez Sanchez*
Cyerra Howard
Eric Izaguirre
Estefany Jaimes Espinoza
Maria Juarez Vargas
Nhu Quynh Le
Angel Lomeli Ocegueda**
Jorge Marroquin Solis
Adrian Martinez
Andrew Martinez**
Maria Martinezturrubiartes*
Amanda McLeod*
Yicela Mena Romero
Lesly Mendoza-Velazquez
Juan Mora
Danielle Ochoa**
Luis Ortiz Gaytan
Aaliyah Perez
Samantha Perez
Vanessa Perez
Osvaldo Pompa Tamayo
Brenda Rabadan Aguilar
Juan Ramirez
Yulissa Ramirez
Pamela Ramirez Labra*
Shaelyn Ramos**
Marisela Rodriguez
Carlos Romero
Obed Sabio**
Oscar Salazar Reyes
David Solorio
Elizabeth Staveness
Rachel Sumner
Oscar Tapia-Pesina
Nathaniel Teselle
Randy Thomas**
Joseph Umana*
Sarah Velez-Maya
Rachel Vermillion
Aurora Vicharra
Ricardo Vidales Hernandez
Jose Villa*
Victoria Villota*
Jocelynne Zapata

Northeast High School
Karen Arellano-Leffler
Andre Beltran
Llana Borrego**
Jairo Contreras
Madison Dieguez
Alexus Feliciano
Abraham Hernandez
Veronica Hernandez Escatel
Pablo Madera
Autumn Maynez
Rayshana Miller
Gerardo Naranjo**
Carlos Ortega
Soraya Ramirez
Christian Reyes
Sergio Reyes Cisneros
Mena Robertson
Amos Rodriguez
Brandon Salisbury
Andrew Zumaya

Southeast High School
Eduardo Aguilera De La Torre*
Taylor Arsiaga
David Bustamante
Paul Carrasco
Dominic Castellanos
James Ceraolo
Rebekah Gappa
Francisco Garcia
Salma Gomez Beltran*
Gavin Gonzalez
Carlita Gorham**
Luis Hong
Julienne Howard
Juan Landeros
Ninet Monterroso*
Melissa Moreno Nunez
Miguel Muniz
Gavin Nason
Nicolas Orti
Lindsey Perez
Sergio Ramirez-Diaz
Doris Servan-Alvarez**
Carmen Stabler
Jenee Suarez-Moorhead**

Southwest High School
Kassandra Abel
Joshua Adams
Brian Aguilar
Nicholas Arauco
Blake Costello
Velina Cruz
Zane Dush*
Robert Garcia
Daisy Gonzalez
Madelyn Hickson
Haley Johnson
Nikolai Knezovich*
Vanessa Larsen**
Noah Lazaro**
Adriana Martinez Henriquez
Jessica Mc Cloy*
Kyarath Molina
Andrey Naidenoff*
Jeniffer Nunez Maldonado
Christian Phelps*
Jade Poggensee
Jared Ross Durham
Morgan Sanchez*
Cristina Santana
Elijah Soto**
Ruben Torres Gallegos
Marco Valle Casanova
Elizabeth Velder
Cora Wendeln

Posted on June 08, 2015

Native American students honored

The Lincoln Public Schools Multicultural Education Department, in partnership with the Indian Center Inc., Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee, Indian Education Staff of LPS and Four Directions Youth Program; honored all LPS Native American graduating seniors.

Below is a list of students honored at the end of the school year:
(* denotes students with at at least a 3.0 GPA, ** denotes students with at least a 3.5 GPA)

Bryan Community Focus Program
Venus Allen
Joaquin Gutierrez
Tracy Lee

East High School
Kaylina Barnes
Cy Bennett
Daniel Carraher**
Jazmine Dubray
Sage Dubray
Emily Hernandez*
Isabelle Hesson*
Daniel Kennedy
Megan Love*
Brittany Overton
Laredo Paulson
Kody Wright*

Lincoln High School
Kaylina Barnes
Jaqueline Beltran Tinoco
Vanessa Carmona Ponce
Jaqueline Castillo Padilla
Zaira Chavira Gonzalez
Davina Falcon
Jonothan Gonzalez
Isiaih Graves*
Luis Guiza
Lenzell Harris
Jose Hernandez Dominguez
Jasmine Hernandez Zavaleta
Johan Keller**
Johan Keller**
Montoya Laravie
Steve Laravie
Jose Lopez Perez
Tasha Lorenzen
Emilia Martinez
Julia Medina
Zoe Menard**
Matveli Montoya
Gerald Pond*
Maria Reynoso Tello
Maria Reynoso Tello
Le'tia Rodriguez
Jesus Ruiz Izaguirre**
Shalisa Sheridan
Shalisa Sheridan
Tyra Sheridan
Justice Topil-Pinto
Peter Vega Orozco
Edward Yankton

North Star High School
Maria De Los Angeles Andrade Guerrero
Gabriela Arellanes Urias
Morgan Brinkerhoff
Jose Cano*
Blas Casarez
Rudy Cordon Pinto
Sergio Cuevas Felix
Nancy Cuevas Solano
Julie Escobar Calderon
Kelvin Espino Espinoza
Rachel Flynn
Bobbie Garcia
Juan Garrido Salgado
Viridiana Gonzalez-Flores
Johnny Gress
Autumn Hernandez
Tania Hernandez
Schuyler Hoferer
James Hoover
Nicholas Hoover
Eric Izaguirre
Pedro Jaimes Vargas
Maria Juarez Vargas
Michael Lee
Paul Lopez-Manrriquez
Luis Mendez
Makael Moore
Juan Mora
Andres Palmerin Monteseoca
Samantha Perez
Osvaldo Pompa Tamayo
Brenda Rabadan Aguilar
Karina Ramirez
Yulissa Ramirez
Maximino Rodriguez
Obed Sabio**
Oscar Salazar Reyes
Melissa Sharp
Oscar Tapia-Pesina
Aurora Vicharra
Ricardo Vidales Hernandez
Jose Villa**
Victoria Villota**
Jocelynne Zapata

Northeast High School
Kody Abarr*
Corey Blackbonnet-Chase
Cheyenne Coulter
Victor Franklin
Matthew Fuehrer
Josiha Gillander
Bryce Hamilton
Abraham Hernandez
Veronica Hernandez Escatel
Samuel Hundstad**
Matthew Jackson
Jacob Larson
Pablo Madera
James McCarthy
Robert Millard
Gerardo Naranjo**
Carlos Ortega*
Soraya Ramirez
Amos Rodriguez
Kaiden Ross
Frederick Sheridan
Tyler Sheridan
Destiny Stickney
Holagana Wadiso*

Science Focus Program
Terrence Ogden

Southeast High School
Eduardo Aguilera De La Torre**
Miguel Aguilera Ortiz
Javier Amen-Figueroa
Paul Carrasco
Dominic Castellanos
James Ceraolo
Jazmyn Coleman
Tyra Douglas
Rebekah Gappa
Carlita Gorham**
Luis Hong*
Maizie Humm**
Shawna Mason
Ninet Monterroso**
Gavin Nason
Gianni Phillips**
Taneal Reynolds
Doris Servan-Alvarez**
Conner Sims
Avery Stricker*
Brandon Vick
Jenna Willoughby

Southwest High School
Kassandra Abel
Brian Aguilar
Andres Balderas
Kelsie Baze*
Arcane Boles
Eruviel Castillo Rosales
Mitchell Cayou
Mitchell Cayou
Daniel Cornelius
Baylor Fiedler
Haley Johnson
Nikolai Knezovich**
Kyarath Molina*
Jeniffer Nunez Maldonado*
Summer Osterloh
Cameron Owens*
Savannah Pierce
Jared Ross Durham
Ruben Torres Gallegos

Technology Focus Program
Laredo Paulson

Posted on June 08, 2015

Dashing into robotics

Approximately seventeen 5th - 7th graders participated in the first session of the Summer Technology Program. The goal of the program is to provide upper elementary and middle level students a fun, exciting, and challenging opportunity to explore their interest in computers and technology.

There are various topics presented through the month of June in five different sessions with classes in the morning and afternoon. During the "Dashing Into Robotics" session, students work with Dot and Dash to move beyond two dimensional coding into a more intense three dimensional atmosphere.

"It's awesome we get to work with robots and scratch more than just in school," commented Zoey, future Culler 6th grader. "My favorite part was a competition where we put Legos on the robots to make snowplows and see how many cotton balls we could clear."

Other sessions this summer include working with GarageBand, MineCraft, Stop Motion Animation, Photoshop, and After Efects. For more information, or to register, go to http://wp.lps.org/stp/schedule/.

Posted on June 08, 2015

LPS to host Community Budget Forums

Lincoln Public Schools invites the public into the discussion about the preliminary 2015-16 budget for the school district.

Two Community Budget Forums are scheduled in June, which will both include a budget presentation as well as opportunities for comments and questions:

  • Tuesday, June 23, 5-6 p.m., LPS District Office, 5905 O St.
  • Thursday, June 25, 7-8 p.m., Lefler Middle School, 1100 S. 48th St

Work Sessions

The Lincoln Board of Education has two work sessions set for Board discussion about the budget

  • 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, LPS District Office, 5905 O St
  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, LPS District Office, 5905 O St

Public Hearing

In addition, a public hearing for the 2015-16 LPS budget is scheduled for

  • 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, at LPS District Office, 5905 O St

For more information contact Liz Standish, 402-436-1635.


Posted on June 05, 2015

Takako Olson awarded 2015 Leola Bullock Multicultural Award

Takako Olson, associate principal at Lincoln Southeast High School, has been awarded the 2015 Leola Bullock Multicultural Award, bestowed this week at the annual Lincoln Public Schools Multicultural Institute.


The Leola Bullock Award is presented by the Foundation for LPS – to an LPS employee who has been an innovative leader and made a significant contribution to fostering understanding of our multicultural society through developing and implementing school district programs.  The award is named after a woman who worked to increase racial understanding in the Lincoln community.


Olson has also served as the educational coordinator at Southeast and, prior to that, an English Language Learner program team leader and teacher.

Posted on May 28, 2015

Multicultural Institute: LPS urged to practice racial literacy

Lincoln Public Schools employees told stories to one another on Wednesday at Lincoln Southwest High School.

  • Stories from a 57-year-old who still remembers when she was five, and the ice cream man made a racially inappropriate comment.
  • Stories from someone whose family immigrated to America and looked like other folks who lived in Nebraska, “but as soon as one of us spoke, we didn’t sound the same and were categorized in another way.”
  • Stories of mothers who feared what might happen as their children grow up.
  • Stories of teachers who have encountered powerful moments with their students.

We tell our stories, and we practice. We must have the knowledge. But we must also practice.

This is how you begin your journey of racial literacy, the keynote speakers explained at the annual Lincoln Public Schools Multicultural Institute Wednesday: “We tell our stories, and we practice. We must have the knowledge. But we must also practice.”

When that trauma hits you in the heart in a moment of racial stress: Do you have appropriate responses? Do you have a comeback for this moment? How do you take care of yourself in the moment? If someone is slighting you because of your difference, how do you avoid internalizing the comment?

Superintendent Steve Joel welcomed Institute participants and underlined the work of multicultural competency for the school district. “But we have to start with ourselves, how we’re creating that understanding, assuring that we go to great lengths to learn about all the various cultures our students represent…We must promote acceptance in all of our classrooms…That’s the only way we will eradicate the anger in our country. We have to stand true to what we believe in public education.”

And that racial literacy begins with our stories – and practice-practice-practice, according to Howard C. Stevenson (author of If Elephants Could Talk: Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools). “We will make mistakes, but we need to move through that, and we can change how we interact day to day….It is essential to have awareness of what is happening in the moment of a stressful situation, and story telling is a way go get to that…But you have to start with yourself. We all judge the world from our unique perspective.”

You have to start with yourself. We all judge the world from our unique perspective.

When people share their stories of racially stressful situations, Institute speakers urged, “they need to get in tune with what they are feeling and how they’re doing….When you tell and retell your stories, pause and assess your body. How do you feel? Are you breathing? Where are you holding stress?”

The speakers said they believed that teachers and educators have particular power and influence in a young person’s journey of racial literacy.

“Our schools are socialization jungles of avoidant racial coping,” Stevenson said. “We need to make sure young people have the engagement skills they need to know when racial conflict arises. We need to help them resolve racial stress in everyday life…We tend to focus more on large-scale events and politics, but we must consider and think about what people do when someone is right in front of them.”

He urged participants to talk directly to children about the world they are going to face, “because we live in a world where people get training but don’t use the training…It starts with knowing yourself. It starts with practice.”

Stevenson explained that racial literacy involves a series of skills: reading, recasting and resolving racially stressful encounters.

  • Reading: Decoding racial subtexts, subcodes and scripts, accurately interpreting the meaning of what is going on.
  • Recasting: Reducing stress using racial mindfulness – reduces, recasts and reframes the negative meaning of racial stress.
  • Resolving: Negotiating toward a healthy conclusion, assertively communicating affection, protection, correction and connection.

Bottom line, Stevenson stressed: “Racial literacy takes practice. Practice?  Practice, we’re talking about practice.”

The other two keynote speakers who shared the podium were:

Valerie Adams-Bass: University of California, Davis
Keisha Bentley-Edwards: University of Texas, Austin

Posted on May 27, 2015

Scott Middle School students create education themed masterpiece

After months of planning, designing, and creating, the stained glass club at Scott Middle School installed their final project in the middle school.  Led by science teacher, Paul Sisk, the students incorporated the core subjects of education.

Posted on May 20, 2015