News

EdNotes Express

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

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

The gift of reading during Harvest of Books < Updated

Some very excited Hartley Elementary School students were given a special suprise heading into the Thanksgiving break. To help promote a life-long love of reading, the Lincoln Education Association (LEA) gifted every first- and second-grade student at Lincoln Public Schools their very own book during the annual Harvest of Books event.

Each student was able to browse through a pile of books pre-selected for them and choose a title that fit their interest and reading level. 

"The book I got was 'My Loose Tooth' because I lost three teeth," exclaimed first-grader Zakiaha.

Classmate Alexander chimed in, "Mine's about dinosaurs. This is a green T-rex, and this is a yellow one!"

Harvest of Books began in 1997. Since then, the LEA has collected and distributed over 170,000 new books to every child in the first and second grade in Lincoln. Over 7,400 books are being given out this year.

LEA collects donations year-round for Harvest of Books. Every October, local booksellers partner with LEA to help those wishing to donate pick out age appropriate titles to purchase. KFOR, the Lincoln City Libraries, Raising Canes and First Nebraska Credit Union also help sponsor the event.

Posted on November 21, 2017


LPS celebrates Scottish Rite Teacher of the Year < New

Every fall Lincoln Public Schools gathers together and officially honors the latest winner of the Scottish Rite Distinguished Teacher of the Year, and Monday the school district recognized Jan McKeown, instructional technology coach at Lefler Middle School.

 “This is a highlight of the year for Lincoln Public Schools,” said LPS Superintendent Steve Joel.  “This award is about all the things we do in the classroom…An honor with the highest of distinction.”

Lanny Boswell, president of the Lincoln Board of Education, continued:   

“I love this tradition … a moment we pause and celebrate our fine educators and the magnitude of their work.”

He noted that McKeown is the perfect recipient of this honor:

·      She has an educator’s heart and soul.
·      She is an exemplary coach, leader and role model.
·      She is a person who believes the secret of good teaching – is caring enough to bring her “A” game every day.
·      She is a teacher of all teachers…She inspires, advocates, motivates…

McKeown said Monday that she wanted to share what she called an essay about gratitude:  “I am so fortunate, I have worked in great schools with talented teachers and have learned from every single one…My career has been a journey…and receiving this award has been the greatest professional honor of my life….I see this as our Academy Award.”

McKeown began her teaching career with LPS at Clinton Elementary School 32 years ago, and has since taught at Humann and Meadow Lane elementary schools, and now Lefler.

“I believe it is a great honor to be a teacher,” she said. “We may not know our influence in the moment, but it is vast…It is sobering that years after a student has left my care, I still occupy a little space in their heart…and that’s fitting, because they still occupy a space in mine.”

Bruce Wood, from Lincoln Scottish Rite, said the Scottish Rite is committed to this award now and into the future. The prestigious honor is presented annually, and comes with a cash prize of $5,000.

Boswell said the award serves as a symbol, “representing the many, many outstanding educators in our school district – and continuing the tradition handed down by many teachers before them.  Jan serves as a terrific representative of and ambassador for Lincoln Public Schools … reminding us – once again – to value all that is good in our public schools today.

“This award stands as testimony to the impact educators have on our future, our community, our country. What a powerful reminder of the rich tradition of excellence at Lincoln Public Schools.”

Posted on November 20, 2017


NMEA All-State music participants announced

Congratulations to the Lincoln Public Schools high school music students selected to participate in the Nebraska Music Education Association All-State Music Ensembles Nov. 16-18:

Lincoln High School

Band
Luke Moberly
Anita Borlak
Luca Hinrichs (Alternate)

Choir
Kaitlin Smith 
Jack Amen 
Jacob Vanderford 

Orchestra
Dietrich Hitt
Ruby Hoffman
Eric Lesiak
Pablo Souto
Johanna Schubert

Northeast High School

Band
Xochitl Perez

Choir
Alex Crooks
Payton Merchant

North Star High School

Orchestra
Josh Henning

Jazz Band
Sean Lebita

Band
Jason Vo

Choir
Jack Thomas
Eli Bryan
Grant Francisco
Linh Chau

Southeast High School

Choir
Kerstin Leaf
Alexa Thompson
Treyson Rassfeld
Allison Fitzsimmons

Jazz Band
Luke Anderson
Seth Burk
Parker Sibley

Band
Hannah Wooge
Gabi Lawrey

Orchestra
Catherine Wedin
Elyssa Post

Southwest High School

Choir
Cailey Davis
Rachel Fisher
Kelly Sylvester
Kacey Harper
Campbell Sharpe
Anavitoria Almodovar-Warner
Karissa Boesiger
Tessa Crew
Maddie Rushing
Kate Berzonsky
Violet Hudson
Sarah Raphael
Nicole Solberg
Easton Gropp
Sam Lesoing
Huy Mai
Dylan Tyrrell
Kam Veney
Ean France Coleman
Jake Meyer
Tyler Arnold
Hayden Fuelberth
Luke Meyer
Danny Petersen 

Band
Christian Dahlman
Jacob Earl
Jackson Schirmer

Orchestra
Kason Fiedler
Grace Cho
Jae Hyun Lim
Ella Pike
Lindsey Blehm
Zoey Moser

East High School

BAND
Savana Brakeman
Nathan Renard
Jack McGowan
Sarah Melton
Jayne Whitman
Emma Williams

Jazz Band
Becca Guillford

CHOIR
Sasha Borakove
Garrett Brown
Matthew Duhs
Madeline Dumler
Jovon Fogleman
Abbey Frankforter
Celeste Hellbusch
Belle Kendle
Turner Linafelter
MaKenna Lindgren
Helena Muller
Emily O'Neill
Camryn Self
Alyssah Shane
Kelsey Toomey
Olivia Wirth

ORCHESTRA
Ina Bhoopalam
Rares Ciobanu
Ashley Clegg
Anna Cooper
Emily Dresbach
Ealynn Hsu
Anna Kruse
Daniel Laws
Sydney Maddox
Larissa Myers
Aaditya Rau
Katherine Schmit
Alyssa Schwinck
Jarod Schwinck
Mya Sears
Minjae Song
Erik Strickland
Jesse West
Joe Wright
Pierce Yates
Enya Zhu

 

Posted on November 15, 2017


Lincoln Public Schools: Highlights of 11/14 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

Highlights of 11/14 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 28.

Highlights of 11/14 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

Positive external audit results

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday heard glowing results of an external audit conducted recently that reviewed the Lincoln Public Schools budget, internal controls, financial statements, compliance with laws and regulation, and more.

Board of Education members were pleased with the audit, performed by HSMC Orizon LLC:

  • Connie Duncan: “This was a clean audit, we were so happy to hear that…There were no adjustments or errors as well…It was a wonderful audit and we’re proud of everyone.”
  • Barb Baier: “I want to thank staff for their due diligence, there is a lot of work that goes into an audit.”
  • Don Mayhew: “The idea that…this is an unmodified opinion…no changes or problems found. When you think about the complexity of this budget – the quality of our staff for that to come out as clean as this – this is incredible work.” 

Overall, the auditor issued a positive report, calling it “a clean opinion, the highest and best opinion you can have.”   

The audit concluded:

  •  “No adjustments, errors or omissions.”
  • “The financial statements were accurate.”
  • “There was no non-compliance.”
  • “This is about as good as you can get from an auditor.”

The independent auditor reviewed budgets for both Lincoln Public Schools and Educational Service Unit 18.

Key Core Networking and IP Telephony Equipment

Key core networking and IP Telephony equipment and licensing is contracted with the manufacturer for maintenance, software upgrades and technical support.  Board considered a renewed three-year contract and will vote final approval on Nov. 28.

Staff Celebration

The Lincoln Board of Education passed a resolution celebrating Alison Kelley, a teacher at Lincoln Southwest High School, named a prestigious Mentor for the 2017-18 American Geographical Society.

 

 

 

Posted on November 14, 2017


Volunteers needed to ring bells

Phil Wolfe, retired Lincoln Public Schools teacher, organizes the LPS team for ringing Salvation Army bells.  Active teachers and retired teachers as well are encouraged to help out.

You are asked to commit for two hours at the location of your choice.  Your children can be with you while bell ringing.

If you have been a bell ringer in the past or would like to become a bell ringer this year, here's all you need to do: 

  • Go to the following web site: www.ringbells.org 
  • On the registration form indicate “LPS Teachers” as your organization.
  • If questions….contact Phil at cubwolfe@gmail.com

Posted on November 08, 2017


LPS Community High School Task Force continues work

LPS Community High School Task Force continues work

Dealing with a growing population of students at Lincoln Public Schools – and particularly a growing population of high school students – the Lincoln Public Schools Community High School Task Force met for the second time Thursday (this time at Lincoln North Star High School).

The Task Force – made up of about 70 community citizens and LPS educators – was formed to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students.  They will meet monthly throughout this school year at all six public high schools, and will make recommendations to the superintendent by May, 2018.

“This is valuable, important work – and the timing of this conversation is perfect,” said Steve Joel, superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools.  “I appreciate everyone coming in with an open mind.”

Thursday, the group divided into four subcommittees to begin studying specific issues in more depth.  The subcommittees started their discussion with a variety of questions and will continue their committee work over the next few months.

A sample of questions they are discussing:

  • Subcommittee on Focus Programs/Innovative Delivery:

o   Question: What should be the driving purpose for adding new Focus Program opportunities?

o   Question: What percent of high school students do we believe will leave the traditional high school setting for Focus/Innovative Programs?

o   Question: What types of programs need to be developed?  Where should they be housed?

  • Subcommittee on Traditional High School/School Size

o   Question: What does a class A high school facility include compared to a Class B high school facility?

o   Question: What features should a high school include?

  • Subcommittee on City Growth/Capacity Needs.

o   Question: How much additional capacity will we need? By Quadrant?

  • Subcommittee on Community/Student/Diversity

o   Question: How will we define equitable?

o   Question: How will we define diversity?

o   Question: Why is this an important discussion in considering a new high school or focus programs?

o   Question: How can a specialized program be equitable?  What features need to be included?

o   Question: How can a specialized program be diverse?  What features need to be included?

Last year, LPS served 11,677 high school students, and by 2021, LPS is expected to have 13,344 high school students.  Last year three high schools had enrollments of more than 2,000 students: Lincoln North Star High School, Lincoln Southeast High School and Lincoln High School – and this year Lincoln East High School joined that list.

Task Force Co-Chairs:

  • Gloria Eddins
  • Bob Rauner

Task Force meetings: 

Date

Location

Time

September 28th, 2017

East High School

1000 S. 70th Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

October 26th, 2017

North Star High School

5801 N. 33rd Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

November 30th, 2017

Southeast High School

2930 S. 37th Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

January 25th, 2018

Lincoln High School

2229 J Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

February 22nd, 2018

Southwest High School

7001 S. 14th Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

March 22, 2018

Northeast High School

2635 N. 63rd Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Posted on October 26, 2017


Highlights of 10/24 Lincoln Board of Education meeting, work session

Highlights of 10/24 Lincoln Board of Education meeting, work session

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting – followed by a work session focused on strategic planning – on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 14.

Highlights of 10/24 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

Student calendars approved for 2019-20 and 2020-21

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved two years of student calendars – for 2019-20 and 2020-21– calendars focused on creating the best possible academic years for learning.

Main highlights of the 2019-20 calendar:

  • The first day of school will be August 13 – and the last day of school will be May 21.
  • Semester break is Dec. 20-Jan. 6 – with students returning to school Tuesday, Jan. 7.
  • First and third quarter breaks are: Oct. 17-18, and March 9-13.
  • Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 27-29 – spring break will be April 10.

Main highlights of the 2020-21 calendar:

  • The first day of school will be August 12 – and the last day of school will be May 20.
  • Semester break is Dec. 23-Jan. 4 – with students returning to school Tuesday, Jan. 5.
  • First and third quarter breaks are: Oct. 15-16, and March 8-12.
  • Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 25-27 – spring break will be April 2 

Policy changes

The Board approved several minor policy changes all related to Business Affairs: Series 3000, 3400, 3960 and 3915.

Student Celebration

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday celebrated Community Learning Centers and the annual Lights On initiative scheduled this year for Thursday, Oct. 26.  Lights On Afterschool was launched in 2000, the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. 

Presenters were:

  •      Nola Derby-Bennett, new director of Lincoln Community Learning Centers
  •      Acasia Turechek, fourth grade student who participates in a Community Learning Center at Belmont Elementary School
  •      Jennie Stroup, LPS parent
  •      Alex Torres, former Park Middle School student – former Community Learning Center student – and current Community Learning Center staff member from the Boys & Girls Club. 

Highlights of 10/24 Lincoln Board of Education work session

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday moved closer to a final draft for a new, refreshed strategic plan for the school district.

The school district has spent the last year gathering community voices and developing six themes for a new Lincoln Public Schools Strategic Plan – an initiative that included 49 community sessions and 3,800 responses from community citizens.  The six themes would potentially provide focus for the school district over the next five years:

  • Academic Success
  • Future Ready Global Citizens
  • Support for Students
  • Support for Educators
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • Facilities and infrastructure – Growth Ready

On Tuesday, Board members spent three hours reviewing possible goals in each of the major thematic areas of the future strategic plan, and selecting their top priorities.   Next, the Strategic Planning Committee will distill consensus, then turn over those suggestions to the superintendent and staff to create a proposed draft.  The Board will likely vote final approval of a Strategic Plan in December. 

Here is a sample of first priorities for Board members in the six theme areas:

Facilities and Infrastructure

  •     Annie Mumgaard, Lanny Boswell:  Continue to update the LPS 10-year facilities and infrastructure plan.
  •     Connie Duncan Matt Schulte, Don Mayhew: Research and develop facility plans to address growing high school enrollment.
  •   Barb Baier: Explore innovative campus ideas.

Family and Community Partnerships

  • There was only one possible major goal listed in this theme: By 2022 all students will have access to full-service community schools that provide after school programs.  (This goal may be scaled back.)

Support for Educators

  • Don Mayhew, Kathy Danek: ERP Implementation (Enterprise Resource Planning), Implement a 21st century Human Resources and Business System.
  • Annie Mumgaard, Connie Duncan, Barb Baier, Lanny Boswell:  Lincoln Public Schools will research and implement strategies to recruit, hire, develop, support and retain the highest quality and diverse staff.
  • Matt Schulte: Reduce pressures of standardized testing in the classroom (and audit of testing) 

Support for Students

  • Matt Schulte, Kathy Danek: Increase flexibility of instructional delivery: hours, classrooms, eLearning.  (This may go under Academic Success.)
  • Barb Baier, Connie Duncan: Explore all-day early childhood classroom options (and/or additional part-day options), including community partnerships and stand-alone facilities.
  • Lanny Boswell, Don Mayhew Create plan to address mental health needs of children.
  • Annie Mumgaard: Perform an equity audit to provide data to help make decisions.

Future Ready Global Citizens

  • Barb Baier, Lanny Boswell, Don Mayhew, Connie Duncan, Matt Schulte: World language – exposure in elementary and middle school with goal of fluency (which includes a possible action step of establishing an elementary dual language program).  
  • Kathy Danek, Annie Mumgaard: STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) access across the school district for all LPS students.

Academic Success

  • Annie Mumgaard: Add more choices for students to follow passions.
  • Barb Baier: Create fine arts and performing arts focus program.
  • Don Mayhew: Increase choices through additional focus programs.
  • Connie Duncan, Matt Schulte, Lanny Boswell, Kathy Danek: LPS will reach a goal of 90 percent graduation rate for students who are equipped for college and career choices. (This one may become a major over-arching goal – which could change major priorities in this category.)

Posted on October 24, 2017


Employee Financial Wellness Seminars

Check out these upcoming financial wellness seminars for Lincoln Public School employees:

Informational Elective 403(b) Meeting

Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Union Bank and Trust, 6801 South 27th, Lower Level

 

Budgeting & Building Your Emergency Fund

Thursday, November 11, 2017
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Union Bank and Trust, 6801 South 27th, Lower Level

 

School Loans: What Kinds are Available and Managing Repayment

Thursday, November 16, 2017
4:30-5:30 p.m.
LPS District Office, 5905 O Street, Board Room 100

 

Informational Elective 403(b) Meeting

Thursday, December 4, 2017
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Union Bank and Trust, 6801 South 27th, Lower Level

Posted on October 20, 2017


West Lincoln Elementary to celebrate completion of major renovation projects

West Lincoln Elementary School will host a community open house on Sunday,  Oct. 22, 2-4 p.m., to celebrate its recently completed major renovations.

School classrooms have been renovated and updated, eight new classrooms have been built and two playgrounds have been moved.

West Lincoln Elementary is located at 630 W. Dawes Ave.

Posted on October 20, 2017


LPS Marching Band Invite - Final Ratings

The 37th Annual Lincoln Public Schools Marching Band Invitational was held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Seacrest Field. All six of the Lincoln public high schools braved the damp conditions and performed, as did bands from across the state. Here are the final ratings from the event:

Beatrice HS - Class B - Rating: I

Schuyler Central HS - Class A - Rating: II

Bennington HS - Class B - Rating: I

Seward HS - Class B - Rating: I

Norfolk HS - Class A - Rating: I

Lincoln North Star HS - Class AA - Rating: II

Grand Island HS - Class AA - Rating: I

Lincoln HS - Class AA - Rating: I

Piux X HS - Class AA - Rating: I

Lincoln Southwest HS - Class AA - Rating: I

Waverly HS - Class AA - Rating: I

Lincoln East HS - Class AA - Rating: I

Lexington HS - Class AA - Rating: I

North Platte HS - Class AA - Rating: II

Lincoln Northeast HS - Class AA - Rating: I

Kearney HS - Class AA - Rating: I

Washington HS - Class AA - Rating: I

Lincoln Southeast HS - Class AA - Rating: 1

 

Outstanding Color Guard - Waverly HS

Outstanding Percussion - Lincoln Southeast HS

 

Lincoln Southwest 9th-grade band - Class AA - Exhibition

Lincoln East 9th-grade band - Class AA - Exhibition

Posted on October 19, 2017


Lincoln Southeast High School Ewaste Recycling Fundraiser

100% of the funds benefit Lincoln Southeast High School Choral Booster

Electronics, Computers & Data Containing Device Collection 
October 28, 9 a.m. - noon
at Southeast High School

Have and old computer, laptop, tablet, cell phone, etc. laying around? These devices may contain sensitive or private information. Safely dispose of these devices and destroy the information they contain. Businesses are welcome to recycle their equipment at the event.

Cash / Checks accepted!

We are asking for $5 per car / $10 for trucks / $25 for businesses donations!

$5 for Physical Hard Drive Destruction at time of Drop off (Hard Drive must be removed from computer)
$10 fee for microwaves
$20 for large printers / copiers (Commercial Units)
$20 For Cracked LCD/LED/Plasma TV's

DVD Movies will be donated to the DVDs for Veterans, which distributes them to Military Personnel.

Please note: They will not be accepting CRT TV's (OLD, NON FLAT PANEL) , Console TV's or PROJECTION TV'S at this event.

Items accepted at this event at no additional cost:
Computers & pretty much anything that plugs into one
Cell Phones and PDA's
Tablets 
Keyboards and Mice
Misc. Wire
Computer accessories
Laptops and chargers
Computer Parts (CDROMS, Drives, Components, Cards, Wire, Etc.)
Servers
Software and CDs
Backup Tapes
Stereo Receivers and Equipment
Printers
Memory cards
Game Consoles
LCD/LED./Plasma TV's (If Screen is cracked there is a $20 fee)
LCD Computer Monitors

NON-Accepted Items Include:
Light bulbs, Mercury Containing Devices, Alkaline Batteries, Fluorescent Bulbs / Tubes, Household Chemicals, Books, Paint, CRT TV's, Plastic breakage, Bulk VHS tapes

Posted on October 19, 2017


Don Clifton Professional Learning Center

The new Don Clifton Professional Learning Center - located at 710 Hill St. - is now open for business!

The center opened on Oct. 2 and has already hosted some districtwide training events. The conference center features multiple large conference spaces, flexible furniture and the latest audio visual technology, not to mention over 80 parking stalls. Cameras and microphones are also a built-in feature for presenters who would like to record their sessions. Currently, the Clifton Center is only open to LPS staff and you can reserve your room on Archibus. We are so lucky to work in a district that places such a high value on professional learning!

Posted on October 19, 2017


Huskers help Mickle students kick off second quarter

Members of the Husker football team visited Mickle Middle School on Tuesday and gave the sixth-graders a pep talk to kick off the second quarter of the school year.

Linebacker Luke Gifford and offensive lineman Jerald Foster, graduates of Lincoln Southeast High School, talked to the students about integrity, trust, respect, loyalty and teamwork. They also offered examples from their own lives about setting goals, working hard and overcoming obstacles.

Posted on October 18, 2017


Time to donate to Bubba's Closet

As cold weather looms, it's that time of year to donate new and gently used winter wear for Bubba's Closet, the clothes give-away effort facilitated by the elementary principals of Lincoln Public Schools - to keep our community's children warm.

You can donate Oct 2-27 at any Hangers Cleaners location in Lincoln, where they clean the clothes for free.  Donations are appreciated that include coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, sweatshirts, mittens and gloves.  This year you can also donate at Roca Berry Farm, Oct 16-22 - and on Saturday, Oct. 21, LPS elementary principals will be at Roca Berry Farm all day to personally thank you for your donations.

The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools is also accepting monetary donations for Bubba's Closet. Click here to donate online.

The Bubba's Closet clothes give-away is set for Saturday, Nov. 11, at McPhee Elementary School, 820 Goodhue Blvd.  Any elementary student, accompanied by an adult, may choose appropriate items of clothing to adopt and use.

Posted on October 16, 2017


Retirement seminar scheduled for Oct. 28

It's important to gather all the information you can about retirement before taking such a major step in life - and to make good decisions in your early years. So whether you're close to retiring or are ten,15 or 20 years away, this "Retirement 101" seminar is for you. Nebraska Public Employees Retirement System will present an overview of the district's retirement plan. There also will be information on Social Security, an overview of the LPS 403(b) retirement plans, a presentation on estate planning, and an overview of the benefits of financial planning.
The seminar is Saturday, Oct. 28, 9-11 a.m., in the LPSDO Board Room. The workshop is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust and is exclusively for LPS employees and their guests.  Click here to register. 

Posted on October 12, 2017


How United Way helps McPhee Elementary

LPS Staff: Please consider giving by going to: https://epledge.unitedwaylincoln.org/epledge.jsp

 

Posted on October 12, 2017


Harvest of Books drive October 1-15

From October 1-15, share your love of reading with a child by donating to the 21st Annual Harvest of Books drive.    

Since its inception in 1997, the Lincoln Education Association's Harvest of Books, Inc. has distributed over 170,000 books to first and second graders in the public, private, and parochial schools of Lincoln.  

To participate, you can purchase books at a discount at the listed participating bookstores (see individual bookstores for the discount they are offering).  You may also give cash donations.

Visit one of these participating booksellers:   

  • Barnes & Noble - 5150 “O” Streets and SouthPointe Pavilions
  • Indigo Bridge Books & Cafe - 701 P Street, Suite 102
  • University Bookstore - Nebraska Union, Lower Level
  • Usborne Books & More - www.MiriamsBooks.com 

If you prefer, you may also send donations to purchase books. Please mail donations to: Harvest of Books, c/o LEA, 4920 Normal Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68506. 

Posted on October 11, 2017


TCA informational sessions offered

The Career Academy, a high school program through Lincoln Public Schools located at Southeast Community College, is holding several informational sessions this fall for families and students to learn more.

The sessions are all 7-8 p.m. scheduled at TCA, 88th and O streets.  The sessions focus on certain career pathways available through the TCA program.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 10 and Thursday, Oct. 16: Ag/Bioscience, Culinary and Health Science Pathways.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12 and Tuesday, Oct. 24: Business, K-12 Education, Early Childhood Education Pathways, and Criminal Justice (tentative)
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 7: Engineering, Construction, Automotive Technology, Welding, Precision Machining and Information Technology Pathways.
  •  Thursday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 9: All Pathways.

Juniors and seniors attend TCA for two hours a day during the school year while taking their remaining courses at their home high school.  Transportation is provided for LPS students for free, and dual college credit is available.

 

 

Posted on October 10, 2017


Haymarket Youth Festival changes location

***LOCATION CHANGE for the Haymarket Youth Festival it has been moved to the dock at the Downtown Mill - 800 P. Street.

Two years ago Lincoln Southeast High School student Hannah Cass wanted a way to encourage her peers to find their passion and get involved in their community. So she approached the school administration and city officials about creating a Mayor’s Club.

The Mayor’s Club plans a project every year that highlights the community and raises awareness about what is important to area youth. This year’s project is the Haymarket Youth Festival on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. and will feature activities, artwork and music in the alley at 701 P Street.

“When you walk through the Haymarket, you see students taking pictures of the mural and other artwork in the alley,” said Cass. “We want to celebrate this creative area in our city and promote youth achievement in art - both visual and performing.”

This completely student-organized event will feature artwork from students at many of Lincoln’s high schools, local bands, henna, photo booths and ice cream.

“It’s very exciting to see our young people embrace the arts and the Historic Haymarket by creating their very own festival,” Mayor Chris Beutler said. “They are a setting a great example of civic pride for everyone in Lincoln, and I want to thank them for their hard work and their love for our great city.” 

Cass received financial support for the event from Southeast High School and the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools through a new award meant to inspire community service.

"As the first recipient of the the Pay It Forward Service Project Award, Hannah has done an amazing job following through on her vision to create the Haymarket Youth Festival,” announced Southeast Principal Brent Toalson. “Hannah’s project is a great example of how service learning can improve our community and inspire others to ‘pay it forward’ through acts of service. We are very proud of Hannah and all that she has done to showcase our youth and their talents through her service project."

More information about the Friday event can be found at http://haymarketyouthfestival.org/

Posted on October 06, 2017


Lincoln Public Schools launches Community High School Task Force

The Lincoln Board of Education adopted a goal this school year to establish a High School Task Force to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students – and Thursday Lincoln Public Schools launched the Community High School Task Force to study the school district’s enrollment and educational needs.

The Task Force – made up of about 70 community citizens and LPS educators – will meet monthly throughout this school year at all six public high schools.  They will make recommendations to the superintendent by May, 2018. 

“The goal is to create a community conversation around several big issues,” said LPS Superintendent Steve Joel, speaking at the first meeting Thursday at East High.  “How are we going to address the dramatic growth we are seeing, especially in high schools? What should a new high school look like? And how can we best prepare our high school students for the new world? 

“Education is so deeply valued and deeply supported in this community, yet education continued to change,” Joel continued.   “This is a chance to think creatively, an opportunity to think differently about high school…There must be some good solutions to the explosive growth we are experiencing…We are counting on this group to help us find the answers.”

Last year, LPS served 11,677 high school students, and by 2021, LPS is expected to have 13,344 high school students.  Last year three high schools had enrollments of more than 2,000 students: Lincoln North Star High School, Lincoln Southeast High School and Lincoln High School.

“That means this is the right time and a wonderful opportunity to start talking about the high school question in Lincoln,” Lanny Boswell, president of the Lincoln Board of Education, told the Task Force.  “On behalf of the Board of Education, I thank you for all being willing to give us your time.”

The Task Force formed several subcommittees at the close of the Thursday meeting, and the general subcommittee topics will be:  

  •       Focus Programs/Innovative Delivery
  •       Traditional High School/School Size
  •       City Growth/Capacity Needs
  •       Student/Community/Diversity

Task Force Co-Chairs:

  • Gloria Eddins
  • Bob Rauner

Task Force meetings:

Date

Location

Time

September 28th, 2017

East High School

1000 S. 70th Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

October 26th, 2017

North Star High School

5801 N. 33rd Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

November 30th, 2017

Southeast High School

2930 S. 37th Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

January 25th, 2018

Lincoln High School

2229 J Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

February 22nd, 2018

Southwest High School

7001 S. 14th Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

March 22, 2018

Northeast High School

2635 N. 63rd Street

Meeting 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Optional Tour at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Posted on October 06, 2017


Moore dedication ceremony honors school’s namesake, celebrates community support


 

More than 300 people packed the multi-purpose room at Marilyn Moore Middle School in southeast Lincoln on Sunday to celebrate the school’s recent opening and to honor its namesake.

Marilyn Moore served Lincoln Public Schools and its students for more than 30 years, first as a teacher at what was then Goodrich Junior High and ultimately as the school district’s associate superintendent for instruction.

She received multiple standing ovations on Sunday, as well as glowing praise from former colleagues who spoke during the dedication ceremony. Moore deflected the compliments and tried to shift the day’s focus toward students, educators and the community.

“It’s a day to celebrate learning, it’s a day to celebrate community, it’s a day to celebrate education and a day to celebrate excellence,” Moore said.  “What I did was have the opportunity to work with really good people, doing really important work that made a difference in the lives of children. There’s no greater honor than that. It was truly a shared effort.”

“It’s a day to celebrate learning, it’s a day to celebrate community, it’s a day to celebrate education and a day to celebrate excellence,” she said.  “What I did was have the opportunity to work with really good people, doing really important work that made a difference in the lives of children. There’s no greater honor than that. It was truly a shared effort.”

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel echoed Moore’s appreciation of the Lincoln community.  “I want to thank you as members of the Lincoln community for the gift of beautiful buildings and the support of students. We are a wonderful school district because we enjoy such fantastic parental and community support, and it truly takes that partnership to be able to do for our children what we know they deserve and what we feel is in their best interests.”

Members of the Moore Middle School band performed on Sunday, as did the school’s choir alongside members of the Saint Paul United Methodist Chancel Choir. Moore attends Saint Paul and is a longtime choir member.

Near the end of the ceremony, Moore Principal Gary Czapla presented Moore with multiple gifts: a framed piece of student artwork; a collection of letters composed by an English class she visited on the first day of school; and a scrapbook filled with photos and memories of her first visit to the school, the school’s celebration of the solar eclipse - and blank pages, for her to add memories of future visits. Afterwards, Moore students offered tours of the school, which opened in August.

Despite her modesty, speakers spent much of the program sharing memories of working with Moore and praising her for the impact she had on students and educators.

Czapla was one of those educators. “Passionate, resilient, courageous, empowering, creative, empathetic - those are the values we hope to model as a staff and have our students understand and embrace their meaning. It is no coincidence that these are the words people have used to describe Dr. Marilyn Moore.”

Former LPS Superintendent Phil Schoo recalled when he first hired Moore for the associate superintendent position on an interim basis. He said it didn’t take long for members of the Lincoln Board of Education to realize that “interim” needed to be removed from her job title.

“Marilyn and I worked many years together and this district would not be as fine a district as it is without her,” Schoo said.

Lincoln Board of Education President Lanny Boswell spoke of the tremendous growth in south Lincoln and thanked the community for funding the construction of new schools to meet the city’s growing public education needs.

He also spoke highly of Moore and her legacy:  “Today we celebrate a new community of learning so it’s appropriate that we name this school after a thoughtful and generous leader who has had a tremendously positive impact on learning in this community.”

Moore closed her remarks by emphasizing the importance of storytelling and how it relates to the new school that bears her name.

“It’s a guiding theme of Moore Middle School - that students will begin the lifelong effort of knowing their own story, shaping their own story, and finding their own voices to tell their own story,” she said. “As the story is written and told, moment by moment, day by day, the handprints and footprints and voices of many will find their way into this narrative.”

 

Posted on October 04, 2017


Air Force Association honors Mickle teacher for classroom excellence

A Mickle Middle School teacher is flying high after earning a statewide teaching award from the Air Force Association’s (AFA) Nebraska Chapter.

The AFA named Science Teacher Katie Hammond its Nebraska Teacher of the Year and recognized her during a ceremony at the school Sept. 26. The award honors a K-12 teacher for their classroom accomplishments and for inspiring students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses.

“It’s a unique opportunity to reward teachers who further excellence and make coming to class an adventure,” said Diane Bartels, the AFA Lincoln Chapter’s vice president of aerospace education and a former teacher at Brownell Elementary School. “I know this word is overused but I just have to say I think Katie Hammond is awesome.”

Hammond thanked her students for helping her win the award.

“This is not about me, it is about the students and their achievements in the classroom,” said Hammond, now in her fourth year of teaching at Mickle. “I could not have done it without their participation and willingness to try new things.”

At the ceremony, AFA representatives presented Hammond with certificates from both the Lincoln and Nebraska chapters, as well as two checks for $500 each that she can spend on teaching supplies. She also received a jacket emblazoned with “Nebraska Teacher of the Year” on the front.

Hammond said she plans on spending the money on numerous classroom projects, including the building of labs to learn about the solar system and growing soybeans this spring to learn about genetics.

As part of her award application, Hammond submitted multiple recommendation letters. In one letter, a mother thanked Hammond for going “above and beyond” to help make science fun for her daughter. In another, a student wrote that she wants to be a teacher now because of Hammond.

LPS Science Curriculum Specialist James Blake was on hand at Mickle to help honor Hammond. “I work with science curriculum across the district and she is definitely a leader,” he said.

 

Posted on September 28, 2017


Lincoln High's Thursday football game moved to Seacrest Field


The varsity Lincoln High School football game scheduled Thursday night has been moved to Seacrest Field.  Kickoff for the game is the same:  7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 - in a game between Lincoln High and Omaha Central.
 
The game was originally scheduled for Beechner Field, but has now been officially moved to Seacrest.

Posted on September 27, 2017


Discover the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Northeast High School

 

The objectives of the Lincoln Air Force Junior ROTC located at Northeast High School are to educate and train high school students in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of “Integrity First”, “Service Before Self”, and “Excellence in All They Do”. The academic curriculum emphasizes global and cultural studies, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace programs, and space exploration.

The Lincoln AFJROTC is a leadership and character-building program, not a military recruitment program. 

High school students throughout Lincoln are eligible to enroll in the classes offered at Northeast.  They have students from all six LPS schools plus three of the Lincoln private schools.    

Learn more about AFJROTC by visiting their website: http://wp.lps.org/afjrotc/

Posted on September 27, 2017


Learning Lunch features ‘labor of love’ video: Seeds of Hope

Lincoln Public Schools featured the video, Seeds of Hope, at the second Learning Lunch of the season on Tuesday – a project called a “labor of love” by Sally Nellson Barrett, director of Nebraska Loves Public Schools, the organization that produced the film project.

“This is about giving yourself permission to not know,” said Oscar Rios Pohirieth, LPS Cultural Specialist and Coordinator for the Bilingual Liaison Program – who also helped develop and create the video.  The film explores how schools welcome and educate immigrant and refugee families as they start their lives in this country and this community. 

“Give yourself permission not to know me,” Pohirieth told the Learning Lunch audience at LPS District Office.  “Give yourself permission to inquire about my moral character.  Give yourself permission to not like me. But never give yourself permission to not know me.  I may surprise you.  That is what this film is all about.” 

He continued: “I am here today because of the seeds of hope we have planted – you have planted – you who believe we have something to offer, who believe we are humans who cry, who bleed, just as you do….When I see this film, that’s what it’s all about, the human spirit.”

The video follows Nebraska’s newcomer students (including LPS English Language Learner students) as they face the trauma and tribulations of their past – exhibit perseverance to succeed in the present – and share their hopes for a brighter future through quality education.

Barrett urged people to take this film, show it and use it as a conversation starter.  “Watch this together and ask one another, ‘What does this have to do with me? What does this have to do with you?’ Hopefully, by the time you’re finished watching, your heart has opened and you are willing to listen.”

Here is the complete Learning Lunch program with the full documentary:

 

LPS Learning Lunches, open to the Lincoln community, are generally held on the last Tuesday of the month in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St.  Doors to the Board Room open at noon, the program begins at 12:15 p.m., questions-and-answers happen at 12:45 p.m. Please bring your own lunch – we’ll provide dessert.

The rest of the 2017-18 season:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24: School Meals: So much more than Chili and Cinnamon Rolls, Edith Zumwalt, director of Nutritional Services at LPS.  * Serving chili and cinnamon rolls!
  •  Wednesday, Nov. 29: Social Emotional Learning: What is it and what does it look like at LPS, Carrie Erks, LPS School Social Worker.  
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19:  Restoring Calm: LPS Response to Crisis, Brenda Leggiadro, LPS supervisor for Counselors and Social Workers; and Ursula Vernon-Hansen, facilitator, LPS Crisis Response Team.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: Success with our Scholars, featuring LPS students and Pete Ferguson, coordinator, LPS Youth Development Team.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: Kids vs. adults in LPS Spelling Bee, LPS Spelling Bee champions compete with LPS employees, Mindy Murphy, curriculum specialist, Secondary English Language Arts.
  • Tuesday, March 27: Developing Young Men and Women, featuring Huntington Elementary School children and Rik Devney, Huntington principal. 
  • Tuesday, April 24: Great Year of Achievement, highlighting LPS special education programs at Sherrill, Nuernberger and Yankee Hill Education Centers – Jane Stavem, associate superintendent of Instruction at LPS.
  • Tuesday, May 15: Making Music, UKE can do it!  Come try your musical talents with ukuleles, Lance Nielsen, curriculum specialist for Music at LPS.

Posted on September 26, 2017


Moore Middle School dedication SUNDAY

The official dedication program for Marilyn Moore Middle School - open to the community - is set for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at the new school located in southeast Lincoln at 8700 Yankee Woods Drive.
 
The dedication includes a 2 p.m. program followed by tours and refreshments. 
 

Posted on September 22, 2017


Roper, Kooser elementary schools rise to the challenge with blood drives

Roper and Kooser elementary schools held dueling blood drives on Tuesday but both came out winners with high participation among staff and community members.

Roper Principal Tim Muggy had already planned to host an American Red Cross Bloodmobile at his school when he challenged Kooser to do the same. Both schools rose to the challenge, with Roper collecting 41 units of blood from 50 donors and Kooser collecting 27 units from 26 donors. Donors were encouraged to donate in honor of a child.

 

Posted on September 21, 2017


Lincoln High School named most beautiful public HS in Nebraska

Lincoln High School’s majestic architectural design has long been a source of pride for the school. Now LHS has another reason to be proud, thanks to the magazine that dubs itself the “international authority” on architecture.

Architectural Digest chose the most beautiful public high school in every state and picked LHS for Nebraska. The magazine recently published the list, along with a photo of each school, on its website.

An editor with the magazine contacted LHS Associate Principal Jill Able and told her about the honor.

“We are very proud,” Able said. “There is no other place like it in Lincoln and perhaps the state.”

LHS art teacher Yvonne Meyer provided a photo of the school’s front entrance that was used for the article. She took the photo during the totality phase of the solar eclipse.

“It was a beautiful moment with the combination of natural light with artificial and I was surrounded by crowds of people standing in awe,” Meyer said.

The school was built in 1915 and since then has undergone numerous additions and renovations. Meyer pointed to the Neoclassical architecture of the original part of the building as the likely reason it was chosen for the honor.

“There is something about tall ceilings, huge windows with natural light streaming in, marble elegance and attention to detail - and all of that is apparent in the craftsmanship of this building.”

Posted on September 20, 2017


Second Learning Lunch of LPS Season: ‘Seeds of Hope’ viewing opportunity

The second Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch of the 2017-18 season will happen at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26 with the film, “Seeds of Hope,” a video from Nebraska Loves Public Schools featuring LPS staff members. The Learning Lunch will also include remarks from special guest Oscar Pohirieth, LPS Cultural Specialist and Coordinator for the Bilingual Liaison Program. 

LPS Learning Lunches, open to the Lincoln community, are generally held on the last Tuesday of the month in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St.  Doors to the Board Room open at noon, the program begins at 12:15 p.m., questions-and-answers happen at 12:45 p.m. Please bring your own lunch – we’ll provide dessert.

The rest of the 2017-18 season:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24: School Meals: So much more than Chili and Cinnamon Rolls, Edith Zumwalt, director of Nutritional Services at LPS.  * Serving chili and cinnamon rolls!
  •  Wednesday, Nov. 29: Social Emotional Learning: What is it and what does it look like at LPS, Carrie Erks, LPS School Social Worker.  
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19:  Restoring Calm: LPS Response to Crisis, Brenda Leggiadro, LPS supervisor for Counselors and Social Workers; and Ursula Vernon-Hansen, facilitator, LPS Crisis Response Team.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: Success with our Scholars, featuring LPS students and Pete Ferguson, coordinator, LPS Youth Development Team.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: Kids vs. adults in LPS Spelling Bee, LPS Spelling Bee champions compete with LPS employees, Mindy Murphy, curriculum specialist, Secondary English Language Arts.
  • Tuesday, March 27: Developing Young Men and Women, featuring Huntington Elementary School children and Rik Devney, Huntington principal. 
  • Tuesday, April 24: Great Year of Achievement, highlighting LPS special education programs at Sherrill, Nuernberger and Yankee Hill Education Centers – Jane Stavem, associate superintendent of Instruction at LPS.
  • Tuesday, May 15: Making Music, UKE can do it!  Come try your musical talents with ukuleles, Lance Nielsen, curriculum specialist for Music at LPS.

Posted on September 18, 2017


Staying focused on safety during emergencies

Lincoln Public Schools staged an emergency exercise on Friday morning that focused on the process after the evacuation of a school, when parents would need to pick up their children at a safe, alternative site.

Friday’s exercise involved more than 100 4th- and 5th-grade students from Randolph Elementary School, who were bused to Lincoln Southwest High School because of a mock emergency. Southwest, due to its size, design and security features, is where all elementary and middle schools would relocate during a serious emergency.

The exercise is part of the district’s continuous efforts to plan for the unexpected and ensure the safety of its students, said LPS Director of Security Joseph Wright. All LPS schools have evacuation plans in place, but Friday’s exercise took those plans one step further - to the “reunification” phase.

“What we’d like parents to know is that we’re looking closely at this process and that we have a plan in place to handle a serious situation,” Wright explained.

The exercise’s primary purpose was to identify potential issues with the school district’s reunification plan - reuniting students and families after a possible crisis - and address them before a real emergency occurs. Representatives from numerous local and state agencies were on hand to offer feedback, including the Lincoln Police and Fire departments, Lancaster County Emergency Management and the Nebraska Department of Education.

“This is a work in progress,” Wright said. “That’s why we’re doing this - to get feedback from as many people as possible.”

Randolph students stayed with their teachers and watched a movie in the main gym for about an hour while most of the drill occurred - just outside the gym in the hallway and south entrance area. LPS staff posed as parents arriving at the school and were led through the process of individually being reunified with their children.

“If we are confronted with this situation, we need to safeguard the students and their environment so we can make a controlled handoff to their parents,” Wright said.

Southwest Principal Mike Gillotti played an integral role in planning and carrying out Friday’s exercise, which he deemed a success.

“As a district goes, we are way out in front as far as how we’re planning for this.”

Posted on September 15, 2017


LPS students teach lessons to US Secretary of Education

Check out more videos of the tour at the bottom of the page.

Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program students offered a few lessons in quality education Thursday to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on her visit to the Zoo School.

DeVos spent about two hours at the school, an LPS focus program located at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. She visited classrooms and talked with students and teachers, who explained - and showed - the unique ways the school combines classroom learning with hands-on experience at the zoo.

“It’s about impossible for her to come here and not fall in love with our school,” said Kaitlyn, a 12th-grade Zoo School student whose home school is Lincoln High School. “If she listened she knows what a great opportunity this is.”

DeVos’ visit was part of her six-state “Rethink Education” tour. LPS Superintendent Steve Joel kicked off her visit to the Zoo School with an overview of the school district and the many choices offered to LPS students.

Click here to see the press conference with LPS Superintendent Steve Joel on the announcement of the Secretary's visit.

“I think by the time you’re finished with your visit here today you will see that we are rethinking education, within Lincoln and the entire state of Nebraska,” Joel said.

He noted that DeVos’ visit to the Zoo School was a great opportunity to showcase one of the many quality public education options offered in Lincoln and throughout the state.

“Choice is alive and well in Lincoln Public Schools, as well as the state of Nebraska,” he said. “And none of this is possible if we didn’t live in a community and a state where people value public education and they roll up their sleeves to support it.”

DeVos said she appreciated the opportunity to talk to students and hear from them about what makes Zoo School special.  “Schools here in Lincoln are a good example of how they can meet students’ needs and do things differently,” DeVos said.

The 20-year-old Zoo School is one example of the many choices that LPS offers students for them to succeed and achieve - 39 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, six comprehensive high schools and a variety of high school alternative programs.

The Zoo School currently enrolls 105 students from grades nine through 12, both from public and private schools. Students who attend LPS focus programs such as the Zoo School remain students at their home schools, where they can participate in activities, athletics and social events.

Posted on September 14, 2017


LPS announces new director of Community Learning Centers


Nola Derby-Bennett has been selected as the new director of Community Learning Centers (CLC) at Lincoln Public Schools, the school district announced Tuesday.  While the position is held by Lincoln Public Schools, the CLC director position is also supported by nearly a dozen lead agencies, many other community partners, the Lincoln Community Foundation and the city of Lincoln. 

"We are excited that Nola Derby-Bennett will be joining the Community Learning Center team," said Steve Joel, superintendent of LPS. "She brings a vast background working effectively with individuals and groups that serve children and families.   Her knowledge of the Lincoln community and our schools will be a major asset as she provides leadership to help our community sustain and grow Lincoln’s nationally recognized CLCs that are making a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community members everyday."

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said:  “This is an exciting time for the CLC initiative, and Ms. Derby-Bennett’s experience, leadership and commitment to the community will help take CLC’s to the next level.  She has outstanding credentials, and I look forward to working with her.  I also want to thank Lea Ann Johnson for her years of dedication to Lincoln’s children, families and neighborhoods.”

Jim Blue, executive director of CEDARS, which is the lead agency partners at the Clinton and Hartley elementary school CLCs:  "Community Learning Centers are vital to our community and critically important to thousands of Lincoln's children and families every day.  Nola, with her talent and passion, will be a great leader. We are excited to work with her."

Derby-Bennett is now the executive director of The Hub, a Central Access Point for Young Adults in the Lincoln community, and has helped develop, grow and lead the non-profit agency.   

She also has served as an adjunct instructor for the College of St. Mary, and worked in Special Education for Crete Public Schools.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of St. Mary and a Master’s Degree from Doane College.

 

Posted on September 12, 2017


Highlights of 9/12 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

Highlights of 9/12 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting 6 p.m. Sept. 26.

Highlights of 9/12 Lincoln Board of Education regular meeting

Betsy DeVos visit

At the Lincoln Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel addressed the issue of the upcoming visit of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos - coming to the LPS Science Focus Program on Thursday - saying “we consider this an opportunity to showcase one of our great programs, and our great school district.”

He stressed that the Secretary’s office had approached LPS – the school district did not extend an invitation – and said “we’re gearing up to make this a positive experience.  This is an opportunity to talk about why public education works in Lincoln…We have lots of choices in Lincoln and we anticipate the Secretary will see public education in action. 

He stressed that LPS “does not have our blinders on.  We know there is an agenda here…But again, the Secretary is coming to a very successful school district and we intend to show our best when she’s here.”

He stressed there would be security and adult supervision Thursday to provide “a safe place to be.”

Board member Annie Mumgaard asked questions about policy, making sure students are in a safe and secure environment, and asked

that LPS extend the Secretary an invitation – in one year – to come back and visit the entire school district, not just one program, “so she can see the whole picture.”

Board member Barb Baier said she had concerns about the visit, but added, “I do believe there is an opportunity here to provide information about a great school district.” 

She took a moment to praise the LPS public educational system and community support – and suggested a follow-up letter to the Secretary emphasizing the value of having a unified public school district.

Board member Matt Schulte said he is glad “we are welcoming the Secretary into our community.  We have a great school district and this is a neat opportunity to show a spotlight on the choices we do offer in LPS. It is also a great opportunity for students to show they respect our leaders, even if we disagree.”

Board President Lanny Boswell said he believes this is an “opportunity for the Secretary to see a high-quality public school program that’s part of a public school district.”

Policy changes

Several policy changes were discussed related to:

  • Instructional Program: Technology Resources and Internet Safety Policy
  • Instructional Program: Parental Involvement

The Board will vote final approval at the Sept. 26 meeting.

Attendance areas approved for new annexed property

The Board approved attendance areas for newly annexed city property in the Iron Ridge area located south of Rokeby Road, east and west of South 27 street: Adams Elementary School, Scott Middle School and Lincoln Southwest High School.

 

Posted on September 12, 2017


Secretary of Education DeVos visit to LPS confirmed

Lincoln Public Schools has confirmed that Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, has requested to – and will visit the school district’s Science Focus Program (Zoo School) on Thursday, Sept. 14. 

DeVos will take a tour of the Zoo School and have a conversation with students and staff members.

“Our school district looks upon this visit as an exciting opportunity to share information about our Science Focus Program – and our fine Lincoln Public Schools public education system – with the U.S. Secretary of Education,” said Steve Joel, superintendent of LPS.  “The students at Lincoln Public Schools have a wide variety of options and possibilities for their public education: through a rich array of LPS programs, as well as partnerships with local business and industry, higher education institutions, and private and parochial schools.”

The DeVos office requested the visit and will release details of the trip later this week. Most stops across the tour will have news media opportunities, and the DeVos office will also release those details later this week. 

The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is closing the zoo all of Thursday.

Posted on September 12, 2017


LPS contacted by Secretary of Education DeVos

Lincoln Public Schools has been contacted by the office of Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education.

The DeVos office is inquiring about a possible visit to the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program (Zoo School) on Sept. 14.

The LPS school district is currently working with the DeVos office to work out details and finalize the trip.  At this point no more details are available. 

The final announcement will be released by the DeVos office next week.

 

 

Posted on September 08, 2017


Johnson retiring as Director of Community Learning Centers

Congratulations to Lea Ann Johnson, who will be retiring from her position of Director of the Lincoln Community Learning Centers on October 1, 2017.  Lea Ann began her LPS career in 2001 as the CLC strategy was being established.  Lea Ann has been the director of the nationally recognized Lincoln CLCs since 2012.  A reception to honor her work, leadership, and friendships across the city is being held at the Huntington CLC at Huntington Elementary School, 2900 N. 46th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska from 4:30-6:00 p.m. (with a short program at 5:00 p.m.).  Refreshments will be served.

Posted on September 06, 2017


Marilyn Moore to be Recognized as Leadership Lincoln Distinguished Alumni 2017

The Leadership Lincoln Distinguished Alumni for 2017 is Dr. Marilyn Moore, a graduate of the Leadership Lincoln Executive Series second class. Moore served the Lincoln Public Schools as teacher and administrator for forty years and topped her career by serving as President of the Bryan College of Health Sciences. Moore will be recognized during the State of the City event scheduled for Friday, September 22.

“Dr. Moore exemplifies what we seek to accomplish through Leadership Lincoln,” noted Executive Director Mick Hale. “Throughout her professional life, she served the faculty, staff and students of Lincoln Public Schools. Not only that, but she was active in and served on the board of many organizations serving our community.”

Moore, a native Nebraskan, has been involved in more than a dozen organizations including The Lincoln Children’s Museum, The Food Bank of Lincoln, The Lied Center Advisory Board and she has served in a number of volunteer positions in her church.

The State of the City event is an annual joint effort of the City of Lincoln and Leadership Lincoln. It serves as a time for the citizens of Lincoln to gather and celebrate the past year and to look forward with anticipation to the coming year. Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler will address the gathering, sharing some items from the past year that are worthy of celebration and looking ahead to what the future holds as Lincoln continues to grow and thrive. Leadership Lincoln will recognize Moore’s contribution to our community and introduce the more than 100 participants taking part in programs this year.

“I’ve been in this community since I came to college,” said Moore, “and I thought I knew Lincoln well. When I participated in the Leadership Lincoln Executive Series, I discovered I didn’t know the details and I didn’t know the inner workings of different organizations in the community. Leadership Lincoln helped me to get to know the different leaders within the community it helped me figure out my role within this community as a professional with Lincoln Public Schools.”

The Leadership Lincoln Executive Series, now in its 30th year, is designed to serve Senior executives from all aspects of the Lincoln community, both new to town and long-time residents. The mission is to help them gain a deeper understand of the issues facing Lincoln and at the same time make connections across all levels and types of organizations that make up our city. Participants explore leadership skills, group dynamics and community development issues and learn about the various organizations, educational institutions, governmental entities and businesses in Lincoln.

The public is invited to participate in the event which will be at The Graduate Hotel, 141 N. 9th in downtown Lincoln. Tickets for the breakfast which begins at 7:15 AM are available online at www.leadershiplincoln.org. A few seats will be set aside for those who don’t want the breakfast but would like to participate in the program beginning at 7:45.

Posted on September 06, 2017


Another first day in the books

The 2017-18 school year kicked off for kindergarten through ninth grade students at Lincoln Public Schools on Monday, August 14. It was an exciting day across the district with the new Moore Middle School opening its doors to students for the very first time, and even a first year teacher at Maxey Elementary School getting a special surprise. 

Check out all the family and staff submitted first day photos here.

Posted on September 04, 2017


Highlights of 8/31 Lincoln Board of Education work session

The Lincoln Board of Education held a work session – focused on strategic planning – on Thursday, August 31 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St.

The Lincoln Board of Education brainstormed a broad range of possible goals as part of the new strategic planning process Thursday evening in a four-hour work ession to suggest, discuss and start to augment five themes previosly developed to help chart the course for the school district over the next five years.

“This is a milestone moment,” Board President Lanny Boswell said, “representing the continuation of so much hard work.”

“I see our job as Board members as developing goals that help guide our work over the next five years – but goals that have been informed by the community,” added Board Vice President Don Mayhew.

The long list of goals discussed Thursday were then specifically tied to the appropriate of five themes – themes developed as a result of intense community participation in an initiative that began early last school year and included 49 community sessions and 3,800 responses from community citizens. 

These proposals will now be turned over to appropriate Board committees for further discussion, development and considerable focus – to solidify goals, action steps and ways to measure and define the success. The brainstormed goals from Thursday will likely be seriously cut down to one to three goals per theme.  The strategic plan is expected to come back to the full Board in December.

Following are the five themes (previously developed), with a long list of unedited, brainstormed goals under those themes. 

  • Academic Success (assigned to Student Learning Committee)
    • Graduate college and career ready (90 percent or above)
    • Evaluate graduation requirements in light of careers
    • Testing – sunset unnecessary programming
    • Consistent PE time across all schools and increase amount
    • Create a real fine arts program as a focus program
    • Performing arts center
    • Jump start to career at TCA
    • Take full advantage of TCA
    • Industrial technology classes for all kids
    • Strengthen eLearning for students, displaced from the classroom
    • Add choice, focus programs, performing arts
    • Three to four magnet schools including community partnerships
    • Review current focus programs
    • Increase explore opportunity for middle school
    • eLearning middle/high school outside of classroom
    • School choice – follow your passion
    • Assess graduation requirements
    • All elementary students should have hands-on experiences
  • Future Ready Global Citizens (assigned to Americanism – Multicultural –  Transportation Committee)
    • World language exposure in elementary and middle school with goal of fluency
    • Elementary dual language program 
    • Perform appropriate research and develop plan for facilities and curriculum to serve our high school students in face of overwhelming growth and changing technology
    • Increase/strengthen computer science in curriculum
    • Develop systemic transformation into 21st century learning community
    • Replace economics with personal finance classes
    • Real world personal finances
    • Increase science programs 
  • Support for Students (assigned to Student Support Committee)
    • Equity audit to provide tool to help make decisions
    • Explore all day early childhood schools including community partnerships
    • Prioritize classroom sizes/student teacher ratios
    • Flexibility – hours, classrooms, eLearning
    • Create plan to address mental health needs of our children
    • Invest more in social works and counselors  
  • Support for Educators (assigned to Personnel/Policy Committee)
    • Staff reflective of community diversity
    • Leadership development and continuity planning
    • Re-establish mentor program for new educators
    • Conduct audit on time and resources used for assessments and standardized tests
    • ERP implementation – Enterprise Resource Planning
    • Prioritize classrooms sizes – student teacher ratios
  • Family and Community Partnerships (assigned to Extended Learning Opportunities Committee)
    • Full service community schools
    • Support and strengthen family engagement
    • High quality after school programs in all schools
    • City wide internship program
    • Whole family services – embedded in school 

The Board added one possible new group of goals in a category called Facilities and Infrastructure – Growth Ready (assigned to Planning Committee)

    • Develop facility plan that reflects changing demographics and needs of our community
    • Add facilities to support growing enrollment
    • Perform appropriate research and develop plan for facilities and curriculum to serve our HS students in face of overwhelming growth and changing technology
    • Innovative campus ideas
    • Fully utilized current facilities through boundaries, restructure, policies
    • Deal with growth yet keep the small town feel

Posted on August 31, 2017


COMMUNITY AWARENESS SERIES: Promoting Healthy Behaviors

Lincoln Public Schools is partnering with School Community Intervention and Prevention (SCIP), Bryan Independence Center and the Lancaster Prevention Coalition to put on a series of valuable presentations about how to support the health and well-being of our community’s youth. These events are open to parents, students, school professionals and community members.The first in the series will be Promoting Student Mental Health on September 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Lux Middle School.

Speaker Carrie Gottschalk has spent over 20 years in the fields of education and mental and behavioral health working with children, adolescents and families.  Her presentation will help raise awareness and offer opportunities for meaningful discussion surrounding the mental health of children and adolescence. Gottschalk will be sharing information about social emotional development and its role in mental and behavioral health, de-stigmatizing diagnosis and healthy steps that can be taken to support youth.

Future presentations will include:

  • Digital Citizenship - November 16, 6:30 p.m. at Southeast High School

  • Healthy Relationships - February 27, 6:30 p.m. at Southwest High School
  • Promoting Healthy Choices - April 26, 6:30 p.m. at North Star High School

Posted on August 29, 2017


Recent Items