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Lincoln Public Schools: Highlights of 4/25 Lincoln Board of Education work session, meeting < Updated

Lincoln Public Schools:

Highlights of 4/25 Lincoln Board of Education work session, meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a work session on Strategic Planning and a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. 

Lincoln Board of Education meeting/Proposed 2018-19 school calendar

Each year a joint Lincoln Public Schools/Lincoln Education Association committee – composed of parents, Lincoln Board of Education members, education association leaders, teachers and administrators – recommends a student calendar for the Board’s consideration. It has been the practice of the Board to adopt calendars more than a full calendar year before it is in place.  

The general features of the proposed calendar for 2018-19 include the following:

    • First Day: Monday, August 13
    • Quarter Break: Monday and Tuesday, October 15-16
    • Second Quarter begins: Wednesday, October 17
    • Thanksgiving: Wednesday- Friday, November 21-23
    • Winter Break: Friday, December 21 - Friday, January 4
    • Third Quarter begins: Monday, January 7
    • MLK: Monday, Monday, January 21
    • Quarter Break: Monday-Friday, March 11-15
    • Fourth Quarter begins: March 18
    • Spring Break: Friday, April 19
    • Last Day: Thursday, May 23

The Calendar Committee received input from the Community Curriculum Council, a school district parent group with a representative from each school, and from the District PTO leadership group.

As in previous years, the Calendar Committee has followed Board approved student calendar primary and secondary variables to design and recommend a student calendar that meets the Calendar Committee’s purpose statement: “The school calendar demonstrates the school district’s commitment to learning.  It is based on sound instructional considerations and priorities ensuring the continuity, efficiency, and effectiveness of teaching and learning.” 

 Primary variables:

* Semester and quarter breaks typically will be the same for elementary and secondary schools.

* The four quarters typically will include at least the minimum number of days necessary for students to reasonably learn the curriculum (42 days).

* Student vacation days typically will not interrupt instruction just prior to major LPS, state or national assessments.

Additional variables

* Each student week typically will be at least three days long.

* Non-student days typically will be scheduled between quarters.

* The last day of school typically will fall after the completion of NSAA and similarly sanctioned local and state competitions.

* Whenever possible, non-student days typically will occur on common holidays, including days such as federal and state recognized holidays.

The Board will vote final approval May 9.

New elementary math curriculum materials approved

The Board approved purchase of new Math Expression curriculum materials – a blend of printed and digital resources – to be used at all elementary locations beginning the 2017-18 school year. The program is strongly aligned with Nebraska state math standards and is well-aligned to best practices in mathematics education and the school district's instructional framework.

Newly annexed property

The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to property newly annexed or newly platted in the city of Lincoln.  This action establishes school attendance areas prior to the sale of residential lots, allowing purchasers to know what schools their children will attend. 

Lincoln has annexed three parcels of land, which automatically brings these properties into LPS.  These properties need to be assigned attendance centers so that potential purchasers of homes in these areas will know which schools they will be attending.

  • Rogge Square, Annexation Ordinance #20453, for 2016-17 school year:  Norwood Park Elementary School, Dawes Middle School and Lincoln Northeast High School.
  • Legends Addition, Annexation Ordinance #20459, for 2016-17 school year:  Kooser Elementary School, Schoo Middle School and North Star.
  • White Horse, Annexation Ordinance #20472, for 2016-17 school year:  Pyrtle Elementary School, Lux Middle School and Lincoln East High School. 

The Board will vote final approval May 9.

Student celebration

The Lincoln Board of Education celebrated a new initiative this school year: LPS has entered a partnership with the American Heart Association to provide all LPS middle schools with CPR mannequins, which created the opportunity for eighth graders to learn and practice the proper form and technique for CPR. 

Matt Avey, curriculum specialist for Health and Physical Education at LPS, and Dan Claridge, health and physical education teacher at Scott Middle School, introduced the presentation – and Scott Middle School students demonstrated what they have learned about CPR.

Scott eighth grade students presenting were:

  • Rose Curtis
  • Adam Dahlman
  • Izzy Weber

Lincoln Board of Education work session/Strategic Planning  

Five themes for a new Lincoln Public Schools Strategic Plan were unveiled for the Lincoln Board of Education at a work session Tuesday – themes that 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 

The themes were developed as a result of intense community participation and support in an initiative that began earlier this past school year – an initiative that included 49 community sessions and 3,800 responses from community citizens.  Data collected from the community engagement was passed onto a Community Study Team – made up of community members and LPS staff – that further examined and analyzed the information and helped develop the five proposed themes.

Looking ahead, the Board will spend time discussing and evaluating the themes, hold a work session this summer and work toward approving a final Strategic Plan in August.

Board of Education President Don Mayhew noted one of his mentors had described advanced civilizations as those that planned for the future: “What better way to plan for the future…than planning for the education and welfare for our children.”

The vision of the Strategic Planning process has been:  

LPS is seeking to engage citizens throughout the community to help refresh and develop a strategic plan to chart the course for the school district over the next five years. The strategic planning process involves gathering community voices through civic, school and community meetings, as well as through social media and online surveys – encouraging our citizens to dream big, imagine new ideas, help identify creative, innovative goals – necessary to write the story of our future. Our mission is to ensure LPS students experience a world-class education in preparation for college, career and life.

Here is a more extensive explanation of each theme:

Theme 1: Academic Success

LPS students find academic success through authentic learning opportunities, rigorous standards and individualized learning. Graduation alone is not the goal, but rather a graduate who attains core competencies, monitors their own progress and maintains a love for learning. During LPS students’ academic careers, they experience • a wide variety of rigorous courses available at all schools. • off-campus opportunities to learn real world applications. • the process of monitoring their own progress toward academic success in high school and beyond. • the use of technology as a tool to support learning. • the opportunity to request inclusion in any LPS school and program, including a variety of expanded opportunities such as focus programs, internships, and interest-based pathways.

Theme 2: Future Ready Global Citizens

LPS supports students as they explore innovative ideas, evaluate societal issues and demonstrate leadership potential. Students have opportunities to evaluate multiple answers to important questions and are empowered to examine new ways of thinking. LPS graduates are ready for what the future has to offer. As a result of completing their academic careers in LPS, students will experience learning that builds • innovation, leadership, creativity, and divergent thinking skills. • critical evaluation of issues from multiple perspectives and sources. • abilities to form and defend their opinions using evidence in a civil and thoughtful manner. • awareness of their own strengths and passions to guide decisions about personal growth, postsecondary learning and career development. • plans to address the financial requirement necessary to meet their short and long-term goals. • appreciation for the responsibilities of an engaged and educated citizen. • skills for an independent life. • cultural proficiency and language skills to communicate with others across cultures and around the world.

Theme 3: Support for Students

In LPS “All Means All.” LPS will provide resources and services that help all students become the best versions of themselves in a safe, non-threatening environment. LPS will meet all students where they are to support their learning. LPS provides students with • a basic level of social, mental/emotional and physical health care. • strong staff-student relationships essential to teaching and learning. • student assistance processes and expanded learning opportunities that provide supports that meet the unique needs of students and impact academic success.

Theme 4: Support for Educators

LPS is dedicated to hiring and supporting qualified, passionate and diverse staff. Through the hiring process, teacher induction, mentoring, staff resources and enhanced professional development, all students will continue to learn with the support of master teachers. The Lincoln Public Schools human resources and professional development systems ensure that • educators have resources and professional development necessary to support student learning, which includes time to collaborate about their learning with colleagues. • hiring processes strive to recruit a qualified, diverse and passionate staff. • new teachers and administrators grow their expertise and skills through mentoring and orientation programs. • staff learn about culture and examine biases as part of their cultural proficiency journey during professional learning opportunities. • staff model civil discourse in discussions with others who hold differing opinions. 

Theme 5: Family & Community Partnerships

Lincoln is a community that supports young people and public education. LPS partners with community businesses, organizations, non-profits and post-secondary institutions to extend learning beyond the classroom walls. Family and community engagement is essential for student success and growth. In LPS, we are committed to listening to and working with parents and community partners. LPS encourages and maintains opportunities for • developing schools that fully embrace family and community engagement, which includes open, two-way communication between staff and families with expanded opportunities for parent education. • linking students to Early Childhood programs to ensure that all students are prepared for kindergarten. • expanding CLC programing to full service community schools and extending systematic after school programming to all schools. • increasing business and post-secondary partnerships to expose students to changing employment options and directly connecting students to career learning opportunities in the community.

 



Posted on April 26, 2017


New principals announced

Congratulations to two Lincoln Public Schools administrators who have new positions as principals of elementary schools:

  • Polly Bowhay will be the new principal at Kloefkorn Elementary School.
  • Amy Clark will be the new principal at Adams Elementary School. 

Jane Stavem associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS: “We are fortunate to have strong leaders who are ready to assume these new positions for the 2017-18 school year.  Both Polly and Amy understand what great instruction looks like, and care deeply about students and families, and we know our schools and school district will continue to thrive under their leadership.”  

Eric Weber, associate superintendent for Human Resources at LPS:

  • “Amy has established herself as a well-respected and passionate leader as assistant principal at Adams. It will be a distinct advantage to have her stepping into the role of principal with her strong understanding of the Adams students, staff, parents and community.”

  • “Polly is an excellent veteran Lincoln Public Schools principal with a wealth of experiences as an administrator. Her passion for helping each student reach his or her maximum potential and her high expectations drive the work she does on a daily basis.” 

Polly Bowhay

Polly Bowhay is currently principal at Belmont Elementary School, and was previously assistant principal at both Adams and Hawthorne elementary schools, and coordinator and teacher at Fredstrom Elementary School.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master’s Degree from Doane College.

Amy Clark

Amy Clark is currently the assistant principal at Adams Elementary School, and was previously coordinator, team leader and teacher at Sheridan Elementary School   She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is working toward her Education Specialist Degree from Doane College.

 

Posted on April 21, 2017


LPSAOP helps at the FoodBank

The members of the Lincoln Public Schools Association of Office Professionals served at The Food Bank of Lincoln. 13 volunteers bagged 5,600-pounds of apples and oranges for area distribution. It was a fun night of serving and fellowship, thank you to all who made this a great success.

Posted on April 12, 2017


Lincoln Public Schools:Highlights of 4/11 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting Tuesday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

Board approves pilot partnership program with Indian Center Inc.

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved a three-year pilot program and partnership with the Indian Center Inc. – to provide academic support and incentive for Native American students to graduate from high school. 

This program aligns with several basic Lincoln Public Schools goals:

  • Increase the high school graduation rate.
  • Partner with community groups to provide academic support for our students.

The Indian Center Inc. will offer the following opportunities for LPS Native American students:

  • Reinforce homework.
  • Goal setting.
  • Rewarding academic success. 

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to wear eagle feathers on their graduation caps as a reward incentive:

  • They will graduate from high school.
  • They are self-identified as Native American.
  • They have partnered with the Indian Center Inc. and fulfilled the appropriate requirements.

Barb Baier, a member of the Lincoln Board of Education, explained that Native American students are the group that struggle the most in graduating on time – and this is true nationally as well.  “I’m very appreciative to our Board and staff for doing this important work…honoring a very important cultural tradition and linking it to our students’ academic success.”

Board President Don Mayhew praised Baier for all her work on this program: “This is a super neat idea.” 

This program provides an academic incentive – related to additional recognition on graduation attire – much like LPS currently offers other students through programs such as Thespians and the National Honors Society.

LPS will monitor this program over three years and review.

Superintendent evaluation changed

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved changes in the evaluation of the LPS superintendent, an evaluation prepared annually by the Board.  The modifications were made to ensure the annual evaluation procedures better facilitate the process and conform to current practice.

Name confirmed for Professional Learning Facility/Nutrition Services Facility

The renovated LPS facility at 710 Hill St. – with two separate sections – now has two official names: The Don Clifton Professional Learning Center (for the south main entrance and the staff development section); and the Nutrition Services Distribution Center (for the east side for the section that will house LPS food storage). 

The Board voted approval of the two names Tuesday, following a recommendation from a community naming committee.

The renovated facility will have two major uses:

  • For Professional Learning: LPS is committed to high-quality professional learning opportunities for all staff.  The facility will house a large professional learning space, smaller classrooms and conference room settings to meet the various needs of staff.
  • For Nutrition Services:  The facility will house the freezer, cooler, dry storage and support offices that facilitate distribution of food to school sites district-wide. On any given day, the LPS Nutrition Services program serves 7,200 breakfasts, 26,400 lunches, 3,200 snacks and 150 dinners. In total over seven million dollars of food will be distributed through this facility each year.

The Board thanked the people who served on the community naming committee: the seven community members Nick Dean, Brendan Evans, Susan Musick, Tom Rempel, Becki Wise, Cindy Ryman Yost and Kelly Zoz; and the three Board members Kathy Danek, chair; Don Mayhew and Matt Schulte.

New elementary math curriculum materials considered

The Board considered purchase of new Math Expression curriculum materials – a blend of printed and digital resources – for LPS elementary school students. The program is strongly aligned with Nebraska state math standards and is well-aligned to best practices in mathematics education and the school district's instructional framework. 

The Board heard a recommendation of purchasing $4.1 million of materials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Math Expressions curriculum materials to be used at all elementary locations beginning the 2017-18 school year.  This purchase includes a digital subscription and a workbook subscription that will replace the yearly purchase of workbooks for K-2 for the next seven years.

The Board will vote final approval April 25.

Belmont construction work

The Board approved the selection of Sampson Construction Company for the $7.6 million project to fulfill the Belmont Elementary School Indoor Air Quality construction project.  The project will consist of Indoor Air Quality Improvements and be multiple phased.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on April 11, 2017



April LPS Learning Lunch: All That Shines Isn’t Chrome

All That Shines Isn’t Chrome – is the focus of the April Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch, set for Tuesday, April 25, in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St.

The presentation will feature Kirk Langer, chief technology officer at LPS, inviting you to come learn about why LPS decided to purchase Chromebooks for students – and how the Chromebooks are being used as a tool for learning.

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. 

Learning Lunches are generally held on the last Tuesday of the month, offering “Untold Stories” of our schools. They are open to LPS staff and the Lincoln community.

Remaining in the 2016-17 season:

  • Tuesday, May 16. World Drumming, a Cultural Experience, Lance Nielsen, supervisor of Music for LPS, notes this is the first year for a World Drumming class at Lincoln High School.  Come hear the learning outcomes from both the teacher and student perspective and experience the joy of a drum circle.

Posted on April 11, 2017


Thinking about a career as a school librarian?

The University of Nebraska Omaha has funds from the Nebraska Department of Education's 2017-2018 Enhancing Excellence in Teaching (EETP) award to support your journey towards a school library endorsement in its nationally recognized graduate school library endorsement program.  The award would pay for classes during Fall 2017/Spring 2018/Summer 2018 academic year.
 
If you love teaching with books, literature and technology tools to engage your students in reading, research and inquiry, consider this endorsement.
 
UNO courses are offered in a family-friendly and work-friendly format that combines online experiences with on-campus sessions which allows students from all over Nebraska and the Midwest to join this wonderful profession.
 
Questions?   Contact Dr. Becky Pasco at rpasco@unomaha.edu or at 402-580-5480.

Posted on April 03, 2017


LPS announces new director of Curriculum and Instruction

Takako Olson, currently associate principal at Lincoln Southeast High School, has been named the new director of Curriculum and Instruction for Lincoln Public Schools.

"We are pleased to welcome Takako to this position," said Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS. "We believe her skills and experience are a great fit for this new role."

Olson has served in her current position since 2010, and prior to that was Instructional Coordinator at Southeast, and English Language Learner Program Team Leader and ELL teacher at Elliott Elementary School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Concordia College, and her Master’s Degree from Doane University.  She is also enrolled in the Education Specialist Degree Program at Doane. 

Jadi Miller, currently curriculum director at LPS, is leaving the school district for a district position at Elkhorn Public Schools.

Posted on March 31, 2017


Lincoln Public School: Highlights of 3/28 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 28 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m.

Changes in superintendent evaluation

Annually, an evaluation of the Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent is prepared by the Lincoln Board of Education – along with leadership goals/job targets – and Tuesday the Board considered some modifications in the annual evaluation procedures to better facilitate the process and to conform to current practice.

Don Mayhew, president of the Board of Education, called the newly proposed evaluation instrument more meaningful and streamlined. “The point of having an evaluation is having a conversation with the superintendent, where all Board members get a chance to be heard…and where we provide meaningful feedback to the superintendent.”

He said the proposed changes also allow Board members to give specific examples of how the superintendent excels or can improve, “and a leader cannot improve unless they fully understand.”

Mayhew stressed that the changes have nothing to do with the current or previous superintendents, “but we are trying to answer the question: What is the best evaluation tool?”

There were also policy updates suggested that are related to proposed changes in the evaluation tool

Board member Barb Baier opposed removing a section related to personal traits: “I think we need to remember that this evaluation must work for when we have a great superintendent, like Dr. Joel, as well as when we may not have a great superintendent.”

The Board will vote final approval at the April 10 meeting.

Naming Professional Learning Facility and Nutrition Services Facility

The renovated Lincoln Public Schools facility at 710 Hill St. – which has two separate sections – will likely carry two names: The Don Clifton Professional Learning Center (for the south main entrance and the staff development section); and the Nutrition Services Distribution Center (for the east side for the section that will house LPS food storage). 

A community committee – made up of seven community members and three Board of Education members – passed on that recommendation to the full Board Tuesday evening. The school district solicited suggestions from the community, and the Community Committee reviewed those ideas and more.

The renovated facility will have two major uses:

  • For Professional Learning: LPS is committed to high-quality professional learning opportunities for all staff.  The facility will house a large professional learning space, smaller classrooms and conference room settings to meet the various needs of staff.
  • For Nutrition Services:  The facility will house the freezer, cooler, dry storage and support offices that facilitate distribution of food to school sites district-wide. On any given day, the LPS Nutrition Services program serves 7,200 breakfasts, 26,400 lunches, 3,200 snacks and 150 dinners. In total over seven million dollars of food will be distributed through this facility each year.

Kathy Danek, the Board of Education member who chaired the Naming Committee, noted that Don Clifton exhibited a passion for professional learning and development of individual strengths.  He was an authentic leader who valued people and inspired success.  The Clifton philosophy aligns well with the learning mission of LPS and this innovative space for all of our staff. 

The seven community members on the committee are: Nick Dean, Brendan Evans, Susan Musick, Tom Rempel, Becki Wise, Cindy Ryman Yost and Kelly Zoz.  The three Board members are: Kathy Danek, chair; Don Mayhew and Matt Schulte.

The Board will vote final approval at the April 10 meeting.

Belmont construction work

The Board heard a recommendation that Sampson Construction Company be chosen for the $7.6 million project to fulfill the Belmont Elementary School Indoor Air Quality construction project.  The project will consist of Indoor Air Quality Improvements and be multiple phased. 

Policy changes: Community Relations/Advertising

The Board approved minor changes to Community Relations/Advertising Board Policy 1112 which sets guidelines for advertising and promotional items in schools.

Update from Prosper Lincoln/Early Childhood

The Board Tuesday heard an update from Prosper Lincoln representatives focusing on the goal of Early Childhood – one of the three pillars chosen as the major objectives of the group.

The presentation included LPS Superintendent Steve Joel, as well as Michelle Suarez and Marjorie Kostelnik, two community members who are working on strategies to achieve the goal of: All children are kindergarten ready. 

Kostelnik commended LPS for their support for high quality early education: “Children are born learning…They are hardwired to learn from the moment they appear…But some children have more opportunities, more experiences than other children, to make the most of that potential…Early childhood education is one thing that contributes to children getting the most out of those early years.”

By the time children arrive in kindergarten, Kostelnik continued, “some children already have grown up with fewer of those early opportunities that contribute to brain development. Some children are in more sterile environments, some in more chaotic environments…and those children often have less early brain development.”

Early childhood experiences in children’s lives make a difference, she said.  “ The actions of this School Board speak to the fact that you get early childhood…We are here to say thank you for recognizing the value of early children…and to tell you that we are eager to partner with you…to expand the opportunities children have for early experiences.”  

Background:  Prosper Lincoln is bringing together people from across our community to make our city even better. Using the findings from Lincoln Vital Signs as a starting point, community-wide discussions were held
to help set priorities and establish a community agenda for positive change.

Michelle Suarez thanked the superintendent and school district leaders for all their support and commitment to early childhood – and offered an update on the strategies related to the pillar of Early Childhood:

Educate • Educate the general public through a media campaign about what healthy early childhood development is and why high quality early childhood programs are important.  (Vision: All Lincoln residents know the critical importance of the first years of life.)

Educate • Promote high quality early childhood programs as a community asset.  (Vision: We see our investment in early childhood as an investment in the future health and prosperity of our community.)

Educate • Support and Promote Read Aloud 15 Minutes campaign educating the general public about the importance of reading to young children from birth. (Vision: More children are read aloud to every day to ensure literacy for all. Nationally, less than half of children are read aloud to every day.)

Advocate • Create an Early Childhood Business Roundtable to build awareness and advocacy of the importance of high quality programs that support healthy child development and learning. (Vision: Business leaders become champions of early childhood to serve the current workforce as they invest in the future workforce.)

Advocate • Identify and connect groups to create a comprehensive Early Childhood Network to promote coordination and advocacy that focuses on the whole child. (Vision: We are planting the seeds of collective impact-common agenda, shared measures, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and backbone support.

Transform • Expand access and availability of high quality early childhood programs for children birth to age 8 and ensure affordability to families. (Vision: We are expanding capacity so that all children have access to affordable and healthy childhood development and learning opportunities.)

Transform • Support families in providing children with high quality early learning opportunities and experiences in healthy environments.  (Vision: Families have what they need to ensure their children have what they need to thrive.)

Transform • Create community expectation that all environments become geared to children and offer opportunities for learning. (Vision: We design events and places so that children have stimulating learning experiences at all venues.) 

Staff Celebration

The Board honored and recognized:

  • Lance Nielsen, supervisor of music curriculum, for his induction into the Nebraska Music Educators Hall of Fame.
  • Denise Cotton, chair of the music department at Lincoln Southwest High School, named the Outstanding Music Educator for the year 2016-17 by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Student Celebration

The month of March is officially Music in Our Schools Month and in honor of that celebration the Lincoln Board of Education invited the Lincoln North Star High School String Nonet. North Star music teacher and Nonet director is Rob Salistean.

North Star students performing in the group are:

  • Violin: Kasey Dunaski, Brittany Pfoltner, Sean Lebita and Maia Bryan.
  • Viola: Hannah Ross and Samantha Lamborn.
  • Cello: Eli Bryan and Cassidy Warta.
  • Bass: Madison Miller.

 

 

Posted on March 28, 2017


Help welcome home Vietnam Veterans on May 1

The Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Flight on May 1, will take 650 Vietnam veterans on four planes to D.C. to visit the Vietnam Wall and other sites. Largest group of Vietnam veterans from one state to ever visit the Wall.
 
The planes will return to the Lincoln Airport between 8-9 pm, and you are invited to be part of the Homecoming crowd welcoming the Vietnam veterans home.

Posted on March 24, 2017



Jon Gordon, the best-selling author of “The Energy Bus” at Devaney

On Saturday, April 29th the Cornhusker Council is hosting Jon Gordon, the best-selling author of “The Energy Bus”, for a free special event open to all those that work with, teach, coach and mentor our community’s youth. The only cost of admission is the suggested donation of one non-perishable food item for the Big Idea’s community-wide food drive benefitting the Food Bank of Lincoln.

Seating is limited, so reserve your free ticket today by following this link:  Jon Gordon Event 

Jon Gordon’s books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA and MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 Companies, school districts, hospitals and nonprofits. Jon has actually worked with coaches and student athletes at the University of Nebraska for the past several years.

This FREE event is on Saturday, April 29th at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It starts at 5pm, and the doors of the Bob Devaney Sports Center will open at 3:30pm.

While this event is free, the only payment we ask is the suggested donation of an item for our food drive, that will benefit the Food Bank of Lincoln.

Reserve Your Spot Today!

Please contact Jason Anderson at 402-413-9244 or Jason.Anderson@Scouting.org with any questions

Posted on March 22, 2017


LPS graduation ceremonies for class of 2017

The Lincoln Public Schools class of 2017 will celebrate graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 28 – for all six high schools.

LPS high school graduation ceremonies for 2017 are scheduled as follows:

  • Lincoln Southwest High School, noon, Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • Lincoln Northeast High School, 1:30 p.m., Bob Devaney Sports Center
  • Lincoln North Star High School, 3:00 p.m. Pinnacle
  • Lincoln East High School, 4:30 p.m., Devaney
  • Lincoln High School, 6:00 p.m., Pinnacle
  • Lincoln Southeast High School, 7:30 p.m., Devaney

The Bryan Community Focus Program will hold graduation ceremonies at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the Lincoln East High School auditorium.

Posted on March 21, 2017


10-year plan advances the conversation about current and future schools

The Lincoln Board of Education held a work session on Monday, March 20, at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St., focusing on the 10-year Facilities and Infrastructure Plan.

In light of significant growth at Lincoln Public Schools – especially over the past decade – the Lincoln Board of Education Monday continued the conversation aboutupdating what is called the 10-year Facilities and Infrastructure Plan – looking ahead to the facility needs of the school district in the coming years.

“This document is about many things, but mostly it is about dramatic growth in our community and our school district – and making sure there is broad community understanding,” said Scott Wieskamp, director of Operations at LPS.  “Our challenge is trying not to over-build, but to position ourselves well for growth. I believe we have done an excellent job of that in the past.”

The presentation and discussion are only the beginning of a long and intensive community-wide discussion – beginning with the clear and consistent message of growth, said Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs. The 10-year plan is an important document, as it identifies priorities for facilities and infrastructure, guiding the development of schools, additions, renovations, infrastructure and more.

“This plan is not just about tomorrow,” Wieskamp told the Board.  “This is about years down the road – perhaps what is happening in our community in 30, 40, 50 years…This kind of long-range planning is really critical…and that is where your vision is so important.”

To prepare the document, school officials analyze enrollment trends, student demographics, growth – and, of course, they coordinate their plans with the city’s comprehensive plan, according to David Cary, the city Planning director, who also addressed the Board 

“We are one community, one school district,” Cary stressed.  “We believe we all have better decision making when it comes to a long-term vision in our community – when the city and school district work together.” 

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel asked Cary: Where is the growth coming from? 

Cary said the answer is a combination of many factors:

  • Historically Lincoln has been attracting more former residents from rural areas.
  • Demographics indicate that people in Lincoln feel good about having families and babies.
  • There is a positive net migration from out of state and out of country.
  • Lincoln is the flagship university campus and the state capitol.
  • The community has a robust economy with technology – with the momentum of the silicon prairie.

With that growth, the city and school district are particularly looking at what are called the hot spot development areas of Lincoln – and growth and capacity at schools in those areas.  Currently LPS is utilizing 85 percent of capacity at elementary schools, 97 percent of middle school space and 106 percent of high school space – but, of course, inevitably the populations of students are not evenly distributed among schools.   

Particularly pointing to the high school issue, Board member Matt Schulte said he believed this would be “a significant conversation…There is no one place on that map we can build one school and solve the issues…We really need to dive into this – sooner than later.”

Board member Kathy Danek urged the city and school district to make sure they track where kids are moving and not just developments and houses. 

Board member Barb Baier suggested the school district look beyond the question of location – but consider “a multi-faceted approach that meets the unique needs of student in high schools…accommodating unique family structures…And by that I mean our students should have more opportunity for e-learning, and a lot more variety of when classes are occurring, including evenings…We need to meet the educational needs of students.”   

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel noted: “The beauty of this process is that we have some time to think about this…This is the invitation that Boards regard highly…to think about things differently…But at the end of the day this is about community satisfaction.”

Board President Don Mayhew said he believes the key word for LPS over the next few words will be innovation.  “All options will be on the table….I think we will be seriously thinking about what it means to deliver curriculum at Lincoln Public Schools.  I find that very exciting.  We are right on the edge of coming up with something new.” 

Connie Duncan, vice president of the Board, said she believes that “now is the time we all need to listen to our constituents and make sure we are doing what our community wants…Now is the time that we can be the leaders in something innovative and out of the box.”

Board member Lanny Boswell explained that “ultimately we’ll need another community group to consider all these suggestions.”

In an early draft of updating the 10-year plan, LPS staff members are suggesting four new elementary schools, two new middle schools and possible new high school space – as part of the next decade at Lincoln Public Schools. In fact, the 10-year document draft identifies more than $486 million in facility and infrastructure unfunded needs in the school district, including:

  • Four elementary schools added to almost every quadrant of the city: south, southeast, northeast and northwest Lincoln (at a cost of about $20 million per elementary school).
  • Two middle schools added to: south and northeast Lincoln (at a cost of about $42 million per school).
  • Adding high school space in some form (such as a traditional high school, which costs about $79 million, and/or high school focus programs, e-learning, other high school concepts and programs).
  • Renovations to accommodate changing curriculum at existing middle and high schools.
  • Extensive renovations and additions of geothermal heating/cooling at Everett Elementary School and Park Middle School.
  • Potential accommodation for early childhood additions at LPS.

Other “tiers” of needs include:

  • Significant updates and renovations at Campbell, Cavett, Maxey and Roper elementary schools, as well as Lux and Scott middle schools.
  • Various renovations at Lincoln High, Lincoln East, Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln Southeast high schools.
  • A variety of additions and renovations to 10 elementary schools and six middle schools.
  • Adding an eight-lane swimming pool to Lincoln East High (the only LPS high school without an eight-lane competitive pool).
  • A weight room addition to Lincoln Southeast.
  • An indoor/outdoor activities/athletics fieldhouse facility for practice (not a competitive arena) serving LPS staff and students.
  • Completing a data center/generator at LPS District Office.
  • Replacing the Yankee Hill facility, which houses high school students with behavior needs.

The Plan also includes a potential $38 million in infrastructure costs that includes items such as roof replacement, windows, flooring, basics in playground equipment, parking lot paving, etc.

 

 

Posted on March 21, 2017


TCA culinary teams take top three spots

The Career Academy culinary competition teams placed first, second and third at the State ProStart competition held March 4. The senior team of Katelyn Elliott, Hunter Johnson, Billy Le and Scott Meyer placed first, earning their team the opportunity to compete during the National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina on April 28-30.  

Second place team members included Krystal Donahoo, Tessa Mariscal, Gary Silva Mendoza and Sagan Smith. Third place team members included Corbin Reinhardt, Morgan Rief, Francisco Chavira and Raquel Balderas.

Posted on March 20, 2017


March LPS Learning Lunch: Enriching the human experience with visual art

Visual Art: Enriching the Human Experience – is the focus of the March Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch, set for Tuesday, March 28, in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St.

The presentation will feature Lorinda Rice, curriculum specialist for Visual Arts for LPS, inviting you to learn how high-quality art education can prepare students for learning in a visual age and into the future.

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. 

Learning Lunches are generally held on the last Tuesday of the month, offering “Untold Stories” of our schools. They are open to LPS staff and the Lincoln community. 

Remaining in the 2016-17 season:

  • Tuesday, April 25. All That Shines Isn’t Chrome, Kirk Langer, chief technology officer at LPS, invites you to come learn about why LPS decided to purchase Chromebooks for students – and how the Chromebooks are being used as a tool for learning.
  • Tuesday, May 16. World Drumming, a Cultural Experience, Lance Nielsen, supervisor of Music for LPS, notes this is the first year for a World Drumming class at Lincoln High School.  Come hear the learning outcomes from both the teacher and student perspective and experience the joy of a drum circle.

Posted on March 17, 2017


Heminger honored as World Language Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Cara Heminger - a French teacher at Lincoln North Star High School - has been named World Language Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Foreign Language Teachers Association.

Heminger was recognized in Chicago at the Central States Conference on Teaching Foreign Languages. 

Posted on March 16, 2017


LYS invites alumni for special concert

The Lincoln Youth Symphony invites all former LYS members to join them for the 60th Anniversary Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 9, at Lincoln East High School. The alumni are welcome to bring an instrument and join on stage for a performance of “Les Toreadors” from Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1. There will be a brief rehearsal at 2:15 p.m.m that day on stage.  Also on the program are 

Also on the program are Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Wagner, the final movement of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (“Reformation”), the Lancaster Overture by Paul Whear, a piece commissioned by LYS in 1964, and performances by two Senior Soloists, trumpeter Jonah Kelly and violinist Grace Pugh. The concert is free, and will be followed by a reception.

Posted on March 13, 2017


LPS names new principals for the 2017-18 school year

Lincoln Public Schools is pleased to announce five new elementary principals for the school district for the 2017-18 school year.

Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS said, “In Lincoln Public Schools we are fortunate to have committed leaders who care about student achievement and providing a quality education in every school. We are excited to welcome these new administrators and look forward to the energy and ideas they will bring to their schools.”

“We are thrilled about the new group of Lincoln Public Schools elementary principals,” added Eric Weber, associate superintendent for Human Resources at LPS. “Each of them brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within LPS as well as energy and excitement to lead in a new setting. We know they will build upon the legacy already established in each building and continue the pursuit of excellence for their students.”

The new principals are:

Arnold Elementary School: Jodi Frager

Jodi Frager is currently the associate principal at Dawes Middle School, and has served in that position since 2011. Frager started at LPS in 2009 as part of the Goodrich at Dawes Middle School team. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska. Frager obtained her Administrative Certificate from the University of Nebraska, her Masters of Arts in School Counseling from Central Missouri State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska.
 

Brownell Elementary School: Kelly Apel

Kelly Apel has served as the associate principal at Goodrich Middle School since 2011. She has also worked at Clinton Elementary as associate principal, and Park Middle School as instructional coordinator and teacher. Apel obtained her Masters of Education from Doane College, her Bachelor of Science in Education from Peru State College, and a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.
 

Eastridge Elementary School: Traci Boothe

Traci Boothe has been the coordinator at Eastridge Elementary School since 2013. Boothe has worked in Special Education from 2009 - 2013, and taught at Clinton Elementary from 1993 - 2009. She has obtained her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College, and her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
 

Pershing Elementary School: Jamie Cook

Jamie Cook has served as the Coordinator at Sheridan Elementary School since 2015. Prior to that, she was the Instructional Coach at Elliott Elementary from 2013-15, and taught with LPS since 2006 serving Elliott and Belmont Elementary Schools. Cook obtained her Master of Education in Educational Leadership in 2014, and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2006.
 

Saratoga Elementary School: Annette Bushaw

Annette Bushaw is currently the coordinator at Randolph Elementary School and has been since 2011. Prior to her position at Randolph, she served as a resource teacher at Clinton Elementary School from 2001-2011. Bushaw obtained her Master of Educational Leadership from Doane College, her Master of Elementary Special Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and her Bachelor of Science at Peru State College.

 

Everyone will begin their new duties on July 1, 2017. Congratulations to our new principals!

Posted on March 10, 2017


Women in Science Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 9 | 6:00-7:30pm

Women in Science Panel Discussion at Morrill Hall

6:00-6:30pm - social time with light refreshments

6:30-7:30pm - panel discussion

The Nebraska Section of the American Chemical Society presents a panel discussion on the challenges and rewards of being a woman scientist. Five women discuss their story and path becoming scientists and specifically, chemists.

Panelists:

Kiyomi Deards, Associate Professor, UNL Libraries

Moriah Locklear, Chemistry Graduate Student and Past President of PLU

Teresa Urlacher, Scientist, LiCor Biosciences

Moderator: Martha Morton, Director of Research Instrumentation

Posted on March 09, 2017


Tourette Syndrome Workshop

Posted on March 09, 2017


Make Retirement Savings a priority in 2017

It is important to get all the information you possibly can before taking such a major step in your life and to make good decisions in your early years.  So whether you're close to retiring or are 10, 15 or 20 years away, this "Retirement 101" seminar is for you! 
 
Nebraska Public Employees Retirement System (NPERS) will present an overview of the school's retirement plan. 
 
There will also be information on Social Security, an overview of the LPS 403(b) Retirement Plans, a presentation on estate planning, and more!

Saturday, April 1, LPSDO Board Room:   9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The workshop is sponsored by Union Bank & Trust and is exclusively for Lincoln Public Schools employees and spouses.

Please register by calling or emailing Kellee Krick: 402-323-1467, Kellee.krick@ubt.com.  Don't delay - this seminar will fill up fast!

Posted on March 09, 2017


Students helping students register to vote

Students in an Advanced Placement Government and Politics class at Lincoln North Star High School took extra measures to help their classmates perform their civic duty. They trained with the Lancaster County chief deputy election commissioner to become fully deputized registrars, allowing them to officially register voters in the state of Nebraska.

“They are official registrars for the state. They will be able to register people across the state forever,” said Jace Alhberg, North Star social studies teacher.

After becoming official registrars, they held a one-day event to try to get as many new voters registered as possible.

“Today I’ve help a Government and Politics class during fourth period, so about 25 people in that class. And so far five here,” commented Camryn, a senior.

Fellow senior Elizabeth said the training was helpful. “We had to read through some documents about what it meant to help people register and also what it meant about the parties and what it meant when you go vote.”

North Star students heard from their classmates the importance of letting their voices be heard through the election process, and if students met the requirements it was their choice as to whether or not to register to vote.

“It’s very easy, especially when I can do it with people I know. It being my friends makes it easy to talk to someone, especially asking questions about something you’ve never done before,” added Brooke, another North Star senior.

“If you establish the habit of voting, people will continue to do it,” said Alhberg.

Posted on March 09, 2017


School Breakfast Week recognized at the capitol

National School Breakfast week is March 6 - 10 and a couple of Rousseau Elementary School students and staff members were at the state capitol building for a special proclamation signed by Lt. Governor Mike Foley.

“It is a proven fact that school meals improve learning environments,” read Rebecca Coatney, food service manager at Rousseau. “Research has shown that when students eat breakfast they are more engaged, less disruptive and better learners.”

Lincoln Public Schools serves breakfast at all schools, serving over 7,500 breakfast meals a day. The breakfast offered also includes grab-and-go, allowing students to eat in the classroom if they arrive late to school.

Coatney added, “We serve breakfast so students are prepared to learn. Once again, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to recognize the importance of school breakfast.”

Posted on March 08, 2017


Thank You Teacher winners announced for 2017

The surprise announcements


Samuel Segrist

Lincoln Southeast High School sophomore Aaron Bolton said that Southeast English teacher/debate coach Sam Segrist is a teacher who “goes above and beyond for teaching, and clearly cares about the impact, influence and learning that he gives to any student…Being a debate coach and teacher, he allows us all to our own opinions, encourages us in a way that seems to actually inspire…and wants us to develop ourselves rather than be influenced into something we’re not.”


Jeff Williams

Lincoln High School student Kaleb Miller says of his former health and physical education teacher, Jeff Williams at Culler Middle School: “How I live right now is affected by him more than he probably knows…Every time someone does try to use peer pressure on me, I always think of what he said and how disappointed he would be if he knew I did something that could hurt my future.” 


Vickie Neilly

Riley Elementary School teacher Vickie Neilly “was always there for me and loved me no matter what I did,” according to Jackson Okereke – now a student at Lincoln High.  “They say that people will forget what you did, but never how you made them feel and in this case that’s true.”


Kristy Kennedy and Kate Manstedt

And Kloefkorn Elementary School teachers Kristy Kennedy and Kate Manstedt have supported and helped Alexis Verzal – a Kloefkorn student – overcome a variety of challenges to become a successful student and wonderful reader. Parents Brandon and Tiffany Verzal wrote: “This year Alexis hit the jackpot of teachers…We would like to thank these great teachers for seeing the potential in her and never giving up…Thank you for giving us hope again.”


These students were selected to honor this year’s winning teachers – all featured in the annual Lincoln Public Schools Thank You Teacher breakfast ceremony held Tuesday in honor of Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day.  There were more than 500 entries this year.

The event is sponsored by Lincoln Public Schools and KFOR/KFRX radio.

Full Event Video

(16:55 is Vickie Neilly, 22:15 is Kristy Kennedy and Kate Manstedt, 33:20 is Jeff Williams, 39:30 is Samuel Segrist)
 

Posted on March 07, 2017


New elementary administrator changes announced

Lincoln Public Schools announces two administrator changes for next year.

Chris Schefdore will be the next principal at Pyrtle Elementary. Chris has spent the last ten years as principal at Brownell Elementary. Pyrtle principal Paula Baker is retiring this year.

JJ Wilkins is returning to where he began teaching as he will be the next principal at Prescott Elementary. JJ has been the principal at Arnold Elementary since 2011. Prescott principal Ruth Ann Wylie is retiring this year.

Congratulations to both Chris and JJ!

Posted on March 07, 2017


Science fair a success

Approximately 500 fifth through eighth grade Lincoln Public School students participated in the annual Lincoln Public Schools Science Fair at the Lancaster County Event Center. Students could demonstrate projects in one of three areas: Earth Science, Life Science, or Physical Science.

Science Fair Director and Fredstrom Science Teacher Rochelle Settles said the committee was excited to have so many kids registered for the fair. "The Science Fair is so important because it gives students who have an interest in science an outlet to show their learning. We want kids to be involved in science, we want kids to go in to science careers."

Experiments and demonstrations ranged from the traditional vocanos and slime to creating smoke shapes and powering robots with chemical and physical reactions.

"We want kids to have a good experience, to be successful, complete their project and to feel it's something they really accomplished so it turns them on to Science," commented James Blake Science Curriculum Coordinator. 

Posted on March 03, 2017


96 LPS students honored at regional art competition

Out of 3,830 entries from across the state of Nebraska, 96 Lincoln Public School middle and high school students received recognition for their works in the Nebraska Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.    Those recieving Gold Key awards will have their work move on to the national stage with the possibility of being recognized as some of the most creative students in the nation.

Students who recieved recognition at the regional level are invited to a ceremony on February 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Omaha, and their artwork will be on display from February 23 - March 31 at Omaha Public Schools Teacher Administrative Center Auditorium (3215 Cuming Street).

 

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

School Student's Name Title Medium Award Teacher
Culler Mina Nguyen In An Alternative Universe... Comic HM Seacrest
Scott Sophia Heinrich Self Portrait Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Marx
Pound Caroline Miller Valor Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Rankin
Lefler Eric Chobanyan Flyburger Comic HM Sauer
HIGH SCHOOL: 

* moving on to national competition
 
School Student's Name Title Medium Award Teacher
East Griffin Schainost Duality Drawing & Illustration HM Hershey
Lincoln High Lexus Church Burning Orange on Green Photography Gold Key* Meyer
Lincoln High Jennah Duncan Harmony Digital Art HM Meyer
Lincoln High Yar Ei Old and Young Sculpture Gold Key* Stokes
Lincoln High Maria Guiza Beltran Unforgotten Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Stokes
Lincoln High Harry Miller The Hunter Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Clifford
Lincoln High Hel Moo Focus Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Clifford
Lincoln High Sam Peterson Through My Eyes Photography Gold Key* Meyer
Lincoln High Riana Lurice Prudente-Dazon Lumiere  Photography Silver Key Meyer
Lincoln High Maia Ramsay Outspoken Painting HM Stokes
Lincoln High Gabriella Soriente 'Speak Love' Printmaking Silver Key Deets
North Star  Deanna Allen Carmel Glazed Ceramics & Glass HM Leisinger
North Star  Deanna Allen  Raku Teapot Ceramics & Glass  Silver Key Leisinger
North Star  Sarah Cronin  Element with Voice Ceramics & Glass HM Leisinger
North Star  Sarah Cronin Metaphysical Volume Ceramics & Glass Silver Key Leisinger
North Star  Sarah Cronin Pure Fountain Ceramics & Glass Silver Key Leisinger
North Star Isabelle Engel Morning Light Photography Silver Key Reiss
North Star Emily Espinoza Gold's Photography HM Reiss
North Star Emily Espinoza Behind You Photography HM Reiss
North Star Emily Espinoza Quinceanera Photography Gold Key* Reiss
North Star Hannah Ferguson Urban Reflection Photography Gold Key* Reiss
North Star Davyd Kokhanets Ocean Painting HM Fast
North Star Davyd Kokhanets Colorado Painting Gold Key* Fast
North Star Davyd Kokhanets Travel Drawing & Illustration Gold Key* Fast
North Star Davyd Kokhanets Girl Painting HM Fast
North Star Davyd Kokhanets Faces 2 Printmaking Gold Key* Fast
North Star Davyd Kokhanets Herb Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Gillotti
North Star Davyd Kokhanets Student Drawing & Illustration Silvery Key Gillotti
North Star Leila Lynn Downtown Snow Drawing & Illustration Gold Key* Fast
North Star McKenna Miller The Forgotten Toys Sculpture Silver Key Leisinger
North Star Kristina Cassandra Nguyen Controlled Doodle Drawing & Illustration HM Gillotti
North Star John Nguyen The Effects of Stress
Upon a Teen
Photography HM Reiss
North Star Andres Novoa Book of Tyrants Mixed Media Silver Key Reiss
North Star Gretchen Payne Not Just A Number Mixed Media Silver Key Fast
North Star Gretchen Payne Societal Issues Art Portfolio HM Fast
North Star Gretchen Payne Beauty Jewelry Gold Key* Reiss
North Star Leynah Perez The Perez Family Painting HM Fast
North Star Milan Reeves Regret Digital Art HM Gillotti
North Star Dingkar Wuowrut Shades Photography Gold Key* Reiss
Northeast Shelby Bloom Wheel Thrown Delight Ceramics & Glass HM Rooney
Northeast Jazzmyne Bouwens Summer's Song Comic Art Silver Key Hrbek
Northeast Keara Castle Untitled Painting HM Perez
Northeast Trevor Fossler Self Portrait Digital Art Silver Key Elsener
Northeast Mohamed Komi Sunset Skies Photography Silver Key Elsener
Northeast Mohamed Komi Self Portrait Painting Silver Key Hrbek
Northeast  Brooklyn Medvin Self Portrait Drawing & Illustration HM Hrbek
Northeast Linneaa Nguyen Notes: My Life Comic Art Gold Key* Hrbek
Northeast Amy Perez Ballet Folklorico Photography Gold Key* Elsener
Northeast Juan Pol Saquic Slab Maze Ceramic & Glass HM Rooney
Northeast Emma Thomssen Untitled Painting Gold Key* Perez
Northeast Anh Tran Serene Photography Silver Key Elsener
Northeast Anh Tran My Kitchen Digital Art Gold Key* Elsener
Northeast Adriana Tyrrell Tea Party Levitation Digital Art Gold Key* Elsener
Northeast Adriana Tyrrell Murky Beauty Digital Art Silver Key Elsener
Northeast  Rachel Urso Blue Angel Comic Art Silver Key Hrbek
Northeast McKensi Webel Evolving Human or Automaton Mixed Media Gold Key* Hrbek
Northeast McKensi Webel  Follow the Red Road Ceramics & Glass HM Rooney
Northeast  Rebekah Wissink Darkness Art Portfolio Silver Key Elsener
Northeast  Rebekah Wissink  Reflection Digital Art HM Elsener
Northeast  Rebekah Wissink Shadows Photography Silver Key Elsener
Southeast  Sarah Al-Hilfy Leon Decisions Photography Gold Key* Buhrman
Southeast Miya Bryan Flowers Ceramics & Glass HM Jefferson
Southeast Dana Clements Evolution Painting Gold Key* Fast
Southeast Benjamin Friend Ceramic Study Ceramics & Glass Silver Key Jefferson
Southeast Benjamin Friend   Ceramic Study  Ceramics & Glass HM Jefferson
Southeast   Benjamin Friend  Ceramic Study  Art Portfolio Silver Key Ruth
Southeast  Chloe Kagan Snack Tray Ceramics & Glass HM Ruth
Southeast Ella Little Votive Candle Holder Ceramics & Glass Silver Key Ruth
Southeast Libby Siedell Sisters Drawing & Illustration Silver Key Jones
Southeast Libby Siedell Growth Art Portfolio Gold Key* Jones
Southwest  Hassan Al-Hamedi Eye Photography Gold Key* Petska
Southwest Brittany Athan Relax on my Own Photography Silver Key Petska
Southwest Olivia Badami Through the Trees Photography HM Petska
Southwest Rachel Beam White Rose Photography HM Petska
Southwest Zachary Bennetts How he loves Photography HM Petska
Southwest Hannah Dering Dandelion Dome Photography HM Leblanc
Southwest Hannah Dering Fire Eyes Photography Silver Key Leblanc
Southwest Hannah Dering Country Snow Photography Silver Key Leblanc
Southwest Jordan DeVoogd Eye Photography Gold Key* Petska
Southwest Jaden Ferguson The Weight on Her Shoulders Photography Silver Key Leblanc
Southwest Taylor Franzen Shadow People Photography Silver Key Leblanc
Southwest Karissa Goosic Cros Drawing & Illustration Gold Key* Walstrom
Southwest Karissa Goosic Hand painted reversible coat Fashion HM Walstrom
Southwest Grant Grosse Emotion's of an Alleyway Photography Silver Key Petska
Southwest Giselle Lizarraga Edgy Photography Silver Key Petska
Southwest Eryn McConnell Lonesome Lighthouse Photography Silver Key Leblanc
Southwest Thayden Pell Centre Stage  Photography HM Petska
Southwest Thayden Pell Manual Photography HM Petska
Southwest Ana Rodriguez Ciudad de Mexico Photography HM Petska
Southwest Sydney Schneider New York State of Mind Digital Art HM Petska
Southwest Sydney Schneider Business Man Photography HM Petska
Southwest Alexis Thomas Divided Photography HM Petska
Southwest Hanna Zimmerman Winter Wonder Photography Gold Key* Petska

Posted on February 27, 2017


Announcing two district positions recently filled

Dr. Jenny Fundus, Director of Special Education, is pleased to announce Melissa Weber-Arnold will be the new Special Education Supervisor beginning July 1, 2017.

Weber-Arnold currently serves students at Arnold Elementary School as the Special Education Coordinator. Prior to her position at Arnold she was a reading teacher, team leader and testing coordinator at Don Sherrill Education Center from 2014 - 2015; served as District Special Education Support Team Coach in 2013-2014; and taught Special Education at Zeman Elementary from 2008 - 2013.

Currently working on her Educational Specialist Certification from Doane University, Weber-Arnold graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2016 from Doane. She earned her Bachelors of Education and Human Sciences in Elementary Education and Mild/Moderate Disabilities Grade K-6 from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.


Student Services Director Russ Uhing is pleased to announce Wendy Rau will be the next Supervisor for Health Services.

Rau currently serves as Lincoln Public Schools Health Services Coordinator. She was Lincoln High School's nurse from 2009 - 2016, served Belmont and West Lincoln Elementary from 2007-2009, and a district substitute nurse from 2005-2007. Rau has also been President and President Elect of the Nebraska School Nurses Association, and on the State Immunization Advisory Committee.

Rau obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Posted on February 24, 2017


NARSP Offering Scholarship to Active Educators

The Nebraska Association of Retired School Personnel (NARSP) will be awarding two scholarships of $1000 each for the 2017-2018 academic year.  These scholarships will be awarded to active educators working toward an advanced degree/endorsement in a related field of education. 

This past year Matt Maw, Lincoln East High teachers, was a recipient of one of the scholarships awarded. 

The Lincoln Area Retired School Personnel (LARSP) organization will accept applications for the NARSP scholarships.   After applications are reviewed, the LARSP review committee will select two semi-finalists, and those applications will be sent to NARSP.  Those applications will be reviewed with the other semi-finalists from the fifteen local Units across Nebraska for the awarding of the two scholarships. 

Deadline for the receipt of completed applications is April 15, 2017

Applications and additional information may be requested by contacting: 

Robert or Billie Bussmann, LARSP Co-Presidents
3750 Normal Boulevard
Lincoln, NE 68506
402.488.3231

RBUSSMANN@neb.rr.com or bbuss@neb.rr.com

Posted on February 22, 2017


Eastridge Recycling Fundraiser

Posted on February 22, 2017


Nebraska Writing Project's Summer Institute

Please consider joining the Nebraska Writing Project's Summer Institute.  The dates are June 5 - 30 from 9 am - 3 pm.  It's an opportunity for anyone K-12 that teaches writing to improve their craft for students and themselves.  They'll spend time sharing teaching ideas, practicing writing, and working on an inquiry project on a writing/activist topic.  The course is worth 6 UNL graduate credits and there is a $750 stipend that may be applied for. 

Brochure

Posted on February 22, 2017


TCA networking students take home the gold, silver

Junior and senior networking students from The Career Academy competed in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot competition. The teams placed first and second in the gold and silver tier state round - awarded to the top three teams in each state within each division and tier.  Last year, TCA teams placed third in the gold division and first in the silver division.

During the competition, teams are put in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Competing from their classroom, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent an operating system. They then need to find cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and harden the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines critical to our nation's future.

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

Posted on February 20, 2017


Open Houses planned for Irving, Norwood Park

The public is invited to attend open house celebrations to mark the completion of renovations at Irving Middle School and Norwood Park Elementary School.

The Irving Middle School open house will be held Sunday, February 26, from 1 - 3 p.m. (2745 South 22nd Street). The public is invited to join staff and students for refreshments, guided tours, student art and music.

The Norwood Park Elementary School open house will be held Sunday, March 5, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (4710 North 72nd Street). There will be a brief ceremony with remarks and a reception starting at 2 p.m.

Improvements at Irving included: conversion to a more efficient geothermal heating and cooling system; overhaul of all classrooms; renovation of the library media area, music rooms, computer labs, office and other school spaces; addition of new windows; addition of new secure entrance; making the school technology-ready; adding new lighting and new roof.

At Norwood Park construction included: an upgrade to heating and cooling systems; creation of additional space to address deficiencies; a new kitchen and cafeteria; renovated main entrance; improving indoor air quality; and code updates.

Renovations at both schools were a result of the 2014 bond issue.

Posted on February 20, 2017


JROTC cadets share love of aviation with Mickle students

Over a ten week period, members of the Lincoln Northeast High School JROTC program will work with the Mickle Middle School Aviation and Space Community Learning Center.

Posted on February 20, 2017


Lincoln Public Schools: Highlights of 2/14 Lincoln Board of Education meeting


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

Early childhood grant approved

The Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved submission of an Early Childhood Expansion grant application that would expand early childhood offerings in the school district in LPS elementary school buildings.

The programs would ensure that each child enters a formal school setting with the same learning advantages as other children with early childhood staff and partners seeking opportunities to promote the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development of very young children and their families.  These programs would serve three- and four-year-olds who qualify for participation in an inclusive environment.

The $200,000 grant will be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education, again offering funds to Early Childhood Programs in local communities. The Early Childhood Education Grant Program is intended to support the development of children in the birth to kindergarten age range through the provision of comprehensive center-based programs. Research demonstrates that the best approach to serve the families of these young children is through quality preschool services to assist with transitions to kindergarten. 

Board member Matt Schulte voted against submission, saying he was concerned about the possibility of this grant funding full-time early childhood programs – because they could not serve as many children as LPS does with a higher number of part-time programs.

Newly annexed property

The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to property newly annexed to the city of Lincoln or newly platted. The Board heard a proposal that would assign a parcel of land – at South 66th Street and Pine Lake Road, Annexation Ordinance #20434, for 2016-17 school year – to Wysong Elementary School, Pound Middle School (Moore Middle School next school year) and Lincoln Southeast High School. Final approval will happen Feb. 28.  

Staff Celebration

The Board honored and recognized Cara Heminger, named World Language Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska International Languages Association.

 

 

 

Posted on February 14, 2017


East High team qualifies for National Science Bowl

East High School had two teams participate in the Regional National Science Bowl Competition held at Wayne State College over the weekend. The red team came in third, and the blue team placed first - sending them to national competition in Washington, D.C.

"This is our first year as science bowl coaches and we are very excited that the students have this amazing opportunity to compete on a national level," commented Jennings. " All of the students on both teams competed their hardest and did very well."

The teams are coached by Jennings and Alicia Vossler. Both teams practiced against each other weekly to prepare for the event. 

"All of the students on both teams competed their hardest and did very well on Saturday. They had a great time on Saturday and were fueled with energy from each win."

Posted on February 14, 2017


Lux twins spell off in fierce finals of Spelling Bee

Twin brothers from Lux Middle School spelled off in the final rounds of fierce competition at the annual Lincoln Public Schools Spelling Bee – with Eswar Ramamurthy (who won last year) finally victorious over his brother, Sankar Ramamurthy with the spelling of the words “investiture” and “farfalle.”

“We studied a lot and we studied together,” Eswar said.  “And yep, I was rooting for my brother, but I was also rooting for myself.”

In the final and brutal rallies between just the two sixth grade brothers – which went on for almost one hour – the two boys went through words such as inoculate and champagne, maharaja and pomade, rubicon and exemplar, catalpa and serotonin, irascibility and bosque, amalgam and ineffable, dolorous and arabesque.

Zounds.

The 30th annual LPS Spelling Bee featured more than three hours of ferocious spelling competition between students from across the school district in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades.  Early rounds started with perhaps gentler words such as performance and biology and bemused – but quickly progressed to the likes of vulpine and physicists and stilton.   

Round four, 13 spellers left: Then came resplendence and sudoku and jalapeno and geodesic.  Deep breathing, please. Round five: Dorsal and rabble-rouser and rotisserie.  Round six: Scoria and akimbo and gouge.  Round seven, four students remaining: Julienne and drollery.

Finally, two brothers left – almost an hour to the final victor.

Of course, as always, Spelling Bee competitors had plenty of family and friends in the audience to cheer them on – and a few encouraging words from grown-ups.

  • Don Mayhew, president of the Lincoln Board of Education: “You are part of a long and valuable tradition in our school district…I congratulate you all for having the courage to come here today and for having the work ethic to study and come here to compete.”
  • Michaela Hahn, principal of Culler Middle School, assured them that “spelling bees require talent and effort, and make you successful in life.”

The annual event is co-sponsored by LPS and the Lincoln Journal Star.

Posted on February 11, 2017


Teacher Stipend for ELL Graduate Classes

Stipends of $1,000 per class are available to LPS teachers in Title 1 schools who are taking college classes toward an ELL endorsement.  If you are interested in being considered, please complete the brief stipend application and return to Laura Salem, Box 58.  Please note timelines outlined on the application.  Many stipends are still available and we hope to honor a large number of requests.  You will be notified by email if you will be receiving the stipend.  If you have any questions about the stipend, please contact Laura Salem. 

 

Posted on February 09, 2017


Upcoming Financial Wellness Seminars for Employees

This is a reminder of upcoming Financial Wellness Seminars provided by Union Bank.  These sessions and free of charge for LPS employees and a guest.


Register by calling or emailing Kellee Krick  at 402-323-1467 or kellee.krick@ubt.com.

Saturday, February 11 -- “Fixing Your Scores and Using Credit"
Where/When:  Union Bank and Trust, 6801 S 27th - Lower Level; 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 


Saturday, February 11 -- “Lincoln Public Schools Elective 403(b) Retirement Plan Informational Meeting”
Where/When:  Union Bank and Trust, 6801 S 27th - Lower Level; 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. 

Saturday, March 11 -- “15 Tips for Healthy and Wealthy Living"
Where/When:  Union Bank and Trust, 6801 S 27th - Lower Level; 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 15 -- “Lincoln Public Schools Elective 403(b) Retirement Plan Informational Meeting”
Where/When:  Union Bank and Trust, 6801 S 27th - Lower Level; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 1 -- “Retirement 101 Seminar"
Where/When:  Lincoln Public Schools Board Room, 5905 O Street, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 6 -- “Lincoln Public Schools Elective 403(b) Retirement Plan Informational Meeting"
Where/When:  Union Bank and Trust, 6801 S 27th - Lower Level; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 15 -- “Home Buying and Securing a Loan"
Where/When:  Union Bank and Trust, 6801 S 27th- Lower Level; 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

What is a 403(b)? It's a way to save for retirement!  The 403(b) plan lets you save a portion of each paycheck through payroll deduction, up to the maximum allowed by law.   You can save money pre or post tax.  

Financial Counseling - Continuum (EAP) offers financial assistance counseling including debt management, budgeting, taxes, retirement and college planning.  Continuum's services are free of charge to you and your immediate family members.  If you are referred for additional services, you will be responsible for the costs.  The phone number for Continuum is 402-476-0186 or 1-800-755-7636, or you can visit their website at www.4continuum.com.  

Posted on February 08, 2017


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