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Highlights of 2/13 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

Highlights of 2/13 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.

One-year salary package proposed for LPS educators

The Lincoln Education Association (LEA) and Lincoln Public Schools have reached a tentative agreement with teachers for a one-year contract for the 2018-19 school year – in a proposal presented to the Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday.

This proposal represents a balance: Recognizing the valuable contributions our teachers make to this school district and maintaining the LPS legacy of excellence in teaching and learning, while also serving as good stewards of taxpayer funds – according to Steve Joel, superintendent of LPS; Rita Bennett, president of the LEA; and Lanny Boswell, president of the Lincoln Board of Education. 

The tentative agreement – voted on and approved by LEA membership – provides a total compensation package increase of 2.68 percent for the 2018-19 school year, which includes salary increases of 3.07 percent, increases in Social Security and retirement costs – and no increase in health insurance premiums. Each full-time employee would receive a $1,675 salary increase. The base salary for a new teacher would increase by $1,175 to $45,156.

The Lincoln Board of Education conducted the first reading of the contract at the Feb. 13 meeting and will take action on the tentative agreement at the Board meeting set for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at LPS District Offices, 5905 O St. 

Comments:

Joel: “Our community and more than 41,000 students are indeed fortunate to have such highly qualified and dedicated teachers in our classrooms. The continued investment in staff is a primary reason we are able to recruit, develop and retain the very best professionals.  This contract recognizes the value we place on that expertise but is also mindful of the challenging financial situation that our community and state are facing.” 

Bennett: “We believe this agreement represents a reasonable salary increase.  LPS retains its outstanding reputation because of the excellence of teachers and their dedication to serving all students, every day.  Our community expects and deserves great public schools, and we are fortunate to be in a district that values those who are doing the work that makes excellence possible.”

Boswell: “The Lincoln Board of Education is committed to hiring and supporting the best and brightest teachers, while being fiscally accountable to the community. The Board deeply appreciates the care, consideration, and integrity that both the teachers and administration brought to the negotiations process. The result is a tentative agreement that serves our community's children and reflects our community's values.” 

BACKGROUND: The previous two-year agreement provided a total package increase of 3.18 percent for the 2016-17 school year – and 3.19 percent for the 2017-18 school year. That included an average salary increase of 2.88 percent for the first year of the contract, and 2.89 percent for the second. Lincoln Public Schools is one of the lowest spending school districts in the state for per-pupil costs and has been for decades. (LPS spends less per pupil in the state than 226 school districts – out of 245 districts total – nearly $1,000 less per pupil than the state average.)

Budget calendar published

The Board of Education was presented with a budget development calendar for the 2018-19 school year including these highlighted dates:

March 1: State aid and 2018/19 Budget Authority

April 18: End of Legislative session

April 20: Abstract of assessed valuations from County Assessor

April – June: Executive Committee works with Board Finance Committee

May 22: Budget Work session, 4:30 p.m., District Office

May – July: Community and School District presentations

June 12: Presentation and Budget Forum, District Office, 5 p.m.

June 14: Presentation and Budget Forum, TBD, 7 p.m.

June 26: Second Budget Work Session, 4:30 p.m. at District Office

August 14: Budget approval, first reading, Public Hearing/Budget Forum,

6 p.m., District Office

August 28: Budget approval, second reading, Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m. District Office,

Staff Celebration

The Lincoln Board of Education presented special resolutions to two LPS educators Tuesday, honoring their awards:

Josh Hinrichs, Lincoln Southwest High School Business Instructor, has been named a Gold Star Teacher by the organization Working In Support of Education (W!SE).

Deb Wolken, Lincoln Northeast High School Business Instructor, has been named a Gold Star Teacher by the organization Working In Support of Education (W!SE).

Posted on February 13, 2018


LPS administrators announce retirement, changing roles

 

February is generally a time for major school and district administrators to announce retirement plans, as well as new roles, so we will share these announcements in a timely manner.  

RETIREMENTS

Principals

Molly Bates
Molly Bates
Principal at Morley Elementary School
Bates was first hired by LPS in 1989 and in her time here she has taught at Morley and Maxey and Hill elementary schools, Lux Middle School and the former North Star Middle School. She served as elementary coordinator at Fredstrom Elementary School, principal at Riley Elementary – and has been principal at Morley for six years.

Dave Knudsen
Dave Knudsen
Principal at Scott Middle School
Knudsen has held a variety of administrator and leadership roles during his 27 years with LPS:  psychotherapist/team leader/coordinator with the Elementary and Secondary Behavioral School Programs; coordinator and assistant principal at Cavett Elementary School and principal at Saratoga Elementary School, Dawes Middle School and Scott (since 2009).

Scott Nelson
Scott Nelson
Principal at Lakeview Elementary School
Nelson served in a variety of special education roles at LPS from 1991 through 2004, teaching at Goodrich Middle School and Calvert Elementary School, serving as a home bound teacher and special education coordinator at Elliott Elementary School.  When he returned to LPS as an elementary principal in 2008, he served three years at McPhee Elementary School and since 2011, principals at Lakeview.

Bill Schulenberg
Bill Schulenberg
Principal at Schoo Middle School
Schulenberg came to LPS in 1983 and was an English teacher and team leader at Goodrich Middle School and then Scott Middle School.  He served as associate principal at Schoo Middle School starting in 2009, followed by serving as principal at Schoo.

LPS administrators

Kay Byers
Kay Byers
Supervisor of Elementary Personnel Services in Human Resources
Byers has worked for LPS for more than 40 years, starting as an accompanist at Lincoln Northeast High School, then teaching general music at Arnold Elementary School then Huntington Elementary School, followed by teaching vocal music at Dawes Junior High. She served as the Middle Level Internship Facilitator and moved over to Human Resources as the Supervisor of Elementary Personnel.

Thomas Christie
Thomas Christie
Multicultural School/Community Administrator
Christie has worked for LPS for 43 years in various positions.  He started in the school district as a sociology and history teacher at Lincoln High School, and also head wrestling coach and assistant football coach – followed by serving as a building administrator at Lincoln Northeast High School.  He was then named Multicultural School/Community Administrator for LPS.

Shari Styskal
Shari Styskal
Director of Budget
Styskal has been with the school district for 42 years.  She served as director of Budget since 2010, and prior to that, was coordinator of Budget.  She previously worked for LPS as a Business Technical Assistant in Custodial, Maintenance and Facilities, and also provided clerical support for Lincoln Northeast High School.

Kevin Wibbles
Kevin Wibbels
Recruiter, Human Resources
Wibbels started with LPS as a Social Studies and English teacher, and counselor at Mickle Middle School. He left and returned to LPS as assistant principal at Irving Middle School and principal at Park Middle School. He then served as supervisor of Secondary Personnel and Teacher recruiter for Human Resources, and most recently as part-time administrator/recruiter.

NEW ROLES

Tim Muggy
Tim Muggy
Principal at Roper Elementary School
Muggy will continue working for LPS in a different role, a half-time position as director of Elementary Education.  He has served in a variety of positions at LPS since 1981, starting as team leader at Yankee Hill Elementary School, sixth grade team leader at Lakeview Elementary School and Cavett Elementary School, special education coordinator at Kahoa Elementary School, assistant principal at West Lincoln Elementary, and then principal at Brownell Elementary School and Meadow Lane Elementary School.  He has served as principal at Roper since 2011. 

Posted on February 12, 2018


NARSP Offering Scholarship to Active Educators

The Nebraska Association of Retired School Personnel (NARSP) will be awarding two scholarships of $1000 each for the 2018-2019 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 Carrie Foster, special education supervisor, was a recipient of one of the scholarships awarded.  Since 2010, other LPS recipients have included Malinda Burk, Kimberly Snyder, and Matt Maw. 

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 fourteen local Units across Nebraska for the awarding of the two scholarships.  Notification of the scholarship recipients would be on or before August 1. 

Deadline for the receipt of completed applications is April 14, 2018.

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 January 31, 2018


January: LPS Community High School Task Force at Lincoln High

The Lincoln Public Schools Community High School Task Force held its fourth meeting on Thursday at Lincoln High School and continued committee work to study high school enrollment, priorities and facilities.   

Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs, who is facilitating the Task Force, mapped out the plan for the work of the Task Force over the next few months. 

“We are hoping we will begin to draft recommendations in February,” she said.  In March, she said the goal is for the recommendations to start taking shape – and have them ready to present in the spring.  

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.

On Thursday, the Task Force continued to work in four subcommittees.

  • Subcommittee on Focus Programs/Innovative Delivery: “Great conversation, increased understanding of challenges....in order to focus on career ready and college ready…and what tools are needed.
  • Subcommittee on Traditional High School/School Size: “We are getting close to our working statements and will be ready to move ahead.”
  • Subcommittee on City Growth/Capacity Needs.  “We realize the amount of growth we’re seeing in Lincoln…with a lot of facts and figures presented, and we will base our recommendations on those numbers.”
  • Subcommittee on Community/Student/Diversity: “Our subcommittee plays a unique role in that we impact all the other subcommittees. We will be asking for feedback from all of the other groups.”

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 January 25, 2018


Highlights of 1/23 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

Highlights of 1/23 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

LPS is green school district

Lincoln Public Schools has gone green over the past decades. The school district practices energy efficiency in all LPS facilities, composts, recycles in general, and recycles construction waste, helps with school gardens and outdoor education, and more.

Brittney Albin, Sustainability Coordinator for LPS, Tuesday gave the Lincoln Board of Education an update on LPS sustainability efforts.  

A few highlights:

  •        District-wide recycling program since 2002 (all schools):  Recycle 1.3 million pounds annually
  •        Compost Program started in 2014 (currently 41 schools): Diverting over 4,500 of pounds of organic waste daily
  •        Construction Waste Management (2014 Bond Issue): New guidelines for LPS projects – aimed at diverting 75 percent of materials; diverted over 4,000 tons of material from the landfill:  Wood, Metal, Ceiling Tiles, Cardboard, Concrete; generates $60,000 in revenue

Board member Barb Baier commended Albin and the sustainability program, “and the incredible work to engage so many of our schools…I am so proud of your work and the school district being a leader in this area. 

Don Mayhew applauded the program as a good cause, but also the financial impact: “When we are diverting solid waste, when we are recycling…we see a real financial benefit…another way to be good stewards of taxpayer resources.”

The Lincoln Public Schools Sustainability Department promotes green efforts throughout the school district and the community by implementing environmentally responsible practices in LPS facilities – while providing educational opportunities for future environmental stewards.

Albin described one of the newer programs, the Green Schools Recognition Program, that involves giving schools a variety of green activities to complete throughout the year – and based on points earned, they may receive a small amount of funding for a sustainability-related project.

In fact, LPS is a leader in the implementation of sustainable practices. In 2015, LPS received the District Sustainability Award from the US Department of Education.  In addition, several LPS schools are recognized as Green Ribbon Schools (Irving Middle School and Prescott Elementary School).  The district was awarded the 2016 WasteCap NE Member of the Year, and has been recognized through various local award programs.

Grants

The Board approved submission of:

  •       A $67,000 grant to Steelcase Education to support renovation of classroom space at Lefler Middle School that would be redesigned to create a space that is more conducive to problem-based learning. If awarded, Lefler will serve in an experimental capacity, as other middle schools gravitate toward such environments of innovation.
  •       A $519,500 federally-funded 21st Century CLC grant application to the Nebraska Department of Education over a five-year period to help support Community Learning Centers at Everett and Lakeview elementary schools and Mickle Middle School.  Core program activities will include homework/academic support, enrichment activities, recreation and leisure, character education and development, and service learning as well as activities to support nutrition and healthy lifestyles. 
  •       An $8,000 grant from the Andrew Lloyd Weber Initiative to help fund a stage for the Bryan Community Focus Program. Theflexible and movable stage would allow for an appropriate set for theater and musical performances in the 1950’s gymnasium. This equipment also would allow for local, regional and national theatre groups to perform for the students.

More school buses  

The Board approved the purchase of 14 new school buses:

  •       Eight wheelchair school buses through a contract with Cornhusker International for $888,240.
  •       Six 72-passenger school buses through a contract with Truck Center Companies for $800,722.

Attendance approved for newly annexed

The Board approved attendance areas for newly annexed city property that includes:

  •       The area near 93rd and O streets, Annexation Ordinance #20586, for 2017-18 school year:  Pyrtle/Meadow Lane Elementary Schools, Lux Middle School and Lincoln East High School.
  •      The area near LES Southeast Service Center, Annexation Ordinance #20575, for 2017-18 school year:  Wysong Elementary School, Moore Middle School and Lincoln East High School.

The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to property newly annexed to the city of Lincoln or newly platted. 

Superintendent update

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel thanked Lincoln Board of Education members for their work – in honor of National School Board Appreciation Week. 

“We offer our sincere appreciation for all the work you do as a Board of Education,” he said.  “All great school districts have great school boards…I thank you for your work in policy development that sets the stage for us to make good decisions for kids…Thank you for your support of our work…the encouragement you give us…your engagement in the community…Thank you for being a voice and an advocate for Lincoln Pubic Schools.”

Student Celebration

The Lincoln Board of Education heard a presentation about the Unified Bowling program, now a sanctioned sport through the Nebraska School Activities Association. A division of Special Olympics, the unified sports program pairs students with and without disabilities who compete together.

The presentation featured remarks from:

  •        Brandi Benson, journalism teacher and coach of the Unified Bowling team at Lincoln Southwest High school
  •        Unified Bowling competitor Elissa Fuelberth, a student at Southwest
  •        Rhonda and Dean Fuelberth, Elissa’s parents
  •        Austin Micek, Elissa’s Unified Bowling partner and a student at Southwest

 

 

Posted on January 23, 2018


High School Information Nights for 8th-grade families

At Lincoln Public Schools, students have an option to choose which high school they would like to attend. All the high schools provide a high-quality educational experience for all their students, but each school also offers different opportunities and programs.

Each high school will still be offering open houses for eighth-grade families to tour and ask questions before the enrollment deadline. 

High School Open Houses:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 East High School 6:30 p.m
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Southwest High School 6:30 p.m.

**Rescheduled**
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Southeast High School 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 North Star High School 6:30 p.m.
**Rescheduled**
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Northeast High School 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Lincoln High School 6:30 p.m.

4 ways 8th-grade students and families can make the most of high school information nights

#1 - Attend as many high school information nights as you wish. They are scheduled on different nights for this reason. Start discussions early with all involved (see #2). Also, remember to file the High School Choice Form by the now extended February 2nd deadline.

#2 - Consider the student’s current and future interests and talents prior to the event. Then ask questions about those topics to teachers and current students at the information event at each school.

#3 - Any student can be successful academically at any school. Look for ways the student can get involved and participate, while staying on top of their studies.

#4 - Consider the student’s current friends, but also consider the opportunity to make new friends. Making new friends exposes students to new activities and common interests.

Posted on January 22, 2018


2018 High School Graduation Ceremony times announced

Graduation for six of the Lincoln Public High Schools will be held on Sunday, May 27. The times and locations are as follows:

Pinnacle Bank Arena
Southeast High School - noon
Northeast High School - 3:00 p.m
East High School - 6:00 p.m.

Bob Devaney Sports Center
Lincoln High School - 1:30 p.m.
Southwest High School - 4:30 p.m.
North Star High School - 7:30 p.m.

Posted on January 21, 2018


We need volunteers for the Science Fair

We are pleased to announce the 23nd Annual Zoetis-LPS-GSK Science Fair on Thursday, March 1, 2018.  The fair will be held at the Lancaster Event Center-Pavilion 1, 4100 No. 84th Street in Lincoln.

Once again, we expect nearly 600 fifth through eighth grade students to descend upon the Event Center eager to share their discoveries with the Lincoln community.  There will be mazes, chemical reactions, paper airplanes, and of course, no science fair would be complete without an erupting volcano or two.  In addition, we have invited over 60 special presenters from the greater Nebraska area who will entertain and educate all who attend through many hands-on activities.

All that is missing is YOU!  We need your help to make this science fair happen.  We need community members to serve as project judges, student assistants, and registration staff.  A description of the various volunteer positions is included with this mailing.

How can you register to help?  Just follow the steps listed below.  Please note… all registrations must be completed on-line by the volunteer.

If you would like to volunteer for the science fair, please follow these steps…

  1. Review the job descriptions for the various volunteer positions.  Descriptions are included in this letter.
  2. Access the volunteer registration form directly HERE or go to www.lps.org  (type in keyword Science) which will bring up the LPS Science homepage.  Scroll down to the bottom where you’ll see Click here to be a volunteer listed under 2018 Zoetis-LPS-GSK Science Fair.   
  3. Complete the registration form and submit it.  Periodically, we will be sending out an email to all registrants indicating that we’ve received your registration.

Please respond by February 16th.   If you have any questions, please contact me at 402-436-1140 or rsettles@lps.org.  Or you may contact James Blake (jblake@lps.org).

Science Fair Volunteer Positions 

Project JudgeOur greatest need!  (5:00pm-until completion)
Review six to eight student projects.  Utilizing a uniform judging form, you will discuss the project with the students to see what they have learned.  (A refresher training session for judges will be held the night of the fair beginning at 4:30 pm at the Lancaster Event Center.)

Judge Registration→  (4:00-6:00 pm)
Greet judges as they arrive at the fair site.  You will also distribute judging forms, clipboards, and supplies to judges.

Information Table & Volunteer Registration→ (3:45-5:45 pm or 5:45-7:45 pm)
Greet all ‘non-judging’ volunteers.  You would also register all students who did not complete their registration through their school.  You will also help answer questions for our participants and visitors.

Student Registration→ (3:45-6:00 pm)
Distribute nametags, project numbers, and table assignments to all student participants.

T-Shirt Distribution→ (3:45- 6:00 pm)
Distribute t-shirts to our student participants.

Table Guide→  A High Need for volunteers! (3:45-6:00 pm)
Assist students in finding their assigned table location on the floor.

Judging Form Review→  (6:15-8:15 pm)
Review each judging form for mathematical accuracy, organize forms and possible data entry.

Posted on January 19, 2018


What are the Lincoln Public Schools Behavior Programs?

Lincoln Public Schools has three behavior programs:

Don D. Sherrill Education Center (DDSEC)
Pre-K through 5th grades
Principal: Cindy Vodicka
Location: 330 N. 56th Street
Has served 79 students throughout 2017-18 school year

Nuernberger Education Center (NEC)
6th through 8th grades
Principal: Jaime Boedeker
Location: 1801 S. 40th Street
Has served 73 students throughout the 2017-18 school year

Yankee Hill (YH)
9th through 12th grades
Principal:  Erik Witt
Location: 865 W. Burnham Street
Has served 80 students throughout the 2017-18 school year

Who does this program target?
Students who have significant behavioral issues that are not able to benefit from and are struggling in their home attendance school’s behavior programming.

How do students get to one these programs?
A process exists where the home attendance school works with the process staff to implement behavior specific strategies then collect data. If behavior doesn't improve the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team meets to determine if a placement at the behavior program will provide more support to the student.

What are the important components of  the settings?
Students walk in protocol (in a line with hands clasped behind their backs) with voices “off” for safety and structure; expectations called “norms” taught and practiced in the classroom, hallway, playground, other settings; students wear dress code; have three short assemblies each day to reset expectations; use seven levels of redirection; behavior is rated consistently and shared with students

What are the leadership opportunities for students?
All students earn ratings through their daily behavior data from concern, neutral, positive, positive observation, pledge, student government, and executive . After earning a leadership status (positive observation or above), students are able to redirect peers in a positive manner, and begin to facilitate the assembly process. Some students who have had significant behavioral issues in the past become strong leaders and assist peers in learning and maintaining positive behaviors.

Why do these programs “work”?
The students have consistent structure and know exactly what to expect. High expectations behaviorally and academically are key as well as learning and practicing appropriate behaviors. Staff are skilled and foster positive relationships with students. Relationship building between students and staff is very powerful in learning and maintaining behavior.

How are the programs funded?
The programs are funded by Lincoln Public Schools special education funds that include federal, state, and local monies.       

Posted on January 19, 2018


January LPS Learning Lunch: Success with our Scholars, featuring LPS Youth Development Team

Lincoln Public Schools students will talk about finding success in school at the January Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 – in a presentation called“Success with our Scholars” that features remarks from students and Pete Ferguson, LPS Youth Development Team coordinator.

LPS Learning Lunches, open to the Lincoln community, are held 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.  You bring your lunch, we provide dessert.

The rest of the 2017-18 season:

  •       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 January 04, 2018


Annual MLK Jr. Breakfast set for Jan. 12

When you attend the Martin Luther King Jr. “Freedom Breakfast” in January, you will help local students achieve their dream of attending college.

The 25th Annual MLK “Freedom Breakfast” will be held Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln. The breakfast is from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and doors open at 7 a.m. Tickets are $25, and there’s also an option to sponsor an individual or group.

Martha Florence, director of community engagement at NET, will be the keynote speaker. Additional comments will be made by Southeast Community College President Dr. Paul Illich, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, Lincoln Public Schools Dr. Liz Standish, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Dr. Ronnie Green.

The event is sponsored by SCC, UNL and LPS. Proceeds from the breakfast will go toward scholarships for students in Lincoln.

“The MLK breakfast typically draws hundreds of participants who represent the rich cultural, ethnic and generational diversity in our community,” said Jose Soto, vice president for Access/Equity/Diversity at SCC and one of the event’s organizers. “It’s a time of reflection and unity in recognition of Dr. King’s contributions to our nation and community.”

You can download the ticket order form here. For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, contact Ed Wimes at ewimes@nebraska.edu or 402-202-3267.

Posted on December 22, 2017


Piano Lessons for Adults

Have you always wanted to play the piano? Or have you forgotten how to play piano since you were a child? Join Lincoln's Community Piano Experience, a group piano class offered with the help of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music Piano Pedagogy faculty and interns! Offering classes at beginning and intermediate levels! Date, time, location, and cost information can be found on our website https://sites.google.com/site/lincolncommunitypiano/. For additional information email lincoln.cpe@gmail.com or call Travis Worsham at 936-591-2116. Registration deadline: January 17, 2018. 

Posted on December 22, 2017


Highlights of 12/12 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.

Board looks forward, approves refreshed LPS strategic plan

After a comprehensive community engagement process over the past year, the Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday approved a new and refreshed strategic plan to take the school district through the next five years.

“The community has really reached out and helped us decide how to guide the district in the next five years,” said Board President Lanny Boswell.  “I look forward to taking this plan forward.” 

The Board determined to create an overarching vision for the new strategic plan that states: “To prepare all students to be college, career and civic-life ready with a goal of 90 percent on-time graduation.” 

The new strategic plan then focuses on five major thematic areas: academic success for students, global citizenship for all students, support for educators, family and community partnerships, and growth ready facilities.

The themes and goals are:

Future Ready Global Citizens:

  • Investigate the feasibility of developing additional K-12 focus programs, strengthening existing focus programs, and other programming options.
  • Develop plans to address the need for students to have greater exposure to world languages and cultures.

Support Academic Success for all Students:

  • Expand delivery model opportunities to allow for flexible scheduling.
  • Expand plans to address mental health needs of students.
  • Assess feasibility to expand access to high quality early childhood program access through additional full-day and part-day program options.
  • Increase movement opportunities throughout the school day to support developmental, physical and social needs of students.

Support for Educators:

  • Research and implement strategies to recruit, hire, develop, support and retain the highest quality and diverse staff.
  • Evaluate district assessments to determine the impact on classroom time and student performance.

Family and Community Partnerships:

  • Work toward providing all students access to full-service community schools that provide after school programs.

Growth ready facilities and infrastructure:

  • Research and develop facility plans to address growing high school enrollment.
  • Continue to update the LPS 10-year Facilities and Infrastructure Plan. 

The strategic plan draft is the result of intense community participation and support in an initiative that began early last school year – an initiative that included 49 community sessions and 3,800 responses from community citizens.  Data collected from community engagement was passed onto a Community Study Team – made up of community members and LPS staff – and then reviewed and modified through two Board work sessions.  

Attendance areas for newly annexed property

The Board approved attendance areas for newly annexed city property near Yankee Hill Road and South 40th Street.  Attendance areas will be: Humann Elementary School, Pound Middle School and Lincoln Southeast High School.

LPS Policy

The Board approved revisions in policy series 4000 related to Human Resources, including changes for Equal Employment Opportunity and Recruitment. 

Applications

The Board approved an application for a Woods Charitable Fund Breakthrough Initiative Grant.

The Board considered submission of a grant request to United Way to help continue to support the Two Generations – Family Literacy project.  They will vote final approval at the Jan. 9 Board meeting.

Data Snapshot

Instructional leaders presented a variety of scores and evaluation data – previously released to the public – to give Board members a “Data Snapshot” of the school district.

“I want to stress that we are using this data all year long,” said Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS.  “We have many systems in place for analyzing data at a school level – and we are getting better and better in using this data in more meaningful ways…We are also getting better looking at data, student by student, determining what they need to continue to be successful.” 

Stavem explained that educators from across the school district will come together to identify common threads and common possible strategies.  “We will look at individual stories of our students and ask questions such as: What barriers can we take out of the way? What adjustments do we need to make?”

Update on Refunding Series 2010 Build America Bond issue

The Board was given an update on their previous approval for refunding of the series 2010 Build America Bond Issue.  The purpose of advanced refunding is to take on bonds at a lower interest rate. The refunding resulted in 6.3 percent taxpayer savings – or just over $2.9 million.

Staff Celebration

The Lincoln Board of Education recognized Lincoln Public Schools employees who have given the school district 25 years of professional service: 

  1.   Darcy Ahlman
  2.   Linda Bouwens
  3.   Leslie Brown
  4.   Carrie Burkey
  5.  James Danson
  6.   Kathryn Dean
  7.  Sandra Devlin
  8.   Susan Dinsdale
  9.   Julia Dixon
  10. Robin Douglas-Lundy
  11. Kathleen Drahota
  12. Teresa Drake
  13. Richard Drommond
  14. Lynette Dunse
  15. Deborah Eastman
  16. Julie Eschliman
  17. Patrick Gatzemeyer
  18. Stacey Haney
  19. Sandra Hanson
  20. Stacey Heiser
  21. Richard Herrera
  22. Kathy Hoffart
  23. Anne Hubbell
  24. Kevin Hubbell
  25. Trisha Knoell
  26. Lisa Kramer-Hansen
  27. Karen Krull
  28. Karen Langan
  29. Roman Lys
  30. Robert McEntarffer
  31. Kelly Mitchell
  32. Carol Moravec
  33. Lisa Morehouse
  34. Marsha Munger
  35. Allegra Penington
  36. Nancy Peters
  37. Richard Powers
  38. Darin Raguse
  39. Cynthia Sell
  40. John Snoozy
  41. Joyce Sohl
  42. Pamela Steckelberg
  43. Stacy Steffensmeier
  44. Shari Stock
  45. Donna Straight
  46. Larry Sypho
  47. Scott Vicroy
  48. Sherry West
  49. Sandra Whiston
  50. Judith Wittwer
  51. Cheryl Wood
  52. Gary Zellweger
  53. Mara Zigurs

 

Posted on December 12, 2017


LPS names new Student Services Administrator

Lincoln Public Schools announces that Clay Hollman has accepted the position of Student Services Administrator  and will begin second semester.  He has served as the Special Education Coordinator at Lincoln Southeast High School since the 2012-13 school year, and also served as the Assistant Special Education Coordinator and  Special Education teacher at Southeast.  

Clay has Master’s of Education degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership from Doane University and is enrolled in the Doane Educational Specialist Program.

“We are excited about Clay joining our Student Services team,” said Russ Uhing, director of Student Services at LPS. “His knowledge of developing and implementing intervention and support plans for students along with his leadership experience at Southeast will be of great benefit as he supports our students and families district-wide.”

Posted on December 08, 2017


December LPS Learning Lunch: Restoring Calm, How LPS Responds to Crisis

The December Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch will happen at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19 and feature a presentation, “Restoring Calm: LPS Response to Crisis,” byBrenda Leggiadro, LPS supervisor for counselors and social workers, and Ursula Vernon-Hansen, LPS Crisis Response Team facilitator.

 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.  You bring your lunch, we provide dessert.

The rest of the 2017-18 season:

  •        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 December 06, 2017


LPS scores, graduation rate hold steady through increased rigor

High school graduation rates and state student achievement assessment scores are all holding steady at Lincoln Public Schools – generally scoring above state averages – as the school district increases both rigor and student enrollment numbers.

On Friday the Nebraska Department of Education released graduation rates from school districts across the state, as well as the many documents representing the 2016-17 Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) scores (assessment based on state standards).

The LPS scores reflect many factors that result in providing quality education for LPS children, according to Steve Joel, superintendent at LPS, factors that include challenging curriculum and robust classroom instruction, quality educators and support for educators, as well as strong school and district leadership.  “We are seeing strong numbers and success stories for our students, while we also have work ahead of us with a rapidly growing student enrollment reflective of our changing demographics.”   

Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS, noted LPS scores have generally stayed solid and consistent – a success when considering the dramatic growth in student enrollment and the school district’s continued focus on raising the bar. “We are graduating a high percentage of students and we are very proud of that fact.  We continue to have a high graduation rate compared to school districts of the same size and demographics.  And we have more graduates than ever before, despite increased graduation requirements and rigor.”

For example:

  •         New LPS graduation requirements beginning with the class of 2015 increased total credits from 230 to 245 – and 182.5 of those credits are in required subjects compared to the previous 152.5.
  •         Along with new state science standards (adopted this fall) LPS Science Curriculum Specialist James Blake has worked diligently to prepare students and teachers.
  • Math Curriculum Specialist Josh Males has worked to deal with significant revision in math curriculum to meet the new state college and career ready standards.
  •         English Language Arts: Since the new state standards implementation in 2014, and aligning ELA state assessments to the standards (spring 2017) – the Nebraska Department of Education is raising the bar for LPS and students across the state.  The 2017 year is the first time students were assessed over the current, more rigorous Nebraska ELA College and Career Ready Standards. ELA Curriculum Specialists Lisa Oltman and Mindy Murphy have worked to revise district curriculum to help students acquire the skills described in the new standards.

Graduation rates

The high school graduation rate for for the LPS class of 2017 decreased slightly, from 85.6 to 85.2 percent, statistically staying flat, Stavem said, adding that LPS actually had more graduates than ever in 2017 – 2,032 compared to 1,955 the year before.  The percent of dropouts has remained constant (6.2 percent), while the percent of students continuing in school to work toward graduation after four years has increased (8.2 percent for 2016, 8.6 percent for 2017).

Stavem also noted that LPS is almost at 90 percent graduation rate when five- and six-year graduates are included.  “We continue to encourage students to stay with us beyond their senior year, if they did not graduate, because they are important to us, and more and more of those kids are graduating.”   

The official graduation rate in Nebraska and across the country is what is called the “on-time” rate – students who graduate in four years – but LPS also closely tracks students who graduate in five years (88.2 percent for the most recent numbers), and six years (89.9 percent).

LPS uses two sets of data for evaluating and assessing the high school graduation rate in the school district – using formulas that are slightly different – both released Friday.  For more than 20 years, LPS has followed the general rule of calculating graduation rates for students who start as ninth graders in the school district and graduate in four years on time. That means 85.2 percent of the students in the class of 2017 who started at LPS as ninth graders – and did not move away – graduated on time in four years.  (That compares to a graduation rate of about 80 percent at LPS more than five years ago.)

Graduation numbers for school districts across the state released Friday by the Nebraska State Department of Education use a slightly different calculation formula. The state includes students who transfer into high school after ninth grade begins: a formula that gives LPS an 82.8 percent, compared to 83.24 the previous year.  The state also released numbers for students who graduated in five years (86.7 percent), and six years (88.0 percent).  LPS officials note the difference in calculations is understandable: Students who arrive and transfer into LPS later in their school experience tend to have a greater number of challenges and therefore may graduate at a lower rate.

Achievement scores

NeSA achievement scores for LPS students released Friday are mostly above state averages – in fact, LPS scores are well above other large school districts in Nebraska.

Some scores are problematic to evaluate and compare this year, Stavem said, explaining the NeSA ELA test was new last school year – intending to measure the new College and Career Ready Nebraska Standards.  Teachers generally use NeSA scores – with other assessment information – to support a student’s ongoing learning, she continued.  “One of our challenges using NeSA scores this year is that they look starkly different from previous years and don’t necessarily line up with our other assessments and indicators.”

What’s more, the Nebraska Department of Education urged viewing the scores with caution with these words: “NDE expected the change in proficiency numbers and have been communicating to schools, districts and the public that the expected results were forthcoming for three years. The change in number of non-proficient students is a result of the increased expectations for students in Nebraska as we move to a focus of all students becoming College and Career Ready. Teachers and students are not suddenly poor performers…We cannot make comparisons between this year’s NeSA-ELA scores and any previous scores. This is a new baseline with high expectations for College and Career Readiness. There is really no comparison.”

ELA and math tests were given to all Nebraska students in grades 3-8, and the science test was given to 5th and 8th grade students. This was the seventh year Nebraska students have taken math, the sixth year for science and the first year they have taken the new NeSA ELA exam. Next year students will take a different assessment in ELA.

Stavem said the school district uses many other tools and assessments that affirm LPS students are continuing to learn and improve.  LPS has long focused on the goal of making sure students are college and career ready, she continued, pointing to the fact that 68 percent of LPS students in the class of 2016 went on to attend college – and92 percent of LPS students who enrolled in a four-year college continued into their sophomore year.  “The students we send to college are ready, our numbers confirm that – and those numbers are well above national averages. We are confident our students are prepared.” 

Summaries of each achievement area

English Language Arts (ELA), grades 3-6

  • In all grades, the percent of LPS students proficient on NeSA-ELA exceeds the state average.
    • 7 points higher in 3rd grade
    • 9 points higher in 4th grade
    • 7 points higher in 5th grade
    • 8 points higher in 6th grade
  • 2017 is the first year the NeSA-ELA assessment has been given. The design of the assessment has changed and scores on the NeSA-ELA should not be compared to scores from previous years on the NeSA-R.  Next year students will take a different assessment, the NSCAS.

ELA grades 7, 8 and 11

  • In grades 7 and 8, the percentage of LPS students proficient on NeSA-ELA exceeded the state average (6 points higher in 7th grade and 7 points higher in 8thgrade)
  • In grade 11, the percentage of LPS students “On Track” or “Meeting” expectations on the ACT exceeded the state average

Science:

  • Elementary curriculum enhancements showed evidence of effectiveness in fifth grade during the 2016-17 school year, coming within one percent of the highest all time score over six years of the test.
    • The high score occurred while all students were using a new science curriculum for the first time in fifth grade only, while the test covers material over three years of instruction.
    • In fifth grade, the percent of LPS students proficient on NeSA-S rose steadily from 2012 to 2014 and then became relatively stable in 2013-14, and have maintained.
  • Middle schools met state average in 8th grade – in fact, were 1 percent higher.
  • 2016-2017 was the first year ACT-S was given in place of NeSA-S for LPS juniors – and they exceeded the state average on the ACT science by two percent proficient.

Math:

  • In grades 3-8, the percent of LPS students proficient on the NeSA-M exceeds the state average in every grade.  
  • Results of first year of using ACT scores for 11th grade achievement indicate the school district is above the state average.

 

 

Posted on December 01, 2017


November: LPS Community High School Task Force at Southeast

The Lincoln Public Schools Community High School Task Force held its third meeting on Thursday at Lincoln Southeast High School and continued committee work to study high school enrollment, priorities and facilities.   

Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs, who is facilitating the Task Force, took a moment to describe the role and process for the work of the Task Force. 

“This Task Force represents the very beginning of a community conversation – you are bringing the important issues to the surface – your work is directional,” Standish explained.

This group might answer questions such as:

  •       What are some of the key areas the school district should study?
  •       What are the recommendations that the school district should explore further and vet?
  •       What are some of the guiding principles the school district should keep in mind as we refine a high school recommendation? 

She outlined the probable calendar of events that will follow the Task Force work:  

  •   The Task Force will make recommendations – then the Board of Education and the superintendent will take topics to the broader community, research ideas, conduct surveys and further study.
  •  The past model for LPS includes a Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee – with subcommittees – and it is likely that a similar group would form and include a committee on high school.
  •  The Board of Education will evaluate Advisory Committee suggestions matching recommendations to resources available, setting priorities, etc.

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.

On Thursday, the Task Force continued to work in four subcommittees and discuss specific discussion topics. 

  • 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 November 30, 2017


Catching the kindness bug at Lefler Middle School

They say kindness is contagious. If that’s the case, no one who works at Lefler Middle School is immune.

During a recent 10-day span, Lefler staff participated in “Kindness Blitz,” which encouraged the recognition of co-workers who perform random acts of kindness.

When someone “caught” a colleague doing anything that made Lefler a better place to be, they gave that person a t-shirt that read, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind - Lefler Middle School, Building a Community of Learners.” They took a photo of the person with the t-shirt and a “kindness card” they also received, which described their good deed. Then that person was required to repeat the same process with another co-worker within 24 hours.

By the end, every staff member at Lefler was sporting a kindness t-shirt. Their photos and kindness cards were displayed in the staff lounge.

The idea came from Jan McKeown, Lefler’s instructional technology coach.

“In a climate like this, I think the most important statement is to take care of each other,” she said. “I don’t know how anyone can argue this.”

Erin Pauley, a speech pathologist at the school, said the kindness campaign was a great way to acknowledge selfless acts that are sometimes taken for granted. “It was anytime we saw someone go the extra mile - not doing something they have to, but they choose to,” she said.

Here are a few examples from the kindness cards:

“You have a natural ability to build relationships with students. Please never stop smiling everywhere you go.”

“I appreciate the patience and kindness you show to our kids and staff. Your calm demeanor is a great example for me.”

“You are a perfect example of a kind person. I always know our students are in great hands when they are working with you. You model kindness in your everyday actions by responding quickly to student needs and coming up with ways to help and support even when it is hard.”

 Sixth-grade math and science teacher Adam Lempka said it wasn’t only Lefler staff who reaped the benefits of the “Kindness Blitz.”

“The kids were wondering and asking what we were doing, so you get to have that conversation, as well,” he said.

 

Posted on November 29, 2017


Highlights of 11/28 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

Highlights of 11/28 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St.

The Board will hold its next meeting – the only meeting in December – at 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

Proposed LPS strategic plan focuses on student academic, global success

With a focus on academic success and global citizenship for all students, support for educators, family and community partnerships, and growth ready facilities – the Lincoln Board of Education Tuesday rolled out the proposed strategic plan for the school district going forward for the next five years. 

“I’m really pleased to present this to you tonight,” said LPS Superintendent Steve Joel.  “This is a living, breathing document; this is a tremendous body of work; this is something we can be very, very proud of. 

Board members were supportive:

Don Mayhew: “Our process for this strategic plan was far-reaching, future thinking, very inclusive, and in the end it was data driven…I do believe this document represents a perfect consensus of the Board.”

Connie Duncan: “It was a long process and we worked hard…It just proved to me again, the schools belong to all of us…they are entire community schools.”

Annie Mumgaard:  “We had to answer the question…how do you take the community’s dreams and aspirations for our future – and then set them into intentions and into goals…I really think these five themes say:  This is what our community believes we can be, wants us to be and expects us to be.”

Matt Schulte: “This was lots of fun, a good opportunity to set strategic plan.”

Barb Baier: “This document gives us direction, but what I like about it – is that it’s flexible, we can go and roll with the punches…I also really like this document because the action steps give us accountability to the community as a whole…This is a document that will allow us to achieve new goals and create new realities for our students.” 

Kathy Danek: “For me, our number one responsibility is to graduate students with a world class education that prepares them to go out into the world… This really is about helping kids graduate...We’re working not to just focus on the past needs or visions, but on the ability of today’s and future graduates…I think this is a great plan.” 

Lanny Boswell was particularly impressed with the “flexibility and agility of the action steps…This was a very inclusive process…future focused….there were so many opportunities to share individual opinions, and to find that consensus…We are united in support for this plan.”

The Board determined to create an overarching vision for the new strategic plan that states: “To prepare all students to be college, career and civic-life ready with a goal of 90 percent on-time graduation.”

Then, the refreshed strategic plan is divided into five themes – all supporting the overarching vision – with goals and action steps included in each thematic area.  The proposed goals in each thematic area follow.

Future Ready Global Citizens:

  • Investigate the feasibility of developing additional K-12 focus programs, strengthening existing focus programs, and other programming options.
  • Develop plans to address the need for students to have greater exposure to world languages and cultures.

Support Academic Success for all Students:

  • Expand delivery model opportunities to allow for flexible scheduling.
  • Expand plans to address mental health needs of students.
  • Assess feasibility to expand access to high quality early childhood program access through additional full-day and part-day program options.
  • Increase movement opportunities throughout the school day to support developmental, physical and social needs of students.

Support for Educators:

  • Research and implement strategies to recruit, hire, develop, support and retain the highest quality and diverse staff.
  • Evaluate district assessments to determine the impact on classroom time and student performance.

Family and Community Partnerships:

  • Work toward providing all students access to full-service community schools that provide after school programs. 

Growth ready facilities and infrastructure:

  • Research and develop facility plans to address growing high school enrollment.
  • Continue to update the LPS 10-year Facilities and Infrastructure Plan.

The strategic plan draft is the result of intense community participation and support in an initiative that began early last school year – an initiative that included 49 community sessions and 3,800 responses from community citizens.  Data collected from community engagement was passed onto a Community Study Team – made up of community members and LPS staff – and then reviewed and modified through two Board work sessions.  

The Board will vote final approval of the new strategic plan on Dec. 12. Once adopted, strategic plan goals will return to the appropriate Board committees to develop further operational plans.

Refunding Series 2010 Build America Bond issue

The Board gave LPS the authority for advanced refunding of the series 2010 Build America Bond Issue that analysis indicates would likely result in 3 percent taxpayer savings – or about $1.5 million – according to Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs. The purpose of advanced refunding is to take on bonds at a lower interest rate.

Standish explained that potential impending federal legislation could eliminate the ability to have advanced refunding with tax credit status.

Attendance areas for newly annexed property

The Board heard a proposal to provide attendance areas for newly annexed city property near Yankee Hill Road and South 40th Street.  Proposed attendance areas are: Humann Elementary School, Pound Middle School and Lincoln Southeast High School.  The Board will approve attendance areas on Dec. 12.

LPS Policy

The Board approved policy in the 3400 series related to Business: Sale of Real or Other Property.

They considered revisions in policy series 4000 related to Human Resources, including changes for Equal Employment Opportunity and Recruitment.  They will approve those policy changes Dec. 12. 

Grant applications considered

The Board considered several grants:

  •       The Board approved an application for a Migrant Education grant from the Nebraska Department of Education.
  •       The Board considered an application for a Woods Charitable Fund Breakthrough Initiative Grant.  The Board will vote final approval of this grant applications Dec. 12.

Key Core Networking and IP Telephony Equipment approved

The Board renewed the three-year contract for key core networking and IP Telephony equipment and licensing with the manufacturer for maintenance, software upgrades and technical support.

Student Celebration

The Lincoln Board of Education recognizes the rich curriculum of Lincoln Public Schools, honoring our school district’s ability to offer students a wide variety of courses that nurture individual interests.  One class in the high school Music Curriculum offerings – Music Composition/Technology – presents educators and students with an opportunity to weave together lessons in music, creativity and technology. 

Presenters were:

  •        Paul Kenney, assistant band director and music teacher, Lincoln East High School
  •        Lisabeth Wissink, vocal music teacher, Lincoln East High School
  •        Helen Little, senior, Lincoln East High School

 

Posted on November 28, 2017


LPS Learning Lunch Nov. 29: Social emotional learning in our school district

The fourth Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch of the 2017-18 season will happen at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and feature a presentation, “Social Emotional Learning: What is it and what does it look like at LPS,” by Carrie Erks, an LPS school social worker.

LPS Learning Lunches, open to the Lincoln community, are held in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St.  (**Please note this month’s Learning Lunch will be held on a Wednesday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.) 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.

 

Posted on November 27, 2017


Harvest of Books cultivates the gift of reading

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 22, 2017


LPS celebrates Scottish Rite Teacher of the Year

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


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