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

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

Help welcome home Vietnam Veterans on May 1 < New

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

Posted on March 24, 2017



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

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

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

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

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

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

Reserve Your Spot Today!

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

Posted on March 22, 2017


LPS graduation ceremonies for class of 2017

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

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

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

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

Posted on March 21, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cary said the answer is a combination of many factors:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other “tiers” of needs include:

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

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

 

 

Posted on March 21, 2017


TCA culinary teams take top three spots

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

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

Posted on March 20, 2017


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

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

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

Doors to the Board Room open at noon, the program begins at 12:15 p.m., questions-and-answers happen at 12:45 p.m. Please bring your own lunch – we’ll provide dessert. 

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

Remaining in the 2016-17 season:

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

Posted on March 17, 2017


Heminger honored as World Language Outstanding Teacher of the Year

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

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

Posted on March 16, 2017


LYS invites alumni for special concert

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

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

Posted on March 13, 2017


LPS names new principals for the 2017-18 school year

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

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

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

The new principals are:

Arnold Elementary School: Jodi Frager

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

Brownell Elementary School: Kelly Apel

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

Eastridge Elementary School: Traci Boothe

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

Pershing Elementary School: Jamie Cook

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

Saratoga Elementary School: Annette Bushaw

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

 

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

Posted on March 10, 2017


Women in Science Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 9 | 6:00-7:30pm

Women in Science Panel Discussion at Morrill Hall

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

6:30-7:30pm - panel discussion

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

Panelists:

Kiyomi Deards, Associate Professor, UNL Libraries

Moriah Locklear, Chemistry Graduate Student and Past President of PLU

Teresa Urlacher, Scientist, LiCor Biosciences

Moderator: Martha Morton, Director of Research Instrumentation

Posted on March 09, 2017


Tourette Syndrome Workshop

Posted on March 09, 2017


Make Retirement Savings a priority in 2017

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

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

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

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

Posted on March 09, 2017


Students helping students register to vote

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on March 09, 2017


School Breakfast Week recognized at the capitol

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

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

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

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

Posted on March 08, 2017


Thank You Teacher winners announced for 2017

The surprise announcements


Samuel Segrist

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


Jeff Williams

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


Vickie Neilly

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


Kristy Kennedy and Kate Manstedt

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


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

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

Full Event Video

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

Posted on March 07, 2017


New elementary administrator changes announced

Lincoln Public Schools announces two administrator changes for next year.

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

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

Congratulations to both Chris and JJ!

Posted on March 07, 2017


Science fair a success

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

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

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

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

Posted on March 03, 2017


96 LPS students honored at regional art competition

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

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

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

 

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

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

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

Posted on February 27, 2017


Announcing two district positions recently filled

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

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

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


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

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

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

Posted on February 24, 2017


NARSP Offering Scholarship to Active Educators

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

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

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

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

Applications and additional information may be requested by contacting: 

Robert or Billie Bussmann, LARSP Co-Presidents
3750 Normal Boulevard
Lincoln, NE 68506
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Posted on February 22, 2017


Eastridge Recycling Fundraiser

Posted on February 22, 2017


Nebraska Writing Project's Summer Institute

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

Brochure

Posted on February 22, 2017


TCA networking students take home the gold, silver

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

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

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

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

Posted on February 20, 2017


Open Houses planned for Irving, Norwood Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on February 20, 2017


JROTC cadets share love of aviation with Mickle students

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

Posted on February 20, 2017


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


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

Early childhood grant approved

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

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

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

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

Newly annexed property

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

Staff Celebration

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

 

 

 

Posted on February 14, 2017


East High team qualifies for National Science Bowl

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

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

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

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

Posted on February 14, 2017


Lux twins spell off in fierce finals of Spelling Bee

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

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

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

Zounds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on February 11, 2017


Teacher Stipend for ELL Graduate Classes

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

 

Posted on February 09, 2017


Upcoming Financial Wellness Seminars for Employees

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on February 08, 2017


Lincoln Rotary Club Foundation Awards Grant to Support Everett Elementary School’s Fuel Up to Play 60 Program

Lincoln Rotary Club #14 Foundation awarded Everett Elementary School in the Lincoln Public School District $1,500 to support the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 youth wellness program. With this grant, Everett Elementary will receive a Fuel Up to Play 60 Coach working with Midwest Dairy Council. The Fuel Up to Play 60 coach will assist the school in their efforts to create a healthy school environment for their more than 480 students. Implementing the Fuel Up to Play 60 program will allow for greater student participation in the program’s initiatives, focusing on both healthy eating and physical activity.
 
“Rotary 14 adopted Everett Elementary as one of our primary service efforts,” noted Mark Stephens, President of the club. “Our members have enthusiastically endorsed this effort and they’re looking forward to volunteering to help at the school.” Everett Elementary School is located just south of Downtown Lincoln. A high percentage of the students in the school come from families faced with financial challenges.
 
“One of the goals of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program is to not only encourage kids to live a healthy, active lifestyle, but to also build confidence and leadership skills among those who participate in the program,” says Susan Stibal, President of the Lincoln Rotary Foundation “That is why we are thrilled to see Everett Elementary receive these funds. This will allow the students to have the coaching and mentoring they need to succeed with the program.”
 
To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 or find out how schools, students or supporters can join the program, please visit FuelUpToPlay60.com.

Posted on February 08, 2017


Lux heads to National Science Bowl, other LPS schools place at regionals

Five middle school teams represented Lincoln Public Schools on Saturday in the regional U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl Competition at Wayne State College. Lux Middle School won the regional and will head to National Competition at the end of April.

“Our students learned about hard work, dedication and teamwork,” commented Luke Luxford, Lux science teacher. “Our students were dedicated to learning and reading as much science as they could since November in preparation for Saturday's event.”

The Lux Middle School team consists of five eighth grade students. Luxford credited their friendship for the win.

“This helps with teamwork and respect for the other members of the team. They have done such a great job of working together and helping each other grow in their science and math knowledge.  I am so proud of them all.”

Other LPS schools participating included two teams from Mickle Middle School, a team from Schoo Middle School, and a team from Goodrich Middle School. The Mickle Blue team placed third, and Schoo placed 4th.

Goodrich Middle School science teacher Craig Little said, “Science Bowl is a great experience for our students. It teaches them how to work together on a team to solve problems, which is a great skill to have for the workplace.”

Science teacher Katie Hammond at Mickle Middle School said her students could be heard saying it gave them a reason to be competitive without needing athletic ability.

She added, “Science Quiz Bowl gave our students the opportunity to educate themselves on content beyond the curriculum. This type of competition prepares students for high school by giving them more in depth knowledge about science topics.”

LPS science curriculum coordinator James Blake said, “The Science Curriculum Department is proud of all of the LPS schools who competed, because of all of the effort that went in for preparations and the competition on Saturday.  We wish Lux the best as they go on to represent Nebraska and Lincoln Public Schools at nationals!”

Posted on February 06, 2017


African-American Read-in February 10

The LPS Youth Development Team invites you to explore literature contributions of African-Americans at the annual African-American Read-In February 10, Noon to 1:00 p.m. This Read-In will be held in the Board Room of the Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 “O” Street. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.

Music and reading by community stakeholders will explore African-American history and the rich history, role, and contributions of African-Americans in the world of literature and arts.

Readers and performers on February 10, include: Welcome provided by Mary Reiman, LPS Director of Media Services; Master of Ceremonies William Bryant, LPS Student Advocate for the African-American Community; playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Oriana Hawley, Lux Middle School scholar; Lameakia Collier, Executive Assistant Governmental Relations & Multicultural Office, Lincoln Public Schools; Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Yano Jones, Assistant Principal, Schoo Middle School – Lincoln Public Schools; Brandon Bradley, Head Wrestling Coach & Assistant to the Athletic Director, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Jasmine Cincore, Scholar-Athlete (basketball) University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Taylor Bishop, Reporter, 10/11 KOLN/KGIN; Shanna Letcher, LPS Student Advocate for the African-American Community and a performance of “Let Your Light Shine” by the Belmont TRACKS Empowerment scholars of Belmont Elementary School. The Read-In represents ongoing collaborations between LPS and LCL. The National Council for the Teachers of English hosts the National African American Read-In. This national literacy initiative kicks off during Black History Month. The purpose of the read-in is to share the unique experiences found in African-American literature with students from pre-K to adult.

An additional African-American Read-In will be held on February 21, 2016, Noon-1:00 p.m., at the Loren Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St., Lincoln, NE 68521. Readers and performers will include community stakeholders from business, city/state, athletics, scholars, and more. No reservations are required. More information is available by calling 402.436.1974, email at pfergus@lps.org, or at lincolnlibraries.org.

Posted on February 06, 2017


Retirements announced for principals, administrators

In the past week, several top administrators from Lincoln Public Schools have announced their retirement at the close of the 2016-17 school year. 

Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS, noted: “We are so grateful for the legacy of excellence these leaders will leave with Lincoln Public Schools.  They have demonstrated their commitment to our students and families through their dedicated service and the many ways they have made our school district a great place to learn and grow.”  

Retiring at the close of the school year are:

Paula Baker, principal at Pyrtle Elementary School since 2012, was previously principal at Pershing Elementary School and coordinator at Maxey Elementary School.  She also taught at Zeman, Beattie, Belmont and Maxey elementary schools, as well as for Westside Community Schools and Millard Public Schools.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Kearney State College and her Master’s Degree from Doane University,  

Deb Dabbert, principal at Eastridge Elementary School since 2009, was previously principal at Belmont and Hawthorne elementary schools, coordinator at Brownell Elementary School, and special education coordinator at Meadow Lane Elementary School.  Before that she taught at Huntington Elementary School, Omaha Public Schools and Palmyra/Bennet Schools.

She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Kathy Fleming has been principal at Saratoga Elementary School since 2005, and previously was assistant principal at Saratoga and coordinator at Campbell Elementary School.  She taught at McPhee Elementary School.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rhonda True, principal of Pershing Elementary School since 2012, was also assistant principal at Prescott Elementary School and instructional coordinator at Elliott Elementary School. She taught at Lux Middle School, and Rousseau and Sheridan elementary schools, and Grand Island Public Schools.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and her Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Ruth Ann Wylie, principal at Prescott Elementary School since 2009, was also principal at Riley Elementary, and coordinator and teacher/team leader at Riley.  Wylie served as president of the Lincoln Education Association from 1991-1997.  She taught at Rousseau Elementary School and what used to be Park Elementary School.  She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Mary Reiman has served as the director of Library Media Services since 2005.  She began her career as a school librarian in Wakefield, Nebraska before moving to Lincoln Southeast High School as media specialist there. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Dakota, her Master of Library Science Degree from Emporia State University and her Master of Adult Education and Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska.

Cindy Brunken, Special Education supervisor since 2008, was previously the Special Education Coordinator at Lux Middle School and Team Leader for Speech-Language Pathology for LPS.  Brunken also was the speech-language pathologist and reading teacher at Lux, and served as speech-language pathologist at Rousseau Elementary School, Lincoln Southeast High School, and the previous Park Elementary School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Doane University, and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from UNL.

Wendy Henrichs has served as athletic director for Lincoln East High School since 2005. Prior to her current position, she was assistant athletic director at East High and an English teacher. She also taught and coached at Grand Island Senior High School  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Central College, and her Master’s Degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Marge Theel has worked at LPS since 1991 and is currently supervisor of Health Services.  At LPS she has also been a First Aid instructor, Team Leader and Medication Administration Certification Instructor. Prior to LPS, Theel worked for the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department as a Public Health Nurse, and at Bryan Memorial Hospital as a staff nurse. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and her Master’s Degree at Cambridge College.

Posted on January 27, 2017


2017 MLK Youth Rally and March

Students and community members gathered on Saturday, January 21, to honor the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the annual Youth Rally and March. The event originally scheduled for Monday, had to be moved due to winter weather.

Below are video highlights from the event:

Posted on January 27, 2017


Lincoln Public Schools: Highlights of 1/24 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 24, at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.

Chromebooks: Heading into third year of Instructional Technology Plan

The Lincoln Board of Education approved the purchase of individual Chromebooks for all LPS students grades 2-12.

The purchase covers Chromebooks for more than 3,000 sixth graders as well as for more than 8,300 students at the four remaining high schools where students do not currently have Chromebooks (Lincoln High, Lincoln East, Lincoln North Star and Lincoln Southwest), and expands on the original plan to add approximately 3,250 second grade students across the district.

Newly annexed property

The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to newly annexed or platted city property.  The Board approved newly annexed property called Grandview Estates 1st Addition and proposed these attendance areas: Wysong Elementary School, Pound Middle School (Moore Middle School next school year) and Lincoln Southeast High School.

Grants

The Board held a first reading and will vote at the Feb. 14 meeting on an Early Childhood Expansion grant application in the amount of $200,000 for LPS to expand early childhood education offerings, with a required 100% match which will be provided through space and equipment that are already in place.  An additional amount $25,000 of grant funds will be requested and used for start-up costs.

After a second reading, the Board approved a five-year, $687,300 State 21st Century Community Learning Center Continuation Grant for the Belmont Elementary, Brownell Elementary, Prescott Elementary and Culler Middle CLC schools. The continuation grant will build on the success these sites have experienced over the past five years.  

Policy changes approved

The Board approved changes in policies related to Community Relations including distribution of community service materials, and use of students for non-school projects.

Strategic Plan Update

The committee is ready to begin the next phase with the community study group and will hold their first meeting Wednesday, Jan. 25. The survey answers and community focus group comments have been recorded, organized by LPS staff and cataloged so it may be accessed by the study group to use in writing the strategic plan.

Student Presentation

Throughout second semester, third grade classrooms across Lincoln Public Schools start “hatching” the popular embryology unit, with “expectant” third graders watching, studying and awaiting the hatching and arrival of baby chicks.  The activity represents a great partnership with the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster Office, as well as a wonderful learning opportunity in the study of a developing embryo.

Presenting about the embryology project was:

  • James Blake, K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist for Lincoln Public Schools
  • Cole Meador, Extension Associate, 4-H (Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County)
  • Bryce Cudaback, Kloefkorn Elementary School third grade science teacher
  • Kloefkorn third graders:  Owen Blake and Ayush Mishra

LPS Combined Community Campaign

John Neal reported that in October Lincoln Public Schools 2016 Combined Community Campaign raised over $156,000.  The Combined Community Campaign raises funds for agencies represented by the United Way, Community Health Charities of Nebraska, and the Community Services Fund.

This year we set a record of overall number of donors with 3,025 LPS staff members contributing to the campaign - setting a three-year high in percentage participation at 48 percent. A record 47 buildings and departments met the 50 percent participation goal.

Top percentage of staff participation at each level included:

  • Southeast High School - 55.95%
  • Schoo Middle School - 100%
  • Fredstrom Elementary School and Beattie Elementary School - 100%

Lincoln Public Schools is proud of its employees and would like to thank them for the contributions.

Posted on January 24, 2017


200 volunteers needed for science fair

We are pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Zoetis-LPS-GSK Science Fair on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  The fair will be held at the Lancaster Event Center-Pavilion 1, located at 4100 N 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… 

a) Review the job descriptions for the various volunteer positions.  Descriptions are included below.

b) 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 2017 Zoetis-LPS-GSK Science Fair.  

c) 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 17th.   If you have any questions, please contact me at 402-436-1140 or rsettles@lps.org.  Or you may contact Becky Rock  (brock@lps.org) . 

Science Fair Volunteer Positions

Project Judge Our greatest need!  (5:00pm-until completion)
You would 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)
You would greet judges as they arrive at the fair site.  You will also distribute judging forms, clipboards, and supplies to judges.

Information Table & Volunteer Registration (3:45-6:00 pm or 6:00-8:15 pm)
You would 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)
You would distribute nametags, project numbers, and table assignments to all student participants.

T-Shirt Distribution (3:45- 6:00 pm)
You would distribute t-shirts to our student participants.

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

Judging Form Review  (6:30-9:00 pm)
You would review each judging form for mathematical accuracy, organize forms and possible data entry.    

Posted on January 18, 2017


Dinosaurs & Disasters at Morrill Hall

The University of Nebraska State Museum and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will host "Dinosaurs and Disasters" family fun day with scientists from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4, at Morrill Hall, (south of 14th and Vine streets, UNL City Campus). 

“Dinosaurs and Disasters” is one of Lincoln's most exciting science learning events for children and their families. 

UNL scientists, graduate and undergraduate students will provide hands-on activities and demonstrations to help visitors better understand change over time.  Visitors can test their knowledge of the Earth’s history, learn about animals and their environments past and present, even go back in time in the ‘Antarctic Time Machine’.  Guests are encouraged to bring a rock or fossil for a scientist to identify. 

Mueller Planetarium will present the fulldome show “Firefall” (show length 35 minutes). Throughout Earth's violent history, impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped its surface. Terrifying and majestic, these invaders from space are capable of utter destruction, yet they have delivered life-giving water and most of the organic materials necessary for life.  Show times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Due to overhead motion and occasional loud sounds that can be overwhelming children must be at least four years of age to be admitted. 

Regular museum and planetarium admission charged. Parking is free in front of the museum.

For more information go to http://www.museum.unl.edu.

Presented by the UNL Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the University of Nebraska State Museum.

Posted on January 18, 2017


Lincoln Public Schools: Highlights of 1/10 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

Highlights of 1/10 Lincoln Board of Education meeting

The Lincoln Board of Education held a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. The Board will hold its next meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.

Chromebooks: Heading into third year of Instructional Technology Plan

The Lincoln Board of Education will pave the way for Lincoln Public Schools to move into the third phase of the Instructional Technology Plan with the Tuesday consideration of a purchase that will mean all LPS students grades 3-12 will have access to individual Chromebooks – and in the future, potentially the addition of second graders. 

The purchase discussed Tuesday – with final approval set for Jan. 24 – would cover Chromebooks for more than 3,000 sixth graders as well as for more than 8,300 students at the four remaining high schools where students do not have Chromebooks (Lincoln High, Lincoln East, Lincoln North Star and Lincoln Southwest).

The original Instructional Technology Plan called for providing Chromebooks to students grades 3-12, but Board members discussed the possibility of providing the gadgets to second graders as well. Funding for addition of one more grade could be provided by extending the original three-year plan into a four-year plan.

January 2017 purchase of Chromebooks for distribution to secondary students in fall of 2017 would allow the school district to save $8 per device (a total of $66,904) and ensure all students are using the same device model.  An advantage of all students using the same model Chromebook is that as devices are retired from service, their parts can be used for repairs on those devices remaining in service.

These purchases were recommended: a total of $2.1 million to Sterling Computers (Dakota Dunes, South Dakota) to purchase 11,421 Dell 11-inch Chromebooks; $313,000 to Dell EMC, Inc. (Round Rock, Texas) for device management licensing (Chrome Management); and KACE asset management licenses including three-year maintenance. 

Newly annexed property

The Board of Education assigns school attendance areas to newly annexed or platted city property.  The Board considered newly annexed property called Grandview Estates 1st Addition and proposed these attendance areas: Wysong Elementary School, Pound Middle School (Moore Middle School next school year) and Lincoln Southeast High School.  The Board votes final approval Jan. 24. 

Grants

The Board of Education Tuesday approved submission of two grants and considered submission of a third.

The Board voted submission of:

  •  A proposal to United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County to support the Two Generation Family Literacy Program in the amount of approximately $30,000 for a one-year funding cycle. The evidence-based Family Literacy model followed by LPS includes the following four components: Adult Education Instruction—provided through high quality ESL classes; Children's Education—teaching literacy through a viable district curriculum; Parent and Child Together Time; and Parenting Classes.
  •  A five-year, $352,000 State 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that will bring necessary resources and support to establish Campbell Elementary School as a CLC school.  The federally-funded grant application is submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education.  The vote on submission of this grant was 5-1, with Board member Matt Schulte opposed until further review and guidelines for CLCs are completed.

The Board considered submission of:

  •  A five-year, $687,300 State 21st Century Community Learning Center Continuation Grant for the Belmont Elementary, Brownell Elementary, Prescott Elementary and Culler Middle CLC schools. The continuation grant will build on the success these sites have experienced over the past five years.  Final approval happens Jan. 24.

Policy changes proposed 
The Board approved changes in policies related to Community Relations including distribution of community service materials, and use of students for non-school projects.  

Strategic Plan update

The Board of Education Tuesday received an update about the progress and next steps involved with “Voices for the Future,” the school district’s strategic planning process.  

Over the last few months, LPS has reached out to more than 37,500 people – and collected responses from more than 3,800 citizens. The collected data is now being reviewed and analyzed: categorizing responses, recognizing key themes and identifying representative quotations. Then that data will go to a Community Study Team later this month, a team that will develop and create proposed action steps.

Sarah Salem, director of Continuous Improvement and Professional Learning, thanked the Board of Education for approaching this endeavor in a meaningful way that required time and work: “You did not take the easy path and say, ‘There’s the survey, go fill it out.’  You chose going out into the community, speaking to more than 50 different community groups: non-profits, cultural centers, businesses and more…We had so many voices engaged…and it’s so important for our stakeholders to know we value their opinion.”

Oscar Pohirieth, cultural specialist and coordinator for the Bilingual Liaison Program, also thanked the Board “for believing we needed to communicate with every family…As they arrived at our strategic planning sessions, some of our families were surprised, some were impressed, some were afraid…and at the end of the sessions, all the families felt comfortable because we made them feel comfortable.  I thank you all…for this collaborative effort.” 

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

Staff Celebrations

The Board honored and recognized key Lincoln Public Schools employees who have made valuable contributions to the initial phase of Voices for the Future, the first step in the school district’s strategic planning initiative. Those honored included the facilitators, translators, bilingual liaisons and LPS Education Service Unit research team who were essential in the first phase of presenting to community groups and collecting data.

Facilitators

Amy Carnie

Amy Clark

Rik Devny

Carrie Foster

Jodi Frager

John Gloe

Brittany Hying

Brandi Jantzen

Monica Jochum

Amanda Krivda

Jamie Mapp

Megan McElfresh

Jennie Murphy

Robert Rickert

Sherri Robinson

Sarah Salem

Sue Showers

Erik Witt

Bilingual Liaisons

Khudhur Ali (Kurdish Bilingual Liaison)

Mohammed Alnajem (Arabic Bilingual Liaison)

Antonio Cubas ((Latino Bilingual Liaison)

Erick Ernesto Saavedra Avila (Latino Bilingual Liaison)

Khalaf Hesso (Kurdish Bilingual Liaison)

Tosh Jock (Nuer - Sudanese Bilingual Liaison)

Ellie Kasab (Russian Bilingual Liaison)

Monica Lieske (Latino Bilingual Liaison)

Nhung Nguyen (Vietnamese Bilingual Liaison)

Hugo Orellana (Latino Bilingual Liaison)

Toan Tran (Vietnamese Bilingual Liaison)

Peh Wah Moo (Karen Bilingual Liaison)

Wah Wah Moo (Karen - Burmese Bilingual Liaison)

Daniel Wal (Nuer - Sudanese Bilingual Liaison)

Education Service Unit research team

Bethany Brunsman

Leslie Eastman

Dawn Mazzie

Rob McEntarffer

Teresa Wanser Ernst

Posted on January 17, 2017


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