Health officials in Lincoln have reported an increased number of flu cases in our community. Lincoln Public Schools is currently not seeing high rates of absenteeism in our schools. But as a preventative measure, we are sharing some important information with you to help you and your family guard against illness during the flu season.
Cold vs. Flu
A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks.
- sore throat
- runny nose
- sore throat
- muscle aches
Most flu symptoms gradually improve over three to five days, but it's not uncommon to feel run down for a week or more. It is strongly recommended that staff and students with a fever over 100 degrees stay home until they are fever-free for at least a minimum of 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication. We recommend that students and staff also seek the advice of their medical provider in regards to use of antiviral medication and when to safely return to school.
At Lincoln Public Schools, we have an Infection Control Committee that continuously monitors and works diligently with all staff year-round to make sure we are prepared for flu season. The Infection Control Committee includes community partners such as the County Health Department to monitor illness in the community and within the schools -- helping us guide our coordinated response.
A weekly absence report is posted on the LPS website under the Parents tab. Our absences have remained similar to previous years. We are monitoring flu cases and request families work with their medical providers to guide school attendance. At a minimum, we request that students remain out of school for 24 hours once fever-free without the aid of fever reducing medication.
School nurses have posted information around school buildings reminding students to cover their cough and wash hands to prevent the spread of infection. School nurses often go into classrooms and provide instruction on healthy habits, especially to early childhood and elementary classrooms. This would be a great opportunity to reinforce these important healthy habits at home. Thank you for partnering with us in keeping our students healthy and ready to learn.
Posted on January 24, 2018
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
|Thursday, January 11, 2018
||Southwest High School
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
|Southeast High School
|Thursday, January 18, 2018
||North Star High School
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
|Northeast High School
|Tuesday, January 23, 2018
||Lincoln High School
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
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
(A full video of the dedication ceremony is coming soon.)
Donning their new black and gold Nighthawks shirts with the saying “To the moon and back”, students and staff celebrated the dedication of the Nuernberger Education Center with his family and the community on Sunday, October 9.
“When thinking about speaking on this day, the one word that kept coming into my head was legacy,” said principal Jaime Bodeker. “The very existence of this building is the continuation of the legacy inherent in Lincoln Public Schools, in the community in which we live, and I believe it's part of the legacy, if he were alive right now, Judge Nuernberger would be proud of today.”
Judge Bill Nuernberger was the first judge to serve on a separate Juvenile Court in Lancaster County. In that role, Nuernberger advocated that young people need a separate court and worked tirelessly, both in his professional and personal life, to better the lives of all children in the community.
The 2016-2017 school year is the inaugural year for the Nuernberger Education Center which houses two programs - a student support program and a program that serves students sixth through eighth grades who have been referred from other middle schools within LPS.
Other speakers during the program highlighted the dedication Nuernberger had to the support of today’s youth:
- Steve Joel, superintendent: “The Nuernberger school is aligned with the Nuernberger philosophy. It’s that philosophy that we never give up on young people. We never give up on those students that maybe historically were predestined for failure, because we know that with appropriate supports and passions, commitment and dedication and love, that they can turn around. Just like they did when they left his court, they could go through one or two or three ways. I have to believe that gave him the greatest sense of pride, and we are taking that same amount of pride in this building today.”
- Kathy Danek, school board member: “To the family of Judge Nuernberger, this facility stands as an outward sign of the life-long commitment to the success of children. It's about picking them up when they fall down. Helping them see that their actions can really help them be successful. It’s about ensuring that no child is ever discarded, but rather that they are nurtured and educated while giving the tools of control and self respect for themselves and others.”
- Marian Nuernberger, wife: “We’re so glad we have this opportunity to thank those of you who never gave up honoring Bill with his name on an education center. As we have said before, we feel it is a perfect match and Bill would be so please and proud.”
- De Ann Currin, daughter and principal at Sheridan Elementary School: “Dad would want the students to know that everyone has setbacks and loss and hardship in their lives. If you focus on what’s possible and what’s positive, you can set goals for yourself. The adults are here to support you as you learn what you need to rise fresh each morning, ready for hard work and to keep trying... Dad believed in the gift of each individual and he believed in never giving up. We love all of you to the moon and back. Thank you, Nighthawks.”
- Robert Polfus, eighth grade student: “Personally, I never had the chance to meet Mr. Nuernberger, but from what I’ve learned, he was a pretty great guy... Mr. Nuernberger worked with any student no matter the challenge or the struggle. He would help kids persevere through hard times to achieve greatness...It is a wonderful feeling being one of the first students in this building dedicated to the memory of Mr. Nuernberger...I’m one of those students Mr. Nuernberger would have believed in and helped overcome my challenges.”
- Jenny Fundus, director of special education: "It is quite an honor to share Bill's legacy with the Nuernberger family. I heard that he has cared so much about the community and the young people here at Lincoln Public Schools... To the students, you are truly one of the best groups of students that I get to know and work with at Lincoln Public Schools. You come to school every single day with the attitude that you are going to maximize your learning, and I am so excited to watch you grow as young adults in our community."
Students from the sixth grade choir sang the “Star-Spangled Banner”, “Don’t Worry Be Happy”, and “Knowledge is Power.”
Posted on October 10, 2016
Lincoln Public Schools will host six community events this fall centered around safety in technology and social media. LPS has partnered with Ryan Sothan of the Consumer Protection Division the State Attorney General's office, a state leader in best practices for the use of technology for families and students.
Each presentation is the same, and all are free and open to all ages. Attend the presentation that fits your family's schedule best:
Mickle Middle School - Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Culler Middle School - Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
Scott Middle School - Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Pound Middle School - Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Park Middle School Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Schoo Middle School, Nov. 17, 6:45 p.m.
About Sothan’s presentation: Think of “Digital Citizenship: Rules of the Road for Safely Navigating the Information Superhighway” as Driver’s Ed, a primer designed to raise awareness and prepare families and students to drive and interface with today’s information technology—including social media and smartphones—in a safe, responsible, and respectful manner.
About Sothan: As Outreach Coordinator within the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, Ryan has statewide responsibility for developing and implementing community-based initiatives for educating Nebraskans in the areas of consumer fraud, predatory and illegal business practices, and Internet safety.
After each presentation, LPS will have staff available for parents to ask questions regarding technology in schools, including Chromebooks, a student device being rolled out to more students at various levels over the next two years.
Posted on September 21, 2016
September 17-23 is Constitution Week and schools all over Lincoln kicked off the week with special events.
Constitution Week, which also includes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17, is an American observance to commemorate the adoption of the United States Constitution. The purpose of the observance week is to promote study and education about the constitution which was originally adopted by the American Congress of the Confederation on September 17, 1787.
"Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is important to help students understand and celebrate the rights and freedoms we have in our country," said Jaci Kellison, K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for Lincoln Public Schools. "It gives teachers and students time to explore and reflect on our nation's democratic ideals and aids in preparing our students to be engaged, active, and informed citizens."
Check back as we will be adding video and pictures of our different classroom celebrations all week long.
Posted on September 16, 2016
Surrounded by the many books of McPhee Elementary School Library, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel announced a new partnership to provide all LPS students with access to the resources of the Lincoln City Libraries, including high-speed Internet access.
"Lincoln is a city that values education, and we are proud of our excellent public libraries and public schools," Beutler said. "The ConnectED Library Challenge is another way we are working as partners to help our children become adults who are engaged in the community and who participate in our culture of innovation."
Through ConnectED, LPS students will have an account with Lincoln City Libraries using their school identification numbers. The project will start during the 2016-2017 school year with students in three pilot schools — McPhee and Norwood Park Elementary Schools and Lefler Middle School. The goal is to extend Connect ED accounts to all LPS students for the 2017-2018 school year. This will allow them to check out materials and to access information through the library's website, lincolnlibraries.org.
"This partnership will encourage students to be lifelong learners, increase student achievement and help us make sure our students are ready for their future after graduation," said Joel. "This collaborative project also expands our participation in Prosper Lincoln by supporting early childhood education, employment skills and innovation. This is one more way for us to support children and families in our community, making sure that every Lincolnite has the opportunity to read and learn every day."
LPS Board President Don Mayhew added, “This initiative enhances classroom experiences by providing students with access to homework help, magazines and encyclopedias, and a variety of other electronic resources. For example, our high school students will be able to access car repair manuals online and locate more science, technology, psychology, legal, and medical information from their Chromebooks. These diverse resources will assist our students as they prepare to be college and career ready.”
Posted on September 08, 2016
Are you ready for the new school year? Lincoln Public Schools has these 12 tips to help get you pumped and ready for Monday.
B - Be prepared
School starts on Monday, August 15, for all Lincoln Public School Kindergarten through ninth grade students. August 16, is the first day for LPS 10-12 grade students; and August 18, is the first day for LPS preschool students.
Remember that the first three days, August 15-17, will be PLC early dismissal days for all elementary and middle school students (dismiss 80 minutes early). High School students will also be dismissed early August 15 - 17, using the Tuesday PLC schedule for those three days.
A - Add the ParentVue app to your phone
Synergy ParentVUE is a component of the LPS Student Information portal that allows parents/guardians and students secure access to grades, assignments, and attendance information. Assignments and student performance can be viewed as soon as entries are made by teachers into their electronic grade books. Now what you see on the computer can be accessed from your smart phone by downloading the app from iTunes or the Google Play Store.
The activation keys are provided by your student’s school. Once you have your Activation Key, you will be able to setup your account to login. To get your activation key, or if you lost your login information, contact your child’s school.
Here is more information information about ParentVue and StudentVue to get you started.
C - Call your school if you have questions
Our schools are now fully staffed and back to work getting ready for school to start. If you have any questions about the new school year, do not hesitate to call your child’s school. Our staff is ready to answer your questions to make the 2016-17 school year the best it can be.
K - Kick your summer habits to the curb
It’s probably a good idea to start back now with your school year routines. Watching the all night Olympics coverage until 3:00 a.m. is probably not a good idea at this point. Start now in your school year bedtime routine and waking your children up early to be ready to get to school on time.
T - Take a look at your school’s webpage
Did you know each of our schools have their own web pages with helpful information like calendar of events, teachers contact information, newsletters, purchase meals online, and each school’s drop off/pick up procedures? To find your school’s website, go to www.lps.org, and click on Schools to easily find your building on the drop down lists.
O - Online meal purchase
Save the hassle of worrying about getting money to the school cafeteria by purchasing your student’s meals online. The LPS Meal Pre-Payment system allows families the opportunity to purchase meals or deposit money for all students in their family at one time. Purchases may be made using your checking account information or your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards. The first time you use the system, you will need to create an account for yourself to access your students. In order to gain access to students you will need to have the LPS student ID or cafeteria PIN and birth date for any one of your students. Then you can set up account alerts to remind you when you need more funds. Click here to get started.
S - Slow down in school zones
With the school year beginning Monday, it’s a good idea to remember that school zones around all area schools will be operational. Please be aware of these zones and slow down when the lights are flashing. Also be alert and watching for children who may unknowingly dart out into the street. Put away all electronic devices so you are not distracted. Follow your buildings arrival and traffic plans to make sure the morning drop off goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.
C - Check for construction on your school route
There is still plenty of construction taking place around our city, and some of it impacts routes to school. Remember to leave yourself plenty of time in the mornings and afternoons to navigate the detours and possible delays. Have patience and courtesy with fellow drivers allowing everyone to get to their destinations safely.
H - Help us contact you
There may be times during the school year when we need to get ahold of you quickly. Help us get important information to you in a timely manner by keeping your contact information at school up to date. At the beginning of the year, please take the time to fill out all contact paper work and return it to your schools. Throughout the year, please make sure to update us on any changes in email, phone numbers, or addresses. This includes emergency contacts, too!
O - Online Important Information Booklet
The online Important Information Booklet has important policies and rules that students and families need to know. You will also find common practices and your school’s handbook on this helpful webpage. Click here for the Important Information Booklet.
O - Organize your backpack
This seem to be something simple, but think, do you know where your child’s backpack is located? Don’t scramble on the first day of school. Locate your child’s backpack now and make sure it has everything they need for the first day. Put it by the front door so you know where it is on Monday, August 15.
L - Like your school’s social media accounts
If you really want to know all the great things happening in your child’s school, make sure to visit their social media pages. There will be many great stories throughout the school year, as well as reminders about upcoming events. Find your school’s social media accounts on www.lps.org/connect.
Posted on August 11, 2016
Lincoln Public Schools is notifying and reminding families of the health requirements for the upcoming school year:
- Students entering school (preschool, kindergarten and transfers from out of state) need to complete and submit evidence of
o dental exam,
o required immunizations,
o physical exam,
o vision exam.
- Seventh-grade students – Need to complete and submit evidence of:
o TDAP (combination immunization for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Given on or after 10 years of age.
o Physical exam
Completed records should be turned in to the health office at your child’s school.
Families should first contact their medical provider to schedule an appointment. If a family is without a medical provider, community organizations offer ways to find clinics and physicians.
To find a physician, call the Lancaster County Medical Society at 402-483-4800.
To find a dentist, call the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department at 402-441-3486.
Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (3140 N St.) for children younger than 19 and uninsured, under-insured, covered by Nebraska Medicaid or of American Indian or Alaska Native origin.
The clinics are by appointment only at the Health Department,
- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in June, July and August.
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday July 16th
Call 402-441-8065, to speak to a nurse and make an appointment.
Immunizations and Physical Exams are available at:
People’s City Mission Health Clinic (401 N. 2nd) is providing School entry and Sports physicals on Friday July 1, 2016. 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Bring immunization records. Lab fee for Lead testing and Hgb/Hct.
August date pedning.
Call 402-438-6819 for more information.
The People’s Health Center (1021 N. 27th St) is offering physicals daily:
- July 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- August 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Call 402-476-1455 to schedule an appointment. Sliding scale available.
Clinic With a Heart (1701 S. 17th St.) is providing School Entry Physicals. (No cost)
- Saturday, August 13 8:30-11:00
- Saturday, August 20 8:30-11:00
*Immunizations will be provided by the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (Bring your child’s current immunization record.)
Call 402-421-2924 for more information.
These will be first come, first serve clinic. There are limited spaces, so come early.
Posted on July 13, 2016
Lincoln Public Schools is committed to the safety of all students. We are encouraging families, students, staff members and the larger community to talk about the issues related to suicide or other unhealthy actions. Below is information on who to call, or how to have this tough yet important conversation, as well as additional information.
Responses from in-class conversations, as given by LPS teachers and staff:
"I felt like it went really well. I think that sometimes as teachers we get caught up in all that we have to do in terms of academics and we forget that even though they are high schoolers...we still teach young people who get their feelings hurt. Some of them even have major issues going on at home. It think it was a good reminder as to why we're here, to offer support, understanding, and guidance."
"I spoke with my 5th period class yesterday about this issue and we had a very heartfelt conversation about caring for one another and who they can speak to if they need to. As for my 3rd period class today, they listened intently, were very respectful and took the information to heart.
"I think the most telling part about how it went today was immediately after 3rd period ended, I had a student, who is not on my roster for classes but is a cheerleader, come to me and share concerns that they have about another student. Based on the information that she gave me, we immediately went and spoke to someone in the counseling office about it.
"I believe the message is a good one, one that we all needed to be reminded of. I'm incredibly thankful to the district for addressing this issue with our young people. Not only that, but we need to remember our adults as well. I'm glad I work for a district that isn't afraid to tackle the tough issues and puts the well being of all our students first."
Reading the script seemed to get everyone's attention. Kids were attentive and said very little about it, which I took as a sense respect and maturity. In a gym environment, where students are eager to get moving, this was something they appeared to take seriously and respectfully. It didn't take much instructional time. I think it was a good message to send.
I did this with my freshmen. Actually, I read the sheet and then talked to them about treating others with respect. We talked about how everyone has their hidden stories and that they should think before they say things. I shared with them an experience from my childhood and they seemed to connect with that. They were all very responsive and attentive.
"Thanks for the common message that was composed that we shared with students. In talking with some staff members before lunch, they indicated that students listened and took the message to heart. I even was able to give the message to one student who was waiting in the commons during the 10:30 time. He expressed his appreciation to me for doing this. Staff were very supportive at our faculty meeting Wednesday night and we had a few teachers that needed some extra support from us or counselors in delivering the message to their classes but folks really pulled together. Let's hope we turn some of these very sad situations around---very quickly. Thanks again."
Posted on May 17, 2016
Families curious about where their students will attend school now have a new web-based tool to aid their search that can check both current and future attendance areas. Lincoln Public Schools is pleased to announce the launch of a new home school lookup
This new service, available to anyone with a web browser, identifies the home elementary, middle and high school corresponding to the address entered in the form. When you visit the page it defaults to the current school year. However, there are links that allow you to perform the same search for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years that reflect Board approved boundary changes associated with the additions of Wysong Elementary and Moore Middle.
Posted on March 16, 2016
The Crossroads Project is a collaboration performance piece that involves five classes from Culler Middle School.
Each class took part of the project by either creating a musical piece, lyrics for the song, t-shirts that identify specific roles, visual effect and spoken words. Together they brought each of their ideas to create an original powerful performance.
The students were able to reflect on past and present issues of racism then they thought of ways as of what the future may hold. The performance will allow the audience to make empathic connections with different perspectives.
Posted on December 21, 2015
Hartley Elementary first grader Samara looked up at Rita Bennet, LEA president, holding her brand new book and asked, "You mean I get to keep this forever?"
"That's right," Bennet answered crouched beside her on the media center floor.
"And every first grader gets one to keep forever?"
Samara, and every first and second grader in Lincoln Public Schools and those in parochial schools will receive their very own book thanks to the efforts of the Lincoln Education Association, KFOR, and Raising Canes. Over 6,500 books in total will be distributed during the 2015 Harvest of Books campaign.
Founded in 1997 by Dan Studer, former Lincoln Education Association President, the Harvest of Books Inc., is a program developed to help promote a life-long love of reading for children.
Posted on November 24, 2015
Parents from Everett Elementary School Thursday thanked the Family Learning and Literacy programs at Lincoln Public Schools for helping them help their children be successful in school.
“Family learning and literacy have helped us learn English, so we can help our children learn, too,” said Everett parent Almas Alhainto, whose family came to Nebraska from Iraq in 2012.
Parents, families, students, teachers, staff and administrators all came together at Everett to celebrate the Learning and Literacy programs at LPS, funded through the Toyota Family Learning grant.
“One of the most important things we do at West Lincoln and Lincoln Public Schools is family learning and literacy,” said Scott Schwartz, principal at West Lincoln Elementary School. “We welcome students from all over the world…and we give parents the tools they need to help their children be successful in school…Family learning and literacy are about building trust between teachers in the classroom and our families.”
LPS was among the first recipients of the prestigious Toyota Family Learning grant, awarded by the National Center for Families Learning and Toyota for innovation in engaging families in learning. The three-year, $175,000 funding grant is a part of Toyota Family Learning’s pioneering movement to bridge the gap between the classroom and home to lead to family success and lifelong learning.
Everett parents appreciate the program:
- Karla Martinez: “We feel connected with our school, more confident with our English skills, and able to help my son, Angel, in school. Thank you.”
- Alicia Vasquez: “Thank you for your encouragement and for making this program possible.”
Michelle Suarez, principal at Everett, said that Family Learning includes components such as family mentoring and service learning – but that the foundation is something called PACT: Parent and Child Together Time.
Everett teachers, families and students Thursday demonstrated PACT time with three stations:
- Reading strategies to use with your children.
- Making visual representations in math problem solving.
- Computers: Using questioning to promote curiosity.
Posted on November 19, 2015
Irving Middle School is currently midway through a comprehensive, 18-month-long, $20 million renovation project that is totally overhauling the facility – while 800-plus students continue to attend classes at their school.
Members of the Lincoln Board of Education’s Planning Committee took a tour of the school Tuesday to get a glimpse of construction progress that began in the spring of 2015 and will be finished in the fall of 2016.
“This is a complex project that we’re doing in phases,” said Scott Wieskamp, director of Facilities and Maintenance for Lincoln Public Schools. He explained that during various phases of the project, eight classrooms of students are moved to temporary portable spaces created at Irving for about four weeks each. Then construction moves to the next set of classrooms and spaces.
The comprehensive project includes: Conversion to a more efficient geothermal heating and cooling system; overhaul of all Irving 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.
An Irving teacher, showing off her new classroom space on Tuesday, noted: “I love this classroom….And I really believe this makes a difference in the way the kids feel when they are learning.”
“The leadership and staff at Irving have been fantastic,” said Tim Loseke, assistant maintenance supervisor at LPS and project manager for Irving. “The staff here are doing a great job making sure everything is running smoothly.”
Irving Principal Susette Taylor agreed: “We are keeping our eye on the end and what our school will look like.”
Irving was built in 1927 and has undergone two major additions over the years in 1977 and 1994. The current renovation was funded through the 2014 LPS bond issue. The school is currently about 185,000 square feet – not including the attached City Recreation Center.
Posted on November 17, 2015