- Proposed LPS Transportation Plan – For more information: Liz Standish, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students attending the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program (Zoo School) and the Arts and Humanities Focus Program would be offered free transportation next year – from high school to the focus programs and back – under the proposed LPS transportation plan for 2016-17.
The estimated cost for transportation for students to focus programs would be $34,640. In addition, other proposed transportation increases next year are: adding one bus route to Adams Elementary School; one route for students with special education needs to the new Sally G. Wysong Elementary School; and transportation for Humann Elementary School students to an alternate location while the school is under renovation .
“This is something we’ve hoped for as a Board for a very long time,” Board member Barb Baier noted. “I would encourage anyone…to look at those focus programs as an opportunity for their students now that transportation is available.”
2. Last day, graduation – For more information: Pat Hunter-Pirtle, email@example.com
The final day of classes for Lincoln Public Schools students this year is Thursday, May 19.
The LPS class of 2016 will celebrate graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 22 – for all six high schools.
- Lincoln East High School, noon, Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Lincoln North Star High School, 1:30 p.m., Bob Devaney Sports Center
- Lincoln Southeast High School, 3 p.m. Pinnacle
- Lincoln High School, 4:30 p.m., Devaney
- Lincoln Northeast High School, 6 p.m., Pinnacle
- Lincoln Southwest High School, 7:30 p.m., Devaney
The Bryan Community Focus Program will hold graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Lincoln East High School
3. Wellness update – For more information: Michelle Welch, firstname.lastname@example.org
An annual “Wellness Update” for the school year was presented at a recent meeting of the Lincoln Board of Education – underlining general improvements for fitness levels in the school district.
Highlights from the year included:
- In general, LPS students who are determined “fit” score higher on NeSA tests – in reading, math and science – when compared to students who are “not at fitness goal.”
- LPS students in fourth through eighth grades taking what is called the Fitnessgram PACER have improved in the past year: 71 percent passed the PACER in in 2011-2 compared to 77.7 percent this school year.
- LPS reports lower levels of obesity in kindergarten and first grade. Possible explanations include: Impact of Early Childhood efforts; impact of LPS efforts with other siblings; impact of community initiatives such as healthy beverages and nutrition marketing.
- LPS participates in the Smarter Lunchroom movement that stresses serving healthier school meals. Related initiatives include: Colorful banners to welcome children to the cafeteria; bright bowls and baskets full of fresh fruit; seasonal decorations for serving lines; posters to encourage healthy eating; identifying food with unique names that appeal to students.
4. Two more positions announced – For more information: Eric Weber, email@example.com
LPS has announced two positions have been filled: The new director of Transportation and the new curriculum specialist for Social Studies.
- The new Transportation director is Ryan Robley, currently the coordinator of Transportation for Durango School District in Durango, Colorado.
- The new curriculum specialist for Social Studies is Jaci Kellison, currently a Social Studies teacher at Lincoln Southeast High School.
5. Senior Q&As – For more information: Zachary Baehr, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Public Schools is showcasing the variety of students who are graduating from high school this year, the variety of ways in which they are successful, and how their education has positioned them for the future. For senior Q&As go to the front of the LPS website: http://home.lps.org/qa/