1. BackPack Extra Mile Walk – For more information: Shari Styskal, email@example.com
The eighth annual BackPack Extra Mile Walk – a time to remember “Each Kindness” – is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Lincoln East High School. The annual fundraiser aims to raise awareness of hunger in our community and raise money in support of the Food Bank’s BackPack Program, which provides a weekly food-filled backpack for children in need. In this eighth year, LPS employees will pass the million-dollar mark and raise more than a million dollars for the program that addresses hunger for children in Lincoln and surrounding communities.
2. Two new high school principals – For more information: Eric Weber, eweber@lps.,org
Lincoln Public Schools has announced new high school principals who will officially take over duties this summer.
- Mike Gillotti, currently associate principal at Lincoln North Star High School, will become principal at Lincoln Southwest High School. Current Southwest Principal Hugh McDermott is retiring.
- Mark Larson, currently associate principal at Lincoln High School, will become principal at Lincoln High. Current Lincoln High Principal Mike Wortman is also retiring.
3. Board of Education approves Technology Plan – For more information: Kirk Langer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students at Lincoln Public Schools – grades 3-12 – will receive individual Chromebooks over the next three years, the school district will provide effective staff development for technology, and quality teaching and learning will serve as the focus of technology: all according to the Technology Implementation Plan approved by the Lincoln Board of Education late in March.
“This is the stuff of legacy,” said Board member Don Mayhew, who also serves as the chair of the Board’s Technology Committee.
“This plan is good only if instruction is first,” said Kathy Danek, vice president of the Board, “and my colleagues have been very astute in making that a priority.”
LPS Superintendent Steve Joel gives his “Elevator Speech” about Student Learning Through Technology in this videotape: http://www.lps.org/video/center.html?title=Video&id=1951
4. April Learning Lunch – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
The April Learning Lunch for Lincoln Public Schools is set for 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, and will feature “The Rhythm of Music in our Schools.” The Learning Lunch will include a performance from PANgea, the student steel-drum band of Lincoln Public Schools, followed by remarks from Lance Nielsen, supervisor of Music for LPS. Nielsen will discuss the most current brain research related to playing and singing music. Lunches are all held in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St. Doors to the Board Room open at noon, the program begins at 12:15 p.m., questions-and-answers happen at 12:45 p.m. This is the final Learning Lunch of the 2014-15 school year.
5. LPS reviews hiring practices – For more information: Eric Weber, eweber@lps.,org
This spring Lincoln Public Schools officials have conducted a complete review of hiring policies and practices to ensure they are the best possible in ensuring student safety in the school district, according to Eric Weber, associate superintendent for Human Resources at LPS. He reported: “We have done a thorough review, talking with Joe Wright, director of Security at LPS, and Jeff Gade, background investigation specialist at LPS, as well as conducting ongoing research and visiting with others in HR to ensure we are using the best, cutting-edge procedures.”
Weber said the school district took the review very seriously – have looked at all aspects of the situation – “and have concluded that our processes and procedures are research-based and sound.”
The review was done in connection with a now-former LPS teacher who was arrested on charges of enticement and first-degree sexual assault.