- Community’s children a little warmer today – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, firstname.lastname@example.org
A gentle snow began to fall just as the doors to Bubba’s Closet opened on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 15, and Lincoln’s children wiggled into winter coats, jackets, mittens and hats. The annual event – held this year at McPhee Elementary School right smack in the center of the community – offers free winter clothing to elementary-aged children through a coat drive coordinated and facilitated by Lincoln Public Schools elementary principals.
There were double the number of donations this year, principals said – helped in part by generous new coats from Ameritas and Lincoln Electric System. Also thanks to Hanger’s Cleaners, the organization that cleans all the gently used donations.
- That dreaded word: Snow – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
Lincoln Public Schools uses a telephone communication system to alert families of weather-related school closing days in the winter – allowing the School District to notify families individually by telephone when school has been canceled due to bad weather.
When a decision is made in the evening, we try and notify families by 9:30 p.m. When a decision is made in the morning, we try and notify families by 6 a.m. Information about school closings is also posted prominently near the top of the LPS website. In addition, the news is announced on local radio and television stations, and on the Lincoln Journal Star website.
- Thanks to community for feedback: School Board members, superintendent affirm professional development, inclusiveness in schools – For more information: Steve Joel, firstname.lastname@example.org
At the latest Board of Education meeting, Board members and LPS Superintendent Steve Joel addressed recent questions and concerns about professional development related to transgender issues – and affirmed the school district’s philosophy of providing inclusiveness in our schools.
Board member Don Mayhew: “The major point here is equal access, making sure every child has equal access to the classroom and equal opportunities.”
Board member Lanny Boswell: “I would like to thank all community members who came forward on this issue…The conversation has been civil and respectful…and this has been a good opportunity to describe our principles: Our primary mission is to educate our children, all our children – and all still means all.”
The Policy Review and Revision Committee specifically addressed policy issues related to this topic and, in summary, affirmed that recent professional development about transgender issues were in compliance with LPS policies. For the full summary: http://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=9234
- Learning Lunch: Immigrant story – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
The November LPS Learning Lunch of the school year is called My Immigrant Experience – Dreams, Challenges and the Reality of Living in an Adopted Country, set for 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Board Room at LPS District Office. This year’s series is called, “Untold Stories” – and Tuesday’s presentation features Oscar Rios Pohireth, cultural specialist and coordinator for the Bilingual Liaison Program at LPS. This is a monthly series of bring-your-own-lunch presentations open to the community.
- Developing road map for technology plan– For more information: Kirk Langer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education held a Work Session recently to continue discussion of the Lincoln Public Schools Technology/Instruction plan – called CLASS (Connected Learning Achievement Students Staff). This plan embraces a five-year initiative that includes both the equipment and hardware necessary for instructional technology as well as the necessary staff training and professional development, and connected classrooms and digital curriculum for students.
Don Mayhew, chair of the Board’s Technology Committee, said the Board aims to develop a road map to guide them in developing a general course of action and timeline – beginning with a Board resolution providing affirmation for the Technology Plan.
A few of the major broad issues Board members began to consider: emphasizing student achievement in connection to technology, creating sustainability and flexibility for the plan, priorities and implementation.