- School calendar proposed for 2016-17 – For more information: John Neal, email@example.com . A joint committee of Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln Education Association – along with the Board of Education’s Learning Committee – have recommended a school calendar for 2016-17 that sets: the first day of school for Monday, August 15, the last day on Wednesday, May 24, winter break Dec. 23-Jan. 3, and spring break, March 13-17. It is the practice of the School Board to adopt calendars more than a full calendar year – before it is put in place.
This year the calendar was developed with additional input from an LPS staff survey and the Community Curriculum Council. The Board will take a final vote on the calendar at the Jan. 13 Board meeting.
Primary variables for considering the calendar are ensuring sound instructional practices:
- Semester and quarter breaks typically the same for elementary and secondary schools.
- The four quarters will typically include at least the minimum number of days necessary for students to reasonably learn the curriculum (42 days).
- Student vacation days typically will not interrupt instruction just prior to major LPS, state or national assessments.
2. Resources for suicide prevention – For more information: Russ Uhing, firstname.lastname@example.org. Lincoln Public Schools is committed to the safety of all students and has recently addressed a somber topic: suicide prevention. We are encouraging families, students, staff members and the larger community to talk about the issues related to suicide or other unhealthy actions. The school district has added a list of resources on the LPS website with information on who to call, and how to have this tough yet important conversation.
Superintendent Steve Joel sent a message to all middle and high school families earlier this month – and that same week, our middle and high school teachers had a conversation with students about suicide. LPS has also reached out to our community and is coming together with mental health leaders, law enforcement officials, educators from the public and private sector and our families to utilize the expertise in our community – to talk about this issue.
3. Technology progress – For more information: Kirk Langer, email@example.com. The Board of Education is discussing a Technology Resolution that dictates the Board will direct LPS staff to develop a technology plan that fits several requirements: falls within existing funding parameters, provides for appropriate staffing, proposes sufficient professional development and provides greatly expanded access to technology district-wide all in support of student learning. The initial plan will be presented to the Board no later than March 1, 2015 – and will be reviewed annually. The Board will take a final vote on the resolution at the Jan. 13 Board meeting.
4. Hour of code – For more information: Kent Steen, firstname.lastname@example.org. Last week Lincoln Public Schools participated in the worldwide Hour of Code, a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries during Computer Science Education Week (Dec, 8-14). The movement is an effort to demystify code, and change the conversation around computer science. One moment from an Hour of Code event: An LPS first grader answers the question “What is Computer Science?” with: “It is electricity for your brain!”
5. Winter break – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com. The Lincoln Public Schools winter and semester break begins Saturday, Dec. 20. The first day of second semester for LPS is Monday, Jan. 5.