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Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: February 19, 2018

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Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: February 19, 2018

 1. Safety and security at LPS – For more information: Joe Wright, jwright@lps.org

Student safety continues to be our school district’s top priority and we have many procedures and systems in place. Many of the systems have been in place for decades, however, we also continue to review and improve them each year. Our system of safety measures includes but is not limited to:

  • Regular drills to prepare for a wide range of emergencies, including active shooters.
  • Security cameras at all our high schools.
  • A solid Threat Assessment/Management Program at LPS. For more information: http://home.lps.org/threat/
  • Standard Response Protocol established throughout the district (plain language protocol for emergency situations). For more information: http://iloveuguys.org/srp.html
  • Crisis response plans at each school.
  • Partnering with local law enforcement and safety experts.

Some of these practices are required by federal and state laws, many are school level practices based on school-specific research – and some are best practices developed through lessons learned from events like the one in Florida.  We work closely with the LPS security team and the Lincoln Police Department to continuously evaluate our safety protocols and to practice with our staff and students in the event of an emergency.

2. Thank You, Lincoln! – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org

Our school district is growing in numbers and in academic achievement,  success that happens when a community stands behind schools and supports public education.  As we reflect upon those who advocate for LPS, we offer a Valentine – a thank you card – to our community to express gratitude for its affirmation and support of our public school district.  https://lps.org/thankyou/

3. New five-year LPS Strategic Plan  – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org

The new five-year LPS Strategic Plan is now posted online: https://home.lps.org/strategicplan  The Lincoln Board of Education approved the plan last December, with themes and goals to guide the school district in the next five year.  The school district spent the last year gathering community voices and developing six themes for a new Lincoln Public Schools Strategic Plan – an initiative based on information gathered through 49 community sessions and 3,800 responses from community citizens.

4. Annual reports – For more information: Chris Warner, cwarner@lps.org

We offer a special issue of the LPS Annual Report this year – a publication required by the Nebraska Department of Education – published and distributed annually to update citizens about the school district’s academics, demographics, finances and goals. This year we feature the full text of the new LPS Strategic Plan, approved by the Lincoln Board of Education. The Annual Report will be mailed to all Lincoln residents in the coming weeks – and is posted on the LPS website, https://www.lps.org/about/annual_report/

5. State of the Schools  – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org

Superintendent Steve Joel presents his first State of the Schools Report, a moment for updating our community about the highlights and challenges of public education in Lincoln, as well as recognizing the community for its generous support of public schools. The 15-minute video is located:

https://www.lps.org/about/stateofschools/

6. LPS Community High School Task Force  – For more information: Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

LPS Community High School Task Force members continue their work, meeting at Lincoln Southwest High School on Thursday, Feb. 22.  Watch for their recommendations coming this spring.  The Lincoln Board of Education adopted a goal this year to establish a High School Task Force to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students and to make recommendations by May 1,  More info at: https://home.lps.org/hstaskforce/

7. Science Fair  – For more information: James Blake, jblake@lps.org

The 23rd annual Zoetis-LPS-GSK Science Fair will be held 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at the Lancaster County Event Center. The Science Fair features wonderful science experiments and demonstrations from 5th – 8th graders in Lincoln Public Schools. With more space than ever, the Fair also features displays from various local groups also sharing aspects of science in our community.

8. Board of Education  – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Board Room at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St.  Board Vice President Don Mayhew hosts a live interview show, LPS Live, before every Board meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. – live streaming on the LPS website.  For the full agenda of the Board meeting go to https://www.lps.org/about/board/ (published the Friday before the Tuesday meeting).

 

 

Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: February 5, 2018

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  1. Best and brightest spellers – For more information: Jane Stavem, jstavem@lps.org 

Pull out your dictionaries.  The 31st annual Lincoln Public Schools Spelling Bee is scheduled for Saturday morning, Feb. 10, at Culler Middle School – fierce competition among our kids.

Any LPs student in grades 5-8 is eligible to participate in this annual event, competition that typically draws hundreds of contestants.  The annual event is sponsored by LPS and the Lincoln Journal Star.

2. High school writers – For more information: Melinda Murphy, mmurphy@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools secondary English Language Arts has been working with the Lincoln Journal Star to have monthly columns published by our high school writers.  The first column was written by a Lincoln East High School student, and the second column – by a Lincoln High School student – was expected to be published in the Monday newspaper (Feb. 5).

3. Board of Education  – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Board Room at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St.  Board Vice President Don Mayhew hosts a live interview show, LPS Live, before every Board meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. – live streaming on the LPS website.  For the full agenda of the Board meeting go to https://www.lps.org/about/board/ (published the Friday before the Tuesday meeting).

4. Northeast students ‘Always in Uniform’ against drugs and alcohol  – For more information: Pat Hunter-Pirtle, ppirtle@lps.org

A dedicated group of students at Lincoln Northeast High School are working to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. It’s just the latest effort by the club, Always in Uniform, which not only organizes activities at Northeast but conducts outreach efforts at middle schools as well.

The Always in Uniform leadership group planned numerous activities in conjunction with National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Senior Hailegh Lowell, a member of the group’s leadership group, said student participation has been great and thinks her fellow Rockets are feeling school pride and heeding the message from Always in Uniform: You are always representing Northeast High School, so don’t use drugs or alcohol.  “I think it’s definitely having an impact,” she said.  For full story: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12584 

5. Thank you to our educators – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org

Last chance to nominate educators for Thank You Teacher: Deadline is Friday, Feb. 9. We are always especially short on nominations in the retired teacher category, so please share information about this annual event.

Go to: https://www.lps.org/apps/teacher_recognition_day/index.html

Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: January 29, 2018

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 1. Prestigious honor for Lincoln High – For more information: Jane Stavem, jstavem@lps.org

Lincoln High School has been recognized as a “School of Opportunity” by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado-Boulder – one of only eight high schools in the country to earn the honor this year.

Lincoln High Principal Mark Larson said:  “The ‘Schools of Opportunity’ criteria align with our building’s mission and values of providing opportunities for all of our students. This award is an affirmation of the amazing work that our staff does every day. This recognition also speaks to the unique culture that has been in place at Lincoln High for many years and hopefully will continue for years to come.”

For more: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12549

2. LPS is green school district – For more information: Scott Wieskamp, swieska@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools has gone green over the past decades – with the school district practicing energy efficiency in all LPS facilities, composting, recycling in general, and recycling construction waste, helping with school gardens and outdoor education, and more.

Brittney Albin, Sustainability Coordinator for LPS, recently gave the Lincoln Board of Education an update on LPS sustainability efforts.

A few highlights:

  • District-wide recycling program since 2002 (all schools):  Recycle 1.3 million pounds annually
  • Compost Program started in 2014 (currently 41 schools): Diverting over 4,500 of pounds of organic waste daily
  • Construction Waste Management (2014 Bond Issue): New guidelines for LPS projects – aimed at diverting 75 percent of materials; diverted over 4,000 tons of material from the landfill:  Wood, Metal, Ceiling Tiles, Cardboard, Concrete; generates $60,000 in revenue

The LPS Sustainability Department promotes green efforts throughout the school district and the community by implementing environmentally responsible practices in LPS facilities – while providing educational opportunities for future environmental stewards.

3. Snow days are serious decisions  – For more information: Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools cancelled classes for the second time last week due to blizzard like conditions.  “LPS does not have ‘snow days’ built into our school calendar – we have valuable instructional time that goes beyond the minimum required by the State Department of Education,” according to Steve Joel, Superintendent of LPS.  “This is a serious decision, and we have many factors involved in making a determination.”

Don Mayhew hosts a live interview show, LPS Live, before every Board meeting – live streaming on the LPS website – and recently he interviewed Steve Joel about the process for calling a snow day: https://www.facebook.com/lincolnpublicschools

4. Graduation 2018  – For more information: Pat Hunter-Pirtle, ppirtle@lps.org

The Lincoln Public Schools class of 2018 will celebrate graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 27 – for all six high schools – with three ceremonies set at Pinnacle Bank Arena and three at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. For the schedule: https://home.lps.org/graduation/

5. High School Task Force continues work – For more information: Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

The LPS Community High School Task Force continues to gather information and talk about future high school needs in Lincoln – studying student enrollment, priorities and facilities – holding its fourth meeting last week at Lincoln High School,

Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs, who is facilitating the Task Force, mapped out the plan for the work of the Task Force over the next few months. “We are hoping we will begin to draft recommendations in February,” she said.  In March, she said the goal is for the recommendations to start taking shape – and have them ready to present in the spring.

The Task Force – made up of about 70 community citizens and LPS educators – was formed to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students.  They will meet monthly throughout this school year at all six public high schools, and will make recommendations to the superintendent by May, 2018.

 

Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: January 16, 2018

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  1. First “snow day” called for brutal wind chills  – For more information: Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools cancelled classes on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the first “snow day” of the school year.  LPS officials said brutally cold temperatures and gusting winds – forecast for Tuesday throughout the day – would create weather conditions that could be unsafe for LPS students.

“Keeping students safe is our No. 1 priority,” said Steve Joel, Superintendent of LPS.  “We are always prudent when considering valuable instructional time in our schools, but we are concerned about dangerous wind chills on Tuesday.”

2. Thank You Teacher – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org

Please take time today to nominate your favorite teacher for the annual Lincoln Public Schools Thank You Teacher event.  In honor of Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day – Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Lincoln Public Schools and KFOR/KFRX Radio are again collaborating to thank our educators with the annual Thank You Teacher contest.

For more info or to submit a nomination:

https://www.lps.org/apps/teacher_recognition_day/index.html

3. Two LPS students chosen for national program – For more information: Jason Keese, jkeese@lpsorg

Two students from Lincoln Public Schools have been selected as delegates to the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held in March in Washington, D.C., an honor that also includes a $10,000 college scholarship.  Nicole Fintel, a junior at Lincoln East High School, and Bouthaina Ibrahim, a junior at Lincoln Northeast High School, were chosen from students across Nebraska. It’s believed to be the first time that both of the state’s delegates were chosen from the same school district.

While in Washington the student delegates will attend meetings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president and a justice of the Supreme Court. They also will tour many of the national monuments and several museums.  

4. Board considers measures related to growth – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org

Continued and significant student enrollment growth impacts Lincoln Public Schools in a wide breadth of ways – as evidenced by a few examples from the Jan. 9 Lincoln Board of Education meeting.

  • More school buses:  The Board heard a proposal to purchase 14 new school buses: Eight wheelchair school buses and six 72-passenger school buses.
  • Annexation:The Board considered proposed attendance areas for newly annexed city property that includes:
    • A new area near 93rdand O streets – and a new area near the LES Southeast Service Center.

The Board will vote final approval on all these issues at the Jan. 23 Board meeting.

The Lincoln Board of Education will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Board Room at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St.  Board Vice President Don Mayhew hosts a live interview show, LPS Live, before every Board meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. – live streaming on the LPS website.  For the full agenda of the Board meeting go to https://www.lps.org/about/board/

5. January Learning Lunch – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools students will talk about finding success in school at the January LPS Learning Lunch at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 – in a presentation called “Success with our Scholars,” featuring remarks from students and Pete Ferguson, LPS Youth Development Team coordinator.  LPS Learning Lunches – aired on cable TV, livestreamed on the LPS website and open to the Lincoln community – are held in the Board Room at LPS District Office.

January 2018 Community News

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Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: December 18, 2017

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  1. Acts of kindness throughout LPS  – For more information: Mary Kay Roth mkroth@lps.org

Kindness can be contagious, which is why we’re collecting stories of LPS students and staff members, and their act of kindness.  Check back often as we add to this collection – and hopefully inspire others to catch the kindness bug as well. We are posting all good deeds online at: https://home.lps.org/kindness/

2. Board looks forward, approves refreshed LPS strategic plan – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org

After a comprehensive community engagement process over the past year, the Lincoln Board of Education last week approved a new and refreshed strategic plan to take the school district through the next five years.

“The community has really reached out and helped us decide how to guide the district in the next five years,” said Board President Lanny Boswell.  “I look forward to taking this plan forward.”

The Board determined to create an overarching vision for the new strategic plan that states: “To prepare all students to be college, career and civic-life ready with a goal of 90 percent on-time graduation.”  The new strategic plan then focuses on five major thematic areas: academic success for students, global citizenship for all students, support for educators, family and community partnerships, and growth ready facilities.

3. Difficult Lincoln High issue – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org.

Lincoln High School dealt with the difficult issue of sexual assault last week.  We have posted the letter to families, as well as Steve Joel’s press conference online at:  http://home.lps.org/communications/commblog/

4. Sweet moments with Unified Bowling – For more information: Jenny Fundus, jfundus@lps.org

All six Lincoln Public Schools high schools recently finished another successful season of unified bowling, capped off by a second-place trophy at state for Lincoln High School and an award-worthy musical performance at the Lincoln Southwest High School team banquet.

Unified sports pair students with disabilities (athletes) and without (partners) who compete together. At LPS, 47 athletes competed alongside 69 partners in bowling this season.

The Lincoln High team of athletes Dylan Hartshorn and Abigail Parish, along with partners Mason Pierce, Brynna Madison and Dylan McLaughlan, finished second at the Nebraska School Activities Association state championship.

“My team members are so supportive of each other during the school day and on the lanes,” said Lisa Thiessen, the Lincoln High coach and a teacher with the district’s Vocational Opportunity in Community Experience program. “They have become friends over the course of the six weeks.”

For more information: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12457

5. December Learning Lunch highlights LPS response to crisis – For more information: Russ Uhing, ruhing@lps.org  

The December Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch will happen at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, and feature a presentation, “Restoring Calm: LPS Response to Crisis.” LPS Learning Lunches, open to the Lincoln community, are 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. You bring lunch, we’ll bring dessert.

Lincoln High School Incident

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Letter to Lincoln High School Families:

Lincoln High Families,

I want to inform you of a difficult and disturbing situation that we have been working on with Lincoln Police involving a Lincoln High staff member and Lincoln High student. Following a Lincoln Police investigation – that LPS closely assisted with – Marcus Perry, an in-school suspension technician at Lincoln High, has been arrested for first degree sexual assault related to an alleged incident with a Lincoln High student.

Perry is also coach of the girls varsity basketball team.  The incident did not involve a member of the athletic team, but occurred in an in-school suspension room – and was associated with his duties that include providing assistance for short- and long-term suspension programs.

After a potential problem was first reported, we immediately notified Lincoln Police and cooperated with police as they conducted their investigation.  The staff member has been placed on administrative leave and will not have access to Lincoln High or any LPS property.

We will have members of the Crisis Response Team at Lincoln High today for support of our students and staff members.  In addition, we read a statement to all Lincoln High students today to explain the situation.

We are also asking for your help.  Please take a moment to talk with your son or daughter about what to do if they or someone they know is uncomfortable in any way with an adult – either at or away from school.  We encourage our students and families to report any behavior that raises suspicion or concern – in students, staff or community members – to a caring, trusted adult.

Meanwhile, we ask that you honor and respect the privacy of those involved and let the legal system work. This is an ongoing investigation as Lincoln Police and LPS continue looking into this matter.

Our highest priority is creating a safe environment for all our students at Lincoln High and Lincoln Public Schools.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you.

Mark Larson
Principal, Lincoln High School

Media event with Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel about the incident:

Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: December 4, 2017

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  1. Proposed LPS strategic plan focuses on student academics, global success  – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org

With a focus on academic success and global citizenship for all students, support for educators, family and community partnerships, and growth ready facilities – the Lincoln Board of Education has rolled out the proposed strategic plan for the school district going forward for the next five years.  The Board will vote final approval on Dec. 12.1.

“I’m really pleased to present this to you tonight,” said LPS Superintendent Steve Joel.  “This is a living, breathing document; this is a tremendous body of work; this is something we can be very, very proud of.

The Board determined to create an overarching vision for the new strategic plan that states: “To prepare all students to be college, career and civic-life ready with a goal of 90 percent on-time graduation.”  The refreshed strategic plan is divided into five themes – all supporting the overarching vision – with goals and action steps included in each thematic area.  The themes: future ready global citizens, support academic success for all students, support for educators, family and community partnerships, and growth ready facilities and infrastructure.

Board President Lanny Boswell was particularly impressed with the “flexibility and agility of the action steps…This was a very inclusive process…future focused….there were so many opportunities to share individual opinions, and to find that consensus…We are united in support for this plan.”

2. LPS scores, graduation rate hold steady through increased rigor – For more information: Jane Stavem, jstavem@lps.org

High school graduation rates and state student achievement assessment scores are all holding steady at Lincoln Public Schools – generally scoring above state averages – as the school district increases both rigor and student enrollment numbers.

Last week the Nebraska Department of Education released graduation rates from school districts across the state, as well as the many documents representing the 2016-17 Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) scores (assessment based on state standards).

The LPS scores reflect many factors that result in providing quality education for LPS children, according to Steve Joel, superintendent at LPS, factors that include challenging curriculum and robust classroom instruction, quality educators and support for educators, as well as strong school and district leadership.  “We are seeing strong numbers and success stories for our students, while we also have work ahead of us with a rapidly growing student enrollment reflective of our changing demographics.”

Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS, noted LPS scores have generally stayed solid and consistent – a success when considering the dramatic growth in student enrollment and the school district’s continued focus on raising the bar. “We are graduating a high percentage of students and we are very proud of that fact.  We continue to have a high graduation rate compared to school districts of the same size and demographics.  And we have more graduates than ever before, despite increased graduation requirements and rigor.”

3. LPS Community High School Task Force continues work – For more information: Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org.

The Lincoln Public Schools Community High School Task Force held its third meeting last week at Lincoln Southeast High School and continued committee work to study high school enrollment, priorities and facilities.

Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs, who is facilitating the Task Force, took a moment to describe the role and process for the work of the Task Force.   “This Task Force represents the very beginning of a community conversation – you are bringing the important issues to the surface – your work is directional,” Standish explained.

She outlined the probable calendar of events that will follow the Task Force work:

  • The Task Force will make recommendations – then the Board of Education and the superintendent will take topics to the broader community, research ideas, conduct surveys and further study.
  • The past model for LPS includes a Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee – with subcommittees – and it is likely that a similar group would form and include a committee on high school.
  • The Board of Education will evaluate Advisory Committee suggestions matching recommendations to resources available, setting priorities, etc.

The Task Force – made up of about 70 community citizens and LPS educators – was formed to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students.   For more info: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12419

4. December Learning Lunch highlights LPS response to crisis – For more information: Russ Uhing, ruhing@lps.org  

The December Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch will happen at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, and feature a presentation, “Restoring Calm: LPS Response to Crisis.” LPS Learning Lunches, open to the Lincoln community, are 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.

5. French, German teachers honored as state’s best – For more information: Jane Stavem, jstavem@lps.org

Teachers from Lincoln Public Schools have been honored as the state’s best for French and German.  The Nebraska International Languages Association (NILA), in conjunction with the Nebraska Association of Teachers of French, named Lisa Maupin of Lincoln East High School the state’s French Teacher of the Year. NILA, along with the state’s association of German teachers, named Marissa Wanamaker of Lincoln High School the Nebraska German Teacher of the Year.

December 2017 Community News

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Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: November 20, 2017

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  1. Excellent external audit report for LPS – For more information: Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education last week heard glowing results of an external audit conducted recently that reviewed the Lincoln Public Schools budget, internal controls, financial statements, compliance with laws and regulation, and more.

Board of Education members were pleased with the audit, performed by HSMC Orizon LLC:

  • Connie Duncan: “This was a clean audit, we were so happy to hear that…There were no adjustments or errors as well…It was a wonderful audit and we’re proud of everyone.”
  • Barb Baier: “I want to thank staff for their due diligence, there is a lot of work that goes into an audit.”
  • Don Mayhew: “The idea that…this is an unmodified opinion…no changes or problems found. When you think about the complexity of this budget – the quality of our staff for that to come out as clean as this – this is incredible work.”

Overall, the auditor issued a positive report, calling it “a clean opinion, the highest and best opinion you can have.”

2. Scottish Rite ceremony celebrates teachers – For more information: Eric Weber, eweber@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools celebrates the 2017 Scottish Rite Teacher of the Year (Jan McKeown, an instructional and technology coach at Lefler Middle School) at a ceremony set for 4:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 in the Board Room at District Office.

3. Bubba keeps our children warm– For more information: Pam Hale, phale@lps.org

More than 300 elementary school students can bundle up and stay a little warmer this winter, thanks to Bubba’s Closet. The annual clothing giveaway program held its culminating event mid-November at McPhee Elementary School, where families stood in line outside starting at 6:30 a.m. – an hour and a half before the doors opened and children could pick out a winter coat, as well as gloves, hats, scarves and other articles of warm clothing.  Lincoln Public Schools elementary principals spearheaded the collection efforts, along with other LPS employees and community members.  For more than 20 years, Bubba’s Closet has collected between 500 and 1,200 donated winter coats annually.

4. November Learning Lunch highlights social emotional learning – For more information: Jane Stavem jstavem@lps.org

The November Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch of the 2017-18 season will happen at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and feature a presentation, “Social Emotional Learning: What is it and what does it look like at LPS,” by Carrie Erks, an LPS school social worker.   LPS Learning Lunches, open to the Lincoln community, are held in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St.  (**Please note this month’s Learning Lunch will be held on a Wednesday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.) 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.

5. Big week with Board meeting, High School Task Force gathering

The Lincoln Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Board Room at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St.   For the full agenda go to: https://www.lps.org/about/board/

Meanwhile, the third meeting of the Lincoln Public Schools Community High School Task Force is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Lincoln Southeast High School. The group was formed to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students.   More info: https://home.lps.org/hstaskforce/

6. Good deeds at Pound Middle School  – For more information: Chris Deibler, cdeibler@lps.org

A University of Nebraska student organization will make donations that benefit U.S. military veterans and Puerto Rico hurricane victims as a result of essays researched and written by three 8th-graders at Pound Middle School who entered the contest as part of Pound teacher Carol Patterson’s American Studies class on Constitution Day.

The contest asked for a one-page essay that identifies a community need and an organization working to address that need. Winning student essay excerpts:

  • “Some people may argue not to gift the money to this cause because 100 dollars is minimal considering what Puerto Rico needs, and this is true. The estimated cost to rebuild is well over 2 million dollars. However, we think we should receive this grant based on this underlying importance: every fragment contributes to the whole.”
  • “I believe this organization should receive this grant more than others, because they serve the backbone of America. Their patients risk their lives for us to enjoy the life we currently live and take for granted…With only 144 VA hospitals and 300 VA centers, this organization needs as much money as it can get to help those in need. This institution helps a huge population with a wide range and growing amount of services. From home loans to healthcare, this money will be put to good use.”

November 2017 Community News

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Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: November 6, 2017

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  1. Honoring Veterans Day – For more information: Mindy Burbach, mburbach@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools students, classrooms and educators celebrate and honor Veterans Day throughout the month of November, but notably on Friday, Nov. 10.  Watch for live online conversation and complete coverage of Veterans Day activities Friday on the LPS website and social media.

2. Keeping our children warm – For more information: Pam Hale, phale@lps.org

The annual Bubba’s Closet clothes give-away – sponsored by the elementary principals of LPS – is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at McPhee Elementary School, 820 Goodhue Blvd.  Any elementary student, accompanied by an adult, may choose appropriate items of clothing to adopt and use. 

3. Continued work on High School Task Force – For more information:  Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

Dealing with a growing population of students at Lincoln Public Schools – and particularly a growing population of high school students – the Lincoln Public Schools Community High School Task Force met for the second time late in October (this time at Lincoln North Star High School).  The Task Force – made up of about 70 community citizens and LPS educators – was formed to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students.  They will meet monthly throughout this school year at all six public high schools, and will make recommendations to the superintendent by May, 2018.

“This is valuable, important work – and the timing of this conversation is perfect,” said Steve Joel, superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools.

More info at: https://home.lps.org/hstaskforce/

4. Bringing our hearts to school  – For more information: Jason Keese, jkeese@lps.org

For Beattie Elementary School, raising enough money to buy one of the “Nebraska by Heart” sculptures required a lot of hard work, creativity – and heart.  “So many students embraced the opportunity,” said Holly Group-Weber, the school’s art teacher and one of the driving forces behind the fundraising effort.

“Nebraska by Heart” is a public art project sponsored by the Lead Up and Sadie Dog Fund organizations. Artists created 6-foot fiberglass hearts that were displayed across Lincoln for several months, then sold at auction. Beattie was one of seven LPS schools to purchase a heart at the auction, along with Lincoln North Star High School, and Morley, Cavett, Roper, McPhee and Adams elementary schools.

5. Strategic plan comes closer to final draft– For more information: sjoel@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education has moved closer to a final draft for a new, refreshed strategic plan for the school district – after an additional meeting late in October when Board members spent three hours reviewing possible goals and priorities for each of the major thematic areas of the future strategic plan.

The school district has spent the last year gathering community voices and developing six themes for a new Lincoln Public Schools Strategic Plan – an initiative that included 49 community sessions and 3,800 responses from community citizens.  The six themes would potentially provide focus for the school district over the next five years:

  • Academic Success
  • Future Ready Global Citizens
  • Support for Students
  • Support for Educators
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • Facilities and infrastructure – Growth Ready

Next, the Strategic Planning Committee will distill consensus, then turn over those suggestions to the superintendent and staff to create a proposed draft.  The Board will likely vote final approval of a Strategic Plan in December.  More info at https://www.lps.org/strategicplan/

Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: October 16, 2017

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  1. School calendars focused on instruction – For more information: John Neal, jpneal@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education last week heard recommendations for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school year calendars – developed by a Calendar Committee made up of educators, parents and community members – a calendar focused on creating the best learning environment.

Bringing two calendar proposals is a milestone allowing Lincoln Public Schools families to plan further ahead – made possible by developing a consistent purpose, development and set of variables.

Main highlights of the proposed 2019-20 calendar:

  • The first day of school would be August 13 – and the last day of school would be May 21.
  • Semester break would be Dec. 20-Jan. 6 – with students returning to school Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Main highlights of the proposed 2020-21 calendar:

  • The first day of school would be August 12 – and the last day of school would be May 20.
  • Semester break would be Dec. 23-Jan. 4 – with students returning to school Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The Board will vote final approval of the school calendars at the Oct. 24 meeting.  For more information: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12273

2. LPS schedules second High School Task Force – For more information:  Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

The second meeting of the Community High School Task Force is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at Lincoln North Star High School.

The Task Force was created to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students, as well as study the school district’s enrollment and educational needs.   The Task Force – made up of about 70 community citizens and LPS educators – will meet monthly throughout this school year at all six public high schools.  They will make recommendations to the superintendent by May, 2018.

More info at: https://home.lps.org/hstaskforce/

3. West Lincoln Elementary celebrates renovation – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org

West Lincoln Elementary School, 630 W. Dawes Ave., holds a celebration from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, to celebrate the completion of major renovation.  The celebration will feature school tours and refreshments, 

4. Learning Lunch serves up chili, cinnamon rolls  – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org
The third Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch of the 2017-18 season will happen at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24 and feature a presentation, “School Meals: So much more than Chili and Cinnamon Rolls,” with LPS Director of Nutritional Services Edith Zumwalt.

This Learning Lunch features a special feature:  We’ll be dishing up chili and cinnamon rolls, served to 75 attendees on a first-come first-served basis.

LPS Learning Lunches, open to the Lincoln community, are generally held on the last Tuesday of the month 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.

5. Give to Bubba at Roca Berry – For more information: Pam Hale, phale@lps.org

Contributions of warm winter clothing will be accepted for Bubba’s Closet through Oct. 27 at any Hangar’s location.  And please remember, throughout this week (Oct. 16-22) you can donate at Roca Berry Farm – in fact, elementary principals will be at Roca Berry Farm Saturday, Oct. 21, to personally thank you for your donations.

The Bubba’s Closet clothes give-away is set for Saturday, Nov. 11, at McPhee Elementary School, 820 Goodhue Blvd.

 

October 2017 Community News

Posted in Community News by on October 6th, 2017

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Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: October 2, 2017

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  1. LPS student numbers continue to soar – For more information: Jane Stavem, jstavem@lps.org

Student enrollment at Lincoln Public Schools continues to soar with historic new highs this school year: 41,760 students are attending the school district in 2017-18, an increase of 830 over last year.  That is an increase of almost 15 percent over the past five years – growth that is happening throughout the community, north, south, east and west, in the older neighborhoods and the newer neighborhoods.

Four LPS high schools now have enrollments over 2,000. The largest high school is Lincoln High School – in central Lincoln – at 2,187. But this year three other high schools have more than 2,000 students: Lincoln North Star, Lincoln Southeast and Lincoln East.

Scott Middle School – in south Lincoln – has the largest middle school enrollment with 1,144 kids, while the largest elementary school is Roper Elementary in west Lincoln with 894 kids.

For more info: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12239

2. LPS launches High School Task Force – For more information:  Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education adopted a goal this school year to establish a High School Task Force to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students – and last week Lincoln Public Schools launched the Community High School Task Force to study the school district’s enrollment and educational needs.   The Task Force – made up of about 70 community citizens and LPS educators – will meet monthly throughout this school year at all six public high schools.  They will make recommendations to the superintendent by May, 2018.

“The goal is to create a community conversation around several big issues,” said LPS Superintendent Steve Joel.  “How are we going to address the dramatic growth we are seeing, especially in high schools? What should a new high school look like? And how can we best prepare our high school students for the new world?”

More info at: https://home.lps.org/hstaskforce/

3. A moment of good student deeds – For more information: Jason Keese, jkeese@lps.org

Cross country runners aren’t usually encouraged to take a 45-minute break in the middle of a workout.  But on an early autumn day in September, the coaches for Lincoln Northeast High School made an exception.

The Northeast team was about halfway through that day’s run when a few of them noticed a homeowner along the MoPac Trail near North 40th Street trying to scrub graffiti off the side of her home. They didn’t hesitate. They stopped and started to help. First five of them, then 10, then pretty soon it was 15 runners chipping in.

“I just want to personally thank all the Northeast cross country members for their kind gesture,” said Sara Dolezal, homeowner and a kindergarten teacher at Fredstrom Elementary School. 

4 New CLC director named  – For more information: John Neal, jpneal@lps.org
Nola Derby-Bennett has been selected as the new director of Community Learning Centers (CLC) at Lincoln Public Schools.   She is now the executive director of The Hub, a Central Access Point for Young Adults in the Lincoln community, and has helped develop, grow and lead the non-profit agency.

While the position is held by LPS, the CLC director position is also supported by nearly a dozen lead agencies, many other community partners, the Lincoln Community Foundation and the city of Lincoln.

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel: “We are excited that Nola Derby-Bennett will be joining the Community Learning Center team.  She brings a vast background working effectively with individuals and groups that serve children and families.”

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler: “This is an exciting time for the CLC initiative, and Ms. Derby-Bennett’s experience, leadership and commitment to the community will help take CLC’s to the next level.”

Jim Blue, executive director of CEDARS: “Community Learning Centers are vital to our community and critically important to thousands of Lincoln’s children and families every day.”

5. Bubba is back – For more information: Pam Hale, phale@lps.org

As cold weather looms, it’s that time of year to donate new and gently used winter wear for Bubba’s Closet, the annual clothes give-away effort facilitated by the elementary principals of Lincoln Public Schools – to keep our community’s children warm.

Donations – accepted now through Oct. 27 at any Hangar’s location in Lincoln – might include coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, sweatshirts, mittens and gloves.  This year you can also donate at Roca Berry Farm, Oct 16-22,  and on Saturday, Oct. 21, LPS elementary principals will be at Roca Berry Farm all day to personally thank you for your donations.

The Bubba’s Closet clothes give-away is set for Saturday, Nov. 11, at McPhee Elementary School, 820 Goodhue Blvd.

Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: September 18, 2017

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  1. Secretary of Education visits LPS – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program students offered a few lessons in quality education last week to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on her visit to the Zoo School. DeVos spent about two hours at the school, an LPS focus program located at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, visiting classrooms and talking with students and teachers.

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel kicked off her visit to the Zoo School with an overview of the school district and the many choices offered to LPS students. He noted that DeVos’ visit to the Zoo School was a great opportunity to showcase one of the many quality public education options offered in Lincoln and throughout the state. “Choice is alive and well in Lincoln Public Schools, as well as the state of Nebraska,” he said. “And none of this is possible if we didn’t live in a community and a state where people value public education and they roll up their sleeves to support it.”

DeVos said she appreciated the opportunity to talk to students and hear from them about what makes Zoo School special.  “Schools here in Lincoln are a good example of how they can meet students’ needs and do things differently,” DeVos said.

For more information: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12163

2. Moore dedication Sunday, Sept. 24 – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org

The dedication for Marilyn Moore Middle School is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 at Moore, 8700 Yankee Woods Dr.  The dedication includes a 2 p.m. program followed by tours and refreshments.

3. Emergency LPS exercise– For more information: Joe Wright, jwright@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools staged an emergency exercise last week that focused on the process after the evacuation of a school, when parents would need to pick up their children at a safe, alternative site – a mock emergency that involved more than 100 Randolph Elementary School students bused to Lincoln Southwest High School. Southwest, due to its size, design and security features, is where all elementary and middle schools would relocate during a serious emergency.

The exercise was part of the district’s continuous efforts to plan for the unexpected and ensure the safety of its students, said LPS Director of Security Joseph Wright. All LPS schools have evacuation plans in place, but Friday’s exercise took those plans one step further – to the “reunification” phase.. “What we’d like parents to know is that we’re looking closely at this process and that we have a plan in place to handle a serious situation,” said Joe Wright, security director for LPS.

For more info:  https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12167

4. September Learning Lunch  – For more information: Mary Kay Roth mkroth@lps.org

The Lincoln Public Schools September Learning Lunch will feature the video, “Seeds of Hope,” created by Nebraska Loves Public Schools. The Learning Lunch is set for 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Board Room. Special guest is Oscar Pohirieth, LPS Cultural Specialist and Coordinator for the Bilingual Liaison Program.  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. Please bring your own lunch – we’ll provide dessert.

5. ACT reflect all LPS juniors taking free test – For more information: Jane Stavem, jstavem@lps.org

ACT scores for Lincoln Public Schools continued consistent and solid – with results in light of the sixth year in which all LPS high school juniors now take the college-ready test for free. “We are testing so many more kids who are taking the ACT, and we are more inclusive than ever before – so holding steady indicates we are doing well,” said Leslie Eastman, director of Assessment and Evaluation for LPS.

As LPS student enrollment increases, more high school juniors take the test every year – a record 2,409 took the test last year – while the composite test score remaininy steady.  Before the pilot program began, only about 65 percent of LPS graduates took the ACT, but now virtually 100 percent take the test, one of the most common standardized college entrance examinations, Eastman said.

 

 

Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: September 5, 2017

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  1. High school football in Memorial Stadium – For more information: Kathi Wieskamp, kwieska@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools has worked closely with the University of Nebraska Athletics Department to bring a pair of high school games to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 30.  The games were originally scheduled to be played at Seacrest Field on Friday, Sept. 29, the same evening as the Huskers will play the University of Illinois at 7 p.m.

The two games scheduled at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 30 are Lincoln Southwest vs. North Platte (1 p.m.), and Lincoln Northeast vs. Fremont (4:30 p.m.).  Game ticket prices – which include all-season athletic passes and individual game prices – will be the same as at Seacrest Field.   The contests are the first regular-season high school games in recent memory to be played at Memorial Stadium, and are the only regular season games scheduled to be played at the stadium this fall.

2. Fall celebrations – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org

  • Humann Elementary School open house:  2-4 p.m. Sept. 10
  • Moore Middle School dedication:  2 p.m. Sept. 24
  • Randolph Elementary School open house: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 8
  • West Lincoln Elementary School open house: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 22

3. New calendar for arts – For more information: Mindy Burbach, mburbach@lps.org

LPS has launched a new calendar featuring high school music and theatre offerings: https://home.lps.org/communitycalendar

4. Strategic planning – For more information: Steve Joel, sjoel@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education brainstormed a broad range of possible goals as part of the new strategic planning process last week in a four-hour work session to suggest, discuss and start to augment five themes previously developed to help chart the course for the school district over the next five years.  “This is a milestone moment,” Board President Lanny Boswell said, “representing the continuation of so much hard work.”

The long list of goals discussed were then specifically tied to the appropriate of five themes – themes developed as a result of intense community participation in an initiative that began early last school year and included 49 community sessions and 3,800 responses from community citizens.  These proposals will now be turned over to appropriate Board committees for further discussion, development and considerable focus – to solidify goals, action steps and ways to measure and define the success.  The strategic plan is expected to come back to the full Board in December.

5. Budget approval – For more information: Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education has approved a student-centered budget for 2017-18 that focuses on significant student growth in the Lincoln community as well as increasing complex student needs. The budget provides appropriate staffing, services, supplies and resources to address an estimated increase of 950 more students for 2017-18 – bringing estimated total enrollment to almost 42,000 students.

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel commended the Board of Education for approving this year’s budget: “I thank the Board for your commitment to students, families, staff and community…understanding that this is a place where we are very proud to say, all does mean all…You have done the very best work you can…We have made the right decision today, and I want to thank you on behalf of 41,000 students and a lot of grateful parents.”

6. Update on plan for struggling students – For more information: Jane Stavem, jstavem@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education heard an update recently on the LPS collaborative action plan for providing increased support for struggling students – a plan coming out of a comprehensive review and recommendations from the District Management Group.

The multi-step process includes goals for 2017-18:

  • Create Cluster Sites at the elementary and middle school levels for students with behavioral and cognitive challenges.
  • Develop structural models for guaranteeing extended learning and collaborative planning
  • Identify structured time within existing schedules to provide social-emotional and behavioral supports for students
  • Complete implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (PBiS) Framework to assure 100 percent of buildings are implementing practices with fidelity.

September 2017 Community News

Posted in Community News by on August 28th, 2017

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Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: August 21, 2017

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  1. LPS is in session

Classes began for Lincoln Public Schools on Monday, August 14 – when kindergarten through ninth grade students arrived for the 2017-18 school – while sophomores, juniors and seniors arrived on Tuesday, August 15.  An estimated 950 more students came to LPS this year – but the official student enrollment is not taken until the final Friday in September: Sept. 29.

2. New and renovated schools

The new Marilyn Moore Middle School opened this fall in southeast Lincoln, along with completely renovated Humann, Randolph and West Lincoln elementary schools. With the opening of Moore Middle School, LPS now has 57 schools in the district (not counting separate school programs):

  • 39 elementary
  • 12 middle schools
  • 6 high schools

3. Solar Eclipse – For more information: James Blake, jblake@lps.org

More than 50,000 Lincoln Public Schools students, educators and volunteers are expected to stand in the shadow of the moon Monday, as everyone will gaze toward the skies for a once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse experience.  Lincoln Public Schools will be celebrating the total solar eclipse, bringing all students in grades 1-12 outdoors to appreciate this teachable moment.  For more info: https://lps.org/eclipse/

4. Bat ‘er up– For more information: Matt Avey, mavey@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools will go out to the ball park Wednesday, August 23, an annual LPS tradition that allows all LPS fifth graders to attend a Saltdogs game.  On that day almost 2,900 fifth graders will head for Haymarket Park.

5. Final reading of  2017-18 LPS budget Tuesday (August 22) – For more information: Liz Standish, lstadis@lps.org

The Lincoln Board of Education will take a final vote on Tuesday, August 22, to approve the 2017-18 Lincoln Public Schools budget. The budget provides appropriate staffing, services, supplies and resources to address an estimated increase of 950 more students for 2017-18 –bringing total enrollment to almost 42,000 students. LPS works on a three-year forecast system to ensure sustainable revenue for supporting all students – evening out swings and taking into consideration the interdependence between state aid and property taxes.  LPS officials recommend a slightly lower – essentially flat – tax rate for the coming school year.  According to the most recent statistics, LPS ranked 228 out of 245 school districts in Nebraska in per pupil spending.

6. Learning Lunches start Tuesday (August 29) – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org
The 2017-18 lineup for the annual Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunches series offers more “Untold Stories of our Schools” with Learning Lunches open to LPS staff and the Lincoln community – beginning with a program on Tuesday, August 29: Stories from the LPS Archives, with Ed Zimmer, Historic Preservation Planner, Lincoln Planning Department.  Lunches are generally held on the last Tuesday of the month 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.  Please bring your own lunch – we’ll provide dessert.   For the full year’s lineup: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12036

7. Carpool karaoke gone viral – For more information: Doug Dickeson, ddickes@lps.org

LPS Superintendent Steve Joel and the rest of the executive team created a special preview of our goals for the new school year in a video Carpool Karaoke – a program that has now gone viral. Check it out: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12045

8. Watch LPS on many channels – For more information: Doug Dickeson, ddickes@lps.org

FYI:  You can now watch LPS programming on a variety of cable channels:

  • Allo, channel 23
  • Charter Spectrum, channel 1303
  • Windstream Kinetic, channel 80

Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: August 7, 2017

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  1. First day of school Monday, August 14

Classes begin for Lincoln Public Schools on Monday, August 14 – when kindergarten through ninth grade students arrive for the 2017-18 school year.  Sophomores, juniors and seniors all start on Tuesday, August 15.

2. Solar Eclipse – For more information: James Blake, jblake@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools will be celebrating the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, bringing all students in grades 1-12 outdoors to view the once-in-a-lifetime event.  For more info: https://lps.org/eclipse/

3. Take me out to the ballgame – For more information: Matt Avey, mavey@lps.org

Lincoln Public Schools heads for the ball park on Wednesday, August 23, an annual LPS tradition that allows all LPS fifth graders to enjoy  the experience of attending a Saltdogs game.  Peanuts, popcorn!

4. Public hearing, first reading for 2017-18 LPS budget – For more information: Liz Standish, lstadis@lps.org

A public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 Lincoln Public Schools budget will be held at the beginning of the Lincoln Board of Education meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St.  Later in the meeting, the Board will hear first reading of the budget – which is student-centered and focuses on the incredible growth in our school district.  The preliminary budget provides appropriate staffing, services, supplies and resources to address an estimated increase of 950 more students for 2017-18 –bringing total enrollment to almost 42,000 students. LPS served almost 41,000 students this year, an increase of 12 percent or 4,450 students over the last five years.  This will mark the fifth straight year of annual growth greater than 850 students.

LPS works on a three-year forecast system to ensure sustainable revenue for supporting all students – evening out swings and taking into consideration the interdependence between state aid and property taxes.  LPS officials recommend a slightly lower – essentially flat – tax rate for the coming school year. The preliminary budget totals $420.8 million – a 4.6 percent increase over the previous year (compared to a 6 percent increase last year). According to the most recent statistics, LPS ranked 228 out of 245 school districts in Nebraska in per pupil spending.

Budget work session materials: http://www.lps.org/about/budget/

Budget videos: https://home.lps.org/budget/?page_id=212

5. Learning Lunches tell our stories – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org

The 2017-18 lineup for the annual Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunches series offers more “Untold Stories of our Schools” with Learning Lunches open to LPS staff and the Lincoln community – beginning with a program at noon on Tuesday, August 29.   For the full agenda of the monthly presentations go to:  https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12036

6. Fall school/community celebrations

An open house to celebrate the new renovations at Humann Elementary School is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.  A dedication ceremony for the new Marilyn Moore Middle School is scheduled 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. And an open house to celebrate the renovated Randolph Elementary School is set for 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

7. Learn more about LPS/Citizens Academy – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, mkroth@lps.org

The deadline for community members to apply to participate in the Lincoln Public Schools Citizens Academy is August 18.  The Academy is a series of monthly classes that include hands-on interactive experiences depicting a true, behind-the-scenes sense of public schools in Lincoln. For more info: https://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=12018

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