- Thank a Teacher this week!
Tuesday. March 3, is Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day, so call or email a favorite teacher and thank them for their valuable commitment to the students of our community.
- Please give us your feedback on LPS attendance areas – For more information: Liz Standish, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education hosted an Open House and held a Work Session Feb. 24 to continue a study and discussion on upcoming changes in attendance areas for elementary, middle and high schools. The community is welcome to comment and ask questions about attendance area options through an online version of the Open House – that will run through April – as Board of Education members are only just beginning the process of selecting new boundaries.
Go to the front of our LPS website and click on Attendance Changes, or go to: http://www.lps.org/2014bond/attendanceareas/
On this website you will find maps that outline the options discussed, as well as the attendance area boundaries tentatively proposed by the Board of Education’s Planning Committee as the first consideration from which to begin the discussion. The Board is not expected to make the final selection until April.
- Truancy Diversion project reduces absences – For more information: Jane Stavem, email@example.com
The Lincoln Board of Education heard a report in February about the Lancaster County Juvenile Truancy Diversion Project – a pilot launched in 2011 at Park Middle School and has been expanded to three middle schools and three high schools. The project has resulted in a dramatic 80 percent reduction in total absences for students participating in the program.
The project is a collaborative effort between the Juvenile Court and LPS and was created for students and their families as an alternative to traditional court proceedings. The short-term goals of the voluntary program are to improve school attendance, grades and attitude toward school. The long-term goals are for the student to maintain consistent school attendance after completion of the diversion program – followed by graduation from high school. Students receive: Supportive services to help with attendance and grades; rewards for good attendance and good grades; and upon successful completion, dismissal of truancy petition and records sealed immediately.
- Congrats to Larson
The Board of Education has recognized Matt Larson, math curriculum specialist for Lincoln Public Schools, elected president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- Happy birthday Lincoln High – For more information: Mike Wortman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln High School celebrates the 100-year anniversary of educating students at the current facility, 2229 J St. – with a Community Open House set for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 29.
- LPS raising money for Junior Achievement – For more information: Steve Joel, email@example.com
Thanks to all the Lincoln Public Schools administrators who have filled 26 lanes for the Junior Achievement/Lincoln Public Schools Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, March 7.
- Technology implement plan rolled out – For more information: Kirk Langer, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education are discussing an implementation and fiscal program for phasing in a comprehensive technology plan at Lincoln Public Schools – quality teaching and learning supported by technology.
“We have been on quite a journey,” said Jane Stavem, associate superintendent of Instruction at LPS. “We’ll soon begin to dream about teaching and learning and innovation…as we bring more devices to our students.”
The Board is expected to take a final vote on the Technology Implementation Plan at the March 24 Board meeting. In January, the Board approved a Technology Resolution that directed LPS staff to develop a comprehensive technology plan within existing funding parameters, providing for appropriate staffing, proposing sufficient professional development and providing greatly expanded access to technology district-wide all in support of student learning. The plan will be reviewed annually.