1. Purple penguins and the truth – For more information: Steve Joel, email@example.com
Following is a summary of Lincoln Public Schools stance on professional development and gender identity of students.
- LPS educates all students who come to our schools: It is our legal and moral obligation to educate each and every one of them to become successful and productive citizens.
- LPS recognizes all students need a safe and supportive learning environment to progress, thrive and succeed academically and developmentally in school. It is essential for a school district to create a culture, conditions and expectations in which all students feel safe, supported and fully included.
- There has been recent confusion and misinformation recently about professional development related to transgender, gender nonconforming and gender conforming students. We would like to set the record straight.
- LPS conducts ongoing professional development for our teachers that is rich and multi-dimensional: teaching better skills in academic areas, as well as providing information and awareness to help meet the needs of all our kids. As we encounter increasingly diverse populations of students, it is incumbent upon our district – administrators, teachers, staff and students – to understand the characteristics of the complex communities we serve, as well as to play an important part in creating and sustaining that safe and supportive learning environment.
- Please understand this: Our teachers are allowed to use boys and girls in the classroom – and they do so in schools across the community. They have NOT been mandated to stop using those wonderful terms. We do not promote a political agenda. That is not our role.
- We do give our staff members guidance in ways to be sensitive to the needs of all students. We do offer research that tells us transgender students are particularly vulnerable to bullying and suicide. LPS is legally mandated – and morally obligated – to ensure students are protected from discrimination and bullying of all kinds. That’s going to be something LPS continues to focus on. We will not back away. We want the people of the Lincoln community to understand that we will continue to do the very best work we can for all Lincoln children.
- Our recognition that we must provide a safe learning environment for all students – has not detracted from our focus on academic achievement. In fact we know that our focus on all students and all families has helped our school district achieve an 87 percent graduation rate and high achievement scores.
- Our Lincoln Board of Education has clear policy that says: We are committed to providing the highest quality education for all Lincoln Public Schools students. We fully support this statement and policy,
For more information: http://lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=9100
2. New LPS school name recommendations – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sally Wysong Elementary School.
- Marilyn Moore Middle School.
- Bill Nuernberger Center.
The Lincoln Public Schools Community Naming Committee has approved those three recommendations for a new elementary and middle school – and a new title for the renovated facility at 1801 S. 40th St.
The new elementary and middle school will both be located in southeast Lincoln: The elementary school will open in the fall of 2016; the middle school will open in the fall of 2017. The renovated facility – at 1801 S. 40th St. and previous home to the Bryan Focus Program – will soon provide a home for middle school students who need additional behavior, emotional and social support.
- Sally Wysong was a long-time early childhood education advocate who ran the Meadowlane daycare/preschool in north Lincoln. Later she served several terms on the Lincoln Board of Education as a staunch supporter of early childhood education.
- Marilyn Moore was the Associate Superintendent for Instruction at LPS for many years, retired several years ago, and started her career in education as a middle school teacher with LPS. She often talked about the specific needs of middle school students, and initiated the process to transition LPS from the junior high to the middle school model.
- Bill Nuernberger was the first separate juvenile judge for Lancaster County, a man who advocated that children and young people needed a separate court.
The three nominations for names will be submitted to the Lincoln Board of Education for consideration and final approval.
3. Awareness and funds take the place of Sydni’s hair – For more information: Zachary Baehr, email@example.com
Sydni Sherman raised $1,151 and started a conversation longer than her hair, well longer than her hair used to be. The sixth-grader at Lefler Middle School cut her once shoulder-length brown hair as part of a local fundraiser.
“I know a lot of people with cancer, and my friend died two years ago, and his aunt (cut her own hair) last year,” she said. Her friends have been supportive, and some think it’s “pretty cool.”
And if others talk about why Sydni had her hair cut off?
“That’s kind of the point.”
For the full story and photo: http://lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=9092
4. Keeping our children warm – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, firstname.lastname@example.org
If your elementary-aged children have outgrown their winter coats, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts or jeans, please consider dropping off those gently used clothes at any Hanger’s Cleaners throughout the month of October: from Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 31– so that other children might keep warm this winter.
Then, on Saturday, Nov. 15, those clothes will be available to the community’s children at the annual Bubba’s Closet event: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at McPhee Elementary School, 820 Goodhue Blvd. (820 S. 15th St.) Any elementary student, accompanied by an adult, may come and choose appropriate items of clothing to adopt and use – for free. There are no income requirements. Sacks will be provided by Lincoln Public Schools.
Bubba’s Closet is one of the many American Education Week activities planned in LPS.