- Last day, graduations – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
The countdown is on: The last day of class for Lincoln Public Schools is Wednesday, May 24.
The LPS class of 2017 will celebrate graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 28 – for all six high schools:
- Lincoln Southwest High School, noon, Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Lincoln Northeast High School, 1:30 p.m., Bob Devaney Sports Center
- Lincoln North Star High School, 3:00 p.m. Pinnacle
- Lincoln East High School, 4:30 p.m., Devaney
- Lincoln High School, 6:00 p.m., Pinnacle
- Lincoln Southeast High School, 7:30 p.m., Devaney
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2. LPS Solar Eclipse Celebration – For more information: James Blake, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to announce that all Lincoln Public Schools students and staff will be invited to participate in a special LPS Solar Eclipse Celebration early in the 2017-18 school year. On Monday, August 21, students and staff will take part in a solar eclipse experience for this once-in-a-lifetime event: a full solar eclipse visible in the Lincoln and southeast Nebraska area. Guided by specialists in all curriculum areas, this eclipse day of celebration will be preceded by a full week of rich, hands-on learning opportunities leading up to the grand finale. Special safety glasses will be provided for all LPS students and staff – glasses approved by the LPS Medical Advisory Committee. Alternative activities will be provided for students who choose to stay inside.
3. May Learning Lunch – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
Listen for the drum beat – to find the May Lincoln Public Schools Learning Lunch, set for 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in the Board Room at LPS District Office. This is the first year for a World Drumming class at Lincoln High School, so we will feature the learning outcomes from both the teacher and student perspective – as well as experience the joy of a drum circle. Learning Lunches run live on channel 80 and are livestreamed on the LPS website.
4. Grant for childhood obesity – For more information: Jane Stavem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Public Schools would like to expand a pilot project it has been conducting in four middle schools this year using fitness monitoring watches in physical education classes. By using $25,000 in grant funds from Children’s Hospital in Omaha – to purchase additional fitness monitoring watches that will accommodate four more middle schools – LPS will be able to move closer to its goal of a more rigorous and consistent program for all middle school students.
The fitness monitor watches allow students to track their heart rate and level of exertion during PE classes. In addition to purchasing sets for four schools, the grant will provide resources for professional development around the use and implementation for middle school PE staff as well. The Board will vote final approval at the May 23 meeting.
5. Scottish Rite – For more information: Eric Weber, email@example.com
Jan McKeown, an instructional and technology coach at Lefler Middle School – who says the secret of good teaching is caring enough to bring your A game every day – will now forever be known as the Scottish Rite 2017 Distinguished Teacher of the Year. She was honored early in May at a surprise assembly at Lefler.
McKeown began her teaching career with Lincoln Public Schools at Clinton Elementary School 32 years ago, and has since taught at Humann and Meadow Lane elementary schools, and now Lefler – where she determined middle school was her true love. The prestigious Scottish Rite Award is presented annually, and comes with a cash prize of $5,000 from the very generous local chapter of the Scottish Rite.
6. Plan for helping struggling students– For more information: Jane Stavem, firstname.lastname@example.org
More help for Lincoln Public Schools struggling students is planned and was further discussed at a recent Lincoln Board of Education meeting – a proposed action plan coming out of a comprehensive review and recommendations from the District Management Council (DMGroup). The proposed collaborative action plan would serve as the working document to guide the future work of the school district. The Board will vote final approval at the May 23 meeting.