- Strategic planning – For more information: Steve Joel, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lincoln Board of Education is moving forward with a new community-wide strategic planning initiative with a plan to engage the community and gather thousands of citizen voices to help refresh Lincoln Public Schools major strategic goals. The plan involves gathering community input – through civic, school and community meetings, as well as through social media and online surveys – to refresh the school district’s major goals for the coming five years.
Lanny Boswell, chair of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee, explained that the process will have three guiding principles:
- Future focus
The Board has approved a $32,400 contract with Leadership Resources, a local company that will provide support and guidance in the strategic planning process.
2. Wysong dedication – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
Sally Wysong Elementary School – the newest building for Lincoln Public Schools that opened this school year in southeast Lincoln –held an official dedication last Sunday in celebration of a new beginning for students, families and staff, a celebration of community, and a celebration of the woman whose name was chosen for the school.
“Today we celebrate community,” said Lanny Boswell, the Board of Education member who represents the area of the city where Wysong is located. “Here we are on the outskirts of Lincoln with more houses appearing each and every day. This is awesome growth. And we are grateful to our community for understanding that investing in schools pays off for students, families, for our community and for our future.”
Boswell also honored Wysong’s legacy, and the many friends and family members who attended the Sunday ceremony – all wearing t-shirts that proclaimed: “Wysong…The Originals.”
3. Pride in continued strength of achievement – For more information: Jane Stavem, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Public Schools continues looking at a well-rounded plan for educating children – with excellence in classroom instruction, quality teachers who focus on that great instruction and take time to work with all students, strong school and district leadership, fine curriculum, professional development and continuous improvement – and the result is continued strength in achievement based on release of the 2015-16 Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) scores, the piece of the achievement picture based on state standards.
“We are really proud that we have so many areas that have the best scores we have ever seen, and that is the result of amazing work happening every day in classrooms across our school district,” said Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for Instruction at LPS. “We’re seeing some of the highest NeSA proficiency scores we’ve ever had – especially in reading and math – in the history of our school district. There’s a lot to celebrate here…and, of course, always more work to be done.”
There are a total of 17 tests administered to LPS students grades 3-11 through NeSA, and of those: 14 overall scores either went up or stayed the same; and 11 were all-time highs, or tied for all-time highs from the last seven years.
4. LPS Live: Board Preview – For more information: Mindy Burbach, email@example.com
On September 13, the school district kicked off a new Facebook Live broadcast to preview the Board meeting agenda – hosted by Board President Don Mayhew. Before each Board meeting at approximately 5:40 p.m., Mayhew will sit down with a Board member and they will talk about issues that will be appearing on that night’s agenda. If you are interested in watching the first show, go to the LPS Facebook Page and click on the video, or watch our live broadcasts beginning at 5:40 p.m. before Board meetings. The next show will be on Tuesday, September 27.
5. Digital Citizenship events – For more information: Russ Uhing, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln Public Schools will host six community events this fall centered around safety in technology and social media. LPS has partnered with Ryan Sothan of the Consumer Protection Division in the State Attorney General’s office, a state leader in best practices for the use of technology for families and students. Each presentation is the same, and all are free and open to all ages. The first program is: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Mickle Middle School. For the complete schedule go to http://lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=11165
6. First Learning Lunch – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
Beginning later in September, the 2016-17 lineup for the annual LPS Learning Lunches series offers more “Untold Stories” of our schools with Learning Lunches open to LPS staff and the Lincoln community. 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.
The first Learning Lunch is set for noon on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The Power of Education: Tales of two waiters: Ed Zimmer will tell the stories of two long-forgotten but remarkable individuals he has encountered in his research on Lincoln’s past, Llewelyn L. (“Bud”) Lindsey and Arthur B. Moss. Zimmer is Lincoln’s historic preservation planner and former member of the Lincoln Board of Education.