- Secretary of Education visits LPS – For more information: Steve Joel, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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2. Moore dedication Sunday, Sept. 24 – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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4. September Learning Lunch – For more information: Mary Kay Roth email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.