Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: Oct. 8, 2018


  1. Student enrollment at LPS continues to climb –For more information: Matt Larsen,

Student enrollment at Lincoln Public Schools continues to rise, with historic new highs this school year: 42,035 students are attending the school district in 2018-19, an increase of 275 students since last year – and the first time enrollment has surpassed 42,000.  That is an increase of nearly 3,000 students during the past five years and more than 8,000 students since 2008-09, an increase of nearly 24 percent. This growth is occurring throughout the community – north, south, east and west, in the older neighborhoods and the newer neighborhoods.

  • Five LPS high schools now have enrollments topping 2,000, and three high schools have more than 2,200 students. The largest class at LPS is 12th grade, with 3,276 students.
  • The largest high school is Lincoln High School – in central Lincoln – at 2,304. Scott Middle School – in south Lincoln – has the largest middle school enrollment with 1,104 kids. The largest elementary school is Roper Elementary – in west Lincoln – with 879 kids.
  1. Meadow Lane first grader names zoo’s first giraffe: Phoebe –For more information: James Blake,

Drum roll, please…Lincoln Children’s Zoo’s first giraffe will be named Phoebe, a name jointly announced by the zoo and Lincoln Public Schools during a special assembly at Meadow Lane Elementary School, where first-grader Iggy Malik was honored for suggesting the winning name. Last month the zoo announced it would hold a naming contest among first-grade students to name the 13-month old female giraffe – the first to call Lincoln home – and Phoebe was chosen from more than 2,200 submissions. In selecting the name, zoo staff noted that, according to historical records, Phoebe/Phebe Elliott was the first female member of the Lincoln Board of Education back in 1887.   The giraffes are not open for public viewing until the spring of 2019. But Iggy and his entire first-grade class at Meadow Lane will receive a special prize: a free field trip in May of 2019, when they will be among the first children to meet Phoebe and the zoo’s two other giraffes.

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  1. October LPS Learning Lunch highlights Student Vote –For more information: Mary Kay Roth,

This fall, Lincoln Public Schools students will head for the ballot box for Student Vote 2018 – and essential lessons in citizenship. The October LPS Learning Lunch focuses on this fabulous Student Vote event: Informed Citizenship in Action, featuring Jaci Kellison, curriculum specialist for Social Studies, and students with a passion for Student Vote. The Learning Lunch is set for noon on Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Board Room at LPS District Office, 5905 O St. – is livestreamed on the LPS webpage and airs live on local cable channels.

  1. Community Open Forums continue high school conversationFor more information: Liz Standish,

Lincoln Public Schools will host two remaining Open Forums in October to gain broader engagement on the question of how to best serve current and future LPS high school students.   LPS has hosted two forums, but two more remain, 5:30-6:30 p.m.:

  • Monday, Oct. 22, Goodrich Middle School, 4600 Lewis Ave.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, Park Middle School, 855 S. 8th
  1. Consider using LPS Speakers Bureau – For more information: Mary Kay Roth,

LPS has a Speakers Bureau featuring a wide variety of LPS people who are happy to give presentations for civic groups and all community organizations. Please spread the word. For more information go to:

  1. Lincoln Board of Education– For more information: Steve Joel,

The Lincoln Board of Education will hold a regular Board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Board Room at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. For the full agenda of the Board meeting go to  Board member Don Mayhew will host a live interview show, LPS Live, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday before the meeting begins – live streaming on the LPS website.

You can watch the Board meeting in many ways.



  • Spectrum Channel 1303
  • ALLO Channel 23
  • Kinetic Channel 1080