Learning Lunch Speaker Series

The 2018–19 lineup for the annual Lincoln Public Schools 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 during the school year 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 11:45 a.m., the program begins at noon, questions-and-answers happen at 12:30 p.m. Please bring your own lunch — we’ll provide dessert.

From May

Final Learning Lunch features student mariachi music

It’s become tradition that the final Learning Lunch of the school year features students performing music. On Tuesday that tradition was alive and well, as the Lincoln Public Schools student mariachi ensemble played for an audience that filled the boardroom at LPS District Office.

It’s the first year for Los Mariachis de la Ciudad Estrella, which translates to Star City Mariachi Ensemble. The ensemble includes students in grades seven through 12 from across the city.

“This musical opportunity has allowed our students to experience and learn the beautiful music of Mexico and to make a wonderful connection with our Hispanic community in Lincoln,” said LPS Music Supervisor Lance Nielsen, who offered a brief introduction of the ensemble and its director, Brett Noser from Lincoln High School.

The ensemble performed a handful of songs on Tuesday. Between songs, Noser and assistant director Amanda McCullough shared historical information about mariachi music and the instruments played by members of the LPS ensemble.

Josue Meza, a senior at Lincoln High, shared the personal significance for him to be playing in a mariachi ensemble. His mom is originally from Jalisco, Mexico, where mariachi music originated in the 1840s. He also has an uncle who is a director of a mariachi ensemble.

“I kind of have it in my blood already,” he said.

The ensemble played at various events throughout the city during the school year, including a Day of the Dead celebration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Rally. They also played at four different schools as part of a one-day tour on March 29. (You can still watch videos, see photographs and read quotes on a webpage dedicated to the tour.)

The ensemble will perform its final concert of the season on Monday, May 20, with the Lincoln Community Concert Band. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Kimball Recital Hall on the UNL campus.

Coming Up - March 19

Twenty-five years of student-built houses

Bob Freese, Lincoln Northeast High School teacher

What’s in a name at Lincoln Public Schools? Plenty of history and stories – and you’ll hear a few of those stories at the Tuesday, Sept. 18 LPS Learning Lunch

Coming Up

Housing the Students of a Growing City: The Bond Elections of 1919 and 1924

August 20th, 2019

In special elections of 1919 and 1924, Lincoln voters approved bonds resulting in construction of a dozen buildings still serving our community nearly a century later. Ed Zimmer, historic preservation planner for the City of Lincoln, will describe some of the issues and outcomes of those elections.

The 2019-20 Season

August 20th

Housing the Students of a Growing City: The Bond Elections of 1919 and 1924
Ed Zimmer, Historic Preservation Planner for the Lincoln Planning Department

September 17th

Digital Protections: How LPS Cares for our Students in the Online World
Chris Pultz, Tim Hahn, Jarred Rowe, all from LPS Computing Services

October 15th

ABCs of Teaching English to Immigrant/Refugee Students
Laura Salem, LPS English Language Learners program supervisor, and Kate Damgaard, LPS language curriculum specialist

November 19th

Meeting the Needs of All Students: Supporting our Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Alisha Bollinger, Special Education supervisor

December 17th

SROs: Understanding this Important Job
Joe Wright, director of Security at LPS, and a representative from Lincoln Police Department

January 14th

Ensuring Students Have Adequate Learning Environments
Liz Standish, associate superintendent for Business Affairs

February 18th

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
Jaci Kellison, K-12 curriculum specialist, social studies

March 17th

The Importance of Our Guest Teachers in LPS
Vann Price, LPS Human Resources Department supervisor for secondary personnel, and Kren Shellhase, administrative assistant

April 21st

Take Charge, Career Readiness and Financial Responsibility: Lessons in Career and Personal Finance
Julie Hippen, assistant curriculum specialist for career and technical education, along with teachers and students

May 12th

Creating Music on a Blank Canvas
Lance Nielsen, curriculum specialist for Music at LPS