Continuing with our one word that describes Lincoln Public Schools — in January our community said that LPS is… Opportunity.
It’s 2019, a new year, which encourages all of us to consider the concept of beginnings. Continuing with our series in using one word that describes Lincoln Public Schools – in January our community said that LPS is…Opportunity.
As students kick off the second semester, opportunity fills our schools and classrooms. Seniors have a few short months before crossing the stage into college, career and civic readiness. Kindergartners are impressing their friends and families with the growth they’ve made in the first 100 days of school. Students continue to illustrate their skills in the academics, athletics and the arts through a wide variety of city, district, state and national competitions and performances.
At LPS we focus on the individual student, each child receiving the opportunity to discover and explore their unique passions and talents. Our staff members support students as they take those instances when they may fall short to learn – and they take the moments of success to celebrate. Every day has the potential for our students to begin again: to move forward, create something new and take an opportunity to grow.
In January, our stories will reflect why LPS is… Opportunity.
This past summer we posed a question to our community, our families, our staff and our students – describe Lincoln Public Schools in one, single word. Each month we will reveal a new word that describes LPS.
On Monday, the nation will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This week, students and staff from Lincoln Public Schools honored his legacy through a variety of activities and events, including a program at Scott Middle School that honored retired LPS teacher Lillie Myles and a keynote address at a community breakfast delivered by LPS employee and retired Lincoln Public Department captain Genelle Moore.
Lincoln Public Schools eighth graders will continue to have their choice of attending any of the LPS high schools as they enter ninth grade. However, due to severe overcrowding, LPS will require eighth graders who wish to attend Lincoln East High School and Lincoln High School for 2019-20, but who do not live in those attendance areas, to meet the Jan. 31, 2019 deadline for filing high school selection forms.
Please take time today to nominate your favorite teacher for the annual Lincoln Public Schools Thank You Teacher event. In honor of Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day in March, Lincoln Public Schools and KFOR/KFRX Radio are again collaborating to thank our educators with the annual Thank You Teacher contest. Nominations should be postmarked or sent by Friday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. and mailed to: Thank You Teacher, Communications, LPS District Offices, 5905 O St., Lincoln, NE 68510.
Every year, elementary students within Lincoln Public Schools have the opportunity to create a banner that will be displayed throughout the community, a work of art not only meant to highlight students? creativity but also to shine a light on what makes their school special. This year, for the first time, students at Don D. Sherrill Education Center are creating a banner. It?s titled ?Coco and the Stars,? and it combines a painting of the school?s therapy dog - Coco - with a backdrop of stars - the school mascot.
This year?s theme for staff and students at Everett Elementary School is, ?Be your best.? As part of this theme, they?re drawing on lessons learned from the ?Pyramid of Success,? a philosophy for being your personal best originated by legendary basketball coach John Wooden. In December, Everett third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students had the opportunity to learn more about the ?Pyramid of Success? from someone who has drawn on its lessons to become her personal best: Mary Carillo, a former professional tennis champion best known for her sports broadcasting career, including the past 14 Winter and Summer Olympic Games. She was recently inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Lincoln Public Schools is filled with thousands of talented staff and educators - so what does it take to recruit and retain these employees who are so vital to the education of our children? That was the topic of the Dec. 11 LPS Learning Lunch, "Recruitment and Retention of Talent in LPS," presented by Eric Weber, LPS associate superintendent for human resources.
Lincoln Public Schools opens its doors to embrace families and students from around the world through the Welcome Center, located inside Park Middle School in south central Lincoln. That was the topic for the November Learning Lunch Tuesday, featuring Laura Salem, supervisor of the LPS English Language Learner program; Kelley Veselinov, English Language Learner assessment specialist; and Magdalena Benton, a bilingual liaison for LPS who walked through those Welcome Center doors years ago.