Episode 17: Native American Youth Grant

Episode 17: Native American Youth Grant

 
 
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Today we sit down with the new Native American Youth Grant Coordinator for Lincoln Public Schools.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Thursday (5/16)

  • Class A State Tennis is going on at the Koch family tennis center at tranquility park in Omaha

Friday (5/17)

  • Track and Field championships happening at Burke High School in Omaha — continues through saturday

Monday  (5/20)

  • 7pm: LSW Theatre: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — also Tuesday

Tuesday (5/21)

  • State Golf at Norfolk Country Club — through Wednesday

Thursday  (5/23)

  • Last day of class for students!

View more on our calendars!

Episode 17: LPS Recognized for Music Education

Episode 17: LPS Recognized for Music Education

 
 
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Today we highlight our music programs here at Lincoln Public Schools as we were honored with a recent national award for the third year in a row…

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Wednesday (5/8)

  • We have 2 boys teams in the State Soccer Tournament behind held at Morrison Stadium on the Creighton University campus.
    • Southwest High School #5 seed. They have their first game today at 3 vs #4 Gretna. If they win, they would play Friday at 8.
    • East High was the #6 seed and unfortunately they lost 2-0 to #3 seed Creighton Prep this morning at 11.
    • The boys final will be Monday night at 7:30pm

Thursday (5/9)

  • We have 2 girls teams in the State Soccer Tournament behind held at Morrison Stadium on the Creighton University campus.
    • Lincoln East is the #4 seed and will play #5 Papillion-LaVista Thursday at 11am. If they win, they will play Saturday at 1pm.
    • Southeast is the #7 seed and will play #2 Marian Thursday at 1pm. If they were to win, they would play Saturday at 3pm.
    • The girls final will be Tuesday night at 7:30pm.
  • 🎵 7pm: Southeast High school Jazz Band Concert in the Jennifer L. Dorsey-Howley Performing Arts Center at Southeast

Friday (5/10)

  • 🎵 7pm: Southwest Swing Night — Jazz band
  • 🎵 7pm: Northeast presents the 2018-2019 Rock Show — The Great American Road Trip featuring show choir and jazz bands

Saturday (5/11)

  • State Baseball will be going on at Haymarket Park
  • 🎵 7pm: Northeast presents the 2018-2019 Rock Show — The Great American Road Trip featuring show choir and jazz bands

Sunday (5/12)

  • 🎵 7pm: Northeast presents the 2018-2019 Rock Show — The Great American Road Trip featuring show choir and jazz bands

Monday  (5/13)

  • District Golf at Holmes
  • 🎵 6:30pm: Southwest band and orchestra concert
  • 7pm: North Star Evening of One Acts
  • 7pm: Southeast Concert, Symphonic and Wind Ensemble Concert

Tuesday (5/14)

  • Learning Lunch: Star City Mariachi Ensemble — District Office Board Room at noon

View more on our calendars!

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Wysong Elementary Music Students

Episode 16: Culler Cougar Callouts

Episode 16: Culler Cougar Callouts

 
 
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Today we shine a light on a program which recognizes students who go above and beyond, who are respectful and safe and who are leaders in the classroom at Culler Middle School.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Wednesday (5/1)

  • North Star Art and Culinary Arts Exhibition at the Lux Center for the Arts: Today and until May 4
  • Also, North Star’s End of Year Art Exhibition runs at the Lux Center until May 7

Thursday (5/2)

  • 🎭 Lincoln High Theatre presenting Class Acts and IB Student Directed Productions
    • Other showings: Friday, May 3rd
  • 🎭 7pm at North Star: Electrophonic: Modeled after performances like STOMP, BLAST and BLUE MAN GROUP where the movement of bodies and objects are choreographed to music, lights and sounds using everyday objects in non-traditional ways. Due to a history of sell-out shows, they recommend purchasing tickets online at http://lnstheatre.seatyourself.biz
    • Other showings: Friday, May 3rd at 7pm
  • 🎭 7:30pm at Southeast: Freaky Friday Musical based on the novel Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers and the Disney films
    • Other showings: Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th at 7:30pm; Sunday, May 5th at 2pm

Monday (5/6)

  • 🎵 7pm: East High : Miles and Monet: An evening of jazz music, fine art, snacks and desserts

Tuesday (5/7)

  • 5pm: LPS Secondary District Art Show at District Office
  • 5pm: Middle School Concert Band Contest at Dawes and Scott

View more on our calendars!

Episode 15: Arnold CLC Jr. Jobs Club

Episode 15: Arnold CLC Jr. Jobs Club

 
 
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Today’s going to be a real fun episode as we get to hear from students that are part of the Arnold Elementary Community Learning Center Junior Jobs Club who recently visited our district office to learn about Communications!

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Wednesday (4/24)

  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: LHS vs LSW @ Woods
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Baseball: LNS v LSE at Seacrest

Thursday (4/25)

  • 🎨 All Day: LNS End of Year Art Exhibition (through mid May)
  • ⛳ 9:30 am: All Schools Boys Golf at Yankee Hill Country Club
  • 🏃🏽‍♀️ 1:30pm: LPS Championship Track and Field at LHS
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball: LNS vs LHS @ Sherman
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Boys Soccer: LHS vs LNE @ YMCA Spirit #1
  • 🎭 7pm: LHS Theatre: Mummers Show Hamlet in Sorenson Theatre
  • 🎭 7:30pm: LNE Theatre: An Evening of One Act Plays in Auditorium

Friday (4/26)

  • 🎭 7pm: LHS Theatre: Mummers Show Hamlet in Sorenson Theatre
  • 🎭 7:30pm: LNE Theatre: An Evening of One Act Plays in Auditorium

Saturday (4/27)

  • 🎭 2pm: LHS Theatre: Mummers Show Hamlet in Sorenson Theatre

Sunday (4/28)

  • 🎵 7pm: Lincoln Youth Symphony Concert @ Southwest High School

Monday (4/29)

  • 🎾 8:30am: East Invitational Girls Tennis @ Woods
  • ⚽️ Boys and Girls Districts Start
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball: LNE v LSW @ Sherman

Tuesday (4/30)

  • PLC Day — Early Dismissal
  • ⛳ 9:30 am: Boys Golf Invitational at Wilderness Ridge
  • 🎾 4pm: LSE vs LSW @ Woods
  • 🎵 5pm: Middle School Orchestra/Jazz Contest at Irving
  • 🎵 5pm: Middle School Orchestra/Jazz Contest at Lefler
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball: LHSv LSE @ Sherman

View more on our calendars!

Students from the Arnold Elementary Community Learning Center Jr. Jobs Club

Episode 14: Gifted Mentors

Episode 14: Gifted Mentors

 
 
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In today’s episode we learn about the fantastic and valued work our district’s gifted mentors are doing through interviews with Peter, a student at Rousseau Elementary, along with mentors Rhonda Schoenmaker and Kasey Moomau. Thanks to Communications web technician, Joshua Genrich for recording these.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Wednesday (4/17)

  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball: LSW v EHS at Sherman
  • ⚽️ 6pm: Boys Soccer: LHS vs EHS @ Beechner

Thursday (4/18)

  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: EHS vs LNS @ Woods
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Boys Soccer: LSW vs LSE @ Seacrest
  • ⚽️ 6:30pm: Girls Soccer: LSW vs LSE @ Seacrest

Friday (4/19)

SCHOOLS NOT IN SESSION

  • ⚾️ Lincoln East Invitational at Den Hartog and Sherman (through SAT)
  • 🎾 1pm: Girls Tennis: EHS vs LSE @ Woods
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Boys Soccer: LNE vs LNS @ Seacrest

Saturday (4/20)

  • ⚽️ 11am: QUAD tournament at Spirit field (Boys and Girls)
    (EHS, LNS, N Platte, Kearney)

Monday (4/22)

  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, EHS v LNE @ Sherman
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, LNS v LSE @ Den Hartog

Tuesday (4/23)

  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: LHS v LSW @ Woods
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Girls Soccer, LNS v LSE @ Seacrest
  • 🤝 6pm: Lincoln Board of Education Meeting

View more on our calendars!

A gifted mentor works with a gifted student on a robotics project

A mentor works with a gifted student on a robotics project

Episode 13: Kindergarten Enrollment

Episode 13: Kindergarten Enrollment

 
 
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This week, we are happy to bring you audio from this week’s Board Preview Live where Lincoln Board of Education member Don Mayhew discussed the importance of kindergarten registration with staff.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Wednesday (4/10)

  • ⚽️ 5pm: Girls Soccer: LNE vs LSW @ Seacrest
  • ⚽️ 6pm: Boys Soccer: LHS vs EHS @ Beechner

Thursday (4/11)

  • ⚽️ 5pm: Girls Soccer: EHS vs LHS @ Seacrest
  • 🎤 7pm: LNE Spring Showcase Vocal Concert – Auditorium
  • 🎤 7pm: EHS Spring Choir Concert – Auditorium
  • 🎭 7pm: LSW Presents My Fair Lady

Friday (4/12)

  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: EHS vs LSE @ Woods
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Boys Soccer: LNE vs LNS @ Seacrest
  • ⚽️ 6pm: Girls Soccer: LSW v LNS @ Beechner
  • 🎭 7pm: LSW Presents My Fair Lady

Saturday (4/13)

  • 🎾 8:30am: LHS Girls Tennis hosting teams @ Woods
  • 🎭 7pm: LSW Presents My Fair Lady

Sunday (4/14)

  • 🎨 1–2pm: Elementary Art Show at LPSDO and Hawthorne

Monday (4/15)

  • 🎵 NSAA Band, Orchestra and Chorus Contest at LHS all day
  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: EHS v LSW @ woods
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, LHS v LNE @ Sherman
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Girls Soccer, LNE v LSE @ Seacrest

Tuesday (4/16)

  • 🗣️ 12pm: Learning Lunch at SDO: LPS Student Debate
  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: LNE v LSW @ woods
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Boys Soccer, LNS v LSW @ Seacrest
  • 🎵 7pm: Junior Youth Orchestra and Youth Ensemble of Strings Concert at East High School

View more on our calendars!

 

A photo from the Board Preview Live discussion between Don Mayhew, LPS Director of Elementary Education Cindy Schwaninger, and Randolph Kindergarten teacher MacKenzie Sheaff

Episode 12: Los Mariachis de la Ciudad Estrella

Episode 12: Los Mariachis de la Ciudad Estrella

 
 
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This week, we relive a very fun day for our communications team….Jason Keese and Mindy Burbach followed the Los Mariachis de la Ciudad Estrella around on their spring tour to four of our schools. This is the inaugural year for this district-wide mariachi group and thanks to the monetary support from the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools – features students from various schools, ages, and cultural backgrounds.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Wednesday (4/3)
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Girls Soccer: EHS vs LSW @ Seacrest
Thursday (4/4)
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Girls Soccer: LHS vs LSE @ Beechner
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Boys Soccer: LNE vs LSE @ Seacrest
  • 🎭 7pm: EHS Presents Get Smart
  • 🎭 7pm: LSW Presents My Fair Lady
Friday (4/5)
  • 🎭 7pm: EHS Presents Get Smart
  • 🎭 7pm: LSW Presents My Fair Lady\
Saturday (4/6)
  • 🎭 2pm: EHS Presents Get Smart
  • 🎭 7pm: LSW Presents My Fair Lady
Monday (4/8)
  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: EHS vs LHS @ Woods
Tuesday (4/9)
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, EHS v LNS @ Sherman
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, LHS v LSW @ Densmore #1
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, LNE v LSE @ Den Hartog
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Boys Soccer, LNE v LSW @ Seacrest
  • 🎵 5pm: LNE Spring Showcase Instrumental Concert
  • 🎵 5pm: LSE Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble

View more on our calendars!

2019 Los Mariachis de las Ciudad Estrella Spring Tour

Members of the 2019 Los Mariachis de las Ciudad Estrella Spring Tour

Episode 11: Sydney Jensen NDE Teacher of the Year

Episode 11: Sydney Jensen NDE Teacher of the Year

 
 
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This week, Caitlin Lukin sits down with 2019 NDE Teacher of the Year, Sydney Jensen. They talk about the honor that was bestowed upon her.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Wednesday (3/27)

  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: LNS vs LSE @ Woods
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Boys Soccer: LHS vs LSE @ Seacrest

Thursday (3/28)

  • 🏃‍♀️ 12pm: Track Invitational at LHS

Monday (4/1)

  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: LNE vs LNS @ Woods
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, EHS v LSE, Densmore #1

Tuesday (4/2)

  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, LSW v LNS @ Sherman
  • ⚽️ 6pm: Girls Soccer, LNE v LNS @ Beechner

Wednesday (4/3)

  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis: LNE vs LHS @ Woods
  • ⚽️ 6pm: Girls Soccer, EHS v LSW @ Seacrest

View more on our calendars!

Photo of Sydney Jensen, Lincoln High teacher and winner of the 2019 Nebraska Department of Education Teacher of the Year

Sydney Jensen, Lincoln High teacher and winner of the 2019 Nebraska Department of Education Teacher of the Year

Episode 10: TeamMates Lincoln Coordinator Jim Bennett

Episode 10: TeamMates Lincoln Coordinator Jim Bennett

 
 
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This week, Mindy sits down with TeamMates of Lincoln Coordinator Jim Bennett. They talk about the value of mentoring to both the young people served by the program and those that graciously donate an hour of their time each week to meet with them. Learn about TeamMates of Lincoln and become a mentor at their website.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Thursday (3/21)
  • 📣 7am–6pm: Class A State Speech at UNK
  • ⛳️ 10am: Boys Golf Invitational, Highlands
  • 🏃‍♀️ 11am: Track and Field, LNE Relays, Wesleyan
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, EHS v LHS, Sherman
Friday (3/22)
  • 📣 2pm–8pm: State Debate at Millard South
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, EHS v LSE, Sherman
  • 🎶 7pm: Band and Orchestra Concert at LSW
Saturday (3/23)
  • 📣 8:30am–6pm: State Debate at Millard South
  • ⚽️ 10am: Girls Soccer, LHS v LNE, Seacrest
  • 🎶 2pm–9pm: LNE Spring Swing Jazz Swing Dance Event
Monday (3/25)
  • 🎾 4pm: Girls Tennis, LHS v LSE, Woods
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Boys Soccer, LSE v EHS, Seacrest
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, LNE v LNS, Sherman
  • ⚽️ 6pm: Boys Soccer, LNS v LHS, Beechner
  • 🎶 7pm: LHS Wind Ensemble, Lincoln High Sorenson Theatre
Tuesday (3/26)
  • ⛳️ 1pm: Boys Golf, EHS v LSE & Pius X, Holmes
  • ⚽️ 5pm: Girls Soccer, EHS v LSE, Seacrest
  • ⚾️ 5pm: Baseball, LSE v LSW, Sherman
  • ⚽️ 6pm: Girls Soccer, LNS v LHS at Beechner

View more on our calendars!

Episode 9: Librarian Meredith Fickes — Breakout Games

Episode 9: Librarian Meredith Fickes — Breakout Games

 
 
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Today we feature Mickle Middle School Librarian, Meredith Fickes and the awesome breakout games that she creates to help her students learn and remember subjects they are studying. You’ll get to learn from Meredith the work that goes into creating the games and then hear from students how much fun they have breaking out.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up!

  • FRIDAY (3/15)
    • 5pm: Boys Soccer, LNE v EHS, Beechner
    • 5pm: Girls Soccer, LNE v EHS, Seacrest
  • MONDAY (3/18)
    • 5pm: Boys Soccer, EHS v LSW, Seacrest
  • TUESDAY (3/19)
    • 12pm: Learning Lunch featuring Bob Freese and his work at LNE with Habitat for Humanity
    • 5pm: Baseball, EHS v LSE at Sherman Field
    • 5pm: Girls Soccer, LNS v EHS at Seacrest
    • 5pm: Girls Soccer, LSW v LHS at Beechner

View more on our calendars!

Students in Mrs. Fickes' Library use research skills, knowledge of the subject and creativity to solve the Breakout puzzles.

Students in Mrs. Fickes’ Library use research skills, knowledge of the subject and creativity to solve the Breakout puzzles.

Episode 8: Superintendent Spotlight

Episode 8: Superintendent Spotlight

 
 
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Today we feature Schoo Middle School 7th grade social studies teacher, Cody Thatcher. He shares with Mindy his love for teaching and some of the great learning experiences he had growing up in Lincoln Public Schools. We also feature some of the fun songs he’s created to help students learn!

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up!

  • TONIGHT (3/6): LNE Theatre presents Skelling
  • TOMORROW (3/7): LHS Instrumental Concert and North Star v Creighton in Boys State Basketball
  • FRIDAY (3/8): Arts and Humanities Art Show
  • SATURDAY (3/9): District Speech @ LSW; Senior-Directed One-Acts at LNS
  • SUNDAY (3/10): Time Change — Spring Ahead!
  • MONDAY–FRIDAY(3/11–15): LPS Spring Break

See more at https://home.lps.org/communitycalendar

Focus Program Evaluation

  • Watch the work session where the results of the focus program evaluation is presented to the board of education. This presentation starts at 31 minutes.

Episode 7: Schoo Teacher Cody Thatcher

Episode 7: Schoo Teacher Cody Thatcher

 
 
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Today we feature Schoo Middle School 7th grade social studies teacher, Cody Thatcher. He shares with Mindy his love for teaching and some of the great learning experiences he had growing up in Lincoln Public Schools. We also feature some of the fun songs he’s created to help students learn!

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up!

  • TONIGHT (2/27), Friday, Saturday : Rogers and Hammersteins Cinderella at North Star
  • TOMORROW(2/28): LHS Choir Concert
  • SATURDAY(3/2): Northeast Rock Show Choir
  • MONDAY(3/3): LHS Instrumental and Orchestra Concert AND LSE Jazz Band Concert
  • TUESDAY(3/4): LHS Chamber and IB Music Recital AND LSE Singing Knights AND LNE Theatre presents Skelling

See more at https://home.lps.org/communitycalendar

Episode 6: African-American Read-In

Episode 6: African-American Read-In

 
 
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Today we feature the African-American Read-In, an event coordinated by the Youth Development Team and Lincoln City Libraries, which happened earlier this month at the LPS District Office. Enjoy readings by North Star receptionist Linda Anderson, North Star Sophomore Marshawna Kapke and LPS Student Advocate Bill Bryant.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up!

  • Lincoln High performs Newsies: February 21, 22, 23
  • Budget Learning Lunch: February 26
  • North Star presents Cinderella: February 27, March 1 & 2
  • Lincoln High Choir Concert: February 28
  • Northeast Rock Show Choir: March 2

See more at https://home.lps.org/communitycalendar

Episode 5.5: BONUS — Superintendent Spotlight

Episode 5.5: BONUS — Superintendent Spotlight

 
 
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Last week, the LPS Superintendent Spotlight previewed the external accreditation team visit report for this week’s board meeting and discussed how LPS is a nationally recognized leader in education. Dr. Joel also answers a student question about what he does first thing when he gets to work.

Photo of Superintendent Spotlight being recorded

Episode 5: LPS Board Preview Live — External Accreditation

Episode 5: LPS Board Preview Live — External Accreditation

 
 
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Today we feature this week’s LPS LIVE Board Preview during which Dr. Steve Joel interviews Director of Continuous Improvement and Professional Learning, Sarah Salem about our recent External Accreditation.

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Episode 4: BackPack Extra Mile Walk History

Episode 4: BackPack Extra Mile Walk History

 
 
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This week, Mindy and Brian talk about the history of the Lincoln Public Schools BackPack Extra Mile Walk and about “LPS is Inspiring!”

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Episode 3: Superintendent Spotlight on Mentors

Episode 3: Superintendent Spotlight on Mentors

 
 
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It’s the third episode of Stories From Lincoln Public Schools. This week, Mindy Burbach and Brian Fitzgerald talk about the week’s happenings including another snow day, students learning the difference between RADAR and LIDAR and an early update on the Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee. Featured is the latest Superintendent Spotlight where Mary Kay Roth and Steve Joel discuss mentoring and visiting schools.

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Episode 2: MLK Day 2019

Episode 2: MLK Day 2019

 
 
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It’s the second episode of Stories From Lincoln Public Schools. This week, Mindy Burbach and Brian Fitzgerald talk about the week’s happenings including snow days, zoo school improvements and Lincoln’s Martin Luther King Jr. Rally including a performance by Belmont Elementary’s TRACKS Scholars.

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Our School Closings Page visits from January 20–25…

People seemed particularly interested in this page on the 22nd and 23rd!

Episode 1: Thank You Teachers!

Episode 1: Thank You Teachers!

 
 
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Welcome to the first episode of the Stories From Lincoln Public Schools Podcast! This week, Mindy Burbach and Brian Fitzgerald talk about the week’s happenings including High School Information nights, Transfer Deadlines, The Don D. Sherrill Program Art Banner, a Learning Lunch featuring our VOICE program and finally highlight moments from the past five years of Thank You Teacher recognition breakfasts.