Superintendent Spotlight

Superintendent Spotlight

 
 
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Welcome to Stories from Lincoln Public Schools…our podcast that gives you an inside look at the people, activities and programs that make Lincoln Public Schools the wonderful place it is. In this episode we hear from Superintendent Steve Joel and Communications Coordinator Mindy Burbach as they present the latest Superintendent’s Spotlight. Also, Jason Keese joins the podcast to share his stories of the week!

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In the Arts

  • 🎓 Today is the last day of the 1st quarter!
  • 🍁 Fall break on Thursday and Friday
  • 🎓 Next Monday starts the 2nd quarter
    • Elementary students not in attendance while staff have a plan day
  • 🎶 LPS Marching Band Contest
    • Saturday at Seacrest beginning at 11:15am
    • $8 for adults, $5 for students
    • Class AA bands, which include LPS high schools is scheduled to start around 2:15
    • Wraps up with awards around 5:15pm

In Athletics

Wednesday (10/16)

  • 🥎 State softball going on today in Hastings
    • North Star and Southwest both playing in the tournament as we record
    • Tournament will continue through Friday

Thursday (10/17)

  • 🎾 State boys tennis happening at the Koch tennis center in Omaha Thursday and Friday
  • 🏃‍♀️ Cross Country Districts at Pioneers at 3pm

Friday (10/18)

Saturday (10/19)

  • 🏐 

Sunday (10/20)

Monday (10/21)

  • 🏐 6pm Heartland Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament
    Location TBA

    • Continues 5pm on Tuesday

Tuesday (10/22)

 

 

 

Educational Service Units

Educational Service Units

 
 
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Welcome to Stories from Lincoln Public Schools…our podcast that gives you an inside look at the people, activities and programs that make Lincoln Public Schools the wonderful place it is… In this episode we learn about a critical element of K-12 education in the State of Nebraska: our Educational Service Units or ESUs and specifically, Lincoln’s ESU 18.

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In the Arts

  • 🎭 LNE: The Mother of Us All by Gertrude Stein
    • Wednesday at 7:30
    • Thursday at 7:30
    • Friday at 7:30
  • 🎶 Links Marching Band Competition
    • Saturday, All Day at Beechner
  • 🎤 Learning Lunch
    • Tuesday: “ABCs of Teaching English to Immigrant/Refugee Students”
  • 🎓 Last day of 1st Quarter
    • Next Wednesday

In Athletics

Thursday (10/10)

  • 🏐 6:30pm: LNS at LNE
  • 🏐 6:30pm: LSW at LHS

Friday (10/11)

Saturday (10/12)

  • 🏐 12pm: Lincoln Northeast and Southeast participating in a Double Dual tournament at Northeast

Sunday (10/13)

Monday (10/14)

  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: EHS at LSW

Tuesday (10/15)

  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: LSE at LNS

 

 

 

Sustainability

Sustainability

 
 
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This is Stories from Lincoln Public Schools, our podcast that gives you an inside look at the people, activities and programs that make Lincoln Public Schools the wonderful place it is. Today we hear more about our sustainability program at Lincoln Public Schools

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In the Arts

🎭 LHS: Dracula: A Comic Thriller starring Shirley Holmes and Jennie Watson

  • Thursday at 7
  • Friday at 7
  • Sunday at 2

🎭 LNS: Peter and the Starcatcher

  • Thursday at 7
  • Friday at 7
  • Saturday at 7

🎭 LSW: And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

  • Thursday at 7
  • Friday at 7
  • Sunday at 2

🎭 LSE: Sense and Sensibility

  • Thursday at 7:30
  • Friday at 7:30
  • Sunday at 2

🎶 EHS at UNL Men’s Choral Festival

  • Monday at 6:30

🎭 LNE: The Mother of Us All by Gertrude Stein

  • Tuesday at 7:30
  • Wednesday at 7:30
  • Thursday at 7:30
  • Friday at 7:30

Coming up in Athletics

Thursday (10/4)

  • 🏈 7pm: LNS vs EHS at Seacrest

Friday (10/5)

  • 🏃 4pm: LPS Cross Country Championships at Pioneers Park
  • 🏐 4pm: Lincoln Northeast VBall Invitational at Northeast

Saturday (10/6)

  • 🏐 9am: Lincoln Northeast VBall Invitational at Northeast

Sunday (10/7)

Monday (10/8)

  • 🎾 4pm: Boys Tennis: LHS v EHS at Woods

Tuesday (10/9)

  • 🎾 4pm: Boys Tennis: LSW v LSE at Woods
  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: LHS at EHS
  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: LNE at LSW

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons

 
 
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Today we have a feature by our Caitlin Lukin on an after school club at Northeast High School!

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Calendar

Thursday (9/26)

Friday (9/27)

🎾 9am: Boys Tennis: North Star Invitational at Woods

Saturday (9/28)

🥎 9am: Lincoln Southeast Invitational: Doris Bair

Sunday (9/29)

Monday (9/30)

🥎 7pm: EHS Jazz Band, Singers and Orchestra Concert

Tuesday (10/1)

🎾 4pm: Boys Tennis: LNS v LNE at Woods

🥎 5pm: Softball: LNS v LSE at Doris Bair

🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: LSW at LNS

Calendars

Mary Kay Roth

Mary Kay Roth

 
 
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Today we have a special guest! Mary Kay Roth is the director of Communications. You’ve heard her on Stories from Lincoln Public Schools before doing the superintendent spotlight. She has also done other features in past years called Final Words were she talks with outgoing high school seniors and retiring staff to get their final thoughts. Mary Kay is retiring at the end of September and we want to get HER final words!

Calendar

Thursday (9/19)

  • ⛳ morning: Girls varsity golf at Mahoney golf course
  • XC: 3:30: Pioneers Park
  • 🎾 4pm: Boys Tennis: EHS v LNE at Woods

Friday (9/20)

  • 🏐 3PM: LPS Championship Tournament at LSE and LSW
  • 🎾 4pm: Boys Tennis: EHS v LSE at Woods
  • 🏈 7pm: LSE vs EHS at Seacrest

Saturday (9/21)

  • 🏐 8:30am: LPS Championship Tournament Continues at LSE and LSW

Sunday (9/22)

Monday (9/23)

  • 🥎 5pm: Softball: LSE v LNE at Doris Bair
  • 🥎 5pm: Softball: LSW v LSE at Doris Bair

Tuesday (9/24)

  • PLC Day — Early Dismissal
  • ⛳ 9am: Girls varsity golf at highlands golf course
  • 🎾 4pm: Boys Tennis: LNE v LHS at Woods
  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: LSE at LSW
The Photo Wall in Mary Kay Roth's Office

The Photo Wall in Mary Kay Roth’s Office

Patriotic Holidays

Patriotic Holidays

 
 
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Today we feature last night’s Board Preview Live broadcast which focuses on some of the patriotic holidays, including Patriot Day, Constitution Day and Veterans Day we observe within Lincoln Public Schools. Board Member Don Mayhew interviews our social studies curriculum specialist, Jaci Kellison and Schoo Middle School 6th grade teacher (and former police officer) Ryan Treat.

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Calendar

Thursday (9/12)

  • ⛳ 9am: Girls varsity golf at Highlands golf course

Friday (9/13)

  • 🏈 8pm: LSW vs EHS at Seacrest

Saturday (9/14)

Sunday (9/15)

Monday (9/16)

  • 🎾 8:30am: Boys Tennis: LNS, LSE and EHS at Woods
  • 🥎 5pm: Softball: EHS v LHS at Doris Bair
  • 🥎 5pm: Softball: LSW v LSE at Doris Bair

Tuesday (9/17)

  • 12pm: Learning Lunch: 17 Digital Protections: How LPS Cares for Our Online World
    • Join the Lincoln Public Schools Educational Technology Team for a walk-through of the invisible but critical ways we care for our kids in the online world. Presenters: Chris Pultz, Tim Hahn, Jarred Rowe, all from LPS Computing Services.
  • 🥎 5pm: Softball: LNE v LSW at Doris Bair
  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: EHS at LNE

Superintendent Spotlight

Superintendent Spotlight

 
 
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Today we feature this week’s Superintendent Spotlight with Steve Joel! He talks about the role of a superintendent and what his typical day looks like. He also previews the work that the Board of Education has before them over the next couple of months as they process the report from the Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee.

On LPS.ORG

‘Walk Together’ and celebrate 25th anniversary of MLK Youth Rally and March

Calendar

Thursday (9/5)

  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: LNE v LSE at LSE

Friday (9/6)

  • 🎾 4pm: Boys Tennis: EHS vs LNS at Woods
  • 🏈 4:30pm: EHS vs LNE at Seacrest
  • 🏈 8pm: LSE vs LSW at Seacrest

Saturday (9/7)

Sunday (9/8)

Monday (9/9)

Tuesday (9/10)

  • 🥎 5pm: Softball: LNS vs LSW at Doris Bair
  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: LNS v EHS at EHS
  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: LNE v LHS at LHS

Superintendent Facility Advisory Committee Recommendations

Superintendent Facility Advisory Committee Recommendations

 
 
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During last Tuesday’s Lincoln Board of Education meeting, the Superintendent’s Facility Advisory Committee delivered their report. In today’s podcast we are feature our LPS LIVE Board Preview with the chairs of that committee.

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up in the Arts and Intracity Athletics

Thursday (8/29)

  • Girls varsity golf at Highlands golf course
  • 🎾 4pm: Boys Tennis: LHS v LNS ! Woods
  • 🥎 5pm: Softball: EHS vs LNS @ Doris Bair
  • 🥎 5pm: Softball: LNE vs LHS @ Doris Bair
  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: LSE v LHS at LHS

Friday (8/30)

  • 🏃4pm: Rocket XC Challenge at Pioneers Park
  • 🏈 7pm: LSW v LNS at Seacrest

Saturday (8/31)

  • 🎾 8am: Boys Tennis Invitational at Woods
  • 🥎 All day: LPS Softball Invitational at Doris Bair

Monday (9/1)

  • Labor Day — Schools not in session

Tuesday (9/2)

  • Girls varsity golf at Highlands golf course
  • 🎾 8am: Boys Tennis: LNS v LSE at Woods
  • 🏐 6:30pm: Volleyball: EHS v LSE at LSE

View more on our calendars!

Community Learning Centers

Community Learning Centers

 
 
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In this episode we learn about Lincoln’s Community Learning Centers from their director Nola Derby-Bennett. 

LPS preschool program kicks off the new year

  • School for most of our students started early last week, but last Thursday was the first day of school for our over 1300 pre-schoolers!

Community Learning Centers open at Randolph, Northeast, Lincoln High

  • Three new Community Learning Centers!
    • Randolph Elementary
    • Northeast High School
    • Lincoln High School
  • You will hear more about these directly from their director, Nola Derby-Bennett very soon!

Learning Lunch: Bond elections of 1919,1924

  • The first of our 2019-2020 Learning Lunches
  • Featured Ed Zimmer, Historic preservation planner for City of Lincoln talking about bond issues from a century ago

LPS In the News

  • We are often featured in local print, television and radio media and we like to show these on our site!
    • Zoo Schoolers get acquainted with new digs (journal star)
    • First day of kindergarten jitters for students and parents alike (10/11)
    • How to bring immigrant families into schools (newamerica.org)

Construction Club prime example of CLC community partnerships

Welcome Back Students!

Welcome Back Students!

 
 
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We’re Back! Over 42,000 students returned to our buildings this week and it’s impossible to not notice the energy that they have brought back with them. Today we talk about the first week, an award winning teacher at the Career Academy, next week’s learning lunch and we get to hear from board members Don Mayhew, Lanny Boswell and our superintendent Steve Joel.

New Teacher Breakfast

New Teacher Breakfast

 
 
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It’s Episode 30! This week, all staff are back in our buildings preparing for students… and MONDAY, all kindergarten through 9th grade students will be staring the 2019-2020 school year. Last week we had new teachers learning about Lincoln Public Schools which is the feature of our podcast this week.

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Summer School and Superintendent Spotlight

Summer School and Superintendent Spotlight

 
 
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Episode 29 is a double feature! Caitlin Lukin catches up with high school students as they finish summer school and Communications Director Mary Kay Roth sits down with Steve Joel for the year’s first Superintendent Spotlight.

Mindy and Brian also highlight stories from our website that include Courageous or Comfortable: Administrators asked to decide, and a special welcome back video from the executive team.

Don’t forget that you can now verify your student’s information online!

Northeast High School Graduation Speeches

Northeast High School Graduation Speeches

 
 
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Today in episode 28, Brian and Mindy listen to the graduation speakers from Northeast High School: Kate A. Schoening, Wendy F. Forlemu, and Bouthaina H. Ibrahim. Also hear about news stories from our website about First Job Lincoln and a national award winning student baker, Hanna Christainsen

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Southwest High School Graduation Speeches

Southwest High School Graduation Speeches

 
 
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Today in episode 27, Mindy and Caitlin listen to the graduation speakers from Southwest High School: Aila Ganic and Violet Hudson. Also hear about news stories on our website about a Southwest grad leaving her mark on Northeast Lincoln and summer school graduation. Also new this year, online student verification!

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Southeast High School Speeches

Southeast High School Speeches

 
 
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Today, in episode 26, we hear from 3 Lincoln Southeast High School graduation speakers: Hannah Johnson, Nevaeh Madlock, and Helen Howard. We also hear about a summer school class that uses art to bring awareness to alzheimers and builds bonds between students and those afflicted with the disease.

Lincoln High Graduation Speeches

Lincoln High Graduation Speeches

 
 
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Today, in episode 25, we hear from 4 Lincoln High School graduation speakers: Hasan Jabbar, Sophia Olson, Khloe Menagh and Angelina Tran. We also hear about the Summer Technology Program which has just celebrated its 21st year.

Lincoln East Graduation Speeches

Lincoln East Graduation Speeches

 
 
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Today we hear from 3 Lincoln East High School graduation speakers: first from friends Turner Linafelter and Cole Alfred and then Hailey Haar. We also hear about Students honored for art at star-studded national event and the proposed 2019–2020 budget about which Liz Standish just gave a presentation to the Lincoln Chamber.

LNS Graduation Speeches

LNS Graduation Speeches

 
 
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We have several special things going on with today’s podcast! Fitzgerald is joining Mindy and Caitlin remotely from Scottsbluff, Nebraska where he is taking part in Tour de Nebraska bike ride, attendees from the Say What communications conference say “Hi!” and we hear from North Star commencement speakers, Kaylie Trumble and Rourke Jensen.

On LPS.ORG

String Cleaning

String Cleaning

 
 
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Summer is a time both a time when we take a breath after the completion of another great school year and a time when we prepare for the new year that’s just weeks away. Today we are checking in on some of that preparation as school instruments get their summer adjustments.

On LPS.ORG

  • Stanford study is latest LPS effort to teach digital citizenship
    • One of only two school districts in country to participate in a Stanford University research study which gathered classroom feedback about teaching effective online fact-checking skills
    • The Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) provided six lesson plans on “civic online reasoning” to six LPS high school social studies teachers during second semester of the recent school year.
  • Communications Say What Annual Workshop
    • Friday, June 21 from 7:30 to noon at the District Office
    • Learn more at LPS Keyword “Say What

Eagle Feather

Eagle Feather

 
 
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In today’s episode we get to meet a recent graduate from Northeast High School who took part in the Eagle Feather program as part of graduation.

On LPS.ORG

  • Special ceremony honors Bryan Community graduates
    • Approximately 55 seniors from the Bryan Community Focus Program crossed the stage at Lincoln East High
    • Penrod explained why the Bryan mascot of the Phoenix is an important reminder for students.
      • The Phoenix represents a symbol of renewal, of overcoming darkness and succeeding.
    • “Many of our graduates have experienced their own personal darkness. Some had given up countless times, some had many people give up on them. A few were told they would never graduate. And a few more experienced loss, failure and bad luck. However challenging these situations were, our graduates chose the option of renewal, of taking advantage of an opportunity to atone for past mistakes and missteps,” Penrod said.
  • East history teacher wins prestigious fellowship
    • Alise Pape, a history teacher at Lincoln East High School, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship, one of only 53 awarded nationwide.
    • She can use the $24,000 prize toward earning an advanced degree that includes a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution.
    • “Neither of my parents have college degrees, and obtaining my master’s degree has always been a goal of mine so this all still feels surreal,” said Pape, who will continue teaching at East while pursuing her master’s degree in American History. “I am so fortunate to be offered this fellowship and to be given the opportunity to become a more well-rounded educator for my students. This application started as a desire to be a better educator, and now I am humbled receive this opportunity so that I can better serve my community and my students.”

Calendar

  • Board Meetings
    • June 11: Work Session at 4:30 and Regular Meeting at 6pm
  • Communications Say What Annual Workshop
    • Friday, June 21 from 7:30 to noon at the District Office
    • Example Sessions
      • Another Crisis, Another Plan
        • Another school year, another list of calamities and predicaments, another year of essential emergency communication. Let’s have some fun remembering back over a year of successful crisis communications (and perhaps a couple that didn’t quite work).
      • Beatles, Bee Gees and Beyonce, Communicating and Managing Generational Differences
        • Understanding the intricacies and key differences among generations is important as we navigate an ever changing economic and political landscape.  Come hear what motivates and drives the three largest generations in today‘s workforce.
        • Presented from the unique and entertaining perspective of a boomer, a GenXer and a Millennial.
      • Branding: Be Your School’s Brand Manager
        • A brand is more than just your logo or motto.  It is also about the perception your school creates in the minds of your students, parents and neighborhood when they see your name and logo.  Every school has a story, and everyone who comes in contact with your school comes away with that story. So what story does your school tell? Learn ways to keep your image consistent so your brand can be immediately recognizable. We’ll give you some quick fix ideas as well as some long-term goals to solidify your school’s brand in-house and in our community.
      • Podcasting: Pocket-Sized Information Sharing for Those on the Go
        • Grocery stores, weight rooms, gyms, sports field and on the road … everywhere you look people are plugged in to their podcasts! How can you tap into this trend and share beneficial information with the masses? Our communications team will share their tips and tricks on equipment and content.
  • Learn more at LPS Keyword “Say What

Pomp and Circumstance

Pomp and Circumstance

 
 
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In today’s episode we do something a little bit different. We hear an amazing story from Caitlin Lukin as she meets with the Southwest Orchestra as they prepare their musical selections for graduation… and after that Mindy and Brian go head to head in a trivia game about Pomp and Circumstance.

On LPS.ORG

  • LPS Multicultural Leadership Institute stresses equity, accessibility
    • 25th annual Multicultural Leadership Institute on Tuesday
    • Theme of “Equity in Action”
    • Joel: “One of our priorities this year will be equity and accessibility for all students. We have a duty to continue our journey to understand where kids are so we can understand where we are going to take them.”
    • Featured diversity author and speaker Susan O’Halloran
  • Graduation Ceremony photos and videos coming soon to photos.lps.org

Episode 19: Students Who’ve Been There

Episode 19: Students Who’ve Been There

 
 
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This week, Caitlin Lukin spends time with 5th grade, 8th grade and 12th grade students asking their advice for incoming elementary, middle and high school students!

Highlighted Stories

Coming Up This Week

Thursday (5/23)

  • Last day of classes for students!

Sunday (5/26)

  • High School Graduations!
    • Noon — North Star at Pinnacle
    • 1:30pm — Lincoln East at Bob Devaney
    • 3:00pm — Lincoln High at Pinnacle
    • 4:30pm — Southeast High at Bob Devaney
    • 6:00pm — Southwest High at Pinnacle
    • 7:30pm — Northeast High at Bob Devaney
    • Remember! all will be streamed on our website and on LNKTV
      • Links to the streams will be available on the graduation page
      • Links to the streams will be available through Lincoln Public Schools’ Facebook page and each high school’s Facebook page
      • For the first time, the ceremonies will be available on LNKTV. Pinnacle Bank Arena ceremonies will be shown on LNKTV-Education (Allo 23, Spectrum 1303, Kinetic 1080) while Bob Devaney Center ceremonies will be on LNKTV-City (Allo 2, Spectrum 1300, Kinetic 1005).

View more on our calendars!

Episode 18: Native American Youth Grant

Episode 18: 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!

View feature story photos here

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.

Highlighted Stories:

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.