Category: Newsletter – Parent Information Resources

Proposed Attendance Area Changes

Review of proposed attendance area changes at LPS

The Lincoln Board of Education periodically reviews attendance areas to make sure Lincoln Public Schools is best utilizing school district facilities, and often to determine if it is prudent to make adjustments in boundaries that would provide relief to schools that are serving at or over capacity.

LPS is proposing that the attendance area for Clinton Elementary School be moved from the Lincoln North Star High School to the Lincoln Northeast High School attendance area. That area is roughly bounded by 33rd Street to the east, X Street to the south and running along Salt Creek to Adams to the north. This proposal would also move the majority of Culler Middle School into the Northeast district (except for a portion that would remain in the Lincoln East High School attendance area). The change would become effective for the 2017-18 school year.

The Board is hosting an open house to present detailed information and maps about this proposed change, as well as to allow community members a chance to talk with LPS officials. The open house is set for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, in the library media center at Culler Middle School, 5201 Vine St.

Community members can also go to an LPS online webpage – that will go live June 7 and be available through June 28 – offering a place to share comments, or ask questions. Go to: http://lps.org/go/boundaries16. You can also access the webpage by going to the top of the LPS home page (www.lps) – and use “Boundaries 16” as the keyword.

Currently North Star student enrollment totals almost 2,200 students, and is expected to continue increasing in coming years. LPS officials believe this attendance area change would help maintain a more level enrollment over time.   Please note LPS would continue the practice of allowing ninth graders to attend the high school of their choice, provided they fill out the necessary paperwork by the mandatory deadline.

The Lincoln Board of Education is responsible for establishing attendance areas and strives to make changes in attendance areas with thoughtful, prudent analysis and consideration. The Board will consider this proposed attendance area change at the Board meeting scheduled June 15, and will vote on the issue at the June 28 meeting.

For more information: Liz Standish, lstandis@lps.org

15-16 District AYP Translated Parent Letters

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Padres y guardianes:

Las Escuela Públicas de Lincoln – y todos los miembros del personal de nuestra escuela – están dedicados a proveer a todos los estudiantes la educación necesaria para tener éxito en sus futuras carreras, en la universidad y en la vida. Para asegurar el éxito de su hijo, hemos establecido altos estándares que se reflejan en lo que se enseña en cada una de nuestras escuelas y en las aulas.

Nuestro distrito escolar también se ha comprometido en mantener a nuestros padres, y a la comunidad, informados sobre las cuestiones importantes que afectan a nuestras escuelas. Mientras LPS ha mantenido durante mucho tiempo grandes expectativas para nuestros estudiantes, nuestro éxito también se mide a través de la legislación federal de educación llamada “Que Ningún Niño Se Quede Atrás” (No Child Left Behind Act- NCLB).

Como casi todos los distritos escolares en Nebraska, LPS puede no cumplir con lo que se llama “Adecuate Yearly Progress” (AYP) – Progreso Anual Adecuado para el 2015, como lo requiere la ley NCLB. Estos informes miden el rendimiento de nuestro distrito escolar en términos del porcentaje de estudiantes que están en o por encima de las normas de los objetivos académicos, definidos por el estado, en las principales áreas académicas. Para satisfacer las metas federales, 100 por ciento de los estudiantes – sin tener en cuenta las necesidades especiales, el dominio del idioma inglés, u otras circunstancias de impacto en la vida de ellos – deben haber cumplido los estándares de competencia en la evaluación NeSA (Nebraska State Accountability assessment) cuando fueron evaluados el año pasado escolar. De hecho, casi todas las escuelas de Nebraska no van a cumplir estos estándares muy poco realistas para el 2015 – y como resultado, las escuelas LPS pueden ser clasificadas como “No Cumplió” o “Necesita Mejorar”.

Como escuela que recibe fondos federales a través del Título I, nosotros activamente nos comunicamos con los padres acerca de nuestro estatus. Le notificaremos acerca de nuestras próximas reuniones de padres, durante el año escolar 2015-2016 a la que vamos a describir el desempeño estudiantil como también las mejoras que estamos haciendo en nuestra escuela, e invitarlo a que aporte con su opinión. Mientras tanto, le invitamos a revisar el desempeño de nuestra escuela y de las de todas de LPS, en el sitio web del Departamento de Educación de Nebraska (http://www.education.ne.gov/).

El enlace se puede encontrar titulado “State of the Schools Report” (Estado del Informe Escolar). También estamos obligados a proporcionar la opción para los estudiantes que viven en nuestra área de asistencia, a elegir e inscribirse en otra escuela LPS que acepta recibir transferencias. Si usted está interesado en que su hijo asista a otra escuela, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina de la escuela, antes de que comiencen las clases, para explorar sus opciones.

Por último, también tendremos servicios de tutoría para estudiantes que califican para el año que viene. Todos los padres están invitados a una feria de proveedores el miércoles 2 de septiembre desde las 6:30 a 7:30pm, en las oficinas del Distrito de LPS (5905 O Street) para seleccionar una compañía de tutoría y matricular a su hijo en este servicio. Para calificar para la tutoría, el estudiante debe calificar para el programa de comidas Gratis o a Precio Reducido, además de vivir en nuestra área de asistencia.

Como conclusión: Nuestros maestros, administradores y miembros del personal de LPS están haciendo un trabajo excelente – reflejado en el logro y rendimiento de nuestros estudiantes. Apreciamos su apoyo a nuestros estudiantes, personal y escuelas.

 

 

 

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Kính thưa Quý Phụ Huynh và Giám Hộ,

Các Trường Công Lập Lincoln và toàn thể nhân viên của các trường tận tâm cung ứng cho tất cả học sinh sự giáo dục cần thiết để thành công trong sự nghiệp, trong việc học đại học và cuộc sống tương lai. Để đảm bảo sự thành công cho học sinh, chúng tôi đã đặt tiêu chuẩn cao cho chương trình dạy trong từng lớp học.

Học khu cũng muốn tiếp tục cập nhật với gia đình và cộng đồng về những vấn đề quan trọng ảnh hưởng đến các trường chúng ta. Ngoài việc LPS có yêu cầu cao đối với học sinh, sự thành công của chúng ta còn được đánh giá theo luật giáo dục Liên Bang, gọi là Đạo Luật Không Trẻ Em Nào Bị Bỏ Rơi (No Child Left Behind Act, viết tắt là NCLB).

 Cũng như hầu hết các học khu khác trong Tiểu Bang Nebraska, LPS có thể không đạt được các mục tiêu của năm 2015 về Yêu Cầu Phát Triển Hàng Năm – Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) theo quy định của Đạo Luật NCLB. Các báo cáo này đánh giá chất lượng của học khu chúng ta bằng tỉ lệ phần trăm số học sinh đạt mức bằng hoặc trên tiêu chuẩn về mặt học thuật trong các môn học chính. Để đáp ứng các tiêu chuẩn Liên Bang, 100 phần trăm học sinh – bất kể nhu cần đặc biệt, mức thông thạo Anh ngữ hoặc có các hoàn cảnh khác ảnh hưởng đến cuộc sống – phải đạt tiêu chuẩn trong kì thi đánh giá chất lượng của Tiểu Bang Nebraska gọi là Nebraska State Accountability (viết tắt là NeSA) khi các em được kiểm tra trong năm học vừa qua. Thật ra, gần như mọi trường trong bang Nebraska sẽ không đáp ứng các tiêu chuẩn cao đến mức phi thực tế này cho năm 2015 – và do đó, các trường LPS có thể bị gán nhãn là “Không Đạt” (“Not Met”) hoặc “Cần Cải Thiện” (“Needs Improvement.”)

Do nhà trường nhận các nguồn quỹ thông qua chương trình Đề Mục I – Title I, chúng tôi chủ động liên lạc với phụ huynh về tình trạng nhà trường. Chúng tôi sẽ thông báo với Quý vị về các buổi họp sắp tới trong năm học 2015 – 2016 để chúng tôi báo cáo về kết quả của học sinh cũng như các cải tiến chúng tôi thực hiện tại trường và mong nhận sự góp ý của Quý vị. Đồng thời, chúng tôi mời Quý vị xem báo cáo kết quả thi của học sinh trường chúng ta và tất cả các trường LPS trên trang mạng điện toán của Bộ Giáo Dục Tiểu Bang Nebraska (http://www.education.ne.gov/). Quý vị có thể tìm đường dẫn (link) với tiêu đề ‘State of the Schools Report.’ (Báo Cáo Về Các Trường Của Tiểu Bang). Chúng tôi cũng được yêu cầu cho học sinh sống trong khu vực trường được lựa chọn và theo học tại một trường LPS khác đủ điều kiện nhận học sinh chọn chuyển trường. Nếu Quý vị quan tâm đến việc cho con em theo học tại một trường khác, hãy vui lòng liên lạc văn phòng nhà trường trường trước khi năm học mới bắt đầu để tìm hiểu về các lựa chọn của Quý vị.

Cuối cùng, chúng tôi cũng sẽ có dịch vụ dạy kèm cho những học sinh đủ điều kiện trong năm học tới. Chúng tôi kính mời Quý phụ huynh đến ngày hội cung cấp thông tin vào Thứ Tư, ngày 2 tháng Chín, từ 6:30 đến 7:30 tối Phòng Họp Sở Học Chánh LPS (địa chỉ: 5905 O Street) để chọn công ty dạy kèm và đăng kí dịch vụ này cho con em. Để được dạy kèm, con em Quý vị phải hội đủ điều kiện chương trình Bữa Ăn Miễn Phí Hoặc Giá Hạ và sống trong khu vực học đường của nhà trường.

Điều cốt yếu là tất giáo viên, giám hiệu và nhân viên chúng ta tại LPS đang làm việc rất xuất sắc – thể hiện qua thành tích và tốt nghiệp của học sinh. Chúng tôi trân trọng sự ủng hộ của Quý vị đối với học sinh, nhân viên và các trường.

 

15-16 District AYP Parent Letter

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

 

Lincoln Public Schools and all of the staff members at our school are dedicated to providing all students with the education necessary to succeed in future career, college and life. To ensure your student’s success, we have set high standards for what is taught in each of our classrooms.

Our school district is also wants to keep our parents and community informed of important issues affecting our schools. While LPS holds high expectations for our students, our success is also measured through federal education legislation called the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

Like almost all school districts in Nebraska, LPS may not meet what are called the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals for 2015 as required by NCLB. These reports measure our school district’s performance in terms of the percentage of students who are at or above academic standard goals in major academic areas. To meet federal standards, 100 percent of students – regardless of special needs, English language mastery, or other life-impacting circumstances – must have met proficiency standards on the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessment when they were tested last school year. In fact, nearly every school in Nebraska will fail to meet these highly unrealistic standards for 2015 – and as a result, LPS schools may be labeled “Not Met” or “Needs Improvement.”

As a school that receives federal funds through Title I, we actively communicate with parents about our status. We will notify you of upcoming parent meetings during the 2015-2016 school year at which time we will describe student proficiency, as well as the improvements we are making at our school, and invite your input. In the meantime, we invite you to review our school’s proficiency and that of all LPS schools on the Nebraska Department of Education website (http://www.education.ne.gov/). The link can be found titled ‘State of the Schools Report.’ We are also required to provide the option for students who live in our attendance area to choose and enroll in another LPS school that is eligible to receive School Choice transfers. If you are interested in having your child attend another school, please contact our school office before the school year begins to explore your options.

Finally, we will also have tutoring services available for qualifying students next year. All parents are invited to a provider fair on Wednesday, September 2nd, from 6:30 to 7:30 at the LPS District Office Board Room (5905 O Street) to select a tutoring company and enroll your student in this service. To qualify for tutoring, your student must qualify for the Free or Reduced Meals Program, in addition to living in our attendance area.

Bottom line: Our teachers, administrators and staff members at LPS are doing excellent work – reflected in the achievement and accomplishments of our students. We appreciate your support of students, staff and schools.

Sincerely,

 

Terry Neddenriep, Principal, Clinton Elementary School

 

APRIL is Autism Awareness Month

Clinton Elementary Special Education staff has agreed to participate in the national Autism Awareness Month this year. We would like to share an excerpt from the Autism Speaks website (www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism) that describes what autism is:

*Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

*Autism spectrum disorder can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such a sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with Autism spectrum disorder excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

*Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. The most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes.

Children’s books focused on autism will be made available to classrooms during April. Autism services located in Lincoln will have a stand with information at the Clinton Movie night on April 10. Some of our students with autism will be sharing their personal experiences of autism with staff and students.

BUBBA’S CLOSET

The LPS elemementary school Principals are once again supporting a winter school clothing give away. The site this year for the give away is McPhee Elementary School located at 820 Goodhue Boulevard (between South 16th and 15th street). There will be many gently used winter clothing items for your students. The event is on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Get there early as items go fast.

Giving Thanks Giving Food

Center for People in need will once again be distributing food and grocery store gift certificates for the Thanksgiving holiday. To be eligible to receive a Gift Certificate you MUST bring the following: Center for People in Need Card (if you have one)
Identification
Piece of Mail with your name and current address
If this is the first time receiving services from the agency you will need to fill out a short application in order to receive a card. Please bring:
A photo ID…..Piece of mail with your current address
Social Security for everyone in the household
Income verification to complete application
Household income must be 150% or less of the federal poverty income.
The location is 3901 N. 27th Street, Lincoln, Ne 402-476-4357
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 22ND 10 AM-4 PM SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 1PM-4 PM
MONDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 2PM-7PM

Thank You Teacher Contest

In honor of Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day – Tuesday, March 4 _ Lincoln Public Schools and KROR/KFRX Radio are again collaborating to thank our educators with the annual Thank You Teacher contest.

Children, teenagers and grownups can pay tribute to a teacher who has made a difference in their lives – by nominating that teacher for recognition from the Thank You Teacher contest. Five teachers will be chosen and honored at a special breakfast on March 4 at the Governor’s Mansion, where the five students who submitted the winning nominations also will be invited to attend and read their winning letters. The winners will all receive gift bags and prizes awarded by KFOR/KFRX and their sponsors.

Anyone who lives in Lincoln/Lancaster County can nominate a teacher in any of five categories: preschool-grade 2, grades 3-5, middle school, high school and retired. In addition to a written description, explaining why a teacher made a difference in your life, entries should include the teacher’s name, grade level and school (or contact information), as well as the nominator’s name, address and phone number.

Nominations should be postmarked or sent by Friday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. and mailed to: Thank You Teacher, Communications, LPS District Offices, 5900 “O” St., Lincoln, NE 68510.
***You can print out an entry form from the LPS website, or submit nominations online at:
www.lps.org/go/recognize.

Introduction to the New Literacy Curriculum

The Clinton Parenting class that meets in room 149 every Wednesday is always open to any of the Clinton parents/guardians. The first and third Wednesdays of each month we will often have a speaker or information about the school or community that is very helpful in parenting your children. On Wednesday November 20, Kellie Joy our Reading and Math Coach will be doing a presentation about the new Literacy Curriculum. Please join us on Wednesday and learn more about the curriculum and how you can help your student with reading at home.

Bubba’s Closet

The LPS Elementary Principals present BUBBA’S CLOSET this year on Saturday November 16 at Hartley School 730 N. 33rd Street. Clothes for elementary children have been donated and cleaned by Hanger’s Cleaners. Elementary students may pick out items to adopt and use! The Closet will be open at 8:30 until 9:30 a.m.

2009-2014 Improvement Goals

Clinton Elementary School
2009-2014 School Improvement Abstract

Mission
High Expectations for Every Child to Succeed in our Changing World

2013-2014 School Improvement Goals
Reading – All students will improve reading comprehension across the curriculum.
Math – All students will improve their math skills in the area of numeration.

2012-2013 Achievement Data
http://reportcard.education.ne.gov/pg_Links.aspx?AgencyID=55-0001-018&AgencyName=CLINTON+ELEMENTARY+SCHOOL

School Improvement Most Important Points
• All staff has fully implemented data teams within the Professional Learning Community (PLC ) process. PLC teams collaborate to study the results, set achievement goals and determine and implement research based instructional strategies.
• All staff continuously participate in professional development.
• Regular use of formative assessments enables staff to determine proficiency levels and performance errors. Follow-up interventions are based on individual student needs.
• Staff members provide formal and informal leadership for our building and the district.
• Our students are valued for their uniqueness. Our work begins with relationship building and creating classroom and school-wide community.

Celebrations from 2012-2013 Goals
• Student achievement as measured by NeSA tests has improved. The number of students proficient in the Math NeSA increased 15% and in Reading NeSA increased 13%
• Of the 14 Clinton demographic groups assessed for Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), 13 made improvement from 2011-12 to 2012-13. The groups making improvement included all students, black, white, free/reduced, English language learners and special education students. Family commitment to school improvement is a strength at Clinton.
• Staff formalized their hope and belief in students by creating and posting Academic Optimism rubrics.

Student Demographics

Total Student Enrollment % Students – Ethnically Diverse % Students Free/Reduced Lunch % Students Special Education % Students Gifted % Students English Language Learners
541 65% 89% 17% 2% 29%