Category: Newsletter – Principal’s News

Clinton Arrival Time – 7:45 a.m.

Dear Clinton Families,

We had a successful first day of school.  It was wonderful to see all of our Clinton Comets!  As we move forward with the school year, we need your help with the arrival routines. Students should arrive at 7:45.  In order for students to be safe, please observe the 7:45 arrival time, no earlier.  If you are waiting in your car, please watch for the signal from the supervisor when it is time to come onto school property.  Thank you for your help with getting the day started on a safe and orderly note.

Thank you,

Angee Luedtke – Principal

LPS Student Supports – Clinton Elementary

Student Supports at Lincoln Public Schools – Clinton Elementary

 

At Clinton Elementary, we want all students to be successful. In order to ensure that students find success, Lincoln Public Schools has developed a framework of best practices for supporting student behavior throughout the school day. This framework includes evidence-based practices that we know lead to more positive outcomes for students. Some of the most powerful practices faculty and staff use include:

 

  • Developing and teaching all students our school and classroom expectations
  • Acknowledging positive behavior when we see it
  • Consistently practicing strategies that prevent problem behavior before it happens
  • Establishing consistent consequences
  • Using data to make decisions

 

Here at Clinton Elementary, we are working especially hard during these first weeks of school to teach our expectations and acknowledge positive behavior when we see it. In this way, we know we are laying the foundation for a productive and positive school year.  Thanks for your support of Clinton School!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  We are excited to “Dive into Learning” with our Clinton Comets!  We will have the same arrival and dismissal routines as past years.  Students may arrive on school property at 7:45.  To ensure a safe and orderly arrival, please watch for the signal from morning supervisors.  At dismissal time, K – 2 students will be located on the basketball court to meet their parent(s) and 3-5 students will dismiss from the front entry area.  To help with traffic flow, Clinton Street turns into a one-way going east for before and after school drop-off/pick-up.  Thank you for ensuring the safety of all students during arrival and dismissal.  We look forward to an outstanding school year!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year – Dive into Learning!

July 2017

 

Dear Clinton Families,

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 Clinton Elementary school year. We are the Clinton Comets!

I am so honored to serve my second year as Principal of Clinton Elementary. Prior to being Principal I was the Assistant Principal and long-time teacher at Clinton. I love this school and the students we serve! Our mission is: “High expectations for every child to succeed in our changing world.” Our high-mission, dedicated staff members look forward to teaching your students each day!

At Clinton, we honor the diversity and strengths of each student. Our vision is for every student to achieve at high levels to become productive, successful citizens.   Through LPS Student Supports model, our school is an orderly, productive learning environment. Students follow the guidelines “Be safe, be respectful, be responsible” and “It’s never okay to be hurtful or disruptive.” Our common area expectations and school-wide routines and procedures promote a positive, safe and orderly learning environment.

Clinton parents and families provide energetic and committed support. The efforts of Clinton parents and families as well as our many community volunteers continuously further enhance our school’s mission. We greatly appreciate all of your support and partnership as we move toward the common goal of student success.

We look forward to starting the school year with our theme “Dive into Learning.” We will continue to celebrate high achievement with our achievement wall in the front hallway and Clinton Comet Achiever signs. We will also continue to recognize students going above and beyond with outstanding character with Clinton Comet Character certificates.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call. I look forward to meeting everyone at Open House on August 10. See you then!

Sincerely,

 

Angee Luedtke – Principal

The Power of Specific Positive Feedback

At Clinton Elementary School, we acknowledge positive behavior when we see it. We know that when we give specific positive feedback to students, it greatly increases the likelihood that the behavior will be repeated. In fact, you can improve behavior by 80% just by pointing out what someone is doing correctly.  Now that’s powerful! To shape behavior we connect the specific behavior to the expectation.

At Clinton, students hear statements like this from adults in the building:

“Sara, thank you for being responsible by following directions and getting started right away. Finishing your work at school means no homework!”

“Jamar, thank you for being safe by keeping your hands at your side when walking in the hallway.”

Students receive “I Got Caught” tickets from staff members when they are doing the right thing.  Students receiving “I Got Caughts” have their tickets entered into a weekly drawing and at the end of the quarter, all names go into a school-wide drawing and their names are announced at the Clinton Comet Celebration of Excellence.

PBiS – Positive Behavior Interventions and Support

Lincoln Public Schools support the academic and behavioral needs of all students. Data is used to determine if students need additional support and to monitor student success. One of the first additional supports that a student may receive is called Check-in Check-out (CICO). Check-in Check-out is an intervention which increases the positive relationship with adults in the school through specific feedback. Specific feedback helps to teach and shape behavior. Students who are participating in CICO receive feedback several times a day as well as a numeric score. A student might hear, “Great job for being responsible today and starting your work right away.” At Clinton, our Check-in Check-out system is called Clinton Comet CICO Club. To learn more about the implementation of PBIS within Lincoln Public Schools please visit www.lps.org keyword PBIS.

Halloween

10/28/2016
Dear Clinton Families,
Halloween is quickly approaching. No costumes, candy or treats are allowed at school on Monday,
October 31. Also, remind students to leave any candy or treats they receive on Halloween at home.
Thanks so much for your help with this matter.
Sincerely,
Angee Luedtke
Principal
Clinton Elementary

Blast off to a great year of learning!

August 24, 2016

Dear Clinton Families,

We are off to a great start to the school year. It has been wonderful having all of our Clinton scholars back with us as we “Blast off to a great year of learning!” We would also like to welcome all of our new students and families to Clinton Elementary. It truly is the greatest place to be!

Thank you to everyone for having your students to school on time each day. Remember, if your student is eating breakfast, they should arrive at 7:45 (no earlier). If they do not want to eat breakfast at school, they should arrive closer to 8:00. Remember to always use the crosswalks when coming to and from Clinton.

If you drive your child to school, Clinton Street turns into a one-way street going east. Please have your child wait in the car until the signal is given at 7:45. After the signal (wave from morning supervisors) students can walk to the front door and form a line. A morning supervisor will walk the line to breakfast.

As you know, it is important for students to be in school all day, every day. Please plan to schedule appointments outside of the school day, when possible. If for some reason you need to pick up your student early from school, sign in at the front desk and proceed to the office. At that time, your student will be notified to come and join you. This allows for maximum learning time.

Please follow the same traffic pattern when picking up students from school each day. It is important not to block the crosswalks when parking. Also, please refrain from pulling into the parking lot from Clinton Street.

Thank you for always being mindful of each student’s safety as you drop off and pick up your children each day.

Mark your calendars for our first family night. Family Math and Reading Night is Thursday, September 15 from 4:30 – 6:00. Look for more information about this fun, informational night as the date nears. Also, our first parent group meeting is Thursday, September 8. We plan to meet in Room 101D at 5:30. We would love to see you there.

Thanks again for helping us get our school year off to a smooth start. We are so fortunate to have great families that are supportive of our school and our students. We look forward to a fabulous school year with our Clinton Comets!

Sincerely,

Angee Luedtke

Principal

Clinton Elementary

Walking Path Approval

May 2016

 

Dear Clinton Parents/Guardians:

During the 2014-15 school year we began a Clinton playground walking path fund drive.  I am pleased to inform our school community of the project’s approval.  Clinton students initiated the project by collecting $1350 through two Change for Change fund raising efforts.  Our current overall total is $23,660.   This amount is slightly below our target but the LPS Facilities and Maintenance Department has indicated they will cover the remaining amount and move the project forward.

The eventual plan is for the concrete walking path to be located around the perimeter of the playground, just inside the fence.  The route layout will take advantage of the current playground landscaping design.  And, future landscaping will be incorporated into the plan as a second phase to this project.

The walking path will be a great recreational addition for Clinton students and neighborhood residents.  Plus, the path will contribute to the beauty of the Clinton building and campus.  Clinton students, families and staff are grateful for the generous donations provided by numerous individuals and businesses.

 

Terry Neddenriep, Principal, Clinton Elementary School

 

Save Those Box Tops

November 2015

Dear Clinton Parents/Guardians:

The Box Tops program really does work. Due to the conscientious work of many Clinton parents, students and community members, hundreds of dollars are generated each year for our school. A wide variety of products participate in the Box Tops for Education program, ranging from cereals to school and office supplies. Clinton’s Box Tops program, led by parents, has heavy involvement by students. Classrooms compete against each other for monthly recognition.

Here’s how the Box Tops program works. As displayed in the images below, participants first locate the certificates, cut them out, and make the deposits in the box located on the Clinton office counter. Each box top is worth 10¢ for our school. Box Tops earnings are sent out to schools twice a year, in December and in April.

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At Clinton, the funds are used for purchases to benefit students and the school in general. Expenditures go toward items that otherwise may not have had funding sources. Two recent examples of box tops purchases are the fifth grade Saltdogs tee shirts and additional front entrance landscape plants. Fifth graders wore their tee shirts to the August Lincoln Public Schools Saltdogs game. This is an annual event attended by every fifth grader in LPS. The students are able to keep the shirts and wear them for special events throughout the school year. On the last day of school, the tee shirts will become a keepsake as students autograph each others’ shirts. The landscape plants benefit our school community by beautifying the front entrance for everyone’s enjoyment.

Box Tops for Education – a worthwhile fundraising process for the benefit of Clinton School and our students.

 

Terry Neddenriep, Principal, Clinton Elementary School