Culler Middle School is a professional learning community with a tradition of service, a culture of collaboration, and a commitment to student learning.
Charles Culler School first opened its doors in 1958 as a combination junior high and elementary school. The initial enrollment was 285 students. From 1963 to 1993 Culler was a junior high school with grades seven, eight, and nine. In 1993 Culler became the middle school we know today for grades six, seven, and eight. Current enrollment at Culler is approximately 660 students.
The school’s namesake, Charles Culler, began his career in education as a drafting teacher. Charles Culler continued his personal education and became the assistant principal at Lincoln High School. In 1922 Charles Culler was named the principal of Whittier Junior High School, he held this position for the next 26 years until 1948. Charles Culler was a great friend to the youth of Lincoln for many years.
Message from the Principal
July 1st, 2014
Dear Culler Parent/Guardian,
Welcome to the 2014/2015 school year. Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Gary Czapla and I am very pleased to have an opportunity to serve as your student’s Principal at Culler Middle School. We have an exciting year in store for your student, as we will be piloting a digital math curriculum for the district called “GO MATH”. As a result of this pilot, it also will allow us to have every student at Culler Middle School to have a digital device. Students will be allowed to take this device home to work on school related curriculum. Culler Middle School students will be leading the way as Lincoln Public Schools moves forward in the digital age. We will have many people from across the district in our building learning from our students so this is a great opportunity for our students to demonstrate the outstanding work being done at Culler Middle School. As with any pilot, we expect that there will be many questions and at times there will be glitches as we move forward. However, I have the utmost confidence in the students and staff to embrace this digital pilot and advance the learning at Culler to a new level.
We will be providing information regarding the pilot to parent(s) through our website and our new Facebook page. This information will be available for you to access starting on August 1st, 2014. We will also provide information about the digital pilot at both of our open house dates. The 6th grade open house is on Wednesday, August 6th, 5:30-7:00 pm and the 7th and 8th grade open house in on Thursday, August 7th, 5:30-7:00pm.
I will expect a great deal from your student in terms of their behavior, work ethic and in their level of achievement. If a student falls behind academically I fully expect the student will need to put in the extra time and effort to achieve and I expect the adults will support this. All students will achieve at Culler and we will provide every opportunity and intervention to ensure their success. Every adult in this building wants the absolute best educational experience for your child and we will work diligently to provide that experience.
I also expect that students, teachers, parents and administrators will work together and assume a level of responsibility to create and maintain a safe and respectful environment, which provides a setting for all students to achieve.
The first day of school is on August 12th. Please note school is out one hour earlier from August 12th through August 15th with the first full day of school starting August 18th. I am eagerly awaiting the start of the 2014-15 school year and I hope to see everyone at the open house. Thank you for all of your support of Culler Middle School.