Culler Driving

Message from the Principal

Culler Principal, Gary Czapla
Gary Czapla, Principal

July 31st, 2015

Dear Culler Families,

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year at Culler Middle School!!! An exciting year awaits your student at Culler Middle School. Last year Culler was the technology pilot site for the Lincoln Public Schools district providing every student with a digital device. This year we will continue to provide digital devices to all students in grades 6-8.

As always, expectations of Culler students are high in terms of their behavior, work ethic and in their level of achievement. We have assembled a very talented group of teachers and support staff to ensure quality teaching and learning take place daily. The work can sometimes be challenging and your student might struggle. Please know our teachers are always here to help. It is also critical that your student completes all the assigned work and homework. 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 the completion of work. Students are held accountable for completing homework we will provide all students 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.

My expectations are 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. In my 5 years at Culler I have experienced a wonderful level of family and community support for Culler students and staff.   I expect all of us will commit to work together in a calm, respectful manner to solve any issues, which may arise. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a concern. Your input is always valued and your participation in your student’s success as a student is vital.

We will checkout devices to 6th grade students on August 3rd between the hours of 10:00 am and 6 pm.   Students who will be in grades 7th and 8th may checkout their device on August 4th between the hours of 10:00 am and 6 pm. We are estimating the checkout procedures should take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. A parent or legal guardian must attend with the student.   Please note that if you desire to meet the 6th grade teachers they will be available from 4:30-6:00 pm on August 3rd. The 7th and 8th graded teachers will be available on August 4th from 4:30 pm to 6 pm.

The first day of school is on August 12th.   Please note school is out one hour earlier from August 12th through August 14th with the first full day of school starting August 17th. I am eagerly awaiting the start of the 2015-16 school year and I hope to see everyone at the open house. Thank you for all of your support of Culler Middle School.


Dr. Gary Czapla




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.


Culler Student Parent Handbook 2015-16