Welcome To Culler Middle School

Culler Principal, Gary Czapla

Gary Czapla, Principal


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

Welcome to the 2013/14 school year.  My name is Mr. Gary Czapla, and I am very pleased to have an opportunity to serve as your student’s Principal at Culler Middle School.  We are excited about the upcoming school year and the Culler staff has been busy preparing for the 625+ students who will be attending Culler this school year.  Last year was a great example of the success a school can experience when students, staff and parents work together to promote and support student achievement.  I am very pleased with the academic progress our school made and I am convinced we can continue to see growth this upcoming school year.

At the end of last year, Culler was fortunate to have guest speaker Mike Smith, the founder and executive director of The Bay, a nonprofit skate park and youth center in Lincoln, speak to the students at an assembly.   Mr. Smith challenged students to think about the impact their words and actions have on others and asked students to think about what legacy they want to leave at Culler.  It is a challenge we want our students to embrace and to leave a legacy of excellence.  A legacy which represents courage, leadership, respect, caring and academic achievement.  A legacy which does not tolerate bullying, but promotes the self-worth and upholds the dignity of every individual student.

I also expect that teachers, parents and administrators will work hard to create a legacy for Culler.  As adults, we all need to think about how our actions impact the students and each other.  We owe it to the students to model respect, compassion, understanding, and problem solving when disagreements occur.    We will provide parent(s) and families with information during the course of the school year giving ideas on how to support your students academically and socially.  We have the opportunity to help students at Culler achieve at a high level, and we have to work together and support each other to make the achievement possible.

Thank you for all of your support of Culler Middle School.  Have a great rest of the summer.



Gary Czapla


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Last day of School 8th Grade Events

In just nine more school days your 8th grader will be leaving Culler Middle School and setting off on the adventure of high school. We have really enjoyed getting to know your children and working with them. They are funny, smart, athletic, caring, respectful, creative, and have given us great effort and seriousness when we’ve asked them to prepare for and take important tests. You are largely responsible for this because of the way you’ve raised them, setting high expectations, and giving them good values. Thank you for sharing them with us!

We want you to know what we have planned for them on the last day of school, Thursday, May 22. From 10:00-11:30 we will be having an assembly in the auditorium to celebrate their success and give them a little advice as they move on to high school. T.J. McDowell, LPS High School Graduation Initiative Coordinator and former Culler student, will speak about how to start high school on the right foot to achieve success. We will present students with Award Certificates, and take a little trip down memory lane. Parents are welcome to attend and see their student being honored.

After eating lunch, we will be walking to Bethany Park at 66th and Vine Streets for Fun in the Sun. We have a DJ coming to provide music and we will play volleyball, soccer, football, and other games where the teachers will display their awesome athletic abilities. Students will be able to see all their friends and share memories from Culler. At 2:15 we will walk back to Culler so students may catch their rides.

If students choose not to attend the afternoon activities in the park, they will have to be picked up from school at 12:00. Only Culler 8th graders are allowed to be with us at the park. Friends from other schools will not be welcome. If students want to be picked up at the park by parents, please let us know below. Otherwise all students will walk back with us.

Parents are welcome to donate bottled water and/or snacks (cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc.) for the afternoon if you’d like. Donations can be brought to the school office any time during the last week of school.

       Thank you again for having such wonderful children. We know they will be successful in high school and beyond.


Culler 8th Grade Teachers