Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Students at Park will be issued a Chromebook to support their learning this year. Chromebooks will be distributed during the first week of school as students return their signed RUA. Below you will find out information about the required Responsible Use Agreement (RUA) and additional information regarding the Student Computing Device Coverage Program.
Responsible Use Agreement (RUA)
Each year, a signed RUA (by a parent/guardian AND the student) must be submitted before a Chromebook can be checked out.
A paper copy of the RUA will also be arriving via US mail the week of July 24. If you would like to make your own copy of the RUA, it can be found here: lps.org/go/R2PU. Additional copies will also be available during Back to School Night on August 9, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 p.m..
Student Computing Device Coverage Program
To protect students and families from full financial responsibility for device repairs and/or replacement, LPS offers an optional Student Computing Device Coverage Program. The premium for participation in the program is $20.00, annually ($10.00 for students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch Program). More details about the program, including a schedule of repairs and fines, can be found here: lps.org/go/OFRG
While participation is optional, the premium will be reflected as a fee in Synergy ParentVUE/StudentVUE for ALL students enrolled at Park beginning on July 24, 2017. If you choose to participate in the program, there are two options to make the premium payment:
- Online via Credit Card (Recommended to reduce wait times during Back to School Night on August 9, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.)
- Login to ParentVUE (contact Jeannie at Park for assistance)
- Click on the fees tab, then click on the link in the upper left that says “Click here to pay student fees electronically via SchoolPay”
- Make the payment via SchoolPay (directions can be found here: lps.org/go/OWO1)
- SchoolPay allows you to make payments online through a secure payment system. You add the fee to your cart, and proceed to checkout. The first time you access SchoolPay, you must create a unique SchoolPay account but every time after, you will use that account when paying electronically.
- On-site via Cash or Check (Prepare for longer wait times during Back to School Night on August 9, 2017)
If you choose not to participate in the program, the fee can be ignored and will be removed at the end of August.
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Home of the graduating classes of 2022, 2023, 2024
LPS Solar Eclipse Celebration
We are excited to announce that all Lincoln Public School students and staff will be invited to participate in a special LPS Solar Eclipse Celebration early in the 2017-18 school year!
On Monday, August 21, students and staff will take part in a solar eclipse experience for this once-in-a-lifetime event: a full solar eclipse visible in the Lincoln and southeast Nebraska area. Guided by specialists in all curriculum areas, this eclipse day of celebration will be preceded by a full week of rich, hands-on learning opportunities leading up to the grand finale.
Special safety glasses will be provided for all students and staff at Lincoln Public Schools – glasses that have been approved by the LPS Medical Advisory Committee. We will also be training staff and students the entire week leading up to the eclipse on safe viewing procedures. Alternative activities will be provided for students who choose to stay inside.
A committee of safety and science experts have been working for months to make sure this is a wonderful learning experience – and a safe activity. You will receive more detailed information about our celebration at the beginning of next school year. Watch for our videos and upcoming newsletter information!
Park Middle School is dedicated to providing the support necessary for all students to be successful in school, and meaningful homework is important to student learning at
all grade levels. The purpose of the Academic Success Program/Homework Zone is to provide support for students who struggle with homework completion, and to help us identify a possible need for intervention.
A Tiered Approach to Support
Here at Park, our expectation is that all students complete daily homework assignments, either in Power Hour or at home. To help all students meet that expectation, we have three levels of support available:
Level 1: Power Hour – Boys and Girls Club offers Power Hour as an opportunity for any member to complete daily homework assignments and participate in fun and engaging extracurricular activities. Power Hour operates from 3:05-4:00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and is staffed by Park teachers. All Park students are welcome to join Boys and Girls Club and participate in Power Hour.
Level 2: Homework Zone – The Homework Zone is for any Park student who did not complete homework from the previous day. Attendance in Homework Zone is assigned by teachers and mandatory. Students assigned to Homework Zone will work with Academic Interventionists to complete their missing assignment(s). When a student has completed the work for which Homework Zone was assigned, they will be dismissed to go home or to Power Hour. Students will call home when they have been assigned, and a phone is also available after school to make parent contact if necessary. Homework Zone operates Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and is staffed by Park teachers.
Level 3: Academic Intervention Referral – A meeting including parent/guardian(s), student, teachers, counselor, SAT program coordinator, and administrator could be scheduled for students who continue to struggle with homework completion. The purpose of this meeting will be to determine further interventions needed to support the student’s success in school.
I would also like to remind families about our Before/After School procedures. Campus does not open until 7:30 a.m. For the safety of all of our students, we ask that students are not arriving at school until 7:30 a.m. (except students attending BGC morning program). The after school dismissal bell rings at 2:58. All students need to be picked up, walking home, at practice, or at the Boys and Girls Club by 3:10.
I want to close by saying thank you for all you do in supporting Park Middle School!
Park PBIS Needs You!
Park’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Committee is looking for parents and guardians who are interested in helping to plan social events and service activities throughout the school year to increase family involvement at Park.
- Attend monthly meetings with teachers, administrators and students for planning
- Make contact with other community members who can help aide in our mission
- Help plan and attend the monthly and/or quarterly family events
Those who are interested will need to complete both the survey and the LPS Volunteer Form, both listed below. We would like to start meetings in October. We will make contact with you once we have received your information! We look forward to working with you.
The 125 staff members of Park Middle School are dedicated to providing the highest quality education and empowering all students to succeed in a culturally diverse community, nation, and world.
- If a student is/will be absent – Parent/Guardian should call 402-436-1212 Ext: 1, to inform our attendance office. If the Office is unaware of an absence, the student will be marked truant.
- If a student needs to leave during the day, Parent/Guardian should call the Office as early in the day as possible so we can arrange for the student to be waiting. If a student needs to be picked up while they are at lunch, or in PE or taking a test, dismissing them in a timely manner can be more complicated.
ParentVue is a great resource if you would like to keep ‘real time’ track of your students grades/attendance. If you need a username and password, please contact email@example.com. She will give you the log-in credentials.
Thank you for helping make Park great!
Ryan Zabawa, Principal