The Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) is a community based committee created by the Superintendent to give recommendations/advice to help the District in compliance with its Multicultural Policy.
Refers to the operating system for laptops and desktops made by Apple (MacBookPro, iMac, ). Feature OS X applications are: Pages, Keynote, iMove, iTunes, etc.
Used when working with queries in the Data Warehouse to find data which occurs in each time period or attribute.
JoAnn Maxey served on the Lincoln Board of Education from 1975 through 1976. Then, in 1976, she was appointed by Governor Exon to complete the term of a senator who had resigned his seat in the 46th legislative district. Mrs. Maxey is remembered as a pioneer. She was the first board member of African-American descent and also the first black female state senator.
McKinley was chiefly an elementary school until 1915 when it became a “special school with grades 1-9 with prevocational and evening classes.” In 1927 McKinley was closed.
The school was named for the 25th American president, William McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901.
McPhee was built on the Capitol School site (see Capitol School) as a joint project of the Lincoln Board of Education and the University of Nebraska Teachers College in order to serve as a campus laboratory school. Although the faculty and staff of McPhee were Lincoln Public Schools employees, they once received an additional stipend from the university to fulfill laboratory functions.
The school was named for Miss Clare McPhee, who became principal of Capitol School in 1918. Miss McPhee, a native of Quebec, was a woman of wide culture, a scholar and a writer. With her sister, Marguerite, she authored a child’s biography of George Washington (pub. 1930).
Miss McPhee retired from Capitol School in 1942 and passed away in 1960.
MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) meetings are usually part of a process that emphasizes how well students respond to changes in their instructional environment.
Meadow Lane was not built until 1957; however, the school actually began in 1955 in ten houses purchased by the Lincoln Public Schools district from the area developer. By 1957 the Meadow Lane building was finished and the houses were sold.
The name of the school matches the subdivision of the area.
Parents/guardians must provide a signed written consent for a child to be given medication at school prior to medication being given. A consent form is available in any school office, or on the Health Services web site.
As required by state law, Lincoln Public Schools has in place an Emergency Protocol, which calls for the administration of medications (epinephrine by injection and albuterol by inhalation) in the event of life-threatening allergic reaction or asthma. Please contact the school nurse for more information about the protocol.
Students in Lincoln Public Schools with the diagnosis of asthma or severe allergy may be permitted to carry inhalers or Epipens® for self-administration. Authorization to do so is coordinated by the school nurse and requires parental/guardian as well as physician consent. Students with diabetes may carry glucose sources and other supplies for self-treatment when authorization is in place to do so.
For more information about the management of these and other health concerns in the school setting, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the school nurse assigned to their child’s building.
Most of the devices that put ink on paper in LPS are Xerox MFDs. MFD stands for “Multi-Function Device.” These are machines that do much more than duplicate paper. They are networked devices that can scan documents, send and receive faxes, act as a printer for your computer, and also make copies. In addition, they operate accounting software that correctly charges the correct budget accounts for every piece of paper that comes out.
For more information on using the features of these devices, check out the page linked below.
Mickle Jr. HighlMiddle School was named for the longtime principal at Northeast High School, Robin S. Mickle. A member of Lincoln’s school system for 31 years, Mr. Mickle was principal of Jackson High when it was annexed in 1927. He continued in that position until 1941 when he became a counselor at the new Northeast. In 1945 he was appointed Northeast’s principal, a post he held until his death in 1957.
In September of 1993, Mickle began the process of becoming a middle school. Sixth graders entered Mickle and ninth graders left.
Moore Middle School is named after Dr. Marilyn Moore (19xx- ). Her career in education includes a decade as a teacher at Goodrich Middle School, five years as an administrator in human resources for Lincoln Public Schools and 25 years as associate superintendent for instruction for LPS, all while acting in a number of influential positions with non-profits in the Lincoln community.
Moore Middle School was built as a partnership between the Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln Family YMCA. One facility will house the new Marilyn Moore Middle School as well as the Copple Family YMCA. The 243,000-square-foot facility opened in fall 2017. The 30-acre site is surrounded by public park space on the south and east, and is large enough to accommodate future additions to the school or YMCA.
Moodle is a course management system (CMS) provided to LPS teachers as a utility to supplement the face-to-face learning that is already taking place in our classrooms and assist teachers in creating online learning communities. It must be used within the comprehensive curriculum that is provided and approved.
Morley School was named after Mrs. May Watkins Morley, an admired and respected educator who joined Lincoln’s public school system in 1900. Mrs. Morley taught in a number of schools until 1915 when she became principal of Prescott. She retired from that position in 1946 and passed away in Lincoln in 1966 at the age of 91.
A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem-solving to integrate academic, communication, and behavioral instruction and intervention. (In the past, many LPS educators referred to this as RTI.)
For more information and links to resources, visit the LPS MTSS web page:
Multicultural education is the identification, selection and infusion of specific knowledge, skills and attitudes for the purpose of:
To promote and support multicultural education within Lincoln Public Schools, it shall also be the policy and practice of this District to create opportunities for all students to achieve academically and socially in an educational environment in which all students and staff understand and respect the racial and cultural diversity and interdependence of members of our society.
Multiple Literacies are referred to in different ways. In LPS people may be referring specifically to a new State standard in language arts that was added in April of 2009.
Nebraska K-12 Comprehensive Language Arts Standard – Multiple Literacies: Students will identify, locate, and evaluate information. (As approved by the State Board of Education 4/2/09)
Otherwise, they may be referring in general to the notion that literacy does not begin and end with the printed word, rather, there is a distinct way of interacting with other forms of media (computers, television, artwork, advertising, sign language, etc.).
NCLB refers to the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” (Pub.L. 107-110, 115 Stat. 1425, enacted January 8, 2002), which is the latest federal legislation that enacts the theories of standards-based education reform, based upon the belief that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state.
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is a constitutional agency approved by Nebraska voters. The Department operates under the authority of an elected board of education. NDE is organized into teams that interact to operate the agency and carry out the duties assigned by state and federal statutes and the policy directions of the State Board of Education. The teams are organized around distinct functions and responsibilities that encompass leadership and support for Nebraska’s system of early childhood, primary, secondary and postsecondary education; direct services to clients; and internal support to the agency.
The department carries out its duties on behalf of Nebraska students in public, private, and nonpublic school systems. The staff of the department interacts with schools and institutions of higher education to develop, coordinate and improve educational programs.
The Nebraska Early Development Network provides services and supports that are designed based on the needs of children birth to age three and their families with the belief that parents know what is best for their families. The goal of the Early Development Network is to provide coordinated services for Nebraska families as conveniently as possible. The program helps families to understand their child’s disability and provides assistance in dealing with situations that interfere with the child’s development.
The Nuernberger Education Center is designed to serve students 6th through 8th grades who have been referred from other middle schools in Lincoln Public Schools. Through the use of a behavior model and Positive Behavioral Implementation and Supports (PBiS), the mission of the Nuernberger Education Center uses consistent expectations throughout the building in which students will be encouraged to develop self-management and coping skills that allow them to cultivate a positive self-concept. In addition to working with the middle schools from where the students were referred, the staff will collaborate and partner with students, parents, guardians, and outside agencies in order to assist in the betterment of all the young people that pass through the doors of the Nuernberger Education Center.
The Nuernberger Education Center (NEC) is named after Judge Bill Nuernberger, who was the first judge to serve on a separate Juvenile Court in Lancaster County. Judge Nuernberger advocated that young people need a separate court and worked tirelessly, both in his professional and personal life, to better the lives of all children in the community.
NeSA is a new statewide test that all Nebraska students in grades 3-8 and 11 will
take beginning the spring of 2009. NeSA-Reading will allow for comparisons of student performance as required in recent legislation.
The test will be available as an online test and a paper/pencil test. Some schools may choose to use the online version as well as the paper/pencil test.
Student performance results will be publicly reported by total score as well as student performance.
The Nebraska Educational Technology Association is a grassroots organization open to everyone interested in sharing information about using technology in the educational process.
NETA is an official Affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, joining other affiliated educational technology associations from around the world in the improvement of teaching and learning through the use of technology.
Membership is usually attained through attendance at the NETA conference held each spring (usually in April.) The NETA conference is the premier education technology conference for this area of the country.
The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and continues to be under the sponsorship and supervision of this organization. The NHS was created with the intent to recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing essential characteristics to be citizens in a democracy as the organization chose the ideals of scholarship, character, service and leadership in the selection of members and its activity.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a system that improves local, state, regional and national agency responses during a complex incident through the use of the Incident Command system (ICS) and the application of standardized procedures and preparedness measures.
Please contact the Director of Security for Lincoln Public Schools, William F. Kuehn, at 436-1641 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have security issues or questions.
NOC is the Network Operations Committee within the Nebraska ESU (Educational Service Unit) system.
Across the state, ESU system affiliate groups focusing on specific topics meet a few times a year to discuss alignment and strategy for their respective issues, as well as participating in their own staff development and training. LPS contributes active membership and leadership positions on many of these groups.
Norwood Park School became a part of Lincoln Public Schools in 1930 when Havelock was annexed. The building dates from 1921. The school was named for its area subdivision.
Normal, Nebraska was an unincorporated townsite southeast of Lincoln, named for Lincoln Normal University, which had a campus at 56th and South Streets. Lincoln Normal area school operated only from 1891 until it was destroyed by fire in 1898. The area was annexed to Lincoln in 1919. When Normal was annexed, Lincoln acquired the area school and operated it as part of the Lincoln Public Schools system until 1936 when it was closed and tom down. The site is now part of the grounds of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
This small elementary unit at Northeast High School was listed as an independent school from 1952-1956, but for most of its life, it was a division of Northeast High School.
Standardized tests that compare a student’s performance to that of other test-takers. Norms are obtained by administering the test (under the same conditions) to a given sample (drawn from the population of interest, called the norm group) and then calculating standard scores.
The Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS), pronounced “en-skass,” is a statewide assessment system from the Nebraska Department of Education that began use in 2017-18. It uses multiple measures throughout the year to provide educators and decision makers at all levels with the insights they need to support student learning. Many Lincoln Public Schools teachers have been involved in the development of the assessments used across the state.
For more information about assessments given in LPS, you can reach out to our Assessment and Evaluation department.
To see which grade levels and subjects are assessed and to learn more about the system, visit the NDE website:
The Nebraska Student and Staff Record System (NSSRS) is the official method for submitting student and staff data to the Department beginning in 2007.
This short-lived elementary school (frame building) was named for Mary O’Connor, principal at Park School for 28 years until her retirement in 1943. Miss O’Connor died in 1960 at the age of 85.
The Office Resource Center (ORC) web site is intended to be a reference to common procedures and activities of LPS Office Professionals. All of the content there is originally found elsewhere on LPS.org, but is conveniently gathered together in one location for easy access by folks who share a job type.
Occupational Therapy, often abbreviated as “OT”, incorporates meaningful and purposeful occupation to enable people with limitations or impairments to participate in everyday life.
The Parental Acknowledgement document presented to all LPS parents serves some important purposes for LPS:
A signature by the parent/guardian is required before students will be allowed to use technology devices on the LPS network. Students returning a “NO” response for technology use will still be able to use devices on required LPS & State assessments.
Established in 1926, Park was an elementary school until 1992 when it was remodeled and traded roles with Everett to become a junior high/middle school. The school was named due to its location near Lincoln’s first city park.
School-wide PBiS is a system of supports that include proactive strategies, for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.
PBIS is not a curriculum, program, intervention or practice. It is a decision-making framework that guides selection and implementation of research based practices and interventions for improving student outcomes for all students.
To learn more about PBIS in LPS, visit our web page:
Pershing was named for General John J. Pershing (1860- 1948), commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in Europe during World War I. He was named General of Armies by a special act of Congress, one rank above the five-star generals of World War I. Although Pershing was not a native of Lincoln, he fell in love with the city while serving as commander of cadets at the University of Nebraska in the 1890’s. He adopted Lincoln as his hometown but was seldom in residence here.
Photo provided on Pershing’s web site.
The professional learning community, or PLC, is based on a single, simple premise: To be effective, educators must change their focus from teaching to learning. In a PLC, educators have three goals:
To bring visibility to tools that are approved for use and make it easier to get logged in to web services, district students and staff are asked to use a site called The LPS Portal.
A way of collecting information for one or more of the following uses: (1) to showcase student work, (2) to describe student performance, or (3) to evaluate student performance. The term portfolio can refer to both the process associated with collecting information and the product itself, the collection.
The key characteristics of effective portfolio systems are: (1) authenticity of instructional activities and assessments, (2) on-going assessment that is aligned with curriculum and instruction, (3) inclusion of assessments that focus on process as well as product, (4) use of assessment results to document growth, (5) collaboration between student and teacher, (6) student self-reflection and evaluation, and (7) supports communication.
The LPS Applications Development Group created Post. It is the backbone of the district web site, and is used in various vays around the district, including some high school building web sites.
Post is not available to every LPS staff member. It is a web based tool used to create and manage content that appears on the LPS.org website and some of the high school sites.
Post access is set up by the LPS Application Development Group. Contact Brian Fitzgerald (email@example.com) for more information.
Pound was named for Olivia Pound who was on the Lincoln High School staff from 1900 until her retirement in 1943. Miss Pound was a Latin teacher, girls’ advisor, and from 1918-1943, assistant principal. During that time she wrote nearly 20 textbooks, contributed numerous articles to educational publications and was president of the National Association of University Women. She died in 1961.
Olivia came from an illustrious Lincoln family of educators. Her brother Roscoe became dean of the University of Nebraska’s law school and eventually dean of the Harvard Law School. Her sister Louise was professor of foreign language at the University of Nebraska for many years.
Pound Middle School welcomed its’ first class of sixth graders in 2003-04, assuming a 6-8 grade configuration for the first time in the forty-year history of the school.
In 1890 the Lincoln Board of Education decided to name the 20th and Cherry School, Prescott, in honor of the renowned American historian William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859), author of ‘The History of the Conquest of Mexico‘ and other histories.
Over the years it has been reported that the school was named for William W. Prescott, the first president of Union College. Although W. W. Prescott was important to the establishment of Union in 1891, he was president in name only. Actually, he was the president of three Adventist colleges at the same time and spent little time in Lincoln until he actually served as Union’s president in 1924-1925. We can find no documentation that would indicate the board ever changed the 1890 name designation from W.H. to W. W. Prescott.
B.I.S.T. is a school-wide behavior management plan that increases student learning time, stops disruptive/hurtful behavior, and teaches skills that will lead to life success.
Processing is a discussion between the adult and student used to develop a plan for the student to be accountable for and change disruptive behavior.
Developed in the early 1990’s, the purpose of ProCom is to discuss overall relations between building administrators, the Superintendent, and members of LEA, by exchanging information, considering problems, and discuss improvements. ProCom meets regularly and establishes an annual agenda on which items may be placed during negotiations.
ProCom Membership is 5 to 8 administrators and 5 to 8 Association members along with the district Superintendent and President of LEA. ProCom has been a part of the LEA negotiated agreement since 1992.
Across LPS you will find interactive white boards in various makes and sizes. Since their arrival in Education in the early 2000’s, LPS has experimented with their use in classrooms. Ultimately, we have arrived upon the Promethean brand of interactive white board as the supported platform in LPS.
B.I.S.T. is a school-wide behavior management plan that increases student learning time, stops disruptive/hurtful behavior, and teaches skills that will lead to life success.
A protective plan is what the school and the family develop together to provide the structure and support to stop the student’s disruptive behavior and to teach the student needed using skills.
Physical therapy provides services to individuals that develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by injury, disease or environmental factors.
E. Ruth Pyrtle (1871 – 1947) was associated with Lincoln Public Schools from 1898 until her retirement in 1940. For much of her career, she was principal of either Bancroft or McKinley Schools. In 1921 she ran unsuccessfully for Nebraska Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1929 she was elected national president of the National Education Association.
Miss Pyrtle was a prolific contributor to education journals and in 1930 published a book, Early Virginia Families. She died in 1947 at the age of 76.
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