The first two weeks of June

The first two weeks of June are the best for a Midwest superintendent. The frenzy represented by the end of a school year (graduations, retirement celebrations and numerous invitations to student and staff events) gives way to a few days of reflecting on the school year, planning summer meetings, and …

Beauty of Fall

The school year is off to a wonderful start. I am always amazed at how eager teachers, students AND parents are for school to begin. I am not sure that is true everywhere. We are settled in at LPSDO and recently held an open house that had more than 800 …

Whew—Made it through another year!

Whew—Made it through another year. I always say that the last couple of weeks are very challenging and this year was no exception. Kudos go to our staff and leadership for keeping students on track right up to the final day of school. Many thanks to all of our employees …

Bundle of joy for Thanksgiving

I love this time of year. The weather isn’t too cold and football season is still kicking (congratulations Southeast Knights and the ninth Class A football state championship in the school’s history). I also love the season because there are a couple holidays that provide opportunities to spend quality time …

Planting Early Seeds

I love the fall. The beauty is reflected with leaves falling, cooler climate and less lawn mowing. I use September to plant seeds that will, hopefully, germinate into grass in the spring when the cold moves away. I have learned through the years that proper timing of planting, fertilizing and …

A gift of hope

One of the greatest gifts we receive as educators is when our kids do and create something amazing. As we officially unveiled the new Student Serve initiative for Lincoln Public Schools today I had the opportunity to speak about the powerful leadership of Hope Edwards – a senior at Lincoln …

Tests, football and good-byes

The 2011-12 school year is in full swing. The release of the most recent Nebraska-wide reading and math testing results (NeSA or Nebraska State Accountability) started off this week in grand fashion. The aggregate scores are quite impressive as are the individual buildings and grade levels. We scored well above …

Steadfast and strong

While the week didn’t start off very well in light of the announcement of the arrest related to the fire at LPS District Offices, it sure felt like a great week in our classrooms. Each member of the executive team visited about a dozen schools. I had a chance to …

The Sound of Music

The morning sound of music coming from a high school football field is a good indicator that school is soon to begin. Thursday morning, I began my day on the fields with the Southeast Marching Band where I had an opportunity to begin the school fight song with a couple …