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West Lincoln Library

Arrival and Dismissal photo

January 20, 2015

Calendar    

January 20-PTO Meeting and No Child Left Behind Meeting, 5:30pm

                   Family Learning Meeting, 6:30pm

January 21- Report Cards Sent Home

January 27-Students Dismissed at 2:18 for PLC and No School for Early Childhood Students

February 05-Family Science Night for Early Childhood Families, 5:00pm

                        Family Science Night and Science Fair, 5:30-7:00pm

February 12-Parent/Teacher Conferences, Book Fair and New-To-You Clothing Exchange

February 17- Parent/Teacher Conferences, Book Fair and New-To-You Clothing Exchange

 

Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day

 Please take time today to nominate your favorite teacher for the annual Lincoln Public Schools Thank You Teacher event.

In honor of Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day-Tuesday, March 3-Lincoln Public Schools and KFOR/KFRX Radio are again collaborating to thank our educators with the annual Thank You Teacher contest. Nominations should be postmarked or sent by Friday, February 20, at 5 p.m. and mailed to: Thank You Teacher, Communications, LPS District Offices, 5905 O St., Lincoln NE 68510. Anyone who lives in Lincoln/Lancaster County can nominate a teacher. In addition to a written description, explaining why a teacher made a difference in your life, entries should include the teacher’s name, grade level and school (or contact information, as well as the nominator’s name, school and grade level (if applicable), address and phone number. Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day is Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Five teachers and the students who nominate them will be invited to breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday, March 3.

You may also submit online at http://lps.org/go/recognize.

No Child Left Behind…Parent Meeting on January 20

Like almost all school districts in Nebraska, West Lincoln did not meet what are called the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals for 2014 as required by NCLB. These reports measure our school district’s performance in terms of the percentage of students who are at or above state-defined academic standard goals in major academic areas. For our schools to meet AYP this year, 100 percent of students – regardless of special needs, English language mastery, or other life-impacting circumstances – must have met proficiency standards. In fact, nearly every school in Nebraska will fail to meet these highly unrealistic standards for 2014 – and as a result, LPS schools may now be labeled “Not Met” or “Needs Improvement.”

 As a school that receives federal funds through Title I, the oldest and largest source of federal education funding to assist schools with high rates of poverty, we are required to develop a comprehensive plan that includes actively communicating with parents. At our PTO meeting on January 20, we will describe the academic and administrative improvements we are making as part of our plan, and invite your input at that time. In the meantime, we invite you to review our school’s proficiency and that of all LPS schools on the Nebraska Department of Education website (http://www.education.ne.gov/). The link can be found titled ‘State of the Schools Report.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home Wednesday, January 21st. Please contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress.

LPS Head Lice Guidelines

*When live lice are found on a student, the family is notified and the student may go home at the ned of the day.

*The student’s head is checked upon return to school. If no live lice, the student is also checked again in 7-10 days.

*Three repeat cases of live lice at school may lead to exclusion from school until lice free.

*Families are encouraged to report head lice to school health office. The school nurses are available to answer questions regarding treatment.

Sincerely,

Scott Schwartz, Principal

 

Parents and guardians:
Lincoln Public Schools – and all staff members at our school – are dedicated to providing all students
with the educational foundation necessary to succeed in future career, college and life. To ensure your
student’s success, we have set high standards that are reflected in what is taught in each of our schools
and classrooms.
Our school district is also committed to keeping our parents and community informed of important issues
affecting our schools. While LPS has long held high expectations for our students, our success is also
measured through federal education legislation called the
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
Like almost all school districts in Nebraska, LPS may not meet what are called the Adequate Yearly
Progress (AYP) goals for 2014 as required by NCLB. These reports measure our school district’s
performance in terms of the percentage of students who are at or above state-defined academic standard
goals in major academic areas. For our schools to meet AYP this year, 100 percent of students –
regardless of special needs, English language mastery, or other life-impacting circumstances – must have
met proficiency standards. In fact, nearly every school in Nebraska will fail to meet these highly
unrealistic standards for 2014 – and as a result LPS schools may now be labeled “Not Met” or “Needs
Improvement.”
LPS does not support an antiquated system that most educators and elected officials – as well as the U.S.
Department of Education – admit is not working. At the same time, we are not dismissing our mission to
ensure every child succeed and flourish in school. As educators we are fully committed to all students
reaching their full potential and we are proud of the significant academic progress our students are
making – as evidenced in increasing achievement scores district-wide, and our high school graduation
rate.
As a school that receives federal funds through Title I, the oldest and largest source of federal education
funding to assist schools with high rates of poverty, we are required to develop a comprehensive plan that
includes actively communicating with parents. We will notify you of an upcoming parent meeting at
which we will describe the academic and administrative improvements we are making as part of our plan,
and invite your input at that time. In the meantime, we invite you to review our school’s proficiency and
that of all LPS schools on the Nebraska Department of Education website (http://www.education.ne.gov/).
The link can be found titled ‘State of the Schools Report.’ We are also required to provide the option for
students who live in our attendance area to choose and enroll in another LPS school that is eligible to
receive School Choice transfers. A list of the schools available for choice is attached. If you are interested
in having your child attend another school, please contact our school office.
Finally, we also have tutoring services available for qualifying students. All parents received information
about how to utilize this service in September, and first semester enrollment for tutoring has now
completed. Information about second semester enrollment will be sent home in January. To qualify for
tutoring, your student must also qualify for the free or reduced meals program in addition to living in our
attendance area.
Bottom line: Our teachers, administrators and staff members at LPS are doing excellent work – reflected
in the achievement and accomplishments of our students. We appreciate your support of our students,
staff and schools.
APPENDIX: SCHOOL CHOICE–2014-2015
Last Update: 10-2-14
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THAT HAVE NOT MET Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) during the 2013-2014 YEAR ONLY
ZONE I ZONE II ZONE III ZONE IV ZONE V ZONE VI
Kooser Elementary School
Hill Elementary School
Beattie Elementary School
Rousseau Elementary School
Riley Elementary School
Morley Elementary School
Zeman Elementary School
Pyrtle Elementary School
TITLE I ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THAT DID NOT MEET Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) during the 2013-2014 YEAR
And At Least One Other Year and are IN NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
School Choice, including Transportation, is available for students from any school below to any school in the same zone above. In
zones where there is more than one choice above, allowable transfers will be dependent upon grade levels that are open.
Arnold Elementary School
Elliott Elementary School
Calvert Elementary School
Brownell Elementary School
Holmes Elementary School
Belmont Elementary School
Everett Elementary School
Clinton Elementary School
Campbell Elementary School
McPhee Elementary School
Hartley Elementary School
Lakeview Elementary School
Prescott Elementary School
Huntington Elementary School
West Lincoln Elementary School
Saratoga Elementary School
Norwood Park Elementary School
Pershing