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West Lincoln Library

Arrival and Dismissal photo

February 23, 2015



February 24- Students Dismissed at 2:18 for PLC and No School for Early Childhood Students

                        Family Learning Meeting, 5:30-7:30pm

February 25-Spring Pictures and Class Pictures

March 05- Zoetis-LPS-Novartis Science Fair

March 09-13- Spring Break, Schools Not in Session


 Early Childhood

Lincoln Public Schools provide a half-day Early Childhood Preschool program for children in the Lancaster County area. The Early Childhood Preschool is located in many of the elementary schools across Lincoln. Children who turn 3 or 4 by July 31, 2015 may apply for enrollment starting March 2nd. Preference will be given to 4-year-olds. Applications are available at any elementary school, on the Lincoln Public Schools website, www.lps.org, or at the Early Childhood Preschool Office at the Lincoln Public Schools District Office at 5905 O Street Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children are selected based on a variety of criteria listed on the application. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Toni Jafferis at 402-436-1941.


Spring Pictures…February 25

At spring pictures, we take class and individual pictures. More specific information and order forms were sent home with your child in last week’s Monday folders. If you lose your forms we have extras in the office.


Individual Pictures- Money for individual pictures is not due before pictures are taken. Parents will need to fill out the “Selection Form” to select the pose and background for the pictures. A few weeks after the photos are taken, the pictures will be sent home with families. Families will then select the only pictures they want to purchase and return the ones that they don’t want.


Class Pictures- Money for class pictures needs to be returned with the envelope coming home today with your child. If you want to purchase a class picture, $10.00 needs to be sent on or before picture day. The office is unable to make change. Please be sure to pay with the exact amount due or pay with a check. This is the same procedure for purchasing individual pictures in the fall.


Please let us know if you have any questions.


Science Fair

We would like to thank all these children for taking the extra time to participate in the West Lincoln Science Fair. The projects were great. We appreciate all their hard work. Sarah Almusawy, Alexia Anderson, Trenton Andrew, Karah Barnes, Yisel Bernabe, Christian Boerngen, Tayana Brick, Nayeli Deluna, Abby Laible, Connor Laible, Teresita Leija Espinosa, Angel Manzo, Stephanie Rodriguez, Zayne Sabin, Diana Soto, Vicente Vela and Emily Meza Roman.


Kindergarten Registration

If you just moved to the area, please call to let us know that you have a child that will be in Kindergarten next year. Also, if you have any new neighbors, please have them call the office at (402)436-1168, option 4.


All of LPS will be having registration for Kindergarten on March 19th from 8:00-6:00 and March 20th from 8:00-4:30. If you are unable to make it during these times, you may register after that date, but please do so as soon as possible.


Early Kindergarten Entrance-The Nebraska Legislature has changed the law governing when children begin Kindergarten in public schools. Starting in the 2012-13 school year, students may enter Kindergarten if they turn five years old on or before July 31, a date that was previously October 15. However, if your child was born between August 1 and October 15, he or she is eligible to participate in an assessment conducted by Lincoln Public Schools to determine possible early entrance to Kindergarten. If you are interested in the early entry assessment, please come to West Lincoln and fill out an application and we will schedule an appointment for your child to be tested. You must present your child’s certified birth certificate at that time. Please call the school if you have any questions.


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
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
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.
Last Update: 10-2-14
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THAT HAVE NOT MET Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) during the 2013-2014 YEAR ONLY
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