Welcome to West Lincoln Elementary

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West Lincoln Library

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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

 

Calendar

October 21-PTO Meeting and Family Learning Meeting, 5:30-7:30 pm

October 27-Report Cards are Sent Home

October 28-Students Dismissed at 2:18 for PLC and No School for Early Childhood Students

November 4-Individual Picture Retakes, 4:00-6:00 pm

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

November 7-Fun Night, 5:30-8:00 pm

November 15-Bubba’s Closet

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

If you were unable to attend your conference, please contact your child’s teacher to get the conference rescheduled.

 

PTO Meeting…Fun Night

Our next PTO meeting is October 21st. A flyer with information about the meeting is in today’s Monday folder.

Last week, volunteer forms went home to families. We need your help on Fun Night. Please return these as soon as you can. If you are helping on Fun Night, you will need to fill out a volunteer application online before you can help. You can access this application by going to lps.org and click on “Be a Volunteer”.

 

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will take place on November 4th, 4:00-6:00.

 

LPS’s Bubba’s Closet

If your elementary-aged children have outgrown their winter coats, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts or jeans, please consider dropping off those gently used clothes at any Hanger’s Cleaners throughout the month of October: from Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 31– so that other children might keep warm this winter.

Then, on Saturday, Nov. 15, those clothes will be available to the community’s children at the annual Bubba’s Closet event: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at McPhee Elementary School, 820 Goodhue Blvd. (820 S. 15th St.) Any elementary student, accompanied by an adult, may come and choose appropriate items of clothing to adopt and use – for free. There are no income requirements. Sacks will be provided by Lincoln Public Schools.

Please drop off your donated winter clothes at Hanger’s Cleaners located at: 2525 Pine Lake Road, 2655 S. 70th St., 1550 Coddington, or 2101 G St. All clothes will be cleaned by Hanger’s at no charge, and sorted by Lincoln Public Schools elementary principals, who sponsor this annual event.

Bubba’s Closet is one of the many American Education Week activities planned in LPS.

 

 

Bicycle Safety

We have had an unusual number of bicycle accidents during the first quarter of this year at LPS. Please remind your children of the safety precautions for riding bicycles.

 

WEAR A HELMET while riding your bike.

STOP at every intersection!  Make eye contact with drivers to make sure they have seen you before entering the traffic area.  Also, be aware of cars leaving and entering driveways.

LOOK in all directions before entering a crosswalk with the light.

WALK your bike through the intersection.

TRAFFIC LAWS apply to bike riders.  Bike riders are operating a moving vehicle.  All traffic laws should be strictly followed.

 

Sincerely,

Scott Schwartz, Principal