Visiting the past to appreciate the present

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I attended a wedding in New York.  We always enjoy visiting the place where we both were raised – reminiscing about our childhoods and soaking in the memories. Long Island, New York in the 1960s was a wonderful place to grow up …

LPS believes in developing “whole” child

Football season has arrived and once again I am reminded, I really enjoy the game. In fact, I have always felt athletics offered kids incredible opportunities to experience what it was like to be on a team working toward a common goal – as a participant through my college years, …

Welcoming students to the new year with respect and kindness

We are fast approaching the excitement of the beginning of another school year and the first day of classes for Lincoln Public Schools – Monday, August 12 – and we are ready to welcome more than 42,000 eager-to-learn students arriving for 2019-2020. The first days are always filled with bliss …

A newspaper junkie laments challenges of misinformation

There are days when I feel like I am the last person around who actually reads a physical newspaper – as I lament their ultimate demise with a “what will I do now” reaction.  I grew up reading and believing in newspapers – in fact, I looked forward to my …

An unexpected reunion, a surprise reminder of gratitude

This is always one of the best times of the year for celebratory events, and student and staff acknowledgements, as we are finishing fast to put another year into the books. With about five weeks left, there is much work yet to accomplish and everyone is focused, yet we still …

‘Pivot point’ of winter taught us life lessons

This winter has been one of the roughest in all my experience as a school district superintendent.  While snow days calls are always fun – and challenging – the additional water issues we experienced were extraordinary, and definitely not something we could have foreseen. In fact, these are just the …

Surviving the winter of 2019, looking ahead to spring

Whew, this has been a winter to forget.  I vaguely remember hearing a meteorologist predict earlier in the fall that this would be a mild winter with below average precipitation.  I am happy that we had enough days built into our instructional calendar to accommodate the school days lost to …

Let’s cheer for our winners

People who know me are aware that I REALLY enjoy football.  Having played, coached and spent hours (mainly weekends) watching, I consider myself somewhat knowledgeable.  I am fascinated by the intrigue centered on strategies that create positive momentum and inevitably determine who will win, specifically utilizing strengths to compensate for …

Local video reflects mental health challenges for our students

I was fortunate this week to view “The Mind Inside,” the most recent video production from Nebraska Loves Public Schools. Set within a middle school in Millard, it is a powerful representation of the mental health challenges many of our students face today.  With a packed movie theatre for the …

Happy new year, thank you …. and looking ahead to 2019

As 2018 comes to a close, I always like to use the final blog of the year to say “thank you” – thank you to all our employees, students, parents and community.  We are so fortunate to work with families and community members who care deeply for high quality educational …