Second semester offers more challenges, hope

We are delighted to begin second semester, as we know that the holidays have been a struggle for many of our students and families who have been isolated due to the pandemic. While the first semester was quite challenging, kudos to our staff and students who have continued to work …

Hope and gratitude in a pandemic

The news this week centered around the likelihood of a vaccine that demonstrates great promise for helping us beat this virus. For all of us, it can’t get here soon enough but the mere hope that it will be available should inspire us to continue to work hard. Because we …

Together, we can

This week, we spoke publicly of the first “potential” school spread instances of COVID-19. This was not unexpected as, despite our hard work with safety protocols, we are a microcosm of our community where spread seems to be increasing. I am incredibly proud of all of our staff and students …

Rising to the challenge

In light of the prolific challenges we have faced in recent months, I am incredibly proud of our staff and students for being able to make the most of a situation that everyone wants to disappear. While summer planning for schools opening was intense, actually executing the plan was even …

Together, we will get through this

As we sit on the cusp of opening our schools after more than five months of relative closure, I feel confident we have developed an excellent plan that is designed to mitigate risk of spread and provide choices to students and parents. This plan is far from perfect and we …

Challenging times but light ahead

Well, we made it through April and May with mixed results regarding our conversion to remote learning. Despite gargantuan efforts by teachers and administrators to connect with each student, we averaged around 70 percent engagement through fourth quarter. Some of that was due to the manner in which courses were …

Student success reminds us of our mission in 2020

I abhor shopping and I will do almost anything to avoid having to do it. However, it seems that each time I venture out to shop in Lincoln I come home with another heart-warming story from a Lincoln Public Schools student or alum. Just recently I heard from a University …

Proud to be a part of the public education system in America

Following graduation from MacArthur High School in Levittown, N.Y., I accepted an athletic scholarship to Doane College in Crete. (Actually, my father accepted to get me out of New York post-Vietnam.) It was an interesting venture, as my family had never been west of New Jersey. It was an incredibly …

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 …