The Cougar Connection

October 2020

Letter from our Principal

Culler Community,

If I had to choose one word to capture my feelings about this year, it would be “PROUD.”

The kids are doing so well following our protocols and procedures!!  The teachers are working extremely hard to meet the needs of our students in person and in Zoom.  As I have been visiting classrooms, I have been impressed with the work that our teachers have done to try to include and/or check in on their Zoom in Students.  We know that we still have some work to do on this and have planned a training session for our teachers during PLCs next week.  

Thanks to those of you who have contacted us when there have been some hiccups.  This communication is extremely important and helps us continue to get better. 

Parent-Community Engagement

We would LOVE to continue to get parent feedback and have set up quarterly Parent-Community engagement meetings again this year.  They will be occurring through Zoom on the following dates and times.

 
  • October 20th @ 6pm – Title 1 Parent Mtg also
  • November 17th @ 5pm
  • January 19th @ 5pm
  • March 23rd @ 5pm
  • May 18th @ 5pm

2nd Quarter Grading

For this school year, we will omit the work habits and conduct grading on middle school report cards. Teachers will not enter anything in the work habits and conduct portion of the report card. As usual, each teacher is expected to communicate with their students as well as their parents/guardians about their progress in these areas to ensure they are supporting student success.

Thanks for your continued partnership!!

Michaela Hahn
Michaela Hahn

Principal
mhahn@lps.org

Upcoming Dates

October 16
No School

October 20
Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences @ 3:30pm-6:30pm

October 20
Parent-Community Engagement @ 6pm

October 23
Picture Retakes

October 27
PLC Day 1:40 dismissal

November 2 & 3
No School

November 17th
Parent-Community Engagement @ 5pm

November 24
PLC Day 1:40pm dismissal

November 25-27
No School

MTSS-B

Culler Families:

At Culler, we use a Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Behavior -(MTSS-B) MTSS_B is a research-based framework for teaching and supporting positive behaviors for ALL students. Culler’s approach to discipline focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn. 

The benefits of implementing MTSS-B include

  • fewer behavior issues
  • more instructional time
  • increased attendance for student success

The Culler school-wide expectations continue to be

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible

Some ways teachers are supporting students through MTSS-B

  • Expecting students to be on time to class
  • Teachers teach routines and procedures within their classrooms
  • Using a 4:1 ratio of positive to negative interactions

Students of the Month

A Student of the Month is a role model and leader to their classmates as well as works hard every single day to demonstrate Safe —where they are supposed to be at all times — Responsible — Honest and give 100% effort in all classes — and Respectful — Doing what the teacher asks right away in a respectful manner behaviors in their classes.

The below students consistently demonstrate these behaviors and were nominated by their teachers to be recognized last month.

September 8th Grade Students of the Day

Lesli Guerra-Avalos has a great attitude and a great work ethic!

Camden McWilliams does a great job in class on a daily basis. He shows up on time ready to work and always gives his best effort. He’s always willing to answer questions in class, which helps me out big time!

Makyla Craig comes to class on time, prepared, and ready to learn. She participates in class which helps out big time and is a role model for others. She is always safe, Responsible, and Respectful!

Raad Al Furaiji arrives each day ready to learn. He is polite, kind and respectful. His community service work and positive impact on our society serves as a role model for others.

Alvi Lashley is an active participant in class, who is always ready with good insights and a great sense of humor. She truly shows what it means to be safe, respectful and responsible in the classroom every single day.

Gule Elias is always prepared and ready to participate in class. She goes above and beyond and is a role model for others. She is always Safe, Responsible and Respectful.

Jaycey Ryan is a role model in English. She always has her work done on time, is an active participant in discussions, and is willing to do whatever is asked of her while being respectful of her teachers and peers. She is a safe, responsible, and respectful Cougar!

Ana Mendez Guiza is quiet, respectful and always ready to work.

Canaan Beason is always engaged in Spanish class. He is an active participator and does a great job of thinking in Spanish out loud. He’s not afraid to make mistakes and correct them. Last week, Canaan emailed me, because he was missing an assignment. His dedication and responsible nature in Spanish class shows that he is truly a great academic leader.

Josue Castillo Riveros was gone for a long period of time and immediately came in after school to make up ALL of his work and take a quiz. The kid did like two weeks of work in one hour and it blew my mind. Talk about being dedicated to success. I hope to continue to see this kind of effort throughout the year.

Roaa Kiret does an excellent job in Reading class. She comes in every day ready to learn and is engaged. She volunteers, participates, and does excellent work. I know she will do great on her upcoming MAP reading test.

Julia Kailech always comes to class with a great attitude and willingness to work hard. Julia is a great help in PE and always makes us laugh.

I can count on Camila Ortiz Ramirez to ALWAYS give 100% effort and be kind to everyone! Camila’s work ethic is admirable

Hamed Al Hussien regularly comes to class on time with a can-do attitude and a strong work ethic. He produces a high quality of work.

Jaylen Greaves stays on task, works hard and asks the tough questions.

Stephanie Rodriguez always has a positive attitude when she comes to class, gives great effort when playing her instrument and is always willing to help when I need assistance.

September 7th Grade Students of the Day

Coming Soon!

September 6th grade Students of the Month

  • JaLeah Divers-Sidney
  • Kiana Oltman
  • Asheley Cacho
  • Reel Hamouda
  • Dayton Novy
  • Ty Grant
  • Zuany Menjiva-Loarca
  • Nicole Kuta
  • Joy Moran
  • Veneen Kiret
  • Mohamed Al-Hirez
  • Robenas Tadesse (Zoom)
  • Aubrianna Kokichi (Zoom)
September 2020 Students of the Month

Cougar Den // Malone Center Events

Hello Cougar Families!

Our CLC students have done an amazing job with following our protocols and guidelines. We are super proud of their hard work and willingness to keep each other as safe as we can.

We have a PLC day on October 27th! That means all students need to be picked up by 4:30 PM.

As always, if you have any questions with CLC, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

zain.saleh@lps.org

The Culler Library

Empower learners to be curious, critical, and creative thinkers; enthusiastic readers; skillful researchers;

Culler Library Mission

Need a Library Book Now?

Borrow and read one of thousands of high interest, popular books in Sora.

  • Go to portal.lps.org.
  • Log in with your LPS credentials. Contact your school office if your student does not know his/her username and password.
  • Select Sora from the alphabetical listing in the LPS portal.
  • Browse and check out a book.
  • You can also download the Sora App on your devices.

Digital Citizenship Tips

Our students are learning about digital communication and online etiquette. Here are some prompts to help you continue the conversation at home:

  • What do you like to do online?
  • What are some positive ways you use technology?
  • How do you use good manners online?
  • What is the difference between face-to-face and online conversations? When would it be better to talk to someone in person rather than texting or posting something online?
  • Should you ask permission before posting a photo or video of someone else online?
  • How do you avoid other online distractions (games, browsing other websites, etc.) while doing schoolwork online?

ELL Information

Culler ELL Teachers

Mrs. Grace

rbrust@lps.org

Mrs. Jurgens-Woitzel

ajurgen@lps.org

Mr. Pabst

epabst@lps.org

Ms. Petersen

kpeters7@lps.org

Mrs. Rodell

arodell@lps.org

Mr. Shanahan

sshanah@lps.org

Level Movement

Moving up an ELL level is based upon many different factors. Ultimately, a student must be proficient in several areas at their current level to move up a level. We will be making level changes during the week of October 12, 2020. If your child moves up an ELL level, they will receive a letter at school that they should bring home to you. They should also check Synergy for their new quarter four schedule. If you have any questions regarding your child’s current ELL level, please contact one of their ELL teachers.

RAZ Kids for ELL Students

Many parents ask what their child can work on at home to improve their reading. RAZ Kids is a reading program that all students in ELL levels newcomer-2 have access to. Students are able to log on, listen, read, and take quizzes on stories at their reading level. The program automatically moves students up reading levels as they complete stories. Encourage your child to use RAZ Kids at home, even for just 10-20 minutes a night.

Late Bus for ELL Students!

ELL students, who ALREADY receive bussing to and from school because they live outside of the Culler attendance area, have the option to take a late bus that departs at 4:45 in order to stay after school for the Cougar Den after school program, clubs, academic support, and/or intramurals. Students may sign up anytime, but we ask that if your child signs up, they commit to taking it consistently (more than once a week) to keep their name on the list. If interested in the late bus, students should ask their teacher for a permission slip to have you sign and return to school.

Liaisons

Arabic

Aqeel Fadhil
(402) 436-1715

Arabic

Sudanese Dialect

Hager Mohamed
(402) 436-1958

Spanish

Marta Boucher
(402) 436-1763

Kurdish

Khudhur Ali
(402) 436-1994

Karen

Kmwe Paw
(402) 436-1434

Vietnamese

Toan Tran
(402) 436-1955

Nuer

Tosh Jock
(402) 436-1892

Russian / Ukrainian

Ellie Kasab
(402) 436-1942

Family Literacy

Family Literacy is a FREE English class for parents. Our class is from 1:00-2:45 PM Monday-Friday. Childcare is provided for children under age 5. Any language is welcome!

If you want to join the Family Literacy program, please contact your bilingual liaison or the Culler school office.

Culler Counseling

Providing hope for the future, giving students the strength and courage to persevere.

Class of 2027

We have an AWESOME group of 6th grade students this school year. They are off to a terrific start having mastered opening their lockers, finding their classes and navigating the anxiety of starting middle school. In October, Sara Crandall-School Social Worker, and I will be teaming up to present the ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) presentation. This is a suicide prevention lesson that encourages students to acknowledge if that you see signs of depression or suicide in a friend or yourself. Care-show your friend that you’re worried about them and offer support, and tell a trusted adult so you can get help. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to visit with the 6th gr. counselor on parent/teacher conference night, Oct. 20th please contact Mrs. Pass.
Margaret Pass
Margaret Pass

Class of 2026

Hello all! I am the 7th grade counselor this year. I rotate with the classes as they move up through the grades, and I get to see the progression that your students make over their time in middle school here at Culler. I would just like to start by saying 7th graders have had an amazing start to the year. They have been compliant with all of the changes thrust upon them and are working extremely hard in their classes to get good grades. I couldn’t be more proud of this group, and the step they’re taking as they progress in their educational careers.

I will continue to help students through this transitional point in their lives by working on social/emotional, academic and career skills. I will be in classes in early October to discuss stressors, anxiety and how to cope with a lot of the things we are seeing in our world today. If you need anything or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. My email is- lwaite@lps.org and my phone number is 402-436-1210 extension 3 for the counseling center.

Again, our 7th graders have had an amazing start to the year, so please continue to encourage them to work hard throughout this year. Thanks.

Logan Waite
Logan Waite

Class of 2025

It is so good see everyone! What is different in 8th grade? Expectations are higher, courses are different, high school choice, hard deadlines, and the focus is on what we are doing now to prepare for high school and life. In September & October: school social worker Sara Crandall and I will be in health classes to deliver the Signs of Suicide (SOS) lesson in conjuction with the health teachers. SOS is a research-based lesson that prepares students to access help for overwhelming emotions for themselves and their peers. This includes self-harm and suicidality. Please watch your mail for more information.

Also in October we will focus on organization. I will be in social studies classes on September 28 and October 5 for the Organization Kickoff lesson where students will create their own calendars. After that, expect to see your student use a calendar to keep up with all the significant dates in 8th grade. I will post important dates here, too.

Thank you all for your hard work with your middle schoolers over the past 2 years. Your partnership helps us to help students. Stay tuned!

Sherri Robinson
Sherri Robinson

Technology for Learning

We need your input! During the month of October, Culler parents will have the opportunity to participate in a brief LPS CLASS Plan Survey. The data will help LPS evaluate ongoing CLASS Plan implementation, align professional learning efforts, and inform technology purchasing decisions. This year’s increased reliance upon technology to deliver instruction emphasizes the importance of participation. To participate, please visit the following LINK. Your responses will remain anonymous to protect you and your students’ privacy. The last day to complete this questionnaire is Friday, October 30th. Thank you for taking part in this important survey!