Culler Middle School
Culler Middle School is a professional learning community with a tradition of service, a culture of collaboration, and a commitment to student learning.

The Cougar Connection

May 2021

Letter from our Principal

We did it!! We successfully kept our buildings open amidst a global pandemic!!

So many thanks to be given:

  • Students for hanging in there on zoom and in person & doing your best to learn and stay safe
  • Teachers for your unbelievably hard work in learning how to hybrid teach
  • Support staff for keeping our buildings running, clean, and safe
  • Parents for their patience, grace, and trust

 

Feeling blessed to be in such a strong community!!

Michaela Hahn
Michaela Hahn

Principal
mhahn@lps.org

Upcoming Dates

May 4-6
MAP reading testing

May 18
6th grade turn in Chromebook *+*

May 19
7th & 8th grade turn in Chromebooks*+*

May 20
Last day of school

May 21 — 10am – 2 pm
Turn in Chromebooks** for Remote Learners

**”Chromebook” Includes the cord (2 parts), bag, strap, and new name card in the window.

MTSS-B Information

Culler Community:

Our Unity Club, led by LaFaya Helmstadter, has been a highlight of our equity work this school year. The club meets on Tuesdays after school and focuses on bringing awareness to traditionally marginalized groups within our schools. Recently Unity Club focused on showing their support for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and stopping Asian hate. They also worked to educate staff and students on the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Ramadan continues through May 12th. See the video to learn some more information about Ramadan. Please reach out for more information on the Unity Club.

LaFaya Helmstadter (lhelmst@lps.org)
Kim Rathe (krathe@lps.org)

Students of the Month or Day

7th Grade

Lily M, Jess T, Vinnie M and Zac E! Congratulations!

Cougar Den // Malone Center Events

Hello Cougar Families!

Wow, this year has flown by!

Parents/Guardians, please be on the lookout for a CLC Survey about our program and your student(s)! This is a reminder that our CLC program will continue on until May 20th! Our last day of school is May 21st.

If you have a student who is interested in joining our CLC, please click here to enroll into our program!

Below we will highlight our March CLC Students of the Month! Thank you for showing us how to be safe, responsible, and respectful!

  • Eathyn Schroeder
  • Zander Palmer
  • Josh Tremain
  • Noah Woods
  • Austin Burgess
  • Gay Wah
  • Jasmine Chavez
  • Kole Morgan
  • Andreas Camacho-Felix
  • Alexander Trumblee
  • Addie Bratt
  • Khup Kai
  • Sam Esquivel
  • Celeste Esquivel
  • Nuer Bol
  • Madi Anno
  • Nicole Kuta
  • Vicky Avila

As always, if you have any questions or conerns, please email me at zain.saleh@lps.org!

7th & 8th Grade Intramurals

Cougar Families!

We are nearing the end of our 2020-21 Culler athletics school season. We have just one more scheduled event left! Our track season will finish up with our City Meet on Friday May 7th! If you have a track athlete that is participating this season, the following information is for you.

  • CIty Meet held at Lincoln High School.
  • Field Events start at 4:15 p.m.
  • Running Events start at 5:15 p.m.
  • Parents must stay outside the fence area during the meet.
  • Students competing will need their own transportation to Lincoln High.
  • Have your student listen to the coaches for more information regarding the meet, including show up time at LHS.

Special congratulations goes out to 8th grader ANICIA GORDON!! During the last meet on April 22nd, she broke two school records in the 100 meter dash and the 100 meter hurdles! She was presented with two special certificates, and will now have her name proudly displayed up on our school record board. Congratulations Anicia!

As we are nearing the end of our school year, I want to thank all the parents for all your work and dedication to getting your students to the many practices and games this year. Without you, we couldn’t do it. Thank you kindly for allowing your student to participate in the sports that were offered in this pandemic year.

If you have a 7th or 8th grader next school year, please encourage them to go out for as many sports as possible. There are so many benefits to doing so and we look forward to seeing them. Let’s together make Culler the best school when it comes to participation of students!

Thanks again, and if you have any questions regarding Culler Athletics/Intramurals please don’t hesitate to contact me. Have a great summer and as always…

GO COUGARS!!

Jeff Williams
Athletic Director

402-436-1210
jwillia6@lps.org

The Culler Library

Empower learners to be curious, critical, and creative thinkers; enthusiastic readers; skillful researchers; and conscientious digital citizens.

Culler Library Mission

Library Books are Due by the End of the Year

The end of the school year is approaching and that means that it is time to return books to the school library. Be sure to return any books that belong to Culler Middle School, including any books that may have been checked out for the previous year. Thank you so much for helping your student check under beds, in closets, in cars, all the interesting places we like to read.

To see the titles that your student needs to return before the end of the year follow these steps:

  • Begin at portal.lps.org
    • Enter your student’s ID and password (If you don’t have this information, the school office can provide it for you).
    • Select “Destiny Discover” from the alphabetical listing in the portal.
    • From the upper right hand corner of the screen, select login and enter your student’s ID and password once again.
    • In the upper left-hand corner of the Destiny Discover page select the icon of the three parallel lines.
    • Select “Checkout” from the dropdown menu to see the books that are currently checked out.

Digital Citizenship Tips

The fifth and final piece of Digital Citizenship is Access and Evaluation. Students have learned how to search for information effectively online, and how to evaluate online sources. Students also learned how audience, purpose, and perspective can influence media sources. Discuss at home what your favorite sources of reliable information are, and encourage your student to think critically about what they read online.

Library Staff

Ms. Haack

ahaack@lps.org

Mr. Saddler

tsaddle@lps.org

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

Ms. Munter

tmunter@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 May 17, 2021. If your child moves up an ELL level, they will receive a letter at school that they should bring home to you. 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.

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

Celebrations

Florence J. Clark Award for Excellence in Middle School Teaching

Our very own Ashlea Jurgens-Woitzel was awarded the Florence J. Clark Award for Excellence in Middle School Teaching.

This Award annually recognizes two outstanding middle school teachers in the Lincoln Public Schools. Middle school teachers honored by the award demonstrate excellence in middle school teaching and work toward continuous improvement in student achievement and development.

Ashlea was nominated twice for this award. Her nominations described her leadership skills and her commitment to supporting the ELL students at Culler. They go on to explain that she is a model teacher, her students are engaged in learning, her enthusiasm for her job, and that she is constantly learning and growing. Lastly, the selection committee was most wowed by how she has stepped up to be a role model and leader at Culler.

View photos from the award ceremony in this gallery!

Spirit Week

Highlights from Spirit Week! View the gallery here!

Culler Counseling

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

6th Grade

What to Expect in 7th Grade

Wow! This year has flown by and our class of 2027 has been fabulous! Every single 6th grade student has shown great growth academically as well has physically. Some of our 6th graders will be needing longer pants and bigger shoes when school starts in the fall. There are a lot of changes in store for the move to 7th grade. Having a year of middle school done means there are only 2 short years until your student will be getting ready to go to high school so the expectations from teachers are going to high in order to make sure they head off to 9th grade with the academic, social and emotional skills that will be necessary in high school. I will be their school counselor through the journey so if you questions, concerns, or just need to talk about the wonderful experience of living with a 7th grader, give me a call or send me an email. I’m always happy to be of any assistance. I will look forward to seeing everyone back at Culler in August! Have a great summer!

Margaret Pass
Margaret Pass

7th Grade

Hello 7th grade parents.

As we start to wind down this crazy year, I would like to say thank you for continuing to support your students to be successful here at Culler. There have been ups and downs and our students have put up with a lot this year. That resilience is something to be admired and applauded. I also ask that you continue to talk with your students about 8th grade and the importance of their 8th grade year. It’s the last year before high school, and is a great year to continue to tune up on skills that are important to being successful in high school. Skills such as organization, doing things you don’t want to do, time management, and continuing to work hard on school to say a few. Remind them that high school classes count, and that skills developed in middle school will help tremendously in being successful in high school. I can’t wait to see how our current 7th graders continue to grow and become awesome 8th graders next year. If you need anything, please reach out- 402-436-1210 or lwaite@lps.org.

Logan Waite
Logan Waite

8th Grade

Parents of the Class of 2025,

We are almost finished with middle school. We continue to keep our noses to the grindstone and work to end the year on a successful note.

This has been a year of ups and downs, firsts and lasts. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with your students and watching them grow from their young 6th grade selves through the growing pains of middle school (and the weirdness of the pandemic) to the young people who are growing and evolving to change our world. I am incredibly proud of each of the members of the Class of 2025, and of you for raising them. Look out high school, here comes the amazing Class of 2025!

Sherri Robinson
Sherri Robinson

Technology for Learning

End-of-year Chromebook Information

Culler students will return their Chromebooks at the end of this school year and recover the same device when they return next fall. As the end of the year draws closer, please make sure your student can locate the charger (2 pieces), the bag/carrying case, and the Chromebook that was issued to them at the beginning of the year.

The plan for turning in Chromebooks is:

  • 6th grade – May 18th
  • 7th & 8th grade – May 19th
  • Remote Learners – May 21st (10am-2pm)

Support for Students Learning Remotely

Remote Learning Supports
Stop by the LPS website and enter the word “remote” into the Search, Keyword field in the top-right.

The Student Support page on the Remote Learning site has links to valuable resources to support your student while learning from home. Make sure your students are familiar with the information about how to successfully connect with their teachers using StudentVue.

The Parent and Guardian Support page is filled with valuable information designed to help you help your student. Familiarize yourself with the “10 Remote Learning Things to Know.”

LPS Help Desk is available
Is your student having trouble connecting to their classes? The LPS Help Desk is available to help! Call 402-436-1735 between 7:00am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

Access to 4th Quarter Grades in ParentVUE

We wanted to alert you that starting on May 25th, the district will switch the student information system to the Summer School term. This means that up to May 25th, you can review final grades in the ParentVUE Grade Book tab. After that date, you can access final grade information from the Documents tab or Course History tab.

Student Council & Staff Backpack Challenge

For the second year, Culler’s Student Council hosted Penny Wars, a fundraiser where students raise money for their class with cash and sabotage others with silver coins. Chick-fil-A was generous enough to donate free meals and desserts to the class that had the most points! Mrs. Roby’s class won, and over $2000 was donated in under 2 weeks! The Student Council decided proceeds would be split 3 ways, going to the Backpack Program, Cedars, and the Friendship Home. Mrs. Roby’s winning class is pictured below with our Student Council president, Nuer.

Penny Wars wasn’t the only way we raised money!!! Staff also participated in Music Bingo which raised $1,800 with donations still coming in.