Thanks for a great first quarter! While experiencing a 2nd year in a pandemic is not ideal for any of us, I am continually surprised by the resiliency and optimism that can be found in our community of learning!
Thanks to the parents who attended our First Parent-Community Engagement meeting for this school year. We have 3 more scheduled this year via zoom and alternate times between 6 and 7 pm.
Thanks for your continued partnership!!
MAP Scores in Synergy
MAP Growth Reading and Math and MAP Fluency scores for students who tested this fall are now available in Synergy. You can access student results in Synergy ParentVUE. Here are some directions.
Spirit Week-Pajama Day
Spirit Week-Twin Day
Spirit Week-Equity Day
7th grade dance (4:30-6:00)
Food Market 3:05-3:30pm
Malone Ctr Holidy Food Giveaway (11:00 – 3:00)
November 24–November 26
PLC Dismissal- 1:40pm
Hello Cougar Families:
There has been a lot of studies done about the most effective praise-to-criticism ratio. For students, that ideal ratio is 4:1. In other words, for each bit of corrective feedback, there should be a minimum of four positive comments to balance it out. At Culler, this is so important that each staff member partnered with another staff member and we tallied each other over a 15 minute period. Did you know this is a strategy that you can use at home? Students (and even adults!) respond best when we are sprinkling our correctives with a lot of positivity. When you give your praise, it is most effective when it is behavior specific. For example, I am impressed by how well you cleaned up your room or that was a really challenging problem that you finished. The specific praise goes a long way in encouraging the behavior to be repeated until it becomes a pattern. I really appreciate that you are reading my whole section of the newsletter. Do you see what I did there?
Please let me know if you have questions,
Fredy Rios Camarena
Andreas Camacho Felix
Hello Cougar Families!
Second quarter is underway and so is our CLC program! Unfortunately, we are closing enrollment until further notice. If you would still like to sign your student up, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to have your student put on our waitlist.
The Malone Center is going to have a Holiday Food giveaway; turkey & food bags for up to 900 families! There will also be live music! We are also giving away, along with food, free coats, hats, gloves, socks and underwear. We will have resource booths available, as well as free food & more! Please check the flyer below for more information. The date is Sunday, November 21st, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The event will be held at Saint Paul United Methodist Church (1144 M ST, Lincoln, NE, 68508).
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.
Kwayde, Brody, Jazlyn, Noah, Zoey, BryaJanae, Madicyn, Shyterica, Angel, Khup, Andrew, Brennen, Darion, and Josh!
Visionary Youth in Partnership with Malone Center Presents the 2nd Annual Community Outreach Holiday Food Giveaway!
Sunday, November 21st, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 M Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
Turkey and Food Bags for up to 900 Families! First Come, First Served — Limit one turkey per household.
Activities: Live music, Free coat, hat, gloves, socks and underwear. Free resource booths, free food and more!
Greetings Culler Families!
Our girls basketball season is underway and here are the following games that are taking place in November!
Nov. 6th vs. Park MS @ Irving
11 a.m and 12 p.m.
Nov. 13th vs. Dawes MS @ Scott
11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Nov. 20th vs. Irving MS @ Mickle
11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
If you have any questions about girls basketball, or Culler Athletics, please give me a call or email here at school! Here’s to a great November!!
Are you looking for books with diverse characters and themes? The MOSAIC is an annual collection of high interest diverse books for preschool through high school students reviewed by LPS librarians.
Would you like to have a conversation with your student about staying safe online? Here are some questions to get the conversation started:
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.
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.
Welcome to Quarter 2, Class of 2028 parents & guardians! We made it through the first quarter with flying colors. I am proud of the way 6th graders are advocating for themselves and for each other. You have taught them well! Strong bonds are forming between students and they are collaborating to help each other in their classes. For some, the collaboration model is new and they are loving it!
Our last to lunch list is getting longer, as is our CRC list. If students are late to classes, they are last to lunch on the next school day. If students do not complete their work in a timely manner, they are assigned CRC so that they have a dedicated time to get it done. Please impress upon your students the importance of being on time to class and turning in their work on time. We very much appreciate your partnership!
I am working with our school resource officer to present a lesson on cyber-safety. We will talk with students about ways they can stay safe online. My goal is to go into classrooms sometime in November. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or issues that may come up. Happy November!
7th grade Counselor News
Next week I will be in classrooms to present a lesson about empathy and integrity in regards to social interactions with peers. I’m sure we all remember our awkward middle school years and cringe from things that we said and did or things that were said and done towards us as well. Middle school is a very important time for developing friendships and learning to navigate social situations. Social media and cell phone use have also complicated this for our youth.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. When our students empathize with others they are more likely to be kind and accepting of all of their peers. Integrity is knowing right from wrong and being able to choose the right way to handle a situation even when it is difficult. Empathy and integrity are so important as our students make their way through middle school and into high school. Helping students to demonstrate empathy and integrity will encourage kindness and acceptance making school a safe environment where lasting friendships and life long learning can occur for all students.
Welcome to Quarter 2, 8th grade parents & guardians! High school choice is quickly approaching — can you believe it? All LPS 8th graders have the right to choose the high school they will attend, and high school enrollment is coming up. It is important that you have discussions with your students about which high school is right for them. Check the First Steps to High School document for all things high school. Peruse the high school websites, check out the focus programs, and help your child make an educated decision about their high school choice. The high school choice form is due on January 31.
Science Focus Program Open House will be Nov 2 with two repeat sessions: 5-6 p.m. – Session 1, 6-7 p.m. – Session 2
1222 S 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68502
Directions: We will be in the Science Focus Program Multipurpose Room – just follow the signs when you park in the main Zoo lot. If needed, there is overflow parking across A street from the zoo.
Arts and Humanities Open House will be held Nov 9, 6-7 p.m.
643 S 25th St, Ste 15
Directions: Look for the very bright mural and the logo “Arts and Humanities” painted on the building -we are along the bike path with the entrance behind the building you are directed to by the address
Stay tuned for more information, and if you have questions please feel free to contact me.
Did you know not all screen time is the same? There is a significant difference between “active” screen time (engaging in focused production of content) and “passive” screen time (consuming entertainment media). The American Academy Of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends families have thoughtful conversations around the purposes for using digital media and offers an online tool for creating a “personalized family media use plan.” https://lps.org/go/y8ov.
See the LPS Parent Guide to Student Chromebook Use in LPS for more helpful information and strategies to support your student’s Chromebook use at home. https://lps.org/go/o9bk
By Ceslie Viana Sanchez
By Akira Moody
By Akira Moody
In math foundations, students are working in small groups to sort numbers from least to greatest.
Ms. Kokrda’s 7th Grade AVID class spent two days last week developing their group work skills. They specifically focused on the question, “What unique qualities do I bring to group work?”