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 2022

Letter from our Principal

Culler Community,

Happy May! As I think back to this second year of the pandemic, I remain truly grateful to the staff of caring adults who brought their best to serve your students amongst very difficult circumstances!

I wanted to highlight some upcoming events and share our plans for the last day of school!

First Annual Craft Fair: Please join on Saturday, May 7th! All proceeds will go to our Auditorium Fund-a-Need. This idea came from one of our parents and we are grateful to Mrs. Shively for taking the lead in organizing the event!!

8th grade Cullerbration: Wednesday, May 25th at approximately 12:30 p.m., we will be gathering in the Auditorium to celebrate our 8th graders completing middle school. Please join us if you can!

Michaela Hahn
Michaela Hahn

Principal
mhahn@lps.org

Upcoming Dates

May 7th
Craft Fair (9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

May 11th
Food Market (3:05-3:30 p.m.)

May 12th
Jazz/Orchestra Concert (6:00-7:00 p.m.)
Band Concert (7:00 p.m.)

May 17th
Vocal Music Concert (6:00-7:00 p.m.)

May 25th
Last Day of School: Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.
8th Grade Cullerbration (12:30 p.m.)

MTSS-B Information

Dear Culler Families:

There are some ways that you can connect MTSS-B to your home environment. Some strategies that support positive behaviors at home:

  1. Try to be consistent and know how you are going to react when your child makes mistakes. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Sometimes it’s helpful to take a moment to calm down and think before you decide on the discipline your child will receive.
  2. Communicate clearly what behavior you want your child to demonstrate. Phrase directions in the positive, telling your child what you want them to do, not what you don’t want them to do. Instead of, “don’t be lazy,” you could say, “It would be helpful if you cleaned up the kitchen.”
  3. Look behind the behavior and see what you child may be trying to tell you. They may be frustrated, confused, embarrassed, or tired. Try to remember that however a child is behaving, the child is doing the best he or she can at that moment in time.


Please let me know if you have any questions!

Kim Rathe
krathe@lps.org

Most Improved Cougars (MICA)

MICA Award Winners

Kaylee Luke
Asher Capps
Edgar Misula
Carter Duncan
Evelyeen Robih
Sami Al-Saidi
Alessa Qasim
Anh Au
Giovanni Figueroa
Linda Mitchell
Ronnie Rice
Maab Amon
Daniela Rojas Morales
Nsreen Ahmed
Ayaka McCall
Adi Gloria
Martin Grees

Cougar Den // Malone Center Events

I have some personal news to share: this is my final year running the after-school program at Culler. I know the program will continue to do great things and also continue to grow! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the last almost five years!

With that being said, the last day of our CLC program will be May 24th.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

zain.saleh@lps.org

7th & 8th Grade Intramurals

Hello Cougar Families!

Our last athletic season is wrapping up with the All City Track Meet held at Lincoln High. The dates of this meet are May 6th and 7th after school! If you have any questions regarding this, please get in contact with me. Otherwise, the track athletes will be given plenty of info before.

I want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to all the parents/guardians of all our sports teams throughout the 2021-22 school year! There were so many great moments, and I appreciate all your efforts to get your son or daughter where they need to be. Please also tell your athlete at home I really appreciate them as well. Their effort and hard work all year was awesome!!

Lastly, if you have any questions about the 2022-23 athletic school year, please feel free to get a hold of me and I’ll help you get those answers to your questions.

THANKS AGAIN FOR A GREAT YEAR AND AS ALWAYS….

Go Cougars!!

Jeff Williams
Culler AD and Health/PE Teacher
jwillia6@lps.org
402-436-1210

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. 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 select Log in using your account with New LPS Portal.
  • On the top row, hover your mouse over “My Stuff”.
  • Select “Checkouts” 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. 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

Ms. Westlund

awestlun@lps.org

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.

Cougar Support Center

Students can receive extra help with any of their assignments through our after school CRC. It is held most days after school from 3:10-4:00. If your child is missing assignments, now is the time for them to turn them in before the end of the year. You can contact the school or have your student talk with one of their ELL teachers for more information.

Summer School for Level 1 Students

All ELL students have the opportunity to attend summer school at Culler this summer. The dates are June 6-July 1 from 8:00-3:00. The morning consists of students rotating through academic areas while the afternoon will consist of enrichment activities provided by CLC. Breakfast, lunch and transportation are all provided.This is an excellent way for students to continue learning English through the summer. To sign up, have your child ask for a form from their ELL teachers or in the front office.

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

Mooku Taw
(402) 436-1434

Vietnamese

Toan Tran
(402) 436-1955

Nuer

Tosh Jock
(402) 436-1892

Russian / Ukrainian

Ellie Kasab
(402) 436-1942

Dari / Farsi/ Pashto

Rabia Rashidi
(402) 436-1832

Culler Counseling

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

6th Grade

We did it! Three weeks left in 6th grade! End-of-the year tips for students:

  • Check Synergy for any missing assignments or summative assessments you could get done to bring up grades.
  • Email or have a conversation with your teachers if you are struggling and could use some extra support.
  • Your teachers have worked hard this year to help you be successful, write them a thank you note or say something nice to them.
  • Be a positive leader in your classrooms. Listen, follow directions, be respectful to your peers and teachers.


It’s been a difficult whirlwind of a year. I am so proud of this class, and of you for raising such fine young people. From elementary school to the beginning of middle school through the end of the year, we experienced a lot of newness, and with that came much angst. Sometimes we breezed through together, other times we waded through it until we worked it out. No matter what, though, we did it all together. I want you to know that your kids are the bright light in a very tough year, and that is due in large part because of you. I have valued your partnership, willingness to voice your needs & opinions, and undying love for your children. It has been my honor to serve you and the students of the Class of 2028.

Sherri Robinson
Sherri Robinson

srobins@lps.org
402-436-1210

7th Grade

WOW!! This year as flown by, with only 3 weeks left in 7th grade here are some reminders for the end of the school year.

  • Check Synergy for any missing assignments or summative assessments you could get done to bring up grades.
  • Email or have a conversation with your teachers if you are struggling and could use some extra support.
  • Your teachers have worked hard this year to help you be successful, write them a thank you note or say something nice to them.
  • Be a positive leader in your classrooms. Listen, follow directions, be respectful to your peers and teachers.


I am so proud of all we have accomplished this school year. Get ready because 8th grade will go just as fast and we have a lot to do to get ready for high school!
Happy Summer Class of 2027!

Margaret Pass
Margaret Pass

mpass@lps.org
402-436-1210

8th Grade

Hello 8th grade families,

This will be the last update I have for you for this year. It’s been a whirlwind of a three years, and I can’t believe your 8th graders are getting ready to head to high school. The pandemic really threw a wrench in these last three years but a lot of our 8th graders have shown resilience and toughness to get through it. I know that they will use that resilience to get through high school as well. My last presentation to your 8th graders this quarter will be in regards to post-high school plans. Keep a look out for a booklet that I will be sending home called Know How 2 Go. There’s A LOT of useful information in there that will answer a lot of questions on going to college, and what your students can do after high school. If you have any questions in regards to high school or this last month of school, please don’t hesitate to reach out- lwaite@lps.org. It’s been a pleasure to work with your students over these last three years, and if they ever need anything while in high school, I will always be available.

Logan Waite
Logan Waite

lwaite@lps.org
402-436-1210

Technology for Learning

Access to 4th Quarter Grades in ParentVUE

We wanted to alert you that starting on May 31st, the district will switch the student information system to the Summer School term. This means, through May 30th, you can review final grades in the ParentVUE Grade Book tab. After the 30th, you can access final grade information from the Documents tab or Course History tab.

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 (6th and 7th grade). 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. More details will be shared with students and families through official communications in the coming weeks.

Culler Artists

Learning Moments Captured

Students practicing their math using the windows as standing whiteboards.