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

September 2022

Letter from our Principal

Culler Community,

It has been a great start to the year!  Thank you for entrusting us with your children.

Our theme for the school year is to nurture positive relationships and to provide strong instruction.  To that end, we would LOVE to invite parents to visit during the day to do instructional walk-throughs with our administration.  We are also looking for parents to serve on our School Improvement Committee or MTSS-B Committee.  If you have an interest in any of these opportunities, please complete this FORM.

Thanks for your continued partnership!

Michaela  Hahn

Michaela Hahn
Michaela Hahn

Principal
mhahn@lps.org

Upcoming Dates

September 5th
No School

September 8th
Picture Day

September 13th
Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:30-6:30 p.m.)

September 14th
Food Market (3:05-3:30 p.m.)

September 27th
PLC Dismissal (1:40 p.m.)
Chipotle Dine Out Night (4–8 p.m.)

MTSS-B Information

We are celebrating AWESOMENESS!

Students will earn monthly Cullerbrations by meeting two goals each month.  August and September’s goals are zero tardies and zero cell phone violations.  In August about 200 students were rewarded with Kona Ice.

In addition students will earn cougar tickets to spend at the Cougar Store.  Students earn these tickets for being safe, responsible, and respectful.  The store is run twice monthly for all grades.

Culler staff love to catch students being their best; each staff member writes at least three Cougar Call-Outs a week to students who are safe, respectful, and responsible.

 

Cougar Den // Malone Center Events

Hey Cougar Den folks,

CLC is underway and ready to get rocking for fall club time. Clubs for First quarter will begin Tuesday, September 6, 2022. 

Remember, it is important that students check in with Cougar Den staff to ensure they are Registered for Club activities. As a reminder, ALL students participating in CLC events afterschool must be

Enrolled in the Cougar Den. For information on how to enroll, please visit the Cougar Den website located under the activities tab on the Culler Homepage. 

The Cougar Den has split into 3 different academies that will help to represent students of all different Interests:

Sports and Rec: Get up, Get out, Get active. Learn techniques and be engaged in group activities centered around movement and physical activity.

Arts and Communications: Create, inspire, and engage with others who value arts and media. Come Chill in an environment that is set up for your creative success!

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math): Come work your mind and get involved in some really cool experiments. 

1st Quarter Clubs

  • Kratos
  • Urban Arts
  • Campus Life
  • ETS
  • Chill Zone
  • Computer Lab
  • Homework Study
  • *Flying Classroom*

 

If you would like to check club registrations and/or Register for clubs see Coach CJ.

 

7th & 8th Grade Intramurals

HELLO COUGAR FAMILIES!!

My name is Mr. Williams and I’m the athletic director for Culler!  If at any time you have questions regarding any of our after school athletic programs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.  My contact info is below.

WELCOME to another school year full of excitement from our sports teams!  Our aim is for the students to have fun and learn valuable lessons that their sport provides.  Sportsmanship and respect is always taught as well. We are the step below high school athletics and will treat each sport here at Culler as a stepping stone towards it.  With that being said, there is a team for EVERYONE!  All skill levels are welcome in each of our sports that are offered.  

Our FALL season of sports has begun and are off to a great start!  Right now we are offering Volleyball, Soccer and Cross Country for the girls, and Soccer and Cross Country for the boys!  If your son or daughter still wants to join a team they still can.  Please get a hold of me if that is the case.  

Volleyball and Cross Country practices everyday after school, except Tuesdays, from 3:00 to 4:30.  Soccer practices Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays.  The coaches will update the students if these times are altered at any point.  If you are picking up your son or daughter after practice, please pick them up at door 11.  

Finally, I have attached the game/race schedule link for the Fall Sports.  The soccer schedule has not been published yet at the time of this newsletter.  That will be shared as it becomes public.  

FALL SPORTS SCHEDULES

We are excited for another amazing year full of great moments from all our student athletes!  Thank you parents in advance for all your support!! GO COUGARS!

JEFF WILLIAMS
Culler Athletic Director
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

Chromebook Assurance

Just a quick reminder that families can sign up for LPS Chromebook Assurance to protect student devices and help with repair and replacement costs.  To find out more visit:

https://home.lps.org/technology/student-devices/lps-student-computing-device-coverage-program/

 

  • Drops happen. Chromebook fines don’t have to. Protect your student’s Chromebook by signing up for CAP by the end of September. Find out more at lps.org/go/cap.
  • Is your student covered? Chromebook Assurance covers accidental damage up to the cost of a replacement device. The CAP window closes September 30. Find out more at lps.org/go/cap.
  • Chromebook Assurance Program: Protecting your student’s Chromebook from… your student. The CAP window closes September 30. Find out more at lps.org/go/cap
  • Did you know? Chromebook Assurance Program covers your student’s device for up to the replacement cost of a Chromebook. The CAP window closes September 30. Find out more at lps.org/go/cap

Library Staff

Mrs. Vlasin-Poore

spoore@lps.org

Mrs. Ahmed

lahmed@lps.org

ELL Information

Culler ELL Teachers

Ms. Deras

aderas@lps.org

Ms. Westlund

awestlun@lps.org

Mr. Pabst

epabst@lps.org

Ms. Petersen

kpeters7@lps.org

Mrs. Rodell

arodell@lps.org

Mr. Shanahan

sshanah@lps.org

Continuation of Services

Students receiving ELL supports (as well as those who have waived services) have been sent home with a Notification of Continuation of Services paper. This form identifies your student as receiving ELL supports (or waiving those supports) as well as your student’s most recent ELPA21 scores (in the domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening). If you have questions about your student’s placement in ELL or about their ELPA21 scores, please contact the school at 402-436-1210 or email their ELL teacher.

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. The website is https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login.

Late Bus for ELL Students

ELL students who ALREADY receive bussing to and from school 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). 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

TBA
(402) 436-1942

Pashto

Rabia Rashidi
(402) 436-1832

Culler Counseling

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

Greetings from the Culler Counseling Center.  We are extremely excited for this upcoming school year, and to help serve the students and families of the Culler community.  Culler Counselors are here to provide academic, social/emotional and career support to students.  We will be delivering our services individually, in small groups and in classrooms to help support all of our students.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people age 10-24. Over the past five years, it has steadily increased. Every day, 16 youth die by suicide in the U.S. 

Suicide can be prevented. This can be a hard topic to talk about but these uncomfortable conversations are valuable. Talking about it does not increase the chances, in fact putting light on it helps the individual feel supported. This is a great opportunity for conversation with your student.   

To partner with you we will be presenting information to students about mental health warning signs and how to get help. Students in middle and high school will get detailed suggestions to increase their protective factors and self care.  Students in elementary schools will get a general message about how to manage overwhelming feelings and how to ask for help.  This includes encouraging them to talk to you as their parent/guardian. 

One of the best ways to help your child’s emotional health is to remember these basics; getting plenty of sleep, drinking water, eating nutritious foods, spending time outside and finding ways to relax.  

If as a parent/guardian, you are concerned about your child, please reach out to your school social worker or school counselor for guidance and support. Immediate needs outside of school hours options are CenterPointe Crisis 402-475-6695 and National Suicide Prevention Life line 988 are available.  

We will be in classes by the end of September to talk with students about suicide and signs of suicide.  

Logan Waite
Logan Waite

6th Grade
lwaite@lps.org
402-436-1210

Haley Peterson
Haley Peterson

7th Grade
hpeterso@lps.org
402-436-1210

Margaret Pass
Margaret Pass

8th Grade
mpass@lps.org
402-436-1210

Technology for Learning

Continuation of Services

Parenting a “Chromebook student” can present some interesting challenges. While few students would choose to do worksheets all evening just for fun, your student might actually WANT to be on their Chromebook at night. It can be hard to tell what they’re focusing on while staring at the device screen. Use this resource [lps.org/go/o9bk] to help inform your conversations about expectations for Chromebook use at home.

ParentVUE - the LPS Parent Portal

Synergy ParentVUE is increasingly the “one-stop shop” for information about your student’s teachers and classes. In addition to providing parents/guardians secure access to student grades and assignments (secondary), attendance, and class information, ParentVUE is also the avenue to verify student enrollment in LPS. During the school year, parents can submit absences for their student(s) with just a few clicks! Parents of secondary students can also pay fees (Chromebook fines, yearbooks, etc.) via ParentVUE. Conveniently, parents/guardians with an iOS or Android phone can download the app and sign in to ParentVUE via their phone.

The District’s goal is to ensure at least one parent/guardian per household has activated and uses their ParentVUE account. If you haven’t yet acquired an account, please contact our school registrar, Suzette DeBusk at 402-436-1210 or sdebsuk@lps.org

More information about ParentVUE can be found on our school home page under the ParentVUE button and in the video found at this link: https://lps.org/go/GQB1.

Culler Artists

Learning Moments Captured

Band students are already learning and preparing new music. ( Abby Zucco, Dylan Young, Karen Mares, Kylie Charbonneau, Carly Machacek, Diak Ater, Tryston May, William Sheen)

Students working in Ms. Sterner’s math intervention class. (Kevin Tapia Melendez and Carlos Garcia Lopez)

ParentVue is a component of the LPS Student Information System that allows parents/guardians to:

  • Access class information
  • Obtain email addresses to message teachers
  • Monitor attendance & report all-day absences 24×7
  • View and print report cards
  • Secondary Only: Monitor grades & automatically receive notifications when a grade falls below a selected level

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