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

November 2022

Letter from our Principal

Culler Community,

After completing one quarter of the school year, I am so proud of our students and staff! Our students continue to rise to our high expectations both behaviorally and academically and our teachers continue to bring a mission driven focus each and every day!

I would like to especially thank our Parent-Community Engagement Committee who created a goal of organizing one Parent Community Engagement activity each month, in addition to supporting our monthly Food Markets! Thus far, we have hosted a Soccer Tournament and last Friday, we hosted our first Trunk or Treat with a Twist! Thanks again to:

Molly Lambert – Student Support Technician

LaFaya Helmstadter – Student Support Technician

CJ Ways – School Community Coordinator

Drue Marr – Executive Secretary

We hope you will look for these events on our calendars and join us for the fun!!

Thanks!

Michaela Hahn

Michaela Hahn
Michaela Hahn

Principal
mhahn@lps.org

Upcoming Dates

November 9th
Food Market from 3:05—3:30 p.m.

November 11th
School Musical at 6:00 p.m.

November 23rd-25th
No School

November 29th
PLC Day: Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.

MTSS-B Information

Just over 300 students earned the October Cullerbration and enjoyed popcorn, M&Ms, & Takis Chips while watching a spooky movie during 1st period. Students needed to have ZERO missing assignments during the first quarter and have ZERO out of class movements or minor behaviors. The next Cullerbration goals are the same; zero missing assignments in the 2nd quarter and zero out of class movements in November.

Students of the Month

7th Grade Students of the Month

7th & 8th Grade Intramurals

Greetings Cougar Families!!

Happy November to you all!

This month we have just one athletic season going on! Girls basketball is underway for 7th and 8th grade! The following games will take place during this month:

  • November 5: vs. Dawes @ Park MS
  • November 12: @ Park MS vs Park
  • November 19: vs. Mickle @ CULLER


If your daughter somehow missed the start of basketball and would like to still join us, please get in touch with me and I can make that happen.

The next athletic season for 7th/8th boys will be basketball, and that will start on January 4th, 2023. Stay tuned for updates on that as we get closer.

Thanks for all your support of Culler Middle School Athletics! As always, if you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them for you. Let’s have a great month!!

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

Need a Library Book Now?

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.

  • Look for the MOSAIC Multicultural Book Display link on your school library website.
  • Browse the collection and download the ebooks or audiobooks.
  • Want a print copy of a book? Ask your school librarian!


Digital Citizenship Tips

Would you like to have a conversation with your student about staying safe online? Here are some questions to start the conversation:

  • What information should we share with others online and what information should we avoid sharing online (address, phone number, passwords, and other personal information)?
  • What websites should we use when we go online?
  • How can you protect your digital reputation?

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

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

Russian / Ukrainian

Olena Petrova
(402) 436-1942

Pashto

Rabia Rashidi
(402) 436-1832

Culler Counseling

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

Hello Culler Community

We had a busy month of October working with students in a variety of ways. Here’s a run down of each grade and what to look forward to in November.

8th Grade (Important Info Below!)

High School Choice Presentation in Health Classes the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 4

-Parents check email addresses on Synergy, this should be an email address you check frequently

-Important email regarding high school choice forms will be sent after Thanksgiving

-High School Choice Forms are due by 4:00 pm on Jan. 31st. This is a hard deadline. If you want your child to go to a school other than their home high school you will need to submit this prior to the deadline to be guaranteed a spot at high school of your choice. If your student will be attending their home high school then you DO NOT need to submit the form.

-You can check to see which school is the home high school for your address by going to the LPS website – lps.org – and clicking on Home School Lookup under Essentials. This is also called your attendance area school.

High School Information Events-2023 6:30 pm

  • Speciality Programs @ Northeast, Thursday, January 5th
  • Northwest-Mon., January 9
  • Southwest-Tues., January 10
  • East-Wed., January 11
  • Southeast-Tues., January 17
  • North Star-Wed., January 18
  • Standing Bear-Thurs., January 19
  • Lincoln High -Tues., January 24
  • Northeast -Wed., January 25th

This information can also be found in your students Class of 2027 Google Classroom

Questions? Contact Margaret Pass, 8th gr. Culler School Counselor
mpass@lps.org
402-436-1210

6th & 7th

We are continuing to work with students on proper skills for the classroom, and proper peer interactions. Please continue to talk with your student about the best ways to be successful in a classroom setting- time management, organization, working hard, completing assignments on time, and being respectful, responsible and safe at all times.

We continue to talk with students about safety and the importance of letting adults know when others aren’t safe to them or towards themselves. Please continue to talk with your students about reaching out to a trusted adult if students are not being safe.

If you or your student has any questions, concerns or if you need assistance- please reach out to your students’ grade level counselor.

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

Screen Time

Did you know not all screen time is the same? There is a significant difference between “active” screen time (engaging with or producing 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

Questions can be directed to Michaela Hahn at  mhahn@lps.org

Accessing Class Information in ParentVUE

Parents and students can access Class Information (course description, grading practices, class tips, etc) on the web (preferred) or via the mobile app. Step-by-step directions can be found on this document or in these video tutorials.

Culler Artists

Learning Moments Captured

Parent / Community Engagement

November 9, 2022: Food Market

Meet in the red brick at 2:45. We welcome any parent or community members to help volunteer with this event. Please call the main office 402-436-1210, if you would like to help.

November 21, 2022: Friendsgiving

This will be our first ever Friendsgiving hosted by our Parent engagement committee. We welcome staff, students, families and community members to join us from 4-6pm for a potluck style meal. We invite you to bring dishes that mirror meals that you would share with your family/friends. If you aren’t able to come but would still like to show your support, the Malone Center is welcomes any donations for cutlery (paper plates, napkins, cups, silverware, paper towels and serving utensils.) Please drop off or call the main office with any donations you may have. Stay tuned for more information to come for this event.

Special Shout Outs and Thank You’s

Thank you to the Culler community, staff, students and families that participated in our very first Trunk Or Treat with a twist on the 28th. We were blown away with what a great turn out we had! We are looking forward to next year already! Special thank you to all of the teachers that decorated their doors, volunteered their time, brought candy, and brought their families to Trick or Treat with us!

Congratulations to Ms. Nickum for having the best door, Ms. Boucher for having the best costume, and Mr. Cudaback and Ms. Huddleston for having the best goodies/games/treats! Also a big congratulations to Ms. Baxter’s 5th period class for winning the pizza party!

We would also like to extend a huge thank you to every community member and partner that showed up for this event.

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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