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

January 2023

Letter from our Principal

Culler Community,

Goodbye to 2022 and hello to 2023! We are starting this semester with hope and excitement for 2nd semester. There is much work to be done and definite celebrations.

In case you have not yet heard, Culler and three other LPS schools have been identified by the Nebraska Department of Education as schools that need Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI). All CSI schools will complete a comprehensive needs assessment to identify unique needs and create an improvement plan. CSI schools are eligible to receive school improvement funds based on the needs identified in their plan.

While this news was not what we had hoped for, we know that our students and staff can rise to the challenge in improving our learning as well as demonstrating what is already known. We are an incredibly support and inclusive culture and will do this work together!

If you, as parents or guardians, have any time to accompany me on classroom visits or to join our School Improvement Committee, we would LOVE to have you! Please contact me at mhahn@lps.org and we will work around your schedule!

Thanks for your continued partnership!

Michaela Hahn
Michaela Hahn

Principal
mhahn@lps.org

Upcoming Dates

January 11th
Food Market from 3:05—3:30 p.m.

January 16th
No School

January 31st
PLC Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.

MTSS-B Information

In December there were 401 students who had no failing grades for quarter 2 and no cell phone violations in December!!

The students played BINGO while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. When students won the BINGO they had a chance to win other prizes including a free homework pass, juice pouch, gum, free meals, chips, candy, fruit snacks, and stickers.

We are proud of our students and celebrate their successes!

January’s goals will be zero tardies and A’s and B’s in semester one.

Students of the Month

8th Grade Students of the Month

7th Grade Students of the Month

Layk Arfmann, Vincent Cunningham, Sherlyn Carias-Blanco, and Madi Griess

6th Grade Students of the Month

7th & 8th Grade Intramurals

Happy 2023! Welcome back everyone!!

During this month our 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams are getting going! Currently, we have begun practice and there is still time to join if your son would like. See me if you need assistance with this.

The following practice schedule will be used after school.

  • Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri. from 3:10 to 4:30
  • Tuesday’s-NO PRACTICE


The following games will take place on Saturday mornings at 8/9/10 a.m. Your son will play in one game and the time will depend on what team they are on. Our A team will play at 8:00 a.m. The B team at 9:00 a.m. The C team will play at 10:00 a.m. Playing time will not be equal, but us coaches will make sure your son gets an opportunity to play and showcase their skills. We preach sportsmanship, teamwork and 100% effort!

January Games:

  • 1/14 CULLER @ Scott MS
  • 1/21 CULLER @ Dawes MS
  • 1/28 Dawes MS @ CULLER


If you have any questions regarding boys basketball, or anything Culler Athletics, please reach out to me! Let’s have a great 2023!

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

Library News

Did you know that LPS students have a robust collection of reference, magazine, and newspaper articles available digitally? Gale is a huge database where you can find the answers to almost any question and explore topics of interest. It’s also a great resource for research. To access Gale, click on the link on the LPS Portal and choose the most relevant Gale Database for your needs.

Digital Citizenship Tips

LPS teachers instruct students about digital law when they help students explore how terms of service agreements and privacy policies are important and have real-world implications. Topics for a family discussion might include:

  • What is a privacy policy? (Tells how an application or service will use your personal information, photos, videos, and may include age requirements for the application or service.)
  • Why are privacy policies important? (It’s important at a young age to decide how much information you want to share with an application or service and what information you want to keep private).
  • This Common Sense Media site provides additional information for parents concerning privacy and internet safety.

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

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 December 12th, 2022. 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 3 schedule. If you have any questions regarding your child’s current ELL level, please contact Amanda Dera.

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.

Happy New Year Culler families!

We would just like to thank you all for your continued support of all that we do to work with your students on a daily basis here at Culler. As they say, it takes a village to help support the youth in our communities, and we’re looking forward to that continued support as 2023 starts.

8th Grade

Here are some extremely important reminders for 8th grade families in regards to high school.  Please look over this carefully.

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.

High School Choice Forms

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 the high school of your choice. If your student will be attending their home high school then you DO NOT need to submit the form.

Registration for all 8th graders at Culler will be on Feb. 15th. High School Counselors will be here at 8:00 to meet with students and complete their 9th grade course selections.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your 8th grade counselor- Mrs. Pass. You can also find high school information by going to the Jumpcode BIBW on LPS.org.

6th & 7th

As we start the second semester in 6th grade, you will notice that there may have been some changes to your students’ schedules. We had to make some minor tweaks to the main schedule, and then also the normal changes that happen during the 2nd semester may impact your student’s schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the 6th grade counselor- Mr. Waite. We will also continue to talk with students about positive peer interactions in middle school and the importance of developing good habits that will carry students throughout middle school and into high school. Please continue to work with your students on developing those positive habits- being respectful, responsible and safe in school.

7th grade will begin working with students on the transition from 7th grade to 8th grade. 8th grade is a huge transition time for a lot of our students. This is the last time that students are able to work on the necessary skills to be successful in high school- where grades and performance counts. Mrs. Peterson will be in 7th grade classrooms within the next couple months to have 7th graders choose next year’s ACEs classes and also talk with students about the importance of 8th grade before they go to high school.

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

Chromebook use during Winter Break

LPS cares deeply about protecting students DIGITALLY. We go to great lengths to ensure that your child’s digital interactions are safe and appropriate, that the data we collect about them is secure, and that we are guiding them to make good digital decisions. Because these efforts are less visible than our physical security efforts, we have assembled this resource to highlight the important measures that are happening in LPS every day: https://home.lps.org/cs/?page_id=18083

Personal Computing Devices

This time of year often brings questions about whether students are allowed to use personal computing devices at school. Where connecting to the LPS network and/or completing school work is concerned, the answer is “no.” There are a number of reasons for this, but you should be aware that the LPS Chromebook comes with limits on the web sites that can be visited and the applications that can be accessed. You can support teachers’ efforts in managing a consistent learning environment by encouraging your student to use the district-issued Chromebook for all school work.

Culler Artists

Parent / Community Engagement

Upcoming Parent Engagement Events

January 11th
Culler Food Market with information about the upcoming “Healthy Grab and Go” event at the end of the month with our lead agency Malone Center.

January 26th
3:30pm-5pm in the Culler cafeteria. Grab and go information about healthy snacking habits. Parents that attend and complete the survey will be entered for a chance to win a raffle prize provided by the Culler CLC program, Culler Parent Engagement Committee and the Malone Center.

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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