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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work around your schedule!
Thanks for your continued partnership!
Food Market from 3:05—3:30 p.m.
PLC Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.
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.
Layk Arfmann, Vincent Cunningham, Sherlyn Carias-Blanco, and Madi Griess
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.
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!
If you have any questions regarding boys basketball, or anything Culler Athletics, please reach out to me! Let’s have a great 2023!
Culler Athletic Director
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some extremely important reminders for 8th grade families in regards to high school. Please look over this carefully.
This information can also be found in your students Class of 2027 Google Classroom.
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.
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.
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
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 Food Market with information about the upcoming “Healthy Grab and Go” event at the end of the month with our lead agency Malone Center.
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: