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

October 2023

Letter from our Principal

Culler Community,

The last week in September, we had visits from Kathy Danek (school board member), and Dr. Paul Gausman (superintendent) and Dr. Bob Rauner (school board member).  

Walking through the building, pointing out the renovations that are almost done and visiting classrooms reminded me of what a special community that we have. As we visited classrooms, students asked Dr. Gausman if he was Joe Biden (lol), shared what they were learning, and shared why their teachers were so special. I should have captured video of these moments. It truly warmed my heart.  

Following are just a few more celebrations that I wanted to share. The following renovations are almost complete:

  • The parking lot –  just need to move the handicapped signs and do some touch-ups
  • Our 2 family restrooms
  • New office for our Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Skilled and Technical Science Classroom
  • Art Classroom
  • Sound and Projection in our Cafeteria

The following projects are COMPLETE:

  • New acoustics and sound for our auditorium. . .our musical is going to be so great!
  • Cameras are installed in our common areas
  • New lighting in our library and gyms

Thanks for your continued partnership!!

Michaela Hahn
Michaela Hahn


Upcoming Dates

October 11th
Food Market 3:05-3:30pm

October 16th—17th
No School

October 27th
Culler Trick or Treat 5:30—7:00 p.m.

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

MTSS-B Information

This month 203 students earned the Cullerbration, the goal was no minor behaviors and no tardies to class.  Staff have recognized students over 700 times using Cougar Call-outs.  

Students can earn Cougar Tickets to use at our store weekly in the Red Brick area.  Tickets can be earned with Cougar Call-outs and Cullerbrations.

Students of the Month

8th Grade Students of the Month

7th Grade Students of the Month

6th Grade Students of the Month

7th & 8th Grade Intramurals

Hello Cougar Families!

Our Fall sports seasons have wrapped up and we will now begin our Winter sports!  The following sports are offered this winter.

  • Boys/Girls WRESTLING!

As a reminder, these sports are available for 7th/8th graders only.  If you have any questions regarding these two seasons, please reach out and I will help you out.

A huge THANKS to all the Fall sports student athletes, coaches and all our parents and guardians for all their support!  We couldn’t do it without you!  

We look forward to wrestling and girls basketball this winter.  If your son or daughter is interested in playing/competing, please encourage them to go out and play.  We need all the players we can get.

Questions? Please get a hold of me!

Thanks, and as always…


Jeff Williams

Culler Athletic Director  402-436-1210

The Culler Library

Empower learners to be curious, critical, and creative thinkers; enthusiastic readers; skillful researchers; and conscientious digital citizens.

Keeping Track of Library Books

Did you know students can read graphic novels and magazines in Sora. No holds, no wait! These materials are always available for students to borrow and read. Borrow and read one of the thousands of high-interest, popular books in Sora. 

  • Go to
  • Log in with your LPS credentials. Contact your school office if your student does not know his/her username and password.
  • Select Sora from the alphabetical listing in the LPS portal.
  • Browse and check out a book.
  • You can also download the Sora App on your devices.

Digital Citizenship Tips

Our students are learning about online communication and etiquette. Here are some prompts to help you continue the conversation at home:

  • What do you like to do online? What are some positive ways you use technology?
  • How do you use good manners online?
  • What is the difference between face-to-face and online conversations? When would it be better to talk to someone in person rather than texting or posting something online?
  • Why should you ask permission before posting a photo or video of someone else online?
  • How do you avoid other online distractions (games, browsing other websites, etc.) while doing schoolwork online?

Want ideas for supporting digital citizenship in your home? Follow your school, LPS Library Services, or #lpsdigcit on social media to get weekly tips. 


Library Staff

Mrs. Vlasin-Poore

Mrs. Ahmed

ELL Information

Culler ELL Teachers

Ms. Deras

Ms. Schlickbernd

Mr. Pabst

Ms. Svoboda

Ms. Yeoh

Mr. Shanahan

Mrs. Babica

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 of 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.



Aqeel Fadhil
(402) 436-1715


Sudanese Dialect

Hager Mohamed
(402) 436-1958


Claudia Rains
(402) 436-1988


Khudhur Ali
(402) 436-1994


Kmwe Paw
(402) 436-1434


Toan Tran
(402) 436-1955


Rabia Rashidi
(402) 436-1832

Culler Counseling

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

New School Social Worker

Our new full-time school social worker, Denise Klein, will be joining Culler after we come back from fall break!

Open House for LPS Focus Programs

  • LPS is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Southwest High School for students in grades 8-11 and their families to learn more about all LPS Focus Programs.
  • Explore your passions and invest in yourself early – some programs allow college credit and career exploration in various industries. LPS Focus Programs is one way to choose your journey. We have 10 Focus Programs, some with multiple pathways:
    • Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) at Northeast
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Science Focus
    • Early College and Career STEM at Northeast
    • Bryan College of Health Sciences at Northwest
    • Bay High
    • Nebraska Business at Standing Bear
    • The Career Academy (with 17 individual career pathways)
    • Aviation and Technical Education at North Star
    • International Baccalaureate at Lincoln High

For more information, reach out to your school counselor.

Community Awareness Event: Promoting Healthy Behaviors

  • LPS is partnering with School Community Intervention and Prevention (SCIP) and Region V Services to provide a community presentation regarding the impact of marijuana use on our youth.
  • Marijuana continues to be one of the most prevalent substances of abuse among our youth. While there are many different modes of use, the practice of using vaping devices to consume marijuana products is becoming increasingly widespread among youth. Vaping delivers greater amounts of THC, the primary intoxicant in marijuana which increases the risk of adverse health problems, especially for our youth whose brains are still developing.
  • This presentation will be held Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 6:30 – 8 p.m at Lincoln Medical Education Partnership Vrbka Classrooms – 4600 Valley Road, Lincoln.

As a Reminder

To get ahold of your counselor, fill out a jumpcode (RAR3) by visiting and submitting a request. To get ahold of your student’s counselor, you can contact us via email or by calling the school.

Kylie Washburn
Kylie Washburn
Drue Marr
Drue Marr

7th Grade

Sarah Charles
Sarah Charles

8th Grade

Cathy Davis
Cathy Davis

Attendance Counselor

Kelly Grefe
Kelly Grefe


Technology for Learning


The eduroam wireless network is more secure than most public wifi networks and is available in several locations around Lincoln. Students using their LPS Chromebooks around town should connect to eduroam whenever it is available. Simply select it from the list of available networks – no other steps needed! Visit this poster and/or LPS jump code: pao4 for more information.

Scenarios where eduroam may come in handy include:

  • Visiting UNL campuses? Don’t hassle with UNL guest wifi, use eduroam!
  • Hanging out at The Lighthouse, The Malone Center or The Bay? Use eduroam!
  • Serving or staying at People’s City Mission? Use eduroam!

CLASS Survey

During the month of October, Culler MIddle School parents will have the opportunity to participate in a brief LPS CLASS Plan Survey. The data will help LPS evaluate ongoing CLASS Plan implementation, align professional learning efforts, and inform technology purchasing decisions.

To participate, please visit the following link:

Your responses will remain anonymous to protect you and your students’ privacy. The last day to complete this questionnaire is Friday, October 27.

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback in this important survey!

ITTs & the Portal

LPS believes that effective instruction can and should include the appropriate use of instructional technology to support learning. To that end, a District Instructional Technology Tool (ITT) Committee works to identify ITTs that are safe for student use, support district learning goals, and encourage innovative teaching and learning. All reviewed ITTs are cataloged in the LPS ITT Matrix [].

The most frequently used, approved, and supported ITTs are made available to students and staff in the LPS Portal []. Students access their LPS Portal by clicking the ‘HOME’ button on their Chromebook.

Need a conversation starter with your student? Ask them for a tour of their LPS Portal and which ITTs they’re currently using in class.

AVID Spotlight

Tutorials are Finally Here!

8th grade AVID students jumped feet first into the first tutorials of the year. AVID tutorials are small group sessions where students collaborate to tackle challenging coursework. Guided by a trained tutor, they work together to master content and develop critical thinking skills. These sessions occur twice a week and are the cornerstone of the AVID elective class.

Seventh grade students will start official tutorials this Thursday, and Sixth grade will start at the beginning of the second quarter!

Interested in the AVID Elective for your student?

Culler Cougars who want to gain the skills and tools to be college, career and civic life should consider applying as early as the last week of October.

Interested students should reach out to Ms. Hernandez or Mx. Beatty starting the last week of October. Students will need to apply, interview and gather teacher recommendations to be considered.

Parent/Community Engagement

October 11th: Food Market

We are always looking for volunteers to assist. If you are available the second Wednesday of the month from 2:30-3:30, please join us. You can email us at or call the school and sign up 402-436-1210.

October 27th- Trick or Treat @ Culler- 5:30-7:00 p.m.

We are excited to bring back this super fun event for the community. Join us in the gyms and walk the spooky hallways of Culler Trick or Treating, playing games and other activities. This is an event for the entire family. If you want to have a table/booth, donate and/or hand out candy or have a game you’d like to play, please sign up at or call school 402-436-1210. 

Join S.N.A.C.!

We are looking for community members to bring their ideas to the table. This committee is staff led, and would love to have community representation from you! If you are interested in joining S.N.A.C (a School, Neighborhood, Advisory, Committee) or the Parent and Community Engagement committee, we would love to have you.

Culler Community Staff Spotlights

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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