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 2023

Letter from our Principal

Culler Community,

After our Culler Candy Haunt, I was reminded of what an amazing community we have.  It was great to see so many faces and we were overwhelmed with the generosity of our parents and community partners.  Please check out the pictures on our FB Page or in this newsletter.

Our next big event is our upcoming musical which was written by our very own Mrs. Ghormley.  Not only is it an incredible show, but we finally have an auditorium that supports our talent with a new sound system and acoustics.  We can’t wait to welcome you into this improved space!  November 10th @ 6:00 p.m.!


Thanks for your continued partnership!!

Michaela Hahn
Michaela Hahn


Upcoming Dates

November 2nd
Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30—6:30 p.m.

Title 1 Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

November 8th
Food Market 3:05—3:30 p.m.

November 10th
Culler Musical 6:00—7:00 p.m.

November 20th
Chipolte Dine-Out Night from 4:00—8:00 p.m. at the O Street location

November 23rd-25th
No School

November 28th
PLC Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.

MTSS-B Information

This month 192 students met the goal of no missing assignments and no minor behaviors in the classroom. Students will receive 2 cougars tickets to use in the Cougar Store and a piece of chocolate cake at lunch.

Next month the goals are zero minor behaviors and no technology violations – including cell phones.

In homeroom class students are focusing on checking their grades, setting simple goals, having fun, and discussing the idea of conflict.

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!

For the month of November, our GIRLS BASKETBALL and WRESTLING teams will be in action! The following schedule will take place:

  • Girls Basketball!
    • Nov. 11 @ Schoo MS
    • Nov. 18 vs. Mickle MS
  • Wrestling!
    • Nov 8 @ Moore MS

If your daughter is interested in playing basketball, we could use some more players.  Please let me know if there is interest.

Thanks Cougar families!  Have a great month of November!!

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.

Diverse Books for All!

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 are the terms of service and age limits for the apps you are using?
  • What should you do when you see or receive a message, image or post that makes you feel uncomfortable?
  • How can you protect your online reputation?

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

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.

IB Academy Day

Lincoln High School will host its annual IB Academy Day on Saturday, November 4th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students and their parents. Our half-day program will help attendees better understand what the International Baccalaureate (IB) program is, and why it is a premier experience for high school students in the city of Lincoln.

Each part of the morning is designed to help students and their parents explore whether or not the IB program is a good fit for them. Because of the size and scope of the day’s events, students and/or parents are asked to arrive before 8:00 a.m. Parents are not required to attend with their students but are encouraged to do so.

The day will include:

  1. A program overview session conducted by J.P. Caruso, our IB Program Coordinator
  2. Academic Planning and Learning Advice within the IB held by our IB School Counselor, Niki Barnes
  3. Teacher-led breakout sessions related to each of the six core IB academic subject areas
  4. Q and A Panel Discussions with current IB students and teachers
  5. Student presentations highlighting the IB Core, including the Theory of Knowledge Course and Exhibition, CAS (service learning) Experiences, and the Extended Essay (Honors Thesis).

Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. with coffee, fruit, and bagels. The formal start of the day will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. We expect the day to end at approximately noon.Registration is required. Please register at: or use the jump code PUR8. Registration will close on November 1, 2023. Students who don’t register by the deadline can still attend, but will have their breakout sessions that they will attend selected for them.

If you have any questions please contact J.P. Caruso at or 402-436-1301.

Middle School Native Youth Conference

November 9th is the Middle School Native Youth Conference. Native students should have received information on this from the district, and permission slips were sent home. Please check google classroom or reach out to the 7th grade counselor, and Native Youth Success Coach, Ms. Marr, for more information! 

Welcome to Quarter 2

We are in the swing of quarter 2 already! If you or your student have any questions regarding their class schedule, please reach out to their grade level counselor by email or by having your student send a jumpcode (RAR3).

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

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: Viewing Class Information in Synergy: Parents & Students or in these video tutorials: Synergy ParentVUE Tutorials

Screen Time

Did you know not all screen time is the same? There is a significant difference between “active” screen time (engaging in focused production of 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”: AAP Media Plan.

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.

Culler Therapy Dog

I (Mrs. Roby) am excited to announce that Brixie, Culler’s Therapy Dog,  will be back in our school’s community this year! 

Brixie is a 2 year old Shepherd/Border Collie and a certified Therapy Dog through Healing Hearts. I will be her handler 100% of the time and will be bringing her consistently on Fridays. However, I plan on bringing her throughout the week as well.

Since I am an Instructional Coach and move throughout the building, many of our students and staff will have the opportunity to see her in the hallways! If Brixie is invited into a classroom, I will provide a survey for students to share their feelings about having a dog in their classroom. In addition to the survey, there will be clear expectations for having her in the classroom!

There are many benefits of having a therapy dog in the building:

  • Increases positive hallway behavior
  • Increases concentration and work completion
  • Improves school attendance
  • Gives students an incentive to meet academic and behavioral goals
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Provides students with a nonjudgmental partner
  • Increases motivation for physical activity/occupational therapy
  • Elevates mood of staff and students
  • Provides emotional support during times of stress
  • Creates a warm school environment

I have worked with the school nurse and have been made aware of all students with pet allergies in the building. If you have any concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Roby at

Thank you!

Mrs. Roby

Parent/Community Engagement

Candy Haunt

Our 2nd Annual Culler Candy Haunt was a success. Thank you to Angela and Ken Pillow of 360 Touch Events for bringing their amazing 360 photo booth for our families to enjoy. Thank You to Zen Salon & Physical Wellness and Aletta Richardson (and assistant???) for gifting several free haircuts, as they offered this service in EVERY bag of candy they brought and handed out! Thank you to Josh and Carlos of Culture Cutz for both donating 2 free haircuts each, and supporting Culler students and families. Thank you as well to The Malone for being our Lead Partner agency and Marcel for coming out and representing The Panthers, While Charles, represented The Malone and all 7 of it’s programs as a whole. Thank you to each staff member, student, community member, and parent that donated and contributed to this event in any way. THIS is what community is about. This is what we want more of. We want you in our buildings. 

If you would be interested in joining us in the Parent and Community Engagement Committee, please send us an email and let us know how you would like to be involved 

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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