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The Cougar Connection

March 2023

Letter from our Principal

Culler Community,

As we prepare to bring 3rd quarter to a close, we wanted to highlight some great things that happened this last week:
  • On PLC Tuesday, we recognized hundreds of students who had met the February goals of no tardies or minor behaviors
  • We recognized our Students of the Month and Most Improved Cougars
  • We had our first Hope and Welcome Day where former Culler Cougar and now our mayor’s current Chief of Staff, TJ McDowell, spoke to our students about the power of making good decisions

We recognized that our community represents 35 countries and 39 languages!
 
Thanks for blessing us with your best!
 
Michaela Hahn
Michaela Hahn

Principal
mhahn@lps.org

Upcoming Dates

3/11-3/15 No School
3/20 Food Market 3:05-3:30pm
3/25 5th to 6th Grade Open House 6-7pm
3/26 PLC Dismissal- 1:40pm
3/29 No School

MTSS-B Information

We have implemented homeroom houses at Culler.  Each homeroom has picked a house that best fits them from House Air, Earth, Fire or Water.  During the month of February students were working towards earning points for reducing their tardies and minor behaviors.  Each student could earn up to 30 points per week towards their house.  The winner for the month of February was House Fire!  These homerooms will get a special breakfast during homeroom on Monday.

7th & 8th Grade Intramurals

Happy March Cougar Families!

Our 2023-24 basketball season has wrapped up for the girls and boys! All sets of teams did an outstanding job this year! We thank all the 8th grade athletes for their hard work and effort during their time in middle school. The 8th grade accumulated a total of 12 wins combined which was great! Best of luck to all who desire to continue playing in high school. They always have a home here at Culler, so please let me know if your son or daughter needs anything moving forward. For our current 7th graders, we look forward to next season and continued growth!

Our last athletic season is fast approaching! Our 7th/8th grade TRACK season will begin on March 18th. If your son or daughter is interested in TRACK, please let them know the start date. On this date, there will be a meeting with myself and the track coaches. All expectations will be shared. Announcements will also be going out at school, so everyone is aware. If you have any questions regarding TRACK please don’t hesitate to get a hold of me.

GO COUGARS!

JEFF WILLIAMS
Culler A.D.
Health/P.E.
402-436-1210
jwillia6@lps.org

The Culler Library

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

Access Amazing Library Resources from Home!

Borrow and read one of the thousands of high-interest, popular books in AV2 Fiction, AV2 Non-Fiction, AV2 World Languages, ABDO, and Lightbox. 

  • Go to portal.lps.org.
  • Log in with your LPS credentials. Contact your school office if your student does not know his/her username and password.
  • Search the portal for “ebook” and select one of the options shown below


Browse and select a book to read!

Digital Citizenship Tips

Password security is one of the key components of Digital Citizenship instruction in LPS. Students learn strategies to create strong passwords, and how to avoid having their passwords stolen. Create a plan to manage passwords and discuss what makes a password hard for others to guess.

Library Staff

Mrs. Vlasin-Poore

spoore@lps.org

Mrs. Ahmed

lahmed@lps.org

ELL Information

Culler ELL Teachers

Ms. Deras

aderas@lps.org

Ms. Schlickbernd

nschlick@lps.org

Mr. Pabst

epabst@lps.org

Ms. Svoboda

bsvoboda@lps.org

Ms. Yeoh

syeoh@lps.org

Mr. Shanahan

sshanah@lps.org

Mrs. Babica

hbabica@lps.org

ELPA Testing

We are finishing up ELPA testing in the first week of March. Please encourage your student to do their BEST on the test. We expect results back at the beginning of May. Please reach out to Mrs. Bandy is you have any questions.

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

Claudia Rains
(402) 436-1988

Kurdish

Khudhur Ali
(402) 436-1994

Karen

Kmwe Paw
(402) 436-1434

Vietnamese

Toan Tran
(402) 436-1955

Pashto

Rabia Rashidi
(402) 436-1832

Russian/Ukrainian

Olena Petrova

Culler Counseling

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

Sleep Hygiene

With the upcoming time change, it is important to remember that your student’s sleep hygiene is very important. Here are some tips to help with your student’s sleep schedule:

  • Help youth keep a regular sleep schedule; this means going to sleep and waking up at the same time most days of the week.
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, use mindfulness activities or meditation, listen to relaxing music, read a book, or take a warm bath.
  • Assess your youth’s weekly schedule together and see if they are over-committed. Help them to trim activities and create a more balanced schedule, if possible.
  • Set a “media curfew”- Turn off all screens (TV, computers, phones, tablets, and video games) at least 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Promote the benefits of staying active. Exercise may help with falling asleep and sleeping more deeply.
  • Encourage healthy habits such as avoiding stimulants in the evening like coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks.
  • Keep bedrooms cool, dark, and quiet.


American Academy of Sleep Medicine; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Child Mind Institute; Journal of Youth and Adolescence, JAMA Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Sleep Foundation

 

Hope Squad

Hope Squad members will be announced at the beginning of March once all parent permissions have been received. Meetings will start later in the month and students will meet twice a month to learn about suicide prevention, resilience, mental wellness, and anti-bullying.

Kylie Washburn
Kylie Washburn
Drue Marr
Drue Marr

7th Grade
dmarr@lps.org

Sarah Charles
Sarah Charles

8th Grade
scharles@lps.org

Cathy Davis
Cathy Davis

Attendance Counselor
cdavis4@lps.org

Kelly Grefe
Kelly Grefe

Registrar
kready@lps.org

Denise Klein
Denise Klein

Social Worker
dklein3@lps.org

Technology for Learning

Walled Garden

There are many “layers” of digital protections that follow your student as they progress through their life in LPS. Informed by federal/state laws, and guided by LPS Board of Education policies, the District builds a digital “walled garden” where students are able to collaborate with peers and teachers, while also keeping their data secure.

Learn more about how your student’s data privacy is protected here: https://home.lps.org/cs/?page_id=18083

Testing Season is Upon Us!

It’s said a body needs 8 hours of sleep every night. That’s especially true during the testing season. Student Chromebooks also need a good night of charging. Please help your students remember to bring their Chromebooks fully charged every day.

Parent/Community Engagement

Culler Community Staff Spotlights

AVID For All

How to Conquer the Homework at Home

Are you tired of the chaos surrounding your student’s homework routine (Or lack of one)? As a former elementary teacher who moved up into Middle School, I know that the steady increase in homework can seem overwhelming and getting your student to complete it can be a frustrating task. But, as we know, their work loads will only continue to increase over the next few years, and the sooner our students can master a routine and strategies for completing work the better they will feel about attending and learning at school.

Establishing a consistent homework routine is crucial for your student’s long-term success and academic independence. By answering three simple questions – When? Where? and How? – you can transform after-school hours into a productive and (mostly) stress-free time.

🕒 When?

Schedule a specific time each day for homework. Whether it’s right after school or after a short break, consistency is key. Avoid late evenings when fatigue sets in.

  • Find the right time for homework. Consider your child’s energy levels after school. Some kids do best tackling homework right away, while others need a short break first. Avoid leaving it until late in the evening when fatigue can set in.
  • Stick to a consistent schedule. If extracurricular activities make this challenging, try posting a daily plan where everyone can see it, including designated homework times.
    Allocate enough time for assignments without rushing. This will vary based on your child’s grade level and how they handle their workload.
  • Pro Tip:Give advance notice. Transitioning from playtime to study time can be tough, so give your child a heads-up. For example, “You have 15 more minutes to play before starting homework.”


🏠 Where?

Choose a quiet, designated homework spot away from distractions like electronics. Whether it’s the kitchen table or a cozy corner, find a place where your child can focus.

  • Choose a suitable homework spot. It could be the kitchen table for easy access to materials or a quiet corner in the den.
  • Keep distractions at bay. Avoid setting up near TVs or other electronics, and have cell phones stored away. If your student prefers some background noise, consider playing gentle music without lyrics to promote focus on the task at hand.
  • Stay nearby if possible. Knowing you’re around can help your child stay focused. If they need to leave for any reason, gently remind them to return to their work afterward.


💡 How?

Set clear rules and expectations for homework time. Provide support without doing the work for them.

  • Encourage breaks and offer praise for effort and perseverance.
  • Establish clear rules. Create a homework guideline sheet detailing start and finish times, where to work, break schedules, and that you’ll be available for support but won’t do the work for them.
  • Assist with getting started. Ensure your child understands their assignments and knows how to proceed. Offer support that matches their learning style.
  • Encourage perseverance. If your child wants to give up prematurely, motivate them to keep going and reassure them that breaks are coming.
  • Incorporate regular breaks. Preteens can get fatigued easily, so schedule short breaks to help them recharge.
  • Review completed work. Check over your child’s assignments to ensure they’re finished. If they consistently struggle with time management, consider discussing this with their teacher.
  • Provide positive reinforcement. Acknowledge your child’s efforts and achievements during homework time. Specific praise like, “I appreciate how you focused on that problem until you solved it,” can be very encouraging.
  • Stay consistent. Establishing a new routine takes time and commitment. Be patient as your child adjusts, knowing that the payoff is improved discipline and academic success.


By implementing these tips, you can create a structured environment that supports your student’s academic journey and success. Let’s work together to foster independence and success in our students!

AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) is an educational program that is designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college and beyond. This segment is meant for all Culler students and their families, not just those in the AVID Elective, so that every student can reap the benefits of successful habits and routines now, and in the future!

For more information, visit https://home.lps.org/curriculum/avid/ or reach out to our AVID Elective Instructor, Mx. Beatty via email (abeatty3@lps.org)

Health Services

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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