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Friday, September 30, 2022

Today is an X Day

Lunch:

Meat Sauce on Rotini Noodles

Mexi Pizza

Chef Salad or Meatless Salad

Lentil Pasta w/ Marinara Sauce

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Activities for the Week of September 26th through September 30th:

                      

Friday (X Day):   7th/8th Grade Show Choir (7:30 AM in Rm #106)

                                 7th/8th Grade Show Choir Retreat (3:00-5:30 PM)

**Please check the Moore website (calendar, Moore Messenger, clubs, and intramural tabs) and our Facebook page throughout the week for any additions or changes.**

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Activities for the Week of October 3rd through October 7th:

Monday (Y Day): 7th/8th Grade Soccer (3:00-4:00 PM on soccer field)

                                7th Grade Girls’ Volleyball (3:00-4:00 PM in gym)

                                 7th/8th Grade Soccer (3:00-4:00 PM)

Tuesday (X Day):   6th Grade Choir (7:10 AM in Rm #106)

                                  Jazz Band (7:00 AM in Rm #105)

                                  7th/8th Grade Math Tutoring (7:15 AM in Rm #328)

                                  8th Grade Girls’ Volleyball (3:00-4:00 PM in gym)

                                  7th/8th Grade Soccer (3:00-4:00 PM)

Wednesday (Y Day): 6th Grade Orchestra (7:00 AM in Rm #107)

                                      7th8th Grade Math Tutoring (3:05-3:45 PM in Rm #229)

                                      7th Grade Girls’ Volleyball (3:00-4:00 PM in big gym)

                                      7th/8th Grade Soccer (3:00-4:00 PM)

Thursday (X Day):   7th/8th Grade Choir (7:10 AM in Rm #106) 

                                    6th Grade Band (3:05-3:50 PM in Rm #105)

                                    7th/8th Grade Math Tutoring (3:05-3:45 PM in Rm #229)

                                    Chess Club (3:00-4:00 PM in Media Center)

                                    8th Grade Volleyball (3:00-4:00 PM in gym)

                                    7th/8th Grade Soccer (3:00-4:00 PM)                            

Friday (Y Day):   7th/8th Grade Show Choir (7:10 AM in Rm #106)

                                 Student Council (7:15 AM in Media Center)

                                 7th/8th Grade Show Choir Choreography (3:00-4:15 PM in Rm #106)

**Please check the Moore website (calendar, Moore Messenger, clubs, and intramural tabs) and our Facebook page throughout the week for any additions or changes.**

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Star Tran will return to charging bus riders October 17th.  The link below has information on the cost of individual bus fares, multiple ride bus pass options, and how/where the passes can be purchased.  Moore does not currently sell bus passes, but we hope to in the near future.  If you have specific questions regarding bus fares, please contact Star Tran directly at 402-441-7185.

https://www.lincoln.ne.gov/City/Departments/LTU/StarTran/Passes-and-Fares

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The first student meeting for the All School Drama Club is Thursday, September 29th after school from 3:00-3:45 PM in Rm #230.  They will be discussing the logistics of the Drama Club this year.  Actors, Builders, Make-up artists and painters are all needed to put on this year’s production.  If you can’t attend the meeting or have questions, please let Mr. Shalon (tshalon@lps.org) know.

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The deadline for signing up for the Chromebook Assurance Program is Friday, September 30th.  CAP covers any Chromebook, charger, and carrying case assigned to the student against damage and/or loss. The participation fee covers future repairs up to the LPS cost for a full replacement of the assigned device.  Damage or loss as a result of gross negligence or purposeful damage will not be covered, and the district reserves the right to discontinue participation for students with unusually high numbers of claims. 

Total cost for participation is $20.00* per device ($10 if student qualifies for free/reduced lunch), per school year. Participation is indicated by, and effective upon, fee payment online via ParentVue  (must have a My School Bucks account set up) or direct payment to the school bookkeeper. Participation fees are non-refundable.

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Yearbooks are on sale now for $25.  You can purchase a yearbook online through ParentVUE with a My School Bucks account.  My School Bucks can be used to pay all school fees as well as to deposit money in your student’s lunch account.  You can sign up by using the link below.  Yearbooks can also be purchased by bringing cash or check to the Moore office. Yearbook will be sold through the beginning of January 2023.

https://lps.org/go/buymeals

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Please help your student remember to bring their lunch lanyard to school every day.  They will need their lanyards to go through the breakfast and lunch lines.  If a student forgets their lanyard, they can get their number through the main office.  Replacement lanyards can be made through the office and a fee of $1 will be charged.

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Students must have an LPS issued lock on their locker at all times.  If the lock isn’t working, a replacement lock can be given through the main office. Students are responsible for the content and condition of their lock and locker.  There is no switching or sharing of lockers without permission.  The locker and lock are the property of the school district and are accessible to staff and may be opened for inspection at any time. A $5 fee will be charged for any lost/stolen/damaged locks.

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Looking for Your Feedback via the LPS CLASS Survey

During the month of October, Moore 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: https://lps.org/go/BQPG


Your responses will remain anonymous to protect you and your students’ privacy. The last day to complete this questionnaire is Friday, October 28th.

Thank you for taking part in this important survey!

Questions can be directed to Sara Meier, Moore Technology Leader 436-1225 or meiers@lps.org.

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Instructional Technology Tools (ITTs) in LPS & The LPS 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 [https://www.lps.org/apps/matrix/].


The most frequently used, approved, and supported ITTs are made available to students and staff in the LPS Portal [https://lps.org/go/YXGE]. 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.

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Need a Library Book Now?

Borrow and read one of the thousands of high-interest, popular books in Sora. 

New this year! Students can read graphic novels and magazines in Sora. No holds, no wait! These materials are always available for students to borrow and read.

  • 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.
  • 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 digital communication and online etiquette. Here are some prompts to help you continue the conversation at home:




Lincoln Public Schools Families,

Below is your monthly update from Lincoln Public Schools with important information and updates. 

Here is an index to help you navigate the information:

  • REMINDER: Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Due
  • Guidelines for elementary and middle school students attending high school sporting events
  • For Your Information – Latest social media challenge
  • Community News – September edition
  • LPS is hiring!
  • September is Suicide Prevention Month

REMINDER: Free and reduced lunch applications due

The federal program that allowed Lincoln Public Schools to serve school meals at no charge to all students ended. Because the program ended, we are encouraging all* families to fill out the Free and Reduced meal application online as soon as possible. 

*Please note: If your family has been recently notified of Direct Certification Approval for the 2022-2023 school year, a Free and Reduced Meal application is not needed.

This application must be completed each year in order for families to qualify for free or reduced school meals. Families who do not complete the application will be charged normal meal prices for any school meals their child eats.

You can go to our website to fill out this quick and easy online application. If you do not have access to the online application, you can go to your child’s school office and pick up a paper application.

Additional information about Free and Reduced meals is on our website: https://home.lps.org/ns/free-reduced. If you have any questions, please call (402)436-1747 or email us at freeandreduced@lps.org.


Guidelines for elementary and middle school students attending high school sporting events

Safety in school is one of our top priorities, and that includes after school at LPS athletic events. Safety takes a community. 

We are reminding families of the following safety guidelines for elementary and middle school students who attend high school athletic events: 

Students are encouraged to attend LPS high school athletic and activity events with family members and/or a responsible adult.

Students are expected to follow the directions of event staff and the public address announcer. If students are unable to follow directions, they may be asked to leave. Any student who is required to leave an event who did not come with a family member or responsible adult will need to have a way to contact someone to pick them up. 

School rules apply at all LPS athletic/activity events. Violations to the Rights and Responsibilities of Students may result in disciplinary action for students who are unable to follow directions.

Students are expected to be seated in designated areas during the event. Students shall not loiter in concourse, concession and/or restroom areas.

No outside food is allowed to be brought into LPS high school athletic/activity venues; however, a wide range of delicious concessions is available at most events.  Food and drink must be consumed in the seating area of the venues.

Students are expected to be picked up by family members and/or a responsible adult immediately following the conclusion of an LPS high school athletic/activity event, or if students are asked to leave early.

We encourage LPS elementary and middle school students and families to attend LPS high school events. LPS elementary and middle school students often want to express their loyalty to their future high schools.  Make sure to contact your future high schools if you would like to purchase team gear. 

Thank you for partnering with us to keep everyone safe and secure at all of LPS athletic/activity venues. 


For Your Information – Latest social media challenge

We want to make you aware of a social media challenge that we are starting to see in schools. The Paqui One Chip Challenge is sold in grocery stores and is a food product made with Carolina Reaper pepper and a Scorpion pepper. This chip is known nationally for causing health issues when consumed by some individuals who may have a sensitivity to spicy foods. In some cases across the United States, it has resulted in hospitalization for children. The warning on the food product states: “This product should not be ingested by individuals who are sensitive to spicy foods, allergic to peppers, nightshades, or capsaicin, or who are minors, pregnant or have medical conditions.”

For safety reasons, we want to remind students that they should not take food given to them at school by peers. The Paqui One Chip Challenge should not be brought to school, and for safety reasons we will confiscate any that are found. Please have a conversation with your child about what is and is not appropriate to bring to school and to share with friends.

Thank you for partnering with us to help keep kids safe at school.


Community News – September edition

Each month LPS publishes Community News in an effort to help share family-friendly community events and activities from non-profit organizations. Check out the September edition preview of Community News online.


LPS is hiring!

Lincoln Public Schools continues to hire staff in multiple areas to work in schools during the 2022-23 school year. LPS has openings for bus drivers, food services employees in schools, custodians, both bus and classroom paras, as well as various office staff. 

No matter what area, you’ll be joining a thriving school district that offers excellent benefits and salaries, job security and an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and families.

You can learn more about all of the available positions and apply here.


September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people age 10-24. Awareness is important so we can all work towards prevention. This can be a hard topic but these uncomfortable conversations are valuable. Talking about suicide does not increase the chances it will occur, in fact putting light on it helps a struggling individual feel supported.

It is important to know that there are steps you can take to help reduce the risk of suicide. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides the following recommendations for families.

Many suicide attempts take place during a short-term crisis, so it is important to consider a person’s access to lethal means during these periods of increased risk. Reducing access to lethal means – in particular, medications or weapons – saves lives.

Families can take many actions to reduce access to lethal means of self-harm. Some of these are general household health and safety precautions that should be used regardless of suicide risk. Examples include limiting access to medications (prescription and over the counter) and storing weapons safely when not in use (American Academy of Pediatrics – healthychildren.org).

Other actions may be more appropriate when a person is at risk for suicide. If someone in the home is feeling suicidal, has recently attempted suicide, or is experiencing a crisis, it is safest to remove lethal means from the household entirely until the situation improves. 

For example:

  • Ask a family member to store medications safely and dispense safe quantities as necessary. 
  • Lock up weapons and put the key in a safe deposit box or give the key to a friend until the crisis has passed, or store weapons in another secure location outside of the home. Always store ammunition locked in a different location than the weapon.

If you are concerned about yourself or a family member, these resources are available to help anytime of the day or night, any day of the year. 

  • CenterPointe Helpline (Lincoln): 402-475-6695
  • Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 9-8-8 or 1-800-273-8255
  • Your Life Your Voice (Boys Town)  1-800-448-3000 or text VOICE to 20121 (text charges from your phone carrier may apply)