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Friday, February 3, 2023

Today is an X Day

Lunch:

Breaded Chicken Nuggets

Chef Salad or Meatless Salad

Mac and Cheese

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Activities for the Week of January 20th through February 3rd:

Friday (X Day):   Student Council (7:15 AM in Media Center)

                             7th/8th Grade A TEAMS ONLY Boys’ Basketball Practice (3:00-4:15 PM in Gym)

                             Math Counts (3:00-4:00 PM in Rm #111)

**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 February 6th through February 10th:

Monday (Y Day):  7th Grade Boys’ Basketball Practice (3:00-4:00 PM in Gym)

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

                                 Strategic Gaming Club (3:00-4:00 PM in Rm #121)

   *Scholastic Book Fair- Open 3:00-3:30 PM in Media Center*  

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)

  *Scholastic Book Fair- Open 3:00-3:30 PM and also during P/T Conferences in Media Center*

       *In Person Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-6:30 PM*

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

                                        7th Grade Boys’ Basketball Practice (3:00-4:15 PM in Gym)

                                       7th/8th Grade Math Tutoring (3:00-3:45 PM in #229)

                                        7th/8th Grade Robotics Club (3:00-4:05 PM in Rm #324)

                                        Science Bowl (3:00-4:00 PM in Rm #321)

     *Scholastic Book Fair- Open 3:00-3:30 PM in Media Center*

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

                                   8th Grade Boys’ Basketball Practice (3:00-4:15 PM in Gym)

   *Scholastic Book Fair- Open 3:00-3:30 PM and also during P/T Conferences in Media Center*

                  *In Person Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-6:30 PM*

Friday (Y Day):   Student Council (7:15 AM in Media Center)

                             7th/8th Grade A TEAMS ONLY Boys’ Basketball Practice (3:00-4:15 PM in Gym)

                             Math Counts (3:00-4:00 PM in Rm #111)

            *Scholastic Book Fair- Open 3:00-3:30 PM in Media Center*

**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 has returned to charging bus riders effective October 17th.  The Moore office has the following passes available for purchase: 20 ride passes for $23, 31 consecutive day passes for $17 dollars, and passes for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch for $8.  Information on the cost of individual bus fares, descriptions of the bus pass options, and how/where the passes can be purchased can be found in the link below.  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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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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The Lincoln Public Schools’ 2023 Oral Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2023 at Culler Middle School.  Doors open at 7:45 AM and the Bee starts at 8:30 AM.  Registration forms are available from your English or Humanities teachers.  Forms must be returned by Friday, January 27, 2023.

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Social Media

While social media can be a great tool for connecting with friends and staying informed, it can also be a source of cyberbullying and misinformation. The LPS Key Concepts in Digital Citizenship emphasize students’ ability to “Know appropriate responses to social interactions online that could be considered hurtful to others“ and to “Know appropriate responses to social interactions online that could be considered inappropriate and risky.” 

Here are some resources for parents/guardians looking to talk with their children about navigating the digital world safely and responsibly:

  • 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.” https://lps.org/go/y8ov
  • Common Sense Media provides resources and information to help parents navigate the digital world with their children. Check out their resources about social media here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/articles/social-media

By having these conversations and providing resources to our children, we can empower them to make healthy choices and have a positive experience with social media and technology.

Safe Searching Tools

The LPS Key Concepts in Digital Citizenship emphasize students’ ability to “Apply strategies for effective and efficient searches for information” and “Evaluate and select appropriate sources to answer questions.” LPS Educators work hard to help students understand not every search should be a “Google” search. Students have access to high-quality digital content, from school and home, linked from our library web page. These resources include: eBooks, encyclopedias (in multiple languages), databases of periodicals and reference resources, streaming media, and more!

For more information, visit the library web page found on our school’s website.

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Access Amazing Library Resources from Home!

Did you know many of our fabulous library resources can be accessed from home? If your student is looking for educational games to play or fun activities to do online, we encourage them to check out the library resources at home! The library provides access to fun educational sites for students for free. To do this, go to your school library website and click on “Home Access” to get the login information. Many of the library’s resources can also be accessed by logging into the portal from home. Go to portal.lps.org and type in your student’s LPS ID number and password to see what is available for your student to access from home!

Digital Citizenship Tips

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: 

  • What are terms of service agreements? (Rules you must follow when using an app or digital tool.)
  • Why should you be aware of terms of service agreements? What are the consequences of using apps not intended for students your age? (Many terms of service agreements include age requirements for the app or digital tool. If you use a tool that you are not old enough to use, your account may be canceled, your safety may be compromised, and you may see inappropriate content.)

LPS has procedures in place to ensure the apps and websites students are using adhere to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.



Lincoln Public Schools families,

Below are important reminders and information for Lincoln Public Schools families. Here is an index to help you navigate the information:

  • DEADLINE TUESDAY: Nominations for 2023 Thank You Teacher
  • DEADLINE TUESDAY: Enrollment now open for Standing Bear High School
  • DEADLINE TUESDAY: High School Choice Forms due January 31
  • Student calendar changes for February
  • Athletics and Activities
    • Winter attendance reminders for elementary and middle school students
  • Social Media reminders and tips for families
  • Community Awareness Events: Children and social media use
  • Community News – February edition
  • Resources for families
  • K-12 Special Education Networking Meeting moved

DEADLINE TUESDAY: Nominations for 2023 Thank You Teacher

Is there an outstanding educator who has made a difference in your life? We want to hear all about it!

LPS, KFOR/KFRX Radio, Lincoln Education Association and the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools are teaming up to honor five outstanding educators in celebration of Nebraska Teacher Recognition Day on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Anyone who lives in Lincoln/Lancaster County can write an essay nominating a teacher in any of five categories: preschool–grade 2, grades 3–5, middle school, high school and retired. In addition to a written description explaining why the teacher made a difference in your life, entries should include the teacher’s name, grade level and school (or contact information), as well as the nominator’s name, school and grade level (if applicable), address and phone number.

Submit your nomination via this form on our website or in writing to:

Thank You Teacher 
Lincoln Public Schools Communications 
5905 O Street 
Lincoln, NE 68510

Nominations must be received by 5 pm, Tuesday, January 31, to be considered.


DEADLINE TUESDAY: Enrollment now open for Standing Bear High School

Lincoln Standing Bear High School held a virtual presentation for students entering grades 9-12 next fall interested in attending Standing Bear High School. You can view the full presentation here.

Standing Bear High School is now accepting High School Choice Forms for any students currently in grades 8-11 who are interested in attending Lincoln’s newest high school next fall. Lincoln Public Schools allows every high school student the opportunity to choose which high school they want to attend as they enter their freshman year. Because Standing Bear High School opens next fall, every student entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2023 will have an opportunity to attend the new high school.

The high school will also be home to Nebraska Business Focus Program for students in grades 11 and 12.

If your high school student will be attending Standing Bear High School next school year, you need to fill out the High School Choice Form.


DEADLINE TUESDAY: 8th Grade High School Choice Forms due January 31

Incoming 9th grade students have the opportunity to choose which high school they wish to attend, but must submit the choice form by January 31, 2023. Forms received after the deadline may be denied.


Student calendar changes for February

In November, the Lincoln Board of Education voted to revise the student calendar to provide staff with two more plan days this school year. There will be no classes for students on Feb. 21, 2023. You can find the updated student calendar on our website here: https://home.lps.org/calendars.

What does this mean for your student:

  • Students will not attend classes on Feb. 21. This is a staff work day.
  • High School activities/athletic events and practices will continue as scheduled.
  • Elementary and middle school activities and athletic practices and events will be canceled on these days.
  • School offices will be closed.
  • Please check with your Community Learning Center or afterschool care provider at your school about child care opportunities on this day.
  • Offices as the Steve Joel District Leadership Center (district office) will be open.
  • Reminders and more information will be sent from your child’s school. 

Thank you for allowing our staff the ability to recoup valuable plan time that is missed while they are covering classes. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


Athletics and Activities

Winter attendance reminders for elementary and middle school students

We continue to encourage LPS elementary and middle school students and families to support our high school student-participants in basketball, wrestling, bowling, swimming and diving, cheer, dance and band. As we work to keep our student-participants, coaches and spectators safe at our contests, we are advising the following:

  • LPS elementary and middle school students are encouraged to attend LPS high school athletic/activity events with family members and/or a responsible adult.
  • LPS elementary and middle school students are expected to follow the directions of event staff and the public address announcer. Any students unable to follow directions may be asked to leave. Any student who is required to leave who did not attend 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.
  • LPS elementary and middle school students are expected to be seated in designated areas during events.
  • LPS elementary and middle school students are not allowed to loiter in concourses, concessions 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 are available at most events. Food and drink must be consumed in the seating area of the venues.
  • LPS elementary and middle school students are expected to be picked up by family members and/or a responsible adult immediately following the conclusion of an event, or if students are asked to leave early.
  • LPS elementary and middle school students often want to express their loyalty to their future high schools. Please contact your future high schools if you would like to purchase team gear.

Social Media reminders and tips for families

Digital Citizenship is something we teach at Lincoln Public Schools. Families, we encourage you to also have a conversation with your child about responsible digital citizenship to help reinforce these lessons. 

We would also like to remind you that most social media user agreements (Like SnapchatFacebookTwitter and Instagram) do not allow anyone under the age of 13 to use social media. This means elementary and most middle school students should NOT have access or be using social media according to these apps and their terms of service.

Some key reminders for your child that reinforce what we teach:

  • We should think before we post: Are we being safe, respectful and responsible citizens? You’re part of the community, don’t stir up trouble, be a force for good. In other words, think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly.
  • Even though we think we might be posting something privately, everything online can be shared and is public. Screenshots of “private” social media posts are shared often.
  • As you post, are you thinking about your future self? A social media post is searchable and permanent. College admissions officers and future employers can see what has been posted in the past.
  • Don’t share private information, including passwords, your home address, where you go to school, date of birth, your location, or revealing photos.
  • If you see something on social media that concerns you, tell a trusted adult immediately. That might be a parent, family member, counselor, teacher or administrator.

For more and tips about social media use, you can visit these resources:


Community Awareness Events: Children and social media use

Lincoln Public Schools is proud to partner with School Community Intervention and Prevention (SCIP) and Region V Systems to bring you the next Community Awareness Event. Everyone is invited to attend this free presentation.

Digital Citizenship: Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Internet Safety 
Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30-8:00p.m. 
Lincoln East High School, Cafeteria (enter through door #1)

Karen Haase is an attorney at KSB School Law. Prior to attending law school, Karen taught at both the high school and post-secondary level. She is an expert in relating Nebraska law and social media/online issues. Ms. Haase will discuss cyberbullying, sexting, and internet safety. This presentation is open to students, parents/guardians, educators, and other youth-serving advocates. Karen uses humor, statistics, summaries of real-life cases, and discusses the real-life consequences attached to the inappropriate use of social media. She also presents frightening results that students who ignore internet safety have faced.


Community News – February 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 February edition preview of Community News online.

Do you have information to share with our families? 
Are you part of a community non-profit organization that wants to share your information with LPS families? Reserve your ad space in our Community News! Learn more on our webpage: lps.org/communitynews.


Resources for families

If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, these services are available any time of the day or night, any day of the week:

  • CDCs How Right Now: website with resources and tips
  • 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)
  • Lincoln Police Department (non-emergency) 402-441-6000 or 911 (emergency)

Additional community resources can be found at MyLink – a website (https://mylnk.app) and a mobile app (for Apple and Android – search MyLink). It can be downloaded in a wi-fi environment and then used when wi-fi is not available. Translations are provided in Arabic, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.


K-12 Special Education Networking Meeting moved

The K-12 Special Education Networking Meeting has been rescheduled from Feb. 9 to Feb. 16. The meeting will be held at the Nuernberger Education Center, 1801 S 40th St, Lincoln, NE 68506 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  We will start with parent conversations from 6:30-7:00, then at 7:00 begin the regular meeting.  If you have questions, please call 402-436-1905.