The Rocket Messenger

January 2023

Principal's Message

I cannot believe the first semester is behind us already. As we begin a new semester we will also be re-committing to our R.I.S.E. expectations of being Respectful, Inclusive, Safe and Engaged so we can be sure we are maintaining a safe and effective learning environment for all students.

As we begin a new semester we will also be re-committing to our R.I.S.E. expectations of being Respectful, Inclusive, Safe and Engaged so we can be sure we are maintaining a safe and effective learning environment for all students. Research shows that re-teaching and reviewing school-wide/classroom expectations creates predictable adult behavior across all settings, providing students with a sense of security. Providing this structure reduces stress and reminds students that it is “business as usual.” This decreases the likelihood of problem behavior.

Additionally, increasing our specific positive feedback will not only support students to demonstrate positive behavior, but cultivate a safe, successful and positive learning environment for all. This will include asking our students to:

  1. Arrive to classes on time
    1. Note: Students who receive 12 or more tardies in a week will be assigned an automatic after school detention the following Tuesday.
  2. Minimize requests for passes to the restroom by using restroom facilities during passing time.
  3. Have their permanent ID on their person.

School Improvement Focus

Our continued areas of focus for the 2022-2023 school year continue to be: Effective Instruction, Culture for Learning and Equity. (See visual below). Our Focus aligns nicely with the District Board Goals: *(That visual is also below.)

  1. Increasing the graduation rate
  2. Reduce suspensions
  3. Reduce disproportionality among all students who have taken at least 1 honors course
  4. Increase hiring staff from diverse backgrounds.

Multi Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

As part of our work at LNE we continue to weave Connection Circles and Restorative Conversations into our day.

Helpful vocab:

Connection circles help create the energy as a result of people being seen, heard and valued.

Restorative conversations is dialogue that occurs between people who have had conflict; the harmed person(s) and those accused of harming others.

Prom 2022-2023: Prom will be here before we know it

The dance will be held on April 15th from 8:00-11:00. Students must be in good standing in order to purchase/attend the dance. That means that by Thursday, April 6th, students must be:

  • Passing all but one of their classes
  • Have fewer than 81 tardies
  • Have fewer than 35 truancies
Keri Applebee
Keri Applebee


LNE Upcoming Event Information

Musical and Music Department Updates

Make sure to check out our Department Performance Calendar and the Quarter 2 Newsletter for upcoming contests, concerts, performances and more!

Questions? You can contact us! 

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.

Unplugged: Finding Balance with our Social Media Connections and Connections in our Life

Jan. 19, 2023, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Lincoln Medical Education Partnership – Vrbka Classrooms (Entrance 1, first floor)
4600 Valley Road, Lincoln
In the United States, children start using social media around 11 years of age (American Academy of Pediatrics). Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram are among the most popular social media platforms used by youth. While there are positive aspects of social media, there are also potential risks. Join us for this important community presentation to learn how to help youth navigate the world of social media in a healthy way. Dr. Melissa Lafferty, Clinical Psychologist at Nebraska Mental Health Centers, will discuss the following:

  • The positive and negative consequences of social media consumption;
  • The “addiction” cycle of social media consumption;
  • The consequences of that cycle on how others connect with each other; and
  • Strategies for finding balance with social media consumption while still making meaningful connections off-line.

Save the date for our next Community Awareness Event…

Digital Citizenship: Cyberbullying, Sexting and Internet Safety
presented by Karen Haase, KSB School Law
Feb. 9, 2023, from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Lincoln East High School (Cafeteria, Enter through Door #1)
1000 S. 70th Street, Lincoln

News for Seniors

Senior Ads

  • What is a Senior Ad? Traditionally it is a section in the yearbook that includes a senior’s baby photo, a current photo and a personal message from the person(s) who purchased the ad. It can also be a way to celebrate a team or group of friends. The person who purchases the ad gets to select the photos and the message. (All messages do need to meet our publishing guidelines.) If you have questions about the message, please contact Ms. Oquist ( Check out some examples from our previous yearbooks!
  • How do I create a senior ad? Use jumpcode RYY2 and select “Purchase a Senior Ad.” There will be three options – “Have the School Design My Ad,” “Design My Own Ad Online,” and “Upload My Finished Ad.”
    • “Have the School Design My Ad” – Submit your photos, captions, and a message, and the yearbook staff will put it together for you.
    • “Design My Own Ad Online” – You get to choose the layout, fonts, & colors. You’ll upload your photos and be guided through the process.
    • “Upload My Finished Ad” – If you or someone in your family is skilled with design, you can submit a .jpeg of a finished ad.
    • You’ll then be guided to the payment page, where you can confirm and purchase your ad. Any ads must be purchased by January 15, 2023.
  • How much is it? Prices for ad space start at $40. Please purchase and submit by January 15th, 2023 using jumpcode RYY2 at

Cap & Gown Orders

Seniors, the Signature Graduation website is live and ready to begin taking orders for your caps and gowns!

  • How Do I Place My Order? Go to You will be able to order your cap, gown and tassel as well as other items to commemorate your Senior year. Your order will ship to the address of your choosing. All orders will be taken online.
  • Can I Order Apparel? Yes! If you order apparel (t-shirts and hoodies), typically it will ship to you 7-10 days after you place your order.
  • When Can I Order? You can order online NOW until May 17, 2023. Make sure to place your order before February 1, 2023 as there will be an added fee after that date.
  • When Will I Receive My Order? We will ship your order to you as soon as all items are packaged. Depending on items purchased it could be spring before your package is received. You will receive an email with tracking information to the email you provide on your order. Please watch your email for that information so you know when your package is coming.

Feel free to email Signature Graduation at if you have any questions!

Free & Reduced/Fee Waiver Cap and Gown Information

If you qualify for Free & Reduced lunch, please see Mrs. Ourada in the Main office to begin the fee waiver process to get a cap and gown at no cost. If you place an order through the online ordering system with Signature Graduation BEFORE you submit a fee waiver, you will not be able to get your money back.


For your planning purposes, the LNE Class of 2023 will graduate at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, May 28th, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. We look forward to celebrating your student’s final year at Lincoln Northeast!

Senior Fines/Fees

Please take the time to check your fines and fees and ensure that you have all overdue books or materials returned before the end of the school year. If you need to make a payment plan with your administrator, visit the main office to get that process started.

News and Notes from the Main Office

Personal Computing Devices

This time of year often brings questions about whether students are allowed to use personal computing devices instead of the district issued Chromebook. Where completing school work is concerned, the answer to this question is “no.” There are a number of reasons for this, but you should be aware that the LPS Chromebook comes with limits on the web sites that can be visited and the applications that can be accessed. You can support teachers’ efforts in managing a consistent learning environment by encouraging your student to use the district issued Chromebook for all school work.

Update Your Contact Information

Do we have the most current contact information for you? It’s important your student’s school has a working phone number, email address and mailing address so we can send you important school updates or contact you in the event of an emergency. If any of your contact information has changed, please contact your student’s school office to update it as soon as possible.

Reporting Student Attendance, Helpful Reminders

Here are some helpful reminders for reporting student attendance:

  • Report a whole day’s absence through ParentVue! You can submit a whole day’s absence the day of the absence or in advance. Please do not submit early dismissal or partial day absences through ParentVue as we only check this periodically throughout the day.
  • Call us the night before and leave a message! You can call our Attendance Office anytime, day or night, and leave a message about your student’s absence. This is especially helpful for early dismissals. The sooner we know about an early dismissal the better.
  • Should you need your student out at the last minute, we are always happy to help. Please know that there are times that a class is outside, at lunch or working somewhere else in the building and it can take time to track down your student. We ask for your patience in last minute situations.
  • Trust us, leave a message! We know it can be difficult to leave a message about your student’s absence or concerns about an absence. If you leave a detailed message, our staff will get your student’s attendance entered. We ask that you trust this process as we don’t have time to call back each parent and confirm that we received your message. If you request a call back for further information, it is possible that you might not get a call back until the next day. As always, feel free to contact the Main Office if you have any immediate concerns if the Attendance Office line is busy.

To reach the Attendance Office, please call (402) 436-1303 Option #1

2022-23 Yearbooks

It’s not too late to purchase a 22-23 Northeast Yearbook. Yearbooks are $75 and can be purchased using the jumpcode RYY2. If you would like to submit candid student photos for the yearbook, use jumpcode BEPB.


We encourage all students to check their fines/fees and get them paid or return overdue materials before the end of the school year. Students will be issued a fine for any materials not returned at the end of the school year. Students/parents are welcome to return materials at any point over the summer. Please call the Main Office for any questions you may have.

Great news! Students can now pay outstanding Synergy fees from StudentVUE! The students can log into StudentVUE, click on the Fee tab on the left, and then click the blue Pay Fees button at the top. That will open a new window to MySchoolBucks, where they will be able to enter payment information to pay for their fees. Functionality has not changed for parents… this is just newly added access for students.

Counseling Center

  • A – B Mrs. Blume
  • C-G Mr. Neilly
  • H-L Mrs. Looky
  • M-P Ms. Iromuanya
  • Q-V Ms. Placke
  • W-Z Mrs. Jean Baptiste
  • ELL Mrs. Davis


ELPA (English Language Proficiency Assessment): Students who qualify for ELL will be taking the ELPA during the month of February through beginning of March.

AP Exams: Students have access to resources online for their classes at Students who are enrolled in Spring Semester only courses will need to make their decision to test by February 17, 2023 on the AP online system.

ACT: 11th grade students will take the ACT on April 4, 2023. Testing begins at 8:00AM. Students are asked to bring a photo ID (student ID), #2 pencil and a calculator. Please do NOT bring electronic devices (cell phone, ipod, smartwatch, etc). Food, drinks, and electronic devices are not allowed in the classroom.

2022–2023 National Testing Dates

For helpful information about test prep, please visit our LPS ACT Test Prep Page.

ACT National Test Dates & Registration Deadline

Test Date

Registration Deadline

February 11th, 2023

January 6th, 2023

April 15th, 2023

March 10th, 2023

June 10th, 2023

May 5th, 2023

July 15th, 2023

June 16th, 2023

SAT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date

Registration Deadline

March 11th, 2023

February 10th, 2023

May 6th, 2023

April 7th, 2023

June 3rd, 2023

May 4th, 2023

Fee Waivers are available for students with financial need. Talk to your school counselor if you have any questions! You can also visit or for more detailed information on the SAT or ACT test.


2022-2023 FEWSS Calendar of Events

  • January: 23 & 25 – 9th grade Career Exploration “Connect the Dots”
  • April: 10, 12, 13, 14 – LNE Student Immersive Field Trips to East Campus

All LNE students are welcome to join the FEWSS program on Tuesdays, 2pm to 3pm and/or Thursdays, 3pm to 4pm, for hands-on, engaging activities. We meet in the brand new FEWSS Media Center

Contact Bailey Feit, the FEWSS program Coordinator, for more information or if you have questions.

Library News

Did you know that LPS students have a robust collection of reference, magazine, and newspaper articles available digitally? Gale is a huge database where you can find the answers to almost any question and explore topics of interest. It’s also a great resource for research. To access Gale, click on the link on the LPS Portal and choose the most relevant Gale Database for your needs.

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 is a privacy policy? (Tells how an application or service will use your personal information, photos, videos, and may include age requirements for the application or service.)
  • Why are privacy policies important? (It’s important at a young age to decide how much information you want to share with an application or service and what information you want to keep private).

This Common Sense Media site provides additional information for parents concerning privacy and internet safety.

Health Office

Flu Season is Back!

Now is a great time to get your Flu shot! Remember… if you or your student are ill, please stay home!

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

Student Elevator Keys

Should your student have an injury at any point during the school year that would require them to need use of the elevator, they may visit the Health Office to check out an elevator key. Students who do not return their elevator key will be subject to a $20 fine.

Athletic Office News & Notes

Show Your Rocket Pride!

Visit our Rocket Spirit shop to check out the latest Rocket Gear!

Follow Us!

There are many athletic and activity events happening at Lincoln Northeast. If you are interested check out our participation on Twitter!