The Rocket Messenger

September 2022

Principal's Message

Hello Rocket Families,

I hope this finds you well! What an opportunity we’ve had to learn and grow together since Summer. Our Scholars and Teachers have, for the most part, settled into the new school year. We greatly appreciate your support and partnership. If there’s anything I can do, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I would like to draw your attention to a few important announcements below. Thank you!

Keri Applebee

Neighborhood Feedback

Families, I have received some feedback that some of our parents are asking their students to wait in the yards of neighbors who live close to LNE. Please have your pick up points be in spaces/areas other than neighbors’ yards.

Dress Code Reminder

We wanted to remind you of the district’s dress code that states under garments should not be showing and tops must have 2 straps . Hoods are also not to be worn. Thank you for your support in helping your Scholar in school by supporting them in following the district’s dress code.

Homecoming 2022-23

Homecoming is right around the Corner. The dance will be held on September 23rd from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Students must be in good standing in order to purchase/attend the dance. That means that by September 16th, students must be passing at least 6 classes and have fewer than 50 tardies and/or 21 truant periods. For ticket information see the Upcoming Events section of our newsletter.

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 energy as a result of people being seen, heard and valued.
  • Restorative Conversations – dialogue that occurs between people who have had conflict; the harmed person(s) and those accused of harming others.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people age 10-24. Over the past five years, it has steadily increased. Every day, 16 youth die by suicide in the U.S.

Suicide CAN be prevented. This can be a hard topic to talk about but these uncomfortable conversations are valuable. Talking about it does not increase the chances, in fact putting light on it helps the individual feel supported. This is a great opportunity for a conversation with your student.

To partner with you we will be presenting information to students about mental health warning signs and how to get help. Students in middle and high school will get detailed suggestions to increase their protective factors and self care. This includes encouraging them to talk to you as their parent/guardian. One of the best ways to help your child’s emotional health is to remember these basics; getting plenty of sleep, drinking water, eating nutritious foods, spending time outside and finding ways to relax.

If as a parent/guardian, you are concerned about your child, please reach out to your school social worker or school counselor for guidance and support. Immediate needs outside of school hours options are CenterPointe Crisis 402-475-6695 and National Suicide Prevention Life line 988 are available.

Keri Applebee
Keri Applebee

Principal
kapple@lps.org

Calendar

  • September 14th
    • Fall Honors Convocation- 6:00 p.m. in the North Gym
  • September 19th
    • Homecoming Spirit Week: Class Color Day
    • 1st day of Homecoming ticket sales 
  • September 20th
    • Homecoming Spirit Week: Dress Like a Snapchat filter day
    • 2nd day of Homecoming ticket sales
    • Senior meetings: more information to come
  • September 21st
    • Homecoming Spirit Week: Dress like a Teacher Day
    • Last day of Homecoming ticket sales
  • September 22nd
    • Homecoming Spirit Week: Rocket Pride Day!
    • Announcement of Homecoming Court and Royalty Finalists
    • Rocket Food Market: 3:00-3:45 p.m. in the Northeast Commons
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
      • 3:30—4:30 p.m. Zoom ONLY
      • 4:30—6:30 p.m. Walk-ins ONLY
  • September 23rd
    • Homecoming Spirit Week: Dress like a Superhero or Villain Day
    • Homecoming Game vs. Lincoln High: 4:30 p.m. @ Seacrest Field
    • Homecoming Dance: 8:00—11:00 p.m. @ LNE
  • September 28th
    • Lifetouch Picture Retake Day: 8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. @ LNE
  • September 30th
    • CAP Enrollment Deadline: further details below
  • October 4th
    • LNE College Fair: 12:30—2:30 p.m.
  • October 5th
    • NHS Induction Ceremony 7:00 p.m. LNE Auditorium
  • October 17th & 18th
    • Rocket Ready Days: More details to come in the 22-23 Summer Mailing
      • 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
      • 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • October 22nd
    • National ACT Testing: Registration deadline September 16th
  • October 27th
    • ASVAB Testing: 9:00 a.m.
      • Visit the Counseling Center for more information
  • October 28th
    • Accuplacer Test: 12:15 p.m. in the LNE Media Center. Sign up with the jumpcode RFPF.
  • October 31st
    • Senior Picture Deadline

LNE Upcoming Event Information

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The first night of Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner! Conferences will be held on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please note the following:

  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Zoom conferences only. Teachers will be available via zoom on a first come, first served basis for those families who are not able to attend in person. Individual teacher Zoom links will be posted to the LNE website the day of conferences.
  • 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Walk-ins only. In-person conferences will be held in individual teacher classrooms.

Northeast Homecoming

Rockets assemble! It’s time to suit up and discover your inner superhero for Northeast’s hero themed Homecoming week! The Homecoming Game and Dance are on Friday, September 23rd. Dance tickets will be sold during lunch and after school beginning Monday, September 19th through Wednesday, September 21st. Students must be in good standing in order to purchase tickets and attend the dance. That means that by September 16th, students must be passing at least 6 classes and have fewer than 50 tardies and/or 21 truant periods.

Student Lifetouch Pictures

Lifetouch student pictures have arrived! If you purchased pictures, Students can pick them up from the Main Office. We also have student picture proofs for each student who took a lifetouch picture but have not yet ordered.

CAP Enrollment Reminder & Deadline

Attention families! The deadline to sign up for the LPS Chromebook Assurance Program (CAP) is coming soon! The Chromebook Assurance Program provides 100% coverage for up to the full replacement cost of your student’s device. This means if your student has an accident and breaks the screen, it’s 100% covered. At a later date, if your student drops the Chromebook and cracks the case… it’s 100% covered. You are charged nothing until such time that the combined damage is more than the value of a full replacement. Those who don’t participate in CAP will be fined for 100% of the cost of any damage or loss. Did you know the one time payment to participate in CAP is LESS than the average repair fee?

The cost to participate is $20.00 ($10.00 for students who qualify for fee waiver) and can be paid in one of two ways (see below). Additional details about the program can be found at http://lps.org/go/CAP.

The premium is listed as a fee in Synergy ParentVUE on the fees tab. Choose one of two ways to make the payment:

  1. Online via Credit Card (via ParentVUE)
  2. LNE Bookkeeping Office via Cash or Check

This highly recommended program is only available until September 30th, 2022.

News for Seniors

Senior Meetings

The Northeast Counseling Center will be holding Senior Meetings on September 20th during the school day. Stay tuned for more information!

Senior Picture Deadline

Seniors, the last day to submit your Senior Picture for the yearbook is October 31st.

  • What is a senior photo? Seniors can replace their school portrait with a portrait photo of their choice. Come to room 132 to see examples.
    General recommendations: a head and shoulders photo of you with a simple background, no props, and high digital quality. Specific requirements can be found at the jump code.
  • How do I submit a senior photo? Use jump code GYPL at lps.org and upload your photograph in its highest resolution/size. Photos must be submitted through this webpage by Oct 31, 2022! Any photos received after this date are not guaranteed to be included in the yearbook.
  • How much is it? Free! Though some families elect to get professional photos taken at their own cost.

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 (moquist@lps.org). 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 lps.org.

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 https://signaturegraduation.com/ 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 sales@signaturegraduation.com 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.

Graduation

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

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 contact you in the event of an emergency and share important back to school information over the summer. If any of your contact information has changed, please contact your student’s school office to update it as soon as possible.

Student Attendance 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.

Fines/Fees

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.

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 or in these video tutorials.

A Parent's Guide to Chromebook Use in LPS

Parenting a “Chromebook student” can present some interesting challenges. While few students would choose to do worksheets all evening just for fun, your student might actually WANT to be on their Chromebook at night. It can be hard to tell what they’re focusing on while staring at the device screen. Use this resource [lps.org/go/o9bk] to help inform your conversations about expectations for Chromebook use at home.

Counseling Center

Counseling Center Staff Updates

We would like to welcome several new staff members to the LNE Counseling Center. Mrs. Ellie Blume and Ms. Katelyn Placke will be joining the department as school counselors. Mrs. Blume will work with students whose last names start with A-B and Ms. Placke will work with students Q-V. Ms. Meagan Coleman will be the welcoming face in the counseling center as our new counseling secretary and Ms. Tana Downs will be joining us as a social worker who will work with 9th grade students and our Truancy Diversion Program. Welcome to Northeast!

Alpha counselor assignments (by student last name):

  • 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

ASVAB Testing

Explore your future! LNE will be giving the ASVAB test Thursday, October 27th beginning at 9:00 a.m. To sign up and get more information please visit Mr. Neilly in the Counseling Center.

Accuplacer Exam

On October 28th, Students will have the opportunity to take the Acuplacer Test, meet with an SCC advisor and explore all that SCC has to offer. Use jumpcode RFPF to sign up today!

2022–2023 National Testing Dates

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

PSAT Test Date

The PSAT will be given at Lincoln Northeast on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

2022-2023 Sophomores & Juniors, please plan ahead. This test will take place the weekend of LPS Fall Break. For Juniors, the PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

ACT National Test Dates & Registration Deadline

Test Date

Registration Deadline

October 22nd, 2022

September 16th, 2022

December 10th, 2022

November 4th, 2022

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

October 1st, 2022

September 2nd, 2022

November 5th, 2022

October 7th, 2022

December 3rd, 2022

November 3rd, 2022

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 collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat or act.org for more detailed information on the SAT or ACT test.

Health Office

Student Medications

Medical administration at school requires the following:

  • Signed LPS parent request form
  • Pharmacy label or doctor’s written prescription- must be current! (so July 2022 or later)
  • Medication in original labeled container

The School District reserves the right to review and decline requests to administer or provide medications which are not consistent with standard pharmacological references, are prescribed in daily doses which exceed the recommended dosage, or which could be prescribed in a manner which would eliminate the need to administer during school hours.

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!

News & Notes from the Library

How to Find Your Library Website

Did you know parents can access our school library catalog and online resources from home?

  • Begin at portal.lps.org
  • Enter your student’s ID and password (If your student doesn’t have this information, the library staff can help).
  • Select “Library Website” from the alphabetical listing in the portal.
  • Once you arrive at the library website, select Destiny Discover for the online catalog or choose the Home Access tab or Home Access button to explore other resources.

Keeping Track of Library Books

Would you like to help your student keep track of the books they have checked out from the school library? Here’s how:

  • Begin at portal.lps.org
  • Enter your student’s ID and password (If you don’t have this information, the library staff can provide it for your student).
  • Select “Destiny Discover” from the alphabetical listing in the portal.
  • From the upper right-hand corner of the screen, select login and select Log in using your account with New LPS Portal.
  • On the top row, select “My Stuff”.
  • Select “Checkouts” from the dropdown menu to see the books, textbooks and other resources that are currently checked out.

Digital Citizenship Tips

Did you know your school librarian leads digital citizenship instruction for K-12 students throughout the school year? These lessons are embedded in the standard curriculum. They teach about the following topics:

  • Etiquette and respect
  • Safety and security
  • Digital identity
  • Access and evaluation

The goal is to promote safe, respectful, and responsible digital choices. To learn more, keyword search for “digital citizenship” on the LPS website.

At the beginning of the school year all LPS students review Chromebook expectations and the Responsible Use Agreement (RUA) for Chromebook use. Click here to learn more about Chromebook use in LPS and to review the expectations outlined in the RUA. Here are some questions to start a conversation at home about Chromebook expectations:

  • How do you take care of your Chromebook?
  • Do you bring your Chromebook charged everyday?
  • What settings can you change on your Chromebook?

Clubs/CLC

September Club Schedule

  • Monday: Start Time 3:15 p.m.
    • Rocket House (Library): 12th, 19th, 26th
    • Cooking Club (Starting 2nd Quarter)
    • Slam Poetry (110): 12th, 19th, 26th
  • Tuesday: Start Time 3:15 p.m. (*PLC start time 2:15 p.m.)
    • Board Games Galore* (Library): 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
    • Esports (011): 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
    • FEWS2* (Library): 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
    • Kaleidoscope Club* (138): 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
    • IRL²* (202): 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • Wednesday: Start Time 3:15 p.m.
    • Rocket House (Library): 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
    • D&D (224): 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
    • Auto Club (056): 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
    • Korean Culture Club (Library- 131): 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
    • Campus Life (151): 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • Thursday: Start Time 3:15 p.m.
    • Esports (011): 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
    • Rocket House (Library): 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
    • Yezidi Club (Library): 22nd
    • FEWS2 club (Library): 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
    • PRISM club (250): 15th, 29th
  • Friday: Start Time 3:15 p.m.
    • Board Games Club (Library): 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
    • Step Chain (Commons): 9th, 23rd, 30th
    • Pin Pong Club (West Gym): 9th, 16th, 30th