The Rocket Messenger

April 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Rocket Families,

Happy Spring and happy Quarter 4! I hope the week off in March provided an opportunity for your Students to rest and recharge! As usual, we are off to a busy quarter 4. As you know we have been fortunate to have some good weather for our outdoor activities so that has been helpful.

Our focus for this school year continues to be: Effective Instruction, Culture for Learning and Equity. 

School Improvement Focus

Our continued areas of focus for the 2021-2022 school year continue to be: Effective Instruction, Culture for Learning and Equity.

Equity

Student Advocate Addition: I am pleased to announce that we have added another student advocate. By the time you read this Tim Thompson will have already started with us. He comes to us with a background in youth services.

Sister Circles Continue: Sister Circles is a group of young Ladies of Color who meet regularly with Adult Ladies of Color who serve as mentors for them. I continue to hear what an amazing opportunity this has been for some of our Young Ladies, as well as our Adult Mentors.

Student Equity Advisory Group: This is a small group of Student Leaders who have met with me since September. They have facilitated important conversations around equity. The poster project they planned and organized is underway. As a reminder they are re-making and up-dating posters found around LNE that are made up of a variety of Students who are involved in Activities and Clubs. It continues to be a joy for me to get to work with them throughout the year. They have great ideas and insights.

Culture

Our Multi Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Committee has organized Themed Thursdays for students and staff. The Committee thought it would be fun to bring some themed Thursday energy to the halls of LNE. Below is a look at the theme calendar.

DateTheme
4/7Team Day
4/14Dress Like a Teacher Day
4/21College Day
4/28Superhero/Villain Day
5/5Favorite Musician Day – needs to be appropriate
5/12School Spirit Day
5/19End in Style (“Formal” Day)

News and Notes

Field Trips

We successfully facilitated another round of immersion field trips for our 9th and 10th graders to provide opportunities for them to interact with experiences and experiments as part of our STEM-Food, Energy, Water and Societal Systems (F.E.W.W.S.) partnership with the University of Nebraska East Campus.

Restrooms

Restroom use continues to be an area of growth for us. There are a very large number of students who are absolutely using the restrooms in the manner in which they were intended to be used. Thank YOU.

However, there continue to be a number of students who like to hang out and/or pack a number of them into the handicap stalls. Due to the physical layout of our building, it can be a challenge for security and admin to be in the needed spaces in an appropriate amount of time. In an effort to continue to focus on on-time arrival to classes and more efficiently supervise hallways and promote safety, I will be working with student services to problem solve how this can best be corrected. As a result it is possible that additional restrooms may be locked at various times throughout the day.

Prom

We are excited to be able to offer the class of 2022 the opportunity to attend prom this year on Saturday April 9th from 8-11:00 pm at the Courtside Banquet Hall. Important: doors will close at 9:00 and students will not be admitted after 9:00. Should students choose to leave early, they will not be allowed to re-enter the dance.

Our standard dance expectations and guidelines still apply. Students will need to make sure that they have paid any outstanding fines and/or returned any school materials that are still checked out to them in order to purchase a ticket.

From District

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

Screen Time: Did you know not all screen time is the same? There is a significant difference between “active” screen time (engaging in focused production of content) and “passive” screen time (consuming entertainment media). 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.

See the LPS Parent Guide to Student Chromebook Use in LPS for more helpful information and strategies to support your student’s Chromebook use at home. https://lps.org/go/o9bk

Keri Applebee
Keri Applebee

Principal
kapple@lps.org

Calendar

  • April 1st – 7th
    • Prom ticket Sales, commons during lunch and after school
  • April 4th
    • LNE Slam Poetry Performance, 5:30 p.m. at The Bay
    • STUCO Feminine Product Drive Begins, will run through April 29th
  • April 5th
    • State ACT Testing for 11th Grade – 8:00 a.m.
    • No school for 9th, 10th & 12th grade students
  • April 6th
    • NHS Dodgeball Tournament, 6:00 p.m., North Gym
    • Vocal Music Spring Concert
  • April 7th
    • US Navy Visit – LNE commons during lunch
  • April 9th
    • Northeast Prom
  • April 13th
    • Air Force Visit – LNE commons during lunch
      Voter Registration Drive
  • April 15th
    • No School
  • April 20th
    • Parent Teacher Conferences – 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. In-person, walk-ins welcome
  • April 21st
    • LNE Food Market – 3:00 p.m. Commons
  • April 29th
    • No School

LNE Upcoming Event Information

LNE Prom Updates

  • Lincoln Northeast Prom; Enchanted Forest
    • April 9th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
    • Courtside Banquet Hall 333 Speedway Circle #2
  • LNE Juniors and Seniors are invited and are allowed 1 guest/date per person. Students will register their guest/date with LNE when they purchase their tickets. Guests must be in high school or be under 21 to attend.
  • All fines and fees must be paid prior to ticket purchase. A fines/fees letter will be sent to any students with outstanding fines/fees at the beginning of this month. We encourage all students and parents to check their student’s fines and fees through Parentvue prior to the week of ticket sales to ensure they have addressed any issues. If you need to make a payment plan, please call the Main Office and we will put you in touch with your student’s administrator.
  • Prom ticket sales will be during lunch and after school beginning Friday, April 1st and will end on Thursday, April 7th.

State ACT Testing for Juniors

All juniors will take the ACT Test for the Nebraska State Assessment on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022. This test will be paid for by the district and students will register for the test at the school about 2 weeks before testing begins.

Testing begins at 8:00 a.m. 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.

NHS Dodgeball Tournament

The National Honor Society is hosting a Dodgeball Tournament next Wednesday, April 6th, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets and team rules are posted outside Room 112. Please sign your teams up no later than this Friday, April 1st.

Attention student web designers!

The Northeast Athletic Booster club needs your help! We need a couple of students who are knowledgeable in WordPress to help revamp the Booster club website. If you are interested, or want more information, please send an email to Coach Hansen at jhansen6@lps.org

Student Council Applications

Northeast Student Council is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year!! Visit jumpcode BPG6 to submit an application. All applications and teacher recommendation forms must be submitted by midnight on April 29th in order to be considered for an interview. We look forward to accepting new members!! Email Mrs. Kocik for more information.

Upcoming Poetry SLAM

The LNE Slam Poetry team has a performance here in Lincoln on Monday, April 4th at 5:30 p.m. at the Bay. They would love to see some Rockets in the audience. Good luck to all our poets!

STUCO Feminine Hygiene Drive

The student council is putting on a feminine product drive. This is a drive where you can donate personal care supplies for women in need. There will be boxes around the school to donate. We will take donations of body wash, deodorant, feminine products, and other personal care supplies. We will not accept open or used products. The drive will start April 4th and go through until April 29th.

Summer Job Opportunity

LPS has another great experience for students this summer: working on the LPS Summer Crew! This is a great opportunity to work for one of Lincoln’s largest employers and gain experience for a resume.

The Summer Crew that LPS assembles each year works all across the district on maintenance and special projects. Workers have the potential to work at the district’s distribution center or with various maintenance teams from electrical, grounds, HVAC, painting and plumbing. Wages start at $10.94 per hour.

Work begins when school is out and continues until school starts again in August. Students can plan on 40 hours per week, complete with a 30 minute lunch and two paid 15 minute breaks each day.

News for Seniors

Senior Honors Night

Seniors will be celebrated for their academic and scholastic achievement at Senior Honors Night, Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Northeast Theater. A reception will follow in the LNE Media Center.

Seniors will complete a “Senior Exit Survey” April 21st (Make-up April 26th) to indicate their post-secondary plans, where to send final high school transcript, and identify accepted scholarships to be used for post-secondary education. The scholarships students report will be recognized at Senior Honors Night.

Cap & Gown Orders

Northeast works with Signature Graduation to provide you with graduation announcements and the ordering of caps and gowns. If you order apparel on the website, your apparel should arrive within two weeks of your ordering date. Otherwise, you will receive your other products sometime later in the year when all items are available to ship out. Your orders will be sent directly to the address you choose. Please visit https://signaturegraduation.com/ for more information.

Free & Reduced/Fee Waiver Cap and Gown Information

If you qualify for Free & Reduced lunch, please see Mrs. Ourada in the Main office to ask about 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 2022 will graduate at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, May 28th, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. We look forward to celebrating your student’s final year at Lincoln Northeast!

Senior Fines/Fees

Prom is fast approaching and students who have outstanding fines and fees will not be able to purchase tickets from Prom. We encourage all students to check their fines/fees and get them paid or return overdue materials before tickets go on sale in April or before graduation in May.

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.

News and Notes from the Main Office

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.

Fines/Fees

Prom is fast approaching and 11 & 12 grade students who have outstanding fines and fees will not be able to purchase tickets for Prom. We encourage all students to check their fines/fees and get them paid or return overdue materials before the end of the school year.

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.

Student Parking Reminders

A reminder that the LNE student parking lot is for 11th & 12th grade students who have purchased a parking tag. The lot is open to these students on a first-come-first-served basis. Purchasing a parking tag does NOT guarantee your student a parking spot. Tickets will be issued for students who do not have a parking decal or are parking outside of the assigned student parking area.

Academic Department News

Media Center Remodel

Our Media Center will be undergoing a renovation to update facilities in order to better incorporate our new F.E.W.S.S. program. Construction will begin over Spring Break which means the Media Center will be closed to students and staff 4th Quarter through the summer. We are thrilled to have such an amazing opportunity and encourage you to look at the renovation concepts below.

JROTC Congratulations

The Lincoln Air Force Junior ROTC Drill Team performed in the Abraham Lincoln Drill Competition in Council Bluffs. The team saw several standout performances, as we had cadets Josiah Welch and Dylan Bautista finish in 10th and 11th place respectively in the Individual Drill Down against 106 competitors in the finals which included all 11 of our team qualifying. In addition, our Unarmed Regulation team which was commanded by Jake Wetzler brought home the 3rd-place trophy against 13 competitors. The other members of that team were Daniel Barron-Matias, Dylan Bautista, Junior Gibson, Triston Oller, Way Paw, April Roop, Aniyha Satchell, Ethan Swartz, and Josiah Welch. Congratulations Drill Team on another fine performance!

The Lincoln Northeast JROTC archery team also competed in the Nebraska state archery tournament. In the IBO challenge, out of over 197 archers, Ethan Swartz finished 17th, Zayden McNeil finished 18th, Adam Kramer finished 23rd, Triston Oller finished 24th and Jake Wetlzer finished 48th of all male archers. Tressie Romano finished 24th out of all female archers. Additionally, Zayden McNeil and Adam Kramer represented Lincoln Northeast JROTC in the SACO duel challenge getting to the final 4 out of 20 schools; winning an archery target and $150 dollars for Northeast’s archery program.

Counseling Center

Summer School 2022

Summer School will be held June 1 – July 8 at Lincoln North Star or Lincoln Southeast High Schools. Summer School offers students the opportunity for credit recovery and credit advancement. Remote Learners will take E-Learning courses.

Summer School application windows will be:

  • Current Seniors: April 11 – May 6
  • Current Juniors: April 18 – May 6
  • Current Freshmen & Sophomores: April 25 – May 6

Applications will be available on-line. Summer School information will be available on the LPS website homepage www.lps.org. Contact your student’s school counselor for assistance.

Youth Leadership Lincoln 2022-23

Applications are now available for current freshmen. YLL seeks emerging student leaders to develop their leadership skills and provide opportunities to learn about the community. YLL seeks students who are “other-oriented,” who are eager to develop their knowledge and skills, whose participation will not negatively impact their academic progress, and whose families will be supportive of their participation. YLL seeks a diverse applicant pool representing many ethnic and religious groups, with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, all abilities, and interests/talents.

Applications are available on-line; paper copies are available in the LNE Counseling Center.
Application Deadline: May 6, 2022 https://www.leadershiplincoln.org/programs/programs/apps.html

JELO: Job & Extended Learning Opportunities for LPS Students

Use Jumpcode JELO on the LPS website to look for Job, Apprenticeship, Volunteer, and Learning Opportunities!

All About Scholarships!

Most scholarships are based on academics, but others are based on community service, school involvement, or talent in art, dance, music, or athletics. Some are based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

It’s time to start applying for scholarships. Here’s where you can find them:

  • ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org features over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships. After you create a profile, you’ll be matched with scholarships that fit your criteria.
  • Student Google Classroom (2022, 2023, 2024, 2025). Visit regularly to check on local and national awards.
  • The college you plan to attend. Contact the school for a list of scholarships they provide and application procedures.
  • National search sites such as College Board, Peterson’s and Chegg.
  • Other resources could include your coach, clubs and organizations, and your parents’ employers and civic organizations.

You can get more details about scholarships and tips to help you complete a successful application on the EducationQuest website.

Junior ACT Test

All juniors will take the ACT Test for the Nebraska State Assessment on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022. This test will be paid for by the district and students will register for the test at the school about 2 weeks before testing begins.

Testing begins at 8:00 a.m. 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.

2021–2022 ACT Testing Dates and Registration Deadlines

  • June 11, 2022—May 6, 2022
  • July 16, 2022—June 17, 2022

SAT Testing Dates and Registration Deadlines

  • May 7, 2022—April 8, 2022
  • June 4, 2022—May 5, 2022

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.

April “To Do” List

Seniors
___ Continue applying for scholarships.
___ Make your final college decision.
___ Start purchasing dorm essentials.
___ Start looking for a summer job.

Juniors
___ Take ACT at LNE on April 5.
___ Register by April 8 for the May 7 National SAT Test.
___ Register by May 6 for the June 11 National ACT Test.
___ Start looking for scholarships – Try ScholarshipQuest on the EducationQuest website.

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

Got eBooks? You do!

Your school library provides many options for students looking for books to read online this summer! One popular option is Sora, which has access to thousands of ebooks for students to check out and read instantly online. You can even access Sora on a tablet or phone, for those long car rides. You can even explore ebooks from the Lincoln City Libraries in Sora. Open this flyer to learn more.

Another option is Teen Book Cloud. Teen Book Cloud is an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audiobooks, which offers students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content. For more information on these fabulous resources, talk to your school librarian! You can also access Tumblebooks and Sora by going to portal.lps.org and typing in your student’s LPS ID number and password. Happy reading!

Digital Citizenship Tips

An important part of digital citizenship is treating others with respect when online. The harassment of other people online is called “cyberbullying”. Students are taught to talk to a trusted adult if they witness cyberbullying, either directed at themselves or someone else. Ask your student if they have seen cyberbullying online, and check out Common Sense Media’s website for more information on Cyberbullying.

HelpNow™ for Homework

Need a Tutor — for FREE? Need Help With Homework? HelpNow for Homework powered by Brainfuse through the Lincoln City Libraries provides free homework help and online tutoring. Chat with a tutor through instant messaging from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week for all ages in the areas of math, English, science, and social studies and more. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available.

You will be asked to enter your library card number (you will need to enter all fourteen digits with no spaces) or your 6 digit LPS student ID, and your password.

Need help? Stop by the library and we can help you!

Health Office News

The Health Office Needs Your Student’s Covid-19 Vaccination Information!

Parents, if your student receives their COVID-19 vaccination, please have them bring a copy of their completed vaccine record to the Health Office so we can enter the information into Synergy. You may also email a screenshot to the school nurse at knelson@lps.org. PLEASE be diligent about checking your child’s temperature and for possible Covid symptoms DAILY, BEFORE school and keep them home if they exhibit any symptoms.

Clubs/CLC

February Club Schedule

  • Monday: Start Time 3:15 p.m.
    • Rocket House (Library): 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
    • Cooking Club (052): 7th
    • Slam Poetry (110): 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
    • ACTivate (Library): 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
    • Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (236): 7th
  • Tuesday: Start Time 3:15 p.m. (*PLC start time 2:15 p.m.)
    • Board Games* (Library): 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
    • Esports (011): 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
    • FEWS2* (Library): 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
    • Cedars* (commons): 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
  • Wednesday: Start Time 3:15 p.m.
    • Rocket House (Library): 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
    • D&D (224): 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
    • Auto Club (056): 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
    • Korean Culture Club (111): 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
    • Campus Life (151): 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
    • Afghan Cultural Exchange (202): 30th
  • Thursday: Start Time 3:15 p.m.
    • Esports (011): 10th, 17th
    • Rocket House (Library): 10th, 17th
    • FEWS2 club (Library): 10th, 17th
    • PRISM club (250): 3rd, 17th
  • Friday: Start Time 3:15 p.m.
    • Board Games Club (Library): 4th, 11th, 18th
    • Step Chain (Commons): 4th, 11th, 18th

New Clubs Spotlight: Manufacturing & Board Game

Manufacturing club will be held in room 108 every Tuesday during PLC for the next seven weeks. At the end of the seven weeks, students will get a certificate of completion that can be counted as experience or license/training when applying to an organization within the Lincoln Manufacturing Council. In addition, each student will receive a $250 stipend for completing the program and applying to a full-time position.

Board Game Club will meet every Friday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in room 111. Students will have the opportunity to hang out with friends while playing board games!

LNE Auto Club Car Show

The LNE Auto Club Car Show will be held Sunday, April 24th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Northeast High School parking lot. This show will include Domestics/Imports/Motorcycles/Off-road/Performance/Food/Vendors. Come help support our LNE Auto students and the community!

Wanting more information? Contact lneautoclub@gmail.com.

Starting a Club

Rocket House

Rocket House is our tutoring program by our own Lincoln Northeast teachers. We offer the social studies wing every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. for homework help. 

Subjects offered:

  • Math
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Business