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East High Newsletter September 2010

Welcome to the 2010-2011 School Year! From the Principal

Susan Cassata

Inside this issue: Department Information Freshman Day

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Testing Announcements




Important Dates & Information


The start of every new year brings for me the same excitement it did for when I was a child. I got excited over new school supplies and new clothes; I spent time wondering whether or not I would like my teachers (or they would like me); I wondered what my friends had been up to that I hadn’t seen since May; and ultimately I would look at my new course schedule and wonder what I would learn. Even as an adult, I anticipate the start of the school year with the same questions and thoughts. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and asking them how their time this summer went. I get excited about the classes and the instruction that will unfold. I am apprehensive about the latest in the fashion world and how it will appear at school. As I reflect upon the last 2½ weeks, I am most excited about hearing the voices that fill our halls. I love the sound of students and their formal (and informal) interactions with one another and adults in our building. I think, as an adult, my anticipation about the next school year really revolves around students and how we prepare each year to meet their needs, broaden their learning and continue to strive to prepare them for the world outside of East. This school year, I believe has been a GREAT start, and I believe it is due to a number of factors. We are ALMOST done with construction. Previously we

Tate Cassata Charbonneau ‘Mom’ Sue Cassata, Principal

started the school year with closed hallways, restrooms that were under construction and teachers moved from where we would expect to find them. This year, there aren’t closed hallways. Teachers have found semipermanent homes, and all of our restrooms are operational. The entrances are done. Rooms are bright with both new lights and more natural light coming into spaces. We sound like a high school, with students’ voices and bells indicating when I need to be someplace else. No longer are we hearing jackhammers and other pieces of machinery. East looks wonderful and we are thankful for the support of our community as we make the necessary changes to our physical environment to meet the needs of all of our students. Additionally there are several other factors I believe that are contributing to the great start to the school year. Teachers are working hard with Pinnacle, a web-based program that allows them to communicate with parents/guardians in a timely fashion about the academic success or concerns of students. We are still working on the “bugs” as we both learn a new tool and work on changing behaviors (adult and student). I think we are just discovering the many ways Pinnacle will help facilitate conversations with families about the learning of their student.

Parker Ross Wehry ‘Mom’ Natalie Wehry, Sped Coord.

Along with the use of Pinnacle, staff continues to refine their practice of formative and summative assessment, using data daily to make sure students are mastering the learning objectives they have set for the lesson. As a staff we spent time looking at research done by Robert Marzano and others, which talk about effect size of lesson objectives, openers and closers and the impact these practices will have on the achievement of all of our students. These practices will help us work towards our school improvement goal of increasing achievement of all students. Additionally our work in our Professional Learning Communities has staff members setting goals for the students they are working with, so we see very specific increases in students’ achievement in all content areas. The rhythm of the new year is upon us. Athletic events have started, extra curricular clubs are up and running and planning events for the year. The band is greeting many of us as we arrive to school and soon, very soon, the weather will cool down and fall will be here. On behalf of the staff at East, we are excited about the 2010 – 2011 school year. We are excited and anticipate a many great events, times and learning for all Spartans during the next year.

Jovie Ann Hansel ‘Mom’ Melanie Hansel, Sec’y

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We need camera equipment!!! Anyone that might be considering getting rid of their "old" 35mm manual cameras please consider donating them to our Art Dept. This may also include; camera bags, lens, filters, enlargers (pinch me....I may be dreaming), and/or any camera equipment that you feel is outdated or not used any more by your family. Our photography students use manual and automatic cameras that use film. We also use digital cameras. Anything would be appreciated. Thank you for thinking of us! Donna Wilson

East FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is excited for our new year. Monica Lu, Michael Liou, and Jimmy Xu (moved to North Carolina) attended the National Leadership Conference in Nashville this summer where they met FBLA members from across the nation, attended leadership workshops, toured Nashville, and competed in Public Speaking I, Business Math, and Economics. We are getting ready to attend the Nebraska Leadership Conference (Omaha) and National Fall Leadership Conference (Des Moines) where we will meet FBLA members from across the region and gain leadership skills. We will be participating in three large competitions this Year (UN-L in November, SCC-Beatrice in February, and State FBLA in April) with the goal of qualifying for the National Leadership Conference in Orlando this summer. There are approximately 50 different competitions that members may compete in and some are split between Freshmen/Sophomores and Juniors/Seniors. The competitions range from tests (Business Math/Calculations, Economics, Marketing) to computer skills (Computer Applications, Desktop Publishing, Web Page Design, Digital Video Production) to presentations (Public Speaking, Impromptu, Global Business). If you like Business, there is a competition that will interest you. For more information about FBLA and becoming a member, please contact Lori Anderson, Adviser, at

Jimmy Xu and Michael

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LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS POLICY Gifted students think abstractly, study in-depth, and learn rapidly. Responding to the needs of these students, the LPS School Board developed Policy 6300 which outlines the services available for gifted students. CLASSES FOR HIGH ABILITY LEARNERS East High offers HAL classes in Business, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and World Languages. Most classes that fulfill graduation requirements offer advanced sections. In addition, certain courses qualify for college credit at UNL, Nebraska Wesleyan or Southeast Community College. Finally, many elective areas of the curriculum offer advanced or in-depth courses.

Ambassadors Anime   Art Club   Asian Club   Bowling Club   Card Club   Compassion International   D.E.C.A   Debate   Dollffins (2nd Semester)   Drama Club   Ecology Club   F.B.L.A.  

Teachers design differentiated, Advanced Placement, and advanced classes to provide for in-depth, abstract, and accelerated study. East’s gifted program has always been committed to a policy of open enrollment which allows students into differentiated, Advanced Placement, and/or advanced classes whether identified gifted or not. MENTORS AND UNIVERSITY CLASSES Highly gifted students may apply for mentors (as available) or classes at area universities or colleges if their academic needs cannot be met through classes offered at East. However, students cannot have a mentor and a university class at the same time. Occasionally, identified gifted students are eligible for mentors or university

Forensics German Club   G.S.A.   Ice Hockey   International Thespian Society   Intramurals   Math Club   Mock Trial Club   National Honor Society   Peer Network (Lunch Bunch)   Penned Club   Pie Club   Pokemon Club  

classes. East’s Data Gathering Team and the LPS Steering Committee make these decisions. Mentors are not offered to address scheduling conflicts. COMMUNICATION Information about the gifted program is available on the East High web site. All parents receive information periodically in the Spartan Newsletter about gifted and high ability learning. Parents of identified gifted students also receive district mailings about meetings and information concerning gifted education. The East gifted facilitator is Ken Flowerday. He can assist with specific student needs and answer questions about the Gifted Program and can be reached at 436-1302, extension 62325.

The Pulse Science Bowl Science Olympiad Sci-Fi Club Spanish Club Special Olympics Stand Student Council Student Interest Trapshooting Club Tri-M Music Honor Society Venture Crew 25


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East Cabinetmaking Places 2nd in National RTA Competition Lincoln East's Advanced Cabinetmaking class under Mr. Jeff McCabe were chosen in May to compete in a Ready to Assemble furniture design competition at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta Georgia August 24-28, 2010. As a WoodLinks school, four East seniors from the class of 2010 accompanied Mr. McCabe to Atlanta to compete in the four-day show. Brad Pickerill, Nate Grabowski, Drew Zobel, and Taylor Kingsley all attended and manned the booth every day with judging taking place on Friday, August 27. They were judged on a wide range of subjects including oral presentation, project quality, marketing plan, knowledge of manufacturing processes, business economics, and elements of design. The competition included nine pieces of furniture from four high schools and one community college across the country. The judges were all industry and design professionals from the United States and Canada. The contest prizes were all generously donated by top companies in the woodworking industry as sponsors and supporters of the IWF WoodLinks RTA contest. The second place prizes for the East woods lab and the student participants totaled over $4000. East placed 3rd at the IWF RTA in 2006 and qualified a piece in 2008 but were unable to attend due to the start date of school. Pictures of the trip and the show booth will be available on the East website in the near future.

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Welcome to East High School and the 2010-2011 school year. The East math community is looking forward to providing your child with a positive educational experience. Our teachers work hard to provide the very best learning opportunities for all students by teaching and modeling critical thinking, problem solving, and study skills. We encourage students to take math all four years of high school in order to have a solid mathematical background for future educational and job related opportunities. Students who enjoy challenging their problem-solving abilities have the opportunity to join Math Club and to participate in mathematics competitions throughout the year. East High School has a long tradition of very strong competitive teams not only in terms of honors received but also in terms of the number of students involved in the program. Math Club meetings are generally held on Monday evenings. For more information contact Leona Penner ( The East High Math Department is comprised of 12 veteran teachers who offer 15 different mathematics courses to meet the various needs of our students. The course description catalog contains information regarding the math courses offered here at East. If your student needs assistance in their current course the first contact is their classroom teacher. Most of our books also have online resources that can be helpful as well. Contact your student's teacher or the math department chair (John Matzke: for more information regarding these resources or course placement questions you may have. Welcome to the East High Math Department!

Please join the music department for “A Night At The Acropolis”, their annual fundraising showcase! Saturday, November 13, 2010, 7:00 pm in the Main Gym. You will enjoy a full evening of musical talent from East High, including the Marching Band (indoor sound explosion!), Jazz Band, Show Choirs, Concert Choirs, and Orchestras, along with some phenomenal soloists. Make reservations early, as tables sold out last year! For more info please visit the website at Come and celebrate spectacular Spartan sounds at the Acropolis!

Jr. and Sr. French, German and Spanish students: Applications and reservation down payment for the trips to Spain, Germany and France will be due soon. Check with your language teacher for more information.

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These are some of the questions asked and answered during the 2010 Ninth Grade Day on August 18. After entering through the “tunnel walk” made up of cheering faculty and staff members, the 345 members of the class of 2014 had the building to themselves as they toured, asked questions of the East Ambassadors, visited club/activity displays and met with counselors for team building activities. After the three morning rotations and lunch, students met their teachers during an abbreviated school day. The day concluded with a pep rally, prize drawings and ice cream treats provided by the East PTO. Our new Spartans, grades 10-12, met with the counselors and Ambassadors. They viewed a video about Spartan Life, were treated to lunch and also had the opportunity to tour the building. Every member of the East community had a hand in welcoming our students and getting the 2010-2011 school year off to an excellent start. Many thanks to these friends of East High School who donated prizes, supplies and services to help make Ninth Grade Day 2010 such a huge success! East Counselors Carol Cruickshank East Athletic Department Peg Trumble East Administrators Brittany Waller Booster Club Jenni Kluver East PTO Judy Larson USBank Christine Dean Schwan’s Melanie Hansel Walmart (south), Kristi Dixon G’Nell Graham Walmart (north 84th street) , Joan Hergenrader Lowe’s, Craig Christiansen Horace Mann, Candace Specht Walgreens (south 70th street), Joann Levos First Nebraska Educators Credit Union, Charity Helter The Nebraska National Guard, SSgt Maren Stewart

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ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS The East High Counseling Team invites parents/guardians of juniors and seniors to attend an evening presentation during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday and Tuesday, September 27 and 28. The purpose of the meeting is to give parents/guardians information they can use to help their child prepare for post high school education. The counselors will be presenting from 5:30-6:30 on both nights so you can attend on the date that is most convenient for you. This evening presentation is a follow-up to information sessions held with junior and senior students during the week of September 20. The information may be new for parents/guardians of juniors and should be a "refresher" for parents/guardians of seniors. Parents/guardians will be working with counselors in computer labs at East High and we will have separate groups for parents/guardians of juniors and parents/guardians of seniors. You are welcome to bring your own laptop if you prefer (we usually have good wireless signal). It is very important that we have an accurate count of attendees in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Please contact Carol Cruickshank, Counseling Center Secretary, at 436-1302 to let her know you'll be coming. We'll send out an automated call as a reminder as the dates approach.

SPARTAN/WESLEYAN DAY The 2010 date for Spartan/Wesleyan Day is Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Each year, Lincoln East High School seniors are invited to be guests of Nebraska Wesleyan to experience what a small private four-year college offers. All seniors will be sent a personal letter of invitation with a sign-up deadline. Topics to be discussed on that day include admissions, financial aid, college life, housing, activities, the career center and athletics. Parents and students are urged to watch for the Spartan/Wesleyan Day invitation and meet the sign-up deadline. The first 150 students who sign up by the deadline may attend. The deadline is firm. Students who miss the deadline are encouraged to meet with Nebraska Wesleyan Admissions staff to schedule an individual visit.

Juniors and highly motivated sophomores!! The 2010 PSAT test will be administered at East on Saturday, October 16. This is the only time the test will be accordingly!

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The PSAT measures skills that are important for success in college—verbal reasoning, critical reading, math problem-solving and writing. Taking the test allows students to get feedback about critical academic skills, seek information from colleges, enter scholarship competitions and practice for SAT (college admission) tests. The PSAT is the qualifying test for entry to National Merit Scholarship competition. Only scores from the participants’ junior year will be considered. Students may purchase admission tickets in the East High Counseling Center from September 27-October 8 for approximately $18. Late fees (if seating is still possible) will be double the standard admission fee. On October 16, students will be dismissed from the Commons Area to the testing rooms at 8:00 a.m. The test will last approximately three hours. A student bulletin that provides practice materials will be distributed as students purchase their tickets. Fee waivers may be available to students on free or reduced lunch. Juniors planning to attend a four year college or university and highly motivated sophomores are encourage to register for the PSAT test.

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The 24th Annual Lincoln Area College Fair will take place on Sunday, October 17, 2010. The fair will be held on the Lincoln Campus of Southeast Community College (84th and “O” Streets) from 1:00—3:00 p.m. and is open to the public. This college fair is a wonderful opportunity for students of all ages to visit with college representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities from across the United States, including most Nebraska colleges and universities, Colorado State University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Texas A&M University, Kansas State University, Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, Cornell College and many others. For a complete list of registered colleges and universities, see your school counselor or log on to under “College Fairs Sweep the State”. Also, EducationQuest Foundation will conduct two financial aid sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and local area school counselors will be available at an “Ask-aCounselor” booth to answer your college preparation questions. Follow these tips to make the most of the College Fairs: 1) Prepare pre-printed labels with your name, address, email, and phone number to stick information cards at college booths where you want additional information. This saves the redundancy of filling out cards. 2) Before you attend, prepare a list of questions for school representatives. Ask about application deadlines and scholarships. 3) Determine what you want from a school. This helps you rule out some colleges and look more closely at others. Take notes to keep track of schools that interest you. 4) If you decide a college is not right for you, contact that college and ask them to take you off their mailing list. This helps them, and saves you from receiving unnecessary mail. EducationQuest Foundation 1300 “O” Street Lincoln, NE 68508 402-475-5222 Email—

All census forms are being reviewed and changes entered into the computer. Parent email addresses will be uploaded into our mail system according to the information you provided. You will be receiving emails from the school soon (either from the calling system or our parent emails). If you suspect an error, please call the school office at 436-1302.

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Fall Testing Information – 2010 This fall brings some important changes in testing that you need to know. Please note there will be no late starts this fall for testing. Testing will be integrated within the school day for both the GDES and the PLAN test. The Writing Graduation Demonstration Exam (WGDE) will be given in English classrooms throughout the school day. The exam will be administered in three parts, on three different days as follows: September 29th: Narrative, September 30th: Multiple Choice, October 6th: Expository. This exam will be administered to 11th and 12th graders who have not met the demonstration. Please note there is no late start for this exam. The Reading Graduation Demonstration Exam (RGDE) will be given on October 7th. The exam will be integrated within the school day thus there will be no late start for this exam. The RGDE is for all 9th graders and for 10th-12th graders who have not met the demonstration. The PLAN Test is a Two-Part exam. Part One will be administered on November 9th and Part Two, on November 10th. This exam is administered to ALL 10th graders. The test will be integrated within the school day thus there will be no late start. Encouraging a good night’s rest and healthy food choices help to ensure your student’s best opportunity for success. Please arrange appointments and/or travels such that your student is in attendance for these important tests. Please note the schedules that follow for the RGDE and the PLAN Test. There will be no change in the schedule for the days the WGDE is administered. If you have questions regarding this fall’s testing, please contact Karen Eihusen, Coordinator of Instruction, at 436-1302.

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 PLAN (Day 1)

Reading GDE Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 PLAN (Day 2)


Period 1:

8:00-8:35 (35)

Period 1:

8:00-8:45 (45)

Period 1:


Period 2:

8:40-9:15 (35)

Period 2:

8:50-9:40 (45 +5)

Period 2:

8:48—9:38 (Announcements +7 min.)

Period 3:

9:20-10:55 Testing Block (95)

Period 3:

9:45-11:05 Testing Block (80)

Reading GDE: 9:43-11:13 (All 9th graders plus 10-12 as needed)

Period 4:

11:00-11:35 (35)

Period 4:

11:10-11:55 (45)

Readiness Bell:

Period 5A 5B

Class 11:40-12:15 (35) Lunch 12:20-12:50

Period 5A 5B

Class 12:00-12:45 (45) Lunch 12:50-1:20

Period 5A 5B

Lunch 11:40-12:10 Class 12:15-12:50 (35)

Period 5A 5B

Lunch 12:00-12:30 Class 12:35-1:20 (45)

Period 4 1st Lunch Class Period 4 Class 2nd Lunch

11:18-11:48 11:53-12:36 11:18-12:01 12:06-12:36

Period 5:

12:41– 1:24

Period 6

12:55-1:30 (35)

Period 6

1:25-2:10 (45)

Period 6:


Period 7

1:35-2:08 (33)

Period 7

2:15-3:00 (45)

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Our Mission The East High Media Center program helps build a collaborative community of ethical, lifelong learners by providing enjoyable, accessible and meaningful experiences using information, ideas, literature, texts and technology. It is our intent to insure that all students learn how to locate excellent materials in the research process. The ability to do so provides them a lifelong skill that can be used in any pursuit. Our website focuses on three essential pieces of successful research. Below is a bulleted list of the three pieces, and services offered under each of these. *START SMART —Docushare--— an online storage and retrieval system that can be used by students and teachers.

within its system and allows the user to create a web based folder to save searches. Novelist is also connected to the East Online Catalog so students can quickly find books that we own. It’s a great collection building resource. —Teaching Books— a resource that explores children’s and young adult books and their authors with programs that add a multimedia dimension to reading in the classroom, media center and at home. —Research Resources— a list of links to information regarding the research process, web authority, and plagiarism. Also included in this resource you will find how to do the best search, how to create note cards and citations using Noodletools (see below). Cluster engine links are included that allow students to focus their Internet searches.

*CITE SMART —Noodletools— —Online Databases & At Home a web-based citation maker that has many features that enhance research. Access— —Source Citations— a wide range of educationally based databases that address curriculum. These databases are available away from school and can be accessed additional links to citation information. We’ll be highlighting portions of our using the AT HOME link. Passwords for access are linked on the first page. resources in each of this year’s newsletters. Stay tuned to learn more —Recommended Websites— about East’s Media Center! a list of many commonly used websites that address math, government, Please contact us with any questions: countries, college, careers, and much more. Roxann Sattler—Linkin Logs & Delicious— two ways for teachers and students to organize educationally appropriate websites.Students and teachers can network their websites using Jane Holt— accounts. or call 436-1321. —Power Media Plus— Available Now at Lincoln City Libraries online educational videos, audio, images, podcasts and print resources. Homework HelpNow! Provides free homework help and online tutoring. —NetTreker Smart Searching— Chat with a tutor through instant messaging from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., a wide-range of curriculum related websites that have been identified by seven days a week for grades 3-12 in the areas of math, English, science, teachers as appropriate for instruction. and social studies. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available. Find —Novelist— homework help online at, Lincoln City Libraries, a readers’ advisory database that includes award books, read alikes, book discussions, recommended reads, connects to other educational databases Lincoln, Nebraska *SEARCH SMART

Southeast Community College: Southeast Community College will offer driver education classes at Lincoln East in September and October. The classroom lecture will meet from 6:30—8:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday for FIVE weeks. The drive lab will meet for two hours once each week for SIX weeks. NOTE: The September class will also offer an earlier lecture meeting from 3:30—5:30 p.m. Students must have a school or learner’s permit and complete both the lecture and driving to be eligible for documentation for the Provisional Operator’s Permit and/or insurance requirements. Participation in a mandatory orientation is required before each class. The orientation for student and adult representative is scheduled before each session to provide important information and to schedule the drive lab. Please bring a planning calendar for this purpose. Orientations will be held at the Continuing Education Center, 301 South 68th Street Place. Required book is available at the Orientation and the SCC Bookstore. Tuition: $225 Lecture dates: Sept. 14-October 14, 2010 Lecture times: 3:30—5:30 p.m. OR 6:30—8:30 p.m.

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Spartan Yearbook Scoop YEARBOOK SALES You can now buy your East High yearbook ONLINE! Go to sid=5380 or the East High home page (link on the lower right), and buy yours today! You can also buy BABY ADS and BUSINESS ADS at this online location, as well. Yearbooks also will be sold for $55 at Open House (5:30 – 7:00 pm Aug. 31), Parent-Teacher conferences (Sept. 27-28) and in the commons during both lunches the week of Oct. 4-8. PHOTO RETAKES Photo retakes are Sept. 22. This is your last chance to have your yearbook photo taken. SENIOR INFORMATION •Senior photos are due to East by Nov. 1 Specifications for senior photos are available at (the publications webpage). •Senior Baby Ad forms are available online at (the publications webpage). These are due Dec. 1. Cost for these is $35.

Lincoln East's 2010-2011 Student Council is off to a great start! For those of you that have not heard, two years ago StuCo fundraised to buy a new Martin the Spartan and this Fall StuCo will be holding Mascot tryouts. The tryouts are open for grades 9-12 so if you are interested please let a Student Council representative know. Also this Fall, StuCo will be holding the New Member Drive and Class Officer Elections. Please be watching for further information on both of these subjects if you are interested in either joining Student Council or being a Class Officer. (The New Member Drive is only for Freshman who did not attend Lux). Last but not least, StuCo is also going to host another Movie Night at East on September 21st. Mark your calendars and be watching for more details!

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Lincoln East High School Presents In the newly renovated East auditorium October 14th, 15th, and 16th at 7pm. All seats general admission for $6 Available at the door or presale beginning October 11th.

APOLLONAIRES The Lincoln East High School Apollonaire dance team attended an NDA camp at Wesleyan University June 28-July 1. The squad performed their preliminary tryout dance for adjudication and came away with many top awards and honors. The squad received Superior awards in all categories, as well as honors in the Technical Excellence categories. Their camp routine won a gold medal and five dancers were named to All-American. Other awards included the Top Gun Leaps & Turns award, Top Gun Hip Hop, Top Gun Kicks, and individual spirit, showmanship, and technique awards. The 2010-2011 squad members include Melissa Bavitz, Kylie Beck, Joslen Beitel, Tara Bucher, Alexis Carpenter, Sarah Hansen, Jennifer Heywood, Tessa Kingsley, Sara Lipson, Morgan Netz, Nicolette Netz, Caitlin Phelps, Kaitlyn Schulenberg, and Terra Young.

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Parents can access their students’ attendance, grades and assignments via a new online Teacher Gradebook. The Pinnacle Gradebook environment provides teachers with an advanced web-based gradebook that includes on-line attendance and the ability to engage parents through a parent portal that provides access to current assignments, graded assessments, and attendance information. School Administrators will now be able to monitor student achievement using the Principal Viewer that provides read-only access to teachers’ gradebooks and over 300 custom reports. If you did not receive your PIV (Parent Internet Viewer) letter to be signed by parent/ guardians, please contact the East High office to receive one. Once the parent turns in their signed letter personally with a photo id, they will receive their access credentials (userid and password)….only one needed per LPS family. Student access is with their school computer id and password.

Health Office News Here are a few important reminders from the Health Office. At this time last year the H1N1 influenza was prevalent in our community and schools. Fortunately at East our rates were not as high as other schools. Parents did a superb job keeping their student at home if they were ill. Please practice the same measures which include keeping your student at home with a temperature above 100 degrees, severe coughing, diarrhea and/or vomiting. This will help reduce the risk of spreading illnesses to other students and staff. Plus teachers really appreciate it! An important reminder is no student is allowed to have any medication at school unless it is dispensed through our health office. This includes all over-the-counter medications. The ONLY exception to this policy is students with diabetes, students with inhalers, and students with epi-pens, and then a doctor’s note and parent consent form must be signed. Otherwise disciplinary actions may take place if a student is found with medications in their possession. If your student has any new health concerns please send me an update at or call the health office, 436-1302. I’ll be glad to discuss it with you! The last bit of information is that all 9th graders will be screened (height/weight, hearing, vision and blood pressure checks) during the month of September. Let’s hope for a healthy school year!

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Each new school year a free and reduced meal application must be completed. Failure to do so will cause your children to lose meal benefits. Please read your letter of “Notification of Receiving Free and Reduced Meal Benefits” carefully. Children not listed on the letter will not receive meal benefits. You will need to complete a free and reduced application for any child who does not appear on the letter as well as for your other children. Until the free and reduced application is approved you will need to send money or a sack lunch for those

children not approved for free or reduced meal benefits. The “Notification of Receiving Free and Reduced Meal Benefits” letter must be saved to verify your free or reduced status with other programs. We do not mail a second copy. Starting in August the free and reduced meal application may be completed on-line at Fill-in your information as prompted and submit. A notification letter will be mailed to you.

Pay for School Meals On-Line! Go to the home page on and click on “Buy School Meals” There is a small fee for using this service. Make a payment toward your student’s breakfast, lunch or cash (snack) purchases.

Make an automatic withdrawal from your checking account for just 20 cents!

Deposit any amount! Visa or MasterCard accepted for the low transaction fee of $1.95

Looking for a fun job that pays $10.50 per hour while your children are in school? Be a Food Service Worker! Work four hours per day, school days only. Apply at Lincoln Public Schools District Office at 5901 O Street in the Human Resources Department or on-line at

School breakfast is generally offered thirty minutes before school starts to all students. Students have the choice between a hot breakfast (breakfast burrito) or a cold breakfast (cereal). Breakfast also includes milk and 100% fruit juice or fruit. Students who receive free lunch receive a free breakfast. The cost for a student who receives reduced meal benefits is thirty cents.

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Message from the Athletic Department THANK YOU! – And, GO BIG BLUE! Here we go again…a new school year and a new fall sports season are upon us. Actually, as I write this, the first golf meet, tennis match, softball tournament and football game are already in the books. Volleyball and cross country will see opening action in the next few days. Summer was filled with the 3 C’s: conditioning, camps and construction! Our kids had to dodge dump trucks and scaffolding to get their work outs in this summer, but work they did, and there is the excitement of promise and new beginnings in the air. Part of the excitement this fall is in the numbers of kids we have out for fall sports. Our freshman class is not only large in numbers, but also big on talent. We have almost 60 freshmen football players out and had over 30 freshmen girls try out for volleyball. Unfortunately there is a downside to big numbers in some sports because they are team sports in which only a limited number can play at a time. The volleyball coaches had to cut twenty girls during the try out period. Our coaches commented that they had to cut kids who may have started on the 9th grade team in the past! It’s obviously a good problem to have in the big picture of being competitive, but it’s tough on kids and coaches during those times when decisions have to be made regarding teams.

Last Friday night at halftime of the football game, we had the opportunity to honor the past. We presented the first Team of Distinction award to East High’s very first state champion team- the 1970 Wrestling Team. The award was created as a way to recognize the team successes in Lincoln East’s history. It is an athletic history that really began with this team of young men just over 40 years ago. In the years since, 67 state championship teams have been crowned for East High and well over 200 individual champions. It was so fun to watch and listen as these men returned to Lincoln East from as far away as California, for an evening of recognition, yes, but even more importantly, an evening of recollection and a renewal of friendship and team camaraderie. It was a reminder to me of what impact the high school experience and being a part of a team can have on a person for the rest of his/her life. Most of them joined us for the Booster Blitz before the game and then gathered in the Ed and Mary Copple Student Development Center afterward for a reception. They were very appreciative of the honor and marveled at the spirit of the kids and the tremendous support of the East High community and boosters. We look forward to continuing this recognition next fall. Typically at the beginning of each season, I talk to our

athletes and their parents about the importance of sportsmanship when participating in, or attending, athletic events. Unfortunately, last year we had a couple of incidents which didn’t reflect very well on the Spartans or the East High community. The most publicized happened last spring at the State Championship Soccer game and created a cloud over what should have been a week of celebration for one of the greatest achievements of a Spartan sports team. I have said many times that I don’t at all believe that what happened that night is a true reflection of the students of East High. I simply don’t believe that is who we are. It is, however, a great example of how the actions of a few can blemish the reputation and perception of the whole. I have challenged our coaches to work with our student athletes to change that perception in the minds of our opponents and of the public in general. I think the attitude and the effort that we make during this school year towards those ends will be very important in how we are viewed and treated down the road. Our coaches are very important role models to our kids, but so are the parents. Please make every effort to display sportsman-like behavior and keep in mind why they call it a ‘Game’. Let’s have a great fall sports season and show the world the true Spartan Spirit.

Wendy Henrichs Athletic Director

Let’s have a great fall sports season and show the world the true Spartan Spirit.

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East High School—September 2010

Lincoln Public Schools East High School 1000 S. 70th Street Lincoln, NE 68510

Please be sure that the school office has your correct email address on file

Phone: 402-436-1302 Fax: 402-436-1325

Important Dates: September 6 September 27 September 27 & 28 September 28 October 8 October 22 October 25-29 November 1 November 25 & 26

No School Picture Re-Take Day Parent Teacher Conferences 9th Grade Health Screening Homecoming Game/Dance End of Quarter 1 Fall Break Start of Quarter 2 No School

Here is the link to the Pinnacle Gradebook for students and parents: PIV LOGIN For more info click here

EAST HIGH ADMINISTRATORS Sue Cassata, Principal Dave Bell, Assoc. Principal Liz Miller, Assoc. Principal Dennis Mann, Assoc. Principal Wendy Henrichs, Athletic Director

East High Website: Http://

Natalie Wehry, SPED Coordinator Greg Fleming, Student Svcs Coordinator Karen Eihusen, Instructional Coordinator John Farrand, Asst. Athletic Director


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