LinksLIVE! The LHS News Broadcast 5/19/2020 *Coronavirus Edition #16*

Season 1: Episode 140
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Good morning Lincoln High. Welcome to LinksLIVE! The Lincoln High morning news show.

How’s everybody doing? Hope you’re all well. Thanks for joining us.

I’m Cate Frederick keeping you updated on the latest news about school and the coronavirus situation.

A reminder that links to updates with all official LPS information are also available on the lps home page at
On today’s show we have some information about Senior Return and Retrieve Days, Caps and Gowns and Yard Signs, Graduation and other class of 2020 celebrations, Chromebook and other LPS equipment use over the summer, Graduation Speech Tryouts, Food Distribution, and more. So stay tuned.


Seniors and Families of Graduating Seniors-
As the school year comes to a close, we want to provide you with the opportunity to come to school to return any LPS items you have at home and to retrieve your personal belongings.

You will also be able to pick up your caps and gowns and a special yard sign celebrating the class of 2020 from the LHS Booster Club. If you haven’t had a chance to order your cap and gown yet, you can contact Lincoln Graduation at 402.937.0812.

Lincoln Public Schools has compiled a checklist of items you need to return or pick up for your convenience. See the complete list in the transcript below. Students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, as well as siblings of seniors, will NOT be participating in the return and retrieve plan. They will get their belongings at another time when safety precautions are lessened.

You will need to return these items:
Chromebook, charger, and Chromebook Bag
Musical instrument owned by the school (loaned to student through fee waiver)
School textbooks
LPS library books
Classroom books belonging to the teacher
Sports uniforms and/or equipment
LPS Hotspots
Anything else that belongs to the school or teacher

This return and retrieve process will be drive-through only.
Students and families will NOT come into the building
The drive through will begin at the drive by the baseball field on Randolph Street.
A walk-up station will be on site for anyone biking or walking to the school
To minimize the number of people gathering at one time, we will follow the schedule below. If you are not able to come at that assigned time, please come at a time that works for your family

Today, May 19th from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. seniors whose last names begin with the letters A-L can drop off their materials.
Tomorrow, May 20th from 10 to 2 is for seniors whose last name begins with the letters M-Z,
And Thursday, May 21st will be a makeup day from 3 to 6 p.m.

To ensure safe health practices, we want the pick up process to be quick and efficient.
Stay in your vehicle
Have items to return to school in the trunk, if possible
Follow the traffic pattern and directions from school staff wearing safety vests
Smiles, waves and warm greetings are welcome
Please no high fives, hugs, fist bumps for school staff
There will not be time for questions, visiting or conferencing. Please contact your child’s teacher through email or by calling the school office if you have questions

Please call the school office at (402) 436 – 1301 if you have questions regarding the return and retrieve process.

We also know that you have a lot of questions about graduation and what that is going to look like. Plans are still being finalized. We are planning a July 26th graduation ceremony of some kind for Lincoln’s six public high schools (either in person or virtually depending on current health directives). More information will be announced in June when we have a clear picture from local health officials.Stay tuned to The Advocate Online over the summer at for the latest developments.

We are also starting to plan some awesome events to honor our Seniors later this summer as well, but we need your help. Please Fill out two Google Forms for us to help us have all the information we need to honor you and your accomplishments and honors.

The first Google Form can be found at Jump Code YPOE. This information will be used for a special presentation and for future transcript requests. The second form that we need all Seniors to fill out can be found at Jump Code YLYW. This one is for Seniors to report any and all scholarships that you have been awarded. Please help us by filling these forms out or your information in the special presentation may be incomplete. Again, those two jump codes are YPOE and YLYW.

“Graduation Speech Tryouts are TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 20th. If you signed up to audition, meeting information will be sent out TODAY. Speeches should be about 3 minutes in length and if chosen will be recorded for a ceremony in July. Four speakers will be chosen. More information is available in the Grad Speech Info document. Further questions should be emailed to Mrs. Aten. See links to information below in the transcript.

[More info document:

Form to sign up]

Your Google Classroom and Google Drive accounts will be
deactivated and deleted at the end of the year!
Be sure to back up all of info by midnight on June 1st.
All of your files will be gone on June 2nd. Get them backed up now.

The second round of Links Helps Links was yet another reminder of how special our LHS community really is. Thanks to your charitable actions, we were able to purchase another $1500 worth of gift cards from newly identified LHS-affiliated restaurants. These gift cards were donated to employees at six Lincoln grocery stores. You can view a few photos of the recent round of donations at The Advocate Online and there’s a link to a list of LHS-Affiliated businesses linked in the transcript below.
Thank you to everyone who contributed in some manner to Links Help Links, and a special token of gratitude to those who helped deliver the gift cards.
We are proud to be Links.

“Attention All Links, thank you to those who logged on and participated in our first week of zoom workouts! Workouts continued yesterday, Monday the 18th at 3 o’clock! If you didn’t make it, you can still join us on Wednesday or Thursday at 3! You can find the zoom code on any weight training google classroom, ask your sport specific coach, or reach out to Coach Beckmann. We continue to find ways to remain strong and continue to be One Chain, Un Broken!

“Please help coach Beckmann to congratulate the 2019-2020 Senior Lifters of The Year! Our female selection is Azzariah Perry, and our male CO lifters were Jager Francis and Kaleb Pence. We are proud of what these three Links accomplished in the weight room, and thank them for their hard work and determination which helped to raise the level of excellence for all Links. We hope that all those underclassmen are motivated and inspired to continue the tradition set in place by these three and all our previous Links Lifters Of The Year!”

And here’s a message from Chelsea Egenberger and the CLC
“Hello Links! Chelsea here from the LHS CLC!
Catch us again next Thursday, the last day of school, for a virtual connection circle followed by virtual gaming together!
You can find the links to these zoom meetings through our Civic NE HS CLC google classroom at classcode: 666wuph
We will also continue to offer programming through the LHS CLC and online Civic U virtual hub! You can stay up to date with what we are doing by following us online at
I want to congratulate each student, staff, and family member for wrapping up our school year. While we didn’t get to finish the school year together in-person, we are all still connected as links! Stay safe and healthy this summer. We can’t wait to see you all again!

Every year LPS honors the end of the school year with a special display of photos and videos celebrating the last week of school. This year is no exception! Celebrate the end of this unique school year with us on our #LastWeekLPS webpage. Show us how you are finishing the school year strong and celebrating your accomplishments. You can also use this as an opportunity to thank your teachers and wish your classmates a great summer. Here’s how you can participate during the week of May 18-21:
Email your last day photos with a caption in the subject line to:
Upload your photos or videos to our special webpage: Simply click on “upload” at the top of the Live Stream box to see your photos added to others around the school district.
Post your photos and videos to Twitter and Instagram and use #LastWeekLPS.
Join the conversation and watch the week unfold our our special webpage:

Celebrate Lincoln’s Class of 2020 on May 24th at 8:20 p.m.
We are asking for the community’s help in honoring and celebrating this year’s graduating class. On Sunday, May 24, at 8:20 p.m. we encourage everyone in Lincoln to step outside or open their windows to cheer this year’s seniors on what would have been the regularly scheduled graduation day for approximately 3,000 students. High school seniors will then be able to walk into their neighborhoods wearing their caps and gowns and hear the celebrations across the city.
Families and graduating seniors can share photos and videos of their neighborhood celebrations with Lincoln Public Schools to be displayed on a special website.
Upload your photos or videos to our special webpage by: Simply click on “upload” at the top of the Live Stream box to see your photos added to others around Lincoln.
Post your photos and videos to Twitter and Instagram and use #LNKGrad2020.
Join the conversation and watch the event unfold on our special webpage:
Thank you for your help in celebrating the Class of 2020!

[Special Education assistive technology & equipment]
Students who currently have special education assistive technology and specialized equipment checked out from LPS to use in their homes will keep the items over the summer. We are asking seniors and students leaving the district to please return their equipment this week when they pick up other personal items from their school. If equipment is broken or needs to be reprogrammed, please call 402-436-1905.

Chromebooks over the summer
Just a reminder that students in grades 2-11 will be keeping their Chromebooks at home over the summer unless they are leaving Lincoln Public Schools. Check out some suggestions for things you can do to keep your Chromebook healthy and ready for the fall on the LPS Homepage and below in the transcript.

[Summer High School Course Registration]
Just a reminder that Summer School registration is open for all students. Remember that high school summer school classes are FREE to any student (public or private) in grades 9-12 that currently resides within the LPS boundary.
More information can be found on the summer school website:
If you have any questions about this process, please contact your school counselor.

Here’s a reminder that LPS will continue serving meals every Monday through June.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 25th,
we will move distribution to Tuesday, May 26.

For more information about Grab-N-Go Meals, click on the Food Distribution link at, or type the word “food” in the keyword search. []

Weekly food distribution is Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for any child ages 1-18 at the following locations:
Belmont, Arnold, Calvert, Hartley, Huntington, Clinton, Saratoga, and West Lincoln
Elementary Schools:
Culler, Park, Goodrich, and Lefler Middle Schools,
and at Northeast High School and Lincoln High where you’ll enter the circle on 21st and J Streets and follow staff directions.

Any family is also welcome to pick up pre-packaged bags of food from the Lincoln Food Bank during their food distribution. More information about their schedule can be found at their website:

Remember that you can leave a comment below this video at any time for us. We want your feedback. You can also tell us your story of how you’re coping with all of this by filling out the form at Jump Code PBYZ. That’s PBYZ

Do you have good news to share? Questions? Comments? You can also reach out to us at, or message us on The Advocate Twitter and Instagram accounts: @lhsadvocate or on the Yearbook Instagram: @linksyearbook. We want to hear from you.

In the meantime, please follow CDC guidelines and STAY HOME as much as possible and Stay Away From Others in Public, Wash Your Hands, Don’t Touch Your Face, and Cover Your Cough.

Take care, keep supporting each other, and stay connected with us.

That’s all for today. Remember that you can see all past episodes of our show on The Advocate Online website at and a list of all jump codes through the master jump code YZYR.

Thanks for watching our broadcast, and we’ll see you again next time on… LinksLIVE!