Focus Program

Lewis and Clark Middle School is an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) School. Students participating in the Focus Program have access to all classin the MYP, as well as the extra value standards of leadership, technology, and communication. The Focus Program is available to all students in the Learning Community.

Highlights of the Focus Program at Lewis and Clark Middle School:

  • Extended Day Program with enrichment activities from 3:05 to 4:30
  • Extended School Year with an additional three weeks in June
  • Extra Value Standards of leadership, technology, and communication
  • One to One Laptop to Student Ratio
  • Small Class Sizes with a one to twenty teach to student ratio
  • World Language (French or Spanish)
  • Design Technology
  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • Curriculum connected to our community and world as part of the MYP

The Focus Program includes Extra Values Standards to move students to a deeper understanding of themselves as learners.

Leadership

Students are given leadership opportunities throughout the school year. Some examples are:

  • Strengths Explorer in a visit to Gallup University.
  • The Low and High Rope Course run by Outward Bound at Northstar.
  • Positive relationship building skills and problem solving.
  • Service learning and awareness of community needs.

Technology

Our students work in a 1:1 student to laptop ratio, and all classrooms at Lewis and Clark have access to the wireless network. Other technology available to students:

  • SMART Board, LCD projectors, and document cameras (ELMOs) are in all Focus classrooms.
  • Macbook and PC laptops, giving students exposure to both platforms.
  • Use of current software in writing, publishing, presentations, and more.
  • Technology based enrichments including VEX Robotics, video editing and production, and the.News

Communication

Our Students develop their multiple communication methods as adolescents and learn to communicate in many different ways as a strength by:

  • Use of different tools to enhance communication.
  • Use of feedback and positive interactive skills.
  • Participation in Just Friends, an opportunity to be a peer role model
  • Writing and delivering speeches within and outside the classroom
  • Interviewing community members about a variety of topics
Extended Day

Students participating in the Focus Program have the opportunity to extend their learning Monday thru Thursday every week from 3:05 until 4:30 PM. Students are able to participate in athletics, or sign-up for six week sessions that runs throughout the year. Our extended day program is run through Nothing But Net. A few of the enrichment opportunities that students can participate in are:

*Manga Club     *Truck Farm     *Real Talk

*Yearbook    *HIV/AIDS Awareness     *Omaha Public Library

*Nebraska Wildlife Rehab     *Why Arts?     *Rose Theatre

*Omaha Community Playhouse     *Partnership 4 Kids     *Girl Scouts

*Chess Club     *African American History Challenge     *Athletics

*Tae Kwon Do     *Walking Club     *Running Club

*Healthy Lifestyles     *PAR Core     *Ultimate Club

*This is a not an all inclusive list of enrichment opportunities.

Extended Year

Students are required to attend the June term. During the three weeks of the June term, students are provided with an enriched learning experience by learning through an interdisciplinary unit focused on our community and is sparked by taking a historical tour of Omaha. In addition, students participate in The Amazing Race to develop their leadership, technology, and communication capacity by working as teams for causes within the community and the world.

Students have an opportunity to participate in the Focus Program over the course of ten years, although students may enter into the program at different points.

The program starts at Wilson Focus Program, for grades three to six. Students transition to Lewis and Clark Middle School for grades seven and eight. From Lewis and Clark Middle School, students have a guaranteed spot with the Burke High School Focus Program.

 

 

At Lewis and Clark Middle School, the interdisciplinary team that the Focus Program students are on is called Team Pride. The team consists of four core subject teachers and a special education teacher. The teachers on Team Pride are:

Carla Bobier (Science)

Email: Carla.Bobier@ops.org

Phone: (402)557-4300 Ext. 7331


Jessica Leisure (Language and Literature)

Email: Jessica.Leisure@ops.org

Phone: 402-557-4300 Ext. 7311


Mariel Kloppenborg (Mathematics)

Email: Mariel.Kloppenborg@ops.org

Phone: (402)557-4300 Ext. 5633


Suzanne Croisant (Individuals and Societies)

Email: Suzanne.Croisant@ops.org

Phone: (402)557-4300 Ext. 7314


Lya Gillot (Resource)

Email: Lya.Gillot@ops.org

Phone: (402)557-4300 Ext. 7324

 

Focus Program

Focus Program

Contact Info

Mr. Nathan Buchholz
Assistant Principal
(402)557-4320
nathan.buchholz@ops.org