All About Lewis and Clark Middle School

                                Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

     It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the new principal of Lewis & Clark Middle School.

     I have worked in the OPS district for 16 years and have had a wealth of experience as a music teacher, Dean of Students, District Office Administrator, and Assistant Principal.  I’m excited to bring the skills I have gathered during my tenure within the district and continue to foster my learning, so that I am able to support the instruction and education that takes place to Lewis & Clark.

     At Lewis & Clark, we are committed to ensuring that everyone is treated with respect. I promise to provide a safe, positive and caring school experience so that all students feel valued and encouraged to achieve their best.

     Our teachers work diligently to create a learning atmosphere that is responsive to the differences in our students’ academic levels, interests, and learning styles. The middle school years are an exciting time of learning and growth for our students. These years provide students with opportunities to begin a love for reading, explore new interests, and expand skills. We believe that all students should be provided with high academic and behavioral standards, and we are committed to the pursuit of excellence for all students.

     Communication between home and school is very important to the success of your child. I hope that each of you will remain active in your child’s education. Please know that you are a critical part of our school. Your active support is needed as we seek to provide a positive learning environment for all our students. There are many ways you can get involved at school.

     Education is a joint venture between school and home. Parents are a vital part of the Lewis & Clark community. I look forward to working with you and developing a relationship that will assist in the growth of your children. I encourage any questions, comments, or concerns that may arise throughout the year. Please feel free to visit Lewis & Clark, contact your child’s teacher, our office, and me. I hope that every child has a rewarding, positive, and successful experience at Lewis & Clark.

Dr. Tyree Sejkora


Our Vision and Mission

Omaha Public Schools Mission Statement:
The mission of the Omaha Public Schools is to provide educational opportunities which enable all students to achieve their greatest potential.
Lewis and Clark Middle School Mission Statement:
The Lewis and Clark Middle School IB Community is dedicated to creating inquisitive and compassionate global citizens by:
  • Establishing life-long learners who are productive citizens
  • Developing intercultural understanding and respect
  • Providing rigorous, multidisciplinary instruction
  • Contributing to the larger community
Lewis and Clark Middle School Vision Statement:
At Lewis and Clark Middle School students and adults interact respectfully and responsibly as a community of learners resulting in high academic performance and a continuing "Tradition of Excellence."


International Baccalaureate Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their difference, can also be right.

Lewis and Clark Academic Teams

Each Trailblazer student is assigned to an interdisciplinary team at the time they begin attendance at Lewis and Clark. Students on each team have the same set of teachers for mathematics, language and literature, individuals and societies and science. These teachers, along with a special education teacher, meet daily to coordinate plans for instruction in order to support learning in all courses, to develop and monitor strategies to help individual students improve their achievement and to enhance their own professional knowledge and skills. Research and experience have demonstrated that interdisciplinary teams have a positive impact upon the academic achievement of all students.

Academic Teams at Lewis and Clark include:


Grade 6


Grade 7


Grade 7

Corps of Discovery

Grade 8


Grade 8


Grade 7 & Grade 8




Lewis and Clark Middle School has a variety of unique programs. These include:

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

An IB education is the result of a dynamic interaction between IB learners (who), teaching and learning in the IB (how), global contexts for teaching and learning (why) and the pursuit of significant knowledge and understanding (what). The IB MYP provides a framework of academic challenges that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, while becoming critical and reflective thinkers.

     Contact: Mrs. Lisa Tingelhoff,

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 classes in 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

Contact: Mr. Nathan Buchholz,

Gifted and Talented Education

The gifted and talented curriculum and the grade level curriculum align, reflecting our committment to the differentiation of instruction. Teachers adapt the curriculum and instrution to meet the needs of all learners. By using pre assessments, the classroom teachers identify their students' ability and readiness levels. 

     Contact: Mrs. Melissa Shrago,     

Trailblazer After School Program

We offer free after school programming for all students at Lewis and Clark with the goals of improving student learning, school attendance and school performance. Community partners and certified teachers deliver programming on site to the students. These programs are tied to the school day curriculum and focus on academics, STEM, recreation, nutrition, art and cultural activities.

     Contact: Ms. Tracy White

Trailblazer Athletics

Students at Lewis and Clark Middle School are encouraged to become student-athletes. To participate students must have a current physical and insurance on file, sign the middle level athletic contract, and participate in concussion testing. Students can participate in the following sports:

  • Fall Season: Tackle Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country
  • Winter Season 1: Boys Basketball, Girls Swimming
  • Winter Season 2: Girls Basketball, Boys Swimming, Wrestling
  • Spring Season: Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Track and Field
     Contact: Mr. Tom Robertson,


Lewis and Clark Middle School

School Improvement Plan



2014-15             ACHIEVEMENT

2015-16             GROWTH GOAL














Number of behavioral referrals


By Spring 2016, there will be a decrease of referrals by 10%.


Staff Moral and Trust


By Spring 2016, staff moral and trust will increase to 70%.


Professional Development Focus Areas

      1.)  Top 10 Procedures and Routines

      2.)  Advanced Questioning Techniques (QAR)

      3.)  Advanced Graphic Organizers

      4.)  International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

Click here to access the [School improvement Plan] full document.

Click here to access the 2014-15 Lewis and Clark Data Book.

Lewis and Clark Middle School was named after  explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, leaders of the 1804-1806 Corps of Discovery - the first overland United States expedition to the Pacific Coast and back. The Corps traveled the Missouri River, having their first council with Native Americans just north of present day Omaha.

The school opened in 1960. At that time, students chose the name "Trailblazers" and the colors blue and white.

On May 6, 1975 much of the school building was destroyed in a tornado in which a total of three people perished and some 287 homes were destroyed. (See National Weather Service photo at right.)

Almost one year later classes resumed in a remodeled, improved and air-conditioned facility. 

During the Summer of 2012, Lewis and Clark Middle School with its partner school, Central High School, became authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Yeas Program Schools. Together they are the second IB MYP in the state of Nebraska.

The students at Lewis and Clark Middle School voted for this logo:




When Lewis and Clark Middle School became an authorized IB World School, we modified our logo to:

Today approximately 870 sixth, seventh and eighth graders attend Lewis and Clark, a school known for its tradition of academic excellence!

Lewis and Clark Middle School features a unique, modified block schedule. On Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, students attend all 8 periods and HomeBase. On Wednesday, students attend their odd period classes and HomeBase. On Thursday, students attend their even period classes and HomeBase. The block periods on Wednesday/Thursday allow for authentic assessments/activities to be conducted, while still using best instructional practices and the gradual release of instruction.




At Lewis and Clark Middle School an IB World School, we value our diversity.The following is our current demographic breakdown for the 2017-18 school year.

  • 1% - Native American
  • 15% - Asian
  • 34% - Black
  • 15% - Hispanic
  • 35% - White

Additional student data are as follows:

  • 72% - Free or Reduced Lunch
  • 20% - Special Education
  • 12% - Current English Language Learners
  • 3% - English Language Learners and Special Education
  • 12.5% - Former English Language Learners
  • 4.5% - Tested English Language Learners and did not qualify

    Lewis and Clark Middle School is located in the heart of Omaha, essentially at the intersection of 72nd and Dodge Streets. Click here for a map. 


    Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt Street

    Omaha, Ne 68132

    Phone: 531-299-2400

    Fax: 531-299-2418


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    Trailblazer Administration

    Trailblazer Teachers

    Trailblazer Guidance Counselors

    Our Adopt-A-School Partners

    We would like to thank the following businesses and organizations that support our school through the Adopt-A-School Program: