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
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.
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:
Corps of Discovery
Grade 7 & Grade
Lewis and Clark Middle School has a variety of unique programs. These include:
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Highlights of the Focus Program at Lewis and Clark Middle School:
Contact: Mr. Nathan Buchholz, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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:
Clark Middle School
2015-16 GROWTH GOAL
By Spring 2016, there will be a decrease of referrals by 10%.
Staff Moral and
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.
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.
Additional student data are as follows:
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.
and Clark Middle School
Looking for a staff member?
Try these links:
Trailblazer Guidance Counselors
We would like to thank the following businesses and organizations that support our school through the Adopt-A-School Program: