Lewis & Clark Middle School

May 2021

Message From The Principal

We are down to the last few weeks of school for the 20-21 school year. Below you find some final celebrations and end of the school year items to end the year strong. We are excited to wish our 8th grade students well as they head off to high school, we are eager to meet the new Trailblazers coming to us in the near future, and we know that our current 6th and 7th grade students will continue to model our tradition of excellence in the year to come.

Thank you for you support and patience as we maneuvered through this unique year. It truly was a team effort and we appreciate everything that you did to help support the students and staff at Lewis & Clark. We Not Me!

Homework Hub

Here is what is taking place in classrooms. Please know that this section may be revised weekly so that all are aware of the lessons that are taking place each week.

You can also find the link to the Homework Hub on the Lewis & Clark Home Page.


Student Tutoring Supports

Math After School Tutoring

  • Math tutoring
  • Online tutoring Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Anyone is welcome to join
  • A math teacher from Lewis and Clark will be there to assist with any math related items.
  • TO JOIN: go to the LC Office Hours in Teams and find the channel that says Math Tutoring.

Trailblazer Afterschool Academy Tutoring

  • All subject areas
  • Online tutoring Monday through Thursday
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Anyone is welcome to join
  • TO JOIN: send an email to Mrs. White at tracy.white1@ops.org to schedule a date and time.

Do Space Tutoring

Hands on Experiences in Science!

There are always fun and amazing opportunities going on in Science class. Below you will find Mr. Mihai's 8th grade students shooting off rockets that they created, Mrs. Powers 6th grade students getting ready to dissect frogs, and Mrs. Rinn's Honors Science class demonstrating how sound waves work! Learning is more fun when it is hands on and these teachers are bring Science to life by doing just that!

Tall Grass Prairie Poster Winner

Kyaw Say placed 4th place out of all of the 6th grade student in Nebraska that entered in the Tall Grass Prairie Poster contest. This contest was thru the NE Wildlife Federation. The winners will be honored on June 19 at Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln.

National Junior Honor Society Surprise Celebration

The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship and Character.

This year, we did not hold an evening ceremony, but instead surprised all 8th grade students who qualified for this honor in a surprise celebration. Shout out to Mrs. Shrago and the NJHS committee for your organization and planning of this event.

Rotary Honor Roll Students

Students who earn to be a part of the Rotary Honor Roll were selected by their teachers for modeling their Blazer Best by the following:

  • LEADERSHIP: - Is the student fair minded...honest...truthful?
    • Can he/she direct others enthusiastically?
    • Is he/she sympathetic...cooperative...liked by others?
  • CHARACTER: - Is the student pleasant...courteous?
    • Does the student assume responsibility and discharge it satisfactorily?
    • Is he/she respectful of others?
  • SCHOLARSHIP: - Does the student apply himself/herself to studies?
    • Does he/she work well in the classroom with other students and with teachers?
  • PRESENCE: - Does the student present himself/herself well?

This year, the ceremony was held via Zoom by the Rotary Club of Omaha, but the students were able to enjoy some time together with a catered in lunch and some quality time together.

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Theme Day Thursday

The Phil and Ruth Sokolof Roll Fund Recipient

Naomi Fox is this year's recipient of The Phil and Ruth Sokolof Roll Fund. The Phil and Ruth Sokolof Honor Roll Fund presents an annual $10,000 award to a Jewish teacher currently teaching in the Omaha metropolitan area (who has been teaching at least 3 years), with preference to those who teach K-12. This award recognizes outstanding contributions as a teacher and mentor to the education and overall achievements of his/her students. She was nominated by students, parents, and colleagues over the last three years from OPS, Temple Israel, and the Jewish community.

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Updated Electronic Devices Expectations

Lewis & Clark is looking at updating our electronic devices policy for the 21-22 school year per the feedback of families, students, and staff. In order to ensure that this will be an effective policy, we will utilize the last two and a half weeks of this school year as a pilot.

Staff pre-taught the new policy on Friday, May 7th in Homebase by the use of this PPT. The expectations were retaught and the PPT was sent out to all students again on Monday, May 10th.

Please take time to review the PPT as well and discuss this with you child. Let us know if you have any questions!

Technology Tips - Common Sense Media

As our reliance on technology continues to grow the need to teach students (and staff and parents) the importance of digital citizenship grows as well.

Digital citizenship, refers to the choices, actions, and responsibilities of technology users in creating and promoting safe, ethical spaces in our online environments. It is important to teach our students and community members about online etiquette, appropriate online communication, and ethical use of information. Equally important is learning how to keep information safe, finding credible, accurate information online, and being well-balanced in both on and offline life.

We use technology daily in our home and work life, so it’s important to learn about the rights and responsibilities that go along with using digital resources.

Summer iPads Communications

We are pleased to announce that all students who plan to return to Omaha Public Schools next school year may keep their district-provided iPad, with 4G LTE connectivity, through the summer. This will allow students access to valuable summer learning materials, scholastic resources and district-approved learning apps through our 1:1 technology initiative. Please find important details below regarding this opportunity.

  • If a student keeps their iPad for the summer, they are required to bring back the device and all accessories when school resumes in August 2021. If a student transfers to a new school within Omaha Public Schools, they will take their device to the new school.
  • If a parent or guardian does not want their child to have a district-provided device over the summer, or if a student plans to leave our district, they must return it to their school office by May 26, 2021.
  • If a family leaves our district during the summer, devices must be returned to the TAC building at 3215 Cuming Street.

It is important to note that Omaha Public Schools Parent/Guardian Technology Use Responsibilities agreement, signed when iPads were distributed, will remain in place through summer 2021 and our Student Code of Conduct must be followed. All students must have a signed agreement on file with their school in order to keep their device for the summer. Additionally, please visit our Common Sense Media page for educational resources on digital citizenship, internet safety, media balance and more.

If a student’s iPad or any accessories are broken or misplaced during the summer, please contact the school they attended during the 2020-21 school year to report it. If you have questions during the summer, additional support will be available by emailing summeriPadsupport@ops.org or by calling 531-299-8765. If you have questions about your student’s device before the end of this school year, please contact your school directly.

We appreciate your continued partnership and support as we work together to serve the students of Omaha Public Schools.

K-12 Rides Free

All K-12 students can use an Metro Transit service for free from May 10th 2021 through June 1st, 2021. For any student that took a school picture this year, we will be handing out their activity cards in case they need it for an ID.

See below information:

K-12 Brochure Card

K-12 FAQ

Online Payment for Families

Online Payment is a reliable and secure electronic payment processing solution for fees and fines transactions. The Infinite Campus Online Payment will be launched next week on April 15th. At that time, parents or guardians can set up a payment method and select fees to pay through their Campus Parent Portal account.

Parents or guardians must have a Campus Parent account to do this. If a parent or guardian needs to set up their account, they should contact their child's school.

Identification Needed when Checking out Students

For the safety of students, the Omaha Public School district requires identification for every guest that is checking out a student to verify that they are listed as authorized to pick up. Thank you for understanding and your support with this.

PRO - Showered with Love

A huge shout out to our families for showering us with love throughout the entire Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. From treats to gifts and pizza to coffee, we were truly feeling cared for. Thank you for all that you did for us during this special week and everything you do throughout the year.

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Bond Work and Building Updates