BPS Middle School HAL Services

End of the Year Updates

Greetings, Parents!

With the end of the year quickly approaching, we want you to know that Mr. Larson continues to work with students and classroom teachers to provide a variety of challenges that enrich, enhance, or extend the curriculum. The foundation of your child's high-ability learner services takes place in the classroom through varied challenges and differentiated instruction. Students are currently working on a variety of challenges including, but not limited to Genius Hour projects, challenges specific to his/her coursework, and career discussions. Teachers are currently working with Mr. Larson to discuss instructional suggestions and successful strategies to assist our high-ability learners in the classroom. These specific strategies will be shared with teachers next year.

Many students working with Mr. Larson have been completing a Genius Hour Project. Some of you might be wondering, "What is Genius Hour?" If so, please take a moment to view this video for an explanation of Genius Hour. As we are moving toward the end of the school year, our hope is that these projects do not end. We hope that these projects will continue to be a way in which students explore an area of interest and strive to continue growing.

Mr. Larson is also working with individual students to begin thinking about how to unite their strengths, interests, and passions with possible future careers. Throughout the rest of the quarter, Mr. Larson is planning to work with students to connect interests, strengths, future coursework, and possible career paths. They will be mapping it out in a creative way.

Academic Coaching Updates

Congratulations to all of our hard-working students and academic coaches!

The Mission Middle and Logan Fontenelle Middle School Science Olympiad Teams will advance to Nationals this year! Congratulations!

The Lewis and Clark Stock Market Games Team finished in the top 10 of more than 90 teams! Congratulations!

As a reminder, in each middle school, there are two academic coaches. These individuals are responsible for choosing academic competitions and extended classroom experiences appropriate for their individual buildings and students. Activities in each school vary based on the strengths and interests of the students. Some activities may include, but are not limited to: curricula-based quiz bowls, UNMC Health Science tours, Educational Service Unit (ESU) #3 hosted activities designed specifically and only for students with high-ability learning needs, and several others. Academic competitions are not exclusive to high-ability learners, but for some, may provide additional challenges related to his/her area of interest.

Academic Coaches

Logan Fontenelle

Lewis and Clark


We Welcome Your Communication

Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Larson or Miss Kinen.

Megan Kinen, District K-12 HAL Facilitator