Community Description

<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Lothrop <st1:placename w:st="on">Magnet <st1:placetype w:st="on">Center

Lothrop Science, Spanish and <st1:placename w:st="on">Technology <st1:placename w:st="on">Magnet <st1:placetype w:st="on">Center serves 300 students in prekindergarten through fourth grade in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Omaha, <st1:state w:st="on">Nebraska. <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Omaha is an urban community of 390,000 located in the eastern side of the state. The Omaha Public Schools District includes 60 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and 7 high schools.  The Lothrop community is diverse; the African American population makes up 84.7% of the total population, the Caucasian population makes up 8.1% of the students population, the Hispanic population makes up 5.1% of the student population.  The mobility rate is 22.2% and the attendance rate is 93.6.  Students on free and reduced lunch accounts for 78.8% of the student population.

Curriculum

<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Lothrop <st1:placename w:st="on">Magnet <st1:placetype w:st="on">Center provides a core subject curriculum with a special emphasis on reading, science, Spanish and technology.  Lothrop is a <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Reading <st1:placename w:st="on">First <st1:placetype w:st="on">School.  Teachers and students in kindergarten through third grade participate in Reading First, which emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension in all lessons.

Lothrop staff developed and implemented Extra Value Standards in each of the magnet theme areas.  Students in second through fourth grade participate in the over and above curriculum in science, Spanish and technology.  Students work with a theme specific specialist and their classroom teacher in five different learning labs; the green house, primary practical physics lab, language lab, outdoor classroom and computer lab.  Lothrop students participate in a wide variety of field experiences to connect their learning with the real world.  The new learning is shared with the public through the Learning Adventure newsletter.

 

Special Programs

 

Lothrop has incorporated a Headstart classroom in the building.  The neighborhood students, ages three and four, participate in a half day program that supports the goals of the district and the school.  The students are provided opportunities to work and learn together.

Lothrop developed a strong partnership with students, parents and community members.  The partnerships provide opportunities for special programs that meet student achievement goals.  Each quarter students set academic and citizenship goals that they share with their parents at Student Led Conferences. The students monitor their progress towards reaching the goals. Quarterly celebrations are held to recognize student success. The celebrations are funded by Lothrop’s partner, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placetype w:st="on">Temple <st1:placename w:st="on">Israel. 

Monthly, the EXCELS goals are supported through special programs.  Students participate in character education kickoffs each month, magnet family nights, science and cultural fairs.  Character education kickoffs provide an opportunity to introduce a new character trait in a fun and engaging way.   Magnet Family Nights, science and cultural fairs provides an opportunity for students to share with peers and their parents their special projects created during their magnet time.