Out of School Time Programming
The Lincoln Park Middle School (LPMS) After-School Program engages youth in a variety of free, fun, creative, and healthy activities. The program is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school from 3:15-4:15 p.m. during the academic year. A nutritious snack and activity buses to home are provided each day that the program is in session. Homework help and a study area are available in the media center. Clubs/activities are primarily led by school staff and include: Art Club, Intramurals, Weightlifting, Science Club, GSA, STEM Club, Game Zone, Djembe and Capoeira. Additional offerings are made possible through partnerships with community organizations such as the YWCA (Girl Power! program) and the University of MN Extension Snap Ed (Healthy Cooking classes).
Along with on-site out-of-school-time programming, partnership with local colleges and university provides opportunities for expanded learning and college, career, skill, and interest exploration.
The Digital Art Workshop for Youth is an after-school program taught by UMD Art and Design professor Joellyn Rock that introduces students to a variety of hands-on video and animation techniques such as stop-motion and chroma key (green screen) technology. Throughout the Workshop, students create their own images using digital cameras, Photoshop software, and experimental stop-motion techniques. Special effects for video are explored in UMD’s state-of-the-art MMAD Lab. The elements of space, time, light, motion, color, and sound are used to create collaborative short video projects with UMD Art Education majors who are developing teaching methods for digital media classrooms. The program meets Thursdays from 4:00-5:45 p.m. for five weeks each fall and concludes with a celebration showcase of student work for family and friends on the UMD campus.
Shoot for the Stars STEM Camp (Summer)
Shoot for the Stars STEM Camp is an academic and enrichment focused summer program for Lincoln Park Middle School students who have completed grades 6-8. Offered in partnership with the College of St. Scholastica, this program is offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for a week each summer and is held on the College campus. Participants are engaged in experiential learning and have the opportunity to build and launch their own rockets after learning about encryption, cryptology, radar mapping, and rocket construction.
Health and Wellness
Our current health and wellness efforts include partnerships, programs, and activities to support physical and social-emotional well-being. Partners include Farm-to-School, University of MN Extension, and St. Louis County Public Health. Supports and activities include universal free school breakfast including grab-and-go options, a clothing closet, a school garden, guest speakers/presentations during the school-day, and wellness-focused after-school clubs and activities such as intramural sports, weightlifting, and healthy cooking. Our school also partners with several on-site mental health providers who provide group and individual therapy and counseling. School-based mental health partners include Northwoods Childrens Services, Fond du Lac School-Linked Mental Health, and Human Development Center.
Family and Community Engagement
Our school takes part in the Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project, a relationship-focused home visiting program designed to build strong connections and positive relationships between school and home. Research has found that these visits help to break down assumptions that families and educators might have about each other. Visits are voluntary for families and educators and are arranged in advance. Educators go in pairs on visits and are trained and compensated for their time. Families and educators share hopes and dreams for the child. Each visit lasts about 40 minutes. Generous funding from the DSACF’s Opportunity Gap grant has made initial funding for this program possible.
Parent Camp is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to gather with each other and school staff to discuss topics they are interested in in an informal, comfortable setting. Parents/guardians plan and lead the event in collaboration with LPMS staff. We are preparing to host our third annual parent camp this fall. Thirty-five to forty people participated in each of our previous Parent Camp events. Supper is provided for all participants followed by conversations on a variety of topics. Transportation and childcare have also been offered, which helps reduce barriers to attendance.
Family fun nights are held quarterly and feature a meal and engaging activities for students, families, staff, and community members to enjoy. Some of our family nights have included a community health resource fair, a talent show, and an end of year BBQ.