Lewis Central Middle School TAG Program

At Lewis Central Middle School, above and beyond expectations and opportunities are part of every teacher's instruction; enrichment and challenge options are provided to students in a variety of formats: through classroom differentiation, student clubs and activities, elective courses and programs.  Teachers at Lewis Central are highly committed to meeting the diverse learning needs of all students, including those who are advanced learners. 

The TAG strategist at Lewis Central Middle School is Michelle Kavars.  Parents and students may reach her at michelle.kavars@lewiscentral.org.  The building level TAG strategist supports advanced learners through three levels of service: inclusive, selective, and highly selective, and through collaboration with teachers on instruction.  

TAG Program Strands

Middle School

Inclusive (Open to all students. Participation is based on interest, initiative, and effort.)

Major pieces of inclusive programming:

Invent Iowa

Chess Club

Woodmen Oration Contest

Optimist Speech Contest

Instructional support for teachers in differentiation

Additional school offered programs and activities (not handled by the TAG facilitators)

Selective (Consistent Performance at the 95th percentile or above on multiple measures over a period of 3 years in reading or math)

Major pieces of selective programming:

Math Olympiad

WordMasters Challenge

Mock Trial Case Study

Instructional support for cluster teachers in differentiation

Advanced language arts and math classes

Math and Reading cluster grouped classes when advanced courses are not available.

*Students are also eligible for inclusive services


Highly-Selective (Performance, Invitation only) (Consistent Performance at the 97th percentile or above on multiple measures over a period of 3 years in reading or math)

Advanced math and language arts classes

Cluster grouping classrooms where advanced classes are not available.

Additional pull-out services and direct instruction from the gifted teacher

Investigative literacy research units with final product

History Day

Future City (open to both highly selective math and reading identified students)

Mock Trial Case Study and Competition

*Single subject or whole grade acceleration, compacted instruction, increased pace and rigor of instruction

*Administrator approval and Iowa Acceleration Scale Required for single subject or whole grade level acceleration.

Blank Summer Institute (grades 7, 8) Gifted supported nomination process.

Independent study 

TAG differentiated learning plan to plan and document instructional supports.

*Students also receive support through inclusive and selective programming.

For district information on Identification and gifted services, follow this link:

District TAG Plan



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