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August Family Newsletter

Sent via SchoolMessenger on Thursday, August 11

Hello- we hope you are enjoying a restful and sunny summer! 

It has been a busy summer for Lincoln staff as we prepare for opening this fall. We look forward to welcoming new and returning students to Lincoln. 

If your student will not be returning to Lincoln for the upcoming school year please notify our Registrar, Miste Chandler, as soon as possible.

Staffing Updates

We want to make you aware of some additions and changes to our Lincoln Staff. 

Principal Ruth Medsker has applied to be on leave for the upcoming school year. Dr. Corey Eichner has been appointed the acting Principal for the 2022-2023 school year. Our returning families and students will know Dr. Eichner, who previously served as an Assistant Principal at Lincoln since our planning year in 2018. A new Assistant Principal has been hired to join the administration team to join Assistant Principals Jennifer Kniseley and Sara Tuttle. 

We also have several new staff members joining the Lincoln team replacing some departing staff to support our first year of full enrollment!  

  • Caleb Rivas Ahrens: Counselor
  • Elliott Flavors: Tier II Academic Supports
  • Katherine Babington: Psychology
  • Haven Barnes: PE/Health
  • Katie Davidson: Science
  • Rachel Desler: Science
  • Zachary Long: ELA
  • Rebecca Michener: Science
  • Rebecca Drouin: Science
  • Robert Gandy: ELA
  • Ailena (Lena) Jones: ELA
  • Rachel Shine: ELA
  • Katherine Crane: French
  • Jared Ridabock: Japanese
  • Van Doa: Head Custodial Engineer
  • Samuel Ahler: IEP Department
  • Wyn Pottinger-Levy: Career/Connected Learning
  • Curtis Reed: Business
  • Taryn Kohno: IEP Department
  • Byron Conover: Math
  • Katie Cassidy: Social Studies
  • Narcisco Collins: IEP Department
  • Melyssa Choi: Math
  • Omri Nimni: Social Studies
  • Silvia Stantcheva: IEP Department
  • Yesenia Cedillo: Math
  • Michael Laudick: Social Studies

If you want to know more about our new staff, you can read their bios and see pictures on the staff directory page.

This page will continue to be updated. 

Important Dates

  • 8/11 Yearbook pick up from 2nd and 3rd runs available now in the main office M-F 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 8/15 Athletics Registration due
  • 8/19 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Library open for checkout and returns  
  • 8/17 Football begins  
  • 8/22 Fall sports begin  
  • 9/1 Start of School forms will be available online  
  • 9/1 Ninth Grade welcome night 6-8 p.m.
  • 9/7 First day of School- staggered start times, check our website in late August for details!  
  • 9/12 Fall play tryouts  
  • 9/12-13 Laptop distribution (tentative) 
  • 9/21 Curriculum Night (tentative)  
  • 9/26-28 Picture Day  
  • 10/01 Yearbook sales begin
  • 10/10 Homecoming week  
  • 10/12 SAT and PSAT (Tentative) details to come  
  • 10/14 No School- State in service day  

Full school year calendar

First Day Special Bell Schedule & 9th Grade Student Orientation Sept 1st

We are excited to welcome our incoming 9th graders and other new students to Lincoln. We will be hosting a welcome and orientation for our new students and families on September 1st, from 6PM-8PM. We will provide additional information about this special event on our website. 

On September 7th (first day of school), we will be running a special schedule to welcome our incoming 9th grade students. Our 9th grade students will arrive at 8:30AM to participate in programming and orientation with their Lynx Crew Leaders. Lunch will be on campus (9th grade students cannot leave campus on the first day of school).

Students in 10th, 11th, 12th grade will begin their day on Seeptember 7th, after lunch, exact time will be communicated in the coming weeks. 

Athletic Information

Fall athletic registration is due August 15th: Lincoln High School encourages all students to explore and participate in our athletic program. Lincoln embraces the student-athlete approach to our program and works closely with our coaches and students in support of their success both on and off the field. Registration for all 2022-2023 athletics is now open and all electronic through FinalForms (see Athletics Registration webpage). Specific information about practices and tryouts will be provided by individual coaches.  

  • 8/17 Football begins  
  • 8/22 Fall sports begin 

Spirit Gear is Available!

Items ordered over the summer will be available for pick up at the September 1 new student welcome, or in the main office after the September 1.

Order spirit gear

Notes from our Nurse

If your student will need to take medication at school, please email Nurse Castro at to set up a time to bring in the medication and fill out the required paperwork. 

Keep Your ORCA Card

  • Your current ORCA card will become your NEW Free Youth Transit Pass! 
  • Students, use your card during the summer and use for the upcoming 22-23 school year, ignore the expiration date (8/31/22) on the back. 
  • If you lose your card, or it gets damaged email your request to: 
  • Students new to Seattle Public Schools can pick up their ORCA card at the September 1 welcome orientation or after that date in the main office during regular office hours. 

For students who chose to not pick up an ORCA card last school year, pick up an ORCA Card in September, when the new school year begins. You will not be able to order an ORCA card over the summer. Only replacement requests will be considered. Unclaimed ORCA Cards were returned to the district. Questions? Email and visit the SPS ORCA Card Information.  

Read more about the Free Youth Transit Pass on the King County website. 

Student Schedules and Grades

Counselors will be working later in August to finalize student schedules to check that students are placed in the correct class and are enrolled, as much as possible, in the class requests they made in the spring. Students may view their final schedule on the Source on September 6, 2022. Be aware that while it might be possible to view your schedule before then, schedules are subject to change until September 6.  

Once you can view your schedule, please DO NOT email counselors directly or requesting a schedule change. The procedure for requesting a schedule change will be presented to all students the first few days of school. Any email sent in that regard will not receive a response. 

For students who attended Lincoln High School second semester of 2022, final grades are viewable on The Source.

Learn more about The Source

ASB Cards, Yearbooks, and Universal Supply Fees

You can begin purchasing ASB membership and paying the Universal Supply fee beginning Wednesday, August 17th. Please log in to the Source to make your purchases. Please consider helping support other families in our community by adding on an additional donation when purchasing an ASB card and/or paying the Universal Supply Fee.  

  • ASB Cards ($45): We encourage all students to purchase an Associate Student Body (ASB) card. ASB card sales are our primary fundraiser each year to provide funding and support for all our extracurricular activities: clubs, athletics, after-school activities, etc. Students who purchase an ASB card will be eligible for various discounts throughout the year. Students who participate in any WIAA athletics or are active members in any clubs are required to purchase an ASB card. Scholarships are available to students to cover a partial or full cost of the ASB card.  
  • Yearbook (Price $70 with an ASB card, $80 without): Yearbook sales will occur throughout the 2022-23 school year during select dates with the first sale in the fall. Please make sure you purchase your yearbook during the open windows. Once sales are closed, we are not able to order extras for families who missed the deadline. 
  • Universal Supply Fee ($85): Our Universal Supply Fee helps to support all the learning activities that happen in our classroom that extend beyond base curriculum. As a project-based school, the universal supply fee provides the resources for the deeper learning that happens throughout the year and helps ensure students have access to the tools they need. The universal supply fee is optional but encouraged as part of our partnerships with our families and community. Families in need of financial support can opt to pay an amount that supports their individual budgets.

Free and Reduced Price Meals

For the 2022-23 School year, Breakfast will cost students $2.50 and Lunch will be $3.50.

We encourage families to apply for free and reduced-price lunches if they qualify.

Eligibility comes with additional benefits such as free or low-cost SAT and AP testing, scholarships, and more. Please come to our main office with any questions, or assistance filling out an application.

See you in September! 

-Lincoln Staff