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Friday Family Email 10.14.2022

Summary: Homecoming week info, ski bus, safety concerns

Sent via SchoolMessanger to Families

We hope our students are having a fun and relaxing day off!

Important Dates

  • 10/14 7:45pm – tonight- Homecoming football game @ Memorial Stadium
  • 10/15 Homecoming Social in the LHS Gym 8-11pm
  • 10/31 Yearbook sales close-available now for on SchoolPay
  • 11/01 Picture retakes

Updates to the SPS School Year Calendar:

The School Board voted on Wednesday, October 12 to make the following changes to the school year calendar because of the delayed start.

  • Semesters
    • Semester 1 September 14 – February 8
    • Semester 2 February 9 – June 30
  • Quarters
    • Quarter 1 September 14 – November 17
    • Quarter 2 November 18 – February 8
    • Quarter 3 February 9 – April 26
    • Quarter 4 April 27 – June 30

February 2 is now a make-up day. June 30 will be the last day of school; 1-hour early dismissal.  (Potential snow makeup dates July 3, 5, and 6)

Visit the district website to learn all dates. Please keep in mind that graduation dates will need to shift, we should have that date by end of October.

Yearbooks

Yearbook sales on SchoolPay (via the Source) are on now- October 31st- we will not be able to accept late purchases. $65 with an ASB card, $75 without.

Homecoming

See the Homecoming Information news feature on the Lincoln hompage for everything you need to know for Homecoming.

Principal Message

It is homecoming week, and I am honored to kick off our newsletter with gratitude for all the support we have received from our community this past week. Thank you.

  • To the 40+ volunteers who are supporting our homecoming dance on Saturday by chaperoning and delivering supplies.
  • To the 12 volunteers who supported our college and career day on 10/12 preparing PSAT/SAT testing material and hallway supervision.
  • To the countless donations brought in to build our student supply closet to support students who are short on the needed school supplies for their success. (Additional donations always useful and helpful)
  • To all the families who donated water, snacks and food for our students during homecoming and college and career day.

Positive partnerships between our families and community are essential for the success of our students and I thank all of you who have been part of supporting Lincoln this year.

There will be many more opportunities for families to support our school throughout the year. Be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities in the areas of academic supports and tutoring, activities, performing arts, and athletics, basic clerical support, and identified donations for students.

If you have plans to volunteer for us in the future, get your Volunteer Paperwork completed now so we have it on file.

Other Updates

  • Homecoming week is in full swing. Homecoming is a great time to engage with the school in supporting all our clubs, activities, and athletics. The homecoming game is tonight with the dance on Saturday. In the lead up to these events, it is a good time to meet with your student to talk about positive and safe decision-making. While the focus of homecoming is around celebration, the safety of our students is paramount, and we want everyone in attendance to enjoy the festivities in a safe and positive manner. As a reminder, any bags brought to the stadium will be searched before entry and we ask you only bring sealed beverages. If your student is attending the homecoming dance, please be sure to remind them that bags should be left at home and water bottles cannot be brought into the event (water will be made available at the dance). There will be a coat check available for students to use. Additionally, students need to bring their ticket and photo ID and we are asking for soft soled or non-marking shoe selection to protect our new gym floors that we don’t yet have a covering for.
  • Wednesday was a successful College and Career Day at Lincoln. We had almost 250 seniors take the SAT with over 350 of our juniors participating in the PSAT. Our 9th and 10th graders all participated in a series of activities including some focused work on Naviance (College and Career Preparedness) that included 438 9th graders completing their Strengths Explorer activity and 332 of our 10th graders finishing their AchieveWorks.

Digital Safety Concern

Yesterday afternoon, Lincoln Administration received reports regarding unwanted digital messaging being sent anonymously to students through the airdrop feature on iPhone. We are responding to resolve this as quickly as possible. To prevent further incidents of this nature, we are bringing it to the attention of our community and ask that our families have conversations at home about digital safety.  We will also be messaging this to our entire student body next week.

While some of our students reported the incident seemed harmless and funny, we know that unwanted messaging can have a negative or harmful impact. In this case, students were air-dropping random photos to staff and students in the immediate area, which in turn led to photos being replicated and forwarded to others. Unfortunately, some of the photos sent were both sexually explicit and racially insensitive. There is no place in our schools and community to have this type of hateful and harmful messaging.  

The admin team is meeting with as many students as we can, centering our conversations around the safety in our community, and sharing that sending these types of photos is considered both sexual harassment and HIB (harassment, intimidation, and bullying).  Progressive discipline will happen for any students we find that are continuing this type of behavior.  Sending sexually explicit photographs and/or racially incentive imagery can lead to law enforcement involvement.

We want to acknowledge that that most of our students are using their cell phones and digital devices appropriately. Incidents of this nature are unacceptable, and we want to partner to put a stop to it immediately. 

Thank you for taking the time to talk to your students this weekend.  We encourage students to make sure they do not accept any messaging from anonymous senders, and ensure appropriate safeguards are turned such as only allowing Airdrops from safe and known contacts. Safety is our top priority, and we want everyone to be responsible when using digital tools. If your student was negatively impacted and needs support, please have them reach out to their grade-level administer or counselor.

Thank you for your help and support.

Senior info

Seniors and their families can begin placing orders for their cap and gown package, as well as additional senior items, through our vendor at National Achiever. Each senior is responsible for purchasing their own cap and gown package, which includes a graduation gown, cap, standard tassel, and stole. The cost of this package is $51.95, and orders must be placed no later than December 31, 2022. If your family needs financial assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your/your student’s counselor as early as you can.

Any additional senior items from the vendor are completely optional.

This information has been posted to LHS website Senior page. Seniors and parents should bookmark this page as information about college applications, graduation and other important Senior info. The Counselor Schoology page is also a great resource for Seniors and their families and should be checked frequently.

Counseling Corner

This is a feature can be accessed on the Lincoln Hompage (and the Counseling webpage). The Counseling Corner is you can see what events to support students will be happening throughout the school year. It will be updated as events are added or dates confirmed.

We wanted to share out how wildly successful our Senior Drop-In sessions were to answer all questions related to post-high school planning. We met with nearly 60 students during our drop-in sessions during Lynx Time and Lunch.

In the spirit of working smarter, not harder, we will be conducting another drop-in session in the Counseling Office during the week of 10/24-10/28 (not including Wednesday) to accommodate students who plan on applying to colleges with the early action/early decision deadlines. If students have questions related to post-secondary planning, please have them drop by to the counseling office during those times.

Please check out our the FAQ that posted on the Lynx Counseling Schoology page. Find answers to common questions we receive on the letter of recommendation process as well as college applications.

Ski Bus Registration open

The program is called “Interlake Ave Snowsports” and is run by Mohan Ski School. This program is not affiliated with SPS. **Please do not contact the school office with questions.** Ski lessons are also available through Mohan at the link above. Parent volunteers are organizing the program to make it accessible to Lincoln students. We will need more volunteers for the season. Please contact interlakesnowsports@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.