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Friday Family Update March 22, 2024

Good afternoon, Lincoln Families, 

It was fantastic to welcome the start of spring this week with some amazing weather. After a long haul of the Seattle rain we all have come to appreciate (or at least tolerate), it was sure nice to get out and enjoy sunshine and warmer temperatures. I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out in support of our first annual Cram the Cave Unified Basketball game last week. It was an amazing community event, and it was wonderful seeing so many of our students and families out in support. Additionally, I want to extend a special thanks to all our volunteers. Many of you have been providing such great support lately chaperoning field trips, coordinating athletic and activity events for our students, staff appreciation days, being involved in our PTSA, and more. A thank you to everyone who has been here helping out. We have many more opportunities to support Lincoln in the coming months!  

Teachers are in the process of updating grades and the progress of students in class.  We will send another message out next week after updates are finalized as it will then be a good time to meet with your student(s) and review their progress so far this semester. If you don’t know how to check the academic progress of your student or need help accessing The Source, information is posted on the district website at https://www.seattleschools.org/student-portal/technology-supports-for-families/source/ 

March is quickly coming to an end. As we transition into April and May, many of our students will be participating in upcoming state and Advanced Placement exams. Please be watching for information and invitations to help support us on our testing days and check in with your student(s) about changes to our bell schedule and how they are managing themselves in leading up to these tests. Our teachers will be here providing lots of support and assistance to our students in class as we prepare for both the state and AP exams these next two months. 

Spring also will be a great time for you and your family to come join us at many of our upcoming events, including our spring production of Mama Mia, performing arts concerts, athletic events, club competitions, our Spring Exhibition of Student Learning in June, and so many more. Don’t miss out on these special events. You can find information about upcoming events on our calendar of events and also through social media. 

As we head into the weekend, I want to extend my well wishes to those celebrating some upcoming holidays/observances including the recent Nowruz celebration on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox marking the first day of spring, Purim, a Jewish celebration happening this weekend, Palm Sunday on the 24th, and Easter next weekend.  

I do hope you all have a restful weekend.  As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support. 

Sincerely, 

Corey 

Principal  

Keep Informed 

Want to know what is happening? Visit us at our website under our calendar and daily bulletin:   https://lincolnhs.seattleschools.org/calendar-and-news/ 

You can also follow us on social media: 

Facebook:  @LincolnSeattle  

X (formerly Twitter): @lincoln_seattle 

Instagram: @lincolnseattle 

YouTube: @LincolnHighSchoolASB 

Important Dates/Timeline: Senior Class of 2024:  https://lincolnhs.seattleschools.org/student-life/seniors/2024-important-senior-dates-deadlines/ 

Upcoming Calendar Dates 

March 24 – PAL Mattress fundraiser

March 25 – Seniors, Final Naviance resume due 

March 27 – Lincoln PTSA Quarterly Meeting – 6:30PM-8:30PM 

March 30 – Saturday School 

April 1 – Orchestra Concert 

April 2 – Band Concert 

April 3 – ASB Training 

April 8-12 – Spring Break, main office closed 

May 16 – 19 LHS Spring Musical – information coming soon 

The PAL Mattress Fundraiser is finally here!    

This Sunday, March 24th from 10am to 5pm in the Lincoln High School gym!  

There’s never a better time to buy a new mattress or adjustable frame AND support Performing Arts at Lincoln in the process!   
  
How much we raise comes down to how many people WE get through the door, so keep talking to everyone you know! 

PTSA Event: 

The Lincoln High School PTSA Quarterly Meeting is coming up on Wednesday, March 27, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Lincoln Library (second floor). 

Our featured speaker is Detective Elizabeth Wareing of the Seattle Police Department’s Bias Crimes Unit. Detective Wareing will give an overview of the many different hate/bias crimes that occur, along with their impacts on the community. She’ll discuss best practices for reporting a hate crime incident whether you are a victim or a witness. 

The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided. 

Saturday School: 

 The next Saturday School is March 30th from  9:00am-12:00pm!  Students are invited to join us for the morning to get help from tutors and staff, work on group projects, and get caught up on coursework. Support will be available for all core, grade-level courses and also for many electives and advanced courses. There is no advance sign-up required.  As always, a grab-and-go pizza lunch will be provided! If you have questions, please contact Michelle Pentecost at mlpentecost@seattleschools.org.   

This year’s remaining Saturday School dates are: 

  • April 20 
  • June 1 

ASB Training Opportunity: 

The LHS ASB office is hosting a training on Wednesday April 3 from 4-7 pm at Lincoln, which will be a training/refresher/update on ASB law, PTSA financial law, and school funding laws, including Title IX. This training will be led by Greg Barker, who has 30+ years of ASB/PTSA funding experience and currently is the Student Leadership Director for the Association of Washington School Principals. Training will be Wednesday April 3 from 4:00-7:00, and snacks, water and coffee will be provided.  

The laws around the use of public and private funds are one of the handful of things that can lead to significant legal trouble for individuals and organizations when they are not in compliance, and we want to support each other in this regard. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this form by Monday April 1 just so we know what size of room to use and how many snacks to get. 😊 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Christy Neuschwander at chneuschwand@seattleschools.org   

AP Testing Volunteers Needed: 

We need multiple volunteers who can proctor tests May 6th through May 17th in half or full day shifts.    

 Morning shift is 7:15AM to 12:00PM 

Afternoon shift is 11:00AM to 4:00PM 

We will also need volunteers for any retakes needed the week of May 20th.    

Families cannot proctor the test their student(s) will be taking, but they can proctor for other exams.  

We will host proctor training – date and time to be determined.   

If you are available and interested, please email us at apexamslincoln@seattleschools.org. and include in your email the following information to help up build a testing schedule: 

  1. Names of your student(s)s and the test(s) they are taking.   
  2. If you have a preference of shift (AM or PM). 
  3. Days you prefer/days you are unavailable.       

Closer to the testing window, we will send proctors their scheduled shifts as well as updated information regarding proctor training.    

All volunteers will need to be cleared through SPS so please submit your volunteer application as soon as possible at: https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/volunteer/volunteer-application-process/   

Cheer Tryouts:  

LHS Cheer Tryouts are April 15th– April 19th, the week after Spring Break! Tryout Application packets are due on Day 1 of Clinics on April 15th. More information is posted on our website at https://lincolnhs.seattleschools.org/student-life/athletics/cheer/  

Yearbooks on Sale: 

Yearbooks are on sale now through March 31st.  Make sure to preorder your student a copy before they sell out.  $65 with ASB and $80 without.  See Yearbook information posted on the LHS website here https://lincolnhs.seattleschools.org/student-life/yearbook/ and email Mr. Snyder with any questions at  

masnyder@seattleschools.org  

Spirit Gear: 

If you have ordered items from the student store but haven’t received them yet, please have your student stop by the student store during lunch Monday through Thursday.  Questions? email Mr. Reed at cgreed@seattleschools.org

DECA Fundraiser: 

DECA, Lincoln’s business club, is putting together a coupon book for local businesses that will be sold to students. It’s free to add your business. Please email Mr. Reed (cgreed@seattleschools.org) for more details. 

Fastpitch Fundraiser: 

Support Lincoln’s fastpitch softball team by dining at one of Tutta Bella’s neighborhood restaurants, or ordering online March 24th – March 28th. Use the code EasyAsPieLHSFastpitch when you pay and 20% of your order will be donated to Lincoln’s fastpitch team.  

LHS Volleyball camp July 10-12: 

Lincoln Volleyball’s third annual summer camp has been scheduled for July 10-12! Rising 5th through 8th graders are welcome to join us for a half day or full day camp run by the Lincoln Volleyball players. All proceeds go directly to the program. To register and for more information, visit our website: http://www.wixevents.com/viewEvent/v2/0a4aa33d-79fa-4109-a145-58b6b8563230/9cc13caa-aa1b-4ee5-a266-9cbe64cecd2c or reach out to Coach Ware at rmware@seattleschools.org” 

Seattle Skills Center 2024-25 application is open 

Seattle Skills Center is happy to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2024-25 school year. All SPS students are eligible to register for and earn credit from our half-day Skills Center courses while attending their current high school. Our classes provide rigorous, hands-on learning opportunities for students interested in building skills in careers like healthcare, firefighting, education, maritime, and many more while students are still in high school. 

Our students leave Skills Center with a stronger sense of purpose and understanding of the work environment. Students graduate to attend four year or two-year college, enter into an apprenticeship or job training program, or go straight to work out of high school. Many of our classes offer dual college credit with Seattle Colleges, where students earn credits towards their associate’s degree with free tuition through Seattle Promise.  

Browse our programs using the video links below or by visiting our website. Students can attend any Skills Center class, regardless of their home school location. Transportation can be requested but is not guaranteed. Skills Center will have limited transportation services in the 2024-25 school year. 

Steps for students interested in applying: 

1 – Visit our website for full course descriptions and to watch videos about specific courses  

2 – Complete the required online application here

3 – Have any questions or concerns? Let us know at skillscenterinfo@seattleschools.org 

We look forward to welcoming you into our classrooms next fall! Learn more about our summer opportunities here

First Bell and School Beat:  

First Bell features stories from around SPS highlighting the work of students and staff and providing families with important information they need to know. Families will be able to watch our stories whenever and wherever they want – in about five minutes or less. School Beat and First Bell share stories from around the district.  Most recent postings can be found at the following link https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/communications/newsletter/ 

A message from SPS about the upcoming school year 

Dear SPS families and staff, 

I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to share some important news about the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) budget for the upcoming 2024-25 school year. 

Principals are developing their building’s budget for the next school year. Budgets are like road maps for schools. They guide us as we work to prioritize inclusive and high-quality education for our students. 

Our main goal is to make sure your student gets a great education, even when we face challenges. Right now, we’re dealing with a $104 million budget shortfall. This happened because Washington state is facing an educational funding gap, and there are fewer students enrolled at SPS. We also no longer have some funds we received in the past. 

To achieve a balanced budget, we know we must make changes. We are approaching these decisions in a thoughtful way to ensure we minimize negative impacts on student learning. 

Here are some things you should know: 

  • How We Plan: Every February, school funding is determined by student enrollment projections for next year. Schools use a guide called the Purple Book to plan. You can find it on our budget webpage. 
  • Working Together: Schools are working with their communities to plan budgets that match their continuous improvement and racial equity action plans. 
  • Changes Coming: All school principals will have less money for discretionary spending in their budgets. Middle schools and high schools may see some small changes in staffing, leading to slightly bigger class sizes. These changes will help save about $7.3 million. 
  • Community Voice Matters: This month, we are hosting several equity-focused, small group discussions with our students and families. Later this spring, we will be hosting well-resourced schools informational meetings for all families, staff, and community. 
  • What’s Next: Our superintendent is looking at more ways to fix the budget. On March 20, the School Board will hear a status update for 2024-25 budget from the central office leadership team. The School Board will decide on the budget in July. 

For more info, visit our budget webpage. There you will find a form to ask questions. 

Your patience and support mean a lot as we face these challenges together. Thank you for being part of the SPS community. 

Sincerely, 

Bev Redmond 
Chief of Staff 
Seattle Public Schools