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Dear parents, 

We are now settling into routine in the high school. Students and teachers are working through our new 1-7 assessment scales and learning to use Schoology. I sit with students every day at lunch and ask how they are doing, what support they need, what’s on their minds. They are open and frank, and several are sharing their feedback with me. I am pleased to see students that feel safe and comfortable enough to take risks and to ask questions. These are some of the Attributes of a Lincoln Learner that we are striving to promote in class as well as in our everyday interactions with one another. And this includes parents, too. As we have had seven parent meetings so far, I would like to thank parents for partnering with us so effectively to ensure that all students learn at high levels. Please continue to stay in touch as we move forward toward mid-semester progress reports, which will be shared on October 7.

 

Teachers Day Celebrations

 

 

The NHS has been busy planning some events in honor of Teacher's Day. Students have planned the following events to celebrate Teacher’s Day here on campus: 
Teacher's Day Breakfast--- 8:10-10:30 in the teachers lounge
Special Performance--- 9:45 am outside the high school entrance
Gift Distribution--- 1:20-2:05pm in the cafeteria 
Thanks also to our Parents At Lincoln group (PAL) for the generous gifts from our parents. Teachers in all divisions are celebrating with various events this weekend, too. Thank you for your support, as always.


International Literacy Day

students hold their books

September 8 marks International Literacy Day. International Literacy Day was established in 1966 by a proclamation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO. The aim of the founders was to promote the importance of literacy in terms of dignity and human rights, and economic development. We want to inform our students about the importance of literacy as a means of social and economic development, and as a vehicle for  justice, equity, and inclusion. While only 12% of the people in the world could read and write in 1820, today that number has increased to 86% of the world population.  Over the last 65 years the global literacy rate increased by 4% every 5 years – from 42% in 1960 to 86% in 2015. Argentina enjoys one of the highest literacy rates in the world, at 99%. 

At Lincoln, a culture of reading  is alive and well throughout our community. In the high school, we have a thriving book club, comprised of over 10% of our students. In addition, teachers belong to several book clubs and meet and talk about books regularly with one another and with our students. We continue to ensure diversity in our reading lists by adding authors beyond the white American or European texts that have dominated curriculum in the past. Our high school students are experiencing voices and texts from marginalized communities and underrepresented groups as never before, and doing so in both English and Spanish!

At our High School Assembly on Wednesday, September 8th, we celebrated International Literacy Day with our second annual “Stand Up For Reading” event. Students and staff made presentations that were powerful and inspiring about books that made a personal impact on each reader (see below for a list of presenters and texts).  A huge thank you to our presenters for supporting a culture of reading in our Lincoln High School!

  • Maya Drouin - Grade 12                Biomimicry: innovation inspired by nature, Janine M. Benyus
  • Luciana Serrano Moscoco - Grade 10       Circe, Madeline Miller
  • Ms. Sarah Fang - Faculty          Citizen: an American lyric, Claudia Rankine
  • Mr. Douglas Dworak - Faculty          The Collected Poems of Elizabeth Bishop
  • Mr. David Redmond - HS Principal      Crackback, John Coy
  • Nicole Duval - Grade 12              Furia, Yamile Saied Méndez
  • Pilar Ordoñez - Grade 10            Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok
  • Bertran Maurelia Peidro - Grade 11      The Giver, Lois Lowery
  • Ms. Mercedes Peña - Staff          Los Autonautas de la Cosmopista, J. Cortazar & C. Dunlop
  • Ms. Silvina Lopez Fernandez - Faculty      Rayuela, Julio Cortazar
  • Maria Belén Ordoñez - Grade 12      The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon
  • Haleema Saadia - Grade 12          A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

 

David Redmond
HS Principal