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Dear parents,

Congratulations! We’ve made it through half of the first semester! Students are well on their way to a very successful year of learning at Lincoln. Thank you for your support and partnership as we forge ahead together.
We all deserve a break and I wish you all a restful and restorative holiday, wherever you may be and whatever you may do. Now that we can travel more freely, I hope that we can all take advantage of this time to explore Argentina -- we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful and fascinating country.
 

Progress Reports, Goal-Setting, and Student-Led Conferences

Looking ahead, we have some very important events coming up  in the high school. Today, we will share Mid-Semester Progress Reports on student learning. These are NOT final grades. Rather, they are simply an indication of current progress. The grades may change between now and the end of the semester, of course, but we want to share information with you now so that we can take action where needed, so that students can prepare for a successful semester. Final Semester Assessments will take place from December 3 to 16. It is critical for all students to be present in school at this time. Final semester grades will be available on December 17.
 
The progress reports provide important information on student learning, and include a 1-7 grade as well as a comment from the teacher. The comments outline areas of strength, areas for growth, and specific steps students can take to improve their learning. We make this information available now, while there is still time for students to make changes, adapt new strategies, and address topics in need of further study or practice. Based on this feedback from teachers and on their own self-assessment, students will set goals for improvement when they return after October break. We lead them through the goal-setting process in each class and in Advisory. Students will share their goals with parents at our student-led conferences, which will take place ONLINE on November 1 and 2.  Conferences are ten minutes in duration. These student-led conferences will be an excellent time to know more about your children's experiences as students at Lincoln. We will invite you to sign up for conferences after the break, and we look forward to seeing you there. 
 
NB: Conferences will take place ONLINE. There are no classes and no after school activities on these days.

PSAT

All 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT on Tuesday, October 26th at Lincoln. This exam is provided at no costs to students. While the SAT has become optional at most US universities and is not regularly considered for university admission in other countries worldwide, the PSAT is still a valuable data point for our students, faculty, and parents when assessing progress and advising students regarding course requests. Students began filling our their "bubble sheets" during Wednesday's assembly time, and will receive informational packets to take home during Thursday's advisory. PSAT results will be made available to students via e-mail in December. Practice exercises and further information can be found at psat.org and via the only official practice website, KhanAcademy.org After the test, we’ll offer the students a special lunch and organize some fun activities for them. Thanks to PAL for helping out with this event. 

Spirit Week

Spirit Week and Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences have been coordinated with Elementary School and Middle School so that we can provide a series of activities to make our school a fun and lively place for one and all. Spirit Week will begin on Friday, Oct. 29, with a costume day for Halloween. High School students will be helping out with the Middle School party that evening. Events continue on November 3-5, culminating in an after school Scavenger Hunt and party organized by Student Council and National Honor Society.

IMPORTANT HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS

October 26: PSAT for Grade 10 and 11 students
October 29: Spirit Week Day One; MS Party
November 1, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences ONLINE (No classes)
November 2, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences ONLINE (No classes)
Nov. 3, 4, 5: Spirit Week Events/Theme Days
Nov. 5 NHS Scavenger Hunt/HS Party

Thank you again  for your partnership and have a wonderful October break!

David Redmond

HS Principal