Frequently Asked Questions for Lincoln Academy Parents:
How do I follow my student’s grades?
For consistent updates on graded assignments as well as the current cumulative grade in each class, a parent account on Canvas is needed. Mid-Trimester and End-of-Trimester records are kept in PowerSchool.
What is Canvas?
Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) used by Lincoln Academy students and teachers. Teachers post assignments and resources for their classes; students submit work and view their grades. In the 2016-17 school year, Canvas will be the primary venue for grading, with PowerSchool serving as the grade of record in terms of report cards and transcripts. Parents can choose to have “observer” status on Canvas, meaning they can view assignments and grades as their student would.
How can I get a Canvas parent account? Can I follow this on my phone with an app?
What is PowerSchool?
PowerSchool serves as an official record of student grades and attendance during all four years of high school. It also holds other information such as emergency contacts, health information and disciplinary records. PowerSchool is updated through the InfoSnap registration process every year. In the 2016-17 school year, teachers will primarily be grading in Canvas, and PowerSchool updates will be infrequent except for mid-trimester and end-of-trimester updates. To follow your students’ grades, please follow the instructions above to become a Canvas observer. If you have trouble accessing PowerSchool, please call or email Carole Brinkler at email@example.com, 207-563-3596 x102.
What is the Lincoln Academy technology policy?
(From the LA Student Handbook) Student use of school computers, networks, and Internet services is a privilege, not a right. Compliance with the Academy’s policies and rules concerning computer use is mandatory. Students who violate these policies and rules may have their computer privileges limited, suspended, or revoked. Such violations may also result in disciplinary action, referral to law enforcement, and/or legal action.
Lincoln Academy’s computers and peripherals remain under the control, custody, and supervision of the school at all times. The Academy monitors all student computer and Internet activity. Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers and technology resources.
Lincoln Academy utilizes filtering technology designed to block materials that are obscene or harmful to minors.
This policy and the accompanying rules apply to all computers and peripheral devices that students use on the school’s networks or that access its Internet services or that are issued to students, whether in use at school or off school premises. This policy and the accompanying rules likewise apply to the students’ personal computing devices when they are used at school or to access the school’s networks or its Internet services. For more detailed information, please consult the Technology section of the LA Student Handbook.
What is the best way to contact an LA teacher?
Email is the best way to contact teachers. Faculty email addresses are listed in the Faculty and Staff Directory on the LA website. If you do not have access to email, you can also leave a message on a faculty member’s voice mail (extensions are listed in the directory), however, teachers have few opportunities during the day to respond to phone calls.
What is the advisor system at LA? How should I contact my student’s advisor?
The advisor system at LA replaces the typical homeroom concept with a group of students that meet daily with a faculty or staff member that is assigned freshman year. The meeting periods include discussions on issues affecting youth today, with the advisor serving as a mentor for all four years. If parents have questions or issues with Lincoln Academy policies, academics or discipline, the student’s advisor should be their first contact, and the best way to contact a student’s advisor is through email. Email addresses are listed in the Faculty and Staff Directory.
My student is on the computer all night. Are there any technology tools I can use to control the Internet in my home?
Consider turning your wifi off at a certain time every night. Sleep is very important for teens! Open DNS is a internet service that provides virus protection as well as parental controls for limiting websites that certain users can visit. Click on the link to see the different options available.
Are there any tools my student can use for time management?
Here are several excellent free cross-platform applications for noting tasks and eliminating procrastination
- Remember the Milk: To-do list with reminders.
- Toggl Tracks how much time you spent on different tasks and suggests improvements.
Chrome apps for time management.
How do I add lunch money to my student’s account?
A PayPams account is needed. Click the link to set up a new account. Please note: It can take up to 24 hrs for a monetary transfer to register in the PayPams system, and there is a fee for credit card transactions. Parents can also pay with check or cash in the Dining Commons, and they can pay ahead for multiple lunches.
How do I add the LA Calendar to my personal Google Calendar?
Athletic events, vacations, early release/late start days, as well as performances, meetings, and special events are listed on the LA Google Calendar. If you would like to see Lincoln Academy Events on your personal e-calendar follow the directions below:
- Make sure you are signed in to your Google account.
- Open the LA Calendar page
- Click on the icon
- A new tab will automatically open for Google Calendar. A pop-up window with the options to select “Lincoln Academy” and “Lincoln Academy Athletics” will appear. Chose what you prefer.
When does the parent newsletter come out? What do I do if I am not receiving it?
The newsletter is sent out every Tuesday during the school year. All parents should receive this in their inbox. If you are not getting this newsletter, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the address you would like to add. Other people (grandparents, neighbors, and friends) can subscribe to this newsletter on LA homepage. On the right-hand column, partway down, there is a box for you to input your email address. Press ENTER when you are done.
Where and when should I drop off and pick up my child from school?
Students should be dropped off and picked up in the student parking lot across from the Main Building, or the Parker Poe theater parking lot. Parents should avoid turning into the bus loop between 7 and 8 am and 2 and 3 pm, as the buses will be using the loop at those times. For safety, parents should not stop to drop students off on Academy Hill Road. Please note that while construction is underway on the softball field there will be no drop offs or pick ups in the Poe theater lot.
School begins at 7:50. Students should arrive a few minutes early to stop at their locker, walk to class, and be prepared to start class at 7:50, but buildings do not open until 7 am. Starting in 2016-17 the school day ends at 2:35. Students who do not take the bus home should be picked up after 2:35 and before 4:00 pm, unless they have a specific activity (sports, rehearsal, club meeting, etc.) that keeps them on campus after 4.
How will I be informed about changes in the school schedule (snow days, etc.)?
Lincoln Academy sends out text messages (ONLY IF you have enabled this on your Parent Preferences in your PowerSchool account), robocalls, and emails at 6 a.m. on days when school has been cancelled or delayed. Cancellations and delays will be posted on the LA website, on Facebook, and Twitter. Cancellations are also announced via WCH6.
What is the school absence policy?
(The detailed version of the absence policy, and a list of excused absences are in the LA Student Handbook.)
- A student at Lincoln Academy may not miss not more than fifteen (15) days of school (excused or unexcused) during one academic year. When a student has reached the fifteen-day limit in a year-long class, or six in a trimester class, he/she will be required to meet with the Associate Head and/or the Dean of Students to discuss the situation and may be placed on probation (attendance contract).
- A parent conference will be required when a student has missed four (4) days in a trimester class, and ten (10) days in a year-long class, and again (see above) when he/she has missed six (6) days in a trimester class, and fifteen (15) days in a year-long class in an attempt to avoid loss of credit. When necessary, a Lincoln Academy Attendance Board will convene to review individual attendance concerns.
- Parents and/or guardians should call the school (563-3596 ext. 103 or 104) by 9:00 a.m. whenever your student will be absent or late to school due to scheduled appointments and/or early dismissals. Unexcused absences will be verified daily after 10 AM.
- Planned Absences: Lincoln Academy discourages students from taking family trips/vacations during the school year. Be advised that negative academic consequences are likely to occur due to absences. Participation in classroom discussions and activities will be missed and the burden will be placed on the student to complete makeup work. All absences due to vacations shall be counted toward the student’s total number of absences, and Planned Absences are NOT excused absences.
What is the late/tardy policy?
School begins at 7:50 a.m. Students are expected to be on time. If a student is late to school, (s)he must check in at the Main Office and a tardy slip will be rendered. Students who arrive to class late will receive the following:
- Third tardy offense: 30 min of Academic Recovery Time (teacher, assigned by advisor) and Office Referral (one-hour detention)
- Fourth offense: 30 min of Academic Recovery Time (teacher assigned by advisor) and Office Referral (two one-hour detentions) and communication with the family.
- Fifth and subsequent offense (s): Each Tardy accumulates: 30 min of Academic Recovery Time (teacher assigned by advisor) and Office Referral (one three-hour detention) and communication with the family.
- In the event that a single course suffers more than 8 tardies in a trimester, and if there is evidence that a student’s academic success is negatively affected, the student and parent/guardian could be required to meet with the Associate Head and/or the Dean of Students to discuss the situation.
This policy resets at the end of each trimester only.
Most of these policies are covered in more detail in the Lincoln Academy Student Handbook