Resident Life Update – May 17, 2020

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Resident Life Update – May 17, 2020

2020-05-17T21:36:13-04:00May 17, 2020|

Graduation plans have been announced!  

See this link for details.

We understand that residential students can’t be here in person on June 5th, but we still want to celebrate with you!  End of year events including Class Night and Baccalaureate will be virtual this year and Class of 2020 Graduation on June 5th will be live-streamed and recorded for future viewing.  Each Res Life senior will be able to “march” into graduation via video call on a tablet held by a volunteer proxy.  Unfortunately, no spectators will be present for these events due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Seniors are asked to share a photo for the class portrait.  Diplomas and other documents will be mailed to graduates by the Res Life Office after the graduation ceremony on June 5.

We are entering our last week of virtual learning before moving onto end of year reflection assignments.  Teachers will be grading and reviewing your final work for Trimester 3 after the last assignments are given this coming Friday.  Please take this last week to complete any missing assignments.  All work must be submitted by Friday, May 29.  Don’t hesitate to be in touch with teachers and staff with any questions about wrapping up your work!   The virtual learning schedule for the remainder of the year and grading protocols can be viewed at the following link:

Class of 2020 Academic Honors and Eagle Awards Announced

Lincoln Academy announced on Tuesday the students who will graduate with academic honors in the Class of 2020. Quinn Straus is the Class of 2020 Valedictorian. Benji Pugh and Aidan McCullen will share the role of Salutatorian.  Eagle Awards recipients include Resident Life Students Anh Minh (Filip) Nguyen (Ryerson University), Aigerim Raimbek (Ithaca College), and Aria Nicolette Tan (Nova Southeastern University).  Read the complete list of Eagle Award Winners at this link.  Congratulations to all!

Return to Dorm Life

Lincoln Academy Residential Life is working hard to develop plans for re-opening dorms and welcoming students back to campus for the upcoming school year.  We recognize that there may only be limited periods of allowed travel between countries so this plan will include the option to bring students to campus when/if travel is allowed, possibly as early as July.  There are many steps to implementing a plan like this and we are hopeful that we will be able to share details with all of you very soon.  We are obligated to follow all US and State of Maine laws on this matter and there may be interruptions and challenges along the way.  Please direct questions to Jake Abbott.

Senior I20 Transfers

Congratulations to the seniors who have already chosen their college or university! If you have made a decision to enroll, you can start the visa transfer process with Mrs. Petersen. Please email or message her the following information:
1. An acceptance letter from the college or university.
2. The transfer-in form that your college or university provides. (Sometimes this is an online link in an online enrollment form. When asked for the DSO name, please type in “Hilary Petersen” and use email address ““)
3.  The signed Transfer Out Form attached to this email.
If you have any trouble, especially with the online enrollment process, you can contact Mrs. Petersen or Mr. Cordero anytime by email or message.

Frequently Asked Questions about Visas during COVID 19

You may have questions about maintaining your visa status during this period, and we have answers.  There is a list of Frequently Asked Questions that has been published by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency that may answer some of your questions. Even if your visa is set to expire this summer, you may still stay in the United States (if you are already here) past the expiration date, as long as you keep up to date with your schoolwork and otherwise maintain your visa status. There is also a page on our website with information about your I-20 and visa. Please do not hesitate to email or message Mrs. Petersen, Mr. Tan, or Mr. Abbott with questions about your visa or I-20.

Virtual Community Meetings on Friday!

Tune in this Friday at noon on the Lincoln Academy News Instagram Story for our Virtual Community Meeting.

Don’t forget to send us a selfie wearing black and white before noon to earn Faculty Shield Points for your class! (send a photo by replying to this email or sending a DM to the Instagram page). Trivia questions will be posted at noon, and classes get FSPs based on who gets the right answer to each question first.

AP Exam Reminders Mr. Cordero:

  • Students should click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allow 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Make sure your students know their local testing time, since each subject’s exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.
  • What to do if something goes wrong: If a student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at Students can also request a makeup exam if they’ve lost too much time due to a technical problem, can’t connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.
  • Make sure you have everything you need for each exam NOW.  Please see the checklist for your exam HERE

The schedule for exams is posted on Fees remain $94/exam. Please see this link for a letter from the Guidance Office about AP Exams.  Contact Mr. Cordero with any questions:

Student Belongings

Many students had to depart campus quickly and there are a lot of questions about personal belongings in storage on campus.  Mr. Abbott and Ms. Anastasio are working to organize and communicate with graduating seniors and others about individual items.  Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work to return items to students across the globe.

Emergency Account Refunds

Graduating and non-returning students may have their emergency account balance refunded at the end of the school year.  We wait until the end of school to account for shipping and storage, textbooks, school supplies, and expenses associated with graduation.  We will process refunds as scheduled at the close of the school year and families will be refunded the balance. 


Contracts for the 2020-2021 school year have been sent by the LA Admission Office.  Please be aware that there is a special no risk offer for all re-enrolling families.  Please contact Lu-Shien Tan or Hilary Petersen with any questions.

Guidance Updates

Guidance Updates continue to be sent through email, Canvas and posted to the LA website. The latest information for Class of 2020 college going students can be found at the following link:

Junior Meetings

Guidance counselors are now offering virtual meetings with juniors. Please email Jose Cordero to schedule a meeting to talk about life after high school.

More information on resources that can be helpful as you begin to plan for life after high school can be found on the Canvas Class of 2021 page. 

Link to find information about how colleges are reaching out to high school students.



If you have not yet completed your “LA 2020 Senior Survey”, please take 5 minutes to do so.  If you are going on to college, the LA scholarship committee uses this information to determine which students are eligible for the various scholarships. In Naviance, go to “About Me” Heading at the top, “My Surveys” “Surveys Not Started” and the survey “LA 2020 Senior Survey” (not “Graduation Survey”).  By filling out this survey and providing your EFC, you will be eligible for Lincoln Academy funded scholarships. Your completed survey is your application.

Important Dates

April 27-Memorial Day Weekend: Virtual Learning
May 26-May 29: Final projects and assessments
May 28-30: Virtual Art Show featuring work from the LA Visual and Performing Arts students.
Monday, June 1: Times to be arranged. Eagle Award presentations by senior advisors.
Wednesday, June 3: 6 pm video release. Virtual Awards and Class Night
Thursday, June 4: 6 pm video release. Virtual Baccalaureate Ceremony
Friday, June 5: 1:40-5:30 pm. Presentation of Diplomas. Please see this link for details.
June 1-June 12: Time for academic reflection with teachers and advisors

LA News Headlines


Lincoln Academy will begin fall orientation on August 31 and regular classes on September 14.

To see the complete schedule and the 2020 reopening plan, click here.

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