Resident Life Update – May 24, 2020

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Resident Life Update – May 24, 2020

2020-05-24T21:00:19-04:00May 24, 2020|
Dear Residential Life Students and Families,
As we draw to the end of the 3rd Trimester, we also bring to close one of the most unusual trimesters in Lincoln Academy’s long history. With so many changes in our lives, we thought it might be useful to review how this trimester will end, particularly in regards to grades and closing activities.

Trimester 3: Grading

Students will have until May 29th to submit work for their Trimester 3 courses. Teachers will then begin the process of finalizing student grades.

Pass/No Credit

All student grades will appear as Pass or No Credit on student transcripts. This decision is in line with state and national trends during this pandemic. Transcripts will include a note explaining the unusual nature of this situation. 

Petitioning to Reveal Grades

Students who have been exceptionally successful during this trimester may petition the Guidance Department to have their grades revealed on their final transcript. This can be done for a single class or across all classes. These grades will appear, but will not be averaged into the student’s GPA. Students who are interested in having their T3 grades revealed need to send an email that copies their Guidance Counselor, Jose Cordero,, the Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Kelley Duffy,, the teacher of the course and their parent or guardian. The email should clearly state which class(es) they want to reveal the grade(s) in and a brief statement explaining their choice. Seniors’ requests to reveal grades should be made between May 26-29th, and underclass requests between June 1st and June 5th.

Credit Determination

In some cases students may have had academic results that are markedly different from their results in the first two trimesters. If those results raise questions about a student’s ability to receive credit in the course, the situation will be reviewed by a small committee. Throughout this trimester, Lincoln Academy’s Student Support Team and Special Education Department have been working closely with students to support them during this complex virtual learning experience. Members of this team will provide input to this committee when determining if a student will receive credit for a course.

Reflecting in Place, 2020

Rather than holding final exams in a virtual format, this year all students will be involved in a culminating activity known as “Reflecting in Place, 2020.” The goal of this project is to provide the LA community with an opportunity to reflect upon the broad range of their experiences (academic, personal and social) during the third trimester.  In addition to self-reflection, the interview portion of the project is designed to provide students both with a sense of closure for the year and with a sense of community within their advisory and the school as a whole. Students will meet with their advisors starting on May 26th to plan this reflection.

The complete details and expectations associated with this project can be found in the document Reflecting in Place, 2020. An explanatory video is also available, and exemplars created by faculty and staff are available online. 

Students will complete this project with the assistance of their advisor. Projects must be complete in order for Trimester 3 grades to be finalized.

In order for a student to be “done for the year” the following things must happen:

  • Coursework for Trimester 3 is complete
  • Reflecting in place artifact and interview are complete and submitted (seniors only complete the interview)
  • School materials are returned to campus

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.


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.

Important Dates

Friday, May 22: End of virtual learning classes
May 28-30: Virtual Art Show featuring work from the LA Visual and Performing Arts students.
Friday, May 29: All Trimester 3 coursework completed
Monday, June 1: Senior grades submitted, Eagle Awards delivered, window opens to petition to reveal T3 grades
Wednesday, June 3: Virtual Class Night on the Lincoln Academy YouTube Channel
Thursday, June 4: Virtual Baccalaureate, Senior “Reflecting in Place, 2020” Interviews complete
Friday, June 5:  Graduation Class of 2020*  Please see this link for details.
Friday, June 12th: Last day of school! Underclass “Reflecting in Place, 2020” Projects completed, interviews and artifacts submitted. School materials are returned.

*International Students may choose a proxy to carry them through the graduation ceremony on an iPad (your proxy could be another student in your advisor group, teacher, or LA staff member). We will contact international students via iPads so they can ride along virtually in the car of a fellow advisor group member.  

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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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