Residential Life Update – October 25, 2020

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Residential Life Update – October 25, 2020

2020-10-27T10:36:19-04:00October 25, 2020|

We’ve had another lovely fall week here in Maine and students are getting ready for the celebration of Halloween next weekend with pumpkin carving, decorations, and costume planning.  As I write, some of our braver students are making plans to gather and watch a spooky movie in KB Lounge.  Other recent activity highlights include an outing to Down East Maine to visit “Haunted” Fort Knox and Colonel Buck’s “Cursed” Tomb, outside games, baking pumpkin treats, fireside storytelling, shopping in Freeport for much needed winter gear, and bowling.  Our student athletes are making the best of an unusual season and can be seen practicing on the fields and sprinting around campus.  

Admissions Director, Lu-Shien Tan, continues on his carefully planned travels to visit alumni and prospective students.  He is in Brazil this week where a special meeting was organized with students who had to depart last spring when campus closed due to the pandemic.  Thank you Mr. Tan for bringing our well wishes to these far away alumni.  We look forward to a time when we can all be together again.  Click here to read an update from Mr. Tan with students in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

A reminder that there are just four weeks remaining in the first trimester.  Students should be tracking assignments and deadlines through Canvas.  Please be in touch with teachers if you have any questions or concerns about completing work before the end of the grading period.   Click Here for LA Faculty and Staff Directory.

Best regards,

Jake Abbott

Jake Abbott
Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life
Lincoln Academy

Upcoming Events at LA

  • Thursday, October 27: 7 pm via Google Meet. Senior family meeting to discuss graduation, caps and gowns, yearbook photos, and more. Save the date and watch for a link next week.
  • Tuesday, November 3: Election Day.
  • Saturday, November 7: SAT at Lincoln Academy.
  • Tuesday, November 10: Virtual Prospective Student Open House.
  • Wednesday, November 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday. No School.
  • Friday, November 20: Last Day of trimester 1.
  • Saturday, November 21-Sunday, November 29: Thanksgiving vacation.
  • Monday, November 30: Classes resume.

Fall Athletics Update

Home games will livestream on the LA Facebook page

More recent LA sports photos are available on the LA Flickr page.

Update from the Development Office

We want to thank our generous LA supporters who answered our call this summer. With your help, we raised nearly $20,000 for our special campaign separate from the Annual Fund. You have provided support to address goals centered on student equity in areas of technology and inclusion.

Last spring, we recognized that in order for all of our students to be successful in this current hybrid learning model, we needed to ensure LA families had access to technology at home. This fall, you helped provide Chromebooks, software, and portable internet hotspot devices to students who needed them for remote learning. In addition, your generosity funded essential professional development to better support the remote teaching work of our faculty.

In June, the administration met with current and former students and several faculty members who shared their experiences of the racial equity climate at Lincoln Academy, the local community and beyond. Our donors supported the launch of an inclusive process for all members of the Lincoln Academy community – students, parents, alumni, and faculty and staff – to better understand and participate in our nation’s diversity and equity dialogue for meaningful change.

Thank you for preparing us to begin the fall with a stronger footing and positive direction for our students and community members. We did this together!

Laurie Hurd, Development Director
Heather D’Ippolito, Development Associate

Senior Pictures Due November 20

Seniors can submit a senior photo to the 2021 Yearbook or use their school photo take by LifeTouch. They should also plan to submit a baby photo.
Senior photos and baby photos are due to the yearbook staff on or before Friday, November 20. These photos can be submitted by emailing digital files to or uploading them directly to the yearbook portal, which will open October 27.

Guidance Office News

SENIORS:  SAT at LA November 7th, 2020
MANY colleges and universities are test-optional this year (Test-Optional Colleges/Universities) and MANY of you will not need the SAT.  For seniors wanting to test, LA will be administering the SAT on Saturday, November 7th. This is not a make-up test from the spring SAT, but is an optional exam that you will need to pay for. You can sign up for the SAT on There are a limited number of spots and October 7th is the registration deadline. If you are uncertain about testing, please check out the link above or contact your guidance counselor. Questions or concerns? Email Ms. Gleason (

Mrs. Abbott and Mrs. Blodgett are scheduling virtual senior meetings with guidance counselors on asynchronous days. Senior meetings are important as they help plan for life after high school. Seniors will receive an invitation to a virtual meeting through their LA email including the Google Meet link, date, and time.

Last month, the Class of 2021 Future Plans Survey was sent to all seniors via Canvas.  If you have completed the survey, thank you.  If you haven’t completed the survey, we understand. Please take a few minutes now to complete the survey and this critical first step in planning your future!  If you have any questions or need assistance filling out the survey, email Mrs. Blodgett at

Virtual College Visits  ~ SENIORS & Interested Juniors
College representatives are meeting with students. Click here for the virtual college visit schedule and note we continue to add new colleges to the list frequently. This week:

  • Saint Joseph’s College of Maine:  Mon 10/19/2020 12:15pm
  • University of Massachusetts Boston: Tues 10/20/2020 12:15pm
  • Brandeis University:  Thurs  10/22/2020  1:15pm
  • UMaine – Orono:  Fri  10/23/2020 12:15pm

All Google Meet or Zoom links for virtual college visits are available on Naviance and the LA Guidance Events Calendar.

FAME Offers Financial Aid Help Sessions
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opening date was October 1, 2020. For help understanding financial aid for college,  FAME (The Finance Authority of Maine) is holding a series of virtual financial aid information sessions this fall…. read more and get meeting links.

FAFSA Assistance for Lincoln Academy Families!
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opening date was October 1, 2020.  Lincoln Academy is fortunate to, once again, have the volunteer services of a financial aid advisor from Bowdoin College to answer questions about the financial aid application process and special circumstances that might affect aid.  Please contact the Guidance Office for more information or to arrange a virtual meeting at
Seniors ~ Scholarships Available
For the current list of scholarships available, log in to Naviance.  Scholarships are available for all seniors at this time! Email Mrs. Blodgett in the Guidance Office at if you need assistance.

College Fairs:
NEACAC Virtual College Fairs:
Admission Representatives will be available LIVE on the following dates and times:
Thursday, October 29, 2020 (6-8:00pm) & Sunday, November 15, 2020 (1-3:00pm)
Totally Trades Virtual Career Week for Girls, October 19th: 


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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