LA students had an exciting Winter Carnival week leading up to February Break dressing up, participating in activities, and watching livestreamed events. Photos of some of the fun and costumes on the LA Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lincolnacademynews/sets/72157718240354578/
Next year LA will roll out a new 8-period alternating day schedule. This schedule is more predictable and flexible than our pre-hybrid 6-day, 7-period schedule, and will make each day easier to follow for both students and faculty. Details about this schedule have been discussed with students. Parents are invited to a Lincoln Academy Parent Association (LAPA) meeting on Thursday, February 25 at 6 pm via Google Meet (link to join). At that virtual meeting members of the scheduling committee will explain the new schedule and how it impacts signing up for courses for next year, and answer parent questions.
Please click here to view the Senior Newsletter with important college information: LA Senior Winter Newsletter 2021.pdf
We need you to do a bit of housekeeping.
- If you have applied to a college/university, we need you to check your online portals and application status. Log-in to each school’s online portal (and save the username/password) to see if any items have not been received by the college/university. If you are missing something, please let your guidance counselor know. If something is missing at this stage, we can help you take care of it. However, if you let us know that something is missing three weeks from now, there might not be anything you can do about it, which would be very sad.
- Check out Naviance and the list of scholarships. Ms. Blodgett would be happy to help you out if you have any questions or concerns. Set up a GoogleMeet with her if you need help better understanding scholarships.
- If you haven’t applied to college, are still thinking about it, or struggling with your college list, it’s not too late. Email your guidance counselor, we can help!
- If you’re not going to apply to college, but you’re not sure what to do, get in touch with us. We can help with that, too!
Keep us posted about any developments and keep the life after Lincoln plans coming!
Best, Team Guidance
SENIORS: 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) has many resources including virtual FAFSA help session dates and a YouTube video on filling out the FAFSA.
SENIORS: FAFSA Assistance for Lincoln Academy Families!
Lincoln Academy is fortunate to, once again, have the volunteer services of a financial aid advisor who can 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 email@example.com.
SENIORS: ~ Scholarships Available
Some of the state and local scholarships currently available are the American Legion (Maine and National), Associated General Contractor, Elks Legacy Awards, Elks Lodge #1008 Rockland, Gardiner Federal Credit Union, Maine Blue Collar, Mainely Character, Mitchell Scholarship, and the Scottish Rite Masonry Veague & Abbott scholarship. To access these scholarships and others, login to Naviance using your PowerSchool Username and ID. Click on Naviance & Scholarships ~ 2020-2021 for details on the scholarship search and application process using Naviance and helpful scholarship websites including FAME and the Maine Community Foundation. Please email Mrs. Blodgett in Guidance at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with Naviance and scholarships.
SENIORS ~ GOT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES? ENLISTED IN THE MILITARY?
Seniors, you are an exceptional and resilient class and all of us in the Guidance Office are excited about your future. Please email your Guidance Counselor, or email@example.com when you receive an acceptance to a 2 or 4-year college, a certificate program, sign your enlistment contract with the US military to serve our country, and other post-secondary education/training programs.
SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: BIG FUTURE DAYS COLLEGE FAIR
College Board is hosting BigFuture Days virtual events for high school students to connect directly with college admissions representatives. BigFuture Days will offer informational workshops, panel discussions, and interactive guided sessions on college planning topics. Sessions will run between 15–45 minutes in length. Click HERE for additional information and to register for one or all of the virtual events. This event is meant for high school sophomores and juniors, but younger and older students are welcome as well as parents/guardians.
- Attend the event to learn about the colleges and states included in that region. Registration is for students only. Parents will receive separate log-in information when their child registers.
BigFuture Days West + Southwest BigFuture Days Southeast
Saturday, February 6, 4:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, February 23, 5:00-9:00 PM
BigFuture Days Northeast BigFuture Days Midwest
Sunday, March 7, 4:00-8:00 PM Thursday, March 11, 5:00-9:00 PM
JUNIORS ~ SAT NEWS!
Due to pandemic related facility limits, LA will not be offering the Spring 2021 SAT School Day exam that had been required of all Juniors to take in past years. We have decided to administer the SAT exam on Saturday, March 13th and Saturday, May 8th to LA students only. Space will be limited to 30 students for each exam. You can prepare for this exam using resources found at www.khanacademy.org/SAT. Currently, the majority of four-year colleges and universities in the United States are test-optional admissions. We are not positive how long this practice will last if at all. Therefore, if a junior wishes to demonstrate their skills on a standardized exam we recommend taking the exam on one of these dates. You can sign up for the SAT at www.collegeboard.org, through the profile that you used when you logged in to check your 2020 PSAT scores. If you have not taken the PSAT or created a college board account, you will need to do so first before registering to take the SAT. Please speak with your guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns.
JUNIORS ONLY ~ THE COOLIDGE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS NOW FEBRUARY 24th!
The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply. For the detailed scholarship criteria and the online application, go to coolidgescholars.org. The scholarship submission deadline has been extended to Wednesday, February 24, 2021.