Residential Life Update – April 11, 2021

2021-04-11T20:59:25-04:00April 11, 2021|

It’s been a difficult week here at Lincoln Academy as several confirmed cases of COVID-19 have impacted our campus community.  This is a clear indication that we need to step up our health and safety standards to ensure the best possible health outcomes for our community.  We have all worked hard this year and I am extremely proud and thankful for the attention to safety and adherence to protocols.  While this current Covid situation in our broad school community isn’t connected to our smaller boarding community, the unfortunate impact of boarding community members needing to quarantine is felt here with quarantines and tighter restrictions than we are used to in our home so far this year.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move through this process.

In response to the situation, we have adjusted our activity plans and off-campus trips have been limited to only essential outings.  For the coming school week, all classes will be fully remote and students will access academics through our online portals.  Additional study support will be offered in the dorm for those who need it.  If you are concerned about your son or daughter’s academic progress, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Residential Life Office for support.

We are providing COVID-19 testing to any boarding student in quarantine and should have results by early this coming week.  Once negative results are obtained,  these students will be able to rejoin regular activities on Friday, April 16.  I will communicate directly with parents who have students in quarantine once test results are back to us.

Friday is also the start of April vacation and we are looking forward to spending extra time during vacation week having fun as a group and rebuilding community after this pause.  We will continue to exercise best safe practices and choose our activities in line with guidance from health officials.  

Friday, April 16th is also the half-way point in the final trimester of the school year.  Grade reports will be sent to families at the end of the month.  Please be in touch with your student about their academic progress as we wrap up the school year.  

As a reminder, all students need to submit their travel plans for the end of the school year as soon as possible.  Seniors need to be off campus by the end of day on Sunday, June 6.  Underclassmen must depart by the end of the day on Friday, June 11.  Lincoln Academy’s Health Department will support travel plans with PCR testing prior to departure if requested.  All plans must be submitted to the Residential Life Office by May 5 with parent approval through Boardingware.  Please see below for special information for our graduating seniors. 

Be well,

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

Jake Abbott

Upcoming Events at LA

  • Tuesday, April 13: LA Boosters Meeting via Zoom
  • Thursday, April 15: 6 pm via Google Meet: LAPA Meeting: Graduation Plans. Link to join.
  • April 17-25: April Vacation
  • Monday, April 26: Classes resume
  • Tuesday, May 4: AP exams begin. Click here for a complete schedule.
  • Saturday, May 8: SATs at LA
  • Monday, May 31: Memorial Day, no school
  • Friday, June 4: LA Commencement. (Details TBA)
  • Thursday, June 10: Last day of School for underclass students

Seniors

We are all hopeful for in-person graduation events this year, but much will depend on federal and state guidelines as well as the COVID-19 situation in weeks ahead.  Here are the most up-to-date expectations for international travel for arrival in the state of Maine.     https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus/travel.shtml#international

Travel and safety guidelines change regularly and Lincoln Academy can not guarantee anything when it comes to travel, local accommodations, and end of year events. If parents of seniors are interested in attending for senior week events, contact Lu-Shien Tan and Jake Abbott so that we can compile a list of interested parties for further communication and dialogue about the process as we get closer to the end of the year.

Travel Dates

The Office of Residential Life needs families to verify end-of-year travel plans by May 5th.  Please review the following schedules and be in touch with any questions.

End of 2020/2021 School Year Approved Travel Dates:

Seniors Departing June 2021

  • Friday 6/4 evening, graduation is done at approximately 5 pm, so any flights should be scheduled late in the evening
  • Any time on Saturday 6/5
  • Day time on Sunday 6/6, but must be off campus by dinner

Underclassmen Departing June 2021

  • Thursday 6/10 after last academic commitment
  • Must be off campus by dinner on Friday 6/11

Click here for Approved Travel Dates for the 2021/2022 School Year. 

AP Exam Schedule

Click here to see a complete schedule including dates, times, and locations of the spring, 2021 AP Exams.

Guidance Office News

SENIORS & UNDERCLASSMEN: UMaine & Maine Community Colleges offer Free Courses 
The UMaine Early College Program allows students to take college courses while they are still in high school. Students can take these courses either tuition-free or at a reduced early college rate. Click on the Apply page or FAQs for more information. See your Guidance Counselor for more information and/or course suggestions.

Go to Maine’s Community Colleges to locate and apply for a free college course through the community colleges. Students pay only for books and materials.  A summer college course may help you get a bit ahead for next year or catch-up in an area you missed.  Since most courses will be online, you will be able to fit this around your summer plans. See your Guidance Counselor for more information and/or course suggestions.

SENIORS ~ Got College Acceptances?  Enlist in the Military? 
Please email your Guidance Counselor, or abbotta@lincolnacademy.org 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.

SENIORS:  Help Understanding Financial Aid Packages! 
Here’s a financial aid article from the NY Times you may find helpful, Tips for Decoding College Financial Aid Offers.

A reminder to seniors and senior parents, LA is fortunate to have the volunteer services of a financial aid consultant to answer questions about financial aid packages from colleges.  For more information, or to arrange a meeting, please email the Guidance Office at guidance@lincolnacademy.org.

SENIORS:  ~  New Scholarships Added to the Scholarship List!
Some state and local scholarships/awards currently available are the Beacon Chapter #202 Eastern Star Damariscotta, Bristol Area Lions Club, Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Training or Tool Grants, Elks Lodge #1008 Rockland, Frances & Heather Key Memorial/Town of Nobleboro, Gardiner Federal Credit Union, George F. Dow, Maine Blue Collar, Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Maine State Grange Agriculture, MES Foundation, Mitchell Scholarship, Pen Bay Medical Center Nursing Scholarship, Ruffed Grouse Society of Maine/George V. Soule, Scottish Rite Masonry Veague & Abbott, Subway/MPA Student-Athlete, and the WBRC Architects Engineers Centennial 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 blodgett@lincolnacademy.org for assistance with Naviance and scholarships.

JUNIORS:  Meetings to Plan for Life After LA
Mrs. Wills-Viega,  Mr. Cordero, and Ms. Gleason have begun meeting with juniors to plan for life after LA.  During these meetings, guidance counselors help juniors explore their interests and career paths and the pathway to research and learn more about them. For students planning to go to college, students will develop a list of colleges to consider. Juniors should check their Lincoln Academy Gmail often for a google meet invitation from their guidance counselor.

JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES:  College Admissions Panel Presentation ~ April 7th @ 6:30pm
Lincoln Academy is hosting a virtual College Admissions Panel Presentation on Wednesday, April 7th beginning at 6:30pm.  This presentation will provide information on the college application and admissions process as well as the option of taking a gap year between high school and college.  Lincoln Academy is hosting a virtual College Admissions Panel Presentation on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 beginning at 6:30pm.  A panel of seven college admissions personnel will participate in this event, including representatives from Colby College, University of Maine, University of New England, University of Maine Augusta, Wheaton College, MA, Alfred University, NY and Southern Maine Community College. Joining them will be Marion Taylor of “Taylor the Gap” who will present information about Gap Year programs. All panelists will be available for questions at the end of the presentation.

This is an important year for juniors who are meeting with their Guidance Counselors this spring to develop their future plans. This is also a good time for underclassmen to begin thinking about life after high school.  The LA Guidance Office recognizes that not everyone will be going on to college, and Guidance Counselors are available to work individually with students who are interested in developing other plans such as seeking employment or joining the military.

JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES:  Attend the NEACAC Virtual College Fair!
The New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) invites you to visit their virtual Spring College Fair. Admission Representatives from more than 180 Institutions will be available LIVE during the following dates and times:

Wednesday, April 14th from 7-8:30pm  AND Sunday, May 16th from 1-3:00pm EST
The College Fair website will continue to be available to you as a resource through May 31, 2021. NEACAC encourages you to come back and visit throughout the spring for new information and presentations!  Registration for the College Fair is required, but it is FREE! To register, please visit neacac.swoogo.com/NEACACVirtual_Spring. Should you have any questions along the way, please contact NEACAC at admin@neacac.org.

JUNIORS: Register for the May 8th SAT at Lincoln Academy! 
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 in past years.  Due to space limitations, Lincoln Academy will be administering the May 8th SAT for no more than 30 Lincoln Academy students only. The registration deadline for the May SAT is Thursday, April 8, 2021. 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.

You can prepare for the SAT 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. Please speak with your guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

JUNIORS: UMaine “Consider Engineering” Summer Program now Accepting Applications! 
Consider Engineering is a challenging and rewarding four-day summer program for high school juniors to get a taste of college life and what it takes to be an engineer.  Be one of 108 students from Maine and around the U.S. invited to spend four days at the University of Maine participating in exciting engineering experiments, problem-solving challenges, and great networking with faculty, practicing engineers, and fellow campers—at no cost to you.  This program is offered three times in July to groups of 36 students who have completed their junior year of study, excel in math and science, and demonstrate communication and leadership skills. This free-of-charge educational and inspiring program is competitive, with only half the applicants gaining admission. Food and lodging is included.  Apply online at umaineppf.org/consider-engineering/.  All application materials must be received by April 15, 2021.

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. This event is meant for high school sophomores and juniors, but younger and older students are welcome as well as parents/guardians.

Attend the remaining events 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. Click HERE or on the individual links highlighted below to register for one or all of the virtual events.

ALL GRADES ~ High School AI + Social Good Program by MIT & Stanford Graduates
AI Scholars Live Online is a 10-session (25 hours) pre-college enrichment program that exposes high school students (Grades 9-12) to the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and guides them to build a socially impactful project in areas including medicine, astronomy, journalism, finance, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 4:1. We offer multiple dates and times for our Spring Semester and Summer Break programs. Students of all backgrounds may apply here (inspiritai.com/apply) by March 31st for Spring/Summer and learn more in our brochure or on our website. Contact Lucas Hornsby at lhornsby@stanford.edu with any questions.

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Back to School 2021

August 2: Registration portal opens
August 16: Preseason Sports begin
August 31: 9th grade parent orientation 6pm
September 1: 9th and 10th grade orientation
September 2: All grades begin school
September 6: Labor Day Holiday, no school
September 8: Open House for parents

To see the complete schedule and the 2021 parent letter, click here.


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