Residential Life Update – April 18, 2021

2021-04-18T21:29:21-04:00April 18, 2021|

It’s been a quiet week on campus as we transitioned into remote learning. Following the announcement of close-contact exposures, a number of our students and staff quarantined and awaited test results.  I am very happy to share that all of the tests of close contacts have come back negative indicating no community transmission of Covid-19 in school or the residential community.  This only reinforces the effectiveness of our safety strategies and systems.

Quarantine and dorm restrictions were lifted on Friday.  Health and safety precautions are still in place, but we have been able to resume a more normal pattern to our schedule.  I want to share my sincere thanks to all members of the Residential Life community for their part in the success of this period of heightened precautions.  We all play an important role in keeping each other safe.

Residential Students age 16 and older have been scheduled to receive the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.  They will receive their first shot on Thursday this coming week and follow-up appointments for the second vaccine dose have already been scheduled for Thursday, May 13.  This group of students will be fully vaccinated prior to travel at the end of the school year.  

April vacation began on Friday and some of the fun plans include beach volleyball, laser tag, a boat trip, and a private movie screening at a local movie theater.  Once we return from vacation, there are just five short weeks until graduation and six weeks until the end of the school year.  

Please review important details below regarding travel plans for the end of this school year, end-of-year events, and the schedule for returning to campus in the fall.  As always, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions.

Be well,

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

Jake Abbott

Upcoming Events at LA

  • Monday, April 26: Classes resume
  • Tuesday, May 4: AP exams begin. Click here for a complete schedule. More info below about exam fees.
  • Saturday, May 8: SATs at LA
  • Wednesday, May 12: 6:30 pm via Google Meet. College Info Night. Link to join.
  • Monday, May 31: Memorial Day, no school
  • Tuesday, June 1-Friday, June 4: Senior Week
  • Friday, June 4: LA Commencement. (Details TBA)
  • Thursday, June 10: Last day of School for underclass students


We are all hopeful for in-person graduation events this year and planning is well underway.  Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 4th.   Here are the most up-to-date expectations for international travel for arrival in the state of Maine.

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

AP exams are still scheduled to take place in person on the LA campus beginning Tuesday, May 4. Click here to see a complete AP exam schedule including dates, times, and locations.

AP Exam fees are due May 1, 2021

  • $95/test
  • If you wish to pay by credit/debit cards ($3 service charge per test will be applied) please contact Lori Wright in our business office via email at:
  • Checks can be made out to Lincoln Academy. Please make sure the student’s name is written on the check.
  • Send checks to: Lincoln Academy, ATTN: Lori Wright 81 Academy Hill Newcastle ME. 04553
  • If you have questions about paying your AP Fee please reach out to Mr. Cordero via email at

Guidance Office News

SENIORS & JUNIORS: UMaine & Maine’s 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 & JUNIORS:  Life After LA Panel  ~   Thursday, April 29th and Friday, April 30th
On Thursday, April 29th, and Friday, April 30th, recent LA alumni will be meeting virtually with Juniors and Seniors during their Advisor/Lunch period.  LA alum will share their post-graduate experiences and answer students’ questions about life after Lincoln Academy.

SENIORS & JUNIORS: Learn about Job Corps on Thursday, April 29th!
Have you ever wondered what Job Corps was all about? Well, here’s your chance to find out!  Job Corps is a free Career Technical Training program that is federally funded through the Department of Labor for 16-24 year-olds (the upper age limit may be waived for a student with a verifiable disability).  Some of the Career Technical Trainings available are welding, carpentry, culinary arts, CNA, and many more.  Eligible students can also earn their HS diploma and stay on the center, free of charge, while they work towards completion of their trade.  The two centers in Maine are in Bangor (Penobscot Job Corps) and Limestone (Loring Job Corps). Information sessions hosted by Maine’s Job Corps office will be held on April 29th at 3:00PM on Google Meets. Registration is required at which time link and logon information for the session will be sent via email. For questions or to register email Ross Chicoine at

SENIORS:  Got College Acceptances?  Enlist in the Military? 
Please email your Guidance Counselor, or 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
  • Financial Aid Consultant:  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

SENIORS:  Local organizations are generously offering scholarships, please see the partial list below!
For the complete list of scholarships with details and deadlines, log into your Naviance account.

  • Elks Lodge #1008 Rockland – All Seniors, Deadline extended to this Friday, April 16th
  • Beacon Chapter #202 Eastern Star Damariscotta – Seniors residing locally, see application! Due April 22nd during break!
  • Pen Bay Medical Center Nursing – Majoring in Nursing, due April 23rd during break!
  • Marshall Point Lighthouse & Museum – St. George Seniors only, due April 23rd during break!
  • Gardiner Federal Credit Union – All Seniors
  • St. George Business Alliance – St. George Seniors Only
  • Bessie D. Brooks Trust – New Post for All Seniors
  • Maine Blue Collar – Seniors pursuing a career in the trades, help with tools, books, tuition, and more.
  • Whitefield Lions Club Scholarship – Past graduates of grade schools in the area, see application!
  • George F. Dow – Nobleboro Students only
  • Frances & Heather Key Memorial/Town of Nobleboro – Nobleboro Students only
  • Bristol Area Lions Club – Recent Post for Bristol & South Bristol Seniors, several scholarships awarded
  • Mid-Coast Energy Systems – New Post for Seniors entering Construction/Service Trades
  • Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Training or Tool Grants – Application deadline is open, apply now!

To access these scholarships and others, login to Naviance using your PowerSchool Username and ID.  For detailed instructions on Naviance and the scholarship search and application process, click on Naviance & Scholarships ~ 2020-2021.  Go to the FAME and Maine Community Foundation scholarship search sites for additional, valuable resources. Email Mrs. Blodgett in Guidance at for assistance with Naviance and scholarships.

JUNIORS: Six Colleges Hosting Virtual Sessions on College Search Process and more
(The Six Colleges are AmherstBowdoinCarletonPomonaSwarthmore, and Williams)
The college search can be challenging for students and families. The Six Colleges: Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams put their own rivalries aside to host a series of virtual events for students and families, including the college search process and to help with the college search process and other topics of interest such as:

  • Applying in the Time of Covid
  • Financial Aid and Affording College
  • Campus Life and Building a Community
  • International Student Sessions
  • Navigating and Belonging: A Special Session for First-Generation and Low-Income Students

Go to for more information and to RSVP for upcoming events and/or browse recordings of previous sessions.  If interested, students may fill out one easy form to get admission information about each school.

JUNIORS:  Virtual Meetings with Guidance to Plan for Life After LA
Mrs. Wills-Viega,  Mr. Cordero, and Ms. Gleason are meeting with juniors to review their fall schedule and to help them plan for life after LA.  During these virtual 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, please check your Lincoln Academy Gmail DAILY for a google meet invitation from your guidance counselor.

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  All application materials must be received by April 15, 2021.

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 7:00-8:30pm  AND Sunday, May 16th from 1:00-3:00pm EST

The College Fair website will be available 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 Should you have any questions along the way, please contact NEACAC at

JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES:  Big Future Days College Fair
BigFuture Midwest on April 18th, 4:00-8:00pm / BigFuture Southeast on April 29th, 5:00-9:00pm
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.


LA News Headlines

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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