Residential Life Update – May 9, 2021

2021-05-09T22:11:12-04:00May 9, 2021|

It’s been a busy week in the Res Life Office as we approach the end of the school year.  End-of-year planning is well underway with an in-person graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday, June 4th at the Augusta Civic Center. These last weeks of school are extra special for the Class of 2021 and we will be giving Res Life seniors a unique Maine send-off including an opportunity to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic at Pemaquid Point.  Click here to read more about graduation plans and please review special announcements for seniors below.

College Board Advanced Placement exams have begun and this week will include exams for students in AP Macroeconomics, Psychology, English, Biology, and Environmental Science.  Best of luck to all students challenging themselves in AP courses this spring!

Residential students age 16 and older are scheduled for their second dose of the Pfizer Vaccine on May 13th and they are on track to being fully vaccinated before departing campus at the end of the school year.  We are also scheduled to deliver vaccines to students age 12 and older on May 18 and a second dose on June 8.

As we close out the current school year, we are also looking ahead to the fall.  Re-enrollment contracts have been sent to all underclass families,  if you have not received your contract, please let me know.  Click Here Approved Travel Dates for the 2021/2022 School Year.

Be well,

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

Jake Abbott

Upcoming Events at LA

  • Wednesday, May 12: 6:30 pm via Google Meet. College Info Night. Link to join.
  • Thursday, May 13: Lincoln Academy Parent Association Meeting. Graduation and end-of-year updates, summer plans, and welcoming the Class of 2025. Via Google Meet: link to join
  • Wednesday, May 19: Meeting for incoming 9th grade families. Via Google Meet: link to be sent by email.
  • Monday, May 31: Memorial Day, no school
  • Tuesday, June 1: Senior Cookout and Class Night
  • Thursday, June 4: Baccalaureate march and ceremony
  • Friday, June 4: 4 pm at the Augusta Civic Center. LA Commencement at the Augusta Civic Center.
  • Thursday, June 10: Last day of School for underclass students

Link to LA Calendar of Events

Res Life Seniors

I20 and Visa Questions: Now is the time to be thinking about your travel documents and paperwork.  Please be in touch with Hilary Petersenif you have any questions about your I20 or student visa.

Checkout and Room Inspections:  Dorm rooms will be inspected before you depart campus.  Ensure that you leave your room as you found it at the start of the school year and report any issues to the Res Life office now.  Your student account will be charged for any damages.  

Student Accounts: Any balance in your emergency account will be refunded once you have completed end-of-year room inspections and returned school materials.  Please let the Office of Residential Life know where to send your balance.

Shipping and Storage:  If you plan to ship items home, packing and mailing options are available through Mail It 4 You located near campus in Newcastle.  For returning students, there is limited storage space for personal belongings on campus.  We encourage students to take care of their shipping and storage needs well in advance of their departure.  Shipping large boxes can be very expensive. Consolidate and pack carefully!

Health Insurance: Seniors staying in the US over the summer are eligible for an extension on their student health insurance and we recommend this.  The expected cost is $550, please let the Business Office know if you are interested. 

Celebrate the Class of 2021

Follow the @lincolnacademyclassof2021 in Instagram to see what seniors are planning for next year. Seniors! Fill out the “Future Plans Survey” to add your info to the feed.

Guidance Office News

SENIORS:  Local Scholarships due this week!  Apply Now for Money for College!  
DUE THIS WEEK (Week of MAY 3rd)

  • George F. Dow – Nobleboro Students only  (Due May 6)
  • Frances & Heather Key Memorial/Town of Nobleboro – Nobleboro Students only   (Due May 6)
  • Heartwood Theater – One 1 Heartwood production & majoring in Theater Arts  (Due May 7)
  • Bristol Area Lions Club – Awarding up to four scholarships ($3000 each) to Bristol & So. Bristol Seniors ONLY (Due May 10)
  • Nobleboro Historical Society  – Nobleboro Students only   (Postmarked by May 11)
  • Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Training or Tool Grants –  (Application deadline is open, apply now!) 

For the complete list of scholarships with details and deadlines, log into your Naviance account using your PowerSchool Username and ID.  Go to Naviance & Scholarships ~ 2020-2021 for instructions on the scholarship search and application process.  Stop by or make an appointment with Mrs. Blodgett in Guidance at for assistance with Naviance and scholarships.

SENIORS: 2021 Naviance Senior Survey  ~  One Small Task to Complete by Wed. May 5th
On Naviance, there is a 5-minute senior survey about your plans next year.  We want to hear from every senior on where you will be employed, what military branch you are enlisting, what college you are attending, etc. If you are going on to college, the LA scholarship committee needs your information to determine which seniors are eligible for the various scholarships.

Sign into Naviance here:  At the home page of Naviance at the top menu, click on “About Me”, scroll down and click on “My Surveys”, click on “Surveys Not Started” and the survey “LA 2021 Senior Survey” will appear for you to complete. If you have trouble logging on, email your guidance counselor or, and we will reset your login credentials.

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 & 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.

JUNIORS:  Virtual College Information Night  ~  Wednesday, May 12th @ 6:30pm!   
Lincoln Academy is hosting a virtual College Information Night on Wednesday, May 12th at 6:30pm for juniors and their parents.  The college search and application process details will be reviewed.  Any juniors who plan to continue their education at any level beyond high school should attend this virtual meeting. Underclassmen and their parents are also invited to attend. Wednesday, May 12th, 6:30 – 7:30pm:

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 other topics 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.

ALL GRADES: Online Balancing College Savings w/ Retirement Savings via FAME, May 7 

Paying for college is just one concern for many families. Preparing for retirement can be even more important.  Join FAME as they discuss these competing financial goals and provide an overview of some college savings alternatives such as Section 529 plans, Coverdell accounts, taxable investment accounts, and IRAs and share national research on how families typically pay for college. FAME will also debunk the myth that savings negatively impacts financial aid eligibility. For more information on FAME and this event, click  If interested in attending the event on Friday, May 7th at 12:00pm, click Register.


  • Lincoln Academy Learning Hub, with links to Canvas, PowerSchool, and everything else families need for learning at LA
  • LA Flickr site, which includes photos from orientation week. New images will be posted regularly

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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