Community Service and Soaking in the Sun!

We have completed our first full week of school, with new academic schedules and community routines.  Our students are adjusting well to community living, including the sharing of responsibilities such as kitchen duty.  The hours between class and dinner include sports practices, games, theater rehearsals, rowdy games of ping pong, trips into town, and time to wind down with a cup of noodles and some friends.  We have started opening the fitness center for workout time and facilitating trips to the YMCA for sports and exercise opportunities.  Our students enjoy this balance between academics and sports, and we know how essential that time is for stress management.  After dinner, quiet study time in the evenings allows students to settle down and focus on their studies.  While some students require gentle reminders and redirection, all eventually settle into their task and the community comes together to focus on their first-trimester classes. 

We started the school year with a busy Labor Day weekend, complete with kayaking, ocean swimming, and a lobster dinner.  Students took a trip to the Windsor Fair, which represents a quintessential Maine Agricultural Fair experience; complete with adrenaline-pumping rides, farm animal showings, and tractor pulls!  Our students had a great time and filled up on delicious fair food like kettle corn (sweet popcorn) and cotton candy (spun sugar).  

This past weekend, students participated in a service project with CHiP (Community Housing Improvement Project).  Students constructed window inserts, which help local families insulate their homes this winter.  This project was led by Sarah Kennedy, and Ryan Wynne, as well as returning student leaders.  The day was a success and reinforced the Lincoln Academy principles of community service and engagement.  

This week will finally provide some relief from high temperatures and humidity.  A few of last week’s games had to be rescheduled due to the heat.  Our student-athletes have rigorous practice and game schedules this week, keeping them very busy.  We are looking forward to cooler temperatures, which will allow us to enjoy next weekend’s apple-picking trip!  

With warm greetings from the coast of Maine!


Monica Tan

Director of Residential Life

Jake Abbott

Dean of Students

Jake Abbott

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 13: School picture day. All students and staff should have their photo taken on this day for school IDs, PowerSchool files, and yearbook (seniors will be able to submit their own senior photo to the yearbook–DUE NOV 1–more info coming soon!–but should still plan to have their school picture taken)
Thursday, September 21-Sunday, September 24: Lincoln Academy Homecoming. Watch for more details!
Friday, September 22: 5 pm at Shuck Station (downtown Newcastle) Parent and Alumni Gathering to watch the Homecoming Parade. All welcome!
Sunday, October 1: Whitewater rafting trip with the Outing Club. More info below.
Friday, October 6: No School. Professional Development Day
Monday, October 9: No School. Indigenous People’s Day

Monday, October 16: District III auditions for band and choir.

Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day: School is dismissed at 2 pm and buses depart at 2:10.

In Service to Others

Dean of Students Jake Abbott is coordinating community service opportunities for LA students. He will be putting together a monthly update of these opportunities for students to take advantage of. Want to get involved, or have a service opportunity for students? Contact him at

The first edition of the Community Service newsletter is at this link.

Whitewater Rafting

Lincoln Academy is planning a white water rafting on the Kennebec River on Sunday, Oct 1st with North Country River Outfitters . We will leave LA at 6am and will return around 6pm. The cost of the trip is $100 per person which includes the trip, a wetsuit & boots, helmet, life jacket, lunch and tip for the raft guides. Students must be able to swim to go on this trip.

Attendance at two organizational meetings is mandatory in order to be able to go on the trip. The first required meeting is on Tuesday, Sept 12 at 7:45 in Mr Manahan’s room. See Mr. Manahan, Ms. Welch, or Mr. Abbott for more details.

Connect with Other LA Parents

Join the LA parent Facebook groups so you can organize for class fundraisers and other class-specific events. Join with the links below:

Class of 2024:

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Class of 2026:

Class of 2027:

Bookmark these links!

These will help you throughout the year.

2023/2024 Travel Dates for the school year:

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