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Resident Life Update – May 24, 2020

By |May 24, 2020|Categories: Resident Life Weekly|

Dear Residential Life Students and Families,
As we draw to the end of the 3rd Trimester, we also bring to close one of the most unusual trimesters in Lincoln Academy’s long history. With so many changes in our lives, we thought it might be useful to review how this trimester will end, particularly in regards to grades and closing activities.

Trimester 3: Grading

Students will have until May 29th to submit work for their Trimester 3 courses. Teachers will then begin the process of finalizing student grades.

Pass/No Credit

All student grades will appear as Pass or No Credit on student transcripts. This decision is in line with state and national trends during this pandemic. Transcripts will include a note explaining the unusual nature of this situation. 

Petitioning to Reveal Grades

Students who have been exceptionally successful during this trimester may petition the Guidance Department to have their grades revealed on their final transcript. This can be done for a single class or across all classes. These grades will appear, but will not be averaged into the student’s GPA. Students who are interested in having their T3 grades revealed need to send an email that copies their Guidance Counselor, Jose Cordero,, the Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Kelley Duffy,, the teacher of the course and their parent or guardian. The email should clearly state which class(es) they want to reveal the grade(s) in and a brief statement explaining their choice. Seniors’ requests to reveal grades should be made between May 26-29th, and underclass requests between June 1st and June 5th.

Credit Determination

In some cases students may have had academic results that are markedly different from their results in the first two trimesters. If those results raise questions about a student’s ability to receive credit in the course, the situation will be reviewed by a small committee. Throughout this trimester, Lincoln Academy’s Student Support Team and Special Education Department have been working closely with students to support them during this complex virtual learning experience. Members of this team will provide input to this committee when determining if a student will receive credit for a course.

Reflecting in Place, 2020

Rather than holding final exams in a virtual format, this year all students will be involved in a culminating activity known as “Reflecting in Place, 2020.” The goal of this project is to provide the LA community with an opportunity to reflect upon the broad range of their experiences (academic, personal and social) during the third trimester.  In addition to self-reflection, the interview portion of the project is designed to provide students both with a sense of closure for the year and with a sense of community within their advisory and the school as a whole. Students will meet with their advisors starting on May 26th to plan this reflection.

The complete details and expectations associated with this project can be found in the document Reflecting in Place, 2020. An explanatory video is also available, and exemplars created by faculty and staff are available online. 

Students will complete this project with the assistance of their advisor. Projects must be complete in order for Trimester 3 grades to be finalized.

In order for a student to be “done for the year” the following things must happen:

  • Coursework for Trimester 3 is complete
  • Reflecting in place artifact and interview are complete and submitted (seniors only complete the interview)
  • School materials are returned to campus

Return to Dorm Life

Lincoln Academy Residential Life is working hard to develop plans for re-opening dorms and welcoming students back to campus for the upcoming school year.  We recognize that there may only be limited periods of allowed travel between countries so this plan will include the option to bring students to campus when/if travel is allowed, possibly as early as July.  There are many steps to implementing a plan like this and we are hopeful that we will be able to share details with all of you very soon.  We are obligated to follow all US and State of Maine laws on this matter and there may be interruptions and challenges along the way.  Please direct questions to Jake Abbott.


Contracts for the 2020-2021 school year have been sent by the LA Admission Office.  Please be aware that there is a special no risk offer for all re-enrolling families.  Please contact Lu-Shien Tan or Hilary Petersen with any questions.

Important Dates

Friday, May 22: End of virtual learning classes
May 28-30: Virtual Art Show featuring work from the LA Visual and Performing Arts students.
Friday, May 29: All Trimester 3 coursework completed
Monday, June 1: Senior grades submitted, Eagle Awards delivered, window opens to petition to reveal T3 grades
Wednesday, June 3: Virtual Class Night on the Lincoln Academy YouTube Channel
Thursday, June 4: Virtual Baccalaureate, Senior “Reflecting in Place, 2020” Interviews complete
Friday, June 5:  Graduation Class of 2020*  Please see this link for details.
Friday, June 12th: Last day of school! Underclass “Reflecting in Place, 2020” Projects completed, interviews and artifacts submitted. School materials are returned.

*International Students may choose a proxy to carry them through the graduation ceremony on an iPad (your proxy could be another student in your advisor group, teacher, or LA staff member). We will contact international students via iPads so they can ride along virtually in the car of a fellow advisor group member.  

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Resident Life Update – May 17, 2020

By |May 17, 2020|Categories: Resident Life Weekly|

Graduation plans have been announced!   See this link for details. We understand that residential students can't be here in person on June 5th, but we still want to celebrate with you!  End of year events including Class Night and Baccalaureate will be virtual this year and Class of 2020 Graduation on June 5th will be live-streamed and recorded for future viewing.  Each Res Life senior will be able to "march" into graduation via video call on a tablet held by a volunteer proxy.  Unfortunately, no spectators will be present for these events due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Seniors are asked [...]

Resident Life Update – May 10, 2020

By |May 9, 2020|Categories: Resident Life Weekly|

This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week and today we celebrate Mother's Day in Maine.  Wherever you are, this is a wonderful time to reach out to educators, parents, and mentors in your life and tell them they are appreciated!  Just two weeks of virtual learning remain, then we move into end of year reflective assignments.  If you believe you have fallen behind in your studies, it is not too late to talk to your teachers and makeup work.  Please review Lincoln Academy's updated schedule for the school year.  These next few weeks will go by quickly and we are [...]

Resident Life Update – May 3, 2020

By |May 3, 2020|Categories: News, Resident Life Weekly, Residential Life|

Dear students,  We hope you had a restful April vacation, and while we can’t welcome you back to campus, we do welcome everyone back to the last part of the school year.  Three weeks of virtual learning remain, then we move into end of year reflective assignments — details to be announced very soon.  Your teachers remain engaged and ready to support your academic progress and there is still time to make up any missed assignments.  Please review the updated schedule, ask for help if you need it, and focus on completing the academic year as your goal.  If you [...]

Resident Life Update – April 19, 2020

By |April 19, 2020|Categories: News, Resident Life Weekly, Residential Life|

Dear students,  We miss you tremendously.  Just like an empty campus, our dorms are lonely without you here.  Know that we are thinking about you and we care a lot. If you need anything or just want to talk to one of us, we are available to do that.  Reach out anytime! Please try to enjoy the week off from classes.  I encourage you to get some exercise, keep up a daily routine, check-in with friends, cook something new, and make time every day to do an activity you really enjoy.   There are just 4 weeks of virtual classes [...]

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Contact the Office of Resident Life:

Jacob Abbott : Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life—Dorm Parent
Jacob Abbott

Jake Abbott has been a part of the LA community since 2006. Jake has worked in a variety of roles at the school. Currently, as the Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the schools residential population and the various departments that support it. Jake also supports the operations of the school, shares in the management of student discipline, and supports many student programs, extra-curricular activities and initiatives to get students involved in learning and exploring new opportunities. Jake is also very involved in the local community serving as a member of the Newcastle Fire Department, where is also on the Board of Trustees. Jake is also on the Board of Directors at Central Lincoln County YMCA.


Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Liberal Studies, University of Maine, Augusta
M.S. Education Leadership, University of Southern Maine

Wechat: eekabbott
Cell/Whatsapp: +1 207-831-6879

(207) 563-3596 ext. 231
Sarah Kennedy : Vacation Programs Coordinator, Outreach and Administrative Assistant
Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy '00 grew up in Pemaquid and went on to study Spanish and International Relations at the University of Maine and University of Costa Rica.  She coordinated volunteer education programs and fundraising for a small non-profit organization in Nicaragua and then went on to join Sustainable Harvest International as the Director of Development and later transitioned to working as a program director specializing in outreach and service learning programs in Central America.  In 2012, Sarah took a position with AmeriCorps and Santa Clara University's Center of Sustainability to develop school garden and community nutrition programs in San Jose City Schools.

In 2013, Sarah’s family had the opportunity to return to Maine and was excited to become a part of Lincoln Academy’s new Residential Program. Sarah developed LA’s homestay program and loves welcoming students from around the globe to our community here in the Midcoast. Sarah works part-time as support staff in the Resident Life Office and is also a member of LA’s Website Team and Grant Team.  

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. International Relations - University of Maine, Orono
B.A. Spanish - University of Maine, Orono

(207) 563-3596 ext. 223

Messages from the Head of School

May 22, 2020 As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, I want to take a moment to remember those in our LA community who have served and are serving in our armed services.  Lincoln alums, faculty, and staff have honored our country with their service, and we should take a moment to remember them this weekend. I am an “army brat” of sorts: my brother and I were both born in Stuttgart Germany when my father was stationed there in the mid 1960s. I spent a portion of most summer vacations at campgrounds in Pennsylvania and Virginia, as our [...]


Lincoln Academy has suspended in-person classes and activities until the end of May.  See our COVID-19 updates page for details.

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