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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 to share a photo for the class portrait.  Diplomas and other documents will be mailed to graduates by the Res Life Office after the graduation ceremony on June 5.

We are entering our last week of virtual learning before moving onto end of year reflection assignments.  Teachers will be grading and reviewing your final work for Trimester 3 after the last assignments are given this coming Friday.  Please take this last week to complete any missing assignments.  All work must be submitted by Friday, May 29.  Don’t hesitate to be in touch with teachers and staff with any questions about wrapping up your work!   The virtual learning schedule for the remainder of the year and grading protocols can be viewed at the following link:

Class of 2020 Academic Honors and Eagle Awards Announced

Lincoln Academy announced on Tuesday the students who will graduate with academic honors in the Class of 2020. Quinn Straus is the Class of 2020 Valedictorian. Benji Pugh and Aidan McCullen will share the role of Salutatorian.  Eagle Awards recipients include Resident Life Students Anh Minh (Filip) Nguyen (Ryerson University), Aigerim Raimbek (Ithaca College), and Aria Nicolette Tan (Nova Southeastern University).  Read the complete list of Eagle Award Winners at this link.  Congratulations to all!

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.

Senior I20 Transfers

Congratulations to the seniors who have already chosen their college or university! If you have made a decision to enroll, you can start the visa transfer process with Mrs. Petersen. Please email or message her the following information:
1. An acceptance letter from the college or university.
2. The transfer-in form that your college or university provides. (Sometimes this is an online link in an online enrollment form. When asked for the DSO name, please type in “Hilary Petersen” and use email address ““)
3.  The signed Transfer Out Form attached to this email.
If you have any trouble, especially with the online enrollment process, you can contact Mrs. Petersen or Mr. Cordero anytime by email or message.

Frequently Asked Questions about Visas during COVID 19

You may have questions about maintaining your visa status during this period, and we have answers.  There is a list of Frequently Asked Questions that has been published by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency that may answer some of your questions. Even if your visa is set to expire this summer, you may still stay in the United States (if you are already here) past the expiration date, as long as you keep up to date with your schoolwork and otherwise maintain your visa status. There is also a page on our website with information about your I-20 and visa. Please do not hesitate to email or message Mrs. Petersen, Mr. Tan, or Mr. Abbott with questions about your visa or I-20.

Virtual Community Meetings on Friday!

Tune in this Friday at noon on the Lincoln Academy News Instagram Story for our Virtual Community Meeting.

Don’t forget to send us a selfie wearing black and white before noon to earn Faculty Shield Points for your class! (send a photo by replying to this email or sending a DM to the Instagram page). Trivia questions will be posted at noon, and classes get FSPs based on who gets the right answer to each question first.

AP Exam Reminders Mr. Cordero:

  • Students should click their e-ticket to check in 30 minutes before exam start time. Students should allow 80 minutes for each exam—30 minutes to enter their AP ID, name, and other information, and 50 minutes to draft and submit their responses. Make sure your students know their local testing time, since each subject’s exam will be taken simultaneously worldwide.
  • What to do if something goes wrong: If a student accidentally closes the browser, their device crashes, or they temporarily lose internet access, they can quickly click their exam e-ticket again to return to the exam. They should continue the exam, and if they feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted their performance, they can request approval to take the makeup exam at Students can also request a makeup exam if they’ve lost too much time due to a technical problem, can’t connect to their exam, or experienced some other serious disruption.
  • Make sure you have everything you need for each exam NOW.  Please see the checklist for your exam HERE

The schedule for exams is posted on Fees remain $94/exam. Please see this link for a letter from the Guidance Office about AP Exams.  Contact Mr. Cordero with any questions:

Student Belongings

Many students had to depart campus quickly and there are a lot of questions about personal belongings in storage on campus.  Mr. Abbott and Ms. Anastasio are working to organize and communicate with graduating seniors and others about individual items.  Thanks for your patience and understanding as we work to return items to students across the globe.

Emergency Account Refunds

Graduating and non-returning students may have their emergency account balance refunded at the end of the school year.  We wait until the end of school to account for shipping and storage, textbooks, school supplies, and expenses associated with graduation.  We will process refunds as scheduled at the close of the school year and families will be refunded the balance. 


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.

Guidance Updates

Guidance Updates continue to be sent through email, Canvas and posted to the LA website. The latest information for Class of 2020 college going students can be found at the following link:

Junior Meetings

Guidance counselors are now offering virtual meetings with juniors. Please email Jose Cordero to schedule a meeting to talk about life after high school.

More information on resources that can be helpful as you begin to plan for life after high school can be found on the Canvas Class of 2021 page. 

Link to find information about how colleges are reaching out to high school students.



If you have not yet completed your “LA 2020 Senior Survey”, please take 5 minutes to do so.  If you are going on to college, the LA scholarship committee uses this information to determine which students are eligible for the various scholarships. In Naviance, go to “About Me” Heading at the top, “My Surveys” “Surveys Not Started” and the survey “LA 2020 Senior Survey” (not “Graduation Survey”).  By filling out this survey and providing your EFC, you will be eligible for Lincoln Academy funded scholarships. Your completed survey is your application.

Important Dates

April 27-Memorial Day Weekend: Virtual Learning
May 26-May 29: Final projects and assessments
May 28-30: Virtual Art Show featuring work from the LA Visual and Performing Arts students.
Monday, June 1: Times to be arranged. Eagle Award presentations by senior advisors.
Wednesday, June 3: 6 pm video release. Virtual Awards and Class Night
Thursday, June 4: 6 pm video release. Virtual Baccalaureate Ceremony
Friday, June 5: 1:40-5:30 pm. Presentation of Diplomas. Please see this link for details.
June 1-June 12: Time for academic reflection with teachers and advisors

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Resident Life Update – April 11, 2020

By |April 11, 2020|Categories: News, Resident Life Weekly, Residential Life|

Lincoln Academy announced this week that virtual learning will continue through the end of the school year.  While we all wish we were back in our usual classrooms, students and teachers are able to continue their academic work through Canvas and there are creative discussions happening around how we can preserve traditions and end of year ceremonies while remaining in our homes.  School administrators will be looking for students to take leading roles in some of these virtual events in the weeks ahead and we welcome your input and ideas! As ever, please don't hesitate to reach out for [...]

Resident Life Update – April 5, 2020

By |April 5, 2020|Categories: News, Resident Life Weekly, Residential Life|

Heading into Week Three:  We have now completed our second full week of virtual learning.  Please be in touch with your teachers and let us know if you have any questions or need assistance accessing academic materials.  Each international student has been assigned an adult support person to help address concerns that may arise from living in a different time zone, in an area with restricted access, or other such concerns.  Please contact the following staff for Academic Support: Jacob Abbott, Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life Jose Cordero, Guidance Counselor  Hilary Petersen, Associate Director of Admissions [...]

Resident Life Update – March 29, 2020

By |March 28, 2020|Categories: News, Resident Life Weekly, Residential Life|

The past few weeks have been a tremendous transitional period for the LA residential community.  The COVID-19 outbreak has necessitated transitioning away from face-to-face learning to a virtual platform as well as closing our dormitories. Most students have been able to return home to family while a few are staying with relatives or in approved temporary homestays in the US.  Students and our residential life families closed out the dorms with marshmallow roasts, packing, photo shoots, and touching goodbyes. A few recent photos are shared above and you can keep up with more photos and updates through the Lincoln [...]

Resident Life Update – March 9, 2020

By |March 9, 2020|Categories: News, Resident Life Weekly, Residential Life|

It's cold outside, but that isn't keeping Residential students from staying active.  This past weekend, Residential Life students in our proctor leadership group organized "Sports Olympics."  Co-ed teams competed in activities such as races, arm wrestling, and indoor soccer.  We also have a number of students going out for athletic teams this spring.  We encourage all of our students to try a spring sport this year, but they must sign-up soon!  Baseball practice starts March 23 and all other teams begain practice March 30.  Click here for schedules and a full list of LA Athletics programming: Travel Restrictions [...]

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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

Speaking from the Heart

From the Head of School We are fully into the swing of school here at LA, and past the midpoint of Trimester 2. Our first 5-day week in a while helped build momentum, and last week was full of energy and excitement. On Friday, members of the Board of Trustees joined us for community meeting. As I started my weekly Friday message, I felt a little more nervous than usual. Certainly, some of that was due to my “bosses” in the audience, but more specifically, I was nervous to meet a challenge that a fellow faculty member had offered after [...]


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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