Funding Teachers

The FLOCK Party was a huge success, but Lincoln fundraising is just getting started.

Friends of Lincoln must raise dollars to keep the great teachers we already have. Principal Chapman must immediately hire three teachers in Math, Science, and Technology before the end of May. That is when the best candidates have usually been snapped up.

We need to maintain our great programs such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the Arts. Think of the class that inspires your child: that's the one we need to preserve.

The average needed per family is $600 per year.

It sounds like a lot, but it's a way better investment than tutors and catch-up camps. Please give what you can. Some cannot give that, and others can give a lot more.

In the coming weeks, we will be telling you more about Lincoln's great classes, teachers, and the new building opening in 2022.

Thank you all.

Senior Stella Harkness studies Robotics at Lincoln High SchoolSenior Stella Harkness studies Robotics at Lincoln High School

The ability to double up on math and science makes Lincoln special

We have students who adore taking STEM (science, tech, engineering and math). Such classes often fuel the desire to show up and keep kids interested in their others.

Lincoln currently offers 39 STEM options, see the course guide.

Senior Stella Harkness is able to take Probability and Statistics, IB Biology HL and IB Physics HL. She also takes Robotics because, as she says, “It prepares you for multiple environments within the engineering scope and it teaches kids to act collaboratively.” Harkness worked on the robots which were on the runway at the FLOCK fashion-themed party in February. She likes that her robotics cohort competes in teams of four but they also learn cooperation, which is the hottest skill in the job market right now. “It isn't really a teaching class, it's more exploration and the teachers back us. It’s research, trial and error.”

The robots use sensors to move around 18-feet by 18-feet flat field. They have to be less than 18 x 18 x 18 inches, and be able to stack Lego blocks.

“The first lessons you learn are where the center of gravity is, whether to have more torque in your motor, and how to use color sensors.”

Harkness was speaking by phone from a visit to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She wants to study bioengineering and political science, since she is also on the Constitution team. She also played forward in soccer for three years. She’s co-founder the Current Events club where members talk about current events that are not being discussed enough, such as leadership changes in Egypt and Venezuela or the religious riots in India. “Things like that that kids don’t want to talk about because there's so much happening on the domestic level that people don't really focus on the global scale.”

Right now, engineering is her passion. They work in Lincoln’s basement Classroom 11, which is “really like a large closet behind the kitchen,” says Harkness. Lincoln recruits from middle schools. There are Freshmen in the Robotics team, and they will get at least one year of the new building, their Senior year.

Teacher cuts for 2020-2021 were made through attrition, which means larger class sizes in math and science — and students could lose the ability to "double up" or take more than one science or math at a time. Friends of Lincoln must raise dollars so Principal Chapman can immediately hire three teachers in Math, Science, and Technology before the end of May. Please give what you can.

Using Lincoln Arts to get through Coronavirus isolation

When Lincoln needed to replace its boring three-tone jingle for announcements over the PA, the Leadership Team reached out to the jazz class to craft the new sound.

Gabe Briar, a Junior, is in the Jazz Ensemble class taught by Mr. Cave. Students play all sorts of jazz, from swing and bebop. They learn composition, use some sheet music and chord charts but also improvise.

They play as a large group at basketball games, but they also break into quartets and trios for class time.

Briare’s combo sat down to make a new 30-second jingle. They have an electric bass guitar, electric guitar, electric keyboard and drums.

“It was only used for one day before school was shut in March by the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Briare ruefully.

The result is impactful, and far from institutional. Sudden stabs of drums and keys are followed by jangly guitar and funky bass, and then a three-word chorus, “What’s up Lincoln!” It took two periods to write. They started in class and recorded it at night.

Briare’s fave jazz guitarist is Wes Montgomery, but he also likes jazz funk band Vulfpeck. He says Jazz Ensemble is the type of class where the teacher encourages them to experiment and create.

The combo consists of Gabe Rosenfield drums, Elliot Ricsh keyboard, Carson Nitta bass, Gabe Briare guitar.

During the break Briare has been in a group chat with his combo. “We like to cover songs, and we have a few of our own, so we exchange clips. Someone will put together a lick or a riff and say what key it’s in, and we’ll try and add a piano melody or a drum beat. Next time we’re all together we'll play them.”

They can’t jam in real time over video conferencing because of the internet’s lagginess.

Briare has been using music to get through the Coronavirus isolation of the March from hell. His parents have made sure he hasn’t seen his friends in person since the Governor’s stay home, stay healthy directive went out.

“I’ve been playing a lot more guitar recently. You can’t just sit around.”

Lincoln has lots of great classes that are threatened by a shortfall in funding. That’s why we are asking parents who can to donate to the foundation to keep such classes going for another year. Click HERE to go to our pain-free giving site.

If you can give to the foundation to nurture the next generation of Django Rheinhardts and Chet Bakers, you’ll have changed the world for good.

Transport back in time and stream some Wes Montgomery or imagine yourself in New Orleans watching a Vulfpeck concert.

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