Making Good Decisions at LSS
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October Principal's Update
Lincoln Street School enjoyed a smooth and enjoyable school opening. Smiling faces from students, parents and staff alike are a frequent site at this school!
Despite the absence of students and staff, Lincoln Street School was a busy place this summer. Typical summer facility improvements include maintenance and cleaning by our diligent custodial staff. The work they put in this summer has truly paid off, the building and grounds look great!
Perhaps our most significant infrastructural improvement is one which cannot be seen. Wireless internet is now accessible throughout the building at any given location. This particular upgrade will be beneficial for Lincoln Street School as each teacher seeks to identify additional methods of incorporating the use of technology tools into instruction, increasing engagement and real world relevant learning for students. The installation included: re-termination of network drops within the ceiling for the rooms getting new access points, installation of 26 new Aerohive business class access points and the replacement of 19 Apple AirPorts. The increase in the number of access points provides better coverage throughout the school but a business class access point also provides better signal strength and allows more connections per access point. Signal strength is measured on a scale from -100 to 0, with 0 being the absolute best. Prior to installation the typical signal strength in the building would fluctuate between -60 to -100 in various areas of the building. Current testing shows the strengths coming in anywhere from -35 to -55.
Our first day of school for students was full of energy and excitement. As of 10/1/15, there were 164 third grade students, 162 fourth grade students, and 184 fifth grade students for a grand total of 510 students. Third grade teachers have an average of 18 students, fourth grade has 18, and fifth grade has 21.
Student/Parent/Teacher Meet and Greet was held on August 28th and an Open House was held for all parents and guardians on September 24th from 6:30-8pm. Teachers presented an overview of their classroom and highlighted important pieces of the curriculum parents can expect to see over the course of the school year. Opportunities to meet other specialists were also provided. The Title I department will provide information to selected parents as well. Over the course of the evening, approximately 80% of our students were represented by a parent or caretaker.
Director of Instruction Julie Lambert provided all teachers with an overview of EveryDay Math 4 (EDM4) prior to the start of the school year. The overview included: a “tour” of the teacher’s edition, specifically highlighting the instructional spiral, readiness and enrichment options, ELL support, and many other resources built into the program; a review of the 4 types of lessons in the program; the assessments available, and how to use them. Additional training has been planned throughout the fall, giving teachers an opportunity to collaborate by sharing successes and raising concerns during the early stages of implementation.
Many LSS staff members have continued to explore various methods of communicating with parents and families. All are keeping their web presence up to date and current. New and additional methods of communication are constantly being explored. Click HERE to explore our staff web presences.
School Messenger, the new service we use to disseminate mass messages to families and staff has been utilized three times already this year. The application has proven to be simple to use and effective. Currently School Messenger can send messages via phone call and email. SMS messaging may be added in the future. Please ensure that all your contact information is updated with the school office.
The second PTO meeting of the year will be held on 10/20 at LSS at 8:45am.
In conjunction with the Exeter Fire Department, LSS will participate in Operation Warm, a program that provides winter coats to children in need. Firefighter Ryan Booth has begun raising funds for the purchase of coats and Nurse Mary Manin is identifying those children and families in need. A booth to help raise awareness and donations was set up at our Open House on 9/24 to raise both funds and awareness.
In conjunction with the Exeter Lions Club, Nurse Mary Manin is exploring whole school spot vision screenings that instantaneously screen for 6 anomalies in the eye.
In conclusion, it is safe to say that the beginning of my service in Exeter has been both full and enriching. This is a wonderful place to work filled with hard working and well intentioned professionals and families. I extend my thanks to all who have helped make my transition to Lincoln Street and SAU16 a positive one! I look forward to the rest of the year!
Lincoln Street School's Open House last night was a great success. Thank you to everyone who participated. Everyone from the faculty, who provided such great information, to the custodial staff who worked so diligently to ensure the school was gleaming after our 520 students left, to the parents, who supported their children deserves to be recognized for creating such a marvelous school community.
The format for the Open House this year was a little different than in the past, though, and we're hoping to get your feedback to help our decision making in the future. If you have a few short minutes, please fill out the survey below to express your thoughts regarding the night's format and schedule. If you cannot view the survey below, please click HERE. We appreciate your input.
2015 Eustis Award Recipient
Congratulations to Sue Noseworthy,
this year's Eustis Award recipient!
In recognition of the 53 years of combined service that Joan and Dick Eustis dedicated to teaching, coaching, and administrative capacities, SAU 16 annually recognizes a district employee who has served students with the distinction that exemplifies an SAU 16 education. Their notable and outstanding careers set a positive tone throughout the Exeter area. Together they serve as role models for educators today.