Recent Lincoln School News

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Healthy Teeth and Warm Feet

Third grade is studying the local environment of Nepal. Students have been exploring environmental resources and their availability. Students grew concerned about the impact of the fuel shortage on local families. Many families are having to spend more money to obtain basic resources. Third graders want to help care by providing community members with a few basic supplies such as: new toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste, new socks, and new or gently used shoes. All donations are greatly appreciated and should arrive by December 7. Thank you!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Law and Order Fairytale Unit

During this round of Exploratory classes, the Middle School decided to create a one act play. All of the different exploratory groups are contributing to some aspect of the play. There is an acting group, which is going to stage the play; there is an optical illusions group, which is creating special effects; a creative construction group that is building the sets; there is a duct tape design group, which is in charge of the costumes and props; and there is also a a group which is working to promote and advertise the play. Middle school are using C-block classes to work under the direction of the acting group and the producer of the play, Molly Neilson. The play, Law and Order Fairytale Unit is a modern day twist on disney and nursery rhyme characters. The main plot is based on a team of fairytale detectives working to solve one classic mystery: Who blew down the three little pigs house?

The play will be performed on December 10th from 3:10 to 4:00 P.M in the Globe Theater at Lincoln School. We hope to see you then! 


Friday, November 6, 2015

ipads in Third Grade

Third Grade Receives iPads

Third graders were thrilled to take part in the LS School's one-to-one iPad integration. Students have been learning about iPad safety and care, as well as, how to use iPads as a tool in learning. Yesterday, students used their iPads to record themselves reading a challenging text with expression. Then, they listened to their reading and reflected. In a few weeks, students will record themselves reading the same passage and will reflect on areas of growth. 
Not only have the iPads brought fresh excitement to the learning process in third grade, they have also stimulated important learning discussions. Students have become more aware about learning tools. They are being trained to ask themselves what the most salient and efficient tool is in a learning situation. Is there a good app on their iPad, should they use a calculator, a pencil, their whiteboard, or is their brain the fastest tool in that moment? 

Please stay tuned for more details as the third graders complete their very first Whiteboard Animation lessons and their class "I am From" montage.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cupcake Monsters and a Big Thank You to the LS Support Staff

During the Halloween celebration on October 30th, Mrs. Sunderman's third graders decorated monster cupcakes to give to all of the support staff at the Lincoln School. The support staff helps student learning in invaluable ways every day and the third graders were excited to make a small gift sharing their appreciation. 

Pawita a third grader said, "I felt happy, excited, and proud to give the support staff treats to enjoy."

Jasmina, "I thought it was really cool, because we got to make our cupcakes. It felt good to make cupcakes for someone else."

Rylan, another third grader said, "I felt pretty good about making the cupcakes, because the support staff helps the school."

Over 70 cupcakes were decorated by students! Students worked to create unique and attractive monsters as well as Halloween themed thank you cards. Stay tuned for upcoming events as the third grade class class seeks to care for their community.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Girls' Volleyball Storm to Finals in Colombo

Girls' Volleyball Storm to Finals in Colombo 

As teams arrived on the first day of the tournament, the excitement and nervousness started to rise in the gym. We played our first games against Dhaka and Chennai, in which we won both sets. The game against Dhaka was the one that pushed us mentally and physically as we struggled against the Colombo heat and the nervousness of playing our first game. 

The second day we really dominated the court as we won both our sets against Karachi and Lahore. As the third and final day came upon us, the excitement of the tournament started to rise as the remaining top teams all battled for a place in the finals. The first set we had lost in the entire tournament was against TAISM. However, the team completely recovered in the second and third sets and won both the sets. We had finally made it to the finals for the third year in succession! 

As we painted our faces in Lincoln colors, and sang chants to boost our spirits, we were all pretty pumped for the final game of the season. However, the finals was a more challenging affair. The Bombay team had a consistency and maturity in their team that really could not be underestimated. We fought hard during each set, and played a total of 5 sets. By the time the last ball had hit the ground, we were all exhausted, but proud. Even though we hadn't won a gold medal, at the end of the day we walked out with the biggest medal of all - we had come so far in the tournament with one of the youngest teams in SAISA this year. 

As said by our coaches, this game is a marathon. I think what we all realized at the end of it is that it's not always about hitting the home run. Sometimes it's about how you play the marathon. This dream of winning SAISA should not stop at the finish line and it should definitely not stop when our team has placed as high as second place. That is why I'm certain that with the team's performance this year, that next year this team of fresh and hardworking volleyball players is going to dominate SAISA. 

Ana Maharjan

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lincoln Swimmers - Life in the Fast Lane

Breaking SAISA records, Lincoln records and swimming personal bests, our Snow Leopards had a victorious swim meet at TAISM in Oman. On the first day, we spent the morning training at the pool in TAISM and were treated to an afternoon at the beach and a lunch from Subway as our coaches wanted to recognize the hard work and dedication our team had shown throughout the season and during Dashain break.

As for the actual competition, our Coach Davis best describes it when he said "Competition was fierce and there were lots of strong swimmers, but spirits were always high and we are very proud of all our student-athletes achieved." The mighty Snow Leopards bagged 5 golds, 10 silvers, 10 bronzes, 11 4th places, 12 5th places and 14 6th places.

Shreetika Singh and Oshina Bharati broke the SAISA record for 100m fly, and Niharika Tuladhar set a new SAISA record for 100m breaststroke in the girls 15-19 age group. Our Lady Leopards placed 2nd in the girls 13-14 category, 1st in the girls 15-19 division and finished 2nd overall in the tournament. A huge achievement indeed!
The advantage of having our swimming pool showed the growth of our LS swimmers in this competition. We are proud of the high levels of sportsmanship throughout the season as well as during SAISA. I can confidently report we have all had a positive experience and grew not only as swimmers but also as mature human beings.  

Rahab Moktan & Aditi Dhital (Captains)

Boys' Volleyball Team Exceed Expectations in Colombo

Boys' Volleyball Team Exceed Expectations in Colombo

Our trip started out with an exhausting flight schedule and an eight hour, overnight, layover in the Mumbai Airport. However, the time seemed to speed right by. Being in the company of the boys on the team, as well as the girls' team, allowed us to enjoy ourselves. Once we arrived in Colombo, we had an opportunity to rest and catch up on sleep in a hotel. Following these events, we finally made our way to the school and met up with our hosts to rest up for the night. 

On the first day we were to play the host school in front of the home crowd. We took the victory in an intense three set battle against the Geckos. All of us were very pleased with the way we played. The second game on day two was a bit shaky against Lahore in another three set encounter, but we managed to claw ourselves out trouble and snatch another victory. The next morning we had to play against AISD (Dhaka), a great team with immense individual players, who managed to defeat us in an intense and yet another three set match. The team was showing great improvement from where we first started. We also got together after each game to reflect upon what we did well and what we could improve. We then went on to claim victory in the next two games against ISOI (Islamabad) and AISD JV (Dhaka Junior Varsity) placing us in the semi-finals against KAS (Karachi). This team had two colossal hitters, the Essa brothers, both of who had found a groove and they seemed to be unstoppable. The Lincoln boys showed great grit and passion to fight so hard against them, but the brothers just could not be stopped. 

We got knocked out in the semi-finals against the champions of the tournament, but it still was not over for us. As a part of the team, I felt very confident to go out and play our game against AISD (Dhaka) in the 3rd-4th play offs, and it was because of our team spirit. We never dropped, we fought and we left everything we had out on that court. The team had found their maximum potential playing phenomenal volleyball, resulting in a win and a bronze medal for the team.