Lincoln Middle School

October 1, 2021

Contact Us

Paul Suminski, Principal /

Randy Steen, Assistant Principal /

Susannah Wade, Assistant Principal /

Office: (847) 394-7350 / Fax: (847) 394-7358


. . . regarding student absences as recorded in the PowerSchool Portal

Parents are already aware that they can check their child's grades using the PowerSchool Portal. However, parents may also check their child's attendance. Absences are recorded in first period only. An "A" (excused absence), "N" (unexcused absence), "H" (excused half-day absence), or "U" (unexcused half-day absence) indicates a child was absent from school. Whether a student is excused or unexcused is based on the reason for the absence. Excused absences are for valid reasons which include, but are not limited to, illness, death in the immediate family, family emergency, situations beyond the control of the student, and safety reasons. An unexcused absence is given if a parent did not contact the school, a parent contacted the school and gave no reason for the absence, or if the reason is not valid. On rare occasions, the school may ask for documentation in order to determine if the absence is excused or unexcused. In addition, a student must be in attendance for 300 minutes (5 hours) to get credit for a full day and 150 minutes (2.5 hours) to get credit for a half day. Lunch/recess minutes do not count toward the required number of minutes. Thus, it is possible for a student who was at school for 2 class periods (120 minutes) to be listed as a full day absence because the student didn't meet the 150-minute requirement.

To make things more confusing regarding the total number of absences for your child, the PowerSchool Portal shows a half day absence as missing one full day of school. Thus, the total number of absences may not be correctly shown if your child has half day absences. The report card is a child's official document for attendance and the report card correctly counts half day absences as 0.5.

Tardy to class is different than tardy to school. Tardies to class are recorded by the individual classroom teacher and are not reflected on the PowerSchool Portal. Tardies to school, however, are viewable in the PowerSchool Portal and are recorded in the advisory period. A “T” in the advisory column indicates your child was tardy to school. All tardies to school are considered unexcused, unless a signed note for an appointment (doctor, dentist, etc.,) is given to the assistant principal. Please note there are student consequences for being tardy to school once your child has accumulated his/her 10th tardy.

. . . regarding student conduct expectations . . .

Parents are encouraged to view the “Student Conduct Expectations” document, which is posted on the Lincoln website under the “Parent Resources” link and then under “Important Documents & Resources.”

I hope you found this information helpful. Please feel free to contact me at (847) 394-7350, Ext. 5006 or at if you have any further questions.

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7th and 8th graders interested in playing basketball: Basketball sign-ups are starting Monday, September 27. If you are interested in trying out for one of the basketball teams, please click on the link below. Students must have a current physical on file with the school nurse to attend tryouts.

Boys Basketball Sign-ups

Girls Basketball Sign-ups

Boys Basketball tryout information: Tryouts in the Busse Gym

Monday, October 18 - 7th grade 3:00 - 4:30 and 8th grade 4:30 - 6:00
Tuesday, October 19 - 7th grade 3:00 - 4:30 and 8th grade 4:30 - 6:00
Wednesday, October 20 -7th grade 3:00 - 4:30 and 8th grade 4:30 - 6:00

Girls Basketball tryout information: Tryouts in the West Gym

Tuesday, October 19 - 7th grade 3:00 - 4:30 and 8th grade 4:30 - 6:00
Wednesday, October 20 - 8th grade 3:00 - 4:30 and 7th grade 4:30 - 6:00

Amazing Amigos/Peer Partners Club

. . . is a club for any students interested in making new friends while creating fun activities. It was created to provide students in the SOAR classroom a natural opportunity to get to know their peers. Students will meet twice per month. The Peer Partner activity dates will have students preparing fun activities for the monthly Amazing Amigos Club. Meetings begin Thursday, September 23rd, and permission slips can be found in the commons.

See Ms. Hirsch in room 306, or Ms. Luce in room 103 if you have any questions!

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Lincoln’s annual Vision and Hearing Screening will take place on Thursday, November 4. Please remind your child to bring their glasses to school on that day. Please note that not all students are screened, this is determined by state mandates. Also, vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye exam by an eye doctor.

Attention 8th Grade Parents of students who wear glasses or contacts: Please email Mrs. Smith, RN, ( with the date of your child’s last eye examination.

Please call the health office with any questions or concerns.
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News from Your Lincoln PTO: Last Day to Order Lincoln Spirit Wear; Registration Closing Soon for First-Ever Color Run

What could be more fun than a COLOR RUN? Tell your kiddos to grab a friend and join Lincoln’s first-ever Color Run taking place Saturday, Oct. 23 at 9 a.m. As students run, walk, or roll around the course, they’ll be showered with different color powdered dyes that create a cool pattern on their color run shirt. They'll also get sweet treat at the end of the event and a raffle entry for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.

Click here to register by next Friday, Oct. 8 to guarantee your child’s spot (event is limited to 100 participants). See the related flyer for more information, and as always, contact the PTO at should you have any questions or wish to volunteer.

Spirit Wear Online Store Closes Today

Don’t forget to order your Lincoln spirit wear! The online store closes today and features a variety of Lincoln-branded attire. Click here to view and enter LINCOLN as the password. A portion of spirit wear sales benefits the Lincoln PTO.


Attention all Lincoln musicians! We will be wearing polo shirts for our concert uniform this year. All singers and instrumentalists need this shirt! We will be wearing the same shirt from year to year, so plan ahead on size!

To order:

1. Click the link below

2. Enter LMSMUSIC (All caps, no spaces) into the access code for LINCOLN MUSIC POLO

3. Choose your size and follow the instructions through payment.

4. Shirts will be delivered to Lincoln with names and we will distribute them to the musicians.

The store will be open until October 8. Earlier is better than later for ordering!

Any questions? Contact Ms. Thomas at


Question: Can you tell me why the office seems unable to help me when I call back my Caller ID for Lincoln?

Answer: We like to review this with parents because it may seem that we are not helpful. However, ALL phones in the building register the main office line on your Caller ID. We respectfully ask parents to listen to messages before simply calling back. School personnel, if at all possible, will leave a message for you. We ask students who use school phones to also leave a message, as we have numerous students placing calls home from the office. Unfortunately, the office can not determine which phone in the building was used to place a call to you. Please take a moment to see if a message was left for you. Thank you for your understanding.

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District 57 Neighborhood Events

Prospect Girls Feeder Basketball Tryouts / Mount Prospect Senior Living Event

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The Lincoln Office!

We are here to answer questions and assist you in any way we can!

Lynn Atkinson, 847.394.7350, X5001 -

Robin Moran, 847.394.7350, X5000 -

Beth Wiley, 847.394.7350, X5013 -