Lincoln Cluster Schools Newsletter

September 2021

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Hello Lincoln Cluster Families

Greetings Lincoln Cluster Families,

As we close out the month of September of school for our students, staff and families, we have never been more tested as a community to come together, partner in innovative ways, solve complex and challenging problems, and continue to provide a warm, welcoming, and safe environment for our students to thrive and experience joy in their learning spaces. I am incredibly proud of our leaders, teachers, support staff, families, and community partners and volunteers working in unprecedented times to strengthen our collective focus on our learners feeling seen, heard and valued every day. I have personally experienced all of our schools and many of our classrooms throughout our Lincoln Cluster this year, and we have exceptional staff, brilliant children, and amazing leaders that are working and learning together, and responding in ways that speak to our collective humanity as a whole community. You are all an inspiration, and with much gratitude, I appreciate each and every one of you with my full heart and self.

With deep appreciation,

Bruce R. Bivins
Area 1 Superintendent

Lincoln High School

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Lincoln High School

Lincoln High School is alive with the sounds of excitement, learning and collaboration as we return to a full in person academic schedule and our beloved sports programs with full attendance. This Friday, Oct 1 is Homecoming and we would love to welcome our Cluster Family to Friday Homecoming Game against St. Augustine HS at 7pm. The excellence we see from our coaches and athletes starts with their academics in the classroom. The excellence in the classroom begins with great leadership from administration and teachers. We welcome Project Based Learning expert, Melissa Agudelo, as our Co-Prinicpal to Principal Stephanie Brown. With the support of this dynamic leadership team and with training from the district teacher leaders engaged with community leaders and representatives from colleges, universities and industry in professional development to lay the plans for this year’s Project Based Learning as a part of our mission to prepare students for college and career. We also celebrate students who spent their summer IN the workplace. Special thanks to Genomatica, Vertex, and Neighborhood House for extending such great opportunities for our young people. Congratulations to Braeden Green, Cintia Roman, Alondra Garcia, Yamilett Delatorre, Dalia Diaz, Antayni Guiton, Michelle Solorio, Jonathan Alatorre for completing your internship with Genomatica. Congratulations to the High Steppers students from Lincoln HS, Riahanna Stewart, Kajanae Walker and Marquise Lewis who participated in internships at various sites around San Diego arranged by Neighborhood House Association. Students engaged with professionals in each of the different organizations learning foundational and transferable skills to start building their resume and reinforce how skills in the classroom are applied in the work setting. We are continuing to network to create opportunities for motivated and dedicated students to take their learning into a work setting. We have both paid and unpaid opportunities available. For more information, please contact our College & Career Pathways Coordinator Lori Williams at

Knox Middle School

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Knox Middle

Knox is excited to welcome our students back to campus. This is our 5th year as a Restorative Practices school. As part of our Restorative Practices program, students participate in community circles every Wednesday morning in their Advisory class. These circles are lead by student circle leaders. Knox students with an interest in leadership can apply to be circle leaders. Students then attend a training program with our Knox Restorative Practices Coordinator, learning about the 4 agreements and how to facilitate circles for their peers. We have over 60 student circle leaders at Knox. During the school year, these leaders will also visit our feeder elementary schools to facilitate circles and join the circle leaders at Lincoln as part of our RJP partnership. We are very proud of our Knox students and the way in which they bring our Knox Pillars to each and every circle they lead.

Our Knox Pillars can be found here.

Millennial Tech Middle School

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MTM starts the year by practicing Kindness and Peace to Build Community and Belonging.

Building Community and belonging was a focus of our first two weeks of school at MTM. Students participated in a kindness challenge and painted rocks with inspirational kindness messages that will enter the new MTM Kindness Rock Garden, titled "MTM ROCKS"!. Students also pledged to Kindness and Peace by signing our school wide poster that has been hanging in our center courtyard. MTM aims to mobilize our community through transformative acts of kindness. Our aim is to create a positive culture of kindness and peace in which every young person's selfless act matters! Kindness is not defined by lofty stories, it exists all around us and needs to be celebrated at every moment of life because we believe #KindnessMatters every day at MTM.

Our focus is to celebrate: kindness for self, others and nature everyday.

Porter Elementary School

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Porter Elem.

Here at Porter we have been so excited to welcome back our students and families to a great year of learning. To start off our year, our teacher's made a commitment to work on two Quality Learning Interactions (QLIs) that supported our focus on our students' Social Emotional Health. We learned about various ways to Welcome and Connect with our students within our first month back. We continued to recenter our students by reminding them about Living the Porter Way and having Porter Pride. We have been using Sanford Harmony and other resources to teach into these ways and values so that our students understand the expectations for them as learners. Our Restorative Justice Practices Coordinator, Brenda Mendez, has been supporting both our students and teachers with a plethora of resources that connect to many books that we have purchased to be culturally responsive to our students. We know how important it is to do daily check-ins with our students and talk about how we are feeling so that we are Ready to Learn. Starting off this year with that as a focus has supported our students as they acclimate back to being on campus full time. We have already seen that building this community has strengthened and created positive relationships throughout our campus which will only continue to strengthen our students' achievement.

Baker Elementary School

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Baker Elem.

Baker Students Return to JOYFUL Learning!

Baker teachers and staff are committed to empowering student voice and identity across the entire curriculum. Our partnership with SouthEast Early Prevention (SEEP) guarantees access to social-emotional learning and our Illustrative Math (IM) Pilot ensures teachers have the skills and pedagogy to teach mathematics in ways that foster meaning and connections. Baker salutes our teachers, staff, and parents who support JOYFUL learning for all of our Baker Bobcats!

Nye Elementary School

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Nye celebrate its students!

In an effort to restore some sort of normalcy to their school site, Nye elementary school decided to continue its monthly awards ceremony! Dr. Thompson and fifth grade student Faith planned a safe ceremony where all students were celebrated in their classrooms. In order to allow parents to participate they were asked to stand outside the school while names were called on the intercom system. Students who received awards were recorded in their classrooms and pictures posted on Class Dojo!

Valencia Park Elementary School

Valencia Park Elementary

The month of September was filled with endless opportunities for students and staff to learn and have fun! We started off the month with a school-wide backpack giveaway event on September 8th, where all students Tk-5th grade had an opportunity to pick up a free backpack filled with school supplies provided by SAY San Diego. We then, as a school community, celebrated hunger awareness month by participating in a school-wide food drive and learned about local community food resources through mini hunger awareness month classroom presentations provided by SAY San Diego social work student interns. Students from all grade levels donated non-perishable food items from September to October 1st. We also conducted a school-wide Affirmation Art Contest to highlight the many strengths, unique qualities and artistic capabilities of our Valencia Park students!

Balboa Elementary School

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Balboa Elem.

Dear Balboa Families,

Balboa's goal this year is towards customer service. We will aim at transparency in teaching, services, care and love for our students. This is the beginning where we open our doors to success!

Chavez Elementary School

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Chavez Elem.

Our first back to school night took place via Zoom and I am happy to report that it was a huge SUCCESS! It shows how much parents are committed to their child’s education.

Our puppet show in the library is up and running and this month we started with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The Kindergarteners and the Second graders puppeteers were a bit hesitant and at the end they totally enjoyed participating. The audience showed their respect and gratitude to the puppeteers.

Senator Ben Hueso visited Chavez Elementary to co-present the Barona Education Check to support the 5th graders in attending camp this year at Cuyamaca. Students were excited to meet the senator and the chair from Barona.

Horton Elementary School

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Horton Hawks are off to a strong start of the school year. Staff welcomed students on August 30th and began to build our learning community. To foster a safe, inclusive, welcoming school environment, each classroom at Horton Elementary engages in daily community circles. Implementing community circles as a class routine helps build community within the classroom and school by teaching students to be an active participant, a problem solver, and a collaborator. By implementing community circles school wide, we are working towards creating a common culture that values collaboration, risk-taking, respect, openness and honesty. Circles are not a “special” activity but are integrated into our regular daily routine. Circle norms, are developed together, to create a sense of shared responsibility for the classroom at all times (not just during circles). Check out some of our Community Circle artifacts!

Los Horton Hawks han tenido un buen comienzo del año escolar. El personal dio la bienvenida a los estudiantes el 30 de agosto y comenzamos a establecer nuestra comunidad de aprendizaje. Para fomentar un ambiente escolar seguro, inclusivo y acogedor, cada salón de la Primaria Horton participa en los círculos comunitarios diarios. La implementación de los círculos comunitarios como una rutina de clase ayuda a fomentar una comunidad dentro del aula y la escuela al enseñar a los estudiantes a ser un participante activo, buscar soluciones de problemas y ser un colaborador. Al implementar círculos comunitarios en toda la escuela, estamos trabajando para crear una cultura común que valore la colaboración, estar abierto a nuevas cosas, el respeto, la apertura y la honestidad. Los círculos no son una actividad "especial", sino que están integrados en nuestra rutina diaria habitual. Las normas del círculo, se desarrollan juntas, para crear un sentido de responsabilidad compartida en el aula en todo momento (no solo durante los círculos). ¡Echa un vistazo a algunos de los artefactos de nuestros Círculos Comunitarios!

Webster Elementary School

Webster Elementary

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. We opened our year just one month ago and already so much has happened. Our new Literacy teacher/coach has been working closely with our primary staff building their capacity around teaching reading with fidelity. Our goal is to have all students reading at grade level by the end of the year. With Mrs. Bernitz guidance, I know we are on the right road to meet this goal. Webster is continuing with our partnership with the DEEP nonprofit, which supports the instruction in grades UTK to 3rd. As well, as parent support and instructional classes. We have two new teachers to Webster both are fabulous. Webster really was fortunate to hire these two teachers before others schools grabbed them up.

I also want to remind the community that Webster has been awarded a multimillion-dollar Federal grant to improve our STEAM instruction as well as to grow our school population. This grant is just starting and will be with Webster over the next five years. We are in the process of hiring a Resource teacher to manage and run the grant. We are excited.

Encanto Elementary School

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Encanto Elementary

Encanto Eagles are SOARing into the new school year! As staff prepared to welcome our new and existing students, they prepared lessons, tasks and collaborative activities that work students’ minds, bodies, and hearts. Teachers connected learning to the students’ lives and interests outside of the classroom in order to learn about their students and build strong positive relationships. Our youngest learners began our new Universal Transitional Kindergarten class eager to learn how to read and write. Our 2nd grade students worked on building their language, communication and social skills. Our 5th graders collaborated on creating the learning environment they need in order to SOAR. Our Eagles are ready to spread their wings, SOAR high and have the best year ever.

Chollas-Mead Elementary School

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Chollas-Mead Elem.

Welcome back Chollas Mead Family. We are so thrilled to have our students and staff back on campus. Students are so excited each day to participate in on site learning. This month we celebrated Hispanic Heritage month with read alouds with Ms. Scott. Students read “Separate is Never Equal” with their classmates and participated in discussions about the book.

Teachers are working hard to incorporate social and emotional strategies to allow students to adapt being back on campus. Daily breaks are built into the school day. We have also kicked off the Running Club in the morning and many students have earned their first toe token…. WAY to GO!!

Johnson Elementary School

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Johnson Elem.

Johnson students are readers and writers! Teaching and learning is focused on literacy across the curriculum. Whether it is in math, science, social science or the literacy block, teachers are planning for the reading needed to understand the content topics, we are also planning for the learning opportunities in each content area to point out the reading and writing strategies students will be using throughout the day. We look forward to the accomplishments our students will achieve as readers, writers, listeners and speakers this school year!

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