Lincoln Newsletter

December 20, 2018

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From the Principal's Desk

The week before a break is always super busy, but thanks to our week of spirit activities organized by SGA, it has been a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to see which homeroom wins the door decorating contest (contender pic below), and of course the premier of the 2018 Lincoln Movie on Friday!

When we return from break we will be jumping headlong into planning for the 2019-2020 school year. As hard as that might be to believe, we get an early start so 6th and 7th grade students make informed choices about their learning next year. In that effort, please note these important dates:

Monday, January 14

  • Procedures for 7th grade course selection forms presented to 6th graders in Social Studies classes.
  • Procedures for completing 8th grade course selection forms presented in 7th grade Homerooms 10th period.

Students will be given a practice course selection form, and a final selection form that is due back in Homeroom no later than Friday, January 25th.

Thursday, January 17

  • 6th to 7th Parent Orientation Meeting, 6:30-7:00 pm, LRC - Mr. Gleason will provide current 6th grade parents with information about the transition to 7th grade.

  • Elective Night (Open House), 7:00-8:00 pm - Come wander the halls and classrooms to learn more about Lincoln's amazing elective program.

The Illinois 5 Essentials Survey (5E) is coming in January. Be on the lookout for an email from me the week we return from break regarding this important survey. I know sometimes in our efforts to gather stakeholder input, parents can feel they suffer from "survey overload," but this survey in uniquely important. Our Teacher Leaders review your input thoughtfully in planning our improvement efforts for Lincoln. When you receive the survey login information, please take a few moments to describe your Lincoln experience. I greatly appreciate it.

I wish everyone in our Lincoln Community a very peaceful holiday season, and a very happy New Year!

Dr. Murray

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7th & 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Tryouts

You must be able to attend both days of tryouts. Make sure you have a completed physical form on file in the office. You cannot try out without one! See Mrs. Janicki or Mr. Tebo for more details.

7th Grade Girls Tryout dates:

Thursday, Jan. 10th from 6:45-7:50 am and Friday, Jan. 11th from 3:00-5:00 pm.

8th Grade Girls Tryout dates:

Tuesday, Jan. 8th from 3:00-5:00 pm and Wednesday, Jan. 9th from 6:45-7:50 am.

Music Recognition

Several Lincoln students were recognized through a rigorous audition process as the finest middle school musicians in the northeast corner of the state, a region that extends from Chicago to the Wisconsin border, and Lake Michigan to Rockford. Trombonist Joshua Parker and tubist Logan Maurer performed with the Illinois Music Educators Association All-Star Band on November 3 at Schaumburg High School. Trumpeter Callie Berthold and saxophonist Marko Domazet performed with All-Star Jazz Band on November 17 at Waukegan High School. In addition, Logan Maurer was recognized in a separate audition as one of the top four tuba players in the state of Illinois! He will perform with the All-State Junior Band at the University of Illinois on February 9. Trombonist Joey Mascort was selected to represent Lincoln in the Lifetime of Music performance at Northwestern University on February 10. Bravo to these outstanding musicians!

High School Musical Jr. is coming to Lincoln Middle School

High School Musical, Jr. is coming to Lincoln! Rehearsals begin after break, and all students are welcome to be a part of Lincoln's first-ever musical! Students can get involved by being the cast and crew of the show. High School Musical, Jr. will be performed at Emerson on March 15th @ 7pm and March 16th @ 3pm and 7pm. Tickets will be reserved online for $5. Questions? Email Ms. LaTragna at or visit Ms. LaTragna's website!

Physical Education News

Students of the Month

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month Connor Farrell and Mia Jolineau and our November Students of the Month Charlie Francis and Sara Mietus. They exemplify the highest ROARS behavior standards such as effort, sportsmanship, being prepared, and respectful to teachers and peers. Their pictures are posted outside the gym 1 doors.

Lincoln Intramurals

Our Faculty/Student volleyball tournament Pool 1 winners are waiting to see who will advance from Pool 2 which will finish up on Tuesday, December 18th. The Golden Volleyball Championship will be held Thursday, December 20 right after school.

Lost & Found

Lunchboxes and jackets are starting to pile up just 4 weeks into the new trimester. Please check the tables in the back of the cafeteria for any lost items.

Food for Fines

Our "Food for Fines" was a success and want to thank all the families that brought in food.

Maine Township truly appreciates all the food that came from the generosity of our Lincoln Middle School community.

Feed my Starving Children Field Trips

Our 7th Grade teams took field trips to Feed My Starving Children this month. They packed a combined total of 380 boxes, which is 82,512 meals!! They all worked hard, were respectful, and made their teachers proud. In addition to their hard work, the staff at Feed My Starving Children were blown away by their generosity! The teams donated over $1,000 to their cause. That is enough to feed over 12 kids for an entire year. Thank you to the 7th graders!

Important Message from D64 School Health Services

As we near winter break, family schedules become even busier, with holiday celebrations, travel, and more opportunities for children to play with one another. Please take the time to check your child’s head for the presence of head lice and nits (eggs) now, during break, and prior to returning to school in January. If nits or live lice are found, all household members should be examined and treated if needed.

If your child has an active infestation (live lice), you should notify parents of your child’s playmates, so that steps can be taken to prevent further spread. In addition, please contact the health office at your child’s school.

Head lice are spread most commonly by head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact with someone who already has head lice, and less frequently by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice may have crawled.

Prevention Measures:

  • Avoid head-to-head contact during play (sports activities, sleep-overs).

  • Do not share items such as hats, caps, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair accessories, combs, brushes, or towels.

  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice.

  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that the person with head lice wore or used during the 2 days before treatment, using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.

  • Vacuum the floor and furniture. However, spending much time and money on house cleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.

For more information, please visit the District website at Just scroll down to the section “Head Lice.”

Margaret Temari, R.N., M.Ed.
Facilitator, School Health Services