Lincoln Cluster Schools Newsletter

March 2022

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Hello Lincoln Cluster Families

Greetings Lincoln Cluster Families,

I am consistently amazed at our students continued resiliency and overwhelming joy and curiosity for learning. It is a true testament to our staff, community partners, and alliances with our families, as we have maneuvered and risen above all challenges for these past 2+ years of hardship and heartsick experiences that have impacted us all. We are blessed to be united in this work, for our kids deserve the very best each and every day they walk through our gates to our schools and doors to our classrooms. I love how our leaders of the Lincoln Cluster are truly building a coalescence around all aspects of this work across our collective 14 schools, with an emphasis toward true preparation for the pathways at the Hive. I am also loving how our leaders and staff are lifting student voices more strategically in and outside the walls of the classroom. To truly build restorative school communities that are anti-bias and anti-racist, dismantling old beliefs and systems that don’t serve all students well, takes courage, takes consistency, takes cooperation, and takes everyone in our community believing in each of every one of our Lincoln Cluster students that they are beyond capable of achieving anything and everything. Therefore, it is the student voice that must be lifted to help us lead this charge. It is through their eyes and through their experiences where we learn as servant leaders to do better and be better each and every day.

Stay blessed and beautiful.

Bruce R. Bivins

Area 1 Superintendent

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Lincoln High School

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Lincoln High School

Lincoln High School Hornets are always up for a challenge! Two student teams from Lincoln HS Junior Achievement Fellows Class took 2nd and 3rd place out of the 40 teams who appeared in person last month in the first ever Lincoln appearance in the annual Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge. Congrats to our young financial investors, Angel, Ryan and Ernest of the Wonder Pets and Gustavo, Josh, Isaiah and Charline from the Fortnite Borger team. Every Wednesday all students, grades 9 -12 are invited to attend a rotation of Workforce Wednesday presentations from City College during advisory. Pictured below are students from our first Cosmetology presentation. Students can sign up for April Workforce Wednesday Presentations on training programs and careers in Child Development, Commercial Music, Black Contractors Association and Machine Technology using this REGISTRATION LINK.

At Lincoln High School we aim to create opportunities for students to explore and invest in a wide variety of talents and interests beyond the classroom. The Mock Trial team completed a stellar season, winning 3 of 4 verdicts in their four rounds of competition and special congratulations to Sunem-Shalem Atreaga for winning an Outstanding Defense Witness Awards! We are proud to announce that Robotics is back at Lincoln. Follow our robotics team on Instagram @lhssd_robotics, as they gear for a return to competition in the next school year. We also celebrate the 15 students who are spending their Tuesdays and Thursday after school earning 3 FREE units of college math credit from the University of San Diego. In completing our STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) offerings, we have The Rosin Box Project bringing a new Contemporary Dance class afterschool Tuesdays and Thursdays, for more information visit this LINK. We are also coming up on tryout dates in late April and early May for Cheerleading and for our HBCU Style Majorettes dance team, the Emeraldettes. Click each hyperlink to sign up for more information on informational meetings and tryout dates. Cheer | Emeraldettes

We are also pleased to announce the return of a treasured Lincoln Hornet tradition! After many years, and in the first year of returning to an in-person school year, our ASB hosted the Green & White Ball! We are so proud and grateful to our amazing ASB leaders who made this a success! To all of our alumni, parents, and involved community members if you would like to get involved in supporting additional opportunities for our Hornets to have success both in the classroom, in athletics and club and afterschool activities please join our new Lincoln High School Booster Club. Contact Booster Club chair, Sharonne Sanford at

Knox Middle School

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Knox Middle

Knox students began STEM month with 3 virtual Zoom assemblies with the scientists at Vertex! You can watch the videos here. Students got to learn from Vertex scientists and engineers about their careers and their work in the lab.

During the week of March 25th, all students at Knox participated in a full STEM week. Each grade level studied a different project:

6th grade-Lunar Colony

7th grade-Kinetic Sculptures

8th grade-Surgical Techniques

You can learn more about our key activities and STEM week curriculum from i2 here.

At the end of the week, students showcase their learning for their peers and for visitors from the district and the community. We are so proud of our staff and our students for their amazing effort, teamwork, creativity, and focus during STEM week.

See more pictures from STEM week here or click our newsletter above.

Millennial Tech Middle School

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At MTM students are learning to create in the school’s multimedia and music classes. Throughout the year students have learned how to edit videos, record podcasts, create animations, and use photoshop to make graphics and posters. The latest unit is a gamified unit where students learn how to make video games. Student’s work as a team member at a fictional software development startup. Students learn through animated videos and earn “Howl Boxes” as they complete tasks which award small random prizes. Students practice their skills and earn their grades through project-based learning. In the advanced multimedia classes at MTM students have become producers. Students have formed production teams to create music, posters, infographics, instructional videos, and the school news.

Porter Elementary School

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Porter Elem.

We were so thankful to all of our Porter families that supported their child in getting into the spirit for our Read Across America Spirit Week at the beginning of March. We enjoyed celebrating literacy and the love of reading with all of our students and families. We were also so glad that we were able to have our Literacy Family Picnic with our school community to continue in the celebration. Literacy is our main focus at Porter Elementary and we will continue to find other ways to support our students and families in improving all students' reading skills.

Valencia Park Elementary School

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Valencia Park Elementary

We had a blast on Read Across America Day! On March 2nd, support staff went into classrooms to read their favorite picture books with the students. This sparked so much joy around reading, that it overflowed into our schoolwide essay contest! We asked students to write an opinion piece on their favorite book. We received so many great entries! Congratulations to our four winning students, Maur'iah Spence, Jah'sent Smith, Ivanna Silva, and Ava Brown! This contest was such a great reminder of how books can inspire us in our various seasons.

Horton Elementary School

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During the month of March, the Horton Hawks celebrated Read Across America Week, the nation’s largest celebration of reading. We read and explored books that students can see themselves reflected in, as well as books that allow readers to see a world or a character that might be different from them. Several special guests joined us to read aloud to students in classrooms. Our student council hosted a spirit week, with different, reading-related themed dress up days, and there was a bookmark and Book Bingo contest, as well as a whole school Read-a-Thon, and buddy reading event. Our Read Across America week celebration promoted the message that reading is critical to academic success and that the world, through books, is filled with many different kinds of people. Our Read Across America celebration helped motivate students and families to read and to celebrate the diversity in our community and our country.

Durante el mes de marzo, los Horton Hawks celebraron la Semana de la Lectura en América, la celebración de lectura más grande del país. Leímos y exploramos libros en los que los estudiantes pueden verse reflejados, así como libros que les permiten a los lectores ver un mundo o un personaje que podría ser diferente a ellos. Había varios invitados especiales que se unieron a nosotros para leer a los estudiantes en las aulas. Nuestro concilio estudiantil organizó una semana de espíritu escolar, con diferentes días de disfraces relacionados con la lectura, y hubo un concurso de Bingo de libros y concurso de marcapáginas, así como un Read-a-Thon para toda la escuela y un evento de lectura entre amigos. Nuestra celebración de la semana Read Across America promovió el mensaje de que la lectura es fundamental para el éxito académico y que el mundo, a través de los libros, está lleno de muchos tipos diferentes de personas. Nuestra celebración Read Across America ayudó a motivar a los estudiantes y las familias a leer y celebrar la diversidad en nuestra comunidad y nuestro país.

Webster Elementary School

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Webster Elementary

Hello Lincoln Cluster Families, As Webster students and staff return from Spring Break, we will continue our school wide focus on writing. For April all grade levels will be creating an “Informational” piece of writing. The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will begin the push towards CAASPP testing also known as our Californian State Testing. The students, teachers, and staff have been preparing for this all year.

Through our counseling department, we will be promoting a No Place For Hate door-decorating contest. The team is looking forward to the amazing doors we will get to judge and award a winner! Another great thing happening, is our 5th graders have the opportunity to participate in an Essay Contest. The Webster Community Council is sponsoring this event. There is cash prizes! The winners will be announced during our 5th grade promotion celebration in June. To wrap up this newsletter, Webster has the cleanest water in San Diego. Check out our new water filling station. We have four new stations around the school; all you need is a reusable water bottle. Take Care.

Encanto Elementary School

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Encanto Elementary

Encanto 4th and 5th grade students experienced a Night at the Opera

The lights dimmed. The conductor raised the baton, and the curtain went up! On the evening of March 24th,the San Diego Opera welcomed Encanto’s 4th and 5th grade students to a night at the opera .

The Student Night at the Opera Program provides students and their chaperones access to the final dress rehearsal of the mainstage productions. Encanto students heard the opera stars sing accompanied by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, saw the cast and chorus in spectacular costumes, watched the backstage set transformations and were introduced to some of the performers and crew who make the productions possible. English translations were projected above the stage letting students follow every detail of the action. Encanto students saw the opera Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod sung in French with English translations above the stage. Alex stated that he “loved everything about it and the fight scene.” Logan, “liked it when Romeo and Juliette died together at the end.” All the students loved the costumes and were amazed at the singing - and with no microphones! Students sat in orchestra seats and enjoyed the opera singing, ballet dancing, and the music from the orchestra. We all send a huge THANK YOU to teachers Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Duran for organizing this amazing experience for our students, and to Ms. Elissa, paraeducator extraordinaire, for attending and chaperoning our Encanto Eagles.

Chollas-Mead Elementary School

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Chollas-Mead Elem.

March was a great month at Chollas Mead. Read Across America was a great hit. Parents join students in the sun with a good book. We hosted our first resource fair and kinder round up day. Eleven partners from Southeast San Diego joined in providing the families in the community with resources.

We also had a fun visit from the San Diego Zoo where students were able to learn about all things living in a storm drain. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students all had the opportunity to visit the beauties of Torry Pines and take a nice stroll on the beach while learning some of the natural resources of San Diego.

We wrapped up the month hosting our family color run. Many parents and family members joined in the fun and the staff and students had a blast.

On April 20th from 9am-11:30am Chollas Mead will be hosting our second resource fair for the community. Come out and get information about summer programs, how to qualify for a home loan, what new construction is taking place in the community and much more. All are welcome.

Johnson Elementary School

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Johnson Elem.

Spring planting on the horizon!
Johnson students are looking forward to showing their green thumbs! In our Science Lab, our students have been learning about the life cycle of plants. We look forward to taking our garden area and making it come alive! The plan is to create a garden where hummingbirds and monarch butterflies will have a place to feed. Monarch butterflies will feed on only certain types of plants. The Johnson students and staff are excited about being a part of helping the Monarch butterfly population grow! Stay tuned!

Chavez Elementary School

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Chavez Elem.

We had an amazing Cesar Chavez Celebration! Unfortunately, because of the pandemic we were not able to have our traditional celebration that ends with a united march around the neighborhood. However, we still were able to have a small march within the school. Plus, every classroom was actively showcasing Cesar Chavez and his legacy through writing, reading, posters and student presentations. Si Se Puede!

Baker Elementary School

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Baker Elem.

Local Leaders and Authors support Read Across America at Baker Elementary!

Baker hosted two wonderful events during Read Across America Week! Our annual event with Knox was followed by a huge celebration of local readers and authors. Baker teamed up with the City Council President Elo Rivera and the City of San Diego Retired Employees Association to provide a beautiful culturally relevant text to every single Baker Bobcat. The books were read in each classroom by a local leader or author! Two of our authors are Baker ALUMS and one of them is the auntie of two of our wonderful students. Our readers include:

Annette Mckinney, author of On Mama’s Back, Amarin Thichanh, Bobcat Alum and author of I am My Sister’s Keeper, Beatriz Zamora, author of The Spirit of Chicano Park, Michael Gaulden, Baker Alum and author of My Way Home, and Maria Garcia, author of We Made San Diego. City Council President Elo Rivera and SDUSD Board President Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne were our Keynote speakers. They both inspired our young readers with personal stories about how reading influenced their lives and careers. Baker thanks the Retired Employees of San Diego for organizing this amazing event for Baker!

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