Lincoln Middle School

March 18, 2022

Contact Us

Paul Suminski, Principal / psuminski@d57.org

Randy Steen, Assistant Principal / rsteen@d57.org

Susannah Wade, Assistant Principal / swade@d57.org

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

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL - MARCH 21 through 25, 2022


Dear Parents and Guardians,


It is important to reflect on one's career, especially in education, which is unlike any other profession. Working directly with students requires a selfless disposition and emotion-filled days. It affords both the responsibility and privilege to become an integral part of young people's lives. . . to be their role model, confidant, trusted adult, and, of course, educator. Arriving to work each day knowing that my most important responsibility is the well-being and safety of nearly 800 students is equally as heartwarming as it is sometimes challenging. I am vested in and committed to the relationships I have built with my staff, your families, and our students. Those emotional ties make it difficult to set time aside to reflect on my and my family’s needs; but, it is time to make a professional change in my personal life. After serving six years as your principal, the last two being particularly unusual and formidable, exploring the possibilities open to me in this ever-changing world of education has prompted me to resign my position serving District 57. I will leave Lincoln at the end of this school year with mixed emotions of sadness, gratitude, and excitement. However, it is not quite time for thank-yous and good-byes, as we have much to look forward to and celebrate as we wrap up another great school year at Lincoln. Let’s finish the 4th quarter with good spirits, hard work, and the blessing of good health.


Most sincerely,


Paul Suminski

6th & 8th Grade: PARENT INFORMATION REGARDING UPCOMING CANDOR HEALTH STUDENT PRESENTATIONS IN APRIL

CANDOR HEALTH PRESENTATIONS – LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL

(Formerly Robert Crown Presentations)


At the beginning of April, all 6th and 8th graders will participate in presentations through Candor Health unless parents/guardians indicate their preference for their child not to participate. Please read below for additional information. We want to share the following program descriptions provided by Candor Health with our families. Any questions may be directed to Paul Suminski (psuminski@d57.org). Parent presentation links are provided below.


Grade 6 - Human Reproduction & Embryology - Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Previously known as Life Begins, this program teaches reproductive science. This program starts with a brief review of puberty content then focuses on the homologous nature of the female and male anatomy. We provide students the scientific explanation of fertilization and what is needed to create new life. A basic overview of genetics and cell division, prenatal development, and the opportunity for students to address commonly asked questions regarding multiples, miscarriage and delivery are given. Additionally, we explore how the social emotional skills of negotiation and teamwork can be helpful in navigating the ups and downs of puberty and the increased independence and responsibility that comes with adolescence.


Program Goals:

Students will…

  1. To explain the functions of the reproductive organs

  2. To describe the process of fertilization

  3. To recognize stages of growth during prenatal development (embryology)

  4. To identify SEL tools to manage life challenges


Grade 6 - Human Reproduction & Embryology: Parent Overview

Sixth grade parents/guardians have access to a pre-recorded presentation by a Candor Health educator previewing the Human Reproduction & Embryology presentation.

Link: https://vimeo.com/617002382

Password: POV1738 (case sensitive)


Parents can also explore the informational videos, FAQs, and other helpful parent resources on Candor Health’s website.


All sixth grade students will participate in this presentation unless parents indicate their preference for their child to not participate. If you do not want your sixth grade child to join in the Human Reproduction and Embryology presentation on April 6, 2022, please contact Lincoln’s principal, Paul Suminski, via email (psuminski@d57.org) by April 4, 2022.


Grade 7 - Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning topics are covered throughout the school year in advisory and health curriculum. There is no Candor presentation for the 7th grade.


Grade 8 - Teen Sexual Health I - Friday, April 8, 2022

This redeveloped program provides students with straightforward information about sexuality and its risks using an engaging story-telling approach. Science-based program topics include forms of sexual contact, teen pregnancy and contraception and the signs and consequences of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Additionally, topics such as identity and values, healthy communication, consent, and gender are explored. Based on the program content, educators lead students in identifying the skills and strengths that they possess to make responsible sexual choices.


Program Goals:

Students will…

  1. recognize that the decisions they make can impact their sexual health

  2. identify the powers they possess to make decisions about their sexual health

  3. understand sexual intercourse and its relationship to human reproduction

  4. understand STIs, how they are transmitted and ways to minimize risk of transmission


Grade 8 - Teen Sexual Health: Parent Overview

Eighth grade parents/guardians have access to a pre-recorded presentation by a Candor Health educator previewing the Teen Sexual Health presentation.

Link: https://vimeo.com/619114233

Password: POV1738 (case sensitive)


Parents can also explore the informational videos, FAQs, and other helpful parent resources on Candor Health’s website.


All eighth grade students will participate in this presentation unless parents indicate their preference for their child to not participate. If you do not want your eighth grade child to join in the Teen Sexual Health presentation on April 8, 2022, please contact Lincoln’s principal, Paul Suminski, via email (psuminski@d57.org) by April 4, 2022.

JUST A FEW REMINDERS

Lincoln Middle School will be participating in the Illinois Youth Survey on April 1, 2022.

WHAT IS THE ILLINOIS YOUTH SURVEY? - The purpose of the Illinois Youth Survey is to better understand youth attitudes and behaviors that can impact student problems and academic success. It will ask about topics including nutrition, physical activity, bullying, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. Students will be asked to complete a survey (with no names or identification numbers) that will be confidentially administered during one class period. The survey is completely voluntary and privacy will be strictly protected.

DO I HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO ALLOW MY CHILD TO PARTICIPATE? - The opt-out form below will allow you to exclude your child from participation in the survey and the form only needs to be returned if you do not want your child to participate. Please email the form to Randy Steen (rsteen@d57.org) or turn the form into the front office. An opt-out form must be submitted by Monday, March 28, 2022.

WHAT IS THE SURVEY DATA USED FOR? - The Illinois Youth Survey will provide our school with a local report of the combined student results which will help to determine which programs may be needed to keep students safe and healthy.

For more information, please visit the Illinois Youth Survey website at https://iys.cprd.illinois.edu/

Opt Out Form: https://iys.cprd.illinois.edu/UserFiles/Servers/Server_178052/File/2022/Parent%20Notification%202022%20English_0817.pdf


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IAR Testing continues after spring break, please see the schedule below. We encourage students to:


  • Try to get plenty of rest.
  • Try to eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Bring your CHARGED Chromebook to school.
  • Bring headphones.
  • Bring an independent reading book.
  • Bring paper and pencils.


We ask that, if at all possible, students are present during IAR and ISA testing. We appreciate your cooperation with scheduling routine appointments outside of the testing window. See below for Lincoln's testing schedule.

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ATTENTION 8TH GRADE FAMILIES! PROSPECT HIGH SCHOOL AAA FAIR!

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PTO WANTS YOU TO KNOW . . .

Lincoln Family Day @ A Wolves Game: Grab your friends and family and join other Lincoln families on Sunday, April 3 at a Chicago Wolves Game. We are offering discounted tickets and everyone gets a free Wolves hat! See flyer for information on how to purchase tickets.


Spring Spirit Wear: We are pleased to announce that we are reopening our spirit wear store for the spring! Place your orders now, store is open through April 5th. Please see attached flyer for more information.

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DISTRICT 57 EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES . . .

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Knots of Love Fleece Blanket Drive

The Lincoln Office!

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

Lynn Atkinson, 847.394.7350, X5001 - latkinson@d57.org

Robin Moran, 847.394.7350, X5000 - rmoran@d57.org

Beth Wiley, 847.394.7350, X5013 - ewiley@d57.org