Lincoln High School News

December 2022 Newsletter

Notes from Principal Chapman

It has been an amazing December with Winter Choir, Band and Jazz concerts and student written New Works Festival in our Black Box Theater, and very exciting Basketball games and Wrestling meets. It’s also the time of year when our seniors are starting to hear from colleges regarding early action and early decision. Students and families have a lot going on in their lives. We know that the winter break can mean happy celebrations and harder moments. We love each of our students and hope that every person in our community is able to have a safe and restorative break with time to heal and grow as we close 2022. We look forward to seeing everyone back in 2023 ready for a fist bump from Mr. Caples and added connections.

It’s cool to be quirky and know historical trivia at Lincoln. In that vein, December celebrates National Tie Month. If you or someone you know happens to wear a tie this month here’s a little history you can share with peers at parties; neckties have existed since the days of the Roman empire and the modern tie evolved from silk scarves or “cravats” worn by Croatian soldiers. The French began wearing ties in the mid-1600’s when King Louis XIV made them popular. At one point in history touching a man’s necktie could cause a dual. Horsemen and prominent soldiers including George Washington started wearing “stock” ties in the 1700’s. Tailors developed the modern tie during the industrial revolution and colorful hand-painted ties became popular after WW1. Most important, the “bow tie”, popularized by LHS VP Chris Brida, gained popularity during the 19th and 20th centuries. Croatia mercenaries adapted the tie to the bowtie as a smaller version of the cravat. We all now have a story and a bit of history to share at any of the numerous holiday and community gatherings this month. If you need added “bling info”, the most expensive tie ever made was a tie made with gold and diamonds that sold for $220,000.

9th Annual Holiday Food Drive


There’s a long tradition at Lincoln of giving back to the community. For the past nine years, the Lincoln Alumni Food Drive has brought together students, parents, staff, and alumni to help Portland’s hungry—including Lincoln families in need—during the holidays. Because of the ongoing construction at Lincoln, we won’t be gathering this year to assemble and deliver food boxes, but the need for food assistance is greater than ever.

Please give what you can, every dollar helps. A gift of just $90 provides grocery gift cards to three families in need.

Our plan is to once again purchase and distribute grocery gift cards to families in need of food assistance. We’ll be joining forces with Lincoln’s Brothers of Color and Sisters of Color student organizations and with food drive volunteers at other schools around the city. Please join us in this effort to fight hunger in our community and to help ensure a brighter holiday season for hundreds of our fellow citizens.

Donate your tax-deductible gift today ~ All funds go directly to to purchasing grocery gift cards.

Donations accepted online with this link

Or send to: Lincoln Alumni Food Drive, 1750 SW Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97205

Cards care ~ let’s step up!

Resources for Families

We wish you and your family a rejuvenating break from school. As much as we may look forward to holidays, they can be very stressful. Expectations can be high, routines are changed, and managing everyone’s needs can be a big challenge! To support our community in all ways, our social workers, Judy Herzberg and Heather McCollough-Thompson have put together this list of mental health resources. Please reach out if you have questions.

zomcare is offering free nights the 2nd Wednesday of every month at their NE Davis and MLK location

They schedule appointments at the clinic on a first come-first served basis beginning at 5:45 p.m. When a patient arrives at the clinic, they'll be registered for a 15-minute visit with a ZoomCare provider. The patient may leave the clinic and return at his or her appointment time, or choose to wait in the lobby. Please bring a photo ID. No other documentation is required.

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MYP (Middle Years Program) Update

As a candidate school for the Middle Years Program (MYP) of IB, we are on track for applying next year and we anticipate full authorization by the 2024-2025 school year. We recently visited the International School of Beaverton and Mountainside (two experienced MYP schools) to learn more about the Personal Project, one of the most exciting features of an MYP education. All MYP students will complete a Personal Project between 9th and 10th grade, a passion project based on student choice, inquiry, and self-reflection. Students we met on our visits shared their excitement for a wide range of projects including:

  • designing and coding a video game

  • curating a family cookbook that reflects their unique cultural heritage

  • setting up a tutoring program for younger students

  • learning a challenging guitar piece

  • learning to knit in order to make and donate baby clothes

Students work on this project independently but with the support of a staff member (supervisor) and with help from mentors in the community. Don’t be surprised if we reach out for your help in the years to come! Most importantly, students reflect on their work in a public exhibition through the lens of the Approaches to Learning (ATLs), which are a throughline in all of their classes. The Personal Project represents the best MYP has to offer in fostering curious, open-minded, resilient, creative, and service-minded students who will have the confidence to step up to all of the opportunities open to them in 11th and 12th grades and beyond. Look for more information about MYP in upcoming newsletters and please reach out to Marisol Kreuzer (MYP coordinator) or Steve Pape (Vice Principal) if you have questions in the meantime.

Opportunities for students

Check out this free creative wellness opportunity for students. OK YOU has teamed up with the Portland Art Museum to offer a creative challenge open to Oregon and Washington high school students. The OK CHALLENGE invites students to use their creativity to design an arts-based project that supports inner wellbeing. Here’s a short video outlining the contest details and I have attached a flyer as well.

OK YOU is a nonprofit that offers free online projects and resources for navigating anxiety and staying connected to our OK selves. Our work supports 60+ schools and youth-supporting organizations in and around Portland and thousands more individuals nationwide.

The benefits of the OK CHALLENGE for your students:

  1. The opportunity to think deeply about how creativity can support wellness in their own lives and those of their peers

  2. A chance to win cash prizes and art gift bags

  3. An invitation to all participants to a culminating celebration at the Portland Art Museum

The deadline for IB exam withdrawal with a full refund is Jan. 13th, 2023

The deadline for withdrawing with a full refund from IB exams is approaching! If you have changed your mind about taking the IB exams and would like a refund, you must complete the IB exam withdrawal form prior to January 13th, 2023.

Please contact LHS IB Coordinator Kim Bliss with questions.

Student Shout Outs

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Kudos to Lincoln’s December IB Learner Profile Winners

Starting this month, teachers will nominate students who exemplify one of our 10 IB Learner Profile Traits. For December, teachers identified students who are “Open Minded”. Winners for this month are:

9th Grade - Dylan Perrin

10th Grade - Ashton Vasquez

11th Grade - Claudie Mutati

12th Grade - Ava Stevenson

These students add so much to our community and we thank them for their contributions! Looking ahead to January, we will celebrate our most “Caring” students, so stay tuned.

Kudos to Lincoln’s December AVID Program students of the month!

Likewise, we are so proud of all of our AVID students and particularly want to celebrate the following students who work hard in their classes and who support their peers in AVID. Congrats to:

9th Grade - Otis Ollison-Lewis

10th Grade - Crew Drake

11th Grade - Seriyfa Andersen

12th Grade - Fern Hedford

Stem Cards Shine!

During the summer LHS Cassius and Will Erdman participated in, and won first place in first-ever High School Terminal – “the biggest coding competition for high school students. We have hosted 20+ Terminal events for 5,000+ students across the top universities such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge, and we’re finally bringing Terminal to high school students!” We're very proud of Cassius and Will.

"At the end of the week, Team ‘Chalupas’ with two students, Cassius Villareal and Willis Erdman, from Lincoln High School in Portland, emerged as the champions of the first High School Terminal competition"

For more info about the competition: (an introduction to the competition)

Kudos to the December Pearl Rotary Student of the Month Charlie Slayton!

Charlie is a lead barista at the Culinary Arts coffee cart and advanced culinary arts student. Charlie leads effort to serve the houseless via Clay Street Table and is one of Lincoln's most compasionate students.

Kudos to LHS Queer Studies students

Thank you to students who put together a project commemorating the Transgender Week of Awareness and the Transgender Day of Remembrance for classes to visit the installations located on every floor of our new building. The installations was viewed on 12/13 through 12/16 and will remain in place the first week back from winter break. Transgender Awareness Week, is a week long activity of celebration and consciousness building leading up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which memorializes victims of transphobic violence. TDoR occurs annually, when transgender advocates raise awareness of the Transgender community through education and advocacy activities. The purpose of Transgender Awareness Week is to educate those unfamiliar with transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues associated with their transition or identity.

Kudos to Oregon State Go Championship Winner

Kudos to Pippa Mirsky

Pippa completed the US Equestrian Interscholastic Athlete Program. This program was developed to provide recognition for the accomplishments of young equestrians and encourage their future involvement in equestrian sport. Congratulations Pippa!

LHS AVID 11 Students Thank You Video

We are grateful for our wonderful custodians. The link is HERE. Thank you to our custodial staff - we are so grateful for all you do for us. Great job AVID 11 Class and Peer Tutors!

The WESTSIDE Ski and Snowboard Bus is back

Calling all interested High School skiers and snowboarders!

This bus runs for 4 consecutive Sundays in February up to Mount Hood Meadows ski



The Westside bus departs and returns, to the Ida B. Wells High School (formally Wilson

High School), parking lot every SUNDAY in February, 2022 (2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27). The

bus departs at 6:30am and returns around 5 pm.

We provide a fun, safe, enjoyable environment, where kids can relax, eat breakfast (not

provided), sleep, or watch a movie on the way to and from the mountain, on a luxuries

Coach Bus.

High School students who have a season pass and their own equipment, can simply

register to ride the bus up and back in warmth and comfort for $100.

If you need a 4 week lift ticket, you can add that on to the bus fee. If you need to rent

equipment, you can add that on also.

You can bring your lunch or purchase your lunch at the resort.

For lift tickets (4 week pass), rental rates, and bus fare, go to and

use GO Code 1163270.

The bus coordinator is Sherri Jorgensen,

Please email with any questions.

Sherri’s GO CODE: 1163270. Use this GO CODE to register for Sundays in Feb.

HELPFUL tips to register on the website:

Click Lesson and Rentals. Click on Youth Programs, and look for Consecutive

Week Programs, on the left hand side of the page. Click on Youth and

Weekend Buses. On the Find You Program page, type in the GO Code

1163270 in the box. Follow the prompts and select the bus transportation, and

any other add ons that you need.

There is another Westside ski bus that runs on Sundays in January. (1/9, 1/16, 1/23,

1/30). Contact Marshall Levine for information for that bus:

Marshall’s Go code: 1221224, to register for this bus.


Lincoln Dance Team

The Lincoln Dance Team is hosting a clinic this January 15th and 16th to fundraise to go to the state competition in March. Go Dance Cards! LINK TO GOOGLE DOC WITH CLINIC INFORMATION

Dance has performed well in the beginning of their competition season, winning 4 trophies already! They are on display in the Athletic office window if you want to check them out! Great job Cards, we are so proud of you!

Wrestling has had a strong start to their season. Lincoln hosted the very first PIL All Girls Wrestling Tournament on December 5th, and it was a huge success. Your Lincoln Cardinals took home the first place team win! Go Cards!

Lincoln also hosted the 2022 Rick Sanders Invitational on December 10th. We hosted 12 programs, each bringing Coed Varsity, Girls Varsity, and Frosh/Nov rosters. It was a huge event and another great way to break in the New Nest. Thanks to all who were involved to make this event a success.

Boys Basketball has also had a strong start to their 22-23 season. In the preseason coaches poll, they were placed at #3. They started the season with a strong 3-0 performance. In the last game @ Jesuit, senior Moroni Seely-Roberts scored a game-high 30 points, and was 15/15 at the free throw line for the Cardinals! The boys are currently ranked #1 going into the PIL opener @ Cleveland on 12/16. They will play at 7pm. Good luck Cards! Over Winter break they will compete in the Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High School. (Fun fact: Both of Lebron James’ sons will also be competing at the LSI with their team - Sierra Canyon!)

Boys Basketball in the news:

Girls Basketball is looking forward to a great season celebrating their 4 seniors. Their PIL opener will be played at McDaniel on 1/3/23 at 7pm. They will also be competing in the Nike Interstate Shootout and POA Holiday Classic over Winter Break. Good luck Cards!

Swimming has a total of 67 athletes this year who are ready to make waves. They have competed in 2 meets already, and have lots of time to train before the next one on 1/4/23 at Dishman at 6:30pm!

Snow sports at Lincoln will begin after break. Snowboarding, Alpine Ski, and Freestyle Ski are ready to hit the slopes. They have been preparing on dry land, hitting weights, having banquets, and hosting waxing sessions to make sure they are ready. Go Snow Cards!

Athletic Events coming up after Winter: (HOME / AWAY)

1/3/23 - Boys Basketball vs McDaniel (4:00 JV2, 5:30 JV/FR, 7:00 Varsity)

1/4/23 - Wrestling @ McDaniel at 5pm

1/4/23 - Swim Meet @ Dishman at 6:30pm

1/5/23 - Girls Basketball vs Franklin (5:30 JV2/JV, 7:00 Varsity)

1/5/23 - Boys Basketball @ Franklin (5:30 JV/FR, 7:00 Varsity)

1/6/23 - Girls Basketball vs Grant (4:00 JV2, 5:30 JV)

1/6/23 - Wrestling @ Cleveland at 12pm

1/6/23 - Boys Basketball @ Grant (4:00 FR, 5:30 JV/JV2)

1/7/23 - Girls Basketball vs Grant (3:00 Varsity)

1/7/23 - Boys Basketball @ Franklin (vs Grant) at 5:30pm

1/9/23 - Wrestling @ Grant at 5pm

1/10/23 - Boys Basketball vs Roosevelt (4:00 JV2, 5:30 JV/FR, 7:00 Varsity)

1/10/23 - Girls Basketball @ Roosevelt (5:30 JV2/JV, 7:00 Varsity)

1/11/23 - Wrestling @ Jefferson at 5pm

1/11/23 - Swim Meet @ Dishman at 6:30pm

1/13/23 - Girls Basketball vs Cleveland (5:30 JV2/JV, 7:00 Varsity)

1/13/23 - Boys Basketball @ Tualatin (5:00 JV/FR, 6:30 Varsity)

Lincoln Yearbook Information

This link should give you all the Yearbook information you need