Lincoln Cluster Schools Newsletter
Hello Lincoln Cluster Families
Greetings and Happy December Lincoln Cluster Families, Community Members, Staff and Students;
I am incredibly grateful for the welcoming, caring, kind, loving classrooms that our Lincoln Cluster students experience everyday across our 14 schools of UTK – 12th grade classrooms This year as a district we have lifted the critical importance of creating the conditions for all students and staff to embrace psychological safety and a sense of belonging for all. Especially now, coming out of multiple years with COVID, belonging and safety are paramount to creating the conditions that value each and every student and staff on our school campuses. We know, from research, that Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs must be met first before we can actualize our fullest potential and capacity for learning and growth. A sense of inclusion places us all on a pathway toward innovation, fueled by curiosity, creative thinking, critical dialogue, and collaborative teaming. With our partnerships both at home and in our community, it is essential for our young people to realize their brilliance each day in their respective learning environments. We aspire first and foremost, that every child experiences inclusionary safety by being fully accepted for who they uniquely are. Additionally, each and every student must feel learner safety, meaning they are able to learn and grow in ways that allows them to take risks, make mistakes, accept feedback, and grow from any learning experience. We also aspire our students and staff to all feel they have contributor safety, as they feel safe to meaningfully contribute their ideas to make a difference, and ultimately, feel safe to challenge the status quo, especially as we look more deeply at our current conditions, practices, procedures or policies that perpetuate systemic oppression and inequitable outcomes for anyone, child or adult. It is our collective responsibility to build these safety conditions collaboratively and in partnership both at school, in our community, and in our homes, so our students can flourish and grow in ways beyond our collective imagination.
Have a blessed and beautiful holiday season and happy new year.
Bruce R. Bivins
Area 1 Superintendent
Lincoln High School
Lincoln High School
Lincoln High School students are enjoying giving and receiving blessings on campus and in our community this holiday season. Our ASB is working to honor Rady Children’s Hospital Staff with hundreds of thank you and holiday letters this season. Our BioMedical Sciences students were delighted to be able to spend two days at Vertex, a San Diego Biotechnology company, doing hands-on experiments specifically learning about Sickle Cell disease, testing and treatment. BioMed students are so dedicated to pursuing their dreams they attended a field trip on a Saturday to be a part of the UCSD Medical Center’s Doc for a Day program where they did dissections and experiments, learning about patient care, as well as their own anatomy and physiology. Engineering students have been exploring the impact of pollution in our community and writing children’s stories to illustrate the urgency of the problems. Our 10th grade Engineering students will plan to visit with our Porter Elementary School students to read their stories and share the machines they designed and built that will be capable of sorting recyclable materials. And our Media Arts Production students are producing an online newspaper, the Takeover, and preparing to share their first news show. We had hundreds of students participate in College Application Days supported by our counseling department, CalSOAP, WAHUPA, and SD City College and are supporting students as they move now into applying for the many scholarships available to our students. Lincoln High School’s partnership with SD City College in our Workforce Wednesday program was recognized at the annual Counselor’s Conference. Our students, pictured here, shared as a part of the presentation that they valued the flexibility and accessibility that community college provides as they start their own journey through college.
A special shout out to all of our athletes, but especially to our football team who won the SD CIF OPEN Division Championship at Snapdragon Stadium, won the Regional Championship and is now playing for the State Title!! While the wins are great, as our coaches say, it's bigger than football and that is why we celebrate that our players collectively have over 100 scholarship offers - opening even more doors to continue their education and football careers at the next level. Thank you to all of our community who have supported our athletes! Keep an eye on our website and the marquee for dates and times for our Winter Concert, Dance Performance and Student Exhibitions. Times will be posted on our marquee and website. To celebrate your future, current or former Hornet, please visit the ASB Online Store to purchase the latest LINCOLN GEAR. Proceeds from these sales directly support student activities.
Knox Middle School
Here are a few of our amazing events for students and families!
- Knox Journalism students visited the Journalism program at SDSU
- Our Math Counts club students competed in the winter math competition at Qualcomm
- We have opened our Sunday School program for students to clear absences. Last weekend we had over 120 students at Saturday school and over 50 students at Sunday school
- Our Knox teachers visited the Veba wellness center for sound healing and chair yoga
- Over 30 students passed the LOTE exam earning foreign language credit for High School!
- 25 Knox parents graduated from the PIQE program!
- 8th grade History students visited the San Diego Courthouse Downtown
Learn more about our Knox events here in our newsletters:
Valencia Park Elementary School
Valencia Park Elementary
It's been an exciting time with lots of celebrations at Valencia Park!
Turkey Trot: Our school held a Turkey Trot on November 17 as a fundraiser. We exceeded our goal of raising $10,000! We will be using the funds toward field trips and our garden. Thank you so much to everyone who donated!
UTK Movie Stars: The UTK classroom at Valencia Park is going to be part of a film series for the State of California on how to launch and maintain a successful UTK program. This project will help educators across California as they start UTK programs in multiple cities. We are so proud of the boys, girls, and teachers in our UTK classroom! Way to go!
Girls on the Run: Congratulations Girls on the Run and families for finishing the Girls on the Run 5K on Sunday, December 4th @ Mission Bay!
A big thank you to Ms. Tran, Ms. Miller, and Ms. Reed for running alongside our girls and cheering them on.Every girl ran their best and made it across the finish line, we are so proud of you!
Webster Elementary School
Hello Lincoln Cluster Families, A lot has been going on at Webster! So much, I can only share some. On the evening of November 9th we held our first ever STEAM Night. All students were asked to create a trifold board for display. On the board, we requested students to have a narrative piece of writing with their “thinking map”, some form of art, and some type of computer program, engineering, or science link. Many had “Q: codes for families to link up to and see even more. The evening turned out to be a great success. We had over 100 families show up. There were hands on activities, and a raffle of STEAM activities for the house. UCSD’s CREATE came out with a display, and there was pizza. Check out the pictures.
Also during the month of November, Webster students participated in the American Heart Associations “Kid Heart Challenge”. This is a fundraiser for the Heart Association while teaching students about heart health. Any student that raised $5.00 or more was awarded the opportunity to pour a cup of slime on the principal’s head. The student that raised the most money got to pour a whole bucket of slime on my head. Check out the pictures. Everyone had a great time! Even the principal.
From all of us at Webster, we wish you a wonderful, healthy Holiday Season. Happy New Year!
Encanto Elementary School
Chollas-Mead Elementary School
Nye Alumni - Now Mathnasium Owners - Giving Back to Their Community
Kristi Eugenio and Brea Lee met at Nye Elementary when they were eight years old and are going on 20+ years of friendship. With their previous experience as Mathnasium instructors, the pair decided to open their own center in the community they grew up in to help local students better understand and enjoy math education.
“Growing up with Kristi from elementary through high school to now being her business partner gives us another chapter in life together while giving back to our alma maters – Nye Elementary, O’Farrell Charter, and Morse High -- and to the community that gave us so much over the years,” says Lee.
Starting with a math assessment to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in math, a customized learning plan is then created for each student. They work one-on-one in a group setting with Mathnasium’s highly skilled and trained instructors. Mathnasium transforms frustrations into welcomed challenges by building students’ skills and confidence!
Johnson Elementary School
Baker Elementary School
Porter Elementary School
Hello Lincoln Cluster Families!
Here at Porter Elementary we have had many events to engage our students in their academics and extracurricular activities.
In October, Porter Elementary School celebrated Red Ribbon Week. We focused on age appropriate curriculum to encourage and support students in making healthy and positive lifelong choices. Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Agency held an extremely informative assembly to educate our students about being drug free. The assembly also included a helicopter landing on our field for all students TK-5 to see! We saw the DEA mobile lab, protective equipment, and even got to meet the canine officers! It was a very cool, exciting, and informative opportunity for our Porter Panthers!
At the end of October we held a Halloween Parade for our students. After our all school assembly, students had the opportunity to participate in a parade while wearing their costumes. After the parade, students returned to their classrooms to continue learning for the day.
The Burn Institute and Station 12 held an assembly for UTK-2. Porter Elementary teachers coordinated an assembly from the Burn Institute and Fire Station 12 for all UTK-2nd grade students. Both the Burn Institute and Fire Station 12 provided important tips and information to keep our Porter Panthers and their families safe and healthy in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Through our partnership with AthLEAD Advantage, Porter Elementary students have been able to participate in athletics. Students have been able to develop basic skills and plays. Our students continue to compete against other schools. Our Porter Panthers have been playing flag football or soccer. Our amazing teachers have volunteered and have been doing a great job coaching our students!
Lastly, our students participated in a robotics course in our school library. Students and their families were able to use kits to build robots and program them to move within a course.
We are excited to continue to provide extracurricular opportunities for our students! Please stay tuned for additional information regarding community events at Porter! We are wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!