August 31, 2023
Greetings Lincoln Education Stakeholders,
Welcome back to the 2023-2024 school year! It was wonderful to see all of our students, both young and older, excited to come back to school these past two days. We continue to have some outstanding initiatives happening in Lincoln for the start of the school year. The purpose of this communication is to highlight what we have achieved last year and to share some of the exciting new changes that will be going on this year. Here are just some of the many highlights of the important and collective work of our district from the 2022-2023 school year:
The media centers at all of our elementary schools were under construction last year. We are excited to have them opening this Fall so that our youngest Lincoln Lions can experience state of the art learning in our newly renovated media centers.
All of our elementary schools have received and will continue to receive brand new furniture in all of the classrooms.
The PEC at the high school is nearing completion and will be ready to be opened soon. Due to supply chain issues, the main power switch gear is still yet to be shipped. That said, the PEC is an amazing structure that was achieved with the hard work, dedication and vision of our school committee, school administration, town officials and town administrator. The floor will be poured soon and once cured, our students and town will have a state of the art physical education space to use. It’s amazing to think that just one year ago, we were breaking ground and a year later, the structure was completed. Be on the lookout for upcoming announcements on the grand opening and ribbon cutting of our Physical Education Center.
Our district teachers were trained in compliance with the Right to Read Act by our very own Lincoln teachers so a special thank you goes out to Jess Galla, Amy Delfarno, Lauren Bently and Donna Rowland for the hard work they put into the training sessions.
Our Unified athletes took the volleyball Division V State Championships!
Lincoln hosted the statewide Best Buddies Unity Ball this past year.
We completed our strategic plan for Lincoln which incorporates our vision of a graduate work, our facilities upgrades, and the overall targets we want to achieve for our students.
Food Truck! Our food truck was acquired this year with the help of Chef Frank DeCaro and it has just recently been wrapped, received the proper inspections and will be ready to go for this upcoming school year. It looks AMAZING and it is going to be an outstanding benefit for our kids, our staff and our school community. It will be at our major school events and we will be competing in The Commissioners Cup in October right here in Lincoln at Chase Farm. A special thanks to our very own Lincoln students, Ben, Calvin and Melina (class of 2023) who designed the wrap and graphic for the truck!
These are some of the outstanding accomplishments for our district this past year. Our teachers, administrators and support staff continue to work hard to make our student experiences positive and our academics rigorous but supportive for all kids.
Here are some new and upcoming goals and objectives for 2023-2024! This past year, we successfully worked with the town officials to put a vote to the taxpayers of Lincoln for this coming November for a 25 million dollar bond which will provide new gymnasiums, reimagined cafeterias, and STEM rooms for every one of our elementary schools. The Stage II planning of these upgrades are in place and our owner's project manager (OPM) has been working with school leaders and parent stakeholders to finish up the design phase of these projects. These new additions and renovations will continue to push Lincoln to being a world class educational experience for our students. Please click HERE to be directed to the informational webpage on all of these upcoming and exciting plans for the Lincoln Public Schools. Please be sure to explore this page on our district website and use the QR codes to see a 365 degree view of the planned gymnasiums at each of our elementary schools.
Our district branding initiative continues to showcase our “Lion Pride”. Our brand is a culmination of our Vision of a Graduate curriculum work, our current and upcoming facilities upgrades and having all of our students and stakeholders recognize our Lincoln Lion with pride.
Finally, our district continues its work to enhance safety and security in our schools. Lincoln Public Schools is one of only five districts in the nation to be part of the SENTRY group. SENTRY, a Department of Homeland Security center of excellence, is led by Northeastern University and develops strategies and innovative solutions to secure schools and soft target environments. Our involvement in this group is preeminent and we are in the company of Sandy Hook schools in CT and Boston Public Schools to achieve safety and security for all of our students and staff. We continue to plan safety upgrades at all of our schools and this includes upgraded cameras at Lincoln Middle and new, state of the art camera systems at our elementary schools.
In closing, I wish you all a wonderful and safe new school year. Thank you for your continued support of our schools, our district and our town as we continue to create a world class education system for our students and families in Lincoln.
Lawrence P. Filippelli, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Lincoln Lions: Our Students, Our Pride, Our Future"