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Health and Human Development, Grades 9, 10, and 11
Transitions: Community and Diversity, Grade 9
Library, Grade 9
Quaker Studies, Grade 9
Public Speaking, Grades 10, 11, or 12
Ethical Global Citizenship, Grade 10
College Awareness, Grade 11
Senior Service Project

Health and Human Development
Grades Nine, Ten, and Eleven
one-term course

This trimester-course is a seminar in health and human development that introduces a theoretical framework for health decisions. Specific health issues are addressed through debates, role-playing, videos, field trips, and discussion. Topics covered include decisions, appreciating differences, infectious diseases, sexuality, and nutrition. Students research health topics, stressing issues of particular significance to this age group, and present a report to their peers. Community speakers are invited to the class who have expertise in different fields of community health. The speakers also emphasize good decision-making and empower the students to become positive contributors to society. All students are certified in "hands only student CPR" through a school partnership with the Red Cross

Transitions: Community and Diversity

Grade Nine
one-term course

This class explores issues that fall outside the standard curriculum. It equips students to make a smooth transition to Upper School. Each week, we invite different faculty members, counselors and outside speakers to talk with us about various important topics such as: adjusting to the expectations of Upper School, time management and study skills, social media, multiculturalism, gender issues, and getting involved at Lincoln School.

Grade 9 

The ability to find and use information is the keystone to lifelong learning. The library offers a rich variety of resources in many different formats for community members to use for both research and pleasure. Our goal is to make students independent users of information by helping them to develop skills ranging from simply finding a book on the shelf to becoming discriminating users and skilled creators of information. The Information Literacy component of the ninth grade Transitions program will begin this process by presenting an in-depth look at the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Leonard Library web page (for students new to Lincoln, refresher for returning students)
  • Primary and secondary sources, popular and scholarly publications, databases and search engines
  • Using the OPAC, eLibrary, JStor, Discovery Education and public library catalogs, creating and managing personal accounts
  • Understanding the URL, web publishing and Wikipedia .
  • What is the Invisible Web?
  • Evaluating websites for purpose, accuracy, authority, relevance and currency
  • Copyright and Plagiarism, creating bibliographies, using NoodleTools as citation generator and for note taking.
  • MLA, Chicago/Turabian and other styles
  • Research, pre-search, keywords and subject headings, Boolean operators.

These topics will be approached through activities that include developing strategies for identifying, retrieving, analyzing, synthesizing, creating and communicating information. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to showcase their skills in a research assignment created by their history instructor.

Quaker Studies

Grade Nine
one-term course

Lincoln has a strong commitment to Friends values, practices, and ideals.  This course will ensure that our commitment is well understood and therefore carefully nurtured by our students.  It will have as its essential theme the well known Quaker voice saying, "Let your life speak."  We want our students to have clarity of vision and a strong voice, which is exactly what Quaker values promote and support.  This course will therefore serve to introduce our upper-school students to the whole purpose of a Lincoln education:  educating girls and young women for the sake of creating more justice and compassion in the world.

This course will cover topics such as:  Quaker history, practices, and beliefs;  Lincoln's own history and its relationship with other Friends schools;  and modern Friends practices.  Work will include reading and writing, discussion and reflection, and opportunities to apply Friends values both within Lincoln and in the wider community.

Public Speaking

required for all students (starting with the class of 2013) at some time in the 10th, 11th,  or 12th grade
Year Long course that meets once a week

Public Speaking is a year long course exploring the art of live vocal presentation of prepared thought. We read, write, listen to, and speak three types of speeches in three styles of presentation.  Using impromptu, extemporaneous, and scripted preparations, students work on informative, persuasive, and entertaining speeches. This is a pass/fail course, with the hope that students will boldly try new approaches with less fear of failure.

Ethical Global Citizenship
Grade Ten 
one-term course

Ethical Global Citizenship is a pass/fail discussion-based course that meets once per week and is required for grade 10.  This course will provide students with a comprehensive exploration of values and ethical issues as they apply to our beliefs, morals, ethics, values, laws, human rights, social responsibilities, and freedoms; concerning us as individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

We will explore questions like what makes an action "right," or what makes us happy, what kinds of qualities should a person have or avoid having, and how we should treat other people (and ourselves). Overall this course will provide students with a basic understanding of their ethical obligations as Citizens Of The World.

College Awareness
Grade Eleven
one-term course that will met in the winter or spring 

Juniors are introduced to the college admission process through a course that meets weekly in one of the three trimesters. Topics discussed include an introduction to Naviance, an introduction to the language of college and college admission, a college admission timeline, the college search, the application process, standardized testing, the campus visit, interview techniques and role-playing, strategies for essay writing, and familiarization with Lincoln School’s program for the college process.

Senior Service Project 

The Lincoln School Senior Service Project (SSP) is intended to provide seniors a period of transition between Lincoln School and college matriculation, and is an important opportunity for skill building and self-realization. The unique nature of this service project presents each girl with the opportunity to provide service to an organization or individual for a period of two weeks (a minimum of 45 hours) in May. Each girl will select from a wide range of service opportunities, including a group service trip outside the area, or she may research and commit to a project of her own design. This time of service, regardless of setting, encourages independence, commitment and introspection as well as a willingness to work hard and contribute to the mission of the organization.

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