The Green Light Archives

The Green Light is a blog dedicated to celebrating the bold minds of Lincoln School, a place where students embrace academic challenge, speak their minds, and discover who they are and all they may become. Read on!

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To Sisterhood – The Great Reuniting

Oh, how the weather gods shined on Lincoln School this weekend for the first large-scale gathering of alumnae on campus since the fall of 2019. The Great Reuniting, as the weekend’s festivities were lovingly styled, saw over 150 alumnae—from the Classes of 1946 through 2019—converge at 301 Butler Avenue for a mix of social events and informational sessions about the Lincoln School of today.

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  • Lynx News
  • Middle School
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  • Upper School
  • Why Girls?
  • Why Lincoln
Title IX at 50: Lincoln School Celebrates Landmark Legislation

Although most people associate Title IX solely with athletics, Title IX is one part of a larger legislation commonly known as the Education Acts of 1972, which expanded the protections of previous civil rights legislation. Lincoln’s Title IX at 50 recognizes this watershed moment in women’s history with a week of programming centering around Title IX and its impact—at Lincoln, in Rhode Island, and throughout the country. 

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  • Upper School
Spring Into the Performing Arts

Performing artists are working overtime this season at Lincoln! On Wednesday, the 4th of May, students in Playwriting class created a completely student-driven theatre experience for an appreciative audience when they presented the Fringe Festival. In true Fringe fashion, plays were performed in non-traditional spaces - classrooms, hallways, the dining room, lounges - and as many as three plays were performed at once. 

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Grade 8 Takes a Bite out of the Big Apple

The 8th grade, along with five faculty advisors, recently participated in the Global Citizenship Program in New York City. Upon arrival by Amtrak train, the group checked in to their midtown hotel and headed to Lower Manhattan to participate in, “A People's History of Immigration, from New York Harbor to Little Syria'', a walking tour led by Social Justice Walks.

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  • Lower School
  • Student Life
Project CHICK: Chickens Hatching in Lincoln's Kindergarten Classroom

Thanks to Casey Farm, our friends in the Kindergarten classroom are eagerly watching over an incubator of eggs, awaiting the hatching of chicks! Last Tuesday, an educator from Casey Farm visited the girls with everything needed to incubate a clutch of eggs, set up the equipment, and engaged students in a hands-on presentation about chickens and eggs. Twenty-one days later, as students observe, the chicks hatch! During morning drop-off on Tuesday, we were told by an excited friend in Kindergarten that there are only SIX days left in the countdown!

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Lincoln Participates in SISAL Juried Art Show

We're very happy to share that last Friday, Lincoln participated in the Small Independent School's Art League Juried Art Show. It was held virtually by Boston University Academy and included works from students across 15 Rhode Island and Massachusetts schools. Please join us in congratulating the following Lincoln student award winners! Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this show!

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Lincoln's Mock Trial Team Finishes Strong Season

Student members of Lincoln School's Mock Trial team took part in the 2021-2022 Rhode Island Senior Division Mock Trial Tournament. Mock Trial is an event in which students play the role of either prosecution/plaintiff or defendant in a court case created by a team of devoted legal experts at the Rhode Island Legal Education Foundation (RILEF). A real judge presides over every trial event, and the jury is played by local attorneys who donate their time to the tournament. This year's trials were conducted via Zoom, but the tournament finals will be conducted in person in a real courtroom.

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Community Connections: Rhode Island Hospital

As a Quaker school, the SPICES—Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship—are the foundation of all we do at Lincoln. And recently, some of our Lower School friends have been able to exercise the Community piece of our SPICES. On Tuesday, Adrianne Walsh, Manager of Volunteer Services at Rhode Island Hospital visited the Lower School! She talked to Grade 1 about the respite room at the hospital and how much the staff is enjoying their acts of kindness.

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  • Upper School
The Plaid Post Is Back in Print!

Have you heard? Lincoln’s Upper School Student Newspaper, The Plaid Post, is back in print, with their latest publication out just last week!

Student Newspaper Staff were excited about the timing, leading up to Newsies performances, as they delivered the papers while classes were going on. The students completed the task of delivering newspaper-route style issues rolled up with elastics. They surprised each classroom by tossing a few copies into the room, where unsuspecting students and faculty eagerly rushed to retrieve them!

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Cosmos Gallery in Middle School English

Do you ever wonder about the universe? Our friends in Grade 6 English have been learning about the topic since the summer, and put together a silent gallery experience featuring their work. Students in Ms. Maizel's class created beautiful found poems from sources such as A Wrinkle in Time, When You Reach Me, selections from Carl Sagan's Cosmos, interviews with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more.

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  • Lower School
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Surprises Abound on Twos-day!

We're sure you've already heard, but yesterday's date was pretty special!

TWOSDAY–2/22/2022, was celebrated throughout campus with an out-of-uniform day. The class of '22 declared the day a "crazy outfit day" and encouraged students to think creatively. This meant tutus galore, crazy hairstyles, even mismatching shoes. However, our Lower School friends were in for a treat when they discovered their day was full of surprises! Surprise recess, scavenger hunts, and even a 2-minute "Drop Everything and Dance!" party at 2:22 p.m.

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Grade 6 Historians Practice Analytical Thinking

The following is shared by Jess Kimball-Veeder, History Teacher, about a recent activity her Grade 6 class participated in. Thank you for sharing with our community, Jess!

Grade 6 historians are finishing their unit on Ancient China and are currently studying the Silk Road. To better understand why the name "Silk Road" is misleading (as well as to practice their mapping and analytical thinking skills), the students participated in a Silk Road Game, inspired by Oregon Trail!

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Archaeology Students Explore History of Dwight House

This past fall Lincoln's Archaeology students conducted a dig on campus on the lawn of the Dwight House. Today, the students returned to the Dwight House to explore the interior architectural details. During the fall dig, the class didn't strike gold–but a few 19th-century nails and some bits of brick, glass, and coal! The students presented their findings to Mrs. Lau, Head of School (and resident of the Dwight House!), shown in the shadowbox included here. Learn more about the history of the Dwight House and the Archeology class in our latest Green Light blog!

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  • Little School
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Lincoln School Awarded LEED Gold Certification for Little School Building

Guest blog post by studioMLA Architects, designers of the newest Little School building and sponsors of STEAMx Spark, rescheduled for April 3.

Rooted in Quaker principles and dedicated to a dynamic education for girls, Lincoln School has a highly respected early education program. This project provides additional capacity and creates indoor and outdoor spaces fully aligned with the Reggio Emilia–influenced curriculum and Quaker values.

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Grade 1 Sharing the Lincoln Love

Grade 1 has been spreading Lincoln Love locally AND all over the country recently! Locally Ms. Green's class has been sharing the Lincoln Love by creating "Love Bug" Kindness Rocks for healthcare workers at Lifespan! The rocks are being delivered to Rhode Island Hospital to spread kindness and boost spirits in the hospital's Respite Room for staff. More broadly, their class is participating in a National Valentine's Day Card Exchange, mailing out "Bee Mine" crafts and information about our school to other schools across the United States. In exchange, they have been receiving valentines in the mail along with information about other schools! As of the Friday before Valentine's Day, they have received cards from Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. 

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International Special Guest Visits Grade 8 Class

Grade 8 students in Mrs. Douglas-Osmundson’s class zoomed with Orla O’Neill on Thursday, Executive Director of St. Stephen’s Green Trust in Ireland. As the students are reading Refugee by Alan Gratz, Ms. O'Neil was a great visitor given her work in fundraising for organizations that directly help refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland. After hearing about her organization, they were able to ask their own questions.

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Congratulations to Lincoln's Scholastic Art Award Winners

We are happy to share that four Lincoln School students have been selected as award recipients at the Northeast Region Scholastic Art Awards competition! 

The prestigious awards, which were founded in 1923, are the nation’s longest-running educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. The program also serves as the largest source of scholarships for creative students in grades 7-12 in the United States. The judging process includes panels of renowned artists, authors, educators, and industry experts who evaluate each submitted work of art and writing for their originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal vision or voice.

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Design Challenge for Grade 6 Scientists

This week Grade 6 scientists took part in a design challenge–an attempt to build a thermos that can keep cold water cold and hot water hot. Applying what they have learned about thermal energy and heat transfer, they gathered materials in an attempt to craft their design solution. We asked students what they constructed their thermos out of, and the common supplies utilized were bubble wrap, aluminum foil, and fabric. 

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Morgan Stone Week 2022: Justice in Healthcare

The following blog is written by Ashley Ogoffa '22 and Sophia Comiskey '22, co-presidents of 2B1. Morgan Stone Week 2022 was held January 24-28 and included programming across all divisions. Members of 2B1 are pictured here with the keynote speaker, Dr. Dionne Poulton, the Chief Diversity Officer at Care New England Health Systems in Rhode Island.

Morgan Stone was a long-time Lincoln School student and founding member of 2B1, graduating in the class of ‘00. A few months into her freshman year of college, Morgan passed away. We hold Morgan Stone Week each year in commemoration of Morgan’s spirit and dedication to issues of racial equity. With support from our Center for Justice, Peace, and Global Citizenship, we take this opportunity to renew our commitment to creating a community of learners that celebrate diversity, inspire service, and foster a culture of peace. This year, Morgan Stone Week centered around the theme of Justice in Healthcare.

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Student Designers Prepare for STYLEWEEK Runway

Trash bags, CDs, origami newspaper, duct tape, can tabs galore–constructed into works of art, and possibly the season’s newest fashion trends. STYLEWEEK’s SEED Student Design Challenge is dedicated to the advancement of emerging student designers. STYLEWEEK has had participants from FIT, Parsons, Mass Art, RISD, Johnson & Wales, and Lincoln School. This exclusive partnership provides our Upper School students with a unique opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities. These students then come together for one show where they are judged by an industry panel of fashion and press professionals. 

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This Week In: Middle School Science

Grade 8 Marine Science students are studying solubility and temperature, looking at water as the universal solvent. In this water chemistry lesson, students learned how different temperatures may affect solubility. This hands-on experiment allowed students to visualize what they have been learning so far and will tie into upcoming conversations about climate change. 

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This Week In: Marine Biology

This week in Marine Biology, students got up close and personal by conducting dissections. The students' subjects were part of the Class Chondrichthyes, which include sharks, skates, and rays.

Step into the classroom by taking a look through the photo gallery!

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Spotlight on Community Partnerships: Save the Bay

The following is a guest blog post written by Grade 1 Teacher Jennie Green and Assistant Teacher Sheila Hallisey. Thank you, Jennie and Sheila!

Grade 1 students have participated in two field trips to Save the Bay so far this year. On the first adventure, the class went to Colt State Park in Bristol, RI, to explore a salt marsh, sandy beach, and rocky shore. Three amazing Save the Bay staff members guided the students in their hands-on experience. They were incredibly knowledgeable about the plant and animal life in the region.

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Coding Carnival in Lower School

Monday, December 6 kicked off the Week of Code at Lincoln School! All of our students from our littlest learners through Upper School participated in the weeklong coding extravaganza. There were two guest speakers for our Middle and Upper School, and a Coding Carnival in the Lower School Library!

Lower School students explored a variety of robots, coding programs, and problem-solving software this week with Erin Broderick, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Meagan Lenihan, Lower School Librarian. 

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This Week In: Figurative Sculpture and Life Drawing

Figurative Sculpture and Life Drawing classes visit the RISD Museum to view the Shahzia Sikander Extraordinary Realities Exhibit, December 7, 2021

“Born and Raised in Pakistan, Shahzia Sikander gained international recognition in the 1990s for her pioneering role in bringing painting traditions from South and Central Asia into a dialogue with contemporary practices. Her work interrogates cultural identity, racial narratives, colonial and post-colonial histories, and issues of gender and sexuality.” Jan Howard, Houghton P. Metcalf Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, RISD Museum

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Week of Code Kicks Off with Guest Speaker Nathalie Miebach

Week of Code at Lincoln School kicked off on December 6 with a presentation by Nathalie Miebach. Miebach is a Boston-based sculptor who translates scientific data into woven sculptures and musical scores. She's been doing this for nearly 20 years and focuses predominantly on weather and climate change. Lately, she's also been focusing on COVID-19 data and is interested in exploring not just the scientific phenomena of weather and how it impacts us, but also the human response to these events, especially in the context of climate change.

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26 Books to Read During Native American Heritage Month (and Every Month!)

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, our amazing librarians have compiled an all-ages booklist of stories and resources that explore the diverse Indigenous experience in the United States. 

Please enjoy the below selections, and keep an eye out for more suggestions from our librarians throughout the year. 

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Full STEAM Ahead: Advanced Statistics

Linear Regression, but make it fun!

That was Math Faculty Kathy Bliss's idea when her Advanced Statistics course reached this chapter in her lesson plans. In teaching her students the concepts related to linear regression, she posed a question to her students. How to safely launch a projectile off the balcony without it hitting the ground. The projectile: Barbie. 

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Full STEAM Ahead: Engineering and Design

At Lincoln School, STEAM is more than just Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math—it is a way of learning. As an educational discipline, STEAM sparks a lifelong passion for arts and sciences in learners from a very early age. Our own STEAM framework goes even further, emphasizing not only how to learn—how to formulate questions, how to investigate, how to experiment, how to create—but how to engage the creative process in developing different methods for all of those activities.

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Halloween Festivities on Campus

Middle & Upper School students kicked off the Halloween festivities today with a costume parade! We love seeing the creativity and humor students channeled in their costumes this year. Faculty and Staff even got in on the action, with special guest appearances and characters everywhere. Each division awarded several prizes in the categories of:

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Sports Wrap: Fall Seasons Wrapping Up

This week our Middle School athletes wrapped up their seasons, and are looking forward to starting winter sports.

Varsity Field Hockey had a great run, making it to the quarter-finals where they concluded their season. Varsity Tennis, Soccer, and Cross Country are still in the midst of their respective competition seasons. The Cross Country team will be competing in the RI Interscholastic Class Championship on Saturday, October 30 at Ponaganset High School. Varsity Tennis and Soccer are chasing championships, with Tennis taking on Bay View Academy in the semi-finals on Monday, November 1 at Faxon Farm. Soccer has its final regular-season game this evening and is hopeful to host a playoff game at Faxon Farm in the coming weeks. 

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Lower School Students Benefit From Community Partnerships at Extended Day

Community - ask anyone at Lincoln what their favorite thing about our school is and they’re likely to mention our incredible community. Our community extends farther than our students, faculty, and families. We engage with our greater Providence and Rhode Island community members both inside and outside of the classroom, and our extended day programs are no different.

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Happenings in Middle School History

Skill building is central to the middle school history curriculum, but so is having fun! Earlier this fall, the sixth-grade historians in Jess Kimball-Veeder’s classes assumed the role of CSI agents as they investigated the mystery of Ötzi, a Neolithic Age man whose mummified body was discovered trapped in the icy landscape of the Alps by hikers in 1991. To set the scene for the investigation, drama teacher Don Mays created a highly engaging and humorous video for the students

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An Update on the Copper Beech Tree

While our front lawn’s distinctive appearance will change on November 24, 2021, this is a reminder for us all that our community inhabits a larger ecosystem, ever-changing and magnificent. 

To that end, Lincoln School will approach this albeit sad milestone as an opportunity to do what Lincoln does best—set the stage for deep learning. Through the years, Lincoln students have explored the tree as an artistic medium, investigated it through scientific inquiry, and simply used it as a space to come together. 

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A Message From the Head of School: Bold Improvements

It has been a joy to watch the playground and the new Lower School STEAM space take shape over the last few months.  The new playground, designed to encourage movement and sensory exploration. has state of the art equipment that includes spinners and climbers, a musical sensory garden, and a balance trail. The STEAM space, designed to inspire discovery and innovation,  includes 3-D printers, Lego walls for building, and ample space to store tools and consumables to be used for project-based learning. 

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MS Sports Wrap: Weekend of Competitions

Did you know that 80% of Lincoln 5-8 Grade students are involved in a fall sport this year? Students are taking part in soccer, field hockey, and cross country. The fall season ends at the end of October, with the winter sports season starting Monday, December 6. MS students will be able to participate in basketball or swim this winter.

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A Q&A With Dr. Jill Walsh

Dr. Walsh visited Lincoln School recently to meet with our Grade 8 students and families. In addition to speaking to students and parents on a variety of topics related to technology and adolescent development, we were able to meet one-on-one afterwards for a Q & A.

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This Week In: Archaeology

This week, our Archeology class ventured off campus to experience hands-on learning inside a historic Newport restoration project. The students learned about and had the chance to explore the Vernon House and Hunter House. The group was led by Lincoln History Department Head, Ruth Macaulay, and esteemed architectural historian and archaeologist, Myron Stachiw, who is working with the Newport Restoration Foundation.

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This Week In: Marine Biology

After learning about microorganisms and how they move through the environment, the students were tasked with designing, producing, and testing a model of a plankton. The goal was to have the model move through the water at the slowest speed, as plankton need to be able to be near the surface of the ocean as well as dip below to avoid predators. The winners were awarded the Great Plankton Race trophy, on which they added their names joining past winners. 

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Intersections: Indigenous Peoples’ Day & International Day of the Girl

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is recognized on the second Monday of October each year, celebrating and honoring the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples, and earlier this month, President Biden signed a presidential proclamation declaring October 11 to be a national holiday.

This year, Indigenous Peoples’ Day coincides with another important day on the Lincoln calendar: International Day of the Girl, which the United National General Assembly declared in 2011 to focus attention on the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. 

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Full STEAM Ahead at Lincoln

STEAM is a comprehensive learning model that integrates literacy in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This combination of creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and evaluating evidence yields profound learning outcomes for our students. 

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PALS Community Supplies Drive With Dorcas International Institute of RI

Students from Progressive Action at Lincoln School (PALS) have teamed up with Dorcas International Institute of RI to facilitate a supplies drive for Afghan refugees in Rhode Island. Starting on October 6, boxes will be placed throughout Lincoln to collect community donations.

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Calling All Readers: Bea's Book Bags is Back!

Bea’s Book Bags is a Little and Lower School library program (for our 2yo through Grade 5 students) dedicated to promoting a love of reading, one tote at a time. Each collection of specially curated books, anchored in students’ unique interests, will spark young imaginations, stoke new interests, and plant the seeds for a lifetime of continuous discovery.

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Sports Wrap: Lynx Take All At September 30 Rally

Faxon Farm was abuzz last night for the first-ever Lynx Rally in support of our fall athletes! The Lynx delivered a strong showing, winning all 3 match-ups at home. The tennis team is currently undefeated. The soccer team has yet to have a team score a goal against them. And field hockey secured a win in OT last night, giving them a 3–3 record. The cross country team was also in attendance, and they are maintaining a strong start to their season as well!

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Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors Kicks Off This Week

This week’s guest blog post is written by one of Lincoln School’s Librarians, Meagan Lenihan. Thank you Meagan!

The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors kicks off this week, and continues with a lineup of virtual events through the year.

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WaterFire: Celebrating Educational Excellence

As a Quaker school, the SPICES—Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship—are the foundation of all we do at Lincoln. And last week, some of our faculty and staff were able to exercise the Community piece of our SPICES by joining WaterFire Providence as volunteers for the lighting celebrating Educational Excellence in Rhode Island. 

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SPICES Take Center Stage at Ceremony Honoring Mme. Dundas

On the afternoon of Friday, September 17, the Lincoln community gathered in the Art Gallery to celebrate 21-year faculty member Sandrine Dundas as the 2021 recipient of the Dorothy W. Gifford Chair Award. Mme. Dundas is the thirty-fifth recipient of the award.

Because Sandrine has been such an integral part of teaching Quaker values to the Lincoln community, the Dorothy Gifford committee members used the Quaker SPICES to guide their presentation about what is so wonderful about Mme. Dundas. 

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Eighteen New Steel Yard Grads

Every summer since 2014 Middle and Upper School students have had the opportunity to be a part of the Steel Yard immersion program. This unique partnership was spearheaded by Visual Arts Department Chair Anita Thompson ’89, and for the past seven summers an average of fifteen students have participated. This summer was no exception!
 

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Academic Rigor: Redefined for the Twenty-First Century

We recently sat down with Peter Brooks, division director of the Upper School, and Beth Ellis, director of college counseling, to discuss academic rigor and how Lincoln School is leading the way in preparing girls and young women for the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. The following is excerpted from that conversation.

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Moving on Up!

The Class of 2028 heads to Middle School, and the Class of 2025 heads to Upper School! Both closing exercises took place at the Murray Family Athletic Complex at Faxon Farm under a tent.

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Learning Curves

During a year characterized by many steep learning curves, six Lincoln Upper School students opted for one more. Chloe Cheng ‘22, Celeste Derry ‘21, Sonia Gracer ‘22, Lanqi Huang ‘21, Emma Laquinta ‘21, and Sophie Rockwell ‘22 enrolled in the 2020-21 Independent Study Program, for which they each developed a semester- or year-long project to build on prior coursework and gain experience in a subject of interest. 

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Well Deserved in 2021

Upper School Recognition & Celebration Night took place on Wednesday, June 2. This annual event honors the hard work and determination of students throughout the year and celebrates the community that supports them.

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Adaptation: Not Just for Non-Human Animals

Although there was no “normal” this year, one thing remained clear and true: Lincoln School loves Narragansett Bay. Even in this year of COVID, we continued to foster that stewardship of this amazing Rhode Island resource. This is our Bay, one that we are working to protect for generations to come. And while we keep our fingers crossed that we will be able to love it in person next year, we are happy that this year, we could still love it over Zoom. 
 

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In Her Own Words: Lincoln Sophomore Wins Award at Trinity Rep’s Write Here! Write Now! Student Playwriting Competition

Ramona B. ‘23 was a Top Winner at Trinity Rep’s Write Here! Write Now! student playwriting competition for her play Purple. Boyd worked with dramaturg Jordan Butterfield from Trinity. Never having worked with a company before it was interesting for her to learn how her writing could translate to action. This is Boyd’s third play. 

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Simply the Best: Honoring Lincoln Faculty

Friday afternoon alumnae, faculty, and former faculty joined Head of School Sophie Glenn Lau ’88 at a virtual event to honor Lincoln School faculty, past and present. The event, aptly titled Simply the Best, was organized by the Alumnae Association and the Office of Advancement and featured Mih-Ho Cha Neenan ’81, Interim President of the Alumnae Association and Immediate Past President, and Kathryn Ramstad ’07, Incoming Co-President of the Alumnae Association. 

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The Impact of COVID–19 and the Climate: LEAP Week 2021

Prior to Covid-19, climate justice and climate action was receiving a lot of attention. However, once the pandemic hit, a lot of people began to put the climate on the back-burner. As stewards of the Earth, we want to draw attention to the relationship between Covid-19 and the climate and how we as a community can continue to improve ourselves to improve our environment. LEAP Week 2021 will address these topics beginning on May 3.

 

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  • Head of School
  • Upper School
  • Why Lincoln
New Era of College Admission: It’s About Character

With U.S. colleges and universities releasing decisions over the last few weeks, we're pleased to share the following excerpt from an op-ed written by Head of School Sophie Glenn Lau ’88 and Beth Ellis, Director of College Counseling. It was originally published in the Providence Business News on April 2, 2021. 

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  • STEAM
  • Why Lincoln
Lincoln School Welcomes New Director of STEAM Program

Lincoln School is pleased to share the appointment of John Diego Arango as Director of STEAM Program, effective July 1, 2021. Currently an Associate Professor in the Henry Barnard Laboratory School at Rhode Island College (RIC), Mr. Arango will report directly to the Head of School and partner with teachers and academic leadership to promote innovation and creativity across the curriculum. He will also serve as part of the faculty, teaching robotics and other STEAM courses, as well as oversee Lincoln’s state-of-the-art STEAM Hub.

 

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  • The Center
The Center for Justice, Peace, and Global Citizenship

As a Quaker community rooted in and committed to the work of anti-racism, Lincoln School condemns the recent attack on the Asian American community in Atlanta and all racially motivated violence and hate. We mourn for the victims and their families, and we stand in solidarity with our Asian and Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) community members.

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  • Academics
  • Alumnae
  • Head of School
  • Upper School
Choose to Challenge: Subverting the Status Quo in the Classroom

March is a special time at Lincoln School, as we observe Women’s History Month and, in particular, International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated annually on March 8. The day marks both a call to action for accelerating gender parity and a coming together to honor women's achievements. This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge, a call to challenge gender bias in all its forms. 

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  • The Arts
  • Upper School
Four Generations Thumbnail

This is a guest blog post by Don Mays, Performing Arts Department faculty member.

There was a lot to consider for the students participating in the fall 2020 theater production: masks must be worn at all times, social distancing of no less than six feet, no singing, hybrid schedules making rehearsals impossible, no live audience, and with the addition of a new drama teacher, no play had been selected! How do we mount a production under such conditions? The answer: create something new. 

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  • Lower School
  • STEAM
Invention Convention

This is a guest blog post by Erin Broderick, Educational Technology faculty member and organizer of Invention Convention.

The first annual Lincoln Lower School Invention Convention was an overwhelming success! Students in kindergarten through grade 5 put on their critical-thinking caps and identified problems that needed to be solved and then developed unique and creative solutions.

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  • Head of School
  • Why Lincoln
Love: The Valentine Thing Heart

On Friday, students and adults dressed festively in red and pink to recognize Valentine’s Day, and our virtual Valentine Sing represented another creative adaptation of a beloved Lincoln tradition in the COVID-19 environment. As we celebrate this weekend, it seems a fitting time to reflect on the first ‘L’ of our longstanding school motto: “Love, Loyalty, Lowliness.” 

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  • Middle School
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  • Upper School
Emerging Artists at Lincoln

What do Amanda Gorman, Ezra Jack Keats, Tschabalala Self, Joyce Carol Oates, and Kay WalkingStick have in common with Lincoln students Eliana B. ’24, Ramona B. ’23, Ella G. ’23, Anya K. ’24, and Ruby V. ’25?

Each has seen their creative work honored by the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as a teen. The program—the nation's longest-running educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts—has played a crucial role in recognizing and nurturing some of the most talented American artists of the last century. And this year, five Lincoln students join their ranks.

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  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Lincoln Love
We Need BIPOC Faculty and Staff in our Schools Now More Than Ever, For All of Our Students

This is a guest blog post by Candice De Los Reyes P’31,’34, Executive Assistant to the Head of School and Coordinator of Racial Equity Initiatives for Faculty & Staff.

At our first meeting in 2019, we paused to take a look at each other and to take a collective breath. It was the first time that all of Lincoln’s BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) faculty and staff members had been in the same room together in recent memory and the depth of that moment was palpable.  

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  • Little School
Learn More About Lincoln's New Little School Expansion!

Lincoln School’s littlest learners have a lot to celebrate! The state-of-the-art Little School expansion, a 4,700-square-foot sustainable net-zero building, has officially opened its doors! Learn more about the building, constructed to maximize the connections and creativity of a Reggio-Emilia approach, while also honoring our Quaker roots with its sustainable, environmentally conscious design. 

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  • Alumnae
  • Lincoln Love
  • Lower School
Bea’s Book Bags—Celebrating Lifelong Love of Literature

Beatrice (Bea) Temkin P’70, GP’97’01, GGP’34 had a love of literacy that was perhaps only matched by her love of Lincoln School. An avid reader of everything from current events to children’s tales and all books in between, her legacy lives on in a beloved Lower School library program dedicated to cultivating a love of reading in Lincoln students that is now named in her honor.

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  • Head of School
An Update on Lincoln's Anti-racist Work

The new school year has begun, and it’s been a wonderful reminder of the joy and excitement that students bring to our campus. We are adjusting to the realities of teaching and learning in the era of COVID-19, and it’s never been more certain that learning is at the heart of all we do at Lincoln, from our littlest students all the way up to school leadership. It is in that spirit that I am sharing an update on our anti-racist work.

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  • Remote Learning
Onward Together: The successful pivot

When we began to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, school leaders found that particular words quickly dominated our conversation. As we adapted to the realities of remote teaching and learning, and then prepared for a return to campus in the fall, the word “pivot” was a frequent flier in both written and verbal communication. As described by Harvard professor Eric McNulty, "A successful pivot requires planting one foot on something solid and moving the other to change direction.”

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Sophie Glenn Lau '88 Onward Together

As our first week of distance learning comes to a close, I am proud of our entire Lincoln community—faculty, staff, students, and parents—for adapting to the start of school in an entirely new way. We are on our way to building the foundations of a fantastic year together. 

We have spent a lot of time talking about how the back to school experience in 2020–21 is different from any other year.

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  • Upper School
Well Deserved in 2020

Upper School Recognition & Celebration Night took place on Wednesday, June 5. This annual event honors the hard work and determination of students throughout the year and celebrates the community that supports them.

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  • Academics
  • Upper School
Independent Study: LIGO and Interferometry in Relation to Gravitational Waves

This year, as part of the Independent Study program, students who have embarked on these intellectual journeys have been asked to blog about their experience, sharing their curiosity, academic process, and hopes for discovery with you. Today, we hear from Brigitte Lynch Johnson '21 about her Independent Study–LIGO and Interferometry in Relation to Gravitational Waves. 

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  • Upper School
Independent Study: The Impact of Historical Events on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Today

This year, as part of the Independent Study program, students who have embarked on these intellectual journeys have been asked to blog about their experience, sharing their curiosity, academic process, and hopes for discovery with you. Today, we hear from Jadyn Ramos '20 about her Independent Study–The Impact of Historical Events on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Today. 

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  • Middle School
  • The Center
CAFE Collective: Exploring Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community in Middle School

Rooted in the Center for Justice, Peace, and Global Citizenship’s three spheres of social justice–racial, environmental, and gender–the CAFE Collective will provide Middle School students the opportunity to address their own identity and work towards thoughtful community action.

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  • Lincoln Love
  • Little School
  • Lower School
A Big Day for Little School: Expansion Project Breaks Ground

It’s official! The new Little School expansion has broken ground, kicking off our $5M Building Beginnings campaign, dedicated to learning through discovery and connection through community. This all-community event was a joyous celebration of our littlest learners, with students from all divisions, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, board members, supporters, partners and more in attendance. 

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  • Middle School
  • The Center
Eight Lincoln Students Attend the AISNE Middle School Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference

On Saturday, November 2, eight Lincoln Middle Schoolers joined Visual Arts Department faculty member Lawrence Timmins and Director of the Center for Justice, Peace, and Global Citizenship Dr. Barret Fabris at the Association of Independent Schools in New England’s (AISNE) Middle School Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference at Belmont Day School. 

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  • Upper School
Lincoln School Varsity Field Hockey Team Wins RIIL Division 2 State Championship

After appearing in the Division 2 State Championship showdown in each of the last three seasons but falling just short of the title, the Lynx were not to be denied on Sunday. The squad fought from start to finish, coming together for a 3-0 win over Wheeler and that long-awaited state championship! 

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  • The Arts
Just What The Documentary Ordered: Join Us for "Toni Morrison–The Pieces I Am"

Ever want to sit down and talk to the late Toni Morrison about her groundbreaking work and her fearless life? The celebrated documentary about the award-winning author, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, is as close as most of us could get to a conversation with the literary icon. Want more reasons why you should join us on November 7 at 6 p.m. for a screening of the film called “required viewing” by critics? Read on.

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Faculty & Staff Profile #4 | Candice De Los Reyes P’31,’34, Executive Assistant to the Head of School and Coordinator of Racial Equity Initiatives for Faculty & Staff

As a school, Lincoln is shaped daily by the passion and brilliance of its faculty and staff, and this year we’d like to help you–our community–get to know them a bit better! 

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  • Events
  • She-ros
Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Laura Tohe on Code Talkers, Culture, and Celebrating Female Role Models

Laura Tohe, Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, librettist, and an award-winning author, visited Lincoln School to speak with the greater community and Upper, Middle, and Lower School students this week. She spoke about what it means to be Diné, told stories of her father and his compatriots who played an instrumental part in fighting World War II, honored the women who came before her and acted as leaders, and much more.

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  • Academics
  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • STEAM
NASA Runs on Coding: Bringing Learning to Life

Kim Arcand, the Visualization & Emerging Tech Lead at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, will spend Thursday with Lower School students in Grades 4 and 5 and Friday with Middle Schools students in Grade 6, taking them through a series of scaffolded activities that will demonstrate the real world applications of science, technology, and even art. 

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  • Lincoln Love
Welcome to Lincoln!

This week, faculty and staff returned to campus for Faculty Work Week, a final chance to prepare for the excitement of the 2019–2020 school year! While we are thrilled to welcome back so many familiar faces, we are also excited to have 10 new members of our community this year.

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  • Lincoln Love
The Lincoln Fund in Action

Do you ever wonder exactly what the money raised through the Lincoln Fund supports? As we reflect on the end of another ground-breaking year on Butler Avenue, we are excited to highlight a few hallmarks of a Lincoln education that are made possible by the Lincoln Fund.

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  • Academics
  • Upper School
Well Deserved in 2019

Upper School Recognition & Celebration Night took place on Wednesday, June 5. This annual event honors the hard work and determination of students throughout the year and celebrates the community that supports them.

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  • Lower School
Grade 4 On the Bay

Grade 4 spent the morning of May 9 on Narragansett Bay on an Urban River Cruise up the Seekonk River and down through the Port of Providence as part of Lincoln’s partnership with Save the Bay.

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  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Student Life
  • Upper School

The members of the Lincoln Environmental Action Group, along with many others, have been hard at work planning the inaugural Lincoln Environmental Action Program (LEAP!), a week of themed classes and community activities centered around environmental education and stewardship, often with a specific focus on climate change. 

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  • Academics
  • College Counseling
  • Upper School
Why, Not Where: Reimagining the College Admission Process

The college application process in on trial, both in the judicial system and the court of public opinion. But here at Lincoln, we see it as a great opportunity for student self reflection. Instead of asking where our students want to go to college, we ask them why. The result? A higher bar for higher education.

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  • She-ros
Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Future: Lincoln’s Alumnae Awards

Each fall, Lincoln School and the Alumnae Association honor three women whose exceptional accomplishments and passion-driven lives have had an impact on our school, on their communities, and on the world. Learn more about each of the three honors (and the 2018 award recipients!) and submit nominations for the 2019 Alumnae Awards today! 

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  • Upper School
LincUPtoLearn 2019: Stefanie Casinelli Taylor '97

LincUPtoLearn–Lincoln’s mentoring program that connects current students and alumnae–took place during the first two weeks of April, and Sophie Rockwell ’22 and Sophie Zakin ’20 reflect on their visit with Stefanie Casinelli Taylor ’97, President of Gennaro, Inc. and  President/Founder of Zaxie by Stefanie Taylor, in this blog post!

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  • In The World
  • Student Life
Day of Silence 2019: GSA Takes a Vow in the Name of LGBTQ+ Equality

The Day of Silence, on April 12 2019, is a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ+ people at school, led by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), and helmed at Lincoln by the Gay/Straight Alliance, a student club. 

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  • Lower School
  • Middle School
Creativity, Fun, Solutions, and Teamwork | Odyssey of the Mind Teams Take First Place

On Saturday, April 6, twenty students in Grades 3–8 represented the great state of Rhode Island at the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament in Biddeford, Maine. There were three Lincoln teams, two from Lower School and one from Middle School, and each took first place in their respective problem and division.

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LincUPtoLearn 2019: Jessica Ricci ’91

LincUPtoLearn–Lincoln’s mentoring program that connects current students and alumnae–began on Monday, April 1 when Olive Edelsberg ’24 and Charlotte Lawton ’21 visited Jessica Ricci ’91 in her studio in Downtown Providence. Both students took time to blog about their experiences, and we are excited to share their reflections with you!

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  • The Center
Finding Your Voice with Affinity Groups

Lincoln School’s statement of diversity and inclusion emphasizes our commitment to the Quaker values of equity, justice, peace, and community. To foster such an inclusive, informed, and just community, Lincoln believes that creating time and space for identity development through discourse is essential. At Lincoln, we celebrate the multiple worlds that students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae live in and help them to navigate their complexity.

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  • Lower School
A Monday Meander

Every Monday the children in the Oak Rooms go on a Monday Meander. With their treasure basket in hand, they head out on a simple walk around the block. Christine Boulay, Oak Room teacher states: “We engage our senses as we look for changes in the seasons, listen for birds, smell the budding flowers and touch sticky pinecones and crunchy leaves.” They take a picture of the same spot every week to document the seasonal changes and offer a point of reflection for children.

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  • Admission
  • Alumnae
  • Head of School

The Visiting Committee’s Report identified many areas of commendation. They applauded the “caring, hardworking, skilled, professional, and committed faculty and staff and their commitment to a bold and deliberate process addressing program, culture, enrollment, and facilities. It also acknowledges the quality of the school leadership, outstanding governance, and dedicated board.”

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  • She-ros
Digital Download: Navigating the Digital Space With Dr. Jill Walsh

We all spend time in the Digital Space–the arena in which technology rules and communication takes place through various social media channels. And as Dr. Jill Walsh–who spent Monday at Lincoln exploring its complexities with various members of our community–believes, it is a social centerpiece for our youth.

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Creativity, Problem Solving, and Teamwork During the Cardboard Challenge

The entire Lower School engaged in the Cardboard Challenge,  a design thinking challenge where students worked collaboratively and creatively to build natural or man-made structures from around the world. Each grade was assigned a continent, research was done in the classrooms and then structures were built in a three hour period in the Gym. The only materials used were cardboard, glue, tape and black markers. 

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A De-lovely production of Anything Goes! The Class of 2023 is the Top!

The Class of 2023 dazzled the audience with ANYTHING GOES Jr. last week. This wacky shipboard farce featuring romance, intrigue, colorful characters, and Cole Porter music was a blast from the past telling the comical story of love, celebrities, fame, and secrets. A spectacular production! 

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  • In The News
  • Lynx News
  • Upper School
WNBA's Cindy Blodgett, Lincoln P.E. Department Head, Named Head Basketball Coach

We're so thrilled to welcome Cindy Blodgett, a four-time NCAA All-American, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) player, and Lincoln School’s current Physical Education Department Head, to the coaching ranks! Cindy will start as Lincoln's head varsity basketball coach beginning with the 2019–2020 season.

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  • Why Girls?
This Just In: Research Shows Girls-School Grads Have a Definitive Edge

New research shows what we've long known—graduates of all-girls schools have a definitive edge over their coeducated peers. This week, the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) released the results of a study that shows statistically significant advantages for girls’ school graduates as they enter university

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  • Head of School
  • The Center
Share, Listen and Share Again: DEI Professional Development

Suzanne Fogarty, Head of School, welcomed faculty and staff back to school on Monday, January 7 for an opportunity “to bring our whole selves into important discussions around culture, community, and curriculum—around our work as a Quaker school and as a school that cares deeply about diversity, equity, and inclusion.” 

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  • The Center
  • Upper School
Tethered: Youth in Action Gallery Night

A large group of Lincoln faculty and students gathered at Youth in Action to engage in a participatory youth-curated gallery about identity, place, and story on Wednesday, December 11. Five Lincoln students are participating in Youth in Action this year: Anna McClean ‘22, Sophie Rockwell ‘22, Kai Nunnally ‘22, Celeste Lenus ‘21, and Sonya Akhtar ‘21.

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  • The Arts
Monster Smash: Fall Play ‘She Kills Monsters’ a Huge Success!

This year’s fall play, She Kills Monsters, by Qui Nguyen, was a smash hit at Lincoln, delivering a refreshing, fierce, and girl-focused production that is about using make believe to slay real and metaphorical demons. A combination of drama, comedy, 90s pop culture, physical theater, and fantasy, She Kills Monsters proved an exhilarating play both to watch and to make.

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  • Academics
  • STEAM
  • Upper School
A Work in Progress: Lincoln Students Immersed in RISD’s Introduction to Architecture Course

This fall, ten Lincoln students in Grades 9-12 have embraced the challenge and opportunity in college-level work, enrolling in the credit-bearing Introduction to Architecture course at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the nation’s leading art and design school.

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  • In The World
  • Quaker Roots
Joining Together: Friends Council on Education Statement on Recent Violence

As a strong Quaker school, we embrace peace, integrity, and humanity, values on which we particularly rely to see us through difficult times. It is with these principles in mind and at heart that we share the Friends Council on Education's Statement on Violence in Pittsburgh and Kentucky, and join together to work toward a more peaceful future. 

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  • In The News
  • In The World
Expert Opinion: Author and Doctor Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD Spoke to a Crowd of 600+

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, one of TIME’s All-Time Top 100 Nonfiction Books, and the New York Times #1 bestseller The Gene: An Intimate History, spoke to a rapt crowd at Lincoln School on October 18.

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Five Times Siddhartha Mukherjee Blew Our Minds: Words from the 2018 AAB ’89 Speaker that Will Make You Think

Digging into either of Dr. Mukherjee’s works provides an opportunity for understanding, a chance to confront science’s mysteries armed with the knowledge that comes from his years of research and work in the field of oncology. His reflections will always make you think, but sometimes, they will truly blow your mind. Here are a few of our favorites.

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