Dear Lincoln Middle Friends and Family,
Our sixth graders just concluded the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) math pilot test last week and we learned quite a bit about how the test will be written. The test is strictly online and has components and features you will not see on a paper and pencil test. Our teachers all took the practice test, which was different from the pilot test, and we also gained a lot of information on how we need to change how we create our tests. Hopefully, our sixth grade students have shared with their families, their experience of taking this pilot test as this will be the new MEAP for next year.Our 5th Grade Orientation takes place this Thursday, May 8th from 9:30-10:30 for the students and from 6:30-7:30 for the parents on the same evening. We hope to see you there.Our staff has spent a lot of time this year improving our skills for this year and beyond. The teachers have worked hard to gain new ideas and strategies to increase our impact on your son/daughter’s learning. We have been trained in Thinking Maps, Balanced Assessments (creating better tests), Depth of Knowledge (adding rigor to all that we do), establishing Learning Targets and more. Some of our staff have been trained at the MISD in E3T (helping to write better lesson plans), TRIG (using technology to improve instruction in the classroom), small group instruction, reading skills, math programs to match regular education and special education teachers skills, and more.We will be administering the NWEA test next week for the last time this year and we hope to see gains made by all of our students. This test tells our students what grade level they have attained for math and reading. Therefore, we hope to see a big gain from all the students.
Lincoln Middle School students will achieve individual excellence through the attainment of State Standards while preparing to be productive, successful members of society.
The Lincoln Middle School vision is to promote life-long learning through teacher collaboration adapted to individual student needs. We will facilitate active learning through aligned curriculum and high behavioral standards promoting respect and responsibility. We will provide a safe, secure, and professional climate with the main purpose being the educational success of all students. We will succeed in doing so through the use of effective educational programs and valuable community resources, while maintaining a strong partnership with students and parents.
- We believe that students benefit academically in a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment.
- We believe in empowering every student to become productive members of society.
- We believe our students' learning, attendance, and behavior improve when they are actively engaged in meaningful, real-life work.
- We believe in life-long learning as educators to continually be the best leaders we can be for our students.