July 16, 2019
Dear Lincoln Students and Parents,
We hope that each of you have enjoyed a restful, relaxing, and fun summer vacation. It is hard to believe that in just over a month, we will be back in school. If your summer was anything like ours, it seems like it has flown by like it always does. We hope that you have had a great break, and we look forward to having a great start to our school year.
Eighth graders, welcome back to another year at Lincoln Junior High. You are at a pivotal point in your educational career as you are in your final year of preparation for the high school sequence. This is very important as we continue to explore your future goals and plans. It is never too early to plan for your future success. You will hear more about that when school starts in August. Also, always keep in mind that you will be looked to for assistance and to serve as a positive role model to follow…a leader. As we go through this school year, remember that we are here to help and answer any questions and concerns you have. Never hesitate to ask.
Seventh graders, we want to welcome you to a brand new experience, and your final steps in preparing for your high school years. We understand that junior high is a big change from middle school, and we look forward to meeting you and helping to make your transition smooth and enjoyable. We want to encourage you to become involved at Lincoln. Whether your choices include athletics, music, clubs or other opportunities, your involvement will make your experience here more comfortable and ultimately, more successful. Again, as we go through this school year, remember that we are here to help and answer any questions and concerns you have, so never hesitate to ask.
Below this letter, you will find information that will help you prepare for the school year ahead of us. In addition to this information and dates, we will have student orientation assemblies with the 7th and 8th grade students during the first week of school. We will talk to students about the school day, expectations and opportunities at school, lunch schedules, and topics that are important to early success.
We are glad that you are here and we are excited to begin a new school year. We are here to help you achieve your potential and we look forward to a great year with each of you.
Don J. Hoover, Principal
Lincoln Junior High School
Tuesday, August 6th – Lincoln Kick-Off, 2:00-6:00 p.m. This is a drop-in format for Students to have the opportunity to pick up their schedules, fill their lockers, find their classes before school starts, and enjoy some ice cream with family and friends. The PTO will be there to sell school apparel and spirit items and to talk to parents about getting involved. Come anytime between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.
*If for any reason you are unable to come to this event, you can always access your schedule and locker information through the Home Access Center (HAC) at https://grades.bentonvillek12.org. If you have problems accessing the HAC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student's name.
Tuesday, August 13th – First Day of School. School begins at 8:35 a.m.. (Be prepared for heavier traffic on the first day of school and longer wait times for drop off and pick up of students. Please, allow an extra 15 minutes.) School ends at 3:35. The doors will be open at 8:00 a.m. and students will be able to pick up their schedules in the cafeteria.
Friday, August 16th – Back to School Dance, 3:45 – 5:00 p.m. Students will celebrate their first week in style at our fun and free dance, held here in our cafeteria.
Thursday, August 22nd - Open House, 4:30-7:00 p.m. This is a drop-in format for parents to meet their student’s teachers and visit our school. PTO will be available to sell school apparel and spirit items, as well as talk to parents about getting involved at LJHS.
*More dates will be available on our school website, social media, and in letters sent home at the beginning of the year.
School Supplies: Enclosed is a basic school supply list. We provide many of the supplies for our students for specific classes. It is recommended that students are prepared with paper, pens, and notebooks as a general supply foundation.
Dress Code: Please remember the BSD dress code as you complete your back-to-school shopping. The most common dress code reminders are that shorts and skirts must meet the fingertip rule, tank tops on girls must be 2” wide of opaque fabric, and boys may not wear sleeveless shirts at all. It would be unfortunate for your child to show up in a brand new outfit, only to have to call you for a change of clothes because the outfit did not meet dress code. The dress code can be found on the district website of school website. Thank you for your help in this area.
Also enclosed is the traffic information guideline and map for our school. This will let you know the proper way to drop off and pick up your student(s). Please adhere to these guidelines as they are in place for the safety of students, parents, and staff.
Building Renovation Update
We are very proud that this summer started phase 1 of a school renovation project. Our students will come back to a fresh and new looking building. Construction is already well under way, so the momentum is already building for the upcoming school year. Following is a brief description of the major renovations and additions.
We will have entirely new front walkways and landscaping installed to spruce up the front of the school. We are completely revamping our front entry/door area to help with efficiency, timeliness of any business you may have with the school, ease of check in/check out, and school/industry standard safety and security to keep our students and staff protected.
As you enter the building in our main corridor, we will now have a much more open area for flexible learning, collaborative spaces for students, and displays of our students work. This area has been reconstructed for better lighting, raised ceilings, and up-to-date open learning environments.
Our classrooms will all be re-equipped with new furnishings for the students and the teachers. This will both improve aesthetics and provide a more functional learning environment for our students. Our entire school is being painted to brighten our school and bring in colors that are conducive to an optimal learning environment. There are also a few rooms that are being remodeled to give us extra space in certain departments and programs.
Several of our rooms that have carpet will have it replaced for the first time in many years. This will be a great addition to the choir room specifically.
In our main gym, we will replace the visitors’ bleachers for new retractable bleachers that have upgrades with electrical availability, filming platforms, and motorized release and retraction features. These will be in our school colors and bring a better look to our competitive gym.
This is all part of phase 1, as mentioned before; next summer there will be more completed in regard to restrooms, locker rooms, windows, and a few other areas of need in our building. We are thankful to our Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Jones; the school board; and our community for supporting our school system so that we can renovate and innovate our older buildings.
We are very excited to show off our school when we all get back. This is a great way to start the school year!