03.12.2019 Charter Chatter Lincolnton

03.12.2019 Charter Chatter Lincolnton

School Board
LCS School Board Nominations and Election
It is time to begin planning for our next year at Lincoln Charter, which means school board nominations and election.  The selection process for new board members will soon begin and we need you! Please consider serving as a leader on the school board.  Each year we strive to present a slate of people who possess various talents and skills that compliment each other to create a dynamic board of directors.  We need people with insight and ideas to ensure steady progress into the future by keeping with Lincoln Charter’s vision and mission. This is a continuous process that requires evaluation and implementation of strategies by its leaders, faculty and administrators. Please consider those willing to give of their time and talents to keep LCS a sought after place for children to receive an outstanding education. School Board elections will be held in May via electronic format. Below are some guidelines for your consideration for nominating prospective members for our Board of Directors.  The LCS website gives an in-depth description of Board operational goals, legal status, powers and responsibilities, authority, liability and other qualifications of board members.

Attributes of an Excellent Board Member
Unselfish Agenda:  Someone with a flexible mindset, who is respectful of others while demonstrating mature, responsible, and logical reasoning skills, which create an atmosphere that facilitates progress for all children.  A board member represents all 2,000+ students. He/she does not represent an individual student, class, school division, campus or special interest. Each board member must adhere to a strict conflict of interest policy.

Team Player:  Board members must work well with others toward achieving a common goal. Understanding that LCS is multiple campuses existing as one school with one spirit is critical. Concurrently, board members need to understand that each campus has somewhat different needs, and that decisions must be made on the basis of what is best for the school as a whole.

Leadership:  A board member should be a community leader, and/or someone who volunteers his or her time to benefit one’s local church, neighborhood, charity or non-profit organization.

Time Commitment:  Members are charged with a serious responsibility.  They are not merely a hierarchical group who meets once per month to vote on a line-item agenda.  Board members are expected to be at all monthly meetings which last from 1-2 hours, and meet every 4th Monday of the month.

Volunteer:  Members are expected to contribute several hours per month outside of the regularly scheduled meeting toward the benefit of LCS.  This includes committee leadership or other school-wide volunteer opportunities. Our directors should be the most dedicated and participating members of the LCS family, leading by example.

Donor:  Board members are the leaders who steer Lincoln Charter towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure Lincoln Charter has adequate resources to advance our mission.  Excellent School Board members will financially donate to the school (as they are able), they will understand the LCS fundraising plan, they will help to show appreciation for donors, they may work to identify potential donors, and they will be a strong advocate for Lincoln Charter.

Please consider a nomination for a Lincoln Charter Board member, or for serving on a committee.  It is a rewarding experience! The LCS School Board nominating committee is now accepting nominations for the two parent elected positions on the 2019-2020 School Board. If you would like to nominate someone, or if you would like to self nominate, please email schoolboardnominations@lincolncharter.org.

Please contact the school board via email with any questions you may have at schoolboard@lincolncharter.org.

Student Life
Family Resource Night
March 14th
6:30-7:30 pm, Machado Gymnasium (Denver Campus)
Lincoln Charter, in partnership with Lincoln County Schools, is pleased to announce an upcoming Family Resource Night.  This event is specific to the e-cigarette/vaping epidemic. This event is highly recommended to all of our families and is open to the public.  Please view the linked flyer for more information.  We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Online Safety Parent Night
April 2nd
7:00-8:00 pm, MS/HS Gymnasium (Lincolnton Campus)
Officer Owens will be presenting to parents about how to keep their children safe online. Topics will include apps that parents should be aware of, the importance of monitoring child’s time online, expectation of privacy, as well as what kinds of critical conversations you should be having with your children. This is open to all parents.

Spring Festival
April 26th
Let’s get together and celebrate the Spring Season! Join us at the Lincolnton Campus on Friday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 pm.  The evening will include a performance by the HS Band and an Art Show. In addition, there will be interactive activities and more!  Click here for more information.

Summer Driver’s Ed
The NC Driving School will be holding two Driver’s Ed classes at Lincoln Charter this summer.  There will be a class at the Denver campus from June 3-June 7 and one at the Lincolnton campus from July 22-July 26.  Both classes are from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm. LCS will NOT provide transportation between campuses for Driver’s Ed.  Registration will be limited to 50 students. Sign up and registration is open on My Payments Plus.  Students must be 14 ½ years old on the first day of driver’s ed class in order to be eligible. Contact Jessica Kelly (Lincolnton) or Lois Strain (Denver) with any questions.

Yearbook Deadline Approaching
March 15th is the final deadline for purchasing yearbooks and no extra copies will be ordered.  LCS produces three different yearbooks, and direct links to purchase yours are below.

Please note that students in both Lincolnton and Denver share a combined book at each level, so there is no need to differentiate between campuses.  

No Uniform Tuesday
March 26th
Purchase your No Uniform Day pass on MPP and take advantage of the opportunity to come to school out of dress code.  No Uniform Tuesday passes must meet HS Dress code requirements. Funds raised support Lincoln Charter initiatives.
Passes are available on the following dates:
March 26th
April 30th

Carowinds Gold Season Pass-Discounted
We are already looking ahead to summer…
Lincoln Charter School has arranged for our families to enjoy the season at Carowinds at a discount again! Carowinds Gold Season Passes are currently available for purchase on My Payments Plus for only $95; that’s approximately $20 in savings!

This is a great benefit for our LCS Summer Day Camp campers. Every week the Denver and Lincolnton Summer Day Camp campers, rising 3rd through 8th graders, and 9th through 12th graders who serve as Counselors in Training, travel to Carowinds. The approximate cost for a day pass to Carowinds is $45+ tax, which equates to around $400 for the summer!  A Gold Pass purchased through LCS will save close to $300!

The deadline to purchase through MPP is Wednesday, March 27th. Once the vouchers are available for pickup in the front office, you will receive an email.  You will take your voucher with you to the park to have your permanent ID card made.

If you have questions about Carowinds passes, please contact Kelly Calderon. If you have questions about Summer Camp, please contact Christina Williams.

Upcoming LCS Events:
Mar 13:  MS Empowering Eagles, HS Mentor/Mentee Session
Mar 14:  Family Resource Night, 6:30 pm, Machado Gymnasium, Denver Campus (see details in Student Life Section)
Mar 15:  8th Grade Band Field Trip
Mar 15:  Elementary Quarter 3 Pep Rally
Mar 15:  Elementary Club Time/Empowering Eagles
Mar 15:  PTO MS Movie Night
Mar 16:  HS Drama Club Performances
Mar 19:  Safety Online Assembly (5th and 6th Grade)
Mar 20:  2nd Grade Field Trip

End Of Year Testing Calendar
The end of year testing calendar for the EOG/EOC’s has been released.  It can be located on the website here.

We will be looking for proctors for testing. Be on the lookout for more details on how to earn volunteer hours by being a proctor.

Lincoln Charter HS Athletics Hall of Fame
In conjunction with Lincoln Charter School’s 20th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce the formation of the Lincoln Charter High School Athletics Hall of Fame.  The LCHS Athletics Hall of Fame was created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and achievements of student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors to the athletic program at Lincoln Charter.

A LCHS Athletics Hall of Fame committee has been formed and will oversee both the processes of selection and induction. The committee is a combination of school and athletic administrators, and LCS coaches.

Nomination for induction into the LCHS Athletics Hall of Fame can be made by ANY Lincoln Charter School stakeholder or community member.  Nominations can be made for individual student-athletes, entire teams, coaches, administrators and program contributors.

Nominations can be made using the attached form and must be submitted by March 22.

Student-athlete nominees must be graduates of Lincoln Charter School and all nominees must be at least 2 years removed from high school.  In addition to excellence in athletics, all nominees must hold true and represent Lincoln Charter’s Community Expectations of Honesty, Respect, Empathy, Responsibility, Service and Preparedness.  

The announcement of the inaugural LCHS Athletics Hall of Fame class will be made in April.  The induction ceremony will take place on May 20th in between the Middle School and High School Athletic Awards ceremonies.

LCHS Athletics Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Paws at the Park
May 2nd vs Pine Lake Prep – More information to come

13th Annual LCS Sports Booster “Soar Invitational” Golf Tournament
Saturday, April 6, 2019 – Westport Golf Club
Registration at 8 am – Shotgun Start at 9 am – Lunch served during the round
$65/player or $250 per team of 4
All player registration and payment due by Monday, April 8, 2019
Player Registration Form     Sponsorship Form

Booster Wear
Booster Wear is now available – Jackets, fleece, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, tanks, towels, blankets, hats and more. Booster Wear can be purchased through this link or by going to the LCS website under Athletics/Boosters/LCS Booster Wear.

Eagle Volleyball Clinics
Lincoln Charter Volleyball coaches are excited to announce the first ever volleyball clinics. These clinics are offered to all levels of players from 3rd grade thru 11th grade. Clinics will be open to LCS students as well as outside of our community. You must register to reserve your spot. Please see flyer for directions.

Engaged Eagles
Do you remember what it felt like to be new at Lincoln Charter? A new program is kicking off this spring and you can be a part of it. Lincoln Charter is looking for families who want to share their enthusiasm and knowledge to help make all new families feel welcome. Are you motivated and willing to call new families on a regular basis to connect and answer questions?  You may make a lifelong friend and of course, you will share your Eagle pride. This is also a great way to accumulate your expected volunteer hours! Click this link for more information: Ambassador Program.

Save the date- There will be plenty of volunteer opportunities this spring and plans are underway for numerous activities.  Please consider volunteering in at least one activity this spring. Together we can accomplish more than we can alone. Spring activities include the Ambassador Program, EOG’s, and setting up and taking down three graduation ceremonies. More details are here: The Lincoln Charter Volunteer Webpage.

Emails will be sent out to families who have logged hours on the Sign Up Genius, showing their total hours.  If you do not receive an email, please contact Brenda DeYoe to correct the situation!

PTO Board Nominations
Are you looking to take a more active role at our school? Being a part of the PTO Board or on a PTO Committee is a great way to do it! We have positions for many levels of service available. Don’t be afraid to inquire and see what may be a good fit. Nominations can be made using the nomination form below or through paper ballots found in the Elementary and MS/HS Front Offices. If you have any questions, please email Keith Hain or Susan Lineberger.  Nominations are open now until March 15th.

PTO Nominations 19-20

MS Movie Night
Middle School Movie Night is Friday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the Elementary School Gym.  Ant-Man and the Wasp is described by one critic as “A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly.”

Cost is $5 per family. Chick-fil-A sandwiches, popcorn, drinks and treats will be sold. See you at the movies!

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success! Please sign up here.

Elementary Excitement
News from 5th Grade
Fifth grade’s service-learning project, ColorCycle, is moving from the classroom and school level to the community level. Our fifth graders wrote letters to businesses to tell them about our project and several of them have contacted us to say they will help. Thanks to AJ Whitener for reaching out to TRT Trailer Sales, Daniel Haney for getting OrthoCarolina on board, and Reagan Herring for connecting our project to the City of Kings Mountain. So far this year our school has recycled close to 1,000 markers.

S.T.A.R Club
S.T.A.R Club will meet this Thursday from 3-4pm in the elementary art room.  We are working on our Earth Day project and creating art from recycled pieces!  

Art Show
The Elementary Art Show is April 4th in the elementary gym from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Volunteers will be needed to prepare artworks (April 1-3), set up (April 4th, 3:15 pm) and take down (April 4th, 6:30 pm). If interested, please email Mrs. Swengros.

Get a sneak peek into the art room.  Follow us on Instagram: lincolncharter_art

Friday is the LAST day to purchase a yearbook.  No extras will be purchased.

School Counseling
This month’s topic is Responsibility:
K-1 students are learning how to be responsible for their own words and actions by reading and discussing strategies learned from the book My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook.

2-3 students are learning how to be responsible for solving their own small problems by utilizing Kelso’s Choices.

4-5 students are learning how to be responsible for their own words and actions by using conflict management strategies.

*Practicing these skills with your children at home will help reinforce the lesson and help them learn to solve problems independently!*

Middle School Moments
7th Grade Field Trip
We still have several student seats available on our overnight trip to Camp Weaver and UNC-Chapel Hill on April 9-10, 2019. The deadline to register through mypaymentsplus is March 18th. We only have 36 students signed up at this point. We can still make the trip happen with this number, but at a cost to the school.

For those who sign up for the trip, we will have an info. night for parents on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:00 pm in the MPR.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bealer.

8th Grade Atlanta Trip
We will be having a parent info. night on Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 pm for parents of students who are attending the Atlanta trip. This will be in the MPR.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bealer.

High School Happenings
Sign Up open until Thursday, March 14th at midnight!
Powderpuff is a high school event sponsored by the Student Leadership Team.  Powderpuff will take place on Friday, April 12th. Both male and female high school students can purchase Powderpuff shirts, but only females will participate in the Powderpuff Football Game. Any students interested in signing up to play need to purchase their shirt and sign the required consent form on My Payments Plus.  Shirts are only available until March 14th and will cost $20.  Names and numbers for shirts can be completed on My Payments Plus.  More information about practices will be released within the upcoming weeks for those who choose to participate. If you have any questions about Powderpuff, please contact Jessica Kelly.

PROM 2019
A Night in the City That Never Sleeps
New York, New York
May 11, 2019 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Charlotte Marriott Center City

Start spreadin’ the news,
We are announcing today
You’ll want to be a part of it
New York, New York!

$75.00 per person- available on MPP until May 1st at 3:00 pm.
Prom is open to 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students

Click here for more information

How to Obtain College Credit in High School
LCS Denver Campus will host its annual informational session for students and parents on March 13th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the MPR on How to Obtain College Credit in High School. This meeting is open to all high school students from both campuses.  Representatives from Gaston College will be available, in addition to AP teachers, to speak about their class subjects, expectations, etc. Come join us to see what LCS has to offer! For more information, feel free to contact Mrs. Robinson. Please register by clicking here.

Earn College Credit in High School with Gaston College Dual-Enrollment Courses
LCS Lincolnton Campus will host a spring informational session for students and parents on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00-7:00 pm in the band room on how to obtain college credit in high school through dual enrollment courses. This meeting is open to all high school students.  Representatives from Gaston College will be available to share information about the Career and College Promise program. For questions or more information, please contact Mrs. Withers. Please register by clicking here.

SciVisit at Gaston College
On April 5th, all Lincolnton Campus high school students will travel to Gaston College to participate in the fifth annual SciVisit.  This trip is a required event for all Lincolnton Campus high school students. Any students not in attendance on the day of the trip will incur an unexcused absence. Buses will depart campus no later than 8:15 am and are expected to return around 1:45 pm. Students will need to bring bag lunches with them to eat on the bus as there are no food vending services on campus at Gaston College.

During SciVisit, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medical (STEMM) faculty at Gaston College lead interactive sessions for high school students at various locations across campus. This year’s session topics include chemistry, biotechnology, biodiversity, anatomy and physiology, computer security, psychology, math, disease transmission, robotics and health among many others.  In addition, our students have the opportunity to experience a community college campus. For more information, click here.  Please contact Mrs. Withers with any questions.

HS Finals
The last day of classes for HS students is Friday, May 10th.  Finals Week begins Monday, May 13th. Please view details here.  If you have any questions about finals week, please contact Ms. Kelly.  

For the campus-wide testing schedule click here.

MAP Testing
9th-11th-grade students will be taking MAP Tests on Monday, April 1st and Tuesday, April 2nd during 1st and 2nd Periods.  MAP Testing allows us to see the growth students make over several years in reading and math. Seniors should not report to school until 10:00 am on these 2 days.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kelly.

Parents can find out more information about MAP Testing here.