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Mid-Summer Note from Principal Scanlon

July 30, 2013

Dear Parents,

As promised, I have staffing news to share with you. Missy Swymer will replace Bethany Gordon at fourth grade. Missy has been a special education aide at Lincoln for four years. During that time, she acquired a masters degree in elementary education and an additional certification in special education. Michael Poland will replace Lauren Garneau as the school psychologist. Michael worked as a school psychologist for four years at a school in Malden.   Katherine Coverdale will join our kindergarten team. Kat worked since 2007 at the Soldier Field Park Children’s Center and was a long-term kindergarten substitute in Melrose last year.  Phil Bellenoit will be our .5 Instructional Technology Specialist. Phil served in this role in Waltham for the past two years. Lastly, Lisa Cormier will serve as a .5 assistant principal. Lisa worked as a principal in Reading and Haverhill. I am excited to welcome all these terrific candidates to the Lincoln staff.


Several incoming kindergarten parents have inquired about kindergarten enrollment as projections ran as high as 69. The kindergarten enrollment is now at 63. Given these numbers, I will assign our building aide to support the kindergarten classes every morning from arrival until midmorning and again at midday to help with transitions. Our reading team will provide daily reading support to all three classes. We will continue to watch the numbers over the summer and will make assessments regarding any additional supports as we move forward.


The class placement letters will be mailed Aug. 5 and I will send another newsletter at the end of August with back to school details.  Hope you are all enjoying the summer.



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