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Back to the future…

Where were you in 1995? Were you a student in the Lincoln School? Were your children in the Lincoln School? Were you teaching or working in the Lincoln School?

Before the current project, the Lincoln School was last renovated in 1994. During the 1994-1995 school year, students and teachers created time capsules that were designed to be opened in 2020. Covid and construction altered the timeline a bit, but now it is time for us all to climb into our time machine and see what our students were thinking about and predicting for the future!

The contents of the Time Capsules will be on display at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Friday, October 28th! (details and RSVP information below!)

What will we find when we open the envelope?

What predictions did the 4th graders make about life in 2020?

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Friday, October 28, 2022, 1:30 pm in the Lincoln School Learning Commons
1:00 pm: Doors open
1:30 pm: Ceremony begins
2:30 pm: Reception in the Dining Commons
3:00 pm: Building tours leave from the Dining Commons
Materials from the Time Capsules will be on display in the Dining Commons throughout the event.

Additional tours will be offered on Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
To attend the Ribbon Cutting in person, RSVP to apearson@lincnet.org by October 21st OR set a reminder to watch the ceremony live at https://www.lincnet.org/ribboncutting

First Impressions

What do the faculty, staff, and students think about being in the renovated school? Here’s what a few of them had to say:

“I just left the building from unpacking and the school is AMAZING!  The town should be so pleased!  The Library, Learning Commons, office spaces, classrooms….I could go on and on.  There is an energy in the building and a true level of excitement.  Thank you!”

– Kathy O’Connell, Math Content Specialist (and long time Lincoln educator)

“The natural light is amazing, truly a game changer!” – Bryan Kelly, Grade 3 teacher

“Love the glass walls in my classroom that open to the Hub.  It’s changed the way I think about lessons and where students are able to work.”

– Matt Reed, Grade 4 teacher

“The Hub spaces give us more space to work other than my classroom!” – Grade 4 student

“I love my office!  It’s more spacious and functions how I need the office to work!” – Secretary

“I like that it’s (the school) is big, a lot of space to walk around and the new playground is not just a field but has a structure and things to do.”

– Grade 4 student

“The cafeteria is really big and the food is great!”  Grade 3 student

“The gym floor is rubber instead of wood. It makes  your feet feel better and doesn’t hurt as much when you fall!” – Grade 3 student

Wonderful to have PK-8 students all in one physical building!”  Gwen Blumberg – Literacy Content Specialist”Enjoy being located in a Hub space office with classrooms all around.  Makes collaboration flow more easily and students see us as all teachers working together.” – Alechia Torchia, special education teacher

Lincoln School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Friday, October 28, 2022 @ 1:30 pm! Building tours after the ceremony & on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Remembering Jim Cunningham

Jim Cunningham behind the camera at a Lincoln School project community forum in 2017.

The School Building Committee joins the Lincoln community in mourning the loss of Jim Cunningham. Jim was a dedicated volunteer who spent countless hours filming the community forums, SBC meetings, town meetings, and special town meetings that were focused on the Lincoln School project. We relied on his presence over many years to help communicate this complex process to the Town, and we deeply appreciated the technical knowledge he brought to bear on renovating the systems in the Auditorium. We are saddened by his passing and will always remember him as an integral part of the project and of Lincoln’s civic life.

SBC meets via Zoom on Wednesday, September 14th, at 7:00pm. The agenda and Zoom link are here, and the September photo gallery is here.

Welcome Back to the Lincoln School!!!

Sunshades lighting, and benches in the new Lincoln School Courtyard.

For the first time since March 2020, our Kindergarten through 8th grade students will be together in one building! And for the first time ever, our preK students will join them. Welcome back to school, everyone! We wish you a creative, exploratory, fun, healthy, and great year. – The SBC Team

Inside the new Learning Commons.

Ceiling combines wood and linear LED lighting.

Putting it all Together

You know that when there is a clock on the wall that final pieces of the project are starting to fall into place! Teachers will be able to move into their classrooms the week of August 22nd, and school starts on September 6th.

Installing desks and furniture in the Main Office.

SAVE THE DATE! THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO THE OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 @ 1:30pm!

Building tours on Friday after the ceremony and on Saturday afternoon, October 29. Stay tuned for more details!

More photos in the August gallery, and here is the slide deck from Wednesday’s meeting.

Getting ready to catch some rays!

Installation of the photovoltaic (PV) panels has begun! These panels are on the roof of the Auditorium connector.

The School Building Committee meets this week on Wednesday, August 10th at 7:00pm via Zoom. The agenda and link can be found here.

Check out the new August photo gallery and some final additions to the July gallery!

And away they go!*

Modular units ready to leave the Lincoln School campus. Photo by Peter von Mertens.

Remember how excited we were to see the temporary school being built? We are now just as thrilled to see it being deconstructed! One by one, the modular units are being prepared for transport to their new home at the Nauset Regional High School. It will take a couple of weeks to remove the temporary school, the concrete footings, and the parking lot. After that, reconstruction of the field can begin.

Nauset High School construction site. Photo by Clay Reaser.

Also, at this week’s meeting, we learned:

  • Installation of playground equipment will begin soon!
  • The racks that support the PV panels on the roof are being installed. Work began on top of the Middle School (Reed) Gym and will progress along the building.
  • Concrete and paving work continues on the Commons courtyard, main entrance, and walkways.
  • Interior finishes are well underway, and final clean-up is starting at the preK/Kindergarten end of the building.

The link to the meeting presentation is here, and more photos have been added to the July gallery.

*Our thanks to Peter von Mertens for the title of the blog post!

Play time! (and July SBC Meeting)

The new “Commons Playground” will be located at the northwest corner of the school. The photo below shows the sidewalk that will encircle the playground, making it accessible. Check out other recent photos in the new July photo gallery!.

The School Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00pm. The agenda and zoom link can be found here.

Project Milestones

Inside the Learning Commons

Although all preK-8 students will be in the renovated school this fall, the School Building Committee anticipates that big work (installation of PV panels and connectivity) and small (punch list items) will continue on the Lincoln School campus for about another year. Here are some major milestones to watch for:

  • Furniture and equipment for grades K – 4 will move out of the modular school between June 22 and July 3.
  • The modular units will be removed from campus between July 25 and August 12.
  • About 25% of the photovoltaic (PV) panels are expected to arrive soon. Supply chain issues have slowed down delivery. Installation will begin on the Middle School gym.
  • All the PV panels should be installed and on line by next spring/summer.

The project team and SBC continue to closely monitor supply chain issues, schedule, and budget.

Click here for the slide deck from this past week’s meeting, and here for the June photo gallery.

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