On behalf of the School Building Committee, we are so grateful to our faculty, students, administrative team, custodians, technology gurus, and the project team for working so hard to get the building ready for the Ribbon Cutting and tours. Thank you Becky McFall, Buck Creel, Rob Ford, and Brandon Kelly for leading the tours and to the students and faculty throughout the building providing additional information. And a big thank you to the students and families of Cantibile for providing such beautiful music during the tours on Saturday. It was great to see so many people in the school on both Friday and Saturday!
Thank you to everyone who came to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in person or watched it on line. It was great to see so many members of the community and to share this moment with our project team, residents, students, and current and former faculty! Thank you, too, to Rep. Tom Stanley (Lincoln’s current state representative) and Rep. Carmine Gentile (our incoming Precinct 1 state representative) for taking time to attend the event.
Couldn’t see the school today? The school will be open to the public tomorrow morning from 9:00am – 11:00am! No need to RSVP – simply show up and stroll through the building. The time capsules are still set up (see the letter below!) and there will be people on hand to share information.
To see the SBC slide show that was playing during the event, click here.
If you would like to sign our digital guest book, click here and post a note, a photo, etc.
Stay tuned! There will be many more photos to come in our next blog post!
Did we mention that there’s a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, October 28th at 1:30pm?! Doors open at 1:00pm. Please let Amy Pearson, email@example.com, know you are coming.
Can’t be there in person? Watch the ceremony live at https://www.lincnet.org/ribboncutting
Also, on Saturday, October 29th, the building will be open to the public from 9:00am – 11:00am! You will have a chance to see the school, AND you’ll be entertained by Catabile, a group of Lincoln School alumni (and current LS students): Victor Han, Henry Hussey, Nooreddeen Kawaf, Finn Larsen, and Luca Lee. The group’s Music Director is Rebecca Lee. Please come to hear these fabulous musicians!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by October 21st OR set a reminder to watch the ceremony live at https://www.lincnet.org/ribboncutting
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
*Our thanks to Peter von Mertens for the title of the blog post!
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.
As Phase 2 of the Lincoln School project takes shape, let’s take a look at some of the new features of the Primary School:
- Preschool is moving out of the Hartwell building and into the school! For the first time, all of our grades, preK – 8, will be together under one roof. This will give our youngest students access to the gym, music, and art rooms, and will make it much easier to deliver services such as occupational and physical therapy. It will also facilitate the transition to Kindergarten.
- The new Media Center (all-new construction) is on the east side of the building.
- The new Learning Commons will be a flexible space for school and community events. It can be set up for presentations, robotics competitions, art shows, science fairs, music performances, school dances – whatever we can imagine! The Learning Commons and adjacent Dining Commons will both have access to a large courtyard space in the inner part of the “L” (about where the “Learning Commons” label is below)
- The principals’ offices will be centrally located by the new main entrance (larger pink area in the image below).
- The 3rd grade wing is all-new construction and will be the youngest grade to feature a hub space.
A reminder of which parts of the building are being renovated and which parts are all-new construction: