Friday, January 4, 2019

Please Vote!

-LCS Families-

I am excited to announce that....

Lincoln Charter High School teacher, Jennifer Thompson (http://www.lincolncharter.org/faculty-staff-member/thompson-jennifer/), has been nominated for The World Games Athlete of the Year. She is a ten-time International Powerlifting Federation World Powerlifting Champion. Her accomplishments span 20 years in the sport, and she currently holds the World Record in the bench press with 320 lbs at 134 lbs body weight, along with the total record of 1103 lbs.

Jennifer has taught and been an important part of high school at Lincoln Charter School for 13 years. She has used her background in nutrition and science to help facilitate the building of an organic garden by the students. From there, students wrote and won the NC Beautiful Grant in 2017-18 to implement a rain barrel watering system for the garden. This has allowed the school garden to flourish and has periodically provided salads at lunch. She also coaches a high school powerlifting club after school. One of our graduates last year received a full ride scholarship to Midland University for Powerlifting.

The World Games is an Olympic multi-sport event held on the off years of The Olympic Games. In June of 2018, after winning her 10th I.P. F.  World Championship, Jennifer was awarded Athlete of the Month. It was a tremendous honor for her to be picked out of all sports under The World Games. Now, she is the nominee for Athlete of the Year.

The Athlete of the Year is won by votes. Anyone can vote once a day through January 31. Powerlifting has never won the Athlete of the Year, and the Lincoln Charter Community can help her achieve this title.

You can vote on this website: www.sbd-usa.com/jen  If you sign up for the newsletter, your vote counts twice. You can vote once a day until Jan. 30th. I hope that you will join me in voting for Ms. Thompson, and feel free to send her a note of congratulations at jennifer.thompson@lincolncharter.org. Let's help her win this honor and thank you for your support!

Mr. Bryant


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year!

-Hello LCS Families-

Welcome back!  I trust that you and your family had a great break, it is great to see our students back in the hallways.

I would like to take this opportunity to give you some campus updates for this upcoming year.

As you likely remember, the first annual Nest Fund campaign raised around $50,000 due to the generosity of our staff, parents, school board and stakeholders.  The Foundation Board recently decided to allocate a portion of these funds to upgrade our campus security - in the form of a student/visitor check in system.  We researched several options and opted to contract with LobbyGuard - a system that receives excellent reviews and one that is a significant upgrade compared to our old system.  The LobbyGuard system will scan a valid ID from each visitor and performs an instant background check on each individual during the check-in process.  This system, along with our existing security measures, will help ensure a safe environment for our students and staff.  Please bear with our office/IT staff as we work out the details of this new system, and please make sure that you always bring a government-issued ID every time you visit campus.

In addition to the security upgrade, you have likely noticed that we recently added some campus hardscape - i.e., benches, adirondack chairs, picnic tables and trash receptacles.  These upgrades were purchased with funds from both the Denver and Lincolnton PTO, along with some school funds.  We also have a shade structure that is coming for the Lincolnton campus playground.  I would like to thank both PTOs for their continued support!

It is hard to believe, but we are already starting to plan for the 2019-2020 school year.  Currently we are working on the 2019-2020 academic calendar.  If you have constructive criticism regarding our current calendar structure, I would love to hear from you.  Please email me by January 9; all information gathered will be helpful in generating the calendar that is proposed to our School Board. 

Finally, check the school calendar and Charter Chatter for details on upcoming Coffee & Conversations events at both campuses.  These sessions are meant to offer parents/guardians an opportunity to meet with school administration, ask questions and to hear updates.  We have heard that parents appreciate these opportunities to get to know LCS in a better way, so please come with good questions.  Your input helps us grow!

Please know that I always welcome your feedback on your family's Lincoln Charter Experience.  Have a great week, and Happy New Year!

Jonathan Bryant
Chief Administrator


Monday, December 3, 2018

Empowering Eagles

-Dear LCS Families-

As you may have heard, Lincoln Charter is initiating a K-12 mentor program -  Empowering Eagles - this year. This is a significant undertaking, but we feel that this program will serve to strengthen our community in many ways. The goal of the Empowering Eagles program is to engage our student-centered culture through emphasis on students' overall well-being and on building community momentum regarding the School Board mission statement/community expectations.  Research shows that effective adult - student relationships help to develop many of the positive outcomes that Lincoln Charter already works hard to accomplish - ensuring student academic achievement success, developing life skills, promoting attendance, increasing student engagement, etc.

From the start of the year, the school counseling department (with some assistance from Communities in Schools) has trained teachers and staff on creating positive mentoring relationships, and taken appropriate measures to match students and staff in mentor/mentee groups.  All students and full-time staff are participating in Empowering Eagles (EE). EE groups will meet roughly twice a month for about 20 minutes; this structure will depend somewhat on your child's grade and their corresponding schedule. Mentors will work with counselor-generated topics/discussions/activities for each EE session. Activities will be centered on our community expectations of honesty, respect, empathy, responsibility, service and preparedness.  All families should hear from their student's assigned mentor soon, as most groups will begin meeting by the end of 1st semester at the latest.

Families should also expect on-going communication about Empowering Eagles that will primarily come from our counseling department.  If you have not checked them out, please feel free to visit our counseling blogs. This is the space that the department uses to periodically communicate with students and parents.  All counseling blogs can be found at http://www.lincolncharter.org/about/counseling/.  

Thank you for your support, and please let us know if you have any questions.

Mr. Bryant, Administration and Counseling Department
jonathan.bryant@lincolncharter.org 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Lincolnton campus update

-LCS Families-

I trust that you are having a good week.  The purpose of this communication is to share some of the current building/expansion conversations that are occurring at the Board level.

We commonly field questions about the status of future building project(s) at the Lincolnton campus.  Our steady growth and the continuing age of our modular buildings are concerns that are continually considered by the School Board and administration.  Growth is an exciting challenge to experience!  Please note, all of these conversations are current and on-going, regarding the physical campus in Lincolnton: 
  • We are actively exploring the financial feasibility of constructing additional buildings 
  • We are also considering the long term implications of a growing campus - as we move toward a campus population of approximately 1,200 students by 2023
  • We are reviewing current market conditions - construction costs, interest rates, etc. - considering the individual needs of our campus
  • We are also looking at the boundary constraints of our current property - and how this plays into our current long range strategic planning.  To this end, we have recently purchased land that we are considering for future uses.  

As you can imagine, this is a complex conversation.  Please know that as we move toward a solution, we will keep you all informed.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the School Board at schoolboard@lincolncharter.org or Mr. Bryant at jonathan.bryant@lincolncharter.org.  

Thank you for your support.  

Lincoln Charter School Board       Jonathan Bryant - Chief Administrator
Lincoln Charter - Facilitating a College Prep Experience Since 1998

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Counseling Update/College Week

Dear Lincoln Charter Community,

I trust that you are having a successful fall.  I want to give you some information on new initiatives that should help all of us serve your family in a more complete way. As you likely know, we have added school counselors to both of our campuses this year.  Our school counselors are master level professionals, and all are trained to assist students and families in a variety of situations. School counselors assist students primarily with social/emotional needs. Our entire school counseling department has been busy this year making sure that our focus is not limited to academics, but also making sure we consider the social emotional well being of our students and community as an important aspect of growing people.

Our academic counselors have also been busy keeping a focus on college preparation, our ultimate goal at Lincoln Charter. Our academic counselors specialize in high school curriculum, ACT and SATs,  and the college planning process. As part of the annual work that we do to keep our parents and community informed on the college process, I would like to call your attention to the upcoming financial aid sessions that we have planned in conjunction with the College Foundation for North Carolina (CFNC) and the Davidson College Financial Aid Office.   We will have sessions offered at both campuses over the next month and I encourage ALL families (this information benefits elementary, middle and high school families), regardless of the grade of your student, to participate in one or more of these financial aid sessions. The details of these financial aid sessions are: October 3rd from 8-9 a.m. in the MS/HS MP room @ Lincolnton campus; October 9th from 9-10 a.m. in the upper school MP room @ Denver campus; and October 25th from 6 to 7 p.m. in the upper building MP room @ Denver campus. These sessions will give attendees a sense of the financial aid process and advice about how to plan for your student(s) transition into college - from a financial perspective.  We will look forward to seeing everyone at these sessions.

All of our counselors have also initiated a new communication tool that should help keep you all informed. We have started an academic counseling blog and a school counseling blog, these will be used to give periodic updates throughout the year.  Posts will be archived from year to year so parents can always stay informed and this should help us to consolidate and streamline our counseling communication efforts.

More information on our counseling department can be found at http://www.lincolncharter.org/about/counseling/ - we have recently revamped this portion of our website.  

I also want to remind everyone that October 15-19 is College Week, please watch Charter Chatter for updates on this upcoming week.  This year we will hold Freshmen Experience, Sophomore Something, Junior Junction, College Application Day, Dream Big and other festivities - it will be a busy, exciting week.  

I want to thank our counseling staff for all of their hard work and please be on the lookout for additional information about upcoming initiatives throughout the year.

Thank you for your support, and please do not hesitate to give me feedback on your family's LCS experience.

Jonathan Bryant
Chief Administrator


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Appreciation & SROs

-Lincoln Charter Families

Thank you to everyone who attended the Fall Festival this past Friday and special thanks to the Sports Boosters and PTO, who helped to sponsor this event.  We celebrated the Day of Giving, we had a ribbon cutting for the athletics complex and our teams/athletic department accepted the Wells Fargo Cup from the NCHSAA.  This is one of the events that is part of our 20th continuing anniversary celebration.  




I want to personally thank all of the staff, Board members and families who chose to support the Lincoln Charter Nest Fund.  These funds will benefit student life, and current/future building/facilities needs.  Thanks to the generosity of our community, we received over $50,000 in commitments.  If you did not submit your contribution prior to the Day of Giving, you are still able to submit a donation via MPP.

Speaking of giving, I encourage you to consider supporting Talon Walk or Track Attack - the fundraising initiatives which benefit our PTOs.  Our PTOs exist to support the school and all of the proceeds from Talon Walk and Track Attack support the quality education we attempt to deliver every day.  As you know, we reduce the amount of fundraising we do at Lincoln Charter intentionally - so you can expect to hear less about fundraising once Talon Walk and Track Attack have passed.  

I also want to mention this year's addition of School Resource Officers (SRO) at both campuses.  Deputy Scott (Denver campus) and Deputy Hoover (Lincolnton campus) are now members of our community, as SRO representatives from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.  They have received specific SRO training through the Sheriff's Department and they will work with all grades, K-12.  We are excited about the beneficial relationships these men will build.  As part of their duties, these men will participate in our periodic safety drills, they will ensure the physical safety of our campus, and they will be a visible presence on campus during school hours.  We welcome them to the Eagle Family.

Finally, I encourage you to watch Lincoln Charter social media for current announcements on the 9/11 Day of Service, inclement weather updates and for all other up-to-date information.

Thank you for your support, and please do not hesitate to give me feedback on your family's LCS experience.

Jonathan Bryant

Monday, August 20, 2018

New Staff

-Hello Lincoln Charter Families-


I would like to welcome our new staff members to the Lincoln Charter family.  Our admin team has spent countless hours interviewing and searching for the best and the brightest.  We have changed our interview process significantly over the past few years: we now intentionally incorporate the Lincoln Charter mission statement into our interviews, we ask for all candidates to complete a belief survey (based on shared beliefs and the LCS mission statement), we involve teachers in at least one of several interviews and we follow interviewing best practices.  It is very important for us to bring in individuals that will (a) positively contribute to our culture and (b) who will help us to continue to grow as a school.  
We are very pleased to present these staff members.  It is important to note that our School Board will formally review and approve all new hires at their August School Board meeting on the 27th. 




New Staff at the Lincolnton Campus


Bruce Boorman will teach MS Band at the Lincolnton campus.  He recently graduated with a B.A. in Music Education from Wingate University.  Mr. Boorman enjoys Tennessee Football, Carolina Panthers, Cooking, Coffee, and Swing Music.


Ashlee Brooks will teach 1st Grade at the Lincolnton campus.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Belmont Abbey College, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University.  Ms. Brooks enjoys painting, crafting, volunteering, traveling (when possible!), and learning new things.


Patti Brooks will teach 5th Grade Science and Social Studies at the Lincolnton campus.  She holds the following degrees: BA and BS from Mars Hill University, a MDiv from Campbell University, and a MED from UNC Charlotte.  Ms. Brooks loves the NC Mountains.


Alaina Chapman will be our new HS Art teacher in Lincolnton.  She holds an Associates of Art, Associates of Fine Art, Associates in Art Education from Gaston College, and a BFA in Art Education from UNC Charlotte.  In Ms. Chapman’s free time, she enjoys creating art, reading, cooking, watching movies, being outdoors, and volunteering in her community.


Sierra Cheatham is our new 6th grade Math teacher in Lincolnton.  She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education (K-6) from Appalachian State University.  She enjoys horseback riding, coaching sports, Kentucky basketball and music.


Doc Dillard will teach English I, II and II at the Lincolnton campus.  He holds a B.A. in Sociology, Philosophy and Religion (and a Minor in Asian Studies) from UNC Pembroke and a Masters in Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University.  Mr. Dillard enjoys art, writing, cultural studies, running and entrepreneurship.


Steve Hilburn will teach 8th Grade Math and Social Studies at the Lincolnton campus.  Mr. Hilburn holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UNC Charlotte and he has a Graduate Certificate in Teaching - Middle Grades Math from UNC Charlotte.  Mr. Hilburn enjoys RV Camping/Travel, volunteering at his church, music, photography, attending his son's college cross country and track events, and spending time with his family.


Chelsey King will teach HS science in Lincolnton.  Ms. King holds a B.A. in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and an Associate of Science and a Diploma in Biotechnology from Gaston College.  Some of Ms. King’s presentations are: “Use of Perfluorocarbon Nanodroplets to Enhance Sonication of Saccharomyces cerevisiae,” “Study of the Intrusion of Non-Native Earthworm Species in North Carolina,” and “Determining the Degree of Antibiotic Resistance within Nitrifying Bacteria Populations.”


Austin Perry is our new HS Band director in Lincolnton.  He holds a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University.  Mr. Perry enjoys jazz, hunting, fishing, camping, football, hockey and basketball.


Rebekah Rash is our new Elementary/Middle School EC teacher in Lincolnton.  She holds a B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and G.C in Special Education: Adaptive Curriculum from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Ms. Rash loves to cook, read, organize, and shop!


Brandon Short is our new Elementary Computer teacher in Lincolnton.  He holds a B.A. in Elementary Ed and a Minor in Sociology from UNCC. He enjoys photography and videography.


Paris Wicklin is our new MS/HS School Counselor in Lincolnton.  She has a B.A. in English and Human Development & Family Studies from UNCG and a Masters in Counseling from Appalachian State.  Ms. Wicklin enjoys reading, Carolina Panthers, the Tar Heels, going to brunch with friends, and coaching volleyball.


Additionally, some of our returning staff will be teaching/serving in different roles this coming year.  Mr. Hain has joined our MS team, Ms. Tammy Thomas has joined our MS team and Ms. Thornburg has moved to a part time HS position.


New Staff at the Denver Campus


Wendy Carlson is the new 4th/5th Grade Teacher’s Assistant in Denver.  Ms. Carlson holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from Mount Aloysius College.  She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in OT.


Paul Coleman will be the new HS EC teacher at the Denver campus.  Mr. Coleman holds the following degrees: a B.S. Sport Management from UMASS Amherst, a M.ED Education/Special Education from UNLV, and a M.S. Canadian Studies from Brock University/University at Buffalo.  When asked what he enjoys, Mr. Coleman says “When not attempting the world record for most master degree programs completed, I enjoy traveling and NASCAR usually combining both as I've been to races at 22 out of the 26 current active tracks. I've traveled to 49 out of 50 states (with only Hawaii missing) and six Canadian Provinces & Territories. Also I am into music of all genres and enjoy attending as many live concerts as I can. Also love hockey and follow the OHL (Ontario Hockey League).”


Allison DeSieno will be our new 3rd Grade Teacher Assistant (partnering with Ms. Dail) at the Denver campus.  Ms. DeSieno holds a B.A. in Elementary Education (PreK-6) from The College of Saint Rose and a Masters in Literacy from The College of Saint Rose.  Ms. DeSieno enjoys reading, dogs (especially pit bulls), and the NY Yankees.


Lisa Donnellan will be our new MS/HS School Counselor at the Denver campus.  Ms. Donnellan holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Masters of Education in School Counseling from Suffolk University.  She returns to LCS after a brief hiatus with Partners Behavioral Health Management. Ms. Donnellan enjoys running, Burn Boot Camp and spending time with her family.


Erica Ince will teach Civics and Economics at the Denver campus.  Ms. Ince holds a BS in History and Social Studies, Secondary Education from Appalachian State University; she is also finishing a MEd in Professional School Counseling from Liberty University - which will be completed in December.  Ms. Ince enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix, reading, and cooking and eating all the food she sees on Pinterest.


Chad McAlister will teach HS English at the Denver campus.  Mr. McAlister holds a B.A. in English with a Minor in Communications (focus on Journalism) from App State and a Masters in Secondary English Education with a minor in Literary Criticism from UNCC.  Mr. McAlister is well traveled and has extensive experience with photography and film making.


Dr. Thomas Rosche will teach Biology at the Denver campus.  Dr. Rosche holds the following degrees: BS in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and a PhD in Microbiology from Columbia University.  Dr. Rosche enjoys science, reading, music, baseball and basketball.


Jessica Williams returns to Lincoln Charter and she will teach English III, AP Literature and College Composition.  She holds a B.A. English from UNC-Charlotte; a M.A. in English literature from UNC-Charlotte; and a M.S. Digital education from NC State.  She enjoys reading, writing, hot yoga, running, social justice, college football & basketball and spending time with her husband and friends.


Additionally, some of our returning staff are moving to different roles within LCS.  Ms. Dunn has joined the MS staff, Ms. Nichols has joined the 5th Grade team, and Jake Robinson will be assisting with technology support.


Brenda DeYoe will serve both campuses as our new Volunteer/Event Coordinator.  She will focus on increasing parent involvement at the school, and she will support many of the events that go on during the year.  Ms. DeYoe holds a B.S. in Building Construction Management from Michigan State University. Ms. DeYoe is a parent of two LCS alumni and she knows sign language.  


Mr. Paulino will be switching roles to serve as an ESL Teacher/Interventionist - he will serve both campus - and the majority of his time will be spent in Lincolnton.  

Please let me know if you have any questions about these positions. We are working on updating the website with pictures, e-mail addresses and bios - you should see these updates completed over the next week or so.

Have a great week!

Chief Administrator
Lincoln Charter