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Biotech pioneer George Cachianes leaves behind a legacy

By April Woo

Photo taken by : April Woo

 

George Cachianes and the Advanced Biotechnology class are all smiles in room 22A.

 

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Biotechnology creates an intimate bond between nature and human control of nature which advances not only the scientific community, but also humanity. Some revolutionary breakthroughs make an appearance in petri dishes, while others make an appearance in schools.

 

George Cachianes grew up in New York City and received an education in Molecular Biology at Columbia University and conducted research in California’s Biotech company, Genentech, in labs for eight years as a Senior Research Associate. He has become experienced in the field of biotechnology. After being encouraged by his boss who said “if you want to really make a difference, teach high school,”  Cachianes charted off to new territory with his heart as a compass to Abraham Lincoln High School.

 

For the past 21 years, he pioneered making biotechnology a course and created the immersive 2-year college level curriculum in molecular biology which has been adapted by six SFUSD high schools. In his program also taught by Julie Reis, the students in the pathway learn material at a college level and become power houses in colleges such as CCSF, UCSD, Stanford, and others.

 

Cachianes is young at heart and his inner child laughs alongside his students, who he believes are more quirky, clever, and interesting than their adult counterparts. He develops a level of trust in his classroom environment in which students can approach him for life or educational advice besides standard school work.

 

Lydia Tang, a senior who has had Mr Cachianes as a teacher for both years of the pathway says, “Mr. C is an amazing teacher who I will remember for the rest of my life. As his homeroom and biotech one and two student, I have come to see that Mr. C has a gift for creating a sense of community in his classes through his willingness to really get to know me and the other students. It was a privilege to be his student and friend.”


Cachianes is retiring, but his presence will stay at Lincoln. He believes that a retirement decision for an individual is an emotional and a financial one, both of which he is confident in making. He plans to buy a house in Utah in which he can explore the great outdoors, find ruins and ancient rock art and explore areas of geothermal activity, such as hot springs and geysers.  

College statement checklist to help students during the summer

By Selina Ng
Photo taken by : Selina Ng

 

Junior Gavin Li prepares an outline for his Common Application essay statement

 

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After a long and tiring year of work, stress and studying, all we want to do is sleep at home and enjoy our three months of summer break. However, this time would be better spent working on college applications. Especially for juniors who are planning on applying to colleges next year, reflecting upon experiences based on the UC and Common Application essay prompts are a good way to generate ideas about your responses.

 

Juniors can start out by first making a list of all the significant events or roles that they participated in during their time at school or even outside of school. Doing so will make it easier to organize one’s thoughts and form them into a statement. The writer should be sure to keep in mind how these experiences have shaped them to become the person they are now, and how they will continue to use that knowledge in college. Also, it is important for the writer to mention qualities that make them stand out amongst the thousands of other applicants.

 

Senior Kenneth Ma recounts, “During the time I was applying to UC, I focused writing mostly about my academic achievements, struggles that I overcame and most importantly my strengths as a leader. During my freshman and sophomore years, I diligently participated in many activities both on and off school to gain more experience in this particular field. Therefore, I think this helped me when I wrote my responses for my UC statement, which allowed me to get accepted to UC Davis.”

 

Keep in mind that the UC application requires no more than 350 words per response, and no more than 650 for the Common Application. One must stay concise, precise and straightforward when writing their statements. When writing for the UC statement, refrain from adding any unnecessary elements such as creative writing, repetition and quotations. However, the Common Application allows more freedom and encourages the use of these elements.

 

Freshman and sophomores who are not yet applying to colleges should start out by participating in various activities. Joining more clubs and organizations and volunteering are all valid examples of what colleges look for in applicants. Being an active member of a sports team and taking more advanced courses such as AP or city college classes show colleges one’s willingness to take risks and challenge oneself. In addition, many colleges are interested in individuals who are leaders in their community, so mentioning strengths in this trait would make the applicant seem more well-rounded and attractive.

 

“As a freshman, I didn't realize the importance of participating in the various events that happened around me. I just always thought that colleges considered students with good grades. But after I found out about the college statement questions, I soon realized that I should really take into consideration the roles that I have in my community. That’s why in my sophomore year, I decided to become more involved in volunteering, joining more clubs and becoming a more open minded person,” Junior Gavin Li says.


Therefore, writing your statements during the summer is a great way to start off by putting one’s ideas on paper. Also, focusing and participating in events outside of school would be a great way to build one’s strengths as a competitive applicant for colleges to consider. By writing essay statements early, teachers can make revisions and give the applicant feedback on their work after summer break. Help is always provided at school in the counseling office and with the college and career counselor Emily Hong Daniel in room 149.

CCSF Professors will teach high school students during summer school

By Jose Dominguez

Photo courtesy of : Maria Martinez

 

These are the courses offered for summer school; courses with CCSF will likely be taught by CCSF staff.

 

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A year of school once again comes to an end and a new summer arises. Every summer, students are given the opportunity to take a break from school but that is not true for some. Many students take summer school to either make up failed courses or to get ahead. Every year, the school district offers summer courses to give students an opportunity to retake many subjects. This year, this chance will be offered once again but with a few new procedures - City College professors will be teaching some of the credit recovery classes for high schools.

 

CCSF has been offering courses at their campus for some time now; they call this Dual Enrollment. Dual enrollment allows a group of students who qualify to take classes at a CCSF campus for college credit while at the same time taking their regular high school courses for graduation.  Dual enrollment is different from what will happen during this upcoming summer. (Refer to Melody Li’s article: regarding dual enrollment at city.)

 

This summer instead of students going to CCSF campuses, the CCSF professors will come to our high schools like Mission, Balboa and O’Connell High School to teach.

During the Summer not all classes will be through CCSF. Maria Martinez, one of the counselor here at Lincoln said, “ Classes that have CCSF TRST next to it will be provided by the City College  and will require an extra sign up.”

 

CCSF has partnered with the SFUSD to give the opportunity to students to take more courses over the summer.

 

According to Maria, CCSF will be paying for most of the courses students will take during summer. This means that CCSF has no choice but to have their professors instruct during the summer so that they can be allowed to pay for the classes; otherwise they cannot.

 

A compromise between SFUSD and CCSF was formed. CCSF pays for the classes but they use their staff to teach the high school students.

 

In the past years, the SFUSD has paid and been in charge of the summer courses on their own. They used to hire their own teachers depending on the classes that were going to be offered. But this summer, as you can see, that will change. Why the change? We still don't know.

ASB’s impact shapes the culture of the Lincoln community

By Nicole Chui
Photo taken by : Nicole Chui

 

Behind that easy smile of Rosemary Kamkar shines the positive impact she has left in the Lincoln community.

 

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From organizing the Bell Game rally to putting together the Brotherhood Sisterhood Assembly (BSA) performance, the Lincoln High Associated Student Body (ASB) is designed to help promote school spirit, unity and leadership among all students. For over fifty years, ASB has undertaken initiatives to benefit the school and widen the community. As the architect of BSA and one of the ASB sponsors, Rosemary Kamkar will be retiring in May 2017 with a rich legacy in the Lincoln community.

 

Having been closely involved in 25 years of BSA, Kamkar has built the centerpiece of Lincoln’s positive school culture to remind each individual of the beauty that they share with their brothers and sisters in the Lincoln family. Stepping up to become the ASB sponsor in September 1987, Kamkar was dedicated to ensure that the Class of 1988 would have a memorable senior year. Up until 2009, ninth grade English teacher, Christine Eng, and Kamkar have been sharing the position of ASB sponsors.

 

ASB is not only the keepers of tradition in organizing notable events such as the Bell Game rally, but also the community builders in strengthening ties with other SFUSD schools as well as local school leaders.

 

Every Monday during lunch time, ASB meets with sponsors Christine Eng and Rosemary Kamkar to plan out upcoming school or community events that the students can take an active part in promote the aims and objectives of the school. The 34 current ASB members represent and support the entire student body’s views on general concern to them.

 

“Organizers stress to performers that BSA isn't a talent show, but rather a vehicle to show and teach unity and inclusiveness,” states Kamkar. She continues, “The assembly, often called the heartbeat of Abraham Lincoln High School, is the centerpiece of Lincoln’s school culture and climate.”

 

As Kamkar leaves Lincoln High with a wonderful legacy, Eng and ASB members will continue to push towards achieving future goals in diversifying the ASB group to better more represent the entire student body as well as expanding inclusive values in Lincoln High.

 

“I want to always keep Ms. Kamkar’s memory of her work and her contributions, as they are very important to where Lincoln High is today. I will definitely miss her continuous support and commitment towards both ASB and the Lincoln community,” Eng shares.

 

As the current ASB president, senior Samantha Chiu opens up about the importance of the establishment of ASB and her thoughts on Kamkar’s retirement.

 

“ASB allows students to practice their leadership skills and become more involved with school events. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity of working with Ms.Kamkar who has been a very special and impactful individual in our school environment,” says Chiu.

 

The Lincoln population has changed over the years from being a small neighborhood school to becoming a sizable community school with integrated SFUSD restorative practices and educational practices. As for ASB officer positions, there has been an increased number of general managers to help spread diversity as ALHS continue to actively ask for staff support to help encourage students from all backgrounds to participate. ASB, along with the growing Lincoln family, will carry on Kamkar’s lasting legacy in the Lincoln community and beyond.

 

   

News Briefs

By April Woo & Maggie Baird 
Photo courtesy of : Kevin Doherty

 

Lincoln Senior Pamela Obiageri Amaechi proudly flexes as she stands in a packed stadium for the 2017 Penn Relays.

 

Lincoln Discus Thrower medals at Penn Relays: Senior Pamela Obiageri Amaechi placed second overall with a throw of 160 feet in an international meet at the Penn Relays. She is the only SF Section athlete to have ever medaled at the Penn Relays.

 

Canadian Band visits Lincoln: The George Eliot Secondary School Band from British Columbia, Canada visited on Tuesday May 2 to perform with our Lincoln school band.

 

New SFUSD Superintendent: Dr. Vincent Matthews began his first day as the new SFUSD superintendent on May 1, 2017. He is focused on listening, learning, and is looking forward to seeing students and administration in action as he visit schools next month to identify and overcome challenges.

 

Leadership students and ASB officers coordinated two charity drives this spring: Through the support of our Lincoln community, we were able to collect 586 pairs of new socks and 156 pairs of new underwear for the Hamilton Families who are struggling in their fight with homelessness.

 

Latino Marching Band proudly marches on: Lincoln’s Latino Marching Band marched during Advisory on April 27,2017. KQED was onsite filming for two stories that they are covering, a profile of the Latino Marching Band and another on young activists in the Bay.

 

Lincoln students attend Muslim Day at the capitol: Six Lincoln students, almost 100 SFUSD students, and over 700 students from around California traveled to Sacramento to meet state legislators, discuss issues of concern and help bring about positive social change.

Friday events at the library promote community bonding

By Justin Chan

Photo taken by : Justin Chan

 

 

This is a deck of cards, one of the many activities that happens at the Friday events.

 

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Two months ago Abraham Lincoln's library started to have Friday events that take part during lunch time. Students are invited to events like “Board Game Day”, where they can enjoy playing fun games with their friends, such as checkers or chess. Another recent Friday lunch event was the library was a quiet zone for students to gathered together to read a book and enjoy refreshments that are provided. Students are encouraged to go when they have nowhere or nothing to do during their lunch time.

 

The events have been going on since March, started by Gilbert Chan, Lincoln's librarian. The event's purpose is for students to build community and give them a fun place to be together because they would be with people that they might or may not know. Chan decided to start these Friday lunch events because there are not enough students are using the library. And if they are they are using it for the wrong purpose and to use it just to fool around and make a lot of noise that disturbs others.

 

Senior Joshua Rivera says that he has heard about the Friday lunch events at the library but never bothered to go because the events that were announced does not sound fun. Rivera said, “I would love to attend the Friday lunch events if there was a video game one, where we would play a video game like Nintendo Super Smash Bros”. He told me that activities like video games require communication and teamwork.

 

There are students that do not want to go because they do not have the time to go. Senior Emily Tse said, “I always wanted to go but during lunch I need to attend club meeting and prepare for my class after lunch”. She told me that she is planning to go near the end of the school year because she does not need to worry about finals anymore.


“I attended one of the events recently and I have to say it is pretty fun, it enables to meet new people to be friends with”, answered Senior Dustin Lee. Lee said that even though you are with students that you may not know it gives you a chance to make new friends. “I wish that more students will give it a try, it is more fun than it sounds”.

Letter to the Editor

 

Correction: Ethnic Studies not in danger

 

Dear Lincoln Log,

 

I appreciate the effort and hard work you put into publishing monthly issues, including the support the paper has provided for a relatively new course in the district. However, I felt compelled to clarify misinformation that was printed in the previous issue of the Lincoln Log.  Ethnic Studies is NOT at risk of being cancelled; in fact, an additional section has been added next year due to the high demand of students. I respectfully ask the editors to carefully verify sources before it goes to print; our students have a right to accurate information.

 

In Solidarity,

Ms. So