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Lincoln is looking forward to 2017

By Kelly Ye


Photo taken by : Kelly Ye

 

Maria C. Martinez is helping a student to plans her schedule.


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2016 is over and Lincoln is looking forward to a new year. Administration and students have set up new academic goals and plans for 2017.

 

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are starting to plan for classes they are going to take next year. Seniors are about to graduate and start new lives in college.

 

Sharimar Balisi Manalang, the principal, has plans in 2016 to lead our school towards a better community.

 

“The school started to look at the master schedule, and students need to pick courses that are A-G graduation required. The school needs to make sure we have a balance of classes for all the students. Also, the school needs to look at AP classes, honors classes, and college courses to see if we are offering enough and so we can also combine those with some students to look at,” said Balisi.

 

“The school needs to take a look at all kids who are getting Ds and Fs in the classes and what we are doing to support them so they can get into college.  We also need to look at our SPED and ELL population, what we are giving to all of the students there in terms of colleges and graduation requirements,” adds Balisi.

 

In 2017, Lincoln needs to check again to make sure all departments have a consistent grading policy so when parents meet with counselors, they can see the framework of the grading policy and have a good understanding.


 

Maria C. Martinez, the counselor, was the college and career counselor for a couple years and now has different responsibilities as the new counselor in the counseling office.

 

Martinez says, “I am learning what is productive and how to better serve the students that have had many changes of counselors in their time. So i am hoping to offer them some sense of stability and some consistency. My goal is to improve my skills in my role, to get to know my students and to learn what it takes to be an effective academic counselor.”



 

Sara Falls, English teacher, will try to avoid the negative thoughts she has in her head about herself, other people, and also the world. She wants to go into classes and share positivity and joy.

 

“This year, in particular, we need a lot more sense of community, connection,  love, compassion, and empathy and interest in other people. This past year was so hard: in terms of the election, in terms of everything that was happening here in school. People seem to be afraid, people seem to be angry. I want to do my part in my classes to change that,” exclaims Falls.

 

Joel Balzer, the dean, said his goal is always the same. “My job is school safety, and I am supposed to keep people from hurting themselves and hurting other people. I want Lincoln to be safer, but there are always 5 minutes away from kiosk.”

 

Balzer thinks the reason why some people bully people is, “There are so many people that don't feel good about themselves. The only way they know how to feel good about themselves is by putting somebody else down. They all come from hearts that are small and broken and when somebody belongs to something,  they feel apart of something.”


 

The president of Spire-HK Club, Xianan Chen, expects to go to college next year, and there will be a need for someone to take her space.

 

Chen said, “I tried to bring more food to the weekly meetings, because I want them to have more fun and stay in this club next year when I’m not here with them. I also need to make the decision of who will become the next leader of the club. That is my main goal for 2017.”

 

Some students might want to change their lifestyle in 2017. Haomin Liang, senior, said, “ I want to wake up early and get to the school ahead of time to avoid being late to my first period class.”


It's a new year to begin with, and we should set up new goals to motivate ourselves to move forward to a better life. We need change, and it starts with each individual.

SF State critical thinking course offered at Lincoln for the spring semester

By Selina Ng


Photo courtesy of : SF State Unviversity

 

Attentive students of the critical thinking course are focused in class.

 

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As a new year begins, new opportunities arise. This spring semester, 11th and 12th graders can earn college credit through the San Francisco State University course offered at Lincoln every Thursday from 2:30-4:30 after school.

 

The course, which is offered through the Step to College program, was created in efforts to help immigrant and low-income students succeed in college. But it is also open to any students who are interested in taking the class, regardless of their income status. By taking the class, students can obtain three college credits for two hours as opposed to the regular three hours that college students would normally have to take. Additionally, passing this class could enable students to transfer their credits to any university of their choice.

 

The class, which is officially titled "ISED 204 Critical Thinking and Decision Making,” will run January 26 through mid-May. Students will meet once per week for fifteen weeks, which results to a total of fifteen classes.

 

Essentially, the main objective of this class is to provide students with skills that would better prepare them for college coursework and lifestyle.

 

Carmen Liang, student of ISED 100 Orientation to Education recounts, “I had a blast taking the class last semester! The class really did prepare me for college because I got a chance to explore SF State and get a feel of college lifestyle on our field trip there. I also learned a lot about different note-taking methods and the multiple programs offered at SF State. I would really recommend students to take this course because they will gain so many new skills that will benefit them in college.”

Additionally, students planning to take this class can expect to gain the knowledge and skills of making decisions logically, rationally, and clearly.

 

Anna-Lisa Stardust Van der Valk, class instructor explains, “Critical thinking skills can improve a person's life in so many ways. A person who is a strong critical and creative thinker will make wiser decisions and stay calmer and more rational under stress. They will be a better listener and collaborator with others, and be more flexible in their problem solving approaches.”

Students who are interested in taking the class can consult with Ms.Smith or Ms.Martinez in the counseling office for more information regarding the application process. All applications must be submitted by February 8 either online or directly to Ms.Smith. Returning students from the fall semester will not be required to turn in an application for the class but will have to attend the classes for the spring semester in order to be enrolled in the class.

Special-Ed students learn with enthusiasm

By Nicole Chui


Photo taken by : Madison Junker

 

Millie Kimbrough uses her eye tracking communication device to introduce herself to Nicole Chui.

 

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From learning functional math to developing communication skills, Madison Junker’s special education students apply their mastered skill set into purposeful field trips and school community events.

 

At Lincoln High School, six of the 195 special education students are in Junker’s Moderate Severe specialized class. Graduating high school with a Certificate of Completion, these students are geared towards a four year transitional service, a postsecondary education, that prepares them for pre-employment training, resume development, and competitive employment.

 

A class of students with different levels of disability can be a challenge for Junker and paraprofessionals to ensure their success. Their daily learning routine is always very different.

 

“We have a morning routine schedule where we first get adjusted to school, practice life skills, and functional academics,” Junker says. She adds, “A lot of our day is meeting our sensory needs and community outings to practice life skills.”

 

Communication is a core skill that the moderate severe students continue to practice and improve upon. In addition to using hands-on cards to communicate, the students also depend on their very useful customizable AAC iPad app called “Go Talk Now.” Because the students don’t have access to every word they could use, it can sometimes be difficult for both the students and Junker to understand each other. With the support of “Go Talk Now,” the students gradually advance their speech and language that enable them to interact with others.

 

Twelfth grader, Flora Wong really enjoys interacting with her peers and new people. Using her “Go Talk Now” and friendly expressions allow her to introduce herself as well as connect with others.

 

With her AAC app, Wong excitedly states, “My favorite subject is reading.” She also points out how much she enjoys managing the juice cart.

 

Every week, Junker’s students look forward to gathering all the juicing ingredients at the grocery shop and preparing the different types of juice. As the students deliver the juice, they exchange warm smiles with staff members and apply their learned life skills outside of the classroom.

 

As I spoke to Wong’s classmate, JJ Khin, I noticed her amiable personality and easy smiles.

 

“I love to help people,” says Khin. She excitedly shares, “My dream job since elementary school is to become an astronaut because I always wanted to walk on the moon. Now, I think I want to become a nurse.”

 

One of Junker’s students who similarly enjoys being around people is tenth grader, Millie Kimbrough who has survived with Rett Syndrome. This neurological disorder that affects mostly girls leads to difficulty of hand movements, a decline in social and language skills, and problems with muscles and coordination.

 

Unlike her classmates, Kimbrough uses an eye-tracking communication device called Tobii. Eye tracking is a technology that allows Kimbrough to control her iPad instead of using her fingers to express herself. Tobii gives her a degree of independence because when she needs to make a signal, she usually does not need to rely on others to adjust her motor skills to communicate.

 

Through her paraprofessional’s translation in writing, Kimbrough shares,  “I love school! Every day is a new day. One day at a time is my future. Who knows what a cure for Rett Syndrome may bring?”


Despite the students’ disabilities, they keep a positive mentality that guides them towards success in school and outside of school.