Lincoln Junior High School student orientation/ community open house
highlights new meal plans, Chrome Books and STEM Lab
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[August 17, 2019]
- Wednesday evening Lincoln Junior High School held a student
orientation and open house for the three hundred sixty students who
will be attending classes this year and their parents. New this year
was an invitation extended to community members to attend also to
find out what is new at LJHS.
After welcoming remarks by LJHS Principal Michael
Workman and his staff, students divided into lines to register for
One unique aspect for students who attend LJHS is being assigned a
Chrome Book computer that will follow them throughout their student
days from sixth through eighth grade at the school. The sixth grade
students will receive a new computer while the seventh and eighth
graders will get the computer they used the previous year. The
students receive the computer at no cost and are responsible for its
care during their three years at the school.
New this year is an exciting program that aims to make all of the
meals served at the school from scratch. This is a partnership
between LJHS, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, and Beyond Green, a
consultant on school food programs.
Not only will the meals be made from scratch with healthy
ingredients, the food for the breakfast and lunch programs will be
sourced locally. Food service staff has been trained in this new
direction for meals at the school. Students receive breakfast and
lunch at no cost. Watch the Junior High Face Book page for more
information on this program. There will be opportunities to attend
cooking demonstrations and offer comments on the meals that are
“The STEM program at LJHS is one of the most innovative in the
state,” said science teacher Trent Kavelman.
A STEM lab has been dedicated for students use with a
grant from Eaton Corporation. Students can explore all aspects of
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math under the guidance of a
dedicated STEM Lab teacher.
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“We transfer information students learn from the STEM Lab to the
classroom,” said Kavelman.
At the end of the orientation, the teachers at LJHS were
introduced to the overflow crowd and then headed to their classrooms where they
could meet their students for the coming year.
Several parents were heard to comment that they were sending their second or
third student to the school and the same dedicated teacher. One mother expressed
relief that the third daughter she has enrolled at LJHS will have the same home
room teacher that her other two kids had. That certainly speaks highly of the
quality of teachers at LJHS. The teacher she was heaping accolades on rattled
off the names of her other daughters even though they had long ago graduated to
The LJHS Open House also invited community organizations to set up information
exhibits to let everyone know how they are involved in the area. The Lincoln
Heritage Museum, Heritage in Flight Museum; Lincoln Public Library, which has
the ability to remotely sign up new patrons for a library card; Lincoln Park
District, ALMH, Moms Who Care, and The Center for Creativity and Community were
among the more than a dozen organizations displaying their involvement in
The evening ended with an ice cream social in the lobby served up by faculty and