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Aluminum Art and Camp Runamok

The fifth grade musical, "Summer Camp," had comedy, great music and great performances, including those by (l to r):  Steven Zalewski, Luka Zakman, Alex Dombrowski and (front), Claudia McMahon. 
You simply had to love the aluminum art sculptures created by third graders.  This basketball player was amazing! 
Colorful 'primary parrots' by first graders and these adorable marshmallow people by a fourth grader are just two more of the hundreds of pieces on display. 
Paper mache masks by fourth graders were gallery ready! 
Ms. Klear gets ready to offer a private showing of "Summer Camp," to the student body at Lincoln the day before the live prodution for parents, families and guests.

If you don’t understand the title, you missed a great adventure at Lincoln Elementary School.  If you do, it’s because you enjoyed a wonderful night, as the Music and Art classes at Lincoln teamed up for an evening of unforgettable entertainment. 

Every square inch of wall space was covered with artwork in a rainbow pattern.  Each background color signified the work of a different grade level.  Within each grade level, students displayed various art concepts taught by Art Teacher extraordinaire, Katie Chambers.  Fifth grade work included; 3D paper mache letters, black silhouette canvas art and optical illusions (cube in a room).  The fourth graders created some very impressive and trendy paper mache masks, their own optical illusion worm holes, cylinder art and pixel art.  The third grade aluminum foil art sculptures in the main lobby of the school were amazing, but their talent didn’t end there.  They also displayed; koi fish water colors, trees, sun/moon paintings and optical illusion hand art.  The second grade tackled tessellations, zentangles, honeycomb bee art, stripes and landscapes.  First graders showed off their talent with watercolor dragonfly collages, primary color parrots and optical illusion grid art.  Kindergarten students were all about woven caterpillars in a jar and optical illusion shapes.  

If the artwork done at school was impressive, the artwork some students did at home was equally noteworthy.  “I wanted students to show how art inspires them outside of my classroom,” said Mrs. Chambers.  A huge wall entitled; “Look What I Did at Home,” proved that students were inspired in many different ways.

The dramatic hallways were available for viewing both before and after the 5th grade musical, “Summer Camp,” which showcased the lives of campers at ‘Camp Runamok.’  Directed by Music Teacher, Jackie Klear the students sang their way through seven great songs and told jokes that were just silly enough to make you laugh out loud.  Parts of the madcap caper were told through letters home from camper Bonnie, played by Claudia McMahon.  The overzealous Camp Director, portrayed by Steven Zalewski, had some of the campers convinced they just might have been better off staying home and going to summer school.  The hilarious “Camper Knot,” portrayed by Alex Dombrowski knew more about tying knots than Google!

In addition to organizing the marvelous musical, Ms. Klear also coordinated a fund raising effort though the website, booster.com.  “Every year our 5th grade students at Lincoln Elementary have the joy of putting on a musical.  Unfortunately, there is no budget to put on a production like this, so we needed to raise some money,” she said.  52 ‘Camp Runamok,’ T-shirts were sold, exceeding Ms. Klear’s expectations and all of the money collected was used for props and costumes.   

The efforts of Mrs. Chambers and Ms. Klear and the talent of Lincoln Elementary students combined for a magical night.  Great Job everyone!


  Getting to Know Principal Walley

Melissa Walley brought many years of teaching experience to Lincoln Elementary when she first arrived as Assistant Principal in August of 2012. Mrs. Walley previously taught at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Chicago, as well as serving the School City of Hobart for thirteen years.  She is a native of Crown Point and continues to reside in her hometown with husband Dennis and two daughters, Hannah and Ella.

Mrs. Walley earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Education, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Purdue University Calumet. “I believe that one of the most important and exciting things an educator can do is to keep learning,” says Walley. 

She is an avid reader and brings her love of reading and learning to all of the students at Lincoln Elementary School. “I want the very best for Lincoln Students.  I believe that all children can achieve success with appropriate support, and should always feel successful as they learn and grow.” Mrs. Walley’s distinctive approach to leading and learning has brought unique opportunities to Lincoln students where dogs teach manners, gorillas encourage kindness and smiles are found in hallways and classrooms. You can follow the adventures of Mrs. Walley and her students on Facebook!


  • This Week at Lincoln


    Monday - May 2nd

    Crown Point Community Foundation Visit - 1:45 p.m.

    Wednesday - May 4th

    Talent Show Tryouts

    Thursday - May 5th

    1st Grade Mother's Day 

    Night Out With The Superintendent - 6:30 p.m. Hanover Central High School

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  • Thank You!


    Thank you to those who attended our "Evening Out With The Superintendent."  We appreciate your input and are grateful for the opportunity to share thoughts and ideas.  For those who might have missed this opportunity the next open forum will be hosted by Hanover Central High School on May 5th at 6:30 p.m.  and the final forum will be held at Hanover Central Middle School on May 12th,   at 6:30 p.m.  You are welcome to attend  either or both of these events.  Please join us, we can’t wait to hear your ideas!  Due to privacy laws and Corporation policy we will not be able to answer specific questions regarding teachers/students/classrooms and would ask for your understanding.  Please feel free to contact Superintendent Taylor directly with any individual concerns at ttaylor.hanover.k12.in.us


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  • Student Resource Officer 
    In an effort to continue to provide and maintain a safe learning environment in the Hanover Community School Corporation, we have begun a School Resource Officer program.  This program will continue to establish positive ways of communication between students, parents, the community, and the school corporation.  If you have any pertinent information you feel is worth sharing that will help us on this mission, please contact us using the below email address.  All contact information will remain confidential and will only be used for the betterment of the Hanover Community School Corporation.

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