College Go! Week
At Lincoln ElementaryMady Verbish dressed like her teacher Mrs. Boer on "Dress For Your Dream Job" day during College Go! Week. We'd love to see Mady return to Lincoln as a teacher some day!
Photo #1 - Students at Lincoln Elementary made some great career choices during College Go! Week. Shown (l to r) are Firefighter Abby Jewett, Teacher, Courtenay Meekma, Veterinarian Anna Rosinski, Sports Announcer Shawn Burdan, Basketball Player Jack Geldmyer and Chef Abby Wilk
Photo #2 - Aiden Hazlett works hard on a poster for his dream college, "Football University"
More often than not, students are in middle or high school when they first get a taste of ‘College Go! Week,’ a recognition by the Department of Education that planning and knowledge go hand in hand when thinking about the future.
Students at Lincoln Elementary School however are ahead of the game after a week of fun activities coordinated by new Home School Coordinator, Christina Rose. All week long students from kindergarten through fifth grade participated in themed days including; wearing college colors on Monday, college hat day on Tuesday, and utilized wardrobe choices to identify their dream job on Wednesday. While the days are fun and filled with special activities, the week has a purpose, even for the youngest learner. “College Go! Week is important in elementary school because it helps students think about the future. Even though college seems like a long way off, we start talking to students about their plans as young as kindergarten. They should know that their hard work will lead them to be successful adults. What they do in elementary school promotes work habits that will carry over into middle school, high school, and beyond,” said Principal Melissa Walley. On Thursday the students were asked to wear Lincoln and Hanover spirit wear and then closed out the week wearing their favorite college apparel.
Teachers and staff encouraged students to think about future choices during College Go! Week. “It is such an exciting time for the next generation of adults and future leaders,” said Principal Walley. “Some of the careers that they will hold haven’t even been created yet. Technology is moving so quickly, and our students have the ability to become digital leaders, make changes, and solve problems. We don’t lose sight of our musicians, artists, athletes, and our mechanically gifted students as we talk about the future. College isn't necessary for every career, so we take that into consideration as we talk about the different opportunities that are available.”
While the topic of education and career choices is a serious one, plenty of fun was added to allow the students to get excited about their future choices. Students had the opportunity to design a pennant for the college of their dreams. Everything from ‘Friends University,’ to ‘Gamers University’ to ‘Football University’ showed the diversity of interest among students. Lincoln Elementary students also participated in a College GO! poster design contest with an opportunity to win a College Choice 529 college savings plan.
It wasn’t just the students who enjoyed the exciting week, “We are so fortunate to be able to help guide our Lincoln Leopards at the very beginning stages of their journey through education. Watching them grow is a pleasure,” said a very proud Principal Walley.
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!
10/09-Bus evacuation drill to promote bus safety/procedures
10/12-Cedar Lake Fire Department at 9:00 a.m.
10/13-CL Lions vision screening at 9:00 a.m. for students in grade 3 & 5
10/20-PTO Meeting at 3:30 in Lincoln Media Center
1022-Hats off to Red Ribbon Week-wear a hat to school
10/27-PAWSitively drug free-bring a stuffed animal to school
10/27-PTO sponsored Book Fair Week
10/28-Give drugs the boot-wear western wear to school
10/29-We are crazy to be drug free-crazy hair day
10/30-Halloween parties in the afternoon
10/30-Say boo to drugs-wear costumes in the afternoon
10/30-PTO sponsored family festival, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
FALL TENNIS CAMP
Any 3rd through 8th grader interested in playing tennis can join Coach Trista Mantel and the Boys Tennis Team for a fun, week long camp, that will focus on teaching the basics of the game including, how to keep score, proper hitting form and other tennis rules. The camp will take place daily October 12th through 16th from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hanover Central High School tennis courts. The cost is $30 and students will need to provide their own tennis racket. Checks should be made payable to Hanover Central Athletics. To sign up contact Athletic Director Kevin Bachinski (email@example.com) or Coach Mantel (firstname.lastname@example.org)