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Lincoln Charter School students head back to school today

Art teacher Christine Haag prepares a bulletin board at Lincoln Charter School’s Lincolnton campus on Friday, in preparation for the first day of classes today.

Art teacher Christine Haag prepares a bulletin board at Lincoln Charter School’s Lincolnton campus on Friday, in preparation for the first day of classes today.

ANNIE BLACKBURN
Staff Writer

Parents and students alike lined up around Lincoln Charter School on Monday morning as the 2014-2015 school year officially began. With all of the changes being made to the internal and external structure of the school, Lincolnton campus principal Rachael Greer is more than ready to tackle the new crop of students and the new additions to staff.
That includes creating student schedules, staff assignments and making sure that every need is met, down to the new furniture and classroom arrangements. The changes that are taking place on the outside of the school, related to the building of a new high school structure, are an obvious concern for parents as the new year begins, but Greer said she felt the staff preparation is more than top notch when it comes to the rapid expansion of the school.
“With our growth comes positive challenges,” Greer said. “We spend time building relationships with grade level and content area teams. Our students are thrilled to make new friends as students join our campus. Our core values will include patience and flexibility as we share limited space and prepare for our future.”
One of the aspects of construction that won’t change is the drop-off and pick-up system that parents have become accustomed to. Though there will be a slight diversion, the two lane system will continue, having parents line up in two rows and pick up in blocks.
“Our drop off and pick up procedures will be similar to the past school year,” Greer said. “Our loading and unloading zone shifted slightly. Families and school staff heard about the shift during orientation.”
With the rising of the first sophomore class in the Lincolnton campus’s history, the school added three new teachers, one for computers, one for Spanish and another for math. Greer said she hopes that the additions will only add to the reputation that the school strives to attain.
“What I look forward to most are the defining moments of learning that happen for children and grown-ups in our school family,” Greer said. “While I am incredibly excited to see dreams fulfilled with the construction of our new middle school and high school building, it really is the growth of the people in the building that keeps me excited to come to work every day.”

Lincoln Charter School math teach Dennis Echavia tests a new Sharp Aquos in his classroom on Friday.

Lincoln Charter School math teach Dennis Echavia tests a new Sharp Aquos in his classroom on Friday.

Lincoln Charter School third grade teacher Katie Bell prepares her classroom for the first day of school.

Lincoln Charter School third grade teacher Katie Bell prepares her classroom for the first day of school.

Images courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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