Attracting Highly Qualified Teachers in High-Need Schools. Lincoln Elementary School, located on the east side of Exeter, is a neighborhood school which serves approximately 590 Kindergarten through fifth grade students in the Exeter Unified School District attendance area. Administration and staff set high standards for behavior and academics and hold all students accountable. State and local standards drive the curriculum at each grade level and all available resources are used to help each student meet or surpass grade-level standards.
There are 24 regular education teachers, three K-5 district Academic Coaches, one Resource Specialist, one special education aide, 3 literacy aides, one Speech Therapist, one full time technology/media aide librarian. Additionally, there is one TCOE Special Day class and two Preschool classes which include communicably language delayed children as well as regular education children. Two-part time credentialed pre-school teachers and four Para-professionals work in the Preschool program. As of January 2018, we also have 2 State Preschool classes. One is in the Morning and the other in the afternoon. Each class has two aides and a teacher. Three Paraprofessionals assist in Kindergarten through 5th grade classes as needed, and four yard duty assistants help during the noon hour. A part-time bilingual liaison helps certificated staff in meeting the language intensive needs of bilingual students. In addition, Lincoln Elementary School has a health clerk, a maintenance specialist, one full time custodian, two-part time custodians, an office manager, and an office specialist.
Other support is also provided by a school psychologist, a counselor from Sequoia Youth Services, SPECIAL FRIENDS leader, a school counselor (one half day a week), and HEART (5 days a week) is also available as an after school enrichment program.
Language, Racial, and Ethnic Make-Up of the Student Body. School Enrollment is as follows: American Indian or Alaska Native 3, Hispanic or Latino 391, Asian 6, African American 3, and White 182. Approximately 28% of the students school wide are identified as English Language Learners; 1% are identified as Migrant students; and approximately 70% of the students benefit from the Free & Reduced Lunch program.
Special Categories of Students or School Staffing. As indicated in our school profile, there are 24 regular education teachers, three K- 5 Academic Coaches, one Resource Specialist, one special education aides, two literacy aides, one Speech Therapist, one full time technology/media aide librarian. Three Para-professionals assist in Kindergarten through 5th grade classes as needed, and five yard duty assistants help during the noon hour. A part-time bilingual liaison help certificated staff in meeting the language intensive needs of bilingual students. In addition, Lincoln Elementary School has a health clerk, a maintenance specialist, one full time custodian, two part time custodians, an office manager, and an office specialist.
School Facilities, Including Technology, Library, and Media Resources. Lincoln Elementary School is a mix of older buildings, a newer multi-purpose cafeteria, and a recently renovated front office/student services/administration building. The site plan includes thirty-six classrooms and instructional areas, a library/media center that contains Thirty two computers, a HEART office, speech office, a Reading Intervention lab, an administrative office, a gymnasium/multipurpose room, and large landscaped playgrounds for each grade level.
Technology is becoming an integral part of the overall school plan. Each classroom has one on one devices as well as a teacher computer, projector. Our K-2 classrooms have iPads and 3-5 have Chromebooks. The school also has a roving Chromebook cart and iPad cart accessible for check out. In addition, teachers, administrators, and strategic employees have access to the Internet and shared district files. All computers are networked through a Wide Area Network. All classrooms are also now equipped with document cameras. Every classroom is equipped with a projector, and document camera.
All teachers have access to additional support equipment such as an IPad, digital and video cameras. In addition, the multipurpose room has a functioning built-in sound system which is used by both teachers and administration.
The school library contains approximately 12,000 books. The library now houses a media center with 32 student computers. The computer lab was recently relocated to a classroom to accommodate an increase of equipment due to an increase of class sizes. Audiovisual resources are also available for student and teacher use. The library is open throughout the school day and is staffed by a full time classified technology/media aide.
Number of Instructional Minutes Provided. Students at Lincoln Elementary School attend school 180 days per year. The instructional minutes completed each school year exceeds state requirements in all grade levels. In Kindergarten, students are in session 53,567 minutes. In grades one through two, students are in session 54,908 minutes. In grades 3 through 5, students are in session 60,417 minutes.
Number of Late Start Days. Thirty-four late start days have been scheduled for the 2017-2018 school year for the purpose of teacher collaboration and planning. Fall Parent Teacher conference days are September 25, 26, 28, and 29. Spring Parent Teacher conference days are February 26-27.
Other Important Characteristics of the School. Lincoln School is partnered with the community and benefits from active support and involvement of community members. The educational community is extremely proud of the quality of instructional services provided to our students. Each year, our students participate in accelerated language arts experiences, Tulare County Prose and Poetry; educational assemblies are brought in to the school for students i.e.; Zoo to You, Mobile Dairy, Chef in the Classroom, and Nutrition Network. A variety of off campus experiences are sponsored by PTO, LCAP Funds and our community: Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Visalia Theater, Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Miguel Mission, Scicon and Fresno Grizzlies Baseball game. Other projects or activities include Relay for Life, Parent Teacher Organization special days and events, high school tutors, Campus Beautification, Dr. Seuss Day, and student teacher candidates from surrounding college and universities Education is infused throughout the school day and in the curriculum, and is the model for good decision–making skills and behavior. School wide assemblies are held each month in honor of students that reflect the selected PBIS expectations as part of the Character Counts program, attendance awards are presented at the end of the year and parents are an integral part of the celebration. Parent Teacher Organization is well attended and parent volunteers are widely available. Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) was fully implemented during the 2013-2014 school
year communicating school wide expectations to students and parents. This year administration will continue to focus on monthly expectation lessons that will be monitored by the entire staff.