The 8th grade Service Nepal trip was an eventful one! After leaving campus, we drove to the Chandragiri cable cars, in which we rode to a temple. After doing some sightseeing, we hiked to our campsite. On the day of arrival, we learned about the schools we would be working at; the one we worked the most on was a K-5th-grade school, 45 minutes away from our campsite. Over two days, we built a library and a playground out of tires in one school and repainted a wall on the other. We also experienced the life of Nepali farmers when we milked goats and worked on the fields for an afternoon. But our trip wasn’t all about work; a memorable activity was when we boated on a lake that we hiked down to, and we held a bonfire on the second night. On the fourth day, we revealed the new library and playground to the children at the K-5th-grade school, and they were excited to see what they had gotten. Along with a number of children’s books, we had also put things such as games, whiteboards, and balls in their library that they were able to play with. We had an amazing trip together, and the most important part was that we were able to be part of a community we normally aren’t. Despite small bumps in the road, this was still one of the most fun Service Nepal trips so far.
Grade 7 ventured off to the village of Okhreni to help build a library for the 156 students of Ishwori Basic School. After hiking up from Sundarijal, grade 7 quickly settled into camp before heading out to meet the students who had prepared a welcome program for Lincoln School. Two Nepali speakers and two non-Nepali speakers from grade 7 also participated in the welcome program, thanking everyone at Ishwori Basic School for welcoming them. On day 2, after our daily morning yoga, grade 7 went for an incredible hike through jungles and thick bush to the Deurali View Point (2472m). On day 3, the class went back to school to help finish the library. The library project was entirely student-driven. Teachers took a step back and let the students decide how the library was to be set up. After hours of cleaning, clearing and (with the help of local students) sorting, grade 7 had built an incredible library. Day 4 began by helping our local host clear a terrace full of unwanted growth. Even though the afternoon was cut short due to thunder and lighting storms, grade 7 was able to put the finishing touches on the library ahead of the coming storm. We spent the evening playing games and learning about lightning safety, reflecting on our service experience, and dancing by the campfire. All in all, Grade 7 had a really collaborative, illuminative and positive experience!
-Mr. Bell, Mr. Banks and Ms. DiMagno
At the beginning of March, High School Student Council hosted a very successful Open Mic Night/Talent Show. We had many amazing performances. From 6-7, both the students and teachers were very involved in on-the-spot karaoke performances. All of the singers were great, and we especially enjoyed watching Ms. McGlynn and Mr. Davis jam to NSYNC. Then, after 7pm, Anne kicked off the Talent show with some Karate. She was followed by some more amazing performances by Vishesh, Connor, Dylan, Dorje, Mr.Larson, Mr. Nielsen, Tapashwi, and Anne. Then, the class of 2019 Seniors performed “We’re all in this together” to close a very special evening.
– Areez K
This year the Grade 9 class traveled to Chitwan to work with the Tharu community. Our service objective was to build a biogas digester for several families. During the trip, we learned about the various stages to develop this sustainable digester. To begin, we were separated into two groups in order to dig separate holes. That day we battled both the sun and the earth. We had to dig a 5-foot hole with the tools provided to us: shovels, pickaxes, hoes and our undying will to succeed. We ended the day and we had conquered the hole. However, we still had a long cycle that lied in wait.
The next morning after a nice hot beverage, we were back full pedal to the metal. This day we needed to create some cement and place some bricks on the cement. Another long day of working lay ahead, but we were ready. Sunscreen on, water bottle filled, and shovel in hand we began working. In the blink of an eye, it was complete. After a night of good sleep, we awoke to another 20KM bike ride. We biked along the serene Chitwan roads until we arrived at the destination. The dome of destiny lay dormant waiting for its construction. We got straight to work. The day passed by, the morning dew became one with the clouds above. The sun rose from its dormancy and showered us with its harsh light. After we wiped the sweat off our brow, it was complete.
What happened in between all this work was a lot of bonding. We had many opportunities to see Nepal in a completely new light and had many deep conversations. All in all, I’m sure we can all agree that this trip was truly therapeutic.
By Aditya and Aarav
On behalf of the grade 9 class
The excitement in Grade 12 Advisory was palpable as the Seniors were measured for their caps and gowns. 64 days to Graduation! After many college acceptances and a fantastic Service Nepal experience, the Senior advisors say: keep up the hard work!
Our Grade 11 students stepped up their preparations for Service Nepal by kayaking in our heated swimming pool. This was an opportunity for our students and teachers to meet their river and kayaking guides, while practicing important kayaking and water safety skills in a controlled environment.
This past week we had the honor of hosting the Fossick Project at Lincoln School. The creators of Fossick, Marta del Grandi and Cecilia Valagussa, worked with our Grade 4 and Grade 5 students to create a smaller version of their visual and audio performance.
The Fossick Project aims to produce artistic performances about the relationship between man and nature
to suggest a reflection on environmental issues and raise awareness around urgent causes. Illustrator Cecilia Valagussa and singer-songwriter Marta del Grandi, the workshop facilitators, met in Belgium in 2013,
while attending their Master studies at the School of Arts. Their collaboration is based on a mutual inspiration and on a common talent for storytelling. Here are two samples of their work. A Journey Into the World and Swim to Me.
Cecilia applies an analogical approach to create a live animation, by using an overhead projector on which she places different materials like flour, leaves, everyday things, and handmade props. She uses many techniques such as cut-out, drawing, and etching. Marta’s voice, unique for its versatility and endless shades, moves effortlessly on the compositions that she writes with samples, synthesizers and acoustic instruments
on Ableton Live.
Their workshop focused on storytelling with sounds and images and challenged the students to free their creativity, imagination, and use their knowledge in a practical way. The theme was wildlife conservation and the relationship between man and the earth beneath.
Students were asked to write a story collectively, collect sound samples, write melodies and lyrics, draw characters, their environment and define their interaction. The workshop ended with a little performance.
Our students set their focus on endangered animals in Nepal.
Day 1 – Research and Sketching
Day 2 – Songwriting Starts
Day 3 – Adding Movement to Animals and Orchestration to the Song
Day 4 – Finishing Animals and Rehearsing Song Memorized
Day 5 – Performance!
From Fall through early Spring, Lincoln has the honor of hosting many colleges and universities from USA, Canada and South East Asia. They come to visit with our students and faculty, either as independent representatives or part of the larger traveling EducationUSA Fair. These interactions are valuable platforms to make those personal connections and also allow for a deeper understanding of who our students are and the programs that these visiting colleges offer.
The University Representatives always have delightful feedback, both of our students and their experience at Lincoln. We also invite host country schools to the college fair so they do not miss out on this valuable opportunity. Last Friday, the Consular section section of the US Embassy also made a US Visa Application Presentation for our non-US families to familiarize them with the US visa application process.