Award Year: 2019

Lincoln Elementary School

1120 Lark Street
Alexandria, MN, 56308-2300

(320) 762-3320

Mr. Brendan Bogart, Principal at time of Nomination

Alexandria Public School District

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Mission

Lincoln Elementary School works as a team to ensure all students learn and grow.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 2%
Application
Empathy, relationships, high expectations, and accountability yield Lincoln Learners!

Empathy, relationships, high expectations, and accountability yield Lincoln Learners!

Lincoln Elementary has a tradition and reputation of supporting students and families by developing authentic connections and meeting families where they are at. This relationship-based approach establishes a foundation of trust and support. Parents truly report that teachers care about their children as individuals and that they are safe and welcome in our school.

It is commonplace to see our hallways full of parents during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times. As teachers and staff go about their school routines they make time to visit and connect with parents. Parents report that teachers are highly responsive to parent concerns. Our strategy of informally being available through casual interactions proactively mitigates concerns and challenges and quantitatively strengthens the parent-teacher relationship.

Another strategy that strengthens the family experience at our school is our focus on the whole child. We believe parents are concerned about academic progress and are equally and more so concerned about their child's social and emotional well-being. We strategically communicate progress through routine, individual communication, as well as formally through our social-emotional-behavioral Code of Conduct rubric. This practice affirms to parents that we truly have their child's best interest in mind.

Finally, though a relationship-based approach, we hold students accountable to high academic and social-emotional-behavioral growth. These expectations are not proficiency-based, but individual in nature and founded on the belief that all children can learn, failure is part of learning, and growth mindset is essential.