School Promotes Core Values to Address Student Needs
Lincoln Elementary School, Troy, M.O.
Lucky the Leopard, the Lincoln mascot, greets students in the morning with his paw raised as a reminder of the school touchstone, Show Your Paw, which reinforces the core values of respect, self-control, accountability, and being ready to learn. All teachers are trained in a districtwide reading program, and the entire school has strengthened its focus on math. Learning abilities are addressed with differentiated instruction strategies. Students have an active voice and choice in the character education process. Lincoln promotes caring attachments through monthly buddy programs, cross-grade student mentors, weekly class meetings, and cooperative learning academic centers. According to parent Tracy Hulbert, Lincoln is “an extension of the home, a nurturing environment that feels like family.”