Mr. Matt Carlin
Principal, Lincoln-Hubbard School
Mr. Matt Carlin was named Principal of Lincoln- Hubbard Elementary School in June 2005. Under his leadership, Lincoln-Hubbard has continued to demonstrate academic excellence both within New Jersey and on a national level. Mr. Carlin has worked with the Lincoln-Hubbard community to develop an outstanding cultural arts/theater program, embrace its cultural diversity, ensuring an environment that nurtures the social and emotional well-being of its students, and complete a redesign of the school library into a state-of-the-art “Learning Commons.”
Prior to being named principal, Mr. Carlin taught at Brayton Elementary School for ten years at various grade levels. He delivers a variety of professional development workshops within the District and is a co-presenter of the “Brain-Based Learning” workshop series that is requirement for all non-tenured staff in Summit. He has presented at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and the NJ Principal and Supervisors Association Fall 2017 Conference - "Empower."
Mr. Carlin holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Moravian College, a M.A. in Education from Saint Peter’s College and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Rutgers University. Mr. Carlin lives in Pennsylvania, with his wife, Tracy, who is also an educator. They have three children.
WELCOME TO THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR!
"LET'S GO...LET'S GROW...LET'S KEEP MOVING FORWARD IN 2018-2019, L-H!
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
* Please refer to the Principal's "Summer Parent Letter" for more information regarding Back To School & start of the 2018-2019 year.
- PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS/INITIATIVE ALIGNED WITH BOE FOCUS AREAS
- MATHEMATICS TARGETS
- BALANCED LITERACY TARGETS
- ANALYZING STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND INFORMING INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE
- ROBOTICS/CODING AT ALL GRADE LEVELS
- CONTINUANCE OF L-H COMMUNITY STUDY OF GROWTH MINDSET THEORY FOR ALL STUDENTS, STAFF AND PARENTS
- BUILDING AND FURTHER ENHANCING HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS
- NURTURING OUR PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
- PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION
Planning and implementing instructional programs and initiatives that align with the BOE Focus Areas for 2018-2021.
Focus Area #1: Pursue scholarly excellence for each and every diverse learner by consistently providing a multifaceted, global educational experience at all levels
Focus Area #2: Provide an environment for students and teachers to cultivate a shared love of learning by supporting creativity and inspiration, and dedication in all phases of the educational journey
Focus Area #3: Sustain superior academic programs through strategic investment and targeted financial decision making to optimize the overall educational opportunities for our students
The following standards for mathematical practice will be focused upon across grade levels and supported by professional development during the 2018-2019 school year in Mathematics as a result of analysis of student performance from the previous year:
Explanation and Reasoning
Students will verbalize their reasoning using prompts/sentence stems displayed and through teacher modeling, shared writing or interactive writing, gradually introduce independency in their own writing
Students will write a sequential explanation using using sentence stems/prompts along with effective models to exhibit understanding of a problem.
Students will use math language to give viable sequential reasoning using effective models, to exhibit understanding of a problem.
Students will use math language (tier 2) to give viable sequential reasoning using effective models, to exhibit understanding of a problem
Students will use advanced (tier 3) math language to give viable sequential arguments/ reasoning using effective models to exhibit understanding of a problem.
The following standards will be focused upon across grade levels and supported by professional development during the 2018-2019 school year in Reading and Writing as a result of analysis of student performance from the previous year:
Using information gained from text features (e.g., illustrations, maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Describing in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
- Analyzing 2018 PARCC assessment data to make informed decisions regarding student achievement and instructional practice.
- Analyzing 2018-2019 school-based data with a lens of "growth" and achievement of standards including guided reading level acquisition, pre/post on-demand writing samples, pre/post unit assessments in mathematics.
- Continued implementation and application of Continuum assessment tools within the Reading and Writing Workshop
- Introduction and application of scaffolded Math Rubric assessment tool at each grade level.
- Analyzing math readiness and targeting specific skill acquisition at grades 2-5 through the application of IXL software.
By June 2019, Lincoln-Hubbard School will align with the District goal to increase opportunities for students to pursue their curiosities and interests around the subjects of Science,Technology,Engineering,Arts (Design) and Math - STEAM - by expanding opportunities for students to problem solve through engaging, hands-on experiential lessons.
Specifically - In Grades 1-5: All classes will participate in a minimum of 8 robotics / coding sessions.
In our 2nd Year of our L-H Community Study into Growth Mindset Theory, we will focus on the following topics and activities:
- Studying the benefits of mistakes and failures as it relates to the learning process.
- Exploring strategies and benefits of feedback to promote growth mindset
- Student ownership strategies in the application of growth mindset
- Formation of a parent bookclub series to engage in reading and discussion of how Growth Mindset strategies are beneficial in both the home and school settings.
Building and further enhancing home/school communications and programs for families- including continuation and enhancement of "1 to 1" contacts, REMIND 101, "Principal's Cafe - Grade 1&2 / Grades 3-5 Coffees," as well as developing informational seminars for parents on instructional practices and ways to support their child's learning at home. In 2018-2019, we will pursue an initiative called "Show and Grow," where students will select artifacts of their learning on a regular basis that they believe demonstrates their growth and/or achievement. Subsequently, students will bring these artifacts home and share/teach about their growth in the home setting.
Continuing to promote healthy choices and experiences for students through menu options, classroom celebrations, physical activity, and fun! Examples of programs and initiatives at our school that nurture the physical, social and emotional well being of our students include:
- Monthly student/staff playdates: At the end of each month, we select an afternoon where instruction is paused and time is spent between students and staff to simply enjoy a playdate together.
- L-H Pillars of Pride Character Education Program - Every few months, a specific pillar of character is selected and celebrated through a variety of school-based activities including weekly goals, student reflections that are read over the loudspeaker, assembly programs, and other novel applications of learning. We will begin the 2018-2019 school year with a focus on the pillar of "CARING."
- Grade 5 SAGE Eldercare Residency - Fifth grade students engage in a brief residency experience with SAGE Eldercare each year. Grade 5 students travel to SAGE, where they engage in sensitivity training and also spend time with the residents at SAGE sharing conversation and smiles. See article below:
The Parent Teacher Organization at Lincoln-Hubbard and our parent involvement in general are an integral aspect of the daily life at our school. This year, the PTO has obtained funding and support for a variety of projects including the purchasing of an Outdoor Classroom area on school grounds and a continued development of an outstanding Cultural Arts program for 2018-2019. The L-H Cultural Arts committee identifies an outstanding variety of programs and presentations for our students to enjoy throughout the course of the school year. ** Please check our PTO website - thelionlink.com - for a wealth of information about L-H events and parent resources.
Daily "W.I.N." time for all students where the first 25 minutes of the day is dedicated to each student working on an individualized goal - with the help and guidance of all building staff.
After-school Clubs - including "Robotics," "Mindfulness," "Cooking," "Lego Architects," and much more!
Award winning L-H Chess Team that competes both within Summit and inter-district chess tournaments.
Parent Workshops including Family Math, Family Science, Family Technology, Growth Mindset, and introduction of a Family Literacy Night program.
We will offer an exceptional line up of Cultural Arts Programs for the 2018-2019, including our 2018 School Musical production of "The Lion King" this December!
Author visitation - 2019 Matt de la Pena/ Grade 5 Select Chorus / Orchestra / Grade 4 & 5 Band / Pillars of Pride Program /Art in the Classroom/ Grade 1-3 Talent Show/ L-H Lion Jazz Licks - Jazz Ensemble, 3-D Design and Printing
L-H Cares Community Service Program, L-H Chess Team, Grade 5 Safety Patrol, New Student Lunches, After School Enrichment, After School PTO Sponsored Playdates, PTO Family Movie Night, PTO Boys Night Out, PTO Sweetheart Dance,Thanksgiving Food Drive, Buddy Classes