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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, the NJ Principal and Supervisors Association Fall 2017 Conference - "Empower," and the TMI Professional Learning Consortium on topics such as brain-based learning and leadership.

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.  


"We Take PRIDE In Learning"
Principal - Mr. Matt Carlin
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Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited with the return of our students, families, and staff. Lincoln-Hubbard strives to promote achievement and success for each learner through a highly valued home and school partnership.  This year will be no exception.


"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 2019-2020 year.




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


  • By June 2020, 80% of all grade 2-5 students will achieve “Mastery” in at least one math skill using the Diagnostic and Recommendations platform of IXL Math.

  • Grade levels taking the 2020 NJSLA-ELA  assessment will “Exceed” the District performance in the following content standards:

  • Grade 3:  3.Int.5 - Add, subtract, or multiply to solve a one-step word problem involving masses or volumes that are given in the same units, where a substantial addition, subtraction, or multiplication step is required drawing on knowledge and skills articulated in 3.NBT, e.g., by using drawings (such as a beaker with a measurement scale) to represent the problem.7.


    Grade 4: 4.MD.A.1 - Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table.


    Grade 5: 5.NBT.7-4 Divide in problems involving tenths and/or hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.




By June 2020, 80%  or more of all students at each grade level (including students who receive support services) will achieve end of year guided reading level benchmark (up from 76% average from the 2018-2019 school year)    

Grade 1: End of Year Benchmark- Level  I

Grade 2: End of Year Benchmark - Level M

Grade 3: End of Year Benchmark - Level P

Grade 4 End of Year Benchmark - Level S

Grade 5 End of Year Benchmark - Level V

Grade levels taking the 2020 NJSLA-ELA  assessment will “Exceed” the District performance in the following content standards:

Grade 3:  RI 3.3.1 - Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers 

Grade 4: RL 4.2.1 - Determine the theme of a story, drama, or poem from details from details in the text; summarize the text. Provides a statement of a theme of the text.

Grade 5:RL 5.6.1 - Describe how a narrator’s or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.


  • Analyzing 2019 NJSLA 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 and language arts readiness and targeting specific skill acquisition at grades 2-5 through the application of IXL software. 


By June 2020, 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 3rd Year of our L-H Community Study into Growth Mindset Theory, we will focus on the following topics and activities:

- Studying Growth Mindset Theory and its relationship to mathematics

- Exploring strategies and benefits of feedback to promote growth mindset

- Student ownership strategies in the application of growth mindset

- Continuation 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 2019-2020, we will IMPLEMENT 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 2019-2020 school year with a focus on the pillar of "RESPECT,"  followed by a focus on "EMPATHY" during January-June 2020.

- 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.

Academic Activities

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. 




The Arts

We will offer an exceptional line up of Cultural Arts Programs for the 2019-2020,including our School Musical production of "Shrek Jr." in March 2020!    

The circus comes to town as L-H welcomes back "Circus Around the World" with Mr. Kevin O'Keefe - students in grades 4 & 5 will participate in a 2 week residency to study cultures from around the world and various circus arts.  On the final day - they perform in an actual circus!

Author visitation - 2020  Sue Fleiss/ 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






Extra Curricular

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