Lincoln Middle School student Hazel Purins qualified for the state championship by taking second place at the ninth annual Alameda County Junior High Spelling Bee held last Saturday at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley. Just the top two contestants advance to the state competition. Purins and her “rival” Anisha Rao will represent Alameda County at the Junior High State Spelling Bee Championship set for Saturday, May 5, in San Rafael.
Congresswoman honors Lincoln Middle School students’ efforts
Congresswoman Barbara Lee honored Alameda middle school for its ongoing contribution to improving the environment. Through the Ocean Guardian program, which is run by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Lincoln Middle School students are replacing invasive plants along the San Leandro Bay shoreline with native ones, as well as picking up trash.
The Lincoln Middle School Band put on a "Westward Bound" performance on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to a packed crowd of families and community members. Those in attendance not only delighted in the musical performances of the talented young players but also feasted on a delicious barbecue dinner. A beautiful sunset treated the crowd just as the students struck up the first notes of the evening.
Alameda youth are standing up to big tobacco companies. Eighty six students from Lincoln Middle School, Bay Farm Elementary School, Encinal High School and other volunteers attended the final neighborhood canvassing event in the city on Saturday, Oct 27. They delivered more than 5,000 educational door-hangers with facts about candy flavored tobacco products, the new tactic from tobacco companies to hook a new generation of smokers.
Lincoln Middle School student Hazel Purins represented Alameda County at the Junior High State Spelling Bee Championship Saturday, May 5, in San Rafael. She finished 28th out of 50 at the state competition. She topped 27 other spellers who finished first or second in their respective counties.
“She was kind of bummed she didn’t spend more time training,” stated Hazel’s mom, Carrie, in an email. “She heard that the top three finishers would get recommendations so they could compete in the Scripps National Bee, and that was news to us.”
Last Sunday, police in Tacoma, Wash., arrested a 15-year-old boy they suspected of making threats on social media toward people at Lincoln High School there. News of this arrest spread across social media and fed a rumor that Alameda’s Lincoln Middle School faced a threat. In light of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Alameda Police Department (APD) and the school district launched an investigation.
Eleven Lincoln Middle School teachers led their students through coding lessons during the Computer Science Education Week that ran from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13. The teachers used special tools and techniques developed to fit into an “Hour of Code.” The students at Lincoln did not work in a vacuum. This year some 200,000 educators in more than 180 countries participated in the program.
The second annual Alameda Spelling Bee took place last Saturday at Otis Elementary School. Liam Foster, a ninth-grader at Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), was named the top speller on the Island. This year’s bee was open to students in both elementary and middle schools. Foster was also named the top middle-school-age speller.
Hazel Purins, last year’s top speller, a sixth-grader at Lincoln Middle School (LMS), came in second place overall, and was the top elementary school-age speller. (The county bee categorizes up to sixth-graders in the elementary school division.)