Lincoln Celebrates Fifty Years

  • Celebrating Fifty Years of

    Memories and Progress at Lincoln Avenue

    Even though the building’s cornerstone reads 1967, when the newest elementary school in Sayville finally opened its doors, it was March of 1968.  A major construction setback due to immense storms that swept across Long Island had delayed Lincoln Avenue’s official opening that had been originally scheduled for September of 1967.

    However, nearly fifty years later, nothing delayed the opening of Lincoln Avenue’s doors for the anniversary celebration. Student-designed artwork festooned the corridors to commemorate the march of time with photos, old news, and mementos from the early days of Lincoln up until the present. Five decades were on display thanks to the efforts of  the students and teachers from Kindergarten and First Grade (2000s and 2010s), the Second Grade (1990s), Third Grade (1980s) Fourth Grade (1970s), and Fifth Grade (1960s).  

    There was much to celebrate as Principal Michele LeBlanc noted in her words of welcome during an evening reception that was well-attended by alumni and their families, former faculty and staff, former PTA presidents, the members of the student government as well as the performing Fifth-graders. (Click on either the images at right or the PDF link at the bottom of the page--below all the photos--to read the entire welcome.)

      Guests who shared a few words were: 

    • Sayville Board of Education President, Mr. John Verdone (Click on the pdf  of Guest Speakers below.)
    • Lincoln Avenue PTA President, Ann Marie DeGregoria (Click on the pdf  of Guest Speakers below.)
    • Lincoln Avenue Site-Based Team Parent Chair, Karah Klein (Click on the pdf  of Guest Speakers below.)
    • Representing our Retired Teachers, Janet Cozza (Click on the pdf below.)
    • STA Representative and Student Government Advisor, Melinda Moran (Click on the pdf below.)

    The entire Fifth-grade performed the skit "50 Cheers for 50 Years" (written, directed and produced by Christine Cirillo, assisted by co-directors Heather Gonzalez and Kathy Whitehurstthat showcased singing, dancing (including Dr. Shartner) and acting talents of the Lincoln students.

    Click on the links below to read in PDF format all the speeches from the Anniversary celebration and view the video of the student performances created by Sergio Diaz. (Special thanks go to Debra Wortzman, who provided the student photos, hallway posters, and  performance stills. Be sure to open the subfolder in the navigator bar at left to see all her photos or click on the related link at the bottom of this page.)

    Video by Sergio Diaz

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