Mr. Lin's Clubhouse

Mr. Lin's Clubhouse This page is open to Mr. Lin's current and former students and their parents. It is also open to anybody who has a vested interest in the educational status of our youths within the context of Chittum Elementary (Chesapeake, VA).
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Welcome to Mr. Lin's official page for the Clubhouse. Please note that this page operates independently from the official business of Chittum Elementary School and Chesapeake Public Schools. The purposes of this page are three-folds:
1) Reach out to learners in an era of online relevance and networking.
2) Provide a forum for former and current students through which to connect in the interest of living with confidence and in excellence.
3) Help connect students (present and former) with the wider community of stakeholders with a vested interest in their education. Please note that the spirit of of this forum must be cordial, civil, and respectful. This page should model the appropriate use of online tools, serving also as a reflection of expectations set forth in class, no matter how long ago they were presented. Rude and offensive behavior will not be tolerated. As such, the administrator of this page will be the primary and sole judge of such behavior, and violations may result in lost privileges in the use of this page. Other features of the page include:
1) Links to the official Clubhouse website
2) Up-to-date happenings in the life of the Clubhouse
3) Current updates of upcoming events
4) Photos and (possibly) videos. Remember, Mr. Lin maintains tremendous pride in his future, current, and former students. Always struggle confidently in the direction of Excellence!

Operating as usual

05/23/2020

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To the Clubhousers in the High School Senior Class of 2020:

Make no mistake that you hold a special place in my heart. 2012-2013 was an epic year. I got to celebrate a Teacher of the Year award with you. Our first son was born. And that was the last year I served as a teacher. You were part of the Last Clubhouse.

You’ve been robbed of the traditions afforded to past senior classes. Your disappointment is valid. But I also invite you to embrace the silver linings. Without traditions to hold you back, you are free to blaze YOUR version of excellence, for yourself and for others. The future is still there for your taking.

Keep it Excellent,

Mr. Lin

It's that time of year again! #BeatPediatricCancer"As a teacher, all of your students will make an indelible impact on y...
02/17/2020
Steven Lin | A St. Baldrick's Participant

It's that time of year again! #BeatPediatricCancer

"As a teacher, all of your students will make an indelible impact on your life. Occasionally, however, one will change your life. For me, one of those students was Jose. It wasn't so much that he was an outstanding student that changed me, but rather in the way he lived his life. After multiple bouts with rhabdomyosarcoma, Jose left our presence in 2009. If he was the great Alexander the Great, I fancied myself as Aristotle, for I have continued to tell stories of my student for years to come. And it is for him, and many other students who have battled the scourge of cancer, that I continue to advocate for the fight against childhood cancer.

Please help me in this endeavor by either donating to our team "Yes Way, Jose" benefiting the St. Baldrick's Foundation or sharing this post.

With much gratitude ..."

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Clubhouse2020

I'm shaving my head to raise money for childhood cancer research and stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer! Make a donation to support my fundraising efforts!

Found some oldies. Letters from our Clubhousers in 2006, 5th grader advice for my then-GF (now-wife), who was graduating...
07/06/2019

Found some oldies. Letters from our Clubhousers in 2006, 5th grader advice for my then-GF (now-wife), who was graduating college to be a teacher.

“Be the best you can be and show your kids confidence and excellence ...”

#ClubhouseLetters #KidAdvice #HowToBeATeacher

Sometimes the kids give the best advice.“Use hands on activities. It’s more fun, and kids get the idea more easily. Reme...
07/06/2019

Sometimes the kids give the best advice.

“Use hands on activities. It’s more fun, and kids get the idea more easily. Remember, everyone learns differently ... Keep it simple. A complex concept can be made simple ... and don’t forget to listen to their stories.”

#ClubhouseLetters #AdviceForNewTeachers

I remember getting my hair cut at Great Clips by the Chesapeake Square Mall. I was talking about all of “my kids.”  Even...
07/04/2019
Once You're My Student, You're Always My Student

I remember getting my hair cut at Great Clips by the Chesapeake Square Mall. I was talking about all of “my kids.” Eventually, the stylist stopped and finally asked what must have been dominating her mind. “How many kids do you have?!” At that moment, it dawned on me that I was speaking as though my students were my actually children.

I often chuckle when I think back to that episode. The stylist and I a wonderful laugh once it was all cleared up!

https://www.weareteachers.com/always-my-student/#.XRybIFzayPE.facebook

I'll be there for you...if you need me.

HEY ALL, I INVITE YOU TO READ THIS TESTIMONY. And then please consider donating. Or at the very least, please consider s...
02/17/2019
Steven Lin | A St. Baldrick's Participant

HEY ALL, I INVITE YOU TO READ THIS TESTIMONY. And then please consider donating. Or at the very least, please consider sharing this message and link to others on your timeline!

Once again, and for my 13th year, I am shaving my head for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. It all started in 2005, my rookie year as a public school teacher at Chittum Elementary School in Chesapeake Public Schools (Chesapeake, Virginia). On the first day of class, I met all of the students in my class, except for one.
You see, Jose Andres was officially on my roster, but was not physically present. He was homebound due to cancer treatments for #Rhabdomyosarcoma. For most of the year, I left schoolwork in a blue plastic basket for his amazing homebound tutor to gather up and review with Jose Andres at his home.

Over time, I too became close with his lovely family, especially in the springtime when Jose Andres was finally cleared to return back to class. We affectionally self-nicknamed our group of students, "The Clubhouse." And as part of the Clubhouse, we held tightly to certain ideas, such as the notion that a Clubhouser was an ideal way to live confidently and in excellence. Our motto was simple:

"Once a Clubhouser, always a Clubhouser."

That motto was never more relevant for all us the following school year. Sadly, Jose Andres' cancer returned. This time, I wanted to contribute more deeply to his education and offered to serve as his next homebound tutor, to provide the 6th grade curriculum at his home everyday after school. Graciously, Jose Andres and his family agreed. And for the 2007-2008 school year, I had the distinct honor and privilege of teaching a true Renaissance man, a student who was interested in all aspects of life itself, who wanted to interact about ideas from the curriculum and beyond, who pushed me as a tutor, who lovingly challenged me to think deeply about the purpose of my profession, and who inspired me on a personal note as a friend.

Over the next few years, Jose battled cancer on and off. But in 2009, there was nothing more that the great doctors could do. He passed away in September of that year, but not before he made a point to wish us all farewell. With pure grace and strength, he said goodbye with an everlasting smile on his face and some profound questions to perplex us for some time.

He was a warrior, a great one.

He was my Alexander the Great, and I would have hoped that - even for a few minutes - I was was his Aristotle.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation has always been one of Jose Andres' favorite cause. Needless to say, it was a meaningful cause. But as my person testimony would have it, he enjoyed its silly revelry every year as well, and his laughter during those events will remain seared in my memory for the rest of my life.

13 years later, this is why I shave. And this is why I humbly ask you, once again, to contribute even a little bit to the cause of defeating pediatric cancer once and for all.

Once a Clubhouser, Always ...

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Clubhouse2019

I'm shaving my head to raise money for childhood cancer research and stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer! Make a donation to support my fundraising efforts!

09/18/2018
#WhyImAnEducator: Eastern Lebanon County Primary Schools

Realized that I never officially shared on this page that, with the new baby girl, we decided to leave Floyd County (heaven on Earth) and move home to Pennsylvania, where I accepted the principal position at Fort Zeller Elementary School in Eastern Lebanon County (think Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish, and Mennonite country).

We made a video highlighting why we all continue to embrace the idea of being educators. Thought I’d share it with the community that gave me my first shot in the field. Stay excellent y’all!

https://youtu.be/LdvZ7tjC4To

Fort Zeller and Jackson Elementary teachers and staff kick off the school year with a reaffirmation of why they are educators and what aspirations they have ...

As we have done the last few years, please consider sending us a senior photo. We would love to put up a gallery on this...
05/06/2018

As we have done the last few years, please consider sending us a senior photo. We would love to put up a gallery on this page of this year’s high school graduating class. You can send it by messaging us on the page, or emailing Mr. Lin at stevenli[email protected]

Also, we would love to know your future plans and an update of what excellence means to you today!

We are so proud of you all! ❤️

#Excellence #Chesapeake #ChittumElementary #WesternBranch

It is #PublicSchoolsWeek, and we are grateful that you are an important part of our local system!Celebrate with us and c...
03/12/2018

It is #PublicSchoolsWeek, and we are grateful that you are an important part of our local system!

Celebrate with us and comment below to share why you appreciate your public schools, their staff members (teachers, assistants, counselors, custodians, kitchen, bus drivers, office staff, etc.), and the community they serve!

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING ME WITH A DONATION TO BEAT CHILDHOOD CANCER!Hey y'all! We are a little late to the game this yea...
02/11/2018
Steven Lin | A St. Baldrick's Participant

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING ME WITH A DONATION TO BEAT CHILDHOOD CANCER!

Hey y'all! We are a little late to the game this year, but Mr. Lin is raising funds to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation with team "Yes Way, Jose!"

This is our 12th straight year participating, and we are honored to represent the memory of Jose Andres, one of the Clubhouse's very first students. He may have left us physically in 2009, but our warrior continues to inspire us with the way he lived his life to the fullest. Please consider a small donation as we carry on the fight to beat pediatric cancer, and benefit awareness, research, and treatment!

*Donations are tax-deductible

https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/Clubhouse2018

This St. Baldrick's participant is shaving their head to raise money for childhood cancer research and stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer! Make a donation to support their fundraising efforts.

Happy New Year, ya Clubhousers!! Welcome 2018!!Photo: Ice Sculptures in State College, PA
01/01/2018

Happy New Year, ya Clubhousers!! Welcome 2018!!

Photo: Ice Sculptures in State College, PA

12/25/2017
Hey Clubhousers, just wanted to share with you WDBJ Roanoke anchor Kimberly McBroom’s “Early Years” segment from earlier...
11/18/2017
The families of some hometown "Wonder" Kids want to raise awareness, and end bullying

Hey Clubhousers, just wanted to share with you WDBJ Roanoke anchor Kimberly McBroom’s “Early Years” segment from earlier this week as she interviewed Mr. Lin’s wife, Jean, and their friend Heather as they talk about what it means to be mothers of children with Apert Syndrome (a craniofacial condition).

This is all perfect timing too, as the movie “Wonder” opened in theaters yesterday (Friday), and follows the fictional life of main character, Auggie, who was born with another craniofacial condition (Treacher-Collins).

Mr. Lin and his family are working with a local theatre to promote awareness and support for the Children's Craniofacial Association. Please continue to pursue excellence in your lives and to promote the message of kindness to yourself and others. #ChooseKind!

EARLY YEARS: Living and thriving with Apert Syndrome

Shout out to the new High School Senior Class of 2018 (Clubhouse Class of 2011)!  As all of our Clubhousers gear up to g...
09/05/2017

Shout out to the new High School Senior Class of 2018 (Clubhouse Class of 2011)! As all of our Clubhousers gear up to get back to work in the next school year, remember to work on redefining your own brand of excellence, then move forward with confidence and humility. We are proud of you!

PICTURE: Throwback to the current high school seniors' 5th grade graduation from the Clubhouse in Spring of 2011

Met up last night with Clubhousers Jordan Brickell, who is graduating this year from Western Branch High School, and Jos...
07/13/2017

Met up last night with Clubhousers Jordan Brickell, who is graduating this year from Western Branch High School, and Joshua Reichard Reichard, who is graduating from ODU this year. They were in Roanoke for a mission trip. We are so proud of them and their unique senses of excellence!

Just proving that the Clubhouse continues to be represented at Mr. Lin's new school, Check Elementary in Floyd County.  ...
07/04/2017

Just proving that the Clubhouse continues to be represented at Mr. Lin's new school, Check Elementary in Floyd County. Look around his office carefully!

Continue confidently with excellence!

June is Apert Awareness month.  #ChooseKind
06/24/2017

June is Apert Awareness month. #ChooseKind

Principal Lin of Fishburn Park Elementary donated a copy of "We Are All Wonders" to each of our elementary schools. It is in honor of their son Levi, who has Apert Syndrome. June is Apert Syndrome Awareness Month. Thanks to Mr. Lin's family for your generosity.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Clubhousers who are part of this year's High School Senior Class of 2017!!!!  You might or might ...
06/15/2017

CONGRATULATIONS to the Clubhousers who are part of this year's High School Senior Class of 2017!!!! You might or might not remember that the cakes pictured in this post were baked at the end of your 5th grade year by our wonderful assistant, Ms. Demetris. We thought that it would be a nice throwback and reminder of your years and roots at Chittum Elementary.

But beyond throwbacks, let's throw it forward as well. Rest assured that the future is bright! Best wishes as you pursue your dreams. Impact yourself AND your society; those aspirations are not exclusive, but complimentary, rather.

Be humble. Know that you would be a shell of yourself without a system of support. Continue to seek out those true friends and role models who will bravely call you out, challenge you, and support your endeavors all at once. But also continue to develop your own brand and definition of EXCELLENCE. Proceed forward in that journey with confidence.

Never forget that this world was made for you. It was also made for me. In fact, it was made for all of us. The future is ours to shape. Collectively. What an honor! What an honor it is to join together with you to mold the masterpiece we call "tomorrow."

Once a Clubhouser ... Always.

#Excellence #Clubhousers #Opportunityisnowhere

ETHAN KEIRN: Ethan will graduate from Western Branch High School in 2017. He plans to attend TCC with plans to eventuall...
05/27/2017

ETHAN KEIRN: Ethan will graduate from Western Branch High School in 2017. He plans to attend TCC with plans to eventually enroll in the biology program at Old Dominion. He hopes to work as a veterinarian one day.

"To me, excellence means going out of your way to perform the best that you can, even if you don't necessarily like what it is that you're doing."

CAMILLE MCCADDEN: Camille will graduate from Western Branch High School in 2017. She plans to attend North Carolina A&T ...
05/10/2017

CAMILLE MCCADDEN: Camille will graduate from Western Branch High School in 2017. She plans to attend North Carolina A&T to major in biology. She eventually hopes to be accepted into the university's premed program.

TRISTAN BENEFIELD: Tristan will graduate on the Honor Roll from Western Branch High School in 2017.  He plans to attend ...
04/19/2017

TRISTAN BENEFIELD: Tristan will graduate on the Honor Roll from Western Branch High School in 2017. He plans to attend Tidewater Community College in the fall with a focus on the computer sciences and hopes to complete his B.S. after transferring to Old Dominion University. He is excited about his future.

KEVIN WITHEROW: Kevin will graduate from Western Branch High School as an honors students in 2017.  He plans to attend O...
04/18/2017

KEVIN WITHEROW: Kevin will graduate from Western Branch High School as an honors students in 2017. He plans to attend Old Dominion University as a member of the Honors College and will major in computer science.

"While you’re in high school, it’s easy to become complacent because the big picture of life isn’t visible yet, but excellence isn’t something that goes away. No matter where you are at, or your situation—even when it seems excellence doesn’t matter—putting in the extra effort will lead to amazing things. I am excited for the opportunity to see the greater potential of excellence in my university studies."

DAKOTA GROVES: Dakota will graduate from Western Branch High School Class in 2017. He plans to attend Tidewater Communit...
04/17/2017

DAKOTA GROVES: Dakota will graduate from Western Branch High School Class in 2017. He plans to attend Tidewater Community College, and then enroll at Old Dominion University with plans of studying to become a history teacher.

DILLON WASINGER: Dillon will graduate from Western Branch High School in 2017.  Having been committed to serve his count...
04/17/2017

DILLON WASINGER: Dillon will graduate from Western Branch High School in 2017. Having been committed to serve his country in the U.S. Marines all year, he will attend basic training shortly after high school graduation.

“I think excellence is based on charcter traits such as integrity, honor, courage, good work ethic, honesty. Excellence isn’t easy. Everybody goes through some kind of failure, but once everyone has learned from that, they would have earned excellence."

ASHLEY THURSBY: Ashley will graduate from Western Branch High School in 2017.  She will be attend Old Dominion Universit...
04/17/2017

ASHLEY THURSBY: Ashley will graduate from Western Branch High School in 2017. She will be attend Old Dominion University and major in Biochemistry with hopes of pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

"Excellence is something that I've carried throughout my life ever since I was in the Clubhouse! It has been an important part of my everyday activities. Excellence, to me means always being kind, looking out for people, and always giving my 100%. That is something I feel that I succeeded in over the years. Thank you for everything you taught us! Once a Clubhouser always a Clubhouser! ❤"

CHANDLER SCOTT: Chandler will graduate from Greenbriar Christian Academy in 2017.  He will attend Virginia Wesleyan Univ...
04/17/2017

CHANDLER SCOTT: Chandler will graduate from Greenbriar Christian Academy in 2017. He will attend Virginia Wesleyan University in the fall and has a 4 year roster spot on the baseball team in addition to being admitted into their School of Math and Science. His future plans are to study biology and pharmaceutical research, hoping to continue his education at EVMS.

“Excellence means giving 110% regardless of what's against you. Never giving up. Fighting till you are forced to stop. Striving for GOLD. and NEVER settle for silver. Being excellent is a trait earned not given. And once you earn it, you never let it go. To be excellent you must work harder than everyone, and respect everyone else as well"

04/17/2017

HEY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS CLASS OF 2017! I know that I’m late in getting the Senior Album up for the Class of 2017. If you haven’t already sent in a senior picture with your plans for next year, I would love to have it to post. I Would love to also have a sentence about what “excellence” means to you these days! You can PM me, or send the photo to [email protected]. Thanks guys!

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2008 Dock Landing Rd
Chesapeake, VA
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