Lincoln High School Patriot Press

January 2021

Patriot Notes by Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

Happy New Year!

As the new calendar year starts at Lincoln High School, we are ready to finish the first semester and begin the second semester. While concluding coursework, students will begin to study for semester tests. For additional information, students can talk to their classroom teachers and counselor. Best of luck to all our students on their semester tests.

Note that our semester test schedule has changed. This schedule allows students to have lunch and start school at the same start time as a regular day of school.

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Lincoln High School Calendar of Events

December 23-January 1 - Holiday Break


4 - Classes Resume

13 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School

14 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School

14 - End of 1st Semester

15 - No Classes - Teacher Workday

18 - No Classes - Teacher Inservice

26 - PSAT Make-up Testing

29 - Senior Pictures for Yearbook Due

Who Do You Know?

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

As educators, we often say graduation is the culmination of a student’s K-12 experience. But, in our school district, there are a number of learners who choose to never graduate. It’s not because they didn’t complete their coursework or fulfill all of the requirements for graduation, but rather because they are life-long learners who stay in school to teach others.

These people are voracious learners, always searching for something more to accomplish, some way to make an impact, and approach their work with an attitude of service. They embrace the challenges presented by their students and enjoy conquest of cracking the code that allows them to connect with each learner.

It takes a special kind of person to be a teacher, and a super-human person to be a teacher during a pandemic.

Nominations are now open for the 33rd Annual Dr. John W. Harris Sioux Falls Teacher of the Year. For more than three decades, local business Vern Eide Motorcars has sponsored this award because it believes success is a two-way street. Strong businesses need strong schools and successful public schools need successful, locally owned businesses that are invested in the community.

Perhaps that reciprocal relationship became even more apparent during the 2020-21 school year. After schools and businesses closed in the spring, teachers went to work transforming in-person instruction to online learning in a matter of days. Was it perfect? No. But the school closure heightened the need for students, parents, staff members, and the community to access quality education, maintain a sense of normalcy, and practice resiliency.

Sioux Falls teachers turned their kitchens into classrooms mounting white boards and projecting virtual lessons on the walls to help their students stay on track. They held virtual meetings with students to check on their health and well-being. They managed their “classroom” of 25 students, some while also occupying their own young children in the background because daycares were closed.

Teachers were heralded as heroes at the start of the pandemic and they are still heroes today. We know they will continue to be viewed as such far into the future when the pandemic becomes a distant memory.

While the concepts they are teaching have stayed the same, nearly every other aspect of their profession has changed. Classrooms look different. Routine practices like lunch and recess have been modified. They wear face coverings, making it harder teach and to connect personally with each student. These people, whose hearts are bigger than their bodies, pour every ounce of energy they have into children who are “educationally” their own.

Do you know a teacher who has gone above and beyond? Do you have a few minutes to tell us how that teacher has supported your child and others during the past year?

You have until Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5pm to submit a nomination. Thanks to Vern Eide, the winner of this prestigious award receives a $4,000 cash prize. While that prize is certainly a generous perk, we can guarantee that every nominee on the list will feel even richer just seeing their nomination and knowing their hard work is recognized and appreciated.

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Congratulations to LHS Students of the Month for December

9th- Clara Carlson and Nevaeh Deardorf

10th- Elizabeth Skroch and Sarah Thorstenson

11th- Mason Scott and Terrion Echols

12th- Jackson Sluiter and Lauren Miller

Student Council Elections

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors interested in running for student council MUST attend ONE of the mandatory student council informational meetings. If you are gone at that time due to COVID, you MUST attend ONE of these same meetings using the following Google Meet Link:

For those interested in running, the mandatory meeting times are Monday, January 25 at 3:25pm OR Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30am.

Both meetings will be held in Mrs. DuBois's Room A201. You MUST attend ONE of these meetings to be eligible to run for student council. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. DuBois at

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Thank You, Lincoln High Parents

The Lincoln High School staff wishes to thank Amy Stockberger Associates, the Mickelsons, and all of our parents for the wonderful donations of meals and gifts during the holiday season and throughout the year. You are the BEST!

Watch Your Favorite 2020-2021 Lincoln Patriot Athletic Events on YouTube

Subscribe to the LHS YouTube channel to get updates and notifications when LHS goes live for events.

Lincoln High School YouTube Channel:

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Sioux Falls School District YouTube Channel:


The SFSD Athletic Department continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. SFSD Athletics is currently operating in TIER 3.

It's Cold Outside Lincoln High School!

As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, please remember that students are not allowed in the building before 8:00 AM. Breakfast is not served until 8:00 AM. If a student is required to be in the building before 8:00 AM (making up a test with a teacher), students need to sign in at the Welcome Window to be recorded for health tracking purposes. Please stay where it is a warm and safe atmosphere before the school opens at 8:00 AM. Thanks for your cooperation.

Join a Club at Lincoln High School!

Lincoln High School values relationships. Research shows us that good relationships keep us happier and healthier. One way for students to discover relationships within the school setting is by joining a club or participating in an activity. Our students and staff have put together some exciting opportunities for students to join and actively participate with their peers through club activities. Clubs meet a couple times a month and cover a wide variety of interests. Joining a club is easy. Check out the LHS Counseling Website to discover your options. Also, read the Statesman and listen to the announcements to learn about the clubs and when they are meeting. Go to: and scroll to the LHS Club List tab.

-Mr. Josh Smith

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Lincoln High School Store News

Patriots--check out the fantastic selection of spiritwear at the LHS School Store website: Please email Mrs. Klaudt or Mr. Jones with orders or questions.

LHS Counseling Dept - 367-7994

Tanielle Sylvester


David Myers


Wendy Dorman


Matt Meyers


Jackie Anderson


Becky Thomas


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ASBAB Testing at Lincoln High School

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

ASVAB testing will be administered at Lincoln High School January 15th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in computer lab A300E. Please stop by the counseling office to learn more about the ASVAB and to register for testing. Please note that while 10th graders can take the test, they cannot use the results with military recruiters. You must be a junior or senior for results to count for a recruiter.

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ACT Prep Seminar Information

Register for the ACT Prep Seminar here.

PSAT/NMSQT January 26 Makeup Test Information

Find information on the makeup test here.

Avera Academy--Free Dual College Credit

Avera Academy is offering a great opportunity for your son/daughter for their senior year. It is a free dual credit college level course working at Southeast Technical Institute in the mornings. Students will earn 12 free college credits from STI that can be transferred to any institution in South Dakota. Plus, spend every Friday morning at Avera Hospital getting exposed to the Healthcare Industry. The student must have a strong interest in the healthcare field.

For more information you can find the application on our counseling website:

If you have an interest, questions, or want an application, stop by the counseling office. The deadline is January 8th.

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Important Graduation Cap and Gown Ordering Information--January 3 Deadline

Class of 2021,


Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Even though things may look differently this year we are going to Celebrate Graduation in May.

Class of 2021 Graduation packets were handed out at school in September. Please make sure you have one. Extra packets are available in the offices and Welcome Window if you need one. Click on the video below to learn more.

FREE Cap, Gown & Tassel with the purchase of Class Jewelry during your senior year. See the front of your Graduation Packet for Details. Ring Sizers are available in the office if needed.





P.O. BOX 89121


Please contact us if you have questions,

Tom Tastad

Dakota Recognition/Jostens


Hello Seniors and Senior Parents

We are looking for fun pictures of seniors at events or during special moments for the Senior Slideshow. THIS IS NOT FOR THE YEARBOOK.

Send one individual picture if you want but one or two fun group pictures are even better so we can get pictures of ALL seniors.

Please email pictures for the Senior Slideshow to:

Please include NAMES of individuals in the pictures(s) as best as you can. Include approximate DATE and EVENT if applicable and known.

Pictures sent earlier in the year are more likely to show up in the slideshow. Photos sent later in the year will also be included but may be underrepresented due to end of the year time crunch.

We are trying to include pictures of ALL the seniors!

Thank you,

The Senior Slideshow Committee

Lincoln High School Senior Class of 2021 Party News

Find all of the information on Class of 2021 party planning activities here.


Lincoln Patriot families,

We are excited to announce that we have a new LHS Booster website! It is our hope that you'll find this new site to be a helpful resource to learn about and engage with LHS and Booster Club activities.

Check out and explore!

A special thank you to the folks at Omnitech, Inc for collaborating with the Booster Club to build this new site. Their efforts and pro-bono work have made this possible.

Lincoln High School Calendar

Click this link to view the LHS Activities Calendar.