Lincoln High School Patriot Press

June 2021

Patriot Notes

by Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

Summer break is near! What a wonderful and challenging year for everyone. Your patience and grace during this year were appreciated. We will continue to work hard for you and your students.

Congratulations to the class of 2021. Graduates can pick up their diplomas starting June 7th. As summer begins, our office is open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday. If you need to return or pick up items, we will be here.

Lincoln High School will continue to have upgrades and improvements performed. We are currently fundraising for a new sound system in the new gym. If you would like to contribute, you may do so using this link:

Although predicting what summer break will look like is difficult, I do know it will offer opportunities for all of us. My hope is that through the potential challenges that come our way we may see the opportunities for learning that can take place in that moment or situation. I've seen the power of our Patriots and I know the learning never stops!

Of course, we will keep you posted on information regarding the start of the school year. May your summer be restful, and we look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!


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Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following Students of the Month at LHS:


9th- Akino Naoe and Lilyanna Cazares

10th- Kaitlyn Hallem and Kyle Maher

11th- Ethan Gladue and Sophia Hein

12th- Chelsey Larson and Adam Monson


9th- Anna Leuning and Carson Gohl

10th- Princess Gayetaye and Michael Pagone

11th- Ady Sand and Levi Garcia

12th- Claire Egland and Marianah Ngindo

South Dakota Honor Choir

Congratulations to the sophomore and junior students who were selected for the 2021 South Dakota Honor Choir. We are proud of all the students who went to the work of preparing for the intense skill-based audition. Lincoln had 26 students and 4 alternates chosen for this prestigious experience which is more than any other school in the state. These students will attend a week-long music camp held on the campus of SDSU working with an expert conductor culminating in a concert performance.

Congratulations to the following LHS students: Emma Boyens, Ava Bouwman, Adam Boyens (Alternate), Makea Buchanan, Isaiah Campbell, Savannah Chhen, Emmy Clark, Olivia Day (Alternate), Jonathon Falconer, Ella Frasier, Lucas Hendricks, Luke Henrichs, Ember Hodgins, Katherine Jones, Brooklyn Kellenberger, Josie Kimball, Eva Knudtson, Charlie Kriech, Kobe Lage, Hallie Luther, Emma Madeja, Will McQuistan, Katherine Mickelson (Alternate), Atong Nhomot, Cheyenne Sanger, Augustus Sargent, Keegan Sigl, Lewhat Tesfaldet, Mia Wentzel (Alternate), Mila Wollman.

2021 Patriot Pride Awards

See the students recognized at this year's Patriot Pride Assembly

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


25 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School - changed due to snow day

26 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School - changed due to snow day

26 - End of 2nd Semester - changed due to snow day

27 - No classes - Teacher Workday - changed due to snow day

28 - Deadline to request final senior transcripts

30 - LHS Graduation, 4:00 PM, Sioux Falls Arena

30 - Senior Class Party


26 – 6:30 PM; All-Activities Parent Meeting in LHS Main Gym


2 – Soccer/Girls Tennis 1st Practice

9 – Boys Golf/Football 1st Practice

11 – Patriot Power Day

12 – Volleyball/Cross Country 1st Practice

19 – Parent/Student/Teacher (PST) Night

26 – First Day School

A Year Like No Other

by Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

As the school year draws to a close, it may go down in history as both the longest and shortest year ever. Many things have felt different, but there are just as many or more things that feel completely normal, especially at this point in the year.

Over the past two weeks I’ve attended elementary, middle, and high school recognition events and marvel at the accomplishments of our students.

· Our students have stayed in the classroom and excelled academically.

· Our students have stayed on the field and the court and played competitively.

· Our students have stayed on the stage and performed beautifully.

· Our students have stayed the course and completed the year successfully.

As things unfold across the country there are many districts that have only recently returned students to the classroom, and just as many that will not see students in person at all this year. When I think about the future of our SFSD students, particularly our seniors moving on from this year, they will have a tremendous advantage compared to many of their peers. I’m so proud of the resilience they have shown and their accomplishments.

Our District has provided learning in the classroom all year because of the courage and tenacity of our SFSD staff. They showed up under uncertain circumstances, adjusted their way of teaching, changed the structure of the classroom, and altered their daily practice in order to keep kids in school, and we’re grateful. They have functioned as a team, and I am equally proud of their resilience and accomplishments this year.

We missed having our volunteers and people coming to our buildings on a regular basis, and we hope many of those missing pieces can be restored for 2021-22. We became acutely aware of the impact of so many partnerships when we had to do without those connections this year. Our goal is to revitalize and renew those important community relationships as we grow forward next year.

Sioux Falls is an amazing place and we have so many things for which to be thankful. As someone new to the community, I have been overwhelmed more than a few times at the number of people and organizations who care deeply about the well-being and success of both our students and families and our entire School District. So many have contributed time, resources, and expertise all in an effort to have great opportunities for all of our children. I recently met someone who has been volunteering at SFSD events for 63 years! That is a legacy of commitment so many have demonstrated, and we are grateful!

The community embraces our schools and believes in the value of public education. The city welcomes diversity and partners with us as we continue to grow in our ability to make everyone feel seen, valued, and included. I am so grateful for the way this District pulled together and stayed the course. Families, students, staff, and the community – together, we all made this year a reality for our children.

We have great opportunities to grow, improve, and innovate moving forward, including our upcoming summer programs for students, two new schools opening in the fall, and a celebration of the SFSD 150th year. Our new District Priorities will guide the work as we envision a bright future for our children. Thank you for staying the course, and congratulations on the successful completion of this historic school year!

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Seniors--Important Diploma Pickup Information

Congratulations to the Lincoln High School Class of 2021 and best wishes in your future plans and dreams!

Diplomas will be available for pick up in the administration office at Lincoln High School starting June 7th. Please stop by during the hours of 7:15 AM-4:45 PM, Monday-Thursday during the summer. If you have fees, please come prepared to pay them with cash or check. Thank you for your cooperation.

Final transcripts will start being processed and sent to your requested colleges/universities beginning mid-June.

Final Transcripts, SD Opportunity Scholarship, & AP Results

Final Transcript Request for Seniors:

Final transcripts are required by colleges, universities, technical schools, military, cosmetology schools, NCAA, NAIA, South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, etc. Our Lincoln High School Registrar, Michelle Peterson, will begin mailing out final transcripts, which include your ACT scores and immunizations, in the middle of June. Deadline to request your final transcript is May 28, 2021.

Click here for the digital form: Final Transcript Request for Seniors . This must be done while logged onto your student K-12 account as the submission of the form is by electronic signature. Please see your school counselor if you are having trouble submitting an online transcript request.

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship (SDOS):

It is your responsibility to submit the application, SDOS Initial Eligibility Application Form , as soon as possible after grades are finalized, June 15, 2021, but no later than September 1st for fall enrollment or January 15th for spring enrollment to the admissions office of the South Dakota university, college, or technical college you plan to attend. Click here for the mailing/emailing list: Institutional Contacts

For more information on SDSO requirements, and their response to COVID-19, please visit:

At the time you submit the application, you will not need to include your official transcripts and documents that demonstrate compliance with the scholarship eligibility requirements. Our Lincoln High School Registrar will begin mailing out final transcripts, which include your ACT scores, in the middle of June to the South Dakota institution you have provided by filling out the Final Transcript Request for Seniors Form by May 28, 2021.

AP Test Results:

If you would like your AP scores, please visit College Board Scores as the Registrar does not have them. If you forget your number, contact Adam Morrison our AP Coordinator at .

To get college credit or placement for your AP scores, you must request that College Board send an official AP score report to the college. Follow this link: College Board Sending Scores .

Thank you,

Michelle Peterson

Lincoln High School Registrar

Graduation Information for Class of 2021

The Lincoln High School graduation ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 30 at the Sioux Falls Arena at 4:00 PM.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, each graduate may invite up to six guests to attend in-person. Tickets will not be required on the day of the event; however, we ask each graduate to ONLY bring six or fewer guests so all students and their families can share in this celebration. All graduation ceremonies will be live streamed so other family members also have an opportunity to celebrate with their graduate.

The graduation ceremony will also be played on KLRN Tuesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

Hand sanitizing stations will be available for students and their families. Masks are expected to be worn throughout the ceremony. We look forward to celebrating this event with your student and family.

There will NOT be a photographer this year.

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Student Activity Registration

Find student physical forms and information here

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Lincoln High Virtual Trophy Case

How you can help fund this project at LHS

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Try Out for the LHS Homecoming Variety Show

Homecoming week comes early next fall! Anyone interested in trying out for the LHS Homecoming Variety Show that will take place on September 16, will have the opportunity to audition on Monday, May 24, 3:30-4:30 PM in the auditorium. We will cast 7-9 acts this spring, then hold another, small audition in the fall for any students that are new to LHS. We are looking for unique and interesting talents! MC auditions will also take place on May 24! Find the audition sign-up sheet outside room A401 and check in with Ms. Anderson-Finch if you have any questions.

If you are a Virtual Academy kiddo and want to audition through video, please email the director, Ms. Anderson-Finch ASAP at

LHS Counseling - 367-7994


(students assigned alphabetically by last name):


Tanielle Sylvester


David Myers


Wendy Dorman


Matt Meyers


Jackie Anderson


Becky Thomas

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Annual Update

Parents/Guardians of students currently enrolled in the Sioux Falls School District should complete the Annual Information Update (Online Registration) for each one of their students through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

After logging into the Parent Portal, a link for Annual Information Update can be found under the left menu. If you have forgotten your password, please call the Lincoln High School Office and we can reset your password.

If you have changed your physical address over the summer, please drop off proof of residency in the office. Documents that are acceptable for proof of residency within the last 60 days prior to registration are: lease agreement, mortgage documents, utility bill, property tax payment/receipt, homeowner’s insurance policy, or state/government agency mail (no Post Office issued documents).

The updates must be done through parent/guardian Infinite Campus accounts only. Household information for ALL students must be updated prior to their school’s fall open house. Only Household A (address that your students’ enrollment is based off) parents/guardians will be able to complete the annual update through the Parent Portal. If Household B has changes to their contact information, the SFSD will be sending out a paper copy in early August for parents/guardians to complete and return to Lincoln High School.

If you do not have access to a computer, one is available Monday through Thursday, 7:30 - 5:00 pm through July 29th and then Monday through Friday, 7:30 - 4:30 pm starting on August 2nd at Lincoln High school in the main office.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call LHS at 367-7990.

Any student entering 7th through 12th Grade in the Fall of 2021 and planning to participate in the middle school or high school athletics/fine arts program during the 2021-2022 academic year, the Annual Information Update will need to be completed PRIOR to any participation in activities, which includes, but is not limited to, the first practice, workout (summer included) or tryout of an activity in which the student is participating.

Parent Portal Annual Student Information Update

Be informed about your student. Update your student's information here.

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Students enrolled in Accelerated English or AP English courses have required summer reading. The purpose of summer reading is to offer students the opportunity to continue their skills as critical readers and thinkers. Students in Acc. Eng. 1 or Acc. Eng. 2 will receive their assigned summer reading books during the month of May.

Links to summer reading assignments can be found below:

Accelerated English I

Accelerated English 2

AP Language and Composition

AP Literature and Composition

Teacher contact information is included in each of the reading assignments. Further questions can be directed to Have a great summer!

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Summer School, Connections, STEM, Driver's Education

Click here to learn more about opportunities for your student this summer.

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Prepare to be inspired, grow as a musician & have fun at Summer Youth Band Camp! Join us for six weeks of mentoring, instrumental creativity, leadership, and collaboration! Students entering grades 6-12 will learn a variety of musical concepts, develop performance skills, and delight our community with concert opportunities! Spend this summer exploring the world of all things "band", and join other creative and passionate musicians as you nurture your love of music!

To register for Summer Youth Band Camp 2021, visit:

Lincoln High School Booster Club

Check out information on LHS Booster Club membership

Lincoln High School Calendar

Click this link to view the LHS Activities Calendar.

Past Patriot Press Newsletters

Click here to view past issues of newsletters.