Lincoln High School Patriot Press

April 2021

Patriot Notes

by Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

When the school year started, we were uncertain of what it would ultimately look like. We continued doing the best we could as a community and as a school and I am happy to say, "Welcome to 4th quarter!" With the knowledge that summer is in sight, it is hard to stay focused on the here and now; however, we need to encourage our students to finish the year strong. Keeping school a priority is a goal we want them to focus on for these last nine weeks. We are here for your students and want the very best for them; any extra effort they give during those last weeks will definitely benefit them. In order to do this, your student may need to spend some extra time before or after class or during WIN time to ensure they do their very best work as these last weeks of the year begin.

State testing will begin March 29, 30, 31, and April 7. Freshmen and sophomores will have activities they will be involved with during testing times on those days. Seniors will need to report to school starting at the times listed below except for those seniors who attend CTE blocks 1, 2 or 3, they will be reporting to those classes at the regular time(s) every day. Best of luck to all the juniors who will be testing!

Junior Testing Schedule

Monday March 29th Summative-Perf and Summative G11 Math

8:20 - 10:42 Juniors Testing in AD rooms

10:48 - 11:37 1st period

11:43 - 12:05 4th Period A

12:09 - 12:31 4th Period B

12:37 - 12:59 5th Period A

1:03 - 1:25 5th Period B

1:31 - 2:20 2nd period

2:26 - 3:15 3rd period

Tuesday March 30 Summative G11E

8:20 - 10:30 Juniors Testing in AD rooms

10:37 - 11:36 1st Period

11:43 - 12:05 4th Period A

12:09 - 12:31 4th Period B

12:37 - 12:59 5th Period A

1:03 - 1:25 5th Period B

1:31 - 2:20 2nd period

2:26 - 3:15 3rd period

Wednesday March 31 Summative-Perf G11E

8:20 - 10:30 Juniors Testing in AD rooms

10:30 - 11:30 JUNIOR CAREER DAY

11:43 - 12:05 4th Period A

12:09 - 12:31 4th Period B

12:37 - 12:59 5th Period A

1:03 - 1:25 5th Period B

1:31 - 2:20 6th Period

2:26 - 3:15 7th Period

Wednesday April 7th Science

8:20 - 10:30 Juniors Testing in AD rooms

10:37 - 11:36 1st Period

11:43 - 12:05 4th Period A

12:09 - 12:31 4th Period B

12:37 - 12:59 5th Period A

1:03 - 1:25 5th Period B

1:31 - 2:20 6th Period

2:26 - 3:15 7th Period

Additional Testing Information:


March 29: For Spanish Immersion students who have been notified about taking the test, New GYM 8:20 – 10:30 AM


Seniors will need to report to school starting at the times listed below except for those seniors who attend CTE blocks 1, 2 or 3, they will be reporting to those classes at the regular time(s) every day.

March 29th - Seniors will report by 10:42 AM

March 30th - Seniors will report by 10:30 AM

March 31st - Seniors will report by 11:30 AM

April 7th - Seniors will report by 10:30 AM

CTE classes during testing:

March 29 - CTE Students – Grades 9/10/12 – attend 1st and 2nd block as usual unless taking the STAMP test; all grades can either attend 3rd block or attend LHS classes.

March 30 - CTE Students – Grades 9/10/12 – attend 1st and 2nd block as usual; all grades can either attend 3rd block or attend LHS classes.

March 31 - CTE Students – Grades 9/10/12 – attend 1st and 2nd block as usual; all grades attend 3rd block as usual.

April 7 - CTE Students – Grades 9/10/12 – attend 1st and 2nd block as usual; all grades attend 3rd block as usual.

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


29 - State Testing; Seniors start 10:42 AM

29 - STAMP Testing, New Gym, 8:20 AM - 10:30 AM

29 - Activities 2021-2022 Information Night, Virtual, 6:30 PM

30 - State Testing; Seniors start 10:30 AM

31 - State Testing and Junior Career Day; Seniors start at 11:30 AM


2-5 - No Classes Spring Break

7 - State Testing; Seniors start 10:30 AM

17 - ACT

20 - Jostens Senior Cap/Gown Delivery Day, Auditorium Foyer, Before School, During Lunches, and After School

24 - Grand March, LHS Main Gym, 4:30 PM doors open at 4:00 PM

29 - Patriot Pride Assembly


8 - SAT

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

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

30 - Senior Class Party

A Vision for the Future

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

The Sioux Falls School District enjoys a long history of academic success. Formally established July 3, 1871, our community will celebrate the District’s 150th Anniversary with some fun and engaging events planned over the next several months. We hope you will join in the sesquicentennial activities when they are announced in celebration of public education in Sioux Falls!

From the early days of education in a one-room schoolhouse at the corner of 13th Street and Main Avenue to opening two new schools in the Fall of 2021, it is humbling to think of the thousands of students who have walked the halls and earned a diploma from the Sioux Falls School District. Those graduates with the help of their teachers have, indeed, impacted our community, state, and nation with countless, positive contributions.

Looking back to reflect on success is always inspiring. However, looking ahead to chart the course of education in Sioux Falls for the next 150 years brings with it an even more exciting opportunity. For the past month, our team has been visiting schools to meet with staff and listen to their ideas for how we can make the Sioux Falls School District the best in the nation. These conversations have already identified some consistent needs across the District. Further, they have allowed me to see the passion and commitment of our staff and the hopes and dreams they have for their students on a raw and personal level.

This month, we are meeting with parents and community members to learn what priorities they believe will propel our students into future success. We are asking for input on factors that need to be considered as we start this work, barriers to be addressed if we are to achieve our goals, and key priorities that will move our schools forward and bring exciting opportunities for our students.

While challenging in many aspects, the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed public schools to reassess educational delivery and the social and emotional needs of students. It has challenged us to question and, where necessary, change the status quo. Now is the time to dream big and set our expectations for the future. It is exciting to think of the possibilities that lie ahead for students in the Sioux Falls Public Schools.

Lincoln High National Merit Scholarship Award Finalists

Congratulations to the following students from Lincoln High School who are finalists in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards: Avery Blackman, Sara A. Croghan, Eden K. Hodgins, Troian R. Loken, Molly M. Wetsch, and Ethan J. Yu.

Students of the Month for February and March

Congratulations to these students on exemplifying what it means to be a Patriot!


9th- Dax Briden and Shelby Hicks

10th- Sarah Bomhoff and Trevor Fredenburg

11th- Abdiyo Ali and Isaac Shelton

12th- Emily Sprecher and Zeb Mendel


9th- Bina Nelsen and Laura Heckenlaible

10th- Esten Arbo and Owen Horsted

11th- Claire Daniel and Junior Meselu

12th- Carly Wheeler and Lindsay Harwell

SDHSAA State Art Show

Congratulations to the 2021 South Dakota High School Activities Association State Art Show winners from Lincoln High School. We finished 4th in this year’s State Show, with all 12 entries receiving points.

5th Place Mary Wiederrich (Print Making) “Yena”

4th Place Brandon Chov (Functional Ceramics) “Sticky Twist”

4th PlaceLily Westcott (3 Dimensional) “Spirit Box”

3rd PlaceZander Dykstra (Crafts) “Untitled Vase”

2nd PlaceRyanna Washegesic (Mixed Media) “Animal Street”

2nd PlaceElla Ratliff (Painting Watercolor) “Monkey See Monkey Do”

2nd Place Clark Lortscher (Traditional Culture) “Beaded Satchel W/Copper Bells”

1st Place Ella Ratliff (Drawing) “Love my Teddy”

Congratulations to everyone from Lincoln who qualified for this year’s state show, also earning points for Lincoln were: Madalyn McQuistan, Riane Menke, and Aubrie Lehmann Way to go Patriots!

---LHS Art Department

Lincoln High School Wrestling Highlights

The boys and girls wrestling teams wrapped up their season at the state tournament in Rapid City with several medals.

Freshmen Turner Gordon, Eliot Ellenbecker, Bentley Williams, Junior Tae Ellenbecker, and Senior Anthony Marquardt all finished the season just short of the podium while Senior Emerant Beyene wrapped up his career with a 6th place finish at 170 pounds.

In the first ever girls state wrestling tournament, Lincoln medaled four wrestlers: Hady Cisar finished in 5th place, Maria Larson and Klely Martinez finished in 3rd place, and Betsy Martinez made it to the championship match finishing her first season in 2nd place.

--Coach Mark Ernster

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Lincoln High School Girls Bowling State Champions

The LHS bowling girls were undefeated and won the state championship recently. Congratulations to Maddie Riffle, Kiona Sutton, Kenna Nekl, Kennedi Veland, Emaly Kruse and Brooklyn Gagnon. Also, Brooklyn (674 series) and Emaly (670 series) placed 1st and 2nd on the All-Tournament Team. Terrific achievement, ladies!

Lincoln High School Girls Golf News

Girls Golf is back in action after a year away from the course! Coach Halseth and I are excited to get to work with our Patriot Golfers on March 29th, and look forward to a great season with some great young ladies! If anyone is interested in some Patriot Golf gear, please get a hold of Coach Amundson at ( We have an online store available through the 31st of March!

Lincoln High Activities Meeting for 2021-2022 School Year

On Monday, March 29 at 6:30 PM there will be an Activities Meeting for the 2021-2022 school year. This will be a virtual meeting with breakout rooms for activities. A message will be sent out via Parent Link this week with a link to the meeting. The meeting will cover topics such as physicals, eligibility and procedures as well as breakout rooms to meet with coaches and advisors to ask questions regarding their specific activities including summer activities.

Please update your Zoom app to the latest version in order to make the breakout rooms easier to access.

Joey Struwe, CMAA
Assistant Principal/Activities

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Be Prepared With a First Aid Kit

The LHS chapter of HOSA Future Health Professionals is conducting a fundraiser selling first aid kits. There are several different kinds of kits for the home, car, pets, sports bag, etc. To order and help support our organization, please use the link below to select your kits and pay through a secure site. All kits will be shipped directly to you. Funds will be used to help members pay dues, attend conferences, and purchase materials needed for competitions. We would appreciate your support. Thank you!

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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


(students assigned alphabetically by last name):


Tanielle Sylvester


David Myers


Wendy Dorman


Matt Meyers


Jackie Anderson


Becky Thomas

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Consider Joining the Lincoln High Marine Corps JROTC

Lincoln High School Marine Corps JROTC teaches students to be leaders who exhibit self-discipline, honor and integrity in all that they do. JROTC is a class that counts as one elective/CTE credit per year, and also offers extracurricular activities, including: Drill Team, Air Rifle Team, Physical Training Team, and Academic Team. There are no monetary expenses for any aspect of the program, and there is absolutely NO military obligation associated with JROTC. In the past three years, our cadets have earned over $800,000 in US Military Academy appointments and college scholarships. For more information, please contact your counselor or the LHS MCJROTC instructors at or

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Important Graduation and Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Class of 2021 ,


FREE Cap, Gown, & Tassel with the purchase of a Graduation Ring/Jewelry during you senior year. Ring sizers are available in the Office if needed.

How to Order:

Click on Button in Video and Order online at

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The Grand March of Seniors at Lincoln High School

The Grand March will be April 24 starting at 4:30 PM in the Main Gym. Doors will open at 4:00 PM. The Grand March is for Lincoln High School Seniors only and their dates as long as they are Sioux Falls School District students. No students from schools outside the Sioux Falls School District will be allowed to attend. Seniors and their dates will need their school IDs for the Grand March.

Senior Grand March participants will receive two spectator wristbands for themselves and two spectator wristbands for their date when they sign-up for Grand March. At the door, each spectator with a wristband (not the Grand March participants) will pay $5.00 to attend the Grand March. Lincoln High School students may watch Grand March in person by showing their LHS student ID and paying $5 at the door.

Grand March sign-up will take place before and after school and during 4th and 5th period lunches in the administrative foyer on April 20-22 and before and after school only on April 23. Seniors will not be charged to participate in the Grand March.

Anyone attending the Grand March is expected to wear a mask.

This event will be live streamed through the Lincoln High School YouTube channel:

Grand March Live Stream on YouTube

Click here to watch the Grand March Live

Graduation Information for Class of 2021

The Lincoln high school graduation ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 30th 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.

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.

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.

The Senior Class Party Community Service Project

Dear LHS Parents/Community--

The Senior Class Party Community Service Project is looking to assist students in the school who need some extra help. “Club 17 Closet” was started two years ago, to help students at LHS who have limited support at home/in their lives and need basic everyday items. Some kids may be in hotels, some may not have a consistent home to go to. These donations help fill the needs in those “17 hours” when students leave school and return to LHS.

Please consider donating to our “CLUB 17 BOX”, located by the library door. Send the following items each month, with your student, and fill up the box! Prefer a monetary donation? Send to the LHS office, labeled “Club 17”. THANKS PATS COMMUNITY!

February – Guy Collection: New items-- athletic pants, shorts, underwear, socks Sizes S-XL

March – Girl Collection: New items—pants, shorts, socks, bras (sport), underwear Sizes S-XL

April – LHS Spirit wear, New items—clothing, phone cases, lanyards, headbands, bags, etc.

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Lincoln High School Calendar

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Past Patriot Press Newsletters

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