Lincoln High School Patriot Press

October 2021

Patriot Notes

By Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

We are on our way through quarter one of this school year. As the weather changes, the leaves turn colors and our days at Lincoln continue to be productive and educational. Seniors are a little over three-quarters away from graduation day!

To help all students become successful this school year, we have a thirty-minute class called WIN (What's Important Now) following period 2. It has proved to be a very successful time for students. During this time Mondays through Thursdays students are given time to seek out help in any of their classes. All teachers are available to offer assistance in helping a student get caught up from missed class time or provide extra support for learning class materials. This time has proven significant especially to students who cannot stay after school to seek out assistance for a variety of reasons but now have this opportunity to get the help they need.

As the school year continues to move forward, please know we appreciate all you do for your student to have a successful educational experience here at LHS. We pride ourselves on having the best students in town and are grateful for what each one brings to us each day. Go Pats!

Working Together to Be the Best

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

Once the first jitters of the year wear off, the start of a new school year often marks the start of new friendships, new experiences, and new opportunities. At the District and school levels, we are excited to launch some new and innovative practices and projects with a goal of putting our schools on track to become the best in the nation.

To do that, we have developed District Priorities for the coming year. Our focus is on five key areas: Academic Success, Well-Being, Community Engagement, Staff Excellence, and Effective Use of Resources. SFSD staff own this work collectively and we are committed to continuous improvement in these areas. We invite parents/guardians to partner with us in these efforts because we are stronger when we work together.

One such initiative is simple, yet powerful. We are teaming up with the Siouxland Libraries to elevate and promote literacy. Our “Reading Together” initiative is just starting to take shape and will be a year-round effort to strengthen the community focus on this important and enjoyable skill. There are many reasons to read: to learn and increase knowledge, to expand vocabulary, to improve focus and comprehension, to reduce stress, and to improve your overall health and wellness. You will hear more about our plans through your schools and through your local libraries.

Another goal we have is to link every student with an out-of-school activity that is meaningful to them. Research tells us engaged students are more successful and more hopeful about their future. Sioux Falls has so much to offer, and we’ll be encouraging students to get connected through clubs, fine arts or sports opportunities at school, the various after-school programs throughout the community, doing volunteer work, and mentoring.

When students know a caring adult is in their corner, cheering for their success, research tells us they are less likely to participate in risky behaviors. Instead, they are more likely to see value in activities that propel themselves into a positive future. We hope you will join us in these efforts. It will take all of us working together to become the best school district in the nation. It is a big goal. With your help, we know we can achieve it.

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


2 - SAT

11- No Classes, Native American Day Observance

12 - No Classes, Teacher Inservice

13 - PSAT, Main Gym, testing starts at 7:30 AM - Preregistration Required

13 - Flu Shot Clinic, 3:00-4:30 at LHS

15 - Jostens Senior Class Meeting, Auditorium, AdRoom

20 - NCRC, both gyms, testing starts at 8:00 AM

21 & 22 - Jostens Cap and Gown Ordering Days, Auditorium Foyer, Before School and Lunch Times

23 - ACT

25-26 Bowling Tryouts

25 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, New Gym, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

25 - Fall Financial Aid Night, Auditorium, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

26 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, New Gym, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

National Merit Scholarship Corporation Semifinalists

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program recently. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Congratulations to the following students from Lincoln High School who are National Merit Semi- Finalists: Alannah Bade, Jayden Bartlett, Lila Batcheller, Daniel Bethke, Ryan Brost, Elizabeth Crawford, Leah Derenge, Lily Geffre, Chole Houwman, Clayton Stokka, Alexis Ung.

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Attendance Matters. Every Student. Every Day.

LHS New Attendance Notification System:

LHS is using the REMIND texting system to notify families of uncleared absences.

Parents can respond back via text or email to excuse their student’s absence. Parents will be notified for any uncleared absence, which could be daily.

Without a response all absences are marked as a skip by the end of the day.

Families may notify us of future absences or send a doctor’s note to excuse a past absence at our email:

Attendance Matters. Every Student. Every Day.

Office Tips

  • LHS Attendance is available 24/7 via phone or email
  • Call in AM if your student has an appointment so they have time to pick up a pass
  • If going to a doctor appointment always bring back a note to excuse their absence with "Illness with a medical note"
  • A doctor's note will also excuse an illness at home
  • Make sure your student signs in at the Student Services Office when returning to school from an appointment
  • Remember school starts sharp at 8:20 every day
  • We contact parents with unexcused absences

Lincoln High Appreciates the T-shirts!

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to the following individuals who donated the awesome white LHS t-shirts for all students and staff this year: Gregg Gohl, Larissa Luther, JJ Gohl, Bill Hauck, Jenny Downey, Deana Olszewski, Justin and Senta Pfeiffer, Brad Southwick, Todd Thoelke, Eric Gohl, Jamie Smith, Joy Kortan.

We also appreciate all of the meals, treats, and time so many parents have donated so far this year. We have the best parents!

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Lace'em Up Fundraiser Basketball Tournament

Fans, coaches and players, click on the link below to register your team for the tournament held November 12 and 13. Boys and Girls Teams (3rd-12th Grade) will be in tournament play. Register your team below ($160 per team) and get ready for some great basketball action!

LHS Gymnastics Information

Attention all girls interested in gymnastics: There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 12 at 3:30 in the gymnastics room. Tryouts/Practice will be held November 1-4 from 3:30-5:30. All girls who would like to participate MUST have all physicals and paperwork turned into the office BEFORE November 1 practice. If you have questions, please contact Les Coin ( or Rebecca Mager (

Attention All LHS Bowlers

The LHS bowling team needs you! Whether or not you have bowled before, we have a spot for you. Come join the fun!

Tryouts will be held on October 25th & 26th, check-in/signup starts at 3:30 at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes (2621 S Spring Ave). Each person will bowl 3 games on either tryout day (not both). Tryout cost is $10 for the 3 games. A parent meeting will be at 5:15 on October 28th at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes. Practices will be Tuesdays/Thursdays starting Tuesday November 2nd.

Bowling representatives will be available to answer questions outside the cafeteria during the lunch periods on Tuesday October 19th.

For more information contact Ken (boys) at or Louis (girls) at

Youth Chess Tournament for Grades K-12

Are you interested in playing Chess? Sign up for the upcoming tournament below.

  • Tournament play is divided into grades. (K-1) (2-3) (4-6) (7-12)
  • Individual, team and school awards are included in the tournament so tell your friends to sign up too!
  • Held at Robert Frost Saturday, November 20.
  • Early registration ends October 31.
  • link to register for the Tournament:

  • link for the Chess Classes that can be taken before and after, for individuals or families:

  • Parent/Staff Volunteers will also be needed that day. You do not need to know about chess to help. Please email your thrilled willingness to volunteer to Melanie at Community Ed.
Community Education Youth Classes

Visit our page to find more exciting ways to learn.

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Counselor Corner

“What should I be doing right now?” We hear this question often and are excited to provide a helpful tool for students and parents to help address this question. We invite you to explore our counseling website grade specific timelines. The timelines provide helpful information concerning career development, personal/social development, academic development, and post-secondary planning for each grade level. Quick links will help direct students to the information they are seeking. Additionally, videos will help students with guidance through various topics.

We’ve included a simple table below of some of the items included in the timelines. Visit our counseling website for more detailed information at As always, feel free to reach out to your counselor with questions and additional support as you navigate the high school years.

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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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Parent Portal Information

Keep informed of your student's schooling.

Financial Aid Night, Monday, October 25, LHS Auditorium, 6:00-7:00 PM

Senior parents and seniors are invited to learn about the higher education financial aid process. We will have a guest speaker presenting on the FAFSA process. Information will also be offered on what students will need for post-secondary planning (college applications, scholarship searches, financial aid process, etc.).

PSAT/NMSQT Testing Information

Find information on the PSAT/NMSQT test here. Registration deadline is October 1.

ACT Prep Seminar Registration Information

Click here to register for the ACT Prep Seminar. Classes are filled on a first come first serve basis, so apply early to reserve your seat!

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Click here for information. Important!!! LHS Seniors will be testing October 20, 2021


Information about Scholarships

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21-22 Lincoln Patriot Athletics & Activities Live on 'YouTube'

Watch your favorite Patriot athletics and activities on YouTube! Lincoln High School varsity athletic events will be live streamed on the Lincoln High School YouTube channel. Subscribe to the Lincoln High School channel to receive notifications about upcoming events, when new events begin, or when new videos are updated. Access the link via the LHS website (below).

Information will be posted on the LHS website, LHS social media, and in the Patriot Press as updates take place with dates, links, and sites. Please send any questions to or ‪(605) 937-8613 (Google Voice).

Below are the YouTube links for the LHS activity page, YouTube channel and Howard Wood Field. Be sure to follow the Sioux Falls School District on YouTube! Go Patriots!!

LHS YouTube:

Howard Wood Field:

LHS activity page:

Like and Follow Game Day Productions on:



Lincoln Livestream Facebook Page(sflincolnlive): LHS Game Day Productions

LHS Game Day Productions

LHS Game Day Productions. This is you goto page for livestream updates to your favorite Patriot athletics and events.

Free Meals for the 2021-2022 School Year

Hello Sioux Falls School District Families. The federal government has extended FREE meals for all students – that includes breakfast and lunch – through June of next year. That means every enrolled student can enjoy a healthy breakfast and lunch at no cost during the 2021-22 school year.

To qualify for free or reduced bus transportation or other services, you will need to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application through the school district. See button below.

2021-2022 Healthy Foods Guide for Sioux Falls Schools

Information regarding food and beverages brought in during the school day.

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LHS 2021-22 Yearbook Purchase

Click here to purchase your yearbook

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Statesman Archives

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Changes to AP Registration and Payment

AP Students and Parents, Advanced Placement registration and payment will take place earlier in the school year than in the past. Registration for full year classes begins on September 1st and payments ($96 per test) are due November 1st. After November 1st, AP charges an additional late order fee of $40. Test cancellation refunds after November 1st will be for $56, AP requires a $40 test deposit. Detailed registration and payment information will be sent home with your student and can be accessed through their Google Classroom.

Please note that registration and payment for AP classes that begin 2nd Semester (AP Government, Human Geography, MacroEconomics & Computer Science) will be in February.

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will continue to have access to free AP tests, but applications are also due November 1st or a $40 late fee will be assessed. To apply:

There is also limited financial assistance for students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch. To apply please see Mr. Morrison in E219.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email

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Lincoln High School Store

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Lincoln Parents--LHS Needs Volunteers! Will You Help?

If you would like to be added to the contact list when LHS has volunteer needs, please click on the button above and fill out the form. Thank you for considering this opportunity!

Lincoln High School Booster Club

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Lincoln High School Calendar

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Past Patriot Press Newsletters

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