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August 2022 Back-To-School Newsletter

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Patriot Notes

By Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

Ready….Set….Go! Welcome to the 2022-23 school year. We are excited to have students in the building! Staff members have spent the summer ensuring Lincoln High School is ready for the fall. LHS is committed to providing the safe and exemplary education that you expect for your students. Turf and lights are being installed and the entire school has been deep cleaned and ready to welcome students. We are anxious to greet the new and returning students.

Alongside me will be Joey Struwe, Activities Principal, Mitch Lynch, Assistant Principal, and Danyelle Brown Assistant Principal. Additionally, we have several new teachers that will be joining our already powerful staff:

Major Chad Tidwell -JROTC

Emily Roberts -Family and Consumer Science

Kali Sloup -Family and Consumer Science

Andrew Balta -Band

Yoana Vega -World Language

Michael Widenor -Special Education

Bryan Youngberg -Special Education

Christopher Wightman -Special Education

Jacob McDonald -Counseling

Dr. Jean-Francios Mondon -Latin

Amber Comp -Science

Lisa Bainbridge - Special Education

Our first scheduled opportunity to meet is Patriot Power Day on August 10th. On this day you will get your ID picture taken, order yearbooks, receive activity passes and pay any fees. There are also limited parking permits available to Seniors and Juniors (one per family.) Students must have all fees paid prior to receiving a parking permit or Chromebook. More information about this day will be emailed to you.

Have a great rest of the summer! Go Pats!

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


2 - first allowable practice for Girls Tennis

2 - first allowable practice for Boys and Girls Soccer

2 - first allowable practice for Comp Cheer and Dance

9 - first allowable practice for Football

9 - first allowable practice for Boys Golf

10 - PATRIOT POWER DAY, 8:30 AM-1:30 PM (see schedule)

12 - first allowable practice for Cross Country

12 - first allowable practice for Volleyball

18 - High School Parent/Student/Teacher (PST) Night

25 - First Day of School

30 - 2nd Picture Day

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Patriot Power Day, Wednesday, August 10

Click Here to Get Detailed Information Regarding Our Back-To-School Day at LHS

Lincoln High School Freshman Academy

Welcome incoming 9th graders, parents and guardians. At Lincoln High School, we have a mission to educate all students at high levels. We recognize that students enter high school at different points in their development, and our goal is to help them grow into great high school students. It is with honor that we get to serve the students of Lincoln High School through our Freshman Academy.

What is the Freshman Academy? The Freshman Academy is a structural support system that is designed to help students transition into Lincoln High School. The framework includes an interdisciplinary collaborative team approach that provides the capacity to enhance student performance by allowing time for teachers and support staff to design and implement plans to help each student reach their full potential. Teachers will work together to communicate regularly with families in an effort to help students develop academically, socially, and behaviorally through their 9th-grade year as they earn credits to reach sophomore status.

Transitioning to high school can be challenging in many ways and research shows that a Freshman Academy support system helps students transition more effectively in the areas of academics, grade advancement, behavior modification, and emotional support. In our first four years with a Freshman Academy model we increased the number of 9th graders becoming sophomores, increased overall GPA and credits earned, and increased semester test scores.

As parents, guardians, and mentors you have played an important role supporting our incoming 9th graders. You have an in-depth understanding of your student. Through the Freshman Academy, our teachers and staff will develop quality relationships with you and your students to better enhance their high school experience. Be assured that each of our teachers will have high classroom expectations presented with a positive and encouraging outlook. It is with great enthusiasm that we are looking forward to working with you in a manner that leads to the ultimate success of all of our students!


Joshua Smith

Freshman Academy Coordinator

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Lincoln Parents--We Need Volunteers! Will You Help?

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

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LHS Picture Order Form for Patriot Power Day

Find Student Picture Information Here

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Parking Permits for LHS Juniors and Seniors

Click Here to Purchase Your Permit During Your Designated Time

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Ride the Lincoln High School Bus for Free this Year

Lincoln High School students have the opportunity to ride the school bus for free with an LHS ID. Note that the seats are limited and ridership is based on a first come first served basis.

Stop by the Welcome Window during Patriot Power Day on August 10 to receive more information.

Purchase Your Student Activity Pass BEFORE Patriot Power Day ONLINE!

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Parent Portal

Click on Fees Tab

Open Lunch is Available for 11th and 12th Graders

Open Lunch permission forms are to be completed online. Forms must be completed for students to leave campus during their Open Lunch period. Parents, click on the red bar below to complete the form.
Open Lunch Form for 11th and 12th Graders

Complete Information for Open Lunch for 2022-23 School Year

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22-23 Lincoln Live & Game Day Productions

Game Day Productions is gearing up for the 22-23 school year. We will be streaming Lincoln High School varsity athletic events and activities on the Lincoln High School YouTube & Howard Wood Field channels. To watch your favorite Patriot athletics and events on YouTube, subscribe to the Lincoln High School channel to receive notifications about upcoming events, when new events begin, or when new videos are updated. It's FREE!. Information will be posted on our Lincoln Livestream social media as updates take place with dates, links, and location. Please send any questions to or ‪text (605) 937-8613 (Google Voice).

Be sure to follow the SFSD and LHS on YouTube! Go Patriots!! #LHSGameDayProductions

Howard Wood Field:

Like and Follow Game Day Productions on:



Lincoln Livestream Facebook Page(sflincolnlive):



Game Day Productions is looking for students interested in sports broadcasting, sports journalism, graphic design and video production. For questions or information, contact, ‪text (605) 937-8613 (Google Voice) or stop by the GDP table at Patriot Power Day! #LHSGameDayProductions #GoPats!
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Red, White and Blue Club

Benefits of donating to the LHS Booster Club

Red, White and Blue Flyer

Become a member by completing this form

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Marine Corps JROTC News at LHS

We have had a very eventful summer so far. On June 6-12 we took 30 cadets to Washington D.C. for our Orientation Trip this year. We stayed in cabins at Prince William Forest in Virginia. We visited Marine Corps Base Quantico as well as an entire day in Washington D.C. We zip-lined in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and we toured the Civil War Battlefields at Gettysburg Pennsylvania. The trip was very educational and fun. As always, the trip was free to the cadets.

On June 20-24, we conducted our JROTC Drill Camp. Twenty-nine cadets and future cadets participated in the Camp. The Camp is designed to teach Leadership, Teamwork, Physical Training, and Drill. The future cadets that attended will also get promoted to their first cadet rank once school starts.

We also said good-bye to our Senior Marine Instructor (SMI) LtCol Brian Harwell. LtCol Harwell is headed to his home state of Washington to teach at a school with a Navy JROTC program. LtCol Harwell made a positive impact on this program and our cadets. He will be missed and we wish him the best.


Aug 1 – Major Tidwell (New SMI) starts

Aug 4 – Color Guard for SD School Boards

Aug 10 - Patriot Power Day

Aug 15 – Mini Camp for LE-3/4 Cadets

Aug 16 – Mini Camp for LE-2 Cadets

Aug 25 – First Day of School

Aug 27 – Color Guard for Emily’s Hope

Counselor Corner

Schedules will be handed out during Patriot Power Day, August 10th. Please review your schedule for first semester and finalize change requests. The last day for 1st semester schedule changes is August 31, 2022. Students may complete schedule changes with a paper copy (available in the counseling center) or online at through their counselor's link. To meet with your counselor during the week of Power Day, please see the section below titled Course Schedule Changes Fall 2022.

LHS Counseling - (605) 367-7994


(students assigned alphabetically by last name):


Tanielle Sylvester


David Myers


Wendy Dorman


Matt Meyers


Jacob McDonald


Becky Thomas

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Annual Update

It is time! Parents and guardians of students currently enrolled in the Sioux Falls School District who will be with us in the fall should complete the Annual Student Information Update (Online Registration) for each of their children. This is done through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal: . After logging into the Parent Portal, select the option 'More' from the left menu and a link for Annual Information Update will display.

This must be done through parent/guardian accounts only. Household information for ALL students must be updated prior to Lincoln High School Patriot Power Day, August 10, 2022. 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.

Any student entering 7th through 12th Grade in the Fall of 2022 and planning to participate in the middle school or high school athletics/fine arts program during the 2022-2023 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.

If you do not have access to a computer, one is available Monday through Thursday, 7:15 am – 4:45 pm through July 28th and then Monday through Friday, 7:30 - 4:00 pm starting on August 1st at Lincoln High school in the main office.

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

Did Your Address Change? Have You Notified Us?

If you have changed your physical address over the summer, please drop off proof of residency in the office. Documents that are acceptable for address verification within the last 60 days 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).

Parent Portal Annual Student Information Update

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

ACT Prep Seminar Information

Click Here for Registration Information

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Free & Reduced Lunch Application

Children need healthy meals to learn. Sioux Falls School District offers healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals.

Please log into Infinite Campus, click on More, and that is where you will find the Meal Benefits Tab. Follow the steps to fill out your form.

It is recommended you gather any household income information needed and review your household members in the Household Information section of the Portal for accuracy prior to starting the online application. An electronic signature PIN is required to submit your online Meal Benefits Application. If you do not have an electronic signature PIN created, you will be prompted to do so prior to starting your online Meal Benefits Application.

If you are in need of translation, please reach out to your school.

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Lincoln High School Hall of Fame Class of 2022

The Hall of Fame Committee has announced the most recent additions to the LHS Hall of Fame Class of '22. The induction ceremony and banquet will be September 17 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

The Lincoln High School Hall of Fame started on May 8, 2001. The purpose of the organization is to recognize and honor former members of the staff, administration, athletics, fine arts, student body and community-wide contributors for their outstanding achievements and/or contributions to Lincoln High School.

Our 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees include: The Undefeated Boys Basketball team 2008-2009, Elizabeth Atchison, Donald Peterson, Harold Schmidt and Mike Hoeger.

The banquet will be at the Sioux Falls Convention Center (Ballroom B – 1201 Northwest Ave. – with a social hour at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30 and the Induction Ceremony at 7pm. Cost of the banquet is $35 and meals need to be purchased in advance by sending a check payable to LHS Hall of Fame to Activities Director Joey Struwe, Lincoln High School, 2900 S. Cliff Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57105 or Venmo @SFLHOF by September 9th. (If questions please contact Joey Struwe at or call 605-367-7990).

Please feel free to like our LHS Hall of Fame page on Facebook and get updates on the activities of the Lincoln Hall of Fame committee:

We also have a website:

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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 copies of 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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2022 Red Letter Days Variety Show Auditions Announced

Auditions for the 2022 Red Letter Days Variety Show will be Tuesday, August 30th and Wednesday, August 31st from 3:30-4:30 in the large auditorium. The 2022 Variety Show will be titled "Lost in TV Land" and will have connections to television shows, and TV theme songs of the past and present. We are looking for unique acts that showcase all kinds of talent! Acts must be polished before auditions and less than 3 minutes long.

The Variety Show will be presented to the public on Thursday, October 6th and the LHS student body on Friday, October 7th.

Questions can be directed to Meghan Anderson-Finch at

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