Lincoln High School Patriot Press

October 2022

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Patriot Notes

By Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

Get Involved! High school represents a short period of time in a student’s life. Make the most of it! Have your student join an athletic team, participate in a fine arts activity, and attend games, concerts, plays, and other school events. As a Patriot Family, we need to support each other. Additionally, students who are involved with a school event tend to do better in classes and find more enjoyment in school.

With over 75 clubs, sports and activities, LHS has something for everyone. If a student is not able to find an activity of interest, have your student talk to an administrator about starting an activity. Perhaps there are other students who have similar interests and your student can make connections with other LHS students. Help your student brainstorm ways to get involved at LHS.

One thing to remember as you work with your student on academic concerns is WIN (What’s Important Now) Time. Monday through Thursday students are given 30 minutes to seek out help in any of their courses. 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 material. Students who cannot stay after school for a variety of reasons now have the ability to get extra help during the school day.

Students are taking advantage of the time offered to work with teachers and they appreciate being able to work with students. On Fridays the students attend Ad Room instead of WIN Time. During this time students are encouraged to build relationships with grade-level classmates and teachers who will lead them to graduation.

Here’s to another amazing month at LHS!

Same and Different

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

I was recently asked, “How was the start of the new school year?” My reply? “It was very normal!” As I said it, I realized how good it felt to have some of the concerns of the past two years fade into the rearview mirror and how wonderful it is to welcome our students and families with many of our traditions and events back up and running in true form.

Back-to-school activities abound and schedules have accelerated as we start to enjoy the many things our students are involved in at all levels. We want to make sure you don’t miss a thing, so be sure to download our school district app and visit our website at

Even without a pandemic, there are changes that happen every year as we adapt to the needs of a growing school district. Some of those changes are easy to deal with and others can be more challenging or have other factors that impact the pace, the complexity, or even the quality of the change.

Some big realities that continue to influence many things in our school district are workforce shortages and supply chain delays and disruptions. A wise person once told me there is a difference between problems and dilemmas. Problems can be solved, but dilemmas can only be managed. I would say both workforce and supply issues are dilemmas that we will have to deal with over time until they can be resolved at some point in the future.

We know we are not alone, and some of the daily challenges our school district faces are small in comparison to other places across the country. We were able to start school on time with a regular schedule. We are able to provide bus transportation. We have a school nutrition program at all schools.

Those things sound simple and part of regular school district expectations, yet significant changes and cutbacks are happening in many places, even to the point of full elimination of some basic services. My hope is that we won’t be faced with decisions that feel catastrophic, and that over time, we are able to fill all open positions and restore our regular flow of supplies and services.

Even with the challenges and opportunities of each day, we know one thing stays the same - students come to school for an education, to be with their friends, and to learn and grow as they develop their gifts and talents.

We’re glad you’re part of the Sioux Falls School District, and as we move through the school year, we hope you’re taking the time to connect with your child’s school and with other families. We appreciate your patience as we continue to implement many changes this year - all with the goal of improving your SFSD experience.

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LHS Homecoming Week Dress-up Days & Activities October 3-7

Congratulations to the 2022 Red Letter Day Royalty! Queen candidates are Leah Bosler, Katie Jensen, Jennifer Noutsougan, Ella Ratliff, and Sophie Siegel. King candidates are Cole Capaldo, Gabe Gutierrez, Fisher Meyerink, Elliott Renville, and Sam Vondra. Coronation is Thursday, October 6 at 7pm in the LHS Auditorium.

Dress-up Days and Activities:

Monday, October 3 - Minion Monday

*Student Volleyball Tournament at 7pm at LHS. Get your teams together. Forms are outside Room A201. $5 per person to enter. All proceeds go to Special Olympics.

Tuesday, October 4 - Adam Sandler/Dad Day

*Volleyball game LHS vs. WHS at WHS @ 7pm

Wednesday, October 5 - Western Wednesday

Thursday, October 6 - Preppy Day

*Coronation at 7pm, followed by Variety Show at 8pm. Variety Show is $5 at the door.

Friday, October 7 - Spirit Day

*Pizza Feed during lunch hours provided by the LHS Booster Club

*Pep Rally at 2:15pm

*Football game LHS vs. Brandon Valley at Howard Wood @ 5pm. All LHS high school students get in free with their student ID.

*Patriot Party from 8-11pm at LHS. $5 at the door. Casual dress, no formal attire. NO BAGS or PURSES ALLOWED. You only need your STUDENT ID and MONEY. Dance and various games and other entertainment in the gyms and little theater.

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


1- SAT

3-7 Dental Mobile at LHS

6 - Homecoming Coronation, Auditorium, 7:00 PM

6 - Homecoming Variety Show, Auditorium, 8:00 PM

7 - Homecoming Red Letter Day

7 - Homecoming Football Game, Howard Wood Field, Lincoln vs Brandon Valley, 5:00 PM

7 - Homecoming Patriot Party, Gym Auxiliary, 8:00 - 11:00 PM

10 - No Classes

11 - District Planned Inservice - No Classes

12 - PSAT

12 - Student Flu Shot Clinic, LHS, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

17 - Jostens Senior Class Meeting Cap/Gown, Main Gym, WIN Time

18 - Family Forum (SFSD/Avera Health Partnership) - Free Virtual Forum on Anxiety​

19 - NCRC

22 - ACT

24 - Jostens Cap/Gown Ordering Day, LHS Foyer, 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

24 - Fall Parent Teacher Conferences, LHS Main Gym, 4:00 - 7:30 PM

24 - Financial Aid Night, LHS Little Theater, 5:30 - 6:30 PM

25 - Fall Parent Teacher Conferences, Virtual, 4:00 - 7:30 PM

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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.

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Congratulations to the following students from Lincoln High School who are National Merit Semi- Finalists:

Front Row (L to R): Emma Forster, Eva Knudtson, Reem Barakat, Alina Zatirka, Lauren Yu, Jing Yan

Back Row (L to R): Cassidy Jennings, Makea Buchanan, Ben Kvale, Maxwell Danielson, Rikhav Thakkar, Gabriel Sherley

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 Wednesday, October 19th & Friday, October 21st, check-in/sign-up starts at 3:30 at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes (2621 S. Spring Avenue). Each person will bowl 3 games on either tryout day (not both). Tryout cost is $10 for the 3 games. Practices will be Tuesdays/Thursdays starting Tuesday, October 25th. A parent meeting will be at 5:15 on October 25th at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes.

Bowling representatives will be available outside the cafeteria during the lunch periods on Wednesday, October 12, to provide information and answer questions.

For more information email Louis Winter at

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Tournament Registration

Click Here for More Information and to Register

Lincoln High School Custom Letter Jackets Available to Order

Are you interested in a Lincoln High Letter Jacket? Jackets fit true to size--if one typically buys a large (men's or women's) winter jacket--buy a large. If you are purchasing as a Freshman, allow for growth as this could become a problem years later. Parents, these make great gifts! No payment until the vendor (Letter Custom) sends the parent/student an emailed invoice. Please contact the vendor directly with ordering information on the link below. Visit their website at
Lincoln High School Letter Jacket Information

Find Information on How to Purchase a Letter Jacket Here

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Donate Directly to LHS Activities Here

Use your credit card to donate directly to LHS Activity Funds here

22-23 Game Day Productions/Livestream

Game Day Productions (GDP) is gearing up for the 22-23 school year. GPD 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, subscribe to the Lincoln High School channel. It's FREE! When you subscribe you will receive notifications about upcoming events, when new events begin, or when new videos are updated. Information will be posted on our Lincoln Livestream social media so be sure to follow us. Please send any questions to or ‪text (605) 937-8613 (Google Voice).

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Go Patriots!!

Counselor Corner

October – Career and Post-Secondary Planning

9th Grade:

  • Get involved! Join a club – check out the club list:
  • Focus on your grades - your high school transcript is an important part of your post high planning. Good grades will help to support your future goals. Learn how to calculate your GPA - SD colleges require a 2.6 GPA for admission and a 3.0 GPA is required for the SD Opportunity Scholarship. Check out the video:

10th Grade:

  • Sign up for and take the PSAT – the PSAT is the practice test for the SAT. It is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship for Junior students. Highly motivated Sophomores may also choose to test for practice but do not qualify for the scholarship competition.
  • Review SD Labor Market’s Hot Careers (high wage/high demand)

11th Grade:

  • Sign up for and take the PSAT/NMSQT – the PSAT is the practice test for the SAT. It is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship for Junior students.

12th Grade:

  • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop – October 24, 2022, at 5:30pm in the Little Theatre
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Complete the CSS Profile (specific colleges only)
  • College Access Campaign (October 3, 2022 – November 30, 2022)- apply to select SD colleges for Free. For more information click on the link below.
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College Access Campaign (October 3rd - November 30th)

Students may apply to as many select South Dakota public colleges and universities as they wish during the free application period!

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Find Information About Scholarships Here

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Parent Portal Information

Keep informed of your student's schooling.

PSAT/NMSQT Information--Deadline is September 30

The PSAT is the practice test for the SAT. It is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship for Junior students. Highly motivated Sophomores may also choose to test for practice but do not qualify for the scholarship competition.

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

The Sioux Falls School District will be administering the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) assessments during the fall semester of 2022. On October 19th, all Seniors at Lincoln High School will take the NCRC assessments.

The ACT® NCRC is a national credential designed to offer an accurate prediction about the success of people in the workplace. NCRC Certificates are awarded at one of four levels based on performance: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Whether a student plans to attend a four-year college, a two-year technical school, or directly enter the workforce after high school, the NCRC is a valuable addition to the student’s portfolio and resume.

The NCRC is a three-hour assessment that measures targeted skills in three areas:

1. Workplace Documents

  • Measures students’ ability to comprehend work-related reading material from memos to policy manuals

2. Graphic Literacy

  • Measures students’ ability to use information from diagrams, floor plans, tables, graphs, and charts

3. Applied Math

  • Measures the students’ ability to apply mathematical reasoning to work related problems

There is no need to study in preparation for the assessments. We do, however ask that students try their best and get plenty of rest the night before testing. It is important for students to come to school on test day. Making up a missed test means time out of class and losing important learning time that cannot be made up.

IMPORTANT!!! LHS Seniors will be testing October 19, 2022. Information about the assessment can be found here:

Thank you for supporting your child and our school during the test. Please call 605-367-7994 if you have any questions.

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Detailed Information Regarding Covid Protocols

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Delta Dental Patient Registration Form

Complete the attached form and return to the school office

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This Season a Flu Shot is More Important than Ever!

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2022-2023 to protect yourself, your family, and your community from flu.

The more people vaccinated; the more people protected. Please do your part and get a flu vaccine this fall.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. Many people at higher risk from flu also seem to be at higher risk from COVID-19. Parents should visit with their primary health care provider regarding getting their child the flu vaccine.

In addition to seasonal flu vaccinations, the District is reminding staff, students, and parents about basic prevention efforts, such as:

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

· Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

· Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.

Thank you for partnering with the Sioux Falls Public Schools to keep our classrooms healthy!

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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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Class of 2023 Senior After Graduation Party Planning Information

Seniors and Senior Parents and Guardians,

The Class of 2023 is about to begin their Senior year and before you know it graduation will be here. Plans are underway for the Senior After–Graduation Party. We are happy to announce that we have secured Air Madness for the night of graduation May 21, from 10pm to 5am. The last two years this facility has been used for the party and it has been successful, providing a safe environment, many activities, entertainment and food. Please visit our website (needs updating for 2023 class) to see some of the activities Air Madness has to offer.

To pull this together it takes time and participation. There is planning, fundraising and chaperoning.

One major part of fundraising is operating the concession stands at the indoor events at Lincoln. (Volleyball, basketball, wrestling, cheer, gymnastics….) The proceeds of the concessions will help offset the cost of the venue. As with everything nowadays we have seen a large increase in the per student rate. We have heard the biggest reason students did not register for the Senior Class Party was the cost per ticket. Therefore, we would like to keep the cost per ticket the same as last year.

Students, parents, families can work these shifts. Students can use their shifts in the concessions as volunteer hours for National Honor Society and other volunteer needs.

The link for this will be in the school newsletter, posted on our website and be sent out at various times through email.

We all know the saying many hands make light work, so we invite all Senior parents to be a part of this special night for our students.

Ways to be Involved:

1) Serve on the planning committee and assist in the behind the scenes with details, fundraising, planning. If you are interested, please share your information on this link to Signup Genius and we will be in touch. We are looking for people to serve on the board and who are interested in helping with registration, social media, web page mgt, concession supervisors.

2) Work Concessions and take part in other fundraising.

3) Chaperone at the event. (Needs will be provided in May)

Have a great Senior year experience and we will keep you informed throughout the stages of planning, serving and fundraising. If you need more information, please visit our website or email us at

Linda Bomhoff - Concession Stand Coordinator

Kris Infield - Grad Party Treasurer

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