Lincoln High School Patriot Press

December 2021

Patriot Notes

By Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

Thank you for taking the time to attend conferences and meet with the teachers. Although we have the technology to help with communication such as grades being posted online, emails, and text messages; having a conversation with your student’s teacher is a valuable resource. If you were unable to attend conferences, you are welcome to set up an appointment to talk with your student’s teacher, counselor, and administration. We will be able to discuss what is happening with your student’s education and develop ways to help and challenge your child.

A special thank you to the LHS Parents for providing dinner for our staff during both evenings of conferences. We are appreciative of the support we receive from the Lincoln community.

At LHS, November is the Month of Caring. Our clubs and activities have worked inside and outside the walls of Lincoln High School to make our community a better place. Ad rooms are partnering with Life Scape this month to donate needed items to individual children. Lincoln families and student groups continue to shower love and items onto Club 17, which helps to provide for the needs our students have during the 17 hours a day when they are not in school. This is a necessary service for some of our students and one that we see needs growing during the colder months.

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


24-26--Thanksgiving Break--NO SCHOOL, OFFICE CLOSED

29-Dec. 3 -Delta Dental mobile truck at LHS


4 - SAT

4 - Winter Formal, LHS Gym Auxiliary, 8:00 - 11:00 PM

11 - ACT

15 - Registration Deadline for Spring Dual Credit Classes

22 - January 2 - Holiday Break

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Community Engagement Center Supports Families

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

Despite our best efforts in planning, life has a way of throwing us all curve balls at times. An accident or medical diagnosis, an unexpected job or family change, or some other issue that becomes difficult to manage can impact student attendance and school performance.

The impact may be temporary or long-term. It may result in the need for help with food, clothing, or shelter. It may require the support of one of Sioux Falls’ many non-profit agencies that partner with the Sioux Falls School District to fill the gaps when needed.

That is why the District is pleased to unveil the new Community Engagement Center at Axtell Park that opened this fall. In addition to supporting our students in their academic journey, the Sioux Falls Public Schools are also interested in supporting the basic needs of the entire family.

Just inside the doors of Axtell Park, is a welcoming environment, located conveniently in the center of the city on West Avenue south of the Premier Center. Our staff are ready to connect students and their families with everything from school supplies to winter weather gear, assist families with language barriers, or fill out forms for housing assistance, medical benefits, and more. District counselors, social workers, and school-home liaisons will refer families to the Center so they can get connected and move forward.

In addition to all the required and elective courses available to students in our schools, our staff consistently embeds lessons on resilience through grit and perseverance. We cheer on and encourage students to try again when things don’t go as planned the first time. We know life can be hard. And, we also know that when we work together to solve challenges, everyone benefits. We are excited to see how the Community Engagement Center can positively impact families across Sioux Falls.

All-State Chorus

Congratulations to the 20 choir students that represented Lincoln at the SD All-State Chorus & Orchestra event in Rapid City at the end of October.

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Front: Kathy Ferguson (Director), Kate Pfeifle, Autumn Kruger, Emma Madeja, Brooke Kellenberger, Emmy Clark, Gaby Axtman, Mila Wollman, Josie Kimball, Mia Wentzel, Ella Frasier

Back: Max Wetsch, Jacob Aspaas, Ian Blair, Will McQuistan, Nick Forster, Charlie Kriech, Luke Henrichs, Lewhat Tesfaldet, Isaiah Campbell, Isaac Schroeder, Jacob Noordermeer (Assistant Director)

Junior Honor Choir

The following freshman auditioned and were selected to participate in the SD Junior Honor Choir in Sioux Falls this coming January. Congratulations!

Hannah Basel, Jacalyn Bechard, Tessa Blom, Ian Campbell, Charlotte Crawford, Annabelle Johnson, Ellie Kirkland, Jackson Klawonn, Jericho Klein, Elizabeth Spencer

Regional Honor Choir

The following 19 students auditioned and were selected out of students from 10 states for the select Regional Honor Choir held in February in Chicago.

Max Altena, Gaby Axtman, Aydn Calhoun, Ian Campbell, Isaiah Campbell, Emmy Clark, Jonathon Falconer, Ella Frasier, Elsa Friesen, Jackson Glanville, Lucas Hendricks-Leuning, Josie Kimball, Jackson Klawonn, Jericho Klein, Charlie Kriech, Kobe Lage, Curran Littel-Jensen, Lucas Schreck, Mia Wentzel

LHS Captain's Council Rakes the Town

Thirteen members of the Captain's Council volunteered on Saturday, October 30 to help rake a yard in the LHS area for Rake the Town! They did a great job and worked well together!
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Fall 2021 Academic Awards Program

Congratulations to Students Honored at the Academic Awards Ceremony

LHS Winter Formal, December 4

Winter Formal is Saturday, December 4th from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Lincoln High School. Tickets are $10 at the door. Students who do not attend Lincoln High School are welcomed to attend if they are under the age of 21. If you are bringing a date that is not from Lincoln High School, you MUST sign them up in the student service office by Friday, December 3. Dates are not required. Formal attire is recommended. Must have Student ID to attend. A coat check will also be available at the dance.

Nominations for Lincoln High School Hall of Fame

Hello LHS family and friends. Do you know a former teacher (retired for 3 years) or a former student (graduated for 5 years), or a community member that has assisted LHS and should be recognized for their PATRIOT EXCELLENCE in the LHS Hall of Fame? Please go to the following link on our Hall of Fame website and click on the download file and fill in the nomination form.

Attention Lincoln--Volunteer Opportunities with SALSA

SALSA is great a way to connect youth with opportunities to serve! SALSA connects high school students to engage them in volunteerism, giving them the opportunity to meet new friends, explore careers, gain leadership experience, earn hours for scholarship applications, and make a difference in their community. Upcoming meetings and one of our SALSA Wide Events is included below! Meetings are in Room A207. For any additional questions feel free to contact the SALSA Coordinator at or 605-274-1409. You may also contact Mrs. Slowey, Mrs. Powell, or Mrs. Thompson for more information.

*Upcoming SALSA Meetings: Dec. 1st and Jan. 5th afterschool

*SALSA Wide Event: Salvation Army Toy Town, Dec. 21st 5-7 PM

Parents, encourage your student to join us at Toy Town to help shoppers pick out toys and assist with carrying items out to their vehicles. We would love to have them!

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Seventeen stands for the number of hours between when a student leaves school and is back the next day. Lincoln High School’s Club 17 program has been providing much-needed new clothing and personal care items to our students for the last year. Currently, Club 17 is running low on some new items. If you can donate any of the following items, please drop them off at the Lincoln High School counseling office. If you have any questions, please call 605-367-7994. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


*Girls and Boys New Sweatpants--All Sizes

*Girls and Boys New Sweatshirts and Hoodies--All Sizes

*Leggings---All Sizes

*Girls and Boys New Belts--All Sizes

*Women’s Toiletry Items



Dental Care at NO COST

Your student's teeth are important. Dental disease (cavities) can threaten a child's health, wellbeing, and achievement. Children with oral health problems can have difficulty eating and sleeping and paying attention in school. Nearly 1 in 4 South Dakota children has untreated tooth decay.

The Delta Dental mobile truck will be at Lincoln High School November 29-December 3. If your student has not seen a dentist in the last two years, please call 605-367-7990 or have your student stop by the office to pick up the required paperwork.

--Heide LeBon, RN BSN

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Purchase Your Tickets Here

Proceeds support the Foundation's three main programs: First Time Teacher Grants, Public School Proud Grants, and the Student Success Fund.

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Counselor Corner

The LHS Counseling Center created a Career and Post-Secondary Planning Guide. The new guide offers a four-year plan to completing necessary steps for career and post-secondary planning. It is located on the Home page of our website:

Here is a quick look at the December activities to complete for each grade level:

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

  • Submit regular decision college applications—Most colleges offer regular decision due dates around January 1 and March 1 of each year.

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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ACT Prep Seminar Information

Click Here for Registration Information

Parent Portal Information

Keep informed of your student's schooling.

Avera Academy

Avera Academy is offering a great opportunity for your son/daughter for their senior year. It is a free dual credit college level course working at Southeast Technical Institute in the mornings. Students will earn 12 free college credits from STI that can be transferred to any institution in South Dakota. Plus, spend every Friday morning at Avera Hospital getting exposed to the Healthcare Industry. The student must have a strong interest in the healthcare field.

For more information you can find the application on our counseling website:

If you have an interest, questions, or want an application, stop by the counseling office. The deadline is December 17th.


Information about Scholarships

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Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. At Jostens our goal has always been to help students and families celebrate the moments that matter.

Class of 2021 Graduation packets were handed out at school in mid-October. Please make sure you have one. Extra packets are available in the Counseling Office and Student Services if you need one. Click on the video below to learn more.

FREE Cap, Gown & Tassel with the purchase of Class Jewelry during your senior year. See the front of your Graduation Packet for Details. Ring Sizers are available in the office if needed.





P.O. BOX 89121


Class of 2022 Senior Party

Seniors and Parents--Click Here to Find Information

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LHS 2021-22 Yearbook Order

Click here to purchase your yearbook

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School Related Cancellations and Postponements

It is important to be prepared for the winter storms and extreme cold that every South Dakota winter brings. Please read the following information so you are aware of the procedures for school related cancellations and postponements.

District leaders rely on experts from the National Weather Service and city/county officials when we make decisions on school cancellations, late starts or early dismissals.

Cancelling School/Late Start

When a severe storm hits the area, or is forecast, we start contacting local officials as early as 3:00 a.m. We communicate with our Operational Services Department, the Weather Bureau, the City Street Department, Sioux Falls Transit, and our transportation contractors. It is our goal to decide whether or not to cancel school by 5 a.m. to allow time for parking lots and sidewalks to be cleared, food services to prepare meals and the bus company to begin operations. In the event that school needs to be cancelled or delayed, families will be alerted via a ParentLink phone call. These calls will generally be sent between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to accommodate families whose children are picked up by buses at 6:45 a.m. Announcements are also made on the District’s website, Sioux Falls School District social media sites (Facebook: and Twitter: ) the SFSD app, and over the local radio and television stations.

Because the public schools have a limited rural area, it is often possible for Sioux Falls to have school when nearby towns may not.

Early Dismissal

Storms occasionally move in during the day, making it necessary to assess whether or not to dismiss school early. We choose early dismissal only under the most extreme circumstances. In most cases, it is safer for students to remain at school due to the need for transportation and proper supervision. In the rare instances when schools are dismissed early, families will receive a ParentLink phone call and the information will appear on the District’s website at, and our Sioux Falls School District social media sites (Facebook: and Twitter: ). Announcements are also made over the local radio and television stations.

Notifications refer to dismissal “one hour early” or “two hours early” because of the number of different building schedules. In addition to noting the early dismissal, announcements about evening activities are normally included.

It is very important that every family has a plan for early dismissal. Be sure your student knows where to go in case no one is at home. Parents/Guardians are urged to talk with their student about his/her safety during winter weather emergencies.

Be Safe This Winter

The school system offers these suggestions concerning cold weather and

emergency situations:

1. Listen for a ParentLink phone call regarding school closings, late starts, or early dismissals. Check the District’s website at for updated information. Follow us on our Sioux Falls School District social media sites (Facebook: and Twitter: ) for updated information. Announcements will also be made on local radio and television stations. (Please avoid calling schools or the Instructional Planning Center. Phone lines are needed for emergency communications.)

2. Make sure students are properly dressed for predicted weather conditions so they are prepared for walking or waiting for a bus in the cold or for being delayed on a bus in a weather-related situation.

3. Students should not arrive at school until the scheduled time for outdoor staff supervision or the breakfast program begins.

4. Develop a plan and inform your student about where your student will go if school is dismissed early.

5. School officials will use their best judgment about school closings, late starts, or early dismissals, but please remember that a parent has the right to keep children home or to pick them up from school early if they feel weather conditions require this action.

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:

Like and Follow Game Day Productions on:



Lincoln Livestream Facebook Page(sflincolnlive):

LHS Celebrated Bosses Day on October 15

Thanks for all you do, Mr. Lynch, Mrs. Brown, Dr. Raeder, and Mr. Struwe.
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