Lincoln High School Patriot Press

October 2020

Patriot Notes by Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

We are well on our way through quarter one of this school year. In fact, we are almost halfway through 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!

We continue to strive to keep everyone healthy at LHS. Students and staff are doing a GREAT job of wearing masks, practicing good hand washing/sanitizing, and working to social distance. I am impressed at how quickly everyone adapted to the new learning environment.

Last year we implemented a thirty-minute class called WIN (What's Important Now) Time following period 2. It proved to be a very successful time for students. During this time 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. Although COVID-19 has some added restrictions, students are still taking the time to take advantage of this valuable time. Teachers appreciate it, too!

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!

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events




3 -- SAT

10 – ACT

12 – No Classes Native American Day

13 – No Classes Teacher Inservice

14 – PSAT

24 – ACT

27 -- National Career Readiness Certificate Exam

29 -- Fall Financial Aid Night, Zoom Presentation, 7:00 PM

Public Schools Rise to Challenge

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

Though daunting, at times, I am proud and humbled to say, “We are back!”

After months of planning, adjusting, and redefining education amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the Sioux Falls School District successfully opened the doors to smiling faces on August 27, 2020 following the March 13, 2020 closure.

Classrooms look a little different where plexiglass and PVC are now as common as desks. Dots and arrows guide the way on our floors, and face coverings that were added to school supply lists have now become a daily item and a fashion statement. While practices and protocols may be different, one thing has not changed.

Public schools continue to rise to the challenge.

The first tax-supported public school opened in Massachusetts in the late 1630s. Though it took the framers of the U.S. Constitution some work to ensure uniformity and access, public schools today largely operate on the same principles on which they were founded.

Horace Mann is often credited for the organization of public schooling. He believed: 1) the public should no longer remain ignorant; (2) that such education should be paid for, controlled, and sustained by an interested public; (3) that this education will be best provided in schools that embrace children from a variety of backgrounds; (4) that this education must be non-sectarian; (5) that this education must be taught by the spirit, methods, and discipline of a free society; and (6) that education should be provided by well-trained, professional teachers.

Those principles hold true today whether students are learning in a traditional classroom or virtually from their home. Time and again, in addition to teaching academics, public schools have added services to solve challenges in America. In recent history, public schools have:

· Answered poverty concerns through nutritional breakfasts/lunches;

· Added vocational training and a detailed focus on science, technology, engineering and math;

· Ensured equitable access to education for all students, no matter their ability;

· Educated students who did not speak English;

· Provided nursing, counseling, and crisis-intervention services to improve social/emotional well-being;

· Established safety protocols for protection from violence;

· Expanded cultural understanding and embraced diversity.

Whenever a societal issue presents itself, public schools rise to the occasion, and never has this been more apparent than our current work to keep education going during the pandemic. Public schools are creative, responsive, and most importantly, inclusive. Any student who comes through our doors is provided with the opportunity to learn.

This is not the first nor the last time public schools will endure hardship and challenges. Thank you for standing with us as we navigate COVID-19 and for supporting our school district in so many ways! We stand ready to serve students and families now and in the days ahead no matter what comes our way.

We are #proudtobesfsd!

Red Letter Days (RLD) Homecoming

Congratulations to the following seniors who were elected to the RLD Homecoming Court during festivities the week of September 14: Luke Smith, Charley Lockwood-Powell, Zeb Mendel, Grant Graber, Anika Nelson, Ava Leonard, Madalyn McQuistan, and Emma Johnson. The 2020 Homecoming King is Nicholas Jensen and the 2020 Homecoming Queen is Elizabeth Jerstad. Congratulations to all students involved in homecoming festivities this week!

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Due Friday, October 9

The last day for students to pay for meals based on their last year's free and reduced lunch status is October 9. If your family has not completed a new application for this year, please click on the link below and complete the application online by October 9.

This Season a Flu Shot is More Important than Ever!

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 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.

We recommend all students and staff get the flu shot with their health care provider. Healthcare providers offer a smaller individualized setting, which lessens the risk of Covid-19 transmission. We will hold a flu shot clinic for those who cannot get the flu shot with their provider on Wednesday, October 7, 3:00-4:30 PM in the LHS Cafeteria. We will follow CDC recommendations for vaccine clinics in the community setting.

If you will attend an SFSD flu shot clinic please be aware of the following:

· All attendees are expected to wear a mask

· All attendees are expected to social distance when entering, during, and when leaving the clinics

· Please pay attention to signs and follow the flow of traffic

· The wait time could be longer due to the need to space attendees out

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.

o 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!

Parent Consent Form

Please complete this form and return it to the nurse's office by October 5 for the October 7 Flu Shot Clinic at Lincoln High School

We need your help!

Donations are being accepted for cloth face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer. Please drop off items at the LHS office at any time. We appreciate any effort to keep our students and faculty healthy.

Daily Symptom Checklist for Staff and Students

Please review these instructions daily at home before school.

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Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences are a great time to connect. These short meetings allow teachers to share students’ academic progress and for parents to share information about the students’ strengths, needs, and learning styles.

To continue best practices for health and safety of all students, families, and staff, the Sioux Falls School District is offering fall conferences during the month of October in one of three ways: in-person, by phone, or through virtual (internet) delivery.

Each school will communicate with parents/guardians regarding the scheduling of conferences. Please watch for this information and take advantage of this opportunity to discuss student progress with your child’s teacher.

Parent Portal Information

Keep informed of your student's schooling.

Lincoln High School Counseling Department Information

Find information here to help you with academic questions.

Fall Financial Aid Night, Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 PM

Greetings Senior Parents,

This year, our Fall Financial Aid Night for senior parents will be presented by Augustana University via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 PM. The Zoom presentation will be interactive with questions coming in through the Zoom chat feature.

Here is the registration link:

1) Sign up/register under your student's name.

2) You are welcome to sign up any time ahead of 7:00 p.m. on 9/29/20.

3) Please understand that this is not intended to recruit your student to AU. It's simply how our software works.

If you are unable to join, please note that the presentation will be recorded for Lincoln High School parents to view later and posted on the LHS counseling website.

Thank you,

Lincoln High School

Counseling Department


College Essay Help Information

Seniors, College Essay Help sessions will be offered this October (early decision) and November (regular admission). Details for sign-up will be shared in English classes. More information and links to resources can be found at

Advance Placement Exam Payments Due Friday, October 2

If you are interested in taking AP Exams, please read this information.

Career Day--Saturday, October 3

Juniors and Seniors--Join us for Career Day at Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital. Click here for more information on careers in the medical field.

ACT Prep Seminar Registration Information

Click here to register for the ACT Prep Seminar at LHS


Find information on the PSAT/NMSQT test here.

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.

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Lincoln High School Calendar

Click this link to view the LHS Activities Calendar.