Lincoln High School Patriot Press

January 2022

Patriot Notes

By Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

As the new calendar year starts at Lincoln High School, we are ready to finish the first semester and begin the second semester. While concluding coursework, students will begin to study for semester tests. Below are some study strategies from The Princeton Review article "How to Study for Finals".

1. Make a finals game plan.

If you plan out your study sessions (for ALL your exams), you’ll get a better handle on how much work you’re facing.

2. Start early.

Start studying for finals a few weeks before the first exam, and figure out how much time to set aside each day for each subject.

3. Study in this order: a) definitely b) probably c) might be on the final

Don’t just start from the beginning of your notes and try to cram everything in: Think about what you know for sure will be on each test and review that material first.

4. Give yourself more time to study for your toughest classes.

If chemistry gave you trouble all semester, devote more time to that subject—even if it’s your last final.

5. Form a study group.

Make a plan with friends to review the class material, compare notes, or work through tricky concepts.

6. Talk it out.

Not only is it more fun to study with your friends than studying by yourself, but you’ll also learn more.

7. Get creative with study aids.

Now that you know what key concepts from each subject you need to prioritize, find the best way to review and internalize what you predict will be on the final exam.

8. Study your notes.

Outline your class notes for daily review. Notes and flashcards are also great for last-minute review the morning of your exam.

9. Quiz yourself.

If you’re studying at home, have your mom or dad quiz you on the information you’ve already studied.

10. Make sleep a priority.

While it may be tempting to pull an all-nighter and cram everything in at the last minute, it’s a bad idea.

11. Take five.

Take breaks to improve your concentration when you return to studying.

12. Brain food is real.

Eat healthy and drink plenty of water to keep your brain firing on all cylinders.

For additional information, students can talk to their classroom teachers and counselor. Best of luck to all our students on their semester tests.

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***Each student will go through the lunch line to receive their meal. We will not have sack lunches available this semester.

LHS Students of the Month

Please join us in congratulating the following students who were selected to be November and December Students of the Month:


9th grade - Hudson Weber and Kierra Lubovich

10th grade - Arthur Tao and Meylin Rodriguez

11th grade - Alina Zatirka and Eva Knudtson

12th grade - Al Deak and Alicen Honner


9th grade - Betsy Haft and Maria Ramirez Preza

10th grade - Curran Littel-Jensen and Sadie Brown

11th grade - Jonathon Falconer and Rachel Bruggeman

12th grade - Evelyn Osterloo and Jazmine Osberg

Student Council Elections Are Coming Up!

If you are interested in running for student council, you must attend ONE of the mandatory meetings - either Monday, January 24 at 3:20pm or Tuesday, January 25 at 7:30am. (Students who don't attend one of these meetings will not be eligible to run.)

Those running for student council must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, no major office referrals, and no incidents of skipping classes.

If you have any questions, please stop by Mrs. DuBois' room in A201.

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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 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 Socks

*Girls and Boys New Sweatpants--All Sizes

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

*Girls and Boys New Belts--All Sizes

*Coats--New and Clean Gently Used--Especially Sizes Large and Extra-Large

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


22 - January 2 - Holiday Break


3 - Classes Resume

12 - Semester Testing

13 - Semester Testing

13 - End of 1st Semester

14 - No Classes, Teacher Workday

17 - No Classes, Teacher Inservice

24 - Last Day to Request a Class Change

29 - Senior Photo for Yearbook due

Stakeholder Listening and Learning

By: Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

The education of our children is a true partnership between school, families, and our community. Research shows when all of us work together, student achievement increases. This year, the Sioux Falls District is fostering over 24,000 unique school/family partnerships, and the goals are the same for each - creating a positive educational experience and successful student outcome.

Parents and families are key to ensuring school success - making school attendance a priority, setting expectations for adequate sleep and nutrition, and insisting on homework completion/test preparation. Parents can encourage student participation in school activities and clubs, serving as cheerleaders because they know it connects students to each other and to their school.

Teachers are key in these partnerships as well, committing to creating engaging and informative lessons, offering meaningful projects, and assigning grades that reflect the curriculum being taught. Teachers are also influential in encouraging students to step out of their comfort zone to take part in activities as they discover what they are good at, what they love, and what they want to pursue beyond high school.

Community Engagement is one of our five focus areas in our District Priorities. Our belief statement says, “We believe when stakeholder relationships are intentionally cultivated, students grow through hands-on learning experiences and real-world work and career opportunities. Through these school-community partnerships, we believe students develop a deeper connection to living and working in Sioux Falls.”

This school year, the Sioux Falls School District is taking a purposeful approach to learning more from parent and family partners as we convene regular community engagement sessions using the World Café Model. This model provides an easy process for having conversations that matter as people get to know each other and collectively share their thoughts and ideas.

By early-December, we will have listened and learned from three communities that represent just a few of the many cultures in Sioux Falls. Native American families, Hispanic families, and Kunama families accepted our invitation to meet as we asked them to share their hopes and dreams for the future of their children. The conversations were powerful, and included topics of safety, transportation, preservation and celebration of cultures, after-school and extracurricular activities, and more.

Community engagement events like these will continue throughout the 2022 year and beyond because SFSD values partnerships. Our schools cannot do it alone. Successful students need school, parent, and community support. We look forward to continuing these conversations, and we cannot wait to turn the information we gather into action as we work to become the best school district in the Nation. We hope you’ll consider being involved when a World Café community engagement opportunity comes to a school or neighborhood near you!

Officials and Sportsmanship

The following is taken from an article published by the National Federation of High Schools on September 1, 2021 and can likely be applied to all areas. My challenge this year to coaches, players, parents, and spectators is to heed the message and to be better in our sportsmanship efforts and to control our behavior toward officials. This crisis is not getting better, with the addition of another high school and another middle school in the city, the shortage of officials is even more profound.

The shortage of officials in high school – and middle school – sports has been a growing concern for several years – in large part due to unsportsmanlike behavior by parents and other adult fans. Now, additional sports officials are electing to stay on the sidelines because of health concerns related to COVID-19.

Hoping to make an impact nationally on the officiating shortage and the sportsmanship issues at hand is Dana Pappas, who joined the NFHS staff last month as the new Director of Officiating Services. Pappas joins the NFHS staff after 24 years with the New Mexico Activities Association, including the past 17 years as commissioner of officials.

Although there was a hope that the post-pandemic behavior of parents and other fans would be improved, Pappas said the jury is definitely still out as sportsmanship issues have continued to exist.

“I think the sportsmanship issue is something that continues to keep individuals from officiating, or we lose them because of poor sportsmanship.”

While the loss of officials because of the pandemic is understandable and uncontrollable, losing individuals from the officiating ranks due to the boorish behavior of parents and other adults is unacceptable.

“There needs to be a shift in those expectations and remind parents of what it was like when their kids didn’t have an opportunity to play. Everyone agrees that was not good for anyone last year. And if you continue to abuse officials, we are going to be exactly where we were because there won’t be any way to adjudicate these games.”

As winter sports swing into full action this month, let’s respect the men and women who are giving of their free time so that once-in-a-lifetime opportunities of high school activities can continue for our student-athletes.

--Joey Struwe, CMAA

Assistant Principal/Activities

Lincoln High School

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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.

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LHS 2021-22 Yearbook Order

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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 Meeting: January 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!

Counselor Corner

Happy New Year from the Counseling Center!

Please review schedules for next semester and finalize change requests. The last day for 2nd semester schedule changes is January 24th, 2022. Students may complete schedule changes with a paper copy (available in the counseling center) or online at through their counselor's link.

January Career and Post-Secondary Planning Checklist

9th Grade:

10th Grade:

11th Grade:

12th Grade:

Review SD Labor Market’s Hot Careers (high wage/high demand)

High School Course Registration

Registration starts for the 2022-23 school year in February. Counselors and teachers work with students to help determine their class needs. Parent input is important, so we encourage you to work with your student on the choices available and the requirements needed. Lincoln has many academic pathways for students. Please ask questions and explore all the options. This is a great time to have post-high school planning conversations with your student.

Lincoln High School counselors will be in the English classrooms starting January 31st-11th grade, February 1- 10th grade, and February 2-9th grade for 2022-2023 course information and registration. Please take time to visit with your student about the opportunities available.

If you have any questions, please call the counseling office 605-367-7994. Counselors are also available by email. See below for contact list.

Information about course registration is on our counseling website: LHS Counseling

LHS Counseling - (605) 367-7994


(students assigned alphabetically by last name):


Tanielle Sylvester


David Myers


Wendy Dorman


Matt Meyers


Jackie Geppert-Anderson


Becky Thomas

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ACT Prep Seminar Information

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Parent Portal Information

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Information about Scholarships

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Class of 2022 Senior Party

Seniors and Parents--Click Here to Find Information

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

Watch your favorite winter 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:

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Lincoln Livestream Facebook Page(sflincolnlive):

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