Lincoln High School Patriot Press

March 2021

Patriot Notes

by Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

Welcome to March! Winter school activities start to wrap up their seasons as the promise of spring's arrival signals the beginning of different sport seasons for many, along with various fine arts events showcasing the plethora of talents of our Patriot students. In addition to enjoying spring activities, we will be celebrating our students who have worked hard academically on February 26, through a video that will be shown and certificates that will be handed out. We have so many reasons to be proud of our students and honor their achievements.

Thank you to all the parents and guardians who were able to attend conferences in February. If you were unable to attend conferences and would still like to talk to a teacher, or you find your student is struggling in a class or needs additional help, please don't hesitate to call LHS at 367-7990 to make an appointment to meet with the teacher, a counselor and/or administrator to have this important conversation.

State testing will begin at the end of March. Juniors are the only class completing the test on March 29, 30, 31 and April 7. Freshmen and sophomores will have activities they will be involved with during testing times on those days. Seniors will not have to report to LHS March 29, 30 or 31 until 10:30 AM, but they will have the opportunity to come in during testing times on April 7 starting at 8:20 to complete make up work or receive help from teachers. Best of luck to all the juniors who will be testing!

Spring 2021 Academic Awards Program

Congratulations to the LHS students who qualified for academic recognition this semester.

The Academic Achievement Letter Award and Pin is an academic recognition program sponsored by the Lincoln High School Booster Club. The award, in the form of an "L" letter with a pin attached, is presented to those students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for two consecutive semesters. Each consecutive semester thereafter, students with a 3.5 or higher GPA will receive another pin to attach to the "L" award.

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


1 - Sophomore Class Ring & Jewelry Meeting, LHS Gym - Main, WIN TIME

9 - Sophomore Class Ring & Jewelry Ordering Days, LHS Foyer, Before School and Lunch Times

10 - Sophomore Class Ring & Jewelry Ordering Days, LHS Foyer, Before School and Lunch Times

12 - No Classes

13 - ACT

17 - ASVAB

29 - Smarter Balance Testing; Seniors start at 10:30 AM

30 - Smarter Balance Testing; Seniors start at 10:30 AM

31 - Smarter Balance Testing and Career Day; Seniors start at 10:30 AM


2-5 - No Classes Spring Break

7 - Science Testing; Seniors start at 10:30 AM

17 - ACT

20 - Jostens Senior Cap/Gown Delivery Day, Auditorium Foyer, Before School, During Lunches, and After School

24 - Grand March, LHS Main Gym, 3:00 PM


8 - SAT

24 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School

25 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School

25 - End of 2nd Semester

26 - No classes - Teacher Workday

30 - LHS Graduation, 4:00 PM

The Truth About Tests

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

At the start of the 2020-21 school year, no one knew exactly what learning would look like. Could students stay focused enough to learn or would they be distracted by masks? How could instructional groups be formed to meet the needs of learners with social distancing in place? How much learning was lost from going remote last spring?

Now, solidly in the middle of third quarter and with vaccinations becoming more readily available in our community, there is a strong possibility that, with continued hard work and diligence, we will make it through the entire year with students in our classrooms. As we navigate some of the challenges that may still come this year, our focus is now shifting to the needs that may linger long past the pandemic into the future. What are the lasting effects we need to plan for as we look ahead to next year and beyond?

For many months now, educational leaders across the nation have been talking about how the pandemic’s ripple will be felt in the future. Our own staff also recognize those realities, along with the “regular” challenges of any school year. It almost feels like we are now on a train track instead of a highway – the regular school year and the COVID track that runs parallel to it.

The academic benchmarks our students and schools strived to achieve not long ago are now viewed through the lens of a pandemic, and the gaps that exist will need to be filled over time. We can take some comfort in knowing this is not just a Sioux Falls problem or a South Dakota problem, but rather a world-wide problem. The good news is that Sioux Falls Public Schools has persevered through the pandemic and continues to stand ready to provide the support our students need.

Teachers use many tools to assess student learning. Conversations, daily work, journal entries, and exams help us determine success. This year, those tools are more important than ever. In March and April, Sioux Falls students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 will complete the South Dakota Assessments. Teachers use the information to make decisions about the individual support or acceleration needed for each student. They refine and refocus instruction so targeted supports can be used when working one-on-one or in a small group with your child.

As a District, we look at the results through multiple lenses – district, level, school, and grade levels, analyzing trends, allocating our resources to match the needs, and determining the effectiveness of our programs.

While few people really love taking tests, it is important to understand the connection between results that drive instruction and the ability to help students achieve more. Teachers can be more effective, our District is more successful, and our community ultimately benefits when our future workforce has the skills needed to conquer any challenge that comes their way.

Congratulations to the Lincoln Hall of Fame Class of 2021

The purpose of the Lincoln High School Hall of Fame 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.

Thank you all for your efforts. There are so many worthy candidates and the thoughtfulness in the process is much appreciated!

Those honored for the Lincoln High School Hall of Fame Class of 2021 include Lloyd Dobratz, Terry Dobratz, Pat Dobratz, Glenyta Hansen, Tracy Mescher, Adam Morfeld, Ron Parsons, Cameron Stalheim, Mary Tranberg, and Deb Wallenberg.

LHS Teachers Nominated for Teacher of the Year Award

The Sioux Falls School District & Vern Eide Motorcars recently announced 67 nominees for the 33rd Annual Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year award! Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination/letter of support for these deserving teachers and a BIG congratulations to the nominees from Lincoln High School: Mario Chiarello, Brad Newitt, Roxie Harte, and James Jarovski.

LHS Boasts 53 Selected for All-State Band!

Congratulations to all the students who auditioned and to the 53 LHS students selected to the 2021 South Dakota All-State Band! (To put this in perspective, the next closest school had 12 students selected). In the 71-year history of the South Dakota All-State Band, this is a new record for the number of students from one school. This is the 23rd consecutive year that Lincoln has had more students in All-State Band than any other school in the state. In fact, Lincoln students make up over 27% of the All-State Band. Congratulations to all the students. In alphabetical order:

Ethan Behrend, Katrina Beshai, Hayli Bostater, Rachel Bruggeman, Annika Bruner, Kyan Carlson, Zac Carlson, Emmy Clark, Norah DeBoer, Leah Derenge, Ashton Dykstra, Claire Egland, Derek Eleeson, Carson Gramm, Oscar Hansen, Samantha Hansen, Abby Helgerson, Sam Helgerson, Eden Hodgins, Kinsley Kittams, Emily Krueger, Nick Lange, Jackson Lapour, Mason LeMaster, Jordan Levesque, Hannah Lias, Laine Mannes, Claire McDermott, Adam Monson, Evalyn Mullen, Ben Nyberg, Moriah Nyberg, Gabbi Oaks, Eli Olson, KT Pagone, Ava Pickard, Sam Pierce, Jacob Portice, Alex Raether, Ella Ratliff, Lily Raysby, Aidan Roux, Gus Sargent, Isaac Shelton, Keegan Sigl, Mary Steffen, Gavin Sturm, Elliott Tomkins, Alexis Ung, Lauren Vander Esch, Bailey Wolfgang, Ethan Yu, Emma Zimmerman.

She Kills Monsters Earns Superior Awards

Congratulations to this year's cast and crew of the one act and to their entry of She Kills Monsters to the state competition. Isaac Smith, Elsa Friesen, Molly Baumeister and Cat Paul earned Superior Acting Awards, the Puppet Ensemble earned a Superior Ensemble Award, and the collective talents of the entire cast and crew earned a Superior Play Award.

Lincoln High School Student Council Elections

Congratulations to the following students elected to the Lincoln High School Student Council in recent elections:

Junior Class

John Dekkenga, Hannah Dumansky, Marisa Weinzetl

Sophomore Class

Katie Jensen, Rubben Johnson, Ricky Thakkar, Simon Woods

Freshmen Class

Noelie Cole, Chase DuBois, Drew Gohl, Luke Jerstad, Rocky McKenzie, Bridget Pederson

Thank You Parents!

The LHS staff wishes to thank all parents who funded the meals delivered during conferences and other thoughtful donations throughout the year. We truly appreciate your kindness and generosity during this unprecedented year.

Track and Field Sign-Up Meetings

Anyone interested in going out for Track and Field this spring will need to attend one of the sign-up meetings March 1-4 at 3:30 PM in the Auditorium. The meetings will last about 15 minutes. The first track practice will be Monday, March 8.

Information about the upcoming season can be found at If you have any questions please email Coach Jarovski at Go Pats!

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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.

LHS Counseling Dept - 367-7994


(students assigned alphabetically by last name):


Tanielle Sylvester


David Myers


Wendy Dorman


Matt Meyers


Jackie Anderson


Becky Thomas

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ASVAB TESTING – Rescheduled Date March 17, 2021

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

Since the January ASVAB testing at LHS was cancelled due to weather, it has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 17, staring at 8:20 AM in the LHS Chorus Room D304. If you were registered for the January test, please stop by counseling to register again. All others, please stop by the counseling office to learn more about the ASVAB and to register for testing. Please note that while 10th graders can take the test, they cannot use the results with military recruiters. You must be a junior or senior for results to count for a recruiter.

Consider Joining the Lincoln High Marine Corps JROTC

Lincoln High School Marine Corps JROTC teaches students to be leaders who exhibit self-discipline, honor and integrity in all that they do. JROTC is a class that counts as one elective/CTE credit per year, and also offers extracurricular activities, including: Drill Team, Air Rifle Team, Physical Training Team, and Academic Team. There are no monetary expenses for any aspect of the program, and there is absolutely NO military obligation associated with JROTC. In the past three years, our cadets have earned over $800,000 in US Military Academy appointments and college scholarships. For more information, please contact your counselor or the LHS MCJROTC instructors at or

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Important Graduation and Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Class of 2021 ,


FREE Cap, Gown, & Tassel with the purchase of a Graduation Ring/Jewelry during you senior year. Ring sizers are available in the Office if needed.

How to Order:

Click on Button in Video and Order online at

Hello Seniors and Senior Parents

We are looking for fun pictures of seniors at events or during special moments for the Senior Slideshow. THIS IS NOT FOR THE YEARBOOK.

Send one individual picture if you want but one or two fun group pictures are even better so we can get pictures of ALL seniors.

Please email pictures for the Senior Slideshow to:

Please include NAMES of individuals in the pictures(s) as best as you can. Include approximate DATE and EVENT if applicable and known.

Pictures sent earlier in the year are more likely to show up in the slideshow. Photos sent later in the year will also be included but may be underrepresented due to end of the year time crunch.

We are trying to include pictures of ALL the seniors!

Thank you,

The Senior Slideshow Committee

Lincoln High School Senior Class of 2021 Party News

Find all of the information on Class of 2021 party planning activities here.

The Senior Class Party Community Service Project

Dear LHS Parents/Community--

The Senior Class Party Community Service Project is looking to assist students in the school who need some extra help. “Club 17 Closet” was started two years ago, to help students at LHS who have limited support at home/in their lives and need basic everyday items. Some kids may be in hotels, some may not have a consistent home to go to. These donations help fill the needs in those “17 hours” when students leave school and return to LHS.

Please consider donating to our “CLUB 17 BOX”, located by the library door. Send the following items each month, with your student, and fill up the box! Prefer a monetary donation? Send to the LHS office, labeled “Club 17”. THANKS PATS COMMUNITY!

February – Guy Collection: New items-- athletic pants, shorts, underwear, socks Sizes S-XL

March – Girl Collection: New items—pants, shorts, socks, bras (sport), underwear Sizes S-XL

April – LHS Spirit wear, New items—clothing, phone cases, lanyards, headbands, bags, etc.

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LHS Sophomores--Class of 2023--Please Note

Class of 2023 ,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Even though things may look differently this year, Jostens goal has always been to help students and families celebrate the moments that matter. Class of 2023 Jewelry Packets will be handed out at school to the Sophomores on March 1st. Please make sure you get one. Click on the video below to learn more. Extra Packets and Ring Sizers are available in Student Services and the Counseling Office.

LINCOLN PATRIOTS - Class Jewelry Week is Coming. Get your Gift with Purchase Items during Class Jewelry week. Click on link below to see details.


In School Order Days - Gift with Purchase Deadline

Tuesday & Wednesday March 9th & 10th

7:30 - 8:30 & 11:30 - 1:30 PM

Concession Stand by Auditorium

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