Lincoln High School Patriot Press

May 2021

Patriot Notes

by Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

Welcome to May. We are excited about finishing the year strong. There is no rule book written on how to be a high school student during a pandemic, yet the students of LHS have been successful. We are proud of their work during this challenging school year. This is a time to honor the work of the school year and especially the efforts of our graduates. We also have plans in place to make next year even better!

Due to the snow day, our last day of school has changed. Finals will be May 25 and May 26. The schedule for Semester Tests is below:

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The Lincoln High School graduation ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 30 at the Sioux Falls Arena at 4:00 PM.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, each graduate may invite up to six guests to attend in-person. Tickets will not be required on the day of the event; however, we ask each graduate to ONLY bring six or fewer guests so all students and their families can share in this celebration. All graduation ceremonies will be live streamed so other family members also have an opportunity to celebrate with their graduate.

The graduation ceremony will also be played on KLRN Tuesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

Hand sanitizing stations will be available for students and their families. Masks are expected to be worn throughout the ceremony. We look forward to celebrating this event with your student and family.

We have summer construction projects at LHS. E-wing is receiving an external makeover including a restroom remodel and our orchestra and fitness rooms will be upgraded.

The Lincoln High School Community is looking to update other areas of LHS with your help. Currently, our "wish list" includes:

  • Updating our Auditorium Foyer with the addition of a digital trophy case.
  • Updating our walls and stairs with pictures that will allow us to highlight student work and define Patriot Pride.
  • Improving the sound system in our gymnasium.

We are looking for friends and alumni of Lincoln High School to support the projects. If you would like to contribute, you can donate to the "Patriots for Life" at the address below or click on this link:

Best of luck to all the students in the last month of school.

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Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


24 - Grand March, LHS Main Gym, 4:30 PM, doors open at 4:00 PM

29 - Patriot Pride Assembly


8 - SAT

20 - Graduation Practice, LHS Small Gym, Ad-Room (10:12 - 10:42 AM)

25 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School - changed due to snow day

26 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School - changed due to snow day

26 - End of 2nd Semester - changed due to snow day

27 - No classes - Teacher Workday - changed due to snow day

28 - Deadline to request final senior transcripts

30 - LHS Graduation, 4:00 PM, Sioux Falls Arena

30 - Senior Class Party


26 – 6:30 PM; All-Activities Parent Meeting in LHS Main Gym


2 – Soccer/Girls Tennis 1st Practice

9 – Boys Golf/FB 1st Practice

11 – Patriot Power Day

12 – VB/XC 1st Practice

19 – PST Night

26 – First Day School

150 Years: Celebrating Public Education in Sioux Falls

by Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al - /ˌseskwəsenˈtenēəl/


1. relating to the one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of a significant event.

If the Sioux Falls School District was holding a spelling bee in 2021, a good word to

stump even a few of our best spellers might be “sesquicentennial.” A common practice at spelling bees is for the announcer to say the word, define it, and then use it in a sentence. That sentence might be “The Sioux Falls School District is celebrating its sesquicentennial in the 2021-22 school year.”

The Sioux Falls School District was formally established on July 3, 1871. Old records indicate the first school opened in 1870 in the Government Barracks under the direction of teacher Mary A. Benton who trained 17 pupils. However, it was the summer of 1871 when newly elected Minnehaha County Superintendent John Bippus divided the county into seven school districts as one of his first official acts. District #1 was comprised of the entire Sioux Falls township. Still, it took another two years for its first school board to be established with elected members being A. Gale, Director; R.F. Pettigrew, Clerk; and D.S. Goodyear, Treasurer.

It is humbling to think about the exponential value public education has brought to the community through the students who have graduated with a Sioux Falls School District diploma over the past 150 years. We have launched so many successful people who fill every career and job title currently and previously needed and known. We believe this is a feat worth celebrating!

A Planning Committee made up of parents and community members has been meeting since February to determine a fitting theme, and design memorable activities that can be embraced by all stakeholders.

Before school starts again in the fall, we will launch our plan for activities and events to be held throughout the 2021-2022 school year. The theme is “Rooted in Our Past ~ Reaching for Our Future.” The committee is hoping to engage with former staff members, alumni, community members, current parents, students, and employees to highlight all we have achieved in the previous 150 years and to establish new and exciting goals to launch us into the next 150 years. If your path took you through SFSD, dig out your old photos and memorabilia. We are setting up a digital time capsule by decade.

The launch of the District 150th Anniversary celebration will also include the unveiling of new strategic priorities to guide our work as we aspire to be the best school district in the nation. This is a lofty goal, but who better to achieve it than a school district that has 150 years of success in its rearview mirror and one that is committed to continuous improvement for the next century and beyond.

Sesquicentennial isn’t an easy word to say or to spell. But, paraphrasing the great Theodore Roosevelt, we believe nothing worth doing comes easy. We look forward to celebrating this milestone in our history with all of you!

Outdoor Activities Restrictions Lifted

The Sioux Falls School District has lifted attendance restrictions for outdoor activities ONLY (Track and Field, Girls Golf, Boys Tennis and Baseball). Activities held indoors will continue to operate with spectator attendance restrictions based on the capacity of the host facility. This decision will be monitored and assessed very closely and the outdoor spectator attendance restrictions may be implemented again at any time to ensure the District stays in traditional learning through the end of the school year.

Please note that all other guidelines and protocols are still in place, and masks are still expected at all indoor and outdoor activities. These guidelines and protocols have provided the opportunity for safety at our activities and ultimately support our primary goal of continuing a traditional school setting in the Sioux Falls School District through the end of the school year.

Congratulations to LHS Marine Corps JROTC Drill Team

Congratulations to the Lincoln High School Marine Corps JROTC Drill Team for their performance in March at the Sioux Falls Invitational Drill Competition. Out of five teams, the cadets took First Place in Varsity Armed Regulation, Armed Exhibition, as well as LE-1 Unarmed and Armed Squad competitions. Additionally, the cadets placed Second in Varsity Unarmed Regulation, Unarmed Exhibition, Color Guard and Inspection. LE-1 Color Guard took Fourth Place. Finally, the cadets Placed First in overall competition points, retaining the traveling trophy for the second consecutive year. Well done cadets!

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All-State Jazz Band

Congratulations to all the LHS students who auditioned and the 11 who made it into the 2021 South Dakota All-State Jazz Band! Lincoln has more students in All-State Jazz Band than any other school in the state - Congratulations, students!

Alex Raether - Alto Sax

Andrew Aasen - Tenor Sax

Ethan Yu - Alto Sax

Gavin Sturm - Trombone

Jordan Levesque - Trombone

Jack Simpson - Guitar

Aidan Roux - Vibes

Mason LeMaster - Trumpet

Derek Eleeson - Trumpet

Sam Helgerson - Trumpet

Jackson Lapour - Drumset

Lincoln High Band Winter Guard

Congratulations to our Lincoln winter guard ladies for experiencing a lot of “Firsts” this year!

They are the FIRST winter guard ever at Lincoln High School and the FIRST guard in the State of South Dakota to make WGI World Semi-Finals...and NOW WORLD FINALS IN THEIR CLASS! Congratulations, ladies! We are so proud of their hard work, representing both our school and community on a national stage.

HOSA--Future Health Professionals News

Congratulations to Karima Mohammed who placed 2nd in the Medical Reading event at the State level for HOSA--Future Health Professionals. She can go on to compete at the National level this summer. Great work, Karima!

Girls and Boys State Delegates Selected

Girls State Delegates from Lincoln High School for 2021 are:

Allen, Olivia

Bade, Alannah

Bouwman, Ava

Crawford, Elizabeth

Cypher, Ashlyn

Derenge, Leah

Lehmann, Aubrie

Mannes, Laine

Pfeifle, Katherine

Sprecher, Anne

Ung, Alexis

Journalism City:

Brost, Olivia

McCartney, Kate

Boys State Delegates from Lincoln High School for 2021 are:

Amundson, Ryan

Aspaas, Jacob

Bartlett, Jayden

Bethke, Daniel

Brost, Ryan

Deak, Alexander

Dekkenga, Johnathan

Eden, Paul

Gladue, Ethan

Haft, Henry

Husser, Ethan

Jackson, Cameron

Karu, Kaden

Kelly, Ian

Lam, Hal

Leuning, Chet

McQuistan, William

Mickelson, Charles

Sturm, Gavin

Winter, Ashton

Yousef, James

The Grand March of Seniors at Lincoln High School

The Grand March will be April 24 starting at 4:30 PM in the Main Gym. Doors will open at 4:00 PM. The Grand March is for Lincoln High School Seniors only and their dates as long as they are Sioux Falls School District students. No students from schools outside the Sioux Falls School District will be allowed to attend. Seniors and their dates will need their school IDs for the Grand March.

Senior Grand March participants will receive two spectator wristbands for themselves and two spectator wristbands for their date when they sign-up for Grand March. At the door, each spectator with a wristband (not the Grand March participants) will pay $5.00 to attend the Grand March. Lincoln High School students may watch Grand March in person by showing their LHS student ID and paying $5 at the door.

Grand March sign-up will take place before and after school and during 4th and 5th period lunches in the administrative foyer on April 20-22 and before and after school only on April 23. Seniors will not be charged to participate in the Grand March.

Anyone attending the Grand March is expected to wear a mask.

This event will be live streamed through the Lincoln High School YouTube channel:

Grand March Live Stream on YouTube

Click here to watch the Grand March Live

2021 Advanced Placement Exams

The 2021 Advanced Placement examinations begin Monday, May 3 and continue to Monday, May 17. The College Board/Advanced Placement program sets the date and time for each exam and this information is available at AP Exams and Policies This includes information that describes the examinations, procedure for grading the examinations, and reporting exam scores.

The Advanced Placement program requires students to take the examinations on the date and time scheduled. Students are permitted to take alternative-late exams only when: 1. Students are scheduled to take two AP exams for the same time and date, or 2. There is a conflict with a school activity that would take the student out of school. The schedule for the late exams runs from Tuesday, May 18 to Tuesday, May 28. Many of these late tests will be offered only online.

Please email any questions to:

Monday, May 3, 2021
7:30am United States Government and Politics
Main Gym

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
7:30am Calculus AB & Calculus BC
Main Gym
11:45am German Language and Culture
11:30am Human Geography
Main Gym

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
7:30am English Literature and Composition
Main Gym
7:30am Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Main Gym

Thursday, May 6, 2021
7:30am United States History
Main Gym
11:30am Computer Science A
Main Gym

Friday, May 7, 2021
7:30am Chemistry
Main Gym
11:30am Physics 2: Algebra-Based
Main Gym

Monday, May 10, 2021
7:30am World History: Modern
Main Gym
11:30am Macroeconomics
Main Gym

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
7:30am Spanish Language and Culture
Faith Baptist Church - 57th St. & Minnesota Ave.
11:30am Latin
Faith Baptist Church - 57th St. & Minnesota Ave.
11:30am Psychology
Main Gym

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
7:30am English Language and Composition
Main Gym
11:45am Microeconomics
Main Gym
11:30am Music Theory
Hope Lutheran Church – 24th St. & Cliff Ave.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Friday, May 14, 2021
7:30am Biology
Main Gym
11:30am Environmental Science
Main Gym

Monday, May 17, 2021
7:30am Computer Science Principles
Main Gym
11:30am Statistics
Main Gym

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Final Transcript Requests and SD Opportunity Scholarship

Seniors--Important Information!!

Final transcripts are required by colleges, universities, technical schools, military, cosmetology schools, NCAA, NAIA, South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship, etc. Even though you have been accepted to a post-secondary school, they require a final transcript to be sent from our registrar’s office after your grades have been posted to the transcript.

During the week of April 26th, please check your state email for detailed information and instructions on ordering a final transcript from our Registrar Michelle Peterson. Included in the email will be information about the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship.

After the email is sent out, information will also be available under the SENIORS then TRANSCRIPT tab on the Lincoln High School Counseling website:

The deadline to request your final transcript is May 28, 2021.

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

Graduation Information for Class of 2021

The Lincoln High School graduation ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 30 at the Sioux Falls Arena at 4:00 PM.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, each graduate may invite up to six guests to attend in-person. Tickets will not be required on the day of the event; however, we ask each graduate to ONLY bring six or fewer guests so all students and their families can share in this celebration. All graduation ceremonies will be live streamed so other family members also have an opportunity to celebrate with their graduate.

The graduation ceremony will also be played on KLRN Tuesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

Hand sanitizing stations will be available for students and their families. Masks are expected to be worn throughout the ceremony. We look forward to celebrating this event with your student and family.

There will NOT be a photographer this year.

Graduation Letter to Senior Parents/Guardians

Find information on graduation day events here

Lincoln High School Senior Class of 2021 Party News

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

Lincoln High School Football

Click Here for Information on LHS Football Summer Schedule

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Be Prepared With a First Aid Kit

The LHS chapter of HOSA Future Health Professionals is conducting a fundraiser selling first aid kits. There are several different kinds of kits for the home, car, pets, sports bag, etc. To order and help support our organization, please use the link below to select your kits and pay through a secure site. All kits will be shipped directly to you. Funds will be used to help members pay dues, attend conferences, and purchase materials needed for competitions. We would appreciate your support. Thank you!

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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Parent Portal Information

Be informed about your student. 21-22 Annual Update opens May 3.

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Students enrolled in Accelerated English or AP English courses have required summer reading. The purpose of summer reading is to offer students the opportunity to continue their skills as critical readers and thinkers. Students in Acc. Eng. 1 or Acc. Eng. 2 will receive their assigned summer reading books during the month of May.

Links to summer reading assignments can be found below:

Accelerated English I

Accelerated English 2

AP Language and Composition

AP Literature and Composition

Teacher contact information is included in each of the reading assignments. Further questions can be directed to Have a great summer!

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Job Description:

School Bus Inc is looking for part time school bus drivers who will make it a priority to provide students with a safe and enjoyable experience to and from school each day.

· No experience necessary, paid Training

· $500 sign on Bonus ($1000 for those who come with CDL w/passenger & school bus endorsements)

· $18.15 hourly rate

· 20-25 hrs./weekly (possibly more at certain times of the year)

· No nights, weekends, or Holidays!

· A work schedule that matches your child’s school schedule!

Why Join Our Team?

· Safety: Our top priority is the safety of all passengers and employees

· Value our Employees: People are the foundation of any great business.

· Customer Focused: SBI will continue to build on the strong partnerships that we have built over the years, based on trust and integrity.

Minimum Requirements:

· 18 yrs. Of age or older

· Able to pass a background check.

· Drug Screen

· Willing to work a flexible schedule.

Apply today as it will take a minimum of 20 days for licensing and training.

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Lincoln High School Calendar

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Past Patriot Press Newsletters

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