Lincoln High School Patriot Press

November 2020

Patriot Notes by Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

Student safety remains a priority here at Lincoln High School. We recently had a change to our Close Contact policy for the district. If the positive student and the close contact were both wearing masks, the close contact student now has the opportunity to stay in school. Remember, if the COVID positive student is wearing a mask, but your child is not wearing one, your child will need to quarantine at home for 14 days. If this situation impacts your student, a principal will contact you. This is a great time to remind your student to wear the mask properly covering the mouth and nose.

An area where a student could potentially be exposed to COVID is during open lunch. At times, students may ride together or eat together without wearing masks for longer than 15 minutes and they are closer than six feet. Please work with your students to make a plan to stay safe when they leave the building for open lunch.

We started October by hosting virtual parent/teacher/student conferences. If you would like to discuss your student's progress and learning, please continue to contact your child's teachers and counselor. At LHS we want to be proactive so we have created a Student Support Department that works with students when they are out of school, when they return to school and if they need extra support and time to work on class assignments and tests. We will continue to provide support to all students to help them be successful.

Have a Thankful November.

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


24 – ACT

27 -- National Career Readiness Certificate Exam


2 – 6 – Free College Application Week South Dakota

5 - 6 - Jostens Graduation Product in School Ordering Days, Auditorium Foyer, 7:30 - 8:30 AM and 11:30 - 1:30 AM.

7 - SAT

11 - No Classes Veterans' Day

25 - 27 - No Classes Thanksgiving Break

Our Work Amid COVID

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

I recently worked on a document and before sending it, applied a watermark to indicate it was a DRAFT copy. You’ve probably all seen a document with a watermark at one point or another. You can clearly see the copy, but on every page the watermark serves as some type of reminder.

That’s how COVID feels this year. There is an ever-presence about it, yet we recognize other priorities cannot be overlooked.

· Student achievement data must be reviewed to guide instructional decisions.

· Two new schools are opening next fall with construction going on every day.

· Seniors are beginning to make post-graduation plans.

· Decisions about summer program offerings are upon us.

· Winter sports and activities will be starting just around the corner.

· Work on the updated strategic plan begins second semester.

No matter what challenges lie in front of us, each day students, staff, and parents/guardians have an opportunity to get better. How can we incorporate a mindset of continuous improvement into everything we do? John Maxwell says that continuous improvement “comes to the steady people who keep working at getting better.” That means hour to hour, day to day, week to week, month to month, and year to year.

As stakeholders help the District envision the next strategic plan, a continuous strategic improvement mindset must be embedded in everything we do. But long before we have that document finalized, we can all be putting this firmly in place now, despite COVID or any other barrier.

· Are more students present and engaged in their learning today than yesterday?

· Did my child read more pages this week than last week?

· Are we, as a family, focused on doing our best today with a goal of being even better tomorrow?

COVID has proven to be a challenge. But, we cannot let it win. As educators and parents, our work never ends – is the “continuous” in continuous improvement. We need to celebrate successes, and when we have the mindset of getting better, every day is an opportunity for celebration – for students, for staff, and for our district.

I am trying to see the gray word in the background less and focus on the real work at hand more. I hope you will, too. Together, we’re going to keep moving forward and help our students do the same.

Planning for Our Future Together in the Months Ahead

In addition to continuing our instruction, Lincoln High School has been able to maintain a mostly regular activities schedule. We’ve been able to have events that are important to the student experience, like homecoming.

As we enter into the second quarter, it will take the same kind of teamwork to continue in-classroom instruction, sports, fine arts activities, and other seasonal events.

Now is time to renew our commitment to wearing our face coverings properly, covering both the mouth and the nose, washing our hands thoroughly with soap and water, and maintaining social distancing when possible. Further, we need to renew our commitment to avoid or reduce social gatherings outside of the school day that could increase exposure.

With the holidays approaching, Lincoln High School encourages you to be creative and begin making alternate plans to stay connected with family and friends who are important to you.

Reconsider travel plans.
Schedule virtual family gatherings.
Stay home when you are sick.

In addition to COVID-19, influenza, and other seasonal viruses that seem to spread when families are cooped up for the winter may also cause illness and the need for some students to be out of school.

By all doing our part, “together” we can continue to keep our schools open for our students.

Lincoln High School September Students of the Month

The following students received the Student of the Month awards for September. Congratulations on exemplifying what it means to be a Patriot!

9th Grade - Jackson Hauck and X-avier Jimma

10th Grade - Josephine Hultgren and Luke Henrichs

11th Grade - Maya Roth and Ruby Metzger

12th Grade - Lydia Abels and Raena Hess

Lincoln High School has the Best Parents!

The staff at Lincoln High wishes to express their thanks to the parents who organized and purchased the meals during the online Parent/Teacher Conferences recently. Your generosity is amazing!

Semester Test Day Schedule Change

January 13 and 14, 2021 are scheduled semester test days. Previously, test days ran on a shortened day schedule with an early start and early release. On these days and going forward, we will follow the normal start of the day and end of the day times (8:20-3:15). There will be three semester tests each day.

It's Cold Outside Lincoln High School!

As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, please remember that students are not allowed in the building before 8:00 AM. Breakfast is not served until 8:00 AM. If a student is required to be in the building before 8:00 AM (making up a test with a teacher), students need to sign in at the Welcome Window to be recorded for health tracking purposes. Please stay where it is a warm and safe atmosphere before the school opens at 8:00 AM. Thanks for your cooperation.

Gymnastics Tryouts

Gymnastics tryouts will be held November 2-November 5 at 3:30 PM in the Lincoln High School gymnastics room. If you plan to try out, you MUST have your physical forms turned in to the school office by Friday, October 30 at 3:00 PM. Please see Coach Mager in Room A133 or email with questions.

Attention All LHS Bowlers

The LHS bowling team needs you! Whether or not you have bowled before, we have a spot for you. Come join the fun!

Tryouts will be held on November 3rd and 4th, check-in/signup starts at 3:30 at GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes (2621 S Spring Ave). Each person will bowl 3 games on either tryout day (not both). Tryout cost is $10 for the 3 games. Practices will be Tuesdays/Thursdays starting November 5th.

Note: Masks are required during all bowling events. This includes bowlers and spectators.

For more information contact Ken (boys) at or Louis (girls) at

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Order Your Lincoln High School Letter Jacket Here

A wonderful gift idea! Start your shopping list with a Lincoln High letter jacket for your student.

Watch Your Favorite 2020-2021 Lincoln Patriot Athletic Events on YouTube

Subscribe to the LHS YouTube channel to get updates and notifications when LHS goes live for events.

Lincoln High School YouTube Channel:

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Sioux Falls School District YouTube Channel:


The SFSD Athletic Department continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. SFSD Athletics is currently operating in TIER 3.

Video Production Design and Broadcasting (Game Day Productions) is looking for students interested in assisting with live streaming, play-by-play announcing, video recording and graphic/video design for the winter and spring LHS events. Please contact Mrs. Wooledge via email at, text 605-937-8613 or stop by room A300E if you are interested in volunteering or taking the class.

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.

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Parents-- If Your Student Has Been Identified as Symptomatic for COVID 19...

Students with absences from COVID-19 symptoms are NOT COUNTED AGAINST THEIR ATTENDANCE per the Sioux Falls Schools District's policy regarding COVID-19 illness.
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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.


The NCRC test (National Career Readiness Certificate) is Tuesday, October 27 during periods

1-3. Please encourage your SENIOR student to be at school on Tuesday around 8:00 a.m.

The test developed by ACT certifies skills necessary for workplace success. When students join the job hunt, their job applications will mix with many others on the desks of employers. Our students will have the opportunity to move their application to the top of the stack by taking the NCRC test. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school, work-based learning programs, or through post-secondary paths, because it is a valid predictor of job performance.

With an NCRC, you can:

  • Build confidence that your skills meet the needs of employers
  • Show prospective employers concrete proof of the skills you have
  • Apply real-world use to coursework from the classroom
  • Determine skill improvement and training needs
  • Improve the opportunities for career changes and advancement

Students will be assigned to testing rooms and testing begins at 8:20 a.m. Students will take three exams: Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy. Testing will conclude around 11:25 a.m. Again, please encourage your son/daughter to be at school on October 27th and have them do their best on the NCRC Test.

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

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Senior Class of 2021 Yearbook Photo Submission Information

If you are not planning to have your school photo used as your senior yearbook picture, then you need to follow these steps to ensure that your choice photo makes it into the upcoming yearbook. (Reminder: yearbooks are not delivered until fall so you will need to pick it up at next August's Patriot Power Day!)

1) Please ensure you did not check that you did not want your photo published in school publications on your registration. If you did, that will need to be changed and called in to the school office before I can put you in the yearbook.

2) Choose a vertical photo (goes up and down not horizontal) that is school appropriate. It should be a file size that is 2MB or larger. Do not do a screenshot of a photo from any social media sites and do not use Snap with a filter and think it will be large enough.

3) ATTACH your photo to an email to me. Please do not insert it as it will be compressed and will not work. Please include the student's name in the subject line of your email.

4) These are due by January 29th but if you have them ready, feel free to start sending them.

5) Yearbook staff will be doing a shoot for seniors who are unable to afford to pay a photographer's fees. It will be a simple shoot at LHS, but will be free. More info and specific dates to come.

Thank you! Don't forget to purchase your yearbook online at and search for Lincoln in Sioux Falls. Email again---

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Lincoln High School Calendar

Click this link to view the LHS Activities Calendar.