Lincoln High School Patriot Press

December 2020

Patriot Notes by Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

At LHS, November was the Month of Caring.

Our Student Council partnered with LifeScape to help support students and families in the Sioux Falls community. Classrooms participated in the “LHS Wish Lists." LifeScape had a list of items that they need, and our classrooms gathered items from the Wish Lists. Classrooms adopted a child and included books and craft items with their care packages. We are proud of how our LHS students support members of the LHS and Sioux Falls community.

LHS continues to work to keep students and staff healthy. Please remind your student of the importance of handwashing and proper mask-wearing. The mask needs to be worn over the nose. We are able to stay in school due to these efforts. Mask wearing also decreases the chance that your student will need to quarantine for 14 days due to being a close contact at LHS. As a reminder, if your student or someone in your home is waiting for the results of a COVID test the student should stay home from school. If a negative result is received, your student can once again attend school.

As you may know, our LHS family also suffered an incredible tragedy in early November and the Month of Caring took on an added meaning to our students and staff. Through these difficult days and the ones ahead, we are grateful for the ways you have supported and cared for us. Thank you.

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The Lincoln High School Tennis Organization is offering a fundraiser with terrific gift items included. You won't want to miss out! The order cut-off is midnight on December 13th with delivery by December 22nd.

The password to gain entry is tennis2020.

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


25 - 27 - No Classes Thanksgiving Break


5 - SAT

12 - ACT

23 - January 1 Holiday Break


4 - Classes Resume

13 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School

14 - Semester Tests - Full Day of School

14 - End of 1st Semester

15 - No Classes - Teacher Workday

18 - No Classes - Teacher Inservice

29 - Senior Pictures for Yearbook Due

Challenges Spark Opportunities

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

Every day we are faced with the possibility that every word spoken, and every action taken will be scrutinized through a political lens. While it is the right of every American to choose how they align their values, and with whom, it is also imperative that every citizen respects the rights of their neighbors to the same degree they value their own.

While our nation and the media continue to dissect the news of the day and the actions of those in power, your public schools are a place where we will continue to encourage diversity of thought and unity between people above divisiveness.

This year, we chose the theme of #together to characterize those values. As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, we are stronger when we are #together, encouraging one another, serving each other, and caring for students. As we see the needs of our country and community, we are better when we seek to understand all viewpoints and choose to work #together for the common good.

Every day in our Sioux Falls classrooms, teachers are delivering meaningful lessons in the core content areas, in the arts, and in the subjects that teach students how to analyze and express their own ideas and viewpoints. As we teach the mathematical principles of Pythagorean Theory and the difference between a noun and a verb, we are also developing independent thinkers and the leaders of tomorrow. These lessons help students weigh information from many sources and use critical thinking skills to make important decisions throughout their lives.

As I meet with students across the district, I am continually encouraged and uplifted. They believe in the power of listening to others, understanding and building on the ideas of their peers to make things better, and respecting the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion. I believe if we invest well in these leaders of tomorrow, we have a brilliant future ahead for both Sioux Falls and our country.

These are challenging times, and from challenges come opportunities – in politics, in learning, and in life. Each day is a new opportunity in your public schools, and we are grateful for every moment we spend with your child, supporting them as they grow into a unique individual who will bring their gifts and talents to shape the future.

LHS October and November Students of the Month

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


9th grade - Emma Zimmerman and Garry Crowe

10th grade - Chase Henderson and Joey Serie

11th grade - Aleyda Callejas Cruz and Jack Abbott

12th grade - Areej Nazir and Jaqueline Flores


9th grade - James Ziegahn and Erna Kantarevic

10th grade - Ethan Wasmund and Rocky Tornow

11th grade - Ava Madsen and Maurice SittingBear

12th grade - Trace Sorenson and Tyshann Taite

LHS Fall Academic Awards

Congratulations to students recognized for academic excellence.

Subscribe to LHS's YouTube Channel to Watch the Academic Awards December 4

Students, subscribe to LHS's YouTube Channel and watch the Academic Awards virtually on December 4. Students may pick up awards before and after school and during lunch periods in front of the library on December 8 and 9. You can also watch other LHS activities posted on this site!

Dental Care at No Cost

Your student's teeth are important. Dental disease (cavities) can threaten a child's health, wellbeing, and achievement. Children with oral health problems can have difficulty eating and sleeping and paying attention in school. Nearly 1 in 4 South Dakota children has untreated tooth decay.

The Delta Dental Mobile Truck will be at Lincoln High School November 30-December 4. If your student has not seen a dentist in the last two years, please call 605-367-7990 or have your student stop by the office to pick up the required paperwork.

Thank you,

Heidi LeBon RN BSN

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15th Annual Project Warm-Up: Pandemic Style

Find out how you can help this worthy cause.

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.

Join a Club at Lincoln High School!

Lincoln High School values relationships. Research shows us that good relationships keep us happier and healthier. One way for students to discover relationships within the school setting is by joining a club or participating in an activity. Our students and staff have put together some exciting opportunities for students to join and actively participate with their peers through club activities. Clubs meet a couple times a month and cover a wide variety of interests. Joining a club is easy. Check out the LHS Counseling Website to discover your options. Also, read the Statesman and listen to the announcements to learn about the clubs and when they are meeting. Go to: and scroll to the LHS Club List tab.

-Mr. Josh Smith

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Steps To Take When Waiting for Covid Test Results

Helpful information regarding your family's health.

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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:

LincolnHighSchool Sfsd - YouTube

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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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.

LHS Counseling Dept - 367-7994

Tanielle Sylvester


David Myers


Wendy Dorman


Matt Meyers


Jackie Anderson


Becky Thomas


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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---

Important Graduation Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Class of 2021,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Even though things may look differently this year we are going to Celebrate Graduation.

Recently we were at Lincoln High School to help seniors order their graduation supplies - if you missed us, Class of 2021 Graduation Packets were handed out at school. Please make sure you have one. Extra packets are available in the Guidance Office. Virtual students you can pick up a packet at the LHS Welcome Window, or order online. Click on the video below to learn more.


FREE Cap, Gown & Tassel with the purchase of Class Jewelry during your senior year. See the front of your Graduation Packet for Details. Ring Sizers are available in the office if needed.





P.O. BOX 89121


Please contact us if you have questions,

Tom Tastad

Dakota Recognition/Jostens


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.


Lincoln Patriot families,

We are excited to announce that we have a new LHS Booster website! It is our hope that you'll find this new site to be a helpful resource to learn about and engage with LHS and Booster Club activities.

Check out and explore!

A special thank you to the folks at Omnitech, Inc for collaborating with the Booster Club to build this new site. Their efforts and pro-bono work have made this possible.

Lincoln High School Calendar

Click this link to view the LHS Activities Calendar.

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