Lincoln High School Patriot Press

February 2021

Patriot Notes by Dr. Laura Raeder, Principal

Welcome to 2021 and the second semester of the year. Although February is a short month, it is packed full of activities for Lincoln students, parents, and teachers.

Conferences will be held virtually again; more information will be shared with you by your student’s teachers. Conferences will be 4 PM to 7:30 PM on Monday, February 8th and Tuesday, February 9th. Conferences give great opportunities for parents to meet any new teachers your student may have in the second semester, and they allow you to discuss your student's learning and teachers' expectations.

Registration starts for the 2020-21 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.

If your student is struggling in a class or needs additional help, please contact the classroom teacher, counselor, or administrator. As a reminder, WIN time, a 30-minute student study time in the middle of the morning, gives students time to receive help from teachers or make up tests.

Lincoln High School Calendar of Events


25 - Last Day to Request a Class Change

26 - PSAT Make-up Testing

29 - Senior Pictures for Yearbook Due


6 - ACT

8 - Spring Parent Teacher Conferences, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

9 - Spring Parent Teacher Conferences, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

15-16 - No Classes - Presidents' Day Break

20 - PreACT

Mentoring Matters

By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

A quick search of the internet reveals no shortage of inspiring quotes about the value of a quality mentoring relationship. Leaders, past and present, recognize the power of walking along side someone to share in the learning and growth for ourselves and others.

· “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” - Director/Producer Steven Spielberg

· “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” – Poet and Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson

· “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” – Scientist and Ecologist Rachel Carson

· “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Inventor and Founding Father of the United States Benjamin Franklin

Positive mentoring relationships exist throughout business and industry, on the fields and courts of sports activities, and perhaps most importantly, in the classrooms and hallways of our public schools.

The Sioux Falls School District is better because our seasoned teachers support new teachers leading a classroom for the first time. Veteran principals guide aspiring administrators, and thanks to established programs like Lutheran Social Services School-Based Mentoring and TeamMates, community volunteers build meaningful relationships with students through regular mentoring opportunities.

While COVID-19 has limited in-person meetings between mentors and mentees at schools this year, those who understand the value of mentoring relationships have been working hard to overcome challenges for second semester.

With the support of the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Club, which is championing Mayor Paul Ten Haken’s “Sioux 52 Initiative,” virtual mentoring will be piloted in a few schools during the second semester. This means students will be able to re-connect with their mentor to continue to learn and grow with the support of another caring adult. I could not be more pleased with the way in which our community has responded to finding a way to make mentoring happen, even amidst the pandemic.

In my short time in Sioux Falls, not only have I been impressed with the community’s philanthropic support for our public schools, I have also been impressed by the fortitude of the many genuinely caring individuals who recognize that time continues to be a valuable gift for those most in need. Where there is a will, there is a way!

January is National Mentoring Month, and as a long-time mentor myself, I encourage you to consider being a mentor. If you have time to listen, share your own personal experiences, appreciate honest conversations, and want to make a difference in the life of a child, you will be a great mentor! Contact one of our schools to get started.

The immediate rewards are smiles, laughter, and friendship, and the real return on investment is the kind of personal growth that is hard to learn from a book.

Students of the Month Selected for January

The Lincoln High Student of the Month Committee is proud to announce the recipients of the Student of the Month award for the month of January. Those honored are:

9th- Shelby Hicks and Sam McConnell

10th- Jennifer Noutsougan and Leah Bosler

11th- Kyra Knudtson and Sara Miller

12th- Emily Ricketts and Phillip Baker

National Girls and Women in Sports Day Nominees

We recognize the following 24 young ladies who have been chosen, by the Lincoln High School coaching staff, as outstanding female athletes in South Dakota High School Activities Association sanctioned sports. This honor is an acknowledgement of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This honor is given to women who have exemplified qualities of excellence in sport skills, leadership, character, self-discipline, and perseverance. The recipients have been role models for our student body and have exhibited the merits of success on the playing floor and life. Lincoln High School would like to commend their efforts as women of excellence, community service, and Patriot Pride.

Our honorees are: Lindsay Harwell, Elizabeth Scott, Jaydyn Fikse, Chloe Kirschten, Sara Croghan, Isabelle Schroeder, Elizabeth Jerstad, Sydni Wietfeld, Radiana Simeonova, Elizabeth Boysen, Emma Sahly, Ella Peterson, Ava Leonard, Victoria Raveling, Summer Stoll, Emma Fanebust, Sierra Brown, Paige Miller, Ava Haugrud, Brooklyn Gagnon, Ella Stich, Kennedy Kolb, Chloe Brown, Emily Ekstrum.

Please stop by student services to pick up your certificate!

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Student Council Informational Meetings

Those interested in running for student council MUST attend ONE of the mandatory informational meetings on either Monday, January 25 at 3:20pm or Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30am. Both meetings will be held in Room A201. If you are home due to COVID or a close contact, please join the Google Classroom site - code d2xmovr - to find the Google Meet link for a livestream of these meetings. Attendance is required to be eligible to run for student council. (This Google Meet link is an update from the January newsletter.) If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. DuBois at

2021 Augustana High School Invitational Art Show

Eide/Dairymple Gallery

Off 30th Street & Grange Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD

Through January 27

(due to J-Term/Interim, check for hours)

Congratulations to this year’s entrants from Lincoln High School they are as follows:

Clara Carlson – Ebony Drawing “Little Body Big Heart”

Emma Campbell – Photography “Silenced”

Ronan Hartwig – Ebony Drawing “Ye”

Emaly Kruse – Photography “Untitled”

Cat Paul – Ebony Drawing “Walking Arizona”

Ella Ratliff – Charcoal & Chalk Drawing “Menstruum”

Levi Stroedbeck – Photography “Rural”

Ryanna Washegesic – Digital Art “The Vivid Ending”

Ryanna Washegesic – Mixed Media Drawing “Animal Street”

Mary Wiederrich – Charcoal & Chalk Drawing “Identity”

Brea Williams – Ebony Drawing “We Fell in Love in October”

Erin Zimmer – Acrylic Landscape “Autumn and Apples”

Patriot Pride Committee

The Patriot Pride Committee is a group of students and staff who exist to promote, celebrate and recognize the outstanding members of our school community.

We promote everyday excellence and character through our Patriot Pride Cards--any member of the Lincoln High School Community can recognize someone for making Lincoln a better place.

Everybody likes a party, so we promote a week-long celebration for the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Abe Week starts on February 8th and concludes on his birthday February 12th.

The biggest event we use to recognize students and staff is our Patriot Pride Assembly. The assembly celebrates how proud we are of the student body as a whole and allows us to take the time to recognize students’ efforts and achievements.

Lincoln High School is a great place to learn, laugh and be the best Patriot you can be. That is why it is a great day to be a Patriot!

The mission of the Patriot Pride Committee is:

”To promote community and recognition amongst staff and students at Lincoln High School, where all PATRIOTS feel valued and celebrated.”

Child Nutrition News

Child Nutrition Services is excited to begin offering Ala Carte’ sales at the high schools February 1, 2021. Our team assessed safety concerns involved with COVID-19 regarding offering Ala Carte’ items. We are pleased to make these options available to students with limited touch points for safety.

We know and understand that one size does not fit all for our students' nutrition needs from the meal of the day, and want to provide access for those who need just a bit more to be energized and ready to learn.

In order to purchase Ala Carte’, students must have funds in their account. These items are not part of the free school lunch students are currently receiving. We will not allow any form of charging related to extra items purchased.

All food sold in School Nutrition Programs must meet stringent guidelines. Please understand snack items meet specific calorie, sodium, and fat requirements.


Gay Anderson SNS

Child Nutrition Supervisor

Sioux Falls School District

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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.

High School Course Registration

Lincoln High School counselors will be in the English classrooms starting February 1-10th grade, February 3- 11th grade, and February 8-12th grade for 2021-2022 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 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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ACT Prep Seminar Information

Click here to register for the ACT Prep Seminar at LHS

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Important Graduation Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Class of 2021,

**IMPORTANT GRADUATION AND CAP AND GOWN ORDERING INFORMATION--you can still order your cap & gown if you missed the group order deadline.

FREE Cap, Gown & Tassel with the purchase of a Graduation Ring/Jewelry during your senior year. 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.

The Senior Class Party Community Service Project

Dear LHS Parents/Community--

We are 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 Lincoln High School Office, labeled “Club 17”. THANKS PATS COMMUNITY!

January – Hygiene items: soap, deodorant, tampons/maxi pads, new towels (bath/washcloth), toothpaste, laundry soap, shampoo/conditioner (consider variety of hair types)

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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Lincoln High School Calendar

Click this link to view the LHS Activities Calendar.