Lincoln Art Students Earn National Recognition

Black Paper by McKennan Folkerts

The Lincoln High School visual arts department is celebrating some fantastic recent successes.

Thirteen Lincoln students recently entered the Scholastic Art and Writing contest for 2019, and 12 of them received awards, including seven honorable mentions (accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential), two Silver Key Awards (Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability), four Gold Key Awards (the very best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-lever recognition) and the school also earned a Gold Key Portfolio.

Edited Shadow Box by McKennan Folkerts

Images of the Gold Key winners are shown here.

The Gold Key works were then exhibited at USD. Regional Affiliates nominate 5 Gold Key pieces as " Best of Show" from all Gold Key pieces in this region. One recipient from this region will win the American Vision and Voices Award.  Mckennan Folkerts and Jada Carlson are currently in the running for this award.

Little Houses by Abbey DeRuyter

All Gold Key winners’ work goes on to be judged again at the national level in NYC, and there will be a reception at Carnegie Hall for all Gold Key winners. The Gold Key portfolio winners are also in the running for university scholarships.

Watercolor Substitue by Jada Carlson
UPDATE 3-13-19: Jada Carlson won the American Visions Award and a Gold Key Medal for her photograph "Quiet" & McKennan Folkerts also won a Gold Key Medal for "Lost Underground" Congratulations!

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Roosevelt Choir Director Receives National Honor

The CMA Foundation, the national music education nonprofit and the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, will host its fourth annual Music Teachers of Excellence Awards on April 30, 2019, and Robyn Starks Holcomb, a music teacher at Roosevelt High School, is among the honorees.

The invite-only event will honor 30 music educators from across the country for their dedication and commitment to music education in their classroom and throughout their school community.

The CMA Foundation created the Music Teachers of Excellence program in 2016 in an effort to recognize the best and brightest music teachers from Nashville and beyond. Award recipients are selected because of their dedication to bringing a quality music program to their students and the impact they’ve had on their school community through music.

In addition to a night of celebration, Robyn will receive $2,500 to invest in her music classroom to help drive their program forward and an additional $2,500 as a personal stipend.

This is the 2nd honor in just a couple of weeks for the Roosevelt High School choir program. The Roosevelt show choir Executive Suite (one of three show choirs the high school has due to the incredible popularity of the music program there) recently traveled to Kansas City for the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. This group meets regionally more regularly, but the national convention is only held every two years.

Roosevelt was invited to perform three years ago at the regional convention. Since that time, RHS's Executive Suite, under the direction of Starks Holcomb, has been in a 3-year audition process to be able to perform at the national convention held on Thursday, February 28. They have submitted recordings each year for the past three years which are vetted at the regional level and then again at the national level by judges.

There were about 300 choirs that applied to perform at the national convention last week, and there were only 27 choirs that actually did, including two from outside the United States.

But there was only ONE show choir that was invited to perform at this event, and that was Roosevelt High School’s Executive Suite under the direction of Robyn Starks Holcomb.

Congratulations to Starks Holcomb and the entire Roosevelt music program for these incredible honors!

Check out the photos from the recent trip to Kansas City here.

To learn more about Robyn's influence at Roosevelt High School, specifically the explosion in popularity of the vocal music programs there, check out this episode of Staff Stars from last school year.

2019 Teacher of the Year

Lynn Thomason, Latin teacher at Lincoln High School, was announced Monday, March 4, 2019 as the 2019 Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year. Ms. Thomason is currently in her 12th year as a teacher with the Sioux Falls School District and has been teaching at Lincoln for all of that time.

The Sioux Falls School District and Vern Eide Motorcars co-sponsor the annual Teacher of the Year award and made the announcement Monday night. Vern Eide Motorcars has been providing a financial award for the winner annually since 1989. Michael Larsen, Director of Human Resources at Vern Eide, generously presented Ms. Thomason with a check for $4,000.

Read more: 2019 Teacher of the Year

Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020

Registration Key

The Sioux Falls School District is registering children for Kindergarten for 2019-2020!
Date: Thursday March, 28 2019

Time: 3:30 to 6:00 pm
Place: View the Directory

Do you have an older child already in school?
Use your Parent Portal account

If you do NOT have a child already in school:
Use the Online Student Registration


To Start School Your child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2019.
You must provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
Proof of current immunizations required.
Verification of current address is required.

For more information about kindergarten registration and preparing for kindergarten, call your child’s school or view the information on our website.

2019 Teacher of the Year Nominees

Congratulations to all the outstanding nominees!

Teacher of the Year

The nominees are in for the 31st Annual Dr. John W. Harris Sioux Falls Teacher of the Year Award! 79 teachers have been nominated for the cities most prestigious award for excellence in teaching, sponsored by the Sioux Falls School District and Vern Eide Motorcars. Any teacher from an accredited preK-12 educational institution in Sioux Falls may be nominated. A committee of judges will choose finalists for the award and the winner will be named at a dessert reception on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the El Riad Shrine Mosque, Sioux Falls.

Read more: 2019 Teacher of the Year Nominees

Here Comes Kindergarten 2019 I come!


Do you have a child who is eligible for Kindergarten in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year?
If so, then you will want to attend our informational night!

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
Terry Redlin Elementary
1721 East Austin Street, Sioux Falls, SD

To Register Call (605) 367-8488 by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019.

Read more about: Here Comes Kindergarten 2018Here Comes Kindergarten 2019

Preschool Registrations Begins February 2019

Preschool openings for 2019

The Sioux Falls School District offers high-quality preschool education for 4 and 5 year olds through its fee-based program, Learning Adventures Preschool. Registration is open for 2019-2020 Learning Adventures Preschool. Classes are three-hours Monday through Thursday during the school year.


NEW Fine Arts' Calendar

Theater Students

The fine art program is to inspire, educate, and fully prepare our gifted students to become exceptional artists. We are dedicated to contribute to our students' productive, creative and innovative participation in the world of visual arts. We have a new calendar under the "Our District" Tab.

Lincoln Senior Gets Full Ride to Vanderbilt

Lincoln High School Senior Josephine Dal learned on December 3rd that she had been matched with Vanderbilt University through the Questbridge program, and will receive a full ride scholarship to attend there.

At Lincoln, Dal has participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including cross country, track (where she was state runner up in both hurdle events as a junior, and took 3rd place in the long jump), and numerous band groups including marching band and the school's top audition group, Symphonic Band. She is an Advanced Placement Scholar, is involved in Collision and Student Council, and was voted 2018 homecoming queen.

The Questbridge program connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job —QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities. Learn more about the program here.

Josephine was recently featured in the Sioux Falls School District's video series "Senior Spotlight" and you can learn more about her by watching that video below.

Read more: Lincoln Senior Gets Full Ride to Vanderbilt

SAVE THE DATE for 13th Annual Project Warm-Up

Project Warm Up Logo

Saturday, December 8th
11:00 to 3:00pm

Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School
1510 S Lake Avenue
Sioux Falls SD


Over the past 12 years Project Warm-Up has collected and distributed over 20,000 blankets to local children and families in need due to financial hardship, family tragedy, illness, loss of home due to flood, tornado, fire or poverty. Project Warm-Up is fully funded by the generous donations of wonderful people in our local communities. Join us on Saturday for the biggest blanket-making party ever! Thank-you for helping us, help others!

To continue to our mission -
We need your help!

Roosevelt Art to Appear with National Christmas Tree

Roosevelt High School is one of 56 schools from throughout the country that will create ornaments to accompany the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.

Fifty-six schools across the country are creating one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2018 National Christmas Tree experience on the Ellipse in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. These handcrafted ornaments will adorn 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The 56 trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia as part of the America Celebrates display.

The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience, which will begin on November 28 with the 96th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Each school will create ornaments that celebrate its state, district or territory. Learn about last year’s artists and ornaments.

Read more: Roosevelt Art to Appear with National Christmas Tree