Lincoln High School Statesman

Noem announces state of emergency, closes schools

Noem announces state of emergency, closes schools

Slater Dixon, Perspectives editor

March 13, 2020

Governor Noem declared a state of emergency on Friday in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has already infected nine South Dakota residents. She also recommended that schools across the state cancel classes, although that decision lies with local school districts.  The Sioux Falls School District started to...

New schools means new boundaries for Sioux Falls students

New schools means new boundaries for Sioux Falls students

Jazlyn White, News Editor

March 3, 2020

With two new schools set to open for the 2021 fall semester, the Sioux Falls School District (SFSD) has to make some big decisions as to how the addition of the Ben Reifel Middle School and Jefferson High School districts will affect the current SFSD districts. “We understand that it’s a very emotiona...

SFSD superintendent steps down

SFSD superintendent steps down

Genna Sheriff, Editor-in-Chief

December 10, 2019

On Monday, Dec. 9, Dr. Brian Maher, current superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District (SFSD), announced that he will be resigning after the ‘19-20 school year. With him during the announcement were school board president Cynthia Mickelson and school board member Todd Thoelke. The school boa...

The effects of the vaping epidemic reach South Dakota

The effects of the vaping epidemic reach South Dakota

Landon DeBoer, Sports Editor

September 13, 2019

Over the past week, the South Dakota Department of Health has confirmed two cases of vaping-related illnesses among South Dakota citizens. The two confirmed cases were of a 20-year-old and a 24-year-old who contracted respiratory illness from vaping. With these being the first two incidents reported...

South Dakota gov. mandates that “In God We Trust” be displayed in public schools

South Dakota gov. mandates that “In God We Trust” be displayed in public schools

Slater Dixon, Perspectives Editor

April 30, 2019

A bill signed in late March by Governor Kristi Noem requires schools to prominently display the national motto “In God We Trust” in all South Dakota public schools. “The display may take the form of a mounted plaque, student artwork, or any other appropriate form as determined by the school...

Students, parents and faculty express concern over sample elementary schedule

Students, parents and faculty express concern over sample elementary schedule

Lauren Teller and Slater Dixon

April 5, 2019

The Sioux Falls School District (SFSD)  is facing widespread community backlash over a sample elementary school schedule that would cut fine arts and P.E. instructional time by 25 percent. The plan has caused considerable resistance among parents and students who see the fine arts as one of the most in...

The SFSD considers a new grading system

The SFSD considers a new grading system

Slater Dixon, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018

In the midst of renewed efforts to boost grades across the district, administrators are pointing to the grading system as an area that could use some work. The biggest idea: Replace the percentage based grading system with one that gives scores based off of where you would be if you were playing a game o...

SFSD’s state report card: should we listen?

SFSD’s state report card: should we listen?

Lauren Teller, Opinion Editor

December 3, 2018

In a recent report from the South Dakota State Department of Education, it was estimated that only 32 percent of Sioux Falls District students are readily prepared for college. This report is based on the district’s average ACT scores, AP classes, standardized testing scores and the number of dual c...