Hanson’s Expansion

Courtesy of Caitlyn Peetz of the Mitchell Daily Republic If history repeats itself, the Hanson School District could soon see an enrollment spike. On Monday, school officials held a ribbon- cutting ceremony for its recently completed $2.6 million expansion, another item added to the long list of renovation projects the district has undertaken in the [...]

Timber Lake Board Proud of Policy

This fall, the Timber Lake School Board revised and passed the district’s Tobacco Policy while maintaining a respect of the Lakota culture. Utilizing local resources, Timber Lake School made changes to the policy, which is pro-student in its proactive approach to student education, by incorporating protection for the use of traditional Lakota tobacco. Board Member, [...]

Edgemont Customizes Students’ Education

Change is a very difficult process, especially in a school, but after much research and discussion, staff, school board and community meetings and conversations with parents and teachers, the Edgemont School District moved forward with customized learning. With assistance from the Bush Grant through TIE and the Classroom Innovation Grant, the district moved to the [...]

Engaging in Enrichment at Timber Lake Elementary

When opportunity knocked, the Timber Lake Elementary staff answered. This marked the first year the school incorporated MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing into the district with a common goal of using data to drive our instruction while utilizing other assessments. Data showed Timber Lake students benefiting from Intervention and Enrichment Strategies and set goals [...]

Big Stone City Students Head West

For being one of most easterly located districts in the state, the students of the Big Stone City School District still get a Wild West adventure. Students in the fourth grade class having been visiting West River South Dakota as a part of a class trip for more than 15 years. “Each fourth grade teacher [...]

Faulkton Finds Partner for Professional Development

In rural South Dakota it is not always easy to find professional development opportunities close by that will be as beneficial as possible for staff members, so the Faulkton and Redfield school districts joined forces for a joint in-service day. “The idea that we could partner with a school district close by, pool some resources [...]

New High School Building Meets Needs at McCook

McCook Central School District set forth on a project for its future in 2015 and saw it come to fruition this year. More than nine decades after the district’s original high school building was constructed, the district completed construction in March on its new high school. “While still structurally sound, it was no longer functionally [...]

Sights Set on Future in Wessington Springs

Courtesy of Kristi Hine of the True Dakotan A strategic plan mapping out how the Wessington Springs School District will improve communication, provide continuation of school programs and plan for the future of school facilities is underway, and the school board and administration are asking the community to engage in this important process. The 2016 [...]

BV Intermediate School Students Succeed with PBIS

Brandon Valley’s Intermediate School piloted a program promoting positive interaction and behavior among its fifth and sixth grade students and staff. The PBIS program, which stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Support, began this year at the Intermediate School. BVIS uses PBIS to: Teach and Model Expected Behavior Reward Positive Behavior Provide Interventions in a Consistent [...]

STEAM Team Stands Out in Parker

Parker School District is on a modified 4-day school week with Fridays reserved for student-help time in the morning and teacher in-service in the afternoon. Beginning last year, Parker Technology Coordinator Marci Leberman started a club called the STEAM Team, which is offered to all students in the fifth through eighth grades this year. “We [...]