Dupree Project Paints a Picture

The Dupree School After School Program offered Dupree High School students an opportunity to get involved artistically by painting a unique chalkboard mural. The purpose of the project was to get more high school students involved in participating in after school activities and to also have a location in the school showcasing school events by [...]

Summit Seizes Chance to Enhance School District

With just under 150 students enrolled in the district, Summit may be one of the smaller schools in South Dakota, but it’s undergoing some big changes, which are having an immense impact. The district undertook building project to add a more than 25,000 square foot addition to the school’s existing facility. The new addition includes [...]

Alcester-Hudson Committed to Youngsters

Alcester-Hudson continued the district’s commitment to the development and education of their youngest students this year. With the help of a 21st Century Grant, the district added an after-school program for all kindergarten through sixth grade students. The after-school program along with the district’s more than a decade long commitment to providing free pre-school to [...]

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Students Hit Bullseye in Archery

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School and 21st Century Education have sponsored Archery in the Schools and an After School Archery program for several years. Each year, about 400 students participate in the Archery in the Schools program as part of the school’s P.E. program with Physical Education Teacher Allen Benoist. The South Dakota Game Fish [...]

Vermillion Partnership Paves Way for Professional Development Opportunity

A partnership paving the way for professional development for teachers was established in Southeast South Dakota. Vermillion’s Jolley Elementary School and the University of South Dakota are using grants from the Bush Foundation and USD School of Education to develop new teaching methods to adapt to student strengths. Jolley Elementary received a $100,000 Teacher Effectiveness [...]

Customized Learning Comes to Deuel Middle School

The implementation of Mass Customized Learning produced many positive results for Deuel Middle School this year. Deuel was selected to become part of the Bush Foundation Grant through TIE leading the administration to identify areas they thought could have the most success in implementing the customize learning programs. “Through various meetings with staff, we felt [...]

McIntosh First in State with Operator Program

The McIntosh School District accomplished a first this year…for the entire state. In January, the district learned it had been awarded a Workforce Education Grant to purchase three Heavy Equipment Simulators, which will be used for South Dakota’s first Heavy Equipment Operator curriculum. The newly developed curriculum and concurrent credit courses will integrate academic content, [...]

STEM Content Sprouts PLTW Courses in Spearfish

Prior to the 2014-2015 school year, the technology-based elective offerings at Spearfish Middle School were limited. With the elimination of a traditional industrial technology program after the 2003-2004 school year, students were left only with a basic computers course. During the past three school years, the number of classes offered to sixth, seventh and eighth [...]

Makerspace Making Impacting in Sioux Falls Schools

What do an old ceiling fan, cardboard cylinders, and brainpower have to do with one another? They are just some of the inexpensive tools necessary to create a successful Makerspace in classrooms and libraries. In nearly every elementary and middle school across Sioux Falls, students are exploring engineering principles, photography, sewing and more thanks to [...]

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 [...]