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 [...]

New Facilities Enhance Environment at Willow Lake

Meeting the needs of students was on the minds of those in the Willow Lake School District when they broke ground on their building project. In June of 2015, the two-phased building project set out to update and add to the school’s classroom, library and other facilities and construct a new activities center. The district [...]

Parkston Pride

The past year has brought great academic success and much to be proud of in the Parkston School District. Both Parkston Elementary and Parkston High School had some of the highest School Performance Index scores in the state and the District’s colony schools saw tremendous growth with their scores. “We are very proud of our [...]

Successful Service Projects at Sisseton Middle School

Students at Sisseton Middle School learn quickly that service projects are part of their educational experience. Last year, the Sisseton Middle School participated in the Ronald McDonald Pop Tab Pandemonium challenge, which was organized by the South Dakota Ronald McDonald House Charities, along with 43 schools competing in the statewide event and collecting more than [...]

Wagner Community School Committed to Community

Wagner Community School students showed their commitment to the community last fall. Students contributed more than 1,500 pounds of food to the local food pantry as part of a food drive for the American Education Week celebration. Contributions were accepted between November 14 and November 30. Grade levels went head to head to see who [...]

De Smet Goes One-to-One in Fourth-Eighth Grades

DeSmet School District equipped students with critical thinking and technology skills by rolling out a one-to-one laptop initiative for their middle school and fourth and fifth grade students this year. “Our goal is to enable teachers to deliver more personalized content to students, to boost students' technology skills and to empower children to do more [...]

Storm Spread Support to Sioux Falls Schools

While some schools enjoy wildly successful fundraisers through their Parent Teacher Organizations or Associations that allow them to purchase elaborate playground systems or field trip experiences for their students, still others have a difficult time raising just a couple hundred dollars annually to support their student body and teachers. The Sioux Falls Storm Football Team, [...]