Webster Area Staff Support Worthy Cause

To support their local Veterans programs, Webster Area School District staff donned denim. Webster Area staff members raised funds as part of the first ever Denim Days for Veterans. “With Veterans Day drawing near, and learning that veteran service volunteers sometimes personally provide veterans with needed items, Webster Area School Staff wanted to help,” Webster Area High [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Elkton Enhances ELL Education

In March of 2016, the Elkton School Board approved a recommendation from the district’s enhancement committee to enhance the education of English Language Learners. The Board and the committee asked themselves the following questions from Georgia State Director of Educator Preparation Dr. David Hill: Is this decision in the best interest of our children? Is [...]

Colman-Egan Students Step Up to Help

Colman-Egan Student Mark Collins, who has nonverbal Cerebral Palsy, moved into his own apartment this January located in the Harth House in Madison, which is a supervised residential group home for people with disabilities. This big step for Mark, 19, wouldn’t have been possible without some generous support from peers and others around the Colman-Egan [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Science Education Striding Forward at Timber Lake HS

Success and achievement have been the controlled variables of the experimental design that is Timber Lake High School’s science program. In the past decades, students have participated in both a local fair in Timber Lake School, as well as traveling to the regional fair in Rapid City, which is sponsored by the South Dakota School [...]

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 [...]