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 [...]

Learning new Languages at Lead-Deadwood Elementary

Students at the Lead-Deadwood Elementary School receive a rather worldly opportunity. Through the Middlebury Interactive Languages program all students in Kindergarten through fifth grade have the chance to learn one of four foreign language’s online. “It’s exciting to hear our students practicing their foreign language lessons in the hallways of our school,” Elementary School Principal [...]

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 [...]

Henry’s One-Act Play Reaches New Heights

This year was a pivotal one for Henry High School’s One-Act Play cast. Last year, after the cast again did not earn enough superior ratings at the region contest to compete at the state level, one student decided to try something different and took on the task of writing a play himself. Henry High School [...]

Arlington Middle School Band Members Showcase Skills

Arlington’s middle school band members were masters of the music this year. The 29 members of the seventh and eighth grade band were the only middle school band selected to perform at the South Dakota Bandmasters Association conference in February. “The students were excited that they were selected,” Band Director Kelli VanOverbeke said. The South Dakota [...]

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, [...]

PLC’s Bring Benefits to Brookings

This fall the Brookings School District embarked upon a new education endeavor to continue their focus of enhancing student achievement. “Brookings has been and continues to be a high achieving school district,” Brookings Superintendent Klint Willert said. “We are continually focused on improving student success and supporting teacher quality and effectiveness.” To support high levels [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Rutland Seniors Soar Academically

Low numbers, but high achievers best describes the Class of 2017 in Rutland. Just 10 students graduated from Rutland, but eight earned National Honor Society recognition, six were named as Academic All-State members and the group as whole posted an ACT average score of 24 and pulled more than $225,000 in academic and athletic scholarships. [...]