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 [...]

Groton Area, local districts raise funds and awareness

The sixth annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser (BCF), which is an annual event taking place at a home volleyball game during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, was held at Groton Area High School. For the past three years, the volleyball teams from the Groton Area School District and the Northwestern Area School District have co-sponsored this event. [...]

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 [...]

Chamberlain HS Building Bright Future in Oral Interp

What does it take to build a program from the ground up? The answer, of course, is not simple and the process is not quick. The Chamberlain High School Oral Interp program, which is the actual performing of literature aloud to communicate meaning to an audience, is an example of an activity that is growing, [...]