Summer 2012

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

  • 21st Century
    Community Learning
    Center Summer

    July 31 - Aug. 1, 2012
   New Orleans, LA

  • South Dakota
    School Age Care
    Alliance Conference

    Oct. 5-6, 2012
    Sioux Falls, SD

  • SD Parent Resource
    Network Annual

    Oct. 27, 2012
    Rapid City, SD

  • Department of
    Calendar of Events

    Check out the SD
    Department of
    Education's calendar
    of events. Many
    events are open to

Mark’s Money Tip:

   Project Completion
   Reports (PCR’s) are
   due within 90 days of
   the end of the grant
   period.Grant period
   for 21st CCLC grants
   ends June 30, 2012,
   and the PRC is due
   no later than Sept. 30,
   2012. You do not have
   to wait 90 days before
   submitting the PCR.
   Once you have sent
   the final Financial
   Status Report for the
   grant period the PCR
   can be submitted.
   PCR’s must be
   submitted before
   carrryover requests
   can be reviewed for

Mark Gageby is a management analyst for the South Dakota Department of Education and oversees funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.

Resource Corner:

   We had many great
   resources offered at
   the annual
   conference; we
   hope you’ve had time
   to sort through them
   and find some new
   favorites. Let us know
   if there’s any that
   you found helpful
   and we can highlight
   it our next newsletter.

Give us your feedback

   Email Jill Cotton your
   comments about this
   newsletter. Your
   comments will provide
   direction for future


Center Highlight:
Lutheran Social Services, Hilltop Methodist

    Schools Served:
Cleveland Elementary and the Sioux Falls Elementary Immersion Center are the primary schools but they also serve students from Harvey Dunn, Rosa Parks, and John Harris

After-School Program
Grades: K-8, Daily Attendance: 75
Hours: 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer Program
- Daily Attendance: 75-85
- Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Choices, Choices, Choices…
The Hilltop After School and Summer Program thrives on the belief that students learn best when they are making choices. They offer students a variety of positive choices and they decide how they want to learn. On a typical day students come after school, eat a healthy snack and choose from a menu of activities that might include a science experiment, a math game, an art lesson, outside time, a club, etc. In the summer students can make similar choices in higher doses and add in a weekly theme with field trips, guest speakers, and even more fun activities.

The importance of Service Learning
Students especially enjoy service-learning activities where they learn to be more connected to their community by making a difference for others. Some favorite service-learning activities include making blankets for pets at the humane society (students learn measurement, the color wheel, animal science and more), writing letters to people in the military, making cards for hospice patients, cleaning up parks, etc.

Celebrating diversity
Since this grant serves the Immersion Center, there is a very diverse student population. Many were born right here in South Dakota and many were born in countries all over the world. Heather DeWit, the Director of Childcare and Education with LSS, says they are fortunate to have such a wide variety of students attending the center. “Our students have become community leaders for unity by demonstrating what they learn each day.” One fourth-grade student put it best last summer when he said, “What I learned this summer is that it doesn’t matter what country you’re from, or even what school you go to. It only matters if you’re nice.”

Working together and looking forward
Teamwork and cooperation lead to big learning at Hilltop and the kids are excited to show what they are learning. They host frequent parent nights for hands-on family learning that fit with a fun theme. DeWit is very excited to be adding two new locations like Hilltop to the Lutheran Social Services team which will allow them to serve many more students.



    Please help us congratulate our newest grantees:
• Belle Fourche School District
• Black Hills Special Services, Rapid City Academies
• Boys and Girls Club of the Missouri River, Wagner and Marty
• Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota and Hilltop Methodist, Sioux Falls
• Mobridge-Pollock School District
• Smee School District
• Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls
• YMCA of Rapid City, Valley View Elementary and Rapid Valley Elementary
• YMCA of Rapid City, Downtown Teen Center


South Dakota now has a powerful voice on the Nation Afterschool Association Board

    Karla Johnson of Brandon was recently elected to the NAA Board. Karla is the Director of Childcare Services for the YWCA of Sioux Falls and the past president of South Dakota School Age Care Alliance (SoDakSACA). Karla edged out Susanne Richards of Massachusetts and Denise Sellers of New Jersey, by gaining the most votes in the recent NAA election. She officially begins her three-year term of office in July, 2012. Congratulations Karla!

Thank You!

    May 29-30, 2012
Ramkota Conference Center, Pierre
“Making Moments Count with Countless Resources”

We want to thank all of you who attended our annual conference last month. It was one of biggest in years! We received many positive comments about the speakers and presenters. Hopefully you came away energized and ready to show your students lots of new science experiments! Mark your calendars for June 17-18, 2013, for next year’s conference.


Wellness Tip

    If your program grew a garden this year and you have all sorts of produce coming out of your ears, below are a few websites on how to can and store vegetables, along with how to freeze fruit. Let’s help keep the students eating fresh produce all year long!


       Sue Burgard, S.D. Department of Education,
       (605) 773-5238

       Jill Cotton, S.D. Department of Education,
       (605) 773-4693