Winter 2012

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

LifeSkills Curriculum Training
Dec. 10-11, 2012

LifeSkills is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to resist social pressures to smoke tobacco, to drink, and to use drugs.

LifeSkills Curriculum training will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Dec. 10-11, 2012 at Volunteers of America, 1309 West 51st Street, Sioux Falls, SD. Click here for additional details and to register.

Beyond School Hours
February 20-23, 2013
Jacksonville, Florida

Department of Education Calendar of Events
View the SD Department of Education's calendar of events for many events are that open to everyone.

Mark's Money Tip:

Please remember that the Department of Education recommends reimbursement claims be sent in monthly, or at a minimum, quarterly for 21st CCLC programs.

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:

The Amazing Body Tour Exhibit will be available to all schools and after school programs during the 2012 school year. The exhibit includes a set of 11 visual and interactive learning centers on body organs, nutrition, and physical activity as well as tips to enhance each learning station, classroom follow-up activities, and an online evaluation tool.

Schools and agencies interested in the exhibit will be reimbursed up to $125 for fruit and vegetable snacks for youth who participate in the tour. Schools and agencies applying for the mini-grant must participate in US Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs such as CACFP, school lunch, after school snack or child and adult food program.

The Amazing Body Exhibit is sponsored by Team Nutrition, in the South Dakota Department of Education.

To request the kit complete download application.

Don't forget to check out all the other opportunities on the Team Nutrition website!

Give us your feedback

   If you get a minute please email Jill Cotton any comments/suggestions you have about the newsletter. This will provide some direction on where to go for future issues.


Center Highlight:
Rapid City Discovery Programs


Contributor: Mary Bartron, program director

Schools Served:
Knollwood, General Beadle and Horace Mann Elementary Schools

After-School Program
Grades: K-5, Daily Attendance: 500 - Total number of children served for all three schools
Hours: 2:40-6 p.m., Wednesdays 1:40-6 p.m.

Summer Program
- Daily Attendance: 250 - Total number of children served for all three schools
- Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. for 7 weeks

Practice Makes Perfect
Black Hill Special Services has been operating the Discovery Center 21st CCLC Programs since 2000. Over the past 12 years the programs have enhanced the extended day educational experience for their students by providing an additional 800 hours of after school and summer programming a year. The goal of the Discovery Programs is to increase the students' opportunities for educational achievement, personal development, and well-being that lead to life-long success.

We All Work Together
Mary Bartron, program administrator, says she feels so fortunate to have three very talented and creative coordinators managing the programs at the schools. The coordinators at the three schools all work together as a team sharing new ideas and activities. The Discovery Centers target academic progress and success for all students. The Site Coordinators develop "centers" and "project-based activities" that follow the state academic standards and grade level benchmarks. Collaboration and teamwork are critical to the Discovery Programs success. The staff works closely with school math and literacy leaders as well as teachers to ensure the same grade level concepts and learning strategies. They also partner with over 20 community organizations to bring a wealth of human and material resources that support the needs of students, families and community members.

Early Release Wednesdays
Wednesdays are early release days which allow the programs to have more time for community organizations to present short programs. Some of the students' favorites are nutrition and cooking classes with the County Extension, 4-H activities, excursions to the Journey Museum, and helping with the community garden.

Some favorites
One of the favorite activities at the Knollwood Discovery Program, which is led by Desi Keller, is student led talent shows. Participation in these shows allows students the opportunity to shine with their special talent promoting self-esteem and confidence. Another favorite activity at this site is Mini Mysteries. This is a 10-15 minute period right after recess. This is a quiet time to get the kids' brains energized by reading a mystery and having them answer questions. Students are encouraged to answer even if they are not sure it's right. Something new to the program this year is the addition of iPads which has been incredibly popular and a great learning tool for the students.

Working with the school
The Knollwood Discovery program partners with the school on most family nights. Whether it's a family literacy or a math night, or even "Red Ribbon Week" the program staff is there to help promote school day learning as well as to showcase the program. It gives the parents the opportunity to meet program staff and participate with their children in Discovery activities.


Fall Reports

    The Fall Reports were sent out via email on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. These need to be completed by November 30th for this past summer and this current school year. Let Sue or Jill know if you have any questions.

New grant competition

    The RFP for the 2013-14 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants will be announced in January 2013. Updates on the competition will be posted on the website at: The website includes the eligibility requirements along with the application and other related documents. The new application and materials will be posted online by Jan. 1, 2013.

Afterschool Day at the Capitol

    Afterschool Day at the Capitol this year is Feb. 6, 2013. This is a great opportunity to talk with legislators about the importance of afterschool funding and also a chance to brag about the fun educational experiences you bring to your kids every day! This opportunity is made available through the South Dakota School Age Care Alliance (SoDakSACA). If you would like to showcase your program by setting up a booth please contact Jan Stange by Jan. 15, 2013 at We hope to see some of you there!

Wellness Tip

    Healthy Snack Choices Made Easy

Students at McKinley School in the Pierre School District found that learning about selecting healthy snacks can be easy and fun thanks to the Team Nutrition Healthy Choices mini-grant that was recently awarded to them. The mini-grant is designed to promote healthy snack choices at concessions stands, in vending machines, at school stores, for fundraising and/or al a carte options at a school or agency.

The Pierre and Stanley County School District's after school programs worked together to use funds from the Healthy Choices mini-grant. They chose to celebrate National Food Day by hosting a movie titled "What’s on Your Plate?" at the State Theatre in Pierre. "What's On Your Plate?" is a documentary film about healthy eating and how healthy food choices are good for both the individual and the community.

Before attending the movie, students attended a presentation on the Munch Code, a color coded labeling program reminding us that foods in the GREEN category are the healthiest and we can "eat a bunch." YELLOW foods may have added sugar, fat or calories and we should be careful to have "just a little." Foods falling into the RED category are on the "not so much" list and should be avoided. During the movie’s intermission, students were challenged to use the snack cues of RED, YELLOW, and GREEN to assist them in making a healthy snack choice.

The Munch Code, along with the Healthy Concessions Model Policy, is a tool that can be used to promote and encourage healthy eating in our communities. Click here to learn more about the Munch Code and to order the FREE Munch Code kit.

For more information about this event or Team Nutrition contact Mary Kirk at or (605) 773-4718.


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

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