Fall 2013

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

South Dakota Indian Education Summit
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013
Cedar Shore in Oacoma/Chamberlain

SoDakSACA Conference
October 10-12, 2013, Spearfish SD. We will again be paying your membership fee which includes membership to SoDakSACA along with NAA.

National Conference on Summer Learning
The 10th Annual Summer Changes Everything™ national conference on summer learning is coming to Orlando, Florida, November 11-13, 2013!

National Afterschool Association Annual Conference
Feb. 28-March 3, 2014
New York City

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:

Carry Over requests are due by September 30, 2013. You are allowed to carry over up to 25% of your original budget. In order to be considered for carry over, you need to:
• Send in the Project Completion form
• Double check with the business manager on the amount left over
• Email or (snail mail) us as to why you have the money left over
• Let us know how you propose to use the money (and in which categories the money will be spent such as personnel, supplies, equipment, etc.) if you are allowed to carry it over into the 2013-14 year.
• We then need a copy of your budget with the amount in your request added in the correct categories. In other words – what would your budget look like for next year if we approve your request.

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:

Common Core Website: The Department of Education has partnered with the Board of Regents, South Dakota Education Association, School Administrators of South Dakota, and the Associated School Boards to develop a campaign to get word out to parents, school board members and other members of the public regarding the Common Core standards and how they fit into the overall aspiration and goals for SD students.

Please take some time to visit the site. There is lots of good basic information out there and will continue to be added in the weeks and months ahead.

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:
Pierre School District/McKinley Elementary, Capitalizing on Achievement and Partnership for Students (CAPS) program

    Contributor: Carissa Naasz, program director

Schools Served:
McKinley Elementary

After-School Program
grades K-5
Daily Attendance: 90-100 daily
Hours: 7:05-7:45 a.m. and 2:55-5:30 p.m.

Morning program
In addition to the afterschool program, another unique offering is the before school program. They start by picking up CAPS students in the attendance area that otherwise wouldn’t have a ride or are at risk of being late or not coming at all due to lack of transportation. Students can get school breakfast if they wish, or can bring their own. When students arrive there is a variety of activities to choose from including: coloring pages, card games, balls and other physical activity materials “to energize their brains.” Carissa says, “This is a great time for staff to find out about the children they work with, because it’s a time where students have a chance to tell about their night and what they did over the weekend.”

Why It Works
One thing that adds to the success of the CAPS program is that the staff is made up of teachers and teachers’ aides that work in the Pierre School District. The staff has great experience with the children and truly cares for the students in the program. Along with different outings and programs that are offered in CAPS they also have lessons each day focusing on different topics in school, such as math, reading, writing, history, and science. With the help from GEMS kits, kindles, and Educational Kits from the Cultural Heritage Center, the CAPS program enriches the students’ school activities. They also provide additional homework time with a certified teacher assisting and bussing in the mornings and after school.

More Variety
This year the CAPS program hopes to provide a great variety of experiences for the students including: Pottery to Paint, Sheltered Reality, visits from the Discovery Center, Girls on the Run, along with bowling, and swimming. They are also working with the VEGGIE grant, which provides three gardens for the school and Harvest of the Month materials and food for the students to sample. This has given the students a great opportunity to explore gardening. There was great interest in the Girls on the Run program last year, and several students have requested that they continue that program again this year.

“This year is going to be great!” states the director Carissa Naasz, “We are ready for a busy and exciting school year. We have a great staff on board this year, and are looking forward to another great year.”


Welcome and Congratulations!

    Please welcome and congratulate the new grantees awarded this year.

They are:
Belle Fourche Middle School – returning grantee
Boys and Girls Club of Watertown – returning grantee
Dupree School District – new grantee
Huron School District – new grantee
McIntosh School District – returning grantee
Mitchell School District – returning grantee
Stanley County School District – returning grantee
Volunteers of America, Sioux Falls – returning grantee


Regional Meetings

    We are again planning to have regional meetings at various locations this year.

Dates and places are:
September 10: Mobridge
September 11: Pierre
September 17: Rapid City
September 19: Sioux Falls

Please make plans to attend the meeting closest to you. These meetings are a great opportunity to network and take away new ideas. It’s also a chance to ask any questions you may have and provide feedback on how your programs are going. We’ll be sending an email soon with more details.


Lights on Afterschool is coming up!

    Oct. 17, 2013, is the 14th annual Lights On Afterschool! Register your support now and share how you’re celebrating Lights On Afterschool! The Lights on Afterschool website has been redone complete with easier navigation, updated resources, new event ideas, and planning tips from both seasoned veterans and first-timers. Make sure to register your event to make this the best year yet!

Wellness Tip


The Two-Bite Club

This educational storybook was developed to introduce MyPlate to young children. Parents or caregivers read the book to children and encourage them to try foods from each food group by eating just two bites, just like the characters in the story. The back of the book contains a MyPlate coloring page, a blank certificate for the Two Bite Club, fun activity pages for kids, and Tips for Growing Healthy Eaters.

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

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