Fall 2014

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

South Dakota 21st Century Community Learning Center Conference
June 1-2, 2015
Ramkota Conference Center
Pierre, SD.

South Dakota School Age Care Alliance
October 9-11, 2014.
Cedar Shore Resort
Chamberlain, SD.

Beyond School Hours Conference
February 18-21, 2015
Orlando, FL

National Afterschool Association Convention
March 8-11, 2015
Washington, DC

Boost Conference
April 28-May 1, 2015
Palm Springs, CA

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:

It is always a good idea to periodically go back and read the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Non-Regulatory Guidance document. This document provides valuable information regarding your 21st CCLC grant. Click here to access the 21st CCLC guidance.

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:

Click here for an executive summary examining the impact of STEM in afterschool programs.

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Center Highlight:
Sturgis Area After School Program

    Contributor: Shawn Koontz, program director

Schools Served:
Sturgis Area schools

After-School Program
grades 4-8
Daily Attendance: 55
Hours: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Summer Program: grades 4-8
Daily Attendance: 60
Hours: M-F, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sessions: 10 weeks

The Sturgis Area After School program is entering the 5th year of its program. Director Shawn Koontz says, “The support we receive from the families, teachers, administrators, school staff and community is outstanding! We would not be where we are today without all these very important participants!”

One of the favorite activities of this group is their mock trial. This is the third year they’ll be doing this activity. Leading up to the trial the students study and learn about the justice system. A local judge officiates the trial. There are lawyers, officers, and courtroom officials that all volunteer their time. The trial is run as if it was really happening and the students get to be the jurors. After the case is heard the students go to the deliberation room to decide on a verdict. After the verdict is decided all the volunteers stay and open up the floor for questions. “The kids love this! This has shown to be an amazing learning experience!” says Shawn.

This summer the school received a grant to offer free lunches to students and the after school families were able to take advantage of this awesome addition to the program. During the summer program the students practiced their many talents and at the end of the summer they invited parents to come and watch the talent show. There was everything from magic, to double jointed kids, to singers, and numerous other performers!

Shawn says, “We encourage individuality and leadership in our students and to have a positive attitude towards all people. Our program has improved every year over the past four years! I am excited to see what the 2014/2015 school year will bring!”


Welcome and Congratulations!

    Please welcome and congratulate the new grantees awarded this year.

They are:
Black Hills Special Services – General Beadle Elementary, Rapid City – returning grantee
Black Hills Special Services – Knollwood Elementary, Rapid City – returning grantee
Boys and Girls Club of Lower Brule – new grantee
Boys and Girls Club of Moody County – new grantee
Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire – new grantee
Enemy Swim Day School – returning grantee
Rapid City YMCA, Youth Outreach Center – returning grantee
Rapid City Club for Boys – returning grantee


Lights On Afterschool is coming up!

    Oct. 23, 2014, is the 15th annual Lights On Afterschool! Register your support now and share how you’re celebrating Lights On Afterschool! Make sure to register your event on their website to make this the best year yet! Also note that if you’re planning on attending the SoDakSACA conference, they will also be celebrating Lights On Afterschool there as well. The SoDakSACA conference is scheduled for October 9-11 in Chamberlain. Click on the link in the Professional Development section for more information.

Fitness Passport Challenge

    The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks encourages all visitors of South Dakota state parks to take the fitness passport challenge! For the challenge, South Dakotans must visit a set number of state parks and recreation centers to receive a stamp in their passport. When individuals reach 10, 25, 45 and 65+ stamps in their passport books they are eligible to receive prizes! The challenge can be done at any of the 61 state parks and recreation centers across the state. To read more about the fitness passport challenge, visit the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks website.

Wellness Tip

    Get Movin’!
Take the 125 Miles for Health Challenge!

This year, South Dakota turns 125!
The state is challenging everyone to walk 125 miles to mark the state’s 125th year of statehood. Click here for more info. Have students track the number of miles they’ve walked, make it a fun learning activity complete with graphs and charts…but mostly just Get MOVIN’!


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

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