Fall 2015

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

South Dakota School Age Care Alliance
SoDakSACA Conference
October 8-10, 2015
Downtown Holiday Inn
Sioux Falls SD

Systems Change Conference
October 14-16, 2015
Cedar Shore Resort
Chamberlain, SD

South Dakota Indian Education Summit
Nov. 1-3, 2015
Ramkota Conference Center
Pierre, SD

Beyond School Hours Conference
March 9-12, 2016
Dallas, TX

National Afterschool Association Convention
March 20-23, 2016
Orlando, FL

Boost Conference
April 26-29, 2016
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:

As most of you already know your 21st Century Community Centers grant budgets are now on the new Grants Management System (GMS). All grant amendments and payments must be entered on the new system. The new GMS website is: https://sddoe.mtwgms.org/ SDDOEGMSWeb/logon.aspx. For log in, payment and amendment information you can go to the following website: http://doe.sd.gov /ofm/GMS.aspx#videos. At the top of the page under General Documents is the log-in how-to information. At the bottom of the page under training videos is the GMS Payments Training video. In this video the vendor also touches on amendments.

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:

Don’t forget to register your Lights on Afterschool Event with the Afterschool Alliance. Click Here. South Dakota already has 30 events registered, way to go! When you register your event as an official Lights on Afterschool celebration, you’ll receive an event starter kit, which includes 10 free posters to help you promote your event, and make you eligible for cool prizes each week.

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Center Highlight:
Wolsey-Wessington AIM High Program

    Contributor: Callie Jo Moser

Schools Served:
Wolsey-Wessington school district

After-School Program
3:50-6:00pm. Students rotate through a variety of activities including: snack and outside time, fun enrichment centers, homework help, Accelerated Reading time, and AAA – An Awesome Activity which covers Music and Dance, Technology, Arts and Crafts, and Health & Wellness.

Daily Attendance: 35 so far this year, with hopes of getting to around 60 as school progresses.

Summer Program: Students met from 8 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with sports camps running on other Mondays and Thursdays. There was a full day camp on Tuesday and Wednesday that averaged 58 students per day. Overall, 159 students were served.

The program at Wolsey-Wessington has made a huge impact on the school district. Teachers, parents, and community members are grateful to have such a wonderful grant help facilitate the program for our students. Over the past four years the excitement has grown for both the summer and after school programs. Summer camp was called Camp Iwannabea Warbird. The program primarily served students entering 1st through 8th grade. However, there were also sports camps offered and grades 9-12 were included. Some of the fun activities this summer included squirt gun paintings, fishing for sight words, slip-n-slide kickball, field trips to the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center, the Corn Palace, and so much more.

Some of the most popular activities for the students have been LEGO robotics, painting murals on the outside of the gym, a mini golf collaboration project, and super hero camp. The most popular clubs for our middle and high school students have been pizza and pages book club and Pinterest club where the students find fun and modern crafts to make.

The program has formed a great connection between the after school program and the high school athletics program. The after school students have been able to run onto the football field during homecoming and do the huddle with the players. It has now became a tradition at pep rallies for the after school students to come down on the court and do the chant with the teams.

Each fall they host a Harvest Fest family night. The program provides different family enrichment and engagement activities. One year they hosted a family game night to encourage families to take time to play and have fun together. A potluck supper was organized and all the families brought a different food item to share. Several games were set up for parents and their children to play, including: Scattergories, Monopoly, Boggle, Trouble, Sorry, and other classic family games for all ages were chosen.

A big focus of the night was talking about the importance of family togetherness and making sure that students have that interaction at home and not just at school! This year the fall family night theme is Football. The set-up will consist of several enrichment stations for reading, math, and technology - all centered on football. One of the most important aspects of this family night is having the games available so each family can take them home. Each family will get a goody bag of printables of the games so their students can play at home. The teachers at the program will show the parents how to play the learning games and the families can continue the fun at home! Bridging the gap between home and school is one of the biggest components this program focuses on. This family night will do just that!


Scrubs Camps

    Scrubs Camp is a one-day, hands-on experience where students rub elbows with professionals who actually deliver healthcare for a living. Students in grades 9-12 who are interested in a health career are encouraged to attend.

Camps are held throughout the state and each one is tailored to the interests of the students in that area. Click here to access the Scrubs Camp locator and to register for any of the camps. There is NO CHARGE to attend Scrubs Camps and lunch is provided. Parents are also welcome!

For more information contact Josie Peterson, South Dakota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health at Josie.Petersen@state.sd.us or (605) 773-3361.


Harvest of the Month Mini-grants available

    Funds are available for the 2015-16 school year for the Harvest of the Month mini-grants for produce education to elementary or middle-school aged youth. Mini-grant amounts vary from $125 to $500 depending on the size of the group.

This past school year, 19 schools and agencies provided fruit and vegetable lessons. Children experienced informative slide shows from the Harvest of the Month website and taste testing of eight different fruits and vegetables. Community stores received informational consumer materials for the produce area to match the lessons.

Click here to complete a mini-grant application. Contact karlys.wells@sdstate.edu for more information or for assistance in completing the application.


Changes are a comin’ for the 21st CCLC grant this year

    We wanted to give everyone a heads up about the grant applications next year. The entire application process will be online. You’re all aware that the reimbursements are online this year so this is the next step in the process. We are currently working with the vendor to make this happen. Another change we’re making this year is that anyone who’s interested in applying for the grant will need to submit a Letter of Intent. You will not be able to submit an application without previously submitting a Letter of Intent. We are still finalizing all the details and will send out notifications as they are available. We will also be conducting informational webinars concerning the new application process. So if you’re planning on applying or know someone who is, be on the lookout for the notifications. Please let us know if you have any questions about the process.

Wellness Tip

    Active play and movement are important for every child’s growth, health, development, and learning. Although they may seem to be active and energetic, most children do not get the amount of physical activity they need. Research shows that young children in child care still spend a lot of their time sitting or lying down. Children should not be seated or still for more than 15 minutes at a time, except during meals or naps. Click here for a great resource and activity ideas.

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

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