Spring 2014

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

Boost Conference
April 29-May 2, 2014
Palm Springs, California

South Dakota 21st Century Community Learning Center Conference
June 16-17, 2014
Ramkota Conference Center
Pierre, SD.

2014 South Dakota Out-of-School Time DIRECTOR’S RETREAT
April 10-12, 2014
K Bar S Lodge
Keystone, SD

2014 SD Early Childhood Education Conference
April 24-26, 2014
Sioux Falls
Convention Center

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:

Below is a list of the most frequent audit findings:

Time & effort documentation is lacking or non-existent

There are inadequate or no internal controls, which can result in the books being reconciled incorrectly

There’s inadequate or no financial recordkeeping which can mean funds are unaccounted for

There are no written procedures for management, finance, or personnel matters

There’s inaccurate performance report data

If would like more information or further explanation on these findings to ensure you are in compliance you can contact Mark Gageby at mark.gageby@state.sd.us or (605) 773-3727.

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:

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Center Highlight:
Enemy Swim Day School

    Contributor: Becky Hubsh, program director

Schools Served: Enemy Swim Day School

After-School Program
grades K-8
Daily Attendance: 118 students
Hours: Monday—Thursday 3:20– 5:00 p.m.

Summer Program: grades K-8
Daily Attendance: 73
Hours: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Mon—Thurs for 6 weeks

The Toka Nuwan 21st CCLC is in its 10th year of serving the students of Enemy Swim Day School. Toka Nuwan 21st CCLC program success comes from the support of the Enemy Swim Day School and administrators, ESDS Community Education/TANF program, community partners, and families. All of these entities work together to make a positive and enriching environment for the youth to enjoy.

Some Favorites
There are many favorite clubs for the children to choose from. The children enjoy Dakota Culture Club with drum group, singing, and beading. Many students are also putting on their chef hats and participating in Cooking Club where they learn how to measure ingredients, work together as a team, and read and create their own healthy snack recipes. There are also three teams participating in Destination Imagination. They are working diligently putting the final touches on their projects before Regions.

Family Nights
They provide a variety of family nights throughout the course of the year that collaborate with the ESDS and the ESDS Community Education/TANF program. These events include Lights On Afterschool; Math, Science, and Literacy Night; Healthy Carnival, and Family Summer Bash event. These events provide a safe and healthy atmosphere for all families to spend time with their children and have fun together.

The main goal at Toka Nuwan 21st CCLC is to provide a safe and positive environment for the children, and allow students to be proud of their own unique identity and celebrate their culture.


Save the Date!!

    The 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Conference is scheduled for June 16-17, 2014 in Pierre at the Ramkota River Center. Please make plans now to attend!

Harvest of the Month Mini-Grants Available

    The South Dakota Department of Health and SDSU Extension are collaborating to provide resources so that children in South Dakota can actively participate in education about and tasting of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Harvest of the Month (HOM) mini-grants, offered for spring and summer of 2014, are open to schools, after school programs, preschools, and summer programs.

Agencies may apply for a mini-grant based on the total enrollment of the classes who will experience HOM: up to 100 children=$125, 101 to 200 children=$250, 201 to 400 children=$500. Applications will be accepted until all available funds are committed. The application is available to download from the Healthy SD website or the SD Harvest of the Month website.

Contact Karlys Wells at Karlys.wells@sdstate.edu or (605) 688-4039 with questions about the program and/or the application.


Governor’s Camp Scholarships

    We will again be offering scholarships to attend the Governor’s Camp and Ambassador’s Camp in Vermillion. The Governor’s Camp runs from July 27-Aug 1, Ambassador’s Camp runs from July 21-Aug 1. Please see the email from Sue with corresponding application information. Let us know if you need the information again.

JAM School Program

    The JAM (Just-a-Minute) School Program is a free physical activity and health education resource that promotes activity in the classroom. JAM is designed to teach kids (adults too!) healthier lifestyle habits and get them moving. JAM resources offer a weekly one-minute exercise routine called JAMmin’ Minute®, a more extensive routine called JAM Blast®, and a monthly health newsletter called Health-E-tips. To sign up for the newsletter and access to some easy routines to get moving visit: http://www.jamschoolprogram.com/

Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

Young people need—and deserve—more from their education. High quality afterschool and summer learning programs powered by school-community partnerships offer young people a variety of hands-on, engaging learning activities that build upon the school day.

The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project connects you with research, resources and best practices for building affordable and sustainable approaches to expanding learning in your community.


Wellness Tip

    Get 60 Minutes
Did you know that fewer than half of youth get the recommended 60 minutes of daily vigorous to moderate-level physical activity? A new interactive info graphic from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) shows how students can meet those requirements, based on recommendations from the 2013 IOM report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.

The IOM report says that even with busy schedules, youth can get 60 minutes of physical activity per day through taking advantage of active transport to and from school, classroom activity time, recess, physical education class, after-school programs, and intra and extramural sports.


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

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