Summer 2014

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

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

Ramkota Conference Center

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

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:

Project Completion Reports (PCRs) are due within 90 days of the end of the grant period. Grant period for 21st CCLC grants ends June 30, 2014, and the PCR is due no later than Sept. 30, 2014. You do not have to wait 90 days before submitting the PCR. Once you have sent the final Financial Status Report for the grant period the PCR can be submitted. PCR’s must be submitted before carry over requests can be reviewed for approval.

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:

SciJinks is a joint NOAA and NASA educational website about weather and other Earth science topics. It targets middle- and high-school aged students. SciJinks is as entertaining and informative as it is visually stunning. With new ways to search for, view, and share content, learning all about weather, Earth science, and satellite meteorology has never been easier or more fun. Be sure to check out the new look!

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Center Highlight:
Stanley County G.O.L.D. Program, Ft. Pierre

(Great Opportunities for Learning and Developing)
    Contributor: Kaycee McDaniel, program director

Schools Served:
Stanley County Elementary, Middle, and High School

After-School Program
Grades: K-8, Daily Attendance: 60
Hours: Monday- Thursday 3:30-5:30, Friday: 7:45-5:30

Summer Program
Grades: K-8
Daily Attendance: 75
Sessions: 2 5-week sessions
Hours: M-F 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The Stanley County GOLD Program is in its sixth year of proudly serving the students of Stanley County. The GOLD Program has seen success thanks in large part to active community involvement, supportive parents and administration. Community partners have stepped up to allow the Stanley County GOLD Program to have a wide variety of events and experiences that truly impact the students who attend. Supportive parents provide encouragement and work alongside SC GOLD staff to provide meaningful lessons and help bridge the gap between school learning and out of school time. Finally, the supportive administration allows the GOLD Program to be integrated into the Stanley County School and allows them to be a positive, encouraging, and enriching environment for students.

While the GOLD Program offers a wide variety of clubs and activities, it’s energetic bunch of students always enjoy groups that not only use their mind, but also keep them moving and active. The summer program is always a highlight of the year not only for students and staff, but also the community.

New to the program this year is a focus on healthy living and active lifestyles. Every morning before the groups begin rotations they spend 5-10 minutes running, walking, skipping and moving around the track. They have found that not only does this get the kids using their energy toward positive actions, but invigorates staff. The goal is to make healthy living a lifestyle all the kids enjoy.

One goal at the Stanley County GOLD Program is for kids to gain valuable life skills, extend the school day learning time and to have adult staff who they know care for them. Through the different groups they strive to teach life skills while infusing learning into a fun environment with caring and understanding adults.


21st CCLC Summer Conference
June 16-17, Pierre

    We’re grateful so many of you have registered for the conference! We expect to have another great turnout. Remember payment needs to be received by June 6, 2014. The cost is $50 per person. Checks can be sent to: SD Dept of Education, Attn: Mary Giddings, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre SD 57501.
    The South Dakota Department of Education is coordinating a summer reading initiative to bolster student reading achievement during summer break. Read! SD is aimed at curbing summer reading loss and promoting student achievement. At Read SD! students can sign and print a pledge to read 20 minutes every day this summer. By linking to South Dakota’s Find-a-Book website, they can also create book lists on topics that interest them, at their reading level.

S.T.E.M. in the Classroom, Kitchen, and Garden

    SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Discovery Center is hosting a two-day S.T.E.M. in the Classroom, Kitchen and Garden in Rapid City and Sioux Falls to demonstrate creative ways to connect science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) with garden-based learning and food science and nutrition education.

Participants can attend one or both days of the training for no charge; however, on the garden training day, there will be an $8 fee to cover the lunch program. Training dates and locations are as follows:

Rapid City, S.D. - SDSU West River Ag Center, 1905 N. Plaza Drive
June 24, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. MDT (STEM Kitchen)
June 25, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. MDT (STEM Garden)

Sioux Falls, S.D. - Sioux Falls Regional Extension Center, 2001 E. 8th St.
July 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT (STEM Garden)
July 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT (STEM Kitchen)

Click here for more information and to register.


The Center for Parent Information and Resources

    CPIR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. This is a great site that provides products and materials to support your work with families and increase the coordination of parent training efforts throughout the network. There was a recent webinar that can be accessed here regarding insightful information, new strategies and helpful resources to engage families of children with disabilities.

Every state has at least one Parent Center that provides information and training to parents of children with disabilities, birth to 26. Here is the link to South Dakota’s.


Wellness Tip

Are you planning a cooking camp or weekly cooking lessons this summer? Try Nourish Interactive. It is a completely free website that provides nutrition educators and healthcare providers with a variety of interactive nutrition tools to assist you in teaching the key elements of nutrition to children and parents.


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

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