Summer 2014

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Institute
July 27-29, 2015
Dallas TX.

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

In the next few weeks the Department of Education will be sending out information to all 21st Century Community Learning Center sub-grantees on how to send in claims on the new Grants Management System (GMS). The new system will be in place for your FY 2016 grants. Your claims and Project Completion Reports for the current grant year FY 2015 will still be done as always in paper form.

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:

Summer Learning Statistics. America After 3PM has put together some great statistics and info graphics regarding summer learning, and how important summer programs are for kids to curb summer learning loss.

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:
Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills

    Contributor: Veronica Prautzsch and John Robison

Schools Served:
Hill City, Hot Springs, Oelrichs

After-School Program
Hill City K-12th grades, Hot Springs K-9th grades, Oelrichs 1st-6th grades

Daily Attendance: Hill City: 100
Hot Springs: 35
Oelrichs: 7

Summer Program:Hill City: M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm, averaging 80-90 kids
Hot Springs: M-F, 7:45-5:30, serving 41 kids
Oelrichs: summer program will start in August, serving 20 kids

Hill City:

Kids Choice
At the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Black Hills much of their success is attributed to starting a Kid Choice session. The first session afterschool is divided up into sections according to age groups; the second session is now called Kid Choice where there are different activities that the kids can choose from. So now when the kids go home they have just been doing something that they like doing and seem happier.

Input is Important
The staff at the club discussed with the school, kids, and parents what they would like to see out of the program. The overwhelming response was science, math, and spelling word help. They have since been doing several science themed projects and activities. This has led to the Club being helpful in getting kids excited about doing science projects for the science fair, several of which placed in the regionals.

Summer time
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Black Hills has a different theme every summer. This summer they are doing a program called “Land of the Lost.” The program is about lost animals, art, civilizations, and languages. During the summer they do several physical activities such as: hiking, biking, and swimming lessons; this year they are also adding golf lessons.

Parents are important too
They try to keep the parents involved in activities at the club. One of the most successful events is the end of the school year talent show. The show lets every kid show off their talent, each kid is given one minute. There is everything from basketball dribbling to singing. This year there were over 50 parents and teachers that attended and after the show everyone was treated to and ice cream social. Roni states, “I want the club to be a safe place to show off your talents, try new ones, and have fun learning.”

Hot Springs:
John in Hot Springs has an exciting summer program going this year. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays their members are participating in two educational programs geared to bridge the summer learning gap. One program is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Summer Brain Gain and the other is Land of the Lost by Mindworks Resources. Both Programs are GREAT and members are engaged in Math, Science, Reading, Art and even some History. In the afternoons members are out and active doing yoga, sports, dance, art, swimming, hiking, and bike riding. On Tuesdays golf lessons are offered to anyone who is 7 years and older. On Thursdays they spend the entire day at Wind Cave, where they hike and even doing hands on science activities.


Welcome our new grantees!

    Please join in welcoming our new grantees that were awarded this year:
• Black Hills Special Services Cooperative – Horace Mann Elementary, Rapid City -- Renewing
• Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud -- New
• Health Education and Promotion Council, Rapid City – New
• Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge – Renewing
• Volunteers of America, Dakotas – STARS, Sioux Falls – Renewing
• YMCA of Rapid City – Canyon Lake and Robbinsdale elementary schools – Renewing
• Youth & Family Services, Rapid City -- New


21st CCLC Conference a Success!

    Thank you to all who attended the 21st CCLC conference on June 1-2! It was a great success and so much fun! Hopefully you learned a great deal about arts and are incorporating some of the ideas into your programs. If you have ideas you would like us to consider for future conferences, please let us know.

Conference Links

    We were fortunate to have some great speakers at the conference this year. Robyn Starks Holcomb presented a breakout session on music, dance, and theater games for students. Here is the link to her presentation with all sorts of fun, engaging, and interactive ideas for students. Many of them are good to get the older students in your programs involved. They could also be used as team building activities.

Here is the link to Jennifer Jones’ presentation: Arts Programming in the Afterschool Setting: The Why, What, How and What If!


Get Back in the Saddle with the 21st CCLC 2015 Summer Institute!

    The US Department of Education is bringing back the 21st CCLC Summer Institute. There’s still time to register. Here are the details: 2015 Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas from July 27-29. We'll help you prepare for the coming year and provide opportunities to share your professional learning wants and needs! For more information on the Summer Institute, go to

Wellness Tip

    Kids Are Wasting Less and Eating Healthier - Let's Keep It that Way
Here’s a great article about how kids are eating healthier, wasting less, and eating more fruits and veggies. Let keep up the good work!


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

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