Be aware of changes to child nutrition programs
As a result of the recent reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Program, there have been several changes to the state’s nutrition programs. Click here to see a complete list of all the changes to date.

Setting the standard for Service Learning
The South Dakota Board of Education recently tackled the topic of Service Learning. A framework and standards were on the agenda of the board’s November meeting.

Next Generation Science Standards in the news
Last month, KSFY took an in-depth look at the Next Generation Science Standards. The story highlights South Dakota’s role in the process and gives an up-to-date look at where we are headed.

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Sioux Falls elementary schools receive HealthierUS School Bronze distinction

All 24 elementary schools in the Sioux Falls district have received the HealthierUS School Bronze Award. South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp visited the district last month to present the award from the United States Department of Agriculture. The application process is run through the state Department of Education.

The HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. To win the award, schools must meet the following minimum criteria:

• Be enrolled as a Team Nutrition School
• Offer reimbursable meals that demonstrate healthy menu planning
• Provide nutrition education to students
• Provide students with the opportunity for physical activity
• Adhere to guidelines established by FNS for foods served/sold in schools outside the National School Lunch Program

Earlier this year, St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain received the award at the Silver level, making it only the second Native American school in the nation to do so.

To learn more about the HealthierUS School Challenge, visit click here, or contact Mary Kirk at the Department of Education.