Child nutrition reauthorization:
Rethinking school food service

Last month, President Obama signed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Commonly referred to as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, it provides funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs, including $4.5 billion in new funding over 10 years.

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Upcoming Events

Workshops to address senior experience, entrepreneurship

Two workshops will focus on Senior Experience and Entrepreneurship Experience capstone courses. The workshops are designed to help districts understand how capstone courses support a plan of study and meet the state’s graduation requirements. Participants will learn the components and implementation process for a Senior and Entrepreneurship Experience program.

Choose from the following dates and locations:
Jan. 13, 1-3 p.m.
Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown
To register, follow this link:

Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Best Western Kelly Inn, Yankton
To register, follow this link:
Topics include: student mentors, faculty advisors, project topic selection, program guidelines, research paper or business plan, portfolio, product and presentation requirements.

Contact hours will be provided at both workshops.

For information, contact Debra Wenzel, M.Ed., at the Department of Education, (605) 773-4463.

Preparing for AYP: Meetings address compliance issues related to student data

In preparation for the 2010-11 AYP process, the department will host a series of Accountability Compliance meetings at locations across the state. Districts are strongly encouraged to send staff members who are responsible for maintaining student data in Infinite Campus.

Choose from the following dates and locations:
Jan. 31
Aberdeen, Ramada Inn, 2727 6th Ave SE

Feb. 1
Flandreau, Royal River Casino & Convention Center, 607 S Veteran St

Feb. 2
Mitchell, Ramada Inn, 1525 W Havens Ave

Feb. 4
Rapid City, Ramkota, 2111 N LaCrosse St

All meetings run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will be available soon via the Infinite Campus University website.

Topics to be covered include: the new four-year graduation rate calculation, meal status, best practices for recording attendance, and review of “Ad Hoc” focused on AYP.

Questions can be directed to Judy Merriman at the Department of Education, (605) 773-4737.

SPED hosting IEP Workshops

The Department of Education’s Special Education Programs is conducting several IEP Workshops this winter. Workshops will cover information regarding: child find and pre-referral strategies; determining suspected areas of disabilities; prior notice/consent and procedural safeguards; evaluation procedures and reporting; developing and implementing an IEP. The workshops provide six contact hours.

Upcoming events:
Feb. 2, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Explorer Elementary
4010 West 82nd Street, Sioux Falls
Session ID: 46947

Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Western Dakota Technical Institute, Rapid City
Session is full.
To register for an event, go to and enter the appropriate Session ID.

CTE 101

CTE 101 is a workshop that fulfills certification requirements to become a South Dakota certified CTE teacher within individual career and technical content areas. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion. The workshop will take place Feb. 5 at the Kings Inn in Pierre. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register for the event, go to and enter Session ID number 47095.

Dakota STEP Spring Workshops

The Department of Education, along with Pearson, will host Dakota STEP Pre-Test Workshops the week of Feb. 7. Topics to be covered include: Dakota STEP test updates for 2011; test ordering and shipping; test security; test accommodations; and more. In addition, attendees will receive information about the 8th grade technology assessment; the DACS/Achievement Series; and end-of-course exams.

Choose from the following dates and locations:
Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Ramkota, Rapid City
Session ID: 46018

Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Ramkota, Pierre
Session ID: 46019

Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Ramkota, Aberdeen
Session ID: 46020

Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Ramada, Sioux Falls
Session ID: 46021

To register for an event, go to and enter the appropriate Session ID.