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Feb. 2019  
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SD Capitol Governor delivers state budget address
Gov. Kristi Noem delivered her first budget address to state lawmakers on Jan. 23. She recommended a 2.5 percent increase in K-12 education funding. Learn more in Governor Noem’s Budget Report for Fiscal Year 2020.

Board Meeting Board of Education Standards addresses course equivalency exams
The state Board of Education Standards has approved changes to ARSD 24:43:01:01 and 24:43:11:09 removing the requirement for state approval of school-created course equivalency exams and allowing local schools to determine how to transcribe credit earned by course equivalency exams. School districts will still be required to obtain a waiver from the South Dakota Department of Education if they plan to administer a course equivalency exam. If approved by the Legislative Rules Review Committee, the changes would go into effect during the 2019-20 school year.

Graducation Cap New grad requirements handbook available; webinars scheduled
The 2018 High School Graduation Requirements Handbook is now posted on the 2018 High School Graduation Requirements webpage. This document answers frequently asked questions about implementation of the new requirements. The South Dakota Department of Education will offer webinars throughout February to provide an overview of the new requirements.
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Who are the emerging teacher leaders in your district?
The South Dakota Department of Education maintains a list of Emerging Classroom Leaders, which consists of distinguished teachers and principals from across the state. These educators are considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, and as candidates for special recognition programs.
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2018 Distinguished Schools

National ESEA Distinguished Schools recognized at conference
South Dakota’s 2018 National ESEA Distinguished Schools (formerly National Title I Distinguished Schools) were honored at the National ESEA Conference in Kansas City last month. Congratulations to these schools!
  • Rosedale Colony Elementary (Mitchell School District)
  • Vandenberg Elementary (Douglas School District)
 
 
 
 
 
Submit Verification of Educational Structure forms by March 1

Time to report new schools, closed schools, name changes and grade span changes for the 2019-20 school year. On Feb. 1, superintendents and main Infinite Campus/student data contacts should have received an email on this topic, which included the educational structure form. It must be completed by all school districts by March 1, even if there are no changes that need to be made. Questions? Contact Jennifer Rattling Leaf with the Department of Education.

 
 
 
 
watch video Gov. Noem proclaims School Counseling Week Feb. 4-8
 
 
 
 
CTE Month Celebrate CTE Month

Educators know the importance of preparing students for college and careers. February is CTE Month, a time to celebrate career and technical education, which seeks to equip students with academic, employability and technical skills. Read on for ideas for celebrating and raising awareness of CTE within schools and communities.

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Summer Food Service Program Summer Food Service sponsors, please register for training

DOE’s office of Child and Adult Nutrition Services is seeking sponsors for a federally-funded program that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months. Schools are among those organizations that can apply to be sponsors. Learn more about this opportunity and sign up for administrative training by Feb. 22.

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Mentoring Summer Academy presentation proposals due Feb. 28

The Department of Education is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at the 2019 Mentoring Summer Academy. More than 700 new teachers and mentors who are participating in the statewide mentor program will attend this event scheduled for June 5-6 in Sioux Falls.

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South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers Nominate outstanding school resource officers by March 15

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 School Officer of the Year Award. The South Dakota Association of School Resource Officers supports this annual award, which is now in its 11th year. Nominees should display professionalism, dedication and commitment to their respective school and/or district. Nominations must be postmarked by March 15.

 
 
 
 
2018 OBTA recipient Angela Wachal, Harrisburg
(Left) 2018 OBTA recipient Angela Wachal, Harrisburg
Nominate an outstanding biology teacher

Want to recognize a great science teacher in your district? Nominate him or her for the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. The award is sponsored by the National Association of Biology Teachers and honors teachers of the life sciences in grades 7-12. Nominees will have until March 29 to complete their application for the award.

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Upcoming Events

A complete listing of events is available at GoSignMeUp.

2019 Winter Assessment Workshop
Feb. 6, Sioux Falls
Feb. 7, Sioux Falls
Feb. 12, Rapid City
Feb. 13, Rapid City

Title Programs Wednesday Café
Feb. 13

SD-STARS topical webinar
Feb. 26

Navigating the South Dakota Comprehensive Needs Assessment
March 8, Rapid City

STARS Account Manager online training
March 13

Board of Education Standards
March 18, Rapid City

2019 South Dakota Special Education Conference
March 19-20, Deadwood

Special Education Advisory Panel
April 3

TIE Conference
April 7-9, Rapid City

State Historical Society History Conference
April 26-27, Pierre

SD Dept. of Education Annual Conference
May 29-30, Pierre

 
   
 
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