Fall 2016

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

2016 SoDakSACA Conference
Oct. 13-15, 2016
Deadwood, SD

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27
Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre.

Beyond School Hours Conference
February 22-25, 2017
Atlanta, GA

National Afterschool Association Conference
March 19-22, 2017
Dallas, TX

BOOST Conference
April 18-21, 2017 Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA

Department of Education Calendar of Events
View the SD Department of Education's calendar of events for many opportunities that are open to everyone.

Mark's Money Tip:

With a new fiscal year starting as well as welcoming a number of new grantees we just wanted to remind all of you that the fiscal office prefers to get reimbursement requests monthly and at the very least, quarterly. If you submit a claim by the 10th of the month, you will get paid that month.

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:

XtraMath is a free web program for students, parents, and teachers. XtraMath is a Seattle nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all. Their goal is to develop effective, efficient, adaptive, and intrinsically rewarding supplemental math activities.

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Center Highlight:
Armour School District – Elementary

    Contributors: Marian Biederstedt

Schools Served: Armour Elementary

After-School Program: 3:35-6:00 pm Monday-Friday

Daily Attendance: 15-20, K-6th grades

Summer Program:Three weeks in June, four days/week -8:30 am-12:30 pm
Daily Attendance: 20 students

One of the major goals of the Armour Afterschool Program has been the continued commitment to the school and the community to help build future good citizens. The community is proud of the Armour Afterschool Program and the projects they do with the students. The program makes a difference to the students and their families by raising academic performance, promoting volunteerism and citizenship, physical health and safety and provides a structured environment for the children of working parents.

One of their recent community learning projects was funding and making Christmas and Valentine’s Day care packages for the deployed members of the 155th National Guard Unit. There were many local families that were affected by the deployment to Kuwait. The after-school students sold soup and chili at the “Christmas in Armour” event and sold magnetic yellow ribbons. The students then shopped for items with the donated funds and collected items in boxes they had set up around the school. Then they made cards for each soldier’s package and packed the boxes to be mailed. The students were very proud to mail the packages and happy when they received a thank-you card back from a soldier. The after-school program was voted citizens of the month by the Armour Community Club for this project.

Armour 21st CCLC is hosting two family nights in October. They believe the connection with the program to the parents and their children is the key to unlocking their children’s education success. The first family night will focus on nutrition and healthy food choices. The SDSU Extension Team will do mini-stations with the families to help them understand the use of MyPlate.gov lessons and recipes. Every student that attends will receive a plate to use at home with the MyPlate serving portions on it. The second night will be presented by the Black Hills Raptor Center and their live birds. The Black Hills Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care, education, and rehabilitation of native wildlife and habitat in South Dakota. Every family that attends will receive a book on birds of prey.


Let’s congratulate our newest grantees!

    • Alcester-Hudson School District
• Armour School District
• Chamberlain School District
• Crow Creek Sioux Tribal School
• Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls
• Summit School District
• Three Rivers Special Services Cooperative – Kadoka Area After School Program
• Wolsey-Wessington School District
• YMCA of Rapid City – Southern Hills – Custer, Hermosa, Edgemont
• YMCA of Rapid City – South Park/South Canyon/North Teen Center


Celebrate the 17th annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 20, 2016!

    Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year. The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs. Don’t forget to register your Light’s On event here.

13 Common Sayings to Avoid

    Here’s a good article to remind all of us that what we say and how we say things can have a huge impact on students. The author suggests a few phrases we should avoid using with children. Click here to read the article.

Wellness Tip

    Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Requirement

Senate Bill 129, passed by the 2016 South Dakota Legislature, requires anyone applying for an initial or renewal of their certificate as a teacher, administrator or other education professional to participate in a minimum of one clock hour of suicide awareness and prevention training. This requirement begins July 1, 2017.

The South Dakota State Board of Education has approved the following guidelines regarding this training:
• Must be evidence-based;
• Include information on youth suicide risk indicators; and
• Include appropriate educator responses and referral sources

Click here for a listing of approved providers and the required documentation.


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

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