Winter 2016

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

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:

Regarding inventory:
All equipment and inventory should be individually identified. Inventory list should include: cost, who holds title (which grant), identification number, serial number, description, location, acquisition date and disposition. A random physical check of the inventory should be conducted at least once every 2 years.

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:

Afterschool Resources from AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), offer informal, hands-on, science activities. Each one includes a facilitator page, as well as online and printable pages for kids.

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 Moody County, Traditional Site and Flandreau Indian School

    Contributors: Tammy Lunday

Schools Served: Flandreau Public School District and Flandreau Indian School

After-School Program: Traditional Site: 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm on Friday
Flandreau Indian School: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday

Daily Attendance: Main site: 71 Flandreau Indian School: 32

Summer Program: Programming runs every day in the summer along with a Power UP summer school program.

Traditional Site – Moody County Unit
The Boys & Girls Club of Moody County opened in 2007 and was housed in various Tribal and community buildings until 2014 when the new facility was built. The club is now located right next to all three public schools in the community and the Moody County Resource Center. All programs implemented align with the club’s mission statement, “To inspire all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.”

A newer program at the Club is Career Builders which is for the teen members. The youth were able to be a part of the planning process for the program. They were surveyed on what would interest them in a career as adults. The staff took the list that youth created and contacted speakers from the community and regional universities to come in and talk about the specific topics that the youth identified. The presenters showcased information on a specific career and facilitated discussions. Career interests ranged from flight instructors to earth science professors. Because the students were so interested, the speakers were able to captivate and inspire the teens to explore their options when it comes to thinking about a future career and work on skills and steps to achieve career goals.

Through collaboration with the Moody County Resource Center, the members participated in a summer reading program that ran for eight weeks. The program consisted of fun activities and a 40 day reading challenge! The K-4th grade members were invited to a pizza party and awarded a reading trophy, along with being able to SLIME the librarian! The teens went to Skyzone in Sioux Falls and were treated to a pizza as a reward for completing the reading program.

The club also provided a summer school opportunity for K-4th graders though a program called Power UP. This is currently the only summer school option in the area for elementary youth. Summer school ran for five weeks, Monday through Thursday with two sessions for two hours per day. One session included K-1st graders and the other included 2nd – 4th graders. The theme throughout the entire program was “Space.” It incorporated math and reading strategies throughout the curriculum. The focus of the program is to eliminate summer learning loss. Each student is referred by a teacher to the program.

Flandreau Indian School Site
The Flandreau Indian School (FIS) is an off reservation boarding school serving Native American students, grades 9th -12th. They meet in the Tea Room, Canteen or dormitories to provide activities for the students. Activities in the Tea Room include Career Builders, Art, Board Games and other fun activities. Game tournaments are held in the Canteen such as pool and ping pong. Tutoring is offered in the dormitories. A large part of the program is building relationships and mentoring. The Boys Group and Smart Girls program are very successful programs at FIS. The Boys Group consists of discussions concerning the pathway to manhood and living a healthy lifestyle. Using the Talking Circle, Smart Girls consists of discussions about teen issues such as anxiety, anger, bullying, and depression. One of the key components is relationship building and providing a safe place to talk.


2017 21st CCLC Grant competition

    The next grant competition is now open. All the information is posted on the 21st CCLC website. In order to apply, a Notice of Intent to Apply must be submitted. This is needed because the application will be completed online through the Grants Management System (GMS) and a log-in and password to access the system will be needed. The deadline to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply is January 13, 2017. Paper applications will not be accepted this year. The application will be open approximately January 30, 2017 and will close March 3, 2017.

Peer Reviewers

    We will be using a peer review process again to evaluate and score the grant applications. If you are interested in being a peer reviewer this year, the application and rubric are located on the 21st CCLC website,, below the application information.

Starting a Middle School Book Club

    Many programs have expressed interest in starting a book club. Here’s an article with some ideas on how to accomplish that at the middle school level.

Wellness Tip

    The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has released new resources to help keep students' brains and bodies active this school year. Visit the America's Healthiest Schools page to access the materials in Spanish too.

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

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