Summer 2018

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

Statewide Professional Development Opportunities:

SD Department of Education Annual Conference
August 1-2, 2018, Pierre, SD

Indian Education Summit
September 23-25, 2018, Pierre SD

South Dakota School Age Care Alliance Conference
October 5-7, 2018, Pierre, SD

Technology in Education
April 2019, Rapid City, SD

National Opportunities:

Beyond School Hours Conference
February 20-23, 2019
Atlanta, GA

National Afterschool Association Convention
March 15-18, 2019
New York City, NY

Boost Conference
May 1-4, 2018
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:

For continuation grants only, for the fiscal year ending 6/30/18, sub grantees that will be in years 2-4 can request to carry over 25% of the total grant award. This does not apply to those grants in years 5 and 6. Starting this next fiscal year, 7/1/18, the amount a sub grantee can request to carry over will decrease to 10% of the approved grant award. Also, please remember that the deadline for submitting your continuation grants for this coming year is July 20, 2018.

Mark Gageby is a Education Program Representative for the South Dakota Department of Education and oversees funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.

Resource Corner:

Infographic that you can adapt to show your own program’s results
Use this PowerPoint file to insert your own data from last year---there are spaces for how many total contacts you made, what kinds of services you offer, what families had to say about your work, and your Program’s contact info, logo, and any branding you'd like to do. Then save as a PDF and print! It’s an easy way to make a flyer for your back-to-school activities!

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:
Wolsey-Wessington School District

    Contributors: Kayti Ammerman and Lacey Zerfossl

Schools Served: Wolsey-Wessington School

How many students do you typically serve after school on a daily basis? 55-70 students daily.

What grades are served? K-12th: morning tutoring is offered for 7th-12th grade and for the afterschool program the majority of students are K-6th grade.

What’s the schedule/hours of your after school program? Morning tutoring- 7:30-8 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Afterschool program: 3:35 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

What‘s the summer schedule/hours? 8:30-3:00pm Tuesday-Thursday.

How many kids are served there? 65-75 students per day in the summer.

On any given day at Wolsey-Wessington School’s 21st CCLC before and after school program, one might see students snowshoeing, practicing archery, baking bread, programming robots, or creating centerpieces for school events. With a base of activities ranging from nature play, to culinary arts, to seasonal celebrations, and STEAM work, Wolsey-Wessington’s program is a kaleidoscope of activity.

Under the leadership of Director Kayti Ammerman, the program has focused especially on the students’ relationships with the outdoors. Children are offered opportunities to play confidently in risky situations, develop teamwork and problem solving skills, and really sink their hands and feet into the dirt. A tried and true example of Kayti’s teaching philosophy is when students build shelters in the nearby tree strips. The nurturing setting of the natural world is the perfect grounds for growth, and though it’s often hard to find amongst the surrounding agriculture, Kayti takes advantage of anything she can find. Nature is truly everywhere if you take the time to look.

When the students aren’t outside, they’re engaged in a number of activities that develop their abilities to collaborate. “Kids in the Kitchen” is by far one of the favorite weekly staples. Recipe reading, measurements, and patience are all things learned by students as they make salsa for Cinco de Mayo, soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day, or pink cookies for the school’s Dig Pink night. The STEAM room is the hands of Assistant Director Lacey Zerfoss, who offers students the chance to expand their engineering and problem-solving skills.

Family nights have become popular events for the school community as well. Not only does the program offer fun events like community mural night, STEAM night, and fall harvest, it also educates with nights devoted to meal preparation, hygiene, and college financial planning.

The influence of Wolsey-Wessington’s program can be seen in its popularity. The program services an average of 60 students a day and boasts a summer program of 70. Thanks to a wide variety of activities and a truly devoted staff, the Wolsey-Wessington 21st CCLC program has truly enriched the lives of youth in our two communities.


Register Now! Summer Education Conference August 1-2, 2018, Pierre SD

    We are once again partnering with our Title I team to offer a joint education conference this summer, August 1-2 in Pierre. The conference focus will be social/emotional learning and will feature a 21st CCLC track for our grantees. There’s NO registration fee this year! Click Here to register and for all the conference details!



Don’t forget to check out the Y4Y website! They have lots of ideas for professional development and access to hundreds of resources! They offer free technical assistance as well. Let me know if you’re interested in any of the technical assistance opportunities and we can try to organize something that will work for your site.


Note from Sue Burgard, 21st CCLC co-director


This is a note to thank all of you for the amazing experience of being part of the wonderful programs and lovely opportunities you are providing for the South Dakota children you serve. It has truly been an honor.

The time has come for me to call it a day and begin another stage in this wonderful life God has given me. I look forward to the possibility of keeping in touch and would love to hear about the adventures you and your kids experience. My home email is

Jill Cotton will be providing her solid leadership for you all as usual and they are interviewing people for my position so a new person will be in place very soon.

Thanks again for all the great work you and your teams are doing – and thank you for allowing me to be part of it. It has been a pleasure.


Connect with Kids and Families This Summer!


This article has some great ideas for connecting with students and parents over the summer.


Wellness Tip


"BeThe1SD" Suicide Prevention Campaign
The South Dakota Department of Social Services launched a new program aimed at reducing youth suicide and raising awareness about the issue across the state. The BeThe1SD campaign emphasizes a positive message that encourages youth to be vigilant about the signs of suicide and to “be the one” to make a difference. You can learn more about the campaign on its official website.

Officials say youth suicide continues to be an issue in the state. Since 2004, over 1,700 lives have been lost due to suicide in South Dakota. Those numbers have increased each year, with nearly one in six high school students in South Dakota having suicidal thoughts or tendencies, according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.


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