Fall 2018

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

Statewide Professional Development Opportunities:

South Dakota School Age Care Alliance Conference
October 11-13, 2018, Sioux Falls, 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:

Your FY 2018 final Reimbursement Requests should be submitted by October 10, 2018. If you have submitted your final Reimbursement Request and once you have been paid, you should submit your Closeout Report. You can also use your Closeout Report to submit your final reimbursement.

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:

Y4Y Summer Learning Initiative
Three of our grantees participated in the Y4Y Summer Learning Initiative. The Initiative supports students' academic growth and development during the summer months, and enhances the ability of 21st CCLC program leaders, staff and volunteers to design and manage high-quality programs all year long. The materials, including the Implementation Planner are now online for all to use.

Give us your feedback

If you get a minute please email Alan Haarstad any comments/suggestions you have about the newsletter. This will provide some direction on where to go for future issues.


Center Highlight:
Kadoka School District

    Contributor: Nikki Bonenberger

Schools Served: Kadoka Area Schools (Kadoka, Midland, Long Valley and Interior)

How many students do you typically serve after school on a daily basis? 35-45 students.

What grades are served? Pre-Kindergarten- 8th grade

What’s the schedule/hours of your after school program? Directly after school Monday-Thursday 3:47-5:30pm

What‘s the summer schedule/hours? June and July, Monday-Thursday

How many kids are served there? 40-50

The Kadoka program is housed within the Kadoka School which is a 4-day school week. Nikki attributes the success of the program to the teachers who teach within the school and the students who chose to come to program. A key part to the program is that the teachers know the students and make connections throughout the day. They also have great support within the community! Some of the more popular activities are when the local Sheriff comes to the school, visiting the nursing home, and cooking during the Friday Program. The kids have really enjoyed learning to sew, gardening and love getting messy on Mondays!

They changed their Thursday evening from Crazy 8 Math to STEAM activities this year! The kids love building and creating their own structures. To build connections with parents, they are getting ready to “Roll out the Red Carpet” at the end of the month. They are pairing with the Girl Scouts to have a welcoming experience with parents and students to highlight the benefits of afterschool. As they start their third year, they feel stronger and more confident with the students, staff, and parents. They are building confidence, listening abilities, and friendships among all the students!


NASA Wavelength

    NASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. Use NASA Wavelength to quickly and easily locate resources, connect them to other websites using atom feeds, and even share the resources you discover with others through social media and email.

Note from Jill Cotton,
21st CCLC co-director


I just want to say I’ve had such a great time these last 8 years getting to know all of you and your programs. The experiences I’ve had visiting your sites are some I will never forget. There have been countless times I’ve left a program and thought to myself, “Wow, that person really is in the right profession and helping kids is obviously their passion.” All of you are so dedicated and tireless in your missions to help your students succeed. You are champions and are truly making a difference for the students in South Dakota. Please keep up the great work! I look forward to following your stories in the future.

I’ve accepted a position outside of state government that will allow me to spend more time with my kids, while they still want too. 😊 My last day is Friday, October 12th.

Continue your good work with 21st CCLC co-director Alan Haarstad. Contact Alan with any questions or concerns. Alan.haarstad@state.sd.us or call 605-773-6238.


Wellness Tip


Walk to School Day is October 10th
Join the movement that inspires the entire community to come together and promote health and safer routes for students to walk and bike to school. Events can be simple or elaborate. Start planning your event and Register Here.

  • The South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) is working with schools across the state to celebrate Walk to School Day this year. Schools in Winner, Newell, Yankton, Pierre, Mitchell, Sturgis, Mobridge and other locations are celebrating this year. If your school would like to partner with the DOT in 2019, contact Marilyn Patterson at marilyn.patterson@state.sd.us or your local DOT office!


S.D. Department of Education