ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS! 🎓🎓🎓
Today started the FREE application period for 8 South Dakota postsecondary schools.
Participating schools include:
- Black Hills State University
- Dakota State University
- Lake Area Technical College
- Northern State University
- Presentation College
- SD School of Mines & Technology
- South Dakota State University
- University of South Dakota
There is no code needed to take advantage of this opportunity. The promotion will run from October 3 through November 30, 2022. For more information, visit ---> https://ourdakotadreams.com/
Happy National Custodian Appreciation Day! All Sioux Falls School District buildings are empty today, but students and staff will be welcomed back tomorrow to safe and clean facilities, thanks to the behind-the-scenes work of our hard-working custodial staff! Please help us say 'thank you' to these incredible individuals – many of whom work early, early mornings or late, late evenings, and everything in between! We are so grateful for each and every one of them!
Excuse us while we brag for a minute… Our Superintendent is pretty talented! Dr. Jane Stavem is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, trumpet player, French horn player, percussionist, xylophone player… oh, and she also plays harmonica! 😉 These talents, along with her deep love for all things Fine Arts, earned her the honor of Parade Marshal for Festival of Bands 2022! We are proud to be lead by someone who values the role extracurriculars play in “preparing each student to succeed in a changing world!”
It’s a beautiful morning for the Festival of Bands! The parade starts in 5 minutes. If you are unable to join us in-person, watch live here! https://youtu.be/ZtfRvery1G0
Updated breakfast and lunch pricing, how to re-apply for free and reduced meals, who gets low fund balance notifications, and an easy and delicious snack mix recipe to try at home. It's all in the October edition of the "What's the Scoop" newsletter from our Child Nutrition Services!
Read it here! ---> https://www.smore.com/g09r2
Our newest Senior Spotlight features a leader in the classroom, on the field, & on the stage. She's the glue that binds & the joy directors love to see. She'll be missed at RHS, but her future is brilliant. Meet Alexa. https://youtu.be/cVpavsrLvjs
Once again, SFSD students continue to score higher on AP exams than state and national averages! Of the 2,536 exams taken in 21-22, 1,899 students scored a passing score of 3 or higher, amounting to a 74% pass rate, slightly higher than the 20-21 pass rate. https://bit.ly/3DYoCUE
Our first Senior Spotlight of 2022-2023 features a Roosevelt student excelling, & leading, in the three As: Academics, Arts & Athletics. Meet Brock. https://youtu.be/i_qaXO1hcxw
The Department of Homeland Security has designated September 25th as national "See Something, Say Something" day.
With the safety and security of our students and staff being the highest priority for the Sioux Falls School District, we come together in unity on this day as each of us plays a role in protecting our schools. Risk Manager of the Sioux Falls School District, Bob Bray, says, "The need for students, employees, families, and the public to report concerns of a potential or real threat can make all the difference in preventing a serious incident." It is crucial for us to be prepared to recognize and respond to signs of suspicious activity. Please help us keep our schools safe by taking the time today to recognize the steps you should take if you see suspicious activity happening in or around our schools.
If you see suspicious activity, report it to law enforcement and describe what you observed, including:
⚠️ Who or what you saw;
⚠️ When you saw it;
⚠️ Where it occurred; and
⚠️Why it's suspicious.
Thank you for your partnership in keeping our schools safe!
The Sioux Falls Native American Day Parade is BACK for its 5th year celebrating heritage and culture in our community! Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun this Native American Day, Monday, October 10th. Celebrations start as early as 9 am, with the parade beginning at 11 am on 13th Street and Phillips. The theme of this year is “Wounspewicakyag Hena Ob Maunipi” – We Walk With Our Teachers.
The Native American Day Parade & celebrations are hope in continued healthy dialogue on conversations surrounding the health and well-being of Native Americans & Sioux Falls community through truth, reconciliation, and self-representation. #SiouxFallsNADP
If you are not able to attend the parade in person, watch the live stream at this link ---> https://youtu.be/cjjxSYsI7NY
JOIN US IN 15 MINUTES for our very first Family Forum Series, a new partnership between the SFSD and Avera offering practical advice to strengthen families. Tonight's topic will focus on suicide prevention.
💻📱 Click this link to join ---> https://bit.ly/3Bz8pSH
‼️ Important note: If you choose to join using a mobile device like a tablet or smartphone, you will be prompted to download the Microsoft Teams App. The app requires you to type a name. You can use a first name, nickname, or a made-up name. The anonymous platform does NOT allow us to see user names. It only allows us to see the number of viewers.
If you are not able to join live, the session will be recorded and appear on the Counseling Services page in the future.
Today is I.T. Professionals Day! Within the last couple of years, the Sioux Falls School District has seen a LOT of technological advances. From new technology in classrooms, laptop implementation for all staff, several new software rollouts, a brand new District website, and the regular day-to-day tasks, our IT department has gone the extra mile.
Please help us say THANK YOU to our I.T. team on this very special day!
This morning, Sonia Sotomayor Elementary students and staff learned their school was named a 2022 Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education! SCHOOL PHOTO TIME! https://youtu.be/rYFC9aBlKxQ
Parenting is hard. So is growing up! Join SFSD and Avera experts as we team up virtually on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm for topics that strengthen families.
We're celebrating Arts in Education Week! 🎨🎭🎶
Even our non-school buildings are taking part in the celebration! Over here at the Instructional Planning Center, the Fine Arts Instructional Coach team put together a fun project for IPC staff to work on throughout the week! Each staff member is to paint their square in a way that is uniquely theirs. See how it started versus how it's going now!
As we use this week to reflect on the importance of having the arts in our schools, we know that it is an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities. As we know, arts learning can improve students' motivation, concentration, confidence, teamwork, and much more.
Please help us extend the deepest amount of gratitude to all the arts educators in our District!
Congrats to the students selected to serve on the Mayor's Youth Council for the 2022-23 school year.
Jefferson High School: Angeth Mayen, Ethan Buermann, and Tesfanesh Feldkamp
Lincoln High School: Aryan Patel, Delaney Gramlick, and Rubben Johnson
Roosevelt High School: Nicholas Maas
Washington High School: Alanna Smith and Siyanne Redda
The Mayor’s Youth Council provides teens a voice on community issues and the opportunity to learn about City government and develop leadership skills.
In a job where he'll never, ever be caught up, he's the kind of worker who will never let anyone down. Building Computer Specialists serve multiple buildings & fix every kind of tech. George does it with compassion, dedication, & expertise. Meet him. https://youtu.be/y-pzx_Dcw2U
The Sioux Falls School District has a new app! Instant access to Infinite Campus, event calendars, lunch menus, school news and MUCH more! It's free, and it's available for all devices.
It's been almost 4 years to the day since the community overwhelmingly passed a $190 million bond initiative that, so far, has funded the construction of Jefferson High School and Ben Reifel Middle School, along with several other projects. Now, the Sioux Falls School Board moves forward with its final bond project - the construction of a new elementary school that will be home to roughly 680 students in the northwest part of town. The new elementary school is expected to open in 2025.
You can find more information by watching a replay from today's school board work session here ---> https://youtu.be/AUP2bxLEV1c