District News Minute 3-19-18

This week on the District News Minute, learn about student-led events to honor the victims of the most recent school shooting in Florida, find out how you can be a part of the District's task force to help guide the future of facilities planning in Sioux Falls and meet the 2018 Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year.

Envision: School Board Election 2018

On April 10th, Sioux Falls residents will be voting for new city and School Board officials. Dr. Maher explains why this election is so important for not only parents and grandparents, but for taxpayers and citizens.

School Board Candidate Forum April 4

The Sioux Falls School District has two open seats this year on the five-person School Board. The election will be held on April 10th in coordination with the Sioux Falls city election.

There are three candidates for the two open seats:

Peter V. Pischke
Kate Parker
Todd Thoelke

To learn more about the candidates, the Sioux Falls School District, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters will be holding a Candidates Forum on April 4th at 6 p.m. at the Instructional Planning Center (201 East 38th Street). The forum is free and open to the public. The forum will be live streamed on the Sioux Falls School District's YoutTube channel and will be broadcast live on KLRN, Your Sioux Falls Classroom Connection (Midco channels 20 & 595). The forum will also be able to view on YouTube after the event and will be rebroadcast on KLRN until the April 10th election.

If you would like more information

Kim Dobson Named 2018 Teacher of the Year

Kim Dobson

Kimberly Dobson, a Structured Teach program teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School, was announced earlier this evening as the 2018 Dr. John W. Harris Teacher of the Year. Ms. Dobson has been a teacher with the Sioux Falls School District for a total of 26 years and has been teaching at Horace Mann for 4 years.

The Sioux Falls School District and Vern Eide Motorcars co-sponsor the annual Teacher of the Year award and made the announcement Monday night. Vern Eide Motorcars has been providing a financial award for the winner annually since 1989. Michael Larsen, Director of Human Resources at Vern Eide, generously presented Ms. Dobson with a check for $4,000.

Read more: Kim Dobson Named 2018 Teacher of the Year

Envision: 2018 Legislative Session

As the 2018 South Dakota Legislative Session comes to a close, Dr. Maher discusses the passage of bills that affect education in Sioux Falls and the kind of state funding we'll be working with during the budget process for next year.

LHS Teacher named 2018 American Legion Educator of the Year

Lynn Thomason receives American Legion Award

Lincoln High School Latin teacher Lynn Thomason was named the Sioux Falls American Legion Educator of the Year at a ceremony on Sunday, March 12.
The annual award is presented as a part of the American Legion’s birthday party, where the Legion also recognizes local firefighters and police officers. 

Read more: LHS Teacher named 2018 American Legion Educator of the Year

Community Engagement Meeting

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The Sioux Falls School District is hosting three community engagement sessions to inform the public and gather community input specific to the growing K-12 enrollment and space available in existing public schools. Please join us at one of these events:

The Community Engagement session planned for March 5th at Roosevelt High School is being rescheduled due to school and activities being cancelled in the District. The meetings are now scheduled for:

The addition of the Noon meeting on March 26 is in response to feedback from those who wish to attend, but have evening conflicts. The District welcomes attendance from all interested parties and looks forward to hearing input regarding facility needs for the future.

If you would like more information

Social Studies Curriculum Adoption


The Sioux Falls School Board will consider the recommendation for the new K-12 Social Studies Curriculum adoption at their regularly scheduled meeting on March 12 at 5:30 pm. The Instructional Materials being recommended are available for examination by the public at the Instructional Planning Center. Anyone wishing to review the materials can call the Curriculum Services Department at (605) 367-7945 to make a reservation.

Envision: Teacher of the Year 2018

As we approach this integral annual event, Dr. Maher discusses the important partnerships that make it work.

District News Minute 3-5-18

This week on the District News Minute, learn how the Sioux Falls School District is changing how it helps struggling readers, find out how the one-to-one District Learning Technology Initiative is doing in it's 4th school year, and get the latest on important upcoming spring events like kindergarten registration and more.

Envision: See Something, Say Something

When Dr. Maher speaks to community groups, See Something Say Something usually comes up, and when he speaks with the candidates for Sioux Falls mayor, he emphasizes the importance of the School Resource Officer partnership we all benefit from. Because student safety is paramount.

Kindergarten Registration 2018

Registration KeyThe Sioux Falls School District is registering children for Kindergarten for 2018-2019!

Date: Thursday April, 5 2018
Time: 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Place: View the Directory

For more information about kindergarten registration and preparing for kindergarten, call your child’s school or view the information on our website.

2018 Teacher of the Year Finalists

Nominations for the Dr. John W. Harris Sioux Falls Teacher of the Year Award have been compiled. More than 90 teachers in the Sioux Falls School District are being recognized for their work, with 5 teachers chosen as finalists.

Now in its 30th year, sponsor Vern Eide Motorcars donates a $4,000 award to the winner. The winner will be announced at a dessert reception on March 12th, 2018 at C.J. Callaway’s. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to those who are finalists!!


  1. Kimberly Dobson at Horace Mann Elementary
  2. Kristi Hansen at Rosa Parks Elementary
  3. Stacy Marnach at Cleveland Elementary
  4. Julie Stjernholm at R.F. Pettigrew Elementary
  5. Lynn Thomason at Lincoln High School

Click here to see a video of the finalists.