Vote May 21st, 2019

Vote May 21st for Sioux Falls School Board Election

There will be a Sioux Falls School Board Election taking place on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019. There are two vacant seats, as Carly Reiter’s term expires in June along with Board President, Kent Alberty, who is retiring after serving twelve years on the Board.

There are four hopeful members from the community running for the election including, incumbent Carly Reiter, Nan Baker, Lora Hubbel, and Sarah K. Anderson.

Absentee voting is also officially open and is taking place at the Instructional Planning Center from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, until May 20, 2019.

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CTE Students Going to National Competition Events in Orlando

CTE Academy students competed at the State HOSA event March 28th, 2019 at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

National Qualifiers:

Logan Brown (LHS) – Gold (1st) in Individual Physical Therapy Competition – He was qualified and will be attending the national level competition in Orlando at Disney World this summer!

Allison Peters (RHS) – Gold (1st) in Clinical Nursing – She has qualified and will be attending the national level competition in Orlando at Disney World this summer!

Autumn Wohlwend (RHS) – Silver (2nd) in Clinical Nursing – She has qualified and will be attending the national level competition in Orlando at Disney World this summer!

 

Other competitors:

Arene Barwari – Bronze in Healthcare Issues Exam

Alexis Kurrasch, Edwin Kapetanovic, Michael Eggum – Gold in team HOSA Bowl competition

Arene Barwari, Peyton Boll, and Madelyn Walsh – Bronze in team HOSA Bowl competition

Devanee Sterling – Bronze in Clinical Nursing

Edwin Kapetanovic – Silver in Emergency Medical Technician

McKenzie Wilson – Bronze (3rd) in Emergency Medical Technician Team Competition

From HOSA’s Website:

South Dakota HOSA was established in 2012 as an initiative of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and  the South Dakota Area Health Education Center in response to the great need for future health professionals in our state. The goals of South Dakota HOSA are three-fold:

  1. ENVISION: Expanding and nurturing students’ awareness of all the healthcare careers available to them, while molding them into South Dakota’s future health professionals

  2. ENERGIZE: Becoming proactive in helping counselors develop a robust personal learning plan for students interested in becoming a future health professional. (ie: education, shadowing, and service)

  3. ENGAGE: Offering students opportunities to expand their understanding, create projects, and demonstrate skills through HOSA’s Competitive Events Program.

    Founded in 1976, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is recognized by the US Department of Education as a career and technical student organization (CTSO), established with the idea of providing students opportunities to develop as a leader and a future employee. In a 2012 remarketing/rebranding strategy roll-out, HOSA moved away from the Health Occupations Students of America brand to HOSA-Future Health Professionals. The new name better encompassed the organization and its mission, while maintaining its ties to its early beginnings.

    Since its inception HOSA has grown to more than 240,000 members. These members belong to one of more than 5200 HOSA chapters existing in 48 states. In academic year 2017-18, 91 scholarships over $950,000 were given away by National HOSA. HOSA is the only Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) whose focus is 100% health care.

    The structure of HOSA provides a comprehensive, rigorous, and relevant program to engage students interested in health careers, as well as an evaluation system that has been continuously tested, refined, and validated over three decades of use. HOSA’s Competitive Events Program offers members the opportunity to compete in teams or as individuals in more than 55 different events that fall along the broad spectrum of healthcare careers.

CTE Students See Huge Success in SkillsUSA Competition

The 2019 SD State SkillsUSA event was held in Sioux Falls on April 15th at several locations in Sioux Falls including CTE Academy and Southeast Tech’s campuses. 

National SkillUSA Competitor List – All of the 1st place individual/team winners qualify attend the national conference in Louisville, KY this summer, June 24th – June 30th, 2019.

 

National SkillUSA Competitor List

 

Last

First

Competition

School

Bryant

Celeste

Audio

Washington High School

Beyer

Allan

Audio

New Tech High School

Hansen

Madelaine

Broadcast News Production

Roosevelt High School/Foss

Mills

August

Broadcast News Production

Washington High School

Bakke

Noah

Broadcast News Production

Roosevelt High School

Jupiter

Joshua

Broadcast News Production

Brandon High School

Eiesland

Andrew

Diesel Technology

Washington High School

Holman

Madison

Television Video Production

Parker High School

Ruesch

Tristen

Television Video Production

Tri-Valley High School

Voss

Makenzie

Welding

Harrisburg High School

 

Build Dakota Scholarship Recipients

Last

First

Competition

School

Voss

McKenzie

Welding

Harrisburg High School

Novacek

Keegan

Auto Body

Roosevelt High School

Schwebach

Corbin

Auto Body

Tea High School


Other Competitors:

Last

First

School

Competition

Place

Roblewsky

Brennan

RHS

Welding Fabrication

3rd

VanDenHoek

Alexis

RHS

Welding Fabrication

3rd

Peters

Sidney

RHS

Welding Fabrication

3rd

NunezOlivar

Leonel

WHS

Film Prod (Digital Cinema)

1st

Lainez

Jordy

WHS

Film Prod (Digital Cinema)

1st

Thongvanh

Alex

WHS

Television Video Production

2nd

Fisher

Tyler

WHS

Television Video Production

2nd

Weber

Justin

WHS

Welding

2nd

Burmeister

Cody

WHS

Carpentry

2nd

Schneider

Caitlin

NTHS

Carpentry

2nd

Luedtke

Braiden

NTHS

Carpentry

2nd

Fechner

Ashton

NTHS

3-D Animation

1st

Schumacher

Brendan

NTHS

3-D Animation

1st

 

 

From SkillsUSA South Dakota’s Website:

"SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

Membership:
More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations.In 2015, more than 17,000 teachers and school administrators served as professional SkillsUSA members and advisors. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number reached this year is more than 360,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 11.9 million members since its founding in 1965.

Mission:
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

Partners:
More than 600 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.

Programs:
SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.

SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System is a comprehensive tool to help students document entry-level skills as defined by industry and accepted by state education policy. The Work Force Ready System offers over 40 technical and employability assessments in 11 cluster areas.

The Professional Development Program (PDP) teaches 76 workplace skill competencies in a series of hands-on self-paced lessons.

The Career Skills Education Program (CSEP) contains 49 online lessons teaching basic employment and life skills to college/postsecondary students.

Student2Student Mentoring gives high school students a chance to mentor younger students in the area of career development.

CareerSafe is a credentialed 10-hour online training program developed in cooperation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide students with basic knowledge of safety and a credential desired in the job market."

 

Last Day of School is May 24th, 2019

Last Day of School

The Sioux Falls School District incurred four total days of school cancellation due to inclement weather during the 2018-19 school year. In accordance with the previously approved and Board adopted calendar, the days missed are made up at the end of the school year. Administration is recommending the final student day of school be moved from Tuesday, May 21, 2019, to Friday, May 24, 2019.

SFSD has verified that the required minutes of school attendance will be met and, in fact, will be in excess of what is required. A staff professional development and building day would occur on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 and the Teacher Workday would subsequently be moved from Wednesday, May 22, 2019, to Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in which teachers may work remotely from an alternate site to fulfill end of year obligations.

Summer Lunch

Summer Lunch Program

FREE Summer Lunch Program – Starts June 3rd and goes through August 2nd.

There will be no meal service on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Hawthorne
8:30 am to 9:00 am and 11:30 am to 12:30 am

Hayward
8:30 am to 9:00 am and 11:30 am to 12:30 am

Laura B. Anderson
8:30 am to 9:00 am and 11:30 am to 12:30 am

Anne Sullivan
Lunch Only: 11:30 am to 12:30 am

Terry Redlin
Lunch Only: 11:30 am to 12:30 am

Food Service Center
Lunch Only: 11:30 am to 12:30 am

Sioux Area Metro (SAM) is offering the “Freedom Pass” to all students to ride the fixed bus routes for free during the summer months.

See the city’s website for more information on how to obtain the pass.

Sonia Sotomayor Second-Grader Becomes a Published Author

Sonia Sotomayor second-grader, Eden Hitchcock becomes a published author at only 8-years-old thanks to a nonprofit that builds character through books.
Representatives from PS Publishing and the Books 4 Kids Program visited Sonia Sotomayor Elementary on April 4th to award second-grade student, Eden Hitchcock her prize money and publishing contract.

 

Eden Hitchcock
Eden Hitchcock
Eden Hitchcock

 

Eden’s Story, The House, was selected as the winner from 59 submissions in the Write Across America Contest. Students from kindergarten through high school in multiple states competed for a chance to win $250 cash, and a publishing contract.

Ms. Hitchcock, the grand prize winner, will now become the youngest author in the Books 4 Kids program.

When asked her thoughts about winning the contest Eden said,

“I just wanted to be an author when I grow up, and I thought I might as well start with a small book, but I guess it turned out to be bigger than I thought.”

To which Books 4 Kids Program CEO, Coleen Liebsch said,

“Yes it did…you aren’t going to be an author when you grow up. You will already be an author at eight years old.”

Eden’s book, The House, will be the Books 4 Kids Program’s first bi-lingual story with an expected release date of September. The book will be included in the 2019-20 school year catalog.

Along with Eden, Sonia Sotomayor Teacher Librarian, Jenni Egstad also received an award through Books 4 Kids. Egstad was named Books 4 Kids Program Coordinator of the Year. Her efforts to encourage the students writing resulted in 13 submissions and 4 finalists. As the submitting educator, Egstad received a check for $250 in addition to her Coordinator of the Year plaque.

Books 4 Kids is a 501 c3 nonprofit that builds character through books. The program provides a mini book fair that brings the author to the students to read, share their character-building book, answer student questions and ultimately leave every student their own copy of the book – for free! The program’s mission is rooted in the idea of inclusion. Books 4 Kids gives every child the opportunity to “fit in” equally and bonds classmates.

Congratulations Jenni, Eden and everyone at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary. For more information about the Books 4 Kids Program, visit B4KProgram.org

Surprise announcement at Sonia Sotomayor

Edison Middle School 7th Grader Headed to Washington D.C.

Sean Hodges

In May, Sean Hodges will head to Washington D.C. to represent South Dakota in the National Geographic GeoBee!

Edison Middle School seventh grader, Sean Hodges took home top honors at the 2019 South Dakota National Geographic Bee held on April 1, 2019 at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Along with the State Champion title, Hodges received $1,000, the National Geographic Almanac, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent South Dakota in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters May 19-22, 2019.

The National Geographic GeoBee (formerly the National Geographic Bee) is currently in its 31st year. This event is an academic competition for students in grades four through eight that challenges their knowledge of geography, cultures, physical features, history, and earth science. A total of 2,529,020 students in nearly 10,000 schools across the United States, District of Columbia, U.S. Atlantic and Pacific territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools competed in the GeoBee this year.

If crowned the National Geographic GeoBee Champion in D.C. in May, Hodges would win a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard the national Geographic Endeavour II. Second place winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship; and the third-place winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. The top-10 scoring students will each receive $1,000 in case.

Good luck, Sean!

2019-2020 Middle School and High School Athletic Participation

Sports

The Sioux Falls School District is committed to preparing our students for purposeful engagement in the world through participation in activities. For those students interested in participating in the Sioux Falls School District activities program for the 2019-2020 School Year visit our Activities page.

Roosevelt Students Win National Awards for Artwork

Two Roosevelt High School students have been invited to New York City after winning national awards for their artwork.

Juniors, Carlee Johnson and Olivia Dondlinger are Gold Medal winners in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Carlee Johnson won the National Gold Medal award in Mixed Media for her artwork, Of Love and Service, and Olivia Dondlinger won the National Gold Medal in Drawing and Illustration for her artwork, Seeing the Unseen.

Of Love and Service
Seeing the Unseen

According to the Scholastic Awards program, this year alone, students from across America submitted nearly 340,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing. This puts the two junior girls in the top 1% of all artwork submitted.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to identifying students from across the nation with exceptional artistic and literary talent. Winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have a chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. The students’ winning pieces of art have already been sent off to New York City to be displayed in Art.Write.Now.2019 National Exhibition and Student Showcase at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Parsons School of Design.

Roosevelt High School Art Teacher, Lisa Dresch said, “We have had two other national Scholastic Art Award winners in that past in different years. To have two this year is high achievement that indicates the level of rigor and talent in our high school students in this district.”

Both juniors plan to attend the National Awards Ceremony, which will take place at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Lincoln Art Students Earn National Recognition

Black Paper by McKennan Folkerts
Black Paper by McKennan Folkerts

The Lincoln High School visual arts department is celebrating some fantastic recent successes.

Thirteen Lincoln students recently entered the Scholastic Art and Writing contest for 2019, and 12 of them received awards, including seven honorable mentions (accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential), two Silver Key Awards (Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability), four Gold Key Awards (the very best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-lever recognition) and the school also earned a Gold Key Portfolio.

Edited Shadow Box by McKennan Folkerts
Edited Shadow Box by McKennan Folkerts

Images of the Gold Key winners are shown here.

The Gold Key works were then exhibited at USD. Regional Affiliates nominate 5 Gold Key pieces as " Best of Show" from all Gold Key pieces in this region. One recipient from this region will win the American Vision and Voices Award.  Mckennan Folkerts and Jada Carlson are currently in the running for this award.

Little Houses by Abbey DeRuyter
Little Houses by Abbey DeRuyter

All Gold Key winners’ work goes on to be judged again at the national level in NYC, and there will be a reception at Carnegie Hall for all Gold Key winners. The Gold Key portfolio winners are also in the running for university scholarships.

Watercolor Substitue by Jada Carlson
Watercolor Substitue by Jada Carlson

UPDATE 3-13-19: Jada Carlson won the American Visions Award and a Gold Key Medal for her photograph "Quiet" & McKennan Folkerts also won a Gold Key Medal for "Lost Underground" Congratulations!

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