2019 Kindergarten Information Meetings

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Do you want to learn more about the Spanish Immersion Program located at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School?

Choose to attend one of the meetings listed. You will learn about the program, tour the school, visit a classroom, and ask any questions you might have. You can visit with current students in the program as well as some parents to have all your questions answered from those directly involved in the program.

In a Spanish immersion program, all the classroom instruction occurs in the target language - Spanish. Rather than the language being the topic of instruction, it is the method of instruction. Students read, write, and speak the language as they go through their daily lessons.

November 8th
8:30 to 9:30 am

November 13th
12:30 to 1:30 pm

November 27th
6:00 to 7:00 pm

All the meets are held at Sonia Sotomyor Elementary, 1510 South Lake Avenue

For enrollment procedures, application and other information please visit our school website: https://sotomayor-sfsd.org/

If the meeting dates do not work with your schedule and you would like a tour, please contact: Kali Wipf, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (605) 367-4655

View more about Spanish Immersion Program Goals here.

SAVE THE DATE for 13th Annual Project Warm-Up

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Saturday, December 8th
11:00 to 3:00pm

Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School
1510 S Lake Avenue
Sioux Falls SD


Over the past 12 years Project Warm-Up has collected and distributed over 20,000 blankets to local children and families in need due to financial hardship, family tragedy, illness, loss of home due to flood, tornado, fire or poverty. Project Warm-Up is fully funded by the generous donations of wonderful people in our local communities. Join us on Saturday for the biggest blanket-making party ever! Thank-you for helping us, help others!

To continue to our mission -
We need your help!

Roosevelt Art to Appear with National Christmas Tree

Roosevelt High School is one of 56 schools from throughout the country that will create ornaments to accompany the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.

Fifty-six schools across the country are creating one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2018 National Christmas Tree experience on the Ellipse in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. These handcrafted ornaments will adorn 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The 56 trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia as part of the America Celebrates display.

The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience, which will begin on November 28 with the 96th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Each school will create ornaments that celebrate its state, district or territory. Learn about last year’s artists and ornaments.

Read more: Roosevelt Art to Appear with National Christmas Tree

Southeast Tech, CTE Academy Earn $250,000 Grant

The Citi Foundation has announced that Southeast Tech, through a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District’s Career and Technical Education Academy (CTE Academy), has again been awarded a $250,000 grant from its 2018 Youth Workforce Fund, a national initiative that supports community organizations in key cities across the U.S. to help expand programming and connect low-income youth to a range of employment opportunities.

This year marks the second year the Citi Foundation has awarded the Youth Workforce Grant to Southeast Tech and the CTE Academy.

"Citi has called Sioux Falls home for over 38 years," stated Rick Nath, Site President of Citi Sioux Falls, "We are honored to invest in the future leadership of our city."

The Youth Workforce Fund is part of the Citi Foundation's three-year, $100 million Pathways to Progress initiative, a global endeavor focusing on career readiness initiatives that provide youth job seekers the full range of services needed for long-term employment and economic success.

Southeast Tech and the CTE Academy will use the funds to equip youth with skills training in line with local industry needs and assist them with securing internships and paid apprenticeships. This effort is coordinated through CTE Academy positions partially funded by the grant, an internship coordinator and a career coach who educated students about career exploration opportunities including camps, job shadows, internships and pre-apprenticeships, as well as post-secondary educational opportunities.

Read more: Southeast Tech, CTE Academy Earn $250,000 Grant

Parent Teacher Conferences


Fall 2018

We are rapidly approaching the end of the first quarter, which is Wednesday, October 24th. That means, parent teacher conferences are in full swing. Parent teacher conferences are vitally important as they act as a partnership between the students, teacher, and parents. The objective of conferences is to establish relationships with the school, the teachers, and to have open communication about the academic successes and goals of your student throughout the year. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone is there for the same goal, which is the success of the student.

Below are the following dates of parent teacher conferences:

Read more: Parent Teacher Conferences

Educational Sessions for Parents

Session 1

Transition Between Levels

When your child is ready to transition to another level, you may feel like you need more information. Come to this session to ask questions and get some reassurance to ease your mind.

  • Early Childhood to Kindergarten
  • 5th grade to 6th grade
  • 8th grade to 9th grade

October 16, 2018 at 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Instructional Planning Center
201 East 38th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

The Sioux Falls School District Bond Special Election

Election Results

The District used 13 vote centers in the September 18, 2018 bond election. The polls were open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.

The District chose to hand-count the ballots for this election. Counting Boards were established at the Instructional Planning Center.

The Sioux Falls School District Annual Election - Official Returns

The Returns were canvassed at the School Board Meeting held Tuesday, September 24, 2018 at which time the returns became official.

107,400 Registered Voters
17.37% Turnout
18,656 # of Voters


Read more: The Sioux Falls School District Bond Special Election


Bus with Kids Boarding

Number one: Help us keep buses safe by following the law and do not pass a school bus with red lights flashing. "FLASHING RED means KIDS AHEAD"!

Pre-warning “amber” lights are activated at least 300 to 500 feet before stopping. When the “amber” lights flash, you should immediately prepare to stop your vehicle.
Remember these rules for the “type of road” you meet a bus on:

  1. Any 3 lane or less road, drivers from all directions “must STOP” when the bus has the red lights flashing.
  2. Any 4 lane or more road, drivers traveling in the SAME direction as the bus need to stop behind the bus, when you see the red lights flashing.
  3. Any 4 lane or more road, drivers traveling in the OPPOSITE direction as the bus do not need to stop when you see the red lights flashing.

We need your help to keep students safe when they cross streets.
Leave plenty of room around school buses in traffic and be mindful that buses are required to stop at all train crossings.

School Supply Lists

Back-to-school sales are in full swing at stores throughout Sioux Falls! So if you want to stay ahead of the rush, click the link below for the complete lists of school supplies for every grade K-12! Also check your school's page for additional supply lists.

Help Us Welcome Allison Struck

Allison Struck

Allison Struck brings passion for education, as well as valuable work experience, to her role as the first, full-time executive director of the Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation. She begins her duties today (July 16).

Struck previously worked as a program manager and coordinator at Feeding South Dakota, a highly regarded, statewide, hunger relief organization that has its headquarters in Sioux Falls.
She has had close ties to education throughout her life, and she is a proud graduate of public schools. “This position was a natural fit for me,” she said. “I’m really excited and looking forward to the opportunities we have.”

The Education Foundation champions the cause of teachers and students throughout the School District by raising money for innovative teaching projects not funded by tax dollars. The organization also provides grants to first-time teachers to help them buy classroom supplies.

The recent hiring of Struck represents a significant milestone for the Education Foundation, which is governed by a Board comprised of volunteers. In recent years, the Board has been assisted by part-time employees that have helped coordinate business matters and promote the organization. However, Board members have been planning for years to hire an executive directive. The goal is to raise more money for grants to help more students and more teachers in the steadily growing school system.

Read more: Help Us Welcome Allison Struck

Survey Results Indicate Community Supports Facility Recommendations


The Sioux Falls School District asked for your input about facility needs for the future and the community responded! Nearly 3,700 residents (3.686) answered questions via an online survey about their satisfaction with Sioux Falls Public Schools and the proposal to issue up to $190 Million in bonds to accommodate growing enrollments.

A good cross-section of the community responded to the 17-questions asked by The Donovan Group, a Wisconsin-based community engagement firm who orchestrated the survey and presented the results to school board members at their work session on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Read more: Survey Results Indicate Community Supports Facility Recommendations

Community Survey

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Data collection for the community survey regarding future facility needs has ended. However, there is still time to voice your opinions by calling or emailing school board members. This link will take you to a page where you can find contact information for Board members. Thank you for your interest in this important community conversation.

Proposed Facilities Costs

After multiple community input sessions and two months of public Task Force meetings, a recommendation was submitted to the School Board for a facilities plan encompassing $190 million of new schools, updates to older buildings, and investment in the city's core. But what does this mean for YOU? Dr. Maher explains.