Sioux Falls Whittier Middle School 930 East 6th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 367-7620 - School (605) 520-5144 - Cell
Whittier Athletics is built on the philosophy that all students will participate. There is NO CUTTING in the middle school program. Students will have a chance to practice and participate in the sport that they choose. Please note that teams are divided according to ability level (ABCD) and then those teams will compete against the schools teams of the same level. Example: The “A” team of one middle school will play the “A” team of another middle school. Playing time is determined through some district-established guidelines. All students will play in the games and are required to attend practice for that sport. However, playing time will not be exact for each game.
At the start of each sport there will be a mandatory student meeting. The students will be given important information regarding that sport. This will be for students and parents do not need to attend. Middle school athletics provide many great opportunities for children. We encourage you to discuss with your child the many possibilities that athletics provide. Here are just some of the key components you can discuss: the fundamentals, commitment, hard work, perseverance, team work, and having fun during middle school athletics. We look forward to your child participating in our middle school programs.
6th grade band is open to any student who wants to learn how to play a band instrument. All students in the Sioux Falls School District have the opportunity to join band in the 5th grade. We prefer that 6th grade band members have had 1 year of previous playing experience, but we will work to help any "beginners" catch up through after school lessons. 6th grade band students will perform on the Winter Concert (December) and Spring Concert (April or May). Advanced 6th graders may audition for Whittier Winds.
7th Grade Band
7th graders in Sioux Falls typically have 2 years of experience playing a band instrument prior to registering for 7th grade band. 7th graders will be increasing their knowledge of musical terms and playing techniques through participation in band classes, after school lessons (optional), and at-home practicing. The 7th grade band will perform on the Winter Concert (December) and Spring Concert (April or May). 7th graders may audition for Whittier Winds and/or Jazz Band. 7th graders may also choose to perform at the Sioux Falls Public Schools Solo & Ensemble Contest (in March).
8th Grade Band
8th graders in Sioux Falls typically have 3 years of experience playing a band instrument prior to registering for 8th grade band. 8th graders will be increasing their knowledge of musical terms and playing techniques through participation in band classes, after school lessons (optional), and at-home practicing. The 8th grade band performs on 3 concerts per year. They will perform a joint concert with Washington High School's Symphonic Band in November, and will also perform on our Winter Concert (December) and Spring Concert (April or May).
Mrs. Hakeman directs this group, which is our honor band. This auditioned ensemble meets Wednesday mornings at 7:45, and will have a few after-school rehearsals (TBA). Whittier Winds plays challenging 7th and 8th grade level music. All students who want a challenge outside of band class are welcome to audition. Whittier Winds performs at the Winter Concert and the Spring Concert. All instruments (including percussion) are part of this group.
Mr. Hanson directs the Jazz Band. Any 7th or 8th grade student who wishes to play in the jazz band is welcome to audition at the beginning of the school year. Audition materials will be available during the first or second week of school. Jazz band meets on Monday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. Instruments included in jazz band are: alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, trombone, drum set, bass guitar, electric guitar, vibes, and piano. The jazz band performs several times per year. They perform at the Winter and Spring concerts, at the 5th grade Band Festival, at the Whittier Variety Show, and on Roadshow.
Junkyard Jammers is our percussion ensemble, and is our newest performing group. Junkyard Jammers is a "Stomp"-style drumline. They play on buckets, trash cans, lids, etc.--pretty much anything you can whack with a stick! Junkyard Jammers meets on Fridays after school during 2nd semester.
Achieving our mission, to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world, hinges on our ability to continually improve the effectiveness of our schools. Multiple factors impact student achievement and serve as indicators of effective schools. This Data Profile Directory is prepared to provide parents, educators, and the community with a data profile of various school effectiveness indicators. The directory should be used as one source of data for identifying a school's present status, assessing overall student progress, and planning for continual school improvement.
Each year the South Dakota Department of Education (SD DOE) releases a report card showing the performance of schools across the state. The report card includes information about academic achievement, student attendance for grades K-8, graduation rate for high schools, and professional staff qualifications. These criteria are used to determine the school’s performance index, or SPI.
Although the federal and state governments require building and district-level accountability measures, the District closely monitors the individual progress of each student to ensure that each student is being prepared to succeed in a changing world. By reviewing their student’s quarterly report card, attending Parent Teacher Conferences in the fall and spring, and contacting teachers with questions or concerns parents will have the best picture of how their children are progressing.
All schools in the District are submitting their School Improvement Plan to the Board for approval prior to submitting them to the State. The Plans, developed by a team of parents, community members and staff, serve as a roadmap for future planning and professional development and measure student achievement.
Each school has a building leadership team that meets regularly throughout the year to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan. Building leadership teams divide the larger plan into smaller segments with the following focuses: staff roles, goals, meetings summary, data processes, priorities and strategies, and the professional development plan.
This document guides the work in order to meet the District’s mission, priority statements from the Strategic Plan, and the achievement goals set by the South Dakota Department of Education.