Envision: Kinvolved and Attendance

By now you may have heard that the Sioux Falls School District is partnering with a teacher-created tech company to help improve attendance through a pilot program at five schools this year. Dr. Maher explains the app, the support behind it and why it's necessary.

District News Minute 11-17-17

This week on the District News Minute, get the latest on 2017 ACT results, learn more about the nearly 2,400 English Language Learners being educated in Sioux Falls public schools and find out how a new app will help students and families with attendance.

Updates for the SFSD Policies

Sioux Falls School District Annual Notifications

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Directory Information
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment: Information Not Subject to Survey, Analysis, or Evaluation Without Consent and Consent/Opt-Out for Specific Activities
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Child Identification

12th Annual Project Warm-Up

Project Warm Up LogoSAVE THE DATE:
12th Annual Project Warm-Up

Saturday, December 9th

Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School
1510 S Lake Avenue
Sioux Falls SD

Over the past 11 years Project Warm-Up has collected and distributed over 18,000 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.

To continue to our mission-We need your help!
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Envision: Comparing School Districts

As Dr. Brian Maher talks with and visits schools throughout the country, he is constantly comparing our facilities, curriculum, and offerings with others. The results may surprise you.

District News Minute 11-6-17

This week on the District News Minute, learn more about how students at our computer science immersion schools are showing off their skills for parents and the community, get the latest on open houses at specialized elementary schools this week and find out how the District makes decisions about school when winter weather strikes.

School Related Cancellations and Postponements

It is important to be prepared for the winter storms and extreme cold that every South Dakota winter brings.  Please read the following information so you are aware of the procedures for school related cancellations and postponements.

District leaders rely on experts from the National Weather Service and city/county officials when we make decisions on school cancellations, late starts or early dismissals.

Cancelling School/Late Start
When a severe storm hits the area, or is forecast, we start contacting local officials as early as 3:00 a.m.  We communicate with our Operational Services Department, the Weather Bureau, the City Street Department, Sioux Falls Transit, and our transportation contractors. It is our goal to decide whether or not to cancel school by 5 a.m. to allow time for parking lots and sidewalks to be cleared, food services to prepare meals and the bus company to begin operations.  In the event that school needs to be cancelled or delayed, families will be alerted via a ParentLink phone call.  These calls will generally be sent between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to accommodate families whose children are picked up by buses at 6:45 a.m. Announcements are also made on the District’s website, the app and over the local radio and television stations.

Because the public schools have a limited rural area, it is often possible for Sioux Falls to have school when nearby towns may not.

Early Dismissal

District News Minute 10-30-17

This week on the District News Minute learn about the growth and diversity changes in the Sioux Falls School District, get the latest on how many District students are enrolling into post-secondary institutions and learn about a huge grant for the Career and Technical Education Academy and Southeast Tech.

2018 Kindergarten Information Meetings

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

The Sioux Falls School District, Sonia Sotomayor Elementary Spanish Immersion Program is presenting the 2018 Kindergarten Information Meetings. 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.

Date Tuesday, November 7th Monday, November 13th Monday, November 20th Thursday, December 7th
Time 6:00‐7:00 pm 1:00‐2:00 pm 9:30‐10:30 am 5:30‐6:30 pm
Place Sonia Sotomayor Elementary Spanish Immersion Elementary
1510 S Lake Avenue

If the meeting dates do not work with your schedule and you would like a tour, please contact:
Tracy Vik, Sonia Sotomayor Elementary Principal, 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.

All City Elementary Open House

All City National Blue Ribbon School

All City Elementary Open House

Come to learn more about Sioux Falls' National Blue Ribbon School!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

2511 West Brookings Street
Sioux Falls SD

Please read more about what this free public school has to offer.

Citi Foundation Youth Workforce Grant

Southeast Tech Top 50 Best Community CollegesSoutheast Tech in collaboration with the Sioux Falls School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academy Selected as Citi Foundation Youth Workforce Fund grantees to Boost Access to Jobs Among Youth in Sioux Falls
$4 million fund to support youth employment organizations across 15 U.S. cities

SIOUX FALLS, SD– The Citi Foundation recently announced that Southeast Tech in collaboration with the Sioux Falls School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academy has been awarded a grant from the 2017 Youth Workforce Fund, as part of its Pathways to Progress initiative to provide youth both in the U.S. and around the world with the training and access to jobs, including paid apprenticeships and internships. In partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, 15 nonprofit organizations across the U.S. will expand their programming to provide a range of employment opportunities in areas including environmental sustainability to robotics and culinary arts to coding. Collectively, the Youth Workforce Fund is expected to reach more than 5,000 youth across the country.

District News Minute 10-16-17

This week on the District News Minute, learn about the League of Innovative Schools, which recently invited the Sioux Falls School District to join it's elite group, get the latest on an award the School Board is celebrating, and find out how you can learn about all the programs being taught at our Career and Technical Education Academy.

Envision: Safety and Security

Dr. Maher discusses the continuous and ongoing measures our staff undertake to ensure schools are safe and secure places for students to learn. From a retired Army general as a risk manager, to our close partnership with the Sioux Falls Police Department and our School Resource Officers, to regular training for anything that could happen at school - including natural disasters, fires, or intruders.