Sunday, Sept. 25: Color Run/Walk, followed by high school dodgebal
Monday, Sept. 26: Mismatch Dress Up Day, Coronation, 7:00pm, Lip Sync Battles and Burning of the letters.
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Dress Up Day: Hobo, Elementary- Pajama Day,
Wednesday, Sept. 28: Class Color Day
Thursday, Sept. 29: Dress Up - Tacky Tourist
Friday, Sept. 30: Raider Day, Pep Rally 1:00 pm, Parade 2:00 pm
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From Mr. Vlasman...
Welcome to the start of the 2016-17 school year. The classrooms are prepared, the teachers and students have recharged over the summer break and we are ready to meet our mission of providing each student with the resources and opportunity to prepare to be “career or college” ready. This is a state and local goal, but what does it really mean?
Over the last 40 years, being college ready meant that as a junior you would take the ACT or SAT exam and score at a level that would guarantee admittance to college. Students choosing to go to a Career Technical School would also need to pass an entrance exam. If you chose to enter the military you would need to score at certain levels on the ASVAB exam to gain admittance. Each test was designed to determine if the student had acquired a level of proficiency in mathematics, literacy, and science. This still remains, but the tests have evolved to include more real world problems that require the students to demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired. Post-secondary education is not the answer for every student, but every student needs to develop a core of skills and knowledge that will allow them to be successful after high school.
Beyond the academic requirements, we have seen an increased emphasis on behaviors related to success regardless of whether a student chooses to enter work, go to college or a Career Tech school, or enter the military. The two biggest key behaviors are attendance and effort. What is the real world expectation for absenteeism? In most cases it is very limited. In some ways we may do a disservice to our students by allowing a maximum of ten absences per semester. I know of no job that would allow a person to miss ten days of work out of every 90, however this seems to be the norm for schools. Our statistics show that the vast majority of our students do not come close to missing 10 days per semester because parents understand that excessive misses negatively impact the learning process.
The SD Dept. of Education and Governor Daugaard have declared September as “Attendance Awareness Month”. To prepare young people for career and college, our schools and parents must work together to see that students have the maximum opportunity to advance their education. The two primary reasons that adults lose employment are absenteeism or a failure to pass drug tests if they are required for employment. I remember a student from several years back that had lost a very good paying job with benefits because he had missed work three times as a probationary employee. He was a bright young man and a good worker for the company. He had been thoroughly briefed on the company policies on missing work, but was in total belief that he had been fired when he had not met the requirement. The student had also had problems with attendance in high school and I had to wonder if our school attendance policy had left him with unrealistic expectations for entering the work world.
The Governor and Attorney General will also be directing an increased focus on the use of methamphetamines in SD and particularly with young people. While this is a growing problem, the use of any mood altering drug has a negative impact on life and employment. My son served in the Air Force and told me at the time how many young people did not make it through basic training or their technical training because of alcohol and drug issues. Medical, transportation, the military and law enforcement have required testing for a long time, but more and more career fields have testing as a condition of employment.
Governor Daugaard is correct in stating that we all need to work together to insure that our young people understand that good attendance, effort, and making good choices regarding personal health are important parts of becoming “Career and College Ready”. We wish all of our students great success in moving toward this goal for 2016-17.
Mr. Lynn Vlasman, Supt.
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