Tomorrow's GIRLS BASKETBALL GAME (2/13/2016) vs. Wessington Springs has been moved up to start the JV game at 3:00 and Varsity to follow due to weather concerns.
Reminder to Parents
All Lyman County residents that have children ages birth to 5 years old are encouraged to call the Lyman School District Superintendent’s Office or the Kennebec Middle School Office to inform the school of their children’s names, date(s) of birth, age(s), parent’s names, current mailing addresses, and contact information. This information will be used to contact parents for Lyman School District’s child find and preschool/kindergarten screenings that are held every spring. With this information, the District will contact parents with information concerning these events and schedule convenient times for them to attend the screenings. You may call 1- 605-895-2579 in Presho or 1-605-869-2213 in Kennebec between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thank you for your help and cooperation
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Parents & Community Members:
Just before we closed out the 2015 school year, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The “Every Student Succeeds” bill replaces “No Child Left Behind”. While NCLB was well intentioned, it had several flaws and unfortunately Congress was more than seven years late on the reauthorization of E.S.E.A. to address those flaws. The bipartisan work by both the Senate and the House of Representatives is to be commended in finally addressing the problems with NCLB and the bill was signed into law by President Obama.
When any bill is passed in to law, the first questions are generally what has changed and how does it impact us at the state and local level. Probably the most sweeping change of the “Every Student Succeeds Act” is that it returns more authority and flexibility to the states and the local schools. For the last several years, states have had to jump through a number of hoops asking for waivers to work around requirements that did not meet the needs of their students. South Dakota needed to make many requests just to address requirements set by the federal government on testing, teacher assessment, and administrator assessment. All of these issues are important, but how they needed to be addressed in SD was significantly different from what needed to be done in states with huge urban school districts.
The new bill does not do away with requirements for testing or assessments for school personnel, but it does allow the states more flexibility in designing how those assessments will be administered. The new act will still require that states test students in grades 3 – 8 and 11. States will now have more choices in the types of assessments that can be used. At this time, SD will continue to use the Smarter Balance Assessments. SD as a member of a consortium of states that developed the Smarter Balance exams will continue to use those exams this spring and potentially longer than that. The SD Dept. of Education will have the authority to move away from those exams if it is decided that another test would better serve the state’s needs, but would need to study the costs and relative benefits of Smarter Balance as compared to other exams. 2016 will be only the 2nd year of using Smarter Balance assessments.
The new bill does offer hope of rural states having greater access to federal education funds in the future. Over the last several years any additional federal funding has been accessed through the “Race to the Top” grant program designed by the Obama administration. Again, the purpose of this grant program was well intentioned, but rural states did not have school districts with large enough enrollments and resources to gain access to this program. There were a few attempts to have multiple districts work as a consortium to try to access the program, but these were not successful.
We are heavily into the political race to determine who will become the next President of the U.S. and that person will of course have an impact on how the “Every Student Succeeds” act is implemented. Regardless of that outcome, I am optimistic that the new act will be positive step forward for the U.S., for our states, and for our local school districts. Best wishes for 2016.
Lynn Vlasman, Supt.
9:00 AM MS BB at Winner Tour.
7:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
7:00 PM Senior FAFSA Meeting 7:00
4:00 PM MS BB vs. Jones Co. (2 games)