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Supt's On! School District News and Notes!

July 24, 2017
Hello, everyone!  Welcome to Hill City School District and thank you for checking out Supt's On! A feature of my webpage offering news and notes about the great things happening here at Hill City School District! Thank you for visiting this site, and I hope to provide you with meaningful updates and information throughout the course of the 2017-2018 academic year.  

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2017-2018 Ready to Begin!

We are getting closer to the BIG DAY with the new school year officially starting on Monday, August 28th! Be sure to view our district calendar as we have many activities the week of August 21! Open house opportunities are set for August 24th for both the elementary and middle school. Celebrate the dedication of the new elementary playground synthetic lawn on August 24th at 5:30 p.m. at the playground! Our sincere thanks to all who made this wonderful project a reality for our elementary students to enjoy!
Sixth through twelfth grade students may check out their PC's this week. Please start this process with the middle school or high school secretary as payment and paperwork must be completed with them prior to picking up your PC.
A reminder to update your Infinite Campus contact information if phone numbers or email addresses have changed. You can do this remotely through the website or by calling your child's building secretary.
Our district website is the best place to go to and learn more about events, activities, and news!  Download our school district app for push notifications and a direct link to our full website! Instructions for your Android and Apple devices are on the main page of our district section.
Feel free to contact me or our building principals with questions!  GO RANGERS!

August 28th First Day of 2017-2018 School Year!

The end of summer is fast approaching! Hill City School District students had some great summer enrichment opportunities planned by wonderful faculty members! We look forward to seeing you all in August for many events preparing us for the first day of school, Monday, August 28th! Our school website is updated with 2017-2018 school year information. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to serving your family during the 2017-2018 school year! Thank you so much for your partnership making the Hill City School District a great place to learn and grow!

It has been nice to see milder weather recently! Just a reminder to log into your Infinite Campus portal to update any phone numbers or email addresses to receive district information if the weather turns on us again! I also like to send out emails with district information through IC Messenger. The Infinite Campus app and Hill City School District app are great ways to receive real-time student information including grades, attendance, food service, as well as activities and events. An Infinite Campus portal link is also located on our district website.

Hill City PIPTO continues to plan exciting events during the school year! The elementary school Dr. Seuss Carnival is set for February 24th and be sure to have your child register for the 8th Annual Hill City All Schools Science Fair held March 8th and March 9th. We are so grateful to PIPTO members and volunteers who organize amazing opportunities to engage families with activities that make our school district a great place to learn and grow!

Planning for the 2017-2018 school year is well underway! An important artifact to all school districts is the school calendar. The board of education will be taking action on a two-year calendar cycle at the March 20th meeting. We would like your feedback on the two calendar options being reviewed so please be sure to click on the link to the proposed calendars in the RECENT NEWS section of our website. Our philosophy of year round educational opportunities continues as we are actively planning Summer 2017 activities for students in all grade levels. More information will be sent out to families in the coming months. An exciting time as we plan and prepare for next school year!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve your family!

It’s exciting to have the second half of our school year well underway! We’re very proud of new after school programs at the elementary school this year with the recently completed Kindergarten Academy and a new 5th grade Algebra Academy set to begin soon.  The high school and middle school are finding great success with student achievement data captured through the NWEA - Measure of Academic Progress (MAP). This formative assessment platform provides our faculty with powerful student information assisting them in the development of meaningful classroom lesson plans.

Our organizational focus now turns toward planning the 2017-2018 academic year. Central office administration and building administrators are working with faculty on topics that include curriculum review, budget requests, as well as summer program opportunities. Please be sure to check our website for information. You will also receive district emails with links to 2017-2018 programs and calendars.

Our partnership with parents and guardians is vital to student success! Please be sure to visit with your child’s building level principal and teachers throughout this semester! Although we have many ways to deliver student information electronically, we value time in person with you to discuss your child’s progress.  Thank you for making Hill City School District a great place to learn and grow!

Winter Weather Preparedness!

It's not beginning to look a lot like Christmas with this fantastic Fall weather we have been experiencing! But we should be ready when the snow and cold weather do set in sometime this year! 
The South Dakota Department of Education provided school administrators with the following message. Winter weather preparedness. The Department of Public Safety has asked us to share resources related to winter weather preparedness – one of which is the annual Winter Weather Preparedness Guide. In addition, DPS  has created a downloadable winter storm preparedness book featuring the mascot, Tommy the Turtle. Hill City School District also wants to remind everyone to be prepared and wear/pack appropriate cold weather clothing for travel to and from school and as students transition among buildings throughout the day!
The decision to call off or adjust the school day due to weather is an important decision for school superintendents. Consulting with our bus shop manager, district maintenance supervisor as well as state and county highway department officials begins very early in the morning or possibly the night before when potentially poor weather is forecast to come our way.  We are so lucky to have many dedicated professionals in our area working hard to keep our roads safe for school, economic activity, and winter recreational activities! I'm honored to work with all of them, day or night,  to make the best decision possible regarding travel to and from school. 
When potentially poor weather is forecast to impact our area and I've made the decision to adjust the school schedule for the day, you'll receive word via Infinite Campus Messenger - voice, text, and email. In terms of late start or school cancellation, I will make that determination and send notification to you no later than 5:45 a.m.- frequently you'll hear my voice as your wake up call around 5:15 a.m.-5:30 a.m.! Information regarding no school, late starts, and early dismissals will also be posted on our school district website, school app, and through media outlets that include KOTA, KELO, KEVN. 
Let's enjoy this fantastic weather right now but take some time to think about and prepare for Winter Weather around the corner! Thank you so much!

Safe Schools Week: Oct 16 - Oct 22

Each and every day our faculty and administration are dedicated to providing the best educational climate and culture for our students. Building a positive culture for learning requires many attributes that include: professional and highly skilled cadre of faculty members, meaningful curricular and co-curricular opportunities at all levels, well maintained buildings, as well as safety and security protocols.

October 16th- 22nd is America’s Safe Schools Week. Our board of education, administration, and faculty take the responsibility for school safety very seriously. We have board policy and building level procedures in place focused on response measures to several safety issues that we hope may never occur. Our teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators take great care to provide optimal supervision of students during the day. We practice fire drills as well as lock down drills multiple times during the school year. Access to our facilities during the day is controlled via video/audio door entry systems. The district also maintains strong relationships with local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders. We are very grateful for the incredible women and men who serve our community in their roles as First Responders!

One of the best methods to promote a safe environment for our students is simple – If you see something or hear something -- SAY something. Teachers and administrators will immediately follow up on any threatening statement or action with an appropriate level of response that may include assistance from law enforcement personnel.

By working together, we can recognize each and every week as a Safe Schools Week in Hill City School District. If you have any questions or concerns regarding school safety, please feel free to contact me or any building administrator. Thank you so much for all you do making our district a great place to learn and grow!

The first few weeks of school have zoomed right by! Homecoming Week has been exciting!  Congratulations to our Homecoming Court! My thanks to Mrs. Roth-Buschur, our student council members, as well as faculty and students at all buildings for making this week a wonderful time!
A few highlights so far this year. Enrollment is holding level compared with last year at roughly 500 students. Hill City School District has met the requirements as a "progressing" school district under the state School Performance Index. Look for your child's state assessment data to be mailed directly to you. Attendance plays one of the most important roles in the academic success of children.  We value and encourage daily attendance, but we realize some absences are unavoidable due to illness.

We look forward to a strong partnership with you this year! Thank you for helping us make Hill City School District a great place to learn and grow!

It was wonderful to see everyone on our first day of school! Let's keep that excitement going by working together throughout the year to encourage student success! 
Although there are two scheduled Parent Teacher Conference dates on the calendar, we encourage parents and guardians to schedule  visits in person with your child's teacher(s) throughout the school year. We can stay in touch electronically too!  Our school district website includes a SUBSCRIBE tab on classroom websites where parents, guardians, and students can register to receive classroom updates. The Infinite Campus website portal and app (available via Google Play Store)  are also great tech tools for quick access to your child's grades, attendance, and lunch balance.
We look forward to bringing you up to date student information via electronic means and value the opportunity to "connect" in person too!  See you at school!

2016-2017 Ranger Activity Passes Available Now!

2016-2017 activity passes are available in the district office!  Please stop by between 8am and 3pm to purchase your season pass! Go Rangers!
  • Regular season event ticket price: $3.00 for K-12 students, $5.00 for adults;
  • $1.00 Hill City School District student K-12 advanced purchase ticket
  • Adult Season Pass: $50.00
  • Student Season Pass: $25.00
  • Free Senior citizen passes will be issued upon request for those 62 years of age or older.
  • Playoff event admission prices according to SDHSAA guidelines.

Parents and Guardians! Stay in touch with classroom teachers through the Subscribe feature on our new website! You'll receive up to date information when a teacher posts new content! Find your child's teacher in the About Us section in each school building and select the  Faculty Directory drop down menu, select the teacher, and then fill out the information once you click the Subscribe button.  Feel free to subscribe to administrator pages as well! Thank you!

The 2016-2017 athletic/event calendar is available on the website. You can view by the month or print out the year. Dates, locations, times are subject to change. Each building will also have its own calendar with updates throughout the year. Thank you!

Back to school in a little over a month! A link to the elementary school supply list is on our district homepage. The middle school supply listed is uploaded to the middle school website. See you soon!

Hill City School District---“Instilling Excellence and Pride!” Our board of education, faculty, and administration is dedicated toward providing outstanding educational services along every step of our students’ educational journey! Preparing college and career ready students requires exemplary Kindergarten through high school academic and co-curricular experiences focused on continuous improvement.

Hill City School District is proud to be an AdvancED accredited school system. The leadership decisions made at all operational levels are focused on systems for continuous improvement. Focusing our efforts in this manner has resulted in each of our schools earning “Progressing” status under the state of South Dakota’s School Performance Index (SPI) model. Our desire is to never settle for average but strive for excellence in all we do. The building level programs noted in the schools section of this website highlight our focus on continuous improvement to provide the best academic and co-curricular programs for students.

We’re proud of our faculty and immensely grateful for the incredible level of support offered by patrons of the Hill City School District. Successful schools are built on strong partnerships! Our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone for making our school district a great place to learn and grow!