May 7th through May 11th is National Teacher Appreciation Week! Hill City School District is grateful for the incredible opportunities our faculty of professional educators provide to our students each day. Through innovative instructional practices in the classroom to coaching and advising extracurricular opportunities, our teachers promote Excellence and Pride for all students along their educational journey. Hill City School District students have shown strong achievement at every grade level on academic assessments and extraordinary talent in the arts and athletics because of the professional dedication and genuine care and concern our teachers show for every student, every day. Thank you for making Hill City School District a great place to learn and grow for every member of our school community!
Hard to believe we are nearing the end of November already! Busy schedules have kept us all engaged in school activities!
At the elementary school, Standards Based Report cards and an innovative Kindergarten - First Grade setting have been implemented. Teachers have designed daily schedules that promote independent, small group, and large group learning opportunities in mathematics and literacy. Our middle school Ranger Time has renewed focus on improving student skills sets in the core academic offerings while improving technology skills by introducing additional coding opportunities. High School students are enrolling in more dual credit courses offered through South Dakota's university and technical schools, and online high school courses offered through the South Dakota Virtual High School. Our Hill City High School faculty provide exemplary core academic and college level coursework delivered right on campus! Our amazing fine arts and co-curricular programs anchor our commitment to a well-rounded education for students at all levels.
It's impressive to see examples of academic and co-curricular activities engaging our students outside of the traditional methods of instruction we as adults experienced as students! It's a start, but we are not done! My leadership goal is to expand the current artifacts defining the new educational space and systemically deliver more opportunities to ALL students at EVERY grade level to personalize their learning experience. We look forward to engaging all stakeholders this year and beyond examining and re-designing our educational programming to mirror the ever changing and global world experienced by our students.My sincere thanks to faculty, administration, families, PIPTO members, and especially our AMAZING students for making 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!
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!