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Building A Successful Business Takes More Than Good Luck ADRIENNE MCKEOWN, PRESIDENT, HARRISBURG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE For many people, especially those with young children in the house, each month seems to be characterized based on the holiday celebrated within it. And as you might suspect from our last name, during this month of March, my children of Irish descent will undoubtedly come up with new ways to attempt to trap that elusive leprechaun who visits our home each St. Patrick’s Day. As we celebrate the luck of the Irish this month, though, I realize that luck really has very little to do with anything, especially when it comes to running a successful business. Common sense tells us that strategy, planning, and hard work are three key ingredients, but joining your local chamber of commerce is also a great way to help your business succeed. Why does joining the chamber matter? In a study conducted by The Schapiro Group and Market Street Services, researchers found that most consumers (59%) think that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. Furthermore, the study found that it increases consumer favorability of a business by 44%, increases consumer awareness by 51%, increases local reputation by 57%, and increases the likelihood of future patronage by 63%. Bottom line, if you’re a member of the local chamber of

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commerce, consumers are more likely to know about you, trust you, and do business with you. Here in Harrisburg, we run our chamber memberships on a calendar year basis, meaning that now is the time to join or renew your membership to get the most out of 2017. What benefits can you expect to receive? Among many others, you will receive complimentary tickets to member luncheons and mixers ten times each year as well as to the annual meeting. These are great places to meet your fellow Harrisburg business owners and share ideas as well as hear first-hand the latest business and community updates. You’ll also be listed on the chamber’s website business directory so residents can easily find you and your business. This is a great perk for our homebased businesses who do not have a storefront to attract customers. Additionally, as a chamber member, you’ll have exclusive rights to additional advertising opportunities and will be recognized at highly attended community events such as the upcoming Easter Eggstravaganza. (More details about this event can be found within this issue.) Joining the chamber really does make good business sense. And I can tell you that, in Harrisburg, we are lucky to have some of the most reasonable chamber membership fees in the area. We invite all business owners—small or large; storefront or home-based; those specializing in retail, non-profit, industrial, or service fields—to join us as members of the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce. Simply call Alysia Simunek at City Hall (743-5872, ext. 1) for a membership packet. We look forward to welcoming your business into the Harrisburg Chamber and wishing you much “luck” with your business endeavors.

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Snow Alert Policy The City of Harrisburg will declare a “Snow Alert” when an accumulation of 2” is either forecast for the city or should the city have no prior forecast warning, when the snow plows are dispatched. This could also include blowing or drifting snow that would require plowing. The City has been issuing snow alerts with a beginning and ending time to help residents know when it is safe to park on the street again without being subject to ticketing and towing. No parking on city streets allowed during the snow alert times. Obstructing snow removal and street cleaning: No vehicle shall be parked in such a manner or for such a period of time as to unreasonably interfere with or obstruct the removal of snow from, or the cleaning of, the streets in the city. Blowing, pushing, shoveling or placing snow onto the roadways is not permitted. Ticketing could begin any time after the snow alert is issued. Towing of vehicles, trailers and other appurtenances will begin approximately 24 hours after the ticket has been issued. It is each resident’s responsibility to keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice. These policies will be enforced on a per-call basis. Please exercise common sense during the winter plowing season and respect the plows. In the event of a Snow Alert, the City will notify the following: Activate a CodeRED Emergency Alert (voice, text, email) Published on our City Website: Results Radio KELO TV KSFY TV

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Happy Birthday, Mary! Mary Hudson of Harrisburg (rural Sioux Falls) will celebrate her 80th birthday on March 19th. Birthday greetings may be sent to 26888 SD Highway 11, Sioux Falls, SD 57108.

It’s A Hard Knock Life
 MIA ADAMS With the end of the one act production of Anne of Green Gables, the drama team moves on to their next production with the hit musical Annie, the story of an orphan girl, Annie, that lives in an orphanage, which is run Miss Hannigan, and eventually finds herself in the home of famous billionaire, Mr. Warbucks. Kailey Bechtold will be playing the part of Annie; Mr. Warbucks will be played by Parker Brown, and Miss Hannigan will be played by Kyja Norris. Annie is not only about a story of an orphan girl learning about family and life but also about people’s ability to change each other for the best. In any theatrical production, there will be challenges the cast will face, and according to director Mandy Berg, “The students and staff here involved in this show are also involved in many other activities- this means that it is very rare to have everyone at a rehearsal (until we get close to show time), which definitely makes things more difficult. Also, I am due to have a baby in about 4 weeks, so that will also be a challenge for everyone involved. Luckily, I work with very hardworking and dedicated students and staff, so I know that all will go well in the end!”. Annie is filled with singing and dancing; however, Annie also brings into account what type of world Annie and the people, at the time, were living in. When the musical was created, CONTINUED ON PAGE 9, SEE ANNIE THE TIGER TIMES • MARCH 2017 • PAGE 4

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High School Hoop, There It Is! CALE MURPHY “Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be grateful. Conceit is self-given; be careful” -John Wooden. That was a quote given by Coach Langerock, Harrisburg Boys Basketball coach, about this year’s Harrisburg Boys Varsity Basketball Team. He is very proud of how his team has grown by saying, “We continue to gain understanding what it takes to win consistently. The mentality of knowing what needs to be done on each possession and then applying the ability to carry out the action has really been a process we are proud of with these guys.” Langerock has some leaders on his team; and he expects them to show up every game and to get teammates ready before game time, as he says, “Leadership comes in many forms. We have guys stepping up in all roles. Game night, practice expectations, locker room leadership. Guys all find ways to contribute to this important aspect of our program.” Although their season has been good, BLAIR SLAUGHTER Langerock says that they still have some work to do within their weaknesses, as he Here at Harrisburg High School, there are quite a few says, “Finding consistency on both ends of the floor. The teams that can count on athletes that are going to a college for sports related certain concepts and actions getting done every time they step on the floor, usually reasons. Recently, six senior football players learned that are the successful teams playing in March. We want to be able to build on each choosing the right college takes time and consideration. week’s progress and not have to go back and address issues that need to be fixed. The first football player interviewed is none other than That is the program we are trying to be every day.” Even though they have a great Justis Clayton. Justis likes football, basketball, and lifting program already, Langerock is always looking to better that throughout his players. and plans to attend Northern State University because it He and his guys will still be working and training in the offseason as he states, will be the best fit for his academic and athletic career. The “Our guys are the most committed athletes in the building. They continue to work next question was how Harrisburg High School helped on their craft all year. Post season lifting, shooting workouts, summer Champions him prepare for college and his response, “The skills I program, individual workouts, and team camps are just a start of what these guys have learned from Harrisburg that will help me in college do for their program. I admire their commitment; it is impressive and I respect the are discipline, time management, and work ethic.” heck out of them for it.” Langerock and his other coaching staff expect their players to do well on and off the court at all levels, which is why there is a lot of talent and The next player interviewed was Gage Anderson. Gage plans to major in Criminal Justice at Presentation College, which is a located in Aberdeen South Dakota, potential in this Harrisburg Boys Basketball Team. for a variety of reasons. He explained, “I chose to attend Presentation College because it felt like home from the second I stepped on campus. The faculty was very kind and helpful when I was there and assured me that I would be leaving with the best knowledge that I could receive.” MCKENZIE BEANER In addition, two people committed to DWU; they are Jonah Rasmussen and Tanner With volleyball season wrapped up and basketball Johnson. The reason Jonah chose DWU was because he felt like the coaches season on its way, the Harrisburg community is proud were down to Earth, and they cared for their players. The reason Tanner chose to say that one of our own, Samantha Slaughter, earned DWU was also because of the coaching staff; he felt like family when he was with the South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year Award. them. The next question involved what they think will be hard and easy about the Slaughter has worked her entire athletic career to have transition between high school and college. Tanner noted, “I think the hardest part received this award. The award is given to athletes who about transitioning will be making new friends and learning how to fit everything have outstanding character, athletic excellence, and into my schedule.” Jonah commented, “The hardest transition will just be living on academic achievements on and off the court. To earn this my own and making the right decisions independently.” achievement, Ronette Costain, head volleyball coach, nominated Samantha Slaughter; along with the award, The last player interviewed was Brock Harris, who played safety at Harrisburg, each recipient is given the opportunity to donate one and plans on going to Minnesota State University Moorhead. The reason for his thousand dollars to a charity of choice. Slaughter chose to donate her monetary choice was because he really liked the coaches and environment around the contributions to the Bourassa family. A North Middle School eighth grader, Dylan campus. The next question was how Harrisburg helped him prepared for college. Bourassa was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2016 and continues to His responded, “I’ve matured a lot while I’ve been at Harrisburg and my teachers overcome the resulting battles. She chose Dylan because of his positivity and and coaches have helped prepare me for college.” These people are going to courage, no matter what obstacles he faces. Most recently, Dylan discovered that further their academic and sports careers, and they are growing up to be role he is cancer free. Slaughter has come a long way with her athletic career. Along models for the next generation. the journey, her mother and father, Diane and Shane, have helped their daughter to achieve so much by just being there for her in times of need and to give her advice. Slaughter’s greatest achievements include receiving the Gatorade Player of the Year Award and winning the 2016 State Volleyball Championship. During COLE PATTEN the final game, Samantha Slaughter broke her previous record for number of kills in a game. As senior year comes to an end, Slaughter’s future goals are to dream An event occurred recently at Harrisburg High School that is rarely heard of; Nick Walter played his fiftieth junior varsity basketball game. big and step on the court as she plays volleyball for the Nebraska Huskers next Nick, along with some of his friends, is a junior, multi-sport year. athlete at Harrisburg High School. Walter loves playing basketball, and on Saturday, January 21st, he played a JV basketball game in Aberdeen that would result in a heartshattering defeat and go down in history. After the game ended, Walter shared commentary about both the game and his basketball career in general.

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“I’m really looking to go out there and prove to myself what I’m really capable of,” said Mr. Walter. As you would guess, three years of high level basketball come with a lot of experience. Walter credits his coach, Andrew Klienjan, by saying Klienjan “...really teaches you a lot and helps you get a feel for the game.” When asked about his expectations for statistics, Walter said he “...didn’t have many expectations going into the season because we had a new roster. Overall we all complement each other and I’m not worried about the statistics.” Even though Walter looks pasts the books, it does not take away from his averages on this season. Walter is averaging about ten points a game, shooting around fortyfive percent! About his performance in his fiftieth game, Walter said he “played hard, made plays, but left upset that we didn’t come out on top.” The Harrisburg community looks forward to seeing Walter grow both as a person and as a player.

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TIGERS FINISHING SEASON STRONG As the girls’ basketball season wraps up, the team continues to prepare for post season play. The determined girls are fighting for continued success, and Nick Mayer, the girls’ basketball head coach, says the team is focused on playing their best basketball by the end of the season. “We aspire to play in the state tournament again this year, but we know that it will take our best effort to do so.” The team has an 18-1 record and earned other large accomplishments this year; these include away wins by beating Aberdeen in Aberdeen and beating Pierre in Pierre for the first time since going AA. Mayer states his greatest accomplishments involve the team’s ability to, “become the epitome of a team.” Although the team achieved success, they still faced difficult opponents. “We have a very difficult schedule again this year and that schedule will test our focus, effort, and discipline on a nightly basis.” Mayer emphasized that the team needs to have a positive attitude and a strong effort. While the season wraps up, they will prepare for districts, which will be held from February 24th through March 2nd and State, the team’s ultimate goal, which will be held from March 16th through March 18th in Rapid City. ARTICLE COURTESY: JENIAH UGOFSKY



With each passing semester at Harrisburg High School, new classes arrive into students’ schedules. One of these new classes for the 16-17 school year was Intro to Programming, a class where students learn python, a simple but powerful programming language; in addition, they also learn how to break down problems and solve them through the python

Intro to Programming is taught by two teachers: Mr. Reece and Mr. Fox. The class is offered before school, a “zero hour” class, because they both have full time jobs at Zuercher Technologies. Having it before school allows them to keep their full-time jobs and teach the class to HHS students. The class began in the Fall 2016 semester with eighteen students enrolled in the course. It is offered to a range of any freshmen to senior that has already taken Algebra I. Intro to Programming is excellent for students that are looking for an interesting class that teaches them new ways to problem solve through an unconventional method.


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With the spring track & field Dylan Bourassa is a 13-year-old 8th grader at season approaching, let’s look Harrisburg South Middle School. He is smart, athletic, back to the wrestling mat and and has a great sense of humor. Dylan loves to see how the Harrisburg Tigers compete, especially in basketball. In February 2016 made their way through the Dylan suffered a foot injury. When his foot had not season. The Harrisburg Tigers healed after 8 weeks, he went in for more tests. What Wrestling team is coached by doctors initially thought was plantar fasciitis was first year head coach, Chris Malignant Ewing Sarcoma, a very rare cancer that Andre, and first year assistant grows in the bone or soft tissue around bones. After coach, Anthony Tucker, along Dylan underwent several rounds of chemotherapy it with Taite Stauffcher, Tim was determined he needed surgery to remove the Johns, and Lance Smith. cancer. Dylan had his left leg amputated below the When asked about how he and his staff were going knee in September 2016. to prepare their wrestlers for the Regional and State Throughout the entire process, Dylan continues to Tournaments, Tucker said, “We are picking up the demonstrate unwavering positivity. Rarely is he seen tempo of practice, implementing high intensity drills, without his trademark grin. Dylan takes nothing for keeping the kids focused, and doing situational actions granted; he earns everything he gets. The Harrisburg for each guy.” Coach Tucker expects each wrestler to community has rallied around Dylan and the entire show up to practice every day with a mentality to get Bourassa family, using the hashtag #DylanStrong. better. Practicing became a staple of success for the The Harrisburg Boys and Girls basketball programs team late in the season. have teamed up to “assist” Dylan and the Bourassa Wrestling is a long, tough season; it comes with many family this season through a pledge drive called obstacles and a lot of growth. Harrisburg’s first year #DimesForDylan. (The title is a play on words; a assistant, Anthony Tucker, commented, “Our guys “dime” is slang for an assist in basketball.) have grown tremendously throughout the seasons, The #DimesForDylan pledge drive is simple. Donors and they are finally hitting the right spot at the right pledge a specific amount for every assist the time.” He also explained that the team’s biggest Harrisburg Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball obstacle was themselves, and if they lost close teams tally throughout the 2016-17 season. At the matches, it was because of self-inflicted errors. The end of the season, donors will be contacted with the wrestling team focused on cleaning up these errors assist totals and their pledge total. Donors are free and getting over the obstacles before heading into to pledge as little or as much per assist as they like. postseason matches, and the team leaned on a few of One-time donations are also gratefully accepted. As their upperclassman to do so. of February 15th, the varsity teams have combined for When asked who the leaders on the team were and 436 assists! what they contributed to the team, Tucker replied, There is still time to get involved! To become a “Taylor Dalen, Logan Warzecha, and Jacob Hanssen. #DimesForDylan donor, sign up by using the link They balance hard work along with keeping practices located on the Harrisburg High School website. fun for the team.” Taylor Dalen, a senior, along with Additionally, #DimesForDylan is on Facebook and Logan Warzecha and Jacob Hanssen, both juniors, Twitter! Search “DimesForDylan”. You can also email who have each been to the state tournament in for more information. previous years, are expected to make it to the state UPDATE: Dylan finished chemo on January 25th! He tournament in 2017 after successful regular seasons. went through his final scans on February 13th and is Both the players and coaches know how important it is CANCER FREE! He has an appointment near the end to prepare in the offseason, so when asked about the of February for his prosthetic fitting. He remains up to offseason, coach Tucker said, “We will do our best to date on his classwork and plans on returning to South get each wrestler into team camps, technique camps, and Harrisburg’s Champions Lifting program.” Even Middle School soon! after a very successful 2017 season, the Harrisburg Thank you for your continued support of Tiger athletics Tigers Wrestling squad looks to improve and send and thank you for considering #DimesForDylan! more athletes to the state tournament in 2018.

Harrisburg FCCLA Attends And Leads Region VI FCCLA Meeting MRS. TRACY KERN Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter members recently participated in the 2017 Region IV FCCLA Meeting, held at Grace Luther Church in Parker, SD on Monday, January 23, 2017. The theme of the meeting was “FCCLA: Your Road to Leadership.” Workshops were presented by State FCCLA Leadership Team members including Harrisburg’s own, Arianna Feller. Members also had the opportunity to compete in Region VI Quiz Bowl in which participants received first place. Those who placed included: Regan Yseth, Cassidy Rippentrop, Isak Larson, Mariah Stensgaard, and Isabel Roth. These participants advance to state meeting which will be help in early April. Members competing in illustrated talk or career investigation and advancing to state completion include: Arianna Feller, Adam West, Kourtney Gronseth, Layla Davis, Chloe Weisser, and Taylor Kippes. Mariah Stensgaard from the Harrisburg FCCLA Chapter relinquished her duties as Region VI Preisdnet for the 2016-2017 school year. FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is a is a dynamic national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life that are necessary in the home and workplace.


After finally getting through the slower months of the year, the Harrisburg HOSA chapter is ready to dive into getting ready for state and showcasing the events our members have worked months on. March is a busy month getting ready for state, and there is a lot to show for it. On February 27th, our members who had testing events or events that required the round one testing took their exams as a precursor to state. Liberty Elementary held a Science Fair that some of our members volunteered at and did mini experiments to provide entertainment while the judging was going on. March 20th is the showcase, where everyone competing at state from our local chapter presents what they have been working on to parents, friends, and other various community members, and it is open to the public. On March 27th, a guest speaker came in and talked to our members about mental health and what that looks like. Workday Wednesdays also occurred every Wednesday in March leading up to state. Workday Wednesdays are days where our members could finish up and polish their events after school and seek help to make sure they are truly prepared for what will happen at state. Overall, our chapter is busy preparing for state in April and showcasing what we have all been working on!

8th Grade Career Fair Held At HHS MRS. TRACY KERN On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the Harrisburg FCCLA chapter along with SMS, NMS, and high school counseling departments, hosted a 8th Grade Career Fair. Career Fair was designed to give students exposure to careers in the different 16 Career Clusters. There were over 40 guest speakers present along with feature speaker, Dr. Dave Kapaska, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan. Photos: Manufacturing, Human Services, and Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources speakers spoke about their career in selected career clusters.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4, ANNIE it was meant to be based around the decade,1930’s, and in this decade we saw people dealing with the stock market crash and its effect. Since the cast will spend the next couple months together working on Annie, director Mandy Berg commented on what she hope the cast will learn, “All students are at a different place in their theatrical journey- my hope is just to bring them to that next rung on their own personalgrowth ladder. I also hope that they make some new friends along the way and have fun in the process!” A lot of people enjoy musicals because of the singing

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and dancing; however, musicals also contain stories that a lot of people can relate to. With the drama department focusing on such a big show, I asked Mrs. Berg what she had planned next, “Right now, I am just focused on this musical, so I am not sure what next year will bring. I can tell you that due to too many Spring conflicts, the musical will be moving back to the Fall/Winter next year.” Annie performance dates include April 6, 7, and the 8, in the Harrisburg High School PAC at 7 PM.

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Join Team EZ! Emmett Zorr of Harrisburg, SD was born in 2011 and already has faced more health related challenges than most adults will face in an entire lifetime but yet he has shown unmatched strength and courage. Join the Harrisburg Boys Basketball Team who have focused fundraising efforts to help the Zorr family in regard to Emmett’s extensive medical expenses. Visit: https://www.gofundme. com/emmett-zorr-team-ez-battle-cancer for more information and to donate to Emmett’s cause!

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Eleven Harrisburg students attended the 2017 South Dakota Junior Honors Choir in Rapid City on January 20th and 21st. The students involved included ten students from North Middle School and one student from Harrisburg High School. Attending the women’s honors choir were Grace Starr, Ellysia McElroy, Natalie Pepper, Rachel Roach, Jaydyn Fikse, Anna Yee, Abigail Beaumont and Jordyn Osmond. The women’s choir was under the direction of Martha Shaw. Participating in the mixed ensemble were Noah Norwine, Kobey Mammone and Jada Smith. Vic Oakes from Chattanooga, TN was the guest conductor for the mixed choir. These choirs are sponsored and the South Dakota Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and will performed as part of their annual Mid-Winter Conference. The South Dakota Choral Directors Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and opportunities in choral music for its members and the singers they serve. Selection for each of these choirs is by audition. In the fall of the year, students, whose directors are a member of the organization, are invited to audition for Honors Choirs. Audition tapes are submitted to judges. The choir members chosen are announced in December. The Junior High Honors Choir is comprised of students in grades 7, 8 and 9.


Endeavor Elementary One Book One School LISA M NORRIS Endeavor Elementary kicked off it’s One Book One School with Willy Wonka himself (Mr. Munzke) and several Oompa Loompas. Students entered the assembly with a gateway to the Willy Wonka factory, as the entire school will be reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over the next several weeks.

National Classroom Constitution Winners LISA M NORRIS In the September 12 issue of Scholastic News, we read about the U.S. Constitution and why the document is so important to the American people. Teachers and students across the country were asked to work together to write their very own classroom constitutions. Team Norris accepted the challenge and developed our own constitution based on our core beliefs and things we practice daily. We were very excited when we received a message from Scholastic informing us that we had won this national contest! As one of the three winners, we received a $100-dollar gift card and the prestigious opportunity to be featured on the Scholastic News Web Site. We used the gift card to purchase something for our flexible seating project. We are very honored and ecstatic to have been given this opportunity. Below you will see our Team Norris Constitution. We, the people of Team Norris, want our classroom to be a safe, respectful and inspiring place where students can have the freedom to share their own voice and exceed expectations while making a positive difference in our world.

Staff members read a chapter of the book, and these chapters are then shared daily within each classroom. Students truly enjoy hearing the different staff members read, they all do such an amazing job with voices and expressions! Teachers also make a poster that correlates with the chapter and display it in the commons. When the book is finished, it is represented in full with colorful displays. It’s a great way to have students retell and enjoy the book again. Parents are also able to access the chapters, so they can listen at home and discuss the book with their children. Each week, new decorations, like a chocolate river, dress up days, like wearing violet for Violet, and prizes await the students. The anticipation grows each week! The Library is adorned with the characters from the book and the Specials teachers are also doing projects the correlate with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Mr. Wysong’s PE Class @ Endeavor

The final day, students will be given a ticket to have the chance to win a prize. A student in each grade level, as well as one lucky teacher will find a GOLDEN TICKET and receive the reward! The lessons this amazing story teach us are perfect for our Character Counts expectations. One Book One School is scrumpdillyicious! “We are the music makers and the dreamers of dreams.” Willy Wonka

Here are the most important rules for our classroom: Rule One: SELF: Team Norris will share our own voice, our own choices, embrace our differences, live passionately, and show respect. Rule Two: Make a Difference: Team Norris will stand up to bullying by refusing to do nothing, be kinder than expected, and feed the good wolf. Rule Three: Achieve Highest Potential: Team Norris will set goals, strive for excellence, be engaged, and always ask questions and be curious. Rule Four: Celebrate: Team Norris will celebrate every day, be more awesome, and have fun while we grow.

Freedom Elementary Freedom Celebrates 100 Days Of School MRS. MATHIESEN & MS. STETTNICHS The third grade students at Freedom are loving the weather, even if there are no snow hills to play on. Our year has been going incredibly fast. We enjoyed a performance from the Harrisburg South Middle School, a magic show, and had the 100th day of school. In Math we have been learning about multiplication and division, and continue to brush up on our addition and subtraction. They say practice makes perfect so we keep practicing! In Reading we have been reading Beverly Cleary books. Did you know she is over a hundred years old? She is an amazing author! We have also been reading Roald Dahl books like the BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He has such a great way of making us visualize his books. In Social Studies we learned a lot about Harrisburg and the way our community


has changed. We looked at graphs that showed growth, and visited the Harrisburg website to see who runs our city government. In Science we just finished learning about animals and their habitats. Each student researched an animal and gave a presentation. Soon we will be getting ready to take our Smarter Balance test. As you can see there is a lot to do in third grade.


Journey Elementary Sugar Shock Presentation BROOKLYN GROSS, HHS STUDENT Photo Credits: Mrs. Stephanie Brooks, Journey Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher Brooklynn Gross from Harrisburg High School FCCLA presented her Sugar Shock project to the second graders at Journey Elementary on January 24. The students guessed how many teaspoons of sugar were in Mountain Dew, apple juice, and Gatorade. They were surprised to learn that a 24oz Mountain Dew contained twenty-three teaspoons of sugar—more added sugar than a person should consume in three days. Afterwards, the students drew pictures of their favorite healthy foods and beverages.

Nutrition Pellets Or Actual Pancakes? TONDA KIRTON The fifth grade students in Mrs. Kirton’s classroom gave a thumbs up as they feasted Thursday morning on the real deal. The Journey’s Reading Curriculum Leveled Readers, features a story for week 17 entitled Pancakes. The story, written by Diane G. Silver, is set in the future when society eats nutrition pellets from NCs. (Nutrient Condensers). Society, in the story, views cooking or sitting down with family members as an impractical use of time; they eat pellets which are convenient, highdensity, and highly-nutritious. “They are guaranteed to keep you happily fueled for a minimum of seven hours.” As students read on, the main character’s grandmother remembers a time when people ate food, and her favorite food memory was pancakes. They visit an area that still uses the “backward practices” of preparing food, and they discover how much fun one has when cooking and eating with others. Syrup and butter added to the flavor. “I could eat eight of these!” declared Joey, one of the fifth grade students.


Dimes For Dylan Pledge The #DimesForDylan pledge drive is simple. Donors pledge a specific amount for every assist the Harrisburg Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams tally throughout the 2016-17 season. At the end of the season, donors will be contacted with the assist totals and their pledge total. Donors are free to pledge as little or as much per assist as they like. One-time donations are also gratefully accepted. As of February 15th, the varsity teams have combined for 436 assists! Contact

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The South Dakota Youth Track and Field Championship meet will be held at Harrisburg High School on Saturday, May 20 for any youth born 2003-2011. Please go to our website: for more information on events your son and/or daughter can compete in this spring. The annual Tiger Nation Golf Outing will kickstart Harrisburg Days weekend with an 8am shotgun start at Spring Creek Golf Course on Friday, June 9. Shout out to our All-State Band member Garrett Buchanan as he will be marching for The Pride next year in the South Dakota State University marching band, Garrett is son of Tiger Nation members Aaron and Kelly Buchanan. Keep up the great work Class of 2017!

Issue 31 march 2017  
Issue 31 march 2017