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Chamber members meet each month at local businesses in Harrisburg.

Resolving to Build a Better Business Community

This year’s seniors will be the last to graduate from the campus of Harrisburg High School. The board voted on January 15th to move the graduation venue for future classes to a larger location, namely the Sioux Falls Arena, for the Class of 2019. Class sizes

have increased dramatically over the years, with the Class of 2016 at about 166 and the Class of 2017 at 178. This year’s seniors and the next few to follow are well over 230. This year’s sixth grade class is double that size.With numbers like that, the math just doesn’t add


Adrienne McKeown, President, Harrisburg Economic Development corp. & Chamber of Commerce I was recently reading an online article when I came across a somewhat startling—yet not all that surprising—fact. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. I’m sure there are many reasons why this happens, but instead of focusing on the failure, the article mentions that one way to help ensure success is to enroll in a class related to your goal. I suppose the logical

connection is that participating in a class will provide accountability, give you milestones for progress to keep working towards, and so on. However, it also caused me to think about the role the Harrisburg Chamber plays in helping our business community achieve goals throughout the year. In 2017, we had 115 businesses and organizations join the Harrisburg

Chamber of Commerce. This surpassed the 100-member goal the board of directors had set, outpaced similar communities of our size in the region, and showed tremendous growth over the past few years since the chamber was formed. We have members who are self-employed business owners with a payroll of one all the way up to large manufacturing companies shipping products all over the country. And while surpassing




History in the Making Jane Klemme

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Harrisburg High School Gymnastics hosted its first ever home gymnastics meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018. The meet was held at Wings Gymnastics Academy, located near Horizon Elementary School in southeastern Sioux Falls. The Tigers played host to Wagner and Montrose high schools. Approximately 200 fans were on hand to witness Tiger history in the making. Bleachers were borrowed and brought in for the event. The athletes spent time warming up and at 6:00 PM the competition got started. The evening’s events included vault, uneven bars, beam and floor routines. An athlete participates in just one, or multiple events, depending on where her talents best shine. Harrisburg’s first gymnastics team consists of athletes from high school and both middle schools (7th and 8th grades) in the district. They meet for practice each day at Wings Gymnastic Academy. Head coach is Stephanie Hovda and assistant coach is Samantha Thorne. “The girls were so excited to compete in front of their home crowd, and show their friends and classmates how much they have

worked and improved in just 2 ½ months,” stated Hovda”.

Results of Harrisburg’s first gymnastics home event:

For many of the fans in the stands at the first home event there was much to learn. Music and melody filled the air as gymnastics took the floor. Most interesting to novice fans was how time spent waiting was never wasted. While judges and scorekeepers added up the final scores, the gymnasts seized the moment in polite competition to discover who could stand on her head the longest. Perhaps “standing on her head” is not an appropriate description of a handstand but as with every new sport, we do the best we can. Discussion around the high school this season has everyone wondering what to call starting time for gymnastics events. With basketball we ask one another, “What time is tip-off?” With football it’s, “When is kick off?” So, with gymnastics, is it what time is flip off?


“Call it what you need to,” states Hovda, “We are just having a blast learning a sport that is incredibly new to these girls.”

Jocelyn Kruse Montrose 8.55

Emiy Duffek Wagner 8.5

Joanna Soukup – Wagner 8.3

Lauren Hruby – Harrisburg 8.05

Alcista Dion – Wagner 8.0

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Emiy Duffek – Wagner 8.65

Jocelyn Kruse – Montrose 8.35

Lauren Hruby – Harrisburg 8.35

Ivy Hopkins – Wagner 8.25

Alcista Dion – Wagner 8.25

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Alcista Dion – Wagner 7.0

Bars • Jocelyn Kruse – Montrose 8.35 • Emiy Duffek – Wagner 7.8 • Riley Buus – Harrisburg 7.65 • Joanna Soukup – Wagner 7.1 • Lauren Hruby – Harrisburg 6.95 Megan White, senior, does a vault at a recent home meet at Wings Gymnastics Academy in Sioux Falls. JON KLEMME



Public Safety

The City of Harrisburg contracts with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. In case of an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency calls, dial 605-764-2664 for dispatch.

City Contact Information Mayor: Julie Burke-Van Luvanee 605-767-5012

Keep your garage doors closed at night and when not at home. If you keep your vehicle outside, keep it locked. Speed limits in residential areas are 20 mph, please remember to SLOW DOWN. Reminder: Any chance of two inches of snow or blowing snow may trigger a snow alert, all vehicles should be removed from city streets to avoid ticketing and towing!! HELP!Line Center is available 24 hrs. a day/7 days a week for any personal or family crisis. Dial 211

Ward I Alderpersons: Ryan Berg 605-767-5006

Upcoming Events FRI, FEB 2 7PM Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs Brookings (Home) SAT, FEB 3 7PM Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs Brandon Valley (Home) Mon, FEB 5 6PM City Council Meeting, Liberty Community Room SAT, FEB 10 Show Choir Competition 5:15PM Girls & Boys Basketball Doubleheader vs. Huron (Home) THU, FEB 15 - MON, FEB 19 No School, City Offices Closed - President’s Day TUE, FEB 20 6PM City Council Meting, Liberty Community Room 7PM Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. O’Gorman (Home) WED, FEB 21 Deadline for Ads & Articles thu, feb 22 7PM Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Sioux Falls Lincoln (Home) FRI, FEB 23 5PM Deadline for Filing a City Council Nominating Petition

Ryan Wolbrink 605-767-5089 Ward II Alderperson: Vacant Ryan Olson 605-767-5034 Council Meetings: City Council meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Liberty School Board Room unless announced otherwise. If a meeting falls on a City holiday, typically the meeting will be rescheduled for another date. City Website:

CodeRED is a FREE emergency notification service provided to all residents within City of Harrisburg that will notify you of emergency information through phone calls, text messages, emails, social media and the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. The system will be used to keep you informed of local events that may immediately impact your safety. As a local resident, the City of Harrisburg encourages you to take action and register your cell phone for this service and verify your home location during the enrollment process so we may target notifications that directly impact your home or business.

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City Offices Locations/Hours City/Finance Office: 301 E Willow Street 605-743-5872 Monday – Thursday – 7am – 5pm Fridays – 8am – 12pm City Maintenance: 801 S Prairie Street Monday – Friday – 8am – 5pm Police - Lincoln County Sheriff Dispatch (Non Emergency): 764-2664 Emergency – 911 HELP!Line – 211 SD One Call – 811 Post Office: 743-2791 Community Library: 767-7910

The Harrisburg Times 1300 W Willow St. • Harrisburg, SD 57032 605.743.2567 x 6143 JoAnne VerMulm, Editor The Harrisburg Times is made possible with the generous support of the following entities: The Harrisburg School District The Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce The Harrisburg Economic Development Corp.

Publicly submitted articles do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or beliefs of the Harrisburg School District. The Harrisburg School District has the right to decline publication of advertisements and/or articles that are deemed inappropriate for publication in the Times.


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605-331-6600 || CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1, GRADUATION up anymore. “To calculate guests, we usually multiply graduates by 10,” Mr. Rollinger, HHS principal says. The HHS Gymnasium legally holds 3,000 people but comfortably holds about 2,800. Graduates, staff, and performers alone put count at about 350 before guests arrive. Mr. Rollinger says, “Our first option was to limit the number of guest for each graduate. Rather than have family members miss this meaningful day, we looked to a bigger venue.”

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Area Food Pantry Feels Vehicle Batteries the Love from Harrisburg Need Testing Students, Residents and Businesses During every South Dakota winter we all have the same question, will my battery “die”?

Thank you to the Harrisburg community for your generous support of the Harrisburg Area Food Pantry! From the students, families and teachers of the Harrisburg School district, local families and local businesses including donations from our new Fareway, your generosity has been outstanding! Harrisburg is truly a community with a caring heart!

We are located at 203 Prairie St in Harrisburg. Hours of operation are every Tuesday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM and the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 10:00 AM – noon or by appointment. In the event of a food emergency, we can be reached at (605) 929-0599.

Our immediate needs are: Coffee, Flour, Cleaning Products, and Canned Tomatoes of all varieties.

A gift of your time is always welcome! Food donations can be dropped at the pantry during normal hours of operation, left in the donation box in front of the building or dropped at Meraki Salon on Willow Street in Harrisburg. Monetary donations can be mailed to the Harrisburg Area Food Pantry, PO Box 456, Harrisburg, SD 57032. Special arrangements can be made by calling (605) 9290599. Thanks for your support!

Farm or Business Succession on Your Mind? Reserve your seat today for a free, informational workshop about business succession strategies and planning tools. Whether you’re a current or future business owner, this event can help you evaluate your situation and objectives. Please join us for a free workshop to learn more about how to (1) Keep your business or farm in the family for the next generation (2) Use cutting edge techniques to protect your estate and business assets; reduce or eliminate unnecessary taxes (3)Distribute business assets to your children active in the business; maintain fairness for your other children (4) Continue to enjoy the privileges and potential of family business ownership in the next generation

(5) And more, with time available for questions and discussions. The workshop will be held at the Meadow Barn at Country Orchards, 1690 Willow Street West in Harrisburg SD. Doors will open at 6:00pm, with Guest Speaker, Evan D. Anema, Attorney at Law with Estate Planning Solutions Law Firm starting at 6:30pm. Event is sponsored by Amber Steinberg, Agent with American National Insurance; Tracy Gran and Cathy Schmitt, Financial Services Professionals with Bloom Financial Services. Please RSVP to 605-767-1640 or

Batteries were introduced in 1912 to supply power to a new invention, electric starters. This eliminated the need for drivers to manually hand crank the starter to start the vehicle.  The demands placed on batteries soon expanded to powering headlights, horns, wipers, and radios.  Today, air conditioning, heating, steering, and braking systems are powered by the battery and alternator, not to mention onboard digital consoles, semi-autonomous navigation systems and in-car WiFi receivers. 

Most vehicle batteries contain lead plates and sulfuric acid that create a chemical reaction. The chemical reaction produces electricity which is stored in the battery for use when you need it. This power is used to start and run the vehicle. While it’s running your alternator recharges the battery so it’s ready the next time you need to start your vehicle. We usually think cold temperatures kill batteries but it’s actually heat that does the most damage. Heat makes the chemical reaction inside the battery too aggressive causing corrosion of the internal plates so they hold less charge. In cold temperatures the power necessary to start the engine increases due to thicker motor oil and cold parts.


The damage done in the summer becomes apparent in the winter, batteries die in the summer but are buried in the winter. Inactivity can also damage your battery. Sulfate builds up on the lead plates when the battery is discharged or undercharged. This forms a barrier that prevents the plates from accepting and holding a normal charge. Over time, this causes a loss of storage capacity and the battery in weakened. Here’s a few tips to make your battery last longer. Avoid parking in the sun during summer months. Excessive heat causes damage which inhibits the chemical process that charges and discharges your battery. Use the vehicle. Driving it regularly and for at least 15 minutes keeps the battery charged and avoids sulfate build-up on your lead plates. If your vehicle will sit for an extended period purchase a “trickle charger” for your battery and keep it plugged in. The strength of the battery is usually measured in coldcranking-amps and can be tested by most automotive service centers. If the battery is weak and doesn’t pass the load test it’s time to consider replacement. A typical battery lasts about 4 years so stay informed by having your battery checked regularly.

The following offices will become vacant due to the expiration of the present term of office or due to the resignation of office of the elective officer: Alderman Ward I – Three Year Term Alderman Ward II – One Year Term

Alderman Ward II – Three Year Term Circulation of nominating petitions may begin on January 26, 2018 and petitions may be filed in the office of the finance officer located at the Harrisburg City Hall, 301 E Willow Street, Harrisburg, SD Lincoln County between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Fridays, central standard time not later than 5:00 p.m. on the 23rd day of February, 2018. Mary McClung Finance Officer

Job Opportunity

The City of Harrisburg, “an equal opportunity employer,” is currently accepting applications for a full time maintenance employee. Duties include but are not limited to work performed in the streets, parks, water and wastewater departments. Mechanical ability and knowledge and experience with all types of equipment are desired. Successful applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED Certificate; a safe valid driver’s license and a current CDL or ability to obtain one, and be insurable. Excellent benefit package. Salary is negotiable on experience and qualifications. Position description, information and applications are available at and the Harrisburg City Office, 301 E Willow Street, Harrisburg SD 57032. The full time position will remain open until filled. For more information contact Andrew Pietrus, City Administrator at (605)743-5068 or andrew.

The Dakota Southeastern Division of the NMRA invites you to the 3rd annual:

Greater Sioux Falls Model Railroad Train Show and Swap Meet March 25th and 26th, 2017 Saturday 10:am – 5pm

Sunday 10am – 4:00

Presentations on Railroad history / Railroad songs. Fun for the whole family!

Come buy, sell or trade your model train items. Fun for the whole family!

Located in the Multi-Cultural Center 515 N Main Ave - Downtown

Sioux Falls, SD

Admission: $5.00 per person - Children 12 and under free with paid adult

Additional Attractions: Model Railroad Layouts will be on display for viewing and operating. Visit us:; Facebook: Dakota Southeastern Division of NMRA; Contact us:

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Church Directory Harrisburg Food Pantry Neighbors helping neighbors 203 Prairie St in Harrisburg 6101 S Charger Circle Sioux Falls

Services Held in North Middle School 95th & Western Sioux Falls Sunday, 10am

Sunday Services - 9:30AM, 11:00AM, 6:00PM

Hours of operation: 204 Grand Avenue Harrisburg

Tuesday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM 1st and 3rd Thursday from 10:00 AM – noon.

Sunday, 9 am Traditional 10:20 am Contemporary

Contact: Lanette Schmidt (605) 929-0599

Chapel/Office: 220 S. Cliff Avenue, Suite #126 Harrisburg Sunday Mass: Harrisburg High School, 1300 W Willow Street Harrisburg

Services Held in Perfect Practice 300 Industrial Road Harrisburg

Weekday Mass: Tuesdays 5:30pm Wed - Fri 7:15am @ Chapel Sunday 9:30am @ HHS PAC

Sundays at 10:30am

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DigiGirlz Event for Girls Microsoft invites you to join us for a “Women in Technology” Networking session as part of the Microsoft DigiGirlz event which will be held on March 8th, 2018 from 11:30-2pm hosted at the University Center in Sioux Falls, SD, for girls from 8th -12th grade. During the event, the girls listen to women, like you, as technology executives, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn with hands-on experience in workshops.

It would be our honor to host you, as a guest at this event aimed at encouraging our youth. You will speak to the girls about your life experiences; answer their questions about career paths,

education, and work-life balance as women in technology careers. Following the event, we will host an Executive Social from 2-4pm where you can network with other Women IT Executives in South Dakota. Contact: Nedra Rubendall or call (605)336-0888 to confirm your attendance or for questions. DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives middle and high school girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, connnect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.



Young Inventors Gear Up for the Vex Robotics State Competition at HHS Robotics Students Put STEM Skills to the Test at the South Dakota VEX Robotics State Championship

events worldwide. The season culminates each spring, with the highly-anticipated VEX Robotics World Championship, uniting top qualifying teams from local, state and international VEX Robotics events to crown World Champions.

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Harrisburg students show off their robotics project. Chris Stewart Harrisburg, SD – February 24, 2018 – More than 250 leading e l e m e n t a r y, middle and high school students and mentors from around the state will unite at the Harrisburg High School on February 24 for the 2017-2018 VEX Robotics Competition game, In the Zone, As well as the VEX IQ competition game, Ring Master. The action-packed tournament will feature more than 50 teams who will compete with and against other schools in a series of back-to-back robotics challenges. Participants will compete for the championship title by strategically executing the 2017-2018 VEX

Robotics Competition game, In the Zone, driving robots they designed, built and programmed using VEX EDR. The 2017-2018 VEX Robotics Competition game, In the Zone is played by stacking cones on goals, by scoring cones on mobile goals in goal zones, by having the highest stacks, and by parking robots. This event is one of a series of tournaments taking place internationally throughout the year. VEX Competitions are recognized as the largest and fastest growing competitive robotics programs for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and college aged students around the world. VEX Competitions represent over 20,000 teams from 45 countries that participate in more than 1,500 VEX Competition

“It’s eye-opening to see the robots these students design, build and program each season to compete in the game-based engineering challenge,” said Chris Stewart, Tiger Robotics Director of Harrisburg School District. “The VEX Robotics Competition provides kids with an engaging hands-on learning experience that instills a passion for STEM, and teaches them how to become critical problem solvers, which will serve them well into their future.” The VEX Robotics Competition is managed by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and serves as a vehicle for students to develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management, honed through building robots and competing with like-minded students from the local community. More information about the VEX Robotics Competition is available at RoboticsEducation. org,, and About the REC Foundation The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. Its goal is to provide these programs with services, solutions, and a community that allows them to flourish in a way that fosters the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for students to succeed in the 21st Century. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this work so that one day these programs will become accessible to all students and all schools in all communities. For more information on REC Foundation, visit www.

Amateur wrestler and mixed martial artist Matt “The Hammer” Hamill will speak at Harrisburg High School on Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 7 p.m.

UFC fighter and Deaf Community Advocate to Speak at HHS Amateur wrestler and mixed martial artist Matt “The Hammer” Hamill will speak at Harrisburg High School on Monday, February 5th, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Harrisburg High School Performing Arts Center, 1300 W Willow St, Harrisburg, SD 57032. Hamill, the first-ever UFC fighter from the deaf community, will talk about how he climbed to the top – BEATING THE ODDS. The event is free and open to the public. An ASL Interpreter will be provided for the event. While at Harrisburg High School, Matt will spend time working with students from across the region who are deaf, as well as students enrolled in their American Sign Language I and II courses. Born in Loveland, Ohio, Hamill has been deaf since birth, but has never let this hold him back.

He won three NCAA Division III National Championships at Rochester Institute of Technology, and won gold and silver medals while wrestling in the 1997 Deaflympics. Hamill competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC and was also on Spike TV’s “Ultimate Fighter 3” in 2006. During his career, Hamill has continued to be an advocate for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, and was the subject of the 2010 movie “The Hammer,” about his early life and wrestling career. For more information about Hamill’s presentation, contact Michael Amolins, 6-12 Curriculum Director for the Harrisburg School District, at Michael.Amolins@

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SPA Elementary School Year Camps

March 3rd Have fun learning theatre basics by participating in movement activities, creating original short skits, performing, and playing games! Camps are open to all students in Grades K-5. Sign up for one or multiple! Each camp is $25 per student. Camps will be at the Harrisburg High School PAC from 8:00am-12:00pm. To sign up, call Kami at (605) 215-4914






Math, this time it's personal: Innovative teacher Carla Diede earns a $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Transforming curriculum and student futures at South Dakota's Harrisburg South Middle School

January 04, 2018

SANTA MONICA, Calif., — Students literally flip for Carla Diede's math classes. That's because in her "flipped classroom," students see their lessons online before they show up to class— where they then engage in more active learning. It's just one of several educational innovations Diede is implementing at South Dakota's Harrisburg South Middle School where student achievement is growing by leaps and bounds.

But it was Diede herself who was jumping for joy this morning at an all-school assembly where she was presented with a Milken Educator Award by Don Kirkegaard, South Dakota Secretary of Education and Greg Gallagher, Milken Family Foundation Senior Program Administrator. The national recognition comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. Diede is the only Milken Educator Award winner from South Dakota this year, and is among 44 honorees for 2017-18.

The Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching," has been opening minds and shaping futures for 30 years. Research shows teacher quality is the driving in-school factor behind student growth and achievement. The initiative not only aims to reward great teachers, but to celebrate, elevate and activate those innovators in the classroom who are guiding America's next generation of leaders. Milken Educators believe, "The future belongs to the educated.

Diede is a classroom innovator, prompting her Harrisburg colleagues to often sit in to observe her cutting-edge methods, along with teachers from across the school district. She has also shared her rigorous insights, novel

learning structures and systems with educators statewide as well as in neighboring Minnesota. Thanks to her innovative datadriven personalized instruction plans, student learning is enhanced by high-expectations as well as by directed study, with the result being fully engaged staff and enthusiastic students

"Carla Diede, like all Milken Educators, understands that the path to higher learning is an intensely personal one, and that students must find their way to the truth individually," said Gallagher. "Making math attainable to all, each in their own way, is how she excels—by helping her students learn in idiosyncratic and idiomatic ways. Central to her teaching genius is helping students not only to learn new things, but also to learn them in new ways." "The Harrisburg School District has been a leader in the personalized learning approach, and it takes great teachers like Carla Diede to make that happen," said Kirkegaard. "Carla epitomizes what it means to personalize instruction for, and make strong connections with, students." "Carla just does whatever it takes," said Harrisburg South Middle School Principal Darren Ellwein. "I've worked with her for a number of years, and she has always gone above and beyond for students. She's passionate about her subject matter and finding the most effective ways to use technology to enhance instruction. She is integral in our personalized learning track for our school and district. She leads professional development and supports all our teachers. I'm thrilled to see her recognized with this award."

About Milken Educator Carla Diede

Carla Diede is a pioneer, leading her school, district and state forward in adopting transformational and cutting-edge strategies focused on personalized, student-centered instruction: first as a teacher employing the flipped classroom concept (delivering instruction online to view before class, so students can learn through activity during class), and more recently, with personalized learning (addressing distinct learning needs of individual students). In her afternoon math courses, Diede creates an optimal environment through interactive, hands-on activities that guide the learning process for students, ranging from 8th grade math to 7th/8th grade algebra and geometry. She models how best to differentiate instruction for all learners, facilitating understanding of mathematic concepts and critical thinking. Adequately preparing her classes for secondary-level math studies and proficiency exams, Diede is a task master whose students rise to her high standards, regularly seeing significant gains on the MAP assessment. Diede spends her mornings as a personalized learning coach working with 6th and 7th grade students and their teachers in creating customized, individual learning plans. She coordinates lesson plans with teachers and tracks student learning, modifying school curriculum when needed to address gaps based on her analysis of student data. She helps teachers set self-paced schedules for these learners and pulls students into one-on-one settings or small groups for additional support. She also helps students who are behind on their work and those

struggling to meet the standards set forth in the school's standardsbased grading model. In addition, she meets with educators from other schools when they come to observe the personalized learning program, and she has presented about the program and educational technology at teacher in-services and various state and regional conferences. Diede also serves as a major resource for parents. Understanding where the kids are and giving them what they need to advance, Diede leads the transition for fifth-grade learners and meets with parents so they understand their options of personalized learning versus the traditional middle school setting. Diede earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with an Education Specialization from South Dakota State University in 2007, and her Master of Science in Education from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2011. In 2017, she earned National Board Certification. Milken Educators are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. In addition to the $25,000 prize and public recognition, Diede's honor includes membership in the National Milken Educator Network, a group of more than 2,700 top teachers, principals and specialists dedicated to strengthening education. In addition to participation in the Milken Educator Network, 2017-18 recipients will attend a Milken Educator Forum in Washington, D.C., March 20-23, 2018. Educators will have the opportunity to network with their new colleagues and hear from state and federal officials about maximizing their leadership roles

to advance educator effectiveness. More than $138 million in funding, including $68 million in individual $25,000 awards, has been devoted to the overall Awards initiative, which includes powerful professional learning opportunities throughout recipients' careers. Many have gone on to earn advanced degrees and be placed in prominent posts and on state and national education committees. The Awards alternate yearly between elementary and secondary educators. Unlike most teacher recognition programs, the Milken Educator Award is completely unique: Educators cannot apply for this recognition and do not even know they are under consideration. Candidates are sourced through a confidential selection process and then are reviewed by blue ribbon panels appointed by state departments of education. Those most exceptional are recommended for the Award, with final approval by the Milken Family Foundation. Past recipients have used their Awards to fund their children's education or their own continuing education. Others have financed dream field trips, established scholarships and even funded the adoption of children. About the Milken Educator Awards The very first Milken Educator Awards were presented by the Milken Family Foundation 30 years ago in 1987. The Awards provide public recognition and individual financial rewards of $25,000 to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists from around the country who are furthering excellence in education. Recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish.

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The Tiger Team of the Month

Show Choir

Special of the Month

5 FOOTLONG SUBS The HHS Show Choir is eager for their second year of competition under the direction of Libby Gould and Kami Rasmusson. The Tiger Tones began rehearsing in August for their competition season. The team consists of approximately twenty performers and crew this year. Director Libby Gould says “It is encouraging to see the growth of the program and the enthusiasm that each student brings to the process from beginning rehearsal to the finished product. We are really looking forward to showcasing our talents!” `Their show consists of five

songs which create the program entitled “La La Love Story”. The theme revolves around the storyline of the 2016 hit film La La Land. Costuming is very colorful using red, white, black, and gold elements in a classic 1940’s styling. Audiences are sure to enjoy the swing-style choreography that the students have diligently rehearsed each week. The Tiger Tones season starts with an exhibition performance at HHS on February 10 during the Choir Boosters Stars on Stage Middle School Show Choir competition. The complete

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schedule is as follows:

Feb. 10th “Stars on Stage” Show Choir Competition at Harrisburg High School Feb. 17th “Center Stage Invitational” at Aberdeen Central High School Feb. 24th “Rhythm in Red” Show Choir Invitational at Vermillion High School, March 10th “Best of Show” Competition at Washington HS

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April 7th SDHSAA State Show Choir Competition at Mitchell High School. Story courtesy: Faythe Yerdon

Game of Tiaras:

A Little Shakespeare, A Little Game of Thrones Ellysia McElroy

On January 29th and 30th, the Harrisburg High School Drama Club performed the one act play Game of Tiaras for the first time. If you didn’t see that home performance or the second one the next day, you missed out on a parody of Shakespeare’s King Lear, with Disney princesses and references to Game of Thrones. Royalty Belle, Cinderella, and Snow Queen, Ellie are asked by their father, the king, to describe how much they love him. When Belle gives her father the honest truth instead of embellishing, he banishes her from the kingdom, and her two sisters are left to rule. Hilarity and chaos ensues. The production of this play took much hard work from all the cast and crew. This is a universal fact for these shows, as agreed with by teacher Mr. Smith, the director

of Game of Tiaras, when he said, “The one act is always an intense month of work.” This fervor was only increased by the time crunch; the people involved only had eighteen rehearsals before their first performance. These practices ran from around 3:156:00, meaning they had less than fifty hours total to put this show together. However, Mr. Smith finds “the short rehearsal period to be invigorating.” The students who were a part of the production agree with this sentiment. Evelynn Ducheneaux, playing the Blood Packet Guy, says that it’s the limited rehearsals that make them work so hard. She states that, even despite the cramped work time, she “really enjoyed working and being a part of this production.” Overall, Game of Tiaras was a fantastic experience for the

students. Their eighteen rehearsals were exciting for all involved, and the end product was a sight to see. Putting together this comedy was arduous, but for all those working on it, it was worth it. While the one act production has ended, the Harrisburg High School Drama Club is preparing for their next adventure, putting on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Auditions will be held on Monday, February 12th. All aspiring actors/actresses are encouraged to try out after school in the PAC.

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Life After High School: CTE Paves the Way Career and technical education (CTE) prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education — including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two- and fouryear degrees. 
 CTE is offered in middle schools, high schools, area career and technical centers, community and technical colleges, and other postsecondary institutions. 
 According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, approximately 12 million students participated in secondary and postsecondary CTE programs supported by the Carl D. Perkins Act during the 2010-2011 school year. 
 According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, almost all high school students participate in CTE, and more than half take three or more credits. About 60 percent of college students are involved in CTE programs, and more than 25 percent of the adult U.S. population participates in workrelated training. 
 CTE is at the forefront of preparing students to be “college- and careerready.” CTE equips students with: • core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities 
 • employability skills (such as critical thinking and responsibility) that are essential in any career area 
 • job-specific, technical skills related to a specific career pathway 
 Within CTE, occupations and career specialties are grouped into Career Clusters®. Each of the 16 clusters is based on a set of common knowledge and skills that prepare learners for a full range of opportunities. 
 Further specialization is achieved through comprehensive Programs of Study, which align academic and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of secondary and postsecondary courses, and lead to an industryrecognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree. 
 Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) are an integral part of CTE. CTSOs prepare young people to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities by providing unique programs of career and leadership development, motivation, and recognition for students enrolled, or previously enrolled, in CTE programs. 
 CTE Increases Achievement:


A ratio of one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students 
 dropping out of high school. (Plank et al., Dropping Out of High School and the Place of Career and 
Technical Education, 2005) 

demand fields such as healthcare can average almost $20,000 more a year. (Jacobson et al., Pathways to Boosting the Earnings of LowIncome Students by Increasing Their Educational Attainment, 2009) 

81 percent of dropouts said that “more real-world learning” may have influenced them 
to stay in school. (Bridgeland et al., The Silent Epidemic, 2006)

According to the state of Washington, for every dollar spent on secondary CTE students, taxpayers will receive $9 back. (Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, 2011 Workforce Training Results) 

The more students participate in CTSO activities, the higher their academic motivation, 
academic engagement, grades, career selfefficacy, college aspirations and employability skills. (Alfeld et al., Looking Inside the Black Box: The Value Added by Career and Technical Student Organizations to Students’ High School Experience, 2007) 

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest education

What CTE Courses & Organizations are Offered at HHS? joanne vermulm

Harrisburg High School offers a variety of courses in Career & Technical Education, all of which prepare students for a wide-range of careers and future educational goals. Contact a counselor for details!

Hospitality, Tourism Human Services

CTE students are significantly more likely than their non-CTE counterparts to report 
that they developed problem-solving, project completion, research, math, college application, workrelated, communication, time management, and critical thinking skills 
during high school. (Lekes et al., Career and Technical Education Pathway Programs, Academic Performance, and the Transition to College and Career, 2007) 
 CTE Meets Individual and Community Economic Needs:

Intro to Family & Consumer Science

Nutrition & Wellness • Meal Planning • Culinary Arts I & II • Human Development I & II

According to the BLS, of the 20 fastest growing occupations, 14 require an associate degree or less. Furthermore, of the 20 occupations with the largest numbers of new jobs projected for 2020, 18 require on-the-job training, an associate degree or a postsecondary credential. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition) 
 Sixty-seven percent of respondents in a 2011 manufacturing skills gap study indicated that they are experiencing a shortage of qualified workers overall—with 12 percent reporting severe shortages and 55 percent indicating moderate shortages. CTE plays a vital role in helping American business close this gap by building a competitive workforce for the 21st century. (Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, Boiling Point? The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing, 2011)
 A person with a CTE-related associate degree or credential will earn an average of at least $4,000 more a year than a person with a humanities associate degree—and those with credentials in high-

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Harrisburg also has a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District which provides opportunities for students to take courses at the CTE Academy in Sioux Falls, including:


Academy of Finance

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Health Science

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Organization: FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)

Students at schools with highly integrated rigorous academic and CTE programs have significantly higher achievement in reading, mathematics and science than do students 
at schools with less integrated programs. (Southern Regional Education Board, Linking 
Career/Technical Studies to Broader High School Reform, 2004) 

Business, Management & Administration Organization: DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)

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Transportation ~ Auto Body/ Collision Repair

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State Leadership Teams Focus on Safety, Connecting with SD Businesses Brooklynn Gross


February 12 - 16

FCCLA Week Celebrated at HHS and Nationwide Mrs. Tracy Kern

Harrisburg F C C L A members of the South Dakota association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will join more than 164,000 members in celebrating National FCCLA Week February 12-16, 2018. During National FCCLA Week, members plan and carry out activities to address teen and societal concerns and show how Family and Consumer Sciences education can help them achieve the ultimate leadership experience. Harrisburg FCCLA chapter, 44 members strong, will be promoting activities and programs during the week through a faculty appreciation break, member social, public relation flyer, and fundraising opportunities.

Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective 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. FCCLA has over 164,000 members and over 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945. FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

F C C L A members M a r i a h Stensggard and Brooklynn Gross attended FCCLA Winter Training in Pierre on January third. Mariah and Brooklynn, who each serve on a South Dakota FCCLA State Leadership Team, worked with their team members to prepare for state meeting. Brooklynn’s team, the Current Trends Team, is educating other students about safety. As part of their campaign, members of the Current Trends Team give presentations about safety to other students in their communities. They are also planning to host a self-defense workshop at the FCCLA state meeting in April. Mariah’s team, the Advocacy Team, focuses on connecting with businesses and organizations in South Dakota to gain sponsorships for FCCLA. At state meeting, their team will host a college and career fair for students. Both teams are having a fantastic year and are looking forward to state meeting.

HHS Human Development Students Visit STI Mrs. Tracy Kern

Harrisburg Human Development students (pictured above) visited Southeast Technical Institute Early Childhood Program. Students learned about the importance of

play and specifically about STI’s early childhood program. Before their visit to STI, students visited the Birth Place at Sanford Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.

Family, Career and Community

A Christmas For Everyone

FCCLA members buying gifts for the HHS Angel tree include:.Hannah Healy, Olivia Kern, Rachel Johnson, and Kennedy Post.

Lindsey Thomas, FCCLA Public Relations Officer T h e Harrisburg H i g h School FCCLA chapter would like to thank all individuals that helped with the HHS Angel Tree this past Holiday Season. With the help from students, staff, and community members and organizations, the project was able to help over forty-nine individuals and nineteen families in the Harrisburg Community. All recipients of the HHS Angel Tree were high school students and their families. Again, thank-you to all that participated and donated!

Be a Winner at the Game of Life Harrisburg FCCLA and Middle School Counseling Department Join Forces Mrs. Tracy Kern, Harrisburg FCCLA Advise On Wednesday, December 20th, Harrisburg FCCLA along with the middle school counseling departments held an 8th Grade Game of Life Day.  Promoting career awareness and informing students as to the decisions which await them were part of this handson, real-life simulation called “The Game of Life”. The Game of Life was a simulation that provided students the opportunity to engage in the decision-making that adult life is all about. Prior to the Game of Life Day, students prepared for the simulation by making such essential choices as selecting a career, identifying their marital

status, and the number of children, if any, which they foresee having by age twenty-five. On the afternoon of the 20th, students entered HHS gymnasium armed with a monthly salary corresponding to their career choice and a sheet listing Game of Life stations. The stations roughly corresponded to the real activity of consumers. The goal of each student was to survive one month in the adult world without going bankrupt. In addition to Harrisburg FCCLA hosting event, all Harrisburg Career and Technical Student Organizations (DECA, FFA, and HOSA) assisted with the simulation or hosted a Game of Life workshop.

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MaKoy Ivarsen, HHS senior, presents his final exam for Ms. Kelsey Butler’s Probability and Statistics Class.

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Students in Ms. Kelsey B u t l e r ’s Probability and Statistics Class moved from the front row to the head of the class during finals week. Grading to conclude the semester depended on the outcome of the final exam, which for this class was a presentation assignment. Students were instructed to choose a topic

Harrisburg Trap Shooting Team Right on Target for 2018 Jane Klemme

Two informational meetings will be held at the Harrisburg Legion Hall – the first on Monday, February 19th and Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00 PM. All sixth through 12th graders in the Harrisburg district who are interested in the Harrisburg Trap Shooting Team should make plans to attend with their parents. The deadline to sign up is March 16th.

Gun Club. This year the team will shoot on Monday evenings at 6:00 PM at the Sioux River Sportsman’s Club – Canton, SD. “Having the shooting range closer to Harrisburg should allow us to grow our team,” states Mike Albers, one of the team’s volunteer coaches. Others who help coach the team include Jordan Hefner and Adam Danscissin.

The Harrisburg Trap Shooting Team will begin its second year this spring. Last year 13 students from 6th through 11th grade participated with weekly target shooting at the Garretson

“I got involved last year,” states Hefner, “To help the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts improve his/her trap shooting skills. (This year) I look forward to watching last year’s

competitors emerge as leaders in the sport.” Additional parent volunteers are needed to help with setup and scoring. “With the help of the parents, I believe we will be able to make this year even more fun and successful than last year,” adds Hefner. Teams practice and compete at their home trap range, which helps to keep travel costs low for younger shooters. In head-tohead competition, teams square off at their home range and report their scores on the league’s website. Something unique about the sport of trap shooting – it is

the only high school sport that can host co-ed and adaptive student athletes. The trap shooting team is an HHS club sport, thereby endorsed by the school but not a school funded sport. To find out more information about trap shooting rules, safety regulations, dates and costs of participation, be sure to attend one of the informational meetings on February 19th or February 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Harrisburg Legion Hall.

of interest to research. They reported their findings using pie charts, graphs and other tools they had been taught to plot data. Students were assigned a Tuesday or a Wednesday evening time slot to present their research to their teacher(s), peers, family and community members. “At first, stated first-year teacher, Kelsey Butler, “I could see the intimidation on my students’ faces when I mentioned that the public would be able to come in and view their project/presentation.” The pending presentation motivated the students to work hard. The field (of Probability and Statistics) is about more than analyzing the data. “More importantly,” states Butler, “We want to be able to interpret the data, and then make decisions because of what the data says.” Most students mentioned that it was a lot of fun. They really enjoyed seeing what their classmates had worked on and what they were interested in. “The overall consensus,” mentioned Butler, “Was that they were hoping there would be a larger turnout from the public as well as their teachers. This surprises me,” she added, “That they wanted to present to MORE people, but it shows just how proud of their work they were.

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Ace Zorr heads to the basket against the Yankton Bucks on January 4th in the Tiger Gymnasium.

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Boys Basketball: More Than A Game

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Watertown Recap

Over break the Tiger boys headed to Watertown to take on the Arrows, notching three wins for the program. The varsity got off to a fast start leading 22-5 after the 1st quarter. The lead scorer was Blair Slaughter with 16. Michael Curry and Ace Zorr were fantastic defensively holding down the paint and contesting every shot that gets to the rim. “It’s a great feeling if you are a perimeter player and knowing your teammates have your back,” Coach Langerock said. The boys moved to 4-0 on the season and 4-0 in the ESD conference, but more importantly gaining a road ESD win, which is tough to do in this league.

Yankton Recap

The Tigers hosted Yankton on January 4th in ESD action. Yankton has a very good team with plenty of scoring potential so it was a terrific challenge for the Tigers. At the half, the boys lead 28-26, which had to make the Tigers nervous, but they responded and attacked the rim to start the 2nd half. By the end of the third quarter, the boys and outscored the Bucks 25-13. It was a complete team effort with nine players scoring points and making 11 3-point shots, seven of them in the 2nd half. The Tigers did an excellent job attacking the paint and finding the open man. Ace Zorr (10pts) and Michael Curry (12pts) did a great job of

establishing a post presence and we played off them. Scoring leaders were Nick Hoyt with 16 points and Brady VanHolland with 17 points. Scoring 47 points in the 2nd half really shows how explosive this offense can be on any given night. The Tigers hope to continue to build on our unselfishness on the defensive end and ability to trust their teammate when they play team defense. Huron Results After a very tough battle on the road, the boys managed to improve their record to 6-0 by defeating a very young, tough-minded Huron team that played a very physical game. The Tigers held a 21-20 lead at the half but the boys were not satisfied and battled their way to a 52-42 victory that ended in many trips to the foul line to seal the deal. While the 3-ball was not falling, the defense picked up the slack. Nick Hoyt led with way with 12 points. It is approaching the stretch of the season in which it will be tough to keep the intensity needed with limited practice time to keep their skill-set sharp. Many teams are now putting together game plans on how to attack the Tigers, so we will have to be ready to make the adjustments as a group and let the guys play it out. Aberdeen to play Central who was pre-season #1 with 4 starters back from a state runner up team.

This will be a terrific opportunity for us as a program. After that we host a couple of Sioux Falls teams in Roosevelt and Washington. SF teams always compete at a high level and are extremely athletic groups. Langerock says, “We as coaches feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work every day with guys that love the game and love each other. Winning games is an absolute blast but seeing these guys interact off the court brings us so many smiles and laughter, we are truly in the middle of a special season.” JV Results The 3-0 Junior Varsity team traveled to Watertown on December 30th. The Tigers found themselves down 38-22 at halftime and trailing by as many as 19 in the second half before outscoring the Arrows 38-21 in second half. The second half was capped off by a buzzer beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation by Adam Erickson to lift the Tigers to a 60-59 victory. Erickson led all scorers with 21 points that included five threepointers followed by Cale Murphy who netted 15 points. The Tigers began the new year with a home match up versus the Yankton bucks on January 4th. The JV squad again found themselves trailing at halftime 27-21 before cutting the Bucks lead to three late in the 4th quarter. This time

the Tigers fell short losing 60-64 with Cale Murphy scoring 17 and Erickson 15. Sophomore Boys The sophomore boys headed to Watertown on December 30th as well, but the shooting for our boys was just about as cold as the outdoor temp. The boys put up a solid effort in a comeback attempt but fell short losing to the Arrows 61-46. They had closed the gap to 5 after falling behind by about 15, but, in the end, just ran out of momentum. The team was led in scoring by Myles Tipton with 14 followed by Seth Halling with 11. The loss dropped the their record to 2-2. The sophomore boys rebounded with a big victory over the visiting Yankton Bucks on Jan. 4th. The boys jumped out to an early 23-8 lead after the first quarter and cruised from there. “I thought the boys played one of their best defensive games of the year,” Coach Dahle said. There were a lot of contributors to the winning outcome as 11 players found the scoring column. Payton Metzger once again led the way with 15 points while Sam Christensen was right behind with 13 points. Karter Lein was able to get 10 points in the first half of play by knocking down a couple of 3’s. Seth Halling had a big 3rd quarter and finished the game with 8 while Blake Koiman had 7.

Freshman Teams

Traveling to Watertown for a tough road game was a great test for the Freshman A team. The boys ended up coming away with a 6453 victory in which our guards did a great job of attacking the basket and creating great looks for perimeter players to knock down open 3-pointers. Playing Yankton at home ended up being a tough test for us on January 4th. “With Yankton leading for a majority of the game I think it came as a bit of a shock to our guys how ready the Bucks came to play,” Coach Schorzmann said. The Tigers had great defensive pressure, and with Andrew Haar leading the way with 13pts, we escaped with a 7 point victory.

The 9B squad went 1-1 in their last two games. The team competed hard in Watertown and took a 3230 lead into the 4th quarter but were outscored 21-13 and came away with a loss. Lincoln Boetel led with 13 points. At home versus Yankton, Coach Hammerquist says,”we probably didn’t compete at the level we are capable of, but beat Yankton 64-34.” Lincoln Boetel led all scorers with 13 and Sam Rabern added 10.

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Jeniah Ugofsky goes in for a lay up at a recent home game. jon klemme

Lady Tigers: Rise to the Top The HHS Girls Basketball team is off to a great start. After last week’s nail biting win over Mitchell, the Tigers are 7-2 and are currently ranked #2 in the SD coaches poll. Mitchell Recap The Kernels jumped out to an early

7-1 lead, but the Tigers came back and led 11-8 after one. Mitchell scored 16 2nd quarter points and took the lead into halftime 24-22. But the Tigers wouldn’t go down without a fight. The Tigers battled back in the 3rd and 4th quarters and made key free-throws down

the stretch to seal the victory 4743. The Tigers were led by Senior Sydney Halling (11 points, 6 reb) and Junior Jeniah Ugofsky (11 points 6 reb). Junior Sadie Roth had 9 points while Senior Autumn Steffen had 7. Sophomore Aby Phipps grabbed 8 rebounds and

had 5 steals. ‘It was great to get see how our kids responded to a very good Mitchell team. I thought we did a great job defensively and made some key shots down the stretch’

The Tigers have a very difficult schedule ahead of them as they host #1 Aberdeen Central and are on the road at SF Washington and Yankton. Come out and support your Lady Tigers!


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The 2017 Boys Basketball Cheerleaders were honored at a recent game for being awarded the Spirit of Six award following the boys basketball state tournament last year. The ladies were the 47th cheer team to receive the award. The first Spirit of Six honor was awarded Jan. 24, 1970, to honor the 6 cheerleaders and 3 adults from Rapid City Central, who lost their lives in a plane crash returning home from the 1968 State A tournament in Sioux Falls. They are remembered each spring during

the state basketball tournaments, when the Spirit of Six awards are handed out. The South Dakota Peace Officers’ Association has presented trophies to the cheerleaders considered best on crowd control, sportsmanship, enthusiasm, behavior on the court, and dress. The new banner will be hung along with other banners noting the athletic prowess of Tigers past and present. We congratulate the Lady Tigers on this most honorable award.

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On February 16, 2018, the Harrisburg Debate Team will host the South Dakota NSDA National Qualifier. The results of this competition will determine who goes to the National Speech and Debate Tournament; this year, the event will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The team has experienced its share of struggles this season. Hayden Cole, president, explains, “Dealing with everyone’s schedules to coordinate practice rounds is always a challenge. Of course, figuring out judges and which arguments will work better is a weekly challenge.” Since debate is such a communicative exercise, meetings and practices are necessary for progress; however, despite the difficulties the team has faced throughout the year, HHS Debate has also encountered enormous successes. Several members of the team have placed in the numerous tournaments this season; Cole clarifies, “The season has treated Harrisburg nicely so far. The team competed at a national tournament in Apple Valley, Minnesota and won three statewide tournaments here in South Dakota.” At the national circuit tournament in Apple Valley, Landon Dinger and Hayden Cole broke to double octofinals in the varsity division,

and Ava Serfling-Bennet and Grace Anderson won in novice. In the recent Central Forensics Conference at Lincoln High School, three varsity public forum teams closed out in first, second, and third place: Hayden Cole and Landon Dinger, Ben Menke and Victoria O’Connor, and Ava Serfling-Bennet and Grace Anderson. Dr. Kip McKee, debate coach and fine arts director at the high school, expresses faith in this year’s team: “We have had nine tournament champions this year, which is right up there with the best years of the program. We have also had a variety of students winning those awards, so it shows some great depth across the team.” There are other benefits to debate as well; Hayden Cole relates what he wants people to know about the activity: “I think debate is a great way to prepare for our professional careers. You learn how to become a better communicator, how to listen as well as speak, and it’s been a great way to meet people in our school and other schools throughout the state.” In other words, debate isn’t only research and numbers, though that is a large part of it. Students develop skills in writing, speaking, listening, and analyzing complex topics. These abilities assist students in the classroom, in debate rounds, and in life. Entering in Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and various speech events, these students hope to polish their pursuits and hone their skills for the upcoming tournaments.

Harrisburg Debate Resolves to Dominate

Happenings Hunter Chear As HHS begins to dive into the 2nd semester, H O S A members have been busy with multiple events! On January 22nd January 26th, our Chapter had another HOSA week due to the lack of preparation and participation the first time around. Students from the high school were able to play mini-games during the lunch periods about guessing the amount of band-aids, cotton balls, etc. The member breakfast was a huge success as all members joined together to have a breakfast and a group picture. That Friday, students were able enjoy Cold Stone Ice Cream. The Horizon Family STEM Festival was a success as children, along with their parents, enjoyed learning about what HOSA is and doing a science experiment with Aluminum Foil Boats and Pennies! At the end of this month, February 26th, our members will be taking their online tests for individual state competition events. This

could include, but is not limited to, Medical Reading, Medical Terminology, and Medical Math, etc.. Our HOSA members have been preparing for their State events which will occur April 5th and 6th of 2018. Looking a month away, we will have workday Wednesday’s for students. It is an hour after school where they can come in and work on their projects. Not only is this a good time to come and finish up their projects, but it also earns members points towards their lettering requirements. Our next all member meeting will occur on February 5th where our HOSA Officer team and advisors have planned a special presentation from a Professional Therapist. The next Science Saturday will not be until February 10th from 9 am-noon. For the registration and information on cost please see the HOSA link on the High School page of the school website or contact Sarah.k.Brink@k12. To keep updated with what is happening follow our Twitter page @HarrisburgHOSA and our Instagram account @Harrisburg_ HOSA

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The HHS Debate team has kicked off 2018 with a number of great results at the first two tournaments of the year. The second half of the season kicked off January 6th at Sioux Falls O’Gorman for the second of three Central Forensic Conference tournaments. The tournament results found the team accomplishing a feat unmatched by any HHS team in the history of the program. The top three varsity public forum teams in a field of 28 were all from HHS, led by seniors Hayden Cole and

Landon Dinger. Senior Ben Menke and Freshman Victoria O’Connor placed second with the freshman team of Grace Anderson and Ava SerflingBennett placing third. They were all undefeated in the four-round competition. Also placing in their respective events were Cole and Menke in varsity extemporaneous speaking, SerflingBennett in novice extemp, and Serfling Bennett, O’Connor, and freshman Ryan Corcoran in novice oratory. Student Congress debaters sophomore Kaytlyn Hilligas and junior Braden Culp were also recognized for their efforts, as were the duo interp team of freshman Miah Nielson and Gabe Delle.

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New Harrisburg Organization Optimistic About the Future Benefits of Joining Harrisburg Optimist Club include: •

The Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Club sponsored the Harrisburg SD Optimist Club which chartered in June 2017 with 30 members. President Dr. Derek Klatt is leading the Harrisburg Club toward becoming an Optimist International Honor Club with its first two fundraisers: volunteering to staff the children’s activities at a local Apple Harvest Festival and selling lottery books based on the Minnesota Vikings Football games. Members frequently work at the Harrisburg Food Pantry assisting head of the Pantry, a member of the club. Club members attended a recognition event with the Boys

An opportunity to serve as role models for community youth, Connect with youth through a variety of activities,

Develop social and business relationships with men and women sharing similar goals

Build personal growth and leadership skills

Enjoy friendships

Learn to live the Optimist Creed

The Harrisburg Club meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Monday at 6:30 PM with a variety of area young professionals. The Club is planning an informational social event at the end of February. Contact: President Dr. Derek Klatt, D.C. harrisburgsdoptimist@

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Bringing Out the Best in Youth, Our Community and Ourselves!

Ken Munch, Member HOC & Past Pres. SFMOC and Girls Club of Harrisburg and look forward to more involvement with this group.

The Harrisburg Optimist Club was founded six months ago with 30 members with the mission of bringing out the best in local youth. Facebook – Harrisburg Optimist Club.

For Membership Inquiries and Volunteer Opportunities contact: FB: HarrisburgSDOptimist C: 605-520-4158

Every Optimist Club is considered 501(c) (4) charitable organizations; therefore, Clubs are exempt from certain taxation.

Each Club chooses the programs and activities that most benefit the children in the community.

Liability Insurance Each Optimist Club is covered under an 11 million dollar umbrella liability insurance policy; therefore, members of your Club are covered in the unlikely event of litigations while you are conducting community service projects and sponsored activities.

Additional Benefits Associated with Optimist Clubs include:

This Policy covers all active Optimist Members and their

at, and explore the benefits that come along with a membership in the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce. 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. You can

fill out a membership application online or call Alysia Simunek at City Hall (767-5011).

Each Club elects their own Officers and Board of Directors to oversee Club Activities.

guests at Optimist activities. Fun Facts About Us... There are over 2,900 autonomous Optimist Clubs worldwide. Including Optimist Clubs in: England, France, Mexico, Canada, Indonesia, the Caribbean and many other countries! There are over 90,000 Optimist Members worldwide. Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects per year, serving over 6 million children. Optimists spend $78 million on their communities annually.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1, BETTER BUSINESS our own goal was exciting, I’m much more gratified to see how our members have grown through their participation in chamber activities. One of the benefits of joining the Harrisburg Chamber is an invitation to our monthly luncheons. These gatherings provide members the opportunity to connect with one another, share ideas, and learn about topics of interest in our community. While I’ve always enjoyed the luncheons, lately I’ve become increasingly aware of the value they bring to our members. I’ve watched future business meetings get scheduled, witnessed new comers to town make friends and valuable community connections, and heard members support one another in their special events,

sales, and other activities. It has truly become a monthly connecting point for many business people in our community, and it is a joy to be a part of it all. With the luncheon crowd now bringing nearly 50 people together on a regular basis each month, I believe that network of support certainly helps to keep our businesses growing and achieving their goals. Invitations to our monthly luncheons are only one benefit of chamber membership though. Among other benefits are hearing first-hand the latest business and community updates, having your organization listed on the chamber’s website business directory, and obtaining exclusive rights to advertising opportunities. But these are just a few. I encourage you to check out our new website

Our chamber memberships run on a calendar year basis, so if you haven’t yet renewed for 2018, now is the time to do so in order to get the most value out of your investment. It’s a great way to help grow your business this year, and it will help you stay connected to

the Harrisburg community and working toward your goals well past the second week of February! And together, we’ll all make 2018 a great year to call Harrisburg home.


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(Top) Mrs. Johnson and her second graders during a small group lesson. (Right) Students engaged in their learning center choice.

Meeting Student Needs at Journey Angela J Nelson and Michelle Schoenefeld M e e t i n g the diverse needs of all students in one classroom can be challenging. To help, classroom t e a c h e r s at Journey Elementary along with their reading and math specialists are using the Math Daily 3, Reading Daily 5 and RtI

frameworks. These are classroomproven techniques that can help teachers become highly effective in meeting the various needs of students. Teachers meet on a regular basis to discuss individual learner and group needs. Together educational decisions are made about intensity, duration of interventions and students’ responses to instruction and interventions. The goals of Daily 3 Math, Daily 5 Reading and RtI are to offer students opportunities to increase and develop their skills at levels of difficulty appropriate for each student based on his or her

understandings of and knowledge of concepts. It is important for students to be challenged with activities that require the use of skills and concepts they are ready to learn. During math and reading class, teachers spend the majority of their time working with small groups of students. While teachers are meeting with groups, the other students in the class are engaged in other learning centers that have been designed to reinforce skills and to keep them excited about learning. Students may work individually or with other groupings, depending upon

the tasks to be completed. The assigned tasks may include games, explorations, paper and pencil activities, journal writing, problem solving, computer practice, word work, independent reading or math-fact practice.

learners are provided with the most intensive interventions, but all students are provided instruction at their instructional level. Technology components are also used to enhance the skills of learners.

In addition to Daily 5 Reading, Response to Intervention (RtI) has been implemented in Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. RtI is used by Journey teachers to help all learners accelerate in the area of reading. During this time, learners are grouped based on skills and each teacher uses interventions to again differentiate instruction with each group of students. Struggling

Journey is excited about the progress we have seen thus far and will continue to monitor our building data. When teaching within an effective instructional framework, with a clear focus, and an intimate knowledge of the students’ learning needs, a teacher can actually do more instruction more effectively, in less time (Sammons, 2010).

Cracking the Code at Freedom Elementary

Mrs. Barthel, Mrs. Ramstad, and Mrs. Stettnichs With the help of the technology integrationist, Mr. Knips, Freedom second and third grade learners learned how to program and run games through coding. The coding was done through It is a website that provides interactive exercises, tutorials, and fun tools to create coding instructions in popular games like Minecraft, Box Island,

Star Wars, and many others. With this website no experience or training is necessary because it is a self-paced program fit to each child’s learning ability. It incorporates the importance of computer science and is a great way for children to learn programming in a fun and imaginative way!

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One Spider, One Pig, One Book, One School Lisa M Norris

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” E.B. White One Book One School has begun at Endeavor Elementary! Through the magic of storytelling; Charlotte, Wilbur and their friends will come to life as we read this wonderful story together. Our school will be united through dress up days, snacks, activities, listening to our staff read the chapters, and make illustrated posters to display as we go. Each week there will be new decorations on the walls

and projects happening in the classrooms. The themes we will be discovering are: love, empathy, strength, and friendship. Our students will have the opportunity to win a gift certificate, by writing an imaginative story about the characters from Charlotte’s Web. Every family at Endeavor Elementary is given the book Charlotte’s Web, to enjoy and read along at home. Endeavor Elementary is truly “Some School”.

Reading is “Dog-gone” Fun! Reading is an essential skill that we use throughout all areas of life. The students at this age have grown to enjoy reading independently, to a friend, in small groups, and even to the class. Some students still become nervous having to read in front of their peers though. The third grade classes at Explorer Elementary have the privilege of

reading to a four legged friend, which they look forward to. Neo, Trinity, and Dash come to visit the classrooms every week for one hour through the Tail Waggin’ Tutors Program. The nationally recognized program of Tail Waggin’ Tutors was started locally in January, 2008 at Rosa Parks Elementary School. During this time, the students are able to get

cozy on the floor with the trained dogs and read to them. The kids say they are the best listeners while they are reading. During this time, it is a phenomenal opportunity to allow students to gain confidence, have a good listener, and be close to a cuddly animal. It is a joy to see the big smile on their face when they come back from reading with our classroom animal friend.

Issue 42 February 2018  
Issue 42 February 2018