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e hope you enjoyed the February edition of the Harrisburg Tiger Times, which was mailed to you free-of-charge thanks to the support of the City of Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Economic Development Committee, the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce and our advertisers. Our goal is to bring you the latest in not only districtwide news, but community-wide events as well. Please visit our website to purchase ad space, find out more about the newspaper, or submit a community-related event.



f you would like to submit a message of congratulations to your 2014 Senior (to appear in the May edition of the newspaper), please visit http://TigerTimes. Include a short message and picture of your child. The cost is $5, payable to the Tiger Times, and can be mailed to: Tiger Times, 800 Willow St., Harrisburg, SD 57032.


ll submissions must be made by April 17. Please use the Artic le Submission form on the website. You will see a “Parent” option.


SAT MAR 1, 2014

• 7 p m SDHSAA District Boys’ Basketball PlayIN Game

SUN, MAR 2, 2014 • 10:15 am Ransom Church Harrisburg 1st Regular Service

MON MAR 3, 2014 • SDHSAA District Girls’ Basketball Tournament • 3:15pm TRACK Practice begins • 6pm Harrisburg City Council Meeting Liberty School Board Room

• Local Review Board of the Harrisburg Municipality, Liberty School Board Room • 6:30pm Wrestling Team Recognition Night • 7pm After Prom Committee Meeting

TUE MAR 18, 2014 • 6:30pm Basketball Teams Recognition Wed Mar 19, 2014 • 7 p m Tiger Nation Meeting

THU MAR 20, 2014 • SDHSAA State Boys’ Basketball Tournament @Rapid City

TUE MAR 4, 2014

FRI MAR 21, 2014

• SDHSAA District Boys’ Basketball Tournament

• SDHSAA State Boys’ Basketball Tournament @Rapid City

THURS MAR 6, 2014 • SDHSAA District Girls’ Basketball Tournament

FRI MAR 7, 2014 • SDHSAA District Boys’ Basketball Tournament

SAT MAR 8, 2014 • SDHSAA Region Girls Basketball Championship

SUN MAR 9, 2014 • Daylight Saving Time starts

MON MAR 10, 2014 • 3:15pm GOLF practice begins • 6:30pm School Board Meeting @Liberty Administration Offices • 7pm HOSA Meeting

TUE MAR 11, 2014 • SDHSAA Region Boys’ Basketball Championship • 6 p m MOD/MCL Forum, HS Little Theater


SUN MAR 16, 2014 • 3PM - SD Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert, Performing Arts Center

MON MAR 17, 2014 • St. Patrick’s Day • 6pm City Council Meeting - Liberty School Board Room

FEATURED BUSINESS OF THE MONTH SET TO SELL ~ SENSE OF STYLE Set to Sell ~ Sense of Style 602 Emmett Trail Harrisburg, SD Set to Sell ~ Sense of Style owned by Stephanie and Eric Vostad was established in Nov. 2007.


et to Sell ~ Sense of Style can help anyone with design and decorating their homes as well as staging their homes for sale. They offer staging consultations for people living in their homes that just want an unbiased eye to give that home a fresh, picture perfect look; or they will stage vacant homes which can range from model homes for new construction to a home that someone lived in and now is living elsewhere. Set to Sell ~ Sense of Style has the inventory that they will move into vacant or empty homes and rent to the owner, realtor or seller. See “SET TO SELL,” Page 3

SAT MAR 22, 2014 • SDHSAA State Boys’ Basketball Tournament @Rapid City • 7pm NIGHT @ the Improv

MON MAR 24, 2014 • 6:30pm School Board Meeting @Liberty Administration Offices

TUE MAR 25, 2014 • 6 p m MOD/MCL Forum • 6:30pm FFA Awards Banquet

THU MAR 27, 2014 • Bloodmobile @ HHS

WED APR 2, 2014 • 10am LATE START - Inservice

THU APR 3, 2014 • 7pm District Musical - Oliver

FRI APR 4, 2014 • 7pm District Musical - Oliver

SAT APR 5, 2014 • 8:30am Harrisburg Area Theatre Auditions, Performing Arts Center • 1pm District Musical - Oliver • 7pm District Musical – Oliver

MON APR 7, 2014 • 7pm Harrisburg Area Theatre Auditions, Performing Arts Center



ielson Construction was founded on the principle of building each home with unique character and lasting quality. Whether this is your first or fifth experience in home purchasing, we are committed to your satisfaction. Building to high standards is a benchmark of a Nielson Construction home. Owner, Kelly Nielson, believes his hands-on, personal approach ensures a rewarding building experience for his customers. It is our goal to provide every customer a superior home building experience. Why? Because Your Dream is Our Passion! See “NEILSON,” Page 3

In This Issue


Trimming of Trees Set To Sell Neilson Contruction Harrisburg City Ordinance - Snow Removal  City Contact Information Save The Date!!! Annual Easter Egg Hunt City Hall - We’ve Moved! City - Job Opportunity We’re All In The Business of Workforce Development 

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COMMUNITY Perfect Practice Sports Academy To Open - 2nd Phase To Follow The AA Classification & You Harrisburg Grads Inducted Into SDSU Nursing Program Harrisburg Tigers Hall of Fame Congratulates 2014 Inductees

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DISTRICT Notice of Vacancy On School Board  7 Harrisburg Educator Named ‘Hood Magazine’s Teacher of the Year 7

HIGH SCHOOL HHS Announces Honor Roll For First Quarter 9 FFA Week, SDSU Basketball, and the Sweetheart’s Dance In The Same Month!! 9 Halling Reaches 1,000 Points 9 Valentine’s Day Cards for Children’s Hospital 10 Harrisburg Choir Melts Hearts for Valentine’s Day 10 FFA Week 10 Students Compete at State DECA 11 Wrestling Season Winds Down 11 Harrisburg FCCLA Exceeds Expectations During National FCCLA Week 11 HOSA Medical Bootcamp 13 College Entrance Exams  15 Preparing for the ACT 15 Andy Kleinjan & Mass Customized Learning 15 Mrs. Bicknase, 24 Years of Service to the HSD 15 TIE Team Visits Harrisburg To Examine MOD & MCL 15

NORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL Get Your Game On!! North Middle School Student-Led Conferences 7Th Grade Team NMS Musical Dept. in Full Swing North Middle School Bookfair Thank You! NMS Girls’ Basketball Teams Finish Season

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SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL South Goes BYOD Outdoor Campus Field Trip 8th Grade Happenings ENCORE Now Tweeting An Enriching Path To Grammar Mastery

CONTRIBUTORS Aaliyah Sterkel Aaron Bunger Dan Gable Josh Burg

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Kellie Boer LeAnn Bushar Leigh Thelen, Counselor


Lesley McConnell & Brett Stofferahn

Students (And Teachers) Are Relieved to Get Outside! 21 Valentine’s Day Is Special 21

Morgan Darner

FREEDOM ELEMENTARY Spin-Tacular Basketball Endeavor Read-A-Thon, March 4-25.

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JOURNEY ELEMENTARY 5K Store - Makin’ Change

Nick Fosheim Noah Bunger Paul Higbee, TIE


LIBERTY ELEMENTARY Liberty Happenings Liberty Elementary Talent Show Harrisburg Volleyball Camp for Elementary Students

Mrs. Tecklenburg

Steff Liston-Holtrop, President & Publisher ‘hood Magazine

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Tim Koehler

Special Thanks to Kaye Weber & The Creative Writing Class PROOFREADERS Dalton Allen McKeely Andersen Morgan Beaner Austin Bicknase Morgan Bream Jordan Brock Aaron Bunger Morgan Darner Kori Fink Delina Gardner Hailey Halling Hunter Harms Traci Heiberger Cameron Hoffpauir Adam Holmstrom Amanda Jandl Alex Johnson Brittany Klinkel Kianna Smallfield Lacey Stapleton Morgan TeSlaa Christian Trainor Tiara Ugofsky Erika Kruggel, Photography Andy Wilcox, Sioux Valley News




he City of Harrisburg has received concerns regarding the overhanging of trees within the boulevard not being trimmed for clearance so as not to obstruct pedestrians on sidewalks and vehicles on streets.


ity Ordinance 6.0502 - Tree Trimming – Ordinance requires any person owning or occupying real property bordering on any street upon which property there may be shrubs or trees, to prune or remove such shrubs or trees in such manner that they will not obstruct or shade the street lights, obstruct the passage of pedestrians on sidewalks, obstruct vision of traffic signs, or obstruct view of any street or alley intersections,

except where such services are provided for by utility firms. It shall also be the duty of such person to prune or remove shrubs or trees located in the street right-of-way adjacent to their property. Removal shall be required when such shrubs or trees are diseased, dead, of a prohibited species, or pose a safety hazard or nuisance. The person owning or occupying such real property shall be responsible for pruning shrubs and trees when they violate clearance requirements. The minimum clearance of any overhanging portion thereof shall be ten (10) feet whenever practicable, and twelve (12) feet over all streets except truck thoroughfares where the clearances shall be fourteen (14) to sixteen (16) feet, unless otherwise determined by the City Council.


Three key points about Set to Sell ~ Sense of Style 1.) We work with any budget - - if you feel these services are too costly you will likely be surprised. 2.) Proven to be one of the best return on investments in selling a home is staging. 3.) We have built our business on referrals, word of mouth and repeat clients.


.0301 Duty to Remove. It shall be the duty of the owner, tenant, or person in possession of any property abutting on any sidewalk to keep such sidewalk free from snow and to cause any accumulated snow to be removed within twenty-four (24) hours after the termination of any snowfall, or snow accumulation.


.0302 Disposal of Snow. It shall be the duty of the property owner, tenant, or person in possession of any public or private driveway, parking lot or parking area to dispose of accumulated snow upon such property in such manner that any snow when removed shall not be deposited upon any sidewalk, within or upon any public street or alley, after such public street or alley has been cleared of snow by grading of such snow away from the curb or picking up and carrying away of such snow by the City, or in a manner that will obstruct or interfere with the passage or vision of vehicle or pedestrian traffic.


.0303 Removal Costs Assessed. In the event any owner, tenant, or person in possession of any property shall neglect or fail to or refuse to remove such snow or ice within the time provided, any authorized officer with the City may issue a citation for such violation and the City Council may authorize such removal with the costs to be assessed against the abutting property owner. (SDCL 9-30-5)





tephanie has a degree in Interior Design and is also an Accredited Stager with 11 years of experience. She loves working with builders/contractors to help them or their clients to have a home that is unique but tastefully done. This will help avoid costly mistakes and help sell the homes faster by visual appeal to the buyers. tephanie states she is “truly passionate about what she does whether it is decorating the tree for Breakfast with Santa or working on the Governor’s Mansion for SD I am grateful for every opportunity I am given! I feel blessed that I have the chance to do what I love while still having the ability to make quality family time a priority! This is truly a dream come true! I look forward to UNCOVERING YOUR HOMES POTENTIAL!



ealPros Inc. offers a complete program of professional solutions which include; Concrete Repairs, Asphalt Paving, Asphalt Patching, Asphalt Crack Sealing, Asphalt Sealcoating and Line Striping. Choosing SealPros Inc. ensures you will receive the highest quality and most advanced products, methods and service in the industry. SealPros Inc. is committed to providing you with the highest quality service, using the highest quality products available. Our staff is courteous and professional and our goal is to deliver outstanding results and ensure your satisfaction.

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CITY COUNCIL Mayor: Julie Burke-Bowen Email: Phone: 605-743-6020 Ward I Alderperson: Adrienne McKeown Email: Phone: 605-743-6024 Rob Handshumaker Email: Phone: 605-743-6022 Ward II Alderperson: Allison Sanderson Email: Phone: 605-743-6026 Ryan Olson Email: Phone: 605-743-6028 Council Meetings: City Council meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Liberty School Board Room unless announced otherwise. If a meeting falls on a City holiday, typically the meeting will be scheduled for the following Tuesday. City Offices Locations/Hours City/Finance Office: 301 E Willow Street Monday – Thursday – 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fridays – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. City Maintenance: 801 S Prairie Street Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. City Phone Numbers: City/Finance Office – 743-5872 Fax – 743-2831 Water Utility Billing - Ext. 10 Finance Officer – Ext. 11 Planning & Zoning – Ext. 12 City Administrator – Ext. 13 City Maintenance Office – 767-0075 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

he Harrisburg City Hall has moved to 301 E Willow Street. We would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on the remodel of the building and for making it such a great place to welcome our residents (old and new)! We will be holding a ribbon cutting and open house later this spring!



he City of Harrisburg, “an equal opportunity employer,” is currently accepting applications for a seasonal summer maintenance employee for approximately 30-40 hours per week. Must be at least 16 years of age and have basic mechanical and mowing skills. Position description, information and applications are available at and the Harrisburg City Office, 301 E Willow Street, Harrisburg SD 57032. Position will remain open until filled. For more information contact Andrew Pietrus, City Administrator at (605)743-5872 ext. 13 or

WE’RE ALL IN THE BUSINESS OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT NICK FOSHEIM Executive Director, Minnehaha & Lincoln County Economic Development Associations


ou hear a lot of talk about workforce development these days. Our legislators, economic development groups and Governor Daugaard all stress the importance of building our talent pool and attracting the kind of employees that new and expanding companies depend on, both now and for the future. But workforce development is much broader than unemployment numbers and finding new ways to attract employees to our businesses—and no region proves the point better than Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties.


he steady growth of population is a key aspect of workforce development, and the consistent addition of new individuals and families in our communities makes us one of the fastest-growing regions in America. Those individuals and families are moving to our communities, renting and building homes, patronizing local retailers and helping to enhance our schools and neighborhoods. Some are even starting their own businesses. We’re developing a growing workforce—and building better communities.

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SAVE THE DATE!!! ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce is planning the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt for April 12, beginning at 1PM. LIKE us on Facebook for updated information.


he opportunities that attract new people to our area are many. For some, the ability to enhance their skills through education is the draw. Others see new and expanding industries and want to take advantage of those opportunities. All residents appreciate the excellent quality of life and affordable cost of living offered in our communities. That means that all of us who are in the business of making our communities the best they can be are essential elements for successful workforce development. orkforce development also highlights how interconnected the communities are throughout the region. We often talk about how economic development opportunities don’t impact just one community, but in fact create a ripple effect throughout the entire area. One of our greatest assets has always been our quality workforce and it will continue to be an attraction to new and existing businesses that choose to grow here.


n the state and local level, we are in the process of creating new workforce development strategies. All are long-term solutions that involve making investments in the future—something good community leaders understand. Attracting and retaining talent is a competitive task, often adding to the cost of doing business. But doing business in a growing marketplace is much better than the alternative.


o we’ll continue to grow our communities and appreciate the importance of our workforce. Workforce development, like all development, is vital to keeping our region economically strong, and it involves all of us.

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erfect Practice Sports Academy plans to open its 55,000-square-foot center in March. Perfect Practice is located at 300 Industrial Road West, Harrisburg. The facility will house baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and volleyball


wner Gary Sperber also bought three acres adjacent the new building where he is planning a second phase of projects. They include a 60,000-square-foot field of turf for T-ball, flag football and youth soccer along with two sand volleyball courts and a 9,000-square-foot restaurant.


he restaurant is a venture of Perfect Practice with Sperber and Mike O’Connor. It’s called Game Changer and will be designed and managed by Tony Kellar, who owned the Acoustic restaurant in Sioux Falls. The restaurant will seat almost 300 people and include a three-season patio; with some glass enclosures, fireplaces, and radiant heat, Kellar said it will be operational for much of the year. The restaurant is designed to include a lot of wood, stone and earth tones. The idea is to create a family-friendly destination that doesn’t feel like a typical sports bar.


he practice center and restaurant will hold a job fair in March.



here are nice things about being part of a smaller school and advantages to being part of a bigger school - in the last 10 years, Harrisburg has seen both. Our school district has seen some of the fastest growth in the nation and now are one of the biggest school districts in the state.


iger Nation is a voluntary group of people dedicated to helping you get the most out of this growth.

ecause almost all or our facilities are virtually brand new, we have some of the nicest places to learn and study in the Midwest! Many colleges are envious of our fields and performance areas. From its very beginning, TigerNation has been seeking donations to improve the Performing Arts Center in the high school and the track and football field just outside our doors, and improve the training of teams, musicians and member clubs.


n fact we have just finished our first big hurdle- by raising over one million dollars used to upgrade existing facilities, TigerNation is the most successful extra-curricular fund-raiser in the area, and we are just getting started!


hat you can do:

Get involved in extra-curricular activities. These are the biggest predictor of graduation and future success. Never in your life will you ever be able to use facilities and faculty at such a low cost. Tell your family about TigerNation. Because the district is growing so quickly, your family may not know how to help TigerNation help you. Thank one of our Donors. Donors are either corporations or families who have supported TigerNation through financial donations- you can see a list of who they are on the Donor Wall outside the Gymnasium. Come to a Meeting- We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month (except December) in the High School Library at 7pm Help at an Event- We distribute $10,000 a year for camperships, equipment and more to students, organizations and teams that help us out. Find out how you or your team can get more involved- visit and get involved!



he freshmen pre-nursing class at SDSU started with around 300350 students and recently only 64 of those students were inducted into the SDSU nursing program. Six of the sixtyfour students were 2012 graduates of Harrisburg High School! Congratulations to Julia Goodale, Eilse Hilt, Maria Miller, Allison Wagner, Nichole Barber and Cameron Andela.



ebruary 24th, 2014: The Harrisburg High School Hall of Fame Committee, Tiger Nation and the Harrisburg High School are proud to announce that five individual nominees and two athletic teams have been selected to the 2014 Class of the Harrisburg High School Hall of Fame. The individual inductees include community contributor Charles “Cab” Benson, coach/administrator Dwight “Ike” Hoover, fine arts inductee Kristie VerMulm McManamy (Class of ‘88), and athletes Chris Stoebner (Class of ’99- Basketball, Football and Track), and Jodi (Marshall) Hemiller (Class of ’90-Basketball, Track, Cheerleading). Additionally, the two athletic teams selected were the 1993 11B State Championship Football team, in the Championship Team category and the 1972 Football Team in the Outstanding Team Achievement Category. he Harrisburg High School Hall of Fame was founded to promote pride in Harrisburg High School and to honor alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who have made outstanding accomplishments in their communities and their lives since they have been associated with the school. The Hall of Fame will help preserve and strengthen the school motto “Building Strong Foundations for Success”. In addition, these recognitions are for the purpose of honoring and perpetuating the individuals who have excelled and provide our students with examples of what to dream and aspire to be. he Harrisburg High School Hall of Fame honors former student athletes, fine arts performers, their coaches and other individuals who have contributed outstanding accomplishments towards Harrisburg High School extra-curricular activities. The 2014 class of inductees will be honored during a banquet and induction ceremony to be held at the Harrisburg High School on Friday, April 11th, 2014. There will be a social hour beginning at 5:30pm, with a sit-down dinner served at 6:30pm. Following the meal, an induction ceremony honoring the Hall of Fame Inductees will be held in the Performing Arts Center, followed by the senior athletic awards presentation. Tickets are limited and advance purchase is required. The cost of tickets is $16 for adults and are available to the general public at All tickets must be purchased by April 2nd. arrisburg High School, the Harrisburg Tigers Hall of Fame Committee and Tiger Nation congratulate all the inductees and their families! harles “Cab” Benson (1931-2011) (Community Member and HHS Class of 1949) is being inducted in the community contributor category. Charles (Cab) was an active supporter of the Harrisburg School District and HHS athletics his entire life. For nearly 40 years, Cab’s distinctive voice could be heard booming over the town of Harrisburg for Friday night football games, regularly reciting his trade-mark line, “Infor the Six-pointer”. Cab was well- known as the “Voice of the Tigers” and rightfully so – his love for the game and his clear, distinct voice was appreciated by players and fans alike- especially sons, grandsons and nephews whom got to play the game under his voice. Cab officially retired in 2007 from announcing Friday night football games, however fulfilled his wish and treated more recent Tiger fans with an encore presentation at the new football stadium for the final game of the 2010 Football season… Cab passed away three months later. ab will forever be known throughout the Harrisburg School District as a friend and avid supporter of the Tigers. Cab not only supported every sport that Harrisburg Schools had to offer but also the academicshe hardly missed a parent/teacher conference, FHA/FFA activities, and band/vocal concerts. ab joined the South Dakota Air National Guard in 1949 and had also started college at SDSU with plans to be a Veterinarian. However, college funds ran low and the Korean Conflict called Cab to active duty in 1951. In 1957 Cab went to work full time for the South Dakota Air National Guard. He had various job titles along with various positions in his 30 plus years with the South Dakota Air National Guard, retiring in February 1984 at the age of 52. He was admired and respected by many during his South Dakota Air National Guard career. ab passed away in January of 2011, but his legacy lives on in Harrisburg, as four generations of Benson’s will have graduated from Harrisburg High School by the end of 2014, including all six children (Marilee 1972, Kevin 1975, Chris 1976, Melodee 1977, Teresa 1980 & Collin 1984).









ke Hoover- (Coach and Administrator 1969-1994) is being inducted in the coach/advisor category. Ike Hoover will long be remembered in Harrisburg history as “the Coach”, as it seemed that he coached just about every sport imaginable during his 25 year career as a Harrisburg Tiger. Ike presided over numerous Boys Basketball, Football, Track and Wrestling teams, collecting numerous conference, and district titles along the way. ollowing attending High School at Washington High in Sioux Falls, and college at Sioux Falls College, Ike began his teaching and coaching career in 1959 at Oldham High School, where he spent 3 years as a teacher and coach. Ike then moved to the Montrose School District where he spent 7 years, before moving to Harrisburg, where he truly made his mark during a 25 year teaching, coaching and administrative career. In his years in Harrisburg, Ike served as both a Physical Education teacher, Social Studies teacher, and also long-served in the capacity as Athletic Director before his retirement in 1994. n addition to his duties at Harrisburg, Ike had a passion for baseball and softball. Ike’s involvement included being a coach, and umpire for numerous local and state softball tournaments. Ike is a member of the South Dakota Softball Hall Of Fame and served as both an advisor and Deputy Commissioner of the SD Fastpitch Softball Association for 15 years. This passion for Softball meant he could usually be found at Sherman Park in Sioux Falls, where he oversaw the grounds and concessions since 1969! Ike made a significant impact on the lives of all who he taught and coached. Ike passed away on July 18th, 2006, but will forever be remembered by the Harrisburg School Community through his enshrinement into the Harrisburg Hall of Fame. ristie VerMulm McManamy (Class of 1988) is being inducted in the fine arts category. Kristie is certainly no stranger to the stage or camera, as for more than 20 years Kristie was a daily fixture on the television sets of many people throughout the region. Kristie’s talent in broadcast journalism began to take root back to her time at Harrisburg High School, and probably most notably during her tenure as a member of the Harrisburg FFA Chapter. During her time at Harrisburg, Kristie was active in Basketball, Track, Cheerleading, Band, Chorus, Pep Club, Student Council, and FHA. However, it was her time a member of the FFA chapter, where Kristie flourished and began to lay the foundation for what became an impressive career in journalism. Kristie was a Chapter and District FFA Officer, a participant on the State Champion FFA Horticulture Judging team, and also brought home honors in State FFA Creed Speaking, Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking and Parliamentary Procedure contests. And for that was recently named to Harrisburg “FFA Hall of Fame”. ristie continued her education at South Dakota State University, where she continued her FFA membership by becoming a State FFA Officer and earning an American FFA degree. While at SDSU, Kristie earned 1st place for her student documentary by the Northwest Broadcast News Association. Kristie graduated from SDSU with a B.S in Broadcast Journalism and an A.S degree in General Agriculture. fter her time at SDSU, Kristie found her calling in front of the camera, holding positions as a news reporter and anchor for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls and for more than 17 years as a reporter, anchor and producer for KTIV-TV in Sioux City where she became a 3 Time Emmy Award winning journalist, was named Siouxland’s Choice Award for Best News Personality for 10 years and accumulated numerous awards from NBNA, IBNA & AP for news reporting and anchoring. In addition to her public career in journalism, Kristie has been an active contributor and supporter in her community serving in roles within her church, numerous community foundations, boards and non-profit fundraisers. hris Stoebner (Class of 1999) is being inducted in the male athlete category. Chris graduated from HHS in 1999 as Harrisburg’s most accomplished basketball player of all time. Chris was a multi-sport athlete who set a standard that future generations of Harrisburg athletes will aspire to attain. As a junior quarterback, and a member of the Tigers football team, Chris played a pivotal role in bringing home a third state football title for the Tigers. His role earned him Joe Robbie Most Valuable Player award in that game, and was also named to the Argus Leader Elite 45 both his Junior and Senior years. Basketball, however, was where Chris would truly leave an un-matched legacy and set the stage for his post-high school career. Chris led the Tigers to their only state basketball tournament appearance since 1960, leading them to achieve a 5th place finish. For his efforts and sportsmanship, Chris was honored with the “Spirit of Su” award by the SDHSAA during that state tournament. Additionally, Chris’ accomplishments in basketball include being a 4-time All- Conference selection, Conference MVP 3 consecutive years, 2-time All-State “First Team” selection and 1-time All-State “First Team” selection. Chris was also selected as the USA Today SD Player of the Year and Argus Leader Player of the Year his senior season. Chris currently holds Harrisburg school records for most points scored in a career(1822), highest average per game(20.7), and career defensive rebounds(525). fter HHS, Chris continued his outstanding athletic career at SDSU where he played basketball for Scott Nagy and the Jackrabbits. Chris was a four-year letter-winner at SDSU, where he was named to the AllNorth Central Conference team in 2003. Chris currently ranks 4th in all-time assists for SDSU and also scored over 1000 career points, putting him in the









top 25 all-time. hris has continued his love of basketball and has since joined the coaching ranks where he was a graduate assistant for SDSU, an assistant coach for Dakota State University and is currently the Head Boys basketball coach for the Deuel school district in Clear Lake, SD. odi (Marshall) Hemiller (Class of 1990) is being inducted in the female athlete category. Jodi graduated from HHS in 1990 as a stand-out multi-sport athlete, winning medals and setting records, many of which still stand today. During her time at HHS, Jodi “set the pace” for track team, and was a five-time letter winner. As a member of the Tiger track team, Jodi was a two-time state champion in the 100m hurdles, and placed in 4 events at the 1990 state track meet. During the 1989 and 1990 track seasons, she was literally “unbeatable”, going two seasons without defeat in the 100m hurdles. This led to Jodi earning the coveted “Gold Medal” at the State Track meet for her 100m hurdle performances, awarded to the athlete with the fastest overall time, among all classes. At the time of her graduation, Jodi held four individual records including the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, 200m dash, 400m dash, and was part of two relay records (400m Relay and 800m Relay). Currently, Jodi’s 200m dash time of 26.63 still stands as the fastest on record at HHS, as does the 800m relay team, which Jodi anchored. She currently sits at #2 all-time for 100m hurdles, 400m dash, and 400m Relay. Her success on the track also translated into success on the basketball court as well. Highly regarded as one of the best defensive basketball players in Harrisburg history, as a junior, Jodi amassed a single season record 107 steals for the Tigers. At the time of her graduation, she ranked 3rd all-time and currently still holds the 5th spot. Jodi earned All-Conference her senior year, and All-Conference honorable mention her junior season. In all, Jodi lettered 5 seasons under Basketball Coach Terry Fisher. Besides the track or court during those four years she was a Tiger, Jodi could also be found on the top of the cheerleading pyramid for the boys’ basketball team. Jodi also cheered for football, sang in girl’s glee choir, participated in FHA, and was as a member of the 1989 Homecoming Royalty. fter graduating from Harrisburg High School, Jodi competed one indoor track season for South Dakota State University, then red-shirted the outdoor season due to a knee injury. Jodi hung up her cleats and started a family marrying Bobby Hemiller from Watertown in January 1992. In 1996, she graduated from Dakota State with a major in Elementary Education, Special Education and a track and basketball coaching endorsement. Jodi currently serves as the Aquatic Program Director at the Watertown Community Recreation Center. She oversees daily pool operations and programming as well as manages other programs such as triathlons, road races, volleyball leagues, and various exercise classes such as spin, aquatics, strength and kickboxing. As department head at the Watertown Recreation Center, Jodi has spent many evenings at work allowing her family to be close and her three children growing up as gym rats, spending many hours practicing their respective crafts. odi Marshall Hemiller had a great athletic success at Harrisburg High School and passed that success forward to her three children and the programs she coordinates at the Watertown Recreation Center. 972 Football Team- The 1972 Football team is being inducted in the Outstanding Team Achievement category. The 1972 football team finished its season with only one loss, a close 7-6 game to upper-division Brandon High School and finished their season ranked #1 in the statewide football polls, giving Harrisburg its first ever season-ending #1 ranking (and unofficial state championship). As Conference champions, with an 8-1 season record, the team outscored their opponents 292-72 over the 9-game season. The team was led by senior all-conference selections: Ron Greenwood, Rollie Fink, Doug Allen, Larry Knudsen and Miles McClung. Additionally, Ron Greenwood was selected to the Argus Leader 11 man 1st team All-State Team for that season. The team was Head coached by the late Ike Hoover, who is also being inducted posthumously in the category of Coach/Mentor. 993 Class 11B State Championship Football Team- The 1993 State Championship football team returned a State Championship Trophy to Harrisburg after a nine year span without a title game appearance. Many would consider the 1993 team as the catalyst to an impressive run of three straight state championship game appearances from 1993 to 1995 and five total appearances in a seven year span. The Tigers football team capped their perfect 12-0 championship season by shutting out the Stanley County Buffaloes 21-0 in the Dakota Dome. The 1993 football team posted a memorable season; including an impressive 28-0 regular season finale, and conference title game victory over a Beresford Watchdogs team which had not allowed a single point in its prior seven games. The 1993 team currently holds records for fewest points allowed in a season (36), fewest points allowed per game (3), and fewest yards allowed per game (115. 9). Senior team members Paul Johnson and Bob Wekenman were selected to the 11-B All-State Team with Paul Johnson, Bob Wekenman, Tim Fink, Jayson Poppinga, and Scott Van Meeteren named to the Big Sioux All-Conference team. The 38-member squad was led by Hall of Fame Head Coach Keith Huber and assistants Todd Marks, Bruce Mogen, Barry Nagel and Brad Kelvington.



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DISTRICT Harrisburg United Methodist Church March Worship Times March 2nd: 9 am Worship, 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:15 am Sunday school, 10:30 am Worship March 5th: Ash Wednesday 6 pm (please join us for dinner following) March 12th: 6 pm Lenten service (please join us for dinner following) March 9th: 9 am Worship, 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:15 am Sunday school, 10:30 am Worship March 19th: 6 pm Lenten service (please join us for dinner following) March 23rd: 9 am Worship, 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:15 am Sunday school, 10:30 am Worship March 26th: 6 pm Lenten service (please join us for dinner following)

NOTICE OF VACANCY ON SCHOOL BOARD HARRISBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 41-2 The following school board position will become vacant due to the expiration of the present term of office of the school board. Two (2), three year term for school board members


irculation of nominating petitions may begin on the 25th day of February, 2014 and petitions may be filed in the office of the Business Manager located at the Harrisburg Administration Offices, 200 Willow Street, Harrisburg, SD between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, CST, and not later than the 4th day of April, 2014 at 5:00 PM, or mailed by registered mail not later than the 4th day of April, 2014, at 5:00 PM. Jennifer Koehler Business/HR Manager Harrisburg School District 41-2 Lincoln County Harrisburg, South Dakota 57032



ioux Falls, SD – ‘Hood Magazine President and Publisher, Steffanie ListonHoltrop, announced this morning on the KSFY Morning Show that Mr. David Nour from Journey Elementary in Harrisburg was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award.


his is the second year ‘Hood Magazine has awarded this recognition. “South Dakota has a strong tradition of passionate and quality educators. We want to recognize and thank the teachers who make an impact in the lives of our future’s leaders,” said Liston-Holtrop.


r. Nour is a 5th grade teacher at Harrisburg Journey Elementary. He graduated with an Elementary Education degree from the University of South Dakota in 2006 and returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in Education Technology from the University of Sioux Falls in 2011.


ominations were submitted by students from preschool, elementary, middle and high schools in the area. One of those students was Carter S., age 11 and a student of Mr. Nour. “He will usually do anything to make learning the funnest thing in the world,” Carter wrote in his nomination.


r. Nour certainly loves teaching, and the impact he has on his students goes far beyond the classroom. Carter couldn’t agree more. “He teaches life lessons and he tells us stories that relate to life so we don’t get distracted. He’s serious to help us learn.”

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arrisburg High School submits two honor roll categories for each quarter of the school year, the Honor Roll(3.5-4.0) and the Merit Roll(3.03.499). In the first quarter, 385 students earned status in one of the categories. *designates 4.0 or above, the Harrisburg Honor Roll the first quarter, or 65 percent of the student body.


ONOR ROLL(252 students) – Benjamin Aasheim, Allyvia Ahnberg, Briar Ahnberg, *Manaal Ali, Dalton Allen, Ann Marie Anderson, Yelena Andruschenko, Brandon Bartling, Morgan Beaner, *Ambrey Bechtold, Jordan Beiswanger, *Kali Bendix, *Ashley Benning, *Austin Benning, *Colter Benson, *Rachael Berg, Cade Berry, Austin Bicknase, Jaden Bingen, Levi Blodgett, Connor Bollweg, *Miranda Boraas, Tler Bowen, Brooklyn Boyles, Haley Bruggeman, Drew Buller, *Aaron Bunger, Joshua Burg, LeAnn Bushar, Alexander Cain, Tristan Chasing-Hawk, Hunter Christensen, Austin Cleman, Cody Cook, *Kyle Corcoran, *Jayce Corlett, Christopher Cox, *Samantha Cumberland, Morgan Darner, *Lucas Davis, Katelyn Decker, Brett Deetz, Ivory denHoed, Baylor DeVries, *Brooklyn DeVries, *Shouri Dirks, Danielle Eckert, *Jordan Egan, Connor Engberg, Tyler Ensz, Conner Erickson, Tiahnna Evans, *Kody Everson, Sydney Fiske, Kori Fink, Nicholas Fisher, Cody Frerichs, Abby Gibson, Sydney Gibson, Christopher Glanzer, Daniel Gould, Madeline Gould, Jacob Grady, Tanner Griensenbrock, Erin Gropel, Hailey Halling, *Mya Hanisch, Cole Hanselman, Aaron Hanson, Jacey Hanssen, Nabila Hariadi, Hunter Harms, Isaac Hettver, *Kyle Hill, *Sydney Hirschkorn, Kirynn Hogan, Adam Holmstrom, Danni Honner, Cody Hoyt, McCade Ivarsen, Justin Jacobson, Alexy Jakowicz, Jordan Janak, Amanda Jandl, Bailee Jensen, *Alexandra Johnson, Lukas Johnson, Paul Johnson, *Emma Jordan, Keren Kabambi, *Alexis Karow, Alisha Kaske, Maraya King, Brittany Klinkel, *Talie Klocker, *Kylie Koerner, Shaniah Koops, Ashley Kowalski, Jordann Krouse, *Darby Kreutzveldt, Paige Lacey, Parker Lacey, *Mallory Lanier, *Ross Lanier, Emilie Larson, Slyvia Larson, Alexander Leafgreen, Ashley Lefdal, Christopher Levisay, *Korissa Lindner, Casey Lint, Allie Loftesness, *Kira Loftesness, *Morgann Lommen, *Daniel Mastick, *Igor Mazan, Anna McAllister, Blake McCoy, Ellie McDowell, *Sadie Meikle, Connor Mellick, MacKenzie Mellick, Allison Meyer, Aiden iller, Clay Miller, Madison Miller,

Carmen Moir, Jessica Moir, Macy Moir, *Conner Monsees, Brody Mouw, Taylor Mouw, Brittan Murphy, *Kilyn Mutsch, Skyla Neuharth, Ireland Nichols, *Andrew Nygaard, Karli O’Connor, Brooklyn Oehlerking, *Aanna Okerlund, Alexis Parker, Alejandro Patino, Alexanrda Peterson, Samantha Peterson, Kobey Phoummany, Nicole Pierson, Darien Poelstra, *Matthew Pohlmann, Maria Potratz, Gunar Rang, Samantha Reuer, Ethan Reynolds, *Carly Ribstein, Nadezhda Romanyuk, Andrea Sauer, *Megan Schenk, Benjamin Schmunk, Caleb Schneider, *Mary Schnetter, Paige Schnetter, Loren Secor, Shayla Sehr, Brooke Severy, Andrey Shkinder, *Logan Slack, *Amanda Smeekn, *Jessica Smith, Kateryna Snizhko, *Rostyslav Snizhko, Mariya Stefanyuk, Vasiliy Stefanyuk, Steffen Stoutamire, Shelby Strand, Taylor Suhr, Dylan Tams, Tessa TEcklenburg, Trevor Tecklenburg, Taylor Telford, Morgan TeSlaa, Devon Thilges, Antonia Toledo Zarate, Sabrina Tomeraasen, *Christian Trainor, *Tiara Ugofsky, Jadyn Ulrich, *Kristi VanderWaal, Denis Verbovskiy, *Kailee Versteeg, Vivien Voigt, Tate Voss, Kendall Wahlgren, Blake Wallace, *Chase Wallace, Lane Warzecha, *Sarah Westerma, Patrick Wiebers, Kian Wilcox, Kaylee Yager, Cheyenne Zephier, *Arianna Feller, *Marisa Morris, *Kaitlyn Suhr, *Samantha Slaughter, Madeline Schipper, Jon Avarsson, Justin Winters, Bailey Klemann, Shianne Hilligas, Samantha Wahl, Natalie Daugaard, Alexander Sjovold, Garrett Tiehen, Nolan Carlson, Noah Bunger, Kenadee Taylor, Noah Petersen, Justis Clayton, Bradyn Doell, Zachary Lanier, Kylee Gronseth, *Kelly Caitlin, *Grace Aasheim, Nicole Hudson, Jessica Peters, Tanner Carolan, Alexandra Lindner, Bailey Pickering, Zachary Selchert, Alaina Ford, Eleni Belbas, Callie Cook, Leif Thorson, Kayla Nelson, Madison Adams, Madison Corcoran, Nathan Miller, Ashlynne Beninga, Stephanie Gabel, Sydney Wood, Benjamin Ross, Christy Wipf, McKenna Mathiesen, Madison Swirtz, Wil Johnson, Sarah Gjerdrum, Ashlyn Christensen, Jacob Rumer, Tyler Benson, Hunter Dunteman, Kylie Berndt


ERIT ROLL(133 students) – Casey Ackerman, Drew Andela, McKeely Andersen, Joshua Boraas, Jordan Brock, Jessica Brockberg, Lauren Burns-Thompson, Kevina Dario, Wyatt Deelstra, Kyle dummer, Cody Eide, Elizabeth Ernst, Kiley Everson, Alexandra Flanders, Jessica Garcia, Lexus Garibay, Melissa Gilbertson, Savannah Gordon, Briana Gross, Courtney Halling, Kyle Hansen, Samuel Hanson, Matthew Harms, Chaz Harter, Abbigail Hach, Jacob Headlee, Sabrena Heimes, Alek Hansch, Connor Hoback, Laura Hohweiler, Sarah Hotchkin, Travis Howard, Tetyana Iskenderova, Tianna Jennings, Brady Jones, Jonathan Kabambi, Evan Kelly, Kain Kittleson, Cameron Kleinsasser, Jacob Klemme, Kayley Klinkel, William Koch, Cody Kraft, Derrick Kreutzveldt, Kyrstal Kvalheim, Morgan Lanier, Ashton Larsen, Sydnee Lewellen, Hannah Loos, Gabriel May, Alexandra Mayer, Cade McLaughlin, James Miller, Tanner Niewenhuis, Shay Norris, Emma Olson, Benjamin Ostebee, Abbey Phillips, Macy Pirlet, Haylee Rasmussen, Dylan REinke, Vanessa Reynolds, Joshua Robinson, Trevor Samuelson, Matthew Schirado, Bailey Schriever, Caitlin Sehr, Oleg Sipovich, Kianna Smallfield, Benjamin Snook, Siera Snook, Ciarra Stadin, Aaliyah Sterkel, Samantha Stingley, Noah Sundstrom, Courtney Thomas, Parker Thomas, Cole Thompson, Nathan Trzaskoma, Alex Van Beek, Kelsey VanderPoel, Roza Verbovskaya, Brandon VerMulm, Kurtis Waldner, Michael Walter, Karlie Westall, Devyn Westerman, Danielle Wilson, Stephan Wipf, Damon Zomer, Chase Jensen, Megan Parsons, Jace Eckert, Lucas Koolstra, Jerica Warwick, Samantha Distor, Mason Tonsager, Connor McAllister, Elizabeth Clyde, Jakob De Vos, Rowdy Hillmer, MaKayla Karow, Myah Dinger, Katelin Johnson, Elissa Sattler, Hanna Marlow, Gabriella Schmunk, Talon Buie, Garrett Buchanan, Macyn Andersen, Tanner Brown, Caleb Deist, Marianne Biship, Calista Danish, Mikiah Zomer, Patience Slocum, William Carr, Spencer Harris, Amber DeJong, Kristian Jakowicz, MacKenzie Gropel, Adam Grady, Alicia Aseltine, Emma Bolger, Andrea Hodom, McKenzye Gunderson, Cheyenne Selchert, Alysen Voss, Kaitlin Reuer, Cole Menholt, Rachel Kieffer, Avery Niemeyer, Fiona Khim, Sofiya Silchuk, Gage Anderson, Alexander Auch, Derek Vander Woude, Nicholas Morton, Brock Harris, Seth Menholt



ebruary was a busy month for the Harrisburg FFA Chapter. On Saturday, Feb. 8th, the FFA & FCCLA jointly hosted the Sweetheart’s Dance in the high school commons. This HHS tradition was revived after a 3 year absence. The event was deemed a success as 120 students attended and enjoyed the evening. Following the Sweeheart’s theme, valentine decorations and red and white lights were used to create a festive atmosphere. All decorations





n Friday, February 7th, Hailey Halling scored her 1,000th point. She achieved this when the Tigers played at home against Yankton. Hailey scored 8 points in that game, which gave way to her 1,000th point. After talking with Hailey about her achievement of such an astounding goal, I asked her if she has any other goals that she wants to achieve. Hailey responded, “I don’t really have any goals other than our team goal - State AA Tournament.” Reaching 1,000 points in your high school career is a big achievement, so I asked her if she had any quotes or motivators that helped her continue to reach success. She gave me these great words of wisdom, “It is about the journey, not the destination. This quote is basically self-explanatory, but I believe it means you have to play game by game, practice by practice, and possession by possession. You can’t worry about a game 4 weeks in advance when you have a game the next day. It’s also about setting a goal for your team and working together to achieve it. Our goal this year is the State AA Tournament. We have to work hard every game and focus on one game at a time. Last year, this was a major objective that we focused on, and I still believe it is a good thing to focus on this year, especially with the transition to AA basketball.” That is sound advice, and I hope Hailey and the rest of the girls’ basketball team achieve their goal. Congratulations, Hailey Halling, on your 1,000th point!

Six Seniors who have played together since elementary school. L to R: Tiara Ugofsky, Morgan Darner, Hailey Halling, Alex Johnson, Hailey Axtell, Morgan Beaner THE TIGER TIMES • MARCH 2014 • PAGE 9



here’s nothing sweeter as a kid than receiving Valentine’s Day cards and treats from your fellow classmates. Words of encouragement and silly jokes help lift spirits and give kids something to look forward to on this love-filled holiday. Valentine’s Day parties in elementary school usually include decorating a box, sharing valentine cards with your classmates, and having a class party with treats and laughter. For some kids, this celebration isn’t possible. Instead of laughing and having a good time with their friends, they are facing sickness and uncertainty in their health. Instead of opening chocolates and candy hearts at home, they are staying in a hospital bed with concerned family by their side. For some, this Valentine’s Day didn’t begin with love, but it certainly ended with some, thanks to one of our HHS students!


his past month, Angelia Berg organized a card drive at HHS. During advisory time, students were encouraged to make Valentine’s Day cards to share with children at the Sanford Children’s Hospital. All together, Angelia collected over 470 cards for children, siblings, parents, nurses, doctors and other support staff at the hospital. She was able to provide the entire Children’s Hospital with cards, and was able to spread the love at the main hospital as well.


hank you to all HHS students who helped make cards. And special thanks to Angelia for organizing this project and helping give children and families in our community a smile on Valentines Day!  Great job!



earts melted in Harrisburg High School on February 12th. Throughout the day, Harrisburg All-State Choir boys travelled around the school and sang to students and staff as a Valentine fundraiser for a New York trip this upcoming March.


or a simple $5 payment, the guys handed a flower to the student or staff and sang A Red Red Rose followed by Goodnight Sweetheart. This was only one of the many ideas that our high school choir director, Mrs. Gould, has planned for the year to raise money for a once-in-a-lifetime event, singing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. At our choir trip last year to Chicago, we participated in a contest and won the opportunity by placing first in the large group

contest piece. This year, students who were in Chicago got the chance to sign up for the New York trip. One of our biggest events we did for gaining funds, which all who attended enjoyed, was our Prairie Christmas Festival. Besides using our vocals to raise money for the trip, the choir also sold baked goods at some sporting events and participated in a frozen food shipping program. The trip will cost each participating student around a total of $2,000. Thankfully, with these programs the choir has made several thousands of dollars that will be split between the students’ payments. Slowly, with the help and support of our Harrisburg community, we can make this trip go from a lifetime opportunity, to an event that can make a spectacular memory.

FFA WEEK continued from Page 9 were designed and installed by the members. Approx $200 was raised to help with local projects and events.


he following Saturday, Feb. 15, 20 FFA members and Assistant Advisor Mrs. Jackie Bogue attended the “Corduroy Classic” Women’s basketball game at SDSU. This was the 11th annual event which honors state and national FFA award winners at halftime, provides discount tickets for FFA members, and a free T-shirt and all you can eat SDSU ice cream prior to the game. The members attending enjoyed the evening and we would like to extend special thanks to Mr. Rick Lindner for attending the game as a chaperone.


eb. 17-22 was National FFA Week and the Harrisburg chapter hosted a few events for the members and community. FFA or Old MacDonald’s Farm T-shirts were worn to school throughout the week, cookie baskets were created by chapter members and distributed to local businesses to say thank you for their support of the FFA throughout the year. On Friday of FFA week, the HHS staff was invited to the agriculture classroom after school where they participated in a short quiz to see how well they knew the FFA officers, all participating staff were given treats for participating. THE TIGER TIMES • MARCH 2014 • PAGE 10


FA members and Advisors will be busy the next six weeks as we begin the spring CDE season. FFA members will be training and competing in 11 different event categories and traveling to six different competitions prior to the State FFA Convention on April 6-8 at SDSU. Results of these events will be available in the next edition of the Tiger Times.




even of Harrisburg High School’s DECA members assembled at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls on February 10th and th 11 to compete in the South Dakota DECA Career Development Conference. DECA is a student business organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. This is the first year that Harrisburg High School has a recognized state chapter, and there are currently 25 members. First-year Business Education teacher Drew Bunkers serves as the advisor of the organization.


hose students competing at the conference were Abby Hatch, Katie Gjerdrum, Ellie McDowell, Dylan Tams, Vandi Bymers, Josh Boraas, and Brody Mouw (pictured, right). After competing against just over 100 students from other South Dakota high schools in individual and group events, three individuals earned their way to the DECA International Career and Development Conference which will be hosted in Atlanta, GA on May 3-6. Brody Mouw and Vandi Bymers teamed up to win first place in the Buying and Merchandising category and will compete in this event while in Atlanta. Taking on the best of the best from other chapters, Katie Gjerdrum was awarded first place in the Leadership category and will attend a leadership academy during the international conference.

Vandi Bymers, Brody Mouw, Katie Gjerdrum



he 2013-2014 Wrestling season is winding down with Regions in Lennox on Thursday and Friday, February 20th and 21st and the qualifiers heading to the State A wrestling tournament in Rapid City on February 28th and March 1st.


ur awesome coaches, Tim Homan, Chris Andre and Kris York are leading a young, but talented group of wrestlers that are eager to learn and full of energy.


ur statisticians are Kori Fink, Jacey Hanssen and Brianna Gross and our cheerleaders are Amanda Jandl, Ashley Benning, Madison Corcoran, Alexandra Lindner and Nicole Hudson. Leading the team are our two Senior wrestlers, Kyle “Smiley” Hansen and Chayden Carpenter.


ome highlights of the year have been winning early team duals against Milbank and Madison and recently against Dakota Valley, Matt Schirado getting his 100th win and winning the 1st Annual Sanford Pentagon Invitational! We’ve had a lot of injuries such as concussions, a broken toe, dislocated elbow, Smiley’s teeth getting dislocated and lots of other minor ones as well! Although the team is young, we always work hard to give our fans something to cheer about. A favorite wrestling quote….”More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without great pride.”



arrisburg High School FCCLA members of the South Dakota Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will join more than 200,000 members in celebrating National FCCLA Week February 9-15, 2014. This year’s theme is “Exceeding Expectations.” 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.


arrisburg FCCLA members are celebrating the week by completing the following activities: media blitz campaign, membership recruitment day, membership recognition day, teacher appreciation day and Going Red for FCCLA.

amily, Career and Community 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 200,000 members and over 5,500 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.


CCLA: 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.





n February 7th, six HOSA members ventured off to the Sanford Perry Center for a great experience in the field of health care. We had the opportunity to learn about different fields of health professions and what the jobs entail. We also learned about the procedure of using CPR on a patient in the hospital. With so much to learn, we dove right in to this new experience.


ne of the first things we learned at the Perry Center is how to maneuver an air tube into a patient’s throat. There are two ways to do this, the new way and the old way. With the old technique, you have to use a lot of force to open the mouth. But with the new way, you just use a camera to see where you are putting the air tube. In the same room we learned where to listen for breathing and what to listen for when the patient is breathing. There was also a game we played that teaches kids about sickle cell anemia. If you didn’t fight off enough bacteria, while collecting pills at the same time, your blood turned sickle shaped and you lost the game.


s we continued on our tour, we were taught what to do if a patient suddenly began to stop breathing and their heart rate began to drop. We learned that this does not happen very often, but everyone should be prepared none the less. CPR in a hospital is more of a two person job. While one person is doing chest compressions on the patient, they are simultaneously advising another helper when to apply oxygen to the patient through a bag valve mask. It was very interesting to be working on such a realistic simulation mannequin. It was very hard to make sure you were given chest compressions fast and strong enough to reach the heart deep in the chest cavity. There was also another person hooking up an AED to the patient and it would scan the patient and shock him if needed. This was a very educational and physically demanding experience.


he third place we went on our tour was a room with a panel of health care college students. They answered any questions we had about their careers, college, preparing, and anything else we could relate to their college experience. There were students there from all kinds of different fields like nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medicine. We learned a lot about what matters most when you get to college and med school.

Clay Miller gives CPR chest compressions while Cade Berry assists with the bag valve mask, giving the patient oxygen.


ur final stop on this exciting adventure was a room in the Birth Center. There we learned all about the different ways a mother can choose to have her baby. Ways like water birth, where the mother chooses to give birth to her baby while in the water. The instructor here also taught us about caesarean section, and why/why not a mother should choose that as her way of giving birth.


t the end of the day, we fortunate few left the Perry Center and headed for home with a mind full of new knowledge and a stomach full of warm pizza! Needless to say, we had a great time at the Sanford Perry Center.

Nicole PIerson attempts a tracheotomy on a mannequin. HOSA Medical Bootcamp attendees include (back row) Clay Miller, Cade Berry, Noah Bunger, (front row) Kira Loftesness, Briana Gross & Nicole Pierson.


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he best time for students to take the ACT college entrance exam is in the spring of their junior year. Thus, it is time for juniors to sign up for the April 12th ACT college entrance exam. It is an exam that Juniors should take if they are interested in attending any form of post secondary education. Juniors will need an ACT test score before their senior year starts so they can apply to colleges and scholarships. The test is offered at Harrisburg High School on April 12th from 8:00am until approximately noon. It is offered at HHS but is organized by ACT. Go to to register, upload a picture and pay for the exam. The deadline to sign up for the April ACT exam is March 7th.



he ACT is important for high school graduates to get into college. Students can feel a lot of pressure or get stressed when taking the ACT. To avoid this, there are some tips to make the experience less stressful and to get a better score. The first one is to go online and look up ACT prep sites. There are a lot of resources out there that you can use for free to be prepared for the ACT. One that I know of for sure is the ACT website, complete with its very own free prep. You can go on their website and take a practice test and it will tell you why each answer is wrong or right. I know this website was helpful for me.


n test day, make sure you are prepared. You need to bring your printed out test ticket and a form of ID, such as your driver’s license or even your school ID. There will be a list of other materials to bring to the test on your test ticket. When you are taking the test, read the directions for each test carefully. Also read each question thoroughly so you understand what you are answering, and you’ll be able to put down your best answer. Another piece of advice is to pace yourself. If you spend too much time on one question, then you won’t have time to finish the rest of the test. If you do run out of time at the end, fill in all the bubbles quickly. Try not to leave any of them blank because it is better to guess rather than leaving answers blank. You might be thinking that this is a lot to remember, but the best thing you can do is practice this at home before the test. Try putting yourself in a similar situation. Time yourself and grade how you did. My last tip is to make sure you double check the location of your test, and be early. You don’t want to be late because they won’t let you take the test and it wouldn’t be good if you showed up at the wrong location on test day. The ACT isn’t as scary as you might think; you just need to be prepared and confident and you will do just fine.



r. Andy Kleinjan is a teacher and assistant basketball coach here at Harrisburg High School. He coaches the JV basketball team, and he is also the mastermind behind an abundance of the offense for the team. He teaches World Geography as well as AP Government. His teaching method is a very interesting method; most highly agree and absolutely want this method, while some may disagree with it strongly. This method is called MCL (Mass Customized Learning), which can be defined as: the capacity to routinely customize products and services through computer applications and technologies to meet the specific needs and/or desires of individuals without adding significantly to the cost of the product or service.


asically, students learn at their own pace, and Mr. Kleinjan has students present what they have learned to him in any way they wish to present it. If he feels that students have not learned well enough, he does not let them move on. It is a great method to make students become more responsible and actually learn and take ownership of the information. However, a lot of students don’t like it because they feel lost and don’t learn as well as they would with traditional learning styles. For the majority of the students who dislike MCL, they prefer more structure and deadlines in order to get things done. I believe that Mass Customized Learning will be accepted by more and more teachers as the education process continues to grow and revolutionize. It really is a great way to prepare students for college life, where you are constantly responsible for showing up to class and learning the material, smilar to the MCL style of learning.



oxanne Bicknase has been working at Harrisburg for 24 years, starting when Harrisburg only had one school, the current Liberty Elementary School, for K-12. She first began working here in May of 1991 in the elementary special education department. Then in May of the same year was offered the middle school librarian aide job. She worked as the middle school librarian for nearly two years and accepted the job of high school assistant.


rs. Bicknase became the high school secretary in 2003 and continues to work there today. Harrisburg has changed drastically since Rox started in 1991, where there were approximately sixty employees total in K-12. Today, Harrisburg has close to five hundred employees total, and six new schools have been built since Mrs. Bicknase has started working here. Harrisburg School District has grown into Sioux Falls, and now has two elementary schools and one middle school in the city of Sioux Falls.


arrisburg has made great advancements technologically since she started, as floppy discs were used to save data on computers, and classrooms had only one computer that was used only by the teacher. We have evolved since that time, so now every student in the high school has their own personal Macbook. Harrisburg High School has become one of the top schools in the state, and I personally believe that Mrs. Bicknase has a lot to do with the success of Harrisburg; although, I might be a little biased. Rox’s advice for students on picking a career is, “Choose a career that you love and you will never “work” a day in your life. I did”.



team from Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) visited Harrisburg High School February 18 - 19 to examine modular scheduling and mass customized learning for freshman.


IE is an extension of South Dakota public school districts. Along with many other projects across the state, TIE helps interested school districts understand how mass customized learning is taking form across South Dakota and beyond.


Students engaged in customized learning get more quality oneon-one instruction because the teacher can meet individual student learning needs," said Dr. Julie Mathiesen, TIE director. She spoke to parents and others during a public forum at the high school February 18.


mis-perception the public sometimes expresses, Dr. Mathiesen noted after the visit, is that teachers in mass customized learning schools teach less than they would in traditional settings. That's perhaps because teachers in customized learning classrooms step away from the front of the room regularly. "Customized learning looks much different than the traditional school experience," Dr. Mathiesen said. "While it may look like the teachers aren't teaching, in actuality they are engaging in a much higher level of instruction with individual students and with small groups."


IE staff visited with students, teachers, and principal Kevin Lein during the visit. Some Harrisburg teachers observed that their students are becoming more active participants in planning and monitoring their learning. It's difficult for students in customized learning classrooms to disengage and "fly under the radar," they said.


IE organizes South Dakota's largest annual training event for educators, the TIE Conference. Set for April 13 - 15 in Sioux Falls, the 2014 TIE Conference will address mass customized learning among dozens of other topics.




ailey Axtell signs with the University of South Dakota to throw the javelin for the Coyotes Track & Field program.



organ Darner pictured with her soccer coaches Brooke Murphy, Jess Griggs and Katie Keppen at her signing with Southwest Minnesota State University for Women’s soccer.

onor Bollweg with the University of Sioux Falls for Men’s Track & Field & Cross Country.




he sixth grade team has brought the spirit of the Olympics to HNMS. Each advisory created a poster and chant or song that they performed at the opening ceremonies. After the opening ceremonies it was time for the games to begin. Each advisory opened up with a spirited round of paper airplane toss. There was only one chance to reign supreme. Points were awarded to the top three flights. Throughout the next eight advisory periods the sixth grade will compete in different events such as a discus and shot put toss with paper plates and cotton balls along with a challenging obstacle course. Each advisory will be keeping track of points for bonus challenges throughout the two week. The teams will also discuss the Olympic Creed and what it takes to be a champion. It will be a fun and exciting two weeks and a way to help students connect with the Olympic spirit.


hristian Trainor and Adam Holmstrom have committed to continuing their football careers at Morningside College in Sioux City. Trainor and Holmstrom, pictured above, signed their National Letters of Intent February 5th.

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.” Olympic Creed




arrisburg North Middle School (HNMS) held their second set of student led conferences for the school year on February 11, 2014. Once again, the conferences were an overwhelming success and attendance was great. The 6th grade had 95% of our students and parents attend, seventh grade had 94% attendance and the eighth grade had 90% attendance. We want to thank all of our parents and guardians for the continued support and involvement in the educational process at HNMS.


e made the switch to student-led conferences last year because we believe these conferences hold students more accountable for their learning. We also believe that through these types of conferences, students assume greater control of their academic progress and accept personal responsibility for their academic performance. In addition, we hope that a student-led conference engages teachers, students and parents in an open and honest dialogue about the learning process.

7TH GRADE TEAM When you ask, “What did you learn in school today?” Do you get the familiar response of “I don’t know. Nothing” Well here is a glimpse of the past few weeks and the things they are learning, creating and exploring in class. In general Math 7, we wrapped up our Algebra Unit. Students practiced and applied several concepts, including Expressions, Solving Equations and Inequalities. Students worked very hard and most students are now demonstrating very strong Pre-Algebra skills. They have now transitioned into their Geometry Unit. This topic covers a range of concepts from two and three dimensional shapes, area, surface area and volume. In geography we have finished a project on the Olympics. In the project the students needed to research the cost and the long term effects that the Olympics have on Russia economically. We are moving now to the study of North Africa and SW Asia. Science---The general science students are working their way through the animal kingdom and will progress through the human body.   This week and next, they are doing presentations on invertebrates.  In the next few we will be dissecting:  a worm, an owl pellet, and frogs.  The students are finding out some really cool information about animals that they never knew.  It is fun to see and hear the ooohs, ahhs, and grooossss! remarks through the room as they hear new information and watch some of these



ur North Middle School Music Department is in full swing with upcoming festivals, honors choirs, musicals, and all-state band events. Many of these listed events required the students to qualify through a highly competitive statewide audition process. HNMS is very proud of all our students who have auditioned and worked hard to qualify for these events. Listed below are dates of upcoming events and qualifying students: NC – ACDA Boy’s Honors’ Choir – 1 student March 20, HNMS will send Carter J. to Des Moines, IA, for the North Central ACDA Boys’ Honors Choir. Carter will spend three days rehearsing with boys from across the Midwest to prepare for the concert directed by Vincent Oakes. Mr. Oakes is the Director of Music at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. SDMEA Elementary Music Festival – 15 students March is a very busy month for art departments with our first event being SDMEA Elementary Choral Day in Beresford, SD. Our North Middle School will be taking fifteen students from our sixth- grade chorus to compete. Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland for The University of South Dakota will be the guest conductor. In addition to HNMS, there are thirteen different schools will be participating in this day-long festival with a public concert held at the Beresford HS at 4:00 p.m. Jr. High All-State Band – 3 students On February 28, HNMS will send three of our band students to Pierre for the Middle School All-State Band. Mr. Robert Sheldon and Dr. Eric Peterson will sever as the guest conductors for this event that includes students from all across South Dakota. Our students will take part in a two day rehearsal that concludes with a concert on March first at 4:00 at T. F. Riggs HS. THE TIGER TIMES • MARCH 2014 • PAGE 18

We also feel that this format helps our students develop organizational and oral communication skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the most obvious benefit to student-led conferences is the increased attendance rate and as you can see from the numbers above.


hile we can’t guarantee that all students will achieve all these benefits, we can say we feel the chances are better than when in a parent-teacher conference format. We do understand the need for some parents to want to talk to all of their child’s teachers to find out how they are doing and to determine specific ways they can help the learning process at home. If these questions were not answered in the student led conference and with the drop-in sessions available with individual teachers, then by all means feel free to contact us so we can schedule another conference, we are all more than happy to meet individually with you or as a teaching team.


nce again thank you for your continued support and dedication to HNMS, our students and staff greatly appreciate your being a part of our educational process.

invertebrates on video. In general ELA (Engish Language Arts), we are currently reading the novel Tangerine, which is a story about Paul Fisher and his move to a new town. Within the story, there are many challenges that Paul faces and the story explores/showcases the role of family relationships and roles. As we continue to explore these relationships, we will continue practicing and applying our grammatical skills through daily practice and continued application in writing. Your student is doing extraordinary things in ELA, and it has been awesome to witness the improvements within their thinking/writing. Another tool that students have been using within class is On this free website your child can use online flashcards to study vocabulary terms; they can compete against their friends and classmates in learning games; and expand their vocabulary. Students have noted that they have enjoyed the program, and several students’ scores have improved drastically. Important Note: Your student’s’ life-size drawing for their Independent Reading Project is due on March 5. They have been notified that it is due, and it is their responsibility that they finish it outside of class.


he Advanced Language Arts students have been researching the history of the Holocaust; our students are using literature circles to explore the concept of “challenges” as it relates to the characters in the books of their choice. The students have taken the initiative to conduct their own discussions in a group as they participate and assume various learning roles.

Celebration of Music Festival - 6 band students and 6 choral students Our next event is a tri-state choral and band event on March 5 in Brandon, SD. The Celebration of Music festival will bring in students from: South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota to work with guest conductors. The day will conclude with a public concert at 2:00p.m. at the Brandon High School Performing Arts Center. Additional Concerts, Honors, and Events: SDSU Elementary Choral Day – 6 students SD – ACDA Jr. High Honor’s Choir – 4 students On March 31, our seventh-grade and eighth- grade choirs—which consists of sixty-five students—will travel to Dakota Valley to participate with six other Jr. High choirs to work on a group ensemble. The day will be spent working with our guest conductor, Dr. David DeHoogh-Kliewer from USF, on a collection of six songs. The event will conclude with a public concert at 7:00p.m. April will also bring some amazing events to the North Middle School Music departments. April 3, 4, and 5 will be our first ever School Musical with the production of Oliver. Josh M. our very own sixth-grade student has been cast as Oliver, along with: Maddy M. as Charlotte, Annika P. as Bet, and many other students as townspeople. This production will surely be one to remember. Upcoming events: April 14th Choral Spring Concert 7:00 pm April 15th Band Spring Concert 7:00 pm April 28th Choral Pops Concert 7:00 pm Other events in April include: our choir concert on April 14; a Band concert on April 15th; and a choral pops concert on April 28th. All of these events will be held in our North MS Auditory at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to sharing our growth with you at these events.



o everyone who came to our first North Middle School Book Fair, and to all who helped make it a great experience, a big thank you! And “Thank You!” to our student crew who volunteered to help hang posters, setup and take down the fair. We sold over 150 books this year. Keep on reading, and we’ll see you at our fair next year!



he North Middle School 7th grade girls’ basketball team finished their 2013-2014 season with a nail biter against Pierre on Saturday, February 8th with a score of 11-14. Pierre ended up on top, but the girls gave them one heck of a fight.  With 17 girls out and playing 2-3 games at each outing, the Tigers showed improvement in their skills throughout the season.  “We tried our hardest and had fun,” said one of the players.  Some of their favorite games that were played at practice were cat & mouse and knock out (both working on dribbling skills).  Overall the girls ended their season at 0-20 with all games played.  “I think sportsmanship is knowing that it is a game, that we are only as good as our opponents, and whether you win or lose, to always give 100 percent”-Sue Wicks


he North Middle School 8th grade girls’ basketball team finished their 2013-2014 season with a win over Pierre on Saturday, February 8 with a score of 49-41. With only a ten game schedule, and despite the weather and missing out on one game, the athletes kept a positive attitude and tried to learn and have fun each practice.   With 13 girls out and playing anywhere from 1-3 games at each outing, the lady Tigers improved throughout the season.  The 8th graders’ final record was 7-2 (first game record) with losses to Madison and Yankton and a 15-2 overall record (for all games played). 



he landscape of education has evolved considerably over the last several years with the emergence of new technologies. Today, more and more of our students have their own devices (i.e., tablets, laptops, e-readers, netbooks) that, not only have capabilities similar to or surpassing those of the computer I am writing on now, but also give students access to technologies that can enhance their learning if used appropriately. With the prevalence of technology permeating seemingly every part of our society, it only makes sense that these technologies become a part of the educational opportunities provided to students. HSMS is exploring the appropriateness of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative with our 7th Grade team running a pilot through the remainder of the school year.


he BYOD initiative is one that is becoming more prevalent within schools nationwide as the benefits of personalized technologies are being realized. As a District, we continually seek innovative and effective ways of improving student learning, and we see this initiative as an opportunity to enhance the great work our teachers already do with students. This initiative stems from several considerations: Many students use and have a great deal of familiarity with a device that they use for personal reasons; why not use the device to enhance their learning in school? We presently do not have the resources to be a 1:1 school. By using the devices many of our students use every day and providing devices to those who are unable to bring one to school, we are much closer to making 1:1 a reality. Broader access to technology will shift students from being content consumers to becoming content producers. Current technologies promote 21st Century skills of student collaboration and interactions, which can be extended beyond the school walls with increased student access to devices.


s. Olson, one of our 7th grade ELA teachers has found that increased student access to technology has improved the quality of student work and has given students more options for products to reflect their learning. With that in mind, our goal with this initiative is to facilitate safe and productive use of devices while empowering students to take more active ownership of their learning. We have been appreciative of parent, student, and teacher feedback as this pilot is implemented and look forward to the results of the BYOD pilot to see if it is an appropriate means of improving student learning within Harrisburg’s middle schools. If you have any questions about the BYOD pilot, please contact Mr. Ellwein or Mr. Weaver.



n a breezy Thursday morning, 101 HSMS sixth graders boarded a bus to the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. Students enjoyed fun outdoor activities and learning about wildlife. The kids were broken into five groups and took turns doing various activities. Although no fish were caught, ice fishing was definitely a crowd favorite! Orienteering, using maps to navigate a course, really got the sixth graders running and enjoying the beautiful trails, while using their directional skills. One of the other activities was dissecting owl pellets. It was so fun to see the bones of the prey the owls ate and to try guessing what creature they belong to. They also got their hands on pelts, horns, and antlers of 26 native animals of South Dakota, and their knowledge was tested as they were given the opportunity to identify

the species. Finally, they played South Dakota trivia, played team building games, and got to practice their hunting skills.


he Outdoor Campus is an excellent c o m m u n i t y resource in which students can learn and explore nature and the environment. It is funded by income brought in from the purchase of hunting and fishing licenses. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and the volunteers were very involved in making our trip a success. Overall, this was a great experience for sixth graders. It not only was fun, but also educational.





n early February, all eighth grade ELA students at South Middle School participated in a school-wide debate tournament. Under the instruction of curriculum director and debate expert Dr. Kip McKee, students researched, wrote cases, and debated over the effects of social networking in the United States. In total, forty-four teams of two students each participated in the tournament, including champions: Henry Garcia, Devon Ulrich, Sheridan Andre, Seth Wilcox, Terek Nour, and Collin Kehrwald. Great job, Tigers!


ur 8th graders have started working with Scratch. Scratch is a programming software that was developed by some students at MIT. Students have developed some games using this program and have started the process of understanding the basics in programing. This program offers a wide variety of cross-curricular concepts. One of my favorites is working with x and y coordinates. Using these coordinates students have been able to develop racing games, pong, and even Flappy Bird.


e sure to check out the 8th Grade Team’s new website this month. It can be accessed through the school website or by going to



he encore team is now on Twitter. Yes you heard right! We are utilizing the current social media site to promote education and learning in the classroom. The site enables us to network with fellow educators around the country, bouncing ideas and articles off one another to enhance learning in the classroom. Twitter also allows us to get information out quickly to parents and students. If you want to keep up on what is happening, or shall I say #trending with the Encore team our usernames are as follows: @BoerHealth @ThomasFACS @FeslerArt @EnnengaBand @JVlast15 @BethHanson6509 @Wrathleader1 #TweetOn

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ndoor recess, although it is fun, was getting a little old.


tudents at Endeavor had been feeling a little cooped up during the past few months. With wind temperatures below zero, on and off for the past few months, students were not able to get outside for some much needed SUNSHINE and fresh air. Once February hit, so did the warmer weather. Students were excited to play in the snow and enjoy themselves.



alentine’s Day is celebrated in school in a variety of ways. Whether it is celebrated with a class party, sing-o-gram, or a special valentine, students make this holiday one to remember. In the second grade classes at Endeavor Elementary, the students created their own Valentine’s boxes at home. The only direction their teachers gave them was to be creative and have fun. These boxes became a major project and the students’ creativity was revealed. This years boxes ranged from Minions to peacocks to heartshaped creatures. All unique and all showing the students true personality.


alentine’s Day is more than just boxes though. When a group of second graders were asked, “What makes Valentine’s Day special to you?” The replies were quite noteworthy. “Loving people.” Carter 2M “How you love your family.” Beau 2P “Candy!” Camden and Charles 2P “Hugs!” Kendra 2J “Hanging out with family.” Taylor 2M “It’s when you get nice cards from your friends and family.” Maddie 2P “Share love and respect.” Wilson 2J “When you get spoiled.” Cooper and Braden 2J “Being with family and friends. “ Olivia 2M



uesday, March 4th kicks off the Read-a-thon “Pop Open a Good Book!” The goal of the read-a-thon is to challenge students to read more and to collect pledges to help purchase guided reading books and library books.


e ask you to encourage students to read! If you do not have a student at Endeavor, but would like to sponsor a student or make a donation, please contact the Endeavor office at 605-7432567. Pledges will be collected through March 25th. Thank you for supporting the literacy program at Endeavor Elementary! Pictured Jack and Jenna from Mrs. Peterson's Class



ong before the Crevier family performed their Spin-tacular Basketball Show on America’s Got Talent last season, Bruce and Diane Crevier and their 12 children were showing off their unique skills and powerful message to audiences across the globe. Their latest stop in the area was to Freedom Elementary School.


he Crevier children, aged 4 to 25, along with parents Bruce and Diane, are quite skilled when it comes to spinning and handling a basketball. But this talent didn’t come easily. Bruce informed the assembly of K-5 graders that it takes motivation and dedication to learn the tricks that they perform. That same mindset can be used in school too. The Crevier children spoke about how Champions win the GAME - Goals, Attitude, Morals, and Excellence. By setting goals, staying positive, standing firm on your morals, and striving for excellence, you too can achieve whatever you set your mind to. In addition to their positive message to students, the Crevier family performed many individual and groups tricks that got everyone up and cheering from the bleachers. Most students agreed that their favorite part of the show was when the family brought out their

unicycles. Riding a unicycle may seem hard enough by itself, but the family made it more challenging by spinning and juggling basketballs more than 10 feet in the air!


he Crevier family has achieved many accomplishments throughout their years of performing, including their trip to the finals on America’s Got Talent. Bruce Crevier is also a four-time Guinness World Records holder for spinning a basketball. He once spun a basketball continuously for 22 hours and 12 minutes! For more information about this talented family, check out their website at: www.






ennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, $1.00, and $5.00 bills can add up to varying sums of money, but how many people know how to count back change when purchasing items, or being a cashier? The students in Mrs. Kirton’s fifth grade class were recently given the opportunity to show their understanding of this skill. “Throughout January, we had generous parent donations for our store.” exclaimed Mrs. Kirton enthusiastically. “My students, and their parents, understand the importance of children knowing how to count back change as a life skill, and learning it might as well happen earlier, rather than later in life.”


fter learning to “count up” as a way of solving subtraction problems in the new Investigation Math Series, adopted by the Harrisburg School District in 2013, students transferred their skills to money.


he class was divided into “buyers” and “sellers”. Each buyer was given a $10.00 bill and instructed to shop the counters of the store. Earlier in the day, students had divided tables into areas of food, drink, sports, girl and boy items, and one designated for miscellaneous. Upon selecting an item, the buyer would take their find, and money to their partner cashier. The cashier had to then count back change from the


table long cash register, covered with various coins. Once all buyers had successfully been given change for their purchase, buyers put the change back on the tables and the $10.00 bills were given to the cashiers, who now became the new shoppers.


his back and forth process allowed each student to “shop” ten times and be a cashier ten times. The purchases included pop, candy, lip gloss, coloring books, school supplies, room decorations, novelty items, boxed science experiments, gum, etc… One student said, “ I love doing stuff like this and it really isn’t that hard. Why do so many people working at cash registers have a hard time with it?” Mrs. DeAndrea, a parent who came to observe said, “…what a great idea to set up a real marketplace. Mrs. Kirton took an opportunity to take practical real life situations and turned them into a wonderful learning experience for her 5th graders! All the kids seem to be having fun while learning.” 




he school year is winding down; we are now nearing the 4th quarter. “We get to wear shorts!” scream the students. “Oh, bring us warm weather, first!” mutter the teachers. We have had a long streak of cold weather, oh how we await warmer temperatures. As we await the change in temps… the school days go on.


o what’s happening at Liberty, you ask? We just finished conferences and all went well. From a 5th grade point of view, students made Prezi presentations as they led their conferences. Oh the technology! Students are excited, and parents are nervous, as the main conversation was directed toward “Am I ready for middle school?” Of course they are, but redirecting what still needs to be taught and learned in order to be “ready” is always proactive!

a weekly “news program” full of information and entertainment created by the 5th graders for Liberty students. Students come up with stories, write scripts, interview, record, film, edit, and create a fun 15 minute program to be viewed by all grades on the last day of each week.


astly, Liberty is gearing up for Dr. Seuss week. Oh what fun! Each day Mar. 3-7, students will honor Dr. Seuss by dressing up to the theme of one of his books. These are the following dress up days: Mon. for Green Eggs and Ham, wear green; Tuesday for Fox in Socks, wear crazy socks; Wednesday for Wacky Wednesday, wear mix matched clothing; Thursday for The Lorax, wear a “thneed” (something you need like a scarf); and Friday for The Cat in the Hat, wear a crazy hat! Oh what fun it is to be at Liberty! Bring on the warmer weather…over and out!


s far as technology is concerned, the 5th graders are still working diligently on Tiger Tube. For those of you who don’t know, Tiger Tube is



his year Liberty Elementary held a talent show for grades kindergarten through fifth. The students that were in the talent show went through an audition process in order to participate. The students’ talents could range anywhere from singing to doing a dance performance. I interviewed my second grade sister, Kyriana I’atala, on what the process was like. “I was a little nervous but very excited. Waiting to see if I made it felt like it took forever, but when they posted the list I was so excited that I made it in!” Having a talent show for elementary students can be very beneficial. Participating in a talent show can encourage children to conquer stage fright fears, help them with self confidence, motivate them to become more self reliant, and assist them in striving to do their very best in everything they set their mind to. The talent show was held February 27, 2014, at 7:00 pm in the Liberty gymnasium in Harrisburg.


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WHEN: 3:30PM-5:30PM COST: $20.00 @ Explorer— Tuesday, March 25 @ Journey--- Tuesday, March 25 @ Endeavor--- Tuesday, March 25 @ Freedom---Wednesday, March 26 @ Liberty-- Wednesday, March 26 @ NMS& SMS Wednesday, March 26 Registrations due Return form/payment by March 4 to: Ronette Costain Harrisburg Explorer Elementary 4010 W. 82nd Street Sioux Falls SD 571-8 Or Make checks payable to Harrisburg Volleyball.

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A few examples of what Tiger Nation has provided…

• Tent to keep our Cross Country & Track Athletes warm and dry • IPad and case for the Track and Cross Country coaches used to video athletes and keep stats • Choir robe bags and transporting boxes to keep the robes in good condition during travel • Assisted with expenses associated with the Fall Musical Play • Spike trainers & 4 block stands for our volleyball team • Green fees paid so our state boys golf team could play the course ahead of the state tourney • Basic equipment for fall school softball team • Tiger Vision crew T-shirts and a software upgrade


• Travel costs for a Wrestling team camp in Nebraska for two consecutive years Board Members:

• Funded the TIBBS position camp for all HS Girls basketball players for the past two years

President, Aaron Ellingsen

Vice President, Vicki Lanier

Funded the Boys Basketball team Jackrabbit Satellite Camp held at HHS


• Funded boy & girl soccer players at a full camp, thanks to scholarship dollars offered • Impact Baseline Concussion testing software – still available to every Harrisburg Tiger athlete • Travel dollars to assist with the Debate and Oral Interp Teams to two National Tournaments • 100 Yards of turf on our state-of-the-art football field • 700 Seats in one of the finest high school auditoriums in the state

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