Harding County School District 31-1

Harding County Schools

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Harding County Booster Club

Email: hardingcountyboosterclub@gmail.com

Announcements

Free Lunch to all enrolled K-12 students effective 11/2/2020

Attention Harding County School Parents/Guardians –

Effective November 2, 2020, Harding County School District has been approved to offer FREE lunch to all enrolled K-12 students. No applications need to be filed. The free meals may continue through the end of the school year.
• This program is for regular lunch meals only.
• Accounts will still be charged for snacks, salad bar, and additional milks.
• Any meals charged to your account before November 2, 2020 still need to be paid.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeana Hunsucker or Elizabeth Henderson at the school, 605-375-3241.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDAOASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the com-plaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Depart-ment of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Wash-ington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Dated: October 30, 2020

Regular School Resumes 10/26

We will be back to regular school on Monday, October 26.  We ask that anyone who has any symptoms at all to stay home.  Everyone has done a wonderful job so far of doing their part to keep themselves and everyone around them healthy.  We ask now more than ever to continue to be vigilant in staying home if any symptoms arise.  Thank you!

Online Learning 10/20 – 10/22

Due to the amount of positive cases of Covid 19, as well as close contacts, we will have online learning October 20-22.  We will use tomorrow, Monday, October 19, for students/parents to come to school and pick up their textbooks and needed supplies.  Students/parents can come anytime between 9:00-4:00 to pick up supplies.  Elementary students will get directions for online learning through class DOJO by tomorrow afternoon.  Middle School and High School will get directions for online learning through Microsoft Teams by tomorrow afternoon.  Activities will go on as scheduled for this week. 

Please understand that this decision was a difficult decision to make.  Our plan is to be back to face-to-face learning on Monday, October 26 if positive cases decrease. 

BBQ Lunch Friday 9/17

To alleviate the large lines and crowds at the BBQ lunch on Friday, please follow these procedures.  Everyone, including community members, is still invited. We just ask that you keep social distancing measures in mind when finding a place to sit.  If the commons area is full, please find a place to sit outside.

 

Elementary Students & Parents/Grandparents

  1. Parents, please fill out the order form that your child brings home. Fill out a form for each of your children and send their lunch order form back to their teacher with payment by Thursday. Remember to fill out an order form for each of your children and send that form back to their teacher with payment by Thursday.
  2. Elementary parents are to arrive between 10:45-11:00.  Elementary parents will go through the food line when they arrive and will sit down at a table in the commons or outside, whichever they prefer, and wait for their children.
  3. Elementary teachers will bring their students to the commons at 11:00.  Their food will be labeled according to student and class on tables.  Once they pick up their food, students can find their parents and go sit with them.

Middle School Students and Parents/Grandparents

  1. Arrive between 11:30-11:50. Go through the line and find a seat inside or outside.

High School Students and Parents/Grandparents and Community Members.

  1. Arrive between 11:50-12:15. Go through the line and find a seat inside or outside.

Mission Statement

The mission of Harding County School’s faculty, staff, students, parents, and community is to provide a safe and challenging learning environment that enables all students to maximize achievement through a variety of educational experiences.

Vision Statement

Establishing a Foundation for Future Endeavors.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Contact Us

12474 Tipperary Street
PO Box 367
Buffalo, South Dakota 57720

Phone:  (605) 375-3241
Fax:  (605) 375-3246

 

School Board

Jesse Glines, President
Will Meyer, Vice-President
Laura Johnson
Randy Routier
Carmen Gilbert

School Testing Windows

Smarter Balanced

  • Smarter Balanced Assessments are aligned to the Common Core Standards and provide a yearly check of progress in math and English language arts. Smarter Balanced provides feedback to help teachers and students succeed.
  • April 8-May 3
  • English Language Arts and Math
    • There are two subtests for each subject
    • Estimated total testing time: 6-7.5 hours, there is not a time limit for these tests and students receive multiple breaks
    • Overall schedule will be on the school calendar as it is finalized
  • Results are mailed with the final report cards at the end of the year
  • Required by the state

South Dakota Science Assessment

  • Grades 5, 8, and 11 participate in the South Dakota Science Assessment, which measures mastery in life, earth, and physical science.
  • April 10-30
  • Science
    • There are 3-50 minute testing sessions. There is not a time limit for the tests.
    • Overall schedule will be on the school calendar as it is finalized
  • Results are mailed after school starts in the fall. In the future we plan to mail results with the final report cards at the end of the year, if the results are reported at that time.
  • Required by the state

Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA)

  • The alternate assessments are for students with cognitive disabilities who use Core Content Connectors. They measure academic achievement.
  • March-May
  • English Language Arts and Mathematics
  • The length of time needed will vary for each individual who takes this test.
  • Results are mailed after they are reported in the fall.
  • Required by the state

South Dakota Science-Alternate Assessment

  • Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 who qualify to take alternate testing participate.
  • April 1-May 3
  • Science
  • The length of time needed will vary for each individual who takes this test.
  • Results are mailed after school starts in the fall.
  • Required by the state

National Career Readiness Certificate

  • The NCRC measures practical skills for workplace success in areas of workplace documents, graphic literacy, and applied mathematics.
  • This assessment takes approximately 3 hours.
  • It is given to seniors during the fall semester. This year it is scheduled for September 18th.
  • Students are able to know their results within a week, often the same day of testing. If earned, a copy of the certificate will be mailed home and the certificate will be presented to the student at awards day.
  • Harding County High School chooses to participate in the NCRC.

MAPS

  • Three tests (reading, language usage, math) are given at the beginning, middle, and end of the year to give details about specific skill sets students possess. Students are able to easily compare the growth they make throughout the year. Teachers used this test data to design classroom instruction, interventions, and enrichment opportunities for each student.
  • This is a district wide assessment administered within the first 2 weeks of the school year and within the last 3 weeks each semester.
  • There isn’t a time limit, students are given breaks between sessions and test for a total of approximately 4-5 hours
  • Students are able to see their results immediately and teachers review them in class and often at parent teacher conferences.

ASVAB

  • https://www.asvabprogram.com/
  • This is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, which allows students to look into many career fields.
  • Harding County High School requires Juniors take the ASVAB in the fall semester as well as any seniors who would like to retest for military purposes. This year it is scheduled for November 14. Students can test for up to 3 hours
  • Results will be mailed in the fall semester.

Home School Testing

  • This is required for home school students in grades 4, 8, and 11 to measure their academic achievement in math and English.
  • March 25-April 19, it is administered at home.
  • Results are mailed at the end of the school year.

National Assessment of Educational Progress

  • This is a national test, sometimes known as “the Nation’s Report Card.” Students in grades 4 and 8 take a test in a predetermined subject. No scores are given at a school level, as the purpose is to determine student achievement on a national level and track progress over time. Harding County School District is not part of the participating sample this year.

ACT

  • Post-secondary educational institutes require placement tests, but the ACT is not required by the Harding County School District or the state. It is offered at Harding County School twice a year (April and October test dates).

ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for EL students)

  • ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The assessment is available in both paper-based and online formats for Grades 1-12, while Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are paper-based tests.ACCESS 2.0: Jan. 28 – Feb.28, 2019
    ACCESS Alt: Jan. 28 – Feb.28, 2019