May-June 2011 - Meade School District

May-June 2011 - Meade School District

In Touch

May-June 2011

Volume 7, Number 4

A quarterly publication of Meade School District

Thank you, retirees,

for 549 years of service

Recognition reception

...Page 3

New superintendent

...Page 4

Marilyn Baker

Linda Chaplin

Pat Fischer

Barb Fonder

School board election

...Page 6

This Old School House

...Page 7

Linda Hampton

Susan Heibult Irene Heinert Myrna Hill

Drums Alive

...Page 8

Special public hearing

...Page 11

Mary Larscheid Wayne Lensegrav Kay Mentele Kay Overland

Children’s show

School calendar

...Page 15

...Page 15

Sheila Powell June Reilly Brenda Schaffer Virginia Schmunk

“To Build Knowledge and Skills for Success Today and Tomorrow”

From the superintendent

We will continue to keep ‘In Touch’

The first issue of "In Touch" was published

in August of 2004 and was actually started as

a pilot communications program.

In the spring of 2005, the readers of “In

Touch” were surveyed, and 82 percent of

them considered this newsletter to be a

valuable source of information.

Eighty-seven percent of those same

respondents indicated that the district should

continue to publish the newsletter in the

future. With that level of support from the

public, the School Board made the decision to

continue to fund the program as an ongoing

and integral part of school district operations.

Since that time, this newsletter has proven to

be a very effective medium for keeping

Meade School District patrons informed.

During the 2011 Legislative Session, the

Legislature and Gov. Daugaard determined

that it would be appropriate to cut funding for

K-12 school districts by 6.6 percent. This

action created a tremendous challenge for

the school board and administration to

contain costs, balance the budget, and

preserve the quality of programs and support

services that are necessary.

In the process of examining the budget,

the Communications Program came under

scrutiny. Editor Kristine Hubbard took the

initiative and proposed that the district save

more than 50 percent of the program's cost

by eliminating all publishing, printing and

mailing costs associated with this newsletter

and reducing her salary. The outcome of the

proposal would make "In Touch" an online

newsletter exclusively.

With the school board's action to accept

the proposal, this issue of "In Touch" will be

the last hard copy issue that will be published

and mailed to all school district residents. All

future issues will be published online and will

be accessible on the school district's website

at A limited number

of hard copies of each issue will be printed

for distribution in local libraries only.

In this digital age, I am hopeful that

eliminating the hard copy version of this

newsletter will not necessarily have a negative

impact on our overall communications program,

but will instead be viewed as an idea whose

time has come, given our budgetary restrictions

and our need to be a more environmentallyfriendly


In October of 2010, I announced my

retirement at the end of this fiscal year (June

30, 2011). That time is rapidly approaching

and I want to take this last opportunity to

express my sincere thanks and appreciation

to all the patrons and residents of Meade

School District for the opportunity to have

served as your Superintendent of Schools for

the past 10 years.

Over this time, there have been many

challenges, yet the collaborative efforts of all

of the stakeholders have enabled us to meet

these challenges and truly advance the

cause of education in Meade School District.

I am proud to have been associated with

such a fine school district and I wish all of

you continued success in the future.

James Heinert, superintendent

2 In Touch May-June 2011

Staff retirement and recognition

reception is May 10

A reception will be held Tuesday, May 10, in

honor of the Meade School District employees who

are retiring, those who have worked 15, 20 or 30

years, and those who have been selected

as teachers and employees of the year.

The buffet reception will begin at 4

p.m. in the west gym at Sturgis Brown

High School. The presentations and

recognitions will follow at 5:15 p.m.

This event, sponsored by the Meade

School Board, is open to the public.

Guest tickets are $5 each and must be

purchased in advance at the district office

or at any administrative office. Deadline

to purchase tickets is Thursday, May 5.

Tickets will not be available at the door.

Honorees include the following, all of

whom will be retiring at the end of the

current school year: Marilyn Baker,

teacher at the Atall School, 23 years in

education; Linda Chaplin, counselor at

Sturgis Williams Middle School, 33 years

in education; Pat Fischer, teacher at

SWMS, 8 years in education; Barb

Fonder, custodian at Whitewood School,

23 years with Meade School District;

Linda Hampton, teacher at SWMS, 38

years in education, 24 years with Meade

School District.

Jim Harris, buildings and grounds

supervisor, 26 years in education, 23 with

Meade School District; Susan Heibult, teacher at

Sturgis Elementary, 29 years in education; Irene

Heinert, teacher at SWMS, 30 years in education, 5

with Meade School District; James Heinert, superintendent,

39 years in education, 10 with Meade

School District; Myrna Hill, teacher at Sturgis Brown

High School, 33 years in education, 30 with Meade

School District; Mary Larscheid Christensen,

teacher at SWMS, 38 years in education, 36 with

Jim Harris

James Heinert

Carl Wahl

Meade School District; Wayne Lensegrav, district

maintenance foreman, 24 years with Meade

School District; Kay Mentele, teacher at Sturgis

Elementary, 34 years in education; Kay

Overland, teacher at Enning School, 25

years in education.

Sheila Powell, teacher at SWMS,

31 years in education, 19 years with

Meade School District; June Reilly, counselor

at Whitewood School, 17 years in

education, 13 with Meade School District;

Brenda Schaffer, teacher at SBHS, 32

years in education, 31 with Meade School

District; Virginia Schmunk, teacher at

SWMS, 30 years in education, 20 with

Meade School District; Carl Wahl, school

board member, 36 years.

Employees honored for their years

of service include Anita DaSilva, Jennifer

Keffeler, Mary McLellan, Charlotte

Pistulka and Kellie Thomas, all 15 years.

Twenty-year honorees include Barb

Grosch, Carol Fellner, Arlene Ketelsen,

Abby McCaskey, Roxanne Murphy, Becky

Rost, Virginia Schmunk, Kathy Seymour,

Donna Trigg and Lora Wilson. Staff members

with 30 years of service are Kristin

Friedel, Myrna Hill, Margaret McDowell

and Barb Wagner.

Other honorees include the Meade

teachers of the year Hillary Hill, music

teacher, and Cheri Isaacson, third grade teacher,

both at Sturgis Elementary School, and Jen

Monahan, first grade teacher at Piedmont

Stagebarn Elementary; the employees of the year

Carol Fellner, executive administrative assistant in

the office of the superintendent, and Guyla Ness,

reading and assessment coordinator for Meade

School District; and the South Dakota Bandmaster

of the Year Dave Martinson, band director at SBHS.

May-June 2011 In Touch 3

New superintendent

brings decades of experience

The superintendent of the

Britton-Hecla School District in

northeastern South Dakota has

been hired to lead Meade School

District. Don Kirkegaard, who

was unanimously approved by

the school board, will begin his

duties July 1.

THE 53-YEAR-OLD has 30

years of experience in education,

which includes seven years

as a high school teacher, athletic

director and 7-12 principal in

Bristol, six years as a 7-12 principal

in Britton, and the last 17

years as superintendent, also

for the Britton-Hecla School


“We are excited to have Mr.

Kirkegaard join our district," said

Meade School Board President

Wanda Blair. "Don is wellrespected

as a superintendent

not only in his district but

throughout the state. He has

strong leadership and communication

skills and an excellent

background in school finance. He

is also an experienced administrator

who understands the

unique geography and demographics

of our school district,"

she said.

The new superintendent is

excited about the opportunity as


"I believe I have the leadership

skills and management style

that benefits this school district,

Don Kirkegaard

and Meade School District has

the professional environment and

opportunities I am looking for," he


The Britton-Hecla School

District, which consists of eight

communities, is one of the

largest in area east of the

Missouri River, and while not

large in comparison to Meade

School District, Kirkegaard

believes there are similarities

between the two. Transportation,

bus routes, facilities renovation

and community involvement are

some of the examples cited.

"I WILL DO everything possible

to not only provide quality

leadership to the school district,

but also to the communities in the

district," he said. During his

tenure at Britton he served on the

Britton Development Board, the

Chamber of Commerce and the

Highway 10 Association. He has

been an active member in several

civic organizations as well as

his church. "I try to have a regular

presence in all of the communities

in our district," he said, "and

will continue that practice in

Meade School District."

In addition to being involved

and visible throughout the district,

one of his first priorities as superintendent

will be to listen and

learn. "I want to get to know the

school district and to do that I will

need to listen to what people

have to say," he said. "If you need

to come and visit with me, you

come and visit with me. I can't be

a good listener unless the door is


IN THE NEXT five years he

believes school decisions will be

more data-driven. "We will see

more mandates regarding that

concept in the near future, and so

schools will need to be more

engaged in a continuous school

improvement process," he

offered. "Not only do we need to

collect the data, but we will need

to develop short and long term

goals, implement research-based

strategies to meet those goals,

and then evaluate the success of

the strategies."


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4 In Touch May-June 2011

Drivers education registration underway

Drivers education classes will

be offered this summer through

the Meade School District’s

Curriculum Office.

The session is scheduled for 9

a.m.-noon Monday through

Friday, June 6-17, in room 309 of

the south building of Sturgis

Williams Middle School.

Cost is $245, which must be

paid in advance. Registration

deadline is Wednesday, June 1.

Placement will be on a firstcome,

first-served basis.

Baccalaureate set for May 15

Baccalaureate for graduating

seniors from Sturgis Brown High

School will be held at 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 15, at the Sturgis

High school graduation is May 22

The graduation ceremony for

the Sturgis Brown High School

Class of 2011 will be 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 22, in the west gym

at the high school.

The class flower is the Latin

lady rose and the class colors are

black, silver and red. The class

Community Center Theatre.

Students from other schools

from throughout Meade County

have also been invited.

motto is a Ralph Waldo Emerson

quote: “To be yourself in a world

that is constantly trying to make

you something else is the greatest


There are no reserved seats

and tickets are not needed for


Students must be at least 14

years of age and must attend the

entire 30 hours of classroom

instruction. In addition, six hours

of driving time is required, which

must be individually scheduled

with the instructor.

The registration form can be

downloaded from the school district



or is available at the principals’

offices at Sturgis Williams Middle

School and Sturgis Brown High

School, and at the Curriculum

Office located in the north building

of Sturgis Williams Middle


The registration form and

class fee should be dropped off

or mailed to the Curriculum

Office, 1230 Douglas Street,

Sturgis, S.D. 57785. For further

information call 347-4454.

SUPERINTENDENT Continued from Page 4

Kirkegaard is a member of the State Board of

Education, School Administrators of South Dakota

and was the South Dakota Superintendent of the

Year for 2009-2010.

He is past chairman of the Professional

Practices Commission for School Administrators,

member of the State Testing and Standards

Committee, Board of Directors for Technology in

Education, Governor's Task Force on K-16

Education, and member of the Secretary of

Education's Superintendents' Round Table.

Kirkegaard has been active in the North Central

Association of Colleges and Schools since 1988,

serving on state and national NCA committees. He

was chairman of the NCA Commission on

Accreditation and School Improvement in 2002-

2003 and president of NCA in 2005-2006.

Kirkegaard received his undergraduate degree

in political science and economics from South

Dakota State University in Brookings, his master's

degree in secondary administration from Northern

State University in Aberdeen and his specialist's

degree in school administration from the University

of South Dakota in Vermillion.

He and his wife Lois have two children, Ashley,

22, a senior at South Dakota School of Mines and

Technology, Rapid City, and Matthew, 20, a sophomore

at South Dakota State University,


Kirkegaard will succeed James Heinert, who is

retiring June 30 after serving as Meade School

District superintendent for 10 years.

May-June 2011 In Touch 5

School election is Tuesday, June 7;

four candidates running for three seats

Four people have filed petitions

to run for the three seats up

for election June 7 on the Meade

School Board.

Vying for the three three-year

terms are Dennis Chowen,

Sturgis; Juanita Harrington,

Piedmont; Courtney Mack, Sturgis;

and Cheri Peterson, Sturgis.

Chowen, a retired U.S. Army

colonel and retired teacher and

administrator, served on the

Meade School Board from 2001-

2007. He is running for the school

board because he wants to again

serve and is willing to dedicate

the time necessary to assist the

current school board in meeting

the educational needs of the students.

"I really care about educating

our children," he said matterof-factly.

During the six years he was on

the board, he spent one day per

month observing classroom

teachers, administrators and other

staff members. "I also enjoyed visiting

every rural school and attending

their special programs, and

visiting parents and families within

the district," he said.

Chowen, who is 69, said the

continued increase in math and

reading scores and the maintenance

of class sizes at recommended

levels are just some of

the good things occurring in the

district. "The superintendent's

ability to keep the district in the

black is also something of which

we should be proud. I am also

very pleased with the quality of

our staff and faculty," he said.

Regarding improvements and

changes that need to occur,

Chowen said in order to make any

informed recommendations he

would first need to review and

study the issues. He is troubled,

however, about the mandates to

increase national test scores but

insufficient resources to accomplish

those mandates. "The

decrease in funding for education at

all levels is a big concern," he said.

Harrington, warehouse manager

for the Douglas School

District, has never held public

office but is running for the school

board because she wants to get

more involved. "I have had children

in the Sturgis and Douglas

school systems for 25 years and

have worked inside a school system

for 15 years," she said,

adding, "and so I come into this

with experience from the inside

as both a parent and employee of

a school district."

She is impressed with how the

administration is open to helping

solve problems and getting parents

involved. "I am extremely

proud of the district's special education

program and of the closeness

and care between educators

and students." She would, however,

like to see a higher percentage

of inclusive education for students

with disabilities.

"I understand how important

one-on-one is for them, however

Dennis Chowen

Courtney Mack

it is equally important for them to

feel like every other student and

for students without disabilities to

learn acceptance."

What concerns her are the

cutbacks in funding. "Ensuring that

all students are still able to reach

their full potential is important. We

need to make sure the students

always come first,” she said.

The 49-year-old Harrington

says she hopes her knowledge of

the inner workings of a school

district will help her to do all she

can for the students and staff to

thrive and succeed. "I also hope

the voters will give me the opportunity

to take on this very important



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Juanita Harrington

Cheri Peterson

6 In Touch May-June 2011

March 8, 1937,

meeting, Board

of Education of


District of the

City of Sturgis:

It was moved by [H.T.] Snyder

seconded by [John] Sisk that E.E.

Grunwald be tendered a contract

as Superintendent for the year

1937 and 1938 at $2,600 and for

the year 1938 and 1939 at a salary

of $2,700; and William J. Brown, as

principal, for the year 1937 and

1938 at a salary of $1,875, and for

the year 1938 and 1939 at a salary

of $1,950. Motion carried unanimously.

This Old School House

April 24, 1952, meeting, Sturgis

Independent District of Meade


This meeting was called by

President [G.B.] Anderson for the

purpose of considering the authorization

and designation of an agent

to execute application on behalf of

the school district with the S.D.

Surplus Property Committee for

the purpose of acquiring certain

lands located near Fort Meade,

S.D. After some discussion, and it

appearing that it would be desirable

and advantageous for the

advancement of the agricultural

program in the public schools of

Sturgis to obtain this land, it was

moved by [Henry] Cooper and seconded

by [Strauther] Blair that E.E.

Grunwald, Superintendent, be

authorized and directed as a duly

delegated and designated agent

for and on behalf of this school district

to make, execute and deliver to

the South Dakota Surplus Property

Committee a proper application

asking for and requesting the transfer

to the Sturgis Independent

School District of 510.55 acres of

land located near Fort Meade, S.D.

which land if obtained would be

used for the advancement and promotion

of agricultural education in

the schools of Sturgis among the

students interested in such work.

Said motion so made on being presented

was passed unanimously

by all members voting aye, none

voting naye, and thereupon, the

President declared said motion

duly carried, passed, and adopted.

Oct. 19, 1993, meeting, Meade

School District 46-1:

Board members [Rod] Martens

and [Carl] Wahl met with the

Whitewood City Council concerning

their interest in the playground

at the old Whitewood School.

Estimated value of the playground

is $8,600. The City has donated

approximately $5,400 to the new

school which includes providing

utility lines to the property, vacating

a street and leasing Memorial Park

for a playground. Patrons and community

organizations have donated

approximately $9,900 for playground

equipment and 700+ man

hours to install it.The Council made

the offer of $1 for the property.

Motion by [Mimi] Shewey, seconded

by [Rod] Martens, that the

Board accept the offer of the City of

Whitewood for $1 for the old playground

property, and the District

has salvage rights. Motion by [Paul]

Speed, seconded by [Carl] Wahl, to

amend the motion to read that the

City of Whitewood would pay for

expenses of the property transfer.

All present voting yes on the

amendment. All present voting yes

on the amended motion.

Nov. 16, 1993, meeting:

At public auction held Nov. 15,

1993, the highest bid received for

the old Whitewood School building

was $43,000. Motion by [Mimi)

Shewey, seconded by [Deb]

Anderson, that the bid of Daniel

Miller for $43,000 be accepted.

Motion by [Carl] Wahl, seconded by

[Myron] Weiss, that the motion be

amended to state that funds from

the sale be deposited in the capital

outlay fund. All present voting yes

on the amendment. All present voting

yes on the amended motion.

Jan. 14, 2002, meeting:

SBHS teacher Coleen Keffeler

was named National Teacher of the

Year at the annual Association for

Career and Technical Education

National Convention held in

December in New Orleans.

SWMS teachers Donna

Sigman, Linda Hampton and

Cathie Anderson have been invited

to present their research paper on

the influence of parent/teacher and

parent/school communication via

the PowerSchool student data

management program at the

National Educational Computer

Conference, which will be held in

San Antonio in June 2002.

May-June 2011 In Touch 7

Drumming to be fit

The students at Piedmont Stagebarn Elementary

School are drumming to be fit in a new class at the

school that combines music with exercise titled

Drums Alive - Kids Beats. Lead by physical education

teacher Betty McGough and music teacher Becky

Fischer, the students use drum sticks to keep beat to

the music on large exercise balls while moving

around the balls.

The unique aerobic program captures the

essence of exercise and rhythm and combines it with

fun. The footwork, dipping, stretching and reaching

really gets the students moving, their hearts beating

and at the same time improving their flexibility, coordination

and spontaneity.

"We have long wanted to integrate our two programs,"

said McGough. "After doing some research

Becky and I decided this program would work for us.

By offering this program, we hope to provide our students

with physical activity connected to a steady

beat, which helps them focus in all aspects of their

lives," explained McGough.

The Piedmont Stagebarn PTA paid for the tubs on

which the balls are anchored. Rapid City WalMart

donated the exercise Stayballs.

Piedmont Stagebarn

physical education

teacher Betty McGough,

above left, and music

teacher Becky Fischer

lead students in the

integrated PE/music

class at the school titled

Drums Alive-Kids Beats.

Using drum sticks and

an anchored stability

ball, Piedmont

Stagebarn third-graders

follow the teachers'

moves around their balls

in time to the music.

8 In Touch May-June 2011

Student-built house nearing completion

With only one month of school

remaining, the students enrolled

in the geometry-in-construction

course at Sturgis Brown High

School are finishing up work on

the 1,152-square foot house they

began building last October for

Black Hills Area Habitat for


The yearlong class, the first of

its kind in the state, integrates

geometry and industrial arts

whereby the students apply what

they learn in the classroom by

building a house.

After spending the first month

of school in the classroom, making

balsa wood houses and

establishing protocols and standards

for safety, the 43 students

have worked most afternoons on

the four bedroom house. To keep

on schedule, the students have

also worked four Saturdays.

The students are currently

sheetrocking the interior and are

almost finished siding the exterior.

"I am very proud of all the

hard work the students have

been putting in," said Chad

Hedderman, one of the instructors,

who added he was very confident

the house would be completed

on time.

He extended his thanks for

the help received from Power

Plus, Black Hills Drywall, Water

Works Plumbing and for the use

of tools and saws from Bruce and

Boys Contracting Construction.

Black Hills Area Habitat for

Humanity provided the

construction materials for

the 1,152-square foot home,

top photo, which will go to

a local Sturgis family.

In the photo at the right,

instructor Chad Hedderman,

second from left, helps

students Alan Roth, Cody

Colhoff and Jeremy Benton

sheetrock the vaulted ceiling

in the living room/kitchen.

Other special features of the

home include a bay window

and six-foot overhang

front porch.

May-June 2011 In Touch 9




In the Spotlight

Won: Coach Steve Keszler’s Sturgis Brown High

School wrestling team captured runner-up honors at

this year’s State “A” Wrestling Tournament. The following

Scooper wrestlers were crowned champions:

Morgan Engbrecht, 119; Terrance Maier, 189; and Clint

Wilson, 215. The following placed: Brody Jorensen,

sixth place, 104; Tanner Bothwell, second place, 125;

David Jackson, seventh place, 140; Clay Kopplin, sixth

place, 160; and Chris Vinson, fourth place, 285.

The other team members are Alan Roth, 112; Tate

McVay, 130; Jake DeKraai, 135; JT Paris, 145; Kaiden

White Bear, 152; and Jacob Burkhard, 171.

Named: By virtue of his first place in the senior biological

sciences division at this year’s High Plains

Regional Science/Engineering Fair held on the campus

of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in

Rapid City, SBHS student Matt Wilen was named the

fair's grand prize winner and recipient of the Yale

Science and Engineering Award. The Sturgis junior will

now represent the region at the 2011 Intel International

Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this May.

Selected: Meade School District Activities Director

Mike Paris has been selected the South Dakota

Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association

Region 8 Activities Director of the Year. Paris has been

in education for 27 years, 21 with Meade School

District. He was a science teacher at SBHS for 11

years before taking over the AD position 10 years ago.

Won: A SBHS Marine Corps Junior Reserve

Officer Training Corps team took first place in the

JROTC Light Team Division at the 22nd annual Bataan

Memorial Death March held at White Sands Missile

Range in New Mexico. The team, consisting of Kyle

Jones, Jeremy Benton, Austin Goodine, Andrew

Blevins and Colt Gibbins, outpaced 13 other teams

with a time of 4:56:08.

The 26.2-mile march through high desert terrain is

conducted in honor of the service members who

defended the Philippine Islands during World War II.

The Death March is the culmination of months of training

for the students and their instructors at the high

school Russell Dunavan and David Duffield.

Elected: Meade School District Curriculum and

Technology Director Jeff Ward is president-elect of the

South Dakota Association for Supervision and

Curriculum Development. He will hold that position for

two years before assuming the presidency. The objective

of SDASCD is to improve instruction, staff development

and supervision. Ward also serves on the executive

board of the S.D. School Administrators.

Won: The Scooper boys basketball team,

coached by Orion Thompson, took fifth place and the

consolation championship at the State “AA” Boys

Basketball Tournament. Team members include Brad

McArthur, Seth Bachand, Joel Hermann, Riley Burke,

Shane Barrows, Zac Smith, Tayler Rovere, Joey

Guttierez, Joey Olson, Tanner Urbaniak, Marc Kuttler,

Michael Baldwin and Kyle Hencke. Bachand was one

of 12 players named to the All-Tournament Team by the

S.D. High School Basketball Coaches Association. He

was also the lone West River player to be named to the

Class AA All-State First Team.

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10 In Touch May-June 2011

Special public hearing set for May 3

to consider minor boundary change

The Meade School Board has set a special public

hearing for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, to consider

petitions for a minor boundary change.

Ninety-seven landowners in the northeast quadrant

of Meade County have filed petitions requesting

that their property be placed in the Faith School

District. This would result in the redrawing of the

boundary lines of Meade School District.

The land in the area proposed to be transferred

represents more than 150-square miles or approximately

100,000 acres with an assessed valuation

of more than $21.3 million.

The assessed valuation of the land contained in

the petitions represents 1.65 percent of Meade

School District’s total assessed valuation of


According to state law, a boundary change can

not affect more than 2 percent of the assessed valuation

of a school district.

The hearing will be held in the board room,

which is located in the north building of Sturgis

Williams Middle School, 1230 Douglas Street,


The property referenced in the petitions has

been in the Meade School District since reorganization

in 1969.

Call the superintendent’s office at 347-2523 for

further information.

District curriculum, technology department

moving to Francis Case Elementary School

Following two months of study

and input, Meade School Board

members agreed to relocate the

office of curriculum and technology

to the Francis Case School

building in northeast Sturgis.

The board had earlier received

several requests to use the building,

which has been utilized primarily

as a storage facility since

students were moved to Sturgis

Elementary two years ago.

Curriculum and Technology

Director Jeff Ward said that having

his two departments under

one roof would benefit operations

of both and would provide a more

structurally sound and accessible

location for the district’s technology


The curriculum office is currently

housed in the north building

of Sturgis Williams Middle

School while the technology

office is located in one of the outbuildings

north of Sturgis Brown

HIgh School.

Ward said the move would

also enable him to more effectively

provide leadership and oversight

for these operations.

The proposed capital outlay

budget for 2011-2012 includes

$65,000 for relocation costs and

upgrades to the facility.

Buildings and Grounds

Supervisor Jim Harris said his

staff has already begun preparing

for the move. Since he is

using in-house labor and some

existing materials, the projected

cost to remodel the school should

be lower than expected.

At the suggestion of the

school board, Ward is exploring

the possibility of installing electronic

surveillance equipment.

In Touch

Kristine Hubbard, editor

Meade School District 46-1

1230 Douglas Street

Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Phone: 605.347.2523

Toll-free: 1.877.522.6251

The publication can also be

found on the Meade School

District website:


May-June 2011 In Touch 11

Martinson is band director of the year

Sturgis Brown High School

band director Dave Martinson has

been named 2011 Outstanding

Bandmaster for South Dakota.

As the state's top band director,

he was honored in a ceremony

held during All-State Band for his

achievements in the field of

instrumental music education,

and for his exemplary service,

dedication and professionalism.

During the presentation,

Martinson was congratulated for

the success of his students over

the years in All-State Band, All-

State Jazz Band and at music


His students have been

selected for All-State Jazz Band

every year for the past 17 years.

In addition, his symphonic bands

have received superior ratings at

large group contest 15 times during

the past 16 years.

SBHS choir director Bart

Torbert said of Martinson, "Dave

has been highly regarded among

music educators for some time,

and that is a large part of the reason

I left the Rapid City School

District to come to Sturgis Brown

High School. I wanted to partner

with a teacher of his caliber."

Co-worker Gary Nelson said

he is proud to call Dave his friend

and colleague. "No one deserves

this honor more," he said. "Dave

has been so involved in both the

state and local music scene and

is so dedicated to his students."

Sturgis Brown High School band director Dave Martinson, left, was named

this year’s Outstanding Bandmaster for South Dakota.

Whitewood School music

teacher Marlene Kotab concurred.

"This is a well-deserved

honor," she said. "Dave has been

a mentor, friend and inspiration to

dozens Sturgis Brown High

School student musicians. I am

always in awe of his professional

manner when working with students.

His humor shines through

his teaching along with his serious

sense of expecting the best

from each one - no matter the

level of their talent. We are so fortunate

to have him in Sturgis."

Echoing those comments was

Connie Feekes, music teacher at

Sturgis Williams Middle School

and Piedmont Stagebarn School,

who said, "It is fitting that David

Martinson is the recipient of this

award because of his long career

dedicated to promoting music education.

During his tenure as band

director, Dave has touched the

lives of countless young people

and stirred in them a desire for

excellence and creativity through

music. He has been a mentor to

others in the field of music education

and an avid supporter of music

in our community and state."

Martinson has taught instrumental

music for 35 years, the

last 19 at SBHS.

He has been an adjunct

woodwind instructor and band

director at Black Hills State

University, Spearfish, and is a

performing saxophonist throughout

the Black Hills area. He was

Meade School District Teacher of

the Year in 1997.

12 In Touch May-June 2011

Budget reduction, finance plan includes

reallocating resources and using reserves

Meade School Board members have devoted a

portion of three school board meetings and one

entire meeting to discussing ways of dealing with

the 6.6 percent cut in state funding to education.

During the April board meeting, the board cut

the budget by $380,773, deferred the purchase of

math curriculum materials in the amount of

$330,000 and reallocated it to cover utility and property

insurance costs, and allocated $350,000 of

general fund reserves to cover the rest of the

decrease in funding thereby almost balancing the

budget for 2011-2012.

"Though having a qualitative impact, this action

enables the district to keep the highest quality of

services," said Superintendent James Heinert.

"Reserves would be drawn down, but the fiscal solvency

of the district would remain intact." He pointed

out that balancing the budget is predicated on

the assumption that employees will receive no

salary increases for next year, that health insurance

premium increases will not exceed seven percent

($100,000), and that other costs such as heat and

fuel will not increase more than $150,000.

The $380,773 in budget cuts include the following:

1. Reduction of 1 full time equivalent (FTE)

in administration - savings of $69,000

2. Reduction of 1 FTE counselor - savings of


Reading strategies for the summer months

Many children forget some of

what they've learned or slip out of

practice during the summer

months. Try the following strategies

to help your child improve his

or her reading during the summer

and beyond.

Six books to summer success:

Research shows that reading just

six books during the summer may

keep a struggling reader from

regressing. When choosing the

six, be sure the books are not too

hard and not too easy.

Read something every day:

Encourage your child to take

advantage of every opportunity to

read, whether it is just the comics

or weather in the morning newspaper.

3. Reduction in mileage to parents - savings

of $15,573

4.Reduction in administrator professional

development - savings of $15,200

5. Reduction in co-curricular activities - savings

of $37,000

6. Reduction of 4 FTE classroom teachers -

savings of $194,000 ($48,500 per teacher)

Superintendent Heinert had proposed a reduction

of five classroom teachers - two at Sturgis

Brown High School, two at Sturgis Williams Middle

School and one at Enning - for a total savings of

$242,500. However during the April board meeting,

the school board pulled the Enning classroom

FTE from the budget reduction plan after members

of the Rural PTA appeared at the meeting to

protest the cut.

The board directed the superintendent and

rural principal to meet with representatives of the

PTA to discuss the elimination of the teacher from

the Enning School.

Until a final determination is made from which

school the fifth teacher will be cut, the board is

$48,500 short of reaching a balanced budget.

To view the budget reduction and finance plan

in greater detail, go to the school district website at

Keep reading aloud: Reading

aloud to your child benefits all children,

especially those who struggle.

One benefit is that the child will

build listening comprehension

skills which increases knowledge

and expands his or her experience

with text. This enables the child to

do better when reading on his or

her own.

May-June 2011 In Touch 13

ELECTION: Three to be elected Continued from Page 6

Mack, a stay-at-home mom,

was a paraprofessional in Meade

School District from 2004-2008.

She, too, has never run for public

office but said that she has always

tried to be an active parent in her

children's education, and running

for the school board is an extension

of that.

According to the 35-year-old,

there are many great programs

being offered at the schools such as

Capable Kids at Piedmont

Stagebarn, an after-school program

and Freshmen Small Learning

Community at the high school,

DARE program at all elementary

schools, Reading Challenge at

Sturgis Elementary and a wide

range of extracurricular activities.

"I also think the technology

being used by our teachers is

something of which we should be

proud, as is the fact that 100 percent

of teachers are considered to

be highly qualified," she said.

Mack is concerned that the

middle school continues to be on

school improvement and that the

budget cuts and resulting changes

will negatively affect students.

One change she would support

is to offer all-day kindergarten.

"I have always felt that three

hours is not enough time to teach

a well-rounded kindergartner,"

she said. "Because standards

continue to rise, I feel this would

be the time to start an all-day program."

"Our schools are safe, we have

wonderful students with supportive

and active parents, and there is a

lot of school spirit and community

pride," she said. "I would be proud

to be a school board member in

this school district."

Peterson, the incumbent, is a

homemaker. She is running for reelection

because she wants to

continue with the accomplishments

achieved during the last few

years. "Serving on the Meade

School Board also allows me to

give back to my district," she said.

The six-year school board

member is proud of the board's

effort in trying to improve the

appearance of the schools. She is

also proud of the fact that during

her tenure two new elementary

schools have been built.

"We have hired great teachers

and have good teacher retention,"

Peterson said. "We offer professional

development for our teachers

and also give a pay increase to

those who increase their level of


The 51-year-old said the rigor

and relevance of the course offerings

at the high school is something

of which we all can be proud.

"With the classes we currently offer,

our students are well prepared for

college or a career after they graduate,"

Peterson said.

Given adequate funding,

Peterson would like to see

improved teacher compensation

and full-day kindergarten. "We

would love to increase our teacher

salaries to match the teachers in

states whose schools receive

more funding," she said.

"Without adequate funding

from the state, though, it is going

to be tough for all our public

schools for the next seven to eight

years," she said. "It will be difficult

to keep our qualified teachers and

to give our students all the opportunities

that we would like to."

Peterson believes states and

school districts should have the

flexibility in how they spend federal

dollars as long as the focus is

on improving student outcome. "I

would like to see an increased

focus on a well-rounded education,"

she said. "Improved public

education gives all students fair

opportunity to learn."

The other two incumbents,

Carl Wahl and Sharon Williams,

are not running for re-election.

Locations of the polls and

other election information can be

found on the school district website:


School year coming to a close

The calendar for the remainder of the 2010-11 school year in Meade School District is as follows:

Sunday, May 22: SBHS graduation, 2 p.m., west gym, high school

Monday, May 23: Last day of school*

(*This could change if there are additional snow days to make up, causing the last day to be pushed ahead.)

14 In Touch May-June 2011

‘Pinocchio’ is Spring children’s show

The drama students at Sturgis Brown High

School will be presenting “Pinocchio” by William

Glennon for their annual spring children’s show.

The performances for district school children will

be 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 12-

13. The public performance is 7 p.m. Friday, May 13,

at the Sturgis Community Center Theatre. There is

no admission but donations are appreciated.

This adaptation of the classic fairytale more

closely resembles the original version of the 1881

story by Italian playwright Carlo Collodi than the

more familiar 1940 Walt Disney animated film about

the wooden puppet who becomes a real boy.

School calendar for 2011-2012

Staff Inservice Aug. 23-25

First Day of School Aug. 29, 2011

Labor Day (no school) Sept. 5, 2011

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Elementary Schools: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 3, 2011

Middle School: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 4, 2011

High School: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 4, 2011

All Schools: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 6, 2011

Inservice Day (no school) Oct. 7, 2011

Native Americans’ Day (no school) Oct. 10, 2011

Inservice Day (no school) Nov. 4, 2011

Early Release Day Nov. 23, 2011

Thanksgiving (no school) Nov. 24-25

Christmas Vacation (no school) Dec. 22-Jan. 3

Cast members are Shelbi Bruse, Pinocchio;

Brendon Cerveny, Fire Eater; Kate Altstiel, Blue

Fairy; Derek Seymour, Policeman; Jeff Nelson,

Antonion; Cole Sawyer, Candlewick; Lisa Stanley,

Hailey Bridges and Brooke Padilla, all


Playing Puppets are Megan Moravec,

Harlequin; Katie Meirose, Miss Rose; and Alex

Kessel, Punchinello.

Other members of the cast include Chela

Heltibridle, Clown; Shandell Clutter, Cat; Halle

Pilgrim, Fox; and Trent Opstedahl, Geppetto.

Director is June Dill.

The following is the approved Meade School District calendar for the 2011-2012 school year. There will

be an early release day on Wednesday, Nov. 23, which is the day before Thanksgiving. Any snow days will

be made up by adding additional days at the end of the school calendar. Furthermore, Jan. 16, Feb. 20,

March 16, and April 9 will be used as make-up days if more than three snow days have been used prior to

Jan. 2, Feb. 1, March 1, or April 1, 2012.

Inservice Day (no school) Jan. 13, 2012

Martin Luther King Day (no school) Jan. 16, 2012

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

High School: 4-7 p.m. Feb. 13, 2012

Elementary Schools: 4-7 p.m. Feb. 14, 2012

Middle School: 5-8 p.m. Feb. 14, 2012

All Schools: 4-7 p.m. Feb. 16, 2012

Presidents’ Day (no school) Feb. 20, 2012

Inservice Day (no school) Mar. 15, 2012

Spring Break (no school) Mar. 16, 2012

Good Friday/Easter (no school) April 6-9, 2012

Graduation May 20, 2012

Last Day of School May 22, 2012

May-June 2011 In Touch 15

In Touch

Meade School District 46-1

1230 Douglas Street

Sturgis, South Dakota 57785

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Directory for Meade School District


Rural Schools

Bev Rosenboom, principal............................269-2264


16375 Atall Road, Union Center, S.D. 57787

Elm Springs.......................................798-2492

21309 Elm Springs Road, Wasta, S.D. 57791


Highway 34 Box 22, Enning, S.D. 57737


15998 Cross S Road, Hereford, S.D. 57785


18010 Opal Road, Opal, S.D. 57765

Union Center.....................................985-5367

1700 Highway 34, Union Center, S.D. 57787


Piedmont Stagebarn Elementary

12380 Sturgis Road, Piedmont, S.D. 57769

Ethan Dschaak, principal..............................787-5295

Sturgis Brown High School

12930 E. Highway 34, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Toll-free 1-888-568-3514

Jeff Simmons, principal.................................347-2686

Don Lyon, assistant principal........................347-2686

Mike Paris, activities director.........................347-4487


1807 Williams Street, Sturgis**

Sturgis Elementary

1121 Ball Park Road, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Norm Graham, principal................................347-2386

Ann Nonnast, assistant principal...................347-2386

Sturgis Williams Middle School

1425 Cedar Street, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Toll-free 1-888-567-8274

Lon Harter, principal......................................347-5232

Ann Nonnast, assistant principal...................347-5232

Whitewood Elementary

603 Garfield, Whitewood, S.D. 57793

Bev Rosenboom, principal............................269-2264

**Not a mailing address


1230 Douglas Street, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

James Heinert...............................................347-2523

Toll-free 1-877-522-6251

Business Manager

1230 Douglas Street, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Brett Burditt...................................................347-2523

. Toll-free 1-877-522-6251

Buildings and Grounds

12940 E. Highway 34, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Jim Harris, supervisor...................................347-2649

Communications Office

1230 Douglas Street, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Kristine Hubbard...........................................347-2523

Curriculum and Technology

1230 Douglas Street, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Jeff Ward, director.........................................347-4454

Food Service

1121 Ball Park Road, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Joe Schaffer, director....................................347-3601

Nurses’ Office

1121 Ball Park Road, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Randi Oviatt..................................................347-2610

School Social Worker

1121 Ball Park Road, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Ginger Johnson............................................347-2386

Special Services

1230 Douglas Street, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Chrissy Peterson, director.............................347-4770

Chantal Ligtenberg, asst. to the director........347-4770

Sturgis Bus Company

2237 West Sherman, Sturgis, S.D. 57785

Einar Mortenson, owner................................347-5066

Woodle Field

600 Woodland Dr., Sturgis, S.D. 57785**......347-2003

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