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Additional K-3 Parent Meetings to be held Oct. 3 & 4

Dear Parents,

We have been asked to add more parent meetings to discuss the proposed K-3 restructuring. The smaller group discussions have allowed us to hear your comments and ideas—we thank everyone who has attended so far. If you have not been able to come, we will be holding more meetings starting Oct. 3 (Mr. Kerr will be out of town at Impact Aid meetings next week).

Additional meetings:

Monday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 4

Please call 923-0000 to sign up for these times so we can keep dialogue focused and give people time to have their questions answered and comments heard.

Thank you,
Alan Kerr, Superintendent
Debi Caskey, Assistant Superintendent

Elementary Literacy and Math Parent Information Opportunities

There will be a table set up in the front lobby with handouts for you to take. The Literacy and Math Educators will also be available to answer your questions about our programs at Douglas as well as how to help your child be successful.

Math Sessions

Building Dates A.M. Time P.M. Time Where
Francis Case 9/27/16 7:30 2:30 Lobby
Vandenberg 9/28/16 7:30 2:15 Lobby
Badger Clark 9/29/16 7:30 2:30 Lobby

Literacy Sessions

Building Dates A.M. Time P.M. Time Where
Badger Clark 9/27/16 7:30 2:30 Lobby
Francis Case 9/28/16 7:30 2:15 Lobby
Vandenberg 9/29/16 7:30 2:30 Lobby

Badger Clark and Francis Case Parent Meetings

Dear Douglas Parents,

Last year, we started a discussion about restructuring Badger Clark and Francis Case into two K-3 buildings. The reasons for considering this are very focused on what is best for children:

Fewer transitions for our students (many of whom experience multiple transitions in their school careers whether due to military transfers, deployments, or other reasons)
Consistency for parents (longer time to participate in and be part of the school community)
Convenience for parents (one building for drop off and pick up K-3, fewer buildings to visit on conference and walkthrough days--increases parent opportunities for involvement)
Better collaborative opportunities for teachers
Older role models for younger students
Mentoring and “buddy” opportunities
More consistent support services for students (Special Ed., Title, etc.)
Better distribution of resources

There will be some challenges and changes that we need to make, and we will plan very carefully for those, but these challenges are focused primarily on logistics. Overwhelmingly, the benefits for children are the driving force for this discussion. This is being discussed for the 2017-18 school year and will be voted on by the Board of Education at their regular meeting on Oct. 11.

We will be having informational meetings for our Badger Clark and Francis Case parents to discuss this proposed change with the district Superintendent. We will hold multiple meetings for small groups to facilitate dialogue and meaningful conversation. These meetings will be held in the Central Office Administration Building at 400 Patriot Drive. Because space is limited, we ask that you call 923-0000, ext. 1001 to RSVP for a time to attend.

Meetings will be held September 21 & 22 starting at:
7:30 AM
8:00 AM
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
4:00 PM
4:30 PM
5:00 PM

Thursday, September 22
5:30 PM
6:30 PM

Should additional times be needed, we will add more. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate every schedule, but are trying to create as many opportunities for you to talk face to face with the Superintendent.

Thank you for your support of your child and our district.
Alan Kerr, Superintendent
Debi Caskey, Assistant Superintendent

Community Library--Hours and Events

The Box Elder / Douglas High School Community Library is open Sept. 6, 2016 – May 25, 2017
Hours: when school is in session
Monday – Wednesday 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Thursdays 3:30pm – 7:30pm
Closed on Fridays

Upcoming Community Library Events
Sept. 15 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Child Safety: DHS Liaison Officer Victor Gust will lead discussion about keeping children safe in various situations.
Sept. 22 6:00p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Learn about the Constitution: Brent Woodard will lead discussion about the U.S. Constitution. Voter registration forms will be available.
Sept. 29 Finish that project night. Bring a craft project or even a good book. The coffee will be on!

Governor Declares September as Attendance Awareness Month in South Dakota

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success, starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable. But we also know that when students miss too much school – regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your student is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent – which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year.

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Upcoming Events

No School--Native American Day
Date: 10/10/2016
End of First Quarter
Date: 10/28/2016
District Day--No School for Students
Date: 10/31/2016
Parent Teacher conferences
Date: 11/7/2016, 3:30 PM 7 PM
Parent Teacher Conferences
Date: 11/10/2016, 3:30 PM 7 PM