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Angel Fund

The Angel Fund provides hot meals for students who have no money in their school account regardless of the reason. It is mainly funded through generous donations of the remaining money in closed meal accounts, or by donations made from staff and parents. When a student receives an Angel Meal, a note will be sent home with the child and an email sent from the Food Service Office. If at all possible, we ask that the meal charge be paid back to the Angel Fund so money remains available for other students’ use.
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SD State Assessments

The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education is that all high school students graduate college, career, and life ready. To this aim, the South Dakota assessment system is designed to provide districts, schools, and parents with the information they need to ensure that their students remain on track to reach this goal. South Dakota public school students participate in annual summative testing in English language arts and mathematics and the results of these tests are included in the state accountability system. In addition to annual tests in English language arts and mathematics, South Dakota requires assessment of science and writing annually and provides schools and teachers with resources to utilize other assessments to help identify strengths and areas for improvement.

SD DOE Testing Dates for 2017-18 school year

NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress
National year, no South Dakota schools in the sample
ACCESS and ACCESS Alt (for EL students)
ACCESS 2.0: Jan. 29 – March 2, 2018
ACCESS Alt: Jan. 29 - March 2, 2018
Smarter Balanced (ELA and Math Assessment)
Grades 3-8 and 11 : March 7 - May 4, 2018
(Paper/pencil window: March 19 – April 20, 2018. Tests shipped no later than April 25, 2018)
MSAA (Alternate ELA and Math Assessment)
March 19 - May 4, 2018
South Dakota Science and South Dakota Science Alt
April 2 – May 4, 2018
Home School Testing
March 26 – April 20, 2018
Grade 11 or 12, schools work with CTE and Dept. of Labor to schedule
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Smarter Balanced Individual Reports

Individual results are being sent home for those students who took the Smarter Balanced assessment last spring. You should receive your child's results early this week. Only students who were in Grades 3-8 and Grade 11 last year will have these reports. If you have any questions about your child's performance on the SBAC, please contact his / her teacher. A detailed parent guide on interpreting the results is linked to the headline of this announcement.
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State Report Cards are Available

Every year, school districts receive their School Performance Index rating (report card). All districts remain at the same status as last year--all Douglas schools are in the Progressing category. You can see the district report card by clicking on the headline. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Caskey @ 921-0000 or email at The document is also available under the District tab of the site.
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2016-2017 Calendar

The Douglas School Board has approved the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. Thank you for your support of our Patriot students! (click on the heading to open the document)
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Literacy Tips for the Family!

K-2 Tip:
Practice Rhyming: No matter where you might be, you can pick an object (single syllable best to start with) and ask
your child to produce words that rhyme with that object.
Example: Car- far, jar, bar.

3-5 Tips:
We all know that our lives and schedules get very busy, therefore, if you are finding it difficult to read with your
child daily, here are a few suggestions:
Your child may read to a sibling, read to a stuffed animal, or read to a pet.
Tongue twisters offer children a chance to engage in word play. Word play can stimulate students’ curiosity about language
and help improve reading and vocabulary development. Below is a website with some examples of tongue twisters that you can practice reading at home with your child in order to engage in fun word learning.
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