Education

Working With Da Vinci To Be Better Surgeons

  With three to four arms, small pincers and a high definition camera, this machine looks like something out of a science fiction movie. But it’s actually helping doctors save patients lives and Thursday afternoon, students at O’Gorman High School got a hands on experience, using this machine. “The way you move it, it’s so smooth that it’s like easy…

SD Board Of Education Holds Public Hearing On Proposed Certification Rule Changes

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Education held the first of two public hearings on proposed educator certification rule changes today. The proposed rules constitute an overhaul of the state’s certification system. For more than two years, the Department of Education has been leading stakeholders through a review of the current certification system. “It’s tempting to just tweak…

From Mitchell To Uganda

DWU Students Work With Villages In Community Development

  For a handful of students at Dakota Wesleyan, their winter break was spent thousands of miles away… not on a vacation but on a special mission trip to Uganda.  For some, it was their first time leaving the country, for others it was not… but for all, it was an experience that they’ll cherish forever. “I… cried a little…

Company Gives $50K Donation Under New School Choice Law

PIERRE (AP)– A Sioux Falls company has given a $50,000 contribution to help South Dakota students attend private schools under a state-backed scholarship program. Michael VanErdewyk, CEO and chairman at ReliaMax, said Tuesday that helping students and their families with options to get the best education possible has always been the company’s top priority. Former Sen. Phyllis Heineman, who sponsored…

Serving Up More Food Choices, Less Empty Stomachs

  Good news for some parents in Mitchell, more kids are eating and enjoying school lunch. It wasn’t always that way… and the positive change is thanks to one woman’s idea. These days… when the bell rings for lunch at Mitchell Middle School more and more kids are filling up their trays… As well as their stomachs. “She wants to…

Daugaard Discusses Meth Epidemic, IM 22 In Sioux Falls

  Following his State of the State address in Pierre earlier in January, Governor Dennis Daugaard was in Sioux Falls Monday afternoon discussing the address with members of the Sioux Falls Rotary Club. Amazon collecting sales tax within the state and agriculture were discussed along with more in depth discussions about how the state is going to combat the meth…

A Paleontologist with a Goal to Pass on His Passion

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “I have always loved paleontology you know if it’s dead it’s fun right,” says Jim Mead, Site Director/Chief Scientist at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota. It’s his love and excitement for learning the past that drives him to share his passion with others. For 40 years, Jim Mead has been presenting all over the…

Families Enjoy Annual “Christmas with the Animals” at Great Plains Zoo

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It was a beautiful sunny day, nothing really like Christmas unless you were at the Great Plains Zoo. The zoo welcomed families for their annual “Christmas with the Animals” were zoo-goers were able to watch zookeepers give different kinds of enrichment to animals such as Rhinos, Snow Monkeys, and Bison. Zoo keepers say enrichment is important for the animals because it…

School Board Members Deciding to Hand Count Summer Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Registered voters will be seeing something a little different in this year’s school board election. Instead of having their vote be counted by the Minnehaha County’s ballot counting machine. volunteers appointed by school board members will hand count the votes instead. “We have not done this for as long; I mean I don’t ever remember doing it,”…

South Dakota’s College Readiness Test Getting Little Use

(AP)– Officials in South Dakota say poor communication may be one reason why more school districts aren’t using a program aimed at cutting the need for remedial classes in college. The Accuplacer College Placement Test is a free program that lets high school seniors with low ACT test scores in math and English try to catch up before graduation. If…

Let’s Talk Safe Sex At USD

According to the most recent data from the South Dakota Department of Health, in 2016, they saw the most chlamydia cases ever in one year as well as the most gonorrhea cases since the 1980s. Because of that information, in a partnership with Sanford Health, the University of South Dakota is taking steps to make sure that their students are…

Man’s Best Friend Saved, Thanks To Blood Transfusions

Like any pet owner would, one Sioux Falls family noticed their dog was sick and rushed him to the vet. There, veterinarians determined the dog needed a life-saving procedure… one that isn’t given to pets too often. “Maleako is a very laid back dog… you can’t really get a lot of emotion out of him at all. He’s very ‘go…

Siouxland Libraries Offers Free Online Courses

LyndaLibrary now offered online

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  If you’re interested in taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill, Siouxland Libraries can help you out. The library now offers access to Lynda.com.  It’s free if you have a library card.  The website is a collection of 5,000 courses covering topics like music, business skills and software. Experts teach the courses online…

District Doesn’t Want Another Vote: ‘Folks get really emotional when you talk about the school calendar.’

Superintendent Asking For Public Input For 2018-2019

While it may not impact the community for a couple of years, the Sioux Falls School District is already thinking about the 2018-2019 school year. The calendar won’t be set in stone until April, but given it’s controversial past, the district is asking for public input. Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher said, “It impacts family time, and…

High School Chemistry Students Get Elementary Kids Excited About Science

SIOUX FALLS – Some high schoolers in the Sioux Falls School District are urging others to get involved in science. AP Chemistry students from Washington High School created experiments to do in front students at John Harris Elementary School. Kindergarten through 5th graders watched as several groups performed the experiments this afternoon. The experiments involved crushing cans and making eggs float…

Criminal Justice Student Eligible For Tuition Restitution

Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business have been ordered to pay restitution to more than 1,200 criminal justice students. The for-profit schools in Woodbury were found in violation of the state’s deceptive trade practices law. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson sued the schools in 2014 claiming that many criminal justice students were surprised to find out their degree…

Fourth-grade teacher in Mitchell awarded $25,000 Milken Educator Award

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Each year a national education foundation awards teachers for their work in and out of the classroom. This Wednesday morning a Mitchell elementary school teacher got the surprise of a lifetime when she found out she won. It was an all school assembly secretly planned in her honor. Amanda Christensen is a fourth-grade teacher at Longfellow…

Globe University Discontinues Operations

Enrolled students can finish classes on-campus under Broadview University

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In less than a year, two colleges have closed their doors in Sioux Falls. Kilian Community College was first, and now Globe University is following suit, leaving current students scrambling and future students looking for different options. With the winter quarter in its first week, Globe University students are figuring out what’s next. “The students are…