Education

Back-to-School in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s a day that needs no reminder: the first day of school. From new programs to safety reminders, KDLT News talked a number of topics with district officials this morning. For the interviews, see below. Categories: Community, Education, KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News, News Tags: Back to School, Sioux Falls School District

Back-to-School Mental Health Awareness

Mental Illness Signs in Returning Students

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Many students might be excited about heading back to school but others could really be struggling. Especially those heading into high school. “There’s always going to be that natural anxiety when starting up, especially if you’re starting high school or middle school,” said Mallory Kloucek with NAMI SD. Health experts say symptoms of mental illness often…

Slow Down In School Zones: Sioux Falls School District Warns Drivers

Sioux Falls Police and South Dakota Highway Patrol are partnering to enforce school zone speed limits

SIOUX FALLS, SD—  The school year has already started in cities like Mitchell, Aberdeen, Pierre, and Yankton. But in Sioux Falls public school resume on Thursday, and the school district and police department have a reminder for drivers; slow down. “I would challenge you to think of that big yellow school bus not as that big piece of metal, but…

Parents Beware: Health Officials Say Buy the Right Size Backpack

SIOUX FALLS, SD— As the new school year begins, one thing students need to think about is proper backpack usage. “When we look at an ideal backpack, we want to go between the small or medium-sized backpack. Just so that can limit the amount of weight that can be carried,” said Dr. Mike Clarke, HealthSource Chiropractic. “When we look at the…

“In God We Trust” to Be Present in All South Dakota Public Schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The upcoming school year is just days away for some. While the focus is usually wrapped around classes and school supplies — this year is different. Four words — displayed in schools around the state — sparking a conversation around the country. Governor Kristi Noem signed a law requiring the national motto “In God We Trust”…

What a Four-Day School Week Looks Like

MARION, S.D.- More and more schools are considering switching to a four day week. In South Dakota, 34 of the 149 school districts have already made the change according to the South Dakota Department of Education. But what exactly does that look like? The Marion School District made the switch three years ago. They have four-day weeks, Monday through Thursday….

Overtime Parking Tickets Could Turn Into School Supply Donations

Two Sioux Falls City Council as proposing a new ticketing resolution

SIOUX FALLS, SD— Overtime parking tickets could become a charitable donation. Sioux Falls City Council Members Theresa Stehly and Pat Starr are proposing that instead of paying the fine, citizens can pay for school supplies. The city council members say the fines would be a donation to the Banquet school supply program. The program was originally funded by “K-Mart” and “Shopko.”…

2019 State of the School Board: District Announces Priorities, Issues Grants

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Technology in the classroom, unique teaching methods, and upcoming goals for the Sioux Falls School District were all discussed at the 2019 State of the School Board address on Thursday. Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher says this year, the district’s key areas of focus are graduation rates, teaching students coping and stress skills, retaining employees, and management…

Iowa Board Decides to Require Seat Belts on School Buses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State Board of Education has adopted new rules that would require lap-shoulder seat belts on all new buses bought by school districts and state-accredited nonpublic schools. The administrative rules adopted Thursday are still subject to legislative review. Other safety equipment required would include one additional stop arm per bus, hand rails, exterior boarding…

Feds Find Potential Fraud in Student Loan Repayment Plans

A federal watchdog agency says thousands of student loan borrowers may be getting their monthly payments lowered by lying about income and family size. The Government Accountability Office issued a report Thursday finding potential fraud in the Education Department’s income-driven repayment program, which adjusts borrowers’ federal loan payments based on income and family size. Investigators found 95,100 cases in which…

Iowa Universities Plan Steps to Handle Budget Realities

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Northern Iowa and University of Iowa are identifying areas that could be trimmed to handle revenue limitations. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that officials say in budget documents sent to the Iowa Board of Regents that Northern Iowa expects to receive $3 million less to spend this coming year than last, in…

Officials Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Community College of Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Wednesday was a special day for the former University Center in Sioux Falls. The ribbon-cutting for the new Community College for Sioux Falls took place today. The University of South Dakota has taken control of the institution. The re-branded school will target students who want to earn a two-year associate degree and it will still offer…

A New Out of This World Experience Now Available at Siouxland Libraries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Celebrations for Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary are taking place a little closer to home. Soiuxland Libraries are excited to announce an “out of this world” experience. Two “NASA backpacks” are now available for checkout. They’re full of opportunities to learn more about the science of space. Some items include a moon map, a “funscope” telescope, and books…

Nonprofit Helps Teachers Pay For School Supplies

The school year is still weeks away, but many teachers around the Sioux Empire are already getting prepared.

Sioux Falls, S.D – The school year is still weeks away, but many teachers around the Sioux Empire are already getting prepared. For many, they are facing a problem before they even step foot inside the classroom. Teachers like Elizabe th Larson take pride in their students’ growth. “I have worked with so many young children, that’s where my heart…