Education

School District Officials Hold Thomas Jefferson High Groundbreaking Ceremony

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A big day for the Sioux Falls School District as they held a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s fourth public high school. Thomas Jefferson High School is being built in northwest Sioux Falls. Architects say it will have a different look than the other high schools. It will be a two-story structure with “learning suites” and…

Jefferson High School Groundbreaking Scheduled for Tuesday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls’ newest high School will break ground next week. A groundbreaking for Jefferson High School is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18. Journey Construction is the general contractor of the $75 million dollar school. The school is designed to accommodate up to 1,800 students. It is expected to open by the fall of…

Sioux Falls School District Clarifies Upcoming Elementary Schedule

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Heather DeWit is one of several parents voicing their concerns about changes to the upcoming elementary school schedule in Sioux Falls.  Her daughters, Addi and Mickila, are finished with elementary school.  But their concerns are the reason why Heather is speaking out. “For them art, music, P.E., band, and orchestra we’re a huge part of that experience…

School Zone: Summer Lunch Programs Throughout Sioux Empire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It might not be something you realize, but hunger continues to plague parts of the Sioux Empire. One out of every eight South Dakotan’s are food insecure, and one out of every six children are at risk of going hungry. Those numbers are according to Feeding South Dakota. However, through summer lunch programs, students are able…

Federal Bill Aims to Incentivize Employers to Help with Student Loans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This graduation season is also launching many undergrads into the working world. Statistics show 70 percent of college students graduate with a significant amount of debt. The average student racks up roughly $37,000 in student loans by the time they graduate. On Capitol Hill, Senator John Thune says he is working to help alleviate student loan…

More Than 1,500 Sioux Falls High School Students Graduate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls School District alone graduated more than 1,500 students this weekend. Four ceremonies were held at the Sioux Falls Arena on Sunday. Of the 2019 graduating class, 419 students were recognized as “regents scholars” by the South Dakota Department of Education. 20 students were also recognized as National Merit finalists.   Categories: Community, Education,…

“Head-On” Approach Best Strategy for College Loan Debt

Compass Financial Group financial planner gives college students some advice

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After years of hard work, many college students have not only been achieving in the classroom but also accumulating debt. The average US student pays about $33,000 in student loans upon graduation. But, there are a few programs to help students set affordable monthly loan payments, such as: -Revised Pay as You Earn Prepayment Plan (REPAYE PLAN)…

New College Level Computer Science Courses Coming to Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “For the Sioux Falls school district students I bet you thought the big announcement is ‘We’re going to let school out early,’” said Brian Maher, superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District. No, far from it. According to the South Dakota Board of Regions, each year in the US 200,000 employers struggle to fill cybersecurity roles. The…

Campus Upgrades Moving Along At NSU

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Wolves in Aberdeen will soon have a few new dens. Northern State University is in the middle of upgrading their campus through the ‘Educational Impact Campaign.’ It’s part of a larger ‘Campus Master Plan,’ geared to revamp the entire school. 125$ million dollars are being poured into the renovations, all paid for by outside donors. Older…

126 Students Receive Southeast Tech’s ‘Build Dakota’ Scholarships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Usually signing day is reserved for high school athletes moving on to play in college, but today, it’s for future skilled workers in South Dakota. More than 125 students accepted full-ride scholarships at Southeast Tech’s Build Dakota signing day. The scholarships are for career fields that are in high demand. It’s also a commitment from students…

Harrisburg High School Holds Signing Ceremony for Future Teachers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Seven Harrisburg high school students committed to becoming future teachers on Friday. The signing ceremony was part of Teacher Appreciation Week. A Harrisburg School District policy guarantees an interview for Harrisburg graduates looking for a job in education. The students in Friday’s signing class are heading to USD, USF, Augustana, and Southwest State University. Categories: Community,…

O’Gorman Football Players Get Fitted for New Cutting Edge Helmets

The football team got fitted for the VICIS ZERO1 Helmet

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – “It’s nice to know that you don’t have to be worried about getting injured while you’re playing because you have the top of the line stuff,” said Alex Kowalczyk, a junior linebacker. The VICIS ZERO1 helmet received the top spot in the NFL helmet performance testing three years in a row and its cutting edge design is…

School Zone: ‘Recycled Rainbows’ and Honoring Vaughn & JoAnn Meyer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s not everyday you meet a 17 year old who runs a non-profit organization. Abby Neff is a junior at Lutheran High School. Abby started ‘Recycled Rainbows’ with the goal of “helping under-served youth, and people with disabilities.” She melts down old and worn out crayons, reshaping them for use again. Neff creates dogs, puzzle pieces,…

Harrisburg Students Release Raised Trout

HARRISBURG, S.D. – As the school year comes to a close, high school seniors across the Sioux Empire will say their goodbyes to one another in the coming weeks. In Harrisburg, however, the environmental science students said goodbye to a few classmates Tuesday. They’re not your typical kinds of classmates. They’re rainbow trout, that the students raised themselves. This is…

Iowa Governor Signs Educator Misconduct Reporting Bill

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a measure that requires school district officials to report misconduct of employees to a state board within 30 days of disciplinary action. The law, which takes effect July 1, requires school administrators to report staffers who engage in misconduct, including improper relationships with students, falsifying grades or test…