High School

Poll: Many Say High School Diploma Enough to Succeed

A new poll finds that most young Americans believe in the value of a college degree, but many also say a high school diploma is enough to succeed. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll comes amid a national debate over college costs and rising student debt. The survey finds a majority of Americans ages 13 through 29…

Dell Rapids School District Installing Vape Sensors

DELL RAPIDS, S.D.- According to the South Dakota Department of Health, nearly 20 percent of high school students are using e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are banned on school grounds, but one high school is taking things a step further to catch kids vaping in secret. In the Dell Rapids School District, officials are fighting back against the vaping epidemic. Over the past…

Someone You Should Know: Roosevelt Teacher Awarded for Music Education

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A local music teacher is getting national attention from the country music world all while inspiring her students. Choir class at Roosevelt High School is Robyn Starks Holcomb’s stage. She expresses her passion for music and the arts through teaching.      “The arts were just so much a part of my upbringing and shaping who I was….

Local Students Treat Each Other the “Wildcat Way”

INWOOD, IOWA- It’s been 20 years since the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. It’s an event that had a lasting effect on communities around the country, including on one Iowa high school. It only takes one small act of kindness to start a big chain reaction. “Sometimes people feel like they are alone, but you’re not. You have so…

Someone You Should Know: 2019 Teacher of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Teaching can be a rewarding job, but those who do it aren’t always acknowledged for their hard work. One Lincoln High School teacher finally got the recognition her students say she deserves. Lynn Thomason has taught Latin at Lincoln High School for 12 years. “Teaching and being able to look out at such a wonderful sea of…

Thousands of Students Participate in 31st Annual Festival of Bands

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- September to October is marching band season and Saturday one of midwest’s largest marching band events made its way through Downtown Sioux Falls. It’s the the 31st annual Festival of Bands where marching band students from across South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota And Nebraska show off their skills. “Marching bands spend July and August and September practicing everyday…

High School Students Build Interest in Construction Jobs with Career Camp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Across the nation there’s a shortage of construction workers, but South Dakota is looking to change that. The Associated General Contractors of South Dakota along with Governor Daugaard have proclaimed October “Career in Construction Month.” They’ve found a way to recruit new workers. Throughout the next couple weeks Construction Career Camps are being held across South Dakota….

Someone You Should Know: High School Student Helps Color the Gap

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A Sioux Falls High School Junior is proving that even something as small as a crayon can make a big impact. However, she’s doing more than just adding color to the community. She’s inspiring others her age to get involved. KDLT’s Miranda Paige tells us why Abby Neff is someone you should know. 16-year-old Abby Neff is…

South Dakota To Offer “Endorsement” Option to High School Graduates

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There’s some new requirements to graduate from high school that could offer your student more flexibility. High schools will start giving out what they call “endorsements” in addition to a high school diploma. Pursuing these endorsements are encouraged, not required. These endorsements are labels for what the student has chosen to focus on. For example, a…

“It’s One of the Best Ways I’ve Had to Learn”

One of the student ambassadors for New Tech High explains why project-based learning works, how it’s changed her life and why other students at this alternative school in Sioux Falls can’t wait to get back into the classroom next fall. Categories: KDLT News Today, KDLT News Today Interviews, Local News, News, School Zone Tags: alternative school, High School, New Tech…

New High School and Middle School Planned in Sioux Falls by 2022

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Sioux Falls is continuing to grow meaning more space will be needed to accommodate everyone. Right now there are 34 schools in Sioux Falls.  In order to plan for this growth the Sioux Falls School District says it has to build new schools. Sioux Falls schools are at or going over capacity. “We’ve grown by quite a little…

Pair To Wear Duct Tape Outfits to Prom

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Saturday night, many Sioux Falls students will put on their best dancing shoes and head to Roosevelt High School’s senior prom. However, one perfect pair may have figured out a way to possibly get paid for attending prom. There’s just one twist.   It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, these two teenagers…

Students Inspired by STEM Related Careers During Raven AeroStar Balloon Day

BALTIC, S.D.- Raven Industries is a major manufacturer in the Sioux Empire. Their unique tech company, “Raven Aerostar,” put on a special event today to inspire the next generation of workers. 200 middle and high schoolers weren’t at school today, instead they were playing with balloons at the Raven Innovation Campus in Baltic. Through observation and hands-on activities, students learned about…

Anonymous Donor Gives Iowa School District $2M

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – An anonymous donor has given a northwestern Iowa school district $2 million to renovate a high school sports complex. The Le Mars Community School Foundation will use the money to replace the existing grass on the football field with turf, install a new track and replace the bleachers and locker rooms. The money will also…

Impacts Of Addiction Inspire Student-Made Art

High schoolers paint an important picture about addiction recovery

Several dozen paintings on display in Sioux Falls Friday evening depict the struggle of overcoming addiction.  Amazingly, the artists behind them are only teenagers. Around 45 high schoolers from Roosevelt and Axtell Park created artwork for the “Art of Healing” art show downtown.  Many students in the show have either battled addiction, or have had a loved one go through…

Parents Matter Group Hopes To Save Lives With “The Talk”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – High Schoolers across South Dakota will be celebrating prom this weekend, but before they head out the door, a group called “Parents Matter” is urging parents to have “the talk” with their kids about the dangers of drinking and driving. Their campaign this year is aimed at “making it personal,” and asking parents to consider what…