The AP Press

January 2021 / Vol. 4 - Issue 5

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A New Year - 2021

Many of us may be happy to put 2020 behind us, but the reality of 2020 is that it's still the same issues we face in 2021. Every year around the world many people choose their word for the year, to sum up, what they hope to accomplish or as a reminder of what they what to instill in the world going forward. Reading through many articles the words pandemic, lockdown, and quarantine were noted. Then one word was found, a word with meaning and a word to help those move forward but still remember...resilence.

“There is a single word that sums up 2020 and does encapsulate, in a deeper sense, the shared experience of billions of people this year,” Huffington said. “That word is resilience. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.’ It’s that quality that allows us to overcome challenges, obstacles, hardship and adversity, instead of being defeated by them. The reason resilience is my word of the year is because, unlike quarantine and coronavirus and social distancing, resilience is the only one that’s going to be just as relevant when the pandemic is over. Resilience is the quality that was summoned in us by all the challenges of 2020. And it’s also the quality that’s going to carry us forward into 2021” (Robinson, 2020).

Whether you jump on the resilience word of the year bandwagon or choose grit, grace, together, pandemic, or another word meaningful to you; just remember to keep moving forward. We are in this together. Here's to a great 2021 and an amazing second semester!





Robinson, B. (2020, December 6). Why the word for 2021 is resilience and how it affects mental health. Retrieved on December 8, 2020, from:

Superintendent Message

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Who will you nominate for the John W. Harris Teacher of the Year Award?

There is still time to nominate that special teacher for the Teacher of the Year award!

The Sioux Falls School District is proud of our staff and teachers for your commitment to our children and encompassing the same values and passions as Dr. Harris! Each year the Sioux Falls Public Schools and Vern Eide Motorcars jointly sponsor this prestigious award, so please lift up and nominate a deserving teacher!

Deadline: Nominations and letters of support are due by 5:00pm on Monday, January 25th, 2021.

Please see the links below for more information!

Electronic Form- 2021 Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

Electronic Form- 2021 Teacher of the Year Support Letter

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AP StuCo T-Shirt Contest

Axtell's Student Council will be holding their annual t-shirt contest from Jan. 4 - 11th. Students are asked to submit their drawings and ideas for this year's Axtell Park t-shirt. The design must include our beloved mascot the AP Lion and then some creativity to go around it.

Designs must be submitted to the Student Council by the end of the school day on January 11th. Student Council will then choose the top three - five (depending on the number of entries) and those will go to a student popular vote.

The winning t-shirt design will get that design printed on the Axtell Park yearly shirts with a gift card. First and second-place runners up with also receive gift cards.

Best of luck to all that submit entries!

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2020-2021 / DATES TO REMEMBER:

HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTER TEST DAYS / Jan. 13 & 14 (normal start/end time)





NO CLASSES - HOLIDAY / Feb. 15 & 16

SD ASSESSMENTS - March 8th - May 7th

NCRC TEST / National Career Readiness Certification Assessment for Seniors - March 10th


END OF QUARTER 3 / Mar. 24


JOE FOSS SD ASSESSMENTS (ALL 11th / 12th who haven't taken) - April 20 - 22

MAP TESTING (6TH - 8TH GRADES) - April 22nd - May 14th

HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTER TEST DAYS / May 24 & 25 (normal start/end time)





Test Date: February 6, 2021

Registration Deadline: January 8, 2021

Late Registration window: January 9-15, 2021

Estimated Scores released: February 16 - April 1, 2021


Test Date: April 17, 2021

Registration Deadline: March 12, 2021

Late Registration window: March 13 - 26, 2021

Estimated Scores released: information not released at this time.

COST of ACT tests:

The full ACT (no writing): $55.00

The full ACT with writing: $70.00


Late registration fee: $35.00

Standby testing fee: $56.00

Change (test date/center) fee: $35.00

Score reports to 5th & 6th colleges of choice: $13.00


If you are testing on a national test date and can't afford the registration fee for the ACT or ACT with writing, you may be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver. Information about the eligibility requirements and how to request a fee waiver is sent each summer to high schools. You should work with your local high school to determine your eligibility.

You must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Currently enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade.
  2. Be testing in the US, US territories, or Puerto Rico.
  3. Meet one or more indicators of economic need listed on the ACT Fee Waiver form.

If you are eligible, you may use a maximum of four separate fee waivers total. The waiver is used once you register, even if you do not test on the requested test date.

IMPORTANT: To take full advantage of the waiver, you must follow through and test on your registered test date.

Fee waivers cover only the basic registration fee and late fee for your test option on a national test date, including up to four college choices (if you provide valid codes when you register). After registration, the student can request any number of additional score reports for free. Provides free access to The Official ACT® Self-Paced Course, Powered by Kaplan®. Waivers do NOT cover test date or test center changes, standby fee, or any other services.

You cannot request a fee waiver directly from ACT; you must contact your high school counselor. If you receive an ACT Fee Waiver Form, follow the “How to Apply this Fee Waiver” on it for your registration method (or if requesting Special Testing).

When you register online and request any additional services, you must enter a credit card to pay those fees before submitting your registration.

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Semester end is close, in fact, it's less than two weeks away!

High School students, keep working hard to complete classes. Reach out to your teachers or counselors if you are struggling and need some extra help. You got this!

Reminder: January 13th and 14th are normal days, they are NO LONGER early start/release days.

Your Axtell Park Building School Counselors

Jenn Atkinson - FLEX, Success, Structured Teach, & Odyssey


Mrs. Jenn's google site

Janell Mills - Joe Foss


Axtell Park PH: (605) 367-7647


LHS Counseling Department

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RHS Counseling Department

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WHS Counseling Department

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Jefferson HS Cav Chats

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COVID School Status Check

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SFSD School Nurse Health Information

The health and safety of students, staff, and families remains our top priority. Our school nurses have stepped up to develop a great resource for all things “health-related.” Use your time off from school to learn about how meditation, goal-setting, and healthy eating can improve your brain and body function!

Click HERE for the SFSD School Nurse google site.

211 Helpline

211 Helpline's mission is "Making lives better by giving support, offering hope and creating connections all day, every day". 211 has a database of many business, organizations, and supports that can search for whatever your need is. Please reach out to them for any need you have by dialing 211.

Click HERE for the 211 Helpline website.

Department of Social Services

If you are in need of any kind of assistance please reach out to them. Department of Economic Assistance can help in a variety of ways: child care, medical eligibility, employment, food and energy resources as well as mental health.

Click HERE for the DSS website.

Southeastern Behavioral Health

Southeastern is a wonderful resource and also has partnered with SFSD. We have two counselors that come into building to see students in need of individual sessions. For those families already enrolled in counseling, we urge you to contact your counselor by calling Southeastern directly. For those families and students now faced with some difficult times and situations where you believe a counselor could help, please reach out.

Click HERE for the Southeastern website.

PH: (605) 336-0510

Avera Behavioral Health

Avera Behavioral specializes in behavioral health assessments, outpatient needs and inpatient. It's a multi-speciality facility located off 69th & Louise Ave in Sioux Falls. If you are in need of their services, please call ahead at this time. They will assess you via phone and make an appointment. This is done to limit the number of people in the waiting area. Please know their services are still available and they are here to help.

Click HERE for the Avera Behavioral Health website.

PH: (605) 322-4005


Axtell Park PH: (605) 367-7647

Joe Foss PH: (605) 367-4766

Axtell Park provides opportunities which encourage all students to grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically as they work to complete their high school educations in a nontraditional setting.

The high school program at Axtell Park seeks to reduce the number of dropouts, to recover students who have dropped out and wish to return, and to offer students classes required to earn a diploma. The middle school level offers a short term behavioral modification program that addresses academics, behavior, chemical dependency education and prevention, and counseling.

Focus. Fortitude. Finish with Pride!