Sioux Valley Secondary

2023-2024 School-to-Home Communication Plan

Please review this communication plan to learn about:

  • 24/7 Access to Your Student's Progress
  • Parent/Guardian/Teacher Partnership
  • Teacher Outreach
  • Fall Registration & Back-to-School Day
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Registration Information Night

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Effective communication between home and school is a critical component of creating a welcoming, supportive, and quality educational experience for your student. This is especially vital as we strive to meet the individual needs of all learners in our ever-changing world. We highly value your involvement and support in enhancing student achievement.

With various opportunities and invitations to engage in your child's experience, we often hear questions like:

- Which events and conferences should I attend? All of them? Some? Why?

- Should I only attend if my student is struggling? What if my student is doing well?

- Are there alternative ways, like technology, to stay connected to my child's progress?

The answers to these questions will differ for each parent/guardian, based on the level of involvement you seek.

To keep you informed and connected, we employ several tools to report your student's progress. This newsletter outlines the SVMS and SVHS School-to-Home Communication Plan, providing information to tailor your experience to your needs throughout the school year.

We welcome your input as we continuously study outcomes, evaluate progress, and report results to the community. If you have any suggestions to make our communication from school to home more meaningful, effective, and efficient, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Tyler Bolstad, Principal

Phone: 605-627-5657 EXT. 407


Fall Registration & Back-to-School Day

Tuesday, August 8 – Registration & Back-to-School Day

Please come to the MS & HS Commons. To streamline the registration process, we have designated specific times for students to register based on the first letter of their last name. However, if the assigned time slot does not work for you, please feel free to come anytime between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Registration Times:

O-S: 8:00-9:30

T-Z: 9:30-11:00

A-F: 11:00-12:30

Lunch Break for Staff: 12:30-1:00

G-K: 1:00-2:30

L-N: 2:30-4:00

Open Slot: 4:00-5:00

During registration, parents will need to update emergency contact information, and students will receive their class schedule, locker assignment, and have their school pictures taken. Activity tickets will be printed with last year’s school picture, so seniors will not be required to take a school picture. Additionally, athletes and fine arts participants will need to purchase a $20 activity ticket. Students will also have the opportunity to deposit money into their lunch accounts and pick up their yearbooks.

High school laptop distribution will take place during registration. Middle school Chromebooks will be distributed the first week of school. I kindly request that you read, sign, and bring the laptop policy and email form along with the $20 user fee.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • November 8th, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • November 9th, 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • February 7th, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Middle School Only)

Parent-Teacher Conferences are an opportunity to hear about your student's academic progress directly from his/her instructors. 15-minute sessions can be scheduled with your child's teachers through a Sign-Up Genius link we'll email you prior to the conference dates.

High School Registration Information Night

February 7th, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for our Registration Information Night at Sioux Valley High School. It's an informal and engaging event where you can explore classrooms, labs, and the commons while meeting our staff. Discover all the classes and academic opportunities we have to offer. It's a great opportunity for both students and parents to learn more about our school.

Presentations will be developed to share with parents/guardians. Themes may include topics such as:

  • Technology - What tools will be utilized in high school?
  • How to develop good study skills & healthy routines
  • 4-Year Course Planning
  • ACT Prep for Juniors
  • Understanding Dual Credit Opportunities
  • Post-Secondary Opportunities (4-year schools, 2-year schools, trades and technical careers)

Coffee and Conversation with Mr. Bolstad

We warmly invite you to join us for our Coffee and Conversation Gatherings for the upcoming school year.

Dates: October 30, January 22, March 25

Time: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Location: Sioux Valley Commons

Come enjoy some coffee and rolls as we discuss the latest developments and initiatives at Sioux Valley Middle School and Sioux Valley High School. Your input and participation are important to us, and we look forward to sharing meaningful conversations that will help us foster a thriving educational community.

I can't wait to see you there!

With Cossack Pride,

Tyler Bolstad

Principal, Sioux Valley Middle School & Sioux Valley High School

24/7 Access to Your Student's Progress

To provide real-time access to attendance and grades, we have the Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. Many parents/guardians and teachers are embracing technology tools like Parent Portal on Infinite Campus, Google Classroom, and email communication as alternatives to in-person conferences. These tools offer information most relevant to parent/guardian interests.

If you need help connecting to the Parent Portal to view your child's attendance and grades, please feel free to contact Karen Steege in the MS/HS Office. We're here to assist you with any inquiries you may have.

Graphics / Videos on Scoreboards

If you have a graphic or video you hope to share with fans at one of our events, please contact Heidi Ostrem ( no later than two business days in advance of the event.

Teacher Outreach

Our teachers are committed to supporting every student's success, and as part of that effort, they will be initiating outreach to parents/guardians, which includes developing appropriate interventions when necessary.

To strengthen parent/guardian communication, teachers actively utilize before and after-school time to schedule meetings, make phone calls, and send email messages. They also keep Infinite Campus and Google Classroom regularly updated to provide timely information about students' progress.

At Sioux Valley, we value the partnership between parents/guardians and teachers in ensuring our students thrive academically and personally.