Week of January 16-21, 2023

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Friday, Feb. 17 - School will be in session - this is the make-up school day for the snow day on Dec. 13.

Friday, Jan. 20 - Professional Development Day for Staff Only (Note: this will not be a school day as previously announced. Snow make-up day will be 2/17/23 instead.)


On your mark... Get set... READ!! We are “racing to read” across South Dakota from January 9th to March 2nd. Readers across the state will accumulate miles by reading books to help our figurative Book Mobile race around the state. Students will use their current reading logs to keep track of time spent reading. We will make a paper chain to have a visual representation of how much we have read. We are in a friendly competition with the Custer County Library and YMCA to see who can read the most and build the longest chain. On March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, we will have a party in the Pine Room at the Custer County Library to join our chains and celebrate all the reading our community has done together. Let’s get to reading!

Friendly Reminders for Parent/Guardians ~

~ Please remember to call or email the office if your child will not be in school.

~ If your child has a stomach illness, please keep them home for 24 hours.

~ Click here for the guidelines from the Dept of Health for temporary exclusion from a school setting.

Parents & guardians, please do not allow your child to bring toys from home to school. This can become a distraction for other students. We also do not want the toys to get lost or broken.
~ Please always check your student before they leave the house to make sure their clothes are within the dress code policy, and that they are dressed appropriately for the weather.

~ No coffee, soda, or energy drinks are allowed during school at HES & CES.
~ Please help supervise your child during after-school wrestling, volleyball or basketball games.

~ Please check the Lost & Found or remind your child to check it periodically.

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Jr/Sr HS Announcements


  • Today is the first day of 2nd semester. Schedule change requests can be made in the office. The deadline to change your schedule is end of day tomorrow, 1/17.
  • The dual Credit Psychology Class will start today 1/16/23 in Ms. Winkler’s Rm 6th hr.
  • Criminal Justice class starts today 7th hour in Mrs. Bradeen’s room.
  • ACT Prep classes will begin in February. Sign up in the office or in the library. See Mrs. Mertz in the library with questions.
  • Important information & resources for grades 7-12 students and their parents in Mrs. French's recent newsletter:

Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a free program for all South Dakota high school students (grades 9-12) that encourages students to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. This program provides avenues for students to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for prizes. Teachers who bring students to the state competition are paid a stipend and reimbursed for travel expenses. The state champion and teacher (or another chaperone) will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring for the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, where they compete with other state champions for a $20,000 cash prize. Student video submissions are due Feb. 20. Learn more on the SD Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud webpage.

Youth Trooper Academy application window is open. High school juniors and seniors with an interest in law enforcement are encouraged to apply for the 2023 Youth Trooper Academy, hosted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol and American Legion. The academy takes place in Pierre on June 26-30. Application deadline: March 25. Questions? Contact Lieutenant Tony Maunu (605-773-2231).


Congratulations to our Wrestlers for taking home the WIN out of 9 teams for the Black Hills Conference this weekend

Custer Wild is doing a volleyball camp for middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) starting January 29th. If interested, pick up a form in the office.

Clubs and Organizations:

  • Fellowship of Christian Wildcats (FCW) meets Tuesday mornings at 7:30 in the theatre.
  • There will be a 5th Quarter for all 9-12 graders on Friday, 1/20/23, following the BBB vs. Hill City at the Old Pine Social! Students interested in participating in ax throwing, there is a waiver form that must be signed by a parent prior to participating. Please stop in the office and sign up to participate!
  • Students from the CHS music department are selling World’s Finest Chocolate $1 chocolate bars at school on Tuesday, January 17th. This is the one and only day to buy chocolate at school. Bring your dollars on Tuesday and get yourself some chocolate.
  • Gaming Club will meet on Tuesday after school in Mrs. Winkler’s room.

Senior Projects:

  • Sr Project Book Drive for setting up a Lending Library this spring. A collection box has been placed at the YMCA for new or gently used books. Any donations are appreciated.

ACE Prep Test Classes

The CSD Library will offer ACT Prep classes for all interested students on Friday mornings from February 27 – April 14, excluding Good Friday. The classes are tentatively scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., but the time may be changed based on the preferences of those who sign up. Juniors who plan on attending college and competing for scholarships are highly encouraged to register on for the ACT test on April 15th, so we can prepare together for it. The April test is one of the three tests per year that ACT offers an option to purchase test results for an additional $30. (The others are June and December.) If students wish to take the test again to improve their scores, they can have their actual test, answers, and answer key to use to identify their strengths and weaknesses. If anyone has questions, please direct them to Mrs. Mertz .

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Helpful Links

Custer Jr/Sr HS Facebook

Custer Jr/Sr HS Counselor's Corner Website

Custer Jr/Sr HS Student Council Facebook

Custer Wildcat Booster Club Facebook

Click here to see how the SD Dept. of Education is using a portion of the ARP ESSER funding it received during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Custer Activities Schedule for 2022-23

Click HERE for a complete overview of the year's scheduled events.

Home Activities in January:

1/17 - GBball v Wall 5/6:30 p.m.

1/19 - MS (7-8th) BBball v Douglas - 4:30 / 5:30 p.m.

1/20 - BBball v Hill City - 3:30/5/6:30 p.m.

1/23 - One Acts Community Performance - 7 pm

1/25 - One-Acts Region Competition @ Custer - Time TBA

1/26 - CHS Wrestling Triangular w/ Chadron & Douglas - 5 p.m.

1/27 - MS (6-8th) BBball v Hot Springs - 10am/11am/noon

1/27 - GBball v Hill City -3:30 / 5 / 6:30 p.m.

Hello, Wildcat Fans!!

Congratulations to the Boys Wrestling Team and Coaches for dominantly winning the Black Hills Conference Team Title last weekend. Boys and girls combined for 10 individual champions! Way to go, Cats!!

Here is what’s happening this week:

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CHS Drama Dept Presents: "DRIFT"

Monday, Jan. 23rd, 7pm

1645 Wildcat Lane

Custer, SD

CHS Drama Dept

One Acts Community Performance


CSD Activity Tickets Accepted.

Admission - $5 Adult - $3 for K-12 students- $2 Sr Citizens

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email to purchase
Email to purchase an old annual listed above or call 605-673-3154 if you have questions. There are no more annuals for the Class of 2012.

Free Throw Contest for ages 9-14 @ CHS Gym

Sunday, Jan. 29th, 1pm

Custer High School, Wildcat Lane, Custer, SD, USA

ALL AREA BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 9 TO 14, ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LOCAL LEVEL OF COMPETITION FOR THE 2023 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIP. Free contest for all students ages 9-14. Gym opens at noon. Contest starts at 1 p.m. Winners in each age category will compete in the District competition at a later date. The contest helps kids learn a little competitive spirit, show their talent in basketball, and even learn some life skills.

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CES Upcoming Dates to Remember

Click here for the CES Facebook Page - follow for more school information & announcements!
  • January 17th: Tuesday Tutoring

    January 24th: Tuesday Tutoring

    January 25th: Certified staff meeting, Music room

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HES Links

Hermosa Family Newsletter - LOTS of Important information included in newsletter!

Hermosa Facebook Page - please follow for updated daily announcements

Hornets: Upcoming Dates to Remember

January 25th - Vision Screening

February 3rd - 5th-8th Grade Friday Opportunity Field Trip
February 6th - Elder's Wisdom Program

February 8th - 8th Grade Ski Trip

February 13th - School Board Meeting @ Hermosa 6:00

February 15th - 3rd Grade Rush Hockey School Day Game

February 16th - Custer High School Boys & Girls Basketball @ Hermosa

February 17th - December 13th Snow Day Make-up

February 18th - 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament @ Hermosa

February 23rd - End of the 2nd Trimester

February 24th - 5th-8th Grade Friday Opportunity

Upcoming Hornet Activities

January 17th - Boys Basketball @ Oelrichs 4:00
January 19th - Boys Basketball @ Edgemont 4:15
January 23rd - Boys Basketball @ RC Christian 4:00
January 24th - Boys Basketball @ Hermosa 4:15
January 26th - Boys Basketball @ St. Pauls 4:00
January 31st - Boys Basketball @ Hermosa 4:15
February 2nd - Boys Basketball @ Custer 4:30
February 7th - Boys Basketball @ Hermosa 4:15
February 9th - Boys Basketball @ Hermosa 4:15

February 13th - Boys Basketball @ Douglas 3:45

February 14th - Boys Basketball @ Hermosa 4:15

February 16th - Custer HS Boys & Girls Basketball @ Hermosa

February 17th - Boys Basketball @ Hermosa 4:15

February 18th - 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament @ Hermosa

February 21st - Boys Basketball @ Hermosa 4:15

February 23rd - Boys Basketball @ Hill City 4:00

March 3rd - Boys Basketball @ Cartwright Tournament (Lead)

March 4th - Boys Basketball @ Cartwright Tournament (Lead)

March 4th - SDWCA District 2 Youth AAU Wrestling Tournament @ Hermosa

March 16th - Middle School Musical 2:00 & 6:00

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Board Agenda / Minutes

To view the agenda & board minutes, please see:

CSD School Board Members & Meeting Dates for 2022-23

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Custer School District Vacancies


  • SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR needed district-wide for Custer School District, which includes Custer and Hermosa schools, starting 7/1/23. Candidate must be caring, enthusiastic, a team-builder, committed to excellence, and possess skills in leadership, problem-solving & collaboration, with a working knowledge of Special Education Law. SD Administrative Certification is preferred, and Special Education experience is desirable. Salary depends on experience. Send a letter of application, resume, current teaching or administrative certificate, and letters of reference to or mail to Supt. of Schools Mark Naugle, Custer School District, 527 Montgomery Street, Custer, SD, 57730, 605-673-3154. Open until filled.

  • CHS Head Football Coach - starting stipend $4,202. Current employees send letter/email of interest to Supt. Mark Naugle Others must complete application apply online sp?AppliTrackJobId=3352

  • Jr High Track Coach - starting stipend $1,751. Current employees send letter/email of interest to Supt. Mark Naugle Others must complete the application

  • SUBSTITUTE CLEANERS - needed at all schools. Must complete CSD classified application packet and complete a criminal background check. $13.50/hr DOE.

  • SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS - needed at all schools. Must complete CSD substitute application packet, submit proof of highest level of education, and complete a criminal background check prior to starting. Contact the CSD Admin. Office for a packet, or apply online at, which will include the fingerprint/background check materials. Minimum requirement, HS graduate. Pay range $90/day-$115/day. Retired CSD Teachers start at $115/day.

    Custer School District, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD 57730. PH: 605.673.3154 FAX: 605.673.5607, Mon.-Thurs., 8:00-4:30 p.m., or Fridays, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Current CSD employees interested in a position must submit a letter of interest to Mr. Mark Naugle, Supt. of Schools. All other interested applicants must complete a CSD Job Application available at the address above or at EOE.

    The Custer School District 16-1 does not discriminate on the basis of race or color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy), disability, sexual orientation, age, religion and creed, military/veteran status, or marital status, in admission or access to or treatment or employment in its programs and activities: and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with Title VI or the Age Discrimination Act please contact the Superintendent of Schools, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD, 57730, (605) 673-3154; for Title IX please contact the Activities Director, 1645 Wildcat Lane, Custer, SD, 57730, (605)673-4473; or for Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) act please contact the Special Education Director, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD, 57730, (605) 673-3154. For further inquiries contact the South Dakota Regional Office for Civil Rights, Kansas City Office, U.S. Dept. of Education, One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Kansas City, MO, 64106, phone (816) 268-0550, TDD (800) 877-0599, Fax (816) 268-0559, e-mail:
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From Wikipedia: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this day 94 years ago, and was one of the most prominent leaders in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination on 4/4/68. Dr. King advanced civil rights for people of color in the United States through nonviolence & civil disobedience. He led targeted, nonviolent resistance against Jim Crow laws & and other forms of discrimination.

Custer Youth & Alumni Foundation


We are a local, not-for-profit organization made up of people just like you with one common goal: to assist the local youth and educators.

Contact us for Student Scholarships & Teacher Grant Opportunities.

Custer Elementary School

Principal Barb Paulsen -

Administrative Assistant Cindy Heyne -

Hermosa School

Principal: Forrest "Frosty" Paris -

Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Conley -

Custer Junior/Senior High School

Principal: Tobey Cass -

Assistant Principal/Activities Director: Joey Kortemeyer -

Administrative Assistant: Kelli Moore -

Custer School District

Superintendent Mark Naugle -

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Jennie Anderson -

Full Staff Directory HERE

Lunchroom Vacancies - call 605-235-0939

To see what jobs are available in our lunchrooms, please apply with LSI (Lunchtime Solutions, Inc.) click here

The Mission of Custer School District is to Educate Every Student to His/Her Potential.

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