September 2023

Big picture


Type “68453” in your “TO” area as if you are sending a text message. Then type “YES” in the body of the text. Hit return or enter to send your text. You will get a reply back if you did it correctly.

To participate and receive text alerts on your cell, just text Y, YES, or OPT-IN to 68453.

The South Dakota Board of Regents Dakota Dreams program is offering free online tutoring.

New this fall, the Tutor Tracks program is designed to help students with focused tutoring in specific subjects. Led by expert tutors, students will meet with a tutor for 30 minutes, twice a week, for guided lessons in Reading, Grammar or Math. This program is available for students in grades 1-8 and takes a more focused, tutor-led approach to support what educators are already teaching in classrooms. Apply now for the first session which runs September 11-October 27.

In addition to Tutor Tracks, On-demand Homework Help is also available anytime during program hours. All South Dakota students in grades K-12 can log on with or without an appointment for help with homework questions, assignments and more.

We encourage you to learn more about these valuable tutoring programs at

If you have questions about the program, please contact SD BOR System Academic Program Manager Molly Weisgram at 605-773-3455 or at

Free and Reduced Meal Application Form

Free and Reduced Meal Application - click here

All families are encouraged to complete school meal applications at the beginning of each school year by submitting an application directly to the school or district office. Applications can be submitted electronically within the Infinite Campus Parent Portal (select “more” then “meal benefits”). Applications are reviewed by district officials before granting free or reduced price benefits. Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or participate in other federal assistance programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible. Families earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, could be eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.

Big picture

New Items on our Lunch Menu thanks to the 777 Bison Ranch!

Free Common Sense Parenting Classes

The South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center will be offering Common Sense Parenting as a free online class on Tuesdays, October 17-November 21 from 6:00pm-8:00pm MT (enrollees should plan to attend all six sessions). Preregistration is required. A flyer is attached. For registration or more information visit:

Feel free to contact me at with any questions.

Big picture
Big picture

Jr/Sr HS Announcements

Important Announcement about computers: Intentional Damage to laptops is NOT covered by the $25 laptop fee. Please take care of them. *

Congrats to our NHS Door Decorating Winners:

1st Ms. Rehmeier

2nd Mrs. Uhrich

3rd Mrs. Deuhr

STUDENTS: Please check your Infinite Campus for missing assignments! If you have any assignment missing, you should be present for WC Time. Please check in with your Wildcat teachers before going to a different teacher to work on assignments.


We are very fortunate to have a presenter coming to visit with our students about the Build Dakota (full ride) Scholarship! We will be having all juniors and seniors attend the presentation on Thursday, September 28 in the theater from 1:30-2:15pm.

We are looking forward to getting information out to our students!

Clubs & Organizations:

If anyone is interested in SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), please email Danielle Meyer at

If anyone is interested in oral interp, email Hailey Uphoff ( for more information.

Knowledge Bowl (KB) Teams will meet Mondays and Wednesdays during WC Time in the commons for now. Open to students in grades 6-12. Knowledge Bowl is an academic sport where students have the chance to test their wit, trivia, and teamwork skills as they battle against other students' skills in a “Jeopardy-like” event. Come join forces with your brain & have some fun!

FCW (Fellowship of Christian Wildcats) will meet every Wednesday, at 7:30 am in the theatre.






  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13TH: 8:00-11:30 AM
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 23RD: 4:00-8:00 PM

New music department shirts have arrived!

If anyone is interested in purchasing one, we have a large variety of sizes of both long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts. Attached is a photo of our lovely models who volunteered to showcase the design for you. Short-sleeved t-shirts are $20 and long-sleeved shirts are $25. The money helps us fund all kinds of fun opportunities for our students and will be especially useful as we are in the midst of planning a big fine arts trip for the high schoolers! If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, please stop by the CHS Office or email or

Sr. Project Needs Your Participation - Come Walk Even if You Don't Have a Dog!

Big picture
Big picture

Registration Deadline is Oct. 20

This is a Coed tournament (ages 15-up). (T-shirts may be ordered even if not participating in tournament - just have to pay a $10 shipping cost for ordering a t-shirt.) Get your family and friends together and join in this good cause!
Click here for the CHS Back-to-School Newsletter

See the latest newsletter full of info. from the JR/SR HS

Custer Junior/Senior High School

Principal: Tobey Cass -

Assistant Principal/Activities Director: Joey Kortemeyer -

Custer Jr High Assistant Principal, AD & Counselor: Dusty Petz -

Administrative Assistant: Kelli Moore -

Big picture

Custer Activities Schedule for 2023-24

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

Here is the link –

You can also get it by going to the CSD website -> Schools -> Custer Jr/Sr High School -> Activities

Hello, Wildcat Fans!

If you like to follow the Wildcat football, volleyball, and basketball teams as well as other teams from around the state, I suggest downloading the SD ScoreFeed App – blue icon with SD in white letters.
It is free and features live fan scoring updates for football, volleyball, and basketball, links to livestreams, region standings, and media rankings.

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

South Dakota State A Boys State Golf Tournament

Monday, Oct. 2nd, 8am to Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, 4pm

23645 Clubhouse Dr

Rapid City, SD

Big picture
Big picture


Activity passes (tickets) are available at the CES, HS & the Admin. offices. Activity passes are accepted at all regular home season games, in addition, to regularly scheduled CSD plays and concerts.

Passes will be sold during the first few home games of volleyball and football.

Prices remain the same as in the past several years:

*Family Passes: $80 maximum – for parents & all K-12 students in the same household.

Purchased individually the prices are as follows:

*Adults (including college-age students) - $40 per pass

*High School 9-12 - $30 per pass

*Middle School 6-8 - $20

*Elementary K-5 - $20

(grandparents, adult children, or college-age students are not eligible for the family pass.)

* Complimentary senior citizen passes for Custer County Residents who are age 60+.
These are also available at all school offices.




Further the enrichment of students participating in Extra-Curricular Activities.


Wildcats Booster Club’s (WBC) purpose is to raise money for the Activities of all Custer Jr/Sr High School Organizations. Some of the ways we raise monies are to sell what is called 50/50 tickets, which means there is an option to purchase 1 ticket for $1, 6 tickets for $5 or 12 tickets for $10. The winner splits the amount with the WC Booster Club, or they can donate their portion back to WCB. We host tailgate parties at the FB games, selling meal plates @ $5 each. And, sell WC gear!


WCB would like for anyone interested in partnering with us to help with activities throughout the season, such as, selling Wildcats Gear, 50/50 tickets or working Concession Stand! Any of your time given is much appreciated and will help all of the Student Organizations of our Custer Wildcats!


Amanda O’Connor –

Rhonda Sander –

Patty Evans –


Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

CES Upcoming Dates to Remember

Click here for latest CES Newsletter

Click here for the CES Facebook Page - follow for more school information & announcements!

Click here for Custer Elementary School Supply Lists - Revised

Oct 2nd: Family Fun Night 5:00-6:30

Oct 5th: Boy Scouts visiting during lunch

Oct 10th: Girl Scouts visiting during lunch

Oct 13th: Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00-11:30

Oct 16th: Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30

Oct 19th: End of 1st quarter

Oct 25th: Lifetouch Retakes

Oct 23rd-27th: Delta Dental Mobile Truck

Oct 28th: Honor Choir in Rapid City at The Monument at 3:30 pm

Custer Elem. Kdg Teacher Mrs. Conni Virtue promoting SD Public Schools! Way to go, Conni!

LOVE SD Public Schools Connie Virtue
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Custer Elementary School

Principal Barb Paulsen -

Administrative Assistant Cindy Heyne -

Big picture

Walk to School Day

On Wednesday, October 4th, Hermosa School will again participate in National Walk to School Day. This event helps raise awareness of the healthy habits walking to school can form. To celebrate, students will be dropped off at the Hermosa Post Office, no earlier than 7:15. At 7:40, students and staff will walk to the school together. Parents, guardians, and other family members and friends are welcome to join also!

Big picture

What's Coming Up at HES?

Upcoming Dates to Remember

September 29th - 5th Grade/8th Grade Friday Opportunity (8:00-12:00)

Upcoming Hornet Activities
September 28th - Cross Country @ Sturgis 1:00/2:30
September 28th - Volleyball @ Edgemont 4:00
September 28th - Football @ RC Christian 4:30

October 2nd - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15

October 3rd - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15

October 5th - Cross Country BHC @ Red Cloud 2:00/4:00

October 5th - Volleyball @ Hot Springs 4:30

October 7th - Football @ Stagebarn 10:00

October 10th - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15

October 12th - Football @ Custer 4:30

October 14th - 8th Volleyball Tournament @ Hot Springs TBD

October 14th - 7th Volleyball Tournament @ Hill City TBD

October 17th - Football @ Custer 4:30

Hermosa School

Principal: Forrest "Frosty" Paris -

Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Conley -

Big picture
Big picture

Board Agenda / Minutes

To view the agenda & board minutes, please see:
Big picture
Big picture

Custer School District Vacancies


- needed full-time at Custer High School starting immediately. Coaching opportunities. SD Teacher Certification required and must be "Highly Qualified." Salary based on salary structure, DOE. Must complete CSD Certified Staff Application form; submit copies of transcripts and SD Teacher Certificate; and 3 current letters of recommendation. Contact Custer School District, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD 57730, 605.673.3154 or see Apply online here.

Special Ed Paraprofessionals @ Hermosa School - Apply Online

SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAPROFESSIONALS – two (2) needed full-time to assist teachers with students with special needs at Hermosa School, for 7.75 hrs/day, $16.60/hr, starting immediately. Will work according to school calendar. Interested applicants must complete the online application. Two years of college preferred or must pass the state-required paraprofessional exam prior to starting. Contact Custer School District, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD 57730, 605.673.3154. Open until filled. EOE

DISTRICT PARAPROFESSIONAL needed full-time starting immediately to assist teachers with supervision in the lunchroom, dual credit classes, and in PE classes, at the Custer Jr/Sr High School. Location of paraprofessional positions are subject to change, however, currently the position would be working at Custer Jr/Sr High School. Pay based on the negotiated agreement, starting $16.25/hr DOE, with benefits, 7.75 hrs/day, according to school calendar. Must complete CSD Application online and submit copies of transcript(s)/diploma. Two years of college preferred or must pass the state-required paraprofessional exam prior to starting. Custer School District, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD 57730, 605.673.3154 or see Open until filled. EOE - Apply Online

Coaching Openings - Apply Online

Current employees send letter/email of interest to Supt. Mark Naugle all others must complete an application.

  1. Hermosa Boys Basketball Assistant Coach - $1,087 - starting winter 2023.

· SUBSTITUTE CLEANERS - needed at all schools. Must complete CSD classified application packet and complete a criminal background check. $16/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 $120/day-$135/day. Retired CSD Teachers start at $135/day.

Custer School District, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD 57730. PH: 605.673.3154 FAX: 605.673.5607, Mon.-Thurs., 8:00-3:00 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:

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Custer School District

Superintendent Mark Naugle -

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Jennie Anderson -

Click here for all staff listing

Administration Office Hours:

Mon.-Thurs. ~ 7:30-4:30 p.m.

Fridays ~ 8 a.m. ~ 1 p.m.

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