Out with The Old, In with The New!

Staying "In Touch" (February-March 2021)

To All Meade School District Residents

As we begin the new year, we welcome back the new and improved publication of the “In Touch” newsletter that first started back in 2004. Much discussion has been made and the district feels we need to reach out to our community and patrons of the Meade School District.

It is important that our public receive complete, accurate, and timely information regarding the school district and its programs and operations. One of the first steps in that process is the publication of this online newsletter!

We hope you enjoy the new layout of the "In Touch" newsletter and welcome any comments, suggestions and any events that you think should be included as well! Enjoy!

Online Volume I, Issue 1



COVID-19 Updates

Currently all buildings are in Phase I Green.

Phase I Green - Zero to low COVID-19 cases in the building(s). No confirmed COVID-19 cases up to a maximum of 1% of students and staff.

Phase II Orange - Active cases in the building(s) between 1-3% of building enrollment including students and staff.

Phase III Red - Active cases in the building(s) greater than 3% of enrollment including students and staff.

Important February/March Dates!

  • No school: February 15th (President's Day)
  • No school: February 26th (teacher in-service)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: February 22nd - 26th (see below for details)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - high school: March 1st & 2nd
  • Spring Break - no school: March 19th

Piedmont Valley Elementary is "Spreading the Joy of Music"

DonorsChoose was founded in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx who wanted his students to read Little House on the Prairie (ironically!) As he was making photocopies of the one book, he thought about all the money he and his colleagues were spending on books, supplies and other materials. He just knew there were people out there that wanted to help in some way - if they could see where their money was going.

This teacher from the Bronx created a website where teachers could post classroom project requests, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to support. His colleagues posted 11 requests, and to his surprise, it spread like wildfire. Today, his idea is open to every public school in America.

But how does it work?! It's easy, You find a project that inspires you, donate as little as $1 (tax deductible mind you), they purchase the requested items and BOOM items are shipped directly to the teacher. Last but not least, every donor get's a thank you and photos of the project in action plus a report of how each dollar was spent. Genius! And goes to a good cause!

Because of this project, our very own Piedmont Valley Elementary music teacher, Anna Pickford, created her own DonorsChoose Project called Spreading the Joy of Music. Her classroom received $590.00! Now she is able to replace many instruments that are in dire need of replacement, such as, handbell sets, sand blocks, and jingle bells, to name a few.

Congratulations to Mrs. Pickford and the students as they continue to "spread the joy of music"!

SBHS Speech and Debate Team perform virtually

The Sturgis Brown High School speech and debate coach, Eric Johnson is proud to announce his team performed virtually at the largest debate tournament of the year - the Mustang Classic, on January 29-30, 2021. The tournament was held via zoom at the Natrona County High School in Wyoming where over 30 teams competed. Chris Shuman (11th) earned 1st place in Extemp and a bid to the TOC (Tournament of Champions) in Houston. Carlie Johnson (10th) earned 3rd place in Oratory and also a bid to the TOC. Taylor Tobias (12th) and Brooke Holly (10th) entered the semi-finals in Informative and the team of Abby Johnson (9th) and Mary Jones (9th) finished 5th place in Public Forum Debate.

National School Counselor's Week, February 1st - 5th

"All In for All Students" will be celebrated from February 1st - 5th to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.

Exactly what does a school counselor do? They listen. They teach. They advocate. They care. They do a lot more than you may have realized. And they support students holistically in ways no one else can. Our counselors work in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world and they help focus on positive ways to enhance students' social, personal, educational and career development.

School counselors help reduce obstacles preventing students from reaching their potential. Above all, they arm students with the skills, strategies and support they need to build the foundation for a successful and productive life. Our counselors are certified, experienced educators who hold at least a master's degree in guidance and counseling.

Meade School District counselors include:

Piedmont Valley Elementary Online Book Fair

Shop anytime, using the link from February 4th - February 25th. Click here to shop! Enjoy browsing fair book shelves, using the Virtual Fair shopping tool, found on our fair website, which allows an in-depth look at the books and videos. Every purchase will help buy books for our school library!

Sturgis Elementary Online Book Fair

Shop anytime, using the link from February 14th to February 27th! Enjoy browsing fair book shelves, using the Virtual Fair shopping tool, found on our fair website, which allows an in-depth look at the books and videos. Every purchase will help buy books for our school library!

School Board Recognition Week

Meade School District will join school districts throughout the state in saluting its school board members during School Board Recognition Week February 15th - 19th. This is a time for all citizens to thank their school board members for their leadership in setting direction for public schools.

In the Meade School District, school board members develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues that affect all communities within the district's 3,100 square miles.

Time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the time school board members devote to leading the district. They also work hard at seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are involved in community activities and spend many hours in the schools at extracurricular events.

Let's give a round of applause for our 2020-21 Meade School Board members!

Left to Right: Charlie Wheeler, Darrell Vig, Joseph Urbaniak (president), Tracy Konst, JT Vig, Holly Good, Cody Weber (vice president), John Nachtigall and Lee Spring.

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Seeking Nominations For SD Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year

Each year the South Dakota Secretary of Education sponsors a "South Dakota Teacher of the Year" award, with the winner becoming a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.

The district is inviting nominations for Teacher of the Year and Professional/Technical Support Staff of the Year for 2020.

The purpose of the award is to recognize teachers who have the following criteria:

  • Have a superior ability to inspire students of all ability levels and backgrounds
  • Be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated classroom teacher
  • Be poised and articulate
  • Have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues
  • Play an active role in the community as well as in the school
  • Must be planning to continue in an active teaching status with Meade School District

The Professional Technical Support Staff of the Year is to recognize outstanding staff members who are not teachers. The award is based on a variety of criteria including motivation on the job, performance, cooperation others, knowledge of the job, and contributions to the betterment of the school and district.

Nominees for both awards must be planning to return to Meade School District of the 2021-22 school year.

Community members and district personnel are encouraged to nominate teachers possessing the above skills. All nominations must be received by Tuesday, February 16th by the building principal/supervisor of the person being nominated. Nominations must be submitted on the attached forms.

Spread The Word>>Inclusion

Founded by two youth leaders in 2009 as Spread the Word to End the Word, the campaign focused its first 10 years on addressing a particularly powerful form of exclusion: the word ‘retard(ed)’. Over 10 years, leaders and self-advocates collected millions of digital and physical pledges to end the R-word. Each was a personal commitment to acknowledge the hurt caused by the R-word and to be respectful in the words and actions taken towards people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With leadership from Special Olympics and Best Buddies, and support from hundreds of other advocacy organizations, the campaign grew from a handful events in 2009 to reach thousands of schools by 2018.

For the last several years, the Meade School District Special Services Department has hosted the Spread The Word campaign in all buildings every March. To promote this campaign, administrators have hung posters, distributed free wristbands to all students and staff and held banner signing pledges in all buildings with the message to Spread the Word>>Inclusion.


Piedmont Valley Elementary Spring Pictures

Friday, March 5th, 9am

16159 2nd Street

Piedmont, SD

Whitewood Elementary Spring Pictures

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 8am

603 Garfield Street

Whitewood, SD

Sturgis Elementary Spring Pictures

Wednesday, March 3rd, 8am

1121 Ballpark Road

Sturgis, SD

Wednesday, March 3 is Spring Pictures: no picture packets will be sent home; to order pictures use Lifetouch.com or order through the money envelope that will be sent home with your student.
Meal Calendars

February 2021