The AP Press

February - March 2021 / Vol. 4 - Issue 6

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We made it!

Can you believe it?! We made it through the first half, almost three-fourths of the school year already. Where did the time go?

February was a fast-paced month in which Axtell celebrated a month of kindness. Student Council held a couple of fun things for students to get involved in like kindness cards for frontline workers and residents living in nursing care facilities. They had the option to create fleece tie blankets for Project Warm-Up as well. Staff pulled together a gave a gift of love and kindness to a staff member in need which pooled almost $300 in various gift cards for the family to use. It certainly was a month of kind acts all around!

March started off with Read Across America Week. Again Student Council sponsored a book recommendation form for students and staff to recommend their favorite books. One student will be chosen to receive a gift card for their recommendation. All recommended book slips will be on display in the school library.

A lot of fun things have started off our second semester and we cannot wait to see what will be next! Enjoy the last remaining days...under 60 days left of school! We got this!




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A Vision for the Future - By Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

The Sioux Falls School District enjoys a long history of academic success. Formally established July 3, 1871, our community will celebrate the District’s 150th Anniversary with some fun and engaging events planned over the next several months. We hope you will join in the sesquicentennial activities when they are announced in celebration of public education in Sioux Falls!

From the early days of education in a one-room schoolhouse at the corner of 13th Street and Main Avenue to opening two new schools in the Fall of 2021, it is humbling to think of the thousands of students who have walked the halls and earned a diploma from the Sioux Falls School District. Those graduates with the help of their teachers have, indeed, impacted our community, state, and nation with countless, positive contributions.

Looking back to reflect on success is always inspiring. However, looking ahead to chart the course of education in Sioux Falls for the next 150 years brings with it an even more exciting opportunity. For the past month, our team has been visiting schools to meet with staff and listen to their ideas for how we can make the Sioux Falls School District the best in the nation. These conversations have already identified some consistent needs across the District. Further, they have allowed me to see the passion and commitment of our staff and the hopes and dreams they have for their students on a raw and personal level.

This month, we are meeting with parents and community members to learn what priorities they believe will propel our students into future success. We are asking for input on factors that need to be considered as we start this work, barriers to be addressed if we are to achieve our goals, and key priorities that will move our schools forward and bring exciting opportunities for our students.

While challenging in many aspects, the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed public schools to reassess educational delivery and the social and emotional needs of students. It has challenged us to question and, where necessary, change the status quo. Now is the time to dream big and set our expectations for the future. It is exciting to think of the possibilities that lie ahead for students in the Sioux Falls Public Schools.
Superintendent Message

Click here to view the latest (and past) Superintendent's Column.

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AP StuCo News

Axtell's Student Council has been busy as you've read above. StuCo will be continuing to accept fleece tie-blankets in the month of March and April. When completed please turn into Axtell School Counselor, Jenn Atkinson. We will then drop them with Dr. Vik, principal at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary and Founder of Project Warm-Up.

Going forward we will continue to follow district guidelines in social distancing, which means the staff vs. student basketball games will have to wait for another year. Look forward to some fundraising ideas and student engagement projects in the future months.

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2020-2021 / DATES TO REMEMBER:

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)



SD Assessments

All 6th-8th and 11th graders will be participating in the South Dakota Assessments this spring. Please see the form attached for further parent information.



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.


Test Date: June 12, 2021

Registration Deadline: May 7, 2021

Late Registration window: May 8-21, 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.

Information retrieved from:

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

CTE Academy Information

CTE Departments

Click here to be directed to CTE Academy Departments and further information on what you can take there.


LHS Counseling Department

Click here to be directed to the LHS Counseling Department.

RHS Counseling Department

Click here to be directed to the RHS Counseling Department.

WHS Counseling Department

Click here to be directed to the WHS Counseling Department.

Jefferson HS Counseling Department

Click here to be directed to the JHS Counseling Department.

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LHS Sports Camp Link

Click here to be directed to LHS summer 2021 sports camps.

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WHS Sports Camp Link

Click here to be directed to WHS summer 2021 sports camps.


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COVID School Status Check

Check here to see what district school status' are at.

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Click here to follow Axtell Park on Facebook.

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Axtell Park's Pride Pantry Update

Throughout the first semester, the Pride Pantry gave out backpacks (or bags) of food due to COVID restrictions. Those restrictions have been lifted from Feeding SD and we once again have the Pride Pantry back up and running, fully stocked, for students and families in need. All those Axtell students and families in need are welcome to use this service however due to safety precautions only students registered in a program within Axtell Park will be able to go through and select items.

If you have questions on whether your family could use this service please contact school counselor, Jenn Atkinson at (605) 367-7647.

The Axtell Park Pride Pantry is stocked with donated food through Feeding SD.

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!