MS/HS Parent & Student Newsletter

Clark School District Week of October 11th - October 17th

Fall is in the Air

Fall is definitely in the air with the cooler weather and fall activities that keep us oh so busy during the school week. It is hard to believe, but the end of Quarter 1 is October 15th. It has flown by! I continue to be amazed by this community and the collaboration that takes place to educate our kids. It is a great place to be.


This past week included the completion of NWEA MAP testing for our High School students. There is a make-up day on Tuesday, October 12th for the those students needing to make up any missed sessions. Our teachers started digging into the data this past Friday during teacher inservice. Our teachers were also introduced to a number of instructional strategies from our Title Coordinator, Jessica Jans. We appreciate her leadership as we navigate how to best meet the needs of our English Language Learners. We found that many of the strategies introduced are great strategies for all learners. We are thankful for the opportunity as educators to continue learning and collaborating in a way that truly benefits our students.


This upcoming week brings us another busy week of extra-curricular events. We encourage our students to work closely with their classroom teachers to ensure they are staying caught up on their assignments when they know they will be absent due to an activity. We are still requiring green activity sheet completion for our Middle School students, but will be eliminating this requirement for our High School students. We expect our High School students to continue to show us responsibility with their classes and management of their activities, but believe they are at a point at this level where they can have more independence managing course work. They have done a nice job this year so far with this. Our green activity sheets for our Middle School students will still require them to check in with their teachers prior to leaving for an activity and verify that they have all assignments in and are on track prior to leaving for an event. This will be their ticket on the bus for activities they attend during the week. Our Middle Schools students continue to work on the responsibility with this.


This past week our Middle School students had the opportunity to learn more about bullying, as well as online predator & safety strategies from our local Clark Police Department. By creating an awareness of online risks we can empower our students to help prevent victimization and make safer choices. We appreciate law enforcement, parents, educators and the community as we continue to address online safety with our kids. It is definitely a team effort teaching our kids about these topics. We appreciate our parents as they continue to monitor their child's use of online media tools as well.



Ms. Heggelund

Clark MS/HS Weekly Events

October 11th - October 17th

October 11th - No School, Columbus Day, JH/JV Football @ Roncalli 4:00 PM

October 12th - Varsity Volleyball @ Flandreau 6:00 PM, HS NWEA MAP Make up Day Periods 1 - 4

October 13th - Picture Retakes

October 14th - Varsity Volleyball @ Willow Lake vs. Redfield 6:00 PM, Cross Country Regions @ Webster 3:30 PM

October 15th - Varsity Football @ Willow Lake vs. Deuel (Willow Lake's Homecoming) 7:00 PM, Willow Lake Homecoming Parade @ 1:00 PM, End of Quarter 1

October 16th - Saturday LATI Financial Aid Assistance Day from 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM



A Look Ahead

October 18th - Oral Interpretation Meet, Varsity Volleyball @ Doland 7:00 PM

October 19th - Varsity Volleyball at Tiospa Zina 6:00 PM, ACT Testing

October 21st - First Round of Football Playoffs TBD

October 22nd - Varsity Volleyball vs Sisseton @ Clark 6:00 PM

October 23rd - State Cross Country Meet in Sioux Falls

October 25th - Oral Interpretation Meet

October 26th - Varsity Volleyball vs Britton-Hecla @ Britton 6:00 PM

October 27th - Dual Credit Meeting in Clark 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM for Juniors and Seniors, Parents are also welcome to come.

October 28th - Parent/Teacher Conference 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Clark MS/HS

October 29th - No School

Counselor's Corner - A Note from Ms. Reed

Sophomore Pre-ACT (October 26th / 8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

The Pre-Act will be given on October 26th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Students are to arrive no later then 7:45 am. Student are required to bring a calculator and #2 pencils. They may bring something to drink and a snack for break. Students may bring a watch as long as it is non-electronic. The watch must be placed on the table facing up at all times.

*Pre-ACT is required for students that plan on taking any dual credit classes their senior/junior year.

*Pre-ACT is required for students that plan on taking the ACT their senior/junior year.

*Practice booklets are located in Ms. Reed’s office!

If you have any questions please let me know.


Lake Area Technical College (October 27th / 11:30 pm to 1:00 pm)

Lee Quale is the Dual Credit Coordinator at Lake Area Technical College. Lee will attend Mrs. Paulson’s 5th period Career Exploration senior class from 11:30 pm to 12:07 pm. After which Lee will meet with Juniors over lunch from 12:07 pm to 12:30 pm. He will stay during homeroom as well to catch any senior or junior students up on any questions. Parents are welcome to attend if able! Please let Ms. Reed know if you plan to do so. However, I understand it is difficult with work so if there are any questions that you have please let me know and I will make sure to ask!

Felicia Reed

School Counselor

Clark, SD 57225

felicia.reed@k12.sd.us

(605) 532-3605

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Financial Aid Saturday at LATI Opportunity - Saturday, October 16th - See attached flyer below.

Pre-registration starting September 21st, 2021

A Note from Mrs. Helkenn, School Librarian

The Clark School Library is hosting a virtual bookfair October 18-29! Our school will receive 25% back from each order placed during that time. Funds raised will be used to purchase additional titles and some creative learning tools for our school libraries. Link for the book fair is below.

A Message from Ms. Boomgarden

Members and Parents,


Our Chapter President, Logan put together the October newsletter! Please take time sometime this week to look through it and make note of important dates! This is attached below as well.


We will hold our monthly chapter meeting Monday, October 11th from 1-3 pm (parents don't need to attend). We will be having a short meeting, taste testing Puffins, the new puff pastry we will be selling and carving/painting pumpkins.


This school year seems to be extra busy with all the activities that are happening in first normal fall since 2019 ( wild to think about!). As the year continues to fly by, please contact me with any questions or clarifications you may need! You will also find a yearlong schedule in the September meeting announcements. If you would like me to send you another copy please let me know.



Miss Boomgaarden

A Note from Ms. Nelson - Cookie Dough Is Arriving

Mrs Fields cookie dough/ cheesecake is scheduled for delivery this Wednesday October 13th. Students will need to make arrangements to pick up their items after school as they are frozen. If they are unable to deliver their items Wednesday they need to make sure they have a way to keep them frozen until delivery to their customers.


Pickup will take place on the west side of the high school in or near the garage.

CYCLONE Bracelets

The Clark Junior Class is still selling CYCLONE Bracelets for $2. If you would like to purchase one, we have them available in the Elementary and High School (please find a junior class member). These will also be available at any of our games until they are sold out.
MM Guardian - Monitoring Option

This is just one of many apps that help parents monitor social media.

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