Pulse of the Pirates

November Newsletter for Plainview JH/SH

Important Dates

November 4 - 1:00 Dismissal for Professional Development

November 17 - Blood Drive

November 18 - 1:00 Dismissal for Professional Development

November 25-27 - No School Thanksgiving Break

November 26 - Thanksgiving Day

November 27 - Native American Heritage Day

Quarter 2

The second quarter started on October 26th. Students first semester grade will be an average of their first quarter grade and their second quarter grade. We have started our intervention time to build upon our students skills and help build confidence in those that might not be performing at their grade level. We want to provide students with reinforcement to make sure that we are providing them the best opportunity to be successful. We will be doing MAP testing again when we come back from Thanksgiving break and before Christmas break. We want to see the growth that our students have made over the first semester and see if there are other needs that we need to be meeting with regards to education.

Honor Roll

The honor roll is divided into two categories, High Honor Roll and Honor Roll. To earn High Honor Roll status, students must have a composite average for the term of at least 93% or above. To earn Honor Roll status, students must have a composite average of 88% - 92%.

National Honor Society

Students who were eligible for National Honor Society have filled out their applications and teachers have started the information process. The selection committee will be meeting to select members to be inducted during December.

Winter Activities

Here is a link to the winter activities guidelines from the NSAA. We ask that everyone be patient and cooperative as we are doing what we can to ensure that our students have the opportunity to compete and perform this winter. We know that some of the request that we will be making are not ideal, but we want to do all that we can to give our students opportunities.

Mental Health and Digital Citizenship

Within the first full week of November we will be showing a short film to all 7-12th grade students that was released by I Love Public Schools in conjunction with The Mind Inside. This film discusses both mental health and digital citizenship. It highlights how negatively a child's mind can be impacted as a result of cyber bullying. If you would like to view this film as well, please feel free to do so.

It is our hope as a school that we are able to have open communication with students and that we can help you, as parents, have open communication with your child(ren) as well.

If you have questions about The Mind Inside, please feel free to contact myself and/or Dr. Arlt directly.


School cancellations, late starts, and/or early releases will be announced via the phone messaging system and also on the following radio stations: KNEN, Norfolk, KEXL/WJAG-Norfolk and WNAX-Yankton. If no report is heard, it can be assumed that school will be in session. Now is a great time to make sure that the school has accurate and up-to-date phone numbers for you. Please call Mrs. Haase to check your contact information if your number has recently changed.

While it is never an ideal situation, there are times that school may need to be released early due to an impending storm. Please take some time to develop a plan for your children to follow if school is ever released early for inclimate weather.


Thank you for your help in making sure you keep students who are not feel well home. We have been able to have a majority of our student body healthy throughout the entire first quarter! What an AMAZING and exciting blessing for all of us!

The North Central District Health Department has updated the symptom list that requires us to send students home. With that in mind, I wanted to make sure to communicate the updated list with all of you. Each morning, prior to coming to school, please check your child(ren) for the following symptoms:

  • New shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste and smell
  • New cough
  • Temperature above 100.4

If any of these "Big Four" symptoms are present, please keep your child home and call the school to let us know. The Health Department recommends you then call and/or visit your primary care provider. They will be able to tel you if there is something other than COVID-19 in our area that could be causing your child's symptoms OR they may recommend a COVID-19 test.

If you ever have questions, you are welcome to contact North Central District Health Department at 402-336-2406. NCDHD serves Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce, and Rock counties.