CSD Tidbits

Sept. 21, 2022

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Check out the New Custer School District Website

Thank you, to Mrs. Weekley, for all her work on the new CSD Website!

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REMINDER: Friday, Oct. 7, is a Regular School Day

2022-2023 School Calendar

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Unfortunately, our National School Lunch Program grant for FREE lunch and breakfast
expired on June 1st.

Parent Portal is available to put money into your student meal account(s).
If you need to get signed up for Parent Portal, please contact the administrative assistant at your child’s school.

To apply for Free/Reduced Meals for 2022-23, please complete the application and return to any school office or the CSD Admin. Office.

Free/Reduced form & documentation are available HERE.

Per the State: we now have to charge $4.85 for adult lunch (as of 8/25/22).

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Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program - Sept. 19-23

Does your child (up to age 21) need a dental cleaning or dental work?

Custer School District families: The Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program is here once again in Custer School District, from Sept. 19-23, with trucks that are fully equipped dental offices on wheels. Children receive quality oral health services, including cleanings, preventive services, fillings. The staff and volunteers of the Dakota Smiles program will treat children up to age 21 who do not have a dental home or who haven’t seen a dentist in two years or more.
No one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Please help spread the word. Must complete paperwork ahead of time, prior to any scheduling of appointments.
Forms are available at the school offices or download them HERE
Any questions, contact Custer Nurse Becky Hove at becky.hove@k12.sd.us

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DI Registration Open to ALL Students K-12

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Dress Code Policy Reminder for ALL CSD Schools and Students

Dress Code Policy (JFCA)

Students need to dress appropriately for the weather and activities in school. Clothes that do not fit or create a distraction from the education of our students will not be allowed. Examples of inappropriate dress or grooming include: undergarments that are visible, see-through clothing, spaghetti straps, strapless, bandanas, visors, halter tops and half shirts that expose skin on the stomach, extremely short skirts or shorts, bare feet, chains, pants that don’t fit and are not worn at the waist, and clothes that display drug, alcohol, tobacco, or gang affiliation/symbols, are inappropriate.

Hats are not to be worn in the building except on approved days.

Any questionable clothing that is identified by school staff will be reported to the principal and handled at the principal’s discretion.

We live in an area that typically has cold weather and weather conditions that can change quickly. Students are expected to be outside before school and during recess. Students need to dress for the weather.

Click here for Governor Noem's Student Art Competition

PIERRE – In celebration of National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 11-17, 2022, Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Arts Council announce the opening of the Governor’s Student Art Competition.

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Jr/Sr HS Announcements

  • FCCLA morning meetings every 1st and 3rd Wednesday morning 7:15-7:45 @ CHS

  • Anyone grades 7-12 interested in Knowledge Bowl, please sign up in the office.

  • Any JH student interested in Student Council and did not make the meeting, please see Mrs. Evans in the office.

  • Anyone interested in “stretching your imagination” the Kick-off for Destination Imagination will be Sept 26th @ 5 pm at the elementary commons. Open to all grades. (INCLUDING grades 7-12 😊 )

  • Senior Project this Wednesday. a tutoring program for JUNIOR HIGH students every Wednesday during WC Time in the library.

  • Our local VFW has 2 scholarship opportunities. One is open to 6-8th grade worth $5,000, and another is open to 9-12th grade worth $30,000. For contact information and how to enter, see the posters up at school or pick-up a brochure in the office.

  • Fellowship of Christian Wildcats (FCW) meet Tuesday mornings at 7:45 in the conference room.

  • ACT Prep for Seniors will be every Wednesday in the Conference Room during 6th and 7th hour.

  • There will be a FCCLA meeting today during all lunch periods. Please bring your lunch to Ms. Frederick’s room.

  • Students 7-11th grade that did not complete the MAPs testing last week – you will be called down today & tomorrow to make up these tests. The office will call you down when we are ready for you.

  • There will be a soccer meeting in Ms. Hickman’s room today after school – you will turn in uniforms.

  • Juniors – Those that will help with the Homecoming float will meet in Ms. Bowen’s room Tuesday morning at 8:15am.

Homecoming is next week! The theme is “There’s No Place Like Custer”

Dress Up Days

      • Monday: Kansas Vs. Emerald City - Dress as a Kansas Farmer or a member of the Emerald City!
      • Tuesday: Tinman Tinfoil Day – Wrap your attire in aluminum foil!
      • Wednesday: Wicked Wednesday – Dress up like the Wicked Witch or your favorite Evil Character
      • Thursday – Dorothy’s Dream Day – Pajama Day! Take the day & relax!
      • Friday – Yellow Brick Road Day – Purple & Gold Attire! Show your Custer Pride!

Schedule for Lip Sync Practice in the theatre:

  • Wednesday (this week)– 8th Grade
  • Thursday (this week) – 10th Grade
  • Monday – 11th Grade
  • Tuesday – 12th Grade
  • Wednesday – 9th Grade
  • Thursday – 7th Grade

  • Seniors- If you ordered a senior shirt, they are ready to be picked up in the office.

  • JUNIORS & SENIORS: You can serve as a Legislative Page! The page program is a competitive program, so early application is encouraged. The preferred deadline is October 7, 2022 and the final deadline is October 21, 2022. Check your email or Click link for info: Page Program | South Dakota Legislature (sdlegislature.gov)

  • Senior Project DOG SHOW this Saturday, Sept. 24th at 2pm at the Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company. It is $10 to enter your pup and proceeds benefit the Battle Mountain Humane Society.

  • Senior Project Human Society Food/Supply Drive - Suggestions are PURINA food, animal beds, toys, litter, etc., for animals in need. Look for donation boxes located at Baker's Bakery, Dakota Bank, Family Dollar, Dollar General, Lynn's Dakota Mart, and Custer High School.

  • Senior Project Rodeo - Oct 1 - 1 p.m. @ Hermosa Fairgrounds - Round Robin Roping, Saddle Bronc, Bronc Bareback Bronc Click here for flyer

  • Sr. Project Car Show on October 1st from 1-4pm at the high school. All donations will benefit Feeding America.

  • Sr. Project demonstrating how to change vehicle oil and tires at the high school on Oct. 1st starting at 11:30am. Come watch and learn!

Knowledge Bowl Teams Looking for Members

Knowledge Bowl is a program in the middle and high schools that is academic-based and quizzes team members with trivia questions under time constraints. But when observing these youth in action, their goal is not unlike other traditional youth sports, which is to utilize their skills to win the competition while having fun with their teammates.

And also similar to other sporting endeavors, for team members to excel, they must not only possess natural talent but also a drive to work hard outside the realm of normal competition in order to hone their skills and increase their ability.

What are the ideal attributes a student should have to be a good Knowledge Bowl competitor? A student who is serious about their regular school studies will have a good base of knowledge, but to be well-rounded and ready to answer the breadth of questions; it really helps to be a self-motivated reader of current fiction titles as well as have a cursory knowledge of current events in the news.

Sign up now in the Jr/Sr High School Office

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The library will be offering ACT Prep Sessions for Seniors taking the test in October and December. The sessions will occur on Wednesdays during 6th and 7th periods because many Seniors have free periods at that time. Those planning to take the test in October can attend sessions on September 14th and 21st and October 5th, 12th, and 19th. Those planning to take the test in December can attend sessions on October 26th; November 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 30th; and December 7th.

The sessions will take place in the High School Conference Room. Interested students should register at the library. If students have only 6th or 7th period available, they are still encouraged to attend.

Sessions for interested students of all grades during the spring semester will be on Friday mornings from February 24th to April 14th. If any students have taken the ACT already and paid for the Test Information Release, Mrs. Mertz would be glad to review test results on an appointment basis during Wildcat Time. She will analyze what areas should be focused on for improvement.”

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Custer Activities Schedule for 2022-23

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Activity passes (tickets) are available at the 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.

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


WC Booster Club’s purpose is to raise money for the Activities of all Custer Jr/Sr High School Organizations. We raise monies selling 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 Wildcat Gear, 50/50 tickets or working the 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 – oconnor0384@gmail.com

Rhonda Sander – rlohmillersander@yahoo.com

Patty Evans – patricia.evans@k12.sd.us


WCB will be raffling off this Wildcat Pride Cornhole (see below) set handmade by Coach Virtue!

Ticket prices for cornhole game fundraiser:

1 for $5 or 5 for $20

Raffle Drawing will be October 7 @ Homecoming Game!

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WILDCAT PRIDE - Contact CHS if you want to order a painted Wildcat Logo on your property or if you want to purchase a Wildcat flag.

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Outstanding CHS Athlete & 1990 Graduate Trevor Long, and the CHS State Girls Golf Championship Teams from 1981, 1982, and 1983, will be inducted into the CHS Hall of Fame on 10/7/22 at 5:45 p.m. at the football field before the CHS Homecoming Football game.

Reception for Hall of Fame inductees and their family and friends will be at Pounding Father's (upstairs at the Mt. Rushmore Brewery), after the football game.
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Soccer Tourney Fundraiser - Youth, Teen & Adult Teams Needed

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CES Sept. Events

Click here for the CES Facebook Page - follow for more school information & announcements!
  • September 19th-23rd: Delta Dental Van
  • Sept. 26 - DI Kickoff Night - 5 p.m. - CES Commons
  • September 26th-29th: Student Council campaign week
  • September 28th: First Student Council meeting at 7:30 in Mrs. Webster’s room

    September 29th: Election assembly at 2:45 in the gym

    October 3rd: Election results announced

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HES Links

Hermosa Family Newsletter - LOTS of Important information included in newsletter!

Read more on Hermosa School Hydroponics Garden at https://www.kotatv.com/video/2022/09/22/hermosa-school-hydroponics-garden/

Hermosa Facebook Page - please follow for updated daily announcements

Upcoming Dates to Remember

September 23rd - 5th-8th Grade Friday Opportunity 8:00 - 12:00

October 5th - Walk to School Day

October 7th - Homecoming

October 10th - School Board Meeting 6 PM Hermosa

October 12th - 7th/8th Assembly in Custer 8:00 - 10:00

October 12th - 4th/6th Assembly in Custer 9:00 - 1:00

October 14th - 5th/8th Grade Friday Opportunity Field Trip

October 17th - Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 8:00

October 17th - 5th Grade StarBase Begins

October 18th - Music Festival TBD

October 20th - 5th Grade StarBase Ends

October 20th - Hearing Screening

October 21st - 5th/8th Friday Opportunity
Upcoming Hornet Activities
September 24th - Football @ Douglas 10:00
September 27th - Volleyball @ Stagebarn 4:00
September 29th - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15
September 29th - Football @ Custer 5:00
October 3rd - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15
October 4th - Volleyball @ Douglas 3:45
October 6th - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15
October 6th - Football @ Custer 5:00
October 7th - Homecoming
October 11th - Volleyball @ RCC 4:00
October 13th - Volleyball @ St. Pauls 4:15
October 13th - Football @ Belle Fourche 4:30
October 15th - Volleyball 7th Grade Tourney @ Hill City TBD
October 15th - Volleyball 8th Grade Tourney @ Hot Springs TBD
October 18th - Football @ Hot Springs 4:30

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Board Agenda / Minutes

To view the agenda & board minutes, please see: https://www.boarddocs.com/sd/custer/Board.nsf/

CSD School Board Members & Meeting Dates for 2022-23

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Changes to COVID Operational Plan that were approved by the BoE on 8/8/22

Changes from February 2022 latest updates.

• Changes to COVID operational plan

• There will be NO masking due to close contacts, either in the classroom (close contacts with students or staff) OR from contact with positive cases in the home.

• When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID 19, they will have to isolate for the required five days AND wear a mask when they return to school for the remainder of the ten-day period.

• The COVID matrix will no longer be used. Patrons and staff will still get a weekly update on the district's COVID numbers.

• Patrons and staff will still be notified, specifically in the lower grades, when there is a COVID case in a specific classroom.

• Custer School District recognizes that masking will now be a personal choice, with the one exception, and that patrons have the right to wear as well as not wear masks.

• The Custer School District school board will meet in case of health emergencies to make operational decisions.

School Improvement Plan

On Aug. 8, 2022, the CSD board approved changes to the District Improvement Plan that was created for the accreditation process.

Custer Youth & Alumni Foundation


We are a local, not-for-profit organization made up of people just like you with one common goal: to assist the local youth and educators.

See the following for Student Scholarship Opportunities: http://www.custeryouthandalumnifoundation.com/Scholarships.htm

See the following for Teacher Grant opportunities: http://www.custeryouthandalumnifoundation.com/Grants.htm

Custer Elementary School

Principal Barb Paulsen - barb.paulsen@k12.sd.us

Administrative Assistant Cindy Heyne - cindy.heyne@k12.sd.us

Hermosa School

Principal: Forrest "Frosty" Paris - forrest.paris@k12.sd.us

Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Conley - jennifer.conley@k12.sd.us

Custer Junior/Senior High School

Principal: Tobey Cass - tobey.cass@k12.sd.us

Assistant Principal/Activities Director: Joey Kortemeyer - joey.kortemeyer@k12.sd.us

Administrative Assistant: Kelli Moore - kelli.moore@k12.sd.us

Custer School District

Superintendent Mark Naugle - mark.naugle@k12.sd.us

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Jennie Anderson - jennie.anderson@k12.sd.us

Full Staff Directory HERE

If you have a school event or school-related announcement you would like posted, please send it to jennie.anderson@k12.sd.us

Members of this mailing list will receive information about Custer School District holidays, school board news, reminders on upcoming events, activity schedules and more.

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Custer School District Vacancies

Click here for CSD job vacancy listing

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE SPECIALIST – 12-month position at Custer School District Administration Office working full-time, Monday-Friday, during school year, and 30 hrs/week, Mon-Th., in the summer. Starting salary is $18.93/hr plus benefits (retirement, paid leave, insurances offered). Minimum qualification of a HS diploma, with 2 yrs college or equivalent work experience preferred. Must have basic knowledge of accounting procedures and be willing and able to learn the school accounting software. Duties include accounts payable and receivable, reconciliation of accounts, and purchase order processing. Must be able to work with a team in a busy office setting. Must complete online application here and submit resume and transcripts. Contact Custer School District, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD 57730 (605)673-3154. Open until filled. EOE


  • CHS Assistant Track Coach - starting stipend $2,802. Current employees send letter/email of interest to Supt. Mark Naugle mark.naugle@k12.sd.us Others must complete application https://www.applitrack.com/bhssc/OnlineApp/JobPostings/View.asp?AppliTrackJobId=3352
  • Jr High Track Coach - starting stipend $1,751. Current employees send letter/email of interest to Supt. Mark Naugle mark.naugle@k12.sd.us Others must complete application https://www.applitrack.com/bhssc/OnlineApp/JobPostings/View.asp?AppliTrackJobId=3352
  • SUBSTITUTE CLEANERS - needed at all schools. Must complete CSD classified application packet and complete a criminal background check. $13.50/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 CSD.k12.sd.us, which will include the fingerprint/background check materials. Minimum requirement, HS graduate. Pay range $90/day-$115/day. Retired CSD Teachers start at $115/day.

    Custer School District, 527 Montgomery St., Custer, SD 57730. PH: 605.673.3154 FAX: 605.673.5607, Mon.-Thurs., 8:00-4:30 p.m., or Fridays, 8 a.m.- 1 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 www.csd.k12.sd.us. 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: OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov

Lunchroom Vacancies - call 605-235-0939

To see what jobs are available in our lunchrooms, please apply with LSI (Lunchtime Solutions, Inc.) click here

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