Hermosa Family Newsletter

September 18th - 22nd

Principal's Update

Hornet Families,

It's a great week to be a Hornet! Check out all of the happenings from the week and what we have coming up next week!

Homecoming Week

We had a great week of dress-up days! Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and allow us to have our walking parade her in Hermosa, but the students still had the chance to get together, listen to our band play, and cheer for our Hornets! The 8th grade also seemed to enjoy their day in Custer! We want to wish the Custer Football Team good luck as they take on Vermillion Friday night!


Next week Wednesday & Thursday our 5th grade class begins Starbase. Starbase is a science-based program that gets students hands-on experience through different projects and experiments. It is a great way to engage our students and they look forward to it each year!

Tatanka on the Table

Next Thursday we have Lunchtime Solutions cooking bison bean burritos and bison pizza for lunch. A huge thanks to 777 Bison Ranch for the bison that was donated and we want to extend an invitation to parents, guardians, and family members to come eat with your student. The cost is $5. If you are interested, please contact the office to RSVP.

5th-8th Grade Friday Opportunity

Next Friday is our first Friday Opportunity for 5th-8th graders who need extra time or extra help on their school work. Please contact the office, Ms. Venhuizen, or Ms. Henwood to sign your student up.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Frosty Paris


Mrs. Neugebauer's Mindfulness Peace Out

Mrs. Neugebauer's class takes a few minutes out of their day to re-group and re-focus before beginning their learning in the afternoon with their Mindfulness Peace Out time!
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Dress Up Days

Counselor Corner with Mrs. Graveman

Happy Weekend!

What a fantastic Homecoming week we have had! It's great to see all the school spirit as our students participate in the theme days and share their Hornet Pride.

In counseling lessons, our classroom circle question had students reflecting on how they show their school pride. Many students shared they show school pride by participating in all school subjects, being kind to others, dressing up on theme days, and following school expectations.

Next week we will be reintroducing Character Counts to our school! Character Counts focuses on six pillars of character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, and citizenship). By educating, modeling, and providing examples of these character traits, students learn how to embody these positive traits in themselves as they improve in their self and social awareness as well as their relationship skills and interactions with others.

For the next month, students will be exploring Trustworthiness which is defined by Character Counts as:

  • Be honest. Don't deceive, cheat or steal
  • Have integrity. Do what you say you'll do
  • Keep your promises.
  • Be loyal. Stand by your values

At the end of the month, classroom teachers will nominate three students they believe to embody trustworthiness, and then all staff will have the opportunity to vote for our trustworthy character counts students!

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Backpack Program

Dear Parents/Guardians

We have a backpack program available at Hermosa School. The program is designed to provide non-perishable food every Thursday to children who would benefit from supplemental nourishment over the weekend. Bags will be dispensed in a discreet and caring manner. There is no cost associated with this program. The backpack program will begin Thursday, September 21st.

If you wish for your child to participate in the blessings of the backpack program, please do one of the following:

Return this paper to Keersten Graveman in the school office.

Call the school (605) 255 - 4345

Email Keersten Graveman at Keersten.Graveman@k12.sd.us

Please include your child’s name and grade level.

Thank you,

Keersten Graveman

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2023-24 Breakfast & Lunch Prices


Jr. Kindergarten - 8th Grade $2.00


Jr. Kindergarten - 5th Grade $3.50

6th Grade - 8th Grade $3.70

Breakfast & Lunch Next Week



Bacon & Egg Breakfast Pizza

Fruit, Juice, & Milk


Pizza Pasta Bake w/ Breadstick or Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich


Fruit/Veggie Bar & Milk



Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal

Fruit, Juice & Milk


Soft Shell Beef Tacos or Fish Nuggets w/ Breadstick

Refried Beans

Fruit/Veggie Bar & Milk



Yogurt & Nilla Waffers

Fruit, Juice & Milk


Mini Corn Dogs or Chicken & Noodles

Mashed Potatoes & Chicken Gravy

Fruit/Veggie Bar & Milk

Carnival Cookie



Cinnamon Roll

Fruit, Juice, & Milk


Tatanka on the Table

Bison & Bean Burritos or Bison Burger Pizza

Fruit/Veggie Bar & Milk

2023-24 Free & Reduced Meals Paper Application

Click the yellow button for the Free & Reduced Meal Application for the 2023-24 school year.

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As many know, it takes a crew of dedicated people to help our students be successful. Hermosa School is in need a substitute teachers willing to help out! If you are interested in subbing, please contact the office or stop in for more information!
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Upcoming Dates to Remember

September 29th - 5th Grade/8th Grade Friday Opportunity (8:00-12:00)

October 4th - Walk to School Day

October 6th - 5th Grade/8th Grade Friday Opportunity (8:00-12:00)

October 10th - World Fest Concert

October 13th - Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00-11:30

October 16th - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30

October 19th - End of the 1st Quarter

October 27th - 5th Grade/8th Grade Friday Opportunity Field Trip

Upcoming Hornet Activities

September 26th - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15

September 28th - Cross Country @ Sturgis 1:00/2:30

September 28th - Volleyball @ Edgemont 4:00

September 28th - Football @ RC Christian 4:30

October 2nd - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15

October 3rd - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15

October 5th - Cross Country BHC @ Red Cloud 2:00/4:00

October 5th - Volleyball @ Hot Springs 4:30

October 7th - Football @ Stagebarn 10:00

October 10th - Volleyball @ Hermosa 4:15

October 12th - Football @ Custer 4:30

October 14th - 8th Volleyball Tournament @ Hot Springs TBD

October 14th - 7th Volleyball Tournament @ Hill City TBD

October 17th - Football @ Custer 4:30

Hermosa Office Contact Information

Jennifer Conley (Admin Assistant)


Laura Butler (Secretary & Attendance)


Seanna Hewett (School Nurse)