Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

Thursday – October 12, 2017
Orange Day
Last day of tutoring for the quarter!  Are you ready?
Eligibility and MS Updates are due at noon today – please let the office know when you are posted!

Congratulations to the Blackhawk Cross Country team - Spens qualified for the State Cross Country Meet in Rapid City.  Great job to Austin 21st, Braxton 43rd, and Malachi in Boys Varsity;  Hannah 22nd  and  Trini​ty 28th in Girls Varsity;  Gabe 19th in Boys JV; and Bella 14th in Girls JV!!​   It was a very successful season!!!  Also thank you to the Boosters for the Goodie Bags for the Cross Country kids and a big thank you to Express Stop for the cooler of water!!  Thanks for your support!!!!

The SC Quiz bowl consists of Team Captain Koby Larson, Trent Kingsbury, Sarah Morgan, Quentin Schmidt, & Kyle Zoss.  Yesterday we lost 3-1 to Hanson and will try to come away victorious on Oct. 25that 10:40.  The Q107 website will have podcasts available of the matches.

Good Luck to the 5/6th Girls & 5th Boys Basketball teams as they host Mitchell Christian today at 4:00 in the SC gym.  At 3:15 players may report to Mrs. R Moody’s room until it’s time to go to the gym.

Good Luck to the Lady Blackhawks as they host KWL in Woonsocket today.  JH Ladies will hit the court at 4:00 followed by C, JV, and V teams.  You can see the action on Santel 104 and on the Woonsocket Cube

Football practices in Springs today.

Marching band will leave here at 7:45 tomorrow.  Sidney S and Michael H will be joining Catherine B, Samantha D, Renee F, Madi M, Sarah M, Chloe R, Adriana S, Katie S, Abby V, Dayton E, Brighten H, Mason M, Dana S, and Leighton T.  BE SURE TO GIVE Ms. BRATCHER YOUR $7 FOR LUCH!

The Sanborn County Office of child and Family Services will host the Annual Flu Shot Clinic - October 16th.  Forms were previously sent home with students and available on line. Parents can access the forms by going to our web site - click on the Forms and Publications tab in the upper right corner, click on Google Drive, Health Folder, and Flu Shot Folder.     The Consent Form gives Marla permission to give the shot.  The Intake Form is to verify insurance.  Any questions feel free to call Marla or Jolene at 796-4510.  Parents accompanying their child should plan on being here between 8:30 and 10:00.  Please contact Mary at 495-4183 or if you want to hold your little ones hand!  Then we will wait until you are here to administer their immunization.

In regards to the Sanborn Central School District being designated as a school who failed to meet one or both of the accountabilities for teacher compensation required by law, the following is the explanation that has been discussed between the district and the Department of Education.     
The district had been made aware of some discrepancies in reporting on teacher compensation from the FY2016 and FY2017 years which lead to the district being flagged for failure to meet teacher compensation accountabilities required by law, SDCL 13-13-73.6.  In working with the Department of Education on this, it was discovered that two errors regarding how two separate salaries of teachers were reported incorrectly during the FY2016 and FY2017 as the cause of the issue.  The first issue was that a teacher had taken some time off without pay.  The actual salary paid out was not the same as what was reported, causing a discrepancy.  The other issue was the extended contract of a teacher was submitted as part of the reporting in FY2016, and in FY2017 it was not, due to the regulations stating that those extended portions of a given contract are not a part of the required submission.  As the FY2017 reported salary was lower than the FY2016 reported salary, another discrepancy that caused the appearance of lower than should be compensation for the teachers. These two mild errors/misunderstandings made it appear that the teacher compensation had decreased from FY2016 to FY2017, thus the reason for the district being considered non-compliant.  The total teacher compensation for the district in FY2016 with corrections that were made to address the issue is $961,259.  That moved the district’s new target for teacher compensation for the FY2017 to $1,048,639.  In the FY2017, the district spent $1,049,805 on teacher compensation, putting the district in compliance.  The corrections that were needed for the FY2016 are not able to be made any longer, so the district will submit a waiver to the Dept of Ed stating that the targets were calculated wrong based on incorrect data reported in FY2016, clearing up this issue.

Parents of students grades 6-12!!!!  A reminder that every parent and student (unless you have overdue bills with the school) is welcome to a parent portal.  The portal can be accessed from any computer or phone.  This is a great way of seeing assignments, when they are due, points given, attendance records, teacher comments, and the list goes on!  If you are having problems with your portal, need an account set up, or want to see if your student has one and is using it just contact Mary at

Eligibility and MS Updates are due at noon tomorrow! 

All grades need to be on report cards by 3:00pm on Wednesday, October 18th

Next week is Character Counts week – Monday is Citizenship Day – Wear Purple, Tuesday is Fairness Day – Wear Orange, Wednesday is Responsibility Day – Wear Green, Thursday is Respect Day – Wear Yellow, Friday is Caring & Trustworthiness Day – Wear your Blue & Red (School Spirit Day) A full list of the days and activities can be found at  

Econ will take their annual trip to Coborn's on Monday.  Students must be at SC by 7:45 or as soon as the buses arrive.  Students will be back for second block.  All Juniors (except Madi) will be going.

Attention: Students in Grades 5 -12 who are committed to providing community service. You are eligible to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. See Mrs. Johnson for more details or go to

Juniors & Seniors - Start considering what dual credit courses you would like to take in the spring. The classes are up online now at the SDMyLife site. Please let me know when you decide on the class or classes you will be taking. Starting November 20th an online application process will be available and we will start applying then. 

The South Dakota Air National Guard will host a career day on November 1st from 8:00am – 12:00pm. Go hear and see what it’s like to serve part-time in the Air National Guard 1 weekend/mo & 2 weeks/year. Learn how you can gain valuable career-building skills and receive generous benefits, like money for college, while serving near your home and living life your way. This is your chance to get all your questions answered and discover what the Air National Guard has to offer you!  There will be an exclusive base tour, fighter jet launches (F-16’s), food, information, and door prizes! Call/text TSgt Ellefson at (605) 359-2669 or TSgt Jordan Snyder at (605) 359-6778 to reserve your spot
More information can be found at

A question was asked at the FASFA meeting regarding the programs covered under Build Dakota at the various schools.  A complete list can be found at

The PINK Blackhawk apparel from FANCLOTH is in. They will be available at the volleyball game in Woonsocket tonight or contact Tara Weber at 350-6468 to set up a time to pick it up. 

Blackhawk Football Schedule for Oct 9-13.
                 Friday – HS Game vs. Winner – 7:00 pm
        o   Senior Night – We will recognize seniors and their parents at about 6:45 pm.  Friday’s football game with Winner will be broadcast on KWYR out of Winner and KOKK out of Huron. Game will also be live streamed on    It is Senior Night.  We will be announcing senior cheerleaders and football players and their parents at about 6:45 pm.

 3/4th Grade Boys basketball sign up forms are due back on Monday, October 16th.  The form can be found at

The volleyball game on Tuesday, October 17 at Hitch/Tulare will be on Venture Communications Cooperative channel 384 and on starting at 5:15 pm.

3rd/4th Grade Girls Basketball​-- sign up forms will be sent home today, please return to the office no later than Wednesday, October 18th.   The form can be found at  

The VB Gals will be hosting a Cancer Awareness Night on Tuesday, October 24th in Woonsocket.  Proceeds will go to Cathy Hegge and Coach Baruth.  Below is a link for the T-shirts that are being sold.  Checks can be made out to Whites Screen Printing.  Orders must be in by the 16th 

4-10th Girls and 7/8th Boys interested in Trying out for a Spring/Summer Tri-State Ambush Basketball Team see Mary for more information.  Tryouts are on 11/12.

All State Chorus tickets go on sale – October 13thPlease visit the following link for All-State Chorus ticket information.
Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 12:00pm (CT) on October 13th. Tickets can ONLY be purchased online, by phone, or at the box office at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

The following students will be attending the All-State Chorus workshop at DWU on Tuesday, October 17th:  Lucy N, Ellie K, Alexis K, Katie M, Kendra M, Dayton E, Harley K, and Leighton T.  The bus will depart from Woonsocket at 7:30 am and from Sanborn Central at 7:45 am.  

Concession workers for the 5/6th game on October 12th are: Stacy & Ivy Senska, JD and Jenny Easton, Jim and Angie Fridley 

Concession workers for the October 16th VB game are: Kevin and Lynette Kingsbury, Bridgett Larson, Carol Nicholson, Jeff & Melissa Wormstadt, Dennis & Donna Morgan 

T-Hugs – the organization that takes cancer related T-shirts and turns them into comforting throws/quilts for people receiving cancer treatment is always looking for shirts and cash donations.  Cash donations are used to purchase stabilizer, fleece, thread, etc.  Currently Sanborn Central School, Woonsocket School, Zesto in Mitchell, and The Lounge -
American Legion Post 14 in Wessington Springs are drop offs. You can also contact Mary Ackman 248-2446 or 

Veterans Day dinner Sunday November 12, 2017 at 12pm at the Artesian Community Center.  The dinner is free for veterans and all others we ask a free will donation.  The dinner is sponsored by the Artesian American Legion Auxiliary and Legion.  Please RSVP to Laura Pearson at 605-999-2139 if you are planning on attending.

Friday – October 13th – Blue Day:  END OF 1ST QTR 
                  FB vs. Winner @ Springs (Sr Night)       
                  5/6th Ball @ Woony   
                  7-12 VB @ SC
                  Band @ Sioux Valley Bus @ 7:45
Monday – October 16th – Orange Day:  VB vs. Cor/Stick @ SC (Knigge/Harless)
                        JH Scrimmage 4:15/C/JV/V       
                  USD Rep 11:30   
                  Flu Shot Clinic
                  3/4th BB forms due
                  Cancer Shirt orders due
Tuesday – October 17th – Blue Day: VB vs. Hit/Tulare 5:15 JH/JV/V   
                   5/6th G/B vs. Springs @ Woony 6:00  
                   All State Chorus at DWU 
Wednesday – October 18th – Orange Day: Sonshine/Confirmation @ Letcher 
                  WWTS @ Artesian  
                  9-12 VB @ Woony   7-8th VB @ SC     
                 Grades due at 3:00
Thursday – October 19th – Blue Day: 1st Round FB Play Offs   
                  5/6th G/B @ Woony
                  7-12 VB @ SC
                  Kid Quest   
Today’s Menu: Fish Nuggets – Mashed Potatoes/Gravy – Broccoli – Salad Bar – Angel Biscuit & Jelly – Fruit Choice – Milk Choice
Tomorrow’s Breakfast: Pancake Wrapped Sausage Bites – Fruit Cup – Juice Choice – Milk Choice
   Menu: Macaroni & Cheese – Meatballs – Peas – Salad Bar – Whole Wheat Bread & Jelly (9-12) – Fruit Choice – Milk Choice

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