Opening day Aug. 21:
This will be a half-day of school. Breakfast and lunch will not be served.
Students will report to their respective schools as follows:
C.C. Lee, Lincoln, May Overby, O.M. Tiffany, Simmons Elementary: Grades
1-5, 8-11:30 a.m.
Simmons Middle School and Holgate Middle School: All grades, 8-11:45 a.m.
Central High School: All students will have a shortened schedule of classes from 12:20 -3:20 p.m.
Ninth grade students will report at 8:00 a.m. for freshman orientation by the Link Crew. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
Students with questions should contact the principal’s office at 605-725-8100.
Kindergarten: Parents are strongly encouraged to register your child prior to the opening of school in the attendance area in which you live, please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence. Children not complying with these requirements will not be admitted to school.
Parent attendance is very important at kindergarten orientation with parents remaining for the entire session. All sessions are on Aug. 21.
Lincoln Elementary Kindergarten: Lincoln gym, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Please do not bring children.
C.C. Lee Kindergarten:
C.C. Lee gym, 10 a.m. Parents only.
O.M. Tiffany: Meet in the kindergarten classrooms, 8:15 a.m.
May Overby: Parents report to kindergarten rooms, 8:15 a.m. No children.
Simmons Elementary: All kindergarten parents will receive a letter indicating the meeting time.
Lincoln Elementary Grade 1-5: Parent orientation will be offered in individual classrooms from 10:10-10:40 a.m. and 10:40-11:10 a.m Aug. 21. Families with two children at Lincoln Elementary will want to attend both sessions.
Those who want to take children home at 11:30 a.m. may want to attend the second session.
Middle school orientation
Sixth grade student/ parent orientation will be held at each respective school gymnasium 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Seventh and eighth grade student/ parent open house will be held in both middle school gymnasiums on 7-8 p.m.
Aug. 20, 20.
Welcome EveryBody! is for sixth-grade students only and is developed to help the students familiarize themselves with their new Middle School.
Simmons Middle School: 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 15.
Holgate Middle School: 1-4 p.m. Aug. 15.
State law requires that all children entering a South Dakota school for the first time meet certain immunization requirements. These requirements can be waived only if a properly signed medical or religious exemption is filed with the school.
The South Dakota Department of Health, under the authority granted in Section 13-28-7.1, South Dakota Codified Law, has established the following minimum requirements for children enrolled in South Dakota:
¿ 1. Four or more doses of a diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis containing vaccine.
At least one dose must have been given on or after age 4. Children who are 7 or older should receive adult-type Td.
Children receiving more than six doses before age 4 do not require any additional doses for school requirement.
¿ 2. Four or more doses of poliovirus vaccine, at least one dose given on or after age 4; if four doses are administered prior to age 4 years, a fifth dose should be administered after age 4.
¿ 3. Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) or submit serological evidence of immunity. The minimum age for the first dose is 12 months. The second dose is routinely administered at age 4 through 6 years.
¿ 4. One dose of varicella vaccine. The minimum age for the first dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is 12 months. History of disease is acceptable with parent/guardian signature.
¿ 5. The additional immunization requirement for kindergarten entry only is two doses of varicella vaccine. The second dose is administered at age 4 through 6 years. The minimum interval between the two doses is 3 months.
History of disease is acceptable with parent or guardian signature.
NOTE: Children not complying with the above immunization requirements will not be admitted to classes.
Regular and punctual attendance by all students is of utmost importance.
Student absenteeism affects a number of people including students, parents, and staff members. It is recognized that some student absenteeism is unavoidable. It is also recognized that students, parents, and school personnel share the responsibility for student attendance with the goal being to allow the student to take full advantage of the educational opportunities at school. It is essential that all concerned stakeholders work together to support regular daily attendance.
The Aberdeen District Attendance Policy and Procedural Guidelines is included in your student’s handbook and will be distributed to all parents early in the school year.
Watch for it.
School hours: all elementary buildings, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; middle school, 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.; high school, 8:10 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
The Aberdeen School District provides paid rural bus service for students attending kindergarten through eighth grade who reside more than five miles from their attendance center. Fee bus service is available for students attending kindergarten through eighth grade who reside more than two and onehalf miles and less than five miles from their attendance center and live on an existing bus route. Students requesting free bus service should contact Penny at the District Service Center at 605-0725-7132 for information on fees and payment options.
Please contact Dietrich Busing at 605-226-5968 for any information concerning bus routes.
Grades one-12: Students attending the Aberdeen Public Schools for the first time this fall and not yet registered are asked to contact the principal’s office in the attendance area in which they live or the District Service Center 605-725-7100, 1224 S.
Third St. if the school principal cannot be reached. The Central High School office is open all summer.
Kindergarten and first grade: Children may enter kindergarten if they are 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1 of the year in which they are to enter school. Students enrolling in first grade must be 6 years of age on or before Sept. 1 of that school year. Birth certificate required for first-time enrollees (SDCL 13-27-3.1) — It will be necessary for parents to provide proof of age for children who will be entering a South Dakota school for the first time by presenting a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate at registration.
Proof of residence is required for grades K-8.
The Aberdeen School District has a preschool screening program. The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may be in need of any early childhood special services. The following areas are screened: concepts, fine and gross motor development, communication skills, hearing and vision. These screenings are held one time monthly from September through April. Screening begins with 3-year-olds during the month of their birthday and also includes 4 and 5year-olds. Parents are asked to call the special education office 605-725-7146 to make appointments for the screening.
For various reasons, it may be necessary to close school or alter school hours. In case an emergency such as a blizzard makes it necessary to close school, delay opening, or change bus schedules, the announcement will be made over local radio stations, the four major television networks, the District’s Parent Notification system, and the school district web page, www.aberdeen.k12.sd.us.
As in the past, we will again have parents living in the rural areas provide us with the names of families in town with whom their child(ren) may stay in the event a blizzard prevents them getting home from school. This list will be compiled in each school shortly after the opening of school this fall.
Please make arrangements as soon as possible, so we may have the family name before an emergency situation occurs.
The first day for school lunch will be Tuesday, August 21 for Central High School and Wednesday, August 22 for all other buildings. Breakfast programs operate at all elementary schools, middle schools and CHS beginning August 22.
Federally funded school breakfasts and lunches are available for all students enrolled in all day kindergarten through grade 12 in the Aberdeen Public Schools. Free or reduced priced meals are available to households meeting the federal income guidelines.
The information and applications were mailed to households in late July.
The 2012-2013 application must be filed for households to be eligible for this school year. Notifications are mailed to households when the application process is complete. The application process may take up to a week to complete. Respond early for timely processing. If you are new to the district, have a new address or did not receive an application, please call your school or the District Service Center to request an application.
Deposits into the computerized lunch system, can be made in the school buildings. A completed green deposit slip must accompany each deposit.
Account balances from the previous school year will remain with your child as their lunch ID number remains the same throughout their school years. All schools in the Aberdeen School District have the same computerized system.
Elementary schools: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Middle schools: 8 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
Central High School: 8:10 a.m.-3:20 p.m.; CHS Music Block begins at 7:50 a.m.; CHS Music Block M1 begins at 8:47 a.m. Secondary students are asked not to arrive at school earlier than is absolutely necessary. Students entering the school building before school begins are asked to go to a designated area.
Individual secondary schools will identify their appropriate admittance times in their school handbooks.
Hub Area Technical School, Scott Pudwill, director, 605-725-7800, 640 Ninth Ave. S.W.:
Classes during the regular year will run for 87-minute blocks with the exception of Block one. No busing from Central High School will be provided for students attending classes at the Technical School. Students attending the first block will report directly to the technical school.
The first block will start at 7:50 a.m. and will run until 9:30 a.m. Block one classes will meet Monday through Friday.
The Hub Area Technical School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, national origin, or ancestry in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.
District Service Center
1224 S. Third St.
District Service Center:
Superintendent of Schools: Gary Harms 605-725-7111
Director of Finance: Tom Janish 605-725-7102
Assistant Superintendent: Becky Guffin 605-725-7109
Director of Operational Services: Bob Pitz 605-725-7105
Director of Technology: Ken Young 605-725-7137
Director of Food Services: Susan Nash 605-725-7131
Health Services Coordinator: Rebecca Hunter 605-725-7758
Director of Special Education: Sherron Grote 605-725-7146
Assistant Director of Finance : Penny Frost 605-725-7132
Human Resources Director: Marion Hartung 605-725-7123
Speech/Language Coordinator: Beth Peschong 605-725-7249
Preschool Coordinator: Jan Schochenmaier 605-725-7212
Special Education Coordinator: Deb Roettele 605-725-7153
Deaf Education Coordinator: Rosanne Malsom 605-725-7622
Reading Coordinator: Pat McDermott and Sheila Rath 605-725-7336
Title I coordinator: Kim Vogt 605-725-7721
Counseling Coordinator: Dianne Brenden 605-725-7714
Indian Education Coordinator: Doug Neuharth 605-725-8116
ESL Coordinator: Tracy Norman 605-725-7120
Webmaster: Gretchen Sharp 605-725-7118
C.C. Lee: 605-725-7500: Eric Kline, principal; Anita Nielsen, counselor.
Lincoln: 605-725-7200: Robbie Gellhaus, principal; Jenny Hawk-Heirigs, counselor.
May Overby: 605-725-7300: Mike Neubert, principal; David Nikolas, counselor.
O.M. Tiffany: 605-725-7400: Jared Ahlberg, principal; Annie Falk, counselor.
Simmons Elementary: 605-725-7600: Camille Kaul, principal; Erin Zachow, counselor.
School: 605-725-7700: Greg Aas, principal; Lisa McNeely, assistant principal; Dianne Brenden, counselor.
School: 605-725-7900: Kelly Northrup, principal; Collen Meisenheimer, assistant principal; Lois Walpole,
Central High School
Jason Uttermark, principal, Dawn Seiler, assistant principal, Mark Murphy, assistant principal, 605-725-8100. Counselors’ office — Cal Nygaard, Jill Stephenson and Barry Hehn, 605-725-8117. Athletic director, grades 7-12, Gene Brownell, 605-725-8187. Indian Education Coordinator, Doug Neuharth 605-725-8116.
Central High School: Tina Birgen, physical education and health; Brittany Bauer, math; Tiffany Straley, art; Brittany Smid, language arts; Danielle Hoglund, science; Brenda Heinert, nurse
C.C. Lee Elementary:
Breanne Neiger, kindergarten
Lincoln Elementary: Jennifer Miller, fourth grade; and Leah Vilhauer, enrich I.
May Overby Elementary:
Brittany Konda, third grade; and Kayla Krause, second grade.
O.M. Tiffany Elementary:
Allison Vetch, third grade; Gretchen Lindblad, kindergarten; Kellen Munneke, second grade.
Simmons Elementary School: Peggy Heermann, CARE; Sadie Bossert, kindergarten; Tonya Senger, kindergarten; Nicole Ahlberg, kindergarten; Amanda Andrews, third grade;
Simmons Middle School; Jackson Graf, sixth grade math; Brittany Euerle, resource room.
Holgate Middle School:
Ericka Doxsee, seventh grade math; Kerwin Hoellein, industrial technology Other: Margie Moore, eighth grade Spanish and elementary and middle school ESL; Tara Hill, ESL at the District Service Center and elementary level; Doug Barnes, Spanish at Central High School and Holgate Middle School; Roberta Thomure Kolden, Elementary Orchestra; Dave Hagen, physical education at Simmons elementary and middle schools; Jessica Lamb, Transition Learning Campus at Presentation College.
Location or assignment changes
Lila Morris, District Librarian, May Overby to Simmons Elementary; Summer Jark, fifth grade, Simmons to May Overby Elementary; Elizabeth Schiferl, kindergarten, Simmons to O.M. Tiffany Elementary second grade; Deb Brown, enrich I, Lincoln to May Overby Elementary resource room; Sheena Buckhouse, fifth grade, May Overby to elementary ESL; Rose DesCamps, gifted education teacher to language arts, Holgate Middle School; Connie Getty first to second grade, Simmons Elementary; Barb Glanzer sixth grade math, Simmons Middle School to math, Central High School; Sandra Grebner, CARE to first grade, Simmons Elementary; Summer Jark, fifth grade, Simmons to May Overby Elementary; David Kono, fifth to fourth grade, May Overby Elementary; Marni Lamont, enrich II, May Overby to O.M. Tiffany Elementary resource room; James Stearns, math, Central High School to New Beginnings Center; Marcia Sturma, Title V, Roncalli and math, May Overby to Title I, O.M.
Tiffany Elementary; Jessica Vogel, autism facilitator, Simmons Middle School to Enrich I, Lincoln Elementary; Carrie Weisenburger, May Overby resource room enrich II; Tevan Wenbourne, third to fifth grade, May Overby Elementary; and Linda White, Simmons Middle School resource room to Project Search, Avera.
Annual notice of confidentiality of information
In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Part B of IDEA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1983, parents and eligible students have the right to do the following: Inspect and review the student’s educational records; Request the amendment of the student’s educational records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights; Consent to disclosure of personally identified information that is contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that the act or District Policy authorizes disclosure without consent; File with the U. S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failure by the agency or institution to comply with the requirements of the act of this Chapter; and Obtain a copy of the district’s policy.
This right extends to all approved schools located within the Aberdeen School District boundaries.
Notice of nondiscrimination Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, and all unions or professional organizations holding negotiated agreements or professional agreements with the school district are hereby notified that this district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, national origin, or ancestry in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.
Asbestos Materials/ Inspections
The Aberdeen Public Schools has on file a complete and updated Management Plan, as required by regulation, for school district buildings that may contain asbestos materials. The Management Plan is available for viewing by interested parties Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.
through 5 p.m., at the Administrative Office Building. Copies will be made available for $35 per Management Plan within five (5) days of a written request. Every three years an asbestos inspection is made by a certified inspector. The three year reinspection was completed in June 2011, by Veblen Asbestos Inc., Veblen, SD.
At least once every six months all asbestos containing material will be reinspected for any change that may occur to the condition of the material. This inspection is made by a certified asbestos inspector and was completed in February 2012.
2012-13 Calendar Aug. 15: New teachers report
Aug. 16: All teachers report
Aug. 16, 17 and 20: Staff development
Aug. 21: Firsty day of school — half day; afternoon staff development
Aug. 21: Kindergarten orientation (parents only)
Aug. 23: Elementary open house – 6-8 p.m. at respective schools Sept. 3: No school — Labor Day
Sept. 27: CHS evening conferences
Oct. 5: K-12 staff development district-wide, all day
Oct. 8: No school — Native American Day/ Columbus Day
Oct. 18: Elementary and middle school evening P/T conferences
Oct. 19: No school K-8 — Elementary and middle school P/T conferences
Oct. 19: End of first quarter
Nov. 9: No school 9-12 — CHS Comp Day
Nov. 20: CHS evening conferences
Nov. 21: Half day — K-12 staff development
Nov. 22-23: Thanksgiving vacation
Dec. 21: Winter vacation begins at end of school day
Dec. 21: End of second quarter/first semester
Jan. 3-4: No school — K-12 staff development
Jan. 7: School resumes
Feb. 7: CHS evening P/T conferences
Feb. 18: No school — Presidents Day
Feb. 22: K-12 staff development, all day, district-wide
Feb 28: Elementary and middle school evening P/T conferences
March 1: No school K-8 — Elementary and middle school P/T conferences
March 7: End of third quarter
March 8: Spring break
March 14-15: Spring break
March 29: No school — Good Friday
April 1: No school — Easter Monday
April 4: CHS evening P/T conferences
April 22: No school — K-12 staff development
May 19: CHS Graduation
May 21: Half day — Staff development day
May 27: Memorial Day The school calendar may be adjusted by the school board if emergency closings occur during the school year in order to comply with state law.
Model Notification of Rights Under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Institutions Published as Appendix to Federal Register (Nov. 21, 1996) The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 year of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:
¿ 1.The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
¿ 2.The right to request the amendment of student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
Parents or eligible students may ask (this school district) to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.
They would write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
¿ 3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. (Note: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.)
¿ 4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S.
Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.
Note: Listed below is the system’s directory information public notice, as required by Section 99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA. 99.37 is listed below: What conditions apply to disclosing directory information?
a. An educational agency or institution may disclose directory information if it has given public notice to parents of students in attendance and eligible students in attendance at the agency or institution of — 1. The types of personally identifiable information that the agency or institution has designated as directory information; 2. A parent’s or eligible student’s right to refuse to let the agency or institution designate any or all of those types of information about the student as directory information; and 3. The period of time within which a parent or eligible student has to notify the agency or institution in writing that he or she does not want any or all of those types of information about the student designated as directory information.
b. An educational agency or institution may disclose directory information about former students without meeting the conditions in paragraph (a) of this section. Authority: 20 U.S.C.
1232g(a)(5) (A) and (B)]
Information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed, such as the student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of student, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency of institution attended.
A copy of these policies and regulations may be obtained in the building principal’s or superintendent’s office of the named school district. Complaints regarding violation of rights accorded parents and students should be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools of the Aberdeen School District, or the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.