Parents, Students and Community Members,
Welcome to the 2013-14 school year.
We look forward to the return of our
students and hopefully they are ready to begin a new school
The first day of school is August 22nd.
The oldest student in each family
will receive this year’s student handbook.
There will be some updates within
the handbook and we ask that parents take the time to review the
information and guidelines provided.
The handbook also contains a list of
activities for the fall and spring semesters as we currently
Please keep in mind that there are
times when these activities may need to be rescheduled due to
weather or other issues.
If you are new to our district
we welcome you and your students.
Please feel free to stop by the
school office to register your students and to provide the
district with contact information.
If your student or students attended
another school last year, we ask that you sign a release form so
that we can request educational records from the former school
and have that information on file prior to the start of the
New parents are encouraged to
contact to the school office and provide telephone contact
information as well as e-mail addresses if possible and parents
that had students in the district last year are asked to update
that information if there have been any changes over the summer.
The 2013-14 school year will be
an interesting year for a number of reasons.
The state of SD is a member of the
Smarter Balance Consortium that will begin doing online
standardized testing in the spring of 2014.
The testing will focus on the Common
Core standards in mathematics and language arts.
The state has used the paper and
pencil Dakota STEP exam for the last several years, but the
Smarter Balance testing will be a completely new test.
It is important to realize that new
test scores will not be able to be compared to the test exams
from previous years.
Several things have been done to
help make the transition to the new test.
The state of SD has increased the
internet bandwidth for all schools to better handle the number
of students that will be logged on during the weeks that the
test will be administered.
Schools have also upgraded their
computer labs and equipment to prepare for this transition.
The Tripp-Delmont School District
has purchased new computers for one computer lab and has
upgraded software and memory capacity on other computers and our
mobile computer labs to prepare for taking the new test online.
The district has teachers and
administrators attending training on ICU which is a program to
help students that struggle with completing assignments.
The district will put out additional
information regarding this program as it becomes available, but
the primary purpose is to have teachers and parents working
together to help students complete all assigned work so that
they continue to make positive progress in school.
Neither teachers or parents want to
see students fall behind or give up.
When students do fall behind, they
often fill there is no way to get caught up.
Several schools around SD have
implemented ICU and have had good results in helping students
stay caught up, gain the required knowledge and stay on track
for graduating ready for employment or post-secondary education.
Each new school year brings new
challenges for our students and our staff members. As our
seniors graduate, our younger students are asked to step up and
become student leaders.
They always come back to school
ready to meet those challenges and we truly appreciate the
opportunity to work with your students.
Mr. Lynn Vlasman, Supt.