The month of July has always meant a time of new beginnings to me as an educator. New school years officially begin, new financial years, new contractual years, and from time to time? New work assignments can begin at this time. This July is a wonderful example of all of the above.
My name is Daniel Hoey; it is an honor to serve as your Superintendent and Director of Special Education. I am a native Iowan, but my heart and soul have come to deeply love our state of South Dakota. I’ve four children, two are adults, one entering into his first year at SDSU, and my youngest will be a junior at Madison High School. My home is here in Tripp; this single truth seems to have caused the most reaction. I look forward to being a part of so many things within the District and within both communities herein.
Please feel free to contact me at school at (605) 935-6766 or at Daniel.Hoey@k12.sd.us I look forward to meeting so many new faces and families.
There have been some exciting things happening this summer for Tripp-Delmont School District! Most importantly, all positions have been filled and we are fully staffed starting the 2023-2024 school year. We have hired a full-time secondary Band and Choir director, and an elementary Music teacher as well. We also hired an Administrative Assistant, brought on a new cook, two new Custodians, and a new History, PE/Health, 5th-grade teacher, and Title 1 Interventionist! This year we will have an in-house School Psychologist to support the varying needs of our student body. Sarah Leibel will be transitioning from Elementary and Middle School Principal to Building Principal this school year. For the first time in years, we are delighted to announce that the entire administrative team will be living in the district! We are looking forward to welcoming our new staff at our upcoming Open House on August 10th and making them feel at home here in Tripp.
The elementary has been utilizing the MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) program for 3 years to provide support and intervention to all students in both reading and math. We are thrilled to announce that we will also be implementing MTSS at the secondary level this year as well! We are one of two middle/high schools to utilize MTSS for our students in the state of South Dakota. This program will provide additional academic interventions and enrichment for students to meet their needs and also push them to achieve their potential. The secondary staff spent time this summer learning about the program and will continue to be provided professional development throughout the school year. The Department of Education has also asked Tripp-Delmont to be highlighted as one of the MTSS model schools for the state. We are committed to our students and will do everything in our power to ensure their success and well-being.
Our school has received a STEM grant for the next two years that allowed us to purchase the Skill Struck coding software that students can use K-12th grade. We also purchased coding robots for the classrooms and other hands-on STEM activities.
Extracurricular update! We are now going to be offering students to participate in our speech and debate team led by our History teacher. We will make sure to get the information out to families at our open house and at the start of the school year so those interested can sign up.
There are a multitude of new faces, offerings, and happenings here at T-D. Please expect a flurry of additional details in the coming weeks and months. The 2023-2024 school has not begun, but the days of summer are numbered. We look forward to serving families and working with your children! The professionally trained, personally caring, and committed staff of the Tripp-Delmont School District are eager to begin the coming school year. Enjoy the remaining days of summer!
Daniel Hoey and Sarah Leibel