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It's award season, and Mitchell School District is taking home its fair share. The Mitchell Board of Education will give a nod to several of those award winners today, including the South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair award recipients; Mitchell School District's Destination Imagination teams for recent state awards and qualifying for the Global Finals; and Sherri Becker, who was named Outstanding Curriculum Leader for the state of South Dakota.
Students near and far are helping out a local animal rescue organization. John Harcinske, a volunteer at Mitchell Animal Rescue, said a student at Armour High School who volunteers with the nonprofit organized a fundraiser. Through that effort, she contributed $262, which Mitchell Animal Rescue volunteers said will be put to good use. "We were surprised, and pleased as well," Harcinske said of the donation.
Despite the recent snowfall, spring has arrived—and with it the annual rite of spring cleaning. After a winter spent cooped up indoors, spring cleaning can rejuvenate a household and provide a chance to rid a home of a season's worth of clutter.
SIOUX FALLS—Once a South Dakotan, always a South Dakotan. Mary Hart may be just as familiar with the red carpet as any Hollywood star, but she returned to her home state Thursday and said it still feels like home. "Kristi (Noem) is right—once you are a South Dakotan, you never, ever are anything but a South Dakotan," Hart said, validating Noem's introduction.
SIOUX FALLS — Just say yes. That was U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem's message to women Thursday during her inaugural Women of Influence Conference in Sioux Falls, as she encouraged women to take advantage of new experiences and opportunities.
Sarah Fosness' third-graders are spread across the room, working in groups. As the class studies fractions, some students work on a smartboard; others sit with a notepad and pencil, quietly studying a banana bread recipe. Still other tables work with foam blocks of sorts to build different fractions. The largest group sits with Fosness, as she explains part of the lesson. As they complete their tasks, the students bring their work to their teacher, who checks it with either a nod or instructions on what is missing. Periodically, they rotate stations.
Three Mitchell Destination Imagination teams will advance to the state tournament after a strong showing at regionals. The GBR Improvers, Quick Wits and Greatness Already Reached competed March 19 at the Southeast South Dakota Regional Destination Imagination Tournament. The GBR Improvers (the elementary improvisational team) took first place during regionals, and the Quick Wits (the middle level improvisational team) took second place. Greatness Already Reached, a middle level team, won first place at the regional contest in the structural challenge.
There was a time when Polly Parker's children didn't like shopping with her because of all the babies. "They'd say, 'We can't go anywhere without somebody coming up and showing you their baby.' I'd say, 'That's the fun part,' " Parker said with a smile.
FORESTBURG—Dillon Moore drove a tractor to school Thursday, but it wasn't part of any parade. The Sanborn Central senior showed a panel of judges his senior project invention: a tractor attachment designed specifically for rock removal. Moore, 18, said he got the idea while brainstorming senior project ideas. "I just wanted to do something that would help me save time in the long run, and clean up rocks, which break tools, such as planters and discs," he said. "And maybe I could actually make some money off it, too."
It's all about options. From extended school year programs to individualized learning plans, the Mitchell School District continues to embrace alternative learning styles for all ages. School district Superintendent Joe Graves said the additional options, all of which are voluntary, provide a number of positives for students and parents in Mitchell. "First of all, it provides more opportunities for students," Graves said. "Whenever you give the customer, so to speak, more options, it makes the business more valuable in the customer's mind. We want to give people options."