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PLATTE — Tragedy, grief, shock and devastation were some of the reactions from community members in Platte, who are reeling from last week’s events that left a local family dead. “I would say that last Thursday, our world was just rocked by the tragedy of the fire, and (Tuesday) with what came out, it’s just devastating,” said Rev. Harry Koops. “It’s truly turned upside down.”
Mitchell School District's students are still above average, according to school officials. On Monday, the South Dakota Department of Education released the first year of official results for the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The Smarter Balanced Assessments replace the previously used Dakota STEP tests, and the first-year scores will provide a new baseline for student achievement. Superintendent Joe Graves said it's the first year of results from the new tests, which are in place because of the recently implemented Common Core standards.
Serendipitous. That's how Cynthia Elyce Rubin describes the circumstances that brought her to Mitchell in 1999. "I'm a postcard collector, and I had collected some postcards that I thought were wonderful examples of Americana," she said. Then she realized four or five of those postcards had something in common—the photographer. That launched Rubin's 16-year journey researching the life and work of O.S.
On a cool, clear Thursday morning, Julie Olson watches a student wade into Lake Mitchell. "Go out farther," she calls, which he does. Brett Costello, a senior at Second Chance High, was gathering water samples. He needed to get those samples away from the shore to avoid getting scum, Olson said. Olson, a science teacher at Mitchell High School and Second Chance High, led a group of Second Chance students to Lake Mitchell last week to test the lake's water quality. The results, which Olson said were unsurprising, came back this week.
Hola, high school credit. Eighth-graders in the Mitchell School District are one step closer to earning high school credit for their Spanish class, thanks to a waiver request approval by the Mitchell Board of Education. During their regular meeting Monday evening at Longfellow Elementary, school board members approved a waiver request to offer high school credit to eighth-graders taking Spanish.
New school year, new goals. The Mitchell School District will review its goals for the 2015-16 year during today's regularly scheduled meeting at 5 p.m. at Longfellow Elementary School. Superintendent Joe Graves said the school board reviews and approves a set of goals for the district each year.
Mitchell Technical Institute saw record fall enrollment again this year, according to school officials. On Wednesday, MTI announced that it set another fall enrollment record with a total of 1,274 students enrolled. According to a press release from MTI, that number is up from 1,255 students in fall 2014 and 1,227 in fall 2013, a 1.5 percent increase from last year. Julie Brookbank, director of marketing and public information for MTI, said Wednesday it's the fifth consecutive year for MTI's fall enrollment to increase.
A girl once days away from dropping out of high school is now pursuing her doctorate. A young man who felt the system had given up on him obtained his two-year degree and now works for Poet in Sioux Falls. Both needed a second chance—and that's when they met Shane Thill. "Those are just a snippet of stories that are out there," Thill said Wednesday. Thill, director of Second Chance High School and assistant principal of Mitchell High School, recalls those two success stories of former students.
A Mitchell woman and her grandson are still in the hospital after being hit by a car last month. Linda Earl, 63, and Drake Earl, 10, were hit on Aug. 26 while crossing the intersection of East Third Avenue and North Lawler Street. Both are from Mitchell. Jack Earl, Linda's husband, told The Daily Republic on Tuesday that his wife is still in a coma as a result of severe head trauma from the accident, as well as a broken tibia, and still considered in critical condition.
Honesty. Integrity. Accountability. Those were some of the words scrawled on a poster-sized piece of paper Monday afternoon in Mitchell Technical Institute's Nordby Trades Center. Other posters lined the front of the classroom, splashed with words, numbers and diagrams in bright purple, green and orange marker. It's part of the interaction between Jennifer Reecy and the first-ever cohort of the South Dakota Leadership Academy, which started on Sunday.