Feelin’ Groovy Book Fair
Baltic School Library
Tuesday, February 9, 8am-6pm
Wednesday, February 10, 8am-6pm
Thursday, February 11, 8am-9pm
Find the books your kids want to read and support the school library at the same time!
On January 12th, the Animal Science class had an opportunity of a lifetime to tour the Smithfield/John Morrell facility in Sioux Falls. The plant has been in operation, in Sioux Falls since 1909. The demand for pork products has been at an all-time high and many of the sections of the plant have been working 7 days a week since November.
The John Morrell Company was purchased by Smithfield Foods in 1995 but still operates under the John Morrell label. Smithfield Foods was purchased by Shuanghui International in 2013 to secure a supply of pork to feed the rising demand in China.
IN THIS ISSUE...
"New Design" for Newsletter
Early Childhood Screening
Welcome New Student Teacher
Interview with a Teacher
Free Hearing Screening
Notice of Vacancy School Board
Senior Parent Night
Booster Club Meeting
Baltic School Library Book Fair
January Student's of the Month
Mr. Bauder's Elementary PE
If you have been paying attention to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on teacher salaries and education funding and to the Governor’s plan, you may have gotten the impression that all teachers will receive an $8,000 salary increase. As has probably every superintendent in the state, I have taken the Governor’s proposed formula and calculated how it would affect Baltic. It is a complicated formula that I will not try to explain in a short newsletter article, but I can tell you that Baltic would receive an increase in funding if this passes the legislature. The amount of increase Baltic teachers would receive is a School Board decision subject to negotiations with our local teacher’s organizations, I can tell you that with the proposed formula we will not receive enough money to give our teachers an $8,000 raise. I am saying that so people don’t have an unrealistic expectation if this passes. I would also say that a $67.4 million increase if funding K-12 education is much needed and would be much appreciated, and I applaud Governor Daugaard for leading the effort to increase teacher salaries.
Recently, I did a presentation on school funding that included specific information on how the Governor’s proposal would affect Baltic. The power point for that presentation will be posted on the Baltic School website and also a link below. Feel free to contact me if you would like more information on school funding.
In next month’s school newsletter, I will provide an update in the status of the effort to increase teacher salaries, but we may not know for sure what will happen until the last day of the legislative session on March 11th. I will also update you on other bills that could affect K-12 schools.
NOTICE OF VACANCY ON SCHOOL BOARD BALTIC SCHOOL DISTRICT #49-1
The following school board positions will become vacant due to the expiration of the present terms of office of the following school board members:
One (1) three-year term—presently held by Paul Liester
One (1) three-year term—presently held by Steven Schmidt
Circulation of nominating petitions may begin on January 29, 2016 and petitions may be filed in the office of the business manager located at the Baltic School between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., central standard time not later than February 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., or mailed by registered mail not later than February 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Happy Valentines everyone!
We are at the time of year where students in grades
8-11 should be thinking about classes they would like to
take next year. Students in these grades will be
pre-registering for classes in the next couple of weeks.
Once the schedule has been built, students will be able to
finalize their class selections. As always, I encourage
parents to talk to their children about the classes they
select, their career choices, and how the classes they
select relate to their career fields. If you have any
questions about class registration, class choices, or college
and career readiness, you should contact our school counselor, Mrs. Marilyn Schmitz, for more information. Choices students make now can have a major impact on their futures.
By now, all of you are well aware that soon our students will be taking a statewide assessment called Smarter Balance. Smarter Balance is the statewide assessment South Dakota uses to test students in grades 3-8, and grade 11 on national Common Core standards. Common Core was initiated by the federal government to replace a previous federal education program called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). One of the main differences between NCLB and Common Core is that Common Core addresses the desire for states to be judged on an equal basis. With state assessments developed under NCLB, each state was responsible for developing their own state assessments. It was difficult to compare the results of the assessments and progress between states because no two states used the same assessment. Some state assessments were more difficult than others making comparisons irrelevant.
To provide consistency, states were able to choose between two providers of a state assessment. South Dakota chose to join the Smarter Balance consortium. Our scores can be compared to other states who are a part of this consortium and taking the same assessment making comparisons and recording progress more feasible.
The other big change with Common Core is that the standards for Common Core created more rigor for teachers and students. Common Core standards are based on problem based learning. This means that students are given a problem that requires them to think outside the box to develop their own way to solve a problem. Previously with the Dakota Step state assessment, students were expected to know the learned steps to solve a problem. Now with Common Core, students have to develop their own steps and devise a plan for problem solving. This increased rigor has created stress in the field of education because more is expected of students and teachers.
We have prepared ourselves and our students the way that we thought was best by working with project based activities for the past couple of years. If you have any questions about this topic or would like to discuss this more, please contact my office. This has been a hotly contested topic throughout South Dakota and the nation, and I would welcome any conversations you would like to have on this matter.
In other school news, Parent-Teachers conferences will be held on Thursday, February 11th, from 2:30-8:30. Conferences will once again take place in the high school gym. I would like to encourage all parents to attend conferences and visit with teachers for updates on how their children are doing in all their classes.
One of the best ways to establish communication between the school and homes is the parent-teacher conference. According to the August, 2006 issue of Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson outlines four guidelines for making a parent-teacher conference productive.
1) Before the meeting, ask your child how things are going at school. What are some likes and dislikes, and try to uncover any problems.
2) Arrive on time. Begin your conferences with an expression of thanks and encouragement. Most teachers work very hard and appreciate kind remarks of appreciation for their efforts.
3) Ask questions about your child’s performance in a class situation, consistency of turning in class work or homework, and use of time. A question about your child’s friends might give some insight into the level of peer influence your child is being subjected to.
4) Be sure to ask what can be done at home to reinforce what the teacher is doing.
Conferences provide an opportunity for the teachers and parents/guardians to work in harmony to educate the most precious commodity of our society, our children. Remember that a conference is a time to talk, listen and share ideas on educating a child. Be tactful but honest. By working together, a teacher and the parent/guardian can identify any problems and discover ways to help a child. Likewise, the strengths of the child can be recognized and rewarded.
In the event your student is absent,
please remember to call the office.
ELEMENTARY OFFICE (PR-K TO 5th Grade) 529-5464
MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL (6th to 12th) 529-5461
24 HOUR ATTENDANCE REPORTING LINE
Just leave the following information:
Name of Person Calling
Reason for Absence
Length of Absence
** If absence is a doctor's appointment, please bring a doctor's note and absence is considered excempt.
LUNCH PAYMENTS ONLINE
For your convenience
you can pay your child's
lunch by "Clicking Here"!
On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, the South Dakota School for the Deaf Mobile Hearing Lab will be at Baltic School conducting FREE hearing screenings. Baltic children ages birth to graduation/21 years are eligible to participate. This service is provided at no cost.
Please contact Ona at #529-5464 to schedule an appointment. Appointments available from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
See www.sdsd.sdbor.edu/documents/Mobile-Lab.pdf for additional information.
Left to Right: Gavin Holt - Middle School Student of the Month
Lauren Adams - High School Student of Character
Rachel Aberson - High School Student of the Month
Delaney Murray - Middle School Student of Character
The Baltic School District will be conducting its annual early childhood screening and kindergarten round-up event on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. All children ages birth through 5 years of age are eligible to attend.
The event will occur in the school library from 8:30 am—12:15 pm, and 1:30—4:30 pm. Each child will have the opportunity to meet with a member of the screening team. Team members will assess each child’s developmental skills, and results will be shared immediately. Areas of development that will be screened include: fine motor (e.g., cutting, writing), gross motor (e.g.,balancing, throwing), language (e.g., vocabulary, concepts),behavior (e.g., attention, participation), and school-readiness concepts (e.g., letters, colors, numbers).
Things we did in January!
EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREEN & KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP EVENT
Introducing a shiny "New Design" for our Monthly Newsletter
You already know that our monthly newsletter is full of great information about what is happening in the Baltic School District. We have however had the format for a while though, so we decided it was time to freshen things up, and we gave it a completely new look!
Now, the newsletter you know and love sports a clean, bright design that puts interesting content right at your fingertips. Check it out! We welcome any ideas you may have that is needed to be included in our Monthly Newsletter.
Contact: Deb Gunderson in our Secondary Office at 605-529-5461 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
We now have Facebook on our Home Page of our website!
YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
Please notify the office at 605-529-5461
when you have an address, phone
number, or any contact information
Spencer Jacobson facilitated our tour. Nick Peterson and Ed Carpenter, led the students through the complex, allowing them to see everything from the intake of hogs to the facility, to the storage and shipment of product for your grocery stores and even exported around the world.
The students were in awe to be lead through the eight story facility that covers near 100 acres, has two million square feet of production area, sends out 900 truckloads of product per week and employs nearly 3,500 people.
Human Resource department took time to talk to the students about career opportunities within the company, benefits they provide, along with the pay scale. They also emphasized things to remember when applying for jobs and skills necessary to be successful in any career area.
The tour exposed students to the food processing industry, relayed the economic impact the processor has on the city of Sioux Falls and the state of South Dakota. Students also got a chance to see the procedures followed to ensure a safe food supply and to career opportunities that can be found in the agriculture processing industry.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH Approximately 7:45 pm
Senior Parent Night is before the Varsity Boy's Basketball Game to
Honor our Senior Athletes.
PO Box 309 High School (605) 529-5461
1 Bulldog Avenue Elementary (605) 529-5464
Baltic, SD 57003 Fax (605) 529-5443
BALTIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
Parent meeting, night of Parent/teachers conference for Parents, February 11th.
1st Meeting @ 6:00 in the Chorus Room - for parents of this year's Sophomores, which is next years Juniors.
Post Planning Opportunities
2nd Meeting @ 7:15 pm in the Chorus room
for parents of this year's 8th graders, which is
next years' Freshman.
HS Graduation Requirements & State Graduation Requirements
"GROWING UP SCARRED"
Directed by Mrs. Tara Rollinger
A thought provoking play which talked about what is truly important in life. So many families, individuals and friends have struggles cancer, burns, and major heath concerns. Yet, we take for granted life's blessings, our family and friends. The cast and director did an excellent job. Congratulations.
Robert Sittig Superintendent/Elementary Principal
The South Dakota Legislature has begun the 2016 session,
and as usual, education is a major topic of discussion.
Governor Daugaard in his State of the State Address on
January 12th rolled out his proposal for increasing teacher
salaries. His proposal involves a total restructuring of the
formula used to determine general fund revenue for schools
moving from funding schools on a per pupil basis to funding
them based on a target student to teacher ratio and target
statewide average teacher salary. The goal of his proposal
is to increase teacher salaries so that we are closer to the
regional average for teacher salaries. In comparing South
Dakota to our neighboring states of Minnesota, Iowa,
Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota, South
Dakota’s average teacher salary is last and in fact is approximately $8,500 less than the next closest North Dakota.
The Governor’s proposal calls for a ½ penny increase in the state sales tax, which would raise $107.4 million dollars the first year. Of that money, $67.4 million would be used to fund higher teacher salaries, and the remaining $40 million would go toward property tax reduction. Increasing the state sales tax requires a 2/3 majority of both chambers of the legislature, which may be difficult to achieve. From the results of a survey commissioned by Governor Daugaard and an unscientific Argus Leader poll, it appears the general public supports the half penny sales tax increase to be used for teacher salaries, so hopefully the legislature will show the same support and approve the sales tax increase. If the sales tax increase is not approved, I am not optimistic the Governor’s plan will implemented as I do not believe they can find enough money in the state budget to fund the level of increase in teacher salaries in his plan.
New District III Chair & State FCCLA Officer
Star Event Participants moving onto State Meeting in April
Ella Branham, Kendra Kappler, Emily Ditter, Brigette Nelson,
Katy Liester and Mara Land
New Chapter Officer - Micah Ries
For more information on any events contact advisor Suzy Ries at email@example.com or 529-5461.
Calendar of events, chapter information can all be found on the FCCLA wall in the FACS classroom.
Let's have some fun in Mr. Bauder's Elementary PE Class!
Lil Tot Stop is looking for the names of students in grades 7-12 who would be interested in being put on a babysitting list for daycare parents. If you are interested please email your name and contact phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What made you decide to make teaching your career? Previously worked
road construction, was on the road 6 days a week hundreds of miles from home.
Teaching would allow me to settle into one place.
What do you like most about your job? Watching students mature from children into young
adults and being able to play a part in that process.
How long have you taught at Baltic? 27 years
Tell us about your family. My wife's name is Marla – formerly an RN, now runs her own
independent insurance agency in SF. Jonny, my son is a former active duty Air Force Captain,
now an investment banker for US Bank corporate office in Minneapolis. Daughter Tatiana played
volleyball at USF, and now works for Sanford Profile.
What hobbies do you have? Cars and golf
What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of your position? Finding time to get it all done. Finding the solution to the random situations that happen to student’s computer and our network.
What is something that people don’t know about you? Computers are a job, not something for fun.
Give me some advice for students today? As a former employer I wanted employees who are responsible, reliable and honest
We will have an "Early Dismissal" on February 11th at 2:00 pm
Parent/Teacher Conferences will begin shortly afterwards beginning at
2:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
NO SCHOOL on February 12th and February 15th
FCCLA February Events:
February 7 Tentative Cinedome Movie outing
February 8 FCCLA Week Kickoff
February 9 Treat sale packet orders due
February 10 Monthly officer meeting 7:45 AM
February 11 Parent teacher conference babysitting
February 19 Deadline to sign up for state leadership meeting
February 29 Officer and Members of the Month Announced
FCCLA Week treats to all staff and students
Animal Science Students Tour John Morrell
Valentine’s Day Made Easy…Order delicious Valentine’s treat packs for your son or daughter, teacher, friend or spouse!
The Baltic FCCLA is once again making your Valentine’s Day easy! We will be selling Valentine’s treat packs (chocolates, candy
and favor) for only $1.00 each - which will be delivered to your child on Thursday, Feb 11th during the school day. Treat packs will not contain peanuts.
Just fill out the order form and return, with your payment, to your child’s homeroom teacher, Mrs. Ries or the FACS room by Tuesday, February 9. Click here for a form!
For more information contact Suzy Ries at 529-5461 or email email@example.com.
Thanks for supporting the Baltic FCCLA!
Hearing screenings will be completed by the South Dakota School for the Deaf, and vision screenings will be completed by the South Dakota Lions Foundation.
Appointments are required. Registration begins February 1. Contact Ona at #529-5464 to register, or with questions.
Children eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the Fall of 2016 should bring copies of birth certificate, social security cards, and immunization records.
FEBRUARY 17, 2016
BOOSTER CLUB MEETING
Friday, February 5th
Right after the JV Boy's Basketball Game.
Hi! My name is Ms. Millar and I am student teaching this semester with Mrs. Coker and the 6th-9th grade English classes. I am originally from Geddes, South Dakota, where I grew up on a farm outside of town with my parents and 4 siblings. I graduated from Platte-Geddes High School in 2012, and I’m currently a senior at South Dakota State University majoring in English education. Luckily enough, my cousin (Ms. Melmer) teaches here, so I am living with her and her family this semester!
I am very excited to be here in Baltic! I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to student teach in such a welcoming community. I look forward to getting to know my students, as well as meeting all of you in these upcoming months! If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February in FCCLA!
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