Dear Baltic Students and Parents,

The July 4th holiday has passed, and school will start very soon on August 17th.  I hope you have had an enjoyable summer and are excited about the upcoming school year.

Online registration is now open and is accessible via   https://www.balticschool.org/page/online-registration or on the school district website at www.balticschool.org.  We ask all families to complete this process by August 1st if possible.  Anyone needing assistance in completing online registration including needing access to a computer should contact the school office at 605-529-5464.

As part of online registration, families can register for bus transportation available for PK-12th grade out-of-town students and PK-6th grade in-town students.  To be eligible for bus transportation on the first day of school, transportation registration must be completed by August 1st

Due to busses reaching capacity, it was necessary to implement a fee for in-town bussing for grades 4-6.  All students who register for bussing will receive a bag tag indicating they either qualify for free bussing, or they have paid the required fee.  In order for this process to be completed by the first day of school, it is essential for all students, in and out of town, who want bussing to complete transportation registration by August 1st.  Failure to register by the August 1st deadline may result in a student not being eligible to ride the bus at the start of the school year.  All of this is explained in the transportation registration section of online registration. 

A few weeks ago, information on online athletic registration was emailed to parents.  This entire process including obtaining an athletic physical must be completed before a student will be allowed to practice or compete.  With the first day of football practice on August 4th and volleyball practice on August 11th, it is essential to take care of this as soon as possible in order to participate when practice starts.  If you have not already completed athletic registration, you may do so at   https://baltic-ar.rschooltoday.com/home

The past two years, a federal government COVID program made school meals free for all students, but unfortunately, that program ended.  Therefore, students will have to pay for all meals beginning this school year.  If you think your family might qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, I encourage you to submit an application accessible via this link: https://www.balticschool.org/page/nutritional-services.  Please note that qualifications for free/reduced-price meals cannot be applied retroactively, which is why it is important for families to submit the application well in advance of the first day of school.

I am excited to welcome new staff members and to acknowledge current staff members assuming new positions.  Please welcome them at your earliest convenience.

  • Chris Aggen - Secondary (grades 6-12) Principal
  • Edward Clark - Activities Director (in addition to Tech Administrator)
  • Kristin Hamman - Special Services Director (part-time)
  • Carrie Klein - Full-time Elementary Principal (formerly Elem. Principal/Special Services Director)
  • Shawn Geigle - Title I Teacher (formerly 5th Grade Teacher)
  • Hailey Schmidt - 5th Grade Teacher (formerly HS Computer/Business Teacher)
  • Regan Specht - Kindergarten Teacher (formerly 1st Grade Teacher)
  • Bridgett McCallum - Elementary Special Education Teacher
  • Bree Hoek - 1st Grade Teacher
  • Rachel Sterling - 1st Grade Teacher
  • Madisyn Jerman - HS Computer/Business Teacher
  • Nicole Woods - Band Director

Last, I would guess some are curious about the new high school building project made possible by the passage of the bond election in April.  A construction planning committee has been meeting bi-weekly with project architects to address specific project details.  It is expected that plans will be finalized by Thanksgiving, bids will be due in late December or early January 2023, construction will begin in April 2023, and if everything goes well, the school will be completed by the start of the 2024-25 school year. 

Please look for additional informational emails and reminders and complete online registration via this link: https://www.balticschool.org/page/online-registration

Sincerely,

Bob Sittig

Superintendent

Baltic School District