Dell Rapids Middle and High Schools Raise Money for Hurricane Relief

Students at both the Dell Rapids Middle School and Dell Rapids High School held fundraisers recently to raise money for hurricane relief.

The middle school held a week-long “Penny War” the week of October 16th – 20th.  Students could bring in spare change throughout the week with the winning class receiving a movie and popcorn party for the whole grade.  Points were accumulated throughout the week for each grade level.  Points were gained by adding pennies to grade’s jug.  Points were subtracted by adding silver coins and bills to the other grade’s jugs.  The 6th grade finished with -19,001 points.  The 7th grade had -13,763 points.  5th grade finished with -13,762 points.  The winning class of the movie and popcorn party was the 8th grade class with a total of +1,922 points.

Throughout the “Penny War” week, the students and staff of the middle school raised $1,186.24!  All the money will be donated to the American Red Cross for relief efforts following hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The Dell Rapids High School also held their own fundraiser that also raised funds for hurricane relief.  Raffle tickets were sold to the high school students for $2.00 each.  The raffle earned the students a chance to throw a whipped-cream pie at Mr. Bunkers during the pep rally on Friday, October 20th.  A few lucky students were drawn out and able to throw their pies in front of the entire middle and high school during the pep rally.  The high school students were able to raise $200 to be added to the hurricane relief.



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Job Opening: Dell Rapids School District 49-3

NewDRLogoPosition:               Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/Business Manager

Work Year:           12 months, 40 hours per week, starting approximately November 1, 2017

Requirements: Excellent written and verbal communication, problem solving, time management, human relations, and conflict resolution skills. Computer proficiency and accuracy in word processing, spreadsheets, data entry, email, and internet. Ability to keep information confidential.

An online application form can be found at Candidates should send an application form and letters of reference to Position open until filled.

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Singers Selected for 2017 All-State Choir

music-2618342_1280Eight singers from Dell Rapids and four singers from Dell Rapids St Mary have been selected for the 2017 All-State Chorus and Orchestra performance.  This year’s concert will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

Kathryn Fletcher, Amy Meyer, Sydney Stofferahn, Mercedes Lodmell, Alec Saxon, Andrew Weiland, Thomas Petrik, and Peyton Gleason have been selected to participate from Dell Rapids.  Morgan Brech, Abby Stauffenecker, and Riley Nyman were selected as alternates.  Participates from Dell Rapids St Mary are Courtney Geraets, Paige Bunkers, Noah Dennis, and Jon Bares.

This year’s guest conductor is Dr. Tim Seelig from San Francisco, CA.  Seelig is a conductor, singer, teacher, and motivational speaker.

Tickets for the concert are $19.00 for adult and student reserved section, $14.00 for adult general admission, or $8.00 for student general admission.

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Free Meals at Dell Rapids Approved for End of the Year

PizzaLunchStudents at Dell Rapids will be receiving free breakfast and lunch during the last four days of school thanks to the Dell Rapids School Board.  The school board approved the free meals for the final days of school on May 18th, 19th, 22nd, and 23rd.

“I think it’s a great way to give back.  Obviously the food must be better,” said board member Steve Stofferahn.

“We are happy we still have the ability to do it with the big changes that do cost more, and we hope it produces some interest in that breakfast program,” superintendent Dr. Schultz mentioned.

A la carte items and seconds will still be charged at the usual price.  Students must have money in their accounts or pay cash for those items.


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Dell Rapids Students Honored at DSU Ceremony

NCWIT local winner Janae Hahn is congratulated by Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths (left) and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard at a ceremony at DSU on April 12.

NCWIT local winner Janae Hahn is congratulated by Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths (left) and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard at a ceremony at DSU on April 12.

MADISON, S.D., April 20, 2017 – “Believe in yourself,” is simple advice, yet it is sometimes hard to do, said South Dakota’s governor Dennis Daugaard.

“The biggest challenge we all have is believing that we can accomplish something when others doubt us and when we may doubt ourselves,” he stated.

Daugaard’s remarks were made at Dakota State University during the 2017 NCWIT (National Center for Women in IT) Award Ceremony held on campus April 12, where 17 high school women from North and South Dakota and two South Dakota technology teachers were honored with the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) award.

Among the honorees was Janae Hahn of Dell Rapids High School, who was a Local Winner. She is planning a career in electrical engineering, math and statistics. Bergen Weiland of Dell Rapids High School was a Local Honorable Mention awardee. She is planning a career in artificial intelligence and robotics. Students were selected on the basis of their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.

NCWIT local honorable mention winner Bergen Weiland is congratulated by Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths (left) and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard at a ceremony at DSU on April 12.

NCWIT local honorable mention winner Bergen Weiland is congratulated by Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths (left) and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard at a ceremony at DSU on April 12.

“We know that a sense of belonging is a key persistence factor for young women who chose computing degrees and careers,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders. “Not only do these awards increase the visibility of young technical women and their educators, they also grant entry into an inclusive community of peers that support each other in advancing their innovative dreams.”

AiC provides a long-term community for female technologists by encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development. This is the 11th season of the Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC), and the 6th year with regional affiliates. The South and North Dakota region honored eight winners at their first event in 2013.

To date, AiC has publicly recognized nearly 4,700 young women for their interests and achievements in technology. Seventy-one percent of those are now in college, pursuing a computer science or engineering degree. More than 150 educators have been recognized through AiC as well. Lori Goldade, district technology coordinator at Warner School District, was this year’s teacher award winner; Amber Fluth, business computer teacher at Tri-Valley, was the runner-up.

Daugaard encouraged the high school women to consider careers in computing, because the work they could do is important. In 2016, there were 1.6 million attacks on the South Dakota state government, he stated, so “we need people like you to help defend our state, defend our businesses and our nation against attackers like this.”

He also asked the girls to consider Dakota State for their academic degrees, calling the school a cyber leader in America. “It’s an excellent institution of higher learning,” he said.

“We want all of our students to experience the world as it’s going to be through the use and application of emerging and available technologies — a distinguishing feature of this institution,” said DSU President José-Marie Griffiths.

Alexis Perez, an analyst with Facebook, was another special guest at the ceremony, teaching the winners about Python coding with a hands-on project. Presenters included the NCWIT Regional Program Director Ammi Ludwick, and Dakota State University faculty Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Pam Rowland and Dr. Kyle Cronin.

Sponsoring partners for this event were Dakota State University, AiC, National Center for Women and Information Technology, and DSU’s Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems. Also assisting was DSU’s new CybHER outreach program, a movement to add more gender diversity to the field of cybersecurity through a variety of events and interactions.


Dakota State University is a public university located in Madison, South Dakota, part of the State of South Dakota Regental system of specialized schools and universities.  Founded in 1881 as a teacher’s college, it maintains that heritage mission, while also carrying out its signature mission of technology-infused and technology-intensive degrees.  The university offers both undergraduate (Associate and Baccalaureate) and graduate degrees (Masters and Doctorate).  It has grown rapidly in national recognition as a technology-forward school, and has significant partnerships with the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, among others, for DSU’s cyber security-related programs.  For more information, please contact Jane Utecht, Strategic Communications Coordinator at, 605-256-5027. The DSU website is

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High School Girls Soccer Request for Dell Rapids HS Takes Step Forward

SoccerA request to make high school soccer a girls sport in Dell Rapids took another step forward during the Dell Rapids School Board meeting on Monday, February 13th.

The board passed a motion to approve the intent to move forward with a cooperative with Garretson for two years for girls high school soccer.  As part of the approved motion, Superintendent Dr. Summer Schultz, Athletic Director Jeff Dvorak, and school board member Jody Schumaker will be looking over the cooperation language to ensure it looks appropriate and protects the district.  They will then meet with representatives from Garretson to finalize the agreement language before everything becomes finalized.

“The district understands that although soccer hasn’t been a school sponsored activity, its popularity has grown in the community.  The cooperative allows us to provide an opportunity for varsity level female athletes to participate while we continue to monitor the level of support and participation that can be expected,” said Dr. Schultz.

Once a finalized agreement has been made between Dell Rapids and Garretson, the final step will be to submit the cooperative agreement to the South Dakota High School Activities Association prior to their April meeting.  The SDHSAA will have to approve the cooperative.

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Dell Rapids Choir Goes Caroling around Town

drhschoircarolsThe Dell Rapids High School Espresso Choir spent the day spreading Christmas cheer around Dell Rapids on Monday, December 19th.  The choir hopped on the bus at 8:30 to go to the Dell Rapids Elementary School for the first performance of the day.

After performing for all the classes at the elementary school, the choir set out on foot and performed at Orchard Hills, Pizza Ranch, Subway, Great Western Bank, Dairy Queen, T&C’s, Landmark Realty, Next Generation Childcare, Casey’s, Family Dollar, Dells Auto, Wells Fargo, First National Bank, LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse, Blooms on Main, El Tapatio, Goldenwest, Roemen’s Automotive, and Schwebach Realty throughout the morning and afternoon.

Director Robert Michalscheck said, “My only regret is that we ran out of time as there were so many more places we wanted to stop at, but only had so much time in the seven hours we were out.  Last year we started with just signing at the elementary school for all the classes, but this year I wanted to outreach to our community that supports our school as a small way of giving back.  We hope to make this a yearly tradition!”

The Espresso Choir meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 a.m.

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Dell Rapids School Holds Pep Rally for Fine Arts Students

NewDRLogoDell Rapids school held a pep rally for the fine arts students to the school day on Wednesday, November 30th.  The event, which was held in the middle school commons area, featured performances by the high school choir and the jazz bad, recognition of fine arts students, and a special announcement.

Mr. Michalscheck recognized a few students for their accomplishments.  Clara Kelm and Kerrigan Kindopp were recognized for being chosen to partake in the South Dakota Elementary Honors Choir to be held in February.  Elly Petrik was selected to be a part of the South Dakota High School Honors Choir.  Petrik, Veronica Fritz, Justice Haggin, Sydney Stofferahn, Micah Gleason, James Lueders, Timothy Jaycox, and Thomas Petrik were recognized for participating in the South Dakota All-State Choir this past fall.

Mrs. Kludt recognized three students, Paige Schueller, Elyssa Petrik, and Chloe Solberg, for their graphic design contributions to the school (HS / MS / Haven).

Mrs. Gleason shared submissions from the creating writing students at the rally.  Gleason also announced a new publication that will be added to the Echo newspaper and Quarrier yearbook.  That is a new literary magazine.  Students can submit original writings, short stories, essays, and even artistic photography to be considered for publication in the new magazine.

More information about the pep rally and the new magazine will be released by the students in the Echo newspaper.


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Dell Rapids Students Shine in Events

NewDRLogoSeveral Dell Rapids students have performed well in their events over the past few days.

Olivia Clark qualified for the state oral interp competition in poetry with her performance at the region contest on Tuesday, November 15th.  Averi Pankonen qualified as an alternate in the oratory category.  The duet team of Tim Jaycox and Ella Lueders also qualified as an alternate.  Morgan Nemmers, Abby Stauffenecker, and Sage Shellum also had strong performances at the region competition.

The Dell Rapids quiz bowl team competed at Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Monday, November 14th.  The team of Joey Abbott, Micah Gleason, Justin Dorn, and Stephanie Dennis placed 13th out of 46 teams in the competition.  The other two Dell Rapids teams each earned two wins in the six-round competition.

Recently Cheyenne Adams placed first in the District FFA Ag Broadcasting event.  She will now advance to the state event which will be held in Pierre on December 4th and 5th.  Trevor Pulscher also competed in the Ag Broadcasting event and placed sixth.

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2015-2016 Teacher Awards

With the 2015-2016 school year complete, awards were handed out to staff at both Dell Rapids St Mary and Dell Rapids schools.  Dell Rapids St Mary recognized their “Teacher of the Year” during graduation on Friday, May 20th.  The 2015-2016 Dell Rapids St Mary Teacher of the Year is Kathy Engeman.

Dell Rapids Public schools handed out their awards during a staff picnic on Tuesday, May 31st.  2015-2016 Peer Award winners are Jason Fersdahl, Connie Hansen, Melissa Nygard, Mike Putnam, Jamie Randall, and Joni Smith.  The 2015-2016 Dell Rapids Teacher of the Year is Scott Headrick.

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all of the teachers in Dell Rapids!!!

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