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May 24, 2018

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Upcoming Events…

  • HSMS Summer Office Hours 

Open thru June 6:  8:00AM-3:00PM

*Closed Monday, May 28

June 13, 20, 27  July 2, 11, 18, 25 & August 1:   8:00AM-2:00PM

August 6-22:  Monday-Friday 7:30AM-3:30PM

August 23:  School Resumes

  • Important Dates
    • August 15 – Open House 4:30-7:00PM
    •   **School pictures will be taken @ Open House
  • August 23 – First day of school


Gianni, a 6th grader at HSMS, was injured in a severe ATV accident this fall.  Visit the ‘Gianni Strong’ Facebook page to learn more about his journey.

From the Assistant Principal:

Harrisburg South Middle School Families,

Smarter Balanced and NWEA Reports will be sent home with learners today, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Final report cards will be available starting May 24 afternoon on Parent Portal.  If you need help accessing the current grades, please contact the office at 605-743-2567.



Brad N. Hartzler

Assistant Principal 

Harrisburg South Middle School


 From the Nurse:


If your Learner had any medications stored in the Health Office this school year, please make arrangements for either you or your Learner to pick them up prior to the end of the school year. Per district policy, any medication that is left behind will be discarded of properly and a new bottle will need to be supplied, if needed, next year.

If your Learner will require medication for the 2018-2019 school year, Harrisburg School District requires a new Medication Authorization Form to be completed. This form is available on the Harrisburg School District website. A signed form will need to be completed by the parent/guardian for all over-the-counter medications. Prescription medications will need to have a signed Medication Authorization form signed by both parent/guardian and physician.  Medication must be delivered directly to the school nurse/aide or trained personnel by parent/guardian in the ORIGINAL pharmacy or manufacturer’s container.

If you have any questions and/or concerns please do not hesitate to let me know.


Corinne “Cori” Stegenga, RN

Nurse for South Middle School &

Horizon Elementary School


Ext. 5205


*All 6th GRADE and TRANSFER students need the following for school entry per the state law:

  1. One dose of Tdap is required for 6th grade entry IF the child is 11 years old. If the child is 10 years old when entering 6th grade they 45 days after their 11th birthday to receive the Tdap vaccination. If a child has a contraindication to Tdap, Td is acceptable. If a child receives a Tdap at age 7 or older, the dose does not need to be repeated. If a child 7 years and older has an incomplete DTaP primary series, please contact the Department of Health for assistance.
  2. One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required for 6th grade entry IF the child is 11 years old. If the child is 10 years old when entering 6th grade they 45 days after their 11th birthday to receive the meningococcal vaccine. If a child receives a dose at age 10 or after, the dose does not need to be repeated.

If you have not already done so, please make an appointment with your child’s physician to complete these required immunizations. Note: This applies to ALL transfer students new to the district, regardless of grade. Please contact the school nurse with any questions.

Corinne Stegenga, RN
743-2567 ext. 5205

From the Counselor:

Questions  can be directed to Betsy Atwood, HSMS Counselor, at 605-743-2567 ext 5143 or



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 Other news:

  • Harrisburg FFA is looking for volunteers to work at Old MacDonald’s Farm during the Sioux Empire Fair, August 4-11. Shifts are three hours long (8-11, 11-2, 2-5, 5-8), you can work as much as you like and you can work more than one day if you want. You will receive free admission to the fair for the days you volunteer. While volunteering some of the activities you would help with include feeding and watering the animals, cleaning pens, holding small animals such as puppies, kittens, baby chicks and rabbits for people to pet, or sweeping floors. If you are there for opening or closing there is a good chance you will even get to walk some of the animals.  Please contact Tara Fastert, Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor,
  • It’s All About Science Festival, June 9th (For more information please look under the Connect tab)
  • Flag Football Sign-up May 1st (Please look under the Connect tab for more information)
  • South Dakota Youth Track and Field Championship will be Saturday, May 19, 2018 (For more information please look under the Connect tab)
  • More information on the following summer camps can be found under the Connect tab on our website.
  • Come join the North and South Show Choir Directors, along with the new Harrisburg High School Choreographer, Austin Schoenbeck, for a full week of show choir camp!  Registration is currently open to Kindergarten through 8th grade students.  Campers will spend a week learning a full show choir show and have a performance at the end of the week.  This is a great way to build connections with your directors and choreographers and meet new friends who love to sing and dance.
  • HHS Drama Club is sponsoring a summer musical for people ages 13-adult (there are a few roles for 12 and under). We are super excited to produce the musical Children of Eden and hope to have a great group of people involved! Auditions are June 1 in the HHS Little Theatre from 5:30-8:30
  • Tiger Robotics Summer Camp
  • Catalyst Camps ( or
  • YMCA Camp Leif Ericson
  • Career Exploration Summer Camps
  • Summer Construction Camp
  • Project:  Design Boot Camp
  • Here is the link for summer camps:
  • 2018 Youth Golf Program Registration
  • 2018 Wrestling Academy Summer Camp
  • 2018 Youth Summer Tennis Program (For more information look under the Connect tab)
  • Boys K-12 interested in playing Volleyball (For more information look under the Connect tab)
  • BIG SIOUX Volleyball Registration opens April1, 2018 (For more information please look under the Connect Tab)
  • FROM ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT… Any 8th grader planning on playing football, girls or boys basketball or volleyball in high school next year  FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE ON THE DISTRICT WEBPAGE
  • Volunteers of America Street Outreach is coming to Harrisburg! If you are homeless, runaway or at-risk of being, come visit with a VOA support person on Thursdays at the High School from 12-1, no appointment needed
  • ACE Camp for 8th graders going into 9th grade
    • Current 8th Grade or high school students interested in aviation? SDSU hosts a four-day camp that gives students the opportunity to get an early start on aviation careers. At the camp, students will learn about the fundamentals of flight, get behind the controls of an aircraft, build and launch model rockets, look into the workings of a jet engine, explore an F-16 fighter jet, and visit with aviation professionals. This particular ACE Camp focuses more on aviation but does touch on aerospace activities. For more information and registration details, visit:
  • Hope Reins Outreach Program is reaching out to at-risk youth in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities.  By connecting a loving mentor and a gentle horse with a hurting child, we can spark a sense of accomplishment and hope.  Our belief is that love shown to these young people at a critical stage in their lives will have a profound effect on their futures.  We are inviting schools to help us fulfill the mission of protecting those futures.
    • The outreach has been ministering to hurting youth for almost 10 years now.  In 2017, we have had the privilege of helping 40 children through One-on-One and Day Camp riding sessions.
    • We are currently looking for applicants, supporters, volunteers and donors for our outreach program.  We are planning for our summer camps and mentoring sessions.  The application is found on our website which is
    • Our program offers sponsorships or free scholarships to children based on income.  We also offer partial sponsorships/scholarships.
    •   Please feel free to call Angela at 450-9783 or Val at 261-7898.
  • From Harrisburg Food Services: This is a reminder that all parents and/or guardians should utilize the My School Bucks website to set low balance notifications and view their students account balances and purchases. To set up an account please go to and click on Sign Up Today! You can also find a link to the website on the Harrisburg School District website under the Food Service Tab. If you have questions or difficulties, please see the How to Video’s under the help tab or contact My School Bucks directly. Their toll free number is also listed under the help tab on their website.



Just a reminder if your student is going to be absent or late for school, to call the school office at 605.743.2567 option 4-1  before 9:00AM daily.  If your student is going to be out for an extended period of time and/or you would like classwork for the day, please let the office know about attendance and contact your students advisory teacher for missing work.






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Parking Lot Drop Off/Pick Up Loop Safety:

  1. When entering our school to drop off or pick-up students, please use the South entrance. Drive forward through the loop and use the North exit. (see map below)
  2. The front loop of our parking lot is for drive-through and pick-up/drop off only.  It is a tow away zone since it is our Fire Lane to be used in the event of an emergency.  NO cars should be left unattended or parked in this zone for any reason and for any amount of time.  If you need to park, please use the designated “Guest” parking or the regular lot.
  3. When dropping off or picking up students, please use the RIGHT HAND LANE ONLY, and expect students to use the doors on the right side of the vehicle. In this manner, it is less likely for students to have to walk in front of a waiting car.   Please DO NOT PARK IN THE CROSSWALK, it makes especially dangerous for students and staff to cross the lane.
  4. When using the drop off/pick-up lane in the afternoon, please pull forward to where the bus parking starts by the library (see “X” on map below). Please do not block the handicap spaces or visitor parking if someone is parked in a space.
  5. Thank you for all your help and cooperation to keep everyone safe and still allow for everyone to get to school on time.parking lot


Parent Portal:

Are you signed up for Parent Portal?  If not, please see the form on our “Connect” page and return it to the front office or contact Jean Hudson at ext. 3010 or



Check out the “Connect” tab on the  South Middle School website for more information on various things going on at HSMS and our community.

  • YMCA Camp Leif Ericson
  • Tiger Robotics Summer Camp
  • HHS Drama Club summer musical
  • Career Exploration summer camp
  • Summer Construction Camp
  • Project:  Design Boot Camp
  • Show Choir Camp
  • 2018 Flag Football Sign up
  • Babysitting Class
  • The First Tee of South Dakota
  • Tiger Robotics Application
  • Youth Summer Tennis Program
  • Boys Volleyball
  • 2018 South Dakota Youth Track and Field Championship information
  • NASA Discovery Day
  • April 2018 Avera Newsletter
  • Operation Bridge BuilderStandards Based Learning
  • Peanut Policy
  • Homecoming parade route