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December 06, 2017

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Upcoming Events…   

  • All donated gifts for the Giving Tree are due back to Mrs. Atwood
  • by December 13th
  • December 19 HSMS Choir Concert @ HHS Performing Arts Center
  • December 21- December 31, 2017 NO SCHOOL – Holiday Break
  • January 1, 2018 No School – New Year’s Holiday
  • January 2 No School
  • January 3 Classes resume
  • January 12 End of 1st Semester
  • January 15 NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day/Teacher In-service

Dear HSMS Families,

Gianni Farinacci is a 6th grade learner here at HSMS.  He is funny, involved and active kid who is loved by many.

Gianni was involved in an ATV accident.  He sustained trauma to his brain and was airlifted to Sanford hospital for immediate surgery.

Leaners were informed about Gianni’s accident and given the opportunity to talk about it and create cards.  Our school hosted a ‘Hats for Gianni’ Wednesday, November 15, to help raise money for the family.  Leaners were encouraged to pay $1.00 for the privilege of wearing a hat.  All proceeds will go directly to Gianni’s family.

If you are interested in making a larger donation, please visit Gianni’s GoFundMe page at:

Please join us in sending love, positive thoughts and support to Gianni and his family.

From the Assistant Principal:

Harrisburg South Middle School Families,

Attendance in school is important for academic success. School starts at 8:05 a.m. If a learner shows up late, they will be marked unexcused, and the learner will need to call their parents.

  Thanks for trusting our school with your child. We are excited for the upcoming year, and we can tell it is going to be memorable as we continue to build the best school in the state and nation.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, contact the front office at South Middle School, and we will get them answered.


Winter Weather: In the event of a need to either call off school, to start late, or to release school early we will utilize our parent notification program called Bright Arrow. Make sure that you don’t only rely on the parent notification system to be your only method to track school closing.  Also please rely on watching or listening to major TV and radio stations from Sioux Falls.  (see the link under the Connect tab on our website for more information)

 From the Nurse:


*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:

Dear HSMS Families,

It’s that time of year again!  HSMS is sponsoring a Holiday Giving Tree.  The tree will be located in the front office at HSMS and Betsy Atwood, School Counselor, will organize all confidential applications.

Need Assistance?  If your immediate family would benefit from gift-giving assistance this season, please complete the form under the Connect Tab on our website and return to Betsy Atwood, HSMS Counselor.  Copies are also available in the HSMS main office.  To help ensure that all families in need will receive assistance, please know that counselors will communicate and coordinate Giving Tree plans between schools.  If you’ve applied for assistance at multiple schools, we will contact you with a specific pick-up location.

Want to Help?  Community members are welcome to purchase gifts for local children in need through the HSMS Giving Tree.  Gift requests will be hanging on the tree starting November 27th.  As usual, HSMS will host a Change War between advisory classes.  The Change War will begin on Monday, November 27th and it will conclude on Friday, December 8th.  All change placed in an advisory’s bucket will count towards the advisory and all dollars placed in an advisory’s bucket will count against them.  Winning advisory classes in each grade level will receive a pizza party before winter break.  Proceeds from the Change War benefit local families by funding gifts for the Giving Tree.

Dates to Remember:

  • All Giving Tree forms should be turned in to Mrs. Atwood by Friday, December 1st
  • All donated gifts for the Giving Tree are due back to Mrs. Atwood by Friday, December 8th
  • Families receiving Giving Tree gifts should plan to pick them up at HSMS on Monday, December 18th or Tuesday, December 19th.

If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact Mrs. Atwood at 743-2567 ex 5143 or email


Thank you,

Betsy Atwood, MS, LPC, LAC, Certified School Counselor

Harrisburg South Middle School

600 S Cliff Ave

Harrisburg, SD 57032

605-743-2567 ext 5143

Backpack Program: HSMS is partnering with Feeding South Dakota again to provide the Backpack Program to youth in need.  This program provides food to identified children on Friday afternoons to ensure that they have access to food over the weekend.  Food packs are placed discretely in the student’s locker each week, they include meal items as well as snacks.  Please contact Betsy Atwood, HSMS Counselor, if your child could benefit from this program

LSS Mentoring: Interested in helping kids?  Do you have an hour to share each week?  Lutheran Social Services is always looking for new mentors.  The LSS Mentoring program matches community adults with a child who could use an extra caring adult in his or her life.  All mentoring happens at school, during the school year.  Most mentors meet their mentee for lunch once a week in a semi-private location at the school.  They enjoy lunch and often play a game or do crafts.  Mentoring relationships can make a huge difference in the life of a child!  If you are interested, apply at   You can also contact Lisa Falon-Schulz at 605-444-7804 for more information.  Make sure to indicate which schools you’d like to mentor at.  We’d love new mentors here at HSMS!

PATH: Is your child struggling with anxiety or symptoms of depression?  Are they having troubles managing their anger?  If your child could benefit from mental health counseling but barriers like finances, insurance, travel or schedules are standing in your way, PATH could help!  PATH stands for ‘Providing Access to Healing’.  It’s a United Way initiative that places licensed mental health therapists in area schools to work with students who are in need of mental health services.  For more information, contact Betsy Atwood, HSMS Counselor.

Questions about any of these programs or other counseling needs can be directed to Betsy Atwood, HSMS Counselor, at 605-743-2567 ext 5143 or



  • Next meeting is Monday, November 27, 2017 from 3-3:40 p.m. in the FACS room
  • 3 members of the HSMS FCCLA Chapter attended the SD FCCLA Leadership Retreat in Huron on Oct. 1 & 2.  During their Rookie and Power Training, they learned the importance of working as a team, developed healthy leadership skills, increased their knowledge of FCCLA and also of how to utilize social media to promote a positive image of the organization.  All three students are currently chapter officers for the HSMS FCCLA chapter and are 3 year members of the organization!

Those attending were:

Ella Bergsmith – 8th grader – POWER Training

Zoey Mager – 8th grader – POWER Training

Allyson McMillan – 8th Grader – ROOKIE Training

For more information about our chapter and to follow us – please find us on:

Instagram:  HSMS_FCCLA


Facebook:  @hsmsfccla

 Other news:

  • Do you have any old tshirts laying around that you would like to get rid of? The HSMS MakerSpace is looking for old tshirts for making dog toys for the Sioux Falls Humane Society! Please drop off as many as you can to the South Middle School Library! We are hoping to make 150 dog toys! Let’s bring a little joy to some deserving puppies!
  • Harrisburg South Middle School Choir Concert: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at the Harrisburg High School Performing Arts Center For more information, contact Mrs. Van Der Sloot at Details:

     Here is a timeline for the concert day Tuesday, December 19th :


    • Chamber choir, Jazz band, show choir band: 9-10:30 am practice on stage at the High School.


    • All choir members, jazz band and show choir band:
      • 6th period-8th period practice on stage at the High school.


    • Night of December 19th
      • 6:20 pm Teacher chaperones report to the Harrisburg High School CHOIR ROOM.
      • 6:30 pm Choir Students Report to the Harrisburg High School CHOIR ROOM for warm up.

    Concert is at 7:00 pm in the Harrisburg High school PAC. There is NO fee to attend the concert.

    Dress Code for Concert:

    •  Boys: Black dress pants, black button up collared shirt, a solid colored tie, black dress shoes.
    •  Girls: All black dress or top/skirt with black tights (no flesh tones please,) or dress slacks. No sleeveless tops 
(please wear a sweater over) and black flats (shoes). Girls may wear a splash of color in their jewelry, hair pieces, scarves, sweater, or belt. **Please choose a solid color item for your splash of color. *Your splash of color may be your skirt/pants/leggings as long as the rest of your attire is black.

    Chamber Choir Dress Code: (You will wear this for the concert)

    • Boys: Black button down dress shirt & tie (you will get these from Mrs. V.) You provide: black dress pants, black socks, and black dress shoes.
    • Girls: Black dress and shawl (you will get this from Mrs. V) you provide: black opaque (not see through colored tights, black flats (dress shoes)

    Our Concerts:

Concerts are a public sharing of our accomplishments and communication of the language and emotion of music. Concerts must be a total group effort! They are a part of the course requirement for choir.
Students are required to attend all concerts and are expected to stay the entire length of the concert.

  • Bussing for Middle School Boy’s Basketball
    • 7th Grade Boy’s Basketball – Freedom – Dan’s Bus 13-1 and/or George’s Bus 17-2
    • 8th Grade Boy’s Basketball – Liberty – Mike and/or Ethan’s Bus 18-1
  • Let’s send our Troops some love! HSMS has adopted the 200th Eng Co Fwd – as you know our very own Ms.Rosberg serves as the Sargent of these 15 heroes. Please see the Operation Bridge Builder link under the Connect tab for more information & what you can donate to help!
  • Please come and enjoy the HHS production of the musical Cinderella.The show runs December 7-9 at 7:00 PM each night in the HHS PAC. Tickets are available Please note: Tickets are not exchangeable or refundable

SENIOR PROJECT: A note from HHS student, Claire Tufty

 Dear Harrisburg Parents,
My name is Claire Tufty and I have started a youth group for middle school girls called Faithline. We meet once a week on Sunday from 7pm-8pm at my house. This hour gives girls a chance to engage in a small group activity, discussion, and then ask questions about anything they would like! If your daughter is looking for a more casual and customized religious experience, I encourage you to email me at so I can give you all of the details you will need!  I hope to see you there!
Claire Tufty


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.

  • Giving Tree
  • Winter Weather
  • Operation Bridge BuilderStandards Based Learning
  • Peanut Policy
  • Celtic Steps Fall Special
  • Homecoming parade route