News From The Middle





March 14, 2018

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Upcoming Events…  

  • March 15:  No School
  • March 16:  No School
  • March 23:  End of 3rd quarter
  • March 29:  Early Release 1:15 p.m.
  • March 30:  No School – Good Friday
  • April 2:  No School – Easter Monday
  • April 23:  Make-up Snow Day


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.

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:

If you are questioning whether to send your Learner to school or not, due to illness, please do not hesitate to give me a call to discuss at 605-743-2567, ext. 5205.

Thank you,

Nurse Cori

  • Please see recommendations for Temporary Exclusion from a School Setting & The Flu:  A Guide for Parents under the Connect tab for more information
  • There has been an increase in the number of confirmed cases of influenza.  I spoke to a physician yesterday, and she stated that “it appears influenza is starting to make its way around. It’s really bad even if you had the flu shot.”  So, just a reminder to you and your learners to continue good hand-washing, and you may want to whip out the Clorox wipes to clean your phone, pencil sharpeners, light switches, etc. 

If you’re a data/statistics lover, you may find this interesting:


*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:

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



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 Other news:

  • Harrisburg EAG Silent Auction March 24 (For more information look under our Connect Tab).  Proceeds will help support the learners going to Honduras this June.
  • 7th graders REMINDER to turn in your permission slips and payment to your Advisory teacher ASAP for the 7th Grade Field Trip on May 9, 2018
  • Deadline for the Summer 2019 STEM Trip has been extended.  There is still time to sign up!  Please see Mrs. Tschudy
  • 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
  • On Monday, 2/19 we had the JV State Tournament.  We have a lot of new young bowlers on the team, but they were each able to win a match, before being eliminated. Beau Anderson(South Middle School) was named as the Girl’s All-Tournament Team Captain based on her qualifying results.  She bowled her first ever 200 game on her way to that honor.On Friday 2/23 we had the Varsity State Tournament. The girls team led by seniors Kelsie Spotanske, Natalie Christensen, and Brooklynne Miller, finished in 4th place.  Morgan Paulsen was named to the All-Tournament team for the second year in a row. She had a 572 qualifying series.  The boys team finished in 3rd place.On Saturday 2/24 and Sunday 2/25 there was the Howie Kolhoff Invitational Tournament, for high school teams from South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota.In the girl’s division, there were 12 teams entered.  The Tigers team qualified 7th for a double-elimination bracket. They worked their way through the winner’s bracket and remained as the only undefeated team, knocking off the number 1 qualifier.  That number 1 qualifier came back from the loser’s bracket and defeated the Tigers, who ended in 2nd place. Each member of the team received scholarship money as a prize.In the boy’s division, there were 25 teams entered. The Tigers team qualified 6th for a double-elimination bracket. They worked their way through the winner’s bracket as one of 2 undefeated teams, and lost to the eventual champion from Nebraska. The boy’s team ended in 3rd place. Each member of the team received scholarship money as a prize.  Andrew Marcotte was named to the All-Tournament Team.Girls team members were: Brooklynne Miller, Morgan Paulsen(MNVA), Kelsie Spotanske, Mariah Spotanske, Macy Anderson(NewTech), Kindra Anderson(NewTech), Natalie Christensen, Beau Anderson.Boys team members were: Clyde Gregoire, Braden Culp, Brayden Miller, Zach Heyden, Andrew Marcotte, Jared Olofson, Trevor Heyden, Owen Schweitzer, Kayd Hanisch, Ryan Corcoran, Nick Mammenga, Carter Spotanske, Aaron Rowe, Evan Gran.
  • ACE Camp for 8th graders going into 9th grade  
    • Hosted at South Dakota State University (SDSU) every July, this four-day camp provides high school-aged 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.  ACE Camp enables students to make informed decisions as they consider college and career options. Having completed the program, students are more knowledgeable about the importance and diversity of aviation careers, how aviation and aerospace industries have developed and grown to what they are today, and are aware of future career opportunities and developments.Tuition is $350 (this includes a nonrefundable $50 application deposit to guarantee placement in the camp). Partial tuition assistance is available for those that qualify, please see the application for specific information.Students are responsible for transportation to and from camp.  All meals, activities, housing, and transportation are provided while at camp.  All students are required to stay on campus.  If you are outside of driving distance and plan to fly in, please let the camp director know that before you register. Young women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • 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.   This year we have a goal of reaching 60 or more children.  It has been inspiring to see how Hope Reins has impacted so many young lives.
    • We need your help in spreading the word to families in your school who could benefit from our program.  Some schools request paper copies to distribute to students.  If you are interested in paper copies, please email with the number of copies needed.  Other schools have been sending the flier by email to families, posting on school websites or on bulletin boards.  Both fliers are attached to this email.  Feel free to use them to suit your needs.
    • 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.
    • I encourage you to contact us if you have an interest in what we do or if you have any questions.  We would be happy to visit with you about the program and the benefits to the program participants.  Please feel free to call Angela at 450-9783 or Val at 261-7898.  We are excited about our program and our upcoming camps and riding session.
    • Thank for your time and for your help in providing this opportunity to children in your school.  “Nothing is more rewarding than giving the gift of unconditional love and making a difference one child at a time.”
    • Sincerely,  Angela Mendel, CEO
  • MS Advanced Placement Tests sign up:
  • 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!


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.

  • South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert
  • March 24 Celebrate WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH @ Westmall 7 Theaters
  • March 2018 Avera Newsletter
  • Harrisburg Tiger Baseball information – Registration ends March 15
  • February 2018 Avera Newsletter
  • Winter Weather
  • Operation Bridge BuilderStandards Based Learning
  • Peanut Policy
  • Celtic Steps Fall Special
  • Homecoming parade route