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October 13, 2017

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Upcoming Events…   

  • October 27:  End of 1st Quarter
  • November 8:  Flu vaccines @ North Middle School 4:30-7:30p.m.
  • November 15:  Flu Vaccines @ Harrisburg High School 4:30-7:30 p.m.
  • November 22: 1:15 p.m. Early Release
  • November 23 & 24:  No School Thanksgiving Break


From the Assistant Principal:


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.


Gallup Student Poll information

Between Oct. 3-Oct. 27 our school will participate in the Gallup Student Poll.

Gallup launched the Gallup Student Poll in 2009. Gallup provides analytics and advice to organizations around the world. The Gallup Student Poll is a brief, 24-item survey available on the web for students in grades 5 through 12. One time per year in the fall, the survey is provided at no cost to schools. The Gallup Student Poll includes the following themes:

  • Engagement is the student’s involvement in and enthusiasm for school.
  • Hope is the ideas and energy students have for the future.
  • Entrepreneurial Aspiration is the talent and energy for building businesses that survive, thrive and 
employ others.
  • Career/Financial Literacy is the information, attitudes and behaviors that students need to practice for healthy participation in the economy.

The Gallup Student Poll gives students a voice in building great schools, and results provide schools with important, actionable information beyond standard measures, such as grades and test scores, to help schools make kids ready for the future. Please visit the Gallup Student Poll homepage on the web at to view the survey items and learn more. To date, there have been over 4 million students complete the Gallup Student Poll. 
This survey is anonymous and voluntary. That means Gallup cannot identify your student, and your student’s individual responses will not be shared with anyone. Only grade-level and school-level information will be shared with our school. If you do not want your learner to participate, please contact your school principal. Email Gallup Education at if you have questions about this survey, or contact your school principal.


From the Nurse:

Flu Vaccine Clinic (You can find more information on the Connect tab)

Dear Harrisburg School District Families,

I have exciting news to share with you! The Harrisburg School District is working in conjunction with the South Dakota Department of Health to provide the students in Kindergarten-12th grade with a FREE Flu vaccination clinic. The vaccine clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 8th at North Middle School from 4:30pm-7:30pm and Wednesday, November 15th at Harrisburg High School from 4:30pm-7:30pm.

Thank you for considering this great opportunity!

Amy Gage, RN

Nursing Supervisor-Harrisburg School District



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

 Other news:

  • Any 6th grade choir member interested in auditioning for the SDSU Honor Choir:  For more information please see HSMS SDSU Elementary Honor Choir link under the Connect tab.
  • 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!

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 so I can give you all of the details you will need! Our next meeting is October 22nd… 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.

  • Parent Portal
  • Standards Based Learning
  • Peanut Policy
  • Celtic Steps Fall Special
  • Homecoming parade route