Hamlin School District
Junior/Senior High School
Student Handbook
2004-2005

 

  Table of Contents:

Welcome………………...………………………………..        p. 2

Mission Statement & Guiding Beliefs…………………...             p. 3

Staff…………………………………………………........        p. 4

Graduation Requirements………………………………...          p. 5

Adding & Dropping Classes……………………………...         p. 5

School-Sponsored Extra-Curricular Activities…………...           p. 5

Activity Bus………………………………………………         p. 6

Announcements……………………………………..........         p. 6

Assemblies………………………………………………..        p. 6

Activities Code of Conduct………………………………...       p. 6

Activities Academic Standards…………………………….        p. 7

Attendance & Tardy Policy……………………………….         p. 8

Care of School Property…………………………………..        p. 9

Cars & Parking Lot………………………………………..       p. 9

Cheating & Forgery…………………………………........         p. 9

Church Night……………………………………………..         p. 9

Class Schedule…………………………………………...         p. 9

Dances & Parties…………………………………………         p. 9

Doctor & Dental Appointments.………………………….          p. 10

Dress………………………………………………...........       p. 10

Driving During School Hours.……………………...........            p. 10

Grading System……………………………………..........         p. 10

Grade Reports…………………………………………….        p. 10

Guidance Counselor Services…………………………….          p. 11

Gum, Candy & Food……………………………………..         p. 11

Honor Roll………………………………………………..        p. 11

Insurance………………………………………………….        p. 11

Leaving School……………………………………...........         p. 11

Library Rules……………………………………………..         p. 11

Lockers…………………………………………………...        p. 12

Make-Up Work…………………………………...............       p. 12

National Honor Society……………………………..........         p. 12

Phones & Messages………………………………………        p. 12

Pop in the Classrooms……………………………………         p. 12

Profanity………………………………………………….         p. 12

Parent-Teacher Conferences………………………...........         p. 13

School Buses……………………………………….…….         p. 13

School Lunch…………………………………………….         p. 13

Student Behavior……………………………………........         p. 13

Student Class Load……………………………………….        p. 13

Student Passes………………………………………........        p. 13

Student Planners…………………………………………          p. 13

Students in the School Building After Hours……….........            p. 14

Suspension………………………………………………..        p. 14

Textbook Care……………………………………………        p. 14

Tobacco, Alcohol, & Drugs………………………….......          p. 14

Visitors to the School…………………………………….          p. 14

Weapons………………………………………………….        p. 14

Calendar………………………………………………….        p. 15

Varsity Athletic Schedules……………………………....            p. 15


 

WELCOME TO HAMLIN JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

We would like to welcome you to Hamlin Junior and Senior High School and express our excitement for the endless possibilities brought about with the onset of this new year.  Now, with us all under “one roof”, we can take full advantage of the opportunities made available in a larger facility.  The teachers, support staff, and administrators at Hamlin Junior and Senior High School understand that students are our primary focus and this handbook is designed to provide guidance to help you prepare to become life-long learners and responsible citizens. 

 

The Hamlin School District is rich in tradition and we strive to provide the best education possible for each and every student.  The success of our school district is a direct reflection of the kind of students that attend Hamlin High School and so we suggest, “Study hard and learn well”.  This is especially important in this era of “high-stakes” testing.  But make no mistake, along with your studies we also encourage you to become involved in the wide variety of co-curricular activities offered at Hamlin High School.  Students at Hamlin are treated as individuals, not just as athletes or scholars.  It’s all part of the aura of what has come to be known as - “Charger Pride”. 

 

We encourage you to read this handbook carefully and become familiar with these changes and all of the guidelines. The rules are designed to make things run as smoothly as possible and try to eliminate any obstacles to your education and overall experience at HHS.  Feel free to contact me at 783-3644 with any further questions or comments you might have concerning the handbook or other areas.  We look forward to working with you for another year during this journey along the unending learning experience of life. 

Sincerely,

 

Richard A. Schneider

Junior & Senior High Principal

Hamlin School District

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MISSION STATEMENT OF HAMLIN  SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

To prepare and equip our students to become responsible citizens and succeed in an ever-changing world.

 

 

GUIDING BELIEFS

 

1.      We believe that we will provide a non-threatening school environment for the well being of all students so they will have the ability to learn and develop.

 

2.    We believe that students should be given every opportunity to learn all that they are capable of learning in the areas of academics and extracurricular activities to make them a worthwhile citizen in society.

 

3.    We believe that the school has the responsibility to challenge, motivate, support, encourage, and believe in the abilities of all students in its care and to enhance their social and emotional well being.

 

4.    We believe our staff will develop professionally so the use of the best educational practices will ensure a quality education for every student.

 

5.    We believe that the unified school community should provide a model that they will foster in their students, which is the positive development of values, attitudes, and behaviors that make a responsible, productive citizen.


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Hamlin Jr/Sr High Staff
2004-2005

 

ART--------------------------------------------------------- PEGGY PROUTY

BAND------------------------------------------------- RICH WOOLWORTH

BUSINESS----------------------------------------------------- ADAM MINES

CHOIR------------------------------------------------------ LISA PEDERSEN

COMPUTER----------------------------------------------------- TIM KOISTI

                                                                                                             HEIDI NOEM

                                                                                STEPH SAUDER

CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY-------------------------  STEPH SAUDER

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES------------- RACHEL BREKER

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR--------------------------- JULIE MATHEWS

HEALTH/PHY.ED.------------------------------------------- CHRIS OWEN

                                                                               LORI ZIMPRICH

LANGUAGE ARTS--------------------------------------- SHAWN OLSEN

                                                                                              KELLI HANSEN               

                                                                                                      LAWANDA FEDT

LIBRARIAN-------------------------------------------- JOAN WASTWEET

MATHEMATICS----------------------------------------------- LARRY AHO

                                                                                                             BRAD NOEM

                                                                                                        LORI ZIMPRICH

                                                                                                             BRET BUCK

READING----------------------------------------------------GAIL KRAUSE

SCIENCE------------------------------------------------------- CHRIS OWEN

                                                                                                   JANET JORGENSON

                                                                                                 MICHELLE BARTELS

SOCIAL STUDIES------------------------------------------- ADAM MINES

                                                                                                       DARREL PORTER

                                                                                      GAIL KRAUSE

                                                                                     KELLI HANSEN

SPANISH------------------------------------------------- DENISE DOHMAN

SPECIAL EDUCATION------------------------------ AMY BRANDRIET

                                                                                       UNASSIGNED

STUDY HALL MONITOR  ----------------------------- VICKIE KRACK

JR/SR HS SECRETARY---------------------------- ROXIE KERKVLIET

ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR------------------------------ LARRY GOEBEL

TUTOR/AIDE------------------------------------------- PHYLLIS POPPEN

                                                                                         JOY YORK

                                                                                      UNASSIGNED
                                                            

PRINCIPAL--------------------------------------------- RICH SCHNEIDER

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Subject:

Graduation Requirements

Admission Requirements

Hamlin Board of Education

Number of Credits Required For Graduation from HHS

South Dakota

Board of Regents

Northern State     USD

Black Hills            SDSU

Dakota State        School of Mines

2005, 2006, 2007

2008

English

 

Computer Science

 

Mathematics

 

Fine Arts

 

Science

 

Social Science

 

Total Credits

4

 

1

 

 

2*

 

1

 

2*

 

3

 

22

4

 

1

 

 

3

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

22

Top 60 % of graduating class

    OR  ACT Composite Score of 18 or above

    OR  High School GPA of 2.6 on 4.0 scale

AND

4 years of English

   OR ACT English sub-test score of 17 or above

    OR  AP English score of 2 or above

3 years of advanced Math

    OR  ACT Math sub-test scores of 17or above

    OR  AP Calculus score of 2 or above

3 years of Laboratory Science

    OR ACT Science Reasoning sub-test score

             of  17 or above

    OR AP Science Score of 2 or above

3 years Social Science

    OR ACT Social Sciences/Read sub-test score

             of 17 or above

    OR AP Social Sciences score of 2 or above

½ year of Computer Science

    OR AP Computer Science score of 2 or above

1 year of Fine Arts

    OR AP Fine Arts score of 2 or above

*All course credits will be given credit on a semester basis. The student will receive ½ credit for each semester of work completed successfully. In other words, your transcript reflects whether you pass or fail each semester along with a letter grade.  Your attendance will also be included on your transcript. 

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Adding & Dropping Classes

Any high school student may add or drop a non-required course from his/her course of study for up to one week from the beginning of each semester and therefore will not receive a grade for the semester. Any drop-adds permitted (for extraordinary reasons) after this time will be entered as a withdraw-fail or withdraw-pass.  A student must have the add-drop form completed with the teacher, parent and principal’s signature before adding or dropping a class.  This is intended to open lines of communication between all parties and also to ensure that parents are aware of student changes. 

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School Sponsored Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Activities provide students with an after-school activity that puts their talents to work and helps to teach them teamwork and discipline. With our many different activities offered, students should have little trouble finding the type of activity they like.

 

Although some think that after school activities can be harmful and detracting from a student’s education, research indicates otherwise.  Most of the time activities actually help the student, keeping him or her occupied rather than involved in inappropriate activities. Time is available for a student to finish their schoolwork even when participating in more that one activity.  These activities serve to bond the student to the school as a community and decrease the possibility of things such as dropping out or truancy.  Please take part in our schools activities! There is a lot of fun to be had… don’t you want to be involved too? 

 

These activities are definitely a part of the educational program. At least one teacher will be in charge of each activity.  Certain procedures and regulations will be necessary for each.  Students must abide by these regulations and are urged to boost the activities—each practice or rehearsal—with cooperative attitude.  Any student who refuses to cooperate will be dropped from the activity.

 

All school organizations are under the control of the school.  Monies earned and collected by any organization are under the control of the school office and the expenditure of the same will be by the school authority. Meeting of organizations will be held and business transactions will be made when the advisor is present.

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Activity Bus

When the school provides transportation to and from events and contests, students are required to travel both ways under school supervision.  Although we do not encourage students to ride home from contests with their parents, we understand there may be times when it is necessary.  Therefore, deviation from this policy must be at the approval of the activity advisor or coach. 

 

In case the case where small groups of participants must travel by car to contest centers, a coach or supervisor, or an adult approved by the administration, must assume the responsibility of driving said car or cars.

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Announcements

Daily announcements will be read by the instructors at the beginning of the second period class as well as a copy being placed on the wall by the office. Any announcements to be included in the daily bulletin must be turned into the office by 8:40 a.m to be part of that day’s announcements.  Students are responsible for the content of the announcements whether they are absent or otherwise did not receive the announcements. 

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Assemblies

When the school presents an assembly during school hours, all students and staff  members are expected to attend and actively participate unless given special permission from the administration.  Because we have deemed these assemblies to be educational in their basis, they are considered to be part of the academic day and as such, they should not be used as an opportunity for students to miss school to go to work or to leave for home early.   In other words, attendance is required and will be taken as part of the regularly scheduled course. 

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Activities Code of Conduct

Students participating in school activities are required to conduct themselves with respect for self and others through their actions, language, and dress. Students who choose to participate in school activities represent their community and school at public events and performances. Student activity participants are expected to demonstrate behavior that reflects positively on the individual, the school, and the community all year round.

Activity Rules

DEFINITIONS

1.   School Activities: School Activities include, but are not limited to, athletics, fine arts groups, school-sponsored organizations and cheerleading and any other school-sponsored activity.

2.   School Activity Event: A public presentation, performance, competition, or trip associated with participation in a school-sponsored activity.

3.   School Administration: School Administration shall be the superintendent, principal, and athletic director.

 

ACTIVITY RULES DISCIPLINE PLAN

Student participation in school activities is a privilege, not a right. Students who choose to participate in school activities are expected to exemplify high standards of behavior and positively represent Hamlin school and the community and to bring credit rather that discredit to the school whose programs makes such participation possible.

 

Any middle school or high school student wishing to participate in school activities shall not possess, sell, dispense, or use tobacco; a controlled mood-altering substance, such as steroids, marijuana, inhalants, alcohol and other drugs; or commit any crime against a person or against property.

 

These activity rules will be enforced the entire year, which includes the summer months, regardless of whether or not the student is participating in an activity at the time.  A student who violates these regulations shall be ineligible to participate according to the activity rules listed below.

1.   The following activity rules apply for all students participating in school activities whether the offense occurs in a school, on school property, in district vehicles or buses, at district events, or away from district property. The Activity Rules Discipline Plan applies to all students participating in athletics and cheerleading.

2.   Consequences: Violations shall accumulate for four years in high school (grades 9-12). Middle school students participating in high school activities shall have violations accumulate for the number of years they participate in high school activities. Violations for middle school (grades 6-8) shall be for one year. If they are in the process of serving a one year suspension, they must complete that year of suspension before eligibility will be restored.

- The suspension period for an activity rules violation begins on the date of the next school activity event in which the student is involved.

- The following consequences are minimums only. The actual period of suspension shall be determined by the administration in each individual case. The administration and coach/activity supervisor may enforce a more severe penalty, which may include termination from activities, if the violation warrants it. If the penalty exceeds the minimum for the violation, the reason shall be stated in writing.

      A.  First Violation

After confirmation of the first violation, the student shall not participate in any school activity event in which the student is a participant for a minimum of 1/8 of the number of regular season events scheduled.

Marijuana and other Drugs (Refer to SDCL 13-32-9)

After confirmation for the first marijuana or other drug violation, the student shall not participate in any school activity or activity event for the period of twelve calendar months from the date of the violation

      B.   Second Violation

After confirmation of the second violation, the student shall not participate in any school activity event in which the student is a participant for a minimum of 1/3 of the number of regular season events scheduled.

Marijuana and other Drugs (Refer to SDCL 13-32-2)

After confirmation for the second marijuana or other drug violation, the student shall not participate in any school activity or activity event for the rest of his or her high school career.

In the event the second marijuana/other drug violation is not a conviction, adjudication, or the subject of a suspended imposition of sentence, the activity suspension may be reduced if the student and at least one parent completes a drug evaluation and completes an approved drug prevention program. 

C. Third Violation

       After confirmation of the third or subsequent violations the student shall not participate in any school activity for twelve             calendar months. The student will not be eligible for activity awards during the twelve-month period.

      If the third violation is for a tobacco/alcohol violation, the suspension may be reduced if the student and at least one             parent completes a tobacco/alcohol evaluation and completes an approved tobacco/alcohol prevention program.

3.   Expenses incurred for participation in tobacco education classes and drug prevention or treatment programs are the             responsibility of the student and parent/guardian.

4.   The administration and coach/activity supervisor may require students who have committed a first or second violation of             activity rules to attend practice sessions provided the student is not in-school suspended or out-of-school suspended.

5.   If a student is under penalty and not allowed to participate in any activity event, that student will not be allowed to dress             for that activity event.

6.   If the violation occurs at school, at a school event, on school property, or while under the supervision of the coach/activity             advisor, the District Rules of Student Conduct and Discipline shall also be applied.

7.   The student must complete the sport in which the suspension period is being served or the entire suspension period shall             carry over to the next activity. If a student’s suspension carries over to another activity, the student must complete the             activity for the suspension to be fulfilled.
 

8.   The following steps must be taken prior to suspending a student from an activity event:

      A.  The administration must inform the student of the rule, regulation, or policy that has been allegedly violated.

      B.  The student will be given an opportunity to answer the charges and present evidence on his or her behalf.

C.  The administration shall render a decision as soon as possible after reviewing the case.

9.   Upon suspending a student, if possible, the administration shall provide oral notice of the suspension to the student’s parents or guardian. The administration shall also provide written notice to the parents or guardian.

10.  In the event the student or parents believe the student’s rights have been violated, they may appeal the decision within five days to the superintendent. The superintendent has five school days to respond to the appeal. The student will remain ineligible during the appeal process.

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Activities Academic Standards

1.   Students must meet grade requirements as set forth by the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

2.   Students must maintain a C- average in all classes. Special consideration will be given to students that are on IEP’s.

Every two week period, teachers will be required to turn D, F, or I grades to their principal and the name of students involved in activities will be forwarded to the athletic director.  The following consequences will be followed:

A.  The first period will be a warning and the student may still participate in contests/ competitions.

B.   The second period the student must practice but may not participate in contests/competitions.

C.   The third period the student may not practice or participate.

*Any person adjudicated, convicted, or the subject of a suspended imposition of sentence for possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances or marijuana as defined in chapter 22-42 is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity at any secondary school accredited by the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs for one year. Upon a subsequent adjudication, conviction, or suspended imposition of sentence for possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances or marijuana by a court of competent jurisdiction, that person is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity while that person is attending any school accredited by the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. Upon such determination to the South Dakota High School Activities Association and the chief administrator of the school in which the person is enrolled.

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Attendance & Tardy Policy

Absences:  The success of any effort is directly proportional to the time devoted to it and the attendance policy at Hamlin High School reflects this concept.  The following policy encourages each student to be present and on time for every school day.  At Hamlin Schools, we believe this policy is reasonable, workable, and ultimately beneficial to the long-range attitude and welfare of all students.

1.  In an effort to emphasize the importance of regular attendance, the following policy has been developed:

·      Students and parents will receive written notification when their child has exceeded 5 absences for any class. 

·         Students will not be allowed any more than 10 absences during any given semester.  This is to include both excused and unexcused absences.  Absences related to school activities will not be included in their allotted 10.  Students will receive written notification when their child has exceeded 10 absences for any class. 

·         Once students reach their 10th absence, they will then receive zeros on any assignments given on these days for any days missed up to the 15th day.

·         If a student goes beyond 15 absences, the parent/guardian will be notified that the student has been automatically withdrawn from the course.

·         Absences accumulate over each semester and the student will begin with zero absences each semester. 

2.  If a student misses multiple consecutive days due to an illness, it will only count as one absence provided the student or parent provides a signed Doctor’s note that fully explains the reason for their absences including a timeline.  The only way multiple absences for the same illness may be minimized to one will be by way of a signed Doctor’s note. 

3.  When students return from an absence, they will be required to immediately obtain a make-up slip from the office.  It will be the students’ responsibility to present the makeup slip to each of their classroom instructors for them to sign and so the student can find what is needed to do in order to get caught up.  Failure to obtain a makeup slip upon returning from an absence or check in at the office will result in a detention. 

4.  If students anticipate an absence, the make-up slip should be obtained before the absence.  This way, they can find out what will be done during their classes while they are gone and complete this work before returning.  This will minimize the amount of work to be done when returning after an absence.

5.  For the purposes of these rules, students will begin each semester with zero absences. 

6.  Students having less than 3 absences or tardies or any combination of both for each period or the day, and who has an A in each respective course, will be exempt from taking their semester tests. 

 

Tardies:  Tardiness is arriving for any class period after the bell rings to initiate the start of the class period. 

1.  Tardiness will not be reported, nor will a penalty be given, when initiated and excused by a staff member. 

2.  If the student shows up late for class and does not have a pass, it will automatically be an unexcused tardy.  Students need to be responsible if they know they will be late for class by obtaining a pass from another instructor. 

3.  Students will be allowed one unexcused tardy each quarter.  This repeats every nine weeks.  Listed below are the penalties for subsequent tardies during any nine weeks period:

·         1st tardy – no penalty

·         2nd tardy – detention

·         3rd tardy – suspension for class period and no credit given for any work done that day; student will be in the principal’s office for the period

·         4th tardy – one day of in-school suspension for all classes; student will be required to complete work, but will not receive credit for it

·         5th tardy – three day out-of-school suspension for all classes

·         6th tardy – long-term suspension (5-10 days)

·         7th tardy – recommended expulsion

 

Unexcused Absence Policy:  Students who do not have permission to be absent are considered to be unexcused. 

·         1st unexcused absence = 1 day of suspension

·         2nd unexcused absence = 3 days suspension

 

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Care of School Property

The building, the equipment and the supplies are furnished in order that all students may obtain the best possible education. Everyone has been given the opportunity to attend school; therefore, it is up to all individuals to take advantage of it.  If a student destroys or defaces school property, that student will be suspended and will be required to pay for the damage. The nature of laptop computers requires them to be handled differently than other computers and keeping mind the cost of such items, damage to them is especially dangerous and costly.  It is still the student’s responsibility, just like textbooks and as such damage to laptop computers will be assessed to the individual that has signed out the computer unless other/s are determined to have damaged the laptop.  Students may elect to use other computers if they feel the risk is too great.  In either case, the student is responsible for all assigned work. 

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Cars & Parking Lot

Students are to park their cars in the designated areas, immediately upon arrival at school and should not move or go to the cars during the time classes are in session, during lunch, or between classes without PRIOR permission from the principal’s office.  Students should utilize good, safe driving habits when driving through the parking lot and should not exceed 15 MPH.  Students should operate their vehicles on the appropriate driving surfaces and should not drive across the grass.  Students found in violation of these rules may be subject to disciplinary action and/or legal action. 

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Cheating And Forgery

Any form of cheating (including plagiarism) will be handled by the individual teachers. The penalty for cheating is an “F” for that work; however, it could also entail the addition of extra work or staying after school or some other reasonable punishment to try to ensure that the student understands the missed material. Any student determined to have forged school related documents will be subject to having a written report placed in their cumulative file and penalties will be assessed.  Parents will be notified by the teacher immediately upon discovering the infraction and the principal’s office should be informed in writing. 

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Church Night

Wednesday nights have been generally reserved for church activities and, as such, no formal school events will be scheduled by students or teachers on these nights. The local school is not responsible for conferences or state events sometimes scheduled on Wednesdays. Organized rehearsals and practices should not be held on Sundays. 

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Class Schedule

 

1st - Period A

8:26 – 9:16

2nd - Period B – Advisory 

9:19 – 9:37

3rd - Period C 

9:40 – 10:30

4th – Period D

10:33 – 11:23

Junior High Noon

11:23 – 11:51

5th - Senior High Period E

11:26 – 12:16

5th - Junior High Period E

11:51 – 12:41

Senior High Noon

12:16-12:43

6th - Period F

12:44 – 1:34

7th - Period G

1:37 – 2:27

8th - Period H

2:30 – 3:20

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Dances and Parties

Dances, parties and other recreational activities are held in connection with the school for the enjoyment and benefit of the entire student body.  In order that they be enjoyed by all, these activities should be well planned and follow a pattern that is consistent with any cooperative effort to provide wholesome recreation. To make this possible, the following regulations have been set:

1.   All requests for dances and parties shall be filed in the principal’s office. The purpose of the request is not to hinder parties, but to make sure that the date and facilities will be reserved for the occasion.

2.   Behavior at all school functions should be such as to reflect credit upon the student, the school and the community.

3.   Regular hours are from 9:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight, unless other arrangements are made with the principal.

4.   Doors will be closed one hour after the dance has started and no one will be permitted leave and reenter.

5.   Once the student leaves the dance, that student will not be allowed to return unless arrangements are made with the staff supervisor ahead of time.

6.   No one who shows signs of intoxication will be allowed to enter or remain.  The proper authorities will be contacted

7.   All dances will be chaperoned by at least two adults and a class advisor or those sponsoring the dance. The class advisor or advisors will be informed by the principal of their duties and responsibilities.

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Doctor and Dental Appointments

Usually, a student knows well in advance of when he/she has a doctor or dental appointment and we encourage the use of non-school days for such non-emergency related appointments whenever possible. In such cases the student should make arrangements with their teachers so that they can either hand in their work or make arrangements with the teachers for making it up.

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Dress

Student dress and grooming may be restricted when it creates a danger to the student’s health and safety, interferes with the educational process, or disrupts school or school activities.  Dress should be comfortable and appropriate for learning situation rather than distracting or disruptive to others in the educational process.  Shirts and blouses that leave the midriff bare or spaghetti straps or halter tops are prohibited.  Shirts or pins advertising alcoholic beverages or witty, obscene, or questionable printing on them will not be permitted as they detract from the goals of the educational setting.  Coats should not be worn except at each individual teacher’s discretion or as instructed by administration.  Repeated violations of these rules will result in detentions. 

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Driving During School Hours

 Students needing to drive during school hours must provide suitable excuse to the principal or designated official.  Excuses that will be accepted include essential errands, attending appointments, and other approved situations.  If the students needs to work on their vehicle as part of their multi-district class, they will need to obtain a written permission from the Multi instructor and submit it to the designated official before they will be permitted to drive.  Each student must sign out with the office before leaving (clipboard on Roxy’s desk or with Vickie).  Students may not car pool or ride together on the way to or from multi classes.  Students found in violation will be given disciplinary action. 

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Grading System

1.   The four-point grading system involves five basic grades (A through F) and is used to calculate each students GPA (grade point average) which is an integral part of the procedure for acceptance to any post-secondary institution. 

A         4.00                              B-        2.67                              D+       1.33

A-        3.67                              C+        2.33                              D         1.00

B+        3.33                              C          2.00                              D-        0.67

B          3.00                              C-        1.67                              F          0.00

2.   GRADE DESCRIPTION

A (90-100)        Excellent                       D (60-69)          Below Average

B (80-89)          Above Average             F (Failure) – no credit for class

C (70-79)          Average                       I  (Incomplete)*

* Incomplete means that a student has not met or finished all of the requirements for credit. An incomplete must be made up within two weeks after the end of the quarter or all assignments not turned in will become a zero.

 

We must encourage in students, a desire for continuous learning and self improvement throughout their lifetime by helping them to recognize both their limitations and their potential, recognizing their obligation to American citizenship, and the responsibilities that go with it, and to develop their abilities so that they may gain confidence and self respect in order to live successfully in a changing environment.

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Grade Reports

Report cards will be issued upon completion of each quarter (usually mailed to the parents).  Report cards will contain information about attendance.  Midterm reports will note which students are doing poorly, has slipped dramatically or failing in their work at the midpoint of each quarter.  These reports will be sent to parents informing them of the student’s progress.  If any portion of the grade report is inaccurate, please contact the principal’s office as soon as possible to make a correction. 

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Guidance Counselor Services

Visiting with your counselor is easy.  Students may stop in the counselor’s office at any open office time or may schedule an appointment at their convenience.  If your parents would like to visit with the counselor, it is usually best to make an appointment.  The school counseling program assists students with a wide range of issues, including those of academics, career exploration, personal problems, and post-high school admissions.  The counselor has information available on both two and four year colleges, technical schools, careers, occupations, testing, financial aid and scholarships. Most of the informational resources can be checked out, however, some items may only be checked out for study hall. Some information on colleges and careers can be accessed through a computer.The Choices 2000 program is on the computer. This computerized guide will take you into the world of occupations, schools, military and financial aid. Each computer in the computer lab has the Choices 2000 program installed on them.  If you have problems finding the program or using it, please see your counselor.

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Gum, Candy, & Food

Students are not allowed to have gum, food, or candy during class without the consent of the teacher through the principal.  High School students may keep gum, candy, and food in their lockers.  High School students may have gum in classrooms where teachers permit.  This is a privilege which may be revoked due to problems with hallway conditions, locker cleanliness, etc. 

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Honor Roll

To be eligible for the Honor Roll of Excellency, a student’s class average (total of all subjects) must not be below an “A-“ (3.67). To be eligible for the Honor Roll of Merit, a student’s class average (total of all subjects) must not be below a “B” (3.00). Students receiving a grade of “D” or below will not be eligible for either Honor Roll.

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Insurance

One insurance company will be authorized to provide student insurance and the forms will be handed out at the beginning of the school year.  The school, as a service to the students, will act as a collection agency. Participation will be completely voluntary on the part of the parents.

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Leaving School

Students leaving school or going to their cars during school hours must have prior permission from the principal’s office.  Students leaving school must check out at the principal’s office before leaving and must check back into the principal’s office upon return.

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Library Rules

The library has been automated!!  Each book has a barcode number and each student has been assigned a barcode number.  The entire system is networked so you will be able to access information from any computer at HEC to determine the availability of a book, any card information typically found on the previous paper catalog cards, and also the AR grade levels and point values for books which we have.  Also – the laptop computers have been labeled with barcodes and may be checked out on an hourly basis.  Remember that school policy for ALL computers is that they are to be used for educational purposes only.  You need to take special care in the use of the laptops by properly shutting them off and making sure they are plugged back into the storage cabinet.  If you fail to properly replace the computers in their correct cabinet position or improperly handle them, you will lose these privileges.  REMEMBER – the use of the library and the computers are a privilege that may be revoked at any time for failure to follow rules or cooperate. 

Library Policy:

  1. All students must have a paper pass with staff member’s initials and time written on it to come to the library.  If several names are on a pass, all must come to the library.  If several names are on pass, all must arrive and depart at the same time.  Upon arrival, place the pass or planner on the circulation counter or show it to the librarian.  Ask the librarian to write the time and their initials on it when you leave.  Students must ask permission to leave the library to go to their locker or the restroom. 
  2. Return all books, magazines, newspapers, and chairs to where you found them. 
  3. Computers may not to be used for games, email, chat rooms, or music CD’s. 
  4. Magazines or magazines may not be removed from the library nor damaged in anyway with permission from the librarian. 
  5. Return all books to the circulation counter by their due date.  
  6. Reference materials may not be taken from the library.  These materials are labeled with REF on their spines.  This will include items such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. 
  7. Materials may be checked out for 3 weeks.  A one week grace period follows.  After this period, overdue materials will be fined 5 cents per day.  Materials that are overdue from the State Library are charged 50 cents per day and you are at risk of losing the privilege of inner-library loans.  If materials are not returned and fines paid, you will not be able to check out any additional books and your school records (report cards, transcripts, etc.) will be held until these fines are paid.  If you cannot find your book(s), you will be charged for their replacement. 
  8. Students may not have food or beverages in the library. 

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Lockers

Lockers are assigned to students at the beginning of the year.  These lockers should remain locked at all times to prevent theft.  Each student is responsible for keeping their assigned locker clean both inside and outside – remove stickers, etc. after a short period of time to prevent them from falling off and ending up on the floors and to eliminate the possibility of graffiti.  Students should not write or damage their lockers in anyway because damages caused by misuse will be charged to the student responsible.  Any locker malfunction should be reported to the principal’s office.  Students are advised not to keep money or other valuables in their lockers and should not enter another students locker or do anything to another students locker which.  The school is not responsible for the loss of anything left in the lockers.  The right to open and inspect lockers at any time rests with the administration.

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Make-up Work

Students should report to the office immediately upon returning from an absence and will not be admitted to their classes without a makeup slip.  Students will be allowed two days to make up a test and work missed for every day of an excused absence.  Example: If the student is gone one day the student needs to turn in the work within two days.  If the student is gone two or more consecutive days, the first day’s work is due two days after the return to school.  The second day’s work would be due in four days and so on.

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National Honor Society

Hamlin High School is privileged to have a chapter of the National Honor Society.  Membership in the National Honor Society is granted on the basis of faculty selection, and such membership is conferred upon those students who have distinguished themselves by being outstanding in the following areas: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.  Just as these areas are used for membership selection, behavior which is found to be in direct violation of these areas, may result in the student’s dismissal. 

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Phones & Messages

A phone has been installed in the entry area of the school for student use.  No other phone in the school building will be used by any student without the prior approval of the office or an instructor and should only be used at the end of the period only.  Messages for students (other than emergency) will be posted on the message board located outside the office.  Cell phones and pagers may not be used during school hours without permission from the office.  These items should be left in cars or lockers and should not be carried during school hours.  The phones in the offices are for school business only and should not be used by students without approval of the office. 

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Pop in the Classrooms

Students are not permitted to have pop, juice, or water in class unless approved by the instructor through the office.  This helps to maintain a neat and clean classroom and supports the healthy lifestyle that the school wishes to promote.  Students may keep pop, juice or water in their lockers provided it does not contradict cleanliness or health issues.  If a student needs water for health issues (heat, cold, etc.), they may request special permission from the office.  High School students may have pop in study hall on Fridays at the discretion of the instructor, supervisor, or administration and provided students are appropriately responsible. 

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        Profanity

The use of profanity by any student is considered unacceptable conduct and will bring about immediate removal from the classroom and is cause for detention and/or suspension.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

During the first and second semester of the school term, parents of the students are invited to school to visit their child’s teachers. During these conferences, the student’s progress is discussed. Since these conferences are for the benefit of the students, and we suggest that students encourage their parents to attend. Parents are also encouraged to contact their child’s teachers to request a one-on-one conference at any time. 

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School Buses

The Hamlin School District has provided a fleet of buses for those who ride on them.  The board has employed reliable, responsible, and trained people to drive these buses.  The bus driver is an official representative of the school and has FULL AUTHORITY TO DISCIPLINE STUDENTS OF THE BUS.  It is the duty of each student who rides the bus to do his/her part to keep the buses in good condition and to abide by the standard rules.

 

VIOLATIONS OF THESE RULES could mean cancellation of bus privileges on all buses.  If a student is removed from a bus,  that student will have to obtain other means of transportation at no expense to the school district.

1.   All riders shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.

2.   Keep head, arms, and hands inside the bus.

3.   The bus driver is in complete charge and may assign seats as he/she sees fit.  He/she shall be accorded the same courtesy and respect as a teacher in the classroom.  Any disobedience or impudence will be regarded as a serious matter and will be treated as such.

4.   No profanity or obscenity will be tolerated. 

5.   Riders may be held accountable for any damages to a bus.

6.   Students are responsible for meeting their bus on time.

7.   Look before crossing a roadway when leaving or approaching a bus.

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School Lunch

A hot lunch program is offered for all Hamlin students.  If students wish, they may bring their own lunch.  NO STUDENT IS TO LEAVE THE SCHOOL GROUNDS DURING THE LUNCH HOUR unless they are a senior that has earned senior privileges.  Seniors wishing to have open lunch must have the completed forms signed by their parent or legal guardian.  Students using the gym floor should wear tennis shoes or other non-marking athletic shoes. 

LUNCH ROOM REGULATIONS:  

1.   All students are required to eat in the lunchroom whether they buy the school lunch or bring their own lunches.  No food is to be taken out of the lunchroom.

2.   Return your tray, glasses and silverware upon completion of your meal.

3.  Return condiment containers to the designated trays immediately after their use. 

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Student Behavior

Students are expected to treat all school personnel and visitors with respect and courtesy.  School personnel are in charge at all times.  Impudence, defiance or flagrant disobedience to any teacher will be regarded as a serious offense and will be treated as insubordination and a one-day suspension will be given to the student. 

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Student Class Load

All students must have classes for at least 6 periods each day. This means that no student will have more than one study hall per day.  Hamlin High School does not permit students to graduate early (at semester time of their senior year). 

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Student Passes

Every student is assigned a place for each period of the day and is expected to be present at the time and place assigned.  In the event it is necessary for the student to be at a place other than the one the student is regularly scheduled for, the teacher who desires the student’s presence should give the student a pass or come to the office for an admit slip.

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Student Planners

Organizational skills are a fundamental skill for success later in life.  Students that take the time to reflect upon their activities for the day will find that time management is much easier.  With this concept in mind, Hamlin Junior High and Senior High School will be using student planners throughout the day to develop these organizational skills which instill a personal responsibility for academic success.  The following are guidelines for their use

  1. Student planners should be in the student’s possession during all school times.
  2. Assignments and/or activities must be noted by a valid entry for each class period daily.
  3. Access to computers requires signed a “Acceptable Use Policy” be displayed during computer use.
  4. Passes are limited to the number provided in your student planner.  Replacement planners will not contain passes for the current quarter.
  5. Lost planners will be replaced at student expense of $10.00.
  6. Planners may be checked by any staff member at any time.
  7. Planners may be used as a communication tool between home and school.
  8. Noncompliance to planner responsibilities will result in loss of one pass per offense or the entire loss of privileges.
  9. Habitual noncompliance will result in conference with the principal and/or detention or other appropriate action.

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Students in the School Building After Hours

The Board of Education has set a policy stating that students must not be left in the school buildings without the supervision of a teacher or adult who is affiliated with the public school and employed by the Hamlin School District.  If students are requested to leave by custodians or other teachers or school employees, the student should exit immediately.  The use of the HS gym and/or weight-room after school hours should be handled through the HS office or school administrator. 

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Suspension

Suspension – any time a student has done sufficient wrong, he/she may be suspended for a period of one (1) to ten (10) days.  A student may receive an out-of-school suspension to be determined by the principal based on the severity of the offense.  During this suspension, the student will receive “F’s” in all of his/her course work.  When a student is suspended for the fourth time, the administration may ask the Board of Education to expel the student for a semester.

1.   Students do not attend school during an Out-of-School Suspension and therefore this disciplinary action is deemed more drastic and is taken as a last resort.  The student receives “F’s” for missed work and is counted absent from school.

2.   Students are not allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities while on suspension (in-school or out-of-school).  This includes games, practices or any performances.

3.   Students may be suspended from school for violations of federal, state, or local laws.

4.  Students failing to serve their assigned detention will be issued a 1 day In-School Suspension

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Textbook Care

Due to the high cost of textbooks, it is expected that each one should last a number of years.  Therefore, every student is asked to be as careful as possible with their school-provided textbooks.  Students will be fined for lost or damaged textbooks.

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Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

1.   Use of tobacco (in any form), alcohol or an illegal drug is forbidden at all times in any school building or on any school grounds at any school-sponsored event.  This rule is also in effect while being transported by the school, or while under school supervision at any school function anywhere.  Students will be

2.   First offense the administration may suspend the student for one (1) to ten (10) days in compliance with student due process procedures.

3.   Second violation, the administration will suspend for ten days in compliance with the student due process procedures. If the student is assessed by a trained chemical dependency counselor – licensed physician trained in chemical dependency - the suspension will be commuted to 3 days.

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Visitors to the School

Any person that is not enrolled in classes at Hamlin High School is deemed to be a visitor.  Visitors and guests are to report to the office immediately upon entering the building.  Due to the distraction that may result, we strongly discourage visitors.  All visitors, including parents and other relatives must report to the office and sign-in.  Any visitor wishing to attend school must have permission at least one day prior to their day of visit.  Each visitor will be given a visitor’s badge, which should be displayed at all times, and may attend classes with their host as long as they abide by all school rules and do not cause distractions to the rest of the students.  Each visitor may accompany their host to one day of classes per year and may not be a high school graduate or a former student.  Administrative discretion may be used in unusual circumstances. 

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Weapons

Weapons such as knives, fireworks, firearms, or other weapons of any sort or items which may be used to inflict damage to other people or property, may not be possessed by any student or person on any school grounds (to include vehicles) or during any school event.  Any student determined to have these items will be suspended from school and referred to the Hamlin County Sheriff Department or the appropriate authority.

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2004-2005 Calendar

August 25th – 1st day of School 

September 6th & 7th – No School (Memorial Day)

October 6th – Inservice Day**

October 22nd – No School

November 3rd – Inservice Day**

November 28th & 29th – No School (Thanksgiving)

December 1st - Inservice Day**

December 22nd – 31st – No School (Christmas Break)

February 2nd – Inservice Day**

February 7th – No School (Inservice/PT Conferences)

February 21st – No School (President’s Day)

March 2nd – Inservice Day**

March 10th & 11th – No School (Spring Break)

March 25th & 28th – No School (Easter Break)

April 6th – Inservice Day**

April 29th – No School

May 14th – Graduation Day

May 19th – Last Day of School*

* - Subject to change based on snow days, tournaments, etc. 

** - Inservice day schedule: 

Dismiss 7-12 students at 1:15.

Dismiss K-6 students at 1:20.

Inservice begins at 1:30. 

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2004-2005 Varsity Athletic Schedules*

2004 Varsity Volleyball

September 2

Milbank

Milbank

September 7

Arlington

Home

September 9

Webster

Home

September 11

Arlington Tourney

Arlington

September 16

Groton

Groton

September 18

Hamlin Tourney

Home

September 21

Sioux Valley & Clark

Clark

September 28

Castlewood & Deuel

Castlewood

October 2

Howard

Howard

October 5

Aberdeen Roncalli

Home

October 9

NEC Tourney

Britton

October 12

DeSmet

DeSmet

October 14

Redfield

Home

October 18

Flandreau

Home

October 19

Britton

Britton

October 23

Madison Tourney

Madison

October 25

Sisseton

Home

November 2

District

Top Seed

November 4

District

Top Seed

November 9

Region

Region 3A Site

Nov. 18-20

State Tourney

Watertown

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2004-2005 Other Important Dates

K-6 Winter Concert

December 13

7-12 Winter Concert

December 14

7-12 Spring Concert

May 2

7-12 Awards Night

May 9

Graduation

May 14

K-6 Spring Concert

May 17

 

2004 Varsity Football

September 3

Sioux Valley

Volga

September 10

Deuel (HC)

Home

September 17

Mobridge

Mobridge

September 24

Clark

Willow Lake

October 1

Groton

Home

October 8

Milbank

Milbank

October 15

Redfield

Redfield

October 22

Sisseton

Home

October 26

1st Round Playoffs

TBA

November 1

2nd Round Playoffs

TBA

November 6

Semifinal Playoffs

TBA

November 12

Championships

Vermillion

 

 


 

 

2004-2005 Varsity Girls Basketball

2004-2005 Varsity Boys Basketball

Dec. 7

Howard

Home

Dec. 10

Madison

Home

Dec. 9

Madison

Madison

Dec. 16

Milbank

Home

Dec. 11

Entringer Classic (Flandreau)

Flandreau

Dec. 20

Webster

Webster

Dec. 17

Milbnk

Milbank

Dec. 28

Hamlin Holiday Classic

HEC

Dec. 21

Webster

Home

Dec. 31

Entringer Classic (Flandreau)

Brookings

Dec. 30

Hamlin Holiday Classic

Home

Jan. 6

Groton

Home

Jan. 7

Groton

Groton

Jan. 11

Sioux Valley

Sioux Valley

Jan. 11

Sioux Valley

Sioux Valley

Jan. 13

Deuel

Deuel

Jan. 14

Deuel

Home

Jan. 18

DeSmet

Home

Jan. 18

DeSmet

Home

Jan. 20

Roncalli

Roncalli

Jan. 21

Roncalli

Home

Jan. 29

Hamlin Classic

Home

Jan. 25

Arlington

Arlington

Feb. 1

Arlington

Home

Jan. 27

Clark

Clark

Feb. 4

Redfield

Redfield

Jan. 29

Hamlin Classic(St. Thomas More)

Home

Feb. 10

Britton

Home

Feb. 3

Redfield

Home

Feb. 12

Castlewood

Home

Feb. 11

Britton

Britton

Feb. 14

Willow Lake

Home

Feb. 12

Castlewood

Home

Feb. 18

Sisseton

Sisseton

Feb. 15

Willow Lake

Willow Lake

Feb. 21

Howard

Howard

Feb. 17

Sisseton

Home

March 1

District 3A

Top Seed

Feb. 22

District 3A Tournament

Top Seed

March 4

District 3A

Brookings Multiplex

Feb. 25

District 3A Tournament

Brookings Mulitplex

March 8

Region 2A Tournament

Frost Arena, SDSU

Mar. 10-12

State Tournament

Watertown

Mar 17-19

State Tournament

Rapid City

 

 

2005 Varsity Golf

2005 Varsity Track

 March 28

Beresford INV

Beresford

Apr. 5

Early Bird

Home

March 31

DeSmet Invitational

DeSmet

Apr. 12

Sioux Valley Quad.

Volga

Apr. 5

Hamlin Invitational

LRGC

Apr. 19

Hamlin Invitational

Home

Apr. 14

Hamlin Invitational

LRGC

Apr. 22

Watoma Relays

Watertown

Apr. 18

Britton INV

Britton

Apr. 26

Banana Relays

Home

Apr. 21

Hamlin Invitational

LRGC

Apr. 30

Dan Barker Relays

Madison

Apr. 23

Milbank (Girls Only)

Milbank

May 3

Sioux Valley Invitational

Volga

Apr. 25

Lake Central Conference

Clark

May 6

Howard Wood Relays

Sioux Falls

Apr. 29

Deuel Boys Invitational

Clear Lake

May 7

Howard Wood Relays

Sioux Falls

Apr. 29

Castlewood Invitational (Girls)

Castlewood

May 10

Lake Central Conference

Home

May 2

Aberdeen Invitational

Aberdeen

May 13

Last Chance Relays

Home

May 7

Webster Invitational

Webster

May 19

Region 2A

Madison

May 9

Sioux Valley Invitational

Meadowcreek Golf Course

May 27

State Track Meet

Madison

May 13

Northeast Conference Girls

Webster

May 28

State Track Meet

Sioux Falls

May 16

Region 2B

Aberdeen

 

 

 

May 23&24

State B

Brookings

 

 

 

June 6

Northeast Conference Boys

LRGC

 

 

 

* These schedules may contain errors due to scheduling conflicts, typographical mistakes, etc.  For more accurate information please contact the athletic director or your respective activity director.