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10/11/21

 The South Dakota Department of Education will publicly release school report cards on October 14. In November an overview of the Brandon Valley School District’s student achievement data will be provided at a Board of Education Meeting. Report card information can be found at the South Dakota Department of Education website (http://doe.sd.gov/reportcard/). 

Due to data disruptions caused by COVID-19, this year’s Report Card will not include School Performance Index scores. Further, there will be no new identifications for school improvement. The existing school improvement identifications will remain in place. Certain data elements such as financial data and Career and Technical Education (CTE) data will be added to the Report Card in later months.

In the end, the absolute most critical factor as an educational system is that we utilize the information and data available to best meet the needs of our students in the areas of curriculum and instruction. We should be very proud of our students and staff for their levels of achievement, but continually strive for improvement and excellence in education.

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9/3/21

There are two minor changes being made to our 21-22 Pandemic Response Plan. The changes to the Close Contact Protocol and Positive Case Communication are very similar to the protocols that were used last school year. The changes will be effective Tuesday, September 7. First and foremost, this pivot is not the result of a Covid-19 issue within our schools. Last week, our local healthcare systems provided information regarding the Covid-19 Delta variant, an anticipated fall surge, and our communities best defenses.

These protocol changes will allow us to strategically reduce the potential for spread.   

Close Contact Protocol (CHANGE Effective 9/7/21)

An individual identified as a “close contact” (within 6 feet for 15 minutes) may continue to attend school, but is required to pre-screen, remain asymptomatic, and is required to mask for 14 days from the date of last exposure.

Positive Case Communication (CHANGE Effective 9/27/21)

In the event of a confirmed positive Covid-19 Case resulting in a potential exposure, within a building, 1.) Close Contacts will be informed by Student Health Services and 2.) a building-level communication will be provided to parents / guardians. 

TOGETHER: We can be RESPECTFUL of one another and personal decisions. Take RESPONSIBILITY for maintaining healthy habits. Comply with the need for additional Close Contact Protocols to promote a SAFE student and staff learning environment. Maintain our laser-focused commitment to being ACTIVE LEARNERS, and above all be KIND to one another.

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8/30/21

We are off and running. Overall, we have had a smooth start to the school year and our students and staff are settling into daily school routines. Student enrollment in Brandon Valley is up and further emphasizes our need to maintain a proactive approach to managing student growth. The long-range vision of our school district is outlined in BV VISION 2040. It outlines how Brandon Valley will manage student growth for the next twenty years.  

Our most recent Facility Review Committee Report and BV VISION 2040 are available on our district website and provide a wealth of information on short and long-range facility plans within the Brandon Valley School District. The next major facility project for the Brandon Valley School District will be an addition to Brandon Valley High School. Priorities within the project include:

·         General Classrooms

·         Ground Floor Special Education Classroom Space

·         Science Lab Classrooms

Working to maximize land usage, upgrade the east facility face, and minimize the impact to parking space, the BVHS Addition will be located on the east side of the current building. The project is scheduled to be bid this winter, with construction occurring during the 2022-2023 school year. The building addition will be available for occupancy for the 2023-2024 school year. We continually work to manage our financial resources effectively and efficiently, so it is important to note that cash from Capital Outlay reserves will be utilized to fund the construction of the BVHS Addition project.

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8/23/21 

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Excitement is in the air, and we are thrilled to have our Lynx back learning in our classrooms! For the most up to date information for school news and activities, patrons should monitor our school websites and the Covid-19 Information Website.

Effective communications with the parents and guardians of the Brandon Valley School District requires that we maintain accurate and up-to-date household contact information. In addition to contact information, the Skyward Family Access Update also includes the various parent permissions that are required annually. We are asking all parents and guardians to complete the Skyward Family Access Update prior to Friday, September 10. We appreciate your timely cooperation and completion of this important task. 

We greatly appreciate our parents and guardians understanding and patience as we navigate the road construction season and start of school. School zones are high traffic areas, especially during the a.m. drop-off and p.m. pick-up. For our children’s safety, please slow-down, take your time, and observe all traffic laws and signage. It is critical that motorists are attentive and exercise extreme caution when in school zones. In addition, a special thank you to the Brandon Police Department for their strong presence and patrol of our school zones during a.m. drop-off and p.m. pick-up. Our law enforcement’s presence and assistance in our efforts to keep students safe is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping keep our kids safe. Together, we promote student safety.

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8/16/21

The first day of school for children in the Brandon Valley School District is August 25 and we are excited to get our Lynx back to learning! For the most up to date information for school news and activities, patrons should monitor our district’s website.

With students set to return to school next week, there will be a tremendous increase in pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and vehicle traffic within our communities. School zones are high traffic areas, especially during the a.m. drop-off and p.m. pick-up. For our children’s safety, please slow-down, take your time, and observe all traffic laws and signage. It is critical that motorists are attentive and exercise extreme caution when in school zones. In addition, speaking with your child about pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle safety rules is an important component of student safety. 

If your child is riding the school bus, please talk with them about bus riding etiquette and appropriate behavior.  When the bus approaches the bus stop, stay back and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop. Once onboard, students are to remain seated at all times and conduct themselves in an orderly fashion. Appropriate behavior on the bus is critical to student safety.  

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in helping keep our kids safe.

Together, we promote student safety.

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8/9/21

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! As the start of school is upon us, excitement is in the air, and we are thrilled to have our Lynx back in the classroom!

The Brandon Valley School District continues to utilize our district-wide character program “The Lynx Way” to promote positive student behaviors and instill the fundamental traits we want in all students. Creating consistency and common language throughout our schools supports positive behavior intervention systems and promotes easier transitions between school buildings. We encourage all parents, guardians, and patrons to utilize the common language and engage with our kids on the importance of being respectful, responsible, safe, kind, and active learners.

Parents and guardians are invited and encouraged to attend their child’s open house. The open houses are scheduled as follows:

Brandon Valley Open Houses provide an opportunity for students and parents to meet teachers, tour facilities and classrooms, and ask any questions they may have. In addition, attending your child’s open house can help establish the lines of communication, ease anxiety, and create a positive tone for the school year. We look forward to seeing our Lynx at their respective open house!

Together, we create educational environments that result in success for our children

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8/2/21

As summer break is coming to an end, I cannot help but be impressed at the quantity and quality of work done by our Custodial, Building & Grounds, and Maintenance Staff. In preparation for the coming school year, these valued individuals have maintained, prepped, and cleaned the over one million square feet of school buildings and grounds within the Brandon Valley School District. Their valuable role makes providing a great education possible. Great work and thank you to all our Custodial, Building & Grounds, and Maintenance Staff!

The bus pass purchase and ridership notification deadline has come and gone. I want to extend a GIANT THANK YOU to all the families that met the cutoff date. Your timely cooperation was critically important to our planning and preparation for the Fall Semester. With bus passes purchased, the start of school is right around the corner, and it is important to engage our kids in conversations about traveling safely to school.

Engaging our children on the topics of stranger danger, distracted driving, crosswalk rules, and bicycle safety is a proactive measure and supports your child’s safe commute to and from school. Kids need to be aware, cautious, and prepared for their school commute. Together, we promote student safety.

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7/27/21

Last call for Bus Passes. Arrangements must be made with the Transportation Department for all students using district transportation for the 2021-2022 school year. Bus Passes can be purchased online with a credit card or with check or cash at the Transportation Department. The final Transportation Open House will be held on July 30 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 The deadline for purchasing a bus pass or notifying the Transportation Department of ridership is Friday, July 30. Students whose passes are purchased, or ridership confirmed after the deadline will be eligible for transportation no earlier than Monday, October 4, 2021.

Brandon Valley Transportation Department
812 E. Redwood BLVD
Brandon, SD 57005
605-582-351

We greatly appreciate the timely cooperation from our parents and guardians regarding the purchase of bus passes and ridership notification.

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7/19/21

With the school year approaching, a wide variety of fall extracurricular activities are scheduled to begin in the coming weeks. I would strongly encourage all students to get involved. Participating in an extracurricular activity has tremendous benefits. Research studies have demonstrated that students involved in extracurricular activities have higher rates of academic achievement and are more likely to graduate from high school. In addition to the academic benefits, extracurricular activities teach valuable life lessons such as commitment, teamwork, leadership, and the acceptance of a role. Encourage a child to participate in an extracurricular activity. Activities are a critical component of providing a well-rounded education.

On the topic of activities, if you are interested in the coming school year’s activities, the 2021-2022 Master Activities Calendar is a valuable resource for activity dates. It can be found on our district’s homepage. As always, schedules are subject to change, but the activities calendar provides great information on all the district’s activities.

Recently, the Brandon Valley School District FY22 budget received official approval. Budget information and the budget presentation is available on the Business Office website, which is located on the district website. The FY22 budget presentation outlines the $55 million-dollar financial plan, which provides educational opportunities for the children of our school district for the 2021-22 school year. A special thank you to Business Manager Paul Lundberg and his staff for their exceptional work on the FY22 budget.

Lastly, a quick reminder that the bus pass purchase and ridership notification deadline is July 30. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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7/12/21

Bus passes are available for purchase from July 6-30. Arrangements must be made with the Transportation Department for all students using district transportation for the 2021-2022 school year. Bus Passes can be purchased online with a credit card or with check or cash at the Transportation Department. The Transportation Department will be hosting three open house nights to allow families to purchase passes, provide notification of ridership, and ask questions. The open houses will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on July 12, July 22, and July 30.

The deadline for purchasing a bus pass or notifying the Transportation Department of ridership is Friday, July 30. Students whose passes are purchased, or ridership confirmed after the deadline will be eligible for transportation no earlier than Monday, October 4, 2021.

Brandon Valley Transportation Department
812 E. Redwood BLVD
Brandon, SD 57005
605-582-3514

We greatly appreciate the timely cooperation from our parents and guardians regarding the purchase of bus passes and ridership notification.

Go Lynx!

7/1/21

With the 4th of July gone, the start of another school year is quickly approaching. However, it is not too late for students to meet our summer reading goal. Like all goals - If you put it off until tomorrow, it will never come. The Brandon Valley School District has partnered with Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch of Brandon to make our Lynx Summer Reading Program possible. Students that meet their goal are eligible for various prizes, including a free Pizza Ranch Buffet and a County Fair game card. I want to send a giant shout-out to all our Lynx that have already met their summer reading goal. Great job – Keep reading the rest of the summer!

As families begin to prepare for the coming school year, transportation arrangements must be made with the Transportation Department for all students using district transportation for the 2021-2022 school year. Bus passes will be available for purchase from July 6-30.

Brandon Valley Transportation Department 812 E. Redwood BLVD Brandon, SD 57005 605-582-3514

The deadline for purchasing a bus pass or notifying the Transportation Department of ridership is Friday, July 30. Students whose passes are purchased, or ridership confirmed after the deadline will be eligible for transportation no earlier than Monday, October 4, 2021.

We greatly appreciate the timely cooperation from our parents and guardians regarding the purchase of bus passes and ridership notification.

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6/21/21

The Brandon Valley School District will reconvene our pandemic response planning committee in early July. The committee will be working through a collaborative process to amend our current plan and develop our 2021-2022 Covid-19 Pandemic Response Plan.

The workgroup will develop practical and feasible safety processes and protocols for the up-coming school year. Specific items the group will evaluate and amend include the Daily Individual Health Screening Process, Close Contact Protocol, and Individuals Exhibiting Symptoms Protocol. Included within the development of the plan, family and community input will be gathered through the process. The planning work will begin in early July and be finalized and communicated in early August.

In addition to our planning for students on-site, families have the option to “opt-in” to Distance Learning for Semester 1 of the 2021-22 school year. As families with unique circumstances continue to navigate Covid-19, it is important to provide the flexibility to choose an instructional model that best meets their needs.

Together, we continue to create learning environments that result in success.

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6/7/21

The Summer Break is off and running! Between ball games, the pool, and bike rides do not forget to find a great book! The “summer slide” for students can be avoided through leisure reading.

Summer reading matters and a few key tips for successful summer reading include:

· Make it fun – Invite a friend to the library.

· Match interest and ability in selected books.

· Read every day.

Make leisure reading a component of your child’s summer routine to help ensure they do not incur summer learning loss and catch a ride down the “summer slide”! In collaboration with Siouxland Library, we are offering a Summer Reading Program full of fun and prizes for students meeting the established summer reading goals. Contact the Brandon Community Library for details.

In the event you are planning for the up-coming school year, you can find the 2021-2022 Academic School Calendar and Master Activity Calendar on our district website under the “Calendar” tab. In addition, for all those families new to the Brandon Valley School District – Welcome! Contact Jennifer Swenson at the Central Office for 2021-2022 school enrollment information.

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5/24/21

As a school district, we utilize summer to deep-clean facilities, perform building maintenance, conduct upgrades, and continue working through construction projects. I would like to thank our Custodial, Grounds and Maintenance Staff for their valuable work during the summer break. They perform the necessary summer work that prepares facilities for the up-coming school year and provides our students with quality learning environments that result in success.

We have a few substantial projects scheduled for the coming months. Construction on Inspiration Elementary School continues and is set to open for the Fall. In addition, Fred Assam Elementary carpet will be replaced and the Early Childhood Playground at Brandon Elementary will receive significant upgrades. Along with those major projects, we will have many smaller building maintenance projects taking place this summer. Please, stay out of construction areas and obey all safety signage. We appreciate your attention to these safety precautions.

As summer break gets underway, do not forget to head to the library and find a great book! The “summer slide” for students can be avoided through leisure reading. The Kids and Family Reading Report found that 92% of kids say they are more likely to finish a book they pick out themselves. Brandon Valley students reaching their summer reading goal are eligible for a Pizza Ranch Buffet and County Fair gift card, in addition to the Siouxland Library Summer Reading Program grand prize drawing.

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