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1/10/22

The elementary schools of the Brandon Valley School District are accepting registrations for Kindergarten Screening. A child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022 to be eligible to start Kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year. Please, contact your respective elementary attendance center for more information and to register for Kindergarten Screening.

Parents and guardians can support their child’s Kindergarten readiness by reading to their child daily, working on letter, number, and color recognition, and engaging in activities that promote fine and gross motor skill development. South Dakota Public Broadcasting and PBS Media provide a wide variety of on-line resources to support families as they work on Kindergarten readiness with their young learner.

Additionally, working on social skills and how to follow two or three step directions is also critical. Most importantly, keep your Kindergarten readiness activities fun. With fun practice, you can help prepare your child for their elementary school debut.

Lastly, a quick reminder that there is no school on Monday, January 17 for In-service and the Semester 2 Bus Pass Purchase Deadline is Friday, January 28.

Go Lynx! 

1/3/22

The draft 2022-2023 Academic Calendar is moving through the adoption process and closely corresponds to our current Academic Calendar. Within next year’s proposed Academic Calendar, I would highlight multiple items of interest.  

Proposed 2022-2023 BVSD Academic Calendar

·         Wednesday, August 24, 2022 – First Day of School for Students

·         Sunday, May 14, 2023 – Graduation Ceremony

·         Thursday, May 25, 2023 – Last Day of School for Students

A presentation providing a detailed overview of the proposed 2022-2023 Academic Calendar will be available within the January 10 Brandon Valley Board of Education Meeting. The proposed calendar is scheduled for adoption in late January. When the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar has been formally adopted, we will communicate the final calendar to families through a variety of platforms, including email, websites, and school building communications. We appreciate all of the individuals and committees that have collaborated and assisted in the development of our calendar. 

The deadline for Semester 2 Bus Passes is January 28. We greatly appreciate our families’ timely cooperation with our Transportation Department as we work to efficiently and effectively transport nearly 2,000 students daily. Lastly, a quick reminder that there is no school on Monday, January 17 for staff in-service.

Go Lynx!

12/27/21

Happy New Year – Welcome to 2022!

I hope your 2021 was filled with happiness, fulfillment, and success. The New Year marks an opportunity for renewed focus and energy. A goal without a plan is a wish. Don’t wish for success – plan for it. With that, my challenge to our BV Lynx in 2022 is simple – Follow a Plan for Success: Do your very best and bring a positive attitude and outstanding effort every day. Make it great to be a Lynx in 2022!

January is forecasted to be a cold month. It is critical that students dress appropriately for the cold weather. Hats, coats, and gloves are essential to a student’s safety.  Whether riding the bus, driving, or walking to school, dressing for the cold weather is critical. Please reinforce the importance of appropriate winter dress with your child. In the unlikely event school is in session and your child is unable to attend due to travel issues, contact your respective school and the absence will be excused.

The deadline to get your child’s 2nd Semester Bus Pass is January 28.  The deadline must be met for your child to be able to continue riding the bus for the 2nd Semester. We greatly appreciate timely cooperation with bus pass purchases. Contact information for bus pass purchase is provided below:

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

https://bv.revtrak.net/ (webmall internet address) 

Semester 1 ends on January 14 and there is no school in the Brandon Valley School District on Monday, January 17 for Teacher In-service.

Let’s make 2022 a great year - Go Lynx!

12/20/21

Do not wish for success, plan for it.

As outlined in the Brandon Valley School District Strategic Plan, we utilize 5-year planning documents. Our 5-year plans are prepared and submitted by our building level administrators, to plan for and accommodate our future needs and growth. The school district’s 5-year plan outlines financial projections, and our future staffing, programming, and facility needs. Undoubtedly, there are more needs than resources, but this planning process is a strategy to support our proactive approach to the management of our available resources. Previous planning documents are available at the Administration Center and the new 5-year plan will be presented in the coming months.

The deadline to get your child’s Semester 2 Bus Pass is January 28.  The deadline must be met for your child to be able to continue riding the bus for Semester 2. We greatly appreciate our parents’ timely cooperation on the purchase of bus passes. Contact information for the purchase of a bus pass is provided below: 

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

https://bv.revtrak.net/ (webmall internet address)

Winter Break begins on December 22 with a Two-Hour Early Dismissal and there is no school from December 23 – January 2. I hope all of our students, staff, and families have a safe and enjoyable Winter Break. School will resume on January 3, 2021! 

Go Lynx! 

12/13/21

As the holiday season and new year approaches, we can reflect on the challenges and opportunities 2021 presented us within the Brandon Valley School District. There is much to be proud of as we reflect on this past year, but there is always work to be done as we continually strive for growth and improvement within our schools. The Winter Break begins with a two-hour early dismissal on Wednesday, December 22 and classes resume on Monday, January 3.

With 2022 on the horizon, for some families it is time to start thinking about sending a child to Kindergarten or Junior Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. Our elementary school buildings will host Kindergarten Screening in the coming months for the next school year. If you have a child that will be age eligible and entering Kindergarten next year, we strongly encourage your participation in Kindergarten Screening. If you have questions on Kindergarten Screening, feel free to reach out to any of our elementary buildings.

Lastly, the deadline for 2nd Semester Bus Pass purchases is quickly approaching. Bus Passes may be purchased on-line at the webmall or at the transportation facility. 

From our family to yours – We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Go Lynx!

12/6/21

The 97th South Dakota Legislative Session is right around the corner and is set to open on January 11 with the State of the State Address. The Brandon Valley School District works to actively engage with our District 10 and 25 Legislators to promote public education. A key engagement strategy our district utilizes is a Legislative Breakfast. Our 2022 Legislative Breakfast is scheduled for December 8. The event provides the Brandon Valley School Board, Administration, and Brandon Valley Education Association an opportunity to share district priorities, provide input on key upcoming legislative issues, and hear from our Legislators on their focus for the upcoming session.

Drawing upon the legislative positions of our various South Dakota professional organizations, we work to advance education in our district and across our great state. The Brandon Valley School District’s legislative priorities for this upcoming session include an adequate increase to K-12 Public Education funding and the continuation of allowing for local decision making. An adequate increase in funding is critical for schools to address the dramatic inflationary increases that have been and continue to be incurred. The continuation of allowing for local decision making, specifically in the areas of determining school board and bond election dates, is another key priority to ensure school districts can manage their respective circumstances.

While we may not agree on all education issues, I greatly appreciate each of our Legislators and their willingness to serve our communities. Their civic service as an elected official performs a vital role within South Dakota governance.

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11/29/21

Learning in our schools does not stop when the academic school day is finished.

Extracurricular activities are an important aspect of our work to provide a well-rounded education. Fine Arts, athletics, and student clubs provide impactful learning opportunities for students. Participating in an extracurricular activity has tremendous benefits. Several research studies have demonstrated that students involved in extracurricular activities have higher rates of academic achievement, higher rates of school attendance, 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, the acceptance of a role and perseverance during adversity.

I would encourage all patrons to attend student activities and support our children. While in attendance, it is imperative that spectators act appropriately. If attending a Fine Art production, arrive on time, silence cell phones, and remain seated during the entire performance. If attending an athletic event, remain seated while the contest is in progress and cheer in a positive and sportsmanlike manner. The modeling of positive and appropriate behavior by adults while attending activities is important for our students’ development.

Regardless of your child’s interest, there is an activity for them. Encourage them to get involved. Activities are a critical component of providing a well-rounded education and teach valuable life lessons.

Go Lynx!

11/22/21

It is always a great time for reflection, but November and Thanksgiving serve as an ideal opportunity to express appreciation for those having a positive influence. I am extremely thankful for the strong public education system we have for our children in the Brandon Valley School District. I greatly appreciate our school district community. Reflecting upon our organizational success, the realization regarding the importance of the school – community relationship is only further enhanced. Schools thrive when the community thrives and vice versa.

I am thankful for a community that has high expectations of its public schools, values the importance of education, and supports growth and the importance of proactive planning throughout our school district. Drawing further upon the Thanksgiving theme, I would express my sincere thanks to our administrative team, school staff, students, and families. In addition, I would like to thank my family, especially my wife, for all the support, understanding, and encouragement.

Undoubtedly, as a growing school district, we have challenges and obstacles to work through and overcome. But together, we can continue to build upon our foundation of excellence and move forward as a school district and community.

I would like to remind everyone that there is no school November 24, 25, and 26 for Thanksgiving break. I hope you have an excellent Thanksgiving holiday and from our family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving.

Go Lynx!

11/15/21

American Education Week is November 15-19.

Across our great country, communities celebrate America’s public education system during American Education Week. The process of educating our youth takes many individuals, serving in a wide variety of roles. Each of those roles play a critical part in our ability to educate our children. Every day within our schools, staff work with students to promote positive learning experiences and create learning environments that result in success. Each individual within our school system plays a critical part in our ability to educate our 4,915 Lynx. 

To all the individuals working within the Brandon Valley School District and all the other schools across the country – Thank You! Your work makes educating our children possible. 

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the fall Brandon Valley Theater Department performance of Adventures Through Wonderland. It was a visual spectacle and nothing short of fantastic. Utilizing puppets and lighting, the cast and crew brought the adaptation from Lewis Carroll’s timeless classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass to life on our stage. Congratulations on a fantastic production to the cast, crew, and directors.

There will be no school in the Brandon Valley School District for Thanksgiving Break November 24-26.

Go Lynx!​

11/8/21 

In observance of Veterans Day, there will be no school on Thursday, November 11. Veterans Day serves as an opportunity to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for our country.

Perhaps stated best by our 40th United States President Ronald Reagan, "We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause."

On behalf of the Brandon Valley School District, we would like to thank all those who have sacrificed, served, and are serving in our nation’s military.  

Fall activities are winding down, and in many cases have concluded. Our students and staff have done an excellent job over the course of the Fall. I would like to congratulate them on all their various successes and accolades and wish those still in season the very best of luck as they proceed forward. Activities promote and teach students valuable skills and life-lessons such as: communication, hard-work, discipline, acceptance of a role, and teamwork. Supporting students in a positive sportsman-like manner is essential. As adult spectators and role-models, we must demonstrate and model appropriate behavior as little eyes are upon us.

Go Lynx!

11/1/21

Weather we like it or not, it is on the way. As we all know, winter in South Dakota means cold, snow, and ice. Please take the time to make certain your contact information in Skyward is updated to ensure you receive weather related announcements by completing the Skyward Family Access Update. In addition to updating your contact information, it is also important to review the following winter weather safety guidelines with your child. Whether riding the bus, driving, or walking to school, dressing appropriately is extremely important for all students during the upcoming winter season.

Winter Weather Safety Guidelines:

·         Dress in layers

·         Wear appropriate winter clothing (Coats, Hats & Gloves)

·         Winter Driving – Ice & Snow, take it slow

·         Defrost and scrape car windshields and windows completely

In addition to discussing winter driving with our teens, all our vehicles in South Dakota should contain a winter survival kit. As outlined on their website, the National Weather Service advises you to place a winter weather safety readiness kit in your vehicle to prepare for the winter season. Resources and additional information regarding winter weather preparedness may be found at https://www.weather.gov/oun/safety-winter-safetykit

Talking with your child about weather safety will help with their winter weather preparedness. In the unlikely event school is in session and your child is unable to attend due to travel issues, contact your respective school, and the absence will be excused.

Together, we can promote winter weather safety for our children. Go Lynx!

10/25/21

Digital Citizenship continues to be an extremely important topic as technology and social media have become mainstays within our society. Over the last decade, we have seen the explosion of technology use. Things have changed and continually change in our digital world. The evolving social media applications and availability of online gaming creates an environment where it is critical for our children to have an adult continually engaged in conversation about the importance of digital citizenship.

A few of the key tips provided within parental support resources regarding digital citizenship include:

· Check Privacy Settings

· Create Ground Rules (Allowed time - Power-off Time)

· Charge Devices in a Centralized Location (Not a Child's Bedroom)

· Monitor Posts and Photos

· Talk about an On-line Reputation

· Talk about On-line Dangers

· Set a Good Example with Social Media

As online dangers to kids continually change, it is near impossible to develop specific safety messages for all the inappropriate apps and games our children may be exposed to. However, the strategies listed above support digital citizenship, on-line safety, and the on-going efforts of parents to keep their children safe. As a school district, we utilize a wide variety of approaches to teach our students about appropriate technology usage and digital citizenship.

Together, we can promote student safety, quality digital citizenship and appropriate technology use.

Go Lynx!

10/18/21

The 2021 ACT data was recently released to the public. Our Brandon Valley High School students taking part in the ACT assessment performed extremely well. Our students outperformed the state average in all areas, which are English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Overall, the average Brandon Valley composite ACT score is 1.8 points higher than the state average. In addition, the percent of Brandon Valley ACT-tested students ready for college-level coursework in all areas exceeded the state average by 10 percentage points.

2021 Average ACT Scores

 

English

Math

Reading

Science

Composite

United States

19.6

19.9

20.9

20.4

20.3

South Dakota

20.5

21.2

22.4

21.9

21.6

Brandon Valley

22.3

23.2

24

23.4

23.4

 

 

Our students’ success on the ACT is a direct result of top-quality teaching in the classroom, active involvement of our parents and community within the educational process, and outstanding building-level leadership within the Brandon Valley School District. We are very proud of our students, staff, and parents for their outstanding efforts.

Lastly, our 2021 Fall State Aid Enrollment count was 4,867 students, an increase of 185 students from the 2020 count. As it is with any strength, there are challenges associated with an increasing student population. Utilizing our Facility Review Committee, a large diverse community group, we have been able to proactively plan for student growth and outline a short and long-range vision for the future of the Brandon Valley School District. Our newest school facility, Inspiration Elementary School opened this fall, and we are in the process of planning for an addition at Brandon Valley High School. The Brandon Valley High School Addition is set to be under construction during the 2022-2023 school year and open for the fall of the 2023.

The long-range vision of our school district is outlined in BV VISION 2040 and outlines how Brandon Valley will manage student growth for the next two decades. The Facility Review Committee Report and BV VISION 2040 are available on our district website.

With our growth and the continuation of strong academics – Our Future Is Bright!

Go Lynx!

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.

Go Lynx!

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.

Go Lynx!

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.

Go Lynx!

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

Go Lynx!

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.

Go Lynx!

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.

Go Lynx!

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.

Go Lynx!

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.

Go Lynx

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.

Go Lynx

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.

Go Lynx!

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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