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Local principals give updates to the DPS board

Principals from two district schools gave updates to the Dickinson Public School Board during the board's regular meeting on Monday evening.

Jefferson Elementary Principal Sara Streeter, along with two teachers from the school, told the board members about various programs and happenings currently going on at the school, including the school's Read Everyday program that encourages students to read by inviting their parents and other family members to come into the school once a month for a reading day.

"We want to get parents into the building and what a great way to actually have some one-on-one time with your kids and put the devices down and actually sit down and read," Streeter said.

The school has also added two outdoor classrooms for teachers to utilize when the weather is nice. The teachers also spoke about a way to place kids into a reading class that fits them the best so they get "eye-to-eye instruction" every day.

Dickinson Middle School Principal Marcus Lewton and a teacher spoke about restorative justice at the school, which allows students to talk out problems with one another to try and rebuild the relationship so both students can succeed. They also spoke about "circles" where the school gives students rocks to help them build empathy and compassion for one another by passing around a rock while students and teachers talk through various questions and issues.

The school is also going through its PEAK program, which rewards students with fake money for various success, including anything from picking up a piece of trash in the hall to getting a good grade on a test. The program also gives students various "jobs" to help build community.

School board member Tanya Rude asked Lewton about the grass outside of the middle school, Lewton said the grass did not start to grow right away in part due to the drought. He did note that the grass is starting to take root and should be grown within the next year.

Public meeting to be held

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, DPS will be holding a public input forum focusing on for the future of Dickinson High School. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dickinson High School Auditorium.

A representative from DLR will also be on hand at the meeting.

"The forum is about the future of the high school and what we really want is to get community input," board president Sarah Ricks said. "We're hoping to eventually develop a profile of a graduate,so what do we think or what does the community think would be really important for a Dickinson High School graduate to have. What experiences and what skills? (We'll) use that information to determine facilites, planning, future educational program.So, it's really trying to get community input on what direction our high school education should take as we move forward to the future."

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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