Community members and the students and staff of Richardton-Taylor Schools combined have donated thousands of dollars for Richardton-Taylor graduate Jayden Olson, who was severely injured in a vehicular accident last December. "We have been blessed by our community, our employers, our family, our friends," said Jayden's mother, Janine Olson. "It's been very humbling because so many people have been supporting us."
After having to offer its science classes online, Belfield Public School finally has a science teacher--Wade Pierson, a recent Dickinson State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education and a license in various science areas. Prior to his arrival, all of his students were taking their science classes online with a substitute teacher to monitor them.
In Richardton-Taylor's January school board meeting, the school informed the board of a new fast-track math option for high schoolers that will allow them to reach Calculus class by graduation. "We have some students that we want them to try to get to Calculus while they're seniors," said Misti Vogle, secondary principal, observing that Calculus helps aid college and ACT preparation.
Approximately 30 volunteers with the American Red Cross, Dickinson Fire Department and other community organizations installed 95 free smoke alarms throughout 33 Dickinson homes this Saturday as part of the Red Cross' Sound the Alarm initiative. "We break into 3 person teams and we go door to door to install these smoke detectors. When we go in, we do a lot of education. ... We install these smoke detectors for free — one on each floor and inside or right outside of each sleeping area," said Josh Christianson, American Red Cross recruitment specialist.
After hearing from the community and reviewing survey results, the Billings County School Board approved a motion to change the county's schools to a four-day school week. The final decision must be determined by the state. Of the eight people who opted to speak during the meeting, all of them were in favor of the change. Among them were parents Kellie and Justin Hasty. Kellie Hasty addressed concerns that she heard expressed at the community meeting in Medora last week, one of which was the 30 minutes added to the school day.
With the number of students consistently on the rise, the Killdeer administration is getting creative. In the school board meeting Wednesday evening, Killdeer secondary principal Karter Kleeman addressed the school board with proposals aimed at limiting class sizes. There are currently about 47 8th grade students. Kleeman said it is an even split, with 23 students in one class and 24 in the other.
Prairie Elementary administrators and Billings County School Board members held a quick community meeting Tuesday night to discuss a possible change to a four-day school week. "I thought it went good," said Danielle O'Brien, assistant principal of Prairie Elementary. "There were some really good questions from the community. I thought the committee was prepared to answer the questions and give everybody the information that they need and should have in order to properly vote on what they feel is important."
The Nadvornik family, who lost their home in a fire last November, gathered in Jerrica Pribula's classroom at Dickinson High School on Thursday to receive gifts from her independent living class and student council. Their son, Draven Nadvornik, is a freshman at the school. Each of Pribula's independent living classes picks a service project. "The service project always has to be helping somebody in need, and collectively they wanted to help the Nadvornik family because the fire was very recent for them," she said.
South Heart senior Natasha Baranko's favorite school organization is FFA, what used to be known as Future Farmers of America, but not because she plans to be a farmer. Her family lives on a ranch, so agriculture is a big part of her life, but like her family, she's exploring career options off the field.
It's the beginning of the year, a time when we make resolutions out of the dreams we have for ourselves. For many of us, those resolutions don't last. This year, how do we ensure that our goals are attainable, that we don't give up in February? Becky Berger, ambulatory RN care manager at Sanford Health, has some advice. Berger works with patients who have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension. She provides education and resources and helps her patients create and reach their health goals.