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Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Technology encourages community involvement
Published: Thursday, February 11th, 2016

When it comes to video production, the possibilities are endless with the ever-growing technological options. And in this day and age, it’s rare to not find a school district utilizing them somehow. Custer School Different is no different. However, Chuck Arseneault, computer teacher at Custer Jr./Sr. High School, is taking it one step further.

Sports games, concerts, graduation and other events have been broadcast live over the local school television channel since 2005-06, according to Arseneault. However, streaming on the Internet is relatively new for the Custer School District. And with the number of widely available companies to host videos and content, streaming is easier than ever.



Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Cub Scouts bring the fun and games
Published: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The carnival came to town Friday, thanks to three hard working Cub Scouts. 

Isaiah Savery, Lliam Dillon and Enoch Eyrich, all of Custer’s Cub Scout Pack 25, designed and ran a four-station carnival held Jan. 29 at the Custer YMCA Developmental Center in Custer. The carnival was a requirement for the three to earn their Bear Badge.

The boys thought up each of their games, discussed and planned the carnival over the course of a few weeks, meeting once a week. They also built each of their items and set them up the day of the carnival.



Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Eighth grade poetry winners named
Published: Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Seven eighth graders from Custer Junior High School received awards for a poetry contest held by junior high English teacher Mick Patzlaff. The winning poems are listed below.



Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Seventh grade poetry winners named
Published: Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Seven seventh graders from Custer Junior High School received awards in a poetry contest held by junior high English teacher Mick Patzlaff. The winning poems are listed below.

 

The Dead Sea

by Sage Fridell, first place

 

I went walking in the frozen over desert. 

There used to be a sea before what I see. 



Thursday, January 7th, 2016

ESAA passing aims to help students achieve
Published: Thursday, January 7th, 2016

The saying goes “good things come to those who wait.” And with the passing of the Every Student Achieves Act (ESAA), the saying rings true, even if it’s nearly 10 years late.

In early July, the U.S. Senate approved the ESAA, officially shutting the door on the former education act, No Child Left Behind. ESAA, also sometimes referred to as Every Child Succeeds Act, gets rid of the “test, blame and punish” method and addresses issues such as accountability and testing requirements, distribution and requirements for grants, fiscal accountability requirements, and the evaluation of teachers.



Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Cookies for a cause
Published: Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Hallie Mattson and Nathan Frisch’s sixth grade classes have done it again, and were busy rolling out 1,200 cookies for the Custer Community Christmas food baskets Dec. 15.

Kim Webster, retired sixth grade teacher, wanted to continue the tradition of baking cookies for this community project. She offered to spearhead the program again this year.  She enlisted the help of fellow retired teachers, Teresa Fiala (co-sixth grade teacher with Webster), Dee Scragg and speech therapist, Pat Davenport to help assist students with the cookies.



Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Custer students go above and beyond
Published: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

It should be no surprise that the Custer community is filled with people willing to give back. It’s also no surprise that many of those people are the youth of Custer. What may be surprising, however, is just how much students in the Custer School District give back.

“I hope we can help students build a sense of volunteerism or community service that will continue throughout their life,” said Mark Naugle, superintendent. “Today we see more folks not doing anything while a small group does everything. We can all name the 50 people we know who are in every group and do everything. Hopefully we can encourage these kids to make that a part of what they do.”



Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Students get sticky for a cause
Published: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Giving back can be filled with hard work and sometimes you even have to get a bit messy — something second graders at Hermosa School know all too well. 

Becky Lowe’s second grade class spent the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 18, making popcorn balls to raise money for the Children’s Home in Rapid City. With the profits, students purchase pajamas and other necessities for the children at the home. 

Students formed an assembly line to make the popcorn balls, with a group dipping their hands into the sticky mess of popcorn and marshmallow before handing them off to their classmates to bag.



Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Lizzie Anderson named Outstanding Teen
Published: Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Lizzie Anderson of Custer, 15, was crowned Miss Wheel Jam’s Outstanding Teen at the Miss South Dakota State Fair’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Huron Sept. 5.  

The Wheel Jam, as represented by Anderson’s title, is an annual truck show held in Huron. Anderson received scholarships for the title as well as for winning both the talent and the fitness/active wear categories. Anderson was judged most talented with her musical theatre jazz dance routine, which was worth 35 percent of her total score.  The competition also included a private interview with a  panel of judges and an on-stage question which the contestant answers in front of the audience while wearing an evening gown. 



Thursday, November 19th, 2015

CHS students have swinging good time
Published: Thursday, November 19th, 2015

It may be 2015, but four Custer High School students took a step back into time Wednesday, Nov. 11, when they demonstrated swing dancing during the Veterans Day program at the Custer Armory. 

The two couples hit the floor for a swinging good time during the high school’s ladies choir rendition of “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree,” made famous by the Andrew Sisters. The performance came to life during a regular day at choir practice.



Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Shirt sale to benefit ‘Annie’ production
Published: Thursday, November 12th, 2015

With the Custer High School fall play just around the corner, drama students are putting the final touches on a number of things: set design, costumes and the script. Funding the production should also be added to the list.

According to Susan Bowen, drama advisor, several musicals were looked at for the fall production, however “Annie” soon became a cast favorite.



Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Impact Aid is a school lifesaver
Published: Thursday, November 5th, 2015

With budget cuts becoming a common problem for many school districts across the country, sources of revenue are very sacred for many schools, including Custer. One of those very important sources is Impact Aid. 

Impact Aid is a federal program designed to help school districts with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Impact Aid is different from other funds, such as special education and title programs, since it comes directly from the U.S. DOE. The program was started in 1950 under the Eisenhower administration. 



Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Cadets take orientation flights
Published: Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Four cadets from Crazy Horse Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently took part in powered orientation flights at the Custer County Airport. Participating were Cadets C/SMSgt Thomas Dillon, C/A1C Hunter Rice, C/SrA Anthony Dillon and Cadet Ethan Updike. The event was supervised by Capt. Victoria Bierwirth. Lt. Col Myra Christensen and Capt. Matthew Meert of the Pierre and Sioux Falls CAP squadrons were the pilots.

The cadet orientation flight program shares the thrill of flying with cadets. Every cadet under the age of 18 is eligible for five flights in a powered aircraft and five flights in a glider. Each flight has a syllabus that cadets follow to learn more about aviation and piloting skills. While the orientation flights do not count toward a pilot’s license, cadets may compete for flight training scholarships that lead to private pilot licenses.



Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Elders’ Wisdom replaced this year
Published: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

For the last 10 years, Custer Elementary School’s fourth and fifth grade students have honored elders in the community through the Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song program. Every year, four or five elders have been interviewed and a narraritive and song are written about their lives with the help of an area songwriter about “what is in their heart.” 
A community celebration is then held where the elders hear their song and narrative by the students for the first time. All those songs and narratives about the elders’ lives and their photographs maybe seen on the website: elderswisdom
childrenssongsouthdakota.com.



Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Custer schools welcome new teachers
Published: Thursday, September 24th, 2015

With every new school year, there are always new faces in the classroom, halls and offices. And some of those new faces belong to teachers.

At Custer Elementary School, four new teachers are excited to start their first year in the Custer School District. 

Second grade teacher Katie Adam has spent most of her life in Rapid City, but was born in Canada. She lives in Rapid City with her husband and four dogs. Her parents and siblings also live in Rapid City.

Adam graduated from Black Hills State University (BHSU) in May, after realizing teaching was her calling. 



Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Hermosa teachers ready for a new year
Published: Thursday, September 10th, 2015

With every new school year, there are always new faces in the classroom, halls and offices. And some of those new faces belong to teachers.

This year, Hermosa School has four new teachers and one new principal. 

Principal Lori Enright was born in Miller and moved to the Black Hills when she was in middle school. After graduating from Spearfish High School, she attended college at South Dakota State University. Her first teaching job was in Watertown as a high school social studies teacher. 



Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Dance off
Published: Thursday, August 6th, 2015

There was nothing short of excitement during the Monday, July 27, YMCA Kids’ Camp afternoon. After seven weeks of preparation, six boys and four girls filled the two rows of chairs in the upstairs of the Custer Elementary School gym, where they prepared to compete in their first ballroom dance competition.

“It was fun working on the dances. This was the best opportunity to learn how to do this,” said Drew Lehman, one of the competitors. “It was hard at the beginning, but the more we learned, the easier it got.”



Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Dahlstrom prepares for Playhouse debut
Published: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Being on the stage at Black Hills Playhouse (BHP) can be described as a fairytale, which recent Custer High School graduate Olivia Dahlstrom is finding out.

Dahlstrom was cast in BHP’s third play of the season, “Shrek the Musical,” as Baby Bear. Dahlstrom, who heard about the auditions through friends and family, has been going to the Playhouse for years, so she had an idea of when the auditions would be. From there, she went online and did some more research.

“My choir teacher, Mr. Oakley, helped me with the audition, as well as my drama teacher, Ms. Bowen,” she said. “In the audition, I sang 16 measures of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and recited two monologues by memory — taking about 10 minutes overall. It was simple, but nerve-racking.”



Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Belt Loopalooza July 18
Published: Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Cub Scouts throughout the Black Hills are preparing to embark on a day-long adventure at Jewel Cave National Monument on Saturday, July 18. The Belt Loopalooza is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and consists of 10 unique activity stations. Space is limited and reservations are required. Pack leaders and den leaders are encouraged to call and secure their space as soon as possible.

Participating Cub Scouts interact with resource professionals toward the completion of belt loop awards and related patches which complement the protection, preservation and conservation of public lands.



Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Wicks makes debut at BH Playhouse
Published: Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Summer is just starting and soon-to-be sixth grader Kelley Wicks isn’t wasting any time on living it up. However, this summer will be much different than summers past. This year, she’ll kick off her break on the stage of the Black Hills Playhouse. 

Wicks, daughter of Tim and Tammy Wicks of Custer, will play Scout in the opening performance of the Black Hills Playhouse’s 70th season, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” based on the great American novel by Harper Lee. 



Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Custer graduate making waves in music world
Published: Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Holly Lynn Smith, a 2006 graduate of Custer High School, has been selected to join 40 young orchestral musicians and 40 opera vocalists from around the world to participate in the Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival to be held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, from June 7 through July 6. 

Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, the company responsible for running Prague Summer Nights, explained that the program gives students an incomparable experience in performing and producing a full-length opera in one of the world’s most historic venues. Participants will learn from world-famous performers, singers and conductors making this experience even more invaluable.



Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8
Published: Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The Custer School District, as well as other school districts across the nation, are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8. In conjunction with the event, Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 5.

“I am thankful we have such a great staff of teachers that really do care about our kids’ success,” said Mark Naugle, Custer superintendent. “Our teachers really make the difference in our kids’ lives.”

“Teacher appreciation is a simple idea. It means showing teachers you value their work,” said Heather Hiltunen, Custer Elementary School. “Our goal is to enhance the educational environment in our schools. We thank our teachers for all their support.”



Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

CES completes Nkungi challenge
Published: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Custer Elementary students are once again working toward the goal to pack 10,000 meals to go to Nkungi village in Tanzania.  Last year students packed 12,568 meals which were sent directly to Nkungi, which sits at the foothills of Mr. Kilimanjaro.

Their food was not only used at the local school but also sent home for food over the weekend. For many children in Nkungi, their noon meal at school is the only food they get that day. Each meal costs 25 cents and each meal bag contains six meals. The meal pack will be Monday, May 4, at Custer Elementary.



Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Learning about birds of prey
Published: Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Landon Woodward shrinks away from a hawk’s foot’s sharp talons, which the bird of pray uses to catch its food. John Halverson, right, from the Black Hills Raptor Center, explains how a hawk uses its talons by demonstrating on Woodward. The fourth grade classes at Custer Elementary School saw and learned about four types of birds of prey Thursday, April 9, including owls, a hawk and a falcon. [CCC Photo/CARRIEâ��MOORE]



Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Project teaches crisis prevention
Published: Thursday, April 9th, 2015

For many years, it’s been a requirement for senior students to pick a project near and dear to their hearts and complete it for their Senior Project. However, more recently, that requirement has evolved from an educational requirement to a tradition and even something students look forward to, students such as Sydney Gramkow. 

Gramkow hosted her senior project Wednesday, March 25, at the Custer Armory — Crisis Prevention Day. 



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