Youth

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Being proactive and prepared creates more effective learning conditions


Parent/teacher conferences occur officially once a semester in most school districts. They can be tedious and long, often requiring a parent to wait outside a teacher’s door or visit several other teachers and come back to the one they were waiting for only to discover the teacher left to use the restroom. Regardless of the hurry up and wait nature of […]

My perspective on Language and Education


As in Lakota protocol and respect for my younger and older relatives, I introduce my tiospaye, my community, my family and myself. My Lakota name given to me by late leksi Joe Flying By is Tasina Ska Win (White Shawl Woman) and I carry my grandma Ruth Thunder Hoop’s name. On my late ate’s side, I come from Hump, Roman […]

Bringing in a new school year


Can you believe the summer is almost over? The launch of the school year is a little different for my family this year. Booker is beginning his senior year of high school in a few days and will be starting football soon (Go Chargers!). Kassidy and Kennedy are done with college now, so school supply shopping is a much easier […]

Back to school supplies, buy wisely to save money Advice from an educator


Every August parents, grandparents and guardians gather their “back to school” savings and head to Pierre, Rapid City, or Bismarck to buy new school clothes, athletic equipment and academic supplies for their children and grandchildren. Most schools provide a list of what students need for the coming school year. In Walmarts across the country, stores have circular stands with printed […]

New S.D. graduation requirements Tailoring courses to set path in life


South Dakota joins many other states in offering a tiered diploma system designed to allow students and schools more freedom to determine the focus of a student’s high school diploma and the required courses for that diploma. The new graduation requirements were adopted in August 2018. The state has permitted a soft implementation for the 2018-2019 and for the 2019-2020 […]

Q&A with Takini Superintendent Kit Veit

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year! A short introduction about me: My parents are Tiger (Roy) Veit and D’ann Knight Traversie, and I grew up by Thunder Butte on my paternal grandparent’s ranch and south of Cherry Creek on my Aunt Patti Knight’s ranch. I attended Dupree School and graduated in 1995. I was a classroom teacher at […]

First day of school at Dupree: Chaotic fun

Dupree School Administrative Assistants share what first day of school is like. It’s always fun to see new faces. All the kids are always smiling and happy. The first day is always chaotic, busy and fun — helping kids get to the right places, and showing new students where they need to go. The little ones are always so excited […]

Q & A with Principal Julie Marshall

What is your anti-bullying policy and how do you implement it?    Our antibullying policy is quite detailed and is available on our website: www.timberlakeschool.org.  This is an item that we are on alert about always.  We encourage students and parents to report bullying concerns to teachers and administrators quickly so that we can act and support the affected students. How […]

Fun facts about Mrs. Means

Sherry Means is the new 7th Grade Teacher at Tiospaye Topa School. A member of CRST, she hails from Eagle Butte, has been teaching for ten years, and possesses a Master of Arts degree from Cameron University. Mrs. Means shared some fun facts about herself: •My favorite animal is the palomino because it reminds me of my younger days roaming the plains here […]

Windswept Academy: A small school with a big heart


Windswept Academy is a private, non-denominational Christian school, dedicated to providing students from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe with a Christ-centered, quality, academic education in a biblically-directed learning environment. In addition to an excellent faith-based curriculum, we offer small class room sizes so students can benefit from individual attention. We would like for our students to be prepared for a […]


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