On October 26th the All State Choir Traveling Tour stopped in Viborg to perform several selections for our students in grades 9-12.
The All State Choir and Orchestra will be performing in Sioux Falls at the Denny Sanford Premier Center at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 29th. If you are unable to attend in person you may also tune in to South Dakota Public Broadcasting on Saturday at 7:00.
If you watch the video closely you will be able to see the Viborg-Hurley students in the video from the Concert.
October is cancer awareness month and I am sure that all of us know someone who has fought or is fighting cancer. To show our support for the cause this month students are holding think pink Wednesdays and our third grade also put together a pink power video for a very special mom in our community that needs our support right now. Our message is to "Keep fighting and know that we are all pulling for you."
You can view the Viborg-Hurley 2016 Smarter Balanced Report Card as well as data from all schools in South Dakota school districts for each grade 3-8 and 11 located at the South Dakota Department of Education’s webpage: http://doe.sd.gov/reportcard/listnew/
South Dakota’s State Report accountability system centers around a 100-point index, called the School Performance Index, or SPI. The SPI consists of three key indicators of performance. A numeric value is assigned to each of the indicators. These values are added to create a total SPI score out of 100 points. Each public school in the state receives a SPI score, with limited exceptions due to school size and/or mission. Two distinct indexes are used, one for high school accountability and one for elementary and middle school accountability.
We are very proud that Viborg-Hurley Schools SPI (School Performance Index) overall scores rank all of our schools as “Progressing Schools.” We will use the data that we received from these scores in combination with data gathered from NWEA testing, ACT testing, Dibbels testing to begin to identify specific areas that indicate a need for academic improvement for students and make it our goal to show improved growth to prepare them to be college and career ready.
Any stakeholder in the district can see a complete color copy of each school and district report by going to the school office of either of our buildings and asking to see the reports.
It is the continued mission of the Viborg-Hurley School District to provide a positive and safe learning environment, prepare our students to be life-long learners, inspire students to reach their potential, and to promote respect and character. Tracking student learning through assessments is one of the many tools we use to assure success for all students.
If you have questions regarding our Viborg-Hurley 2016 assessment data please feel free to contact our guidance counselor, Jessica Schmit, middle school principal, Brett Mellem, high school principal Cory Jensen, or myself.
Congratulations to the Viborg-Hurley High School Band on placing first in their class with 579 points in the 10th annual Menno Band Day on Friday, September 23rd. There were 16 bands in three divisions in this competition: Class C, B and A. The VHHS marching cougars, 32 members strong along with 6 color guard members and 2 banner carriers competed in the class C division. Also competing in the Class B division were Irene-Wakonda and Tripp-Delmont and Avon. This is the second consecutive year that the marching cougars have placed first.
Leading the marching Cougars were drum majors: Madison Hansen and Brittney Leber. The drum line is led by section leader Dustin Richards and the flag corp is led Emily Bjerkaas and Kirsten Paetow. The cougars are directed by Wendy Christiansen.