The first day of school for all Milbank students begins on August 22, at 8:15 am. School will be dismissed on the first day at 2 p.m. due to staff meetings.
Registration has been set for Wednesday, August 8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, August 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all Milbank schools. Registration for Koch, Milbank Middle School and Milbank High School will be held in the Milbank High School lobby. Students and parents in all grades are asked to report during that time.
It is extremely important that the school has correct mailing addresses and phone contact information. Registration also gives parents a chance to ask questions and make any last-minute arrangements for their students. Parents will be asked to fill out medical emergency information for each student. Rural families are asked to list an alternative home in Milbank in case of a severe snowstorm and buses are unable to transport them home.
Also at this time, school photos will be taken for all schools. A second photo day has been set up for August 24. Retakes will be September 28.
Parents are reminded, when school fees and lunches are paid at registration, it makes the first days less hectic and teachers are able to concentrate on the needs of their students rather than administrative details.
An updated school calendar is available for the 2018-2019 school year on the school website: www.milbankschooldistrict.com. This calendar includes holiday breaks and student events for all activities.
Koch Elementary, Middle Middle School and Milbank High School offices opened July 30. Principals, secretaries, and teachers are busy getting ready to start the 2018-2019 school term.
Questions regarding registration or any aspect of school? Call the school offices at: Koch Elementary School 432-6615, Milbank Middle School (Grades 6, 7 and 8) at 432-5519, and Milbank High School (Grades 9 -12) at 432-5546.
School photos for all Milbank students, pre- kindergarten-12, will be taken during registration. This includes seniors, as they need a photo for their ID/activity card. Photo packets must be paid for when ordered. Information about the various packets and their cost is available in the school offices or the high school lobby. Parents can also pick up the packet and order form at registration. Costs for packets vary from $15 to $49. A separate check payable to Life Touch is required.
Photos can also be ordered online by going to mylifetouch.com. Online picture day ID is: ND208143Y0.
***Important: This photo will also be used on the student activity/ID cards and in school yearbooks.
All Seasons Sports Meeting
A sports meeting will be held on August 15, at 7 p.m. in the high school theater for all parents of athletes and students in grades 7-12 who plan to participate in any athletic activity during any season of the 2018-2019 school year. (This meeting is required of all athletes – even if the sport does not start in the fall.) Student activity policies and sport-specific team meetings will be held.
The Milbank School District’s concussion procedures and protocol requires all students who expect to participate in athletics during the upcoming school year to complete the ImPACT test to establish a baseline in the event of a concussion.
August 8: 8:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. for High School Football and Volleyball
Parental permission forms are available at the high school office and must be signed prior to beginning the ImPACT testing.
Student and Parent Orientations
Koch School will host an Open House for all students and parents on August 15, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. See the classrooms, changes, updates, and visit with the staff.
Milbank Middle School will host an orientation for all students in grade six, middle school students new to the district, and their parents on August 15, at 5:30 – 6 p.m. in the theater.
Milbank Middle School will also host an Open House for all students in grades six, seven, and eight, and their parents on August 15, from 6:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. Orientation meetings provide information about school programs and procedures to students and parents before school begins. Every parent and student should plan to attend.
Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards can be used for fees within the school district.
Breakfast (All students/schools) $1.75 per meal $35 for 20 meals
Breakfast (Adult) $2.20 per meal $44 for 20 meals
Lunch (Kindergarten through Grade 5) $2.75 per meal $55 for 20 meals
Lunch (Grades 6 through 12) $3.00 per meal $60 for 20 meals
Lunch (Adults) $3.60 per meal $72 for 20 meals
Milk $ .35 per carton
Meals are priced individually, but parents are encouraged to purchase in 20-meal blocks – or approximately enough for one month. Meals must be pre-paid. (The Food Program, which offers free and reduced-price meals, is open to any family. Applications will be available at registration or can be mailed.
Activity/Concert tickets for students must be paid at registration and before photos are taken. An activity ticket has the studen’s photo on it. If no activity/concert ticket is purchased, an ID card with a photo will be issued.
Grades 1-8 $20 per year
Grades 9-12 $25 per year
Activity tickets admit students to all locally-sponsored school activities for the entire year. Individual admission to games and concerts are $5 for adults and $3 for students, with the exception of double header games which cost $6 for adults and $4 for students. Homecoming Coronation and Prom Grand March each have an admission fee of $2.
Adult activity/concert passes for all locally-sponsored events are available for purchase in the Central Office at any time. Price for a season pass is $100, for adults and a 10-punch pass is $40 (save $1 per admission). The season passes and 10-punch passes can only be used for the 2018-2019 school year. Leftover punches cannot be used the following year.
Senior Citizen activity passes for those age 65 and over, are available for an annual fee of $25, and can be purchased in the Central Office at any time.
Koch School $14.00
Middle School $14.00
High School $35.00
Third, fourth and fifth graders at Koch School and all Middle and High School students are required to have an Assignment Notebook/Planner. The Notebook/Planner will be provided to the students after the start of school. Also included in the Planner is the Parent/Student Handbook. The Assignment Notebooks/Planners are Free this year.
High School Registration
Students should report to the high school lobby either Wednesday, August 8, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., or Thursday, August 9, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
No early registrations are allowed. Students who are unable to report during their scheduled times should check with the high school office after August 9.
Each high school student needs to report to review his/her schedule. All students and new students will be given locker assignments. Lunches, student yearbooks, and activity tickets should be purchased at registration.
High School Principal Dan Snaza will be available during registration to meet parents and students. Mr. Snaza and High School/Middle School Counselor Heidi Wellnitz will also be on hand throughout registration and the weeks following to assist with parents’ or students’ questions regarding class selection.
Sarlettes Music will be in the band room August 20, from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
High School Band Students
High school band students must report to the band room during registration for band uniform fitting. Mrs. Karels will be available both days in the band room. If you are not able to come during registration, please contact Mrs. Karels. Freshman band parents are encouraged to come to uniform fitting to visit with Mrs. Karels.
MHS Band students are asked to mark Monday, August 20, from 5:30 -6 p.m. on their calendars as a reminder of the first band rehearsal.
Students who plan to drive to school, will be required to obtain a new parking pass. The process requires filling out the application and paying the $10 fee. The fee will be collected at the high school registration table.
Grade 6, 7, and 8 Registration
Middle School students will register at the middle/high school lobby. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students and their parents can report at any convenient time during the two days of registration. Seventh graders who are entering Middle School from St. Lawrence are considered new students and need to bring a certified copy of their birth certificate and record of immunizations to Middle School registration.
Students will be asked to make final decisions regarding inclusion in band and choir and to update the family registration form. Lockers and class schedules will be issued at registration. Milbank Middle School Dean of Students Kristopher Evje will be available at registration to address any questions or concerns from students or parents.
Koch School Registration
All Koch School students and their parents are asked to report to the Milbank High School Lobby during registration days. School nurses will be available to discuss any student health concerns or to answer questions about immunizations. Parents need to review family and student personal information and to provide housing information in case of a severe snowstorm. Medical Emergency cards will also need to be completed.
The first days can be very hectic at the elementary school. When details are handled at registration, teachers are able to give more time and attention to helping students settle into new routines. Koch School Principal Amy Brandriet, will be available to meet parents and answer questions at registration.
St. Lawrence Students
Students attending St. Lawrence School can purchase lunches and activity tickets at their school’s registration. If it is more convenient, parents may stop at the Milbank High School Lobby during registration days to pay for lunches or activity tickets. Seventh graders who are entering Middle School from St. Lawrence are considered new students and need to bring a certified copy of their birth certificate and record of immunizations to Middle School registration.
New students should present a certified copy of their birth certificate, a copy of immunizations records, and Social Security number. (Please note the hospital copy of the birth certificate is not official and cannot be accepted by the school.)
Parents will need to sign a consent form to have their child’s school records transferred from their previous school. Students new to the district are urged to visit their school building during regular office hours. Principals and staff will be glad to give a tour of the building, assist with locker combinations, and answer questions. New students may also meet some of the teachers working in their classrooms in the days leading up to the opening of school.
All students need to have immunizations up to date in order to be admitted to school. The school nurses will be on hand during registration and, if they have not already done so, all kindergarten parents should report during registration to present their student’s immunization record.
According to South Dakota law, minimum immunization requirements for kindergarten through twelfth grade are:
Four or more doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis-containing vaccine (DPT). At least one dose must have been given on or after age 4.
Three or more doses of poliovirus vaccine. At least one dose must have been given on or after age 4.
Two doses of measles/mumps/rubella virus (MMR) after the age of 12 months.
Chickenpox (varicella) immunization or verification that the child has had the disease.
Entry into 6th grade:
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
MCV4 (Meningococcal ACYW)
(Students age 11 or older are required to get one dose of the Tdap vaccine as well at MCV4 vaccine to enter sixth grade. The new law also requires all transfer students entering grades 6 – 12 to receive the vaccinations. Students entering sixth grade who are 10 years old will have 45 days after turning 11 to be vaccinated.)