It’s time to be thinking “SCHOOL” again. The first day of school for students at Milbank Middle and High Schools and Koch Elementary is Wednesday, August 24, at 8:15 a.m. Due to staff meetings on the first day, school will be dismissed at 2 p.m. Milbank public school offices will open Monday, August 1.
An updated school calendar is available for the 2016-2017 school year by clicking here. This calendar includes holiday breaks, and student events for all activities.
Registration has been set for Monday, August 8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, August 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also at this time, school photos will be taken for all schools. A second photo day has been set up for August 30. Retakes will be done October 4.
Registration for Koch, Middle School, and 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 important 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 cannot get students to their homes.
Koch Elementary – 432-6615
Milbank Middle School (Grades 6, 7 and 8) – 432-5519
Milbank High School (Grades 9 -12) – 432-5546.
School photos for all Milbank students, K–12, will be taken during registration. This includes the seniors, as they will need to have their photo taken for an ID card. Picture packets must be paid for when ordered. Information about the packets, as well as the cost of each packet, 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 $14.00 to $46.00. A separate check payable to Life Touch is needed for photos.
Photos can also be ordered online by going to mylifetouch.com. Online photo day ID is: GF026169Y0
***Important: This photo will also be used on the student activity/ID cards and school annuals (yearbooks).
Student and Parent Orientations
Koch School is conducting an open house for all students and parents on Thursday, August 18, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. All are invited to attend to see the classrooms and visit with the staff.
Milbank Middle School is having an orientation for all students in grade 6 and any new middle school students to the district, and their parents, on Thursday, August 18, at 5:30 pm, in the theater.
Milbank Middle School is having an open house for all students in grades 6, 7 and 8 and their parents on Thursday, August 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Milbank High School freshman (9th Grade) and parents are invited to an orientation meeting on Thursday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the lunchroom.
Orientation meetings are planned to provide information about the school programs and procedures to students and parents before school begins. Every parent and student should plan to attend.
Visa, Master Card, and Discover credit cards can be used for fees that are affiliated with the school district.
Breakfast (all students/schools) – $1.65 per meal – $33 for 20 meals
Breakfast (Adult) – $2.10 per meal – $42 for 20 meals
Lunch (Kindergarten through Grade 5) – $2.65 per meal – $53 for 20 meals
Lunch (Grades 6 through 12) – $2.90 per meal – $58 for 20 meals
Lunch (Adults) – $3.50 per meal – $70 for 20 meals
Milk – $.35 per carton
While meals are priced individually, it is suggested that parents purchase meals in 20-meal blocks, for their child, approximately enough for one month. Regardless of how parents choose to purchase meals, they need to be paid for in advance. Applications for the Food Program are available to every family. The application will be available at registration, for every family, or mailed to those families who do not pick them up. This is an opportunity for individuals to apply for the available free and reduced priced meals.
Activity/concert tickets for students will need to be paid for at registration and before photos are taken. Activity tickets will be printed with each student’s school photo on it. Those students not purchasing an activity/concert ticket will be issued an ID card with the student’s picture.
Grades 1 to 8 – $20 per year
Grades 9 to 12 – $25 per year
Activity tickets admit students to all locally-sponsored school activities for the entire year.
Individual admission to games and concerts is $5 for adults and $3 for students, with the exception of double header games which will cost $6 for adults and $4 for students. Homecoming Coronation and Prom Grand March will have an admission fee of $2.
Adult activity/concert passes for all locally sponsored events can be purchased in the Central Office at any time. Price for a season pass is $100 for adults or a 10-punch pass is $40, saving $1 per admission. The season passes and 10-punch passes can only be used for the 2016-2017 school year. Leftover punches cannot be used the following year.
Senior Citizen, age 65 and over, activity passes will be available for an annual fee of $25. These can be purchased in the Central Office at any time.
Koch School – $14.00
Middle School – $14.00
High School – $35.00
At Koch School, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, and all Middle and High School students are required to have an Assignment Notebook/Planner, which will be provided to the students after the start of school. Also included in the
Planner is the Parent/Student Handbook.
There will be no cost for Assignment Notebooks/Planners this year.
High School Registration
Students should report to the high school lobby either Monday, August 8, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., or Tuesday, 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 9th.
Each high school student needs to report to review his/her schedule. Freshmen 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 available throughout registration and the weeks following to assist with parents’ or students’ questions regarding class selection.
Sarlettes Music will be on hand in the band room August 18, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
High School Band Students
High school band students should 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 talk with Mrs. Karels. Freshman band parents are encouraged to come to uniform fitting and to visit briefly with Mrs. Karels.
MHS band students are asked to mark Monday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m. as the first band rehearsal on their calendars.
If students plan on driving to school, they will be required to obtain a new parking pass. This process requires filling out the application and paying the $10.00 fee. This fee will be collected at the high school registration table.
Grade 6, 7, and 8 Registration
Middle School students should register at the middle/high school lobby. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and parents can report at any convenient time during the two days of registration.
Students will be asked to make final decisions regarding inclusion in band and choir and to update the family registration form. They will be given locker and class schedules at registration. 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 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 check family and student personal information and to provide housing information in case of a severe snowstorm. They will also be asked to fill out medical emergency cards.
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 toward assisting students to settle into their new class routines. 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 that 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 the previous school. Students new to the district are urged to visit their school building during regular office hours. Principals and their staff will be glad to give a tour of the building, assist with locker combinations, and answer any questions. New students may also have a chance to meet some of the teachers who may be 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 immunizations requirements for kindergarten through twelfth grade are:
1. 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.
3. Two doses of measles/mumps/rubella virus (MMR) after the age of 12 months.
4. Chickenpox (varicella) immunization or verification that the child has had the disease.
The South Dakota Department of Health has changed the immunization requirements for entry into 6th grade for the 2016-2017 school year across the state for:
· 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.)
*** According to the Avera Medical Group Milbank, nurses will be available during registration to administrative any immunizations needed.