All public schools in Milbank open on August 21 at 8:15 am. School will be dismissed the first day of school at 2 p.m.... Registration for Milbank Schools is Wednesday and Thursday

All public schools in Milbank open on August 21 at 8:15 am. School will be dismissed the first day of school at 2 p.m.

Registration is Wednesday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, August 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students and parents in all grades are asked to report during that time. Registration for elementary, middle school and high school will be held in the Milbank High School lobby. School photos will also be taken for all schools and all students.

It is extremely important the school has correct mailing addresses and phone contact information. Registration also gives parents the chance to ask questions and make last-minute arrangements for their students. Parents will be asked to fill out medical emergency information for each student. Rural families are asked to provide an alternative home in Milbank in case of a severe snowstorm and buses cannot run.

Paying for lunches and school fees at registration makes the first hectic days easier.

School offices are now open. If you have questions regarding registration or any other aspect of school, please do not hesitate to call:
Koch Elementary School – 605.432.6615
Milbank Middle School (Grades 6, 7 and 8) – 605.432.5519
Milbank High School (Grades 9 -12) – 605.432.5546.

The 2019-2020 school calendar is available on the website: It includes holiday breaks and student events for all activities.

School Photos
School photos for all Milbank students pre K–12, will be taken during registration. (This includes seniors, as they need a photo for their ID/Activity card.) This photo will be used on the student activity/ID cards and in school yearbooks.
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.
Online purchases are available The online ID is: EVT69XHB3.
A second photo day is set for August 23. Retakes are September 27.

All Seasons Sports Meeting for All Athletes
All athletes in grades 7-12, who plan to participate in any sport – fall, winter, or spring (along with with their parents) are required to attend a sports meeting on August 8 at 7 p.m. in the high school theater. Student activity policies and sport specific team meetings will be held.

Student and Parent Orientations
Koch School will host an Open House for all students and parents on August 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. See the classrooms and visit with the staff. The staff has been busy making updates and moving classes around. See these exciting new changes!
Milbank Middle School is holding orientation for all students in grade six, any new middle school students to the district, and their parents, on August 14 at 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the theater.
Milbank Middle School will host an Open House for all students in grades six, seven, and eight and their parents on August 14 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Orientation meetings provide information about school programs and procedures for 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 levied by 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) 3.75 per meal $75 for 20 meals
Milk .35 per carton

Meals are priced individually, but parents are encouraged to purchase 20-meal blocks or approximately enough for one month. All meals need to be paid in advance. Applications for the Food Program are available for every family. The applications for free or reduced-cost meals will be available at registration or mailed to those families who do not pick them up.
Activity/Concert Tickets
Activity/Concert tickets for students must be paid for at the time of registration and before photos can be taken. Activity tickets admit students to all locally-sponsored school activities for the entire year. Each activity ticket includes a photo. Students not purchasing an activity/concert ticket will be issued an ID card with a photo.
Grades 1-8 $20 per year
Grades 9-12 $25 per 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 anytime at the Central Office. A season pass is $100, for adults. A 10-punch pass is $40 – a savings of $1 per admission. The season passes and 10-punch passes can be used only for the 2019-2020 school year. Leftover punches cannot be used the following year.
Senior citizen activity passes, for spectators age 65 and over, are available for an annual fee of $25. Senior citizen passes can also be purchased anytime at the Central Office.

Koch School $15
Middle School $15
High School $35

Assignment Notebooks/Planners
Third, fourth, and fifth-graders at Koch School, and all middle and high school students are required to have an assignment notebook/planner. These are provided to the students after the start of school. Also included in the planner is the parent/student handbook. There is no cost for assignment notebooks/planners this year.
High School Registration
Students should report to the high school lobby either Wednesday, August 7, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. or Thursday, August 8, 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 8.
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.
Milbank High School Principal Dan Snaza will be available during registration to meet parents and students. Mr. Snaza and Milbank 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.

Band Students
Sarlettes Music will be in the band room August 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 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, talk with Mrs. Karels. Freshman band parents are encouraged to come to the uniform fitting to visit with Mrs. Karels.
MHS band students are asked to mark their calendars for Wednesday, August 14, from 8 to 8:30 p.m. as the first band rehearsal.

Parking Passes
Students who plan to drive to school are required to purchase a new parking pass. This requires filling out the application and paying the $10 fee 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 anytime 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 lockers and class schedules at registration. Christopher Evje, Milbank Middle School Dean of Students, will be available at registration to address 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 student health concerns or to answer questions about immunizations. Parents need to check family and student personal information and 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 hectic at the elementary school. When details are handled at registration, teachers have more time to help students settle into their new class routines. Principal David Graf 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 can 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 a record of immunizations to middle school registration.

New Students
New students should present a certified copy of their birth certificate, a copy of immunizations records, and Social Security number. (Please note a hospital copy of the birth certificate is not official and cannot be accepted by the 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 tours of the building, assist with locker combinations, and answer questions. New students might also have a chance to meet some of the teachers who are working in their classrooms before the opening of school.

All students need to have immunizations up to date 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 12th 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 four.
Three or more doses of poliovirus vaccine. At least one dose must have been given on or after age four.
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 sixth grade school requires:
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 six to 12 to receive the vaccinations. Students entering sixth grade who are 10 years old will have 45 days after turning 11 to be vaccinated.)

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