The first bell of the new school year will ring on August 18, at 8:15 am.  School will be dismissed at 2 p.m. on the... Milbank School Registration With Open House at New School

The first bell of the new school year will ring on August 18, at 8:15 am.  School will be dismissed at 2 p.m. on the first day. Registration for all Milbank public schools is scheduled for Wednesday, August 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, August 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. School photos will also taken for all students K-12. Registration for all three schools will be held in the elementary school gym. Students and parents in all grades are asked to report during that time. 

An updated school calendar is available for the 2021-2022 school year on the school website: This calendar includes holiday breaks, and student events for all activities.

Want to see inside the new elementary school? A Grand Opening with a walk through will be held on Wednesday, August 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Valley Queen will serve a meal from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the elementary school parking lot.

According to administrators, it is extremely important for the school to have updated 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 when buses cannot get students to their homes. When school fees are paid at registration, it makes the first hectic days easier and teachers are able to concentrate on the needs of their students rather than the administrative details.

If you have questions regarding registration or any other aspect of school, please do not hesitate to call the school offices:  Call 605-432-6615 to reach Milbank Elementary School, 605-432-5519 for the Milbank Middle School (Grades 6, 7 and 8) and 605-432-5546 for the Milbank High School (Grades 9 -12).

School Pictures

School pictures for all Milbank students, K–12, will be taken during registration.  This does include the seniors, as they will need to have their picture taken for their ID card. Picture packets must be paid for when ordered.  Information about the various packets that may be purchased, as well as the cost of each packet, is available in the school lobbies.  Parents may also wait to pick up the packet and order form at registration.  Costs for packets vary from $14.99 to $59.99.  A separate check payable to Life Touch is needed for pictures.

Pictures can also be ordered online by going to Online picture day ID is: EVTSQGWQB.

***Important: This picture will also be used on the student activity/ID cards and school annuals (yearbooks).

Student and Parent Orientations

Milbank Elementary School is conducting an Open House for all students and parents on August 11, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Come and see the classrooms and visit with the staff. We are very excited for our new school year.

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 August 11th 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 August 11th, from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

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.

All Seasons Sports Meeting

A sports meeting will be held on August 11, at 7:00 pm, in the theater, for all athletes and parents in grades 7-12 who plan to participate in any athletic activity. Students who plan to participate in activities which are not scheduled to begin in the fall are required to attend the meeting. Student activity policies and sport specific team meetings will be held.


Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards can be used for fees that are affiliated with the school district.


Breakfast and lunch (all students/schools)   FREE

Breakfast (Adult)                                        $2.30 per meal                         

Lunch (Adults)                                           $4.20 per meal                         

Milk                                                            $  .35 per carton

Activity/Concert Tickets

Activity/Concert tickets for students will need to be paid for at the time of registration and before pictures are taken. Your activity ticket will have your picture on it. If you are not purchasing an activity/concert ticket, you will be issued an ID card with your picture.

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 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.  Passes can’t be shared between individuals. Season passes will be available for $100. A 10-punch pass is $40, saving $1 per admission.  10-punch passes can only be used for the 2021-2022 school year. Left over 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.

Elementary School  $16.00

Middle School  $16.00

High School  $40.00

 Band Students
Sarlettes Music will be on hand in the band hallway August 11, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, for any needs that need to be taken care of.

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 to visit briefly with Mrs. Karels.

MHS Band students are asked to mark Wednesday, August 11, at 8-8:30 pm as the first band rehearsal on their calendars.

Parking Passes

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 can be collected at the payment table at registration or in the high school office.

Grade 6, 7, and 8 Registration

Middle School students should register at the Milbank Elementary School gym.  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 Principal, Kristopher Evje, will be available at registration to address any questions or concerns from students or parents. 

Elementary School Registration

All students and their parents are asked to report to the Milbank Elementary School gym during registration days. 

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, David Graf, will be available to meet parents and answer questions at registration.

St. Lawrence Students

Students attending St. Lawrence School can purchase activity tickets at their school’s registration.  If it is more convenient, parents may stop at the Milbank Elementary School gym during registration days to pay for 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

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.

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.

 School Nurse/Immunizations

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 information.

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.
  2. 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.

Entry into 6th grade school year across the state need:

  • 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.)


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