School notes 11-29-23


Huron High School Orchestra
The High School Orchestra has had a wonderful and productive school year so far. Our October concert was a success, and the students are excited for more great performances this school year.

Three high school students - Karly Knippling, viola; Galilea Garcia, viola; Tess Vlieger, cello - were part of the 2023 SDHSAA All-State Orchestra, which performed in Rapid City in October.

Here are some holiday events for your December calendars…
• Thursday, Nov. 30 - Salvation Army Christmas Basket.(6:30: HS Orchestra; 6:55: 7th/8th Grade Orchestra; 7:20: 6th Grade Orchestra)
• Monday, Dec. 11 - High School Christmas Concert.  Christmas in the Commons with meal: Chamber Orchestra plays. Christmas Concert (7 p.m.): HHS Orchestra, HHS Choir, and HHS Band.
• Saturday, Dec. 16 - Christmas at the Capitol in Pierre. (11 a.m., Middle School Honors Orchestra; 11:30 a.m.: High School Chamber Orchestra

If anybody has questions about orchestra, please reach out to me.

By director Beth Neitzert

Kindergarten POD 2

Miss VanWyhe, Mrs. Axtmann, Miss Westby, and Mrs. Ahlers’ classes are preparing for the Annual Kindergarten Feast. We are listening to stories about turkeys, feasts, pilgrims, and things we are thankful for this year.

Kindergarteners are comparing the lives of pilgrims versus modern life.  All the classes will be making their own butter to share at the feast.

Before Thanksgiving break, the children will all gather for their meal of fruit, popcorn, white milk, butter and crackers.

Students will share the things for which they are thankful. The kindergarten teachers are grateful for these great kids and this wonderful tradition that began so many years ago.

Mrs. Ahlers, Mrs. Axtmann, Miss VanWyhe, Miss Westby, Kindergarten POD 2 Teachers, Buchanan K-1 Center

Madison 3rd Grade
Third grade students are working on mastering multiplication facts and strategies while reviewing word problems with addition and subtraction.

In reading, they are focusing on reading comprehension in informative texts and identifying the author’s purpose.

Social studies has our students learning about different communities and identifying the continents and oceans.

Finally, in science they are focusing on life cycles and how species interact within their environment.

Megan Kopfmann, Melissa Peterson, Dru Strand, 3rd Grade Teachers, Madison 2-3 Center

Huron Middle School Art
Sixth graders are learning about the elements of line and lettering. They have started the clay unit and are practicing the pinch method of hand building.

The 7th grade art students have finished the Vincent Van Gogh unit. Students learned how to layer oil pastels on construction paper to create a replica of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” They have been busy with the clay unit the past week.

Seventh graders create coil pots, pinch method containers and a project of choice.  

The 8th graders have been working on the paper mache unit and have built candy bags that they are designing into their favorite candy wrappers. Color is applied with acrylic paint.

Michelle Johnson, Art Teacher, Huron Middle School