Today's update includes important information that you'll need as we prepare to end the 2019-2020 school year. Plans for return of materials and final days of instruction can be found on our website, www.grotonarea.com.
Parents and Guardians, If you have a child turning 5 before or on September 1, 2020 they are eligible to attend either Junior Kindergarten (half day, PM only) or Kindergarten (full day) at Groton Area Elementary. Due to COVID-19, schools are closed until further notice. We ask these families to email Heidi Krueger at Heidi.Krueger@k12.sd.us if they are planning to register their child for school for the 2020-2021 school year. Please include the following information in the email: 1. Parent/Guardian’s Names 2. Child’s Name 3. Child’s Date of Birth 4. Address 5. Phone number After receiving this information, we will be sending informational packets home for families to complete and return. Thank you, Brett Schwan Elementary Principal
Elementary PAC/Mrs. Fields Fundraiser: Pickup will be Thursday April 2nd from 5:00-7:00 at your designated time. These times are for our students/families who sold items. 5:00-5:30 Last name A-F 5:30-6:00 Last name G-K 6:00-6:30 Last name L-R 6:30-7:00 Last name S-Z 1) Please do your best to be at your designated pick up time. A volunteer will bring your order out to your vehicle. 2) If you know you cannot pick up your order, please contact Kayla Krause at Kayla.Krause@k12.sd.us to make alternate arrangements.
Updates for continued operation of our flexible learning plan have been posted on the district website, www.grotonarea.com. If you need support, please be in contact with your teachers or administrators who are all here to help.
This morning Governor Noem announced the closure of South Dakota's schools through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of CoViD 19. We will continue to implement our flexible learning plan making adjustments as necessary for the maximum benefit of all our students.
The District plan for moving forward with flexible learning has been posted to the district website, www.grotonarea.com. District staff will begin reaching out to families on Monday, March 23, 2020. The plan includes updated information about availability of free lunches.
Good Evening Groton Area Elementary. The AR reading window is now open 24/7!!! If you have books at home be sure to see if they are AR books by going to www.arbookfind.com. Thank you! Mr. Brett Schwan
Governor Noem has announced the closure of South Dakota schools for one additional week through March 27, 2020. We will be completing preparations for offering alternative forms of instruction beginning next week. Details will be released when they become available.
Reminder: Sack lunches are available for no charge for children ages 1-grade 12 at the Groton Area Elementary from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Out-of-town service can be arranged by calling the High School - 605-397-8381.
Post 2 of 2 Full details, including how you can help support this work, is available on the District website, www.grotonarea.com.
Post 1 of 2 Sack lunches will be available at no charge for children from age 1 through grade 12 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Groton Area Elementary from Tuesday 3/17 through Friday 3/20.
On the recommendation of the Office of Governor Noem, the Groton Area School District will be closed through Sunday, March 22. Further information is available on our website, www.grotonarea.com.
No 1st or 2nd grade boys basketball minicamp/practice after school today (Friday, March 13).
(Updated Time!!!) Lights! Camera! Action! Please join us on Monday March 9 from 5:30-7:00 for our 5th annual Math Family Game Night. This year's theme will be movies. Groton Area Elementary and OST will be serving Nachos, Popcorn, and frenzies. (Free will donations will be accepted.) An informational sheet with an RSVP will be sent home this week.
Groton Area Elementary Students will be attending the wrestling pep rally this afternoon at 3:00 in the high school gym. Bus students will load at the high school. OST, Walkers, and Pickup students will come back to the elementary for dismissal. Please plan for students to be late. Thank you
State Wrestling Qualifiers: Grady O'Neill (Runner up), Lane Krueger (4th), Christian Eheresman (Consolation Champ), Dragr Monson (Champion), and Thomas Cranford (4th). Congratulations!
OST will be closed on February 13 due to school being closed. No field trip to Aberdeen. OST will be closed February 14 for teacher in-service.
Due to the extremely low wind chill temps through the morning tomorrow, there will be no school in Groton on February 13, 2020. Parent-teacher conferences will take place as scheduled from 1:30-8:30 PM.
Good afternoon. The elementary teachers would like all parents to know that students will be handing out their valentines gifts tomorrow morning. For the sake of not ruining lunch, we will plan to have their parties on Tuesday afternoon.
Due to the weather forecast for today including a Blizzard Warning for parts of our District followed by a Wind Chill Warning for dangerous wind chills, there will be no school in Groton on Wednesday, February 12.
There has been a time change to today's boys basketball game vs. Chamberlain. The "C" game has been canceled and the JV game will now begin at 2:00 PM and the varsity game will follow.
Groton Area Elementary Staff celebrated the 100th day of school today! Time flies when you are learning!!!
Jungle Book Fair Thursday, February 13th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you can't make it, you can order online until February 12th. Enjoy a larger, expanded selection for all ages. Help your teacher build their classroom libraries. You may purchase a book from your teachers wish list and donate it to your classroom library. Books make GREAT gifts! https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairsdotcom/fair-finder.html
Due to weather the JH Boys Basketball Jamboree that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed til Saturday January 25th.
Due to weather wrestling will not be attending the Battler Tournament at Potter County this Saturday.
No 1st and 2nd grade boys basketball practice (mini-camp) today at 3:30 and 4:30. If you have any questions message Brett Schwan.
Monday nights Girls Varsity Basketball game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader with the boys on February 4th. Girls varsity will tip-off at 6:15 and girls JV at 4 PM.
Tonight's boys basketball game @ Sisseton has been postponed. There is no make-up date yet.
Congratulations to Getchen Dinger (Flute) and Lydia Meier (Trumpet) for being selected for the 2020 South Dakota Middle School All-State Band!
Girls basketball returns to the court tonight at the GHS Arena vs. Britton-Hecla. There will be a varsity game only. Tip time is 6:30 PM. Go Tigers!
Due to roster issues with the Britton-Hecla JH Girls Basketball team there will be only one JH game on 12/13. The game will begin at 5:15 in the GHS Arena
Congrats to Coach Chelsea Hanson for being selected as the Region 1 Coach of the Year!
Due to the road conditions, the Groton Area School District will be starting 2 hours late on Monday, December 2. Buses will run where possible. OST will open at 7:00 AM. There will be no 8:30 AM preschool. Please use caution when traveling.
Just a reminder that there is no school on Wednesday, November 27 through Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break.
Please come join us at the Volleyball Welcome Home tonight at 6PM. The celebration will be held at the GHS Arena.
Good Morning! State VB T-shirts will go home with students today. Please check your order ASAP and if you have any issues please contact Samm Weber at 380-6587. Extra shirts will available tomorrow through Samm.
Groton Area Elementary students will be attending the pep rally tomorrow at the high school for our girls volleyball team. Bus students will get on the bus at the high school. All other students will be coming back to the elementary. We may not be back by 3:22, so don't panic!!! Thank you!!
To order State Volleyball T-Shirts please text or call Samantha Weber at 605 380 6587. Shirts are $15 (add $2 for 2XL -4XL). Orders must be in by 10 AM Thursday. They will be available for pick up on Tuesday Nov. 19. Make checks payable to Groton Area Schools.
There will be no school in Groton on Thursday, November 21 or Friday, November 22 to allow the students and staff to attend the State A Volleyball Tournament in Rapid City. Keep it rolling, Tigers.
The Groton Area School District is accepting applications for the position of custodian. This position is 8.0 hours/day for 260 days/year (year-round). The position includes a full benefits package. See www.grotonarea.com for more information on how to apply.
Reminders for Monday: Veterans Day breakfast at the elementary from 7:30-8:30 AM for all veterans. Program at GHS Arena beginning at 2:00 PM. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Students will be dismissed from HS following the program.
The brackets have been released. Groton Area vs. Pine Ridge at 6:00 PM CST on Tuesday, November 12 at Fort Pierre's Parkview Gym. Go Tigers!
They've done it again! Groton Area VB advances to the SoDak 16 and will take on Pine Ridge on Tuesday, November 12 for a chance to advance to the State A Tournament. Time and location of the game will be determined by the SDHSAA and announced as soon as it becomes finalized.
Your Groton Area Tigers have advanced to the 2nd Round of the Region 1A VB Tournament defeating Sisseton. They will play Milbank at 7:00 PM on Thursday, 11/7/2019 at Groton. Go Tigers!
Mrs. Jodi Schwan will be offering a practice ACT test on the morning of December 4. If you are interested in signing up for the practice ACT test, please contact Mrs. Schwan at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Senior Austin Jones for being selected to the SDHSSCA All-State Soccer Team.
Congratulations to our Groton Area Tiger Volleyball team for winning the NEC regular season championship with a perfect 10-0 record! Great job ladies!!!!
Due to illness and injuries tomorrow's volleyball match schedule vs. Deuel will be "C" team at 5 PM, JV at 6 PM, and varsity will follow.
Our coffee and snacks are here!! Please pick up your fundraiser items in the commons area!!! Thank you!!!
Join us tonight as we take on the Northwestern Wildcats in high school volleyball at the annual breast cancer awareness event. 7th/C matches begin at 5:00, followed by the 8th/JV matches. The varsity match will begin at approximately 7:00PM. Help us support cancer research.
There will be a free-will fundraising effort at the Groton Area vs. Webster Area football playoff on Thursday, October 24 to support Britton-Hecla student-athlete Trevor Zuehlke as he recovers from an injury sustained last week during a football game. You can learn about Trevor's story here: http://bit.ly/TZuehlkeCB. Bring a little extra cash, if you can, as we support our neighbors.
MS/HS Special Education Paraprofessional. The Groton Area School District is accepting applications for the position of paraprofessional to work with students with disabilities in the Middle and High School. This position is 7.0 hours/day, follows the school calendar, and includes great benefits. Applicants should completed and submit the Auxiliary Staff Application Form - http://bit.ly/GTAuxApp
Groton Area will travel to Webster on Thursday, October 24 to take on Webster Area in the opening round of the SDHSAA Class 11B Football Playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Admission to the game is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students. Let's go, Tigers!!
Congratulations to Senior Isaac Smith for finishing 2nd today at Cross Country Regionals today and qualifying for the State Meet in Huron on October 26!
Reminders for today: Elementary dismissal at 1:00 PM, MS/HS dismissal at 1:15 PM. P/T Conferences and Elementary Book Fair from 1:30 to 8:30 PM. While you're at conferences, please help us improve by completing our parent/family survey.
Due to the road conditions and (mostly) the forecast for today including the ongoing Winter Storm Warning, there will be no school on Friday, October 11, 2019.
The NSU Gypsy Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, October 12 has been cancelled.
The Lake Region Marching Festival for Friday, October 11 has been cancelled.
With deteriorating conditions, the Groton Area School District will be dismissing at 1:30 PM on Thursday, 10/10/2019.
Tonight's JH Volleyball match vs. Milbank has been canceled. This match will not be rescheduled.
Due to the weather today's JH Football game has been canceled. This will game will not be made up.
On Tuesday 10/8 the Groton Tigers will host Vermillion at 3 PM in the first round of the SDHSAA Boys Soccer State Playoffs.
Groton Area Elementary School Arctic Adventure Book Fair Thursday, October 17th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you can't make it, you can order online from October 6-19. Enjoy a larger, expanded selection for all ages. Books make GREAT gifts! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/grotonareaelementaryschool1
Today's cross country meet at Sisseton has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
Congratulations to our state qualifying golfers: Cade Guthmiller, Hunter Kassube, and Tristan Traphagen. Good Luck at State!
Here is the Volleyball Match Schedule for 9/26 @ Roncalli. 7th & C @ 5 PM and 8th & JV @ 6 PM. Varsity will follow (approx 7:15 PM).
Tonight's volleyball match vs. Warner will also be live streamed by Paper Paul - GDILive.com
Here is the link to live stream tonight's volleyball match vs. Warner. https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/warner-high-school-warner-sd/gam1d60f5986a
Groton Area Destination Imagination is taking registrations for the 2019-2020 school year. Registration is due by Wednesday, September 25. https://5il.co/ae59
For those of you heading to Garretson on Saturday for the soccer match, you'll need to take exit 115 to Dell Rapids. Turn right onto SD Hwy 115 for approximately 4 miles. Turn left on County 114 (250th St) for approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto SD Hwy 11 into Garretson.
Due to weather the Groton Boys Golf Invite, that was scheduled for Thursday Sept. 12, has been canceled.
The JH and JV Football games scheduled for today with Webster have been postponed TBD.
Here is tomorrow's volleyball schedule at Ipswich. 4:30 7th grade, 5:15 C game, 6:30 JV and varsity to follow. There will be no 8th grade match. Go Tigers!
Here is the schedule for tomorrow's volleyball matches at Redfield. 7th Grade @ 5PM & 8th Grade @ 6PM. Matches will be played in the Aux Gym. C Team @ 5, JV @ 6, & Varsity to follow. Matches will be played in Greeno Gym following
Girls Soccer....Tigers fall 2-1. See you all tomorrow!
Boys Soccer...Tigers win 1-0!! Girls kickoff in 20 minutes.
Elementary PAC was very kind and bought student planners for the students this year. Please do not send money for one. Thank you!!
ImPACT Concussion testing will take place on Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6 from 1pm to 4pm at the Groton Area Elementary computer lab. Students participating in athletics are required to complete a baseline assessment every two years (typically in grades 7, 9, and 11).
The fall athletics meeting is one week from today. Athletes participating in fall sports entering grades 9-12 should plan to attend. The meeting will take place on Monday, August 5 at 7:00 PM in the GHS Arena.