Back to school plan and parent email

Friday, July 31, 2020

Highmore-Harrold School District Reopening Plan

Above is the link for the back to school plan as adopted by the school board at Wednesday evening’s meeting.  Please look through it, and if you have any questions please get ahold of me at the school and I will be more than happy to answer them for you.  A couple items of note from the document:

1.      We will start school on time according to the school calendar.  Our first day of school is August

2.      Masks will be encouraged, but not required, in our school buildings.  They will be required for students who ride the bus routes to and from school.

3.      Students will be temperature screened upon entry into our school buildings.  We also highly encourage you as parents to check their temperatures before sending them to school.  The screening checklist that we recommend you use is in this document.

4.      We will begin the 4 and 1 Model at the start of the school year, with Friday, August 28 being our first scheduled distance learning day.  We will reevaluate this at midterm, with the possibility of moving back to our traditional five days in the school building at that time.

5.      The “live stream” version of class is available for all, which would allow students to attend their classes remotely.  If this is something you are interested in, please call the school and let us know by Friday, August 7th.  I will be in contact with you to schedule a time for you and your child to receive their school computer, and to provide some orientation with our Google Classroom platform.

6.      Everything in this document is flexible.  If something isn’t working, we will evaluate it and work to get it right.


I am very confident in our ability to provide the quality education everyone has come to expect from the Highmore-Harrold School District.  This school year will have more challenges than a “normal” school year, but I know if we work together, we will get through it.  Please have a great weekend and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Quinton Cermak-Superintendent/7-12 Principal

School Facility Usage-UPDATED

Friday, June 26, 2020



With the South Dakota High School Activities Association ending the “dead period” on June 1, the Highmore-Harrold School District has decided to allow the use of our facilities on a limited basis, and with strict guidelines regarding how the facility can be accessed, who can access it, and what time the facility will be available for access.  Please keep in mind, our facility use is on a voluntary basis: no athletic program is requiring student-athletes to participate in summer activities.  Below are some of our protocols that will govern facility use:

·       Any person who is experiencing a temperature greater than 100 degrees, is showing signs of illness, or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 shall not use school district facilities or participate in workout sessions. 

·       Parents will be required to sign a waiver for their children before their child can access any school district facility.  18 year old students will be allowed to sign their own waiver.  The waiver can be downloaded here, or picked up from the high school office on Monday or Tuesday before noon.  Participants must present the signed waiver upon entrance to their first workout session.

·       Public use of our facilities will be limited to the times when coaches or school district personnel are supervising the facilities, will be subject to the same protocols of the student athletes, and can be restricted by coach preference.

·       Participants: *Up to 50 participants, including the coach, will be allowed per indoor workout area.  Up to 50 participants for outdoor workouts.

·       Schedules: Participating coaches will work with their athletes to schedule workouts that work for both parties.

·       Hydration: Use of facility water fountains is *allowed.  Participants *are encouraged to bring their own full water bottles, and cannot share with others under any circumstances.

·       Attire: Locker room usage is prohibited.  All participants must come dressed for their workout, but will be allowed to change shoes upon entrance.  No outside equipment (balls, weights, etc.) will be allowed in the facility.

·       Gym/weight room entrance: Students will enter the building through the north door between the high school and the ag shop only.  All people (coaches and student-athletes) who enter the building *are encourged to wear a mask or a cloth face-cover that covers their mouth and nose.

·       Pre-workout/contact screening: All coaches and participants of the workout session will be screened upon entrance.  Coaches and participants will answer a questionnaire and will have their temperature checked.  A temperature greater than 100.4 degrees will prohibit participation.  If the coach is prohibited from participating due to temperature, then the session will be cancelled. 

·       Post-screening: Once participants pass the screening and are cleared to participate, they can remove their mask or face-cover for the session.  Participants will immediately wash their hands with soap and warm water and will apply hand sanitizer before they go to their workout area.  The school district will supply both the soap and hand sanitizer.

·       Workout session: Participants will follow the instructions provided by their workout supervisor.  All workout equipment will be disinfected by the participant upon completion of use.  The school district will supply the disinfectant. 

·       Any violation of protocols could result in suspension from using the facilities.

High School Academic Award Video

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Below is the link for the Academic Award Video from Tuesday evening.  You will need to copy and paste it into your web browser:

Junior High Academic Award Video

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Below is a link to the Junior High Academic Video.  You will need to copy and paste it into your web browser:


Virtual Prom

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Please copy and paste this link into your web browser to watch HHS 2020 Virtual Prom. All 9-12 grade students were eligible for the raffle and prizes will be available for pickup during checkout next week.



Wednesday, April 29, 2020



I hope that you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy out there!  I miss you! I just have a couple of things that I wanted to tell you:


1.  YOU GUYS ROCK!  You guys are the main reason I love my job and even though we didn’t get to go to state or have our year-end party/awards ceremony, I wanted to show you how appreciated and special you are, SO when you go to turn in your computers/books next week there will be a table set up with a bag on it for each of you.  Please don’t forget to pick these up!  I wish it could be fancier but just wanted to show you guys how special you are!  There will also be a big feature coming soon on the Highmore FCCLA Facebook Page and in the Highmore Herald of our FCCLA year.

2.   REIMBURSEMENT FOR STATE:  If you PAID with cash or check for state meeting, there will be a reimbursement check with your gift bag.  Please cash this ASAP.  Remember, if you bought a t-shirt you will still get that.  If you sold Frozen Foods/Kuchen you will be able to apply that credit to next year so many of you will have all of next year’s things paid for without having to pay or fundraiser with frozen food sales.

3. GOT LEADERSHIP? BECOME A LOCAL FCCLA OFFICER FOR 2020-2021! Please consider applying to be a local Highmore FCCLA Officer for next year.  The process is going to be VERY SIMPLE this year.  All you have to do is click on the link below which will take you to a short survey (link below).  That is it!  No interviews or test or anything, just fill out the survey.  Remember, holding leadership roles is not only a great learning and leadership experience, but will also benefit you when it comes to scholarships (free money!), awards, and getting jobs in the future!  FCCLA Officers will meet once before school starts (Probably a Zoom Meeting) and then meet ONCE A MONTH once school begins.  7-11th graders can apply!




THANK YOU GUYS!  I’m sorry we had a weird end to our year but I am so proud of each and every one of you and what you accomplished this year and what you will accomplish in the future!  Many of you decided to continue your STAR Events for next year so that is great that you will have a little head start!  We don’t know exactly what the future holds in regards to the pandemic, but we will face the future with warm courage and high hope!


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!


Love, Mrs. Kroeplin J

Sack Lunches - UPDATE

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


UPDATE: Preschool children are now eligible for sack lunches.  Please contact the school to sign up your preschool child if you want them to receive a sack lunch.  

The Highmore Harrold school district will provide sack lunches to all interested children ages 0 to 18 while school is out of session.  The lunches are free of charge, and will be made available at various pick up points near the school and in the county.  Please call the school at 605-852-2275 to sign children up for the lunches.  Once children are signed up more specific information will be made available.  

April 4th ACT Test

Friday, March 20, 2020
ACT has rescheduled its April 4th national test date to June 13th across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4th test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13th or a future national test date. 


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Highmore-Harrold will be closed all week March 23 through March 27. All in school meetings and activities for this week have been postponed or cancelled. Please stay tuned for any necessary updates.


Friday, March 13, 2020


March 13th, 2020


College visit dates

Lake Area Technical Institute has upcoming camps and Tech Days!  Check out their website to get more details and to register to attend at

Days include:

Junior Tech Day--Wednesday, April 1st—open to all High School Juniors

Southeast Tech has NEW programs coming fall 2020: Veterinary Technician and Dental Assisting.

Visit Southeast Tech

Campus Visit Days:  March 20

Career Exploration Days: May 13





Ø  Seniors! Please get Ms. Jessica a vertical wallet size senior picture by April 1st for the senior class composite. It can also be digital if needed.

Ø  Any sophomore or junior interested in attending the Summer Accounting Institute July 12-16 on the campus of USD please see Ms. B for more information.

Ø  The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary is offering a $15,000 scholarship for 9th through 12th grade students.  It is the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.  The deadline for any entries is March 31, 2020. See Ms. B for more information.

Ø  Any junior girl who is interested in attending Girls State this summer, see Ms. B for more information. This looks really good on scholarship applications!

Ø  Seniors attending a vocational school, just a reminder that the Build Dakota Scholarship application is due April 15th. See Ms. B if you need more information.

Ø  The deadline to sign up for cheerleading next year with Mr. Ring is by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18, grades 8-11 can sign up for football and wrestling, grades 6-11 can sign up for girls and boys basketball.

Ø  PROM PEOPLE WHO NEED TO PAY ASAP:  Dylan McDonnell & Chesney Effling, Cheyenne Carroll & Chase Cermak, Sylvia & Jonathan, , Lainey Aasby & Tate Hoffman, Oakley Jandreau & Regan Bollweg

Ø  Congrats to the JH Acalympics team for placing 3rd out of 11 teams at the Phillip competition.

Ø  Juniors have candy bars for $1, laffy taffy and caramel apple suckers for $.50, pop/powerade for $1.50, caffeine-free diet coke for $1. All for sale in the library  


Activities: Friday, 3/13- GB State @ Spearfish

                    Saturday, 3/14- GB State @ Spearfish

                                               5-6 BB @ Miller Tourney – TBA

                    Tuesday, 3/17- FFA to Northwestern

                    Wednesday, 3/18- HS Acalympics to Phillip – 10:00

                    Thursday, 3/19- BB State @ Aberdeen

                    Friday, 3/20- BB State @ Aberdeen

                                          Visual Arts @ Sioux Falls – 8:00?

                    Saturday, 3/21- BB State @ Aberdeen

                                              State Visual Arts @ Sioux Falls

                    Sunday, 3/22- JOVB @ Mitchell - TBA



DEPARTURES:  Tuesday, 3/17 – FFA to Northwestern at TBA

                Wednesday, 3/18 – HS Acalympics to Philip at 10:00

                Friday, 3/20 – Visual Arts to S. Falls at 8:00/TBA



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