• District Information

    Administration 

    Central Administration:  200 9th St NE  605-882-6312 
         Dr. Jeff Danielsen, Superintendent of Schools  605-882-6312
         Mr. Darrell Stacey, Assistant Superintendent  605-882-6312
         Jennifer Heggelund, Director of Special Services  605-882-6399 
         Rick Hohn, Business Manager  605-882-6314 
         Heidi Clausen, Assistant Business Manager 605-882-6314
    Other District Supervisors   
         Deb Fredrickson, Director of Computer Services  605-882-6356 
         Steve Moore, Athletic Director  605-882-6328 
         Tim Steichen, Bus Transportation Supervisor  605-882-6335 
         Scott Wahl, Central Food Services Director  605-882-6325
         Tricia Walker, K12 Instructional Design 605-882-5321
    School Board Members   
        Stuart Stein, President 605-881-3361
        Tammy Rieber, Vice President 605-818-4792
        Scott Hardie, Member 605-881-0692
        Stephanie Lenards, Member 605-868-1578
        Tom Linngren, Member 605-520-0464
       

     

    Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm at the City Hall. Meetings
    are aired live on Channel 2, Government Access Channel, Midcontinent Communications; Channel 3,
    McLeod USA Cable.

    Employees K-12

    Administration 3 Librarians/Library Aids 9
    District Supervisors 6 Teacher Assistants 12
    Principals 8 + 4 Asst. Food Service 41
    Athletic Director 1 Paraprofessionals 97
    Instructional 218 Clerical 22
    Special Education 32 Custodial 39
    Gifted 2 Transportation 31
    Nurses 5 Behavioral Special/Psychologist 3
    Technology Staff 8 Occupational Therapist/Assistant 4
    Counselors 10 Family/School Coordinator 1
    Speech Language Pathologists 9    

     K-12 Grading Policy

    • In grade levels K-1, Standards based assessment shall be used, with scoring rubrics including
      3 (Proficient), 2 (Approaching Proficiency), 1 (Below Proficient) and no score (not assessed
      in the current term).  Social Skills K-6 are assessed in the same manner.
    • In grade level 2, the grading notation shall be E (excellent), S+, S (satisfactory), S-, and
      N (needs improvement).
    • In Grades 3-12, the grading notation shall be based on letter grades of A, B, C, D, F
      and I (incomplete) based on the percentage scale noted below:
    • Percentile Scale:
      • 100-92 = A
      • 91-84 = B
      • 83-76 = C
      • 75-68 = D
      • 67-0 = F
    • Bonus Point System:  For AP courses at the high school level bonus points are awarded to
      grade marks earned in AP courses.  These points are added onto a student's regular cumulative
      grade point average (GPA).
    • Bonus points are as follows:  A=0.021     B=0.011     C=0.006

               

    ACT Scores
     

      2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015  2016    
    English 21.1 21.8  21.5  21.0  21.6  21.5  21.5    
    Math 20.8 21.2  21.2  21.4  21.7  21.1  21.2    
    Reading 22.1 22.1  22.4  22.1  23.1  22.8  22.2    
    Science 22.0 22.1  22.5  22.0  22.8  22.6  22.5    
    Composite 21.6 21.9  22.0  21.8  22.4  22.1  22.0    
    State Composite 21.8 21.8  21.8  21.9  21.9  21.9  21.8    
    National Composite 21.0 21.1  21.1  20.9  21.0  20.8  21.0    

     

  • The following courses will be required for graduation at Watertown High School

      2003 2004 2005-09 2010 2014 2015 2017
    English / Language Arts 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
    Mathematics 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
    Science 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
    Speech .5 .5 .5 .5  .5 .5 .5
    Social Studies 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.0
    Computer Science .5 .5 .5 .5 .5 .5 .5
    Fine Arts .5 .5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
    Economics or Personal Finance       .5 .5 .5 .5
    Physical Education with Health   .5 .5 .5 .5 .5 .5
    SD Other Requirements         1.0

    1.0

    1.0
         Career Technical              
         World Lang, or              
         Capstone/Senior              
         Experience              
    Elective Courses 9.0 8.5 8.0 7.5 6.5 7.0 7.0

         Health (grades 6-8)

               

    .5

    Total

    24.0 24.0 24.0 24.0 24.0 24.0

    24.5

    Northeast Technical High School

    website

    Located northeast of Watertown High School at 1311 Third Avenue NE, NETHS offers career and technical courses in the following areas:

    • Agriculture

    • Biomedical

    • Cabinetmaking

    • Careers Exploration

    • Computer Assisted Drafting (CAD)

    • Culinary Arts

    • Electronics (includes computer technician A+ training)

    • Engineering Pathway

    • Exploratory Program

    • Health Science

    • Human Services

    • Machine Technology

    • Residential Construction

    • Transportation

    • Visual Communications

    • Welding

    NETHS also provides coordination for internship activities.

    NETHS is a cooperative effort of the Castlewood, Florence, Grant-Deuel, Great Plains Lutheran, Hamlin, Henry,  Summit, Watertown, and Waverly-South Shore school districts.

    NETHS students annually earn awards at the Skills USA VICA contests for career leadership skills.

    Lake Area Technical Institute

    LATI Website

    Lake Area Technical Institute is a nationally recognized two-year technical college located just east of the Watertown High School campus.  The faculty and staff at Lake Area Tech work closely with area/regional industries to offer students training in high-demand technical careers.

    FACTS:

    • Established in 1965
    • 29 programs of study
    • Public Institution
    • 98% post-graduate employment
    • Associate of Applied Science Degrees
    • 16:1 student / teacher ratio
    • Approximately 1800 students
    • 40 acre campus
    • 87% in training related field
    • Accept college transfer credits
    • 89% of student population receive financial aid
    • 75% of students work part-time while attending Lake Area Tech
    • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

    Lake Area Technical Institute recently completed the construction of the 70,000 square-foot Agriculture and Environmental Center, which houses the Agriculture, Heavy Equipment Operator, Environmental Technology, and CAT ThinkBig programs.  The new complex was the fourth and final building phase of the Excellence by Design Campaign.

    Lake Area Tech is located at 1201 Arrow Ave., Watertown, SD.  Visit Lake Area Technical Institute on the web at http://www.lakeareatech.edu