District Information


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
Tricia Walker, K12 Instructional Design605-882-6312
Heidi Clausen, Business Manager 605-882-6314
Emily Sovell, Assistant Business Manager605-882-6314
Other District Supervisors
Jennifer Heggelund, Director of Special Services605-882-6398
Maria Nei, Assistant Director of Special Services605-882-6398
Deb Fredrickson, Director of Computer Services 605-882-6356
Craig Boyens, Athletic Director 605-882-6328
Wade Heiser, Bus Transportation Supervisor 605-882-6335
Scott Wahl, Central Food Services Director 605-882-6325
School Board Members
Stephanie Lenards, President
Scott Hardie, Vice President
Jean Moulton, Member
Tammy Rieber, Member
Stuart Stein, Member605-881-3361

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

Administration3Librarians/Library Aids9
District Supervisors6Teacher Assistants12
Principals8 + 4 Asst.Food Service41
Athletic Director1Paraprofessionals97
Special Education32Custodial39
Nurses5Behavioral Special/Psychologist3
Technology Staff8Occupational Therapist/Assistant4
Counselors10Family/School Coordinator1
Speech Language Pathologists9

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

20112012201320142015 2016
English21.121.8 21.5 21.0 21.6 21.5 21.5
Math20.821.2 21.2 21.4 21.7 21.1 21.2
Reading22.122.1 22.4 22.1 23.1 22.8 22.2
Science22.022.1 22.5 22.0 22.8 22.6 22.5
Composite21.621.9 22.0 21.8 22.4 22.1 22.0
State Composite21.821.8 21.8 21.9 21.9 21.9 21.8
National Composite21.021.1 21.1 20.9 21.0 20.8 21.0

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

English / Language Arts4.
Speech. .5.5.5
Social Studies3.
Computer Science.
Fine Arts.
Economics or Personal Finance.5.5.5
Physical Education with Health.
SD Other Requirements1.01.01.0
Career Technical
World Lang, or
Elective Courses9.
Health (grades 6-8).5

Northeast Technical High School


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 COLLEGE


Lake Area Technical College 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.


  • Established in 1965
  • 29 programs of study
  • Public Institution
  • 98% post-graduate employment
  • Associate of Applied Science Degrees
  • 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
  • 16:1 student / teacher ratio
  • Approximately 1800 students
  • 40 acre campus
  • 87% in training related field
  • Accept college transfer credits

Lake Area Technical College 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 College on the web at LATC