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

Tricia Walker, K12 Instructional Design

605-882-6312

Heidi Clausen, Business Manager

605-882-6314

Emily Sovell, Assistant Business Manager

605-882-6314

Other District Supervisors

Jennifer Heath, Director of Special Services

605-882-6398

Maria Nei, Assistant Director of Special Services

605-882-6398

Deb Fredrickson, Director of Computer Services

605-882-6356

Craig Boyens, Athletic Director

605-882-6328

Wade Heiser, Bus Transportation Supervisor

605-882-6335

Caitlin Bach, Nutrition Services Director

605-882-6325

School Board Members

Tammy Rieber, President

605-880-9760

Stuart Stein, Vice President

605-881-3361

Jon Iverson, Member

605-881-7880

Kari Lohr, Member

605-868-7090

Jean Moulton, Member

605-237-3222

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

It is the philosophy of the Watertown School District that students will respond more positively to the opportunity for success than to the threat of failure.  The district, therefore, will seek to make achievement both recognizable and possible for its students, and will emphasize achievement in its processes of evaluating student performance.

Students in kindergarten through grade four will receive a standards-based report card using a 3-2-1 scale.  This notation will indicate how each student is performing in relation to specific learning standards.

3 = Proficient

2 = Approaching Proficiency

1 = Below Proficient

Blank = Not assessed at this time

In grades 5-12, 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: Advanced Placement

Standard Bonus added to GPA per grade period

                                          

   100    -  92     -    A                               A = .021  

     91    -  84     -    B                               B = .011

     83    -  76     -    C                               C = .006

     75    -  68     -   D                                   

     67    -    0     -    F                                   

For the purpose of determining grade point averages for individual and cumulative classes the four-point grade system is utilized:  A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0. The cumulative grade point average for a quarter, semester, year, or total high school career is determined by adding the total grade points earned for each quarter and dividing by the total number grades given.

The Board recognizes that any grading system, however effective, is subjective in nature, but will urge all faculty members to conduct student evaluations as objectively as possible.

ACT SCORES

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

English

21.1

21.8

21.5

21

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

22.1

22.5

22

22.8

22.6

22.5

Composite

21.6

21.9

22

21.8

22.4

22.1

22

State Composite

21.8

21.8

21.8

21.9

21.9

21.9

21.8

National Composite

21

21.1

21.1

20.9

21

20.8

21

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

2003

2004

2005-2007

2010

2014

2015

2017

English / Language Arts

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Mathematics

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Science

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Speech

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Social Studies

3.5

3.5

3.5

3.5

3.5

3

3

Computer Science

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Fine Arts

0.5

0.5

1

1

1

1

1

Economics or Personal Finance

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Physical Education with Health

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

SD Other Requirements

1

1

1

Career Technical

World Lang, or

Capstone/Senior

Experience

Elective Courses

9

8.5

8

7.5

6.5

7

7

Health (grades 6-8)

0.5

Total

24

24

24

24

24

24

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 COLLEGE

LATC

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.

FACTS:

  • 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