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Jennifer Knecht

Jennifer Knecht , about 19 hours ago

Dear Platte Geddes Elementary Parents;

Governor Noem Announces K-12 Connect
Governor Kristi Noem has announced the launch of K-12 Connect, a program to provide internet service at no cost to eligible K-12 students in their homes for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

Eligible households will receive a letter indicating eligibility and identifying a telecommunications company to call to access free internet service through K-12 Connect. Letters were mailed October 26. To enroll, eligible households must call the telecommunications company noted in their letter to set up service. Providers will install the necessary equipment on a first-come, first-serve basis. Internet service will be provided through June 30, 2021. After that time, the household must return the equipment to the provider or continue services at the household's expense.

Eligible households must meet all of the following requirements:

Have at least one student currently enrolled in an accredited South Dakota K-12 school; and
Must meet the income eligibility guidelines for the free and reduced school lunch program; and
The household must not have been subscribed to a fixed broadband internet service as of July 1, 2020.
Enrollment closes Nov. 20, 2020. K-12 Connect is a partnership of the South Dakota Governor’s Office, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, Department of Education, and participating telecommunications companies.

If you have not received a letter, but believe your household is eligible, please call (605) 773-3248 or email k12connect@state.sd.us. Or you may call our local provider, Midstate Communications at 778-6221.

Telecommunications companies who are participating in K-12 Connect include:

Alliance Communications Cooperative
Beresford Municipal Telephone Company
Faith Municipal Telephone Company
Fort Randall Telephone Company
Golden West Telecommunications
Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative
Kennebec Telephone Company
Long Lines Broadband
Midco
Midstate Communications
RC Technologies
Santel Communications Cooperative
Swiftel Communications/Brookings Municipal Telephone
TrioTel Communications
Valley Telecommunications Cooperative
Vast
Venture Communications Cooperative
West River Cooperative Telephone Company
West River Telecommunications Cooperative

Have a great day!

Kathy Holter
Business Manager
Platte-Geddes School District #11-5
Telephone: 605-337-3391 ext. 117

Jennifer Knecht
Elementary Principal/SPED Director
Platte-Geddes School District

Jennifer Knecht

Jennifer Knecht , 8 days ago

Just a couple of reminders of upcoming events at Platte Geddes Elementary.....
*There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 23, 2020 due to staff development for our teachers.
*We will celebrate HALLOWEEN on Friday, October 30, 2020. Your child's classroom teacher will be sending specific party and costume information. We request that students do not bring "community treats" for the entire classroom this year and only bring a drink and snack for themselves. Thank you.

Jennifer Knecht

Jennifer Knecht , 8 days ago

This Good News Call goes out to Harbour Wallace! Harbour was nominated by Mrs. Gloria Kok. This morning Harbour noticed a student that was having a tough morning and didn't want to go outside for recess. Harbour took the time to go over and help the student get their hat and mittens on to go outside. He encouraged the student to come outside with him and play, and it worked. Thank you Harbour for taking the time to notice that another student wasn't having a great day and for helping out a friend that needed a little boost. Way to go Harbour!! We are proud of you and we appreciate the kindness shown to others.

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Jennifer Knecht

Jennifer Knecht , 8 days ago

We have another Good News Call going out this week to Merrick Kimball. Merrick was nominated for the Good News Call by his teacher, Mrs. Nicole DeVries. Merrick was caught helping another student stack the chairs at her table at the end of the day. The other kids at her table were gone, so he noticed that she needed some help and he went right over to help her. Thank you Merrick for watching out for the other students in our class and for taking the initiative to help, even if no one told you to! Keep up the great work Merrick!

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Jennifer Knecht

Jennifer Knecht , 14 days ago

Aren't these two the cutest littles you've seen all day? 😊😊❤️❤️

Jacoby Severson and Bowen Michael were nominated for the Good News Call by Mrs. Sandy DuFrain. Jacoby and Bowen noticed a hole in the playground, and they took the "initiative" (our word of the week....) to fill the hole with rocks so that no one would step in it and get hurt. Their act of kindness and respect for others was noticed by Mrs. Sandy DuFrain. Bowen and Jacoby, thank you for modeling our word of the week "initiative" and for noticing a potential problem for others and helping us take care of it. We appreciate your very KIND and RESPECTFUL act. And we LOVE your beautiful smiles and the happiness you bring to our school each and every day! Thanks for being such great kiddos!

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