Hill City Junior High School - Yearbook (Hill City, SD)
- Class of 1984
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jAbovei On December 12. the Elementary celebrated the opening of the
new school addition by releasing 300 helium-filled balloons. A note was
put into each balloon explaining why the balloons were let go, the schools
address, and telephone number.
l-lill City, South Dakota
Volume 9 1984
The school year 1983-1984 has been a year of expansion. The
elementary school is working hard to improve the quality of the
education for the young people, The Division of Elementary and
Secondary Education conducted an on-site school study to ap-
praise the adequacy and appropriateness of the school district's
facilities educational and activity program, staffing, etc.
The elementary school has divided the kindergarten class into two
sections. There are two sections of first grade and two sections of
second grade, The lower number of students per classroom allows
the teacher more time with each pupil.
The elementary teachers have departmentalized some of their
subjects. Individual teachers can teach subjects that they enjoy
teaching as well as save preparation time. A big advantage of this
system is the fact that the young people are exposed to different
teachers, who use different methods ol teaching. It also allows the
teachers to know all of the children in the grade and not just those
students in their own classroom. All of this is a "growing" edge for
the elementary students.
The Junior High students were displaced for awhile this past year.
At the beginning of the year some of their classes were held in the
high school building and the others were in the junior high building.
After Christmas vacation, the Junior High students moved back
into their own building.
As you can imangine, the students are growing taller and older,
and the school is growing in size because of the increased enroll-
ment. Therefore, our elementary school building is growing, too.
The philosophy of our school staff is that our school should be a
happy place for students to learn to grow and to enjoy their
friends. The KEY to this success is total cooperation between the
staff, students, and parents. "We are the Growing Rangers!"
One of the things that we decided
as a staff is that we always won-
dered what grade was it that I was
required to tie my shoes, learn the
multiplication tables, or write cur-
sive. Therefore, we wanted to inform
our readers and also record for the
young people some of the things
that they are expected to learn at
each grade level. Do you remember
when you had to?
The kindergarten students are the youngest
and the smallest on our growing ladder. The
class is divided into two sections. There are
20 students in one section and 20 in the
other They attend school all day every other
These little chicks are expected to know
some things before they ever begin school.
The children should know their address,
phone number, birthday and chores like tying
their shoes and going to the bathroom by
Here at school, they learn about their envi-
ronment. They learn to explain social and
occupational roles of family and community
members. They must learn about themselves
and become little people.
Some of the skills that kindergarten students
learn are: to name the eight basic colors, to
identify sounds, to count to 50 and to recog-
nize basic shapes, They also learn the alpha-
bet and how to write their name.
Kindergarten activities are aimed to develop
the following kinds ot skills: self-help, motor,
social, language, and understanding con-
cepts. By the end of the kindergarten year, all
of these young people have come out of their
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Mrs Prelle is the home room teacher for
the fifth graders, who continue on like the
tortoise in the race. They always finish
their race In their reading text called Key-
stone, they work on comprehension.
They go to Mrs. Prautzsch for their math
class. They study fractions and the metric
system. Mr. Birkholz is the science teach-
er who helps with experiments. Their fa-
vorite experiment is how to Ucrystalize'
milk It tasted teriffic when they finished.
ln social studies class they study the his-
tory of the United States. They are re-
quired to know the location of all 50
states, and the correct spelling. They
have to do reports on the state and in-
clude information like the state's flower.
In fifth grade they are able to join the
beginners band if they want. They study
things like melody, rhythm, and expres-
sion in music. The results of their contin-
ual efforts is a promotion to sixth grade.
Time races on.
Upon entering the first grade the children
have grown a few inches, have lost some of
their front teeth, and have learned school
routines. They are usually timid, like fawns,
and are just as curious. They are eager to
learn and look forward to coming to school.
The first grade class is divided into two sec-
tions, Mrs. Byerly's class has 20 studentsg
Mrs. Swartz's class has 20 students.
The children have a regular routine. They be-
gin each day with an assignment paper on
their desk. They say the flag salute and shar-
pen their pencils for work. The main thing
that first grade students have to learn is how
to read, They must master at least the first
three books, Rockets, Footprints, and Sur-
prises. lf they have not completed this series,
they must remain in first grade until they can
complete them successfully, First grade stu-
dents begin to add numbers, They have lan-
guage lessons, and penmanship lessons.
They study science and social studies too.
Mrs. Byerly teaches the social studies les-
sons and Mrs. Swartz teaches the science
lessons. These students also have PE. class
in order to develop their muscle coordination.
Mrs. Engstrom meets three times a week with
first graders for music classes.
All first grade students enjoy recess time. lt
may be a first grader's favorite time of the
day, They can make noise, have fun, and run
with their friends, just like the baby deer they
The second grade students are busy bees.
They have to finish reading Honeycomb, Clo-
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The construction of the new addition began
on June 1, 1984.
verleaf, and Sunburst. They learn how to bor-
row and carry in math class. They also begin
the multiplication tables and learn up through
the tives. They add and subtract two place
numbers. There are six reading groups in the
sixth grade. These are ability groups.
This year all of the primary students have
been studying a new method of penmanship
called D'Nealin. This is a style of cursive
printing that uses a natural slant to the letters
and letters like k and l have a curved hook on
the end. Mrs. Shuck says, "lt's beautiful, and
we can read the writing."
One of the most fun science projects of their
year for the students was the study of their
own bodies. Did you know that one student
"lost his kidney", and one day they all
"pasted their brains" in place? The terms
cation. However, they now move from class-
room to classroom.
Mrs. Kenton teaches them reading in a book
called Tapestry In math they learn the rest of
their multiplication tables, and they learn how
to divide with remainders in their answers. ln
science class with Mr. Greer, they have fun
learning about different kinds of machines,
and experimenting with pulleys and inclined
planes. Mrs. Kenton teaches them a fun unit
in social studies about pioneers, and Miss
Degen doesn't let them forget about nouns
and verbs. They have PE, with Mr. Shuck
twice a week for 20 minutes. He has them
doing all kinds of activities like tumbling and
playing frisbee tag. They have music class
with Mrs. Engstrom, and have only one re-
cess during the afternoon. As you can see, all
of this activity really keeps them "hopping".
used in the unit of study made it funny and
very productive. Each student drew his body
on a piece of white paper and then added the
body parts as they studied each one.
The second grade students participated in all
the usual activities like fire drills, holiday par-
ties, and such. They take two short recesses
in the afternoon each day, As you can see,
the second grade classrooms are beehives of
When students enter the third grade, they
have rabbit teeth in front and are working on
replacing their missing teeth with permanent
ones. The third grade class is also the begin-
ning of individual responsibilities, ln the third
grade, they study all of the same subject
areas - reading, math, spelling, science, so-
cial studies, English, music and physical edu-
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pond of knowledge The story becomes more
complicated each year, especially their story
problems in math They also learn how to
multiply up to four-digit numbers.
Their reading texts are called Windchimes
and Passports. In science with Mr Greer,
they are studying the human body and its
systems, They made charts that showed their
insides. Mrs. Kenton teaches them social
studies and SD. history. ln Miss Degen's
English class, composition is an important
part of their work They wade through the
"parts of speech" exercises year after year.
Music is one of their busiest classes. They
learn how to read music, rhythm, and melo-
dy. Some of the high school students visit
their class and demonstrate different instru-
ments for them.
They have to get l'quacking" every morning
in order to complete their lessons each day.
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The new addition was completed on December 18, 1984.
Sixth graders "leap" into the year with
energy and anticipation. They can't just
sit on their lily pads and expect success.
Mrs. Prautzsch teaches their math les-
sons, They learn how decimal points are
used and what they mean. They also
study consumer math courses. Their
readers are Medley, Impressions, and En-
In social studies class, they study each
countries around the world. They learn
about the flag of the nation, and its histo-
In English class they review all the parts of
speech and sentence patterns. They have
handwriting classes to improve their pen-
manship. They learn about filling out
forms properly, legibly, and neatly.
Copper tooling and stained glass designs
with markers are examples of their fun art
projects. In music class with Mrs Eng-
strom they review key signatures, time
signatures, and study related arts. They
compare visual art with music.
Mr. Shuck has them playing kickball, tum-
bling, and other things to get them in
shape so that they can make the "leap"
into the Junior High pond.
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The Keystone school is small this year. The school has
nine students from eight families. The second grade
class is the largest with five students. There are two
children in first grade and one in the third grade and one
in the fourth grade. Mrs. Patsy Jeitz, who started the
year as the teachers aide, was dismissed from her job.
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ifTop Lefty The students and the teacher exchange Christmas pre-
. sents that they have for each other. tAbovei The students work on
individual assignments the teacher has given them.
taught in the classrooms at Hill City. Mrs. Prince teach-
es all of the grades all of their subjects. The caring and
friendship and learning happens easily in a small school
setting according to her students.
The students at Keystone have all the usual class par-
ties. At Halloween time trophies were awarded for best
costume and the largest bubble in the bubble-blowing
contest. The students dressed in costumes for the day.
At Christmas, the school presented "Grandma's Christ-
mas Scrapbook" to an audience made up of parents
and friends. The children exchanged gifts among them-
selves and with their teacher, lvlrs. Prince.
The Keystone school participated in the DESE study
too. The department people recommended that the
Keystone school be closed and the children be bussed
to Hill City. They also recommended that the school
building, which is a historical landmark, be converted to
a museum forthe city ot Keystone, a tourist town. The
administration and Board of Education looked into this
possibility during the spring of 1984.
tAooveJ Susan Johnson prepares for art class tTop Righty Trygye
Nelson and Susan Johnson VISIT Keystone Schools lrhrary each week
tCenter Fllghtl Lent Garrett hopes has Innes for the Ghrrstmas program
vvrll enter hrs brain by osmosrs tl3elovvt lnterruptrons cause all stu-
dents to lorget studyrng tl3elovv Rrghtj The school consists of Clilack
Rowj Larry Johnson, Lent Garrett, Susan Johnson, Trygye Nelson
tFront Howl Lynette Gohsman, Nrckl Grover, Kelly Gardner, Laurre
Jeltz, and Amy Wreoner
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fTop Lefty A grizzled ape and a wrinkled old man showed up at
the elementary Halloween party. fTop Righty John Voshall
bounces his way to victory on Green and Gold Day tCentery
The Junior High cheerleaders show their school spirit They
includet Kristi Anderson, Christine Peterson, Darci Wiederhold
and Shana Schrank. CBottom Lefty The elementary school
participated in a child identification program with the Penning'
ton County Sheriffs department Billy Dohr gets his finger-
prints here tBottom Righty Many mothers assisted their chil-
dren in getting the final touches on costumes for the l-lalloween
Mrs Wanda Degen is the Resource person
for mathematics The computer is an espe-
cially useful tool for drill and practice exer-
cises for her math students, We still use
Mrs Judy Schrank is the librarian She teach-
es classes in how to use library materials to
the older students and encourages reading
for all the younger students Mrs Schrank is
always adding new books to the Flementary
Libaray shelves located in the multi-purpose
roorrr She also has story time with the Kin'
dergarten .ind first grade classes DFAR time
is a part of the reading practice loo lDrop
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Mrs Michele Johnson is available to assist
students with speech problems. She works
with students two days per week, on Tuesday
and Thursday The kinds of activities include
lots of speech and sound practices. She is
the teacher for students who speak a secon
During the year, Mrs Stahl, as the resource
person lor Junior l-lrgh students teaches re-
medial skills to those people who haven't yet
mastered them She holds conferences with
the parents and teachers to make individual
educational plans for special students She
informs other staff members of special needs
or problems She helps her students with
study skills, performing everyday assign-
ments, and so on
Mrs, Leanne Patterson is the Special Educa-
tion teacher, Special kids go to her class-
room for help with reading, language, etc.
Mrs Lucy Williamson is the Remedial Read-
ing teacher She helps those students from
grades one through eight who have not yet
mastered basic skills in reading They do lots
of oral reading each day, work in workbooks
for practice in comprehension, and do lots of
drill and practice exercises The addition of a
computer to her classroom this year has
been lots of fun for her readers They have
units of study for special interest groupings
like a unit on horses or football Every stu-
dents can learn to enjoy reading after they
master the basic skills with the help of Mrs
Staff Enhances Learning
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Mr Rudy Duwenhoegger keeps the building clean forthe Elementary
staff and students Since they added on to the size of the building, his
increased Whenever we see a broom, we see Rudy clean-
' ing up the hallways and classrooms for us
" Our bus drivers haul us to school They pick us up in the early
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nin almost always before we are ready to go to sc oo
are two contractors for the bus routes Mr Sonny Schriner has tive
A routes. They include the following routes and drivers the Mt Rush'
more route, Kenny Gardnerg Harney route, Sonny Schnner, Rochtord
M M ers has one
route, Dave Gordong Ractola route, Kandi Turner r ey
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"lunch" lady She takes the
lunch money, writes notes to
the parents and makes stue
dents behave in the lunchroom
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keeping the copy machine runs
ning She watches the kids on
the playground She helps Mr
Halter with his paperwork, too
Mrs Sue Anderson is the title
aide for Mrs Williamson She
assists Mrs Williamson in the
classroom by tiling papers and
setting up equipment She also
helps the students when they
need extra drill, etc
tAboveJ Class officers are: Matt Henderson, Treaeurerg Suzy Tully,
Vrce Pre-ardent, Kerth Auetrn, Secretary, E J Ftosellee, Preeudent.
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The eighth grade class worked hard this year to
better themselves for entering high school. The class
consists of twenty girls and sixteen boys. The eighth
grade class advisors are Mrs. Amanda Engstrom and
Mr. Larry Shuck.
Who is the stranger who's hands are attacking Stephanie Moke'?
No one will ever know.
Pam Murphy Danny Neilin
Jason Olson Aaron Patterson
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Tamela Crisrnan and Pam Murphy try on their costumes for their musical
production "Wheels" held March 15.
Lisa Shay Samantha Simmons
Debra Simpson Torn Tesh
John Voshall Darci Wiederhold
Kristi Anderson poses for the camera, while Stephanie Novy
Debbie Wiederhold Kim Wiener
George Wright, Mark Meissner, and Wade Morris assist with the heavy
chores of moving out of the Junior High building and into their new
Junior High Math Home Economics
Science Industrial Arts
Social Studies Band
Orientation Physical Education
The seventh grade class is the beginning of the
junior high years. They have moved up to "having
my own locker." This is when most girls are using
make-up and boys are taking the football field by
storm - for the first time in their lives,
The seventh grade advisors are Mr. Boyer and
Mrs. Stapert. In December before Christmas, they
hosted an ice-skating party for the class. Only a
few students braved the extreme cold weather.
They skated near the Fianger station, then re-
turned to the Home Economics room for hot
chocolate and cookies.
Eighth graders are at the top of our "growing"
ladder. Every elementary student's goal is to be-
come an eighth grader.
After Christmas vacation, the seventh and eighth
grade classes moved into their own facility in the
gymnasium building. The students in these groups
have social, emotional, physical, and intellectual
needs that are different from the elementary or
high school students. The curriculum in junior high
provides a program of instruction to meet those
needs. The teaching staff concentrates on teach-
ing basic skills. Choices and decision-making are
all a part of education. A keyboarding class with
Mrs. Stapert was added for eighth grade girls dur-
ing the second semester, The class was added to
better prepare the girls for computer fingering.
Experience is where most is learned, and junior
high is where it begins.
The junior high choir will put on a musical in March
called "VVheels."-"Wheels" is the history of how
the wheel has developed. lt begins during the
stone ages and works through the development of
the wheel into the future. The play has several solo
parts. The main characters of the play are Flock
and Martha. The casting has not yet been com-
pleted, so we cannot give the character assign-
Mrs. Pam Johnson created the costumes for the
cast. Flon Brown is the Student Director assisting
Mrs. Amanda Engstrom with the junior high choir.
The high school cross country team is
really more of a Jr. High team. There is
only one freshman and the rest of the
team are out of Jr. High. This cross coun-
try team has accomplished so much this
year, it is unbelievable. The team compet-
ed in seven regular meets and did very
well in all of them. They also went to a
Philip Invitational where they took first
place. When the regionals came, all the
athletes were in very good shape and
their final finishing places ranged from
second to sixteenth. Regionals also took
place in Philip. The team, except for
three, then went on to the state meet in
Mitchell. The athletes all did exceptionally
well and came home with their heads up
high. Coach Alvin Birkholz has taken on
coaching these kids as if they were his
own. He was very pleased with the out-
come of the season.
lTopl Coach Birkholz. lTop Bowl Stacy Henderson,
Matt Henderson, and Kristi Anderson. lMiddIe Bowl
Suzy Tully, E. J. Boselles, Darci Wiederhold. lFront
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Even though the junior high football ended with a O-3
record for the season, the boys had potential. Mr. Galen
Britain was the coach with the help of seniors, Danny
Coy and Bon Brown. The team games were against
Edgemont, Douglas, and Custer. Coach Britain was
pleased with the talent of the team and did an excellent
job of teaching the boys the basics of football.
lTop Bowl Coach Britain, Danny Nelin, Todd George, Aaron Patter-
son, Bandy Phariss, Mike Albers, Keith Austin, and Paul Denke.
lMiddle Bowl Kevin Miles, Dale Crisman, Tracy Shuck, Matt Hender-
son, E. J, Boselles, John Anderson, and Jason Olson. iFront Bowl
Cris Turman, John Kellsy, Bon Alcott, Eric Walker, Bob Hotchkiss,
Danny Maxfield, David Patterson, and John Pearson.
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7th Grade Boys
Mr. Galen Britain coached the seventh grade boys' first
year of basketball and was very pleased with the out-
come. Many ofthe boys were already very talented and
skilled in handling a basketball. Coach Britain said the
boys showed a lot of enthusiasm for next year. The
boys finished their season with a 6-9 record.
tBack Rowj Coach Britain, S. M. Shane Walsh, Ron Alcott, Keith
Austin, S. M. John Anderson. tMiddle Rowi Rick Sampson, Paul
Denke, Matt Henderson, E. J. Roselles, Tracy Shuck, tFront Rowi
David Patterson, Gary Lytle, Eric Walker, Bart Samuelson, Mike John-
son, and Danny Maxfield.
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Even though finishing with a 2-11 record, the seventh
grade girls basketball team had a certain spark
throughout the season. For their first year in basketball,
the girls learned many skills such as, dribbling, passing,
and shooting. Their coach was Mr. Brian Boyer.
iTop Rowi Coach Boyer, Teresa Weisenberg, Cyd Alexander, Jacque
Cranston, Alisa Tesch, and Tracey Coe. tlfront Rowl Angela Crisman,
Suzy Tully, Danita Harn, Veronica Prautzsch, Lori Novak, and Sandy
8th Grade Boys
Eighth grade boys, coached by Mr. Brian Boyer had a
losing season also, but had fun competing against the
other schools. The boys finished their season winning 3
games and losing 11. This was Mr. Boyer's first year of
coaching at Hill City, but he seemed to enjoy the boys.
"They were very spunkyf'
tTop Rowi Coach Boyer, Rodger Karl, Dale Crisman, Shane Schriner,
Jason Olson. fMiddIe Rowi Rob Hotchkiss, Tom Tesch, Danny Nelin,
Curtis Koepell, Greg Lee, John Voshal. tlfront Rowl John Kellsy, Todd
George, Randy Phariss, Brett Peterson, Aaron Patterson.
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8th Grade Girls
The eighth grade girls basketball team, coached by Mr.
Gerald Erickson showed a lot of improvement this sea-
son. They finished with a 4-9 record but won their last
game of the season, which should keep up their enthu-
siasm for next year.
tTop Rowj Lisa Shay, Lori Allgier, Sammy Simmons, Pam Murphy,
and Coach Erickson. tMiddIe Rowi Karie Barney, Steph Novy, Tamela
Crisman, Kris Peterson, Steph Moke, Patti Nordmark, flfront Rowi
Darci Weiderhold, Kristi Anderson, Shana Shrank, Debbie Weider-
hold, and Heidi Peterson.
tBeIovvl The use of growing technology continues at l-lill City.
We Keep Growing
We have tried to make 1984's elementaryfjunior high
yearbook both interesting and informative. At the same
time, vve wanted something nevv and different.
As you have seen, vve moved all of our informative print
forthe classes onto a fevv pages, rather than putting the
print on each page
The staff vvould like to thank Randy Whyte tor his art
work and Mr. Halter for the information vve included in
our book. We thank all the teachers tor their coopera-
We really are excited about our book. We hope that you
enjoy reading it as much as vve enjoyed producing it.
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