The end of the school year

We had our last couple of team meetings for the St. Joseph’s school year. We have a two day strategic planning retreat coming up in a couple of weeks, and our management team reviewed the briefing papers that our working groups have put together, and held a phone conference with our facilitator to work out some of the details. Planning is a lot of work on the front end, but when it is done right and provides good direction for the future; it is certainly worth the effort.

Our Child Services Team went over student issues as we wrap up another school year and get ready for our summer programming. Most students are excited about going home for the summer, but if a home situation is not the best, it can cause students to feel stress, anxiety and even act out in destructive ways at school or in the home. While these last days are mostly fun, we do have some students who are having difficulties and we are trying to pay close attention to their needs.

Next week we will have several homes open for the students who will be here for up to 7 more weeks. We’re also getting ready for our Rising Eagle Day Camp, and will bus children from the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Indian Reservations for recreational and cultural activities. Keep checking back for more information!

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

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