Guest blogger: Kathleen


My name is Kathleen, I am the Principal at St. Joseph’s Indian School here in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Our school is composed of Native American children in grades one through eight. The students’ day runs from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. 

During the course of the week their studies include, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, mathematics, science, social studies, computer, art/music, religion and Native American studies. The class sizes run from nine to fourteen students.  We have additional staff for the classroom teachers to further individualized student learning.  They range from teachers aides, reading and math specialists, occupational, speech, and physical therapists. 

Every day we live our motto: to teach and serve, receive and learn.

Our goal is to help each individual Lakota child reach their potential and to address any difficulties they may have academically. Each student has an academic file which tracks progress and identifies what strategies are being used to help the student achieve. Students that are noted as ‘intensive’ receive multiple services. ‘Strategic’ students receive help in specific areas and ‘benchmarked’ students are challenged to exceed their  goals.

This week, five of our students in grades 3-8 competed in the Regional Spelling Bee and our eighth student came in third place. Later this month, we will have our eighth grade girls attend a day-long workshop dealing with math, science and engineering projects.

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 90 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.

One thought on “Guest blogger: Kathleen”

  1. Hello, Kathleen..
    You are all doing a GREAT job there.! Educating our youngsters today is an intensive job, but it’s a real stake in the future when it is done right. Sorry enough, far too many schools are lacking. So, “baby, take a bow” are all headed into the future with the benefit you are creating today at your sides..!
    BRAVO ! Well Done !
    Mia Inez Archer, M.A.(Elem. ed.) M.A. (Reading), Specialist/Ed/LH

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