News From The Middle
News From The Middle
NMS - Heather Link
Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Thursday,  April 11

  • Track @ Mitchell CANCELLED

April 16-17 UPDATED 

  • 6-8th Smarter Balance Testing

Thursday, April 18

  • Early release, 1:15 

Friday, April 19

  • NO SCHOOL, Good Friday

Monday, April 22

  • NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday

**Updated 2018-2019 Calendar with extended days due to snow days

**2019-2020 School Calendar is available on the website 



Attention 7th Grade Parents: The 7th Grade Field Trip to the Omaha Zoo is in the horizon.  Your student will go on the field trip either Wednesday, April 24th or Thursday, April 25th.  There will be more information sent home next week regarding which day your student will go along with general field trip information. 

State Testing   

April 16-17... 6-8th Smarter Balance Math Testing


Parents/Guardians if you know that your learner will be absent during our testing dates, please contact their teachers and Krista Groeneweg so make-up times can be set up.       Your learners are allowed to bring snacks and gum during the four days of testing:     Learners will not be allowed to take any cell phones, I-watches or similar devices into the testing environment. They will need head phones and ear buds, but they CANNOT be wireless. 

   Helpful tips for test taking:     Get some sleep the night before  Eat a good meal  Practice relaxation breathing  Relax…  Brain breaks and exercise  Chew gum or mints

This testing is very important for your child, Harrisburg North Middle School and the Harrisburg School District. Thank you for supporting your child and our school during this assessment period. Please contact us if you have any questions. (,


We know that Harrisburg North Middle School’s students will help us to  understand the great strides our students have taken in meeting our school and  state standards in learning!

Classroom On-line Store

This is Mesa Groen.  I am a special education teacher in the district and work with learners in the therapy based program at North Middle School.  The learners in my classroom have been working hard on art projects that we have in turn made into a variety of greeting cards.  We would like to open our school store to the district.  Please know, these items are all first come, first serve.  We have limited amounts of items.  If you are interested in supporting our classroom, please visit the link below:

Thank you in advance!

Mrs. Mesa Groen

MS SPED Therapy Based Classroom Teacher

Middle School Oral Interp Coach

Harrisburg North Middle School


Games Needed

HNMS is in need of both NEW and USED board games and card games to let the kids use during their PBIS reward days.  Now is the time to do a little spring cleaning and help the kids out at the same time!  Please drop off in the office and let them know it’s for the PBIS Rewards Day.  Thanks so much for your donations!   



We have a lot of amazing things happening at HNMS, and we don't always hear about it. If you have a positive comment to share about a student or a teacher, fill out a ROAR Call so we can share the positive feedback. Please know we do automatically track emails of respondents, so we do know who makes submissions. If you have negative feedback please let Mr. Fesler or Mrs. Olinger know directly.        You'll find the link below "Current Families" under the Explore tab on our website      

FROM THE COUNSELOR...     Feeding SD: Back Pack Program   Harrisburg North Middle School is again partnering with Feeding South Dakota’s Back Pack Program throughout the 2018-2019 school year.  The program begins in late September and continues through the end of May.  The BackPack Program is designed to fill the hunger gap that exists from Friday evening until Monday morning when the children are back in school and have access to the breakfast and lunch programs. 

If you are interested in being a part of this program please fill out the form (  return it to Mrs. Groeneweg (School Counselor).  If you have additional questions/concerns please Contact Mrs. Groeneweg at ( or 743-2567. Ext. 5178      Feeding South Dakota also uses donated dollars to purchase the food for this program. Please carefully consider your family’s economic status to determine if the food assistance is needed by your child(ren). The goal of the program is to provide food to children who are hungry on a regular basis. If you are able to make do without this assistance, please allow the program to be used by others with a greater need.     


Summer Camps and more

Go to the Documents page on the school website for information about:




-Show Choir Camp

-Harrisburg Athletic Camps

-Harrisburg Basketball Team Fundraiser

-FCCLA Easter Event

-Career Camp

-Health Career Camp

-Flag Football

-Sworkit Youth Initiative

Project: Design Boot Camp

Design Boot Camps are offered each summer at the Institute of Design & Technology SD take place May through August. More information and downloadable applications for 2019 Project: Design Boot Camp summer schedule found on the website:  The Institute of Design & Technology is dedicated to advancing creative workforce development with design career exploration, creative entrepreneurship and their summer project-based exploration programs.

Project: Design Boot Camp was developed by Institute of Design & Technology was an early pioneer in the development of project-based learning. It is their passion to inspire and invoke imagination for students wishing to explore creative career options in design careers. IDTSD creatively reinforce the importance of math into the design process.  See images from some of our advanced summer sessions: Interior Décor, Interior Elevation /3-D Model Making Session, Fashion Illustration, Couture sewing, Pattern Making, Fashion Design.  Scholarship assistance available to students returning for advanced 5-day sessions.

Design A Bookmark

Universe of Stories: bookmark contest. Design a bookmark; win a prize! You could be a winner! Middle and high school students are invited to design a bookmark to promote Siouxland Libraries’ 2019 Summer Reading Program? Universe of Stories. One winner will be selected in each of three categories.  Enter here:  

Siouxland Libraries   Siouxland Libraries is doing a reading program incorporating the SD Teen Choice Awards titles from now until April 1, 2019.  For each book on the SD Teen Choice Awards list that a teen reads, they can enter for one of 16 raffle baskets.  The list of the titles, voting, information and pictures of the raffle baskets are here, . The baskets range in themes from Harry Potter to Fortnite to Table-Top Games to Art. It is open for all 6th-12th graders who either live in the Siouxland Libraries service area or have a card.    

Have a great rest of your week! 

Harrisburg North Middle School   2201 W. 95th   Street Sioux Falls, SD 57108   Phone: 605-743-2567 (office extension: 3008)   Fax: 605-275-9140  

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Safety Policy-- Please be aware that a safety plan has been put into place by the Harrisburg School District. If the office staff is unfamiliar with the individual who is visiting or signing out a student, they will need to show identification. If parents arrange for someone other than themselves to pick up their student, please make them aware of our policy and inform the office of whom will be coming. Thank you.  

North Middle School Parking Lot-- Please be courteous and vigilant as you enter and exit the North Middle School parking lot.  As our building continues to grow, it is critical that we all take a common sense, neighborly approach for when you either drop off or pick up your student.  A few reminders:We have several students with leg injuries whose parents require access to the handicap parking spaces.  Do not park in a handicap spot without a parking tag.  In addition, do not block a handicap spot.Please pull forward as far as you can while waiting for your student to leave the building.  The pickup lane extends all the way to the east end of the building.Keep your eyes open for students being dropped off in the outer lane.Do not park in the street. If the pick-up line extends past the parking lot boundaries, be sure to find a spot to park in the parking lot.