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"Friends of SDSBVI" Award (May 2014)

This award is given in recognition of individuals or organizations that have supported the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The honorees receive individual plaques and their name is added to the large plaque on display in the school lobby.

The individual selected is Kathy Prouse from Aberdeen who shares her love of gardening in our Fragrance Garden and other areas on campus. Kathy retired from SDSBVI in 2012 and now dedicates her time to keep our campus bright and beautiful.

Photo:  Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser congratulating Kathy

 Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser congratulating Kathy

The organization selected is the Brentwood Hutterite Colony of Faulkton represented by Cornelius and Judith Wurtz & their daughter Leanne. The members of the Colony have created many beautiful quilts for our students and also donated several quilts to support school related fundraisers. They have shared so generously with us in many other ways throughout the years.

Photo: Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser congratulating Judith, Leanne and Cornelius

Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser congratulating Judith, Leanne and Cornelius 

Civil Service Employee of the Year (May 2014)

No school, especially a residential school, can run effectively without the efforts of Civil Service Employees. Each spring the staff nominates a Civil Service Employee who has gone above and beyond their job responsibilities to provide service to the school and students, to provide exceptional support for their fellow workers, and to be an example to others. It is an honor to be nominated by your peers for outstanding service.

This year the following individuals were nominated: Maintenance: Richard Blondo; Kitchen: Juanita Misslitz; Residential Program:  Cathleen Walker and Janet Moser; Office Personnel: Susan Snaza; and Outreach Services: Lori Gellhaus.

This year’s winner Juanita Misslitz has worked as a Cook at the School for over 10 years. She was recognized for her dedication to doing good work every day, respectfulness of the students and staff, and willingness to help whenever needed.

 Photo:  Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser presenting Juanita her plaque

Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser presenting Juanita her plaque 

Retiring (May 2014)

Angie Usselman is pictured receiving a clock from Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser (left) and Food Service Supervisor Heidi Hagen (right) upon her retirement of devoting the last 25 years as a Cook at the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Angie will be remembered for her work ethic and her love of servicing the students and staff.

Photo:  Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser and Food Service Supervisor Heidi  Hagen presenting clock to Angie

Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser and Food Service Supervisor Heidi Hagen presenting clock to Angie 

SDSBVI chooses Homecoming King and Queen (September 2013)

South Dakota School for the Blind & Visually Impaired celebrated homecoming this week by crowning Royalty. Queen is Kendra Terkildsen, daughter of Dana Clayton of White Lake SD and Rock Terkildsen of Kadoka SD & King is Jordan Houseman, son of Ian & April Long of Pickstown SD

Photo:  Queen Kendra Terkildsen and King Jordan Houseman

Queen Kendra Terkildsen and King Jordan Houseman 

Retiring! (June 2013)

The School for the Blind and Visually Impaired wishes the best to Mark Krogstrand, who served as Principal for 17 years.  He was recently presented a clock by Superintendent Marje Kaiser as a token of the school’s appreciation. Mark will be remembered for his dedication to his work, his attention to detail, and his corny jokes.

Photo:  Superintendent Marje Kaiser and Mark Krogstrand with his clock

`Supt. Marje Kaiser and Mark Krogstrand with his retirement clock

Donation (June 2013)

Members of the Local Chapter of the Royal Neighbors of America recently presented a $1,200 check to Cathleen Walker, Residential Supervisor, and Mark Krogstrand, Principal, at the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired on behalf of the Student Council from the proceeds of the Chapter’s bake sale held during the Student Council rummage sale. Funds from both events were matched by the National Organization of the Royal Neighbors of America.  

Photo (left to right): Walker, Krogstrand, and Royal Neighbors of America members Betty Hemen and Shirley Heis

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 "Friend of SDSBVI" Award (May 2013)

This award is given in recognition of individuals or organizations that have supported the South Dakota School for the Blind & Visually Impaired. The honorees receive individual plaques and their name is added to the large plaque on display in the school lobby. The individual selected is Lonald L. Gellhaus, an Aberdeen Attorney, who has a long association with the School and was one of the founders of the South Dakota Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 1978. He continues to be active in the Foundation and has served several terms as President and is currently the Secretary.

Photo:  Lonald with his plaque

Lonald with his plaque

Civil Service Employee of the Year (May 2013)

No school, especially a residential school, can run effectively without the efforts of Civil Service Employees.  Each spring the staff nominates a Civil Service Employee who has gone above and beyond their job responsibilities to provide service to the school and students, to provide exceptional support for their fellow workers, and to be an example to others.  It is an honor to be nominated by your peers for outstanding service.

This year's winner Angie Usselman has worked as a Cook for over 24 years.  She was recognized for working hard, being willing to help both students and staff, having a positive attitude, and being a professional while coming across "like your grandma".

Photo:  Angie receiving her plaque from Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Kaiser

Angie receiving her plaque from Supt. Kaiser

 Retiring (May 2013)

Robert (Coach) McLaughlin is pictured receiving a clock from Principal Mark Krogstrand (right) upon his retirement after devoting the last 42 years as an Instructor and Coach at the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Coach enjoyed sharing his passion, knowledge, and skills with the hundreds of students he nurtured over the years.

Photo:  Coach receiving his clock from Principal Mark Krogstrand

Picture of Coach receiving clock from Principal Krogstrand

Years of Service (May 2013)

Several employees at the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Aberdeen were recently honored for continuous years of service.

Picture (left to right): Jodi Carlsgaard, 10 years, Teacher; Shelley Teal, 25 years, Houseparent; Lela Holcomb, 30 years, Teacher; and Juanita Misslitz, 10 years, Foodservice Worker

Not pictured: Tevan Fischbach, 35 years, Teacher; R.Lee Ginsbach, 30 years, Finance Manager; and Dale Aman, 25 years, Houseparent

Years of service awards

NCASB Championship (April 2013)

Students at the SD School for the Blind & Visually Impaired recently participated in the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind (NCASB) Swimming and Forensics Championships in Nashville, TN. The trip was funded by the South Dakota Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  

Swim Team:  Kendra Terkildsen, White Lake SD, brought home the silver medal in the 100 yard Freestyle (1:27.90), silver medal in the 200 yard Freestyle (3:07.60), and silver medal in the 50 yard Freestyle (39.31).  

Photo: Kendra with her medals

Kendra with her medals 

Forensics Team:  pictured April Dominick, Timber Lake, SD; Nicholas Bruhn, Berthold, ND; Jeremy Neuheisel, Sioux Falls, SD; Courtland Collins, Sturgis, SD; and Coach Jodi Carlsgaard. April received the gold medal in the “Serious Prose” and Jeremy placed 4th in the “4-Minute Informative Speech”. 

Photo:  Forensics team with Coach Carlsgaard

Forensics Team with Coach Carlsgaard 

Polar Plunge (April 2012)

The South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Team takes the Plunge at Lake Minne-echo in Aberdeen for Special Olympics. The team raised $2,300 in pledges for their efforts