• “ABC, 123 - JK is the Place for me!”

    Children, who are 5 years old by September 1st, may participate in the Junior Kindergarten program. The child must be age eligible for Kindergarten and is available for the parents, who are choosing not to send their child on to Kindergarten.

    The Junior Kindergarten program is a four-day full day program, Monday through Thursday. The program will work on school readiness skills and individualize the curriculum to meet the needs of the students participating in the program. The Junior Kindergarten class has its own classroom located in the Elementary wing. They will have the opportunity to eat lunch and join the Kindergarten class and other Elementary classes at recess times.

    There is no cost to enroll your child into the Junior Kindergarten program. You will need to purchase lunch tickets offered by the school or bring your own lunch.

    This is a great opportunity for your child; if you feel your child isn’t ready for Kindergarten. If you do not want to send your child onto Kindergarten and want a learning alternative for your child, we encourage families to consider the Junior Kindergarten program as an option for your child. Students will be assessed next spring, allowing staff to discuss with parents the best class placement for their child. Upon further review of the screening results, your son or daughter will be given a recommendation for placement at that time. This recommendation will encompass the screening results and a professional opinion from both staff and administration that best fosters the student’s needs. Deuel staff and administration are excited about our JK option for families in our District. It is very difficult to hold a child in Kindergarten or first grade. Administration prefers to be proactive and assist children and provide a program that promotes success verses challenges. Sometimes a child needs the extra year to give them time to mature and grow. It’s a positive school experience. The children and their parents have been very happy with their decisions to use the new program.

    Please contact the school if you have questions about the program. 874-2162.

School Supplies
Backpack
Water bottle
Large box of Kleenex
Last names A-K: Chlorox wipes & one box of snack size Ziplock bags
Last names L-Z: box of 3 or 5 oz. Dixie Cups
$30- checks payable to Deuel School. $20 for school supplies and $10 for headphones

Mrs. Callie Dutenhoffer

  • Callie DutenhofferInterviewed by Trey Maaland

    What college did you graduate from?
    I graduated from Augustana University.

    What is your degree? Include all majors and minors
    Elementary Education

    Where are you from? I am from Mobridge, SD.

    How long have you been teaching at Deuel School? This year is my 2nd year.

    What is your position at Deuel School? 
    I am a Junior Kindergarten teacher.

    What is your favorite classroom activity?
    Circle time in the morning because this is when my students can share all the things. (:

    What is the most rewarding part of your job?
    The most rewarding part is seeing the progress from quarter to quarter. It really shows how hard they are working each day!

    What are some of your hobbies?
    I enjoy golfing, watching my husband race in the summers, and most recently becoming a mommy!

    What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?
    Hugs from my students if we’re talking school-wise. Right now, being at home, hearing my baby learn new sounds.

    When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not? Yes I did. (:

    What made you want to become a teacher?
    My love for children started at a very young age and I knew I wanted to help as many as I could.

    If you could go back to any time in history, where would you go?
    I would go back to the 80’s so I could learn how to dance like they do in the movie Grease.

    What is your first memory from Deuel School?
    Meeting all the wonderful teachers and being welcomed by so many friendly faces.

    If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead?
    I would live somewhere on a beach and volunteer somewhere that has to do with children!