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Principal's Message-The Ranger Roundup

Greetings Ranger Families,


We have a busy few weeks to wrap up our amazing school year!  Please reach out if you have any questions.  Here is a quick rundown of our upcoming events:

  • April 29th-May 10th NWEA testing at the elementary
  • April 30th Fifth grade field trip to Elks Movie Theater and Ranger Fire House
  • May 1st Meet the Teacher 8:30am.  Future kindergarten students please meet at the swings.  Future sixth graders will travel to the middle school to learn the procedures and routines of middle school.  All students will bump up to the next grade level to meet their teachers and understand what next year will look like.
  • May 2nd First grade field trip to Custer State Park
  • May 3rd Second grade field trip to Keystone School House
  • May 6th-10th Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • May 6th Kindergarten through fourth grade music program 6pm Gins Gym.  Students arrive 5:45pm to the Bob Burden Gym.
  • May 7th Third grade field trip to Robinsdale Bowling Alley and hike the Stratobowl
  • May 8th Kindergarten field trip Keystone School House and Mt. Rushmore
  • May 9th Parade of Gowns on the green, time will vary when awards are over for the seniors; feel free to gather on the green at 9:30am.  The current kindergarteners and seniors will be in cap and gown.  They will walk from the theater to the green, down Railroad Ave. This is a great photo opportunity!
  • May 9th Fourth grade field trip to the Mammoth Site
  • May 10th 9:00am Canva play presentation, theater.  The second graders will perform plays that the fifth graders wrote along with Canva backgrounds.
  • May 12th Graduation at Mt. Rushmore 10:30am
  • May 13th 8:15am Maturation talks to 4th grade girls, 5th grade boys.  The Maturation letter is included in this email.  If you do not want your child to be part of this talk, please return the letter signed. 
  • May 13th 5th grade and middle school band concert.  Please see the message below from Mr. Safrit
  • May 14th Elementary awards, theater 9am
  • May 14th Elementary Field Day, football field 12:00-2:00, weather permitting.  Have your child please wear the following class color:
    • Kindergarten Tie-dye
    • 1st-yellow
    • 2nd-black
    • 3rd-green
    • 4th-purple
    • 5th-gray
  • May 15th Kindergarten graduation 1:30pm theater
  • May 16th Last day of school!  Dismissal at 11:30.  PIPTO will be hosting the Grilling on the Green.  Please stop by, have a hotdog, chips, and treat, visit with your child’s teacher, and enjoy your summer!  If you would like to help PIPTO with any upcoming events, please let us know. 


A message from Mr. Safrit:  5th Grade families,

One final performance is approaching fast. May 13th at 6pm is our final performance for the 5th grade beginning band. They will join the middle school once more. One change from the last performance, this one will be in the Gins’ Gym instead of the theater. One of the things we learn about in music class is concert etiquette. Out of respect and to show support for the other performers that evening all students are expected to stay for the entire performance. Dress for the performance is similar to the March performance with the difference of short sleeves or cooler clothes are preferred. It can get warm in the gym so just keep that in mind. Dark colors are preferred just to keep things uniform. We are very excited to have this opportunity to show you some of the things we have learned throughout the year. If you know you will be unable to attend please reach out as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly. This performance is part of the students grade and only excused abbesses will be accepted. If you have any questions please let me know.


What a great year it has been!  Thank you all for your support and we wish our fifth graders the best in their middle school years!  We have several families who are phasing out of the elementary years…please stop in and see us!  Once an elementary Ranger, always an elementary Ranger! 


With Ranger Pride,


Samantha Weaver

Hill City Elementary Principal