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Vision Statement

Working Toward a Stronger Community

One Student at a Time


Mission Statement

All students will have equal access

to an excellent educational program

and be educated to their greatest potential.

They will meet high academic standards

through school interventions,

and family involvement.






Leola Lowdown

Friday, January 19, 2018

Bulletin #90

*Today’s Menu: Potato soup, meat sandwiches, raw veggies, fruit

*Tomorrow’s Breakfast: Toast

*Tomorrow’s Lunch: Chicken alfredo, noodles, carrots, breadsticks, fruit

  • The girls basketball game on January 20 in Madison, SD starts at 4:30. The boys basketball game will follow at 6:00. Both games are at the Dakota State University Field House.
  • There will be a Student Council meeting on Friday, January 19 during lunch in Mrs. Kappes’s room.
  • Students please remember that you need to be dressing for the weather – you need closed toed shoes, coats, NO capri pants, socks, etc.

Do you want to nominate a Leola Teacher for the SD Teacher of the Year?

Click here for the nomination form. 

Nominated teachers must:

  • be a fully certified teacher;
  • be employed by a South Dakota accredited school district - pre-kindergarten through grade twelve;
  • have at least 3 full years of teaching experience;
  • be planning to continue in an active teaching status (supervisory and administrative responsibilities are secondary considerations) for at least 2 more years;

And should:

  • Have a superior ability to inspire students of ALL backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • Be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated classroom teacher;
  • Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues;
  • Play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; and
  • Be poised, articulate, and have the energy to withstand the demanding schedule that would accompany selection as the South Dakota Teacher of the Year.


National Title I Distinguished School


Each year, only two schools in the state receive this national recognition. As a result, this is a particularly impressive honor for the students, staff, parents, and community. Leola Elementary School received this prestigious honor based on category two; closing the achievement gap between student groups.

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Leola School District 44-2

PO Box 350

820 Leola Ave

Leola, SD  57456

605-439-3142 (ph) / 605-439-3206 (fax)