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Mrs. Becker was selected as a State Finalist for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.    Mrs. Becker is the 5th grade teacher at Canistota Elementary School.  She also teaches 4th, 5th, and 6th grade math.  Congratulations Mrs. Becker!





Congratulations to the following students for being named to the 2nd quarter and 1st semester honor rolls.


2nd Quarter Honor Roll

1st Semester Honor Roll


The Canistota Elementary School has earned their second consecutive Status School Award.  Congratulations!  Complete scores can be viewed at the South Dakota Department of Education Website.


South Dakota School Report Cards


Mentoring Program Pairs Students with Adult Mentors

By: Andrew Weber - Staff Reporter


    A mentoring program, developed and directed by Mrs. Sonja Ortman, will be implemented in the district on January 30. The program is going to match students in the school with adults throughout the community. A mentor can provide students with a different perspective and relationship than a parent or teacher. The program will take place once a week during the lunch hour; therefore, students will not have to miss classes or make up assignments in order to meet with their mentor. The program will be completely voluntary by the students; however, Mrs. Ortman believes a student can never have too many positive influences on their life. The program’s goal is to inspire students and, hopefully, students will see the positive interaction taking place and request a mentor of their own.

    The mentors were referred and chosen by staff members in the school district; however, next school year applications will be available for anyone in the community interested in volunteering. There are thirteen confirmed adult mentors as of today, and they are currently being assigned to students in the district.

    Although the program will always be voluntary and the student’s choice, Ortman’s long term goal is to have a mentor for every middle and high school student. Mentoring is a noble idea and great experience for both the mentor and the student. Both members are given a chance to learn, grow, and have fun, all while creating a lasting relationship.

    “The program was started because of a brainstorm session between Mrs. (Melissa) Weber and myself while we were looking for ways to involve more community members. I knew it would be a possible and helpful program; it just needed some legwork. I know there’s interest in the school, and I believe it will be a very popular and well-liked program. Mentors can provide academic support, model great life choices, show concern, demonstrate punctuality and consistency, and provide a listening ear to their mentee,” said Ortman.










Welcome to Canistota School District!

The mission of the Canistota School District is to prepare students to be successful in society by providing a high-quality education enriched with opportunities for all students.


It is the vision of the Canistota School District to improve individual growth and student accountability through academic rigor and a safe supportive environment.  We strive to provide students with challenging instructional opportunities enhanced with global resources.  It is our goal to equip students with the ability to adapt into becoming productive members of society​.

Mr. Larry Nebelsick



Mr. Lenny Schroeder

K-12 Principal

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