Award Year: 2013

Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School

1301 N Kimball Avenue
Mitchell, SD, 57301-7760

(605) 995-3091

Vicki Harmdierks Ed.S, Principal at time of Nomination

Mitchell School District

School Website

Bell Award Winner


Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School and community empower every individual to learn, grow, and become a contributing citizen to our changing society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 5%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

WE BELIEVE IN KIDS! Gertie Belle Rogers is a Positive Behavior Intervention Support school; our common language is Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. Gertie Belle Rogers is one of three elementary schools within the Mitchell School District. We have been recognized by the South Dakota Department of Education as a Distinguished and Exemplary School for nine consecutive years, but not by accident, it is a real team effort. All of the teachers at Gertie Belle Rogers are considered “highly qualified” by the South Dakota Department of Education and 54% of the teachers have graduate degrees. The dedication of the teachers is second to none; they go above and beyond to build relationships with the children and families. The parents make school a priority in their child’s life, they are the POWER in their child’s education; they are their first and most important teacher.

Our leadership team collaborates monthly to review data that supports our school goals that are determined at the beginning of the school year by the administration and teachers. Along with a rigorous curriculum in our core subject areas, we look to supplement our curricular lesson whenever possible. This helps in creating real world life experiences which get our students engaged and interested as they make connections to the world and themselves.

BOOST-UP AT GERTIE BELLE ROGERS! We believe that physical movement can directly influence children’s ability to learn, think and remember. Boost-up was created as a multi-sensory approach towards gaining the readiness skill needed to excel in the classroom. This researched-based program promotes the maximum development of the whole child through innovative, individualized and comprehensive brain-centered programs and services.