Award Year: 2014

Medary Elementary School

718 5th Street South
Brookings, SD, 57006-3398

(605) 696-4311

Mr. Richard Dale Brubakken, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Brookings School District 05-1

School Website

Mission

"Working Together...Educating With Excellence...Inspiring Learners for Life"--our mission is realized through a collaboration of home, school, and community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 86%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 3%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Establishing a Strong Reading Foundation at Medary Elementary School

Establishing a Strong Reading Foundation at Medary Elementary School

Medary Elementary School, located in Brookings, South Dakota, is a part of a vibrant school community that is strongly supportive of public education. As our district continues to grow and thrive, our community has supported us. In response to the needs of a growing student body, a bond issue was passed last fall with the support of over 90% of our community.

We continually collect student data across the grade levels and we regularly reflect on how to improve instructional practices. The key to our success lies in the fact that our staff does work together across grade levels. The progress of our students is due to a whole school effort. While our overall school scores show success, we are continually looking for ways to improve. One area of particular pride is the fact that our Title 1 population has shown as much or more success as our general school population.

Technology plays a very important role in our academic program. We have SMART Boards in every classroom and we have a full-time technology instructor in our computer lab who helps integrate technology into our curriculum.

Our families play a crucial role in our success. We have a strong PTA and we have a large number of parents actively engaged in the classrooms.

We are blessed to have South Dakota State University in our community. We strive to work very closely with the teacher preparation program at SDSU, including the sharing of one of our kindergarten classrooms on the campus.