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28 days ago

Andrea Powell

Superintendent Andrea Powell

Armour's Octet to perform the national anthem at the girls state B basketball tourney!!!!

Mrs. Wilson received the following in an email today regarding the state basketball tourney:

"Good afternoon. I am pleased to inform you that your octet has been selected to perform the National Anthem at the Class B Girls State Basketball Tournament in Aberdeen on Saturday, March 10th. We would like for them to perform for both sessions. The first session begins at 12:00, and the second session begins at 6:00pm."

YAY! Another great honor for the very deserving and hard-working staff and students here in Armour!

La Sra. Wilson recibió lo siguiente en un correo electrónico hoy sobre el torneo estatal de baloncesto:"Buenas tardes. Me complace informarles que su octeto ha sido seleccionado para interpretar el himno nacional en el Torneo de baloncesto femenino de clase B en Aberdeen el sábado 10 de marzo. Queremos que se presenten en ambas sesiones. la sesión comienza a las 12:00 y la segunda comienza a las 6:00 p.m.¡HURRA! ¡Otro gran honor para el personal y los estudiantes muy merecidos y trabajadores aquí en Armor!

One Act play goes to state- come see the play thursday night!

Armour School District's One Act Play cast will be performing in the state competition at Brandon Valley on Feb.1st! Come see the public performance on Thursday, January 25th, Armour gymnasium at 7:30PM.  The cast, under the direction of Mrs. Ziegler, will offer a humorous rendition of the first date jitters in our modern society. 

 ¡El elenco de One Act Play del Distrito Escolar de Armor se presentará en la competencia estatal en Brandon Valley el 1 de febrero! Venga a ver la presentación pública el jueves 25 de enero, gimnasio Armor a las 7:30 PM. El elenco, bajo la dirección de la Sra. Ziegler, ofrecerá una interpretación humorística de la primera cita nerviosa en nuestra sociedad moderna.

Armour is running normal school hours on Jan.23rd.

El Distrito Escolar de Armor tendrá un horario normal mañana, 23 de enero. Habrá preescolar en la mañana.

Late Start Changed to School Closing Today.

The late start today ensures that the community showing of the One Act Play will change to Thursday, January 25th at 7:00PM.

El inicio tardío cambió al cierre de la escuela hoy.El inicio tardío de hoy asegura que la comunidad que muestre el juego de One Act cambiará al jueves, 25 de enero a las 7:00 p.m.

2 Hour Late Start on Monday, January 22nd.

Due to inclement weather, Armour School District will start 2 hours late on Monday, January 22nd, 2018.  Please be cautious and careful when traveling to work in the morning. The One Act Play performance scheduled for Monday at 7:00PM in the gym, will switch to Thursday evening if school should get cancelled due to weather.  

Inicio tardío de 2 horas el lunes 22 de enero.Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo, el Distrito Escolar de Armor comenzará 2 horas tarde el lunes 22 de enero de 2018. Tenga cuidado y tenga cuidado cuando viaje al trabajo por la mañana. La función One Act Play programada para el lunes a las 7:00 PM en el gimnasio, cambiará a la tarde del jueves si la escuela se cancela debido al clima.

One Act play public performance!

Come enjoy an evening with the most captivating group of young actors and actresses in Armour! Monday, January 22nd, 7:00PM in the Armour Gymnasium.  Appropriate for ages Middle school and up- - -  Comedy about dating- talk about kissing. 

Lunch Menu update 

Wednesday, January 17 - Chicken drumstick, corn on the cob, WG garlic bread, and fruit. 
Thursday, January 18 - Indian Taco, fiesta beans, and fruit.
Friday, January 19 - Corndog on a stick, baked beans, and fruit.

late start, January 12th.

Due to the severe sub-zero conditions for the morning, Armour school district will start 2 hours late(10:30).  If a traveling student were to get stuck or in trouble on the road, the sub-zero conditions would be very dangerous, and with the amount of kids that drive into town to get to school, it is not worth the risk.  Please be very careful for the next couple of days to ensure you are not putting yourself at high risk. 

Debido a las severas temperaturas matutinas bajo cero, Armor School comenzará dos horas tarde el 12 de enero de 2018. No habrá preescolar matutino. Los autobuses se ejecutarán 2 horas tarde.

Corrections to the 7th/8th basketball newsletter dates.

It has been brought to our attention that the information on Friday's events are incorrect on the January newsletter.  On Friday, January 5th, the 7th/8th GBB will be playing AC/DC at Dakota Christian starting at 4:00.  The 7th and 8th BBB will be playing Scotland at Scotland starting at 4:15.  Also, on Saturday, January 6th the 7th/8th BBB will not be playing- the Wagner game is not until February 3rd.  Please note the changes, and our apologies for not catching it prior to printing the newsletter. 

7th/8th BB game - 

Due to the pending inclement weather, the grade school basketball game in Marion has been canceled for tonight, December 4th.

Zoomobile - great plains zoo!

Yesterday we were fortunate enough to welcome the Great Plains Zoo into our school! They shared some different animals with students Kindergarten to 8th Grade.  Students learned about the various habitats and adaptations that allow the different species to be successful. 


TDA VB SDHSAA Region 6B Brackets

Congratulations on the win over Marty.
Tuesday, October 31 TDA in Kimball @ 7:00 - Good Luck Girls!

Sheltered Reality Tonight!

If you are looking for an AWESOME event to attend tonight, Sheltered Reality is what you are looking for! Sheltered Reality is a great family-friendly concert put on at the school with a focus on positive, inspirational music for all ages to enjoy! Come join in on the fun tonight at 7:00 in the gym! 

Homecoming Parade and powder puff football

Unless the weather is completely uncooperative and begins to lightening, we WILL still be having the parade.  Due to the increase in potential injuries however, we will be postponing the Powder Puff Football game and will let everyone know when it is rescheduled for when we set a date and time.  Thank you!

TailGate - Friday

Thunderhawk football fans - meet at the field at 6:10 inside the gates to cheer on the players and coaches as they run onto the field. Let's make some noise!!

The Boosters will be serving chili and rolls from 5-7.  Come hungry!!

Football Track

There is something about the cooler weather that just adds another element of excitement isn't there?  Unless of course, it is cool enough that you are looking to winter that is! As the temperature starts cooling off, many are out walking and getting some exercise in the nicer temperatures.  Please be aware that although the track complex looks complete, it is not quite there yet.  We would ask that as Friday Night's football game approaches, we stay off of the track as it is still getting its final touches.  I know that we are all excited to use the complex and the new surface, but please be patient with us and stay off the track until otherwise notified. Thank you for your continued support!

Homecoming -

Monday, October 2  - VB @ home vs. Wagner 
  • Cartoon/Character Day
Tuesday, October 3 - Coronation @ 7:30pm
  • Decades Day (60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's)
Wednesday, October 4 - 
  • We Wear Pink Day
Thursday, October 5 - CC @ Parkston and VB @ Forestburg
  • American Day
Friday, October 6 - 1:00 Parade and 7:00 Game
  • Nighthawk/Spirit Day

Fantastic First Full Week!

We have had a Fantastic First Full Week of school! It is so nice to have all the students back in the building!  

School Picture Retake Day: this day will be scheduled once Mark's Photography gets notice from the lab when the pictures will be done- I will make sure to keep you apprised of that date when it can be scheduled.  

Bus Schedules: Just a reminder that in addition to us sending home schedules with students, the bus schedule is also on our web page! Our hope is that this will help if your child ever misplaces it, you will always have access to it. 

Open house!

Thank you to all that attended our open house tonight! What a great way for us to kick-start another fantastic year here in Armour! A special thank you to the PTT group that sponsored our wonderful meal and door prizes, your hard work is much appreciated.  Thank you also to all of the groups/organizations that host tables for families to visit while here.  

Football Game.

While last night was not a win in the books for the "Nighthawks" judging by the scoreboard, the scoreboard doesn't tell the whole story.  I applaud our kids after their first game as a quad-school cooperative effort and let them know that we are proud.  There were many accomplishments, including the first touchdown of the season! As always, there are areas of improvement, but last night was a victory on many levels and should be seen as such.  Congrats Nighthawks! Keep up the good work!

Note: Freshman meeting

Freshman are still required to attend the meeting on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 pm with a parent in High School building. 

We need your help!

This year we are going to focus our efforts on a couple different initiatives that will better our school, and we would LOVE your help! At our open house, we will have sign-ups for those that are interested in potentially serving on our School Improvement Team and/or our Wellness Committee Team.  Please thoughtfully consider your potential participation in making our school an even better place to be. 

School Improvement Team members will meet with the purpose of looking at different strengths and weaknesses that we currently have throughout our district.  After analyzing data, the team will develop a plan of action to better different areas throughout the school. Time commitment: Meetings 1-2 times/month (unless otherwise needed) for an estimated 1 hour per meeting.

Wellness Committee members will meet to better the health and nutritional goals of our school district to improve and enhance the health of all.  We will meet, analyze the current wellness policy, and align our local practices with the state model policy.  Time commitment: roughly 4 meetings throughout the year, each scheduled for an hour. (Our first meeting being September 11th at the Blue Moon, 6:30-7:30PM).

Reminder to get your 6th grade required vaccinations!

Football parent/athlete meeting thursday!

We are fortunate to have an opportunity to add-in AC/DC Football players for the next two years to our Nighthawk Football team!  There will be a parent and athlete informational meeting at 7:00 on Thursday, July 27th at the Blue Moon.  Please come and learn about the new exciting opportunities for Nighthawk Football!

Camp Invention!

We are so fortunate to have Camp Invention in Armour! Camp Invention is running all of this week for registered participants, Monday through Friday and is sure to excite and engage all learners!  From 9:00-3:30 each day, students will be submersed in STEM activities that help their problem solving skills.  Check back for pictures and updates on the fun ALWAYS happening at Armour school!

A special thank you to our Director, Mary Bitterman, our instructor, Alyssa Nase, and Leadership Intern, Carly Sparks! In collaboration with great community support (thank you parents!), we are sure to have a positive first Camp Invention that will hopefully lead to many years of STEM learning in Armour! 

Fall is fast approaching!

It is hard to believe that it is already the 17th of July! Where has the time gone?  A school is not meant to be a quiet building, so most summers seem a little dull, but as you know, this summer has been anything but quiet.  Nonetheless,  I can't wait to see all those smiling faces come through the doors August 23rd! I hope that you are as excited as I am!

A couple updates to notify you on for this coming year:

The preschool has changed homes! Instead of being in the high school, the preschool will now be housed in the elementary building, where the "old" 5th grade classroom was.   The 5th grade is moving to where the 8th grade was, and the 8th grade is heading over to the bottom level of the high school, where the preschool was last year.   We are excited to allow the preschool and 8th graders to grow into the buildings that their educational paths will take them in the near future. 

As you can see, we have a new look! It is our hope that you will enjoy the new webpage with new options.  A special thank you to Mary Bitterman for getting this process underway! 

Thank you, and enjoy a safe and fun rest of your summer!
Mrs. Powell

WELCOME TO Armour School District 21 - 1
Mission Statement: The Armour School District in partnership with the community, will provide each student the opportunity to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially in a safe and orderly environment.

2017 Track Renovation

5 months ago

Workers Needed

Thursday, September 7 @ 5:00 pm and Saturday, September 9 @ 8:00 am - Please bring rakes and shovels.

Trucks dumping asphalt for the new track. 

Asphalt comes to Armour! 

For anyone traveling through town last week, the Knife River trucks began what looked like a parade of asphalt heading to the track! The excitement rises as a new base of gravel and additional four inches of asphalt coat the track surface.  

Mrs. Powell

It is all starting to come together!

With all of the asphalt placed, the track is sprucing up and coming together nicely.  Although not the finish line for the track, this new base is sure to keep the facility in tip-top shape for years to come.  There are still many steps before the track is complete, but the progress made at this point could not have happened without the dedication and hard-work of Armour community members.  A special thank you to all that you do to make our community a better place!

Mrs. Powell

Picture of the track


As you may or may not know, the Armour School Board and Administration have been searching for ways to rebuild the track and field complex at the Armentrout Field. It is the last project that I personally would like to facilitate for the students, school, and community of Armour. It was once the nicest facility, for a school our size, in the area. Since then it has deteriorated into being unusable for meets, dangerous for practices, and even walking or jogging by the community. Time has taken its toll and the school budget always had higher priorities. New additional insulation, heating-cooling systems in the gym and entire grade school, new roof on grade school complex and gym, new bus fleet and bus barn to protect that investment, were just a few things that needed the available funds for student safety and comfort. As my retirement drew near, I put extra effort into finding the funding necessary to enable this project to become a reality. I was shown a possible competitive grant through Wellmark Insurance that I decided to write. It was a lengthy and rigorous application but with data and support from various community entities, we finished the application and to our joy, were notified that we had been awarded the maximum amount available, a $75,000 matching grant. This start made the project seem possible and with the blessing of the school board, I started to contact other entities to see if some additional funding could be secured, thus easing the burden on our taxpayers and school. We have had additional success and the board entrusted me to proceed so the project is now a reality. Work begins this spring and should be finished during the summer and early fall. The project is extensive as the track drainage and base all need to be replaced. The retaining wall separating the grandstand track also needs work. A "Track Project" committee was formed and met. Other meetings will follow. Their ideas and help are crucial. Since some of the funds raised are "matching grants" additional fund raising will be necessary. Following this explanation will be a spreadsheet that shows every penny raised so far and from what source. Many other Armour entities and businesses have told us they would contribute but have not confirmed the actual amounts yet. When community and alumni fundraising starts, this spreadsheet will be updated as funds come in and be available on the Armour School Website. The total need is $300,000 to $350,000. We have a good start but your help is needed. At the all-school reunion 6 years ago and last year, some donations were received and are in the track project account. The Wellmark Grant gave us the "big boost" needed to show us this could be done. The grant stressed community use of the track for walking, jogging, and fitness as well as school use. The benefits of a resilient rubberized surface to ease the stress on joints and muscles of athletes and community members alike, were part of this grant as well. Our committee will hold another meeting shortly to decide how best to proceed to finish the project. As I stated before, we have verbal commitments from a number of entities and school funds are not yet included in this total. I estimate that a $75,000-$100,000 from community and alumni would be needed to complete the funding. Watch the school website( for updates, news, and progress towards the goal. Consider making a donation. If it helps you, we can even spread donations over, up to, 3 years. All donations are tax deductible and we can give you documentation of your gift. There will be a link to the Armour Alumni site where you can make a donation with a couple of clicks. Make sure you tell us if you wish to keep your donation anonymous and we can do that as well, otherwise your name and amount will be listed on the spreadsheet. The committee is considering a plaque commemorating your gift at different levels for posting at the track entrance. More on that will be on the school website in the future. 


Burnell Glanzer, Supt:(retired) Project Coordinator

Armour, SD