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8th Grade Reading / ELA Teacher-2022-23 Year

Application Procedure for all teaching positions:
All 6 Items Outlined Below MUST be uploaded electronically at:
1. A letter of interest stating personal qualifications, experiences, and specific reasons for interest in the position.
2. A current resume.
3. Three current letters of recommendation.
4. Copies of relevant certificates and licensures (licensed or eligible for licensure in South Dakota).
5. Copies or originals of transcripts.
6. A concise written response (1 page maximum, font of 12, 1 inch margins) to the prompt Why do you wish to join the Dakota Valley team? NOTE: When you are uploading your documents, please upload the written response in the location of OTHER.

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* * * All Teaching Positions Are Open Until Filled * * *
Desired Qualities:
• Believes that the essential task of teaching is to meet each student where ever they are at academically and to design an instructional program to meet the needs of all students, regardless of their current level of achievement.
• Believes in the vision of every student gradating on time and embraces that to achieve that vision,
every student must make at least one year of academic growth per year and in some cases, the growth must be more than one year for those students who are behind academically as well as providing opportunities to excel for students who are at grade level or beyond.
• An engaging personality which fosters developing building strong, caring relationships with all
• Friendly and approachable to our students, parents, staff and community members.
• Ability to create a learning environment by building a classroom culture which appropriately
challenges and inspires all students.
• Ability to identify and implement strategic interventions based on student achievement data.
• An excellent communicator with a wide variety of constituents.
• Can engage in challenging conversations and situations to diffuse possible stress and tension for our students and parents so the focus can remain on fostering academic success and student support.
• Experience with leading and participating in professional learning communities.
• Ability to plan, develop, and deliver a differentiated instructional program.
• Can identify opportunities for personal growth in their own abilities and actively engages in
opportunities for professional development.
• Actively seeks opportunities to interact with students outside of the individual classroom.
Salary & Benefits:
• A leader in teacher compensation in the state of South Dakota
✓ $43,645 Starting Salary Fall 2021- Pending Negotiations for 2022-23 year
✓ $52,441 Average Salary — #8 in South Dakota (SASD / SDEA Survey)
• $3,600 raise for earning a Master’s degree
• District pays for the premium costs of a single health insurance or the current single premium is applied to the costs of other health plans based upon the plan selected by the teacher.
• $1200 in lieu of payment for those teachers not participating in the health insurance program.
• District pays for the premium costs of single dental insurance.
• $15,000 Term Life Insurance provided for full time teachers.
• South Dakota Retirement System – 6% salary match by the District.
• 10 sick days annually with unlimited accumulation
The District
• Established in 1994, current enrollment 1384 students
• A district-wide understanding and commitment that student achievement and proficiency at each grade level are key to later academic and life success.
• ACT Composite Score - 23.3 – #9 of 149 Districts in SD & exceeds the national average as well as the state averages for Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
• 33% of the Class of 2019 were South Dakota Regent Scholars.
• Award-winning State-of-the-Art Facilities
✓ DV High School (9-12) selected as an Outstanding Project 2017—Learning By Design Magazine
✓ Nylen Science Center (6-8 dedicated science facility) - Constructed in 2010 through a $3 million
dollar donation.
✓ Robert L. Peterson Fitness Facility – Constructed 2008 through a $1 million dollar donation.
✓ Elementary School (K-3) - Constructed 2003
✓ Upper Elementary School (4-5) - Constructed 1998, with additions in 2008 and 2009
✓ Middle School (6-8) - Constructed 1979 with additions in 1986, 1995, and 2015
• 17% free / reduced lunch rate
• Technology rich at all levels, 1 to 1 Grades 6 – 12.
• Graduates have a proven record of being prepared for and excelling in both higher education and the workplace.
• A strong commitment to having multiple pathways and encouraging students to fully explore Career & Technical Education, internships, apprenticeships, and associate degrees in addition to traditional colleges and university programs.
• Dakota Valley graduates have been admitted to highly selective colleges and universities nationally (Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Marquette, Swarthmore, TCU, USC, Vanderbilt, every Military Academy, etc.) as well as regionally. They have continued to be leaders at their colleges and most importantly, they have continued to succeed academically and graduate from post-secondary institutions.
• District Valuation: $981,132,563 ($708,398 per student – among the highest in South Dakota).
• Annual Growth in Valuation: 7.7%.
Core classroom teachers in the district are supported by an exceptional staff and a district-wide
commitment to the development of the whole child with:
• 3 Counselors
• 2 Nurses
• 2 Librarians with 3 aides
• 2 Behavioral Interventionists
• 3 Technology teachers
• 3.3 Physical Education teachers
• 4 Music teachers
• 1 Psychologist
• Occupational and Physical Therapists
• 2 Speech Therapists
The Community
The Dakota Valley School District serves the residents of Dakota Dunes, North Sioux City, Wynstone, and the associated rural areas. The school district is located in the extreme southeastern portion of South Dakota and is bordered by Iowa and the Big Sioux River to the east and Nebraska and the Missouri River to the south and west.
The Dakota Valley School District is part of the Sioux City metropolitan statistical area of 165,000+
people. The communities and residential developments in our district offer a wide range of options for housing and associated services in a suburban atmosphere. By sharing contiguous borders with Sioux City, Iowa and South Sioux City, Nebraska, we also have the advantages and amenities of a mid-sized metropolitan area. The district has a vibrant, diversified, and progressive business community which strongly supports the district and students.
The two largest communities are North Sioux City pop. 2700+) and (Dakota Dunes (pop. 2600+). North
Sioux City is a well-established community with a wide variety of residential areas with major industrial and commercial interests. The community of Dakota Dunes is a master planned community started in 1988 with a mix of residential, corporate, and medical offices. There are many recreational opportunities with-in the district, including McCook Lake, the Big Sioux and Missouri Rivers, and the 1500 acre Adams Nature Preserve.
Additional housing options exist in the residential developments of Deer Run, Riv-r-land Estates, Sandy Meade, and Wynstone which each feature unique opportunities for residents to consider in terms of lot size and location, ranging from rural settings to gated communities and residencies located on the Missouri River.
The community enjoys historically decreasing tax levies due to the continued growth of both the
residential and substantial commercial development in the district. The community support of the school district is outstanding, with the last bond issue for a new High School supported with 84% approval. The community partners with the district to focus on the success of each individual student.