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Dr. Jerry Rasmussen

On behalf of the Dakota Valley Board of Education and Staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new students, staff, and community members.  I am deeply honored and truly consider it a privilege to serve as Superintendent of our district and to be a member of our community. 

This is our silver anniversary, celebrating the 25th year of existence of the Dakota Valley School District.  In 1994, we started with 621 students.  Today we have over 1300 students, are well known and respected for our students’ academic achievement and the educational programs that we offer, and our fine arts and athletic teams are consistently represented at state events.  Our students test scores are consistently above the local, state, and national averages.  We are proud of the past achievements of our students and are eager to partner with our students, parents, and community as we strive for continued success by our students.  One of my goals is for our staff to continue to establish and build relationships with each of our students and families so as to not only develop strong students, but quality citizens.

Please review the information contained within the Panther Pride as we prepare for another year with our students.  Inside you will find many important dates and information on our schools and the various programs within our schools.  Our modern, award winning facilities and technology provide many exciting opportunities for our students and staff.  Our community and school board share a commitment to provide a first-class education and facilities for our students.

Each year, we welcome many new students to our district.  For those joining us this year, I trust that you will find Dakota Valley is a welcoming community.  Many of our students and families have moved into our district from other schools and we pride ourselves on being an inclusive school district.  I know that you will find a caring staff who strives to appropriately challenge each of our students in a caring, nurturing environment.

The foundation of every effective school is the partnerships between the school, parents, and community.  We firmly believe that with your support, we will continue to see our students experience high-levels of success and be prepared for their futures.  Not all students have the same hopes and dreams and we are proud to provide a variety to paths to successful careers and educational opportunities for all of our students.

On behalf of our outstanding staff, dedicated Board of Education, and most importantly our truly amazing students, I sincerely thank you for your support of our schools and students.


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Dakota Valley School District 61-8 | 1150 Northshore Dr | North Sioux City, SD 57049
Phone: (605) 422-3800
Fax: (605) 422-3807
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