Kindergarten Screening & Registration | 2024-2025

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Parent Orientation Night

Parent Orientation Night is an informational meeting for parent/guardian(s) of children who live in the Pierre School District and plan to enroll their child in Kindergarten at Buchanan, Jefferson, or Kennedy Elementary School for the 2024-2025 school year. Parent/Guardian(s) are encouraged to attend the meeting to gain knowledge of Kindergarten readiness, immunization requirements, and to meet Elementary Principals. 

Buchanan Elementary School Parent Orientation Night
Date:  Tuesday, February 27th  
Time:  5:30 PM
Location:  Buchanan Elementary Commons @ 100 N. Buchanan Ave, Pierre SD

Jefferson Elementary School Parent Orientation Night
Date:  Tuesday, February 27th 
Time:  5:30 PM
Location:  Jefferson Elementary Library @ 900 North Poplar Ave, Pierre SD

Kennedy Elementary School Parent Orientation Night
Date: Thursday, February 29th  
Time:  5:30 PM
Location:  Kennedy Elementary Cafeteria @ 2306 Brookstone Loop, Pierre SD

St. Joseph  School Parent Orientation Night
Date:  Monday, February 26th
Time:  5:30 PM
Location:  St. Joseph School @ 210 E. Broadway Ave, Pierre SD

Kindergarten Screening

A child must be FIVE YEARS OF AGE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2024 to be eligible to attend Kindergarten in the upcoming school year. The screening process allows the district to gauge a child's readiness for Kindergarten and provide guidance to parent/guardian(s). Screening sessions will last approximately 90 MINUTES. 

Screening Scheduler 

The Screening Scheduler will be open on February 12th, and closed at 12PM on March 31st.  Please use this Screening Scheduler to book a time for your Kindergarten student's screening.  If an email address and cell phone number are provided, you will receive an email and text confirmation of your screening date and time.  You will also receive an email reminder 24 hours before your child's scheduled screening. 

Screening Scheduler Tutorial

The video will walk parents through the process of using the Screening Scheduler to schedule a time for your child's screening. 

If you have further questions regarding scheduling a time for your Kindergarten student's screening, please call or email:

Kindergarten Student Registration


The Pierre School District has implemented an online registration for parents/guardians with students that are new to the district.  The registration works best on a tablet or on a computer.  If you do not have access to one, you can complete the registration at your child's school.

Parents/guardians that complete online registration of their child this Spring will still need to go through the online student verification through Infinite Campus Parent Portal this summer when it opens up July 1st.  You will simply be verifying your census data, and making any necessary changes, at that time.  

Student Registration Tutorial - Click Here

The video will walk parents through the process of registering your child for Kindergarten through our online registration system. 

If you have any further questions regarding Online Registration for Kindergarten, please call or email:

Immunization Requirements for School Attendance

South Dakota Codified Law 13-28-7.1 (Rev. 2016) requires that any pupil entering school or an early childhood program in this state shall, prior to admission, be required to present to school authorities certification from a licensed physician that the child has received, or is in the process of receiving, adequate immunization against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, rubeola (measles), rubella, mumps, tetanus, meningitis and varicella (chickenpox), according to the recommendations of the State Department of Health.

This law applies to ALL children entering a South Dakota school district for the first time. This would include children in early intervention programs, preschool, as well as kindergarten through twelfth grade. Children under 4 need to be age-appropriately immunized.

For more information, or questions, on minimum immunization requirements for kindergarten through twelth grade students, please visist the South Dakota Department of Health's website.

We will need a copy of your child's immunization record on file at his or her school. Please bring their immunization card with you on screening day. If you do not have a record at home please request a copy of your child's immunization records from your doctor, or contact the South Dakota Department of Health, Immunization Program by phone at 1-800-592-1861, and bring it in on screening day. Failure to comply with this will result in exclusion from school until immunization requirements are met.

Carmen Wexler
Buchanan Elementary School Nurse

Dacey Neely
Jefferson Elementary School Nurse

Lana Martin
Kennedy Elementary School Nurse

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

The Pierre School District offers parents the option to sign up for access to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Access allows parents to complete their child's annual school registration online, and monitor their child's school records.

Please reach out to your child's school and work with the School Registrar to gain access to Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  

Roseanne Ullmann
Buchanan Elementary Student Registrar

Faye Paulsen
Jefferson Elementary Student Registrar

Brenda Hyde
Kennedy Elementary Student Registrar

Signing up for SchoolMessenger Notifications

Opt-In Instructions:

To opt-in to SMS text message notifications from SchoolMessenger (which is highly recommended), simply send a "Y" or "YES" to short code 67587.

Parents and guardians must elect to opt-in to receive SMS text message communications from the Pierre School District.

The Pierre School District utilizes SchoolMessenger for phone, SMS, and email notifications to families.  Such communications may be for emergency, parental outreach, and student attendance notifications.  SchoolMessenger does not replace modes of communication between families and staff.  Administrations, teachers, and advisors across the district utilize multiple forms of communication with students and families. 

When completing student registration, parents are encouraged to ensure all telephone and email information is up-to-date.  If at any time contact information changes, parents are advised to notify the school immediately. 

School Lunch EZ Pay Account Setup

The EZ School Pay system is a great way to manage your child's school meal purchases.  The Pierre School District encourages all parents and guardians to sign up for the EZ School Pay system.  There are options for setting low balance notifications.  Families can deposit funds electronically into their child's account for school lunch, or breakfast, without the need to send cash or checks to school.  There are no fees for the EZ School Pay service. 

Select the following link for step by step instructions for EZ School Pay account setup:  EZ School Pay Account Setup Instructions

You will need to reach out to your child's school to get your child's STUDENT ID # to complete the account setup. 

If you have any further questions please call or email:

School District Boundary Maps

SD DOE Map of Pierre School District

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2024-2025 Entire District Map

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2024-2025 City View District Map

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The ABC's of Kindergarten


Help Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten

Kindle excitement about Kindergarten.  Visit your school and meet your child’s teacher.

Invite new school friends home to play and help your child build strong friendships.

Never forget safety.  Teach your child safety rules-whether walking or taking the bus.

Discuss what your child will be learning in school colors, numbers, shapes and letters.

Explore your neighborhood together.  Talk about the world you live in.

Review the good behavior expected of your child, such as following rules and taking turns.

Get involved at your child’s school.  Join the PTA or PTO. Volunteer in the classroom.

Answer your child’s questions about school.  Reassure your child that school is fun!

Read to your child daily.  Visit the library together.

Turn every day into a learning experience.  Let your child help with everyday chores.

Encourage your child to eat well, get enough sleep, bathe daily, and brush teeth two times a day.

Notice the new things your child is learning to do.  Reinforce your child’s progress with praise.

Guides for School Readiness

Children are ready to do different things at different ages.  Part of being ready to do things comes from their growing older, but in some ways, parents can help children to be ready.  Being ready for elementary school is very important because children will do better in school all along if they get a good start.