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McLaughlin received enormous support from all over the nation yesterday.  Wearing Black and Orange became the choice attire all over the Standing Rock reservation and surrounding areas.  Sororities in Florida, Hospitals in Montana and alumni in Colorado all reached out and offered their support in wearing orange and black with us. 

Two students are home, as well as one of the teachers.  One student will be released today.
Again, the school board, administration and staff want to thank all of you for your support and prayers.​


One staff member and two students will return to McLaughlin today.  McLaughlin School, Sitting Bull College, Standing Rock Middle School and other schools and businesses across the Standing Rock Reservation are wearing black and orange, the school colors, in support of our families and staff still in Colorado.  Pictures will be available on our website.

Three groups have started funds for families and staff members.  Sacheen Whitetail Cross, Director of the Immersion School and a graduate of McLaughlin is doing a silent auction and fundraiser.  Our Teach for America teachers and South Dakota Teach for America staff have started a fund for the Mac7.  The link to this fundraiser will be posted on our school’s website.  Sitting Bull School staff members started a fund for Kyle Henderson.  This link can also be found on our school’s website.  Ardyce Taken Alive is creating a community action project in support of our teacher and wrestling coach, Kyle Henderson.  A banner in his support can be signed at the McLaughlin School.

McLaughlin staff has received communication from two of the people who were first on the scene of the accident, sharing their good wishes and prayers as well as their joy at the progress of the students and staff.  The parents received a visit from a member of the Denver March Powwow committee sharing their support and a gift for each family.  McLaughlin graduates living in the Denver area have provided support to the families by sharing gift baskets and contacts with the staff and students.

We will continue to update through our webpage as needed.


McLaughlin Public School and our school board, administration and staff want to thank you for your prayers and support.  The staff and students involved in the accident have been well taken care of in the Colorado hospitals where 6 of the 7 are being cared for.  One student will be released possibly today to return home.  One staff member was released.  There will be additional updates posted to the school website.

Statement from a parent of one of the students

I want to thank the McLaughlin School District and staff for how quickly they responded and brought us to Denver to see my child.  I am so glad my child is alive and safe.  We are thankful for all the calls and texts showing concern for our family.

Statement from School Superintendent Pat Stone

Our families and children have been together since Monday evening when the parents and I flew in to be with them.  We are so grateful for the outpouring of care and support from the people at home and here in Colorado.  We expect two students to be released to travel home by the end of the week.  One staff member has been released.  I will be here to support the others as long as necessary.


On Monday, March 24 at approximately 8:00 am, 2 teachers and 5 students were injured in a motor vehicle accident in Colorado.  The students and teachers were returning home after attending the Denver March Powwow.  One staff member has been released from the hospital.  Two students are scheduled to be released in the next few days.  Family members of the students and staff have been flown to area hospitals and are being provided support and accommodations by the school.  Families of the students and staff are grateful for all the community support.  The school superintendent and principal are both in Colorado providing assistance to the families, students and staff.  A prayer service was conducted at the school Monday.  Counselors are available to talk with staff and students as needed.  The school is working to protect the privacy of the students and staff involved, so names will not be released at this time.  More updates will be provided as they become available.

MS/HS After School Programs:

Monday: Knitting/Zumba
Tuesday: Choir/Film
Wednesday: Fitness/Guitar
Thursday:  Board Games

Elementary After School Programs:

Monday: Art Club
Tuesday: Targeted Intervention (K-2)
Wednesday: Reading Club

For any Emergencies call:
3 Rivers Crisis Line:  605-374-3862

 McLaughlin School Information and Reminders Below:

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12/17/2013 8:05 AM
McLaughlin School District 15-2
601 South Main Street / PO Box 880 
McLaughlin SD 57642
Business Office Number: (605) 823-4484
 Business Office Fax Number:  (605)823-4886
MS/HS Fax Number:  (605)823-4481
Elementary Fax Number:  (605)823-4880
Superintendent - CEO
Patricia Stone
Phone: (605) 823-4484
Business Manager -
 Kendra Sandquist
Phone: (605) 823-4484

Assistant Business Manager -
Jackie Keller
Phone: (605) 823-4484
 MS/HS Principal -
Tim Thompson
Elementary Principal
Angie Thunker
Phone: (605) 823-4484