Scott Phares

Assistant Principal

Terry Lundeen


Message from the Principal:

Hello Parents,


Currently schools have been closed through May 1st, 2020. Governor Noem’s orders to help slow the spread of COVID-19.


We understand this remote learning brings many different challenges.  We are diligently trying to meet the learning needs of children.  Our goal is to continually get better as we work through the issues. Communication will be a key factor in supporting students.  We are fortunate to have Canvas to help us continue remote learning.  We took the steps a year and a half ago to begin moving to a 21st Century Learning environment.  Thus, staff has been learning to use technology including Canvas to support student learning.  All staff are at different levels of knowledge on implementing Canvas.  They have been asked to the best of their ability to get their content prepared and communicated effectively to students.  Patience and understanding are keys to helping us all through this pandemic.  I’ve asked staff to be flexible and work with students and not to overwhelm them.


Use Canvas with a Chrome browser for best results. We would like Canvas to be the first method you use to communicate to staff, then the teacher’s email.


Please reach out if you need assistance.


Stay Healthy,

Scott Phares


East Middle School


“Create the Ideal Learning Experience.”



“East will collaborate to ensure and advance student learning.”