Honoring teachers with a “Top bird award”

Dawn Rye | Writer

Chances are everyone has been impacted by a teacher in more than one way. Teachers put in an inspirational amount of work each day to better the lives of the students. This year, Parker Principal Janelle Johnson and Dean of Students John Silvernail wanted to show their appreciation for all the staff by presenting a “Top bird award” to each teacher nominated.

Silvernail said the “Top bird award” conceived during a conversation with Johnson in her office when he noticed all the awards she obtained when she was teaching. He explained he remembers a “Billy Bob” fish award teachers received in Lennox and the duo agreed they should honor the staff in Parker. The team developed a plan and Johnson happened to have a stuffed pheasant available that is where the idea came from for the “Top bird award.” 

To earn the “Top bird award,” Johnson and Silvernail consider the staff as a “whole” and think about teachers going above and beyond. Teachers are honored with the award and some candy during the staff meeting. 

He noted that band teacher Mindee Birnstiehl received the “Top bird award” because of all the opportunities and how she inspires students to do their best before and after school with music.

Comments are closed.

  • JV/Varsity football parents looking for a solution on the lack of players

    October 21st, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Football parents encourage their children and teammates and support the coaches and officials working with their […]


    Celebrating pork producers

    October 21st, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer October is National Pork Month, and pork producers play a significant role in feeding the world. […]


    Enterprise Facilitator Brenda Schulte said her final goodbye

    October 21st, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Goodbyes are difficult and after six years of serving as the Southeast Enterprise Facilitator, Schulte retired […]


    Keeping themselves in check

    October 21st, 2021
    by

    Donna Rumbaugh | Managing Editor The Parker City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 11 at 7 p.m. […]


    Parker Public Library participates in Jumpstart’s Annual Read for the record

    October 21st, 2021
    by

    Please join us for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record at the Parker Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 28.  Join us […]


  • Annual crow hunt held

    October 21st, 2021
    by

    Shane Merrill | Sports The 102nd annual Turner Co. Crow hunt was held last Wednesday, Oct. 13 with a full […]


    Pheasant hunting season opener

    October 14th, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer South Dakota is home to more than seven million pheasants. In 2021, the traditional season opens […]


    The 17th annual Parker Youth Hunt

    October 14th, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Every time a hunter goes hunting, it is unique, whether it has been for the last […]


    District 17 up for redistricting in legislation

    October 14th, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Republican Richard Vasgaard and Sydney Davis represent South Dakota’s 17 state house district. State representatives represent […]


    Harvest and the dangers of farm equipment fires

    October 7th, 2021
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer With harvest in motion across most of the Midwest, things can quickly “go up in smoke,” […]


  • What’s Happening

    Neil Petersen

    74 Saturday, Oct. 9 Sioux Falls Neil Eugene Petersen was born on July 8, 1947 in Sioux Falls to Frisco […]

    Christina “Tina” Sattler

    75 Tuesday, Oct. 12 Arnolds Park Tina was born Feb. 18, 1946, in Upland, Calif. to John and Lucille (née […]

    EPJ tops Parker in season finale

    Shane Merrill | Sports The Parker football team wrapped up their season last week as they traveled to Elk Point-Jefferson. […]