Phone: 605-754-6485


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6-12 Science Education Middle School Math & Science Minors

Mr. Matthew Koch

Welcome! I am looking forward to another great year at New Underwood, and with a brand new year of school comes exciting changes. As the science instructor, I am responsible for developing the students of the district into caring and competent human beings who have a respect for learning, critical thinking, and science.  The classes I will be teaching are: 8th Grade Physical Science, 9th Grade Biology, 10th Grade Physical Science, 11th/12th Chemistry and finally 11th/12th grade Physics.
I have been apart of this school district my whole life.  I attended K-8th grade at the old Harmony Elementary School 10 miles east of town and then attended high school here until I graduated in 2009.  After high school, I attended Black Hills State University and graduated with a degree in 6-12 Science Education and minors in Middle School Math & Science.  I spent my first two years teaching and coaching at the Stanley County School District in Fort Pierre. Now, however, I am very excited to be teaching in the district that my family and I graduated from.  I hope to continue the excellence that the New Underwood District has brought to the community.
In order to have a more effective plan to keep the school open & functioning as normal as possible, myself and the school will "step up our game" to follow our Covid-19 instructional plan more closely (the plan can be found under the Resources tab on the school page). The plan states, in a Level 2 scenarior, that face coverings should be worn in instances where social distancing is not possible. Since social distancing is not possible during class in my room, or during passing time, students should be wearing face coveringss. I understand that wearing face coverings are undesireable and inconvienient. Students who choose not to wear them will not have their educational experience changed. In order to provide a more even education & social experience for the students who do wear them, I will institute a policy that will allow students who wear a face covering during class time will be allowed to use their binders on chapter tests. This policy is not meant to penalize those who chose not to wear face coverings, but to try to even the playing field for those that do. 
In addition to this policy, we will adhere to a more stringent Level 2 plan of requiring seating charts for the classes. That means there will be no working in partners or group work in science class without the use of face coverings. This allows for health officials to be able to contact trace any positive cases in the school and allow for only a few students or 1 class going to distance learning instead of the entire K-12. 
If you have any questions regarding this change in classroom policy please email me the 6-12 Principal, or the Superintendent.