St. Croix Central High School

Family Newsletter: December 3, 2018

Our Vision of Learning at SCC High School

In full support of our district mission and vision we at SCC High School are committed to...

Creating a learning experience built on creativity, choice, efficiency, and engagement resulting in high-achieving and creative problem-solvers who take intellectual risks to discover the world around them and maximize their potential.

From Mr. Soderberg

Hello SCC Families,

The temperature has fallen and the snow has certainly arrived. Among other things, that means we are in our final push before the Christmas break. This is an exciting time of year and marks the first major milestone of the school year.

Traditionally on the final day of classes before Christmas break, we take the afternoon and spend time building relationships with fun activities shared by staff and students. Staff host activities from board games to movies, from video games to physical activities. Students sign-up for an activity (or activities) and spend the afternoon making memories. The expectation is that all students attend the entire day of classes and activities on December 20th.

We are looking forward to the winter concerts for band and choir. The shows are always enjoyable and the students always impress! We hope to see you there. Also, best of luck to our winter sports athletes and coaches as they pursue excellence. I am confident they will make us very proud.

On behalf of the high school staff, I want to wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Thank you for your continued support. Go Panthers,


A.L.I.V.E. Winter Soup and Chili Feed

Monday, Dec. 10th, 5-7:30pm

1751 Broadway Street

Hammond, WI

See Flyer Here - Join us prior to the Winter Choir Concert.

  • Free Will Donations to A.L.I.V.E.
  • Many raffle items (raffle closes at 7:30 pm)

The A.L.I.V.E. organization was created by the staff of the St. Croix Central School District around 20 years ago as a way to give back to the community. At the start of the school year, members of the staff generously donate funds to cover the startup of each fundraiser throughout the year. As a result, all the money raised at our fundraisers will be used to support members of our community who have fallen on hard or troublesome times.

ALL proceeds go to A.L.I.V.E.

Winter High School Choir Concert

Monday, Dec. 10th, 7:30pm

1751 Broadway Street

Hammond, WI

Winter High School Band Concert (Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band)

Monday, Dec. 17th, 6:30pm

1751 Broadway Street

Hammond, WI

Call time for band students: 5:45 pm

Standards-Based Information

On Wednesday, November 28th the high school hosted a presentation and discussion with parents of high school students about standards-based assessment and reporting. We focused specifically on the method we use for converting from achievement level to letter grade and grade-point-average. Every teacher who is currently utilizing SBA&R was present and engaged in a question and answer session with parents. Our goals for the evening were to inform the parents and improve our practices based on our discussion with them. Both goals were met.

We look forward to hosting another presentation and discussion about SBA&R in the coming months.

Here are the links to the grade conversion video we watched and the presentation:

SBA&R: Converting to Grades Video: Video Link

SBA&R Parent Meeting from 11.28.18: Presentation Link

SBA&R at SCC High School:

We have a system that maintains the functionality and importance of grade-point-averages, letter grades, transcripts, and IEP's while providing accurate and timely information about what our students know as determined by their performance on the essential standards.

In a standards-based system, we provide multiple opportunities (3-5 or more) for students to grow in their achievement level on each standard which is why you will see multiple ratings for the same standard. Therefore, their achievement levels will grow as they learn the content within the specific standard. As a practice, we measure their achievement level by looking at the "most recent" rating for each standard. If the most recent rating doesn't reflect their previous performance (i.e. the rating drops), we will work with the student to find the most accurate measure. Our goal is accuracy and fairness in all grading practices and for students to display academic growth and retention of knowledge.

What Courses are Currently Standards-Based


  • Algebra 1: Mr. Turpin, Ms. McGee
  • Algebra 1 - bold: Ms. Lent, Ms. McGee
  • Algebra 2: Mr. Kimberly
  • Calculus: Mr. Turpin
  • Geometry: Ms. Tasler, Ms. McGee
  • Geometry - bold: Ms. Tasler
  • Intermediate Algebra: Ms. Tasler, Ms. Lent
  • Trigonometry - Mr. Turpin

English - Language Arts

  • Language 9 (not honors) - Ms. Timmers
  • Language 10 (not honors) - Ms. Stansbury


  • Physical Science (all courses) - Mr. Tackmann, Mr. Klimek

If you have specific questions, please contact your child's teacher or you are always welcome to contact Mr. Soderberg (

SBA&R Videos

SBA&R: The Fundamentals:

SBA&R: Converting to Grades:

SBA&R: The Gradebook:

SBA&R Grading Scale Chart (click link)

From the Counseling Office

Aspire Interim and Pre-ACT - In an effort to better understand the academic strengths and areas for growth of our students, we have invested in the Aspire Interim and Pre-ACT assessments. These results of these assessments will be used to provide specific interventions and support based on individual needs.

Interim and Pre-ACT Dates

  • Wednesday, November 28 - Aspire Interim and Pre-ACT (COMPLETED)
  • Wednesday, January 23rd - Aspire Interim (freshmen and sophomores)
  • Wednesday, February 20th - Statewide ACT (juniors)
  • Thursday, February 21st - Statewide WorkKeys (juniors)

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB)

  • Due to technical difficulties, students were unable to complete the ASVAB as scheduled in November. We will make-up the ASVAB using the paper/pencil version on January 10, 2019.
If you have any questions please contact Tracy Klein ( at your convenience.


Local Scholarships will become available for the Class of 2019 on Tuesday, February 5th. Mr. Fern will meet with all Seniors on a date yet to be determined. Scholarship materials are due to the counseling office no later than Friday, March 8th. To see a list of last year’s scholarships, please click this link.


Juniors will be taking the ACT on Wednesday, February 20th. The ACT tests include Reading, Math, English, Science, Writing. The ACT with writing is a paper and pencil test. The ACT with writing helps students understand what they need to learn next so they can build rigorous high school course plans and identify career areas that align with their interests. Juniors will work with their teachers specifically preparing for the ACT during the months of January and February leading up to the test.

College Applications- Class of 2019

If students need to send a transcript, please click on the SCC Transcript link listed below. The link will redirect you to our transcript page which will give you step by step instructions on how to request a transcript. Most transcripts are required to be processed online.

SCC Transcript Link

Apply On-Line to Colleges

Mental Health Awareness - Car Decals for Sale

At SCC we try to keep mental health at the forefront of the minds of our students, staff, and families. We do this in a variety of ways including messaging, guest speakers, and programming.

Thanks to Tonya and Chad Gullixson (Gullixson Racing) we have mental health/suicide awareness decals for sale. The funds raised from the decals will go toward our efforts to support students and raise awareness. The decals will be available (while supplies last) at most home events.

Each year Gullixson Racing donates a percentage of their race winnings to support our efforts. A special thank you to Tonya and Chad Gullixson for their continued generosity.

From the Athletics and Activities Office

Link to Athletics/Activities Newsletter

Winter Sports:

Any athletes planning to participate during the winter athletic season must take care of the following prior to the start of practice.

  • Athletic Code
  • Physicals
  • Participation Fee

Parents: If you purchased an activity pass for home sporting events this year, please remember to bring your pass with you and show it to the individuals working at the admission table. As much as we would like to know everyone and remember who purchased a pass, our district is getting larger and it is difficult for the people working admissions to keep track. Thanks for your cooperation!

From the Main Office


Senior portraits are due by winter break (Dec. 21st).

2018-2019 YEARBOOKS - Memories fade but yearbooks don't!

Order your yearbook now before the price goes up.

  • Forms are available in the office for cash or check purchases -OR-
  • Order online at Search for "St. Croix Central High School" and pay using a credit card, debit card or PayPal.

Permanent Links

Online Academic Support from Khan Academy

This FREE resource is used by students of all ages to provide on-line help on a wide variety of topics. Simply click the button and search for the topic your child needs help with.

Concussion Information from the WIAA

Click here to access a complete concussion guide from the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).