Iowa-Grant's Panther Press
APRIL 2021 / IGSD NEWSLETTER
FROM THE OFFICE OF STEPHANIE HUBBARD: COVID UPDATE AND THE 4Rs
Spring is in the air! I hope that your family is enjoying some time together over spring break. While most of our Iowa-Grant School District staff is away, some of us are in the building getting caught up on things and making plans for a successful 2021-2022 school year.
I am very excited that all of our staff who wanted a COVID vaccine will be fully vaccinated in early April. Our staff’s health and sense of wellbeing is of outmost importance and vaccinations feels like a major step towards returning to normalcy. With that said, WE WILL KEEP COVID PROTOCOLS IN PLACE (including masks) because our students’ health and wellbeing is also important and most students are not eligible for COVID vaccines yet. (Please see article below regarding an opportunity to vaccinate students 16-18.)
The virtual option IG staff has offered our students has increased workloads tremendously. Our teachers are amazing and would do just about anything for our kids, but we are all looking forward to when educators aren’t trying to teach in-person and virtual learners simultaneously. Unless there are some unforeseen circumstances, the virtual option will not be offered at Iowa-Grant next year.
I was recently reading about the impact of the COVID pandemic on students’ mental health and it made me think of the 4R’s I prioritize in education. In case you missed it in previous editions of the Panther Press or Board meetings; the 4Rs I am referring to are: Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, and Resilience.
We only have one quarter left of this school year, so let’s make the best of it! I encourage students, teachers, and parents to work rigorously while finding the relevance of the class lessons to life. Also, enjoy the relationships available in education and continue to recognize that it isn’t about how many times we are knocked down, it’s just important that we get back up. With these 4R’s we will continue to be better together.
Best wishes for a wonderful spring.
Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent, Iowa Grant School District
Office: 608-943-6311 ext 3018 Email: email@example.com
Election: April 6th
COVID VACCINATION CLINIC FOR THOSE 16, 17, and 18 YEARS OLD
NOTICE TO ALL IOWA-GRANT DISTRICT RESIDENTS- ANNUAL CENSUS
By State and Federal law, we are required to take a school census each year as well as try to find any suspected handicapped children we should be serving. The purpose of the annual census is to count the exact number of children, aged birth to twenty-one, residing in the school district. We are also interested in knowing if parents suspect their child to have any special problems or needs. State and Federal legislation require the Child Find efforts be made to locate all children who might benefit from special education services. This year, we will be collecting the information electronically. Please click on this link: https://forms.gle/BaBay9mvcb2gbphP9 to submit your family's information electronically. Include all children in your home, ages birth to twenty-one. Only one form per household is needed. (If you fill it out electronically you do not need to also complete a paper copy.) Paper copies will be available at the building offices. If electing to complete the paper version, please return it to the school building where your children attend or return it to the district office: 498 County IG, Livingston, WI 53554. It is very important that we know which village or township you reside in as this is how we report census to the State of Wisconsin.
We ask your cooperation in answering these census questions. It will take only a few minutes of your time and all information will be confidential.
Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent
THANK YOU IOWA COUNTY FOOD PANTRY
Iowa-Grant High School
IGHS Calendar of Events
4/2 SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
4/5 SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
4/6 CLASSES RESUME
4/6 Spring Election Day
4/8 6:30 PM Wrestling Awards Banquet - IGHS Gym
4/12 6:30 PM Board Meeting
4/19 6:00 PM Music Parents' Meeting
4/24 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM IG LEO Club Car Wash @ Collision Specialists in Livingston
4/24 10:00 AM Softball: Varsity Scrimmage vs Argyle @ Argyle High School
4/27 4:30 PM Baseball: Varsity Game vs Fennimore @ Livingston Baseball Field
4/27 5:00 PM Softball: Varsity Game vs Darlington @ Cobb City Park
4/27 5:00 PM Softball: JV Game vs Darlington @ Cobb City Park
4/29 4:00 PM Track & Field: Varsity Meet vs Multiple Schools @ Darlington High School
4/29 5:00 PM Softball: JV vs Cuba City @ Cuba City Park
4/29 5:00 PM Softball: Varsity vs Cuba City @ Cuba City Park
4/29 5:00 PM Baseball: Varsity vs Hillsboro @ Hillsboro High School
4/30 4:00 PM Golf: Varsity Match vs Multiple Schools @ Darlington Country Club
4/30 4:30 PM Baseball: Varsity vs Ithaca @ Livingston Baseball Field
4/30 5:00 PM Softball: Varsity vs Wisconsin Heights @ Cobb City Park
We want to address a recurring issue we are having with some students regarding virtual learning. The problem lies with the reason the student is a virtual learner. There are reasons when a student should be at home and learning virtually. Those reasons are related to COVID.
Reasons for a student to learn virtually:
1. Your child has multiple COVID symptoms, or a member of the household has symptoms.
2. Your child and/or members of his/her household have symptoms and are being tested and are awaiting results.
3. Your child is required to be quarantined due to being a direct contact of a positive case.
4. You, as parents, selected to have your child learn virtually for the quarter/semester/year.
Students should NOT learn virtually if:
1. Your child is tired and does not want to go to school.
2. Your child has one symptom.
3. Your child has an appointment and does not want to return to school for the remainder of the day.
4. Your child is feeling ill, but it is not related to COVID.
5. Your child wants to see what learning virtually is like.
6. Your child does not want to attend school on Friday because it is a shortened day.
We need to stress that staying home and learning virtually can not be used because it is convenient for your child without it being related to COVID. If your child is sick, please understand it is okay to miss one or two instruction days. They will be given the time to make up those assignments. There is so much going on each day for the teachers, trying to figure out who is and is not virtual shouldn’t be something they have to worry about.
The Iowa-Grant FFA would like to thank all staff and community members who ordered Florida Fresh Strawberries this year! The FFA sold a total of 225 flats of strawberries!! Profits from this fundraiser help fund FFA contest entry fees, state and national conventions, leadership conferences and workshops, SAE projects, World Dairy Expo fees, classroom/shop/greenhouse supplies and expenses, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Special Olympics Hawaiian Water Balloon Fight
IG LEO Club Celebrates 17 Years!
2021 Drama Department Musicals
The High School Drama Department is responding to the challenges of this school year with three one-act, small cast musicals. Frederick is a musical based on the children's book by Leo Leonni. How to Make a Musical is a satire about the lives of 5 high school students. The Iowa-Grant Musical Revue is a show we've put together ourselves, featuring selections from Iowa-Grant's musical past, from 2000 to the present. Students have been hard at work in virtual rehearsals, and we're looking forward to presenting our shows to you soon! Check our district Facebook page in early April for more details on how you can enjoy the shows!
Iowa-Grant Ag Department Chicken Coop COMING SOON!!!
With the weather warming and spring right around the corner, the I-G Ag Department will be finishing their Chicken Coop Project. Our goal is to have the chicken coop complete and running by the time school is out for the Summer. Agricultural students will be hatching chicks in the classroom this Spring to fill the coop. When driving on County Road XX this Spring, look near the greenhouse to watch the progression of the Iowa-Grant Ag Department Chicken Coop. We would like to recognize all of our generous donors who are making this hands-on learning experience a reality!
*Burnham Lumber Company for material and building discount
BRONZE LEVEL DONORS: $1 - $200
*In memory of Dr. Jack Jinkins
*Badger Welding Supplies, Inc.
*Michael and Erika Kelley
*Premier Co-op of Mt. Horeb
*Livingston Co-op Oil Company
*Pilling Electric Service, LLC
*Trailside Powersports, LLC
*Aspen Ridge Home and Garden, LLC
*John and Jean Slack
*In memory of Mother Larsen chickens
*Montfort Veterinary Service, Inc.
*Royal Bank of Cobb
*Allegiant Oil, LLC
*Ross Soil Service
*Pat and Dawn Miess
*Fillback Family of Dealerships
*Grant County Farm Bureau
*Joseph and Annette Carroll
SILVER LEVEL DONORS: $201 - $400
*Iowa County Farm Bureau
*Bob and Paula Daentl
*Community First Bank of Livingston
*Sloan Implement Company, LLC of Montfort
*Clare Bank of Montfort
*Betty, Roger, and Lynn Schambow
*Ivey Construction, Inc.
GOLD LEVEL DONORS: $401 - $600
*Dave and Carol Rundell
*Ritchie Implement, Inc.
*Mississippi Valley Lodge #86 Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)
*Jerry & Jen Volenec - Hardscrabble Farms
PLATINUM LEVEL DONORS: $601+
*Greg, Denée, Grace, and Avah Clark
*Elmer G. Biddick Charitable Foundation
Spring has Sprung!
Spring has sprung in the Iowa-Grant Ag Department Greenhouse! 32 students have been working hard daily planting, growing, and caring for 200 Hanging Baskets, 100 Deck Pots, and a variety of bedding plants. Stay tuned in the months ahead for a full listing of plants and a virtual order form.
State Forensics Qualifiers
The Iowa-Grant Forensics team has reason to celebrate!
All 17 District entries have earned the required scores to advance to the State Contest. Mrs. Rolli and Mrs. Richmond are proud of all the time and effort these students have put in this season. We wish them the best of luck as they go for the gold!
Group Interpretation - Cortney F-F & Abby F
Informative Speech - Alexis T-B
"Airline Calamity" Elly & Ryan
"Prom" Audrey, Kenadie, & Caitlyn
"Interrogation" Jayden B & Meagan C
Poetry - Grace L, Lily D, & Ella W
Prose - Evie, Teris, Ivy, Madelyn R, Sage, Grace V & Jackie
Solo Acting Humorous - Emma C
Solo Acting Serious - Haley B
Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School
IGEMS Calendar of Events
3/29-4/5 SPRING BREAK
4/6 & 4/7 VIRTUAL LEARNING DAYS - ALL STUDENTS4/6 - Middle School Girls Volleyball vs Lancaster AWAY
4/8 - Middle School Girls Volleyball vs. Platteville AWAY
4/9 - Panther Day
4/12 - Middle School Track Practice STARTS
4/12-4/21 Seals on Wheels Dental Services
4/13 Favorite Baseball or Softball Team Day
4/22 Earth Day - Wear Green or Blue
4/28 National Superhero Day - Wear your favorite superhero shirt
IGEMS SUMMER SCHOOL
Summer is just around the corner and we are offering some great summer school options for our 1st-8th Grade students. Classes are 8:15-11:45 am Monday - Thursday for a week in June, July, and/or August. Sign up for the grade your student is ENTERING in the fall.
June classes: June 21-24
July classes: July 19-22
August classes: August 9-12
BACKDOOR Pick Up
1. Have a sign with the student(s) last name(s) on it
2. Sign should be visible to see from outside your vehicle (Hanging from your visor or rearview mirror)
3. Use the lanes accordingly (Lane 1 - 1 Student, Lane 2 - 2 Students, Lane 3 - 3 or More Students)
4. Contact the office prior to 2:00 if you have changes to your pick-up/busing plans
Child Development Screenings
Check It Out!
We do far more than checkout books at the IGEMS Library! Here’s a snapshot of what the different grade levels have been learning during their recent classes.
Kdg-1st grade students have enjoyed listening to various forms of traditional literature including: folk tales, fables, tall tales, fairy tales, and fractured fairy tales. They are getting much better at finding books which interest them and at determining whether their choices are fiction or nonfiction books.
2nd-3rd grade students learned about different types of nonfiction books and practiced locating and recording information about a classic toy from a website. The students then came up with an idea for a new toy and drew a picture of it and named it. They used their iPads to take a picture of the toy and post it to a Padlet where they could see what their peers had created and “like” (or “heart”) them! New authors and genres of literature are so much fun to explore in second and third grade as they are now more confident and independent readers.
4th grade students learned about the rights and responsibilities of creators (artists, photographers, musicians, authors). They better understand copyright, fair use, and plagiarism. The students wrapped up the unit by creating original pixel art of a favorite book character or cover using Google Sheets. Conversations with 4th grade students about the books they are reading is always lively!
5th grade students have been knocking the ball out of the park lately. Their book trailers created using iMovie have been nothing short of awesome! They’re feeling motivated to try reading some new titles recommended by their peers and inspired to continue working with iMovie in weeks to come.
Thank you, Panther families, for partnering with us in your child’s education!
We would like to thank the generosity of the local businesses, organizations, and community members for supporting RIF.
We were able to give more than 300 books to our K-6 students this year.
Jon and Carolyn Ritchie, Esser Electric, Robert and Elaine Bunker, Aspen Ridge Home and Garden, Montfort Veterinary Service, Cobb Lioness Club, Soman-Larson Funeral Home, Collision Specialists, Harold and Judy Reddy, Linden American Legion, Rewey United Methodist Church, The Friendly Place, Jim’s Building Center, Pete Transfer, LLC, New Image, Burnham Lumber, J & T Concrete Construction, Larry’s Service and Towing, Community First Bank, Kelly Ritchie, Linden United Methodist Church, David and Margaret Benson, Cobb United Methodist, Peace Lutheran Church, Women of Peace- Cobb, Rewey Fire Department, Christianson Law Office, Mills Market, Gregory and Cynthia Marsh, Montfort Rescue Squad, United Fund of Iowa County, Michael and Erika Kelley, Pustina Construction, Kids Kingdom, MZ Construction, and Rock Church Construction
Free Garden Seed Kit Program
Free Garden Seed Kit Program coming to an Iowa County Library near you! Are you a beginning gardener? Are you down sizing your gardening? Would you like to introduce your children / grandchildren to the joys of home grown produce? We invite you to register for this Free Garden Seed Kit Program. Register online on or before Thursday, April 15, 2021 https://tinyurl.com/3mpkybx8
Sponsored by the Iowa County Master Gardeners, U.W. Extension Food Wise Program and the Iowa County Public Libraries. Open to Iowa County residents.