St. Croix Central High School

Family Newsletter: April 15, 2019

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.

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From Mr. Soderberg

Hello SCC Families,

Every student deserves to feel welcomed and supported at school. From time to time we hear from students who don't enjoy coming to school because of the way some of their classmates treat them. In an effort to ensure that all students feel welcome and supported at the high school our staff has decided to create a movement throughout our building called "Rise Up".

"Rise Up" is a proactive approach that educates and encourages students on how they can rise up for students who aren't being treated in a manner consistent with our values. Our belief is that students and staff will recognize when negative interactions are taking place and stand together to intervene in an appropriate manner.

Recently, I spoke to the student body about two qualities we would like them to demonstrate.

  1. Have a heart of empathy. That is, understand and share the feelings of another person.
  2. Have a heart of courage. Have the courage to support anyone being treated in a manner that is negative or demeaning and the courage to stand with those who "Rise Up" on their behalf.

If our students and staff identify negative behaviors and "Rise Up" to intervene we can create and build upon a positive and supportive student culture.

We Will...

  1. remain keenly aware of situations of "picking on", "bullying", and/or "disrespect" among students and we will respond appropriately to stop the behavior
  2. be intentional about building and supporting a culture that will "Rise Up" against negative behavior
  3. encourage and teach students how to "Rise Up" for and with each other in an appropriate manner
  4. stand with any student who intervenes for another student - they should never stand alone
  5. take this very seriously and always stand ready to act in support of creating a welcoming and supportive culture

To be clear, St. Croix Central High School is a special place and our building culture is supportive, strong, and safe. However, like any family or organization, we must intentionally guard, build, and grow our culture or it will naturally degenerate. Our students and staff are exceptionally respectful and supportive but we can always get better.

Thank you to our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) team for getting this moving and Mr. Jourdeans for the great logo. This is just the beginning.

Thank you for your continued support.

Go Panthers,


Making Up Snow Days - Options

Given the unprecedented number of snow and/or cold days this school year and the requirements put forth by the Department of Public Instruction the high school will need to account for some lost time. We are considering a couple of options (see below). Once a final plan has been made I will communicate that with all high school families.

Potential Options

  • Change June 7th from a half-day to a full day.
  • Make Friday, May 17th a "Digital Learning Day" from home. Teachers are scheduled for a professional development day.

What is a "Digital Learning Day"? A digital learning day allows students to work from home with prescribed work and guidance from their teachers. While many schools have used this option to make up for the missed time it would be our first time using the method.

If this is the chosen option, our staff will be working on developing the plan for the digital learning day and communicating with the students and parents about the expectations.

We will get more information sent to our families in the very near future.

From the Counseling Office

ASPIRE testing on April 23rd will begin at 8:00 am last until roughly 2:25 pm for all freshmen and sophomores.

Forward testing on April 24th will begin at 8:00 am and last until 9:50 am for all sophomores.

Campus Tours on April 23rd for Juniors will take place at UW- Eau Claire, UW River Falls, University of Minnesota and CVTC- River Falls. Students will sign up for these on a google sheet I will send out to the entire junior class.

Staff members will be assigned a role to either test or chaperone a campus tour on April 23rd.

On April 24th, we will run a normal school day. Forward Testing will be completed by end of 3rd hour.

Tuesday, April 23rd

9th - ASPIRE Testing

10th- ASPIRE Testing

11th- Campus Tours

12th- College and Career Prep Day (Work from home)

Wednesday, April 24th

10th- Forward Testing in Aux Gym

Testing will be completed by the end of 3rd hour.

Sophomores will return to classes beginning 4th hour.

Grades 9, 11, and 12 will have a normal school day.

AP Testing Information

Test Schedule

Week 1:

Monday, May 6

  • United States Government and Politics (8 am)

Wednesday, May 8

  • English Literature and Composition (8 am)

Thursday, May 9

  • German Language and Culture (12 pm)

  • Psychology (12 pm)

Week 2:

Tuesday, May 14

  • Calculus (8 am)

  • Human Geography (12 pm)

Wednesday, May 15

  • Macroeconomics (12 pm)

Thursday, May 16

  • Comparative Government and Politics

Late Testing (approved due to inclement weather days):

Wednesday, May 22

  • Physics C: Mechanics

Thursday, May 23

  • Biology

  • Environmental Science

  • United States History

Testing Dates for Freshmen and Sophomores

Aspire - April 23, 2019 (Freshmen and Sophomores)

Forward - April 24, 2019 (Sophomores)

Graduation Information for Graduates and Families


Class of 2019

Last Day for Seniors: Wednesday, May 22 at 3:25 pm

Scholarship Night: Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm - Auditorium

Graduation Practice: Friday, May 24 at 10:00 am -11:00 am - Meet in the Auditorium.

Graduation: Friday, May 24 at 7:30 pm - High School Gym
  1. Doors open to family and friends at 6:30 pm. Enter through the main doors.
  2. Graduates should gather in the auditorium by 6:00 pm. Graduates enter through the auditorium doors.

Seating and Tickets:
  1. All are welcome.
  2. No tickets will be issued.
  3. We will not place a limit on the number of family and friends who may attend.
  4. We will have an area reserved for senior citizens and wheelchair-bound guests.

Viewing Options:
  1. For family and friends who cannot attend graduation, we will “live-cast” the event.

  1. Families are welcome to take pictures of their graduate receiving his/her diploma.
  2. Cahill (our professional photographers) will be taking pictures of each graduate. These pictures will be available for purchase through the Cahill website. More information about how to access the pictures will be provided at a later date.

Graduate Line-up:
  1. Graduates will be in alphabetical order.
  2. They will know which side they will be seated on after practice on Friday, May 24.

Chromebook Turn-in
  1. Tuesday, May 21st or Wednesday, May 22nd during 5th and 6th Hours (in the Library).

Class of 2019 Honor Grads

From the Athletics and Activities Office


2019 SCC PROM - A Night Under the Stars

Saturday, May 4th, 8-11pm

1751 Broadway Street

Hammond, WI

Grand March: 7:00 pm - High School Auditorium

Dance: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm - High School Commons

Link: SCC Prom

Scholarship Night

Wednesday, May 22nd, 6:30pm

St. Croix Central Community Auditorium

Class of 2019 Graduation

Friday, May 24th, 7:30pm

1751 Broadway Street

Hammond, WI

Doors open at 6:30 pm

  • No tickets required
  • No reserved seating

VAPING... A growing problem

Below is a link to information about vaping. I strongly encourage everyone to learn about what vaping is and how dangerous and addictive it is.

There is a rapidly growing problem with vaping throughout the U.S. and SCC is not immune to the problem. We are aware that a growing number of students are vaping and are sincerely concerned about the impact this will have on student health and school culture.

Please educate yourself and talk to your child about the dangers and addictiveness of this behavior. Most importantly, be alert, ask questions, and look for the signs of vaping.

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).