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November IGSD Newsletter

From the Office of Stephanie Hubbard: Unfunded Mandates

IG Panthers,


As a citizen, parent, teacher, Director of Special Education, and Superintendent I have appreciated that Wisconsin is a local control state. This means that those closest to our students make decisions regarding their education. This makes sense because the community, parents, teachers, and administrators in a district have the most knowledge about their schools and their students. Furthermore, our local community is the most invested in the success of our students, educators, and the community at large. I think that local control allows the individuals best suited to make important decisions to be the ones who make those decisions.


I am writing this article because during the 2019-20 Legislative Session there are several proposed mandates that would require school districts to spend money and other resources regardless of the desires of the local community. Sometimes the sentiment might appear good, but there may be some unintended consequences which legislators are not considering. Furthermore, where is the money to cover the cost of implementing the changes? Below is a list of some of these proposals:

  • Requiring the Provision of Feminine Hygiene (Menstrual) Products in School Buildings (Assembly Bill 381)
  • Requiring Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education (Assembly Bill 377 / Senate Bill 347) These companion bills (nicknamed “Erin’s Law”) would require the DPI to develop, by July 1, 2020, a child sexual abuse prevention policy and instructional program to be provided to pupils in grades kindergarten to six.
  • Requiring Teen Dating Violence Prevention Education (Assembly Bill 378) This bill requires the DPI to prepare, by July 1, 2020, a model policy governing the prevention of and appropriate responses to teen dating violence and sexual violence when pupils are at school or while pupils are under the supervision of a school authority.
  • Requiring Cursive Writing Instruction in the Elementary Grades (no bill number yet) This draft bill requires the state superintendent of public instruction to incorporate cursive writing into the model academic standards for English language arts.
  • Requiring Schools to Test for and Remediate Lead Contamination in Drinking Water (no bill number yet).


As a citizen of Wisconsin, I encourage you to reach out to our local legislators. You can easily find email addresses, phone numbers, and physical addresses by using the "Find My Legislators" form at https://legis.wisconsin.gov/ . The Wisconsin Blue Book is a great resource and is available online at: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/lrb/blue-book/ . Please learn more about these and other proposed Wisconsin bills. If you feel strongly about a matter, let your legislators know. I especially encourage you to advocate against these unfunded mandates.



Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent, Iowa Grant School District

Office: 608-943-6311 ext 3018 Email: shubbard@igs.k12.wi.us

Employment Opportunities

The Iowa-Grant School District is currently seeking individuals interested in substitute teaching, coaching, and/or custodial positions that have a strong set of ethics. Candidates should be responsible and have values that help our students reach their full potential. Those who work for us who love children have found immensely rewarding careers. Not only do our employees love what they do, but they are excited to wake up knowing they will make a positive difference in the lives of children. If you love kids, and you have some time to spare, please consider applying. Listed below are the current positions open in the district:

  • Full Time Custodian 2nd Shift (We have a generous benefits package!)

  • Substitutes for Teachers

  • Substitute for PM Custodians

  • Substitutes for Cooks

  • Substitute Classroom Teacher Assistants

  • High School Head Golf Coach

  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach

Please check out our website (igs.k12.wi.us) or contact Cathy Kohlenberg (CKohlenberg@igs.k12.wi.us or 608-943-6311 ext 3014) for more information.


S. Hubbard

Iowa-Grant High School

IGHS Events for November

11/1 Level 2 Football Playoffs

11/1 National FFA Convention

11/1 End of First Quarter

11/1 2:00pm Early Release

11/2 Level 2 Football Playoffs

11/2 3:10 Boys Cross Country State at Wisconsin Rapids

11/2 7:00 Volleyball Sectionals at Richland Center

11/2 National FFA Convention

11/4 Start of Second Quarter

11/6 2:00pm Early Dismissal

11/6 2:30pm - 7:30pm Parent/Teacher Conferences (Last Conference at 7:00)

11/7 2:00pm Early Dismissal

11/7 2:30pm-7:30pm Parent/Teacher Conferences (Last Conference at 7:00)

11/7 State Volleyball

11/8 No School - Vacation Day

11/8 7:00pm - 10:00pm IGHS Play

11/8 Level 3 Football Playoffs

11/8 State Volleyball

11/9 7:00pm-10:00pm IGHS Play

11/9 Level 3 Football Playoffs

11/9 State Volleyball

11/10 2:00pm-5:00pm IGHS Play

11/11 6:30pm Board Meeting

11/11 Girls Basketball Practice Starts

11/15 7:00pm-10:00pm IGHS Play (Alternate Date)

11/15 Level 4 Football Playoffs

11/15 9:15am-2:30pm Blood Drive

11/15 2:00pm Early Release

11/16 10:00am Girls Varsity Basketball Scrimmage @ North Crawford High School

11/16 7:00pm -10:00pm IGHS Play (Alternate Date)

11/16 Level 4 Football Playoffs

11/17 2:00pm-5:00pm IGHS Play (Alternate Date)

11/18 6:00pm Music Parents' Meeting

11/18 Boys Basketball Practice Starts

11/18 Wrestling Practice Starts

11/19 6:00pm JV Girls Basketball vs. Pecatonica (Home)

11/19 7:30pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Pecatonica (Home)

11/21 6:00pm JV Girls Basketball vs. Lancaster (Away)

11/21 7:15pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Lancaster (Away)

11/21 Football State Finals

11/22 Football State Finals

11/22 2:00pm Early Release

11/25 Lifetouch Winter Sports Pictures

11/26 6:00pm JV Boys Basketball vs. Shullsburg/Benton (Away)

11/26 6:00pm JV Girls Basketball vs. Potosi (Away)

11/26 7:30pm Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Shullsburg/Benton (Away)

11/26 7:30pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Potosi (Away)

11/27 No School - Vacation Day

11/28 No School - Thanksgiving Day

11/29 No School - Vacation Day

The Third Wave

Join the IGHS Drama Department for their production of the play, The Third Wave, on November 8th, 9th or 10th!


This play follows the story of a high school teacher and his history class over the course of a week and a half. The year is 1967. The class is discussing World War II as a student asks how the German citizens were so willing to follow along with the politics and ideology that led to the horrors of the Holocaust. To explain this idea, the teacher creates a classroom environment that is designed to make the students feel like part of an elite group, set apart from the rest of the school. The teacher introduces rules and guidelines that the students are happy to follow. However, the experiment doesn’t last, and students and teacher alike are left to pick up the pieces of their idealized society.


Performances are November 8th and 9th at 7:00pm, and November 10th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $5 each. Parents, please be advised that the content of the play may not be appropriate for all children.

Cross Country Teams are Running Toward the Best Season in History

The Iowa-Grant Cross Country teams are having one of the most successful seasons in school history. On Saturday, October 26, the boys raced to a second place finish at the Division 3 Sectional Meet, earning a spot at the WIAA State Meet. This marks the first time since 2001 that the boys team has qualified for state as a team. The boys team also raced to first place team finishes at Cashton, Reedsburg, Kickapoo, and Platteville. The boys team also placed second at Boscobel, Albany, and the SWAL Conference Meet, and third at River Valley. The boys team is currently ranked 7th in Division 3. Junior Nick Connolly has led the pack with five individual 1st place finishes, setting a career best time of 16:41 at the Kickapoo/La Farge Invitational.

For the girls squad, 4 of the top 7 times in team history are from this season, including Freshman Hope Connolly setting a new school record at 21:15. The girls team finished 9th out of 16 complete teams at the Sectional Meet to wrap up their season.

The State Meet is held in Wisconsin Rapids at Ridges Golf Course. The boys are the final race of the day at 3:10. Cost of admission is $8. Shuttle service is provided at several park and ride sites in Wisconsin Rapids. More information on the state meet can be found at wiaawi.org, and clicking on Boys Cross Country.

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Iowa-Grant High School Blood Drive Date and Time Change

New Date:


Friday, November 15

9:15pm - 2:30pm

Register to Donate at: https://www.redcrossblood.org/

or call the Alisha Pelton in the HS office for details. (608-943-6311 ext 2054)

Way To GO, IG Football!!

Fundraising is part of any sport at the high school level, Iowa-Grant is no exception. However, the IG football team has been using its fundraising money a little differently than most. Since 2010, the Iowa-Grant football team has been donating half of its fundraising efforts to the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison Wisconsin. Started by at the time head coach Gary Allen, the half and half fundraiser has become a tradition here at IG. Athletes are asked to go into the community and work for someone in hopes of raising funds for the program and the hospital. Coach Allen was demonstrating to his players that football is bigger than just a game played on Friday nights. Rather, it is an opportunity to grow and learn how to help the community and others in need. This year, the IG football team was able to raise $1,450 for the American Family Children's Hospital. The football program is very proud of how the players have committed themselves to continue this wonderful fundraiser and hope that this tradition will continue here at IG for quite some time.

FFA Fruit Sale

The Iowa-Grant FFA is once again selling fruit, cheese, sausage, and nuts. These items will be delivered the first week of December. To place an order or to ask questions, please contact Mrs. Lara Hammerly at lhammerly.k12.wi.us and she will get back to you. All orders are due to Mrs. Hammerly no later than November 8th. See picture below for items and prices. Thank you for supporting the Iowa-Grant FFA!

IGEMS Events For November

11/6-Early Dismissal 2:00 PM

11/6-Parent Teacher Conferences (Last Conference at 7:00)

11/6-Report Cards Sent Home

11/7-Early Dismissal 2:00 PM

11/7-Parent Teacher Conferences (Last Conference at 7:00)

11/7 2:00-7:30 Pick up Little Caesar's PTC Fundraiser in IGEMS gym THURSDAY ONLY!

11/7-4:00 PM-Jr High Boys Basketball Game vs Mineral Point (Away)

11/8-NO SCHOOL

11/11-10:15 AM Veterans Day Program-IGEMS Gym

11/11-PTC Meeting 5:15-6:15 Room 333

11/12-8:15 Coffee with the Principals

11/12-Jr High Boys Basketball Game vs. Cuba City (Away)

11/14-Jr High Boys Basketball Game vs. Lancaster (Home)

11/19-Jr High Boys Basketball Game vs. Platteville (Home)

11/25-4K Thanksgiving Program-2:00-3:30 (Mrs. Nelson M & W & Mrs. Sander M & W)

11/26-4K Thanksgiving Program - 2:00-3:30 (Mrs. Nelson T & Th)

11/26-Jr High Boys Basketball Game vs. Darlington (Away)

11/27-NO SCHOOL

11/28-NO SCHOOL-HAPPY THANKSGIVING

11/29-NO SCHOOL

12/4- 2:00 Kindergarten Program in Room 100

12/12-7:00 5-8 Choir & 6-8 Band Concert-IGEMS Gym

12/18 - 2:00 Elementary Music Program- IGEMS Gym

IGEMS COACHING VACANCY

The Iowa-Grant School District is looking to fill a coaching vacancy for a middle school (7th grade) girls basketball coach. The middle school girls’ basketball season starts on January 3, 2020. The salary for this position is $2,017. If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of interest including your qualifications by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019 to: Iowa-Grant School District, Attn: Stephanie Hubbard, 498 County Road IG, Livingston, WI 53554.

Free Baby-Sitters Clinic

The free baby-sitters clinic will be held Wed., Nov. 6 and Thurs., Nov.7 from 2:00-5:00 at I-GEMS. It is open to the first 25 fifth through eighth grade students who sign up. The clinic is taught by UW Extension Family Agent Bev Doll and sponsored by the Safe and Stable Family grant. Upon completing the 6 hours course, students will become "certified baby-sitters". Students should turn in their forms to the I-GEMS office as soon as possible.

FIRST GRADE CHRISTMAS STORE

The IGEMS first graders will once again be sponsoring a CHRISTMAS STORE. This store allows all elementary students to buy two gifts for only 25 cents each. If you have any gently used items that you would like to donate to our store, we would gladly accept your donations.


Donations can be dropped off in the office of IGEMS. The Christmas Store will be open the week of December 9th.


Thank you for your generosity!

Britany Lynch, Molly Leibfried & Brenda Wasley

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Google Virtual Reality Expeditions

Geographical boundaries, distance, finances, and time have been traditional barriers for teachers trying to connect students with relevant educational field trips. This school year, Iowa-Grant has a new tool, the Google VR Expedition Kit, to enhance the learning experiences of our students. Virtual reality is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment, placing the user “inside an experience.” Recently, the second grade students visited the Taronga Conservation Society in Australia using one of these expeditions. They learned the word, “prehensile,” and saw examples of it in a variety of animals, such as the giraffe’s tongue, up close! Several classes never the left the warmth of the library when they took a trip to the Jakobshavn Isbrae, the largest glacier in Greenland, prior to a visit by the author, Tim Fox. Since the setting of two of his books is the Ice Age in Wisconsin, the glacier expedition helped students to visualize this time period in history better. Google VR Expeditions offer a wide array of potential destinations and learning experiences for our students!
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Coffee With The Principals on November 12th

Parents, please join us from 8:15-9:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation. Learn about IGEMS and the opportunities we offer our Panthers. Social time 15 minutes before and after. Please come to the IGEMS office, if you can attend. We hope to see you there!

This month’s topic: Attendance.

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Scholastic Book Fair

Panther Families---

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

· Set the example. Let children see you read.

· Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep
up with changing tastes and reading skills.

· Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books
to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

The fair will be open in Room 100 from 2-7 p.m on November 6th and 7th during IGEMS Parent Teacher Conferences.

Arctic Adventure Book Fair, Snow Much to Read

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at IGEMS during fall Parent-Teacher conferences on November 6th and 7th!


Our Book Fair theme for fall 2019 is Arctic Adventure Book Fair, Snow Much to Read. A blizzard of books is headed your way this fall, venture deep into the ice-cold polar regions to the coolest reading expedition ever!


Interested in helping at the fair? Contact Mrs. Laufenberg at claufenberg@igs.k12.wi.us or (608) 943-6313 x1029.


Usborne Books & More will be back this fall at the November 6th and 7th conferences.

New catalog with new titles, and every purchase helps teachers earn books for classrooms!

Pennies for Patients

Pennies for Patients is calling all heroes to join our squad! Families, our school has decided to take on blood cancer and our mission is to help find a cure. Be on the lookout for more information in the upcoming weeks that will allow your child to participate in this rewarding event that emphasizes the importance of social and emotional learning and gaining experience of helping both children and adults in their fight against blood cancer. Check out our school link at https://events.lls.org/pages/wi/Iowa-Grant-Elementary-Middle-School-2020 .

About Iowa-Grant School District

Our Mission is to work in partnership with the community to empower all student to reach their full potential as responsible individuals who strive for life-long learning to successfully compete in an ever-changing global society.