Iowa-Grant's Panther Press

September IGSD Newsletter

From the Office of Stephanie Hubbard:

IG Panthers,


Welcome back. It was so exciting to see students in our buildings yesterday. The start of school year is such a great time filled with hope, excitement, promise, and a little nerves/sadness. I hope that you have been able to spend some time this summer relaxing, recharging, and enjoying friends and family. Staff have not only had time for these necessary luxuries, but have also been busy making sure that our classrooms, schools, and technologies are ready for our students to return.


A lot of work has been done around our buildings. We have: new gym floor at IGHS, new bleachers at both IGHS and IGEMS, improved playground area at IGEMS, and lots of room changes. This is in addition to the regular summer cleaning/painting/mowing. The maintenance department has been busy.


We are really excited about what we have accomplished as a District and also about what we have in store for this coming year. The District will use Friday early release time wisely for professional development. I realize that the shortened days for the students will cause an inconvenience for parents. We are committed to using that time to improve our teaching and understanding of our students.


Please find the 2019-2020 Calendar available below. Here is to a fantastic 2019-2020 school year!


Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent, Iowa Grant School District

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

Danielle Hasburgh: High School Secretary (until she replaces Mrs. Jill Allen as the IGEMS Secretary in Oct.)

A little about Mrs. Danielle Hasburgh: I live in Cobb WI with my husband Kurt and our two kids; Brycen and Jayden. I attended MATC and earned a degree in Marketing. I am a volunteer first responder with the Cobb First Responders and have a passion for my community. I enjoy spending my time with my husband and kids, reading, and spending time outdoors. I am so excited to be in the Iowa Grant School District and look forward to getting the year started.

Lara Hammerly: Agricultural Instructor/ FFA Advisor at Iowa-Grant High School

A little about Mrs. Lara Hammerly: Lara Hammerly grew up on her family farm in Edmund, WI where her family was very active in the Iowa County 4-H program. When she entered high school she fell in love with the National FFA Organization. Hammerly attended Iowa-Grant School District and graduated in 2013. She then attended UW-Platteville and studied Agricultural Education and Agribusiness. Hammerly taught at Cassville High School for 1.5 years and is now excited to be back home teaching Agricultural Education at the school that inspired her into who she is today.

YEARS TEACHING: Previously taught at Cassville High School as the Agricultural Instructor/ FFA Advisor for 1.5 years

Sasha Walrack: Spec. Ed. Assistant

A little about Ms. Sasha Walrack: I am originally from Mineral Point and graduated from Mineral Point school district in 2015. I recently moved to Rewey with my daughter and boyfriend. I graduated from Southwest Tech in the Human service program in 2018. I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with my family!

YEARS IN EDUCATION: I did two internships with Mineral Point school district in 2018. This is my 1st full year in education.

Lisa Edge: Spec. Ed. Assistant

A little about Ms. Lisa Edge: A former Iowa-Grant Panther, I received my BS in Physical Education/Corporate Fitness, with a health minor from UW-Platteville. I have taught in several school districts throughout SW and SE WI. I was also a Medical Assistant Instructor at Globe University in Middleton, WI, preparing adult students for clinic and hospital externship and graduation. For several years I was a Medical Assistant in the UW-Health system in Mount Horeb,Transformations Plastic Surgery Center in Middleton, as well as SouthWest Health Center in Platteville, WI. I currently live in Mineral Point. When I'm not at school, I enjoy taking my handi-abled pup to schools where we discuss bullying, tolerance, acceptance, and disabilities. We recently traveled to New York where we received ASPCA's Hero Dog of the Year for the work we do in the public school system.

YEARS IN EDUCATION: 20+

Tammi Eaker: Spec. Ed. Assistant

A little about Mrs. Tammi Eaker: I grew up in Southwest Wisconsin and am an IG Alumni. I have 5 children who all graduated from IG as well. I enjoy being outdoors, gardening and spending time with my family. I’m looking forward to working with the students and staff at Iowa-Grant.

Debi Kramer: Special Education Teacher At Iowa Grant High School

A little about Mrs. Debi Kramer: Debi Kramer grew up in Monroe, WI and currently resides in Platteville. She has a husband Scott, and three children: Logan, Mattea and Addison. She attended UW-Platteville and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Broadcasting and Elementary/Middle School Education and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Debi enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, outdoor activities, and reading.

YEARS TEACHING: This is Debi’s 16th year teaching, with combined years of experience at Converse Elementary in Beloit, Cuba City High School, and Belmont High School.

Matt Cammack

A little about Mr. Matt Cammack: Wife and I moved to Rewey in the Iowa-Grant district in 99 where our kids graduate and a major highlight was watching our daughter Hannah play for the Panther volleyball program. Looking forward to the adventure ahead at the IGHS trying to fill the spot of a "legend" Tommy T.

Rebecca Kretschman: Special Education Teacher/IGEMS

A little about Ms. Rebecca Kretschman: Rebecca grew up on a dairy farm in Fennimore, WI and currently resides in Dodgeville. Rebecca is a proud parent to her daughter Emma. She attended UW-Platteville and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and certification in special education. Rebecca furthered her education by earning a Master’s in Elementary Education and School Administration from UW-Platteville and Edgewood College. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and two small dogs. In her spare time she enjoys reading and traveling.

YEARS TEACHING: This is Rebecca’s 26th year in education, with combined years as a special education teacher and elementary principal working at Black Hawk School District, Necedah Area Schools, Delavan-Darien Schools and Dodgeville School District.

Gayle Thompson- Spec. Ed. Assistant

A little about Mrs. Gayle Thompson: I live in Montfort WI with my husband Thomas. We raised 3 girls who all graduated from Iowa-Grant. We enjoy time with our 7 grandchildren. I worked many years as a CNA. I look forward to working with children in the special education department at I-G.

Christi Kennicker- Office IGEMS Receptionist

Aa little about Mrs. Christi Kennicker: I live in Cobb WI with my husband Tyler and have 4 kids; Azhara, Espn, Moxon, and Riddick. I attended UW-Platteville and earned a degree in Elementary Education. I enjoy spending time with my kids baking, crafting, and playing outside. In the fall/winter you will find my family and I enjoying the Badger football/basketball games and updating our Fantasy Football Teams. I am excited to start the school year and meet families from the area.

YEARS IN EDUCATION: This is my 5th year in education. A combination of teaching in a childcare facility in Verona WI as a 4K Teacher and Assistant Director, as well as substitute teaching in the surrounding area.

Dustin Baker- Custodian

A little about Mr. Dustin Bakker: I live outside of Linden. I have a daughter named Abbie who is 3 and a son Braydin who is 10. I graduated from Iowa-Grant in 2006 and I am happy to be back.

Casey Clausius: PE/Health/Activities Director

A little about Mr. Casey Clausius: I have a passion for athletics, teamwork, preparation, and improvement. I have had many years of coaching and teaching experience, and look forward to the new responsibilities of the Activities Director. Through my experiences I have always had a vision that everyone can be successful. I believe if we work hard and respect, support, invest in ourselves and each other, then we will be successful together. I look forward to working with and meeting everyone!

Years of service: 13th year

Flooring Pieces For Sale!

If you're a Panther fan, stand up and clap your hands! Several individuals were interested in large pieces of flooring memorabilia from our recent remodelling. We thought the funnest and fairest way to offer the most desirable pieces would be an auction! Go to: https://timslackauctionrealty.hibid.com/catalog/181912/iowa-grant-school-district-auction-2019/ to place your bid. There are four items available. We have two panthers, a square of from the auditorium, and the center IG from the gym floor (this had to be cut into two pieces, but it will be sold as one item.) The auction will close at 7:30 on October 11, 2019. The winners will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming game.

Coke Gives

With Coke.com/give, every purchase of your favorite Coca-Cola beverages is an opportunity to make a difference for our District. To donate, simply visit Coke.com/give, click donate now, select either Iowa-Grant Elem Middle School-Livingston- WI- 53554 or Iowa-Grant High School- Livingston-WI- 53554 and scan or enter product codes from participating Coca-Cola products.

Help wanted

Teacher Substitutes

The Iowa-Grant School District is currently seeking persons to substitute for our teaching staff. Substitutes for teachers must possess a Wisconsin teaching license and are paid $100 per day or $55 per half-day. Interested persons should contact the district office at 943-6311, extension 3014, to obtain substitute teacher application materials.


Support Staff Substitutes

The Iowa-Grant School District is currently seeking persons to be substitutes in the following areas for the upcoming school year: 1) Custodians -- PM shift 2) Cooks 3) Classroom Teacher Assistants 4) Clerical Assistants Substitutes are called on an as-needed basis and are paid $10.50 per hour. Classroom teacher assistant substitutes are not required to possess a Wisconsin teacher license. Interested persons should contact the district office at 943-6311, extension 3014, to obtain substitute support staff application materials.

Head Golf Coach

Do you love golf and coaching? Please send a letter of interest and qualifications to Stephanie Hubbard, Iowa-Grant School District, 498 County IG, Livingston WI 53554 if you are interested.

Grand Opening- Save the Date

The Iowa-Grant FFA Alumni and FFA are planning a Grand Opening for the High School Gym on October 6th. The FFA Alumni will be putting on a steak feed and there are plans in the work for some special guests. Please save the date now as it will be a great time for the community to show their panther pride!

Host Families Needed

Any family interested in hosting an student from Costa Rica for two weeks in January, please contact Mrs. Rolli. (jrolli@igs.k12.wi.us) We are looking for placement for eleven students and would like to have the hosts determined by early October.


Students will be arriving January 17th and departing January 31st. During the two weeks they will participate in a variety of activities planned by the Costa Rica Frika coordinator and spend time observing and making cultural connections with students at IGHS. To complete the exchange, there is an option to travel to Costa Rica in June and visit the school of this group!



The details for the host families are primarily:


  • Students have own bed (can share room).
  • Females can host males (can't share room).
  • WIFI access.
  • Transportation to/from school.
  • Meals.
  • No native Spanish speaking host families. (They are here to practice English skills)




For more information you can visit www.costaricafrika.com


Jacqueline M. Rolli, Spanish Instructor, Iowa-Grant High School

GREAT STEAK NIGHT

The Iowa-Grant Booster Club will host a Great Steak Night on Friday, September 27th at Iowa-Grant High School from 5:30-8:30. Cheer on your IG Panthers Football team as they take on the MP Pointers. There will be: steak sandwiches, burgers, brats, deep fried cheese curds and french fries along with the regular concession stand selection.

Iowa-Grant High School

IGHS Events for September

  • 9/2 - Labor Day - No School
  • 9/3 - First Day of School-IGHS Picture Day
- JV Football Game vs. Pecatonica/Argyle @ 5pm (Home)
  • 9/5 - Freshman meet with Jostens for the Iowa-Grant Ring Program @ 1:00pm
  • 9/5 - Seniors meet with Jostens for Graduation Information and Measuring for Cap and Gown @ 1:20pm
  • 9/6 - Varsity Football Game vs. Cuba City @ 7pm (Home)
  • 9/7 - Cross Country Meet @ Darlington High School @ 8:45am
  • 9/9 - JV Football Game vs. Cuba City @ 5pm (Away)
  • 9/10 - Varsity Cross Country Meet @ Boscobel - Ryan Zimpel Memorial CC Course
- Freshman Volleyball Game vs. Darlington @ 5:45pm (Home)

- JV Volleyball Game vs. Darlington @ 5:45pm (Home)

- Varsity Volleyball Game vs. Darlington @ 7:15pm (Home)

  • 9/12 - JV Volleyball Game vs. Cuba City @ 5:45pm (Away)
  • 9/12 - Hard Copy Orders Due - Jostens will be here 1:35pm-1:50pm

- Varsity Volleyball Game vs. Cuba City @ 7:15pm (Away)

  • 9/13 - Varsity Football Game vs. Darlington @ 7:00pm (Home)
  • 9/14 - Cross Country Meet @ Spring Green Municipal Golf Course @ 8:30am
  • 9/16 - JV Football Game vs. Darlington @ 5pm (Away)
- Music Parents' Meeting (IGHS Band Room)
  • 9/17 - Varsity Cross Country Meet @ North Crawford High School @ 5pm
- Freshman Volleyball Game vs. Southwestern @ 5:45pm (Away)

- JV Volleyball Game vs. Southwestern @ 5:45pm (Away)

- Varsity Volleyball Game vs. Southwestern @ 7:15pm (Away)

  • 9/19 - Varsity Cross Country Meet @ Richland Center High School @ 5pm
- Freshman Volleyball Game vs. Boscobel @ 5:45pm (Away)

- JV Volleyball Game vs. Boscobel @ 5:45pm (Away)

- Varsity Volleyball Game vs. Boscobel @ 7:15pm (Away)

  • 9/20 - Varsity Football Game vs. La Crosse Aquinas @ 7pm (Away)
  • 9/21 - Varsity Volleyball Invite @ 9am - 5pm (Home)
  • 9/23 - JV Volleyball Invite @ 4:45pm-8pm (Home)
- JV Football vs. River Valley @ 5pm (Home)
  • 9/24 - Freshman Volleyball vs. Fennimore @ 5:45pm (Home)
- JV Volleyball vs. Fennimore @ 5:45pm (Home)

- Varsity Volleyball vs. Fennimore @ 7:15pm (Home)

  • 9/25 - FFA Officer Sectional Leadership Workshop
  • 9/26 - Freshman Volleyball Game vs. Mineral Point @ 5:45pm (Away)
- JV Volleyball Game vs. Mineral Point @ 5:45pm (Away)

- Varsity Volleyball Game vs. Mineral Point @ 7:15pm (Away)

  • 9/27 - Varsity Football Game vs. Mineral Point @ 7pm (Home)
  • 9/28 - Varsity Cross Country Meet @ Reedsburg Hartge Center XCC Trail
  • 9/30 - JV Football vs. Mineral Point @ 5pm (Away)
- Freshman Volleyball Scrimmage @ Riverdale @ 5pm

- JV Volleyball Scrimmage @ Riverdale @ 5pm

Fall Athletics

We are starting the 2019-2020 fall sports this month. Students seem to be motivated at practices and high attendance while battling warm weather. Football started off with a good varsity scrimmage, and volleyball and cross country will also be off and running soon!


Great time of year to be a Panther!


Mr. Clausius- Activities Director

IGHS Seniors To See Fences at APT on September 20

The senior class will travel to Spring Green on September 20 to see a 10:30 A.M. performance of Fences by August Wilson. It is one of the late author’s best-known plays and is widely taught in senior and AP English classrooms across the country; in fact, Mrs. Richmond will be teaching it to our seniors the first two weeks of school. (You may remember Wilson’s play The Piano Lesson, which appeared on the Hallmark Channel in the mid 1990s). Fences takes place in the late 1950s and explores the conflicts one African-American family faces in that moment between the integration of major league baseball and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. It is a powerful, symbolic play that will challenge students to think about the issues of race, integrity, literacy, responsibility, and personal fulfillment. Mrs. Rosemeyer and Mrs. Richmond are delighted to chaperone the field trip to APT every fall. We are grateful for the discounted ticket prices for student matinees and the opportunity for our students to see live theater performed by professional actors. We usually see a Shakespearean play because we continue to teach Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth at IGHS, but APT also offers a number of titles by renowned authors such as Chekhov, Ibsen, Shaw, Wilde, and Williams. If you would like to catch a performance this fall, there is still time, as shows run through October. *Note: Because the performance is on an early-release Friday, those attending will not return to IGHS in time to catch the bus home. Seniors will need to arrange an alternate way home that day. We expect to be back to IGHS around 2:20 P.M.

Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School

IGEMS Events For September

9/3 - First Day Of Classes at IGEMS - 4KN T & EC start

9/4 - First Day for 4KN M & 4KS M

9/9 - 5:15 p.m. P/T Club Meeting - Rm 333

9/9 - 6:30 p.m. School Board Meeting - Lib.

9/10 - 8:15-9:00 a.m. Coffee With The Principals - Rm 100

9/19 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi Girls Volleyball at Mineral Point

9/24 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi Girls Volleyball at Cuba City

9/26 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi Girls Volleyball Lancaster Here

9/30 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi Girls Volleyball at Highland

10/1 - 8:30 a.m. IGEMS Picture Retakes - Rm 100

10/1 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi Girls Volleyball Platteville Here

School Breakfast at School

The Iowa-Grant Panther Kitchen serves healthy breakfast each day for students at IGEMS and IGHS. The cost for breakfast for Pre-K through grade 4 students is $1.50. The cost for breakfast for grade 5 - 12 students is $1.60. A reduced priced breakfast in any grade is $ .30.

Dear Panther Families,

Did you know 95% of children in America under the age of 8 have access to a mobile device at home? As both the Library Media Specialist and Early Learning Principal at IGEMS, I’d like to share an informative and helpful website with you. Although it has been around since 2003, it’s been my experience that many parents are unfamiliar with Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media is an independent, non-profit, research-backed organization providing recommendations and reviews for: movies, TV shows, books, apps, websites, and video games. The reviews can be filtered by the following age bands: 2-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-12, and 13+. Also searchable by the age of your child are practical parenting articles such as, “10 Ways to Help Your Kid Get a Good Night’s Sleep,” and “Explaining the News to Our Kids.” The mission of the organization is to ensure digital well-being for kids everywhere. When your child’s class visits the school library, one of the important skills the children will learn is how to be a good digital citizen. The Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum is the main curriculum I use with the students for this purpose. Feel free to take a look at it and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for being our partner in your child’s education. Working together we can accomplish so much more!


Proud to be a Panther!

Jodi Bast

Welcome to Coffee with the Principals

Mrs. Bast (Principal for Early Childhood-1st Grade) and Mrs. Oberfoell (Principal for 2nd-8th Grades) wish to invite you to share coffee and conversation each month. Our first get-together will be Tuesday, September 10th, from 8:15-9:00 am. September's topics will include:

What's New at IGEMS?

What is PBIS?


Please join us at the Elem/Middle School and use the Main Entrance. You will sign in and receive a Coffee with the Principal sticker at the Office and then meet in Room 100. We will host social time 15 minutes before and after. Hope to see you there!

Save The Date!

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!

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

Box Tops For Education

Here is a quick tutorial on the new way for Box Tops submission....no more clipping & pasting. Check it out and thank you for your continued support so IGEMS can earn cash from Box Tops For Education!
Box Tops New App: Scan for your School

IGEMS Back To School Night

We've Got 2020 Vision! That's this year's motto at IGEMS. We look forward to great things happening in the 2019-2020 school year! Thanks to all our students and families who came to Back to School Night.

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.