Iowa-Grant's Panther Press

February IGSD Newsletter

Track Survey

Students in grades 7th-11th recently were asked to complete a survey to share their level of interest in a track team at the high school level. There was enough interest that the school board now wants to know the level and type of support our Iowa-Grant Community has for a track team. Please click on this track survey link during the month of February 2019 to share your thoughts on offering track to our high school students.



Ss. Anthony & Philip Church, 726 Main Street, Highland, WI

(The food is brought to you by Catholic Charities and is free to anyone with no income requirements). The type of food varies each month.

Registration begins - 4:00 p.m.

Food pick up – 4:30-5:30 p.m.


MONDAY – February 25, 2019

MONDAY – March 25, 2019

MONDAY – April 29, 2019

MONDAY – May 20, 2019

MONDAY – June 24, 2019

MONDAY – July 29, 2019

*Please bring bags, boxes, or containers and we’ll load your car.

All we request is your initials, zip code and how many reside in your family.

*Families may send a representative to pick up food, if they themselves are unable.


Questions phone: Connie: 623-2095, Kathy: 929-7713, Nancy: 929-7508


Walking: Are you finding that it is too cold or slippery outside to walk? Walkers are welcome to use IGEMs hallways at times students are not present. There isn't a charge! Call Jill Allen at 608-943-6311 extension 1054 for details about walking.

Fitness Room: The Iowa-Grant School District offers the general public access to our fitness center at IGEMs. A modest yearly fee of $20 will be used to help maintain the equipment. Since we want everyone to be safe and have an enjoyable experience their is a waiver that must be signed that spells out the expectations and terms. Please contact Lois Peart, Health and PE Instructor 608-943-8161 EX 2031 or for more information.


CrisisGo is a safety app which was recently installed on most teacher computers and mobile devices in the district. CrisisGo will:

  • Quickly notify all staff of a lockdown or serious situation with an audible tone and escalate the emergency message immediately to law enforcement to provide the fastest method of getting responders to the district during an emergency.

  • Improve communication during an incident using the built-in two-way communication feature.

  • Provide safety tools and information to make every staff member better prepared to assess, prevent, and respond to serious incidents.

During the month of February we will continue to train and familiarize all district employees with the app. We will eventually offer the opportunity for parents to install the app on their phones and there is a student app called Safe2SpeakUP. We believe CrisisGo will bring another level of confidence regarding our ability to respond to emergencies and keep our students and staff safe.

What to do if Stranded in Winter Weather

Staying in your vehicle when stranded is often the safest choice if winter storms create poor visibility or if roadways are ice covered.

These steps will increase your safety when stranded:

  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers and raise the hood of the car (if it is not snowing).

  • Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.

  • Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing, blankets, or newspapers.

  • Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.

  • Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe—this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.

  • Do not eat unmelted snow because it will lower your body temperature.

  • Huddle with other people for warmth.

Be Cautious About Travel

  • Listen for radio or television reports of travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service.

  • Do not travel in low visibility conditions.

  • Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.

  • If you must travel by car, use tire chains and take a mobile phone with you.

  • If you must travel, let someone know your destination and when you expect to arrive. Ask them to notify authorities if you are late.

  • Check and restock the winter emergency supplies in your car before you leave.

  • Never pour water on your windshield to remove ice or snow; shattering may occur.

  • Don’t rely on a car to provide sufficient heat; the car may break down.

  • Always carry additional warm clothing appropriate for the winter conditions.

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CrisisGo (Source: CDC)


If your child(ren) will not be riding their bus in the morning, please call the bus garage prior to 7:00 am at 608-943-6781 to talk to someone or leave a message rather than calling and leaving a message at the school office. The office will not get the message in time to relay onto the bus driver. Thank you!!

Healthy Breakfast- Friendly Reminder!

The Iowa-Grant School District offers a healthy breakfast at each school daily for our students and staff!


$1.50 for Early Childhood and 4K - Grade 4;

$1.60 for Grades 5-12;

$.30 for students who qualify for reduced meals;

Free to students who qualify for free meals;

$2.30 for Adults

Water Quality

The Safe Drinking Water Act established requirements for public facilities such as schools, hospitals, factories, and eating establishments with their own wells. These requirements include quarterly testing, detailed annual testing, and comprehensive testing every 3 years. If anything ever tests high during these test samplings, our testing regiment would increase and the public would be notified. Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources does a more thorough on site inspection of our water systems every 5 years. Iowa-Grant School District Data

Middle School Assistant Track Coach Needed

The Iowa-Grant School District is looking to fill the position of: Middle School Assistant Track Coach. The season will start approximately April 1st and run until about May 17th. There will be 6 middle school track events for the 2018-2019 school year. Interested persons should send a letter of interest and qualifications to Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent, Iowa-Grant School District, 498 County IG, Livingston WI 53554 by 4:00 p.m. February, 28th, 2019.

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.

Iowa-Grant High School

Olivia L named Panther Pawesome and joins the 1,000 Point Club

In case you haven’t heard, something pretty amazing happened last week. Ms. Olivia Liddicoat celebrated a huge achievement in scoring 1,000 career points on the basketball court! Olivia Is hardworking, extremely dedicated, very genuine, and always polite. If you look up CLASS ACT in the dictionary, you should see Olivia Liddicoat's name. She is quite modest about any of her successes and is humbled and even embarrassed when given praise or recognition for her hard work, dedication, and commitment. She is as good of an ambassador for I-G as we could ask for and it warms the hearts of her mentors and fans to see her hard work pay off.

Her coaches agree that Liv is one athlete and teammate they are glad they don't have to compete against. We are fortunate to have her as a Panther! She is a quiet team leader and usually her actions speak for her leadership. She is driven to stay focused on doing well both academically and on the court. In fact, this is a personal goal she makes each year. She is a well-rounded player and contributes to the team by taking on any role needed. Mrs. Simon added that as a coach of hers you can count on Olivia to play with focus and determination.

To be recognized in the Panther Pawesome profile is an extremely well deserved honor for Livvy not only as an athlete, but as a student here as well. She is an awesome young lady who brings a quiet level of confidence, pride, and commitment to anything she is involved in. She is a top notch student athlete who leads by example. She is serves on Student Council and volunteers her time to make our school a better place. Her talent, dedication, desire, work ethic, and humble attitude are not only displayed on the court or playing field, but are replicated in the classroom, where she goes above and beyond most expectations that teachers set. It is students like Livvy that make a teacher’s job much more enjoyable, fun, and stress-free!

Her willingness to go the extra mile, set the bar high for herself, and put in the extra effort and needed time will not only pave her way to success in athletics beyond high school, but will also build the foundation for her to create, follow, and achieve any goal, dream, or accomplishment she so desires as her educational path continues beyond Iowa-Grant.

It is truly amazing to realize that there have only been two other individuals who have attained such an honor scoring a 1,000 points here at Iowa-Grant. How unbelievable is that? When you consider the number of athletes, male and female, who have stepped onto the basketball court in a Panther jersey, it’s phenomenal! Livvy scoring her 1,000th point on Tuesday night was a monumental moment here at I-G and is one that will be thought about and treasured for many years to come. Her overall athletic ability and personal standards have resulted in many, many awards over the years not only in basketball, but also volleyball and softball. We are all looking forward to the next year and a half as those accolades and accomplishments in all sports, hit even higher levels. We wish her good health and great memories as she continues her high school career. Thank you Olivia, for being Panther Pawesome and letting us celebrate you!

Regional Academic Decathlon Contest

On Friday, January 11, nine Iowa-Grant students competed in the Regional Academic Decathlon contest at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.

Decathletes take multiple choice tests in art, music, social science, science, economics, literature, and mathematics. They also have to write an essay, prepare a speech, and sit down for a seven minute interview.

Even though Iowa-Grant was the smallest school in attendance, we won several awards. Annie S. was 3rd place in speech and 2nd place in interview. Nathan D. was 1st place in speech. Brylie W was 3rd place in interview. Way to go, Panthers!!

Annual Honors Choir

On Saturday, January 26, three IGHS students joined other talented high school choir students from our conference for the annual SWAL Honors Choir. These students receive a selection of challenging music and spend just a few days preparing for a performance. They also get to work with other choir teachers from the conference as well as a distinguished guest director. They put on an excellent concert on Saturday afternoon!

Pictured (L-R): Isabelle H., Allyson C., & Elly L.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, March 7th, 8:30am-2:30pm

Iowa-Grant High School Gymnasium

Student Council and LEO Club Sponsored Event. Come on out and save lives, visit with other community members and IG students and grab a bite to eat after in our canteen. All units collected will also be used to calculate scholarship monies for our graduating seniors. We hope to see you there!

$500 Donation from Exxon Mobile Educational Program/Friendly Place

The Iowa-Grant High School would like to thank the Friendly Place and the Exxon Mobil Educational Program for their $500 donation. This donation is made annually in support of our Math and/or Science Departments. The Math and Science Departments use this money each year to support their programs and our students.

February Quote

“February - the month of love..?!!

No wonder the shortest one in the calendar.”

Dinesh Kumar Biran

Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School


FYI!! These 7th & 8th grade students have read a million or more words so far this school year. Pictured (L-R): Grace G., Keigan C., Hope C. (4 million), Evie W., & Ricardo B. Keep on reading, Panthers!!


Congratulations to these two 7th grade students! Adriana J. (left) won the IGEMS spelling bee by spelling the words wastrels and cologne correctly. Rachel R. was the runner up. These two young ladies will represent Iowa-Grant at the sectional bee on February 6th in Benton.


Students at IGEMS will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge the week of February 11-15th. In addition to the special days (see below), students and staff members will be spreading cheer through the school and community by creating a culture of kindness. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”-Aesop
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  • Students who are not riding the school bus and instead are dropped off by a family member or friend prior to the start of the school day, should use the Cafeteria Doors in the back of the school, rather than at the main doors in the front of the building. The doors will be open and students are able to wait comfortably with staff supervision in the cafeteria. Thank you for your cooperation!

  • On Late Start days, IGEMS does not serve breakfast. Please make sure your students eat breakfast at home on Late Start days.

  • Also on Late Start days, our Back Doors (used for morning drop off) are locked until 9:30 am. If you drop off students at any door, please make sure they can enter the building before you leave. If there are problems, the main entrance by the IGEMS office should be open.


Thank you for the terrific start to our new Backpack Food Program called Panther Packs! We appreciate the wonderful donations of money and food items. Our shelves are starting to fill. If you are interested in donating, we are looking for single serve items, such as:

soup, spaghettios, ravioli, spaghetti, mac-n-cheese bowls, rice bowls, noodle packets (just add water), cereal bowls, fruit cups, applesauce cups, pudding cups, jello cups, as well as bags of crackers or chips. Small servings of peanut butter or jelly are also encouraged. If you prefer to let us do the shopping, we estimate $3 per meal or $5 for two meals. A meal consists of an entree, fruit cup, and crackers or chips. Thanks again for helping us get our program started.


8th Grade:

Albaugh, Griffin; Bartolo-Rivera, Leslie; Connolly, Hope; Cordts, Jalyssa; Garcia, Yessica; Hoeper, Jonah; Kabat, Kennedy; Kemnitzer, Indigo; Lindner, Ivy; Munson, Kenadie; Paradis, Jenna; Rogstad, Madelyn; Rowe, Audrey; Runde, Ashley; Schafer, Laighton; Searls, Julia; Shemak, Bekka; Shores, Cameron; Thomas-Blankenberg, Alexis; Volenec, Elizabeth; Wetter, Caitlyn; Whitaker, Evie; Zimmer, Ella

7th Grade

Fisher, Amiah; Jelle, Adriana; Linscheid, Elyse; McCarthy, Makaya; Moen, Emmerson; Pettit, Lillian; Rickard, Rachel; Schmitz, Ashton; Stecklein, Rylee; Steffl, Cyle; Volenec, Sophie; Warne, Lillian; Wetzel, Landon


8th Grade

Grindey, Matthew; Hamelink, David; Hoge, Braiden; Lindner, Caden; Loeffelholz, Blake; McIntosh, Karstyn; McPhail, Mckenna; Milestone, Skye; Orth, Bailey; Pittman, Gary; Ramos, Fernando; Reeves, Blake; Rux, Jeran; Staskal, Gracie

7th Grade

Barrita, Ricardo: Cullen, Meagan; Cutts, Bentley; Dowell, Connor; Freymiller, Nikolei; Gochenaur, Grace; Holman, Brach; Kite, Quinten; Lindner, Kaden; Schultz, Alaina; Vivian, Lilliana; Watson, Kaleb

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Please call Mary Ann at 943-6313 Extension 0 if you haven't made an appointment for the Early Childhood Development Days and you have a child who was born between September 2015 and August 2016 or if you have a child that will turn 4 on or before September 1, 2019 for the 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration.



Monday, Feb 4, 2019 Mineral Point (T)

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 Platteville (T)

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 Mineral Point (H)

Thursday, Feb 14, 2019 Cuba City (T)

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 Southwestern (H)


Monday, Feb 4, 2019 Platteville (T)

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019 Iowa-Grant (H)

Monday, Feb 18, 2019 Lancaster (T)


A BIG thank you to Community First Bank for donating $200 to our Panther Packs Program today. Panther Packs is our new Backpack Food Program which tucks a meal and snack in a student's backpack when needed. We want our Panthers fed and happy so they can do their best in school. We appreciate all that Community First Bank does for our IGEMS students and families. Thanks again!


On Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 IGEMS students joined other talented middle school choir students from our conference for the annual SWAL Honors Choir. These students receive a selection of challenging music and spend just a few days preparing for a performance. They also get to work with other choir teachers from the conference as well as a distinguished guest director. They put on an excellent concert on Saturday afternoon!

Pictured (L-R) Row 1: Nikolei F. & Harrison W.; Row 2: Caitlyn W., Audrey R., & Kenadie M.; Row 3: Alexis T.-B., Ivy L., & Haley B.