Iowa-Grant's Panther Press


From the Office of Stephanie Hubbard: 2020 is Here!

IG Panthers,

It is hard to believe that 2020 is here and it is a start to a new decade. The new year is always a time for reflection and goal setting. I find the year 2020 symbolic because 20/20 is perfect vision. I have spent time thinking about my vision for a great 2020 for the district as well as for myself as a person. I agree with Stephen Covey's advice to "Begin with the end in mind" from his bestselling book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I have a good idea of what success will look like from our District's mission statement. "Our Mission is to work in partnership with the community to empower all students to reach their full potential as responsible individuals who strive for life-long learning to successfully compete in an ever-changing global society."

In order to get there, I plan on focusing on one word and that is: Relationships. There is more and more research, about the impact of relationships on schools. I believe this is where we will have the most impact on accomplishing our mission. Unfortunately, relationships aren't that easy. I will need help. Please help me this year as I focus on relationships to help us accomplish our mission as a District.

I encourage you to take some time to determine one word which you can focus on in order to accomplish your aspirations for 2020. Please feel free to share your word with me so that we can hold each other accountable to our one word/area of focus.

Happy New Year!

Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent, Iowa Grant School District

Office: 608-943-6311 ext 3018 Email:

School Board Elections

IG Panthers,

School Board members play a very important role in the success of a district. The April 7th election will determine 2 of our Board members. Kristin Spurley will run as an incumbent for Area 7 (Cobb/Linden/Rewey At-Large). Rachel Zimmer has decided to not run again; so Area 3 (Montfort) has an opening. We appreciate all Board members hard work and dedication to the District. If anyone is interested in running , please feel free to contact me, Stephanie Hubbard. Current Board members may also be a great source of information. Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidacy, must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, in the District Office. The person elected to each area will begin his/her term on Monday, April 27, 2020.

IGSD Hosts Vietnam Veteran Memorial

Starting on January 23rd and running until February 3rd the Iowa-Grant High School will be hosting a display of banners from the Vietnam War. These banners will contain the names and photos of all the individuals who were killed in the War from the state of Wisconsin.

This display is the result of a collaboration between Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. The project is called Wisconsin Remembers - A Face For Every Name and is a listing of all 1,161 Wisconsinites shown on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. This was an effort to attach a photograph to each individual killed in the conflict as a way to personalize them beyond just a listing of names. The photos were obtained from family members and friends who made the project a success.

The exhibit will be available for students to observe during the school day and the public will be able to observe the banners from 3:30-7:00 during the week. Additionally the community will be able to view the banners on Saturday January 25th from 8:30-6:00 and Saturday February 1st from 8-12 noon. The hope is that these dates and times will allow people in the area an opportunity to see this memorial to our deceased veterans.

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. We are currently seeking:

  • Substitutes for Teachers

  • Substitute for PM Custodians

  • Substitutes for Cooks

  • Substitute Classroom Teacher Assistants

  • High School Head Golf Coach

  • Warco is hiring Bus Drivers for IG bus routes or subs (608)943-6781

Please check out our website ( or contact Cathy Kohlenberg ( or 608-943-6311 ext 3014) for more information.

School Breakfast Video Contest

The DPI School Nutrition Team is excited to announce that the third Wisconsin School Breakfast Video Contest. This year, the contest is being run by our partners at Hunger Task Force. Teams of students are invited to submit an original video telling us why their school breakfasts rock. The goal of the contest is to connect students with the school meals program and promote the positive practices of your school’s food and nutrition services.

Who: Wisconsin K-12 students attending schools that participate in the USDA School Breakfast Program

What: Create an original video (two minutes or less) telling us why your school breakfast rocks

Win: Grand Prize $1,000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250

(prize monies to be split among team members)

Video finalists will be featured on the Wisconsin DPI and Hunger Task Force websites.

When: Contest starts on Monday, December 16, 2019

Deadline for submitting videos is Friday February 14, 2020

Contest details, entry materials, and official rules are available on Hunger Task Force’s School Breakfast Video Contest webpage.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

This is a communication from the WI Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Team.
You can contact the School Nutrition Team at To subscribe to schoolmealsnews, please send an email to #WISchoolMealsRock

Let’s Hear it From the Board

This may be a new section of the Iowa-Grant Panther Press. This will be a platform for School Board members to share some of the highlights from around the District. Here is what was submitted for the January edition:

Kristin Spurley

December is such a great time to marvel at the strength of our music program. The band and choir concerts at every level were superb. Especially loved the guitar performance at the High School Concert! How many were surprised this group even existed? The elementary programs are always a huge hit. The hours of prep, practice and motivational speeches required from Ms. Gile, Ms. Wanie and Mr. Zwick make me wonder if they’ve found a way to invent extra hours in a day. The consistently high percentage of students involved in band and choir are proof we have something pretty special here.

Iowa-Grant High School


1/1 New Year's Day

1/2 Classes Resume

1/2 4:30 PM Boys JV Reserve Basketball vs Potosi (Home)

1/2 6:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Potosi (Home)

1/2 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Potosi (Home)

1/3 2:00 PM Early Release

1/3 MS/HS Honors Band Rehearsal @ Riverdale

1/3 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Riverdale (Home)

1/3 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Riverdale (Home)

1/4 9:00 AM Varsity Wrestling @ Lancaster High School

1/4 4:30 PM MS/HS Honors Band Performance @ Riverdale

1/7 6:00 PM Girls JV Reserve Basketball vs Highland (Away)

1/7 6:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Riverdale (Away)

1/7 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Shullsburg (Away)

1/7 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Riverdale (Away)

1/7 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Shullsburg (Away)

1/9 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Boscobel (Away)

1/9 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Boscobel (Away)

1/10 2:00 PM Early Release

1/10 6:00 PM Girls JV Reserve vs Barneveld (Away)

1/10 6:00PM Boys JV Basketball vs Southwestern (Away)

1/10 7:00 PM Varsity Wrestling vs Cuba City/Southwestern/Benton (Home)

1/10 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Southwestern (Away)

1/13 6:00 PM Girls JV Reserve Basketball vs Cuba City (Away)

1/13 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Cuba City (Home)

1/13 PM 6:30 PM Board Meeting

1/14 First Semester Finals

1/14 HS Band/Choir-Alumni Pep Band (Girls Basketball Game)

1/14 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Mineral Point (Home)

1/14 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Mineral Point (Home)

1/15 First Semester Finals

1/16 6:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Boscobel (Home)

1/16 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Boscobel (Home)

1/17 End of First Semester

1/17 2:00 PM Early Release

1/17 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Fennimore (Away)

1/17 7:00 PM Varsity Wrestling vs Darlington/Blackhawk (Home)

1/17 7:30 Girls Varsity Basketball vs Fennimore (Away)

1/18 8:00 AM Varsity Wrestling vs Multiple Schools @ Ithaca High School

1/20 Start of Third Quarter

1/20 6:00 PM Music Parents' Meeting (IGHS Band Room)

1/21 7:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Fennimore (Away)

1/21 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Fennimore (Away)

1/23 MS/HS Honors Choir Rehearsal @ Southwestern

1/23 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Darlington (Home)

1/23 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Darlington (Home)

1/24 2:00 PM Early Release

1/24 4:30 PM Girls JV Reserve Basketball vs River Valley (Away)

1/24 6:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Darlington (Home)

1/24 7:00 PM Varsity Wrestling vs Fennimore (Away)

1/24 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Darlington (Away)

1/25 4:30 PM MS/HS Honors Choir Performance @ Southwestern

1/28 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Southwestern (Away)

1/28 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Southwestern (Away)

1/30 6:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Cuba City (Home)

1/30 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Cuba City (Home)

1/31 2:00 PM Early Release

1/31 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Cuba City (Away)

1/31 7:00 PM Varsity Wrestling vs Mineral Point (Home)

1/31 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Cuba City (Away)

Wrestlers Earn First Place Finish at Royall Invite

Congratulations to the I-G Wrestling Team on their First Place Team finish at the Royall Invite December 7th. Congrats to Cal and Donald from Highland on their First place finish. Also, congrats to JV First place finishes- Hudson Brown from I-G and Owen and Dax from Highland.

Great Start for Varsity Basketball Teams

A great start for the Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams.

The Varsity Girls started the season with close non-conference wins against Lancaster, Potosi/Cassville, and Pecatonica. A great start to the season.

The Varsity Boys started off with wins against non-conference schools Benton and Highland. Way to go I-G Boys and Girls! Keep working on improving yourselves everyday!

Holiday Sounds Filled IGHS

The Holiday Iowa-Grant Band and Choir Concert was a success on December 10th. Students performed with great confidence and desire. What a good turn out of family and friends. Excellent job Mrs. Gile and Mr. Zwick in orchestrating efforts a great concert.

Honor Roll

Distinguished Honors:

Hope Connolly, Jalyssa Cordts, Yessica Garcia, Kennedy Kabat, Indigo Kemnitzer, Samuel Kempf, Hazel Klosterman, Ivy Lindner, Kenadie Munson, Jenna Paradis, Madelyn Rogstad, Audrey Rowe, Laighton Schafer, Bekka Shemak, Alexis, Thoma-Blankenberg, Elizabeth Volnec, Caitlyn Wetter, Evie Whitaker, Teris Baker, Dylan Bingham, Grace Clark, Cortney Fiedler-Fosbinder, Abigail Fowell, Isabela Galves, Jacqueline Hawes, Zachary Kohlenberg, Reid Lundell, Payton Schmitz, Melissa Schramm, Ella Wolff, Nicholas Connolly, Lillian Drew, Ryan Esser, Luke Fillback, Isaac Hill, Elly Lindner, Hannah Maughan, Albert Rosales, Sage Soman, Brena Straka, Brie Straka, Allison Bickford, Faylea Cartwright, Carter Christianson, Sydney Lundell, Samantha McLeer, Jay Schaefer, Lane Shemak, & Colin Steffl

High Honors:

Leslie Bartolo-Rivera, Matthew Grindey, Karstyn McIntosh, Bailey Orth, Ashley Runde, Julia Searls, Cameron Shores, Alexiyia Siebert, Emma Cullen, Makayla Pilling, Bunyanuch Rattanawongsaroj, Treyton Starkey, Marissa Hahn, Logan Hubbard, Lauren Linscheid, Lucas Oyen, Sawyer Dobson, Ross Havlik, Olivia Liddicoat, Jason Sedbrook, Joanna Spurley, Matthew Winders, & Michael Winders


Summer Fashun, Owen Laufenberg, Alexander Lee, McKenna McPhail, Skye Milestone, Blake Reeves, Ty Rogers, Jeran Rux, Ella Zimmer, Montana Freymiller, Grace Lenz, Phannasa Mankhetkorn, Avery Barrett, Brett Lee, Taylor Runde, Andrew Winders, Isabelle Harwick, Kenzie Oakes, Tristan Stanton-Johnson, Carissa Varholik, & Gabriel Vivian

Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School

IGEMS Events For January

01/02-BACK TO SCHOOL-Classes Resume After Winter Break

01/04-4:30pm MS/HS Honors Band Performance @ Riverdale

01/06-Jr High Girls Basketball and Jr High Wrestling Practice Starts

01/13-Board Meeting 6:30pm

01/17-End of 1st Semester

01/20-Start of 3rd Quarter

01/25-4:30pm MS/HS Honors Choir Performance @ Southwestern

01/28-4:00pm Jr High Girls Basketball vs. Cuba City (Away)

01/30-4:00pm Jr High Girls Basketball vs. Lancaster (Home)


Dear IGEMS families and community members,

We would like to express our thankfulness for your donations to the First Grade Christmas

Store. Your generosity is what what makes our store such an enormous success. Once again, the store was open for Early Childhood through 4th grade students, that was almost 700 gifts that were wrapped with love! We know those presents generated more smiles than we can possibly envision. We are so fortunate to have community members who share in the joy of giving.

We hope your 2020 is a year of innumerable blessings for you and your loved ones, good health & much happiness.

With appreciation,

Molly Leibfried, Britany Lynch, & Brenda Wasley

Iowa-Grant School District's 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration

When: February 10th from 10:00-6:00 and February 11th from 8:00-12:00

Where: Iowa-Grant Elementary School

Why: To receive information for your young child and to register for 4-Year-Old Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.

Who: Any child that will turn 4 on or before September 1, 2020 should come and register for 4-Year-Old Kindergarten.

What: You will need to fill out and complete paperwork and bring your child’s birth certificate with you to your screening appointment.

The 4K teachers will spend about 45 minutes with your child assessing their developmental milestones while you get a chance to view a slideshow telling you all about Iowa-Grant’s 4-Year-Old Kindergarten program. Please call Christi at 943-6313 Extension 0 by February 1st to make an appointment to bring your child to this annual community event. Appointment times will fill up fast so be sure to call soon!

This is an opportunity to visit with the Iowa-Grant teachers and for your child to have a positive first experience at school. The teachers will work with your child and get to know them a bit through a developmental screening. You will get a chance to learn about the 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Program and talk to the teachers about your child.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your child.

Mrs. Sander & Mrs. Nelson

Hour of Code in the IGEMS Library

Students in 2nd-5th grade participated in coding activities during library classes in the month of December. The “Hour of Code” is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Our second grade classes used Google’s Santa Tracker website to practice simple coding activities such as “Code Boogie.” Third, fourth, and fifth grade students were enrolled in a coding course, Dance Party 2019, through Many students finished the course within one or two class periods and went on to create other projects of their choice. Why should students code? According to, “Computer science is changing every industry on the planet. Every 21st-century student should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology. Computer science concepts also help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills to prepare students for any future career.“ For students who are interested in exploring coding further, there are many great (and free) resources available. Take a look at this list of Best Apps and Websites for Learning Coding and Programming from Common Sense Media and find one that’s right for your family.

Newsworthy Students

In December, students at IGEMS were recognized for making good choices that went above and beyond normal expectations during the month of November. These students displayed Panther Pride and received a golden ticket for their actions. The golden ticket allows them to sit at a special table at lunch and receive recognition from their classmates and their teachers. Great job, Panther cubs!
Also, in December, the PBIS team and classroom teachers honored students who exemplify a certain character trait that month. The following students were awarded for exhibiting EMPATHY throughout the month of November.

Way to Go 4th Grade!

Our 4th grade students and teachers would like to thank our families, friends and community members who donated to our holiday project to send care packages to Iowa-Grant Alumni serving overseas or in the United States. We have enjoyed the connection we have made with 4 Iowa-Grant graduates (so far) who are serving in the Army and Marines and welcomed the stories, information and pictures their families shared with us. We are so proud of their bravery and so thankful they chose to serve our country.

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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.