Iowa-Grant's Panther Press

August IGSD Newsletter

From the Office of Stephanie Hubbard: Year in Review

The Mission of the Iowa-Grant School District 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. It has been a pleasure to be the Superintendent for the last year and to participate in and observe this mission carried out with passion and determination.

I have had the opportunity to get to know the staff and many parents/community members. A lot has happened in the last year, and I have learned even more. Here is a snapshot of some of the highlights of our mission in action:

  • We used Department of Justice Safety Grant money to make many upgrades to the building security systems in efforts to keep our children safe.

  • We have formed a wonderful partnership with Oregon Mental Health which allows our students access to mental health services within our schools.

  • The School Board has been working on goals and priorities and further work is underway on all of the district’s board policies.

  • With the Friday early releases incorporated into this year’s calendar, we will have more professional development time for staff to share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students

  • The high school will have a new gym floor and bleachers and IGEMS will also have new bleachers this fall.

  • We have restructured IGEMS so that we have 4.5 interventionists who will work with students and teachers to ensure that we meet the needs of our learners.

  • The administration has started a journey through the School Administrators Institute for transformational Leadership (SAIL) to deepen engagement and ownership of the learning process and improve achievement across all grades and content areas.

  • We have been very fortunate in our hiring processes this summer and we are excited for the community to meet and welcome our new staff.

The list could go on and on with other great things happening here. Many individuals are working hard to make Iowa-Grant School District even better than it has been. I hope that you have the opportunity to appreciate some of these changes. The district is in a good place thanks to the strong community and amazing staff. If you have ideas to further benefit our students/district, please reach out to me and share.

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer.

Stephanie Hubbard

Superintendent, Iowa Grant School District

Office: 608-943-6311 ext 3018


Gym Floor- Piece of Your Panther History

This gym floor was the original gym flooring at IGHS and has tremendous history for many Panthers and their fans. If this picture brings back fond memories, you may have been one of the many individuals who picked up pieces of wood from this gym floor in order to create IGHS personalized memorabilia. There was much excitement from Panthers excited to take a piece of IG history, but as promised...we saved the best for last. We will be auctioning off the center circle with the IG in it as well as the two panthers from the old gym floor. The details are still being worked out, but will be in the September Panther Press. The current plan is for the auction to culminate the week of Homecoming. Stay tuned!

Coke Gives

With, every purchase of your favorite Coca-Cola beverages is an opportunity to make a difference for our District. To donate, simply visit, 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.


We have some positions which will be open until filled. These positions include: Boys JV Basketball Coach, HIgh School Head Golf Coach, Middle School Girls Volleyball Coach (Grade 8), IGEMS Night-Custodian, Community Recreation Coordinator (for the summer of 2020 -- work begins in February, 2020), and IGEMS Secretary. 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 in any of these positions. Applicants for the night custodian, IGEMS secretary, and community recreation coordinator positions will also need to complete a non-certified staff application which is available at , Parents/Community-Forms.)

FREE Dental Program

Seals-On-Wheels Oral Health Program will be providing FREE dental care at your child’s school during the 2019-20 school year. All students are eligible to participate in this free program that provides dental screenings, cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments by a registered dental hygienist. Students of all ages can benefit from this dental program. Seals-On-Wheels will examine your child’s teeth and provide oral hygiene instruction. They will also place sealants on all erupted adult teeth for free. These preventative services are conveniently provided during the school day with minimal disruption to your child’s class schedule, plus your child receives a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a letter to parents. To sign up or learn more, please visit your school’s office for a permission form or you can register online at

Additional program info at

Welcome-Danielle Hasburgh-IGHS Secretary

"I am so happy to be joining the Iowa Grant team! I reside in Cobb with my husband, Kurt and two kids, Brycen and Jayden. I am a volunteer first responder with the Cobb First Responders. I am working hard to ensure this transition goes seamlessly and look forward to being the new face in the High School office."

Welcome- Casey Clausius- PE/Health/Activities Director

Hello Panthers Nation! My name is Mr. Casey Clausius. I am the new PE/Health/Activities Director for Iowa-Grant Schools. 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!

Welcome - Lara Hammerly - Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor

“Hello! My name is Lara (Daentl) Hammerly, and I am excited to share my passion for the agriculture industry with the students at Iowa-Grant School District. I am a 2013 graduate of IGHS and a 2017 graduate of UW-Platteville. Previously, I was the Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor at Cassville School District. I am excited to be back in the community that has shaped me into who I am today! Go panthers!”

Welcome-Rebecca Kretschman-IGEMS Special Education Instructor

Hello Panther Community, my name is Rebecca Kretschman. I am so excited to be joining the Iowa Grant School District as a special education teacher at IGEMS. I grew up in the area on a farm near Fennimore. I currently reside in Dodgeville with my daughter Emma who will be in fourth grade this fall. As a parent and an educator I am very passionate about helping children become readers and helping each child believe in themselves. I look forward to working with the students and families in the Iowa Grant School District.


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.



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 – August 26, 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

Retirees Served IG Communities for 257 Years

The Iowa- Grant School District recently honored nine of its staff members who are retiring. Lois Peart has been in the district for 36 years as a high school Phy Ed teacher, athletic director, and coach for many sports, especially the championship volleyball teams. Eric Johannesen is retiring after 32 years of teaching agriculture and being the FFA advisor. Pat Nechvatal has been on the custodial staff for 32 years. Dennis Biba has worked for the district for 35 years as a custodian, groundskeeper, and as a bus driver. Mary Coyier has been a clerical aide and a teaching assistant with the district for 30 years. Mary Ann Lenzendorf has worked as an administrative assistant and school receptionist for 35 years. Debbie Moen has taught 7th grade Language Arts and also 3rd grade with the school for the past 29 years. Al Cordts has been on the custodial staff and a bus driver with the district for the past 22 years. Beth Flesch taught special education at the high school for the past six years. She taught at Darlington for 30 years before coming to Iowa-Grant. The Iowa-Grant School District would like to extend their gratitude to these hard working individuals for all of their hard work, time, and dedication to our students and community.

Pictured (L-R) Back: Al Cordts, Eric Johannesen, Lois Peart, Pat Nechvatal, & Dennis Biba. Front: Debbie Moen, Beth Flesch, & Mary Ann Lenzendorf. Not pictured - Mary Coyier

Iowa-Grant High School

IGHS Events for August

8/1 8:00-12:00 Upland Hills $20 Sports Physicals at IGEMS

8/6 Football Practice Starts

8/11 2:00 High and Middle School bands will be marching for the Cobb Corn Roast Parade 8/12 6:30 Board Meeting

8/16 6:00 JV & Varsity Scrimmage (Home)

8/19 Cross Country Practice starts

8/19 Volleyball Practice starts

8/21 3:30-7:00 PM High School Back to School Night (5:00-5:45- Freshman/New Student Orientation)

8/23 7:00 Varsity Football Game vs. River Ridge (Home)

8/24 9:00 AM Varsity Volleyball Scrimmage @ Waunakee High School

8/24 9:00 AM Freshman and JV Volleyball Scrimmage @ River Valley High School

8/26 5:00 PM JV Football game vs. River Ridge (Home)

8/27 4:30 Cross County Rod Fortney Run @ Blackhawk Lake

8/28 3:30 PM Fall Sports Pictures

8/28 12:00-2:00 Varsity Volleyball Scrimmage @ Omni Center

8/29 9:30-11:30 Varsity Volleyball Scrimmage @ Omni Center

8/30 7:00 Varsity Football Game Vs. Pecatonica (Away)

8/31 9:00 Varsity Cross Country @ Cashton Village

Distinguished Honors

Freshmen: Teris Baker, Dylan Bingham, Abigail Fowell, Zachary Kohlenberg, Reid Lundell, Makayla Pilling, Payton Schmitz, Treyton Starkey, Ella Wolff

Sophomores: Nicholas Connolly, Luke Fillback, Isaac Hill, Logan Hubbard, Hazel Klosterman, Elly Lindner, Hannah Maughan, Sage Soman, Brena Straka, Brie Straka

Juniors: Allison Bickford, Faylea Cartwright, Carter Christianson, Olivia Liddicoat, Sydney Lundell, Samantha McLeer, Lane Shemak, Colin Steffl

Seniors: Alexis Busse, Haylee Casper, Sawyer Gough, Lauren Harmening, Dakota Kohlenberg, Thomas Maughan, Samantha Richards, Grayson Stivarius, Parker Velte

High Honors

Freshmen: Grace Clark, Emma Cullen, Cortney Fiedler-Fosbinder, Montanna Freymiller, Mackenzie Leitzinger, Grace Lenz, Savannah Vivian

Sophomores: Lillian Drew, Lauren Linscheid, Mya McCarthy, Taylor Runde

Juniors: Sawyer Dobson, Kenzie Oakes, Matthew Phillips, Keagan Pilling, Jay Schaefer, Joanna Spurley, Carissa Varholik, Michael Winders

Seniors: Sarah Buckhaus, Allyson Cullen, Carter Grim, Madelyn Hunt, Herolyn Klosterman, Alexis Miura, Parker Roth, Kylie Washburn, Alec Zimmer


Freshmen: Arianna Barr, Mariah Blum, Jacqueline Hawes, Hailee Kite, Kora Kite, Cade Kuhls

Sophomores: Ryan Esser, Marissa Hahn, Lucas Oyen, Andrew Winders

Juniors: Isaac Albaugh, Ross Havlik, Tristan Stanton-Johnson, Matthew Winders

Seniors: Keaton Durni

Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School

IGEMS Events For August

8/11- 2:00 IGEMS will participate in Cobb Parade

8/22 - 3:30-7:00 IGEMS Back to School Night

8/22 - 3:00 IGEMS School Pictures - IGEMS Gym

8/27 - 5:30 - 6:15 5th Grade iPad Implementation Meeting in Room 100

2019 Elizabeth Summer Academic Achievement Awards

On the 12th of June we had the opportunity to recognize six of 5th grade class from Iowa-Grant. The top 10% (6 students) were presented with the Elizabeth Summers awards for their academic achievements. These awards are given out annually from the generous donation of $30,000 to the Iowa-Grant Schools on behalf of Elizabeth’s twin sisters (Josephine & Genevieve) who had taught in the Grant & Iowa counties throughout their careers. These students, parents, their teachers, along with siblings & grandparents were treated to a special presentation by the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation. Each student received a certificate along with a check for $200 for their excellent achievement!


Meet Hazel...IGEMS newest member! Hazel is a 5 week old chocolate lab who will be training to be a companion and comfort animal here at IGEMS. She will spend this school year training and getting acclimated to the school. Hazel will read with students, welcome students in the morning, work with students on showing empathy and much more! ALL FAMILIES: Part of your online registration will include a question regarding your child's involvement with Hazel. Please be on the lookout! FIRST GRADE FAMILIES: Hazel is being raised and trained by one of our first grade teachers. Hazel will be brought to school throughout the school year as she is learning to be a companion. If you would prefer to NOT have your child in the first grade classroom with the dog, please contact Mrs. Oberfoell.

We’ve Got 2020 Vision!

Dear Panther Families,

Have you ever received a “Caught Doing Good” postcard in the mail from an IGEMS staff member? Has your child brought home an award for showing a character trait, such as respect? Has your child’s homeroom class held a PBIS panther paw celebration? Perhaps an event such as one of these has led you to wonder what PBIS is all about at IGEMS.

“PBIS” is short for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. If you visit the website,, you will soon realize there is more to PBIS than can be summarized in a newsletter article. Every staff member in our building is on board with creating a safe and productive learning environment for our students, which is the primary goal of PBIS. The PBIS leadership team at IGEMS assumes a variety of duties, one of which is to plan school-wide themes, assemblies, and celebrations. We recently selected our school theme for the year: We’ve Got 2020 Vision!

At PBIS assemblies in the elementary school, students are taught a particular character trait-what it is, what it looks like at school, and sometimes what it doesn’t look like, too! The character traits we teach through PBIS are: respect, responsibility, empathy, kindness & caring, perseverance, fairness & sportsmanship, honesty & trustworthiness, cooperation & teamwork, citizenship & integrity. Awards are given to one student from each homeroom who has consistently demonstrated the previous month’s character trait. These students along with anyone who was “caught” doing something good get a special privilege during lunch.

NEW this year to IGEMS, assemblies for students in grades 5-8 will add an additional focus of having a growth mindset, and only two students per grade level will be awarded on a monthly basis. These students and any middle school student who was “Caught Doing Good” will get a pass to the front of the lunch line for the entire MONTH!

One more important aspect of PBIS is teaching students the procedures and rules we expect them to follow in various places at school. You have probably noticed these posted on our playground and in the classrooms. Students are sometimes given small panther paw prints for following these procedures, such as walking quietly in the hallway. Large panther pawprints are given to an entire group or class. Many homeroom teachers choose to do something special to celebrate once a certain number of paw prints have been earned. Elementary and Middle School celebrations occur throughout the year to recognize the contributions all students make toward a positive school culture.

Being both proactive and positive as we teach, reteach, and manage student behaviors at IGEMS helps to create a school environment where our students can excel.

Proud to be a Panther,

Mrs. Jodi Bast

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure.

The school year ended at IGEMS with many teachers wanting to shedd some of the supplies they will no longer use. A table was set up for the items so others could take them. The one table grew into many and by mid July we had a room full of items. It seems that for every item someone takes, two are dropped off. With the school year upon us, teachers are still encouraged to take what they think they may use.

We will also open this room up to the public the evening of IGEMS open house. There are not price tags on the items, but for those from the community who take items, we ask for a donation to the IGEMS Projects Fund.

Date/time: August 22nd from 3:30-7:00

Locations: IGEMS Room 419 (In middle school- across from Fitness Room)

Questions: contact

2019-2020 IGEMS Panther Donations Wish List is here!

We are often asked, "What do you need?" or "How can we help?" In order to better communicate our IGEMS needs or wants, we have created a list to help our families and community members make the connection. Please click on the link. THANK YOU for supporting our school! Donations may be dropped off, delivered, or ordered/mailed to the IGEMS Office in care of Mrs. Robyn Oberfoell. We received several surprises from Amazon last year. Your donations were SO APPRECIATED!

IGEMS Shipping Address:

Iowa-Grant Elem/Middle School, % Robyn Oberfoell, 498 County Road IG, Livingston, WI 53554

Here is the link to use:


8th Grade: Griffin Albaugh; Hope Connolly; Jalyssa Cordts; Kennedy Kabat; Indigo Kemnitzer; Ivy Lindner; Kenadie Munson; Jenna Paradis; Gary Pittman; Madelyn Rogstad; Audrey Rowe; Ashley Runde; Laighton Schafer; Cameron Shores; Alexis Thoma-Blankenberg; Elizabeth Volenec; Caitlyn Wetter; Evie Whitaker

7th Grade: Adriana Jelle; Elyse Linscheid; Makaya McCarthy; Rachel Rickard; Sophie Volenec; Lillian Warne; Landon Wetzel


8th Grade: Leslie Bartolo-Rivera; Summer Fashun; Yessica Garcia; Matthew Grindey; Madyson Hogan; Samuel Kempf; Caden Lindner; Karstyn McIntosh; Mckenna McPhail; Skye Milestone; Fernando Ramos; Blake Reeves; Jeran Rux; Julia Searls; Bekka Shemak; Alexiyia Siebert; Gracie Staskal; Ella Zimmer

7th Grade: Connor Dowell; Amiah Fisher; Grace Gochenaur; Berlyn Hicks; Quinten Kite; Angelina Peat; Lillian Pettit; Ashton Schmitz; Rylee Stecklein; Cyle Steffl; Lilliana Vivian

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.