Iowa-Grant's Panther Press

MARCH 2020 / IGSD NEWSLETTER

From the Office of Stephanie Hubbard:

IG Panthers,


I am really excited about all great things going on at Iowa-Grant School District. The teachers, staff, and community are awesome. Everyday there are examples of how someone goes above and beyond for our students. Our students are very fortunate. Here are some details on what is happening around the District:

  • The time which the community gave us on Friday afternoons is being used to ensure that all students are learning and that all student needs are being met.

  • The School Board is reviewing all Board policies. We are more than halfway done with this work. My hope is for the Board to have a second reading of all policies in June or July so that we will be operating under the new policies for the 20-21 school year.

  • We have developed a curriculum review cycle to ensure that all materials are reviewed periodically. This year, teams are reviewing social studies and guidance materials. We are excited that we are going to be able to address some holes in our current scope and sequence of our materials.

  • We have hired an engineering firm to help plan for our big parking lots and drainage project. We will get started with this work this summer. Unfortunately, this project will cost a lot of money and might need to be broken up into phases.

  • The School Board has been working on spelling out our district priorities. During the process of clarifying these goals, our staff has been working to accomplish them. My hope is to have a document available on our website sometime in April.

  • State testing starts in March. Please encourage your children to get a good night's sleep and to try their best. The students and their teachers have worked hard all year. With effort and sleep I am confident that the results will show that every student has grown measurably this year.

  • Winter sports and activities are wrapping up. We had several very successful seasons. Kudos to participants, athletes, advisors, and coaches.

  • The one piece of negativity on my mind is funding. I was very hopeful that with a governor who was once the State Superintendent for Education in Wisconsin that we would see additional funding for 4K and special education amongst a mirage of other proposals. Unfortunately, it isn’t looking good. This will make the Iowa-Grant School Board’s decision about investing in our 4K programs a little more personal, since it will most likely be at least one more year before we get additional help from the state.

As you can see, our students, teachers, and staff have been working hard to continue the positive trajectory we are on at Iowa-Grant. We are Panther Proud and hope that you are too.


I maintain an open door, so please stop by or don’t hesitate to reach out using the contact information below.


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. We are currently seeking:

  • High School JV Softball Coach – Spring, 2020

  • High School Head Volleyball Coach – Fall, 2020

  • Substitutes for Teachers

  • Substitute for PM Custodians

  • Substitutes for Cooks

  • Substitute Classroom Teacher Assistants

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

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.

Let’s Hear it From the Board

This is a platform for School Board members to share some of the highlights from around the District. Here is what was submitted for the March edition:


Renee Linscheid

Kudos to Mrs. Hammerly, the FFA officers and members for a successful FFA Week. On Monday, they handed out string cheese to all students, teachers and staff members. They provided a teacher appreciation breakfast on Tuesday morning and read to our elementary students that day as well. Finally, they had a petting zoo and announced Elementary Coloring Contest winners, on Wednesday. All week long the Facebook account was introducing the community to the current officer team and providing some amazing flashbacks. Great work!!


Winter sports are rolling into tournament action and it is amazing to see the support from students, parents, and community members. Shout out to the Pep Band and Mrs. Gile for sharing your talents and pumping up the teams. You are simply amazing!!! Best of luck to all teams and athletes. Go Panthers!


Finally, best of luck to our Forensics team members and Band and Choir members as they prepare for their competitions as well. Your hard work and dedication will pay off.


Kristin Spurley

I left our curriculum committee meeting in February feeling like spring arrived early. There are so many great things happening for students in 2020-21 thanks to fantastic collaborations between teachers and administration. It’s good to see those Friday afternoons netting such amazing work. Stay tuned, Panthers!

CESA 3 SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING

We are looking for Individuals who do not yet have a substitute teaching permit, but would like to try out subbing. CESA #3 in Fennimore is hosting a training on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 9:00-3:00. The cost is $90.00 and includes lunch. If you are interested in learning more, please call Kate Hennessy/CESA #3 at 608-822-2149. This training is designed to provide critical information for potential substitute teachers. Participants must currently possess an Associate and/or Bachelor’s Degree to be eligible for a substitute teaching permit issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


Topics to be covered will include:

  • Applicable state laws for classroom teachers
  • Classroom management techniques
  • Lesson planning
  • Techniques for delivery of instruction
  • “Survival” techniques
  • Tips for communication within the district
  • Opportunities for interaction between workshop participants

Community Informational Session on Human Trafficking

The Highland Lions Club is inviting all community members of the area to a free informational session on human trafficking. It will be on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Highland High School. Lt. Gabe Lind, from the Price County Sheriff’s Dept. in Phillips, WI will be presenting information about awareness of human trafficking and the Blue Campaign. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about what we can do as citizens to address this ever-increasing issue in our state and community.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sheri Esser (608)-553-1340 or Jeanie Welsh (608)-574-6239 and if you would like more information on the Blue Campaign, please check www.dhs.gov.bluecampaign.

Iowa-Grant High School

IGHS EVENTS FOR MARCH

3/2 Forensics-Sub District @ Highland (Alternate Date)

3/2 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM American Red Cross Blood Drive

3/3 Boys Basketball Regionals

3/3 ACT w/ Writing Test Date

3/4 2:00 PM Early Dismissal

3/4 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM Parent/Teacher Conferences

3/5 2:00 PM Early Dismissal

3/5 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM Parent/Teacher Conferences

3/5 Girls Basketball Sectionals

3/6 No School - Vacation Day

3/6 Boys Basketball Regionals

3/6 Wrestling Team State

3/7 Girls Basketball Sectionals

3/7 Boys Basketball Regionals

3/7 Wrestling Team State

3/9 9:10 AM Seniors Graduation Items Handed Out

3/9 Forensics-SWAL @ Southwestern

3/9 Track & Field Practice Starts

3/9 6:30 PM Board Meeting

3/12 Girls Basketball State

3/12 Boys Basketball Sectionals

3/12 7:00 PM Iowa-Grant LEO Club Baquet

3/13 Girls Basketball State

3/13 2:00 PM Early Release

3/14 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM MS/HS Band Choir Solo Ensemble @ IGEMS

3/14 Girls Basketball State

3/14 Boys Basketball Sectionals

3/15 FFA Banquet

3/16 Softball Practice Starts

3/16 6:00 PM Music Parents' Meeting (IGHS Band Room)

3/17 7:00 PM HS Band/Choir Concert

3/17 Makeup Day for ACT w/ Writing

3/19 Boys Basketball State

3/20 Boys Basketball State

3/20 End of Third Quarter

3/20 2:00 PM Early Release

3/21 Forensics-District @ UW-Platteville

3/21 HS Band/Choir Trip - New Orleans

3/21 Boys Basketball State

3/21 9:00 AM Track & Field: Varsity Invitational @ UW-Platteville

3/22 HS Band/Choir Trip - New Orleans

3/23 No School - Spring Break

3/23 HS Band/Choir Trip - New Orleans

3/23 Baseball Practice Starts

3/23 Forward Exam Open Date

3/24 HS Band/Choir Trip - New Orleans

3/24 No School - Spring Break

3/25 HS Band/Choir Trip - New Orleans

3/25 No School - Spring Break

3/26 HS Band/Choir Trip - New Orleans

3/26 No School - Spring Break

3/27 No School - Spring Break

3/30 Start of Fourth Quarter

3/30 5:00 PM Softball JV vs. Darlington (Home) (Cobb City Park)

3/30 5:00 PM Softball Varsity vs Darlington (Home) (Cobb City Park)

3/31 5:00 PM Baseball Varsity vs Shullsburg (Away)

3/31 5:00 PM Softball JV vs Platteville (Home) (Cobb City Park)

3/31 5:00 PM Softball Varsity vs Platteville (Home) (Cobb City Park)

IGHS Second Quarter Honor Roll

DISTINGUISHED HONORS

FRESHMAN - Leslie Bartolo-Rivera, Hope Connolly, Jalyssa Cordts, Yessica Garcia, Kennedy Kabat, Indigo Kemnitzer, Ivy Lindner, Kenadie Munson, Jenna Paradis, Madelyn Rogstad, Audrey Rowe, Ashley Runde, Laighton Schafer, Bekka Shemak, Cameron Shores, Alexa Thoma-Blankenberg, Elizabeth Volenec, Caitlyn Wetter, Evie Whitaker

SOPHOMORES - Teris Baker, Dylan Bingham, Grace Clark, Cortney Fiedler-Fosbinder, Isabela Galves, Jacqueline Hawes, Zachary Kohlenberg, Reid Lundell, Makayla Pilling, Payton Schmitz

JUNIORS - Nicholas Connolly, Ryan Esser, Luke Fillback, Isaac Hill, Logan Hubbard, Avri Kleist, Hazel Klosterman, Elly Lindner, Lauren Linscheid, Hannah Maughan, Albert Rosales, Sage Soman, Brena Straka, Brie Straka

SENIORS - Allison Bickford, Carter Christianson, Sawyer Dobson, Olivia Liddicoat, Keagan Pilling, Jay Schafer, Lane Shemak, Colin Steffl, Carissa Varholik


HIGH HONORS

FRESHMAN - Summer Fashun, Samuel Kempf, Alexander Lee, McKenna McPhail, Skye Milestone, Bailey Orth, Blake Reeves, Jeran Rux, Julia Searls, Alexiyia Siebert, Gracie Staskal

SOPHOMORE - Emma Cullen, Montanna Freymiller, Grace Lenz, Phannasa Mankhetkorn, Bunyanuch Rattanawongsaroj, Ella Wolff

JUNIORS - Avery Barrett, Grace Kite, Brett Lee, Taylor Runde, Andrew Winders

SENIORS - Sydney Lundell, Kenzie Oakes, Matthew Phillips, Joanna Spurley, Tristan Stanton--Johnson, Gabriel Vivian, Matthew Winders, Michael Winders


HONORS

FRESHMAN - Matthew Grindey, Jonah Hoeper, Madyson Hogan, Braiden Hoge, Madalyn Johnson, Owen Laufenberg, Karstyn McIntosh, Gary Pittman, Ella Zimmer

SOPHOMORE - Mariah Blum, Abigail Fowell, Hailee Kite, Cade Kuhls, Treyton Starkey

JUNIORS - Marissa Hahn, Isaiah Laufenberg, Mya McCarthy, Colin Merwin, Lucas Oyen, Nic Pennekamp

SENIORS - Teesha Manders, Samantha McLeer

IGHS American Red Cross Blood Drive

HOPE begins with you.


Monday, March 2 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM in the IGHS Gymnasium

I-G Leo Club Takes The Plunge

Iowa-Grant's Leo Club participated in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge on February 15th at Olin Park.
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HIGH SCHOOL BAND AND CHOIR MUSICIANS

Iowa Grant High School Band and choir Musicians will be going on a trip to New Orleans over Spring Break! Some itinerary highlights include attending a jazz concert at Preservation Hall, going on a swamp tour, seeing floats & making masks at the Mardi Gras museum, exploring an old plantation, taking a city tour & ghost tour, enjoying a riverboat cruise, learning about cajun cooking at the School of Cooking and doing performance clinics at a college.

Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School

IGEMS Events For MARCH

3/4 2:00 Early Release

3/4 2:30-7:30 Parent Teacher Conferences

3/5 2:00 Early Release

3/5 2:30-7:30 Parent Teacher Conferences

3/6 NO SCHOOL

3/9 6:30 Board Meeting

3/14 Middle School & High School Solo & Ensemble @ IGEMS

3/21 PTC Spring Craft Sale

3/23-3/27 SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

PARENTS OF 4K AND 5TH GRADE STUDENTS

A note was recently sent home with those 4K students who need the required immunizations before school starts in the fall.

Current 5th grade students must receive a Tdap, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) immunization before they enter 6th grade.

Students with health insurance will need to have their immunizations done by their primary health care provider/clinic. Those who are uninsured or have Badgercare may get theirs at the Iowa or Grant County health department, free of charge.

SAVE THE DATES- 3rd Grade

3rd grade Pen Pal Farewell, Friday, May 29, 2020, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM IGEMS cafeteria


3rd grade Biography Performance, April 7th, Tuesday 5:30-6:15

IGEMS IMC-CHECK US OUT!

February was all about award-winning books in the IMC. Grades K-2 learned about the criteria used for the Caldecott Award, which is awarded to a book with outstanding illustrations by the American Library Association. This year’s Caldecott winner was The Undefeated written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This picture book written in verse also won a Newbery Honor Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. The Newbery Award (most distinguished contribution to American literature for children) went to New Kid by Jerry Craft. It’s a middle grade graphic novel. This is the first time a graphic novel has received this prestigous award! In addition to learning about the American Library Association awards, the students also listened to picture books nominated by children in Wisconsin for the Golden Archer Award. This student choice award is sponsored by WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association). The kids really enjoyed The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt. It was our top pick for the Golden Archer Award. The state winner will be announced by WEMTA in early March.


Students in third and fourth grades worked on various aspects of research in the library with Mrs. Bast. Third grade students used both online and print resources to take notes on a specific U.S. state, and fourth grade students learned about copyright and plagiarism, as well as how to create citations for their research reports.


The highlight of the 6th grade class periods in the library was the Podcast Unit. The students listened to podcasts and then chose a topic and created their own podcast using the Garageband app on their iPads for recording and sound editing. Their creativity and perseverance with the project was commendable!


In addition to scheduled class visits, the library is bustling during middle school recess as students build with KEVA planks, play checkers, or just visit with friends. The News Crew records the IGEMS Announcements each day, and there’s a 6th grade book club which meets once a week.


Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd and it kicks off Read Across America Week. Students in 1st-4th grades are able to participate in a book character contest by decorating a potato to look like a favorite character from a book. These will be on display in the library the first two weeks of March. Grade level winners will get a gift certificate to spend at the Scholastic Book Fair in April! We’ve got a lot going on in the library. Come check us out! It’s a great place to be!


HONOR ROLL

8th Grade High Honors: Bentley Cutts, Connor Dowell, Amiah Fisher, Grace Gochenaur, Adriana Jelle, Elyse Linscheid, Makaya McCarthy, Lillian Pettit, Rachel Rickard, Matthew Rockwell, Ashton Schmitz, Rylee Stecklein, Sophie Volenec, Lillian Warne and Landon Wetzel


7th Grade High Honors: Lucas Christiansen, Bret Connolly, Linnea Elg, Lakyn Holman, Baylee Leix, Katie Rickard, Addison Schafer, and Addysen Spink


8th Grade Honors: Madison Brandenburg, Meagan Cullen, Kaden Lindner, Emmerson Moen, Cyle Steffl, Morgan Washburn, and Kaleb Watson


7th Grade Honors: Landon Budworth, Aiden Friesen, Georgia Haase, Gavin Hinderman, Sadie Hoge, BreAnn Kohlenberg, Kaycee Lindner, Ava Orth, Jacob Phillips, Dawson Reid, Myles Rowe, Natalie Starkey and Will Whitaker

You Are Invited!!

Attention all Grandparents of IGEMS 2nd Graders!

What: IGEMS Grandparents Day

When: April 17, 2020 ~ 9:30-11:00

Where: IGEMS Cafeteria

Look for more details to arrive home with your 2nd grader!

Your 2nd Grade Teachers:

Mrs. Fitzsimons, Mrs. Pierick, and Mrs. Peat

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.