Iowa-Grant's Panther Press

May IGSD Newsletter

From the Office of Stephanie Hubbard: Thank You

It is hard to believe that about a year ago, I was interviewing for the position of Superintendent for Iowa-Grant School District. For the interview, I researched the District and found out enough to know that I would be proud to move my family here and be the District Superintendent. Since that time, I have learned more about the district, the communities, and it has been an incredible year of learning and growing professionally and personally. This is a busy time of year for everybody, but it seems appropriate to take a step back and say “thank you.” Thank you to everybody who has helped me feel so welcome. There are many individuals whom I have not met yet and if you are a Panther, I would like to have that opportunity to get to know you. Please give me a call (608.943.6311 x 3018), send me an email (, or make an appointment to meet with me by going to: my Google Calendar and select a time slot that works for you.

SchoolMessenger Text Messaging Service

Our school utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more. We want to make sure that no one misses any communication. Therefore, on May 15th, at noon, all mobile phone numbers that have not opted-in or out of the system, will be automatically enrolled to receive messages. At any time, you can modify your preferences (email, landline and mobile) through the PowerSchool Parent Portal and clicking on SchoolMessenger. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Dirks at

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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Iowa-Grant Awards Night

On May 15, our IG graduating seniors will be honored at the annual awards event. These students are excited about graduation and are making plans for their futures. The Iowa-Grant community has also been looking forward to this event. The continued generosity of our community makes it possible for these graduating seniors to receive monetary rewards for all of their hard work and determination. Many awards honor donors that have passed away; these awards assure that the donors’ passion for education continues to live on. Others in the community provide awards in memory of loved ones who may have passed away too soon. In addition, many community organizations sponsor scholarship awards. All of these, combined, are a representation of our Panther Pride in our school community and the generosity of those individuals. The Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation would like to thank everyone for their continued financial support of “our family” at the Iowa-Grant Schools.

Fred Skaife, IGEF board member



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 – May 20, 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

Iowa-Grant High School

IGHS Graduation

Saturday, May 25th, 1pm

High School Gym, 462 County Road IG, Livingston, WI 53554

Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 25th at 1 PM in the high school gym. Congratulations to all our 2019 graduates, job well done! We hope to see you there!

Class Motto:

"Don’t Stop Believing."

Class Flower:

Red Rose

3rd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our 3rd Quarter Honor Roll students!

Distinguished Honors

Freshmen: Teris Baker, Dylan Bingham, Grace Clark, Abigail Fowell, Jacqueline Hawes, Zachary Kohlenberg, Cade Kuhls, Reid Lundell, MaKayla Pilling, Payton Schmitz, Ella Wolff

Sophomores: Nicholas Connolly, Ryan Esser, Eduardo Gomes Lacerda, Isaac Hill, Logan Hubbard, Hazel Klosterman, Elly Lindner, Lauren Linscheid, Lucas Oyen, Sage Soman, Brena Straka, Brie Straka, Andrew Winders

Juniors: Carter Christianson, Olivia Liddicoat, Sydney Lundell, Samantha McLeer, Colin Steffl

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

High Honors

Freshmen: Arianna Barr, Cortney Fiedler-Fosbinder, Montanna Freymiller, Mackenzie Leitzinger, Owen Rundell, Treyton Starkey, Savannah Vivian

Sophomores: Lillian Drew, Luke Fillback, Marissa Hahn, David Heene, Hannah Maughan, Eva Negrini, Taylor Runde

Juniors: Isaac Albaugh, Allison Bickford, Sawyer Dobson, Kenzie Oakes, Matthew Phillips, Keagan Pilling, Jay Schaefer, Joanna Spurley, Tristan Stanton-Johnson, Matthew Winders, Michael Winders

Seniors: Sarah Buckhaus, Carter Grim, Herolyn Klosterman, Alexis Miura, Ashton Miura, Ethan Rundell


Freshmen: Emma Cullen, Kora Kite, Grace Lenz, Alexa Zoha

Sophomores: Tatum Kite, Andrey Lopez, Mya McCarthy, Grace Vivian

Juniors: Faylea Cartwright, Ross Havlik, Jason Sedbrook, Gabriel Vivian

Seniors: Allyson Cullen, Nathan Daniels, Lauren Harmening, Parker Roth, Alec Zimmer

Iowa-Grant Forensics Team

Please join us in congratulating the Iowa-Grant Forensics team for their impressive results at the state level! This year has been a difficult season due to cancellations, changing schedules, and short turnaround time between contests. None of that stopped this group of talented speakers and actors from improving as the season progressed and ending the season in superior fashion. Mrs. Rolli and Mrs. Richmond are very proud of all participants and thankful for the support of our colleagues and community.

Bronze: Hope G, Michael W

Silver: Elly L, Emma C, Colin S, Lucas O, Sarah B, Grace L, Kylie W, Jackie H, Abby F, Ella W

Gold: Allyson C, Annie S, Nathan D, Sage S, Madie H, Carter C, Gabriel V, Samantha R, Lauren H, Arianna G, Samantha M, Sawyer D, Isabelle H, Alec Z

IGHS Career Fair 2019

Students and staff spent the morning in sessions focusing on Personality Colors, Renewable Energy and UW-Journey App. We also visited a Vendor Fair with 15 different vendors sharing their post-secondary education opportunities as well as future employment opportunities with us. You can see by the pictures we all had a great time and learned a lot.

THANK YOU to this year's Career Fair participants: Career Do's and Dont's - Kate Adametz Jenkins; UW Extension, Colors Personalities - Bev Doll; UW Admissions/UW Help- Joshua Rybaski; Renewable Energy - Aidan O'Connor; Capri College of Cosmetology - Erin Fiegen; Community First Bank - Sheila Ruchti; House on the Rock - Nancy Schaaf; Badger Hollow Solar Farm - Tracy Fillback; Lands' End - Wendy Singer; Madison College - Torvic Caradine; Nacel Open Door - Barb Dean; Southwest Technical College - Pauline Wetter; University of Dubuque - Breann Tjaarda; Upland Hills - Jen Thomas; US Army - Sgt. Samuel Vasquez; UW Platteville - Craig Stout; Southwest Health - Miranda Novinskie; Wisconsin Laborers' Apprenticeship - Ray Wiatt; Marines - Sgt. Kenneth Willoughby

China Trip

Ethan R, Robyn R and Maci S presented to their peers about their amazing 10-day trip to China. Ethan, Maci & Robyn were the 2018-2019 Zachary Shawano Memorial Travel Scholarship winners. The trio traveled with EF Tours.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 8th, 8:30am-2:30pm

Iowa-Grant High School, 462 County Road IG, Livingston, WI 53554

Please plan to attend the blood drive at Iowa-Grant High School. Visit with our students, eat some good food and bring a friend! We are looking to collect at least 75 units of blood. This drive is sponsored by the Student Council and IG LEO Club.

panther volleyball summer camp and league

It's summertime at Iowa-Grant and that includes once again the Panther Volleyball Camp and Summer League! Volleyball Camp is for ages 3rd grade (entering in fall) through 12th grade and will be held the week of June 24th - 28th. Times, fees, and other information is all listed on the attached form. Deadline is June 14th.

Summer League is for high school only, 9th grade (entering in fall) through 12th grade, and will be run for five Thursday nights during the summer. First night starts June 13th and it is all run at Iowa-Grant. See the attached form for this as well. Deadline is May 20th. Hope you are able to attend the best camp and league in the area, running for the past 20+ years! GO PANTHERS!!

Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School

IGEMS Events For May

5/2 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi Track at Dodgeville

5/3 - Progress Reports Sent Home

5/3 - 1:15-3:00 p.m. Field Trip - Mrs. Bauman's Class

5/7 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi Track at Darlington

5/8 - PBIS Assembly (Citizenship & Integrity)

5/8 - 2:00 p.m. DARE Graduation - Rm 100

5/9 - 5:00-8:30 p.m. Art Show - Caft.

5/9 - 6:00 p.m. Kindergarten Slide Show - Rm 100

5/9 - 7:00 p.m. MS Band Choir Concert - Gym


5/10 - 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Champion Games

5/13 - 5:15 p.m. Parent Teacher Club Meeting - Rm 333

5/14 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi Track at Darlington

5/16 - 8:15 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.Kindergarten Field Trip

5/17 - 12:00-3:20 p.m. 4th Gr. Field Trip

5/22- 5th grade field trip to Four Mounds

5/23 - 8:15 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. 1st Gr. Field Trip

5/23 - 8:15 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. 4th Gr. Field Trip

5/24 - 2:00 p.m. 3rd Gr. Pen Pal Bingo - Caft.

5/27 - No School - Memorial Day

5/29 - 5:00-7:00 p.m. 4K Picnic - Gym/Caft.

5/31 - 8:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 8th Gr. WI Dells Trip

6/3 - 8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. 3rd Gr. Field Trip

6/3 - 8th Gr. Promotion - Gym

6/4 - 11:20 a.m. Early Dismissal - Last Day of Classes

6/7 - Middle School Report Cards Mailed

3rd Quarter High Honor Roll

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

7th Grade: Kaden Lindner; Elyse Linscheid; Makaya McCarthy; Rachel Rickard; Ashton Schmitz; Rylee Stecklein; Lilliana Vivian; Sophie Volenec; Lillian Warne; Landon Wetzel

3rd Quarter Honor Roll

8th Grade: Leslie Bartolo-Rivera; Matthew Grindey; Jonah Hoeper; Samuel Kempf; Caden Lindner; Blake Loeffelholz; Karstyn McIntosh; Skye Milestone; Jenna Paradis; Fernando Ramos; Julia Searls; Bekka Shemak; Cameron Shores; Ella Zimmer

7th Grade: Connor Dowell; Amiah Fisher; Nikolei Freymiller; Grace Gochenaur; Brach Holman; Adriana Jelle; Quinten Kite; Emmerson Moen; Lillian Pettit; Alaina Schultz; Cyle Steffl; Kaleb Watson;

PBIS Updates from IGEMS

During our most recent PBIS assemblies, teachers explained to students what it means to cooperate with others. They also gave Golden Luncheon Tickets to students who were “caught doing good” during the previous month. Additionally, the following students were recognized for demonstrating the character trait of “honesty” during the month of April: Wyatt H., Karman H., Mallory H., Abigail M. (Kdg); Isla K., Elway W., Olivia E., Sadie S. (1st Grade); DaCota F., Mason S., Weston W., Deven E. (2nd Grade); Olivia K., Cole S., Donna H., Sophia S. (3rd Grade); Mason H., Owen W., Jack W. (4th Grade); Delaney R., Everett Z., Anayeli G. (5th Grade); Hayden S., Jocelyn R., Linnea E. (6th Grade); Amiah F., Makaya M., and Berlyn H. (7th Grade); Indigo K., Yessica G., Audrey R. (8th Grade). Congratulations to all of you!

ColorCycle it!

We are excited to tell you about a very special program Mrs. Mayne's Kindergarten class is coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing new program devised to turn used markers into energy!

All around Iowa-Grant students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!

Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. Drop-off box will be located by Mrs. Mayne’s room for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of people like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!

Thank You United Fund of Iowa County

United Fund of Iowa County fulfilled a grant for funds to continue building lifelong readers. Their donation will help the Iowa-Grant Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program to continue distributing free books to students in preschool through sixth grade. United Fund's support has been essential over the last years and greatly appreciated!! Keep Reading, Panthers!

Loyal Contributors to Iowa-Grant RIF Program

Thank you to all community members and businesses that donate to Iowa-Grant’s Reading is Fundamental program. You are helping to keep the tradition of getting free books into the hands of our future leaders!

United Fund of Iowa County

Bob & Dawn Haase

Cobb Lioness Club

Burnham Lumber

Mills Market

Community First Bank

Rewey United Methodist Church

Linden American Legion

New Image Salon – Peg Holman

Aspen Ridge Home & Garden

Soman-Larson Funeral Home

Christianson Law Office

The Friendly Place

Jim’s Building Center

Esser Electric

Rewey Fire Dept.

Montfort Veterinary Service

Collision Specialists

Linden United Methodist Women

Betty Jean Fund Linden UMW

Iowa Grant Red Hatters Club

Burnham Lumber Co.

United Methodist Women of Cobb

Spring RAINBOWS on the playground at IGEMS!

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Family Fun Night at IGEMS! Thanks to everyone for making it a HUGE success!

Spending Versus Saving Money

A BIG thank you to Heidi and Penny the Frog from Community First Bank and Megan from Royal Bank for visiting our first grade classrooms to talk about spending versus saving money. It was a great way for them to end their money unit!!

Kindergarten is looking forward to an eggcellent eggperience. A huge thank you to the Lindner family for collecting our eggs!🐣🐥

2nd Gr. Grandparent's Day

A huge thank you to all the wonderful grandparents that traveled to IGEMS this past Friday! The 2nd grade Grandparent's Day celebration was a complete success. What a nice way to spend an afternoon!

IGEMS Battle of the Books

Mrs. Bast tried something new this year in the library to encourage students to read a variety of books and to talk about books with each other. As an optional activity, 5th and 6th grade students could register to participate in a grade level Battle of the Books. Students were allowed to choose their teams consisting of 2-4 people at their own grade level. The students had 10 books to read over the course of about 6 weeks. The competitions were held during the week of the Scholastic Book Fair in April. All participants showed enthusiasm, good sportsmanship, and a spirit of fun. As teams, they answered trivia type questions and were awarded points for having the correct book title and author. The team with the most points after 20 questions was declared the winner. 5th grade students earning first place in the competition were: Will F. and Noah L. 6th grade students who took first place were: Bret C., Gavin H., Hayden S., and Ashton J. Our IGEMS Parent/Teacher Club generously awarded each student on the winning teams a $20 voucher to spend at the Book Fair. What better prize for a group of readers than books?! Thank you to our amazing Parent/Teacher Club for supporting the reading culture of our school!

2nd Annual IGEMS Fine Arts Night

The 2nd Annual IGEMS Fine Arts Night will be on May 9th, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:30pm in the IGEMS Cafeteria. This year is a special year, because we are able to have every student from Kindergarten-6th grade to have an art piece in! Please come join in the fun at looking at artwork, enjoying creating activities, and even fun photobooth opportunities to boot! Don't forget: the middle school Band and Choir will be performing in the Gym from 7pm-8pm. Hope to see you there!"

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Earth Day

The second graders joined Mr. Zimmer and his high school helpers to plant two trees on our school campus for Earth Day! Second graders then joined their 6th grade buddies to plant lima beans and sunflower seeds. We had fun helping the Earth and collaborating with others! Small hands can make a big difference!

Visioneer Design Challenge 2019

On Friday, April 26th, Ms. Schmidt and 6 very gifted students gathered at IGEMS at 5AM. You read that right, 5AM! Now, what would rise these fine students to be up before even the sun wanted to wake up? The Visioneer Design Challenge! They drove all the way to the UW Milwaukee - Peck School of the Arts to compete in a state wide competition of art challenges. The challenge this year encompassed everything about the Global Water Crisis and how we can creatively think of ways to bring attention to it and ways we can help!

Iowa-Grant brought their A-Game, because we received incredibly high medals across the board! Students could be placed in Basic, Proficient, or Advanced for their Long-Term challenge, which means the art project they created for many months. These challenges were created in the mediums of: Animation, Fashion Design, and Game Design.

Out of our 5 competing students, we received 5 Advanced awards and 1 Basic for their long-term challenge. One of our students was a co-captain and went to support, which is an award all on it's own!

What a fantastic experience for a fantastic group of students. We are so proud of our Panthers!"

Scholastic Book Fair

Students, parents, grandparents, teachers and volunteers joined together for the annual BOGO Scholastic Book Fair in April. It was a great success, thanks to the many IGEMS families that shopped and shared their enthusiasm for books with their children. Over 2,000 books are in the hands of the students at IGEMS! Wow, that is something to be proud of!

The Scholastic Dollars earned from the sales will be used to replace well loved books and purchase additional books and materials for the IGEMS library and classroom libraries.

Each grade had the opportunity to visit the Book Fair during the school day and filled out a "Wishlist" which was then shared with their parents. IGEMS teachers were excited to receive a generous voucher from the Parent Teacher Club to purchase books on their wishlist as well. The ongoing support of the PTC is greatly appreciated!

A huge shout out to Ms. Schmidt and friends for the DINO-MITE decorations. And last but not least, the AMAZING volunteers and the FANTASTIC Junior Crew that made the Spring 2019 fair possible.

Thanks to all for your support!

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.