School District of Howards Grove

May Parent & Guardian Newsletter 2023

Greetings Parents & Guardians:

As the school year comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you. As the superintendent, I am constantly reminded of the immense impact that parents have on the education and well-being of our students.

Your unwavering support, dedication, and involvement in your child's education are truly commendable. You play a crucial role in creating a positive and nurturing environment for our students to thrive. Your encouragement and guidance motivate them to reach their full potential.

Thank you for entrusting us with the education and care of your children. We understand the tremendous responsibility that comes with this, and we strive to provide them with the best learning experience possible. Your partnership with us enables us to create a strong foundation for their future success.

We are grateful for your active participation in parent-teacher conferences, school events, and volunteer activities. Your collaboration strengthens the bond between home and school, fostering a sense of community and ensuring that our students receive a well-rounded education.

Please know that your support does not go unnoticed. It is the collective effort of parents like you that makes our school district exceptional. We are privileged to work alongside such dedicated individuals who prioritize their children's education and well-being.

Once again, thank you for everything you do. Your commitment to your children's education inspires us every day. Together, we will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of our students.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Shannon L. Kilton


Hope to see you there!

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Our school district is committed to supporting the academic, social-emotional, and health and safety needs of our students. The Wisconsin Department of Instruction offers many resources for districts in these areas. To support the health and safety needs of our students, DPI offers a state-wide survey (YRBS) to collect data to show us what supports our students need to stay safe and healthy.

The Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health-risk behaviors of the nation's high school and middle school (grades 6-8 only) students. These behaviors, in turn, result in the most significant causes of both mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood. The behaviors monitored by the Wisconsin YRBS include traffic safety; weapons and violence; suicide; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behavior; and diet, nutrition, and exercise.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has administered the YRBS every two years beginning with 1993. The YRBS is administered to students in Wisconsin's public high schools and middle schools. Survey procedures are designed to protect the privacy of students by allowing anonymous and voluntary participation.

The Howards Grove School District will be administering the YRBS Survey to students in grades 6-12 on Wednesday, May 31st, 2023. Here is a link to the DPI website with more information.

Here are some of the sample questions at each level:

High School Samples

Middle School Samples

If you have questions or concerns regarding this survey or would like to opt out your child from taking the survey, please contact the school counselors at each school.

Jessica Luecke- Middle School

Krista Neave- High School

This Saturday! Come "STUFF THE BUS"

Please help the football team collect a bus full of non-perishable food items to help feed the hungry of Sheboygan County. On Saturday, May 20th, from 9:00 AM until noon the football team will be hosting a "drive-up" food drive at Howards Grove High School to help the Sheboygan County Food Bank fill its shelves to he help those in need. Players from the football team will be there to collect your items.

Come out and help us STUFF THE BUS!

Big thank you to Harms Bus Company and Jon Tabor for helping the team in their mission to help the community.

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Hiring Update

The Board approved several new teacher contracts on Monday night. Welcome aboard to our new staff for the 2023-2024 school year!

Becky Holzer- 5th Grade: Becky brings 17 years of teaching experience in Reading and Special Education. She is trained in the Wilson Reading System reading intervention program. She has team taught in the Reader's/Writer's Workshop model. Becky's references said things like: "dedicated, talented, knowledgeable, literacy and differentiation expert, firm yet kind, and builds very strong relationships with students."

Nicole TenPas- Chemistry: Nicole is a graduate of UW-Madison and earned her Master's Degree from Cardinal Stritch University. She has taught for nine years in the Whitnall and New Berlin School Districts as a high school chemistry and biology teacher. Nicole emphasizes relationships and a student-centered learning environment as she strives to help all students achieve success in the classroom. She will be a great addition to our high school team.

Sarah Nowak- Kindergarten: Sarah is joining our kindergarten team. Sarah has recently graduated from the University of Green-Bay with a bachelors degree for early education-middle childhood. Sarah recently completed her first teaching experience as a longer term substitute in a kindergarten classroom. Sarah has served as a special education paraprofessional from 2016-2018 in summer school positions. Sarah is very excited to work in the School District of Howards Grove.

Linsey Wymer- 1st Grade: Linsey has had 14 years experience as a teacher. Linsey started out as a kindergarten/1st grade teacher in Madison, WI (2008-2010). She then moved to Alaska and served as a physical education teacher (2010-2012) and 3rd grade teacher (2012-2013). Lynsey wanted to be closer to family, so she moved back to Madison and served as an infant and toddler teacher (2013-2014) and then moved into the role of a 4K teacher for the Madison Area School District (2014-2022). Lynsey now lives in Sheboygan and is excited to continue her teaching career at Northview.

Looking Ahead

End of Year Dates & Events

High School

May 24 – Band and Choir Concert, HG Center for the Arts @ 7 pm

May 31 - High School Senior Scholarship and Awards Night, HG Center for the Arts @ 7pm

June 4 – Graduation held in the high school gym @ 2:00 pm

Middle School

May 31st- Awards Day @1:45pm, held at the Middle School

June 5th: - 8th grade Recognition, held at the HG Center for the Arts @ 6:45pm


May 19th- PTO Spring Carnival at NV – Kitchen opens at 5:00 pm; Carnival is from 5:30-7:30

June 7: Northview Field Day


May 26th-29th- Memorial Weekend No School

June 7 – Last day of school for students

School Newsletters

Check out each link to find out what's happening in our schools!

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Middle School


Mark your calendar!

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 19th at 6:00 PM in the high school library.

In person visitors are welcome, but we also have a virtual link each month.

Join Zoom Meeting

Communication Chain

As questions or concerns arise, please continue to follow this communication chain.

FIRST, Reach out directly to your child's teacher/team/coach.

In the event your concerns are not addressed or you need further support, NEXT reach out to the building principal or activities director.

Jon Hess- High School Principal:

Angie Houston- Middle School Principal:

Sarah Ellinger- Northview Principal:

Tracy Mueller- Athletic/Activities Director & Special Education Director:

FINALLY, if you still need additional support, please reach out directly to me, Shannon Kilton, Superintendent:

In the event, we have all failed to help you navigate your questions & concerns, your last stop would be to reach out to the school board. Here is the actual board policy on navigating this process.

I am personally asking for this communication chain to help us all develop positive and trusting relationships, which are always grounded in open and honest conversations. Most often, concerns can be easily solved when we all talk directly to the person involved with the question or problem.

Thanks in advance for the support and understanding of this process.

School District of Howards Grove

Shannon L. Kilton

Superintendent of Schools

The School District of Howards Grove does not discriminate on the basis of any characteristic protected under State or Federal law including, but not limited to, race, color, age, sex, creed or religion, handicap or disability, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, military service (as defined in 111.32, Wis. Stats.), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, arrest record, conviction record, use or non-use of lawful products off the District’s premises during non-working hours, or any other characteristic protected by law in its employment practices. (Board Policy 4122)