St. Croix Central High School

Family Newsletter: November 6, 2018

Our Vision of Learning at SCC High School

In full support of our district mission and vision we at SCC High School are committed to...

Creating a learning experience built on creativity, choice, efficiency, and engagement resulting in high-achieving and creative problem-solvers who take intellectual risks to discover the world around them and maximize their potential.

From Mr. Soderberg

Hello SCC Families,

Panther excellence has been on display this fall. The athletic achievements of volleyball, cross country, and football provided our school and community with great opportunities to show our school spirit. The Homecoming '18 celebration was nothing short of amazing and provided great memories and community building for all. The band and choir continue to impress and soon we will witness the next big production from our SCC Drama program - All Shook Up.

The high school staff is working hard to make all students feel welcome and safe at school. In that effort, the staff has volunteered to greet students as they arrive at school each morning and we believe that has created a feeling of mutual respect and a positive climate for everyone. Our staff, led by the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) team has been recognizing students for their positive behavior at school and contacting families to spread the good news.

Academically, our teachers and paraprofessionals continue to focus on the essential standards and providing students with feedback that is meaningful and timely. We continue to move away from grades based on completing tasks to grades based on their performance measured against standards. Helping every student achieve their very best and retain the knowledge and skills they will need for long-term success is our focus.

We aren't perfect but with the continued support of our wonderful families, the effort and enthusiasm of our students, and the dedicated expertise of our staff, we will continue to grow and improve.

We have much to be proud of at SCC!

Go Panthers,


Anxiety and Your Teen

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day Program

Monday, Nov. 12th, 10-11am

St. Croix Central Community Auditorium

Guest Speaker: Chris Pizzi, 2005 graduate of SCC, Navy Aviation Electronics Technician

After the program, cupcakes and coffee will be served and the new Veteran's Wall and mural will be revealed.

We are proud of our veterans and would like to add more veterans to our Wall of Honor. To share information about a veteran please follow this link

  • Upload a picture and information so we can display it during our Veteran's day program and on the Wall of Honor.

If you have any questions please contact Jessica Wolf, or 715-796-5383 ext. 1123

Standards-Based Information

We have a system that maintains the functionality and importance of grade-point-averages, letter grades, transcripts, and IEP's while providing accurate and timely information about what our students know as determined by their performance on the essential standards.

In a standards-based system, we provide multiple opportunities (3-5 or more) for students to grow in their achievement level on each standard which is why you will see multiple ratings for the same standard. Therefore, their achievement levels will grow as they learn the content within the specific standard. As a practice, we measure their achievement level by looking at the "most recent" rating for each standard. If the most recent rating doesn't reflect their previous performance (i.e. the rating drops), we will work with the student to find the most accurate measure. Our goal is accuracy and fairness in all grading and reporting practices.

Quarter Grades: In SBA&R classes we do not report quarter grades because this system is not about measuring "events" - a one-time shot - but rather growth on the standards. As stated above, students are provided with multiple opportunities to practice and demonstrate their knowledge and skill as measured against the standard. The quarter grade report is inherently contained within the SBA&R gradebook as it measures and reports growth in real-time.

Estimating Letter Grades: To report a letter grade on a standard that has been assessed only once or twice will not provide an accurate account of the student's knowledge and skill. To determine a grade after only one or two assessments of the standard may be unfair to your child as we must afford them the opportunity to grow.

However, if you'd like to estimate your child's letter grade I suggest doing the following:

  • Look at their most recent rating for each standard - keeping in mind that we assess the standard at least 3 times.
  • Add up those ratings and divide by the number of standards - I would not recommend including the standards that have been assessed only one or two times so far. Remember, this model is about growth and growth takes time and practice.
  • That number can be compared to the SBA&R Grading Scale Chart below.
Here is an example:
  1. Standard L.1 (3 attempts) = 3.5
  2. Standard L.2 (3 attempts) = 3.5
  3. Standard W.3D (3 attempts) = 4.0
  4. Standard W.4 (3 attempts) = 4.0
  5. Standard R.1 (1 attempt) = Not inlcuded - not enough attempts

18.5 Achievement Rating / 4 Standards = 3.75 = A (based on the chart below)

SBA&R Grading Scale Chart (click link)

Below are three videos I've created to explain SBA&R and how the system works. If you have any questions, please contact me and/or your child's teacher.

SBA&R Videos

SBA&R: The Fundamentals:

SBA&R: Converting to Grades:

SBA&R: The Gradebook:

Standards-Based Assessment and Reporting Discussion

High School Standards-based Presentation and Q/A

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 6:30pm

High School Lecture Room

A short presentation on SBA&R will be followed by a question and answer period with administrators, counselors, and available teachers.

From the Counseling Office

Aspire Interim and Pre-ACT

On Wednesday, November 28th we will administer the Aspire Interim assessment for all freshmen and sophomore students, and the Pre-ACT for juniors.

The Aspire Interim: the "interim" is a practice assessment for freshmen and sophomores that will be used to prepare students for the state Aspire assessment in April. We will administer the "interim" on November 28th and January 23rd.

The Pre-ACT: this assessment will allow our juniors to experience the ACT in advance of the official assessment in February. We will administer the Pre-ACT on November 28th.

The results for both assessments will be used to identify individual academic needs and help us provide specific academic supports to provide the greatest academic growth for students. Included in the assessment results will be specific tools and resources based on individual student need.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, November 28th - Aspire Interim (9th and 10th-grade), Pre-ACT (11th-grade) *Seniors - work from home day
  • Wednesday, January 23rd - Aspire Interim (freshmen and sophomores)
  • Wednesday, February 20th - Statewide ACT (juniors)
  • Thursday, February 21st - Statewide WorkKeys (juniors)

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB)

The mission of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test, otherwise known as the ASVAB is provided to help students take steps toward a career pathway that’s well suited for them based upon his or her individual interests and aptitudes. The test is challenging and thoughtful. It’s a highly practical test of problem-solving skills and abilities. No military recruiting is conducted during the test or during post-test interpretation sessions. In addition, after taking the ASVAB test, students will have access to some terrific online career exploration information and tools.
  • On Thursday, November 8th sophomores, juniors, and seniors will have an opportunity to take ASVAB. The test will be administered here at SCC from 8:15 am to 11:30 am. Students who are interested should sign up in the Counseling Office.
  • Test administrators will return to our campus about two weeks after the test to interpret the test results with students.
If you have any questions please contact Tracy Klein ( at your convenience.

College Applications- Class of 2019

If students need to send a transcript, please click on the SCC Transcript link listed below. The link will redirect you to our transcript page which will give you step by step instructions on how to request a transcript. Most transcripts are required to be processed online.

SCC Transcript Link

Apply On-Line to Colleges

Mental Health Awareness - Car Decals for Sale

At SCC we try to keep mental health at the forefront of the minds of our students, staff, and families. We do this in a variety of ways including messaging, guest speakers, and programming.

Thanks to Tonya and Chad Gullixson (Gullixson Racing) we have mental health/suicide awareness decals for sale. The funds raised from the decals will go toward our efforts to support students and raise awareness. The decals will be available (while supplies last) at most home events.

Each year Gullixson Racing donates a percentage of their race winnings to support our efforts. A special thank you to Tonya and Chad Gullixson for their continued generosity.

From the Athletics and Activities Office

Winter Sports:

Any athletes planning to participate during the winter athletic season must take care of the following prior to the start of practice.

  • Athletic Code
  • Physicals
  • Participation Fee

Parents: If you purchased an activity pass for home sporting events this year, please remember to bring your pass with you and show it to the individuals working at the admission table. As much as we would like to know everyone and remember who purchased a pass, our district is getting larger and it is difficult for the people working admissions to keep track. Thanks for your cooperation!

From the Main Office


Senior portraits are due by winter break (Dec. 21st).

2018-2019 YEARBOOKS - Memories fade but yearbooks don't!

Order your yearbook now before the price goes up.

  • Forms are available in the office for cash or check purchases -OR-
  • Order online at Search for "St. Croix Central High School" and pay using a credit card, debit card or PayPal.

From the Health Office

Smile... Northlakes Superior Smiles Program will be coming to the high school on November 8, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. The program staff will be with students for approximately 5-10 minutes. Students will receive a fluoride varnish treatment, oral screening, and dental education.

FFA Fruit Sale

St. Croix Central FFA Fruit Sale

The St. Croix Central FFA will be starting their annual Fruit Sale from now until November 29th. Money raised from the sales goes towards leadership activities and chapter programs like the national FFA convention in Indianapolis. The fruit is an arrange from apples, grapefruit, oranges, and pineapples to gourmet beef sausage and different cheese dips also. The orders will be delivered in early to mid-December, and if you would like to purchase any fruit from the FFA, or would like to see a copy of the order form check out our web page

For more information or to place an order please contact an FFA member or Mr. Emery at or call 1-715-796-5383 and ask for Bill Emery

Permanent Links

Online Academic Support from Khan Academy

This FREE resource is used by students of all ages to provide on-line help on a wide variety of topics. Simply click the button and search for the topic your child needs help with.

Concussion Information from the WIAA

Click here to access a complete concussion guide from the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).