Wildcat E-news

Dates to Remember

February 10: Elementary Conferences ~ 4-8 p.m.

February 11: Elementary Assembly ~ African Acrobats at 1:30

February 12-14: Eagle Bluff Trip ~ Fourth Grade

February 17: NO SCHOOL ~ President's Day

February 21: Coffee With the Wildcats ~ 9-10:30 a.m.

February 26: 7/8th Grade Band Clinic

March 9: MS/HS Conferences ~ 4-8 p.m.

March 9: Elementary Assembly ~ Music Duo

March 12: 8th Grade Field Trip ~ Welch Village /Ski

March 18: NHS Blood Drive ~ 8:00-2:00 in Gym 3

Coffee With the Cats!

Come join us for a morning of coffee and treats with our superintendent, several school staff, and students!

When: Friday, February 28 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Where: Gym 1

Community members interested in hearing more about building project updates and seeing some student projects/work are welcome to come!

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Students of the Month

Congratulations to Zach Luhman and Madison Benda for receiving the high school Student of the Month award for January.


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Course Registration

High School students will be registering for 2020-2021 courses this month. Mrs. Rothmeier, the School Counselor, will meet with students in each grade to explain credit requirements, course offerings, and the student registration form. Parents will receive an email in the afternoon that their student receives their registration information. The parent email will include registration information and a link to the course description guide. Parents should review registration materials with their student and reach out to the school counselor with any questions.

Scholarship Opportunities

Local scholarship information for seniors will be given to all students during advisory on Wednesday, February 12th. All students are encouraged to complete the application.

Cross Country Skiing

High School students in the Fitness for Life class were introduced to cross country skiing last week. The cross country skis were provided by a grant from the Goodhue Education Foundation. The students will also go bowling on February 11th. The Fitness for Life class strives to expose students to life-long individual sports and physical activity and is taught by Mr. Tony Poncelet.
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Course Registration is coming soon!

End of February and/or early March our Middle-Level Learners will be picking out their courses for the 2020-2021 school year. Our eighth-grade students will select their classes first, seventh grade next and so on. A course registration guide can be found on our Middle School Page if you want to start looking at the choices and options for your middle-level learner.
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Student of the Month

During our monthly House Party, our middle school teachers nominated students for Student of the Month. These students are much deserved for various reasons. Below you will find Mr. Wieme speaking about each students and calling them up for their reward for being an oustanding student at Goodhue.


Congratulations once again to our Teal House for capturing the most positive behavior points in the Middle School and earning them open campus on Wednesdays.

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Student Choice

Some people feel that kids enter kindergarten full of questions and curiosity and end their senior year bored and unengaged in learning. At Goodhue, we are challenging that data and finding ways to keep that enthusiasm going, so these hands are raised high when asked a question and respond favorably to new learning activities. What’s the answer? The answer is: find ways of engaging students.


One of the best ways is to have student choice, flexible seating, opportunity to learn what they want to learn in passion projects, options in their homework assignments, and providing a choice about subject matter within the subject.


Below, Ms. Schleisman is teaching Sign Language to our middle-level learners. Students have the choice of Sign Language, Spanish, or French within our middle school. This is just another example of listening to our students' wishes and offering some choice within their day.

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Elementary News

I Love To Read Month

The Cat In the Hat showed up in our trophy case to help kickoff I Love to Read Month. In the trophy case, The Cat in the Hat shared a book on kindness acts we all should be doing each and every day. Other activities for this important month are:


  • Book Fair Bingo each Wednesday
  • Author Visits
  • Assemblies
  • Grade Level Paired Reading
  • Surprise D.E.A.R. for each grade level (Drop Everything And Read)
  • Dress-up days on Friday
  • Dr. Seuss read by Mr. Opsahl
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Love walking around surprising students with a great book read during D.E.A.R. Time!

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Spelling Bee Championship

Our District Spelling Bee was conducted in early January. We had over sixty students in Grades five through eight try out. We took the top 18 students. Our champion will now compete on February 11 in the Regional Competition held at the Southeast Service Cooperative. From there, the State Competition is on February 25 and the National Competition is held in Washington, DC, on ESPN in May.


Champion: Aubriel O'Reilly

Second Place: Libby Thomforde

Third Place: Lily Peterson

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ELEMENTARY SPRING CONCERT CHANGES

The Elementary Spring Show will look a bit different this year. Our second through fifth grade will be performing only along with our fifth-grade band and choir. Each grade level will perform two or three pieces instead of one song.


Our kindergarten and first-grade classes will be involved in Informances. What is an Informance? An Informance is a production that is for the purpose of educating an audience about a topic. It can be as simple as inviting parents or grandparents to watch a music class and giving them a brief explanation of the activities the students are doing. It could also be more formal and take place on a small stage. Many schools have gone to this for the primary grades as it is more age-appropriate.

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Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020. If your child is eligible for Kindergarten (must be five years old by September 1, 2020) you will receive a letter in the mail by March 15, 2020. Please contact Sheila Stehr at the Goodhue School if you do not receive this letter - sstehr@goodhue.k12.mn.us.

Due to Kindergarten Round Up there will be NO KINDERGARTEN CLASS ON FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020. All other grade levels will be in session.

Summer Wildcat Care Registration

Summer Wildcat Care Registration is now open through March 25th. No late registrations are accepted.

All information and forms can be found our on our website:

https://sites.google.com/a/goodhue.k12.mn.us/wildcat-care/summer

Any questions? Contact Tracey Stehr-stehrt@goodhue.k12.mn.us