Iowa-Grant's Panther Press

March 2021 / IGSD NEWSLETTER

FROM THE OFFICE OF STEPHANIE HUBBARD: TO THE ELECTORS OF IOWA-GRANT SCHOOL DISTRICT, GRANT AND IOWA COUNTIES, WISCONSIN

Panthers,


Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of said district that the annual election of school board members for the school board of said district will be held on April 6, 2021 being the first Tuesday in April, at the same times with the same municipal election hours and the same polling places used for the annual spring elections held in the various municipalities lying wholly or partially within this school district. The names of the candidates for each office to be voted for, whose declarations of candidacy have been filed and verified in the manner required by law, are given under the title of the office in the sample ballot.


Hours for voting are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Polling places are as follows:


Village of Cobb – Cobb Community Building; Village of Linden – Village Hall (444 Jefferson Street); Village of Livingston – Livingston Fire Station; Village of Montfort – Montfort Fire/Rescue Building; Village of Rewey – Rewey Fire House; Town of Castle Rock – Castle Rock Town Hall (15070 Hwy G); Town of Clifton – Livingston Fire Station; Town of Eden – Town Office; Town of Highland – Town Hall; Town of Lima – Town Hall; Town of Linden – Town Hall; Town of Mifflin – Town Hall; Town of Wingville – Township Building.


I asked each candidate for the Iowa-Grant School Board to write blurbs for this edition of the Panther Press. The candidates were asked to share a little about themselves and to share why they are interested in being on the School Board. The candidates' articles are below. You may notice that some of the candidates are on the ballot and others are write-in candidates.


Sincerely,

Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent, Iowa Grant School District

Office: 608-943-6311 ext 3018 Email: shubbard@igs.k12.wi.us

Meet Reagan Collins (Area 4- Livingston)

Hello members of the Iowa-Grant School District,


My name is Reagan Collins. I am a write-in candidate for the Iowa-Grant School Board for Area 4 (Livingston) on April 6th.


I was born and raised in the Iowa-Grant School District, daughter to Bruce and Linda Collins. I’ve resided in the Iowa-Grant School District over 35 years of my life, and at age 42, my family continues to live here and raise my almost 10-year-old son as a proud Panther!


After graduating from Iowa-Grant I received my bachelor’s degree from UW-Platteville in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Fresh out of college, I worked in corrections and adult rehabilitation programs in Dane County and found my way back to Grant County and into the social worker field working in Child Abuse and Neglect and Juvenile Justice. For the last 7 years, I have been working as a consultant for one of the county’s long-term waiver programs serving developmentally and physically disabled and frail elder.


As a consultant, I work with students in transition from high school to adulthood. I have been a member of the Grant County CCOT (County Communities on Transition) for going on 6 years. CCOT members are a group of stakeholders committed to identifying barriers and solutions for youth with disabilities in the counties they serve by helping them explore employment, postsecondary education, and developing independent and self-advocacy skills.


Budget management is something I oversee for over 40 participants in this program, while partnering with individuals to independently take on this task themselves. We seek out services and supports and stay within a predetermined budget. I work to ensure health and safety planning, maintain records and backup planning, and create ongoing relationships/networking with county resource providers such public health, the county resource centers, school districts, department of vocational rehabilitation, and several prevocational service and supportive home care locations in southwest Wisconsin. These roles will support my success as a school board member. They have provided me with a wealth of knowledge, prepared me to handle conflict resolution and problem solve effectively, helped me develop positive interpersonal skills, given me insight and respect to diversity, made me dependable, and held me accountable. This is an opportunity for me to advocate for our students and communities and partner as an extension to the current team of board members to fulfill obligations for our district, while bringing with me my experiences and passion for people and communication. I also believe we need a balance of utilizing program policies and a take initiative approach that pushes flexibility and urges new ideas when needed, such as person-centered approaches where students in our district get a chance to be the very best version of themselves.


It has been a tough year Panthers and emotions have run high, but we are strong when we stay united! As an extension of the board, I will support COMPROMISE and COLLABORATION to bring best possible outcomes to our district. It would be an honor to receive your vote as a write-in candidate on April 6th.

Meet Tim Lundell (Area 4- Livingston)

Hello Panther families,


I am Tim Lundell and I am very excited to be running as a write-in candidate for the open seat in Area 4/Livingston on the Iowa-Grant School Board.


My wife and I are both Iowa-Grant Alumni and have lived in the IG school district for the past 25 years. We have three children; Sydney (2020 IG graduate), Reid (IGHS junior) and Sam (IGEMS 7th grade). Over the years I have had the opportunity to see firsthand many of the great accomplishments of the Iowa-Grant school district, as well as the issues and concerns facing our school, teachers and students – both academically and across the wide variety of extracurricular programs. I understand the important responsibility and role the school board has in these matters. I know that the decisions are not always easy but feel strongly that I can add a valuable voice to the table.


I have been employed as a consultant for Energy Unlimited for 16 years. Energy Unlimited provides sawdust fired solid fuel furnaces for industrial dehydration systems and my role includes consulting services, procurement of other 3rd party services, pricing/quotes, design and laborer. In addition, my family and I enjoy running our registered beef cattle program and grain farm operations.


I believe that Iowa-Grant has a great foundation and so much to be proud of. I hope to be part of building on that foundation and the future success of making Iowa-Grant even better by listening to your concerns and ideas. I would truly appreciate your support in voting for me as a write-in on April 6th. I promise to represent our families and community to do what is best for our children, our programs, our teachers and our community.

Meet Nate Freymiller (Area 4- Livingston)

Hello Panthers!! My name is Nate Freymiller and I am pleased to announce that I am running for the Iowa-Grant School Board Area 4 Seat (Livingston). A little about myself and my family, my wife and I are both proud graduates of Iowa-Grant class of '97. We have been living in the I-G district for the past 12 years, with 9 years being in the Village of Livingston. We have 4 children that are all in school now: Montanna (Junior), Nikolei (Freshman), DaCota (4th) and Chloe-Ann (2nd). Our kids are all very involved in and out of school. My wife, Michelle, is a bus driver for I-G and also subs at the school in the kitchen and the office. She is also a cheer coach at the high school. I work for Wick Buildings as a Design Supervisor where I design buildings and also supervise others in doing so. Before I worked at Wick, I worked for Schwan's Home Services as a retail specialist and also was assistant manager of the Fennimore depot. I have served on both the Livingston and Rewey fire departments and am currently an assistant coach for the Iowa-Grant Trap Team.


My work experiences have taught me how to work with others closely and how to foresee and solve problems that may or have come up. I enjoy listening to others opinions and concerns while finding solutions that work for all involved. My background in sales provides me with the experience to work with many different perspectives and personalities. While my work with the fire departments and also at Wick provides me with the knowledge to solve problems as they arise in a timely, and often, "on the fly" manner.


I look forward to helping I-G continue to be the wonderful school it is and has been for our children and future Panthers. I understand the importance of our school to continue to support our students and staff. I also understand that kids need and want extracurricular activities in order to be as well rounded as they can be. I know that our teachers are the best in our area and also deserve the best support possible. I look forward to learning the ins and outs of the school district while making sure that I-G continues to be a strong and leading school in our area. I would love to have your support in the upcoming April 6th election.

Meet Erin Reddy Wolff (Area 4- Livingston)

Hello, Panther nation! I'm excited to introduce myself as a candidate for Area 4 on the IGSD Board of Education.


Many of you may know me as a Reddy daughter, a Wagner granddaughter, or as a Wolff mom. I am those things, and they have impacted me. More importantly, so has my formal education and previous career and life experiences. All of these together have prepared me to be educated, experienced, and excited to best represent you!


I have earned two Bachelor's degrees, and both have had a focus on education - in public health and at the elementary level with a minor in special education. My work history is with the county health departments in Grant and Richland County, with a child abuse prevention organization, in the IGSD as a sub and volunteer, tutoring and subbing at St. Mary's in Platteville, and student teaching in Mineral Point. As a result, I have a unique perspective to bring to the board that is not currently represented.


Other aspects of my professional life that will be relevant are my time advocating for public health policy, my history of grant writing (all successful), and my experience writing curriculum for a new community-based work training program at Southwest Opportunities Center. I am enthusiastic about creating policies that benefit the most people and about ensuring that the curriculum used in our classrooms is based on best practices and brings out the best in students of all ability and knowledge levels.


My main priorities for my initial work on the board are:

1. Planning and preparing for the wave of mental health issues that are sure to come during and after the pandemic; this includes both investigating how to assist our guidance counselors and teachers and possibly finding and implementing curriculum to assist in teaching coping skills.

2. Ensuring that we are using all available resources to graduate students (both college-bound and those going directly into the workforce) who are prepared for the studies and careers that will exist, most of which haven't been created yet.

3. Familiarizing myself with the board's policies and procedures, especially for financial oversight and decision-making. Especially important is how we are using available dollars to ensure that we are meeting rising special education needs.


To contact me,

email: ereddywolff@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erin.reddywolff

If you include a phone number, I can call or text if that is your preference. I look forward to hearing from any and all of you!

Meet Mary Hirsch (Area 5-Rewey)

Hello Panthers! I am Mary Hirsch, and I am running for the Rewey school board seat. My husband and I have lived in Rewey since 2006. We have 2 kids that attend Iowa Grant, a second grader and a fifth grader. In my spare time I coach my kids various sports and love to attend sporting events. I believe sports in school is important for many reasons, physical activity, building confidence, learning teamwork and so many more things, so I enjoy supporting all athletics!


I attended UW Platteville for both my bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and my master’s degree in Engineering Management. I have worked for John Deere in Dubuque as an engineer since 2011, prior to that I worked 5 years for an Architectural Engineering firm designing commercial buildings. My experience as an engineer has allowed me to build project management skills, including project budgets, schedules, and milestones, become detail oriented while at the same time keeping in mind the larger picture. A school district and how it operates is a very complex system and understanding all the functions and people that make it successful and ensuring they have the needed resources is of utmost importance to me. Education in general is one of the most important things in life, and I believe Iowa Grant kids deserve the best. I also understand that traditional 4 year degrees are not for every child and I’m interested in ensuring we are meeting the needs of students who are not going to traditional 4 year schools, but are instead pursuing other avenues. I believe the students that attend Iowa Grant deserve the best we have to offer, and I would like to have a part in helping that happen.

NOTICE TO ALL IOWA-GRANT DISTRICT RESIDENTS- ANNUAL CENSUS

By State and Federal law, we are required to take a school census each year as well as try to find any suspected handicapped children we should be serving. The purpose of the annual census is to count the exact number of children, aged birth to twenty-one, residing in the school district. We are also interested in knowing if parents suspect their child to have any special problems or needs. State and Federal legislation require the Child Find efforts be made to locate all children who might benefit from special education services. This year, we will be collecting the information electronically. Please click on this link: https://forms.gle/pM8oeYtzB3nvCxP29 or use your phone to scan the QR code to submit your family's information electronically. Include all children in your home, ages birth to twenty-one. Only one form per household is needed. (If you fill it out electronically you do not need to also complete a paper copy.) Paper copies will be available at the building offices. If electing to complete the paper version, please return it to the school building where your children attend or return it to the district office: 498 County IG, Livingston, WI 53554. It is very important that we know which village or township you reside in as this is how we report census to the State of Wisconsin.


We ask your cooperation in answering these census questions. It will take only a few minutes of your time and all information will be confidential.


Thank you!

Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent

Youth Suicide Prevention Resources Are Available

To get updated information on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention resources, visit DPI’s website. There are downloadable documents on suicide prevention requirements in state law, a fact sheet on youth suicide, and a suicide prevention curriculum. It also includes a variety of resources for gatekeeper training for all staff. Other resources include strategies on suicide interventions, memorial suggestions, and other topics.


Check out 2021 Required Notice of Youth Suicide Prevention Resources.


More youth suicide prevention resources are available at: http://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/youth-suicide-prevention.

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 11, 2021 from 9:00-3:00. The cost is $90.00. Due to COVID-19, this training will be virtual. 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

Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation

2021 marks the 22nd anniversary of the beginning of the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation!

The Foundation was started in 1999 by J Bruce Bradley, the district superintendent at that time, and a steering committee of 16 members, three of whom are still active on the IGEF Board. They made the decision to affiliate with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, an established 501c3 public charity that continues to provide the administrative, investment and technical support needed to make IGEF a viable entity. In 2000, formal by-laws were constructed, officers elected, initial donations received, and a fund was established.

Through the continued work of volunteers and donors, IGEF presently has 15 funds established through the tireless work of volunteers and donors. Ten of those funds provide scholarships for the graduates of Iowa-Grant High School to pursue a secondary education. Six of the 10 are endowed, meaning the funds will provide annual scholarships in perpetuity. To date, 165 scholarships totaling over $140,000 have been awarded to Panther graduates!

IGEF also makes grants for school projects through their Excellence in Education fund. Biannually the group reviews grant applications submitted from within the school district. In total, teachers, staff, and student groups have been awarded 62 grants totaling $38,848.

During the past 12 months, and during a national pandemic, over 150 individuals, families, and businesses have given nearly $25,000 to the IGEF funds! If you are interested in learning more, visit iowagrantfoundation.com You may also contact IGEF advisory board chair Dave Kalish or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin Donor Services Rep Dave Murphy (dave@cfsw.org.) Gifts may be sent to: IGEF Gift Processing Center, PO Box 81, Platteville, WI 53818.

Thank You!

The Iowa-Grant School District is very grateful to the following people and organizations for their generosity toward the District:


  • A generous anonymous monetary donation


Thank you very much to these and all who are generous to IGSD!

PICK UP TUESDAY, 3/2, AT IGHS BETWEEN 4-7 PM

Butter Braids ordered from I-G Juniors will be available for pick up on Tuesday, 3/2/21, at IGHS from 4-7 PM. Please plan to drive up to the front of the school, give your name and seller's name to a student worker, and your order will be delivered to your car. (Of course, if you placed your order from your own child, s/he will deliver it that night in person). If you cannot pick your order up at this time, please get ahold of your seller or call the school (Mrs.Richmond--6089436311X2030) to make alternate arrangements. Thank you so much for your support of the IGHS Junior Class! We far-surpassed our sales goal! Think Spring! Think Prom!

Help Wanted

Substitute teachers always needed! Apply at: https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/#/Vacancy/62953 or call Cathy for more information: 608-943-6311 ext 3014


Substitute assistants always needed! Apply at: https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/#/Vacancy/78911 or call Cathy for more information: 608-943-6311 ext 3014


Substitute Custodians. Apply at: https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/#/Vacancy/93678 or call Cathy for more information: 608-943-6311 ext 3014


Regular and Substitute Bus Drivers. Apply at: https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/#/Vacancy/78910 or call WARCO.

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HOMELESS CHILDREN/UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth (twenty-one years of age and younger) as:


Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and unaccompanied youth who are:

  • sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as a “Double-up”);

  • living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;

  • abandoned in hospitals; or

  • Awaiting foster care placement;

  • living in a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

  • living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

  • migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above.


If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children or youth who may qualify according to the above criteria, the Iowa-Grant School District provides the following assurances to parents and guardians of homeless children and youth and unaccompanied homeless youth:

  • There shall be immediate enrollment and school participation, even if educational and medical records and proof of residency are not available.

  • All educational opportunities and related opportunities for homeless students (preschool to age 21), including unaccompanied youth, shall be the same as for the general student population.

  • Meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in the education of their children. These shall include: special notices of events, parent-teacher conferences, newsletters, and access to student records.

  • Immediate enrollment and transportation to the school of origin. “School of origin” means the school that a child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled, including a preschool.

  • Written explanation of a child or youth’s school placement, other than school of origin or the school requested by the parent, with the right to appeal within the local dispute resolution process.


Please contact Jennifer Leeser, homeless liaison for the Iowa-Grant School District, at (608) 943-6311 or jleeser@igs.k12.wi.us for additional information about the rights and services described above.
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Iowa-Grant High School

IGHS Calendar of Events

3/4 Basketball: Boys Varsity State Tournament vs TBD (Away)

3/5 Basketball: Boys Varsity State Tournament vs TBD (Away)

3/5 Gymnastics: Girls Varsity State Tournament vs TBD (Away)

3/6 Basketball: Boys Varsity State Tournament vs TBD (Away)

3/6 Gymnastics: Girls Varsity State Tournament vs TBD (Away)

3/8 Forensics: SWAL at Cuba City

3/8 6:30 PM Board Meeting

3/9 ACT Test

3/11 7:00 PM LEO Club Ceremony - IGHS Gym

3/19 End of Third Quarter

3/20 Forensics: District 10 Contest at UWP

3/22 Start of Fourth Quarter

3/23 7:00 PM HS Band/Choir Spring Concert

3/25 8:00 AM Career Fair

3/25 4:00 - 7:00 PM Parent/Teacher Conferences

3/26 NO SCHOOL

3/26 8:00 AM - 12:00 Parent/Teacher Conferences

3/29 SPRING BREAK

3/30 SPRING BREAK

3/31 SPRING BREAK

IGHS SECOND QUARTER HONOR ROLL

Honors:

Freshmen – Grace Gochenaur, Adriana Jelle, Lillian Pettit

Sophomores – Alexander Lee, McKenna McPhail, Gary Pittman

Juniors – Teris Baker, Mariah Blum, Grace Clark, Emma Cullen, Montanna Freymiller, Hailee Kite, Cade Kuhls, Mackenzie Leitzinger, Grace Lenz, Reid Lundell, Savannah Vivian

Seniors - Avery Barrett, Hazel Klosterman, Isaiah Laufenberg, Lucas Oyen, Taylor Runde, Andrew Winders

High Honors:

Freshmen – Meagan Cullen, Bentley Cutts, Amiah Fisher, Nikolei Freymiller, Kaden Lindner, Matthew Rockwell, Harrison Wolff

Sophomores – Harinson Huete, Owen Laufenberg, Karstyn McIntosh, Jenna Paradis, Blake Reeves, Ashley Runde, Laighton Schafer

Juniors – Jacqueline Hawes, Zachary Kohlenberg, Treyton Starkey

Seniors – Lauren Linscheid

Distinguished Honors:

Freshmen – Elyse Linscheid, Makaya McCarthy, Rachel Rickard, Ashton Schmitz, Rylee Stecklein, Lilliana Vivian, Sophie Volenec, Lillian Warne, Landon Wetzel

Sophomores – Leslie Bartolo-Rivera, Hope Connolly, Jalyssa Cordts, Yessica Garcia, Samuel Kempf, Ivy Lindner, Kenadie Munson, Madelyn Rogstad, Audrey Rowe, Julia Searls, Cameron Shores, Alexis Thoma-Blankenburg, Elizabeth Volenec, Caitlyn Wetter, Evie Whitaker

Juniors – Dylan Bingham, Makayla Pilling, Payton Schmitz, Ella Wolff

Seniors – Nicholas Connolly, Luke Fillback, Isaac Hill, Grace Kite, Elly Lindner, Hannah Maughan, Albert Rosales, Sage Soman, Brena Straka, Brie Straka

IOWA-GRANT ANNOUNCES 2021 VALEDICTORIAN & SALUTATORIAN

Iowa-Grant High School is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the graduating class of 2021. Sage Soman has been named this year’s Valedictorian, and Nicholas Connolly the Salutatorian.

SAGE SOMAN - 2021 VALEDICTORIAN

Sage Soman has been a model student throughout her high school years concluding with a high GPA and an extensive list of extracurricular attainments. When asked who she credits her success in high school to, she said herself. She explained that she had the support and encouragement of many wonderful people in her life, however she did the work and made the time to give it her all. She was motivated by her future and the kind of life she wants to give herself. Some advice she would like to share with IG underclassmen is to decide what is important to you. Pick out your own priorities, and if it is school and academics great, if it’s not, that’s also great. Sage has enjoyed participating in Forensics, Solo & Ensemble, Academic Decathlon, Leo Club, High School musicals, Band/Choir and coordinating the American Red Cross Blood drives at school. After graduating in May, Sage plans on attending one of the University of Wisconsin campuses and majoring in Creative Writing. Sage is the daughter of Mickey Siedenburg of Rewey.

NICHOLAS CONNOLLY - 2021 SALUTATORIAN

Nicholas Connolly, this year’s Salutatorian has also concluded his high school career with a high GPA and extensive list of extracurricular attainments. Nick enjoyed his involvement with all of the extracurricular activities IG has to offer – Baseball, Track, Cross Country, Academic Decathlon, Forensics and Leo Club to name a few. He credits his success to his parents who instilled in him the value of hard work and perseverance. They taught him from a young age to put effort into anything and everything you do, which sometimes isn’t easy – but the payoff is big in the end. His advice to underclassmen is to realize academic success is not going to be a cakewalk. Take classes that interest and challenge you and give your best effort each and every day. And in your junior and senior years when it gets easy to just coast along – don’t. That is when students need to put in more effort than ever before – do things with passion and reason. After graduation Nick plans on attending the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and will major in Biology. Nick is the son of Rick and Beth Connolly of Montfort.

Method Test Prep

Dear Parents,

Iowa-Grant High School has provided your son/daughter with access to Method Test Prep, an online course that helps students build their math, reading, writing, and ACT prep skills. All students are registered and have already completed most Method Test Prep Units.

Students can listen to math, verbal, and writing tutorials, and each tutorial is accompanied by a quiz to test student mastery. The program is highly adaptive and keeps track of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Students have access to a large pool of practice questions and receive instant feedback upon completion of each question. This feedback includes easy-to-understand explanations.

Students and parents have seen measurable progress when using Method Test Prep. Method Test Prep uses proven strategies that are clear and easy to understand for any type of learner. Method Test Prep is interactive and time-efficient. By using internet technology, students are more engaged, and their time is focused on areas in need of improvement.

Method Test Prep is a good fit for any type of student. The website can be accessed at any time of day or night most convenient to the student. Method Test Prep is designed to be used independently or as a supplement to other ACT prep. Juniors were in an ACT course all first semester. We recommend that students take advantage of this opportunity outside of school time to improve their ACT Composite Score. All juniors will take the ACT plus Writing at Iowa-Grant on March 9th.

For your son/daughter, the Test prep is a Single Sign-On (SSO). To access the course, he/she will need to go to the District Home Page and click on For Student. A drop-down will appear, please select Xello. The Xello home page should come up, and he/she will need to click on Method Test Prep in the lower right-hand corner, which will take them to the test site. Please check your son/daughter’s progression through the program leading up to the March 9th ACT. The more students familiarize themselves with the ACT, the more comfortable they will be on March 9th. Please encourage your son/daughter to continue to access this program and work on their skills to be more successful on the ACT plus Writing test on March 9th.


FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, & SENIORS MARCH 9TH SCHEDULE

Dear Parents/Guardians of Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors:



On Tuesday, March 9th the Junior Class will be participating in state testing. All 11th grade students are required to take the ACT Plus Writing. The ACT is extremely important and will be used for college admission and scholarship selection. Because we want to provide the best possible testing environment, we will be running a different schedule on this day.


Schedule Changes:


Freshman and Sophomores: On Tuesday, March 9th, freshman and sophomores will be participating in multiple virtual presentations on topics including: CollEDGE Up, AmeriCorps and Youth Apprenticeship. Freshman and sophomores will not need to report to school on this day. Participation in these presentations is required and attendance will be taken. Students should have their school laptops charged and ready to go.


Seniors: Seniors will not need to report to school on Tuesday, March 9th. This day should be used first and foremost to complete the Iowa-Grant Local Scholarship application. This application can be found on our school website. Seniors are encouraged to take advantage of this day to visit colleges, work on additional scholarship applications, or schedule appointments.

JUNIORS ACT INFORMATION AND SCHEDULE

Dear Parents/Guardians of Juniors:


On Tuesday, March 9th, we will be administering state testing in our building. All 11th grade students are required to take the ACT Plus Writing test. Total time required for administration of the test will be approximately 5 hours. This ACT Exam is extremely important and will be used for college admission and scholarship selection and the test is provided to all juniors at no cost. Juniors may retake the ACT on their own at a different testing site if they are not satisfied with their scores. If the student does decide to retake the ACT it would be at his/her own expense.


There are many rigorous rules for administration of the test including what types of calculators may or may not be used and what can be included in the room when testing. One rule that is very clear is that students are not allowed any access to any communication devices. Therefore, we will be having students turn in their cell phones, smart watches, and any other electronic device as they enter their specific classroom for testing. If there is an emergency and you need to contact your son/daughter, please contact the high school office. All school bells will be turned off and no announcements will be made.


It is very important that our students are prepared for this exam. Please help us ensure that they have a good night’s sleep and have had a balanced meal the evening before and morning of the test. In addition, the district will provide a light breakfast for students. Please emphasize the importance of taking this test to you son/daughter. We do not want to put too much pressure on our juniors, but they should understand that it is in their best interest to do their personal best.


ACT Plus Writing:


The ACT Plus Writing is a paper and pencil test. The ACT Plus Writing helps students understand what they need to learn next so they can build rigorous high school course plans and identify career areas that align with their interests. All Wisconsin high schools will be certified as ACT state testing sites. Scores from the administration of the ACT Plus Writing (if taken abiding with ACT Standard Time or ACT-approved accommodations) can be used by students for a variety of purposes including college admission, scholarships, course placement, and NCAA eligibility. The ACT tests include: Reading, Math, English, Science, and Writing.


Testing Schedule:


Because we want to provide the best possible testing environment, we will be running this day of testing a little differently than our usual schedule. Juniors will be the only students in the high school building.


On March 9th, the juniors will have a small breakfast in the morning and then report to designated rooms to take the ACT Plus Writing. After this exam is complete, juniors will be dismissed for the day. Sack lunches will be provided for any student wishing to remain in the building for the lunch period. Please contact Ms. Benish (jbenish@igs.k12.wi.us) or 608-943-6312 ext. 2012) if you would like your son/daughter to have a sack lunch.

ACADEMIC AND CAREER PLANNING (ACP)

The Iowa-Grant School District is committed to providing students with opportunities to empower them for postsecondary success. In order to accomplish this, students in grades 6-12 will engage in an Academic and Career Planning (ACP) process, which consists of self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills. By helping students engage in the ACP process, the Iowa-Grant School District will be working towards our mission “to work in partnership with the community to empower all students to reach their full potential as responsible individuals who strive for life-long learning to successfully compete in an ever-changing global society.” 6-8 grade students will be working on ACP activities with Mr. Pronschinske, and 9-12 students will be working on ACP activities during Friday Encore Time.


Information about ACP is available on the Iowa-Grant School District website. Academic and Career Planning


Why ACP Matters

Spring Sports Season

Iowa-Grant is offering four sports this spring season:

Boys Baseball, Boys and Girls Golf, Girls Softball, & Boys and Girls Track.


2021 Spring Sports Schedule

  • WIAA certified spring sports practices for ALL sports will start on April 19, 2021. This is much later than usual.

  • Spring sports regular season will run through the beginning of June.

  • Spring sports postseason starts at the beginning or middle of June and concludes through the end of June.


Things To Think About:

With the change in the spring sports schedule, we want all families and players to understand that dedication and commitment to complete the full sports season is expected. Here are challenges and conflicts that may arise:

  • Quarter 4/Semester 2 grades: Grades are important. The second semester ends June 4. Any student with a failing semester grade would sit out the remainder of the regular season and postseason schedule, without any chance to improve their grade status.


  • Vacations: Families will be thinking about vacation time. Understand that June may be full of Iowa-Grant school-sponsored activities, especially if you are in a varsity-level sport.


  • Summer Employment: Some students are starting summer jobs. With employers posting jobs for the summer months, we want students to understand that it may be best to start summer employment after their sports season is complete.


  • There are numerous sports, like softball and baseball, that will start their AAU or club leagues in May/June. Reminder, the WIAA states that you can not play AAU or club league sports while you're in that current WIAA certified sport. (Example: If you are on the Iowa-Grant Softball Team, you can't participate in any other softball organizations/teams until Iowa-Grant softball is complete.)


  • There may not be any school trainer available during the summer months. This might complicate injuries and require students to go to the clinic and/or hospital to provide care.


  • Students will still be following the 2020-2021 Athletic and Co-Curricular Code guidelines and expectations.


We hope ALL seasons look as normal as possible. With the complications with our new spring sports schedules, we hope this helps you to get a jump start on the upcoming seasons. We want ALL of our 2021 spring sports seasons to run smoothly.


If you have any questions or concerns before the 2021 spring sports season, please feel free to contact me.


Respectfully,


Mr. Casey Clausius

Activities Director/Health and Physical Education Instructor

Iowa-Grant School District

462 County Road IG, Livingston, WI 53554

cclausius@igs.k12.wi.us

School- (608) 943-6313 ex: 2031

Go Panthers!!!

RESPECT. INVEST. WORK HARD

Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School

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March Calendar

The calendar is subject to change, check the link for the most up-to-date information.

Child Development Screenings

The Iowa-Grant School District will be offering developmental screenings to children in our district who are between the ages of 2 ½ and 4 who are not currently enrolled in school. This screening will look at fine motor skills, speech and language development, and preschool readiness skills. Screenings will be held in the Early Childhood classroom the 3nd Friday of every month. The next screening date will be on Friday, March 19th. If you are interested in signing your child up for a screening please call the Iowa-Grant office at 943-6313. Please let the office know if you have concerns about your child’s development when you call to set up the screening. We look forward to seeing you soon!

4K Online Registration

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Iowa-Grant Theatre Program

The Iowa-Grant Theatre Program is excited to announce that we are once again able to offer our summer theatre event through our district summer school program. We have already registered 60 students from grades 1 thru 11. Through this experience students learn leadership skills, gain confidence, work on reading through practical skills, and get to experience how true teamwork excels here at Iowa-Grant. The theatre program will take place the week of July 26-31. The actors and actresses will take the stage in “Alice In Wonderland” at 7:00PM on Friday, July 30 and 11:00AM on Saturday, July 31.


As we adapt through these unprecedented circumstances, we are looking forward to bringing the theatre program back to I-G. However, in order to ensure the safety of our community and the directors we are modifying the usual homestay for the directors, and instead planning to house them in a hotel for the week. Due to this added expense, we are seeking funding to make it possible. We will need approximately $1400.00 to provide rooms for both directors; any extra funds received will be put into the theatre club account for other expenses of the productions.


If you are able to contribute to our “Safe Stay Fund” please send a check to:

Iowa-Grant Elementary Middle School

℅ Cathy Kohlenberg

498 County IG

Livingston, WI 53554

Checks should be made payable to: Iowa-Grant Theatre Club


Thank you all in advance for your assistance in bringing LIVE theatre back to Iowa-Grant. Every contribution helps; together we can do great things!

Sincerely,

Tricia Sander

I-G Theatre Program Director


Quarter Two Honor Roll

High Honors


8th Grade:

Lucas Christiansen, Bret Connolly, Lakyn Holman, Faith Kite, BreAnn Kohlenberg, Baylee Leix, Kaycee Lindner, Dawson Reid, Katie Rickard, Addison Schafer, Addysen Spink, and William Whitaker


7th Grade:

Maddox Fisher, William Fulton, Abigail Hake, Quinn Hoeper, Rilya Hrubes, Noah Lange, Treaton Loeffelholz, Sam Lundell, Ellison Moen, Gabriella Munson, Pajessa Phillips, Trinity Phillips, Delaney Reid, Laila Ritchie, Michael Schroeder, Addyson Winkers, and Everett Zimmer


Honors


8th Grade:

Adrienne Biddick, Landon Budworth, Linnea Elg, Aiden Friesen, Georgia Haase, Gavin Hinderman, Kayden Klein, Carter Rickard, Myles Rowe, Gretta Schmitz, and Natalie Starkey

7th Grade:

Galilea Aburto-Gomez, Jaxon Busse, Braden Dowell, Payton Freymiller, Anayeli Garcia-Cuahizo, Lexie Kuhls, Camryn Leitzinger, Laina McPhail, Myles Pettit, Daniel Phillips, Joshua Pitzer, Emery Riemenapp, Hunter Stevens, and Jonah Wetter


KINDNESS BOOMERANG

Mrs. Rogstad's Rock Stars practiced KINDNESS. After watching the video Kindness Boomerang, we discussed kindness. Each morning, students added a heart to our door. On the heart, they wrote one kind deed that they had completed in the last day.

3rd Grade Fly-Off

Third graders spent the week reading about The Wright Brothers and different ways to fly this week. On Thursday, each homeroom had a paper airplane contest. On Friday, the winner of each homeroom represented his class in the 3rd grade Fly-off. The winners are 1st place Beckum, 2nd place Davidson, and 3rd place Lincoln.
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Kindergarten was HAPPY to celebrate being 100 Days Smarter!

From writing 100 words to counting to 100, dressing like a 100-year-old person and everything in between - we are happy to celebrate Day 100!

Mrs. Leibfried's first graders were "glowing" for the 100th day of school!

From 100 glow sticks, to writing 100 words, completing 100 jumping jacks, and all the "bright" activities in between- we had "the best day ever."

2nd Grade Celebrates the 101st Day of School!

Let's not forget the 101st day of school can be pretty cool! 2nd graders celebrated dalmatian style! They read PUPtastic stories and watched the 101 Dalmatians during lunch. No one can stop them from learning, not even Cruella de Vil!

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.