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October IGSD Newsletter

From the Office of Stephanie Hubbard: Wisconsin School Board Week Oct. 6-12

IG Panthers,

The Iowa-Grant School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Wisconsin School Board Week Oct. 6-12.

The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Wisconsin's school board members, including the Iowa-Grant School District School Board, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

Wisconsin school board members are chosen by their communities to manage local schools. They oversee multi- million dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 867,000 students in more than 420 public school districts. Their personnel decisions affect thousands of teachers, administrators and support workers.

These volunteer leaders are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute the public servants of the Iowa-Grant School District School Board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. Iowa-Grant School Board Members are: Renee Linscheid - President, Don Rider - Vice President, Rachel Zimmer - Treasurer, Kristin Spurley - Clerk, Fred DiVall, Greg Anderson, and Chad Vivian.

In addition to serving on the School Board, each member also serves on at least one Board committee. Board committees include: negotiations/personnel, finance, curriculum and buildings, grounds & transportation. Furthermore, some of the Board members are appointed as representatives to other boards. The organizations with School Board representatives follow: CESA #3 Board of Controls, Information and Technology, Iowa-Grant Education Foundation Board (IGEF), and Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB).

Please join us by saying thanks to our school board members during Wisconsin School Board Week.

Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent, Iowa Grant School District

Office: 608-943-6311 ext 3018 Email:

Forward Exam Scores

Iowa-Grant students performed better than students across the state on the Wisconsin Forward Exam last spring. The Wisconsin Dept of Instruction released statewide results last week. Overall, the Iowa-Grant School District outscored the state average in all four subject areas: English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. According to past results, this the first year that Iowa-Grant Schools has exceeded the state average in all areas. Way to go, Panthers! We are proud of you!

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Flooring Pieces For Sale!

If you're a Panther fan, stand up and clap your hands! Several individuals were interested in large pieces of flooring memorabilia from our recent remodelling. We thought the funnest and fairest way to offer the most desirable pieces would be an auction! Go to: to place your bid. There are four items available. We have two panthers, a square of from the auditorium, and the center IG from the gym floor (this had to be cut into two pieces, but it will be sold as one item.) The auction will close at 7:30 on October 11, 2019. The winners will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming game.

Coke Gives

With, every purchase of your favorite Coca-Cola beverages is an opportunity to make a difference for our District. To donate, simply visit, click donate now, select either Iowa-Grant Elem Middle School-Livingston- WI- 53554 or Iowa-Grant High School- Livingston-WI- 53554 and scan or enter product codes from participating Coca-Cola products.

Help wanted

Teacher Substitutes

The Iowa-Grant School District is currently seeking persons to substitute for our teaching staff. Substitutes for teachers must possess a Wisconsin teaching license and are paid $100 per day or $55 per half-day. Interested persons should contact the district office at 943-6311, extension 3014, to obtain substitute teacher application materials.

Support Staff Substitutes

The Iowa-Grant School District is currently seeking persons to be substitutes in the following areas for the upcoming school year: 1) Custodians -- PM shift 2) Cooks 3) Classroom Teacher Assistants 4) Clerical Assistants Substitutes are called on an as-needed basis and are paid $10.50 per hour. Classroom teacher assistant substitutes are not required to possess a Wisconsin teacher license. Interested persons should contact the district office at 943-6311, extension 3014, to obtain substitute support staff application materials.

Head Golf Coach

Do you love golf and coaching? Please send a letter of interest and qualifications to Stephanie Hubbard, Iowa-Grant School District, 498 County IG, Livingston WI 53554 if you are interested.

Iowa-Grant High School

IGHS Events for October

10/1 - 8-10am picture RETAKES

10/1 - 5:45pm Freshman & JV Volleyball vs. Cuba City (Home)

10/1 - 7:15pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Cuba City (Home)

10/3 - 4pm Varsity CC @ Kickapoo High School

10/3 - 5:45pm Freshman & JV Volleyball vs. Southwestern (Home)

10/3 - 7:15pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Southwestern (Home)

10/4 - 7pm Varsity Football vs. Lancaster (Away)

10/4 - 2pm Early Release

10/5 - 9am-1pm Varsity CC @ Platteville High School

10/5 - 9am Varsity Volleyball Invite @ Southern Door High School


10/7 - 5pm JV Football vs. Lancaster (Home)


10/8 - 5:45pm Freshman & JV Volleyball vs. Boscobel (Home)

10/8 - 7:15pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Boscobel (Home)



10/10 - 5:45pm Freshman & JV Volleyball vs. Fennimore (Away)

10/10 - 7:15pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Fennimore (Away)


10/11 - 7pm Varsity Football vs. Luther (Home)

10/11 - 2pm Early Release


10/12 - 8am Freshman Volleyball Invite @ Wisconsin Heights High School

10/12 - 9am Varsity CC @ Baertschi Farm

10/12 - 8pm Homecoming Dance

10/15 - 5:45pm Freshman & JV Volleyball vs. Riverdale (Away)

10/15 - 7:15pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Riverdale (Away)

10/17 - 4:30pm Varsity CC @ Southwestern MS/HS

10/17 - 5:45pm Freshman & JV Volleyball vs. Mineral Point (Home)

10/17 - 7:15pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Mineral Point (Home)

10/18 - 7pm Varsity Football vs. Fennimore (Away)

10/18 - 2:00pm Early Release

10/21 - 5pm JV Football vs. Fennimore (Home)

10/21 - 6pm Music Parent's Meeting

10/22 - Volleyball Regionals

10/24 - Level 1 Football Playoffs

10/24 - Volleyball Regionals

10/25 - Level 1 Football Playoffs

10/25 - Cross Country Sectionals

10/25 - 2:00pm Early Release

10/26 - Cross Country Sectionals

10/26 - Volleyball Regionals

10/29 - 7pm MS/HS Choir Concert

10/31 - Volleyball Sectionals


The Iowa-Grant FFA and FFA Alumni are currently planning a Gym Grand Opening for the updated high school gym floor and bleachers. Please save the date for Sunday, October 6th as it will be filled with food, fun, music and school spirit. The FFA and FFA Alumni will be serving a steak sandwich meal starting at noon in the high school cafeteria. At 1:30, there will be a gym grand opening ceremony with special guests, Jeff and Greg Gard. Everyone in the community is encourage and invited to come! Follow the Iowa-Grant Facebook Page for more information!


Iowa - Grant will be offering flu shots to all staff and students on October 9th.

Panther Volleyball: Pink Night on October 8th

The Panther Volleyball will he hosting a Pink Night on October 8th v. the Boscobel Bulldogs. T-shirts will be sold for $10 starting October 3rd, please seek out a high school volleyball player or coach to get a shirt for the match. There are limited number of sizes (youth large - XXXL). When they are gone, they are gone. Also, the evening of the match there will be a raffle for theme baskets by each team and an autographed volleyball, signed by the varsity team. All proceeds will go to an area cancer coalition. We hope you can join us in this great cause!

Senior Financial Aid Night


When: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Where: Iowa-Grant High School Library

Time: 6:00pm

This free workshop is designed to help parents and

students understand and complete the complicated

Financial Aid Application known as FAFSA

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Southwest Technical College Open House

Register on-line for this event and qualify for a chance to win a $500 scholarship!!

Explore all the options and services available at Southwest Tech at this annual event. Representatives from each program and service area are on hand to perform demonstrations, engage visitors in hands-on activities, and lead tours through classrooms and labs. Register for this event:

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Southwest Tech Ag Day

Nine agriculture students attended the 2019 Southwest Tech Ag Day where they attend seven sessions. In one of the sessions, students had the opportunity to learn about auto-steer on a tractor and even got to ride in one as it went through an obstacle course. They also learned how to fly drones through a simulation software. In another session, they learned how to predict how much corn will be harvested while it is still standing in the field and how corn is graded. After lunch, they discovered how to create a budget on raising crops or livestock by practicing calculating their own monthly living expenses. In the last session, students learned how to test colostrum milk and the importance of it for newborn calves.


Are you looking for some IGHS FFA attire? The officer team has worked hard creating these designs and items. Please order online if interested!

For questions please contact LARA HAMMERLY at

All orders will be delivered to the Iowa-Grant High School for pick-up. Please allow for 2 to 3 weeks after store closes for garments to be delivered. Store closes/Deadline: Monday October 7th, 2019 (11:59pm CDT) **ALL ONLINE STORE SALES ARE FINAL**

Fall Athletics

Great time of year to be a Panther!

Mr. Clausius- Activities Director

Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School

IGEMS Events For October

10/1 - 8:00 a.m. Picture Retakes - Room 100

10/1 - 3:30-6:15 p.m. Environmental Studies Field Trip

10/1 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi GVB Platteville (H)

10/4 - 7:00 a.m. Bus Leaves For Trees For Tomorrow Field Trip

10/7 - IGEMS Progress Reports Go Out For Gr. 5-8

10/7 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi GVB Darlington (T) - Bus leaves at 2:45 p.m.

10/7 - 7:00 p.m. Bus Arrives Back From Trees For Tomorrow Field Trip

10/8 - Homecoming Dress Up Day - Red

10/8 - 8:15-9:00 a.m. Coffee With The Principals - Rm 100

10/8 - 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 2nd Gr. Field Trip

10/8 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi GVB Dodgeville (T) - Bus leaves at 3:10 p.m.

10/9 - Homecoming Dress Up Day - White

10/10 - Homecoming Dress Up Day - Black

10/10 - 3:30-6:15 p.m. Environmental Studies Field Trip

10/11 - Homecoming Dress Up Day - Iowa-Grant Panther Gear!

10/11 - 1:15 p.m. Homecoming Parade

10/14 - 4:30 p.m. Jr Hi GVB Highland (H)

10/14 - 5:15 p.m. P/T Club Meeting - Rm 333

10/14 - 6:30 p.m. School Board Meeting - Lib.

10/15 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi GVB Mineral Point (H)

10/16 - Early Childhood Screening - No EC Classes

10/16 - 5:00-10:00 p.m. Hazel Dell Fundraiser at Dodgeville Culvers

10/17 - 4:00 p.m. Jr Hi GVB Cuba City (H)

10/21 - 6:00 p.m. Ice Age Adventure Presentation - Rm 100 For All IGEMS Student & Families

10/24 - 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Kindergarten Field Trip

10/28 - 6:30 p.m. School Board Meeting - Lib.

National School Lunch Week October 14th - 18th

Coffee With The Principals

Parents, please join us Tuesday, October 8th, from 8:15-9:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation. Learn about IGEMS and the opportunities we offer our Panthers. Social time 15 minutes before and after. We hope to see you there!

This month’s topics:

Communication: What works well? What can we do better?

Student Services at IGEMS:

Panther Pantry, Food Share Table, Student Supplies, Lunch Account Assistance, Foster Grandparents, Occupational/Physical Therapy, and coming soon: The Panther Break Room, a calming place for kids to empower themselves to calm down and make good decisions.

Hazel Dell Fundraiser October 16th - Culver’s in Dodgeville - 5:00-10:00 pm

Join us for a great meal and support a great cause! 10% of the profits will go to Hazel Dell. We are happy to support our one-room schoolhouse and the unique opportunities it offers for our students to experience first-hand the treasures of the past.

The supporters of Hazel Dell would like to thank our 8th grade math teacher, Dan Prochaska, and his son, Bryce, for scraping and painting the building this summer. It looks beautiful! Thanks, Dan and Bryce!

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Great Things Are Happening At IGEMS

  • A big THANK YOU to our fabulous Parent Teacher Club for donating $2000 for our new Gaga Ball Pits at IGEMS. We are so grateful for everything you do for our students and our school.

  • Thanks to Cummins

Thanks to Cummins for sending a crew of volunteers to set up our Gaga Ball Pits today! They were very efficient and finished the job early. I don't know if students were watching for them to finish, but within five minutes of the crew's departure, the playground's Gaga Ball arena was filled with kids!

Ice Age Adventure Author Visit

Wisconsin author, Tim Fox, will share his knowledge of the Ice Age in Wisconsin with IGEMS families on Monday, October 21st from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at IGEMS in Room 100. Thanks to a generous donation by our Parent/Teacher Club, the first 50 families in attendance will receive a free book written by the author. Come hear this former teacher speak about Wisconsin’s history and landscape and get your free book!

Open a World of Reading!

Did you know with the Sora app, you can get free eBooks and audiobooks from your school?

Here are the steps to get started with using Sora:

  • Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (school issued iPads already have the app!).

  • In Sora, find your school: Wisconsin Schools Digital Library Consortium & select Iowa-Grant School District from the drop down menu.

  • Sign in using your school email address and password.

  • Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.

  • Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your books. From there, you can: 1. Tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book. 2. Tap Options to renew or return the book or get to your notes.

For more help, go to: or contact Mrs. Bast!

3rd Grade Pen Pal

3rd Grade students hosted a fall Meet and Greet with their pen pals on Friday, September 27th from 12:45-1:45 p.m. The pen pals are community members that are of retirement age. Students learn about their pen pal, their families, what life was like when the pen pal was 8-9 years old, etc. This is the 2nd year of this program. The students and pen pals enjoyed the program last year. If you would like to support this program, please consider donating books of stamps for our letters! You can send them to IGEMS~ Attn: Jen Rogstad.

Save The Date!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at IGEMS during fall Parent-Teacher conferences on November 6th and 7th!

Our Book Fair theme for fall 2019 is Arctic Adventure Book Fair, Snow Much to Read. A blizzard of books is headed your way this fall, venture deep into the ice-cold polar regions to the coolest reading expedition ever!

Interested in helping at the fair? Contact Mrs. Laufenberg at or (608) 943-6313 x1029.

Usborne Books & More will be back this fall at the November 6th and 7th conferences.

New catalog with new titles, and every purchase helps teachers earn books for classrooms!

Panther Pack Program For Iowa-Grant School Students

The opportunity to provide a few extra snacks or meals for young people on weekends and extended breaks is the intent of the Panther Pack Program. The Panther Pack Program is designed to send child-friendly food home to hungry children in 4K-8th grades who may be experiencing food shortages at home. If you are struggling and need assistance feeding your child(ren) on weekends, the volunteers and staff members would like to give your family the opportunity to participate in the Panther Pack Program. Before a weekend or break, a free bag of food will be discreetly placed in your child’s backpack for him or her to bring home and eat over the break.

Research suggests that adequate nutrition has a positive link for children’s learning capabilities. We encourage you to take advantage of this program for your family and your child.

Questions or concerns?

Please contact Robyn Oberfoell- OR

Delaney Orr-

First Grade Christmas Store

The IGEMS first graders will once again be sponsoring a CHRISTMAS STORE. This store allows all elementary students to buy two gifts for only 25 cents each. If you have any gently used items that you would like to donate to our store, we would gladly accept your donations.

Donations can be dropped off in the office of IGEMS. The Christmas Store will be open the week of December 9th.

Thank you for your generosity!

Britany Lynch, Molly Leibfried & Brenda Wasley

Box Tops For Education

Here is a quick tutorial on the new way for Box Tops more clipping & pasting. Check it out and thank you for your continued support so IGEMS can earn cash from Box Tops For Education!
Box Tops New App: Scan for your School

E-Cigarettes A Growing Concern

Please check out the E-Cigarette Fact Sheet below.

Child Development Day

Where: Iowa-Grant Elementary

When: Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Who: Any child in the district born between September 2015 and January 2017

The Iowa-Grant School District is holding a Child Development Day for any child in the district born between September 2015 and January 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for you to bring your child to school to check his/her preschool readiness skills. Through play we will explore colors, shapes, counting, and following directions. A speech therapist will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your child’s speech development and to assess whether there are any speech concerns.

If you would like to bring your child to the Child Development Day please call (608)943-6313 ext 0 to sign up!

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.