Iowa-Grant's Panther Press
FEBRUARY 2020 / IGSD NEWSLETTER
From the Office of Stephanie Hubbard:
I knew that community engagement was a priority in Iowa-Grant from the number of individuals involved in my interviews when I was hired. The School Board and staff have shown that community engagement is a priority in many ways since.
The School Board has a goal "to maximize transparent communication by providing meaningful feedback and input opportunities toward continuous improvement efforts in order to strengthen family, school, and community partnerships." This is evidenced by this monthly publication and opportunities the Board has arranged for community members to use IG facilities. We also seek community input via surveys and feedback to myself or Board members. Specific Board member contact information can be found on our website or one can reach all Board members by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At a recent Leadership meeting, teachers rattled off a lengthy list of community engagement opportunities and it felt like they would have probably come up with more if they had more time. Here is the list that Leadership came up with: family fun nights, plays, musicals, sporting events, toy drive, holiday adopt a family, panther packs, holiday projects, dental services, Lions Club vision screening, cancer coalition silent auction, and blood drives. We also invite the community to use our facilities for youth activities and adults who want to walk or work out where the climate is controlled.
Following is a little more information on some of the opportunities for community members to enhance their lives by coming to IG.
Free Admissions: Athletic passes for local events are provided to employees and their spouses, board members and their spouses and senior citizens over age 65. (Conference, sectional, and state games are not included with these passes.) Call Alisha Pelton at 608-943-6311 extension 2054 or stop into the high school office for passes.
Walking: Are you finding that it is too cold or slippery outside to walk? Walkers are welcome to use IGEMs hallways at times students are not present. There isn't a charge! Call Danielle Hasburgh at 608-943-6311 extension 1054 for details about walking.
Fitness Room: The Iowa-Grant School District offers the general public access to our fitness center at IGEMS. A modest yearly fee of $20 will be used to help maintain the equipment. Since we want everyone to be safe and have an enjoyable experience there is a waiver that must be signed that spells out the expectations and terms. Please contact Danielle Hasburgh at 608-943-6311 extension 1054 or email@example.com for more information.
We hope that this monthly newsletter helps community members feel connected to the schools. In order to continue to reach more of our greater communities, we are open to your suggestions. My contact information is below.
Stephanie Hubbard, Superintendent, Iowa Grant School District
Office: 608-943-6311 ext 3018 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Iowa-Grant School District is currently seeking individuals interested in substitute teaching, coaching, and/or custodial positions that have a strong set of ethics. We are currently seeking:
Substitutes for Teachers
Substitute for PM Custodians
Substitutes for Cooks
Substitute Classroom Teacher Assistants
High School Head Golf Coach
Warco is hiring Bus Drivers for IG bus routes or subs (608)943-6781
Please check out our website (igs.k12.wi.us) or contact Cathy Kohlenberg (CKohlenberg@igs.k12.wi.us or 608-943-6311 ext 3014) for more information.
Let’s Hear it From the Board
This will be a platform for School Board members to share some of the highlights from around the District. Here is what was submitted for the February edition:
Shout-out to our top-notch teachers. I’ve enjoyed reading about Wisconsin’s Teacher Of the Year winners and must say - I see the characteristics they exhibit reflected right here. We’re so lucky to have student-first educators who pour themselves into their every day. Special shout-out to teachers who are also coaches and mentors. Forensics to FFA, sports to Student Council - each of you are remarkable humans with incredible gifts. Thank you for sharing them with our kids.
Que Chiva, Ms. Rolli! Her work at bringing the wonderful cultural exchange to Iowa-Grant deserves our thanks. As the English teachers from Costa Rica who were staying with us said, “She speaks Spanish like a native.” You opened our eyes to the world beyond our borders.
Great things continue to happen at IG and everyone should continue showing their pride and excitement. It was an honor to watch the SWAL Honors Band concerts, a few weeks ago. The IG participants, both from the Middle and High Schools, did a fabulous job. It was amazing to witness the results of bringing all the different schools together for 2 days of practice. Your hard work and dedication truly paid off. Congratulations to our Middle School and High School Honors Choir participants as well!
A shout out to Mr. Larson and Mr. Boland for a successful LNP program last week. Thank you for all your efforts to provide this program for our students and thanks to all staff members that helped support this as well.
Finally, thank you to the families that hosted students/teachers, from the Costa Rican exchange. A lot of positive feedback has been received about the experience. Thank you for providing such a wonderful experience to the guests and making Iowa Grant a welcoming environment.
Continue being Panther Proud!
School Counselors Celebrate During National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3–7, 2020
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 3–7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who “implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century,”
Gymnastics for IGHS Girls?
Vietnam War Remembrance Wall at Iowa-Grant High School
Mr. Ron Haas, former social studies teacher and IGEA Foundation member, has set up the Vietnam War Remembrance Wall at the high school. The display will be taken down on Monday, February 3rd. The Wall includes pictures of Wisconsin soldiers who died during the Vietnam War, their hometowns, home counties, and their years. We encourage all students, staff, and community members to visit the Wall in the upper mall at the high school.
We are aware of two former Iowa-Grant graduates on the wall - David Bendorf Class of '64 and Gary Peat Class of '68.
This plaque is located at IGHS.
It is on the wall by the main entrance doors. It says: U.S. Marine Corps, Semper Fidells, In Memory, L CPL David Bendorf, Vietnam- May 20, '67, Hostile enemy fire, Class of 61
David G Bendorf
Gary L Peat
Meningitis is a serious infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord. This infection can be treated with antibiotics, however, many people who get this disease die and many are affected for life. This vaccine is highly recommended for adolescents 11-18 years of age. This vaccine is important for people at highest risk, mainly college freshmen living in dormitories. Many colleges and vocational schools require or strongly encourage this vaccine.
Two doses are recommended: the first dose at age 11 or 12 and then a booster dose at age 16. If the first dose is given after the 16th birthday, a booster is not needed.
This vaccine is available at your doctor’s office for those with medical insurance. It is available at the Iowa County Health Department for those who are uninsured or who have BadgerCare. To make an appointment to the vaccine there, please call 930-9870. It is also available at the Grant County Health Department, Lancaster, 8:00-4:30, Monday-Friday, no appointment needed.
Iowa-Grant High School
IGHS EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY
2/4 6:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Mineral Point (Away)
2/4 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Mineral Point (Away)
2/6 6:00 PM Girls JV Reserve Basketball vs Kickapoo (Away)
2/6 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Riverdale (Away)
2/6 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Riverdale (Away)
2/7 2:00 PM Early Release
2/7 4:30 PM Boys JV Reserve Game vs River Ridge (Home)
2/7 6:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Riverdale (Home)
2/7 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Riverdale (Home)
2/8 9:30 AM Wrestling: Varsity Meet @ Mineral Point
2/10 6:30 PM Board Meeting
2/11 4:45 PM Girls JV Reserve Basketball vs Barneveld (Home)
2/11 6:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Lancaster (Away)
2/11 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Boscobel (Home)
2/11 7:15 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Lancaster (Away)
2/11 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Boscobel (Home)
2/13 4:30 PM Girls JV Reserve Basketball vs Cuba City (Home)
2/13 6:00 PM Boys JV vs Southwestern (Home)
2/13 7:30 PM Boys Varsity vs Southwestern (Home)
2/14 Tri-State Band Festival
2/14 2:00 PM Early Release
2/14 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Mineral Point (Home)
2/14 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Mineral Point (Home)
2/15 Tri-State Band Festival
2/15 Wrestling Regionals
2/16 National FFA Week
2/17 National FFA Week
2/17 Forensics-Sub-District @ Highland
2/17 6:00 PM Music Parents' Meeting (IGHS Band Room)
2/18 National FFA Week
2/18 6:00 Boys JV Basketball vs Argyle (Away)
2/18 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball vs Argyle (Away)
2/18 Team Wrestling Sectionals
2/19 National FFA Week
2/20 National FFA Week
2/20 6:00 PM Girls JV Basketball vs Fennimore (Home)
2/20 7:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs Fennimore (Home)
2/21 National FFA Week
2/21 Progress Reports Sent Home
2/21 2:00 PM Early Release
2/21 6:00 Boys JV Basketball vs Boscobel (Away)
2/21 7:30 PM Boys Varsity vs Boscobel (Away)
2/22 National FFA Week
2/22 10:00 AM Wrestling: Varsity Game @ Westby High School
2/25 Girls Basketball Regionals
2/27 6:00 PM Boys JV Basketball vs Fennimore (Home)
2/27 7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball (Home)
2/28 No School - Vacation Day
2/28 Girls Basketball Regionals
2/29 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM Music Parents' Pasty Making
2/29 Girls Basketball Regionals
Academic Decathlon Competes at UW-Stevens Point
Way to Go Girls Basketball!
Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School
IGEMS Events For FEBRUARY
02/04 - 4:00pm Girls Jr High Basketball Game vs. Platteville (Home)
02/06 - 4:00pm Girls Jr High Basketball Game vs. Darlington (Away)
02/10 - 4K Screening
02/11 - 4K Screening
02/11 - 4:00 Girls Jr High Basketball Game vs. Dodgeville (Away)
02/11 - 4:00 Jr High Wrestling Invitational @ Mineral Point
02/13 - 4:00 Jr High Wrestling Invitational @ Darlington
02/20 - 4:00 Jr High Wrestling Invitational @ Lancaster
02/20 - 4:00 Girls Jr High Basketball Game vs. Mineral Point (Home)
02/25 - 4:00 Girls Jr High Basketball Game vs. Cuba City (Home)
02/28 - NO SCHOOL - VACATION DAY
4K and 5th Grade Students
PARENTS OF 4K AND 5TH GRADE STUDENTS
A note was recently sent home with those 4K students who need the required immunizations before school starts in the fall.
Current 5th grade students must receive a Tdap, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) immunization before they enter 6th grade.
Students with health insurance will need to have their immunizations done by their primary health care provider/clinic. Those who are uninsured or have Badgercare may get theirs at the Iowa or Grant County health department, free of charge.
New Format for IGEMS Announcements
Auditions will be held at the cafeteria on Monday, July 27 from 8:30 am until 12:30. Your child should arrive at 8:00 am and plan to stay until 12:30. Mrs. Sander and Mrs. Rolli will offer King Arthur themed activities for those students who are not required at the rehearsal. A detailed schedule of when your child will need to be here for rehearsals will be handed out on the 27th. You are welcome to stay for the audition portion if you would like but it needs to be quiet so you should make other arrangements for younger siblings. As you arrive on the 27th, you will check your child in at the table. Each child should pack a light lunch/snack and drink to have at our snack break in the morning.
We need an adult to pick up your child and check out with us at the cafeteria doors each day of rehearsal. We will require that someone comes into the building to check the child out as we want to keep everyone safe!
The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props, and makeup. MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals from 8 am to 12:30 pm each day for the remainder of the week.
King Arthur’s Quest will be presented on Friday, July 31st at 7:00 pm and Saturday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. at the school. The Missoula Children’s Tickets to the shows are $5 and available at the school the week of the show.
Remember that your child will need to be available for the entire week of rehearsals and performances. Attendance is mandatory and missing will result in them losing their role. We are looking forward to a wonderful summer of fun, excitement and drama on the high seas!
We look forward to working with you and your child. If you have any questions please direct them to Tricia Sander 943-6313 EXT. 1043.
Registration was held on January 22nd, but if your child/children are still interested please contact Tricia Sander. Children going into 1st grade through 12th grade are able to be in the production. The cost of registration is $40.00 per child and must be paid at the time of registration. Checks payable to Iowa-Grant Theater Club.
4-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration
When: Feburary 10th from 10:00am-6:00pm & February 11th from 8:00am-12:00pm
Where: Iowa-Grant Elementary School
Who: Any child that will turn 4 on or before September 1, 2020 should come and register for 4-Year-Old Kindergarten
Why: To receive information for your young child and to register for 4-Year-Old Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.
You will need to fill out and complete paperwork and bring your child's birth certificate with you to your screening appointment.
The 4K teachers will spend about 45 minutes with your child assessing their developmental milestones while you get a chance to view a slideshow telling you all about Iowa Grant's 4-Year -Old Kindergarten program.
Please call Christi at 943-6313 extension 0 to make an appointment to bring your child to this annual community event. Appointment times fill up fast so be sure to call soon! Ideally appointments will be made before February 1st. This is an opportunity to visit with Iowa-Grant teachers and for your child to have a positive first experience at school. The teachers will work with your child to get to know them a bit through a developmental screening.
2nd Grade Grandparents Day
You are Invited
Attention all Grandparents of IGEMS 2nd Graders!
What: IGEMS Grandparents Day
When: April 17, 2020 ~ 9:30-11:00
Where: IGEMS Cafeteria
Look for more details to arrive home with your 2nd grader!
Your 2nd Grade Teachers:
Mrs. Fitzsimons, Mrs. Pierick, and Mrs. Peat
After-School Homework Club @ Your Library
@ Cobb Public Library
~ Tues - Wed - Thurs @ 4:00pm - 5:30pm
~ Drop-in Flexible Worktime
~ For 5th - 8th graders
~ Quiet safe place to work
~ No Registration Required
~ Call 623-2554 with ????
Because Kindness Matters
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.