Iowa-Grant's Panther Press

FEBRUARY 2020 / IGSD NEWSLETTER

From the Office of Stephanie Hubbard:

IG Panthers,


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: igsdboardeducation@igs.k12.wi.us.


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 dhasburgh@igs.k12.wi.us 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: shubbard@igs.k12.wi.us

Employment Opportunities

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:


Kristin Spurley

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.


Renee Linscheid

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?

The IGSD is collecting some information to make a decision regarding possibly joining with Dodgeville and Mineral Point to offer gymnastics as a high school sport. Practices would take place at Dodgeville High School. The season would start around November 9th and the first meet is usually about a month later. There are generally about 9-10 matches per season and the state event is around March 8th or 9th. There would be about 3 events at Dodgeville and other events could be at Mount Horeb, Praire Du Chien, Southwestern, River Valley and Platteville. In order to get a sense of the level of interest in gymnastics, we will survey girls in 4th-11th grade directly. Parents or community members interested in weighing in are encouraged to respond to a similar survey here prior to February 10th.

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.

Meningitis Vaccine

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

2/1 9:00 AM Wrestling: JV @ River Ridge School District

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

Olivia Liddicoat
Olivia Liddicoat broke the All-Time Iowa-Grant Girls Basketball Scoring Record, topping Mary Bunker with 1370 points against North Crawford. On January 7th against Shullsburg, Olivia sealed the deal and broke the All-Time Iowa-Grant Scoring Record, topping Isaac Anderson with 1411 points. The I-G nation is all very proud of Olivia as she has done such a fantastic job representing I-G through the years. Olivia is humble, likeable, caring and thoughtful, and respectful in all settings. Congratulations Olivia Liddicoat on being the Iowa-Grant All-Time Basketball Leading Scorer.
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Academic Decathlon Competes at UW-Stevens Point

On Friday, January 10 the Iowa-Grant Academic Decathlon team competed at the Regional contest at UW-Stevens Point. The team placed 6th out of 10 teams, with six individual awards. Carter C. was 2nd place in interview, Colin S. was 3rd in interview and 2nd in speech, Sawyer D. was 3rd in math, Dalton S. was 3rd and math, and Sage S. was 1st in speech. Congratulations to these decathletes! 🐾

Way to Go Girls Basketball!

The Iowa-Grant Girls Basketball team presents a check to Rose Cutting of Aiming for Acceptance located in Fennimore. The Panthers raised over $1600 through a silent auction at their Autism Awareness night when they played Cuba City. The teams will come together for one more Autism Awareness event on Jan. 31st when Cuba City hosts Iowa-Grant.
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¡GRACIAS!

Mrs. Rolli would like to thank the IGHS staff, students and community for showing our guests from Costa Rica what it means to be a Panther! They were very impressed with our facilities and enjoyed the time they spent here at I-G. It was a memorable experience for all involved and we look forward to completing the exchange when we visit their school, Liceo Santa Gertrudis, in June. The hosts went out of their way to treat these guests as a part of the family. Your caring and kindness was appreciated! The relationships formed are sure to last a lifetime and we hope to continue this partnership. ¡Pura Vida!
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Booster's Donation

On behalf of the Iowa-Grant Track program, we would like to thank the Iowa-Grant Booster Club for their generous donation of $6500. The majority of the donation will go towards hurdles and a high jump pit. None of this could have happened without a committed IG community and Booster Club.

Thank you,

Coach Zimmer

Iowa-Grant Elementary/Middle School

IGEMS Events For FEBRUARY

02/03 - 3rd Grade Field Trip - Heritage Center

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

For many years, students and staff members at IGEMS have listened to the morning announcements over the school’s public address system. The announcements typically feature topics such as: what the school will be serving lunch, who is celebrating a birthday, students who were “caught doing good,” our most recent Reading Counts millionaires, upcoming school events, and reciting The Pledge of Allegiance. With the help of Mrs. Bast in the IMC and Mrs. Kennicker in the office, a team of 7th graders are delivering the announcements in a newscast format which is shown by the homeroom teachers at the start of each school day. The students who are involved in the project include: Lucas C., Lakyn H., Jacob P., Dawson R., and Carter R. They are using an iPad app called Touchcast Studio, a green screen, a teleprompter app, and a cool teleprompter made by Mrs. Dirks and Mr. Todd Prohaska to deliver the news to IGEMS. At this time, the news segments are prerecorded and are only shown internally at the school. We are excited about this opportunity for our students and look forward to seeing what the future holds for our school’s news broadcasts.

Missoula Theater

Iowa-Grant School District is pleased to announce our first summer theatre camp production of King Arthur’s Quest! Missoula Children’s Theatre production of King Arthur’s Quest will be in residency at the Iowa-Grant Elementary Middle School from July 27 through August 1st, 2020.


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.

Spelling Bee

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IGEMS recently held their annual Spelling Bee. The top six spellers in grades 5-8 participated. Our champion this year was eighth grade student, Rachel R. Rachel spelled the words accelerate & pamphlet correctly to be crowned our champion. Eighth grade student, Lilliana V., was the runner-up. Rachel & Lilliana competed in the sectional spelling bee on January 27th in Darlington. We are Panther proud of you!

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

HOMEWORK CLUB

@ Cobb Public Library

~ Tues - Wed - Thurs @ 4:00pm - 5:30pm

~ Drop-in Flexible Worktime

~ For 5th - 8th graders

~ Quiet safe place to work

~ FREE

~ No Registration Required

~ Call 623-2554 with ????


Because Kindness Matters

The PBIS team of teachers at IGEMS is promoting “The Great Kindness Challenge” to promote positivity and kindness at our school. In addition to performing a variety of kind deeds for others during the week of February 10-14, IGEMS will have the following dress up days: Monday (2/10)- Kindness is the PANTHER Way-wear Panther gear; Tuesday (2/11)- RAINBOW of kindness-wear the color assigned to your grade level; Wednesday (2/12)- CRAZY for kindness-wear crazy socks, hair, outfits, etc.; Thursday (2/13)- HATS off to Kindness- wear your favorite hat; Friday (2/14)- TIED together with kindness-wear a tie, dress formal, or wear red and pink. Visit The Great Kindness Challenge to learn more about creating a culture of kindness with kids!

Save the Date!

Buy One, Get One FREE Book Fair

at IGEMS April 7, 2020

More details to follow

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.