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Secondary Bulletin 12-19-20
Secondary Bulletin 12-19-20
Andrew Kellenberger
Saturday, December 19, 2020

December 19, 2020

H-BC Secondary Families:

We are closing out 2020 and what a ride it has been!   Each school day and each activity is a moment to pause and be thankful we are still learning and growing together as a school community.   While many schools are distance learning, we are able to be together each day.  We are lucky to be Patriots!

Ms. Comp and Mr. Olson were even able to have the Winter Band and Choir Concert for our Jr. and Sr. High students.  Here are some pictures from the past week.   

Sr. High Choir directed by Ms. Comp.

Sr. High Drumline performs on Friday night.

Sr. High Concert Band directed by Mr. Olson.

On Monday night, our Jr. High Band and Choir students performed for the 2020 Winter Concert.

Congratulations to Gavin Wysong and Coach Rex Metzger for being recognized on the 2020 MN Vikings All-State Football Team. Gavin is one of 32 players recognized across the state! Coach Metzger was named Coach of the Year!  

 

DO NOT FORGET TO SCREEN YOUR STUDENT REMINDER: (Repeat)  Make sure to screen your child everyday, prior to coming to school!  Here is the link for Screener.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

MASKS (Repeat)

Please make sure to send your student with a clean or new mask each day.   To encourage our students to wear their masks properly.  Our staff is going to be handing out G.R.A.D. tickets to our students who are wearing their mask correctly for the next month.   Teachers will be looking for students who…

  1. Keep their mask above their noses

  2. Having a mask that fits properly

  3. Does not have to be reminded for the entire block period

At the end of each week, the students’ tickets will be collected and a winner will be drawn for one of the following prizes

  1. A Patriot Blanket $35 Value

  2. A Donut Party for their class

  3. A Pizza Party for their class (won)

  4. A $20 Visa Gift Card

Please send your student with a clean and properly fitting mask.  

Early Dismissals Coming Up (Repeat)

The following dates are the early dismissals scheduled for December.  HBC Secondary will be dismissed at 12:30 PM on early dismissal days.

Wednesday, December 23rd

 

Wednesday, January 6th

 

 

 

Is Your Student Failing a Class? - In January, Students who are Failing MUST stay after for Early Dismissal (NEW)

Parents and Students, 

Academic success is critical for graduation and giving students more opportunities after they leave HBC schools after they graduate.  If a student fails a class, your student will need to make up that course (called credit recovery) to earn the necessary credits to graduate.  Students who fail a class will typically make up the class the following school year.   If you are unsure how your student is progressing, please view JMC now to see if your student is passing all of their classes.  If you have questions, please reach out to your student(s)’ teacher(s).

Starting Wednesday, January 6th (Early Release), Jr. High and Sr. High students who are failing a class MUST stay after school during the early release (12:30 PM) to work with their teacher(s) to raise their grade to a passing score.  

If your student is failing, both students and parents will receive a notification letter that your student must stay after during each early release.   This letter will come early in the week of January 4th.  

Please make plans with your student so they can get the extra support they need from our teachers.  Again, please email or call your student(s)’s teacher(s) if you have any questions about your student(s)’ progress.

Missed the HBC Winter Concerts this Week?  View them on Channel 242 or Youtube (NEW)

Our band and choir students directed by Ms. Comp and Mr. Olson did a FANTASTIC job at our first ever virtual Winter Concerts this past week.  If you missed them LIVE, you can still view them online or on cable channel 242 (selected songs only).  

Channel 242 - The Sr. High Choir, Band and Drumline Concert is currently showing on Hills channel 242 

Youtube - Please visit our HBC Patriots Website Live Feed for Youtube Links for both concerts.  The Jr. High Winter Concert is viewable now.  The Sr. High Concert will be coming soon.  

 

Midterm Grades for Quarter 2 - Sent out on Wednesday, December 16 (Repeat)

Please be checking your emails on Wednesday, December 16th for your student(s)’ grades for midterm Quarter 2.  Please continue to follow-up with your student as they make progress throughout the school year.

 

E-Learning Days (Repeat)

E-learning days...if school is cancelled because of inclement weather or any other reason.   Here is the procedure for E-Learning Days (Link).  

Cold Weather and Dressing Appropriately (Repeat)

PLEASE make sure your student is prepared for the colder weather.  Students will be walking to their PE classes which are located at Hugo Goehle Gymnasium which is 6 blocks away if the conditions are NOT slippery or wet.   In most cases, students will walk and need to be dressed for the colder weather.

Great Holiday Gift Idea - Patriot Blanket (Repeat)

Just in time for the holidays, a blanket sale at H-BC. The PTO Patriot blankets are only $35 this holiday season.

The blankets are soft, large and wash well. They make a great present for the Patriot in your life. Starla and Brenda are helping us with contactless pickup at either the high school in Hills or the elementary school in Beaver Creek.

If you are interested in ordering one, please contact l.moore@isd671.net or message b.plimpton@isd671.net. Thanks for supporting our group!

The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) can Help (NEW)

Too many low-income Minnesotans have to choose between paying their energy bill and other necessities - food, medicine and healthcare. Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program offers eligible residents help to pay their energy bills so they do not have to choose between life’s necessities. Spread the word.

Energy Assistance Program (EAP) facts

1. Renters & homeowners are eligible.

2. Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.

3. Grants range from $300 to $1,600, based on household size, income, and fuel cost.

4. The average grant is about $550.

5.  In addition to the initial grant, additional Crisis funds are available to: Help pay a past due bill or get an emergency fuel delivery.  Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced.

How to apply for EAP

1. Households contact their local EAP service provider to apply for EAP.

2.  Households find their EAP provider:

-        By calling 1-800-657-3710 & entering their zip code, or

-        On this list of service providers by county or tribe at https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/eap-provider.jsp.

29 local EAP service providers including Community Action Programs, counties, tribal governments and non-profits serve all areas of the state.

Find general EAP information at https://mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp 

 

Looking ahead

No School December 24-January 1--School Resumes on Monday, January 4

Please email me or call if you have any questions.  I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Andrew Kellenberger, Principal

Phone- 507-962-3240 or email a.kellenberger@isd671.net