January 9, 2021
H-BC Secondary Families & Students:
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful winter break and found time to spend time with your families. One blessing from 2020 has been families being able to spend more time together whether it be old fashioned card/board games, winter activities or just simply staying at home. I recently read an article how ski hills, ice skating rinks and outdoor trails are busier than they ever have been with families trying to stay active, get outside and socially distance. As things hopefully get back to normal, I hope you continue to remember to take time to spend as a family and with your student(s).
As many of you know, winter sports season is here. We are excited that our student-athletes get the opportunity to play the sport they love… basketball! Varsity, junior varsity and junior high teams have had a successful start to practice. By next week, many of the teams will have had their first game. Please remember to download the HBC App for up to date schedules. Good luck HBC basketball teams!
Here are some pictures from the first week of 2021.
8th grade engineers are working on their bridge design unit. Groups of students have a limited amount of resources to create a bridge. The goal will be to see who can build the strongest bridge.
8th grade students play a math game in Algebra class to determine the slope.
Congratulations to Chase Bosch, Tory Knobloch, Tyson Bork and Gavin Wysong who made the 2020 Minnesota 9-Man All-State Football Team. Bork earned running back position; Wysong earned quarterback position; Bosch and Knobloch were honorable mention.
Our basketball teams were able to practice starting Monday, January 4th. Both teams have games next week and are eager to start competition. GREAT work Patriots!
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!
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…
Keep their mask above their noses
Having a mask that fits properly
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
A Patriot Blanket $35 Value
A Donut Party for their class
A Pizza Party for their class (won)
A $20 Visa Gift Card
Please send your student with a clean and properly fitting mask.
Early Dismissals Coming Up (New)
The following dates are the early dismissals scheduled for January. HBC Secondary will be dismissed at 12:30 PM on early dismissal days. The elementary will follow at 12:45 PM.
Thursday, January 14th - Early Dismissal
Friday, January 22nd - Early Dismissal
Other IMPORTANT DATES In January (New)
Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School is IN Session
End of Quarter 2/Semester 1 - Friday, January 22nd
No School for Students - Monday, January 25th - Teacher In-Service
Quarter 3 / Semester 2 Begins - Tuesday, January 26th
Is Your Student Failing a Class? - Students who are Failing MUST stay after for Early Dismissal (NEW) - THURSDAY, JANUARY 14th (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).
On Thursday, January 14th (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 11th.
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.
Deficiency Lists - Starting Quarter 3 (New)
As we stress the importance of academics and being well-rounded students, athletes and participants of co-curricular activities, please be reminded that we will begin our deficiency lists starting for Quarter 3. Students who are failing will be REQUIRED to stay after school during early releases to improve their grades.
The Deficiency List / Academic Eligibility is located in Section 9 of the Secondary Student Handbook (LINK).
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). Please be reminded that students MUST report for class or they will be marked ABSENT.
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.
Please email me or call if you have any questions.
Andrew Kellenberger, Principal
Phone- 507-962-3240 ext. 2101 or email email@example.com