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HBC Secondary Bulletin 3/26/21
HBC Secondary Bulletin 3/26/21
Andrew Kellenberger
Friday, March 26, 2021

Today is the last day of the 3rd Quarter.    Please make sure you are checking your student(s)’ JMC to look at their grades.  Each week, students take one advisory period (called Academic Check) to look at their grades and create a goal for the following week.   All parents can also look at their student(s)’ grades on JMC (JMC Parent LINK).  If you forgot your username or password, please call the Secondary School Office at 962-3240.  

If your student does have a Failing Grade, they have until April 9th to raise their grade to passing.

Parent Schedule Survey Sent Friday, March 26th - Check email (New)

Parents, please check your email for an email about 21-22 Schedule Survey - Parents.  This survey will allow you to give your input for the 21-22 Secondary Schedule.   As you may know, the Secondary changed the schedule significantly this past year due to COVID.   There were some benefits to the new BLOCK schedule and some drawbacks.   We also added an advisory period this year to offset lunches.  

Here is a short description of both Block / Traditional Schedules and Advisory.

The H-BC Secondary Schedule Task Force Team would love your input on our schedule for the 21-22 school year.  Due to COVID restrictions, the Secondary went to a Block Schedule (84 minute classes which met every other day - Red/Blue Day).  In a traditional schedule, students meet in 8 classes for 45 minutes. 

Also during the past year, we also incorporated Advisory Time each day which allowed students to independently read for 10 minutes each day and the other 20 minutes were devoted to: Patriot Life (Goal Setting, Mental Health, Anti-Bullying Activities), G.R.A.D. Day (Community Building and School-wide positive expectations), FREE Choice Reading, Informational Text/Current Events Reading and also Weekly Academic Check (students check grades and create a weekly goal). 

Obviously, there are pros/cons to both schedules and advisory times.  Please complete the following survey by Friday, April 2nd.  We would love your input for the schedule.  The survey should take less than 5 minutes.  

ACT on Tuesday, March 30th - All Juniors Be ON TIME Tuesday (Repeat)

 

 

On Tuesday, March 30th, all HBC Juniors will be taking the ACT Assessment.  The ACT is a standardized test for post-secondary/college admissions.  The cost of this test is FREE and all students will have the opportunity to take the test to help them decide their next steps after high school.  All juniors are registered to take the ACT on the morning of Tuesday, March 30th.   Juniors will take the ACT at HBC Secondary.  

 

Starting Monday, February 22nd, our Juniors will begin ACT prep - On to College in their advisory classes which will benefit them greatly if they take this prep time seriously.   Please encourage your Junior student to start preparing now by having their grades up, and making sure they use their advisory time wisely.  Students are encouraged to practice and prepare during advisory and at home to prepare for March 30th.

 

Junior students also signed up for their MyAct.org account.   Students can take practice ACT tests for each subject to prepare for the March 30th assessment.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the school.

 

Spring Sports Seasons Starting (Repeat)

Track Season starts March 29th

Golf Season starts March 30th

Order HBC Secondary Yearbook - $45 (Repeat)

Don't miss out on the Early Bird Offer and save $5.00!  If you order by March 19, you will get your yearbook for $40.00 (plus tax), after March 19, the price will go up to $45.00 (plus tax).  The yearbook staff has been working hard to complete this year's book.  It will be a yearbook like you have never seen before!  We are excited for the results and to share it with you!  Return this order form with the correct amount (please include the tax in your payment) by March 19 to save $5.00!  Order forms are in the commons and office.

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!

 Early Dismissals and Important Dates (New)

The following dates are the early dismissals scheduled for March and April.  HBC Secondary will be dismissed at 12:30 PM on early dismissal days.  The elementary will follow at 12:45 PM. *Early Dismissals are for students who have a failing grade, students who are on the deficiency list and for students who need any extra 1:1 support from their teacher.  

 

Friday, March 26 - End of 3rd Quarter

Monday, March 29 - No School for Students

Tuesday, March 30 - 4th Quarter Begins

April 1 - 5 - NO School

Wednesday, April 14 - Early Dismissal

Friday, April 23 - Early Dismissal

Thursday, April 29 - Early Dismissal

 

NEW SIS Phone Number (New)

 

Effective immediately, when you receive a phone call or text from the HBC School District you will see a new number associated with the call or text. Please add this number to your contacts--it is the Hills-Beaver Creek Student Information System--833-910-3297.  Thank you!

 

Driver’s Education Starting Monday, March 22nd (Repeat)

 

 

Driver’s Education Course will be starting on Monday, March 22nd.  The class will mostly be held after school for a duration of three weeks ending on April 7th.  The class is a total of 30 hours of coursework.  The cost of the course is $340.00 and will be due before you attend the first class on Monday, March 22nd.  Letters with more information were sent out on Tuesday, 2/16 for those students/families who signed up. 

 

HBC Prom Update for Juniors and Seniors (Repeat)

 

Juniors, Seniors and Parents,

 

Due to regulations set forth by the MDE and MDH, Hills - Beaver Creek Public Schools has decided not to host a HBC Prom 2021 this school year.  Our goal for this school year has always been to keep our students and staff safe, to keep our students learning in-person and create as much of a 'normal' educational experience as possible.  Due to the regulations, we do not feel we can accomplish our goals and host a prom for this school year.    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the secondary office. 

 

Deficiency Lists for 3rd Quarter- (Repeat)

As we emphasize the importance of academics and being well-rounded students, athletes and participants of co-curricular activities, please be reminded that we began 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).  

This slide explains the different levels of deficiencies.  Parents and students will receive an emailed letter notifying them if their student is on the deficiency list.  Please continue to support your student who may be struggling with completing school work.  

 

MCAs starting April 13th

MCA tests are also coming up in mid-April.  Students will be practicing with some test taking strategies in the classroom leading up to the exam, specifically pointing out some of the procedurally tricky aspects of navigating the online test system.  For more practice at home, search Minnesota MCA Item Samplers or click this LINK.  

Students in grades 6th (reading & math), 7th (reading and math), 8 (reading, math & science), 10 (reading & science) and 11th(math) will be taking the MCA Assessments.  Here is the LINK to the HBC Assessment Calendar and the Important Dates this month.  Please make sure your student is at school on time, well rested and had breakfast.  Encourage your student to do the best they can.  

April 13 & 14th - MCA Reading for Grades 6,7,8 and 10th

April 20 & 21st - MCA Math for Grades 6,7,8 and 11th

April 27th - MCA Science for Grades 8 and 10th

Good luck students!

HBC Spring Season - HBC App, Facebook & Twitter (Repeat)

There are a number of golf and track meets coming up this spring.  Please download the HBC App today for up to date schedules and scores.   You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for information and changes.   Thank you for supporting HBC Athletics.

Unpredictable Spring 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 a.kellenberger@isd671.net