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Secondary Bulletin 5-22-21
Secondary Bulletin 5-22-21
Andrew Kellenberger
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Things are busy, but the 20-21 School Year will conclude on June 2nd (half day for 6-11 graders).  Thank you for your continued support and efforts to keep our students in school and learning.   Here are some pictures from this past week.

The HBC FFA had their Banquet at the Steen Reformed Church on Wednesday.  Good luck NEW officers. 

The HBC Boys were named Red Rock Conference Champions on Thursday.

Ms. Wysong’s Algebra II students engineer pasta bridges.  This project is a S.T.E.M. project which requires science, technology, engineering and math.  What a fun way to end school year!

The HBC Music Department performed for the Spring Concert on Friday night.  The Choir, Jazz Band, Band and Drumline, directed by Ms. Comp and Mr. Olson, did a wonderful job.   

 

Senior Spotlight

This senior class is going to be missed, but we know the world will be a better place once they leave our doors. Good Luck Seniors!  My how they’ve grown!  Here's the Senior Spotlight!

Masks (New)

There have been many questions about masks after Governor Walz’s most recent Executive Order. As a Minnesota Public School, we will continue to wear masks till the end of this school year. Below is a letter from our Education Commissioner Dr. Heather Mueller.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Important Dates Coming Up (New)

May 23rd - Senior Baccalaureate Ceremony - 2-3PM - Commons

May 24th - HBC Sports Awards - Gymnasium

May 25th - Senior Breakfast by PBIS Team (7:45 - 8:30 AM)

May 26th - Last Day for Seniors -  6-7PM 

May 27th - Class of 2021 Commencement Practice with Band 1:40 PM

May 28th - Class of 2021 Graduation - 7 PM 

May 31st - No School

June 1st - 8th Grade Science Field Trip to Blue Mound State Park

June 2nd - Last Day of School for K-11 (half-day)

 

HBC Sports Awards Night - Monday, May 24th - 6 PM (Repeat)

Please mark your calendars if your student athlete played a varsity sport. The HBC Sports Awards Night is scheduled for Monday, May 24th - 6 PM. Due to COVID, we will NOT be serving a meal. Two spectators per athlete are welcome to attend.

Senior Graduation Set - Friday, May 28th - 7:00 PM (Repeat)

Our Graduation for the Class of 2021 will be on Friday, May 28th at 7:00 PM in the HBC New Gymnasium. Congratulations Class of 2021!  We are allowing 500 spectators for this event and will be using both sets of bleachers in the Secondary Gymnasium.   

 

Please Return HBC Library Books (New)

Library books were due on Friday, May 21st.  Please have your student return school library books if they have not done so already.  

 

21-22 Registration for Classes (New)

Current 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders will be registering for 21-22 school year classes this next week.  Students will be be discussing graduating credits with Guidance Counselor, Mr. Ellingson, and filling out a Google form to register for next year’s classes.  Please have a conversation with your student about the classes they chose.

New Class Offerings for 21-22:

  • DIY Design Studio (Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores) - This class taught by Ms. Anderson will focus on design principles, budgeting, safety, and completion of projects in the wood or metals shop. Students will create their own “smaller” projects to take home. Projects will focus on design, price point and usefulness.

  • Intro to Medical Careers & Internship (Seniors and Juniors - 3 college credits) - This class is located in Luverne at MN West Campus and meets Tuesday and Thursday. This course will provide students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of career options, provide basic knowledge and skills, and develop an awareness of workplace expectations. Students will participate in in-depth study and exposure to medical/health science careers, and learn about career planning in the healthcare field, employability skills, basic terminology, ethics, wellness, disease and safety.

Next Year 2021-2022 School Year - Modified Block Schedule with Advisory (Repeat from May Newsletter)

COVID has also allowed our staff to look at our schedule differently.  Block scheduling (90 minute periods) has numerous benefits and also some drawbacks.  One complaint about traditional schedules (45 minutes classes for 8 periods in one day) is that it creates short, fragmented class periods which creates confusion and work overload for students and teachers (some students will have 8 different classes during a single day).   The block schedule allows students and teachers to have only 4 classes each day and to go more in-depth for a longer period of time with more time for 1:1 or small group support.  

Here are some of the results from the student, teacher and parent schedule survey.  

-88% of students feel more successful in a Block Schedule.

-94% of students feel teachers are able to spend more 1:1 time with them in a Block Schedule.

-87% of students feel it is easier to stay organized in a Block Schedule vs. Traditional Schedule.

-67% of parents prefer the Block Schedule vs 24% of parents prefer a Traditional Schedule.

-60% of teachers prefer the Block Schedule.

-60% of teachers feel they are able to go more in-depth with content in a Block Schedule.

-85% of teachers feel advisory (academic check, independent reading, community building, social-emotional learning, current event reading) is valuable.

For the 2021-2022 School Year, HBC Secondary’s schedule will be a Modified Block Schedule which means the majority of the classes will be 90 minute blocks.  However, some classes including PE, Health, Study Skills, Music, Band and some study halls will be 45 minute period classes within a block.   There will also be an IMPROVED advisory program which focuses on weekly academic checks, reading, community/positive school culture and getting 1:1 support for extra help. 

Spring Sports Seasons Starting (Repeat)

Track Season and Golf Season is winding down!  Please make sure to view the upcoming meets by visiting the HBC Website or HBC App.  

 

Summer Rec Calendars (Repeat)

The 10U, 12U & 14U Softball and Baseball schedules & information are posted to our hbc.patriots.com website.  They are located under: Menu, Parent Information, Summer Recreation.

Summer Speed Training for Students in Grades 5th - 12th (Repeat)

Students who are wanting to prepare for a fall/winter/spring sports or just stay in shape should register for Summer Training.   Please click the following Link to or see registration form below.

 

 

 

 

 

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