H-BC Secondary Families:

Another GREAT week at HBC Secondary!  Please follow us on Facebook - @hbcpatriots1

This is a great way to see all the amazing happenings at HBC Public Schools!

HBC OPERATING Referendum (New):  Make sure to be informed of the upcoming Operating Referendum Election set for Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 8 am until 8 pm.   Voting locations:  Beaver Creek City Hall and Hills Legion.  Here is more information.  It is important you vote on this important matter!  Please contact Mr. Holthaus with any questions 


SUNDAY BREAKFAST (New) - H-BC Students involved in the Southwest Minnesota CEO program, invite you to the CEO FALL BREAKFAST BASH - this Sunday, October 17th, 9:30am - 1:00pm at Take 16 Event Center in Luverne.   Adults $8, Children $5.  See Flyer Below)

Important Dates Ahead:

  • Wear Orange - Wednesday, October 20 - Unity Day (see below)

  • PINK-OUT Day & Game - Thursday, October 21

  • No School - Friday, October 22 (MEA/Education Minnesota Break)

  • Early Dismissal at Secondary 12:30 PM - Friday, November 5

  • End of 1st Quarter - Friday, November 5

  • Begin 2nd Quarter - Monday, November 8

  • Veterans Day Program at the Jr/Sr High School in Hills - Wednesday, November 11

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - Tuesday, November 16

  • Early Dismissal at Secondary 12:30PM - Wednesday, November 24

  • No School - Thursday & Friday, November 25 & 26

Orange Out- Wednesday, October 20th - Bully Prevention Month (New)


The H-BC Volleyball Team is having a PINK OUT Thurs., Oct. 21 to support Breast Cancer awareness!  Wear PINK and wear your PINK OUT T-shirts!   Benefit to those impacted by Breast Cancer.

SCREENER - Also a friendly reminder to continue to SCREEN your students daily.  (Repeat)

School Lunch (New) -- With current food availability our menus do change.  Our Food Service Director does keep the menu on the H-BC App current-    Remember to refer to the App and not the newsletter for the most current menu.

All School Assembly - Cory Greenwood - Your Story Matters / Tackling Tough Subjects and Inspiring Healthy Conversations - Monday, October 11th (Repeat)

All 6th - 12th Grade Students participated in an all-school assembly on Monday, October 11th.  The assembly was about the following: 1. Find positive mentors 2. Engage in Healthy conversations with others about life 3. Being resilient through tough times (adversity) 4. Focus on solutions instead of problems 5. Appreciate others in their life 6. Make positive decisions

Cory Greenwood travels the country to talk about an inspiring message for teenagers as they navigate through the ‘tough issues’ of being a teenager.  For more information, please click this LINK to continue the conversation with your student(s).

MCA III / NWEA-MAP Growth Reports Mailed Home Next Week (Repeat)!

HBC Secondary will be mailing your student(s)’ results home next week.   As you know, the students take standardized tests each year to check their progress and proficiency in various subject areas including Reading, Math and Science.   Here are the following assessments and purposes.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA III) - The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments Series III (MCA- III's) are reading, mathematics, writing and science tests that help schools and districts measure student progress toward the state's academic standards.  The assessment will tell if a student is Does Not Proficiency, Partially Proficiency, Meets Proficiency or Exceeds Proficiency with grade-level standards.

NWEA/MAP Assessment - The NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association)- is the educational non-profit organization responsible for the MAP assessment. MAP, which stands for Measures of Academic Progress, refers to tests given multiple times throughout a school year to measure your student's growth in a variety of subjects including reading and math.   The assessment will show the student(s)’ growth and percentile for reading and math versus national peers.

The following Grade Levels take the following assessments.

6th Grade - Reading MCA, Math MCA, Reading NWEA, Math NWEA

7th Grade - Reading MCA, Math MCA, Reading NWEA, Math NWEA

8th Grade - Reading MCA, Math MCA, Science MCA, Reading NWEA, Math NWEA

9th Grade - None

10th Grade - Reading MCA, Science MCA

11th Grade - Math MCA

12th Grade - None

If you would like more information about Interpreting the MCAs, please click this LINK

If you would like more information about interpreting the NWEA/MAPs, please click this LINK.

Wanted: Substitute Teachers & Substitute Para-Professionals (Repeat)

H-BC is seeking qualified, professional Substitute Teachers & Paraprofessionals to join our team!  Substituting allows for a very flexible work schedule.  You choose the days you are interested in working.  Substitutes work on a daily/temporary basis as a replacement for a full time staff member.  A background check is submitted on all employees.


Substitute Teachers – $140 full day/$75 half day.  Individuals must hold a bachelor’s degree and a minnesota teachers license.  If no teachers license, a four-year degree and short-call license from the Minnesota Department of Education is required.  We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.


Paraprofessional Substitutes - Our substitute Paraprofessionals work in the classroom under a licensed teacher.  Responsibilities may include one-to-one student guidance or assisting with classroom, lunchroom, and recess duties.


To learn more,  please call  Superintendent Todd Holthaus – 507-673-2541 ext 1102.

Look at Student(s)’ Grades, Progress, Attendance, Lunch Bill, ETC on JMC App - Smart Phone (Repeat)


Order FFA Shirt and Support HBC FFA (Repeat)

Students, Parents and Community Members, Please support our HBC FFA by purchasing an HBC FFA shirt. Orders are due Fri., Oct. 15th. Please bring exact change or a check (payable to HBC FFA) to Starla in Hills or pay when your items arrive. Cost: $15-30 depending on style. #HBCFFA

Attention 6th Grade Volleyball Players - VOLLEYBALL CAMP (Repeat)

Grades 1-6 Volleyball Camp Registration is complete.  Please Note: The Saturday Camp dates are October 23, October 30 and November 6th.   This is a change from the original schedule.

Deficiency Lists for 1st 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 1.

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. 

The picture below shows the different levels of the Deficiency List.  


Varsity Football and Volleyball Updates (Repeat)

For the most updated information about sporting events, please download the HBC App or the HBC School Website

ACTION NEEDED: (Repeat)  It is important that families, if you haven’t done so already,  fill out the free and reduced lunch applications otherwise known as “Application for Educational Benefits”.  Registration link found here:


AM BUS CHANGES--For morning bus changes please call or text the bus line--make sure to identify your student and the bus number they are riding:  507-962-3240 Ext. 4.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED ON BUSSES (Repeat):  As you know, students need to wear a masks on the school bus.  We need your assistance.  Please have your child prepared with their mask in the AM and PM bus route.  The district’s supply of Masks is quickly dwindling.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!



Student Flu Consent Form and LINK (New)


Please reach out to me if you have any needs.  Phone- 507-962-3240 or email