H-BC Secondary Families:

We had a great week at HBC Secondary!

We started the week with a ‘Bring Your Tractor to School’ Tractor Parade on Monday.   About 15 Tractors made it to HBC Secondary.  The nicer weather made it a great opportunity for a school parade.   Student drivers were able to drive to the school, down Hills Main Street and to the Tuff Home on Monday afternoon.  

Congratulations to our HBC Music Department students who participated in the SDSU Honor Band this past weekend and our Jr. High students who participated in the Brandon Festival of Music.  

Thank you HBC Girls Basketball for a successful season!  We loved the energy and enthusiasm you brought to each game.  Here is a picture of the Varsity Team at a pepfest of Tuesday afternoon. 

Good luck to our HBC Boys Basketball team as they play their first postseason Red Rock Conference game on Saturday, March 5th in Worthington.  Here is a link to the tournament bracket with times/dates. LINK

Here is the link to the March Newsletter if you missed it.  LINK

 Wellness and Well Being (Repeat) 

Please continue to pay close attention to your student’s health and symptoms daily.  Use the screener that is listed below and when in doubt call the school office with questions.  This is also a great time to remind your student(s) about good hygiene/health - washing hands regularly, proper way to sneeze and cough, getting good rest and drinking plenty of water.  

SCREENER - Continue to SCREEN your students daily.  


Stay Updated (Repeat)

Please follow us on Facebook - @hbcpatriots1 or Twitter - @hbcpatriots

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

Important Dates Ahead (New)

  • Friday, March 18 - 8-11PM Jr. High Formal (see details below)

  • Wednesday, March 23 - Last Day of 3rd Quarter

  • Friday, March 25 - No School for Students (Staff Workshop Day)

  • Friday, March 25 - 7 - 8:30 PM HBC Roller Skating Party at Beaver Creek Gym (Grades 6-8) - See Details Below

  • Friday, April 1 - HBC Secondary Spring Play (see details below)

  • Sunday, April 3 - HBC Secondary Spring Play (see details below)

Jr. High Winter Formal - Friday, March 18 - 8 - 11 PM (New)

HBC Rollerskating Party - March 25th 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Beaver Creek Gym (New)

HBC Secondary Theater Department Spring Play - The Crazy Quilt Club - April 1 and 3 (New)

Please mark your calendars and join the HBC Theater Department for the spring plays.  Join us Friday evening, April 1st at 7 PM or Sunday afternoon, April 3rd at 2 PM.   Location: Hills Secondary

Driver’s Education (Class Full) Starting Monday, February 28th (Repeat)



Driver’s Education Course started on Monday, February 28th.  Here is a LINK to the Letter sent home to students who signed up. Note: The class is full with 36 students.  Students with later birthdays will be put on the spring 2023 list.  Here are the dates and times for class for those 36 students who signed up.  



  • Monday, 2/28/22 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm   *** Last Home Boys BB Game @ 6 PM

  • Tuesday, 3/1/22 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm   

  • Wednesday, 3/2/22 -  No Class (Early Release)

  • Thursday, 3/3/22 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm                                                                                                                  

  • Friday, 3/4/22 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

  • Monday, 3/7/22 -  3:30 - 6:00pm

  • Tuesday, 3/8/22 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

  • Wednesday, 3/9/22 -  3:30pm - 6:00pm

  • Thursday, 3/10,22 - 3:15 -6:15pm

  • Friday, 3/11/22 -  3:15pm - 6:00pm - 

  • Monday, 3/14/22 -  3:15pm - 6:15pm

  • Tuesday, 3/15/22 - 3:15 - 6:15pm ****Parent Class 7:00pm

  • Wednesday, 3/16/22 -3:15 - 5:00pm 

Academics First - OntoCollege & Preparing Our Students for Colleges & Careers (Repeat)

Our high school seeks to create two- and four-year college graduates with minimal debt.  Thus, we are bringing proven, entertaining ACT preparation—OnToCollege (OTC)-- to students. Each student will experience the course in school over the next few months leading up to the ACT or MCAs (ACT for Juniors is on April 5th, 2022 Test Date).  


Students will also have online access at home to further prepare and work through many of the Additional Prep and Solution Video resources that are available to them.  If your student is struggling with a specific subject area or concept on the ACT, OTC’s Additional Prep and Solution Video resources can help.  


Higher ACT scores can mean larger college scholarships. The average score increase from OnToCollege is 2-3 points for the ACT, which can save your family thousands in college costs and increase your child’s college choices. Click here to watch a short video where John Baylor discusses the importance of the ACT, even at test-optional schools.


We will be offering valuable instruction time during the school day (during College & Career Ready and Patriot Prep) to complete the course.  All students are expected to attend the classes to prepare for their test (ACT/MCA).  


You are invited to follow OnToColleges Twitter feed, Facebook page, and use resources, read blogs, or watch videos/podcasts available for free at OnToCollege.com.


We are excited to be doing even more to maximize your child’s chances to get into his or her best-fit college or technical school at the lowest cost and to become a college graduate with minimal debt.  Thanks for helping us ensure students prioritize this course and the upcoming test.


Information for Families Regarding MCA III Assessments: (Repeat)

MCA Statewide Assessments Dear Families, 

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) requires that statewide assessments are annually administered in reading, mathematics, and science. They are designed to provide the state, districts, and schools with a snapshot of student learning of the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards. 

When will HBC Students take the MCA Tests?  What Grades will take the MCA Tests?

MCA Reading - (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th) - Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th

MCA Math - (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 11th) - Tuesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th

MCA Science - (5th, 8th and 10th) - Tuesday, April 26th or Wednesday, April 27th 

What are the MCA Tests? The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) are reading, mathematics, and science standards-based assessments that measure student learning of the Minnesota Academic Standards. These assessments are used meet federal and state legislative requirements. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet the MTAS eligibility requirements may take the MTAS instead. 

Why do we give these assessments? MCA results provide valuable information for the school, district and MDE about how well students have learned concepts and skills from the academic standards. Educators and schools can use the results to plan instruction and evaluate their curriculum. Families can also use the results as one way to measure how students are doing on the content that is part of their daily instruction. School- and district-level test results are used in federal and state accountability measurements. 

How are the MCA administered? The MCAs must be taken in person, even if your student is enrolled in an online program. For students temporarily learning online, they will take statewide assessments when they return to school. Your school can provide more specific information about the health and safety measures they are taking to ensure students and staff stay safe and healthy during test administration. Most students take the MCA online, but some eligible students take the assessment in a paper test book instead. For the MTAS, teachers work with each student individually using paper test materials. 

How can I get more information?Contact your school for more information on how these test results are used to support your student’s learning. The MCA and MTAS Parent Fact Sheets are available on the MDE website (under Students and Families > Programs and Initiatives > Statewide Testing) in several languages. 

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Kellenberger, District Assessment Coordinator - a.kellenberger@isd671.net

Spring Assessments Coming Soon (Repeat)

Spring Testing is an important time to check progress for our students.  As we get closer to March and April, we will enter Spring Assessment season.   Please click this LINK to see our HBC Assessment Calendar.  This will give you an idea when each assessment is scheduled for ACTs, MCAs and NWEAs.

2022 HBC TRAP TEAM Sign-Up & Parent/Student Meeting on 3/14 at 6 PM (New)

8th - 12th grade students who are interested in being part of the HBC Trap Shooting team.  Please sign-up in the office. 

There will be a trap team parents meeting at the Garretson Sports Club Monday, 3/14, at 6pm.  Sign up deadline is this Friday, 3/4/22.  There are information sheets in the office if you signed up for the trap team.

Order HBC Secondary Yearbooks Now (Repeat)

Early Bird Offer for the Yearbook!  Save $10 if you order by March 11th.  Order today at only $35.  After March 11th, the yearbook will cost $45.  

3-6 Grade Girls On The Run: (Repeat)

 We are excited to have GOTR back at H-BC!   Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter.  Registration opens February 7th at 8:30 am! Visit www.EmBe.org/gotr   to register.    Additional information will be sent home next week. The program will run Monday & Wednesday, 3:30-4:15pm starting Monday, March 7, and ending Monday, May 16.   Thank you Mrs. Tollefson for leading the program!


Free and Reduced Lunch (Repeat)

If your family’s income has changed since the start of the school year it is still possible to complete an application for free and reduced lunch. With all meals currently free, this application can also provide additional program and activity benefits.   Forms are available online or at the secondary school office.

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).  

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

Open Gym Sundays - Hugo Goehle Gym - Hills (Repeat)

Deficiency Lists for the Start of 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 have continued to utilize the Deficiency List.

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.  

HBC Athletics Updates (Repeat)

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

Children’s Dental Services:  See the attached is Rock/Nobles County Dental Service information. (New)


School Lunch (Repeat) -- With current food availability our menus do change.  Our Food Service Director does keep the menu on the H-BC App current-  https://www.hbcpatriots.com/dining    Remember to refer to the App and not the newsletter for the most current menu.

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.

Please reach out to me if you have any needs.  Phone- 507-962-3240 or email a.kellenberger@isd671.net