H-BC Secondary Families:

No School Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18.  


We wish all our families a wonderful Spring/Easter Break.

We had another great week at HBC Secondary!  Can you believe that there are only six more weeks of school in the 21-22 school year.  As we get closer to summer, please continue to encourage your student(s) to finish the school year strong academically and behaviorally.

A BIG Shout-Out to our HBC FFA Officers!  Our FFA Officers spent time at HBC Elementary teaching our elementary students about farm safety on Tuesday.  Look at those smiles!  Thank you student-leaders!

A BIG shout out to our 6th/7th/8th and 10th graders who completed the MCA Reading Assessments on Tuesday & Wednesday!    

It’s MCA - Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments - Math next week!   Please make sure you encourage your 6th/7th/8th and 11th graders in their MCA Math Assessments on Tuesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th (see more information below).

Please make sure to do the following:

  1. Encourage your student(s) to do their best!

  2. Make sure your student(s) get a good night’s sleep!

  3. Have your student(s) eat a healthy breakfast!

  4. Make sure your student(s)’ Chromebook is Charged (MCAs will be on Chromebooks)!

  5. Have your student brink headphones with auxiliary jack.

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

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

Also, please make sure you Donate Blood on Friday, April 22nd!

One new procedure we started this quarter is to have all students on the deficiency list turn in his/her phone during study hall.  This will deter distractions and encourage students to use his/her study hall time for homework/studying.  The goal is not to punish students but to create a system that encourages them to do their best and pass all classes.   Students who fail his/her class will need to complete credit recovery to graduate on time.  

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

Stay Updated (Repeat)

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Important Dates Ahead (New)

  • Friday, April 15 - No School - Spring Break

  • Monday, April 18 - No School - Spring Break

  • Tuesday, April 19 & Wednesday, April 20 - MCA Math (Grades 6/7/8/11)

  • Friday, April 22 - Red Cross Blood Drive - 9 AM - 4 PM (See Details Below)

  • Friday, April 22 - Senior Class Trip to MOA

  • Tuesday, April 26 or Wednesday, April 27 - MCA Science (Grades 8/11)

  • Friday, April 29 - Seniors Adopt a Highway

  • Friday, April 29 - HBC Prom - Grand March at 8 PM (see details below)

  • Thursday, May 12 - HBC 5th -12th Band Concert at HBC Secondary

  • Monday, May 16 - HBC 6th - 12th Choir Concert at HBC Secondary

  • Friday, May 20th - FFA Banquet - Steen Reformed Church - 7 PM 

  • Friday, May 27th - HBC Graduation Class of 2022 Commencement - 7 PM 

Community Blood Bank Coming to HBC Secondary - Friday, April 22nd (Repeat)

Junior - Senior Prom - Friday, April 29th (Repeat)


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 Here (Repeat)

Spring Testing is an important time to check progress for our students.  As we get closer to March and April, we will enter the 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.

Order HBC Secondary Yearbooks Now (Repeat)

After March 11th, the yearbook will cost $45.  

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).  

Deficiency Lists for the Start of 4th Quarter- (New)

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.

If a student is on the Deficiency List, students must turn in their phone with their respected study hall teacher(s) to promote students engaging in their school work.   Students should hand in their phone to the teacher at the beginning of class and will get their phones back at the end of class.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kellenberger.  

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


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.

 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.  



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