H-BC Secondary Families:

We are only one week away from the end of Quarter 1.  Please continue to encourage your student(s) to finish the quarter by doing their best work.   I strongly encourage you to check your student(s)’ progress on JMC.  If you do need help doing this, please contact the office. 

The November newsletter has been published online and is now available to read - just click here

SECTION 3A FOOTBALL:  Come to the Hills tomorrow, Saturday, October 29th at 3:00 pm. to support our HBC Patriot Football Team in the Section 3A Semifinals vs Red Rock Central.  Go Patriots!

Here are some important reminders.  


  • October 29 - Section 3A Football Semi-finals - HBC vs RRC at 3 PM (Home Game)

  • November 2 - Re-take Photos at Secondary (see below)

  • November 1 & 4 - NWEA/MAP Reading Testing for Grades 6/7/8

  • November 3 - MS/HS Band Concert at Secondary at HBC Secondary (7 PM) details below

  • November 4 - End of 1st Quarter

  • November 4 - Early Dismissal at 12:30 PM Secondary

  • November 7 - Beginning of 2nd Quarter

  • November 8 - Election Day (No Evening Events 6-8 PM)

  • November 11 - Veterans Day Program - Community Welcome (at HBC Secondary - Hills) (see below)

  • November 14 - 18 - American Education Week

  • November 23 - Early Dismissal

  • November 24/25 - No School

  • December 5 - HS/MS Choir Concert at Secondary (7 PM) details below

  • December 14 - Early Dismissal

  • December 15 - Secondary Conferences

World’s Best Workforce 2022-2023 Final Plan (New)


This plan has been developed to comply with MN Statute 201.B11. The plan is developed to provide a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the world’s best workforce. Our plan was started in conjunction with our district plan that was developed and adopted in 2015. The five goals that are the focus of the plan include: 

Ensuring that all students are ready for kindergarten, making progress to close the achievement gap among our students, preparing all students in third grade to achieve grade level literacy, ensuring that all students attain career and college readiness before graduation from high school, and striving to have all students graduate from high school. 

This plan is a blueprint that demonstrates how current district initiatives, policies, and plans work together to create a quality workforce that will be equipped with the necessary skills for the 21st century.

Please click on the following LINK to find our comprehensive, long-term strategic WBWF plan.


Holiday Concerts Coming Up (New)

Band Concert on Thursday, November 3rd at 7 PM

Community Invited - VETERANS DAY PROGRAM (Repeat) - Friday, November 11th, 9:00 AM, H-BC Secondary School in Hills.  The community is invited to this program honoring our veterans.    H-BC Students and Faculty will take part.  Elementary students will be bussed to Hills.  Students and Community are encouraged to wear red, white & blue.  We would like to invite all of our Veterans to participate.

Varsity Football (and Winter Sports) Updates

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

NOVEMBER 8:   Election Day!  (New)

Make sure to get out and vote.  There are four seats up for the H-BC School Board with four individuals that filed to run: Arlyn Gehrke, Travis Helgeson, Ethan Rozeboom, and Eric Uittenbogaard.  No activities from 6-8 pm.


We will again be using our Parent Notification System to inform you of weather related late starts and other items of importance at Hills-Beaver Creek Schools.  As we get into that time of year, this system is reliable, however please keep an eye on other avenues as well, such as AM 800 or FM 101.5, and Sioux Falls television/websites: KELO, KDLT and KSFY. 

E-LEARNING DAYS (New):  If school is canceled because of inclement weather or any other reason.  Here is the procedure for E-Learning Days.

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK (New):  Plans are underway for American Education Week - November 14-18. 

This is a great opportunity to show your appreciation to any of our staff at HBC for all the hard work they do to bring our students the best education possible.  

CHILD CENSUS:  If you or someone you know has recently moved to the H-BC District, or if there is a new addition to your family, the school needs the information to update our child census information.  Please email l.leenderts@isd671.net with the information.  Thank you!

ACTION NEEDED:  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:  https://tinyurl.com/y5yz9soj


Back to school JMC Online Registration--Thanks to all the parents and families that completed their student online registration through JMC.  It is an easy way for the school to collect the necessary information for school enrollment.  If you have not yet completed registration for your student please do so as soon as possible.  Log into www.hbc.onlinejmc.com.  If you receive a message from the school stating all or a portion of your students registration is incomplete, please act promptly!  Call the office with questions 507-673-2541.


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.

H-BC Secondary Picture Days - Round 2 on 11/2/22 (Repeat)

Lunch News - SECOND ENTREE PURCHASE: New This Year:  Students in grades 6-12 may purchase a second entree with their meal.  The entree is $2.00.  Students with a free or reduced meal benefits must pay the $2.00 out of pocket.   Students must sign up on the cafeteria door before 2nd Period.


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.  

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance Program (New)

Winter sports season is approaching which means that registration for these specific sports will be starting soon (if not already). Students can enroll at any time during the policy period.  More information on the following LINK.  See screenshot below.


Child Tax Credit Deadline (New)

Millions of eligible families may easily claim the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) until Nov. 15, 2022. Eligible families can claim the CTC at GetCTC.org/mn

Many families may not know that they are eligible for the CTC or that they can still claim it using a simplified filing tool. Families can also use the simplified tool to file their tax return if they have not yet received the third stimulus check. The simplified tool GetCTC.org/mn is for families who do not have a 2021 filing requirement – typically this means their income is below $12,550 if filing single, or $25,100 if filing married. The traditional filing method is still available until 2025. The November 15 deadline is for those interested in using the electronic portal.  

MDE is encouraging school districts to do additional outreach to families to ensure that every family who is eligible, and hasn’t yet received the expanded CTC, will receive it. Outreach materials are available here in 11 languages, including flyers, template emails, texts and robo calls.





Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council (Repeat)

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  With winter months coming, Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, Inc. wants to ensure all households eligible for energy or water bill assistance have access to help.   H-BC Offices do have the Application Forms for anyone interested.  Here is the link for more information:  https://tinyurl.com/r2evtx4h 


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

Mr. Kellenberger