H-BC Secondary Families:

A lot of happenings at HBC Secondary this week.

Here are some pictures from the HBC Veterans Day Program.  Thank you to Ms. Oftedahl and all staff & students for creating a memorable and patriotic program.  Also a BIG THANK YOU to all who have served for our country - THANK YOU VETERANS!

On Wednesday, November 9th, the freshmen students went on a Trades Pathway Field Trip to Luverene.  Students were able to spend one hour in the Big Ideas Mobile Trailer Lab, visit three area businesses - Papik Motors, Luverne Body Shop & Midwest Fire and also hear from Private Industry Council Coordinator - Krista Nelson about interview and hirability skills which all students will need as they enter the job market.  This event was sponsored through a Carl Perkins Grant and we partnered with Luverne & Endergon Public Schools.   Thank you to all who were involved!

This week was the first week of Quarter 2.  Today we sent the Quarter 1 Report Cards via email.  Please look at your email to view your student(s)’ progress.  However, you can always view up-to-date grades on JMC (computer or phone).  See step-by-step directions below.

A reminder that any student who received a failing grade (F) for Quarter 1 does have two weeks from the last day of quarter 1 (11/18/22) to raise his/her grade.  It is important for students to work with his/her teacher to create a plan to improve his/her grade if they failed the first quarter.

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

Here are some important reminders.  


  • November 14 - 18 - American Education Week

  • November 14 - Be Like E Kick-Off - Looking for Empathy & Penny Wars Starts

  • November 15 - ASVAB for Juniors - 8:00 - 11:30 AM - Room 406

  • November 23 - Early Dismissal - 12:30 PM at Secondary

  • November 24/25 - No School

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

  • December 14 - Early Dismissal - 12:30 PM at the Secondary

  • December 15 - Secondary Conferences

Be Like E (Ethan) for the Month of November & December (New)

On Monday, November 14, HBC Secondary will start the ‘Be Like E - Ethan’ Month.   To honor our son, brother, friend, classmate, student, teammate - Ethan Erickson, we are going to be recognizing the characteristics/traits that Ethan did well. 

E- Empathetic

T - Thankful

H - Honest

A - Accepting

N - Nice

Ms. Erickson, mom to Ethan, & Ethan’s friends honored Ethan at an all-school assembly on Thursday, November 10th.  We shared stories related to empathy, thankfulness, honesty, acceptance & niceness and also remembered our friend.   

Next Week (November 14 - 18), all staff will be looking for students who are showing E-Empathy to others.  Students will receive a GREEN G.R.A.D. Ticket if they are caught showing Empathy.  At the end of the week, there will be a special drawing for those students who showed EMPATHY. E-T-H-A-N


Finally, all grade levels will also participate in Penny Wars to purchase care items for families/patients at the Sanford Children’s Hospital.   Please send your change and dollars with your student for a GREAT cause.  Penny War ends Wednesday, November 23rd before Thanksgiving Break!




AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK (Repeat):  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.  

We are hoping our students & staff will participate in dress-up days for American Education Week - November 14-18. 

More Holiday Concerts Coming Up (New)

Please mark your calendars now for the….

Monday, December 5th at 7 PM - Middle/High School Choir Concerts

Winter Sports Updates

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


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

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.

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.  


HBC Trap Team Apparel (New)

Store Opens on Monday - See HBC Social Media on Monday, 11/14.



Flyer for the November Dental Clinic (New)

Community Youth Wrestling 2022 - 2023 (Pre-School - 8th Grade) - (New)

Please see information below if you are interested for 22-23 school year.


Voluntary Student Accident Insurance Program (repeat)

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