H-BC Secondary Families:

A lot of happenings at HBC Secondary this week as we celebrated American Education Week.  As we near Thanksgiving, I thought I would share a fun Turkey of all things HBC staff are THANKFUL for.  Thank you for being part of HBC and sharing your students with us!  


EARLY OUT & THANKSGIVING BREAK: (New)  Wednesday, November 23rd is a 12:30 dismissal at the Secondary School.  No School November 24 & 25.  

As we head into December and the unpredictability of weather, please familiarize yourself with our E-Learning Day Plan. 

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


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. 

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

Here are some important reminders.  


  • 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

  • December 23 - Early Dismissal - 12:30 PM at the Secondary

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 - November 14 - 18

T - Thankful - November 21 

H - Honest

A - Accepting

N - Nice


Next Week (November 21 - ), all staff will be looking for students who are showing T - Thankfulness to others.  Students will receive a GREEN G.R.A.D. Ticket if they are caught showing Thankfulness.  At the end of the week, there will be a special drawing for those students who showed Thankfulness. 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!



More Holiday Concerts Coming Up (New)

Please mark your calendars now for the….

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

Winter Sports Updates

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

Winter Basketball Schedule 

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 2nd 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 begin Quarter 2 DL on November 22nd.

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