H-BC Secondary Families:

It’s December!  I hope everyone had a safe and restful Thanksgiving break!  It was great to be together again for a full week of school.   

Please make sure to mark your calendar for our Choir Holiday Concert & Art Gallery at the Secondary on Monday, December 5th at 7 PM.  Our students have been practicing for this BIG night and it would be GREAT to fill our commons.  More details below!

Also the winter sports season has officially begun!  Please make sure to download the HBC Patriots App (details below) to get your student-athletes’ schedules.   Thank you for supporting HBC Athletics!

If you missed it, here is the December Newsletter.  https://5il.co/1lbqq

Winter is officially here and it would be best to familiarize yourself with our E-Learning Day Plan and Notification System (see below).

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. 

Here are some important reminders.  


  • 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 3:45 - 7:30 PM (Details Below)

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

  • December 26-January 2 - No School 

  • January 3 - School Resumes

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

December 15th - Parent/Teacher Conferences Secondary (New) - Please mark your calendars for Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, December 15th from 3:45 - 7:30 PM.  Conferences will look similar to Open House where parents/caregivers can come and meet with their students’ respected teachers during the 3.5 hour time block.  Teachers will be available to discuss students’ progress during this time.  Please be considerate of other parents/caregivers who may be in the room by patiently waiting outside of classroom until classroom is open.


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

Throughout November & December, 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 - 23

H - Honest - November 28 - December 2

A - Accepting - December 5 - 9

N - Nice - December 12 - 16

All staff will be looking for students who are showing H - Honesty 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


Christmas Dress-Up Days - December 19 - 23


Winter Sports Updates

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


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.

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.  


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