Dear HGSD Parents, Staff and Community,                                                                           February 12th, 2021


This past week we saw significantly cold temperature creep into Wisconsin.  Please be cognizant of the temperature and wind chill when sending your child to school.  We watch temperatures very closely and will not send students outside for recess when the temp, with or without the wind chill, is below zero.  We consider closing school when the temperature and wind chill is -22 or greater.  


We have now completed two weeks of full time, face-to-face instruction in grades JK-8.  Monday, February 15th the Board of Education will be reviewing our current learning models and considering any changes to the plan.  Currently the High School remains on a hybrid model with most students only attending in-person 2 days per week.  Should any changes to our instructional model come forward from that meeting, I will send out communication on Tuesday, February 16th, to explain. 


Thank you to all for helping keep the spread of COVID-19 low.  We have been fortunate to have very good attendance rates the last several weeks and very few positive cases.  Please continue to monitor and screen your child before sending them to school.  We want everyone to be safe! 


The State ACT for Juniors is March 9th.   Junior parents should have received an email from the high school office with information.  If you have any questions, please contact the high school office.


State Testing: Wisconsin students in grades 3-8, and 10, will be participating in the Forward Exam during the March 22 – May 14, testing window. State assessments, including the Forward Exam, are required by both State (Wis. Stat. § 118.30) and Federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Law. Participation in State assessments can help determine the impact the pandemic has had on academic achievement.


The Wisconsin Forward Exam is designed to gauge how well students are doing in relation to the Wisconsin Academic Standards. These standards outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be college and career ready. The Forward Exam tests students in the areas of English language arts (ELA), mathematics in grades 3-8, science in grades 4 and 8, and social studies in grades 4, 8, and 10.


As I have mentioned before the Howards Grove School District will be going to referendum in April of this year.  In addition to a new Middle School, on the existing site, the referendum also includes a new HVAC system at Northview Elementary and a new roof, boiler and secure entrance at the High School.  The total amount of the referendum is for $35 million.  The estimated tax impact is $1.58 per $1000.  More information will be provided in future weekly updates regarding the referendum.


Last week we posted a video link on the home page of the district website.  That video will give you a virtual tour of our Middle School showing what the issues are and why a new Middle School is needed.  Please take a few minutes to watch the video.  We will be adding additional referendum information next week. 


Thank you all for your continued support of the school district.  Please let us know if you have any questions.


Chris Peterson, Scott Fritz, Heather Zizis, Jason Cole, Josh Swanson, and Tracy Bandt