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February 2024

Principal's Message


As we step into February, some of our focus shifts towards the exciting prospect of the 2024-25 school year through the course selection process. To ensure a smooth transition, students were introduced to this process in their Advisory class on January 3rd. This year, our dedicated counselors will be meeting individually with sophomores and juniors to delve into their course selections, explore course sequences, and discuss connections to post-secondary plans. Freshmen, on the other hand, will have the chance to engage with counselors during their English classes on February 8-9, posing any questions they may have about their class options.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 12, as it is our ACT testing date. On this day, all juniors will take the ACT, and the remaining students will enjoy a morning without classes. All students are off in the afternoon. Additionally, Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for early March, taking place on the 5th and 13th. It's a valuable opportunity for parents to connect with teachers and discuss their child's progress.

To celebrate academic excellence, we recognize academic achievement at the end of each semester. The Honor Roll consists of students with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.74, while the High Honor Roll spotlights those students with a GPA of 3.75 to 4.0. This recognition is irrespective of their prior GPA, providing an opportunity for each student to be recognized based on their past semester’s performance. We proudly present the Honor Roll students—congratulations to each of you!

As we continue to navigate through the winter months, I appreciate your continued partnership.


Mitch McGrath

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Main Office: 7:15-4:00

Student Services: 7:15-3:45

Attendance: 7:15-3:45


Main Office: (608) 221-7666

Fax: (608) 221-7690

Student Services:

(608) 316-1373

Athletics: (608) 316-1395

Attendance: (608) 316-1393 or contact via email

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School Calendar
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  • Feb 3- ZAPS ACT test prep seminar 9:00am-3:00pm IMC
  • Feb 7- Orchestra Concert 7:00pm
  • Feb 11- Band Chili Luncheon/Pops Concert 12:00pm/2:00pm
  • Feb 13- YAP Family Info Session 6:30pm (in-person @ MGHS)
  • Feb 17- SilverStage Show Choir Competition
  • Feb 19- Parent Forum 6:00pm IMC
  • Feb 21- Dane County Youth Assessment during Advisory
  • Feb 22-23- No School


  • Mar 5- P/T Conferences
  • Mar 6- YAP Family Info Session 6:30pm (virtual)
  • Mar 12- ACT (juniors); Solo & Ensemble
  • Mar 13- P/T Conferences
  • Mar 19- Choir Concert 7:00pm
  • Mar 20- NHS Induction
  • Mar 22-29- Spring Break

Singing Valentines

Please contact Brooke Crego if you are interested in ordering a singing valentine to be "delivered" to your student during their 2B or 3B class on February 13th.


The MGHS SkillsUSA group competed in the Regional competition at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids on Friday January 19th. 

15 Monona Grove HS students competed in 10 different contests, and our group came away with 6 gold medals and one bronze medal. 

Congrats to the following: 

Zoe Mathias - 1st place / Welding Sculpture

Olivya Lang - 1st Place / Job Interview

Krishna Elwell - 1st place / Prepared Speech

Krishna Elwell - 1st place / Extemporaneous Speaking

Pearce Hayden - 3rd place / Technical Drafting

Morris Salzmann - 1st place / Technical Math

Rocket Ramig - 1st place / CO2 Dragster  

Next up is the SkillsUSA State Competition at the Alliant Energy Center, April 9-10th.

News from Student Services

In this month's newsletter, Student Services has updates on the following:

  • course registration (9th, 10th, and 11th graders)
  • ACT and test-prep options (11th graders)
  • AP Exams and preparation
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program (10th and 11th graders)
  • Early College Credit Program [ECCP] and Start College Now [SCN]
  • College Goal Wisconsin, Fair Opportunity Project, and other FAFSA resources
  • Dane County Youth Assessment

And as always, you can find resources for students & their families as well as the Student Services department staff directory. Click the button below to access all of this month's information from Student Services.

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Chili Luncheon/Pops Concert - February 11

The Chili Luncheon/Jazz Concert portion of the event on Sunday, February 11th starts at noon featuring the GDS Jazz Band and MGHS Jazz Band. The Pops Concert portion of the event starts at 2pm and features the GDS 8th grade band followed by the High School Concert Band, High School Symphonetta Band, and ends with a combined song. Tickets will be available for puchase with cash or check at the door.

News from the Athletic Department

In this month's newsletter, the Athletic Department has updates on the following:

  • Monona Grove athletics webpage
  • tickets for winter sport WIAA state tournaments
  • WIAA coach contact rules
  • athletic training room hours and contact info

Click the button below to access this month's updates from Athletics.

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SilverStage Show Choir Invitational

Please join us at the high school on Saturday, February 17th for the annual SilverStage Show Choir competition. MGHS's two groups - Silver Connection and Silver Dimension - will be among the teams competing. Daytime tickets are $15, tickets for the finals are $10, and if you'll be staying all day you can get your ticket for $20.

February Safety Drill - Lockdown Drill

Monona Grove High School will hold a lockdown drill on February 15 for all students and staff. Click the button below to read more on how we'll conduct the drill and more.

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JumpStart Information and Registration

Parents of Incoming 9th Graders (Class of 2028)

Registration is open until May 1st for the 2024 JumpStart Session, held in-person at Monona Grove High School from 8:00am-12:00pm, June 10th-June 13th. Incoming 9th-grade students will meet teachers, school staff, and upperclassmen while learning where things are, how to get involved, and how to succeed in High School. They will focus on goal-setting, learn how to access academic and personal supports, as well as learn how to balance extracurriculars and schoolwork. There will not be lunch or snacks provided, and students should bring their own water bottles. Bussing will be available from Glacial Drumlin School every day, and all students will receive a T-shirt for attending. Please fill out the information on this Google Form; there is NO FEE! If you have any questions, please contact or For more information, click here. Click here for a translated version.


861 copies of the 2023-2024 MGHS yearbook were sold! If you missed the deadline, there will be a limited number of yearbooks available for cash sales in June.

The yearbook editors need sibling photos! All students pictured must be current MGHS students. Please send photos to or drop off printed photos in the MGHS main office. Be sure to clearly label all photos with the names and grades of the students.

MG Superintendent Search Process Update

After more than 30 years in education and over two decades in school and district administration, Monona Grove School District Superintendent Dan Olson announced in December his plans to retire at the end of the current school year. MGSD is now engaged in a comprehensive search for the next superintendent.

In its commitment to transparency, inclusivity, and collaboration, MGSD will engage all constituents of the district (students, families, staff, community members and other stakeholders) to share their valuable insights, perspectives, and expectations for the next educational leader.

An electronic survey will be available for any Monona Grove stakeholder to share their input and feedback. The survey will be emailed to staff and families in February and will be available on our website for all other stakeholders. 

Focus groups will be held in February (both virtually and in-person); dates and times are listed on the Superintendent Search page of our website. More details will be available soon.

Driver Education

CESA2 has the following driver education course offerings specifically for Monona Grove School District students:

$185.00 - Zoom Classroom or Online Classroom (self-paced, asynchronous)

$485.00 - Zoom Classroom + Behind-the-Wheel or Online Classroom + Behind-the-Wheel

The current Zoom Classroom offerings are:

Spring 2024 Monday/Wednesday

March 6th - May 8th


(no class 3/25 & 3/27)

Spring 2024 Tuesday/Thursday

March 12th - May 14th


(no class 3/26 & 3/28)

Please visit or email for more information.

CESA2 is also accepting "behind-the-wheel only" transfer students. This is for students that have completed the classroom/online portion of their driver education outside of CESA2 and only need to complete behind the wheel instruction. Please reach out directly to for more information.

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