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March 2024

Principal's Message


The recent warm weather and sunshine has pulled us out of the doldrums of winter earlier than expected.  While I am certain we are not in the clear yet, it has been a pleasant surprise.  The excitement and activity you have seen outside recently is certainly mirrored by all the activity at the high school.  Students will be seeing progress grades shortly; a great checkpoint after starting afresh second semester with new classes, new class groupings, and a renewed commitment to achievement.  

In addition, our winter sports season and numerous co-curricular activities close out their seasons with irreplaceable memories, team and individual accomplishments, and valuable lessons learned.  At the same time we are seeing closure in these areas, spring sports, musical concerts, the musical production, and other co-curricular activities are starting up and building momentum.  It is such a rewarding time to be at the high school, working with adolescents through the stages of closure and the promises of new beginnings.  I am incredibly grateful for our staff leading students in classrooms, on fields, on courts and in performance spaces every day.   

Speaking of closure, March, April, and May mark the final months and final season of the school year and, for our seniors, of their K-12 school experience.  There are times students will struggle to identify and articulate the pressures they are feeling during the approaching transition to summer.  Something as simple as our recent spell of warm weather may bring with it a cloud of uncertainty as 9th, 10th and 11th graders are reminded of a school year closing soon and our seniors are reminded that their high school days are numbered.   Please remember to reach out to our highly capable student services team if you see your student struggling to work through closing out a school year and beginning another phase.   

The end of the month will approach quickly as students anticipate spring break. Friday, March 22 is also the end of the third quarter.  With that formal grade report in three weeks, it is an excellent time to review academic progress, set goals, and reset expectations with your student.  There is certainly time to make a positive impact in these three weeks.

Our ACT testing date is Tuesday, March 12.  All Juniors will take the ACT on this day and the rest of the students will not have class that day.  In addition, our Parent Teacher Conferences will take place during the first two weeks in March; on the 5th and the 13th.

I look forward to seeing you at events this spring, and I thank you for your continued partnership.



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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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  • 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 18- District Strings Festival
  • Mar 19- Choir Concert 7:00pm
  • Mar 22-29- Spring Break


  • Apr 10- PreACT Secure Testing
  • Apr 11-14- Musical (Wizard of Oz)
  • Apr 15- Parent Forum 6:00pm IMC
  • Apr 17- NHS Induction Ceremony
  • Apr 22- No School

News from Student Services

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

  • Youth Apprenticeship Program (10th and 11th graders)
  • ACT (11th graders)
  • Forward Exam (10th graders)
  • PreACT Secure Assessment (9th and 10th graders)
  • AP Exams and preparation
  • Scholarship Information
  • UW System Placement Testing
  • Fair Opportunity Project

And as always, you can find resources for students & their families as well as the Student Services department staff directory. We have added a second school psychologist--please welcome Rene Staskal! Click the button below to access all of this month's information from Student Services.

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Model UN

Congratulations to the Model UN team for making club history by winning the biggest award in MGMUN history as 'Outstanding Delegation' at the American University Model UN Conference in Washington D.C.! The team competed against mainly East Coast and International Schools. Almost 60 schools and over 1,100 delegates attended and Monona Grove took 2nd place overall! All 25 delegates had an amazing time in D.C.. Besides attending the conference, the group visited the White House, Holocaust Museum, Spy Museum, and walked to the various monuments.

Every delegate that attended deserves a pat on the back. They behaved well and all were very engaged. Special congrats to:

  • Best Delegate (1st Place)- Miriam Israel (winning her 5th gavel and tying her for 2nd all-time in club history behind Trinity Kulp), Lily Zea (1st gavel), and Maria Vieira Boudoux (1st gavel)
  • Outstanding Delegate (2nd Place)- Ella Knickmeyer, Breanna Eeg, and Trinity Kulp 
  • Honorable Mention- Rylee Klinger
  • Diplomacy Award- Andy Li and Maria Vieira Boudoux. This was a highly coveted award given out to only one person in each committee.

Save the Date For Culver's Night For Model UN on Tuesday, March 5th

Model UN will be doing a fundraiser on Tuesday, March 5th from 5-8 pm at Culver’s on Cottage Grove Road.  The higher the sales that evening, the higher the percentage of our profits for the club. We hope to see you there!

News from the Athletic Department

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

  • spring sport registration, parent/athlete meetings, and start dates
  • request for bus drivers
  • WIAA nonschool participation rule
  • athletic training room hours and contact info

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

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March Safety Drill - Fire (Evacuation) Drill

Monona Grove High School will hold a fire evacuation drill on March 6th 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

WHO: Incoming 9th Graders (Class of 2028)

WHAT: JumpStart summer 2024 (there is NO FEE and all participants will receive a t-shirt!)

WHERE: Monona Grove High School (busing will be available from GDS to MGHS each morning and back to GDS each afternoon)

WHEN: June 10th-13th, 8:00am-12:00pm (there will not be lunch or snacks provided, and students should bring their own water bottles)

WHY: JumpStart is an invaluable opportunity for students to 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.

HOW: complete this Google Form to register before the May 1st deadline

For more information, click here [click here for a translated version].

If you have any questions, please contact: or

Summer School 2024

Monday, June 17 through Friday, July 12

(No school on June 19th, July 4th or 5th)

Monona Grove High School offers summer school for additional academic support for students who need credit recovery options, as well as enrichment opportunities. Registration for the credit recovery classes at MGHS summer school will continue to be done through our MGHS counselors in Student Services. Parents will receive communication from the student services department regarding students who are in need of credit recovery options during summer school and how to register.

In addition to credit recovery classes, MGHS will offer an ACT prep class. Registration for this course will occur through our Student Services department, please email to register. Registration for all MGHS summer school classes will begin on March 29th at 9:00 and end on Friday, June 14th.

Please click here to bookmark the Summer School webpage for the most updated information.

Superintendent Search

The search for MGSD's next Superintendent continues! Make sure to check out the website to stay up-to-date on the process.

Travel Opportunity

If you or your son/daughter is interested in international travel, contact Mrs. Rossing at to find out how you can join her trip to Iceland in the summer of 2025. There are still a few spots available!

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