Ho-Chunk Nation Education Department

Ho-Chunk Nation Education Department Assisting Ho-Chunk and other Native Americans with access to education.
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Establish programs to provide financial and supportive services to Tribal members in support of their educational goals. Provide for effective communication and dissemination of Tribal information to the Tribal population.

Mission: The Ho-Chunk Department of Education shall promote academic excellence and perpetuate and preserve the cultural values, history, and language of the Ho-Chunk Nation. In doing so, the Department shall safeguard the interests of the Nation, enhance the sovereignty of the Nation, and exercise stewardship over those resources committed to it by the Nation and foreign jurisdictions.

Scholarships available through the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners & Regulators (NTGCR) organization.   The deadlin...
05/12/2020

Scholarships available through the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners & Regulators (NTGCR) organization. The deadline is June 30th.

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergen...
05/11/2020
FAQs: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act | Internal Revenue Service

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid provides funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted. Students should contact their institutions for further information and guidance.

The funding opportunity number is ED-GRANTS-041020-003. If you have questions concerning this program, please submit them via e-mail to [email protected] , or by phone, at 202-377-3711.

FAQs about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

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05/05/2020
NDRN Launches "Know Your Education Rights as a College Student during the COVID-19 Pandemic" Video - NDRN

CHECK IT includes practical examples for requesting reasonable accommodations. “What does this mean? Colleges must make sure you can access all of the services they provide. Since most campuses are temporarily closed, this means that access must still be provided via Online content. Even though everything is online, everything must be accessible based on your individual needs.”

Ron Hager, our Managing Attorney for Education and Employment, has a few self-advocacy tips for college students with disabilities and some actionable steps for requesting additional assistance.

Online tutoring offered by Sylvan Learning Center
05/05/2020

Online tutoring offered by Sylvan Learning Center

ATTN Parents/Guardians of Ho-Chunk enrolled students (grades K-12):There is now a COVID-19 Relief Response program that ...
04/29/2020

ATTN Parents/Guardians of Ho-Chunk enrolled students (grades K-12):
There is now a COVID-19 Relief Response program that will purchase a printer and extra ink cartridges for your household. The printer and ink have already been pre-selected, so there are no options to change the make/model.
If you received a printer from our department within the last fiscal year (July 1 - April 28, 2020), you are not eligible to receive another printer. If you need additional ink, however, we will reimburse you for ink (1 color cartridge, 1 black cartridge) purchased between April 28-June 30, 2020.

*All applications must be sent via email to: [email protected], or faxed to: 715-284-1760.
Thank you!

College Horizons
04/28/2020

College Horizons

Looking for 2020-21 Fall Scholarships? The American Indian College Fund has a fantastic newsletter that provides updates on not only their scholarships, but other scholarships for AI/AN/NH students.

The Full Circle Scholarship deadline is May 31. For students enrolled in a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or graduate program at an accredited tribal, public, or private (non-profit) college or university;
Full-time enrollment (Full Circle applicants only).

AICF Scholarships: https://collegefund.org/students/scholarships/

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"The 110 (!) total titles can be downloaded from all the major eBook platforms (Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo). There’s not even an expiration date at the moment."

Elmo, Big Bird, and the rest of the gang are here to help you keep your kids occupied.

Pre K-12 Educational Grant Program Internet costs during Covid 19 school at home...
04/23/2020

Pre K-12 Educational Grant Program
Internet costs during Covid 19 school at home...

ATTN: Ho-Chunk enrolled students and parents/guardians in K-12 schools

The Ho-Chunk Nation Education is now able to process applications for internet services! We have two applications for this. 1 application is for new internet service customers, and the other is for current internet service customers.
Please read the guidelines to understand what documentation is needed for us to process these requests. If you have any questions, please feel free to message us or email us at [email protected].
Thank you!

ATTN: Ho-Chunk enrolled students and parents/guardians in K-12 schoolsThe Ho-Chunk Nation Education is now able to proce...
04/23/2020

ATTN: Ho-Chunk enrolled students and parents/guardians in K-12 schools

The Ho-Chunk Nation Education is now able to process applications for internet services! We have two applications for this. 1 application is for new internet service customers, and the other is for current internet service customers.
Please read the guidelines to understand what documentation is needed for us to process these requests. If you have any questions, please feel free to message us or email us at [email protected].
Thank you!

03/20/2020

ATTN Parents/Guardians:

The PreK-12 Grant funding has been fully expended at this time. Applications that were sent in before March 19th will be processed if all required information has been provided to the SCR Division by Wednesday, 25th, at 4:30pm. We will not be processing any requests through the rest of the fiscal year (June 30, 2020).

We thank you for your patience during this State of Emergency and COVID-19 pandemic.

Take care of yourselves and your families!

03/20/2020
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03/16/2020
'Powwow Sweat' Promotes Fitness Through Traditional Dance

'Powwow Sweat' Promotes Fitness Through Traditional Dance

Native Americans are 60 percent more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites. The Coeur D'Alene Tribe in Idaho is using traditional dance to get fit and lose weight. They call it "Powwow Sweat."

Update from Black River Falls School District:.   There are two key areas that we are planning to continue throughout th...
03/16/2020

Update from Black River Falls School District:
. There are two key areas that we are planning to continue throughout the closure; academic content for continued learning and food service.
. The survey link is provided if you haven't received the emailed survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCol5pQbd5An7NpjfZlmZo6MKCg0J30-dKlkxSk6GdpmuFjw/viewform

March 16, 2020

Dear SDBRF families;

Governor Evers has directed a shutdown of Wisconsin schools beginning 5:00 pm Wednesday, March 18 with an anticipated reopening on Monday, April 6. As you are likely aware, this situation is fluid and changing
quickly! In response to the late announcement of the directed shutdown, all District leadership teams have been working to make decisions that consider both the short term and long term needs of many, while also
following all recommended guidelines.

At this time, our plan is to have school in session through the end of the day on Tuesday, March 17th. This is one day earlier than we had originally planned. Our current attendance rates and updated information from
the DPI has helped guide this decision. We recognize that many families were able to quickly adjust and make plans for their children during the closure, however, there are many that are still scrambling! A large part of the rationale for being open is to allow families time to do that. If you prefer to keep your child home, please know that we absolutely support your decision making as a parent and your child will be excused and all academic materials will be shared either digitally or through the process as explained below. I have received messages from many people on both sides of this topic and want to re-emphasize that we make decisions based on the best information we have; parents ALWAYS have the opportunity to make individual decisions for their families. Truancy will not be impacted by these days.

The District’s nurse and health aides will be available for parents/guardians to pick up medications any time this week during school hours, and up until 5:00 pm on Wednesday. The offices will be staffed minimally during the closure, so please plan to pick up medications this week. Remember that medications cannot be sent home with students, they must be picked up.

Currently, we plan to open our doors on Monday, April 6 in accordance with the state-mandated closure. Based on health recommendations and the spread of the virus, it is possible that state officials extend the
mandatory closure beyond this time frame. It is strongly encouraged that students take the majority of their academic materials home with them.

During this time of closure, all school sponsored activities are cancelled, as well as the buildings and facilities being closed to all community events.
There are two key areas that we are planning to continue to provide services throughout the closure; academic content for continued learning and food service. We have sent out a survey to all families that we very much need a reply on! This is going to give us information as to how you would best like to be connected to the District and whether or not you would like free breakfast and lunch delivery. The survey link is provided and has also been sent out in the email to encourage a quick turnaround time. If you do not respond to the survey, school staff will be reaching out to gather the needed information. Here is the survey link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCol5pQbd5An7NpjfZlmZo6MKCg0J30-dKlkxSk6GdpmuFjw/viewform

Academic content will be created both in digital format and in print. As teachers need time to prepare these materials, our current plan is to have the materials ready for pick up or distribution on Friday afternoon of this
week. You will see in the survey that students in grades 2-8 may elect to borrow a Chromebook from the school in order to gain access to the digital content. If you select to borrow a Chromebook, your child will be
able to take that home with them on Tuesday. If they are not in attendance, the Chromebook will be available for you to pick up, or we are planning on running our bus routes on Friday to deliver the printed content and any Chromebooks that have not yet been picked up.

The survey will also ask you about having access to wifi, as our younger students will have print materials and digital options. It is not necessary to use wifi in order to accomplish the academic tasks. At the MS and HS
levels, materials will be available in CANVAS. If you do not have wifi, materials can be printed and delivered. I also wanted to make you aware that as HS students all have their laptops already, they are able to drive to the parking lot of any of our schools, sign in to the network, and they will be able to download any materials that they need to work on. They can then be completed at home without internet capability. This only works for our HS students that have school issued laptops, the Chromebooks will not provide this option. Again, please indicate in the survey if you prefer printed materials.

The second topic is food service. Our generous community has had many organizations reaching out wanting to provide assistance in this area. I am very pleased that the District food service staff, in conjunction with our
bus drivers and other staff, will provide daily food service pick up points throughout the community. These meals, a breakfast and a lunch, are provided free of charge to anyone under the age of 18 through our summer
food service program. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity! There are 15 locations spread across our attendance area and we have the means to provide this for every one of our students! In
the survey that is shared, we have indicated the pick-up locations. Please indicate which pick up location works best for your family so that we can plan for delivery. The food will be delivered each weekday from
11:00 am to 12:00 pm, please look for the yellow bus!

Staff will be checking in with their students throughout the break. Families should also feel very welcome to reach out to staff using their District email address, or by calling the school and leaving them a message. Teachers are going to be “on-call” during school days from 10:00 – 3:00 pm to assist your child with any questions they have while doing their work. If you are unable to get a hold of a staff member in a reasonable time period, please reach out to the school office to let them know your concerns.

Knowing that everyone has questions, we are hoping to continue to have answers as the Department of Health Services, the Department of Public Instruction and our state officials continue to make decisions and share
guidelines and information. We will continue to communicate with you as the situation evolves. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. This is uncharted territory for all of us. Let’s also remember to be kind and
respect that people come at these situations from many different lenses. Our responsibility is to provide as many services to our families as we can, your responsibility as parents and guardians is to do what you believe
is best for your family.

Your partner in education,
Dr. Shelly Severson

Summary: All printed content, devices, and medications can be picked up any time from 3:00 – 5:00 pm on Wednesday and on Thursday, March 19th from 7:30 am until 3:00 pm, and on Friday, March 20th from 7:30 until 11:00 am. If you cannot pick up the printed content, we will deliver it to you through our bus routes. If this timeline changes, we will let you know!

Administrative Offices
301 North Fourth Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615
(715) 284-4357
Dr. Shelly Severson - Superintendent
An Equal Opportunity Employer

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03/16/2020
DreamBox Learning - Online Math Learning for Home

If you have k-8 kids and need some extra math support at home during school closures DreamBox is offering free 90 days for families. It’s a good program and will adapt to whatever learning level kids are working at (IF you let the kids work independently—no help from siblings or parents if they get stuck!).

DreamBox has the best math lessons for kids from K-8. Supports all students, including English learners and gifted. For Common Core and other standards.

01/23/2020
01/21/2020
HCN Green Bay Branch Office

The Education Department Executive Director will be at the Green Bay Branch Office Thursday evening (1/23) for a listening session regarding their strategic plan!

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Executive Director for the Department of Education will be here at the Branch Office on Thursday evening (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) for a Public Hearing on their 10 Year Strategic Plan. POTLUCK AS USUAL!

Menu so far is:
Wild Rice Soup
Frybread
Buttered Hominy & Corn

01/17/2020
AISES
01/14/2020

AISES

AISES Scholarship and Internship Opportunities!
Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to $10,000! Apply for an AISES scholarship today!
www.aises.org/scholarships

All scholarships and internships require that applicants be current AISES members at the time of application. AISES membership is now free for all pre-college and college students.

WI FACETS
09/22/2019

WI FACETS

We are very proud of John, Salena, and Dawson for leading the talking circles in the middle school and high school! All ...
09/19/2019

We are very proud of John, Salena, and Dawson for leading the talking circles in the middle school and high school! All the best for another great year!

https://www.facebook.com/145073882177083/posts/3337184396299333/?sfnsn=mo

The School District of Black River Falls Board is proud to recognize the efforts of Salena LeMieux, John Dick, and Dawson McAndrews (not pictured) for generously donating their time and talents to provide exceptional enrichment opportunities to our students at the MS and the HS. Because of their efforts with the Talking Circles, students have the opportunity to work with some strong mentors and learn more about Ho-Chunk traditional cultural stories and to use those stories as a springboard for open dialogue into relevant life topics. This has been a goal of our partnership with the Ho-Chunk Nation Dept. of Education for several years, and these individuals made it happen!

The Talking Circles are open to both Native and Non-Native students. #tiGRRpride

This is great!
09/05/2019
American Indian Studies in Wisconsin

This is great!

Native Stories: Books for tweens and teens by and about Indigenous peoples | School Library Journal

“Each year we are pleased to see more Native authors getting published. In addition to our recommendations here, we suggest that librarians and educators seek out the American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award list, read critical reviews at American Indians in Children’s Literature , and explore interviews with Native writers, illustrators, and editors at Cynsations, a resource-filled website maintained by author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Nation)”.

For further information, please click on the link below to read the article.
#wischat #wiamind #wiedu #firstnationswi

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH-August 26th, D1CC from 5-7pmOpen to JOM, Title VI and Youth Services students in BRF, Neillsville, A...
08/21/2019

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH-August 26th, D1CC from 5-7pm
Open to JOM, Title VI and Youth Services students in BRF, Neillsville, AC-H-M and Blair-Taylor

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PO Box 667, W9814 Airport Rd
Black River Falls, WI
54615

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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(715) 284-4915

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ATTN: BRF Middle School Parents/Guardians
Aho! Please share Lobby for Indigenous Peoples’ Day in WI. We aim to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day in Wisconsin. If you'd like to speak or perform, RSVP to Kim at 414-525-6154. Otherwise please just join us at the Capitol this Tuesday (9:30-1) for this press conference, legislative hearing, and rally to show your support!