The School District of Rhinelander is now accepting registrations for the CHAMPS (Community Helping Afterschool to Mold Positive Students) afterschool program in mid summer.

2016-2017 CHAMPS Program Information

Registration Form

2016-2017 CHAMPS Program Information


Our 2016-2017 CHAMPS Program will offer a variety of engaging academic and enrichment activities focused around reading as well as Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM)! During the school year, there will also be opportunities for the children to participate in various field trips.


Students who will be entering Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3 in Fall of 2016 are welcome to register for the 2016-2017 CHAMPS Program.

In addition, entering Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade students currently in need of additional reading and/or math support, based on the School District of Rhinelander Progress Monitoring Data (SDR Students), or teacher recommendation (Nativity Catholic Students), will be given first priority for enrollment in the 2016-2017 CHAMPS Program. Lastly, families choosing participation in the program Monday through Friday will also be given first priority.

Space is limited and spots are expected to fill up quickly! Each application will be reviewed based on the above criteria. Please turn your completed enrollment form in no later than Friday, August 19, 2016.

Enrollment Options

Enrollment forms can be submitted as follows (please pick one):

  • Forms may be emailed to Susan Raykovich, Crescent Elementary School Secretary, at
  • Forms may be faxed to Crescent Elementary School at 715/365-9124, ATTN: Susan Raykovich.
  • Forms may be mailed to Crescent Elementary School at 3319 Boyce Drive, Rhinelander, WI 54501 ATTN: Susan Raykovich.

2016-2017 CHAMPS Program Dates and Times

The 2016-2017 CHAMPS Program is scheduled to be held Monday through Friday beginning Thursday, September 1, 2016, from 3:00 PM-5:30 PM, at the Crescent Elementary School site.

Transportation to Crescent Elementary School

Once officially accepted into the CHAMPS Program, parents/guardians who will need their child/children bussed to Crescent will need to complete a Transportation to Alternate Location Form.  Please complete this form, and turn it in with your completed application or to your school office by Friday, August 19, 2016 so that there is enough time for Bowen’s to put your child on a CHAMPS route to Crescent. Your attention to this deadline is greatly appreciated!

Parent pick up will be at Door #4  by the parent parking lot at 5:30 PM. Students must be picked up promptly by 5:30 PM.  


Thanks to a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) Grant, the CHAMPS program and activities are free of charge to registered students.

Parents will receive confirmation of enrollment in the 2016-2017 CHAMPS Program from Susan Raykovich, Crescent Elementary School Secretary.

Questions? Please contact Marta Kwiatkowski at (715) 365-9700 x 5734.

CHAMPS (Community Helping Afterschool to Mold Positive Students)

CHAMPS at Crescent is a grant funded program for K- 3rd grade that offers academic enrichment, recreation and health and safety programming. It offers 4 family nights per year and teams up with other agencies from Oneida County (sheriff's department, health department, 4H) who share their resources and expertise. CHAMPS runs Monday through Friday each week from right after school until 5:30 pm. Each day, CHAMPS students are offered a free snack and carton of milk. They have a quick snack and then head outside for 15 minutes of playtime. From 3:30-4:30, the program has an academic power hour. This is a time that the students participate in a variety of enrichment activities. After the academic power hour is finished at 4:30 each day, 20-30 minutes of homework help is provided. Throughout the year, high interest classes are offered that the students sign up for. Some examples: drumming, yoga, dance, painting, environmental studies, iPads, and baseball. Throughout the year, Wacky Wednesday's are offered. On these days the schedule is changed and the students may work on iPads, have some type of physical activity, play board games, work on arts and crafts, work on cup stacking, create plays, work on writing and many other activities.

For K- 3rd graders:

Crescent Elementary School
3319 Boyce Drive
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone: (715) 365-9120

CHAMPS History


The CHAMPS program began in September 2008 at James Williams Middle School through a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant with the goal of improving the academic and enrichment opportunities available to all students in the School District of Rhinelander. 

In preparing for this grant, we found that the majority of students, especially in 6th through 8th grades, spend one or more hours between 3:00 and 5:30 pm at home with no adult.  No formal before or after-school educational support programs were previously available in the community for this age group. 

In the 2009-2010 school year, we added a CHAMPS program at Central School, and in 2011 we began offering programming at Northwoods Community Secondary School (NCSS).We now have the addition of our pre-K through third grade program at Crescent Elementary School beginning in 2013.

Our programs are supported by three 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, which are collaborative efforts by the School District of Rhinelander, UW-Extension, and Nicolet Technical College. The grants are used for implementing after-school programming that provides students with a safe and inviting environment where they have access to academic and enrichment activities that will promote positive outcomes.

Goals & Objectives

The primary goal of the CHAMPS programs is to increase student academic performance through tutoring, physical activity, and enrichment activities.

Our academic and enrichment activities are designed to connect with and expand on the school day in a fun and engaging way.  Another goal of the programs is for CHAMPS participants to have reduced negative behavior incidents, increased school performance, and increased motivation towards school.

There is no cost to participate.

CHAMPS Events and Activities

Cavoc Champs

The CHAMPS program visited CAVOC for an Earth Day event hosted by Oneida County UW-Extension and Land & Water Conservation, UW Trout Lake, DNR Lakes, UW Extension Lakes Program/DNR, Lumberjack RC & D, Northwoods Wildlife Center, and Lety Seibel from Teaching Drum Outdoor School.

Thanks to everyone for a terrific afternoon!

Click here to view photos from the event.


Last Updated: 12/14/16
  • School District of Rhinelander
  • 665 Coolidge Ave. Suite B
  • Rhinelander, WI 54501
  • Phone: 715-365-9700
  • School District of Rhinelander
  • 665 Coolidge Ave. Suite B
  • Rhinelander, WI 54501
  • Phone: 715-365-9700