Drama students from RHS and NCSS practice for the upcoming 'Beauty and the Beast' presentation. Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.
The Rhinelander High School/Northwoods Community Secondary School Drama Department is inviting you to 'Be Our Guest' for the production of Disney's 'Beauty And The Beast', November 20th through 23rd at the Rhinelander High School Auditorium.
Based on the popular animated Disney film, 'Beauty And The Beast' opened on Broadway in 1994, and has entertained audiences across the world ever since. Kristin Larsen, the lead director of the production, says 'Beauty' has been a production the drama department has wanted to do for a long time. 'Everybody loves the story, and the music is very catchy. We're working hard to get ready to entertain some large crowds!'
Lead cast members include Marie Sandstrom as Belle, Skyler Kellogg as Maurice, Bryce White as Gaston, and Ian Bishop as the Beast. Also, Jordan Keso plays Lefou, Bethany Stelbrink plays Cogsworth, and Zach Harder plays Lumiere. Other lead cast members are; Faith Bartelt as Babette, Erin Bloom as Mrs. Potts, Jane Kubisiak as Madame De La Grande Bouche, Ben Kubisiak as Chip, Brittany Blakeslee as Enchantress, and Seth Bowen as Monsieur D'Arque.
Rounding out the cast are the villagers; Brittany Bredeson, Samantha Carris, Katie Harder, Katyana Henry, Megan Jones, Iris Linder, Kaela Rajkowski, Alex Ronis, Samantha Smith, Angie Timm, Rachel Uhlarik, Samantha Rosendahl, Joyce Hauser, Eric Britton, and Anthony Stewart.
Performance dates for Disney's 'Beauty And The Beast' are: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 20, 21, 22 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, November 23 at 1:00 pm in the RHS auditorium. All tickets are five dollars, and will be available at the door.
Community Readers Visit Crescent School for National Young Readers' Week
WJFW Newswatch 12 Evening Anchor/Reporter/Producer Hayley Tenpas shared one of her favorite books with a Crescent School class.
During National Young Readers' Week, Crescent Elementary School invited "celebrity" readers from the community to visit classrooms to share a few read-alouds with the students and teachers. Readers shared some of their favorite books from their childhood, or books that have significance in their lives. Volunteering their time, the list included many reporters from WJFW Newswatch 12, along with Rhinelander's Chief of Police, Michael Steffes, and School District of Rhinelander Community Education Coordinator Mike Cheslock.
Diversity Club Attends YPCL Conference
Members of Diversity Club who attended the conference (left to right): Alana Towne, Alyssa Richardson, Leah Schindeldecker, Jasmine Fanning, Dani Vieaux, and Anavay White.
The 10th Annual Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership Conference (YPCL) was held November 7-9th at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center near Wisconsin Dells. This year six Diversity Club members from Rhinelander High School (RHS) and Northwoods Community Secondary School (NCSS), as well as two club advisors, attended the conference: Alyssa Richardson, Anavay White, Jasmine Fanning, Dani Vieaux, Leah Schindeldecker, Alana Towne, School Counselor Sue Hampton, and UW-Extension Youth Educator Lynn Feldman.
While at the event, club members presented a breakout session about some of the activities they have led and the results they have recorded during their last two years of programming. YPCL is designed as an opportunity for teens from around the state of Wisconsin to network, learn about the structure of various youth driven programs, gain activity ideas, and increase leadership skills. The youth who attend the conference are currently active in their schools, communities, or advocacy groups. The weekend camp atmosphere enables event planners to facilitate outdoor teambuilding and recreation activities in addition to the normal conference workshops.
Besides leading a breakout session, Diversity Club members led a roundtable discussion, attended sessions presented by other groups, experimented in raising awareness on issues through social media use, listened to several guest speakers, participated in a talent show, and engaged in future conference planning and election voting. During team time, Diversity Club members created an action plan for use during this next school year and then shared that plan with others. Two Diversity Club members have now volunteered to be a part of the YPCL planning committee for next year. Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership is sponsored by UW-Extension and is a coalition of youth and adults representing state-wide organizations in Wisconsin that promote greater youth and adult involvement in civic life.
Special Olympics Sectional Results
Sarec Trudeau was all smiles at the Special Olympics Sectional bowling meet.
On Saturday, November 15th, the School District of Rhinelander Special Olympics Team traveled to Eau Claire to compete in a Sectionals bowling meet. Five athletes had advanced on from Regionals to compete in Sectionals. Participants were Paige Appling, Casandra Gleesing, Sarec Trudeau, Hannah Karstedt and Keegan Marko. Athletes had to place with a 1st, 2nd or 3rd to advance onto State. Sarec Trudeau will be going onto State as he placed 3rd. Fellow Hodags gave it their best effort with many strikes and spares along with a lot of fun, placed as follows: Paige Appling-6th place, Casandra Gleesing-5th place, Hannah Karstedt-4th place and Keegan Marko-7th place.
Sarec Trudeau, a fifth grader at Central School, will compete at State in Wausau on December 6th. We wish Sarec the best of luck and will be all cheering him on. Thank you to all fans for support through the bowling season.
RHS Musicians Attend GNC Honors Band and Choir Festival
Several Rhinelander High School musicians participated in the Great Northern Conference (GNC) Honors Band and Choir Festival this past Saturday, November 8th, hosted by Lakeland Union High School. Guest conductors were Dr. Andrew Mast, Director of Bands at Lawrence University and Dr. Stephen Sieck, Director of Choirs at Lawrence University. Top music students from all seven GNC schools rehearsed throughout the day and performed at an evening concert.
Pelican Elementary School Students Visit Grace Lodge
Students Marcel Hardin, Leo Soderlund, and Briana Sorace enjoy their time playing games with Grace Lodge residents.
A group of third graders from Pelican Elementary School recently visited Grace Lodge to meet with residents. The students are part of a social skills group that takes part in activities throughout the school year. Each week, the students participate in either a cooking activity, an art project, or a game, during which they learn and practice appropriate social skills.
This Grace Lodge event was part of a larger fieldtrip. Thirty students visited the Kovac Planetarium, ate lunch at the Friendship House, and eventually made it to Grace Lodge. The students and residents worked on decorating a pumpkin project which was enjoyed by all. They also played a few games of Halloween Bingo. The students also loved reading to the residents, as they were able to show off their excellent reading skills.
October Mystery Artist
Pictured is October Mystery Artist winner Beau Howard.
Students in Mrs. Jones' art classes at Central School are challenged each month to identify famous artwork from around the world. The student must identify the name of the artwork and the artist, as well as the year(s) that the artwork was created. The names of those who identify the correct information are placed into a drawing for some cool prizes.
The October Mystery Artist Winner was Beau Howard from Ms. Kohlhepp's 5th grade class at Central School. Beau correctly identified "Poppy", created by Wisconsin native Georgia O'Keeffe in 1927.
Pelican Second Grade Culture Club Visits Dairy Queen
Pictured: Second graders McKenzie Flanders, Armando Aguirre, Madison Michel, and Summer Schroeder.
The Pelican Elementary School second grade Culture Club students recently took part in an outing to Dairy Queen. The Culture Club meets once a month during lunch to discuss appropriate social skills, and then an activity, such as going to Dairy Queen, is arranged so the students can practice the social skills discussed. These activities would not be possible without the support and funding from the Hodag Schools Foundation.
Habitat - RHS Building Trades Project Making Progress
Russ Germain, the Building Trades instructor, demonstrates how to strike off or level the sand at the base of the footing before laying down 2" extruded polystyrene foam insulation.
The Rhinelander High School Building Trades students are off to a great start with this year's project. They are collaborating with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in the Rhinelander area. This house is being built on a super-insulated slab. As of today, the exterior walls and most interior walls are up and the perimeter foam insulation is being installed on the exterior of the footings.
Central Intermediate School Recognizes Red Ribbon Week
Mrs. Werner's 5th grade class was one of the winners with 100% participation on Wear Red Day. This is a fun week for students, and it also sends a very important message that helps encourage safe and responsible choices.
The students at Central Intermediate School participated in Red Ribbon Week from October 27th through the 31st. Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 in honor of Special Agent Kiki Camarena who died trying to put a stop to drug trafficking in Mexico. Today over 100,000 schools in the United States celebrate Red Ribbon Week to honor his efforts.
Staff at Central recognize this week to encourage students to make healthy choices and say no to drugs and alcohol. Every student signed a pledge and decorated a red ribbon for their lockers. In 4th grade, they learned about the history of Red Ribbon Week and then completed an activity about the importance of saying no. Each day of the week was celebrated by having a different theme for dressing up, this included: pajama day, team sports day, crazy hair day and on the 31st a Say Boo to Drugs day.
Fifth Graders Enjoy Camp-out at CAVOC
Students from Mrs. Wendland's and Miss Kohlhepp's fifth grade classes enjoy the fall weather and the freedom of the outdoors.
Two fifth grade classes from Central Intermediate School visited the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) for an overnight camp-out on October 29th and 30th. Students participated in a variety of outdoor activities such as shelter building, survival games, pumpkin carving, capture the flag, a night hike, s'mores and pudgy pies over a campfire, and a nature scavenger hunt.
The classes also completed stewardship projects to help clean up the area. They raked leaves for several hours, washed windows inside and outside the building, and tore down shelters built throughout the woods. Without the distraction of video games, cell phones, and iPods, students had the opportunity to be active in the outdoors, use their imaginations to create games, and spend time with their friends and classmates.
Class of 1964 Gives Back to RHS
Left to right: 7-12 Activities Director Brian Paulson, 1964 class members - Bill Lader with the base for the football, Wayne Olson with the football, Anna Eckrich with the photo-book, Kay Olson presenting the $3000 check, and RHS Principal David Ditzler
The Rhinelander High School (RHS) Class of 1964 recently celebrated their 50th class reunion. They were able to raise $3,000 that will be used for a 3-D Hodag sign in the RHS school entrance, with any remaining funds going to scholarships. In addition to the $3,000, the alumni group also donated a wooden football that will be displayed in the trophy case at RHS, and a photo-book for the RHS Library. The photo-book is a compilation of images from the past 50 years of "Class of '64" celebrations. Anyone from the class of '64 is welcome to visit RHS to view the photo-book.
Rhinelander Students Compete in Special Olympics Regional Bowling Meet
On Saturday, October 25th, twelve athletes from the School District of Rhinelander Special Olympics team participated in a Regional bowling meet at Dale's Weston Lanes in Wausau, WI. Participants that placed 1st through 3rd will move onto Sectionals in Eau Claire on November 15th. The following is a list of all who participated, along with their results:
Athletes that will move on to Regionals are Sarec Trudeau, Paige Appling, Casandra Gleesing, Hannah Karstedt and Keegan Marko. A good time was had by all, and the group looks forward to Regionals in Eau Claire, WI on Saturday, November 15th.
Diversity Club Recognizes Bullying Awareness Month
JWMS students take an acceptance pledge by signing their names to an orange sign created by the RHS Diversity Club.
Rhinelander High School (RHS) Diversity Club focuses on bringing awareness to issues that negatively impact relationship-building and emotional health. Its vision is a school climate where diversity is valued and where all students feel safe.
October is Bullying Awareness Month, and Diversity Club hosted a variety of activities this past month with the theme of "acceptance". Orange "Acceptance" wristbands were sold during the lunch hours. "Acceptance" pledge banners were signed at Rhinelander High School as well as at James Williams Middle School (JWMS) on October 22nd. That particular day, nationally, was set aside as "Unity Day", and staff and students at both schools showed their support and hope surrounding the issue of bullying by wearing orange.
Currently there is a fence sign in front of Rhinelander High School where Styrofoam cups spell the word "acceptance" and one behind James Williams Middle School that spells out the word "unity". These signs were created as a collaborative effort between Diversity Club students and youth in the JWMS CHAMPS afterschool program.
A special activity at James Williams Middle School on October 17th was a "Mix it up at Lunch" day where youth sat during lunch at tables with signs that matched the colored puff ball decoration they received. While eating lunch, discussions about bullying and how to curb it were facilitated by RHS Diversity Club students. Diversity Club continues throughout the year with other relationship building programs. The club is in its third year of existence and survey results show that the program has had a positive impact on how youth view their school and community climate.
Crescent Elementary School to Hold Craft/Home Business Fair on November 15th
On Saturday, November 15th, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, the Crescent Elementary School PAC (Parent Advisory Council) will be holding a craft/home business fair for the holidays to help raise funds for the school.
There will be more than two dozen vendors in the Crescent Gymnasium selling home-made crafts such as jewelry, home décor, toys, bath & body products, and clothing. In addition, there will be representatives present from home businesses including 31 Gifts, Pampered Chef, Simply Fun, Jamberry Nails, and more! There will also be food and baked goods for sale. Admission is FREE. Come enjoy a day of shopping and support Crescent Elementary school at the same time!
"Adopt-a-Costume" to Help Drama Department
The RHS/NCSS Drama Department is so excited to be producing Disney's Beauty and the Beast on November 20-23. Students and coaches have been busy preparing songs, dances, sets, props and costumes to make it the most amazing musical production the drama department has ever performed.
Historically, the group has relied on wonderful volunteers to create the costumes, but some of the characters in this play are extremely elaborate inanimate objects, and the department needs to rent the costumes. As one might imagine, costume rental is outside the realm of the normally allotted budget, and participants are asking community members for help with "Adopting a Costume."
There are several opportunities for you to lend your generosity to the drama students: Choose a specific costume to rent, donate that entire amount, and your name will be associated with that specific costume in the program. Make a donation in any amount to be applied to the total rental fee and you will be mentioned in the program as a donor. Or, you may choose to make an anonymous donation.
The Diversity Club students from Rhinelander High School and Northwoods Community Secondary School visited James Williams Middle School (JWMS) during lunch shifts on Friday, October 17th to present an activity as part of October's anti-bullying campaign.
During the activity, students and staff were given a colored fluff ball upon entrance to the commons for lunch. They were asked to sit at a table with a matching color. The Diversity Club students were stationed at tables during each lunch shift to facilitate discussions based upon quotes about anti-bullying or quotes from civil rights leaders.
The Diversity Club was excited to offer an opportunity for JWMS students and staff to question social boundaries and encourage moving out of one's comfort zone to connect with someone new over lunch. The Diversity Club encourages interactions across group lines that help reduce prejudice. Interaction with those who are different helps biases and misperceptions fall away.
Football Players Read to Students at Pelican
Pictured: Third grader Katelynn Boyd (left) reads with RHS football player Nathaniel Sampson (right).
Pelican Elementary had an all-school assembly on Friday, October 10th to celebrate Homecoming Week. The Dance Team performed, and the football players said a few words. The football players then visited a few of the classrooms and read with students in a variety of grades.
The football players also joined the students for a tailgate lunch outside, and tried to organize a friendly game of football with the children at recess. It was an awesome experience for all involved, as the Pelican students were able to see the athletes close up, talk with them, and read with them. The football players were also thrilled when they saw how excited the students were to read with them, eat lunch with them, and just hang out.
Capitol ceremony celebrates 2014-15 Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition - NCES Recognized
Pictured (left to right): NCES Principal Wil Losch, Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson, and NCES 3rd-5th Grade Multiage Teacher Alex Bontz.
State Superintendent Tony Evers offered congratulations to Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) for being among 173 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2014-15 school year. "These schools are examples of the success we need in all of our schools to close the achievement gap," Evers said.
The schools were recognized during a special October 13 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison hosted by Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson.
"NCES was recognized for 'Beating the Odds.' This particular recognition is meaningful because it is rooted in comparing the performance of our school against ourselves while still examining achievement scores in reading and math" said Principal Losch. "Social scientists understand that there is a link between poverty and low academic achievement. However, the NCES community is breaking that link and this honor is evidence of that. We received this honor because of a growing number of families that are successfully working hard to provide healthy home supports and because our teachers hold very high expectations of themselves in regard to the school culture they build and the instruction design they lead" Losch concluded. This is the first year NCES has been recognized for this award.
Second Annual Senior Citizen FREE Lunch and Tours of Rhinelander High School set for October 20th
On Monday, October 20th, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, students from the RHS Key Club will be hosting the "Second Annual Senior Citizen FREE Lunch and Tours of Rhinelander High School." Citizens age 55 and older are invited to enjoy a free hot meal and learn about RHS facilities, renovations, and recent happenings.
Free Lunch will include: Grilled cheese on Texas toast and tomato soup with saltine crackers, ruffle potato chips, and a brownie. Water and coffee will also be available.
Tours will include, but will not be limited to, information about the following areas of the high school: The RHS Library, One Prospect Technologies Digital Media Center, Heck Family Community Pool, Aspirus Community Fitness Center, Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium, Superior Diesel Advanced Learning Center, Spine and Sport Spirit Shop, classrooms, family locker rooms, Chrome Books, and more!
The lunch will take place in the RHS Commons/Cafeteria from 11:30 am until 12:15 pm. Please use the main entrance (Door #1). Key Club students will be serving the lunch. Tours will follow from 12:15 - 1:00 pm. Staying for the tours is not a requirement.
There will be a donation box set up for Student Academic Scholarships, but donations are not required.
Registration is not required. Stop down, grab a free lunch, and check out the high school!
For more information, please contact Community Education Coordinator Mike Cheslock at 715-365-9745 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
97-3 WHDG Presents Nicolet College Educator of the Month
Photo courtesy of Hodag Country 97-3 WHDG.
Congratulations to Rhinelander High School Social Studies teacher Doug Nelson, who was recently recognized as the Nicolet College Educator of the Month for September. Mr. Nelson teaches a variety of classes at RHS including Psychology and Accelerated Global Studies. Mike Michalak (right) from Hodag Country 97-3 WHDG presented a plaque to Mr. Nelson (left) last week.
Firefighters Visit Crescent Elementary
Earlier this year, students at Crescent Elementary School learned about fire safety from the Crescent Volunteer Fire Department. Students were given the opportunity to demonstrate a fire drill in the Smokehouse and learn about the tools and devices on board the firetruck. The Crescent Volunteer Firefighters did a great job teaching and encouraging students to be safe from fire hazards in their homes.
Homecoming Brings Out Spirit at RHS
Pictured left to right, front row: Ali Johnson, Elisa Jensen. Back row: David Ditzler, Matt Knott, Kay Coates, and Becky Blaser. Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.
Each year, the Homecoming football game and Saturday evening dance is preceded by the week-long event "Spirit Week." Spirit Week takes place at all the schools PK-12. Each school celebrated in their own way. At Rhinelander High School (RHS), students and staff dressed up in themed costumes. The festivities led up to the Friday afternoon pep rally where sports teams were introduced, the dance team performed, and the homecoming court put on skits to rally their fellow students.
For the Friday evening football game, the Hodags lost a close one to the Ashland Oredockers. It was a hard-fought game that was decided by a late field goal by Ashland. The Hodags played hard and should be proud of their efforts.
Saturday evening was the Homecoming Dance. The theme this year was "The Wizard of Oz." Everyone had a great time! Even the RHS staff found a way to get into the fun, as they dressed up as characters from the classic movie. Thank you to all who worked hard to make Spirit Week and Homecoming successful this year!
RHS Homecoming Talent Show
Pictured left to right: Zach Schreiber, Bryce White, Gunnar Millot (MC), Faith Bartelt, and Ben Sawyer. Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.
The RHS Homecoming Talent Show took place last Sunday, October 5. Once again, a great time was had by all. Bryce White and Faith Bartelt took the $100 first prize singing an original duet, "Tears". In second place, winning $50, was Zach Schreiber with a guitar improvisation. With an abundance of talent present in the show, there was a tie for the $25 third place slot between Bryce White singing an original song entitled "Pieces" and Ben Sawyer and Faith Bartelt with a Trombone/Saxophone duet of Crazy Train and Super Mario Brothers.
Special guests visit CHAMPS program
A representative from Wild Instincts talks to students about injured animals.
For the September early release day, French's Veterinary Clinic and Wild Instincts came to Crescent Elementary School to talk to the CHAMPS students about animal safety. The students had been working on a pet safety unit during their power academic hours and these presenters continued with this theme.
Nancy Eliason from French's Veterinary Clinic answered questions about the enormous responsibilities involved in pet ownership, how to take care of a pet, and how to be safe around animals. Nancy also made all the CHAMPS students fun treats to give to their pets!
The children were fascinated by the red tailed hawk that stared down at them with it's one good eye and the falcon who had lost it's wing after a collision with an automobile. Students learned not to approach an injured animal and that sometimes our carelessness can cause injury to animals. They were all surprised at how dangerous fishing line and hooks are to animals.
Fourth graders write letters to Korean War Veteran
Ms. Biscobing's 4th graders at Central Intermediate School were given the opportunity to write letters to a Korean War veteran. The veteran to whom they wrote participated in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on October 6, 2014 to see the Korean War Memorial and the National Arlington Cemetery.
Each veteran on the Honor Flight received a surprise package of letters from their loved ones and others who are grateful for their services. The 4th graders watched the documentary Honor Flight: One Last Mission, which features WWII veterans from Wisconsin, to help them better understand what the Honor Flight is and why it is so meaningful to the men and women who have served our country.
The students took great ownership in this project and worked very hard to brainstorm reasons they are grateful for the veteran's services, and questions to ask him. The students are very excited for him to read, and maybe respond to, their letters when he gets a "mail call" after the well deserved "welcome home" in Washington D.C.
Central School students raise money for animal shelter
Students at Central Intermediate School have taken part in various fundraising activities to raise money for the Rhinelander Animal shelter. The students were able to raise $110.08 through lunch hour sales of bracelets, poems, math problems, necklaces, and other items. The Rhinelander Animal Shelter is thrilled to receive the donation.
Pictured are students who helped with the fundraising -- Back row, left to right - Madison Jorgensen, Jordan Brost, Cassidy Klaver, Olivia Terbeest, Lily Eternicka, Sophia Cook, Kathryn Borski, and Skylar Peitsch. Front row, left to right - Annalexis Jensen, Sabrina Fus, Zack Volinek, Tia Fredrick, Lilli Bishop, Kaitlynn Wilmot, and Sadie Helgeson-Schultz.
School District seeks lifeguards - offering lifeguard course
The School District of Rhinelander is looking for more individuals to take the lifeguard course and help out in the Heck Family Community Pool. Interested individuals must be at least 16 years old and must take the lifeguard course on October 18th and 19th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Registration is open to the public. The fee for this course is $200 with no commitment required. The School District will pay the registration fee if the lifeguard agrees to cover at least 10 hours in the pool. Lifeguards are needed before and after school and on the weekends.
Space is limited, so don't miss out on this opportunity. The rate of pay is $12 per hour. To register for the lifeguard course, or to inquire about the position, please contact the School District of Rhinelander business office at 715-365-9700 ext. 5734.
4K Program benefits young learners
Grace Gaedtke, in Mrs. Palmer's 4K class at Pelican Elementary School, practices cutting while creating a card for her mother.
The 4K program is in full-swing with the youngest learners attending school on either Tuesdays/Thursdays or Wednesdays/Fridays. At Pelican Elementary School, Crescent Elementary School, and Northwoods Community Elementary School, the students are learning what school is all about. Their days include table activities, whole group time for literacy and music, learning centers including sensory exploration, imaginary play, free art, and so much more. These young learners are working hard to understand the routines and expectations of school, as well as increasing their beginning academic skills.
Europe 2015 selling cranberries at Hodag Farmer's Market
Although harvest for most cranberry marshes in the state won't start until next week, Rhinelander residents have an opportunity to not only get their favorite fall fruit early, but to also support RHS students at the same time.
Thanks to the generosity of Thunder Lake Cranberry Marsh in Three Lakes, students going on the Europe 2015 trip are selling freshly picked, sorted and cleaned cranberries from 8:00 am - noon at the Hodag Farmer's Market the next three weeks. Prices are $2 per pound with ALL proceeds benefiting students going on the trip.
Grandparents' and Grand "Friends" Day Celebrated at NCES
Many smiling faces at Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) greeted grandparents and grand "friends" to a celebration of our older generations. Students shared handmade gifts, songs, activities, interviews and cake and coffee at the Friday, September 19 event. A big thank you goes out to the many older adults who visited our children on that day. Many new happy memories were made!
District implements one-to-one learning environment
The School District of Rhinelander (SDR) has begun to implement a One-to-One learning environment in several of our schools. The District is supplying students in a variety of grade levels with a Chromebook device that is the property of SDR. The supplied instructional device's function will provide each student access to required educational materials needed for each student to be successful. The Chromebook allows student access to PowerSchool, Moodle, Google Apps for Education, educational web-based tools, as well as many other useful sites. The supplied device is an educational tool not intended for gaming, social networking or high end computing.
In addition, if students do not have access to a district Chromebook, they may use their personal devices in the classroom. Upon instructor approval, students can use personal devices such as laptops, netbooks, tablets and smartphones to access the district's wireless network during the school day. Students who connect their device(s) will have the same access to district resources when using the Chrome Browser.
Students who do not have personal wireless devices will not be at a disadvantage. Teachers may choose to borrow classroom sets of devices for specific activities and, as in the past, students can make arrangements to access computers before and after school.
The School District of Rhinelander is dedicated to the goal of putting tools into the hands of students to help support and enhance education. We are excited to offer both opportunities to our students and we have developed guidelines to ensure learning remains the key focus.
For additional information and guidelines for our One-to-One Chromebook program and our Bring Your Own Device Policy, please visit the following websites.
Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation to hold Neon Hodag Raffle
Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation (RASF) is holding the 2014 Neon Hodag Sign Raffle. Your support will help in raising scholarship money to award more scholarships for Rhinelander High School (RHS) graduates, annually. The RASF is a non-profit charitable organization with a volunteer governing board that raises money and distributes scholarships to Rhinelander students, many of whom may not get scholarship support from other sources. In 2014, 87 students were awarded 170 local scholarships, totaling $288,350.00.
Community support is essential, as a foundation cannot do this alone. Through partnering with local businesses owned by Rhinelander High School Alumni, the Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation has worked to raise scholarship dollars throughout the summer and early fall.
Raffle tickets are $10 per ticket or 3 for $25 to win the unique Hodag Neon sign. Local business owners are selling these tickets to the customers that patronize their business. They will be taking turns displaying the Neon Hodag until the raffle drawing which will be at halftime of the Homecoming Football Game in Rhinelander on October 10, 2014.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform at Rhinelander High School October 1st
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will be performing for 4th - 6th grade students (School District of Rhinelander, Nativity, and Zion) on the morning of October 1 at 9:30 am at the RHS Auditorium. The Northwoods Concert Association made this concert possible and the Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF) has generously donated $6,500 to fund the concert. Funds were generated from HSF's annual Green Tie Gala event. Attendees of the event helped raise about $3,300, and HSF matched that amount to cover the cost of the concert for students.
HSF helps support Rhinelander schools in many ways. The Green Tie Gala helped raise at least $18,500 for their classroom grant program. These are funds that go to support academics in the classrooms. A primary goal of HSF is to support music and the arts. The MSO is able to perform in Rhinelander now because of an enlarged stage, which HSF helped fund. HSF also provided funding last year for a grand piano at RHS.
Later that evening, The Northwoods Concert Association is pleased to present the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in concert at the Rhinelander High School (RHS) Auditorium on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm. This concert is open to the public.
Advance ticket sales for the evening concert are available from now until the night of the concert. Tickets for adults are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Student tickets (K - 12) are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Lattitudes Clothing & Gifts, the Northern Coffee Haus, Stoxen's Pharmacy or the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce. This presentation of the MSO is made possible by a grant from the Jean Simmons estate.
Pelican Elementary School "Exceeds Expectations"
The 2013-14 School Report Card Summary has been released. A huge congratulations goes out to all staff at Pelican Elementary School for moving into the "Exceeds Expectations" category! Keep up the good work!
There are two additional Rhinelander schools, Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) and Rhinelander High School (RHS), that are just a little bit shy of moving to the "Exceeds Expectations" category. Congratulations to them as well!
Application for the Aspirus Community Fitness Center now ONLINE!
The membership fee is only $15/month for a single and only $25/month for a family. Membership for students in the School District of Rhinelander is FREE! The month of September is FREE for everyone! Try it out today! Hours of operation can be located at the above website.
Crescent Elementary hosts PBIS Kick-off and Matrix Walk
"The Hodag" made a special appearance at Crescent's PBIS Kick-off.
On Friday, September 5th, Crescent Elementary School held their PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) kickoff for the 2014-15 school year. A very special guest to the school, the Hodag, helped the staff introduce and review the school wide expectations for behavior. These expectations are known as the four B's: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be Here.
As a follow-up to the PBIS kickoff, on Friday, September 12th, the school had their Matrix Walk. This was an opportunity for the students to go to other parts of the school and review what the four B's expectations are for assemblies, the playground, the hallway, the lunch line, and the playground.
Habitat for Humanity Northwoods and the RHS Building Trades Program Team Up
Pictured is last year's Building Trades home.
The School District of Rhinelander and the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (Northwoods affiliate) recently announced that they will be working together during this school year to build a home for a family in Rhinelander. This effort will be a collaborative effort between the Building Trades Program students at Rhinelander High School (RHS), and the local Habitat for Humanity (Northwoods affiliate), which presently supports Oneida and Vilas counties.
This will be an excellent opportunity for the students enrolled in the Building Trades Program to gain valuable skills that are sure to enhance their classroom curriculum experience. This home also represents the nineteenth (19th) such project that the Northwoods affiliate has been directly engaged in building since it was first established here in the Northwoods in 1998.
Both organizations are excited to be working together on this project and recognize the value this will provide to the educational community as well as the general Northwoods community. The School District of Rhinelander is very enthusiastic about working collaboratively with Habitat for Humanity.
Music performance dates set for 2014-15
The new school year has begun and with that the excitement of creating new music is in full swing. Although the K-12 music department is diverse in activities and curriculum, there is one overall goal and that is for each child to develop the concepts, skills, and attitudes for a lifetime enjoyment and appreciation of music.
Many Rhinelander students participate in music programs in the School District of Rhinelander. Although very few will major in music or work in the music business, their lives have been enriched by the experience. They have been introduced to the concepts of teamwork, discipline, self-confidence, determination and camaraderie. They have been taught life skills, and have had a whole lot of fun along the way. They have been given the gift of art and expression and the opportunity to develop a love and appreciation of music that can remain an integral part of their lives.
Elementary concert dates can be found on each school's webpage. A complete listing of secondary music performance dates can be found by clicking here.
R.W. Baird and Economics Wisconsin recognize RHS Teacher Patrick Kubeny
Rhinelander High School congratulates Mr. Patrick Kubeny on another recognition of his classroom teaching and how he helps inspire a passion for financial literacy in our high school students. R.W. Baird and Economics Wisconsin recognize Mr. Kubeny as placing second in the Excellence in Teaching Economics & Financial Literacy competition across the state of Wisconsin.
Mr. Kubeny will be recognized at the 8th Annual Get Your Students Pumped Up on Economics and Personal Finance. This event is held at Lambeau Field on October 17, 2014 and is sponsored by Economics Wisconsin and Lakeland College.
Stephanie Czosnek, Program Coordinator for Economics Wisconsin stated in a letter to the school district, "We appreciate Patrick using his voice within the classroom and beyond to improve and stimulate economic understanding and financial literacy amongst his students." RHS principal, David Ditzler, also congratulates Mr. Kubeny for his outstanding efforts and instruction in the area of financial literacy. He remarked that, "It is evident to anyone who asks Mr. Kubeny about financial topics that he has a deep passion for helping others be aware and wise about financial matters surrounding us all."
NCES receives Title I School of Recognition Award
Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) is one of the schools receiving the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award for Beating the Odds.
This category is for schools in the top 25% of high-poverty schools in the state with above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.
Schools meeting the recognition award criteria will receive a plaque at an October 13th ceremony at the State Capitol and $500 for use by the school. During the awards ceremony, three schools will receive banners for earning the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award for 10 consecutive years, and 10 schools will receive flags for earning the award for five consecutive years. This year's 173 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 133 elementary schools, 29 middle or junior high schools, and 11 high schools.
Congratulations to all the students and staff at NCES!
Hodag Tech Fest Featured in Teaching Today
Shari Wendland learns valuable information from District Reading Specialist Casey Gretzinger
The most recent edition of "Teaching Today" has been published and it features information about the first Hodag Tech Fest, which took place for School District of Rhinelander (SDR) staff over the summer. Hodag Tech Fest was modeled after a program from another school district, and was organized by Instructional Technology Coordinator Heidi Catlin and the rest of the Instructional Technology team. Catlin also wrote the article for the publication. Many SDR staff contributed to and attended the summer technology training.
"Teaching Today" is a publication that addresses current national, state and local developments in education, as well as highlights from programs and curriculum of Wisconsin and Minnesota schools. To read the article about Hodag Tech Fest, visit the "Teaching Today" website at www.teachingtodaywi.com.
Community Education announces fall and early winter course offerings
The School District of Rhinelander has announced its Fall/Winter 2014 community course offerings. Discover something new with lifelong learning! We offer classes that cover many topics such as food and cooking, garden and floral, jewelry making, fabric, art, dancing, games, fitness, photography, financial health, computer courses, and others.
The class session kicks off on September 16th with a 'Saving and Growing Herbs for the Winter Months' course at Forth Floral. The registration deadline for this class is September 12th. Space is limited, so sign up today!
Registering for a class is easy. Simply visit the community section of the School District of Rhinelander website. Click on the link for class registration, print off and complete a registration form, and mail it with payment to the address listed on the form.
For a full listing of course offerings, click here! If you have questions about classes, please call 715-365-9745 or email coordinator Mike Cheslock at email@example.com. We hope you consider continuing your education with lifelong learning!
Pelican staff attends PBIS conference, accepts "School of Merit" banner
Pictured left to right: Katie Andrastek, Becky Kecker, Katie Morois, Tanya Cook, Jodi Belter , Kim Frederickson
Recently, a team of staff from Pelican Elementary School traveled to the 2014 PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Leadership Conference held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. They attended two days of seminars and were able to listen to a lot of amazing speakers.
Staff in attendance learned a lot about PBIS. Kindergarten teacher Katie Andrastek said, "I was able to bring back and share with the rest of the Pelican staff in a presentation on one of our inservice days." Earlier in the year, Pelican found out they had been chosen as a PBIS School of Merit, based on the PBIS initiatives and several other criteria. On the first day of the conference there was an award ceremony where all Schools of Merit and Schools of Distinction (what Pelican is working toward next) were recognized and presented a banner.
Try out the Aspirus Community Fitness Center! September is FREE!!!
The Aspirus Community Fitness Center is open for community use. TRY IT OUT!
All community members are encouraged to try out the Aspirus Community Fitness Center located in Rhinelander High School! The entire month of September is FREE!
Starting September 2nd, hours will be as follows for the fitness center:
The Heck Family Community Pool is open on Sundays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Use of the pool during this time is FREE year-round!
Hall Walking is available to the community free of charge during fitness center hours of operation (see above).
Additional information about the Aspirus Community Fitness Center:
* Fitness coaches will be on staff from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday
* A personal trainer will be available upon request
* An Athletic trainer will be available upon request to assist in the designing of safe and efficient workouts.
* The fitness center has been REORGANIZED! The cardio and weight areas are now separate! There is also new cardio equipment available.
Central After-School Program (CAP) to be offered for 4th and 5th graders for the 2014-15 school year
For the 2014-15 school year, Central Intermediate School will be offering an after-school program for 4th and 5th graders. The program will be known as CAP (Central After-School Program).
The program is for all students in grades 4 and 5 and will be offered Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:30 pm at Central Intermediate School. There is no cost for free lunch students. Cost for reduced lunch students is $5/day or $15/week. Cost for paid lunch students is $10/day or $30 per week. Certified licensed staff will be on site for small group learning. Other activities will include tutoring, extra-curricular/club activities, a nutritious snack, and social time. This program will focus on fun, academic enrichment, and physical activity.
For more information, contact CAP Coordinator Shari Wendland at 715-308-3809. To register for the program, please call the Central School office at 715-365-9600 or stop by Central School to regsiter.
School District of Rhinelander currently accepting registrations for CHAMPS program
The School District of Rhinelander is currently accepting registrations for the CHAMPS (Community Helping Afterschool to Mold Positive Students) afterschool program.
In-person registration for the CHAMPS afterschool program is currently open for 6th - 8th graders who plan to attend either James Williams Middle School (JWMS) or Northwoods Community Secondary School (NCSS). To register, please stop by the JWMS main office between the hours of 6:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday - Friday, from now until August 18th. Hours for registration starting August 18th will be 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.
Beginning August 18th, in-person CHAMPS registration will be open for 4K - 3rd graders who plan to attend either Crescent, Pelican, or NCES (Northwoods Community Elementary School). To register, please stop by either the Crescent or Pelican main office from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, Monday - Friday.
Mail-in registrations are currently being accepted for both age-groups. Registration forms can be found on the School District of Rhinelander website - www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us. Please mail completed forms to the following addresses:
For 6th - 8th graders:
James Williams Middle School
915 Acacia Lane
Rhinelander, WI 54501
For 4K - 3rd graders:
Crescent Elementary School
3319 Boyce Drive
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Those who were enrolled in the CHAMPS program last year will be given first consideration for this year's program.
New teachers hired for the 2014-15 school year
The School District of Rhinelander held a new teacher orientation on Monday, August 18th. The new teachers are excited to begin the 2014-15 school year, which starts for students on Tuesday, September 2nd.
New teachers are pictured (left to right): Front row - Sara Stieve (RHS English), Jordan Rzempoluch (JWMS Mathematics), Alexis Koshollek (JWMS English/Language Arts), Kersti Lamers (RHS Mathematics), Jessica Hunter (JWMS Sixth Grade), Megan Biscobing (Central Intermediate). Back row - Ronja Zweifel (Crescent Elementary), Gretta Layman (RHS Science), Josh Legrey (RHS Technology Education), Britney Bolkema (District Psychologist), Emily Rose (JWMS Counselor), Krysten Hintz (Crescent Elementary), Jolene Fink (Crescent Elementary), Sarah Zurowski (JWMS Health), Christopher Ferge (RHS Physical Education). Missing from the photo - Katie Morois (Pelican Counselor) and Kimberly Nolan (Crescent Counselor).
School District of Rhinelander to take over operations of Aspirus Community Fitness Center and Heck Family Community Pool - GRAND OPENING/OPEN HOUSE to be held on August 18th from 9:00-11:00 am
As of August 18th, the School District of Rhinelander will be taking over operations of the Aspirus Community Fitness Center and Heck Family Community Pool. All community members are invited to join us for a Grand Opening/Open House celebration at the Aspirus Community Fitness Center located in Rhinelander High School on August 18th between 9:00 and 11:00 am. Come see our new improvements!
The fitness center is open for community use for a reasonable monthly fee!
Hours of operation starting September 1st will be...
* Fitness coaches will be on staff from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday
* A personal trainer will be available upon request
* An Athletic trainer will be available upon request to assist in the designing of safe and efficient workouts.
* The fitness center has been REORGANIZED! The cardio and weight areas are now separate! There is also new cardio equipment available.
* THE ENTIRE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER IS FREE FOR THE COMMUNITY!!! Try it out!
Register for 4-year-old and 5-year-old Kindergarten
The School District of Rhinelander is currently registering for 4-year-old and 5-year-old kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Children who will be four years of age on or before September 1, 2014, are eligible to attend four year-old kindergarten and children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2014, are eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2014-2015 school year.
Online registration forms are available on the School District of Rhinelander website. Forms can also be obtained by contacting Crescent Elementary School, Pelican Elementary School or Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES). Registration forms may be mailed, faxed or delivered to 4K and kindergarten location sites.
For more information, please contact Kelly Huseby, Crescent Principal at 715-365-9120; Martha Knudtson, Pelican Principal at 715-365-9160; or Wil Losch, NCES Principal at 715-282-8200.
Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.
Rhinelander Gridiron Club to Host Hodag Family Day
The Rhinelander Gridiron Club is hosting a Hodag Family Day on Saturday, August 9th. Watch the Rhinelander High School (RHS) varsity football team practice from 8:00 - 10:00 am at Mike Webster Stadium. From 10:00 am - 2:00 pm there will be several fun-filled activities for families to enjoy including a free bounce-house, a dunk tank, fire trucks, U.S. National Guard trucks, test drive a Rhinelander GM vehicle, a performance and carwash by the RHS dance team, an art table, a live broadcast and music by 96.5 Sports Radio, full concessions including brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers, raffle ticket sales that include Brewers tickets, Hodag apparel available for purchase, and get your picture with the Hodag mascot, football players, and coaches. Come support Rhinelander Hodag Football!
RHS Student Council Attends Two-Day Summer Session at CAVOC
Summer is always filled with fun activities within the Rhinelander High School (RHS) student council. Earlier this month, on the 8th and 9th of July (from 8:30 am Tuesday morning until about 4:00 pm Wednesday evening), right before the Hodag Breakfast for country-festers, the full student council (those who were able to make it), including incoming freshmen through seniors, attended a 2-day session at Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC). Activities included: getting to know each other, going over the constitution, planning homecoming, team bonding, ropes course, and other fun activities! The group accomplished a lot during this time. They are looking forward to a fun and productive upcoming school year.
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Fitness and Aquatic Facilities Open to Community
The School District of Rhinelander is offering free trial memberships for the Aspirus Community Fitness Center and the Heck Family Community Pool.
Employees of the School District of Rhinelander and their immediate families (children 12 and older) will be able to use the Aspirus Community Fitness Center free of charge during the month of September. A free two-week membership is being offered to the general public from October 1 through October 15. Membership purchases during the free trial time-frame will result in free membership for the remainder of the month.
The Aspirus Community Fitness Center and the Heck Family Community Pool have recently changed their hours of operation. New hours for the Aspirus Community Fitness Center are:
Monday - Friday: 6:00 - 7:45 am
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 - 11:00 am
Currently, a fitness coach is on duty during all hours of operation. Effective November 1, 2013, a fitness coach will be on duty Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm.
The Heck Family Community Pool will be open every Sunday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and is free to the community.
For more information or to print a membership application, please click here.