District News

Habitat for Humanity Northwoods and the RHS Building Trades Program Team Up

RHS Building Trades
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

Music Performances

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

Mr. 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

NCES Recognition

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.

For more information, and a full listing of schools that received recognition, please see the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction press release at
http://dpi.wi.gov/files/eis/pdf/dpinr2014_91.pdf

Congratulations to all the students and staff at NCES!

Hodag Tech Fest Featured in Teaching Today

Hodag Tech Fest
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

Community 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 cheslmik@rhinelander.k12.wi.us. We hope you consider continuing your education with lifelong learning!

Pelican staff attends PBIS conference, accepts "School of Merit" banner

Pelican School of Merit
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!!!

Fitness Center
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:

Monday - Friday:  6:00 - 7:45 am
Monday - Thursday:  3:30 - 9:00 pm
Friday: 3:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 - 11:00 am


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.

CAP

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.

CHAMPS

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

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).

Fitness Center

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...

Monday - Friday:  6:00 - 7:45 am
Monday - Thursday:  3:30 - 9:00 pm
Friday: 3:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 - 11:00 am

*    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!

4K and K

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.

Family Day
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!

Student Council

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
  • Sunday: Closed

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.

 

  • 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