District News

The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

Apple Crunch

As a way to recognize National School Lunch Week, Rhinelander schools participated in the 'Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch' on Thursday, October 13. The Apple Crunch is a way to help celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples. The elementary and middle schools joined in on the fun. The delicious, beautiful apples came from Maple Ridge Orchard located in Merrill and owned by Marvin Anderson. Marvin is the father-in-law of James Williams Middle School secretary Shelley Anderson. Everyone enjoyed crunching into their apples at noon on October 13.

Crescent Second Graders Visit CAVOC

Crescent CAVOC
Pictured: Riley Johnson, Piper Stinebrink, Makayla Vandehei and Adaline Juedes participate in a scavenger hunt at the school forest.

The second graders from Crescent Elementary School visited CAVOC on October 17 to participate in a variety of environmental activities. Each second grade teacher lead the students in an activity.  

Ms. Vannatter taught the students about the water cycle. The students learned about the water cycle's changing parts and the states of matter that the water can naturally be found in.  

Mr. Kennedy led the students in an animal shelter building activity. The students learned about the hibernation habits of some animals. The students learned that the animals use the objects in their habitat to build shelters.

While the students visited Mr. Richter's station, they learned the importance of building a fire safely. The students learned that fires can be useful. The students enjoyed making s'mores. In the end, they also learned the proper way to put out a fire.

Mrs. Deitz led the students in putting a variety of leaves into groups by color, size, shape and variety. The students identified the variety of leaves that they found by matching them to a leaf key. Finally, the second graders went on a scavenger hunt. They found acorns, mushrooms, a bird nest and some insects.  

While the students were with Mrs. Prom, they created Forests. Forests was a student made book that included information about animal homes. After the students made an animal home book, they created an animal paper bag puppet.

Artists of the Month at Central School

Central Artists
Pictured: Back Row - Lillian Badgley, Payton Hall, Morgan Snyder, Tori Riopel, Abishea Winnicki and Coleton Kalata. Front Row - Lexi Bishop, Alea Vozka. Helena Wisner, Sarai Aguilar Hernandez, Trinity Tanner & Owen Mansavage. Not Pictured - Truman Lamers.

Central Intermediate School's Art Department continues to offer its "Artist of the Month" recognition. This month, we see both 4th and 5th grade connecting famous artists to modern day culture. Fourth graders learned about artist Piet Mondrian and applied his Minimalist style to their own portraits of Minions! Fifth grade took a peek at artist Wassily Kandinsky, learned about abstract art and were inspired by jazz music to create a unique watercolor composition.

Students are chosen as Artist of the Month for their innovative thinking skills, creative applications, showcasing of exemplary learning through the project expectations, and of course, by positively demonstrating the 4 B's (Be Here, Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful).

This round of student artwork will displayed at Nicolet National Bank from October 13th - November 13th. Community members are encouraged to go and check it out!

Congratulations to the October Artists and a very special "Thank you" to Nicolet National Bank!

Crescent Firefighters Teach Students About Fire Safety

Fire Safety
Pictured: Crescent Elementary School students were surprised to see so many tools on the fire truck.

Volunteer firefighters visited Crescent Elementary on October 12 to teach the students about fire safety. First, the firefighters showed the students all of the tools that the fire trucks carry. The students were surprised to see so many different kinds of saws and hoses. The students noticed that the firefighters even had a retractable ladder that helps them quickly reach the ladder.
Then the firefighters invited the students to enter the Onedia County Fire Safety House. The 32-foot mobile classroom is designed to teach students vital burn prevention and fire escape techniques through a fun, safe simulation of common hazards. The students found many dangers that were placed in the mobile classroom. For example, there was a paper towel attached to the toaster. In the kitchen there was also a chair that was pushed up to the oven and the handle of a pan was facing outward. In the upper level, students noticed that a newspaper and a gas can were next to the fireplace.

After the fire safety house was filled with non-toxic smoke, students crawled to the door to exit. The students were reminded to have a designated meeting place that all of their family members could meet in case of a fire. Finally the firefighters reminded the youngsters to have working smoke detectors on all levels of their home.  

The students were treated to fire safety coloring books from the Crescent Firefighters. A big thanks goes out to the volunteer firefighters for teaching Crescent Elementary School students about fire safety.

First Graders Get a Visit From Smokey the Bear

Smokey the Bear
Pictured: First graders at CAVOC with Jeff Mell, Dawn Meier, and Smokey the Bear.

With October being recognized as National Fire Prevention Month, the first graders at Pelican Elementary were fortunate enough to participate in a forest fire safety presentation on Tuesday, October 4th at Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC). Special guests, Jeff Mell, Dawn Meier, and Chris Woods from Rhinelander's Forest Service taught our Pelican first graders what they can do to keep our beautiful forests safe from forests fires. They learned not to play with matches and what to do when they find a match in the woods.

Students also learned how forest fires can start and the different ways those fires can be put out by trained professionals. The smiles on the first graders' faces grew even bigger once Smokey the Bear joined in on the conversations and helped answer great questions from the first graders. The students learned about the story of how Smokey the Bear was rescued from a forest fire and now travels around the country to spread the word on how to prevent forest fires. 

Agápe Love by Samantha Siefert

Agape Love
Pictured: Samantha Siefert is a sophomore at Rhinelander High School. She is a student in Steve Chrisinger's Creative Writing class.

It's not crimson or scarlet or even plain red
It's not the same thing that cupid spread
It's not ruby or rose or a color like wine
But all the same, this feeling is mine
It's the feeling of family and of friends
It's the thing that starts wars or perhaps makes amends
It's pleasant and good and cool to the touch
If feelings were physical it would feel as such
It's zaffre, sapphire, or perhaps baby blue
But I've also seen cyan, aqua, and turquoise too
It's soft, smooth, and cool, but somehow still pleasantly warm and sunny
It doesn't care about looks or smarts or money
But instead it's just there
Through bad weather or fair
Through the best and through the worse
Through the blessings or the curse
It's there through it all
Whether you fly or fall
It stands like a tower: tall, firm, and unwavering
Even when our hearts pound, quavering
I know you've heard of feelings quite wild
But this feeling is simple even for a child
This feeling is actually really quite tame
And although known by the same name
It is not represented by a dove
Because this subtle thing is a different kind of love

Rhinelander FBLA/DECA Takes On "Trick or Can" Food Drive

Trick or Can

FBLA/DECA is ecstatic to bring to our community a state-wide community service project, Trick or Can. Members will be dropping off bags for community donations on October 17th and will be back around to pick up the non perishable food items on October 25th.
Halloween marks a time each year when community members are willing to open their doors and interact with one another spreading joy and candy aplenty, but it is also a great time of need in our community. That is why so many DECA chapters across the state have begun to adopt Trick or Can into their repertoire of community service events.
The event is simple, on October 17th Rhinelander High School students will go out into the community strategically and safely distributing donation bags to homes with a flyer explaining what can and cannot be donated. The community's job as a recipient is to place non-perishable food items into the bag with non perishable food items and be ready to have it picked up on October 25th! If you will not be home that day, you can just leave them out front with a note!
All donations will go to the Rhinelander Food Pantry where they will be redistributed to families who need a little extra help this Fall in our community. All assistance is appreciated! If you have questions, contact the RHS FBLA/DECA advisor Mischell Fryar at 715-365-9500 or fryarmis@rhinelander.k12.wi.us.

Mass Flu Vaccine Clinics Offered for Community at Rhinelander High School

Flu Shot

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 pm and Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm, the Oneida County Health Department is offering a Mass Flu Vaccine Clinic at Rhinelander High School in the cafeteria.

Flu vaccine is free for children 18 and under.  Parent/guardian(s) must be present with their child at the time of vaccination.

Flu Vaccine is available for adults 19 years and up at the prices listed below.
($35) Fluzone Quadrivalent, Injectable Vaccine:
This vaccine protects against four (4) virus strains, including: A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus, B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (Victoria lineage), B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata lineage)

($65) Fluzone High-Dose Influenza Vaccine:
This is available for people 65 years of age and older. It is intended to create a stronger immune response (more antibodies equals more protection) in the person getting the vaccine. This vaccine protects against three (3) virus strains, including: A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus and a, B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage). For more information: http://www.immunize.org/vis/flu_inactive.pdf

The Oneida County Health Department accepts cash, check, or some credit cards and will bill Medicaid, BadgerCare, Medicare, and some Medicare Replacements.  Please have card available.

Anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu should get vaccinated.  It is recommended that all people 6 months and older get a flu shot.  Certain people are at higher risk of complications from the flu.  Those people include: Children age 6 months to 18 years, pregnant women, people 50 years and older, anyone with chronic medical conditions, and people who live in nursing homes.  

The best way to protect yourself from getting the flu is to practice good hand washing, get your flu shot each year, stay home when you are sick, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  For more information about 2016-17 Influenza see this site: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2016-2017.htm

Pelican's 'Peaceful Playground' Yielding Positive Results

Peaceful Playground
Pictured: Second grade Pelican students enjoy peaceful playground games.

Pelican School students and staff continue to see positive results from their implementation of a Peaceful Playground Program four years ago. Designed by Melinda Bossenmeyer Ed. D., Peaceful Playground is based on five principles designed to make school playgrounds warm, inviting, and  arguing and bullying free. The principles include 1. Consistent set of rules, 2. Solutions of conflicts, 3. Game markings, 4. Equipment availability, and 5. Consistent expectations.  Pelican School has seen a drop in playground behavior referrals by 75% since implementation.

This year's third grade class is the first class to start Kindergarten with the Peaceful Playground Program. Each year since implementation, Pelican staff have seen a decrease in playground conflicts. At the start of every year and then several times throughout the year, students learn new games, review expectations and rules, and learn how to manage and resolve conflicts. Peaceful Playgrounds has also become part of the summer school curriculum for first and second grade students at Crescent Elementary School.    

"This program works because we have set high standards and expectations for our students. We have given them a well marked playground with plenty of equipment with a myriad of options for games and activities. Kids enjoy games such as Hop Scotch, Four Square, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Scoops, tagging games, swings, climbing equipment and much much more. We have something for everyone!" -- Katie  Morois , Pelican School Counselor   

The variety and number of activities/games is the number one reason why the incidents of playground misbehavior is down at Pelican School. Every student has choices and no time to be bored. Students have been given the tools and skills they need to manage conflict and resolve disagreements. These are skills they will use for a lifetime.

Homecoming 2016

Homecoming 2016

Rhinelander High School took part in it's annual Homecoming Week September 25 - October 1. The week was capped off last Saturday with an amazing Homecoming Dance. A great time was had by all!

Pictured (from left to right) is the 2016 Homecoming Court: Noah Tjugum and Sam Rocha, Logan Wild and Lauren Fabich, Alec Bess and Hannah Stroede, King Gunnar Millot and Queen Haley Sisel, Tait Spencer and Delanie Stafford, Tyler Blomdahl and Gracie Quinn, Matthew O'Melia and Shea Petersen.

Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.

School Board Appreciation Week

School Board Appreciation
The 2016-2017 School Board includes (left to right): David Holperin, Mary Peterson, Ann Munninghoff-Eshelman, Duane Frey, Judy Conlin, Merlin Van Buren, Mike Roberts, Ron Counter, and Dennis O'Brien.

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set Oct. 2-8 as Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities. The School District of Rhinelander is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week to honor local board members for their commitment to Rhinelander and all the communities that make up the School District of Rhinelander.

"It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level," Superintendent Kelli Jacobi said. "They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect."

Superintendent Jacobi said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

* Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
* Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
* Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district's goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
* Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;
* Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;
* Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and
* Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.

"School board members give the Rhinelander citizens a voice in education decision making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment."

Adopt a Highway

Adopt a Highway
Pictured (left to right): Elliot Fehlen, Max Holperin, Lance Kopplin, Mason Hageny, Abby Krueger, Mischell Fryar, and Haley Sisel.

For their first service project of the year, Rhinelander's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)/DECA cleaned up their section of Highway 17 with the Adopt-A-Highway program. Starting in front of Printpack, the 10 students that participated on August 22 picked up garbage for the two miles of highway between Hwy. 8 and County P. For its next project, the chapter is working with Hanson's Garden Village to help with its annual Fall Fest. Fall Fest will be held on Saturday, October 15th at Hanson's Garden Village.

The Eiffel Tower Comes to The Pelican School Library

Eiffel Tower
Pictured (left to right): Domonick DeHorn, Mason Lee, and Colin Pitsch worked together building their version of the Eiffel Tower.

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems is about the adventures of Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat. This tender friendship story takes place in France, and is based on a real-life dog and cat the author met when he moved to Paris. Ms Biscobings' second graders were read this unforgettable tale of discovery during library time, and then used their creativity with Legos building Eiffel Towers.
Award winning illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi brings to life Parisian landmarks, adding charm to this chapter book. Targeted for 6-8 year olds, the message of this New York Times Children's Best Seller lies in the value of trying new experiences and learning to trust. This cute and meaningful adventure story is a great choice for introducing chapter books.
Families can discover other titles by Mo Williams by visiting the School District of Rhinelander's web site at www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us/faculty/k3library and clicking on the Library Catalog for Pelican School.

RHS Wins School of Merit Award

School of Merit

The Rhinelander High School PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) team was recognized as a 2016 School of Merit by the Wisconsin PBIS network. This award, given to schools with full PBIS implementation, was presented to the team at this summer's WI PBIS Network conference in Wisconsin Dells on August 16, 2016.

Schools of Merit must meet a variety of criteria to be recognized, such as having full teams of teachers and administrators that meets regularly. This team uses their meeting times to discuss referral data collected by the team, and use that data to create an action plan and guide the implementation of PBIS supports.  In addition, the team shares that data with the staff and receives input from both staff and students about the behaviors observed and what incentives should be planned next. Upon receipt of the award, the RHS PBIS team is now eligible to represent RHS by presenting at future WI PBIS Network conferences, in addition to being recognized for implementing PBIS with integrity.

On the first day of school this year, the staff of RHS celebrated the award by posing with the banner they received with the award while wearing their PBIS car giveaway shirts. Congratulations Rhinelander High School and their PBIS team!

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Pictured: Students in Mrs. Belanger's kindergarten class learn how to do mindful breathing during a class meeting. Mrs. Belanger is using a Hoberman Sphere to show her students how to follow their breath during the exercise.

Classrooms at Pelican Elementary are taking time to breathe and clear their minds using mindful breathing exercises. Staff members were introduced to mindfulness during an in-service, and many teachers took what they learned and applied it to their classrooms. Mindfulness has many benefits, including improving awareness and clearing the mind to create deeper focus.

Each classroom teacher was given a Hoberman Sphere to show students how to breathe in and out following the sphere. When the sphere opens up, their breath goes in. As the sphere closes, the breath comes out. Some teachers are using GoNoodle, an online site that walks students through an interactive mindfulness exercise. Staff are excited to incorporate mindfulness into their daily practice, and use another tool to increase student performance. 

James Williams Middle School PBIS Kickoff

JWMS Kickoff
Pictured: Sixth graders Austin Brockman (left) and Jeremy Legrey (right) were the winners of the Minute to Win It games at JWMS.

Students at James Williams Middle School participated in a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Kickoff Assembly on Friday, September 16, 2016. Each homeroom had a dress up theme to show their school spirit and chose two students to partake in Minute to Win it Games. The winner of each grade level then competed in a game of champions for a traveling trophy. The victory went to 6th grade with Austin Brockman and Jeremy Legrey winning the game. The games were followed by a message from Mr. Howell reminding students of the PBIS expectations at JWMS and how they are encouraging positive behaviors in every area of the school. Mr. Gretzinger then thanked the students for a great start to the year and explained future incentives. 

Homecoming Week 2016

Photo courtesy of TMK Photography

Homecoming week runs September 25 - October 1. This year's theme is "A Night on the Red Carpet"


- Talent show: Sunday, September 25th at 6:30 pm in the Rhinelander High School Auditorium

- Spike Volleyball Game: Monday, September 26th at 7:00 pm in the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium

- Powder Puff Football Game: Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 pm at Mike Webster Stadium

- Pep Rally: Friday, September 30th at 2:10 pm in the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium

- Homecoming Parade: Friday, September 30th at 4:00 pm (Brown Street to Davenport Street)

- Homecoming Football Game versus Medford: Friday, September 30th at 7:00 pm at Mike Webster Stadium

- Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 1st at 7:00 pm at Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium


Monday - Jersey Day
Tuesday - Paparazzi Day
Wednesday - Decade Day
Thursday - Movie Day
Friday - Green and White Day

The Y's Third Annual Nutty Trail Run at CAVOC

Nutty Run

The trails of CAVOC (Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom) will come alive with running shoes on Saturday, October 1st as the YMCA of the Northwoods hosts the 3rd Annual Nutty Trail Run. The race will begin and end at the trail head of CAVOC. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the participants throughout the course. While enjoying the peak scenery of autumn in the Northwoods, enjoy this single lap 5K route that utilizes the beautiful CAVOC trails.

Awards will be given out at the post-race awards ceremony around 11:00 AM to the top three male and top three female finishers in each age bracket. This race is for all ages!

Registration for the run is $30 before September 15th which guarantees you a dri-wick t-shirt. Registration after September 15th is $35. For more information or to register, call the YMCA of the Northwoods at 715-362-9622 or visit www.ymcaofthenorthwoods.org or register at active.com (additional fee).

Northwoods United Way Held a Successful "Stuff the Bus" Event

Stuff the Bus
Pictured left to right are: Mike Cheslock (School District of Rhinelander Community Education Coordinator), Martha Knudtson (Pelican Elementary School Principal), and Nancy Sattler (Executive Director of Northwoods United Way).

The Northwoods United Way school (NWUW) supply donation event, "STUFF THE BUS", took place on August 30th, 2016 from 2-6 pm in the Rhinelander Walmart parking lot. "Individuals were encouraged to 'Buy Two-Give One' when shopping for their back to school supplies this year," states Nancy Sattler, Executive Director for Northwoods United Way. "Businesses that conducted their own school supply drives in the month of August were also encouraged to bring the items collected to the bus." The NWUW sorted the donated supplies and delivered them to NCES, Crescent, Central and Pelican Elementary Schools on September 1st.

"We were able to get the supplies to the schools as the students were returning for classes," added Sattler. "The goal is to ensure all students are on equal footing when school starts. Many children look forward to arriving on the first day of school with new notebooks, backpacks and pencils, but it's a different story for children whose families can't afford these items."

Bowens Bus Service donated the use of a bus for this event, and Walmart allowed the use of their parking lot for the afternoon. "It's a great example of bringing the community together to LIVE UNITED," Sattler added.  

The estimated value of supplies donated exceeded $1,000. Sattler stated, "More than half of the bus was full of supplies this year. We plan on holding an event like this next year, and hope to get enough supplies for two busses."

For information about the Northwoods United Way, please contact Nancy Sattler at 715-369-0440 or via email at nwuway@newnorth.net.

Pelican Welcomes Families Back for a New School Year

Welcome Back
Pictured (left to right): Winners of the Title 1 surprise bags were Adaline Homp (Kindergarten), Jaylyn LaChapelle (2nd Grade), Cloie Ring (3rd Grade), and Jaylend Hardin (1st Grade).

On Tuesday, August 30th, Pelican Elementary School welcomed students back with an Open House. During this time, students were able to visit teachers, drop off supplies, become familiar with the room and building as well as meeting other staff. Families enjoyed a free meal which included delicious coleslaw prepared from cabbage harvested from the Pelican Garden. Booths were set up in the gym so parents were able to gather information about various programs provided by the district and other local organizations.

New to Pelican this year is full time reading and math Title 1 support. The Title 1 staff will be working closely with parents and teachers to support district programming within the classroom along with providing specialized instruction to reinforce classroom learning and individual needs. During the evening Title 1 teachers provided parents an opportunity to use classroom technology through a hands on experience using QR codes. The QR codes were a fun, interactive way for students and parents to learn about the Title 1 programs. QR codes were linked to websites that support reading and math.  Students entered their names in for a drawing for surprise bags filled with hands on activities and books for use at home.

One New Teacher is Shaking Things Up with "Pokemon Go" Lesson

Pokemon Lesson
Pictured: Gabriel Kennedy (top) and James Lawrence (bottom) were two students who participated in the lesson.

"I'm shaking things up a bit," said John Kennedy, 22, a first-year teacher at Crescent Elementary School. As part of a lesson Thursday morning on counting and number lines, the 2nd grade teacher had students catch "Pokemon" using Pokemon Go, a popular mobile app which projects fantasy creatures onto "augmented reality." Volunteers stood on a cardstock number line and were given a construction paper cut-out phone and "Poke Ball." Then, a "Pokemon" featured in the game was placed on the number line. Students counted on the number line so their classmate could drop the "Poke Ball" and catch the creature. As they counted, students also engaged in discussion. The students used math vocabulary terms, such as "addend" and "sum" to guide their peers to the Pokemon.

"Math, to me, was always a boring subject in school," the second grade teacher said, "I want to show that math can be fun and used in interesting and real-life circumstances. Well, close to real-life circumstances anyway!" The lesson was no doubt the students' favorite of the entire week.
When asked if he played Pokemon Go in his free time, Mr. Kennedy declined to respond.

Mentoring at Central Intermediate School


Central Intermediate School is looking for mentors from local businesses and the community to work one-on-one with their students. They are looking for volunteers to work with students for a half hour to 45 minutes once a week during the school day and/or in their after school program.

Mentors will have the opportunity to connect with 4th and 5th grade students and teach life skills, share with students their areas of expertise and interests, work on crafts and hobbies, play games, or just sit and talk. This is a great opportunity to connect with the children of our community and to be a positive role model in their lives. No special skills or experiences are needed to be a mentor - only a willingness to listen, encourage, and show children that they matter and are important.

Studies show that children who have relationships with adults who encourage and value them have higher graduation and college enrollment rates, increased self-esteem and regard for others, and are less likely to use drugs and alcohol, among numerous other benefits.

If you are interested in hearing more and/or becoming involved, please contact RaNae Jewell at Central School, at 365-9600 ex. 2401 or at jewelran@rhinelander.k12.wi.us.

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  • 665 Coolidge Ave. Suite B
  • Rhinelander, WI 54501
  • Phone: 715-365-9700