A group of students at Pelican Elementary School recognize March as "Music in Our Schools" month.
Celebrating March as Music in Our Schools Month
Music in our Schools vocal and instrumental concerts were held at Rhinelander High School on March 4th and March 6th with individual performing groups culminating with combined talents of all students in 6th-12th grade. A piano recital with the students of Carolyn O'Brien, Carmen Kreitlow, Lori Ring, and Mary Karnosky was held at Rhinelander High School (RHS) on Sunday, March 16th. There was a guest appearance by Marilla McKay, an alumnist of RHS majoring in piano at UW-Eau Claire. Thanks to the financial donation of Doris Brown and the Hodag Schools Foundation, the Steinway grand piano has been refurbished.
Elementary music classes at Pelican, Crescent, Central, and the Northwoods Community Elementary School learn about music appreciation, the music elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, form and tone color. The students have thought about what music means to them. The theme this year from the Association for Music Education is "Music makes me _____!" Some of the responses were: Music makes me happy! Music makes me sing! Music makes me jiggly! Music makes me dance! Music makes me move! Music makes me smart! Music makes me rock! Elementary students are preparing for future concerts to showcase their talents. Elementary students are chosen during music class to have the opportunity to use an iPad with music apps such as Garageband, Monkey Drum, Singing Fingers, and Music Lab. The iPad opportunity ensures another way to differentiate musical content.
Pictured left to right: Aiden Ostermann, Ali Kelly, Isabel DeBauche, and Haley Ives.
Mrs. Huseby's Art Gallery
Crescent Elementary School Principal Kelly Huseby recently used artwork from students to decorate the school office. Featured artists for the month of April include Ali Kelly (Kindergarten), Aiden Ostermann (Grade 1), Haley Ives (Grade 2), and Isabel DeBauche (Grade 3). Crescent students, with the help of art teacher Mrs. Roche, did a great job brightening up the office with their wonderful abstract art work.
Diversity Club Teaches Lessons to Middle Schoolers
Members of the Rhinelander High School (RHS) Diversity Club recently taught a series of lessons, focusing on bullying, to Northwoods Community Secondary School (NCSS) middle school students. The Be Safe curriculum, published by Michigan State University, uses experiential learning techniques to address bullying, cyberbullying, diversity, healthy relationships, the development of emotional intelligence, the learning of social skills, how to be an ally to victims, and an understanding of the influence of media on attitude formation.
The Diversity Club team of Nick Wagler, Megan Marvin, Anavay White, and Phoenix Bise met several times in preparation to teach the activities. The leadership, role modeling, and teamwork skills they developed fostered a supportive and safe environment where youth could express their views and personal feelings about bullying issues. As a result, the team developed the basis for future teen teaching on the topic.
Researched-based, the Be Safe curriculum was adapted for the classroom setting from its original design as an afterschool program. With the success demonstrated by the recent Diversity Club work, a goal is to expand this program to other classrooms in the future.
Left to Right is Gracie Weatherley, Kris Michlig, Addison Bates, Landon Bates, and Grace Lopez. Photo courtesy of Marcus Nesemann of The Northwoods River News.
Jump Rope For Heart
Each year Crescent Elementary participates in Jump Rope For Heart. Students work on jump rope skills, get a great heart healthy workout, learn about making heart healthy choices and raise money for children who are born with hearts that aren't as strong as theirs. This year, Crescent Elementary raised $2,313 for the American Heart Association. Leading the effort this year was Gracie Weatherley who raised $300, Grace Lopez who raised $260 and Landon Bates with $200 and his sister Addison Bates with another $200. Way to go Crescent!
Crescent Big Top All-School Circus Celebration
The Crescent Big Top All-School Circus Celebration was held on Friday, March 28th, at the Crescent Elementary School Gym in recognition of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative. Students were selected from each classroom by their teachers from a pool of amazing and enthusiastic "performers." There were also "acts" culled from the ranks of the teaching staff performing in each ring of the Crescent 4-Ring Circus.
Ms. Pekoc lead the entire school with piano circus music as classes entered the "Big Top." Principal Kelly Huseby served as the Crescent Big Top Circus Ring Master. Students and staff were given animal or clown masks to decorate and cut out, helping deepen the circus ambience. The events included: Seals Bounce, Monkeys Ride, Lions Leap, Ponies Pull, Elephant Nudge, and Clown Pop.
At the end of the celebration, the school conducted its third quarter PBIS prize drawing. Almost a hundred students went home for break with a special prize that they earned, just by being "caught" doing the right thing and earning a Hodag High-Five.
Second Grade Culture Club Visits Grace Lodge
The Culture Club is made up of second graders who participate in different activities each month. Last month, they visited the residents at Grace Lodge and participated in the music social that residents have each week. The club brought along musical instruments for the students and the residents to play together while they sang some fun songs.
Culture Club has also attended a play at the Grand Theater in Wausau, a show at Nicolet College Theater, a basketball game at the high school, and a meal at the Friendship House. This club is funded by a Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF) grant and is designed to help the students develop friendships with students from other schools, learn and practice social skills in the community that will help them later in life, and it gives them a chance to experience things they may not get a chance to experience otherwise. Mary Bloch and Denise Check are the advisors for the groups.
Pelican Students Read with Therapy Dogs
Students at Pelican Elementary School have new friends to read with. Quincy, Napa, and Scuba, the therapy dogs, have been visiting Pelican to listen to students read once a week.
Quincy visits Mrs. Votis' kindergarten classroom every Thursday where students take turns reading him their favorite books. Napa and Scuba have been visiting the Special Education department where students come down to practice their reading skills to their furry friends.
The teachers have noticed that when their children are reading with the dogs, any sense of anxiety about reading melts away. Josh Murray, first grader at Pelican School shared that starting his Friday by reading to the dogs really helps him have a good day.
Arion St. Peter and his Potato Clock investigation.
Central School Hosts Science Fair
Central Intermediate School held its annual science fair on Thursday evening, March 20, and Friday morning, March 21. Students were invited to participate as a family and present a display using a science investigation plan. The gymnasium was packed with 68 participants this year. Central's PAC provided funds so that each student would receive a science medal and a certificate of participation. It was a great learning experience for all who attended.
Left to right is Ava Catlin (first grade), Melissa Dibbles (mother), and Landon Catlin (4K).
Crescent Four Year Old Kindergarten Outreach Events Include Moms, Dads, and Grandparents
4K has a variety of outreach events that they hold throughout the school year. These events range from home visits, parent education opportunities and parent/child activities. To accommodate as many people as possible, the events are offered on different days and at different times throughout the month.
Their most recent outreach opportunities include Granola with Grandparents, Muffins with Mom, and Doughnuts with Dad. These clever names are tied into Laura Numeroff's stories (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, etc.) which they are reading in 4K. The turnout has been wonderful, and family members seem to be very excited to join their student in the classroom. 4K teachers are thankful to have so many strong family connections by holding these outreach opportunities.
Pictured left to right: Event organizer Richard Entenmann from Asset Builders, Brendan McGuire, Mike Anderson, Lukas Kreger, Andrew Stafford, and RHS teacher Patrick Kubeny.
Rhinelander High School Wins Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl
The Rhinelander/Northwoods Regional Tournament Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl (FICB) was held at Nicolet College on Tuesday, March 11th. Teams from Rhinelander, Merrill, Three Lakes, Northland Pines, and Crandon competed throughout the day. Rhinelander #3 ended up winning the competition. The team from Merrill placed second. Both Rhinelander #3 and Merrill advance to the state competition in Milwaukee on April 30th.
FICB is a financial literacy study program culminating in a college bowl quiz competition. The FICB aligns with statewide learning standards for financial literacy and is an effective strategy to promote learning. The competition features student teams (up to 4 members and an alternate) competing for trophies and fabulous prizes. All FICB teams are led by adult coaches who help students study and prepare, as a classroom or an after school activity.
Mrs. Rodziczak's Kindergarten class at Crescent.
Kindergartners Make Cards for Cancer Center
On March 4-5, Ms. Rodziczak's Kindergarten class from Crescent Elementary School made cards and a banner for the James Beck Cancer Center Open House. The cards were made for people visiting and going through treatments.
The event was open to the public on Wednesday, March 12th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. It involved a tour through the center and a chance to meet staff. Ms. Rodziczak's Kindergarten class cards will be on display for all who visit the James Beck Cancer Center.
The RHS Green Shades Jazz Ensemble in Shawano
Green Shades Jazz Ensemble Participates in 5th Annual Shawano Jazz Festival
The Rhinelander High School (RHS) Green Shades Jazz Ensemble participated in the 5th Annual Shawano Jazz Festival this past Saturday at Shawano High School.
Out of 21 bands participating, Green Shades was presented with the Class Act Award. This award is given to one band demonstrating respect for others, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. The recipient of this award is determined by a variety of people working with the band students over the course of the day.
Also, lead trumpet player, Ben Sawyer and lead trombone player, Kayla Wenos were recipients of Outstanding Soloists Awards.
Rhinelander High School Mock Trial Team Wins State Championship
In their record 22nd appearance before the justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Rhinelander High School (RHS) Mock Trial team defeated Shorewood High School to become the 2014 state champion. In so doing, the defending state champion Hodags broke their own state record by winning their 17th title since the inception of the Mock Trial tournament 31 years ago.
The Rhinelander team has only two returning members from last year's state championship team; senior co-captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O'Brien. The other members are juniors Mike Anderson and Erin Tenderholt, sophomores Anna Catlin and Emily Ditzler, and freshmen Albi Sabani, Ellie Rickman, and Sydney Schallock.
The Rhinelander team will now represent the State of Wisconsin in the National High School Mock Trial Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin, May 8-10. Anyone wishing to contribute to tournament expenses may send a check to the high school, made out to the RHS Mock Trial Team, in care of Kathy Vick-Martini.
Left: Amber Sheth, Right: Elise Ditzler
RHS Students Compete at Poetry Out Loud
Elise Ditzler and Amber Sheth, both seniors, competed in the state Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition in Madison, Wisconsin on March 8, 2014. The girls finished in the top two in the regional competition against 6 other students in Wrightstown to get to this point. Students needed to memorize and recite three poems, demonstrating accuracy, dramatic appropriateness and understanding. Amber Sheth placed 2nd among some very strong competition from the 8 other students from across the state.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. POL has grown every year with over 365,000 students competing in 2011-2012.
Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.
Karie Blemke teaches English at James Williams Middle School
JWMS Teacher and RHS Student Recognized by Herb Kohl Educational Foundation
The 2014 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship and Initiative Scholarship winners have been announced. Congratulations to Karie Blemke, a James Williams Middle School (JWMS) teacher, on being a recipient of this fellowship. Congratulations to Destiny Baitinger, a Rhinelander High School student on being recognized as an Initiative Scholar.
Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Fellowship recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, and representatives of education-related associations and the program's co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), and regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA).
Initiative Scholarship recipients, chosen by their schools, have demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond, but have not yet received other academic-based scholarships.
Pennies for the Pups and Purrs
On February 20th and 21st, Mrs. Bishop's multi-age class sponsored a spare change fundraiser so all the classes at Crescent Elementary School could raise money for the Rhinelander Animal Shelter. The event became known as "Pennies for the Pups and Purrs." Students brought in pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to help out our area pets in need.
The two day total was $349.53. Bria Swartout from the animal shelter came to Crescent Elementary to accept the raised money from the multi-age class. The money will help pay for pet food, litter, cleaning supplies, and vet expenses.
Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" was a rousing success. The RHS/NCSS Drama department held four performances this past weekend and they were very well attended. The performance on Sunday included a visit from the play's authors, Adam Moreno and Michelle Matusin. It was magical to have the authors on stage and talking to the kids. They said they were impressed with our rendition of their script. Thanks to all the students' parents and families for their support and thank you to all the adults who helped produce the play.
RHS hockey player Melissa Walenton assists CHAMPS student Coral Hardy.
CHAMPS Students Enjoy an Afternoon on the Ice
For an early release day on February 26th, approximately 70 Crescent CHAMPS students visited the Rhinelander Ice Arena for an afternoon of activities. The Rhinelander Ice Association (RIA) donated the facility, and the high school boys and girls hockey players tied skates and led all training for the day. The major activities included large group instruction, small group work, and open skate. Hot chocolate was also provided to the students.
Kudos to the 17 members of the boys and girls hockey teams for their expertise, patience, general nurturing, and youthful carefree manner. These high school students donated their time on an early-release day so that students 4-8 years old could have a positive experience on the ice. The interaction between the little ones and the teenagers was amazing.
Central Geography Bee
Central School recently held their annual Geography Bee for all fourth and fifth grade students. It began with classroom competitions. Each classroom holds a preliminary bee. Scores are entered for each class and the students with the top ten scores from each grade level participate in the championship round of the bee.
Twenty students entered the championship round. After several grueling rounds, Lilli Bishop, a fifth grader, came through as the Central School champion. Wyatt Leonard, a fourth grader, was the runner up. Lilli has since completed a written test attempting to become eligible for the state geography bee. Central staff will be notified in the next few weeks if Lilli will continue on the journey to the state competition in early April. Success there will send Lilli to the national competition and the chance to win a $25,000 college scholarship! Congratulations to Lilli and all of the students for their participation. Good luck, Lilli!
Crescent Winter Olympics
On Friday, February 21, Crescent Elementary celebrated a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) all school incentive by hosting the Crescent Olympics. It was a terrific competition between K-3 students and staff.
Some of the exciting events were: Potato Race, Ping Pong on a Spoon, Basketball Relay, Clothing Race, and a Wheelbarrow Race! All of the participants were outstanding athletes who gave their best effort. The crowd cheered with their creative individual PBIS paper hands which had one of the four B's on the back. Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Here, and Be Safe.
RHS Teacher Earns Statewide Recognition
The Governor's Council on Financial Literacy has announced that seven individuals and 13 organizations are recipients of the 2013 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award given for their efforts in promoting financial literacy among Wisconsin citizens.
The recipients were selected from 52 nominations submitted for consideration. Criteria used in the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups.
Patrick Kubeny, Business Education Teacher at Rhinelander High School, was one of the seven individuals selected to receive this award. Recipients will be honored in a ceremony hosted by Governor Walker at the Capitol on February 26th. Way to go Mr. Kubeny!
Logan Keso (left) and Cody Sedlacek (right) are working on their calculations for their parabolas.
JWMS Algebra Students Create 'Angry Bird' Levels
At James Williams Middle School (JWMS), students in Mrs. May's Algebra I class recently designed their own Angry Bird level and used the drawings to identify the vertex and axis of symmetry. They wrote equations in vertex form of a quadratic function using the parabolic flight paths of the birds.
Mrs. May came up with the idea while researching parabolas on Pinterest. The students' goal was to identify the coordinate points of the vertex and another coordinate point to develop an expression that described the parabolic flight of two of the birds on their drawings. After this, they went on to reveal an expression on a picture of a turtle fountain that had a parabolic stream of water spraying out of its mouth. Students then looked at the physics of golf and how different club heads can provide varying parabolic flights of golf balls.
Students were excited to be doing something creative and fun. Every student in both Algebra classes had played Angry Birds before and were competent enough to create their own design. Some students used their own personal devices for inspiration of their design while others looked at example pictures. The drawings and subsequent equations were completed in three class periods.
Mock Trial Team Captures 28th Consecutive Regional Championship
Rhinelander High School broke its own state record this past weekend at the Wood County Courthouse in Wisconsin Rapids, capturing its twenty-eighth consecutive Regional Mock Trial championship. The tournament was power-paired, resulting in a match between the only two undefeated teams in the final round, Rhinelander #1 and Wisconsin Rapids #1. RHS #1 prevailed, to remain perfect on the day with a 4-0 record and 12/12 ballots.
RHS #2 finished in fourth place with a 3-1 record and 7/12 ballots. Both teams defeated Lakeland Union High School, which finished fifth. Other teams participating in the competition were Marshfield #1 and #2, Stratford #1 and #2, Wisconsin Rapids #2, Phillips #1 and #2, and Merrill. The tournament was sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Foundation and was coordinated by attorney Richard Weymouth of Wisconsin Rapids.
RHS #1 is led by senior co-captains, Lydia O'Brien and Amber Sheth, the only returning members of last year's state championship team. Their teammates are juniors Mike Anderson and Erin Tenderholt, sophomores Anna Catlin and Emily Ditzler, and freshmen Albiona Sabani, Ellie Rickman, and Sydney Schallock.
Members of RHS #2 are sophomores Jarod Hoha, Faith Carris, and Bethany Stelbrink and freshmen Erin Bloom, Max Holperin, Zack DuBois, and Matthew O'Melia.
The RHS teams are coached by Kathy Vick-Martini, attorney Jim Jacobi and Oneida Circuit Court judge Michael Bloom. Also assisting the team this year are Nicolet play director, Jim Nuttal, attorneys Amy Ferguson, Steve Michlig, and Jim Weis and retired Oneida Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Kinney.
RHS #1 will now advance to the State Mock Trial Tournament in Madison on March 9-10. In the past thirty years since the program's inception, teams from Rhinelander have won the state championship sixteen times, including six of the last ten years. Approximately 100 teams statewide are competing in the tournament this year
Mock Trial Team to Compete at Regional Tournament
Rhinelander High School (RHS) will be defending its championship title on Saturday, February 8, at the 31st annual Mock Trial Regional Tournament. Last year, RHS broke its own state record by winning its 27th consecutive regional title and its 16th state title.
The tournament is sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Foundation and will be held in the Wood County Courthouse in Wisconsin Rapids. Four rounds of competition will be held, with trials scheduled for 8:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. The tournament is open to the public.
Other high schools participating in the regional tournament are Lakeland Union, Merrill, Marshfield #1 and #2, Phillips #1 and #2, Stratford #1 and #2, and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln #1 and #2.
This year's case involves a collision between a teenage pedestrian and a fellow classmate who was operating her vehicle with a probationary license. The pedestrian, the star player on the high school basketball team, was permanently crippled from the injuries he sustained. Both parties allege negligence on the part of the other. Students will play attorney and witness roles in the competition, which is judged by local attorneys and judges.
Team #1: Front (L-R): Anna Catlin, Erin Tenderholt, Albiona Sabani. Middle (L-R): Ellie Rickman, Amber Sheth, Emily Ditzler. Back (L-R): Sydney Schallock, Mike Anderson, Lydia O'Brien
Team #2: Front (L-R): Bethany Stelbrink, Erin Bloom, Faith Carris. Back (L-R): Max Holperin, Zack DuBois, Jarod Hoha, Matthew O'Melia
The teams are coached by Kathy Vick-Martini, attorney Jim Jacobi, and Judge Michael Bloom.
Rhinelander FBLA Competes at Regionals
On February 1, 2014, students from Rhinelander High School (RHS) traveled to Greenwood, WI to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) regional tournament. Students from across the region competed in events that would prepare them for a future in business. These events ranged from Accounting to Job Interviews.
Out of the 36 students who attended, 34 took 5th place or better. Those who qualified for third place or higher will be moving on to the FBLA State competition which is held in Appleton WI, April 6-8.
First place winners include: Alyssa Ellis (Business Financial Plan), Jon Chizever (Accounting I), Ian Bishop (Computer Problem Solving), Schye Skinner & Jessica Swearingen (Desktop Publishing), Connor Funk & Jordan Stuart -(Global Business), Andrew Stafford (Personal Finance), Morgan Blaser (Public Speaking II), and Kim Trochlil (Web Site Design).
Second place winners include: Logan Sackett (Business Law), Heidi Gray, Megan Evans, Madison Godawa (Emerging Business Issues), Liz Krug ( Accounting I), Adam Woebbeking (Client Services), Vince Berry, Nick Wright, Mitchell Reinthaler (Digital Video Production), Annika Hempel (Economics), Lukas Kreger (Insurance & Risk Management), Mike Anderson (Personal Finance), and Colton Fralick (Computer Problem Solving).
Third place winners include: Eva O'Melia, Hallie Wright, Kim Bilogan (Hospitality Management), and Erin Tenderholt (Impromptu Speaking).
Rhinelander took 2nd place overall as a chapter at this year's Region II Conference.
To learn more about Future Business Leaders of America, please visit http://www.fbla-pbl.org. For further information, please contact Mischell Fryar or Erin Tenderholt at (715) 365-9500.
JWMS Continues Partnership with Local Veterans
During the months of November and December, James Williams Middle School (JWMS) partnered with our local veterans to help with their Cellphones For Soldiers drive. They filled up half a box of cellphones that will be refurbished and distributed to troops overseas to help them stay connected with families and friends.
JWMS Continues Partnership with Local Veterans
Mrs. Arnott's 6th grade homeroom collected the most cellphones and was awarded with home-made cookies, juice, and milk. Mr. Leroy Eades and Mr. Ray Zastrow were present to serve the students, to congratulate them, and to share some thank you letters from the troops.
Dance Team Places Second for Hip-Hop
The Rhinelander High School Dance Team took 2nd place in Division 2 Hip Hop at the WACPC 2014 Dance Eastern Regional Championships at DC Everest High School on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The team will travel to La Crosse on Saturday, February 1 to compete at State.
From left to right: Nick Wagler, Alex Wagler, and Matthew Pauke all from Troop 672.
Environmental Learning Trail at Crescent
Michelle Flohr, first grade teacher at Crescent Elementary School, was looking for a way to take her instruction outdoors, while making use of the surrounding school property. She enlisted the help of Nick Wagler, who was interested in completing an Eagle Scout project. In the fall of 2012, Mrs. Flohr, fellow teachers Mrs. Michlig and Mr. Waksmonski, and Supervisor of Plant Operations Mr. Zdroik, worked with Nick and his mother, Paula, to lay out a tentative plan for an environmental learning trail.
Work began in spring of 2013 and continued through the summer, with completion of the project in the fall. Nick assembled and managed a crew of people to help clear the path and to build and install signage. Students and staff have been enjoying the trail, discovering wildlife and exploring nature all while getting fresh air and exercise.
Students will soon have the opportunity to snowshoe through the Crescent Winter Wonderland, looking for animal tracks and seasonal changes. Mrs. Flohr would like to thank all who were involved in this project.
Pictured left to right: Lucas Taege, Kaylee Pontell, and Brett Benes.
NCES Students Participate in National Geographic Bee
Northwoods Community Elementary School's (NCES) 4th and 5th grade students have been expanding and testing their geographic knowledge in a variety of methods. This includes the use of classroom projects, challenge and trivia games, lesson activities and readings. One benchmark, along this pathway of becoming better geographers, was their participation in the National Geographic Bee, held in January.
Ten NCES students competed in the Preliminary Competition of the National Geographic Bee held on January 8, 2014. After the students were challenged with questions ranging from ancient wonders to world capitals, a school champion was crowned. Kaylee Pontell, a 4th grade student, won the NCES school-level competition. Two 5th graders, Brett Benes and Lucas Taege, finished in second and third place, respectively, in the competition.
The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, served as the first leg of the 24th annual National Geographic Bee, which is sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Kaylee will continue in the competition, as she completes a written test for a chance to participate in the State Geography Bee, to be held early in April. She also has an opportunity to become eligible for a $25,000 college scholarship.
National Honor Society Inductees
On Sunday, January 12th, several high school students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at an event held at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC).
In addition to having demonstrated scholarship through attaining a minimum GPA of 3.8, membership in NHS also requires that students demonstrate leadership, service, and character. Throughout the year, NHS members participate in various activities meant to highlight the pillars of membership.
Students who were inducted include:
Front: Molly Wilging, Dylan Wendt, Eva O'Melia, Eileen Emond, Scott Sedlacek, Peter Kotarba, Ashley Puza, Samantha Kopplin, and Andrea Sawyer.
Back: Eric Tracy, Brianna DeNamur, Nathan Tvedten, Nick Wright, Morgan Blaser, Mitchell Reinthaler, Drew Stafford
Missing from the photo is Lukas Krueger.
Sara Kruger (left) and Megan Marvin (right)
Students Recognized for Creative Writing
Sara Kruger and Megan Marvin recently attended the UW-Stevens Point High School Creative Writer's Workshop, an event held yearly for promising high school creative writers. High school juniors and seniors were invited to submit writing samples for a chance to qualify for the Workshop.
The one-day workshop gave students the opportunity to discuss their writing with UW-Stevens Point English faculty members and guest speakers, and senior students competed for scholarships to attend UW-Stevens Point. There were five specific writing genres: Formal essays on an environmental topic, familiar essays, children's literature, poetry, and fiction. The writing samples were judged by UW-Stevens Point English faculty members who also lead the workshops.
Megan Marvin submitted a short story for the contest and Sara Kruger submitted a handful of poems. Both girls enjoyed their time writing, discussing, and connecting with other writers. At the end of the workshop, it was revealed that Sara Kruger won a $1,000 scholarship for her poetry.
Kindergartners Learn About Farms and Food
The Kindergarten Classrooms at Crescent Elementary School had a special visitor stop by in December. Beth Schaefer, the Regional Program Manager from the Wisconsin Dairy Council, shared a book about the rainbow of colors on the farm. She tied in the importance of farms for our food and nutrition. She highlighted the importance of dairy cows and the yummy milk products they help create for us. At the end of her presentation, every Kindergartner got to create their own blueberry yogurt parfait!
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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.
School District of Rhinelander 665 Coolidge Ave. Suite B Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: 715-365-9700 Kelli Jacobi, Superintendent