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!
Take a tour of the School District of Rhinelander!
Left to Right: Josie VanderVest, Sam Peterson and Albi Sabani
Key Club Bakes Cookies for Friendly Village
RHS Key Club students made 120 cookies after school to spread the holiday spirit to seniors at Friendly Village Assisted Living on December 19th. Upon delivery, the residents asked the students to sing Christmas carols along with them. It was truly an afternoon and evening of giving.
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