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First Graders Visit CAVOC

CAVOC First Graders
Pictured: First graders Cody Hall and Adaline Juedes are finding nature items at the forest during a scavenger hunt.

The first graders at Crescent Elementary visited the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) on September 30. The first grade teachers lead the students in a variety of activities at CAVOC.

Mrs. Denis' class participated in a scavenger hunt. They searched for gray rocks, sand, a spider web and many other items. The students also collected a variety of items to create critters. Some students made butterflies and cats. The students also played a lifecycle game in which students role played different animals.

Mrs. MacIntyre and Mrs. Houg lead the students in searching for items containing specific colors. Once they found the items, the students graphed the results. After finding a variety of leaves, the students participated in leaf art. The students created many animals. The first graders also learned about gravity by creating an apple volcano and participating in apple stacking.

Ms. Pekoc's students collected many acorns to use in addition story problems. They also read The Giving Tree and learned about the parts of a tree. Before the students went back to school, they wrote about their favorite activity in which they participated at the school forest.

Mrs. Deitz lead the students in a leaf hunt. After each student found ten leaves, they grouped them according to size, color and shape. They used the veins of the leaves and crayons to make leaf rubbings. The first graders also played Bug Bingo.

The first graders enjoyed the beautiful day and awesome facilities at CAVOC by hiking on the groomed trails. They learned how our environment changes in the fall. The students are wondering what the same environment will look like in the winter.

September Super Stars at Central

Central Super Stars

On Wednesday, September 30th, Central Intermediate School held their monthly PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) celebration to recognize excellence with students who are doing great in following the "4 Be's" (Be Here, Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful).

The 5th Grade Super Stars and the teacher/classroom they were recognized by are pictured in the top photo (left to right) -- Front Row: Logan Preul (Mr. Young), Brennon Whitburn (Mr. Raleigh). Back Row: MacKenzie Scholz (Ms. Ledgerwood), Gabby Maas (Mr. Bolkema), and Keerstin Lindbom (Ms. Jackson). Not present is Connor Kratwell (Ms. Bodensteiner).

The 4th Grade Super Stars and the teacher/classroom they were recognized by are pictured in the bottom photo (left to right) -- Front Row: Josh Cogar (Ms. Kohlhepp) and Lizzy Snyder (Mr. Walker). Back Row: Will Gretzinger (Mrs. Wendland), Payton Hall (Mrs. Hunter), Mya Krouze (Ms. Shepard) and Sofia Wojnowski (Mr. Marko).

Help Mary Fly!

Mary Poppins
Students from the RHS/NCSS Drama Department practice for the upcoming Mary Poppins performance.

"Anything Can Happen if You Let it." That's a lyric from the upcoming RHS/NCSS Drama Department production of Mary Poppins that the students are enthusiastically learning and rehearsing. The group is very excited to be able to have the rights to produce this musical and they have 28 actors and actresses, about 10 tech kids, a 15 person pit band, and eight adults working tirelessly to make it the best show they've ever done.  
Students are singing, dancing, learning lines, building, painting, organizing costumes, sewing, and laughing a lot.  The play is similar to the Disney movie, but with some interesting differences. One of the most exciting pieces of this production is the opportunity to see some characters fly. This may be a once in a lifetime moment for students in the cast, and maybe audience members too. In order to accomplish this feat, the group must hire a company to train them to operate rental equipment, set up, and oversee throughout the rehearsals and performances.  
The cost of the apparatus is high -- way outside the realm of the annual drama department budget. Because of the high cost, the student group is asking for assistance from the community in the form of a "Help Mary Fly" campaign. If you would like to lend your generosity to these amazingly talented students, there are three methods of doing so:
1) Make a donation in any amount to be applied to the total rental fee and you will be mentioned in the program as a donor.
2) Make a donation in any amount and keep your name anonymous.
3) If you make a large donation and would like to receive recognition/thanks in any other public way, the group is more than happy to accommodate that!
If you would like to make a donation, click here for a donation form, or contact Kristin Higgins by email at higgikri@rhinelander.k12.wi.us or by phone at 715-365-9500. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity and support and helping us "Let Anything Happen!"  The RHS/NCSS Drama Department looks forward to performing Mary Poppins on Thursday through Saturday, November 19-21 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 22 at 1:00 pm at Rhinelander High School.

Celebrate Bike and Walk to School Day on October 7th

Bike and Walk to School Day

Mark your calendars - October 7, 2015 is Bike and Walk to School Day. It's a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries biking or walking to school on the same day! This year, Northwoods LEAN (Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) is taking action right here in Oneida and Vilas Counties.  Northwoods LEAN has partnered with area schools to help celebrate the day by offering schools a chance to win $500 by participating in the 100 Mile Challenge.

On the morning of October 7, students are encouraged to bike or walk to school and earn their school 1 mile towards their 100 Mile Challenge. Additional miles will be earned by completing 20 minutes of walking or running throughout the school day. Schools that accumulate 100 miles or more will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $500 incentives for their school.

Biking or walking to school has many benefits for students - it's a great form of exercise, improves joint health, reduces the risk of diabetes, and allows for better academic performance - all of which contribute to the developmental health of children! Biking or walking to school is also better for the environment, and it helps kids learn about safety in the street and how to navigate traffic.  

So spread the word! Gather your friends, family, and classmates and be sure to start the day right by putting your best foot forward and walking or biking to school on October 7, 2015. For more information on Bike and Walk to School Day or the 100 Mile Challenge, please contact Kyla Waksmonski at 715-369-6114.

Grandparents Day at Northwoods Community Elementary School

NCES Grandparents Day

Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) students shared a very special day with some very special people on Friday, September 18th. Grandparents and Grand "friends" were invited to participate in classroom activities, take part in a school visit and to enjoy a special treat with other school families. PAC (Parent Advisory Council) provided cookies, coffee and water for all to enjoy. Families also got to spend some quality time together on the playground. Thank you to all who participated and to those who helped make this event successful.

Antigo Marching Showcase - October 3rd

Marching Band

The Antigo Marching Showcase Will take place on Saturday, October 3rd starting at 6:30 pm at Schofield Stadium in Antigo. The rain location will be the Sheldon Fieldhouse on the campus of Antigo High School. This is a WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Association) sanctioned event- Festival Class - with a panel of four judges used for critique purposes only. The event will showcase Marching Bands from Antigo Middle School, Lakeland High School, Rhinelander High School, Marathon High School, Merrill High School and Antigo High School.

RHS Gears Up For Homecoming: Activities Announced for 2015

Homecoming 2015

It's that wonderful time of year again! This year's theme for Homecoming is "Come Sea the Beauty of Homecoming 2015." Rhinelander High School (RHS) has one busy schedule for the week of Sunday, October 4th - Saturday, October 10th.

Sunday, October 4th @ 6:30 pm in the RHS Auditorium is the Talent Show hosted by the National Honor Society.

Monday, October 5th @ 7:00 pm is the Boy's Spike Volleyball game in the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium

Wednesday, October 7th @ 7:00 pm is Girl's Powder-puff game at Mike Webster Stadium

Friday, October 9th @ 2:30 pm - PEP RALLY, 4:00 pm - PARADE, and at 7:00 pm is the Homecoming Game against Antigo at Mike Webster Stadium (Seniors Night as well).

Saturday, October 10th - Homecoming Dance @ 7:00 pm in the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium
As for RHS Spirit Week, the days go as follows...
Monday: Lazy Day
Tuesday: Beach Day
Wednesday: Twin Day
Thursday: Athletes vs Mathletes
Friday: Green and White Day
Any questions, please contact RHS Teacher Allie Johnson at johnsall@rhinelander.k12.wi.us or 715-365-9500.

Central Intermediate School Celebrates Grandparents Day

Central Grandparents

It was a day of reminiscing and discovery as Central School grandparents spent time with their grandchildren during "Grandparents Day", held at Central School on Friday, September 11. The day was a huge success with over 240 visitors enjoying classroom activities, school tours, and the lunch/recess period with their fourth or fifth grade students. The Central School PAC donated sub sandwiches for grandparents to enjoy as they shared lunch time with their grandchildren. Students from the Central Afterschool Program (CAP) were responsible for decorating the gym, helping with set up, and acting as greeters and guides. A special thank you goes out to MEEMIC Insurance/Stainbrook Agency and WalMart for their generous donations for the day's event.

Crescent School Places Second in Contest - Wins $1,200 for PBIS

Crescent Contest

Crescent Elementary School recently took second place in Trig's Box Tops for Education Facebook Photo Contest. They won $1,200 to be used for their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.

Weston Elementary School took first place and won $1,500. Northland Pines placed third and won $1,000. Congratulations to Crescent and to the other winning schools!

Rhinelander High School FBLA/DECA 2015-16

FBLA/DECA Officer Team (left to right): Faith Bartelt, Max Holperin, Taylor Trachte, Markus Johnson, Alison Kubeny, Haley Sisel, Gunnar Millot, and Nicki Metropulos.

One of the many student activities at Rhinelander High School is FBLA/DECA. This club prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to Perform on October 6th for Community, October 7th for Students

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by the Northwoods Concert Association, will be performing again this year for students in grades 4 - 6. Older students with an interest in music are also invited. The date is set for Wednesday, October 7th  at 9:30 am in the Rhinelander High School (RHS) Auditorium. There is no charge for the concert for students.

The concert for the community is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th (the night before the student concert) with doors opening at 7:00 pm and the concert starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event for a reduced rate of $25 (adults) and $10 (students K-12) at the following locations: Latitude's, Northern Coffee Haus, Rhinelander District Library, Trig's, the Chamber office, and Stoxen Pharmacy. Tickets can be purchased at the door for a price of $30 (adults) and $15 (students K-12).

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra tours the state before their regular concert series that starts in late fall. "They have been performing in Rhinelander for the past 30-40 years," says Northwoods Concert Association board member Mike Wiernasz. The concert is made possible largely in part by a grant from the Jean Simmons estate. This, in addition to other fundraising efforts, make it possible for the student concert to be free and the community concert to be offered at a reduced rate.  

We hope you all enjoy it when the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra comes to town on Tuesday, October 6th!

Open Swim is FREE for the Community

Open Swim

Every Sunday the School District of Rhinelander offers Open Swim in the Heck Family Community Pool (located in Rhinelander High School) FREE to the public!

Enjoy lap swim and/or family time in the Heck Family Community Pool (located in Rhinelander High School) every Sunday from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Whether you're training for swim competitions or you just want to splash around, this time is for YOU! Basketball hoops, rings, noodles, flippers, and other equipment is available. Lap swim is also available.  

Sign in is required. Children ages 10 years and older may swim without a parent (they may be dropped off) if the child is a capable swimmer and follows all pool rules. Anyone under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The pool will be closed: November 29 - Thanksgiving, December 27 - Christmas,  March 27 - Easter,  May 29 - Memorial Day weekend.

Questions about open swim can be directed to Community Education Coordinator Mike Cheslock at 715-365-9745.

Digital Citizenship Tip: One-to-One with Chromebooks


The School District of Rhinelander has implemented a One-to-One learning environment in several of our schools. The district is supplying students in a variety of grade levels with a Chromebook device that is the property of SDR. The supplied instructional device's function will provide each student access to required educational materials needed for each student to be successful. The Chromebook allows student access to Infinite Campus, Google Classroom, Moodle, Google Apps for Education, educational web-based tools, as well as many other useful sites. The supplied device is an educational tool not intended for gaming, social networking or high end computing.

The School District of Rhinelander is dedicated to the goal of putting tools into the hands of students to help support and enhance education. We are excited to offer both opportunities to our students and we have developed guidelines to ensure learning remains the key focus. For additional information and guidelines for our One-to-One Chromebook program please visit the following website.

One-to-One Chromebook -

Check out this video to learn more about Chromebooks. Chromebooks for Education - https://goo.gl/xaafiF

Donors Recognized for Football Field Renovations

Football Donors

There are many improvements happening at Mike Webster Stadium! A new scoreboard has been installed, the field has been expanded to allow for soccer games, the track is being resurfaced to allow for outdoor track practices and meets, new lights have been installed, and the press box has been renamed the "Todd McEldowney Press Center."

These improvements were made possible by the generous contributions of several corporate and private donors. A special thank you goes out to: Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF), the Todd McEldowney family, Musson Brothers Inc., Oettinger Excavating, Aspirus, Rhinelander Toyota, The Athletic Booster Club, The Hodag Grid Iron Club, and the Betty and Jerry White Family. 

A ceremony was held before the RHS Varsity football game on August 28th to recognize the generous donors. The Hodags went on to defeat Wittenberg-Birnamwood 36-0 in the home opener.

Green Bay Packers Autographed Football to be Raffled at the Crescent Elementary School Craft Fair on November 7

Packers Football

On November 7, 2015 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, the Crescent Elementary School PAC (Parent Advisory Council) has teamed up with Shopko to bring you the 3rd annual craft/home business fair for the holidays to help raise funds for the school.

The craft fair provides an excellent opportunity to (keep it local) by allowing our city to shop with local vendors. After many letters and emails the PAC was able to procure an autographed Green Bay Packers Football from the Green Bay Packers. This football will be raffled off at the craft fair, tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Please come out and support our school.

The event is open to the public. All money raised from raffle ticket sales, bake sale, and vendor registration payments will be used to help the school promote a safe and enriching learning environment. For more information contact Crescent PAC at 715-401-9599 or by email at crescentpac@yahoo.com or visit the website at www.crescentpac.com.

Local Clinics Donate $15,000 Each to Support Athletic Trainer Position at Rhinelander High School

Athletic Trainer

The School District of Rhinelander once again received $15,000 from Ministry Medical Group and $15,000 from Aspirus Clinic to fund the Athletic Trainer position for the upcoming school year. Eric Prom, the Athletic Trainer at Rhinelander High School, tends to all RHS athletes, making sure they are all cared for properly in the event of an injury or concussion. A huge thank you goes out to Aspirus and Ministry for helping to keep our students safe.

Central School Flower Garden

Central Garden

Jajuan Hoskins is pictured with the Central School flower garden. Jajuan was in charge of the flower garden for the last two summers. He did a fabulous job keeping it watered and weeded.

This is the twentieth year for the garden. The garden was started twenty years ago when Beth Hanson from Hanson's Garden Village was in 5th grade at Central School. The Hanson family has continued to help each year with the planning, the delivery of the flowers, and the caretaking of the garden.

Each year, students are asked to come up with a theme for the garden. It usually ends up being some combination of student ideas, the input of staff, and the garden expertise of the Hanson's.

RHS Band Preparing for Homecoming Game

Marching Camp

The Rhinelander High School (RHS) band has been working hard over the past several days learning their show for Homecoming. They will be performing it during half-time at the RHS Varsity football game on October 9th. We hope to see you in attendance at the Homecoming game!

YMCA of the Northwoods and RASTA to Host 2nd Annual Nutty Trail Run on October 3 at CAVOC

Nutty Run

The trails of CAVOC (Cedric A Vig Outdoor Classroom) will come alive with running shoes on Saturday, October 3 as the YMCA of the Northwoods and RASTA (Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association) host the 2nd Annual Nutty Trail Run. The race will begin at 10:00 am at the trail head of CAVOC and will conclude at the same location. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the participants throughout the course. The course will be a single lap 5K utilizing the beautiful CAVOC trails and have and have the peak scenery of autumn in the Northwoods.

All pre-registered participants by September 15 will receive an official Nutty Trail Run dri-wick shirt. Awards will be given out at the awards ceremony at 11:00AM to the top three male and female finishers in each age bracket. The 5K race is open to all ages.

Registration is $30 before September 15 and $35 after that date. Like to run in a group? Group rate is available. A group of 10 or more is only $25 per entry; group registrations must be submitted together to receive this rate. 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).

Rhinelander Special Olympics

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global organization that provides persons with disabilities year-round sports training and competition. The School District of Rhinelander is getting ready to gear up for the upcoming Special Olympic season.

Individuals who are interested in joining need to be between 8 and 21 years old (enrolled in High School) and identified as having a cognitive delay, or a developmental disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. The School District of Rhinelander team provides its athletes with training and athletic competitions year round.  Athletes who participate in this organization gain opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience success, and participate in friendships with other Special Olympians through competitions and social events. The team will begin its bowling season September 22 at Hodag Lanes. Athletes must have required Special Olympics paperwork up to date such as a current physical form and release forms in order to practice.

If you are interested in participating or have further questions, please feel free to contact Amy Johnson at johnsamy@rhinelander.k12.wi.us or call 715-365-9120. You can also like us on Facebook at School District of Rhinelander Special Olympics Team. 

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