District News

James Williams Middle School Announces Students of the Month for January

Students of the Month
Pictured from left to right: 6th Graders - Nevaeh Rappley and Kadin Christianson, 7th Graders - Ryan Jamison and Annika Johnson, and 8th Graders - Kaylee Brown and Jareb Howe.

James Williams Middle School's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program is proud to announce its Students of the Month for the month of January. Grade level teaching teams chose two students this month who demonstrated the ability to follow the school's 4 Be's (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Here) at an exceptional level. These students come to school prepared and ready to learn, are actively engaged in their learning, follow class and school rules, and are honest, trustworthy, and respectful.

RHS Mock Trial Team Places First at Regionals

Mock Trial
Pictured: Front row from left to right - Ellie Rickman, Albiona Sabani, Sydney Schallock, Carmen Ibarra. Back row - Max Holperin, Emily McFarland, Annika Timm, and Tyler Fredrick.

Rhinelander High School broke its own state record this past weekend at the Marathon County Courthouse in Wausau, capturing its 31st consecutive Regional Mock Trial championship. RHS #1 prevailed with a 3-1 record, earning 10 of 12 judge's ballots and 772 speaker points. Their only loss was a split decision to RHS #2, which finished 2-2 on the day, with 6 ballots and 663 speaker points.

"Team 2 did something no other team in the Regional Tournament was able to do... defeat Team 1," said attorney coach Amy Ferguson. "They have shown that the future of our program remains strong. Our community should be proud of both teams."

Placing second in the Regional Tournament was D.C. Everest #1, followed by D.C. Everest #2. Other teams participating in the competition were Lakeland, Lincoln, Merrill, Wausau West, and Phillips #1 and #2. The tournament was sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Foundation and was coordinated by attorney Lance Leonhard of Wausau.

"Each year it becomes increasingly difficult to extend our winning streak," said head coach, Kathy Vick-Martini. "I couldn't be more proud of our students for handling the pressure and bringing home yet another Regional championship for Rhinelander High School."

RHS #1 is led by seniors Albiona Sabani, Sydney Schallock, Ellie Rickman, and Max Holperin. New to the team this year are juniors Tyler Fredrick and Emily McFarland and freshmen Carmen Ibarra and Annika Timm.

Members of RHS #2 are senior Zack DuBois, juniors Mason Hageny and Grace Payfer, sophomores Ben Kubisiak and Ben Sheth, and freshmen Alexa Adams, Karston LaDean, Maile Llanos, and Holly Puza.

"We met some very stiff competition this year, but even though the quality of the teams we meet continues to improve, our students find ways to win," said Judge Michael Bloom.

RHS #1 will advance to the State Mock Trial Tournament in Madison on March 11-12. In the past thirty-three years since the program's inception, teams from Rhinelander have won the state championship seventeen times, most recently, in 2014. More than 100 teams statewide are competing in the tournament this year.

Pelican Second Graders Host Science-themed Family Night

Science Family Night
Pictured: Gabe Davis with his volcano science experiment.

Pelican Elementary values the family nights they host each year. It's a time when all the Pelican families get to enjoy each other's company as well as learn some new activities and games they can bring home to do with their children. This year, Pelican decided to do grade level family nights to highlight the accomplishments and activities of each grade level. Along with all other grades, second grade was a hit with the science fair they hosted.

Second grade students conducted experiments of their choice with their families at home. Topics included exploding volcanoes, growing crystals, walking on eggs and more. Families used the steps of the scientific method: ask a question, make a hypothesis, conduct the experiment, and collect data. They then shared, or reported, their results at the second grade family night.

Aside from the science fair, Ms. Karsten put on a music activity that involved students making music with the boomwhackers. Families also enjoyed popcorn and water. All in all, it was a great night for all Pelican second grade families.

Future Business Leaders get an Early Start at Regionals

FBLA Regionals
Pictured: 23 FBLA/DECA students competed in the regional event in Nekoosa.

On Saturday, February 4th, Rhinelander High School FBLA/DECA members competed in Nekoosa, Wisconsin for FBLA Regionals against approximately 600 members in the North/Central Wisconsin area. Students could choose various types of events to compete in, like taking a test on related business topics such as business calculations, accounting or personal finance, or students could perform a presentation or speech for events such as desktop publishing or public speaking. Most competitors competed on the day of, but some took tests prior to the Regional Leadership Conference for a total of 36 competitors.

The top three competitors in each event will proceed to State; 23 members will go from Rhinelander. Twelve came home with a first place medal: Mason Hageny (Accounting), Elliot Fehlen (Client Services), Robert Ritchie (Economics), Haley Sisel (Health Care Administration), Gunnar Millot (Impromptu Speaking), Albiona Sabani (Public Speaking II), and teams Andy Padgett, Alec Lowry, Max Holperin (Global Business), and Tait Spencer, Alec Bess, and Ethan Pequet (Sports and Entertainment Marketing).

Five more individuals took second place in their event: Matthew Herman (Agribusiness), Aaron Huber (Business Communications), Jasmine Pugh (Computer Applications), Payton Johnson (Networking Concepts), and Colton Krueger (Securities and Investments).

Also qualifying for State by taking third place are Taylor Kriesel (Business Communications), Scott Fox (Personal Finance), Abby Krueger (Public Speaking I), and team Logan Wild, Markus Johnson, and Matthew Reinthaler (Management Decision Making). Those who took fourth and fifth were also recognized at the Awards Ceremony after competition in Nekoosa. Joshua Francisco (Intro to Business Procedures) and Lauren Rosendahl (Personal Finance) were recognized for taking fourth place, and Nathan Lawrence and Hunter Hicks placed fifth in their team event, Marketing.

Rhinelander placed fourth as a chapter, based on the amount of first through third place finishers. The chapter was also recognized for its efforts to help local individuals and organizations by winning the Regional Service Project award. Rhinelander will bring its 23 State qualifiers to Appleton in April for a 3-day leadership conference and competition. If you have any inquiries about FBLA competition, email chapter advisor Mischell Fryar at frayamis@rhinealnder.k12.wi.us.

FBLA/DECA Miracle Minute Supports Kindness for Kids

Miracle Minute
Pictured from left to right: Faith Bartelt, Markus Johnson, Colton Krueger, Alan Newman (Kindness For Kids), Elliot Fehlen, Shelby Kuehn, and Haley Sisel.

In January, Rhinelander FBLA/DECA sponsored FBLA/DECA Week, which included dress-up days, an ice-cream social, Miracle Minute at a basketball game, and a staff appreciation breakfast.On Thursday of the week, the chapter went to all of the classrooms at Rhinelander High School in one minute to collect money for Kindness for Kids - a local Rhinelander organization that provides food and school supplies in the area. In just a minute, the chapter collected $281.

Pictured are several FBLA/DECA officers giving a check to Kindness For Kids representative Alan Newman. For more information about Rhinelander's FBLA/DECA chapter, contact Mischell Fryar at fryarmis@rhinelander.k12.wi.us.

4K Literacy Night (Parent Outreach)

4K Literacy Night
Pictured: Beth Tepper from CESA 9 speaks to a group of 4K parents on ways to enhance the literacy skills of their children.

4K families from the School District of Rhinelander enjoyed an evening of fellowship, fun, and learning on Tuesday, January 31st. Beth Tepper, Early Childhood Program Support (CESA 9) spoke to a group of 4K parents on ways to enhance the literacy skills of their children. The evening started with a free dinner of pizza and salad. The parents then listened to the presentation, while the children spent time participating in literacy activities, games, and play time with the 4K teachers.

During the presentation, Beth talked about using a lot of vocabulary with young children, using words that children may not hear every day and how that will increase their vocabulary.  She discussed the importance of phonemic awareness, which is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds in words and how that will help with reading. Another topic of discussion was on the importance of being able to rhyme (a pre-reading skill) and how vital it is to read nursery rhymes and do other rhyming activities with children. She also discussed reading fiction and non-fiction books on related topics as a way to expose children to a variety of different types of texts.  Each family received a fiction and a non-fiction book from Beth. Beth told the parents that reading the same book many times to their child is also very important, as children will learn or see something new with each reading, as well as build their memory skills. Other topics that were highlighted were screen time and what writing looks like with preschool children. Those in attendance came away with lots of wonderful information on how to help their child develop important literacy skills.     

4K children in attendance had a chance to win a literacy themed basket. The winner of the basket was Khloe Skubal, a 4K student at Pelican Elementary School.    

The 4K program at the School District of Rhinelander offers many parent outreach events throughout the year. The events are held at our elementary schools, the library, and other locations. The District strives to reach all families by offering some of these events during the day and some during the evening.

Five RHS Choral Students Perform at "Brothers Sing On" Music Festival

Brothers Sing On

Five gentlemen from the Rhinelander High School Choral Program were recently invited to perform at the "Brothers Sing On" Music Festival at the University of WI - Stevens Point on Friday, January 27th, 2017. This was an extraordinary opportunity in that they were able to rehearse and perform with over 260 male singers from all over the state of Wisconsin. These gentlemen attended rehearsals for the entire day under the study of Dr. David Ray, Director of Choral Programs and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at Michigan State University - College of Music. Also included in their day's itinerary were mini-sessions on vocal techniques with UWSP voice faculty, Susan Bender and Matthew Markham and a mini-recital by outstanding UWSP male voice students and voice faculty baritone Matthew Markham. The culmination of the day's rehearsals and hard work ended with a beautiful concert in Michelson Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center at the University of WI - Stevens Point.

Pictured from left to right: Dante Suhm, Seth Bowen, Trevor Frayley, Adam Bloom and Anthony Klabunde.

Mock Trial Team to Compete at Regionals

Mock Trial
Pictured: RHS Team #1

Rhinelander High School will be defending its Regional championship title on Saturday, February 11, at the 34th annual Mock Trial Regional Tournament.  Last year, RHS broke its own state record by winning its 30th consecutive regional title.

The tournament is sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Foundation and will be held in the Marathon County Courthouse in Wausau.  Four rounds of competition will be held, with trials scheduled for 8:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:15 PM.   The tournament is open to the public.

Rhinelander High School will be represented by two teams.  Other high schools participating in the regional tournament are Lakeland Union, Wausau West, Merrill, Phillips, Thorp, and  D.C. Everest. 

This year's case involves a teenager who died after ingesting a prescription painkiller, Oxycodone.  The Prosecution contends that the Defendant, Tristan Marks, delivered her grandmother's Oxycodone to the deceased at a party she hosted.  She has been charged with first degree reckless homicide.  The Defense maintains that the deceased, Riley Thomas, was suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, and his excessive smoking and drinking caused his death.  Students will play attorney and witness roles in the competition, which is judged by local attorneys and judges.

Members of RHS Team #1 are seniors Max Holperin, Ellie Rickman, Albiona Sabani, and Sydney Schallock, juniors Tyler Fredrick and Emily McFarland, and freshmen Carmen Ibarra and Annika Timm. Members of RHS Team #2 are senior Zack DuBois,  juniors  Mason Hageny  and Grace Payfer, sophomores Ben Kubisiak and Ben Sheth, and freshmen Alexa Adams, Karston La Dean, Maile Llanos, and  Holly Puza.

Second Graders Learn About Natural Disasters Through Inquiry Project

Inquiry Project
Pictured: Second grader Presley Wheelock researches how volcanoes affect the environment during an inquiry project.

The second graders from Crescent Elementary School learned how natural disasters affect the environment through an inquiry project in January. During the first week of study, the students read a variety nonfiction books about tornadoes, avalanches, wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and volcanoes. The students chose a natural disaster that they would like to learn more about.

During the second week, the students wrote good digging questions to guide their research. Their digging questions were questions that the students were curious about and began with who, why and how. The second graders used many different websites to find the answers to their digging questions. They also needed to find out what causes their natural disaster, how it affects animals, plants, soil, water and people and how people can stay safe during it.

During the third week, the students showcased what they learned by putting all of their researched information onto a Google Slide Show Presentation. The second graders placed complete sentences onto many slides. Then they uploaded specific images that enhanced the content of their sentences onto each slide. After practicing presenting the slide show to their classmates, they invited their parents to show what they learned. During the showcase event, each student read their Google Slide Show Presentation to the audience.

Simple Machines at Pelican School

Simple Machines
Pictured: Pelican third graders explored how pulleys make the work easier and require less effort to lift objects using a Simple Machine display.

Students in the third grade at Pelican School had been studying Simple Machines. To kickoff the study of the six most common simple machines; the lever, pulley, screw, inclined plane, wedge, wheel and axle, students explored a simple machine display. Students explored how pulleys, as well as the number of pulleys made work easier. They also experimented with levers at various lengths to discover how the longer levers made the lift load easier.

After exploring and understanding how the simple machines work, Mr. Rob, the day custodian at Pelican School, explained and demonstrated some of the simple machines he uses each day to make his job easier. Students listened attentively as Mr. Rob explained how the tools he used daily were indeed made up of simple machines; for example, the vacuum uses screws and pulleys. In addition, students learned about devices they use each day and recognized the simple machines used to construct them. An example being that the paper towel dispenser uses a lever, wheel, axle and screws. Students enjoyed listening and learning from Mr. Rob about the simple machines found all around them at Pelican School.

RHS Students Inducted as Members of National Honor Society

NHS Inductees
Pictured (left to right): Grace Heck, Tina Kansariwala, Abigail Krueger, Emma Roberts, Jared Fabich, Ryan Roberts, Carly Seidl, Taylor Kriesel, and Bridger Flory.

Nine students from Rhinelander High School were inducted as new members of the Walter F. Kruschke Chapter of the National Honor Society in a ceremony held at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC), on January 15, 2017. Members were selected by the chapter's faculty council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Students inducted were: Jared Fabich, Bridger Flory, Grace Heck, Tina Kansariwala, Taylor Kriesel, Abigail Krueger, Emma Roberts, Ryan Roberts, and Carly Seidl. "We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body. National Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community," said Patricia LaFevre, chapter adviser. The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. There are chapters in more than 16,000 high schools and, since 1921, millions of students have been selected for membership. Millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the sponsoring organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

RHS Dance Team Advances to State

Dance Team

On Saturday, January 28th the Rhinelander High School Dance Team competed at the WACPC Western Regionals in Division 2 Hip Hop. Our Hodag dancers took second place, advancing them to State. Competition was very close, falling to first place Mondovi by only 2.5 points. They will compete at the WACPC State Dance Championships next Saturday, February 4th which will be held at the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Pictured (left to right): Front row - Captains Alyssa Kossack, Delanie Stafford, and Hannah Hicks. Second row - Makayla Koser, Makenzie Pence, Miranda Koth, Alexx Knapp, Katie Gilbert, Olivia DeNamur, and Nicolette Metropulos. Back row - Assistant Coach Kari Britton, Morgan Johnson, Emma Squires, Beth Theilman, Head Coach Tricia Winter, Haylee Fernandes, Lexi Heise, Abbi Koch, Tina Kansariwala, and Assistant Head Coach Bailey Welch.

Crescent Elementary School Celebrates with Choices, Pies, and Slime!

Crescent Celebration
Pictured: Background - Pearl Fessenden and Jessica Crossman from Crescent PAC. Foreground - First grader Mariah Berry "slimes" Principal Gayle Daniel.

Crescent Elementary School students held their PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) celebration, Fantastic Friday, January 20, by choosing a preferred activity from among 16 super-fun options. Students then spent 30 minutes with a group including all ages, who chose the same activity. Some students enjoyed Lego building time, others chose to watercolor paint, while others played basketball or danced to the latest kid-friendly hits. After choice time, students regrouped in the gym to receive perfect attendance awards from Principal Gayle Daniel.

The final fun portion of the day's celebration was led by the Crescent PAC (Parent Advisory Council). Crescent PAC rewarded grade level prizes to the classes with the highest point values in their Penny Challenge fundraiser. The students have been collecting change as a fundraiser for the Crescent PAC. Each winning classroom was rewarded with the fun of squishing whipped cream pies in a teacher's face (a volunteer teacher from their grade level). The class with highest points over the whole school was awarded the gooey, drippy fun of sliming the new principal. Parents, family members, and local media all screamed and cringed with Crescent Students as cold, green slime dripped all over Principal Daniel. Squeals and laughter rang throughout the building.

RHS Teacher Named Global Educator of the Year

Educator of the Year
Pictured: School District of Rhinelander Superintendent Kelli Jacobi, RHS teacher Linda Goldsworthy, State Superintendent Tony Evers, and Dean Bowles of Madison Area Rotary.

Linda Goldsworthy of Three Lakes, a social studies teacher at Rhinelander High School, is the recipient of the second annual Global Educator of the Year Award.

She was nominated for the award for helping her students learn about the interconnectedness of the world through her classroom teaching and travel abroad opportunities. The nominating statement noted that, "Linda teaches events and issues through multiple, usually conflicting, views. By examining different points of view, Linda's students develop the skills of searching for and taking in other perspectives, especially those of people whose voices are often lost in the traditional curriculum."

State Superintendent Tony Evers presented the Global Educator of the Year award during the January 20 general session of the Wisconsin State Education Convention at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. "Today's students are coming of age in a world that knows fewer boundaries than ever before," Evers said. "They need both solid preparation for careers in a global economy and the ability to participate in society as informed citizens. Linda's ability to infuse critical thinking with empathy toward those from other cultures or backgrounds will serve her students well as they prepare for college, careers, and a global society."

A Wisconsin native, Goldsworthy attended Carroll College in Waukesha, now Carroll University, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and English. While attending Carroll, she traveled to Germany, the then USSR, and China as part of the New Cultural Experiences Program. That event was a catalyst for her desire to provide global experiences to her students. Goldsworthy began teaching English at Rhinelander High School in 1996 and transferred to the social studies department in 1999 where she has taught U.S. History, AP European History, AP United States History, Sociology, and Comparative Religions. She has led three student trips to Europe since 2013 and recently initiated a program similar to the one at Carroll which allows all students at Rhinelander High School to travel abroad. Parents play a key role in the foreign travel program, having raised nearly $75,000 since 2013 to promote global travel opportunities.

"The word that most often appears on my year-end student evaluations is, passion," Goldsworthy said. "While it may seem unconventional, this is the method by which I support learners who are struggling as well as those who are excelling. My passion often encourages my students to try harder."

The Global Educator of the Year award is sponsored by the State Superintendent's Statewide International Education Council, chaired by Gilles Bousquet, University of Wisconsin-Madison French professor and department chair. The recognition includes a $1,000 cash award from the Madison area Rotary Clubs. Dean Bowles, UW-Madison emeritus professor and a member of the council, presented the award check as part of the recognition ceremony on behalf of the Madison area Rotary Clubs and the Wisconsin International Education Council.

Meteorologist Visits Crescent Elementary School

Pictured: Meteorologist Geoff Weller, from Channel 12, discusses how natural disasters affect our environment at Crescent Elementary School.

Meteorologist Geoff Weller, from Channel 12 visited Crescent Elementary School's second graders on January 18. The second graders were completing an inquiry research project about natural disasters. Mr. Weller informed the students how natural disasters affect our environment and discussed how meteorologists prepare the public for a natural disaster.

Mr. Weller explained that flooding is the most deadly kind of natural disaster because people are not educated to how floods can affect us. Therefore, we are not prepared. The students learned that water is heavy and it is also very powerful. The students were reminded to avoid flooded roads. On the other hand, they learned that water can be helpful because it moves the much needed nutrients to the soil.

Meteorologist Geoff Weller informed students that once a tropical storm's wind exceeds 70 mph, it is called a hurricane. Hurricanes are more destructive now than they were 30 years ago because our coast lines have many more buildings on them.

Tornadoes are Weller's favorite kind of natural disaster because of his prior experience of being a broadcasting meteorologist in Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, he would travel to areas that tornadoes were likely to touchdown and then he would warn the public. The students learned that tornadoes occur when hot and cold air come together. Last year, there were 16 tornadoes in Wisconsin.

The second graders learned that tsunamis are mostly caused by earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides. They are destructive because the winds are very strong. In areas that tsunamis occurs, there are buoys that are connected to the internet. Signals are emitted to meteorologists so that they can inform the public.

A big thank you to Channel 12's meteorologist Geoff Weller for informing Crescent Elementary School's second graders about natural disasters.

RHS Mock Trial Team Finishes First at Brookfield Academy Tournament

Mock Trial
Pictured (l to r): Emily McFarland, Ellie Rickman, Max Holperin, Albiona Sabani (holding 1st place plaque), Sydney Schallock (holding plaque), Carmen Ibarra, Tyler Fredrick, and Annika Timm.

Students from Rhinelander High School competed in a mock trial tournament at Brookfield Academy on Saturday, taking home first place honors and awards for "Best Witness" and "Best Attorney". Twenty-nine teams competed in the tournament, including all of the top finishers at the State Tournament last year.

Only the top six places were announced. Finishing behind RHS #1 were teams from Whitefish Bay, Middleton, Lodi, Xavier, and Brookfield Academy. Max Holperin was one of two students who were named "Best Witness" and Emily McFarland was one of two students who were named "Best Attorney".

The tournament involved three rounds of power-paired competition. In the final round, RHS #1 faced a familiar opponent, Shorewood High School, the team that defeated RHS in the State Finals last year. RHS #1 finished 3-0 on the day and RHS #2 finished 2-1.

"The tournament was a great learning experience for our students," said coach Kathy Vick-Martini. "We're very proud of their performance." The teams are also coached by attorney Amy Ferguson and Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom.

Members of RHS Team #1 are seniors Max Holperin, Ellie Rickman, Albiona Sabani, and Sydney Schallock, juniors Tyler Fredrick and Emily McFarland, and freshmen Carmen Ibarra and Annika Timm. Members of RHS Team #2 are senior Zack DuBois, juniors Mason Hageny and Grace Payfer, sophomores Ben Kubisiak and Ben Sheth, and freshmen Alexa Adams, Karston La Dean, Maile Llanos, and Holly Puza.

Next up for the RHS teams is the Regional Tournament at the Marathon County Courthouse in Wausau on Saturday, February 11. Last year, RHS #1 broke its own state record by winning its 30th consecutive regional title.

It is Never Too Late to Thank a Veteran

Thank a Veteran
Pictured: Mrs. Belanger and Mrs. Rogers' Reading Buddies.

Students in Mrs. Belanger's Pelican Kindergarten class as well as Mrs. Rogers' third grade class made flags for Veterans going on the Honor Flight. The flags will be used for Mail Call. Mail Call is a special surprise for the Veterans who fly on the Honor Flight. Mail Call is a packet of mail made up of letters and cards from family members, friends, neighbors and others expressing their appreciation and thanks to a Veteran for their service to our country.

"We wanted to show our appreciation for our Veterans and to let them know that we still appreciate what they have done for us. It's a simple yet thoughtful way to get our students involved after Veterans Day", said Mrs. Belanger. The students were very excited to work with their reading buddies to make and personally write a message on the back of their flags. Nancy Funk, Teaching Assistant delivered the flags to organizers of the Honor Flight in Wausau. They were surprised and excited to be able to send these flags along to the hotel and place the flags on their pillows before even getting on the airplane for the Honor Flight.

If you are interested in providing some Mail Call for Veterans, you can find the contact number/information listed below:

Old Glory Honor Flight Mail Call
C/O "Veteran''s Full Name Here"
W6390 Challenger Drive, Suite 243
Appleton, WI 54914

Please be sure to list the Veteran's Full Name on the package to ensure that the package is properly identified.

If you have questions regarding Mail Call, contact Jamie Vogeltanz via phone at 920-255-2730 or send an email to OGHFMAILCALL@gmail.com.

Students Stay Fit at NCES with Mileage Club

Mileage Club
Pictured (from left to right): Front row - Jacob Johnson (2nd) and Kaitlyn Johnson (1st). Back row - Kaden Vanney (5th), Hunter Bell (3rd), and Gracie Hatleback (4th).

Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) students are continuing to focus on a healthy lifestyle in an interesting way. They have been racking up the miles for the Mileage Club by using pedometers to track their mileage during the school day.  They started in October, with a goal to walk enough miles, equivalent to traveling to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. So far, they have totalled nearly 1,000 miles. They will be celebrating their efforts with Disney-related activities when they reach their goal and will choose a second destination to continue on their "travels". The Club was able to purchase pedometers and trinkets through the Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF) grant in 2014. Congratulations to the students who have achieved "Top Miler" for their grade level in December.

School District Employees Wrap Up Annual Bell Ringing Challenge for Salvation Army

Bell Ringing
Pictured (from left to right) are Crescent Elementary School teachers Emily Eklund, Karen Arnott and Jami Turgeon.

Every year over the holiday season, employees from the School District of Rhinelander challenge one another to "ring the bells" for the Salvation Army. Locations are Walmart, Trig's and Shopko. In previous years, school building teams would assemble and compete against one another for a traveling trophy. This year, school staff decided to do things a little differently. They decided to collaborate as one large team to see how many total hours they could accumulate all together. In total, School District employees contributed 46 hours of to help raise money for the Salvation Army. This number provides a baseline for future years. District staff are excited to see if that number can grow to an even larger tally in years to come. A special thank you goes out to all who participated in bell ringing this year.

James Williams Middle School Announces December Students of the Month

Students of the Month
Pictured from left to right are: 8th grader Jacob Maas, 6th grader Aidan Sedlak, 7th graders Logan Schmoeger and Sage Flory, and 6th grader Ella Cordy. Missing from the photo is 8th grader Autumn Pond.

James Williams Middle School's PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program is proud to announce its Students of the Month for the month of December. Grade level teaching teams chose two students this month who demonstrated the ability to follow the school's 4 Be's (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Here) at an exceptional level. These students come to school prepared and ready to learn, are actively engaged in their learning, follow class and school rules, and are honest, trustworthy, and respectful.

Crescent Staff Hand Out "Parent Paws"

Parent Paws

The staff at Crescent Elementary School picked the perfect, snowy morning for handing out "Parent Paws" on Tuesday, January 10th. Packets of hot cocoa were attached to the green Parent Paws, which are similar to the Hodag High Five Paws that students earn, to recognize the parents who were following the procedures to safely and quickly drop off their children in the morning. Parents that safely walked their children into the school also earned these Parent Paws. Staff were identified by wearing cheese head hats in celebration of their beloved Packer team. Many parents seemed surprised by this token of appreciation of their daily efforts. The students were also surprised to see their teachers greeting them and their families before the busy school day.

James Williams Middle School Student Honored by Wisconsin Outdoor News Magazine

JWMS Student Honored

James Williams Middle School seventh grader Bella Newlin was recently honored by the Wisconsin Outdoor News magazine's annual Youth Writing Contest. Bella placed first in the poetry division. She won a cash prize and plaque. The contest received entries from all over the state of Wisconsin including entries selected from the 7th grade science classes at James Williams Middle School. The writing contest asked students to put their outdoor experiences on paper to share with readers of the Wisconsin Outdoor News magazine in either prose or poetry form. Wisconsin Outdoor News will now enter Bella's poem in the 2016 Norm Strung Youth Writing Competition, which is sponsored by the Outdoor Writers of America Association, Safari Club International, the Izaak Walton League of America, and Delta Waterfowl. Bella will have a chance to win additional cash prizes. Bella is the daughter of Elizabeth Faucett, and her sponsoring teacher was Jeff Skubal.

Where is "Up North"?
by Isabella Newlin

Up North

A place you escape to for just awhile

A place made of trees, cabins, and lakes

But no matter how far or close it is

There is no sign that says "you have arrived"

So just follow your heart till you have found...

That special place that calms you down

That leaves you with no worries

As you take in the surroundings

With all your worries and stresses all floated away

There's no mystery where the northwoods is

When you find your Up North you'll know

It's the Up North

Pelican Participates in Scholastic Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive

Bedtime Story Pajama Drive
Ms. Biscobing's second graders counted the pajamas during math to continue practice with double digit addition strategies. Pictured (left to right) is Colin Pitsch, Cassidy Lindner, and Myah Kalata.

Leading up to the holiday season, Pelican students and staff participated in the 8th annual Scholastic Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Scholastic partners with the Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need - especially those living in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages. In this program, Scholastic then pairs a brand new book with each pair of pajamas donated so children and teens can receive the cozy gift of reading for the holidays.

The drive started on November 15th and final donations were collected at Pelican's holiday concert on December 15th. Throughout the month, Pelican Elementary, with the help of other community members, raised 115 pairs of pajamas for the Great Bedtime Story Pajama program. Pajamas were counted and boxed up by Ms. Biscobing's second grade students. All 115 pairs of pajamas were donated to children at the Wausau YWCA, an organization that has worked to enrich the lives of girls, women, and their families since 1920. Because of Pelican's generous donation in the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, the YWCA was able to give every single child in their care, and their siblings, a warm pair of pajamas this holiday season.

Crescent Elementary School Learns About Giving Back to Others

Giving Back

Crescent Elementary School students and families have been busy collecting pop tops. This week they brought all the boxes filled with pop tops to Oak Leaf Recycling and weighed them to be recycled. All of the efforts of collection totaled out to 150 pounds of aluminum. A check was made out for $37.50 to The Ronald McDonald House in Marshfield, Wisconsin as a donation on behalf of Crescent Elementary School. The Ronald McDonald House is a place where families can stay when their child is at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Pictured with the check is Benjamin Olson, a third grader at Crescent. Ben was born prematurely and spent time in the NICU at St. Joseph's and his family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House until Ben was able to come home. Several families at Crescent School benefit from the House and the school is proud to be able to pay it forward. Crescent School will continue to collect pop tops. To donate, please drop off pop tops at the Crescent front office.

"Amazing" Students Recognized at Pelican School

Amazing Attendance
Pictured: RHS Senior Reeve Craig talks to elementary students about the importance of school.

Students at Pelican Elementary were recognized for having Perfect Attendance for the month of December. High School Senior, Reeve Craig, and Partners in Education (PIE) member, Rod Ankrom, were the guest readers. Both guests emphasized the importance of being at school or work, being on time, and doing their best. There were 200 students, grades 4K through third grade, that had their names read at the weekly Jumpstart assembly, and also received a certificate for their achievement. The staff at Pelican feels that it is important to recognize these students each month to help students see the importance of school, and so that they can be successful learners.

Foreign Exchange Students Share Christmas Traditions with Second Graders

Christmas Traditions
Pictured: Rhinelander High School foreign exchange students Oliver Ebrecht, from Germany, Mikkel Andreasen, from Denmark and Ida Puolivali, from Finland share their country's Christmas traditions with the second graders at Crescent Elementary School.

Three foreign exchange students from Rhinelander High School visited the second graders at Crescent Elementary School to share information about their countries' Christmas traditions on Monday, January 2. The second graders participated in a Christmas Around the World unit before their holiday break. The second graders were amazed at how many similarities there were between the United States and Germany, Finland and Denmark.

Oliver Ebrecht, from Germany, shared that many people in Germany visit the Christmas Market during the holidays. At the Christmas market, you can purchase many sweets, decorations, clothes and small gifts. Although many traditions depend on each family, children receive gifts from Santa or a Christmas man or Christ Child.

Mikkel Andreasen, from Denmark, shared that people in Denmark actually hang real, lighted candles on their Christmas trees. On December 24, families dance and sing around their Christmas trees. A favorite dessert of rice pudding with whipped cream and almonds is enjoyed by everyone.

From Finland, Ida Puolivali shared that people in Finland also enjoy the rice pudding topped with whipped cream and almonds.  Children receive gifts from Santa. In their high schools, it is a tradition for the students to have two weeks of holiday vacation.  
The second graders learned that the children in Germany, Finland and Denmark do not leave stockings out for Santa to fill with goodies. It is a tradition celebrated only in the United States.  A big thank you to Principal Ditzler for escorting the foreign exchange students to Crescent Elementary School.

A Kindergarten Holiday Family Night

Kindergarten Family Night

The kindergarten families joined their teachers and some Pelican staff members for a Kindergarten Holiday Family Night on December 8, 2016.

In Mrs. MacIntyre's classroom the kindergarteners and their families enjoyed mixing oats and glitter together to make a delicious treat for Santa's reindeer. Then they put together a cute little poem and made a border with fancy scissors.

"Sprinkle on the lawn at night.
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam.
This will guide them to your home,"

Children and their families worked together in Mrs. Belanger's class to make Family Conversation jars. Eating dinner together can be bonding times for a family. However, if a family isn't talking at dinner time, there is not much bonding going on. Have you ever had an evening that you just don't feel like talking? Or maybe you have been so focused on school, work, or household chores all day that you can't get your mind shifted to casual conversation. For those evenings when the conversation is moving slow or hard to get started, the Family Dinner Conversation jars are just what is needed. Families won't need to pull these out every evening, but when a little extra is needed, these little starter cards will sure to get the conversation moving. One parent commented, "I'm bringing this jar with us on Christmas to help start the dinner conversation with some relatives that we are just getting to know."

The sparkles of glitter and laughter were seen and heard as you entered Mrs. Lieck's classroom. Each member of a family contributed to designing their family's Holiday Banner. The Holiday Banner created showed family traditions and their favorite parts of the holiday. They began with each member of their family tracing their hand on a large piece of white paper. Then they were creative and decorated around each hand using markers, stickers, sequins, and glitter, so their banner looked festive. Next, families talked and shared with each other the ideas they wanted to add to their individual family Holiday banner.

In between the Holiday classroom choices the families were able to decorate sugar cookies and enjoy delicious hot chocolate with marshmallows. Parents and children had an awesome evening being together and doing activities as a family. They enjoyed doing the different projects and meeting all of the teachers and extra staff.

RHS Performing Ensembles Celebrate the Season

Performing Ensembles

Rhinelander High School's Music Department celebrated the holiday season on Monday, Dec. 12th by performing many new and also many familiar holiday carols to a large crowd in the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center. Pictured below are the four performing ensembles at RHS: Shodag Show Choir, Green Shades Jazz Ensemble, Concert Chorus and Combined Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. 

Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.

Super Singing Celebration at Pelican School

Pelican Program
Pictured: Second and third grade performing at the Pelican Holiday Program.

Students at Pelican Elementary School recently performed their holiday program at the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center on December 15 under the direction of Kathy Karsten and Sue Stefonek.

Kindergarteners sang "Rudolph," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," a song about five little snowmen, and a song about warm and snuggly snow pants. First graders performed "Better Bundle Up" and twisted to the beat in "Santa Claus Rock." Then they told the audience what they wanted in "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" and "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas."  Kindergarteners and first graders enthusiastically sang Super Celebration with some choreography.  

Second graders shared "Here we Come a Caroling" and "O Christmas Tree" with one verse in German, then played the melody with boomwhackers. These students rocked out in a call and response song "North Pole Rock N Roll" and sang "Christmas at Our School."

Third graders explained things one might see going on a "Winter Walk." Next, they acted out "A Perfect Winter Day" with some classes sharing how much they enjoy winter and other classes sharing how much they hate winter. Later they performed "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "We are Thankful." Some students performed piano or guitar solos and did a nice job. The program concluded with second and third graders sharing holiday spirit with a song called "Shout!"  

Teachers appreciate the support of all who attended the program.  They are thankful for the flexibility of those who allowed for extra rehearsal times. Not only do music programs allow students to learn more about singing and performing, they give students the opportunity to learn life lessons such as teamwork and dedication. Thank you for supporting music education!

Crescent Students Perform Festive Songs at Holiday Concert

Crescent Program
Pictured: First grade students missing their two front teeth are seen here in the front row performing, "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth" by Donald Y. Gardner.

Crescent Elementary Students grades K, 1, 2, and 3 enhanced the holiday season by performing festive songs and actions during their recent concert held in the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center at Rhinelander High School on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 under the direction of Sue Stefonek.

The kindergarten students sang about 5 little snowmen, snow pants, 'Santa Claus is coming to town', and wore reindeer antler headbands while singing, 'Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer'. They concluded their portion of the concert by singing, 'Super Celebration'.

First grade students entertained the audience with 'Better Bundle Up', 'All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth', 'Santa Claus Rock', and 'I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas'. First graders also concluded their portion of the concert with 'Super Celebration'.

The second grade students welcomed the audience with the song, 'Here We Come a caroling' followed by 'O Christmas Tree' sung in English, German, the melody of the song played using colorful boomwhackers and tone bells, and in English once again. Students demonstrated their rock and roll style dancing to 'North Pole Rock and Roll', clapping on the off-beat to 'Christmas at Our School', and finishing with a festive song called, 'Shout!'

Third graders shared the beauty of winter when singing 'Winter Walk' followed by a partner song, 'A Perfect Winter Day' where each group sang how they felt about winter. One group loved winter while the other group was allergic to it. Students rocked to 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' and also sang, 'We Are Thankful', explaining being thankful for the things they have, who they are, what they do and what they will be. The concluding song for the third graders was also, 'Shout!'

There were a few students who showcased their talents by performing a piano solo on the Steinway grand piano and one student performed a guitar solo. Being able to utilize the John and Dori Brown Performing Arts Center was truly a wonderful experience for these young entertainers!

High School Students Help Second Graders Write Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa
Pictured: FBLA/DECA student Ellen Padgett helps second graders Daniel Zimmerman, Piper Stinebrink, Adaline Juedes and George Price write letters to Santa.

Many FBLA/DECA students from Rhinelander High School helped the second graders from Crescent Elementary School write letters to Santa on December 8.

The young writers first asked Santa a question or two about his life. Some students asked Santa if Mrs. Claus was busy making cookies for him. Other students asked Santa if the reindeer were busy exercising their legs for the big night. Second, the students had to tell Santa about their good behavior during the past year. The second graders were proud to tell Santa that they practiced their math facts every night at home, brushed their teeth before they went to bed, helped with younger siblings and fed their pet every day. Last, the students asked Santa to bring them two special gifts for Christmas.

The high school students helped the students sound out words and reminded them to print neatly. They also gave them ideas to write about and reminded them to add capital letters and appropriate ending marks where necessary. A big thank you to Elliot Fehlen, Vice President of Community Service, FBLA/DECA, for setting up the event.

FBLA/DECA students visited other classrooms at Crescent and also Pelican School.

Jeans for Teens Community Service Project

Jeans for Teens

Rhinelander FBLA/DECA is gearing up to begin one of its largest community service events. From December 13-22 Jeans for Teens will be running full speed ahead to collect Jeans for the homeless this holiday season! If you or any of your family members have jeans that you haven't worn in a while or simply don't fit into anymore, consider donating them to those who are less fortunate this holiday season. No matter the style or size we will find a home for them this winter. All you need to do is look for the box wrapped in beautiful wrapping paper. There will be boxes for collection at the following places: Rhinelander High School, James Williams Middle School, Central School, Crescent Elementary School, Pelican Elementary School, Coffee Beans Etc., and Bath & Body Creations & Coffee Haus in downtown Rhinelander. All jeans donated will go to Frederick Place in downtown Rhinelander, who assists in distributing them to those in need and Family Resource Connections.

On January 6, 2017 there is a Rhinelander Boys' Basketball game against Medford. That night only, if you make a donation of jeans to Jeans for Teens you will receive free entry to the game.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and DECA are national organizations that Rhinelander High School has combined together to give students an opportunity to learn about the business world, while also learning the value of community service. For more information visit the web page: http://rhsfbladeca.weebly.com/.

NCES Artist of the Month

NCES Artists
Pictured (left to right) are the December "Artist of the Month" students and artwork: DeElla Kuckkan, Taylor Robinson, Tyler Raphael and Roan Childs. Not Pictured: Zeva Barrett and Arsyn Zastrow.

The Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) Art Department continues its "Artist of the Month" recognition. The next round of students are ready for display.

This month, they are focusing on Kindergarten, first and second grade artists. In Kindergarten, students practiced cutting and gluing skills to put together a Rudolph collage for the holidays. First graders followed step-by-step drawing directions and learned how to use oil pastels correctly to make a "Winter Fox" picture. They even added in some special splatter paint details to make snow. Second graders learned about famous artist Gustav Klimt and learned how to make an abstract "Tree of Life" using special metallic paint, collage and painting techniques.

Students are chosen as Artist of the Month for their innovative thinking skills, creative applications, showcasing of exemplar learning through the project expectations, and of course, by positively demonstrating the 4 B's (be responsibe, be respectful, be safe, and be here).

This round of student artwork will be on display at the YMCA of the Northwoods from December 14th - January 15th. Community members are encouraged to stop by and view the artwork.  

Congratulations to the December Artists and a very special "Thank-you" to the YMCA of the Northwoods!

Dance Team Competes at 6th Annual Ashwaubenon Dance Invitational

Dance Team

On Saturday, December 3rd, the RHS Hodag Dance Team competed at the 6th annual Ashwaubenon Dance Invitational in Division 2 Hip Hop, placing 3rd, and Division 2 Jazz, placing 9th. This was the team's first competition of the year.

Pictured from left to right: Front Row - Hannah Hicks, Alyssa Kossack, and Delanie Stafford. Second Row - Assistant Coach Kari Britton, Alexx Knapp, Nicolette Metropulos, Miranda Koth, Katie Gilbert, Olivia DeNamur, and Head Coach Tricia Winter. Third Row - Assistant Head Coach Bailey Welch, Morgan Johnson, Makayla Koser, Tina Kansariwala, Beth Theilman, and Makenzie Pence.
Top Row - Emma Squires, Lexi Heise, Abbi Koch, and Haylee Fernandes.

Crescent Elementary School Wins $2000 Through General Mills Box Tops for Education Contest

Crescent Box Top

Crescent Elementary School recently entered a contest through Trig's Facebook page. To win money for their school, staff and students were required to comment and share a photo of their class showing school spirit, telling contest organizers why they thought their school deserved the funds. Three winners were chosen. The prizes were $2000, $1000, and $500.

Crescent's submissions earned them the Grand Prize of $2,000! The money awarded will be used for the purchase of more Chromebooks for students. Congratulations, Crescent!

Students of the Month at James Williams Middle School

Students of the Month
Pictured (from left to right): Front Row - 7th Grader Alexus Meza, 6th Grader Sophia Laumann, and 8th Grader Jacob Weddle. Back Row - 8th Grader Susanna Lyon, 7th grader Ty Welk, and 6th Grader Roberto Figueroa.

James Williams Middle School's PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program is proud to announce its Students of the Month for the month of November. Grade level teaching teams chose two students this month who demonstrated the ability to follow the school's 4 Be's (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Here) at an exceptional level. These students come to school prepared and ready to learn, are actively engaged in their learning, follow class and school rules, and are honest, trustworthy, and respectful. Congratulations to these wonderful students!

Cash for NATH

Cash for NATH
Pictured: Representatives from Key Club, Project Unity, Diversity, FCCLA, FBLA, and DECA presented a check to Tammy Modic. Missing: Representatives from HOSA and Student Council.

During the month of November, the School District of Rhinelander joined with Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing (NATH) to recognize National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. To recognize this important topic, during the week of November 14-20th, all clubs from Rhinelander High School (RHS) came together to help NATH raise funds for the local shelter, Frederick Place, as part of the Everybody Deserves a Shelter Campaign.

In an effort to increase awareness, announcements were made during the week that featured data and information about homeless youth in Wisconsin and our District. There was a one minute fund raiser, CASH for NATH, held during homeroom on Thursday, November 17th.

Through the generosity of students and staff, $572 was collected. Of the 43 homerooms within RHS, Ms. Fryar's homeroom was the home room that collected the most money and they won a pizza and cupcake party on Tuesday, November 22nd. Tammy Modic, Director of Frederick Place, was able to join the winning homeroom for the celebration.

Thank you to Papa Murphy's for donating the pizzas and HOSA for preparing the cupcakes.

Bell Ringing 2016

Bell Ringing
Pictured are Pelican staff (left top right): Rebecca Kecker, Kathy Kellen, Tracy Fortier, Kathy Karsten, Nancy Funk, Alicia Miszewski, and Renee Miszewski at Walmart.

Every year, staff at the School District of Rhinelander challenge themselves to "ring the bell" for the Salvation Army. What started out as a competition between the schools has evolved into a contest to see how many total hours staff can donate as a collective group. 

Recently, Pelican Elementary School kicked off the Holiday Season by helping the community with some bell ringing at Walmart. It has become a bit of a tradition for the Pelican staff to get out and ring the bells for the Salvation Army. This year they rang at Walmart, but have worked kettles at Walgreen's, Trig's and Shopko in the past.  

It doesn't matter where they ring, they always seem to meet new people and enjoy making them laugh. They dance, sing and interact with many fabulous community members. They feel it is difficult to pass up an opportunity to support a community that is continually supporting them.

Second Graders Learn About the First Thanksgiving

First Thanksgiving
Pictured: The second grade students from Crescent Elementary School enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at the Northern Lakes Impact Center.

The second graders from Crescent Elementary School learned about the first Thanksgiving at Northern Lakes Impact Center on November 18. While visiting four stations, the students learned how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians cooked, played games, helped with chores and used tools from long ago.  

The second graders learned that the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians prepared food much differently than today. Instead of using frying pans, they used concave rocks and an open fire.   After a batter was made, it was poured onto the rocks. Then the rocks were put onto a hot fire. Likewise, the students prepared ashcakes over an open fire using pie irons.

The students were surprised that the Pilgrim children played many games during the celebration of the first Thanksgiving. The students played Eagle Eye and a tag game. Although the children of long ago enjoyed playing games, they had many responsibilities. Often, they were in charge of dying material and making candles.  Crescent Elementary second graders used a string of yarn and heated paraffin wax to make a candle.

The youngsters also had an opportunity to manipulate tools that the Pilgrim men and women used. The students used a debarking spud. This tool peeled the bark off of a tree so that a flat side could be made. Therefore, the logs could be stacked upon each other when building a home. The students worked as a team when they used the 2 person crosscut saw. They also used an ice tong to move a heavy wooden block.

Finally the students ate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner as we know today. They enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and bread. The students were glad that they did not eat the same foods as the Wampanoag Indians and Pilgrims did during the first Thanksgiving. The foods that were eaten during the first Thanksgiving were eels, wild turkey, venison, cornmeal, onions, mussels, cranberries, and squash. Potatoes and pumpkin pie were not eaten.

Drama Department Performs Sister Act

Sister Act
Pictured: Cast and Crew (Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt).

From November 17-20, the School District of Rhinelander Drama Department performed Sister Act five times. The play was directed by Kristin Higgins and Roddy Macmillan and choreographed by Melissa Salaam.

The cast, led by seniors Faith Bartelt, Jane Kubisiak, Erin Bloom, Andrew Padgett, and Seth Bowen sizzled with energy and performed their hearts out. Rounding out the cast were seniors Carmen Incha, Cheyanne Dye, juniors Samantha Bullard, Brittany Bredeson, Anthony Klabunde, Rachel Uhlarik, Shandi Peitsch, Megan Jones, Samantha Smith, Grace Payfer, Cara Dreifuerst, sophomores Ben Kubisiak, Adam Bloom, Maya Paulson, Lauren Iverson, Samantha Siefert, freshmen Lisa White, Lee Henderson and 8th graders Shyla Wickham, Nicole Swanson, Megan Hoffhein, and Joyce Hauser.  

The cast was accompanied by band members Olivia Parshall, Samantha Peterson, Lauryn Cook, Brianna Perry, Mackenzie Brooks, Shea Bellile, Marshall Dana, Clint McCue, Elizabeth Weddle, Alec Lowry, Darin Bloomquist, Asami Clark and led by Connie Piasecki and Mary Peterson.  

The Tech Crew consiisted of Emma Beckman, Shaun Timm, Michael Bartelt, Karissa Thurn, Skylar Peitsch, and Riley Zarm, led by Kandi Bartelt. Lights were operated by Emily Wells and Hannah Rumney, and sound was run by Gunnar Millot and Neil Rumney. The drama department sold tote bags that were created by Kathy Larsen from the old curtains.

NCES Project Day

Project Day
Pictured (l to r) are students Ashton Renn, Alex McMillion, and Ashley Schmidt who focused on Rhinelander government.

On November 9th, student's at Northwoods Community Elementary School(NCES) participated in a project day. Grades K-5 participated in this event that focused on different areas within election topics and the country's government.

Kindergarten focused on citizenship and how we play a role in society. First grade focused on our voting procedure. Second grade persuaded guests to vote for a topic of their choice.
Third grade focused on the different government parties. Forth grade researched the electoral college and what it means as well as Wisconsin's government system. Fifth grade focused on the Northeast government and geography.

The first NCES Project Day was a success and it allowed the students to share what they have learned about their topics with their families, friends, and media.

Second Graders Participate in Inquiry Project

Inquiry Project
Pictured: Mark Naniot from Wild Instincts explains to the second graders that the barred owl's soft feathers help it fly quietly at night.

The second graders in Ms. Vannatter's and Mrs. Deitz's class at Crescent Elementary School participated in an inquiry project in November. The students were trying to find out how a nocturnal animal survives at night. After reading many nonfiction books about nocturnal animals, each student also chose an animal to research.  
First, the students wrote good digging questions about their specific animal. The digging questions were questions that began with who, what, when, why and how. Since the questions came from the students' curious minds, they were highly motivated to find the answers.  

With the help of Mrs. Rumney, Library Media Specialist, the students used a variety of online resources to locate the answers to their questions. The students found their answers on PebbleGo, World Almanac for Kids, and various Badgerlink databases. If a student could not read the text, the students could have it read to them using the text to speech feature embedded in the resources.

Once the students had gathered their facts about their nocturnal animal, they used Chromebooks to showcase their learning using Google Slides. The students answered their digging questions and explained how their nocturnal animal survives at night through sentences and photographs.

To end their research project, the second graders invited Mark Naniot, owner of Wild Instincts, to Crescent Elementary School.  He brought a live barred owl and a red-tailed hawk to school.  The students compared the characteristics of the owl and the hawk. They learned why the owl is better suited for night activity than the hawk. The students learned that an owl's soft feathers are much quieter when flying than a hawk's feathers.

Crescent Students Dissect Owl Pellets

Owl Pellets
Pictured: Second graders Piper Stinebrink (left) and Tripp Tanner (right) dissect an owl pellet.

As part of a nocturnal animal unit, the second graders from Crescent Elementary School dissected owl pellets during the week of November 7. Each pair of students received a heat sterilized barn owl pellet. Using tweezers, the students gently pulled apart the fur and bones of the pellet.
Using an identification bone chart, the students were able to identify the bones of voles, shrews and mice. Then the students taped the bones to the paper and labeled it by designating which animal the bone belonged to. Each pair of students learned about that owl's diet. The students were surprised to find more than one animal skull in one pellet.  

The students learned that owl pellets are a product of the unique digestion system of birds. Owls cannot chew their food as many animals do. They have to swallow their small prey whole and tear larger prey into pieces. The indigestible parts are regurgitated through the beak in the form of an owl pellet.

GNC 8th Annual All-Conference Band and Choir Festival

Band and Choir

Congratulations to the following Rhinelander High School musicians who were selected to perform at the Great Northern Conference (GNC) 8th Annual All-Conference Band and Choir Festival in Mosinee this past Saturday. Students rehearsed and performed with fellow honor students from the GNC schools under the direction of guest conductors - Dr. John Stewart, Band and Michael Ross, Choir.
Pictured: Row 1 - Alyssa Berg, Rachel Uhlarik, Seth Bowen, Adam Bloom, Faith Bartelt, Shea Petersen, and Dante Suhm. Row 2 - Samantha Smith, Lauren Iverson, Morgan Elko, Brianna Perry, Shea Bellile, Abby Albright, and Samantha Peterson. Row 3 - Anthony Klabunde, Andy Padgett, Marshall Dana, Elliot Fehlen, and Victoria Parshall. Missing from the photo is Ashley Adams.

Artist of the Month at Central School

Central Artists
Pictured: Front Row - Hailey Skubal, Evelyn Sawyer, Zoie Johnson, Leah Weigel, Natalie Skinner and Derrick McGeshick. Back Row - Delanio Zivko, Alexia Robinson, Kaden Worrall, Kylie Kjos, Leah Jamison & Sofia Wojnowski. Not Pictured: Maggie Lehman.

Central Intermediate School's Art Department continues to offer its "Artist of the Month" recognition.

This month, 4th graders learned about famous artist, Pablo
Picasso and his special style of art called Cubism. Then, they applied learned knowledge about Cubism to a collaged portrait of Frankenstein! The Picasso Frankies continue to be a fantastic Halloween hit! Fifth graders dug into a more cultural approach to the holiday. Students learned all about Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in the Mexican culture. Together, they created symmetrical designs to decorate Sugar Skull portraits, finishing the project by adding glittery details.

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 November 10th - December 8th. Community members are encouraged check it out!

Congratulations to the November Artists and a very special thank you to Nicolet National Bank.

Crescent Elementary Students Honor Veterans


Students in Mrs. Olson's Kindergarten and Mrs. Bishop's 3rd grade class at Crescent Elementary School partnered up to learn about Veterans Day and created a project to honor our Veteran's service to the country. Students were partnered up and created a row of patterned chain links. Each link represented people as individuals and when all the links were put together they created the United States of America's flag. The flag activity represented how we are all individuals, yet are united and need each other. The flag is displayed in the front entryway of the school to show appreciation to Veterans this month of November.

RHS Students Win 'Sizzling Chili Bowl Throwdown'

Chili Bowl Throwdown
Pictured (left to right): Front Row - Haley Kolb, Hannah Rausch, Darin Bloomquist. Back Row - Micah Hills, Jenna Hawley, Jacob Sinclair.

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation and ProStart presented the Sizzling Chili Bowl Throwdown for a cause. This year's event was held on Saturday November 5, 2016 at the Grand Meridian in Appleton. High School ProStart programs are pairing up with local restaurants to create the ultimate chili.

This year there were 10 teams from across the state competing.   Rhinelander High School ProStart team entered for the first time and their chili entry was a Smoked Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili.

After a tie breaking 2nd round of tasting, they were declared the Grand Champions. A trophy, cookware set and $500 were awarded to them. They partnered with CT's Deli. The students all commented that working with Chef Tom to improve their flavor profile helped make their vegan chili a contender and they were proud to keep his winning streak in Chili cook-offs going strong. 

James Williams Middle School Announces October Students of the Month

Students of the Month
Pictured (left to right): 6th Graders - Haylee Connor and Justin Orth, 7th Graders - Abbagail Belbot and Koldyn Gechas, 8th Graders - Lily Bishop and Alex Olson (missing from picture).

James Williams Middle School's PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Team is proud to announce its Students of the Month for October. Grade level teaching teams chose two students this month who demonstrated the ability to follow the school's 4 Be's (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Here) at an exceptional level. These students come to school prepared and ready to learn, are actively engaged in their learning, follow class and school rules, and are honest, trustworthy, and respectful.

Rhinelander Students Excel at Special Olympics Competition

Special Olympics
Pictured: The students from Rhinelander had an amazing day at the Special Olympics regional competition. Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.

On Saturday, October 22nd, eighteen athletes from the Rhinelander area competed in the Special Olympics regional competition at Dale's Weston Lanes in Wausau, WI. The student athletes that participated in the fall bowling season are: Hannah Umland (practice participation), Alison Brunette (1st place developmental bowling), Gabe White (8th place), Drake Winters, (6th place), Spencer Smith (4th place), Nevaeh Johnson (3rd place), Daray Hawes (5th place), Maggie Lehman (2nd place), Stephan Herrmann (2nd place), Sarec Trudeau (7th place), Emma Knapp (7th place), Paige Appling (6th place), Whitley Divine (5th place), Maria Dornfeld (6th place), Max Everhart (4th place), Miguel Gonzalez (4th place), Hannah Karstedt (2nd place), Devon Stanley (6th place).

Four athletes will move on to the State tournament held in Wausau on November 12th. They are Hannah Karstedt, Stephan Herrmann, Maggie Lehman, and Nevaeh Johnson.

Modeling Good Behavior

Modeling Good Behavior
Pictured: Title 1 Math Teacher, Kelly Meyer, plays a round of Jeopardy with students as a review of the 4 Be's during Pelican's Matrix Walk. Students enjoyed the game, as they found it was a fun and exciting way to review topics they are familiar with.

The first Matrix Walk was held at Pelican School on October 17th and 18th. Matrix walks are conducted three times a year to model and reinforce behavioral expectations in and out of school. School wide data is collected and reviewed to select the topics for each of the Matrix Walk rotations.

Students rotate to 8 different locations for a mini lesson on following the 4 Be's of Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Here and Healthy behavior. This helps ensure we all hear the same message. This Matrix Walk included sessions on Staying Healthy from Mrs. Schmidt, School District nurse; Internet Safety with Library Media Specialists Mrs. Tooke and Mrs. Rumney; Lunchroom Expectations with Pelican's custodian Mr. Pankow; Mindfulness with School Counselor Ms. Morois; Bathroom Expectations with Physical Education teacher Mr. Millot; Conflict Resolution with Teaching Assistant Mrs. Kecker; A 4 Be's Review and Jeopardy Game with Title 1 Math teacher Mrs. Meyer and Principal Mrs. Knudtson; Playground Expectations with playground Teaching Assistants Mrs. Stelzel and Mrs. Macak.

Second grader Emmaline Kramsvogel commented that her favorite rotation was playing the jeopardy game for the review of the 4 Be's because she likes winning and learning new ideas. Keeping the material fresh and relevant ensures that students continue to model good behavior throughout the school year.

Discovering Even and Odd Numbers Through Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt
Pictured is the winning second grade team from left to right: (Front) Taylor Dahlquist, Hailey Smith, Domonick DeHorn, Colin Pitsch, Kadin Rodziczak, (Back) Cassidy Lindner, Autumn Kurtz, and Gavin Snider-Dotter.

Second graders in Ms. Bicobing's class at Pelican Elementary took a different approach to learning a new math concept. In second grade, students must be able to determine if a number up to 20 is even or odd by pairing them up or counting by two's.

In order to master the skill of identifying even and odd numbers, Ms. Biscobing's second graders participated in a scavenger hunt. Post-it notes with numbers 1-100 were hidden in the classroom and throughout the building. Students were divided into two teams, an even team and an odd team. Each team had to work together to collect either even or odd numbers. This didn't take long as all students quickly mastered the concept that even numbers end in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 and odd numbers end in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9. However, the challenge didn't end here.

After all even and odd post-it notes were collected, the two teams had to work together to put their even or odd numbers in order to 100. Students had to use their understanding of skip counting and place value to successfully complete this task. It was a tight race, but the odd team ended up taking the win. Both teams did an outstanding job problem solving and working together in this scavenger hunt challenge!

Another Successful McTeacher Night

McTeacher Night
Pictured: Ms. Pohnl enjoyed greeting families through the McDonald's drive thru during Pelican Elementary's McTeacher Night.

On Thursday, October 13th, with the help of the local McDonald's restaurant and the awesome Pelican Elementary School families, Pelican School was able to raise $798 towards their P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program.

This is the perfect type of fundraiser as it allows the school to raise the money needed as well as enjoy a great evening with the Pelican friends. The families enjoyed being served by over 20 of the staff members. Even Mrs. Knudtson, the principal, practiced her greeting skills as everyone entered for dinner.

The employees at McDonald's couldn't have been more supportive. Between the uniquely formed ice-cream cones and the messed up orders, they were able to laugh with staff and enjoy the evening as well.  

Pelican Elementary School thanks everyone involved in this successful fundraiser. 

"Trick or Can" Food Drive was Huge Success

Trick or Can
Pictured (left to right): Albiona Saboni, Gunnar Millot, Haley Sisel, Sydney Zastrow, Abby Krueger, Mason Hageny, Maxwell Holperin, Elliot Fehlen.

Rhinelander FBLA/DECA is proud to say that the Trick or Can food drive collected a grand total of 820 food items for the local Rhinelander Food Pantry. Close to 30 FBLA/DECA members participated over the course of the the three hour pickup time.
Trick or Can is a statewide DECA initiative that has been going on for a number of years now. A few officers learned about the event at a DECA conference last year and decided that 2016 was the year to bring it to our community. Planning for the event began in July and has slowly developed into the product that landed on Rhinelander community doorways the past week.
Instead of the traditional Food Drive where students sit at a table and wait for the community to bring the food to them, Trick or Can brings the food drive to your door, not only raising non-perishable food items, but also awareness for an issue in our community.
In the first year of the project Rhinelander FBLA/DECA is already rising into the upper levels of DECA chapters around the state who participate in this event. The club looks forward to continuing Trick or Can next year, expanding into more neighborhoods and getting more people involved.

For more information about FBLA/DECA, call 715-365-9500.

Second Grade Hosts Family Night

Family Night
Pictured (left to right) are students who won prizes during Crescent Elementary's Second Grade Family Night: Back Row - Jackson Weinzatl, Trenton Smits, and Brayden Goebel. Front Row - Parker McComb, Presley Wheelock and Gabe Kennedy. Missing is Mya Renn.

Crescent Elementary School's second grade faculty and students hosted Family Night on October 20. From 4:00-5:30 pm, the second grade families visited the five second grade classrooms to participate in a variety of reading and math activities.  

Mr. Richter introduced families to a variety of apps during his "Apptastic" presentation. Once the families were introduced to them, they could choose which apps they wanted to play. Many second graders were going to continue to use them at home.

While the second grade families visited Ms. Vannatter's room, they were involved in a variety of word games from the latest Words Their Way curriculum. Each game could be altered to meet each child's academic reading level. The families played the game. Also, the families took the games home.

Mr. Kennedy taught the students and their parents how to play Addition Uno. The students were able to customize their deck of cards to meet their mathematical ability. Addition Uno is a fun way to practice addition facts with family members.

The second grade families made and used a rekenrek while they were in Mrs. Prom's room. A rekenrek is a powerful tool for teaching a range of strategies for addition and subtraction.  The tool also enhances number sense because it helps students see the quantity of five as a whole rather than five independent parts.  

While the second grade families visited Mrs. Deitz's room, they played Double Compare, Snail Races, 5 in a Row and Fact Family Rummy. The games were a fun way for students to practice addition facts. The visitors also participated in two surveys. They created a bar graph about their favorite season and a tally mark chart about their favorite candy bar. Also, the families participated in two estimation stations.

After the families visited the second grade classrooms, they enjoyed a chicken sandwich dinner or a chicken dinner. Many prizes were awarded to families throughout the evening.

NCES Artists of the Month

NCES Artists
Pictured: October Artist of the Month students and artwork. Back Row - Luciana Grage, Noah Bell and Oceana Patulski. Front Row - Kendall Vanney and Olivia Ruetz. Not Pictured - Hailey Massignan.

The Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) Art Department has begun its "Artist of the Month" recognition. The first round of K-5 students are ready for display.

To kick off the celebration of the young artists, they have Kinder artwork reflecting on the book, "The Dot", by creating a transfer image using magic on coffee filters. First grade reviewed the art element of line, and collaged an "out-of-this-world" project that shows off line making, painting, cutting and gluing skills. Second grade talked about self-portraits and drew themselves as they would look if they were a Minion. In third grade, they learned about artist Paul Klee and his abstract style castles, and students made their own version of this masterpiece. 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 exemplar learning through the project expectations, and by positively demonstrating the Four B's (Be Here, Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible).

This round of student artwork will hang within the YMCA from October 19th - November 19th. Everyone is encouraged to go and check it out!

Congratulations to the October Artists and a very special "thank-you" to the YMCA of the Northwoods.

Public Invited to 46th Annual Veterans Day Observance at JWMS on November 11th

Veterans Day

The public is cordially invited to attend the 46th Annual Veterans Day Observance at James Williams Middle School on Friday, November 11th at 8:30 A.M. in the school's gymnasium.

This year's program will feature various speakers, and music will be provided by the James Williams Middle School music department. Local veterans, their families and the public are invited to attend this annual community observance, which will last approximately one hour.  

If you have questions, please call James Williams Middle School at 715-365-9220.

Fall Fest Bigger Than Ever

Fall Fest
Pictured: FBLA/DECA members pose for a picture after the activities of Fall Fest.

Kids and families were delighted to visit Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander last Saturday for its annual Fall Fest. Between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm on October 15th, over 900 people went to Hanson's to participate in the multitude of fall activities there. The activities included tractor rides, face painting, smaller games for young children, pumpkin bowling, a petting zoo, a hay bale maze, and two corn mazes. The games were put on with the help of Rhinelander's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)/DECA chapter.  

Fall Fest organizers, Beth and Sue Hanson, were pleased with the 900 people that attended, saying that 200 more people attended this year than last year despite the rainy weather for the day. "We have a new corn maze this year, and to get through it, people have to answer some trivia questions about pollination," Hanson said. Several of the larger components of the Garden have been open all fall season, including the corn mazes. Hanson's Garden Village will remain open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm until Halloween.  

This year was FBLA/DECA's second year helping Hanson's put on Fall Fest. President Haley Sisel said that her favorite part of helping was "helping the little kids with the pumpkin bowling."  The chapter brought 34 members to help with the event, about the same as last year. Elliot Fehlen, the Vice President of Community Service said that FBLA/DECA has a lot more service events planned for the school year, but helping with Fall Fest was sure to be one of his favorites to plan and help at. For more information on Rhinelander's FBLA/DECA chapter, visit their webpage at www.rhsfbladeca.weebly.com.

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