Pictured: The RHS girls soccer team and Coach Dan Millot at the State Soccer Tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.
Girls Soccer Team Concludes Fantastic Season at State
Congratulations go out to the Rhinelander High School (RHS) girls soccer team for an amazing season! This year's girls made it all the way to the State Tournament, which took place this past weekend in Milwaukee. The girls fought hard, but were defeated 3-0 by a very talented Waunakee team. Thank you to Coach Millot and all Hodag soccer team members for representing your school and community at the State Tournament!
Pictured (left to right): AJ Larson, Julia McDonald, Keegan Marko, James Michniak, and Krystal Kriesel. Missing: David Pokrandt and Paige Appling.
Rhinelander Team Competes at Special Olympics
Athletes from the School District of Rhinelander competed this past weekend at the 2014 Special Olympics State Games held at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.
Julia McDonald earned three gold medals total - in the shot put, the mini-javelin, and in the 100 meter run. Keegan Marko took home the gold in the mini-javelin, finished with a silver medal in the 100 meter run, and also placed 6th in his division in the shot put. David Pokrandt took home the gold in the shot put and earned 7th place in mini-javelin. Paige Appling took home a silver medal in the softball throw. James Mishniak took 5th place in the 100 meter run. Krystal Kriesel took 6th place in the softball throw and AJ Larson placed 7th in the 100 meter run. Congratulations to all participants!
Competition results with photos can be found on the District's Special Olympics Facebook page.
RHS Building Trades Open House
The Rhinelander High School (RHS) Building Trades class hosted two open houses (June 7th and 8th) that highlighted this year's project, a duplex located at 2862 S. Hill Rd.
This year, the class used some advanced framing techniques, a green approach whenever possible, did their best to use American made products, and followed the Strict Focus on Energy Guidelines to achieve a safe, healthy and efficient pair of buildings. They are going to have these homes tested and certified to be worthy of the Wisconsin Focus on Energy label. This label constitutes only 10% of homes built today. Instructor Russ Germain feels this is the best way to build, as it only makes sense in an economy with rising energy prices.
The Building Trades program has been in existence since 1983. This is the first duplex ever built by the program. There were 30 students enrolled to work on the project this year - 26 young men and 4 young ladies. Mr. Germain and the Building Trades students are very proud of this year's project.
Pictured: 7th grade tour-guides Nick Larson (left) and Raven Sturtevant (right).
JWMS Students Introduce Interpretive Nature Trail
During the 2013-2014 school year, all 7th and 8th grade science classes at James Williams Middle School (JWMS) have been involved in various ways designing, developing, and maintaining an interpretative nature trail. The idea for the trail came about during professional development on project-based learning last summer. This training was part of a Math-Science Partnership grant that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), that some Rhinelander School District teachers are working on in conjunction with the Wausau School District. Each classroom had specific curricular ties that were taught within the classroom that are now showcased throughout the trail. Some of the areas of study included on the trail are tree identification, glaciation, and how to build a rabbit home.
Tours for the general public were held on June 9th and will be offered again on June 11th if the weather cooperates. Tour times for June 11th are as follows: 11:45 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:05 pm at JWMS. Please check in at the main office.
JWMS science teacher Jeff Skubal and several JWMS students gather for an informative lesson about the interpretive nature trail.
JWMS Invites Public to Tour Nature Trail
During the 2013-2014 school year, all 7th and 8th grade science classes at James Williams Middle School (JWMS) have been involved in various ways designing, developing, and maintaining an interpretative nature trail. The idea for the trail came about during professional development on project-based learning last summer. This training was part of a Math-Science Partnership grant that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), that some School District of Rhinelander teachers are working on in conjunction with the Wausau School District. Each classroom had specific curricular ties that were taught within the classroom that are now showcased throughout the trail. Some of the areas of study included on the trail are tree identification, glaciation, and how to build a rabbit home.
Please join JWMS students and staff outside door #8, near the Woodland Preserve on the west side of JWMS, on June 9th or June 11th for an exclusive tour of this unique classroom extension. All area citizens are invited! Parking is available at Mike Webster Stadium. Students and staff will guide tours as follows:
11:20, 12:05, 3:05
11:45, 12:30, 3:05
Hope to see you all at the Woodland Preserve!
*Note: If JWMS has a rain date for other end-of-year activities, it will be on June 11th, and therefore the trail tours would not take place on June 11th.
4th Annual Pelican School Third Grade Read-In
On May 16th, third graders from Pelican Elementary School participated in an overnight literacy event designed to promote a love of reading and to celebrate their years of learning at Pelican. The event, organized by third grade teacher Mrs. Hawley, was held at CAVOC (Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom).
The Pelican Fire Department kicked off the evening with a campfire, S'mores, and a story. Throughout the evening, there were several guest readers including a Pelican grandparent, Mrs. Reissmann, Ellie Rumney, our district's Library Media Specialist, Pelican's custodian, Mr. Rob, and, of course, the Hodag. CAVOC was alive with the sounds of karaoke, as well as the creation of several art projects! The children made wind chimes using keys and a variety of beads. They also drew nature scenes on wood carvings using colored pencils. A variety of designs were created thanks to Mr. Votis, husband of Pelican Kindergarten teacher Julie Votis, who carved the wood pieces and drilled holes so they could be used as pendants.
The students took part in a book swap and traded in books that were exchanged for new books to take home. The children read their books by flashlight with partners or individually while in their pajamas. Ice cream sundaes and a movie topped off the evening.
About 75% of the third graders participated in the Read-In, along with a large number of parent volunteers. The facilities at CAVOC were terrific, and everyone had a great time. They plan to continue to make this an annual event. Thanks to all who participated and assisted with this phenomenally fun literacy event!
Mrs. Olson's and Mrs. Denis' combined Kindergarten class performed a song, showcasing the alphabet and the letter sounds during "Crescent's Got Talent."
Crescent's Got Talent
On Friday, May 30th, Crescent Elementary School hosted a Talent Show as an end-of-the-year celebration. Students and staff showcased a variety of talents including magic, comedy, singing, dancing, and much more. The event was organized by Crescent's PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Universal Celebrations Community as their May all-school celebration, celebrating the great choices to follow the four "B's by all Crescent students. Mini talent shows were held in each classroom to determine the act to represent that class in the talent show. In some cases, the entire class participated together. Parents, guardians, and other family and community members enjoyed the wonderful talents showcased by each classroom and staff as well. Crescent has been asked by many to make this an annual event.
Spring into Music
Students at Pelican Elementary School recently performed their Spring program on Thursday, May 15, under the direction of Kathy Karsten and Sue Stefonek. Students have music class once a week. They worked hard to practice the songs, memorize the words, and perform the actions. The kindergarten's program included welcoming songs, and a song about being an Earth Day helper. With an upbeat song, first graders were reminded about the importance of washing their hands with soap and water. They also sang about how magnets work. K-1 also combined to sing about their love of summer.
Second graders shared the message about the importance of reading and making healthy lifestyle choices. Third graders sang fun facts about space and a song about how to keep our environment clean along with conserving our natural resources. These grades combined to honor Veterans with a song called "Those Who Serve."
Kathy and Sue appreciate the support of all who attended the program. They are thankful for the flexibility of the teachers and staff to have some 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 your child's music education!
Pictured left to right, front row: Jonus Sabani, Mikayla Evanstad, Jade Wilke, and Lauren Iverson; Back row: Braydon Engebretson, Darin Bloomquist, Tyler Frederik and Jacob Kulis. (not pictured: Advisor Judy May).
Middle School Students Place in WMC Math Contest
Students from James Williams Middle School (JWMS) recently participated in the 2014 Wisconsin Mathematics Council (WMC) Middle School Class B Math Contest. Overall, they finished in 2nd place. Jonus Sabani and Tyler Frederik finished in the top 10. Each participant received a certificate. The top 14 winners also received a ribbon. The team received a plaque that will be displayed in the JWMS commons.
WMC sponsors mathematics contests for both middle and high school students. The 2014 math contest was held during the week of March 3-7, 2014. Schools participated at their home sites, and each school chose the day the team participated in the contest. The meet consisted of five sets of problems. The first four sets were completed individually with the final set completed as a team.
Pictured from left to right are: Katie Macak - Captain, Amy Heise - Captain and Most Valuable, Alyssa Kossack - Most Spirited, Jessica Lucas - Most Dedicated, Brittney Newcomb - Miss Congeniality, Courtney Morrell - Distinguished Leader, Hannah Hicks - Mo
RHS Dance Team Recognizes Team Members
On Sunday, May 18, the Rhinelander High School (RHS) Dance Team held their year-end banquet and recognized team members for their contribution to the team during the year.
Pictured left to right: Ava Stauter, Houston Mathwig, Annabel Ernst, Teacher Kim Bowman, Jordan Goberville, and Karissa Thurn.
Central Celebrates End of Year with Neon Lights Spring Fling Dance
On Friday, May 16th, Central Intermediate School held the Neon Lights Spring Fling dance as a celebration for students to begin the spring and recognize the end of the school year. Students and staff came to school that day in outfits from the 1980s. An assembly was held in the afternoon that included a staff outfit contest. Many Central teachers and staff participated. The winner was art teacher Jamie Jones.
Later that evening, students danced to 80's music throughout the night. Music was played by DJ Adam Jones. It turned out to be a great event, attended by many students and staff. All activities were organized by the Central School Parent Group.
Pictured: Elizabeth Glut (left) and Stephanie Schoone (right).
Students Advance in Helen Mears Art Competition
As a result of the Helen Mears Art Contest last month, those students who placed in the top three categories moved on to the District judging. The following James Williams Middle School (JWMS) students placed 1st and 2nd, allowing them to move on to the state competition this past weekend. The two winners who went to state in Class A Sculpture were: 1st Place - "Gru" by Elizabeth Glut, and 2nd Place - "Coil Pot" by Stephanie Schoone. Two Winners going to State in Class B Drawing were: 1st place - "Serpants Lair" by Gabe Morken and 2nd Place - "My Big Old House" Abigail Johnson.
At the state competition, Elizabeth Glut took first place in Class A sculpture. Her piece, "Gru", will now go on exhibit at the Oshkosh Public Museum for the summer exhibit. Congratulations to Elizabeth!
The winners of the bike raffle were Austin Wolter (left) and Abigale Johnson (right).
Gear Up Oneida County
The Oneida County Health Department received a grant for a "Gear Up Oneida County" project and partnered with the School District of Rhinelander elementary CHAMPS (Community Helping Afterschool to Mold Positive Students) program to present the information. "Gear Up Oneida County" is a biking initiative designed to increase physical activity among youth and introduce bike safety and awareness. The program addressed everything from the importance of wearing a helmet to teaching hand signals, the inner workings of a bike, and a BMX presentation. A bike raffle helped culminate this program and all were encouraged to participate in the bike rodeo at Wal-Mart on May 21st from 4-6 pm, an early release day.
Pictured is Rob Morien, Gas Distribution Mechanic for WPS, speaking with students. The vehicle behind him is a gas pipe trencher.
4th Annual Careers on Wheels Program
On Thursday, May 8th, Rhinelander Partner's in Education (PIE) hosted the 4th annual Careers on Wheels program for area fourth and fifth graders. This year, the program was held at Central Intermediate School, with about 320 students from Central and Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) attending.
Students were divided into groups of 12 to 15 students. Together, with their teachers, the groups spent about 6 minutes at each station. Vendors put their vehicles on display and gave short presentations about what their careers entailed, what type of schooling was needed, and some vendors even allowed the students to sit in or crawl through their vehicles.
A special thank you goes out to area businesses and organizations who gave up their mornings for the students. Participating vendors included: Pelican Fire Department, Rhinelander Fire Department, Pine Lake Fire Department, Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home, City of Rhinelander, Forth Floral, Rhinelander Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff's Department, Coca-Cola, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), US Postal Service, Advanced Disposal, Aspen Tree Care, Frasier's Plumbing and Heating, National Guard, Eastside Towing, and Rhinelander GM/Toyota.
Front Row (left to right): Ellie Rickman, Anna Catlin, and Albi Sabani. Back Row: Emily Ditzler, Sydney Schallock, co-captain Amber Sheth, co-captain Lydia O'Brien, Mike Anderson, Erin Tenderholt.
RHS Mock Trial Team Finishes 8th at Nationals
As their mock trial careers came to a close at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison, senior co-captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O'Brien had much to be proud of. They qualified for the national tournament by leading a young and inexperienced team to yet another State championship in March, the 17th title for the Hodags, a state and national record. At the national tournament this past weekend, they led their team to a prestigious "Top Ten" finish among the state champions in the nation. "This was our best showing at Nationals in a decade and it wouldn't have been possible without the talented leadership of Amber and Lydia," said faculty coach Kathy Vick-Martini. Both girls were named the "Outstanding Performer" in an attorney role in multiple rounds of competition.
Three underclassmen on the team were also recognized as "Outstanding Performers" in witness roles, junior Erin Tenderholt, and freshmen Ellie Rickman and Albi Sabani. The remaining team members were Mike Anderson, Emily Ditzler, Anna Catlin, and Sydney Schallock. "This was the first national tournament experience for seven of our nine team members," stated Vick-Martini, "and I saw a personal best from each of them."
The Rhinelander High School (RHS) team placed 8th out of the 46 teams in the tournament, with a 3-1 record. Wins were earned against Minnesota, Idaho, and Guam. Their loss was a split-decision to Ohio, which finished third in the tournament. "I was proud of our team and how they handled the pressure of competing against state champions from around the nation," said Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom, a legal advisor for the team. Also coaching the team were attorneys Jim Jacobi and Amy Ferguson.
The national title was won by the Washington State champion, Seattle Preparatory School, the team that knocked the Hodags out of the "Top Ten" at last year's tournament. RHS won the national title in 1989 and placed second in 2004.
Central Intermediate School to Celebrate 75 Years of Educating Young Minds
Central Intermediate School will mark its 75th year of existence this May 29th. Please join past and current teachers, staff, families and friends as we say "Happy Birthday" to this local landmark.
The 75 year celebration will take place on Thursday, May 29th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Central Intermediate, 418 N. Pelham Street. Festivities will include information about the history of Central School, timelines created by current students, root beer floats, popcorn, a birthday cake and good old-fashioned music provided by Jeff Santy's Tunesmith Academy. Mark your calendars! It's an event you don't want to miss! If you have any questions, please call the school office at 715-365-9600.
Seventh grader Alexis MacDonald shows off her winning poster.
JWMS Student Wins Poster Contest
For the past two weeks, the main Rhinelander Aspirus clinic has been the home for the best sixteen seventh grade health assessment posters. These posters were designed and developed within the computer literacy class at James Williams Middle School (JWMS) after the students were taught the content in their seventh grade science classroom. Clinic providers voted for the most unique design and the winning poster will be permanently displayed at the new Aspirus clinic. Congratulations to Alexis MacDonald for having her poster chosen as the winning design. Alexis's poster will be on display soon and she is also the winner of a gift certificate to the JWMS Spirit Shop. Way to go Alexis!
Pictured left to right: Lydia O'Brien (flute solo), Faith Bartelt and Bryce White (vocal duet), Sam Mueller (vocal solo). Not pictured is Ben Sawyer (euphonium solo).
Students Participate in State Solo and Ensemble Festival
Sixty band and choir students from Rhinelander High School (RHS) participated in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival this past Saturday at UW-Stevens Point. Of the 28 events, 21 students received a superior rating. Special congratulations go out to the following students for receiving an "Exemplary Soloist" award (This is given to the most exceptional student soloists of the day): Sam Mueller (vocal solo), Lydia O'Brien (flute solo), Ben Sawyer (euphonium solo), and Faith Bartelt/Bryce White (vocal duet).
JWMS Holds Annual 3K Run and Tug-of-War Event
The annual 3K Run/Fitness Walk and the Tug-of-War competition was held at James Williams Middle School (JWMS) on Wednesday, April 30th.
The top five finishers for each grade level include: 6th grade boys - Walker Hartman, Nick Kriesel, Jesse Mahner, Richard Whitford, and Mathew Kossack; 6th grade girls - Isabelle Haverkampf, Maeline Losch, Lexi Morrison, Jade Forster, and Kendra Durkee; 7th grade boys - Bridger Flory, Josh Randolph, Nathan Cogar, Anthony Kowalski, and Brock Lieder; 7th grade girls - Claire Bowman, Tina Kansariwala, Brooke Mork, Haley Seefeldt, and Raven Sturtevant; 8th grade boys - Joe Schmitz, Brad Quade, Reese Flores, Jake DeMeyer, and Markus Johnson; 8th grade girls - Stephanie Kuester, Liz Glut, Sydni Scarcelli, Makayla Kuester, and Belinda Weddle. Click here for more race results.
Crescent Students Learn About Birds of Prey
The afternoon of Friday, May 2nd, Crescent Elementary School held a school-wide celebration as part of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program. All students gathered together to listen to Mr. Bart Kotarba from the Northwoods Wildlife Center as he shared information about birds of prey. Students learned about owls and hawks that could be found in Wisconsin, and were fascinated by the up close and personal experience with these birds.
With Crescent Elementary School being a Caring School Community, students collected cleaning supplies such as paper towels and dish soap, along with spare change to be donated to the Northwoods Wildlife Center. Students were able to present Mr. Kotarba with the supplies, as well as a check for $150.00, funds they raised during the week-long event. Way to go Crescent students and families!
Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt
RHS Prom 2014 - "Never Let Go"
Rhinelander High School (RHS) students celebrated Prom on Saturday, April 26th. The Prom court included Alyssa Ellis and Dominic Littleton (king and queen - front row), Sarah Babcock, Emily Kadlec, Erin Tenderholt, Jessie Swearingen, Ashley Puza, Justice Petonquot (second row) and T.J. Fritz, Lucas Fix, Will Ginnel, Jacob Arno, Dakota Blacyki and Brett LaBrasca (back row).
This year's theme was "Never Let Go," based on the movie "Titanic."
Teacher Appreciation Week to be Celebrated May 5th - 9th
Teachers touch the lives of millions of children every day. Their efforts reach far beyond the walls of the classroom. From planning lessons and grading papers to meeting parents and being involved in the community, teachers spend countless hours to ensure the success and growth of the students they work with. To honor our local teachers, the School District of Rhinelander will be celebrating 'Teacher Appreciation Week' May 5th-9th. There are many ways that students, parents, and citizens can recognize teachers for their hard work and dedication. Please remember to thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Members of the Rhinelander team include (left to right): Heather Jones, Danielle Hageny, and Miranda Tromp.
RHS Students Place 16th in Stock Market Simulation
Students from Pat Kubeny's Rhinelander High School (RHS) Personal Money Management class recently competed in the Spring 2014 Stock Market Simulation (SMS) Challenge and the 2013-2014 School Year Challenge through EconomicsWiscosnin.
The Rhinelander team placed 16th out of 1009 teams from throughout Wisconsin. They made $10,037.16, a 10.04% return in 7 weeks (That is 74.58% APY). The final results are also posted online at http://economicswisconsin.org/SMSResults.html.
Pictured with Senator Herb Kohl: Destiny Baitinger (top picture), Karie Blemke (bottom picture).
RHS Student and JWMS Teacher Receive Awards from Herb Kohl Educational Foundation
The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2014 Initiative Scholarship was presented to Rhinelander High School (RHS) senior Destiny Baitinger, and the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2014 Fellowship Award was presented to Karie Blemke, teacher at James Williams Middle School (JWMS) at a recognition luncheon hosted by U.S. Senator Herb Kohl on April 6, 2014.
The Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated a high level of motivation, have shown strong promise for achieving success in college and beyond, and have overcome significant personal obstacles or adversity. In 2014 the Herb Kohl Foundation awarded 87 students throughout Wisconsin with $1000.00 Initiative Scholarships.
The Herb Kohl Fellowship recognizes teachers who have demonstrated superior ability to inspire love of learning in their students, have motivated others, and have provided meritorious service both inside and outside the classroom. Each year the Herb Kohl Foundation awards 100 teachers throughout Wisconsin with $1000.00 Fellowships, and an additional $1,000.00 grant is awarded to each Fellow's school for use in innovative educational projects. Since it was established in 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has awarded $8.6 million to Wisconsin students, teachers, and schools.
Pictured left to right: Senator Tiffany, Lydia O'Brien, Ellie Rickman, Sydney Schallock, Anna Catlin, Mike Anderson, Albi Sabani, Erin Tenderholt, Amber Sheth, Emily Ditzler and Rep. Swearingen. Photo courtesy of Marcus Nesemann from Northwoods River News
RHS Mock Trial Team Honored Before Nationals
On Friday, April 18th, the Rhinelander High School (RHS) Mock Trial team was presented with a Legislative Citation from Assembly Representative Rob Swearingen and State Senator Tom Tiffany at the Oneida County Courthouse. The Citation was given in honor of the team winning an unprecedented 17th state championship.
The RHS team will be representing the State of Wisconsin at the National High School Mock Trial Championship, May 7-12, in Madison. Currently, the team is fundraising to help defray their travel costs. Approximately $8000 is needed to cover expenses, about half of which has been raised to date. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so by sending a check to:
Rhinelander High School
c/o Kathy Vick-Martini
665 Coolidge Avenue
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Rhinelander High School Receives the AP Pacesetters Award
Congratulations to Rhinelander High School (RHS). The school is being recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) as a Pacesetter school, Level 3, in Advanced Placement. RHS had 14% of its students during the 2012-13 school year write an AP examination and of those students, over 80% scored a 3 or better on their tests.
The Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council is comprised of Wisconsin secondary and collegiate educators who are dedicated to expanding access to AP coursework and rigorous learning for all college bound students.
Strong Man with a Strong Message
As a school-wide celebration in April, Pelican Elementary School welcomed Bud Jeffries, a strong man in appearance and demeanor. He performed amazing feats of physical strength such as bending a six-inch steel spike with his bare hands and lifting a teacher above his head with one arm.
More importantly, he wove strong emotional messages to Pelican students throughout his presentation. He began by asking the audience a simple question: "How nice can you be?" He also stressed to seek what you love to do, practice until you are successful, then find a way you can help others while doing what you love. Other main points consisted of the importance of being brave, practicing, and developing lifelong habits to read to succeed. The presenter emphasized to students the importance of not being a bully and to get help for others they see being bullied. He clearly stated what bullying is, which is quite simply doing hurtful things to someone perceived weaker than yourself. Bud Jeffries is a strong man, with a strong message, and a strong heart, all shared with Pelican School.
Pictured left to right: Annika Hempel, Erin Tenderholt, Schye Skinner, Lukas Kreger, Adam Woebbeking, Conor Funk, Jordan Stuart, and Drew Stafford.
Rhinelander High School Students Compete at FBLA State
Thirty members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference Monday and Tuesday, April 7th and 8th. Students had the opportunity to compete in business related events, vote on next year's state officers, and participate in programs and seminars such as Project Lead.
National qualifiers included 1st place winner Lukas Kreger (Insurance and Risk Management Event) and two 2nd place winners: Liz Krug (Accounting Event) and Drew Stafford (Personal Finance Event). These students will travel to Nashville, Tennessee in June to compete at the National level.
Other students who received recognition include 4th place winners Erin Tenderholt (Impromptu Speaking Event) and partners Connor Funk and Jordon Stuart (Global Business Event). Adam Woebbeking (Client Service Event), Annika Hemple (Economics Event), and partners Skye Skinner and Jessie Swearingen (Desktop Publishing Event) placed 5th. In 6th place were Mike Anderson (Personal Finance Event) and Ian Bishop (Computer Problem Solving Event). In 8th place was Jon Chizever (Accounting Event). The Rhinelander Chapter received 9th overall out of 120 chapters.
Freshman Gunnar Millot participated in Project L.E.A.D. This program provided students with hands-on opportunities to further develop their abilities to be a leader while still maintaining a sense of teamwork within a group. This allowed students to learn the importance of putting the betterment of the group before his/her own needs. Juniors Megan Haug and Janice Luu served as voting delegates and were responsible for casting a ballot in determining the next FBLA state officers.
For more information, contact Mischell Fryar or Erin Tenderholt at (715)-365-9500. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to sponsor the national qualifiers may contact Mischell Fryar at email@example.com.
Pictured left to right are members of the NCSS team that went to State: Nycholas White, Amellia McGhee, and Ben Kubisiak
Battle of the Books
The School District of Rhinelander had multiple teams participating in the statewide Battle of the Books competition. Practice for this event began in late October and students had 20 books to read and discuss before the February State Competition.
The elementary level, coached by Laura Tooke and Kim Bowman, and made up of 4th and 5th grade students from Central Intermediate and Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES), worked hard and battled in February to send the Central Team of Jacob Weddle, Samuel Fehlen, Cole Lehman and Ty Welk to the State competition.
The middle level, coached by Ellie Rumney, and made up of 6th-8th grade students from James Williams Middle School (JWMS) and Northwoods Community Secondary School (NCSS), battled to send the NCSS team of Amellia McGhee, Ben Kubisiak and Nycholas White to the State competition.
The high school level, coached by Laura Tooke, and made up of 9th-12th grade students from NCSS and Rhinelander High School (RHS), competed to send the NCSS team of Linzie Maloney, Iris Linder, Jane Kubisiak, and Sophia Figueroa to the State competition.
All State competitions took place online at the teams' home school. Students answered 20 questions about the 20 books in 30 minutes. Their answers were submitted to compare against other state participating teams and results were announced online and at the WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association) conference at the Kalahari in March. The elementary team tied for 12th place out of 196 teams. The middle level team placed 18th out of 141 teams, and the high school team placed 23rd out of 76 teams. Congratulations to all the students and staff that participated in the events.
Rhinelander High School Student Competes in Pastry Arts and Baking Competition
Rhinelander High School (RHS) sophomore Braeden Bell recently competed in Mosinee at the regional Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) in February. Having taken ProStart in High School this year, he chose Pastry Arts and Baking as his competition. This event judges students on their ability to take a surprise recipe and complete the making of the product within 2 hours. Safety, Sanitation, and Culinary skills are evaluated.
Braeden took home a gold medal at the event and qualified for the state competition. The FCCLA state competition was held March 31st through April 2nd at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Braeden spent many long afternoons practicing 4 new recipes in order to help prepare for the state competition. His hard work paid off in the form of a silver medal. Braeden is already looking forward to next year and is thinking about the team culinary event where a team of 4 students prepare an entire meal under the watchful eye of chef judges.
Kerri R. Schmidt, School District of Rhinelander School Nurse Receives the Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year Award
Kerri R. Schmidt, School District of Rhinelander School Nurse, was presented with Wisconsin’s ‘Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year Award’ at a luncheon held in Madison today. The award is annually presented to a Wisconsin school nurse who has demonstrated excellence in his/her school nursing practice. Members of Ms. Schmidt’s family, as well as members of the School District of Rhinelander Athletic Training Service Team and Superintendent of Schools Kelli Jacobi were in attendance for the presentation of this prestigious award.
Ms. Schmidt has worked as the District’s School Nurse for the past 11 years, providing nursing service leadership for the school system in the areas of student health care and safety preparedness plans, as well as health and safety training and support for parents and staff members. She works diligently to develop strong relationships between the District and local physicians, health care agencies, community resources, families, and District employees, resulting in positive changes that impact the welfare of students, staff, and the community. Ms. Schmidt was instrumental in raising the awareness of the need for assessing and managing the health and safety of student athletes, and helped to coordinate and establish the ‘ImPact Computerized Neurocognitive Assessment Program’, a program developed to assess and manage students who receive concussions and for the prevention of brain injuries. She also collaborated with colleagues to launch an ‘Athletic Training Services Team’, which works with students, parents, coaches, and health care providers to assess, educate, and enhance the welfare of the District’s athletes. And, through her concerns for the dental health of District students, established a ‘Dental Sealant Program’ with local providers for the purpose of dental screening and sealant application, provided at no cost to the families.
Ms. Schmidt is a Wisconsin licensed registered nurse, a nationally certified school nurse, a certified instructor for the American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED, and is involved in both state and national nursing associations.
With her four children having attended and graduated from the School District of Rhinelander, she has been very involved in District programs outside of her nursing services responsibilities. She is the former president of the Hodag Little League program and is involved with the Rhinelander Athletic Booster Club. Her hobbies include boating, golfing, snowshoeing, and long walks with the family’s two golden retrievers.
The School District of Rhinelander congratulates Ms. Schmidt on receiving this award.
A group of students at Pelican Elementary School recognize March as "Music in Our Schools" month.
Celebrating March as Music in Our Schools Month
Music in our Schools vocal and instrumental concerts were held at Rhinelander High School on March 4th and March 6th with individual performing groups culminating with combined talents of all students in 6th-12th grade. A piano recital with the students of Carolyn O'Brien, Carmen Kreitlow, Lori Ring, and Mary Karnosky was held at Rhinelander High School (RHS) on Sunday, March 16th. There was a guest appearance by Marilla McKay, an alumnist of RHS majoring in piano at UW-Eau Claire. Thanks to the financial donation of Doris Brown and the Hodag Schools Foundation, the Steinway grand piano has been refurbished.
Elementary music classes at Pelican, Crescent, Central, and the Northwoods Community Elementary School learn about music appreciation, the music elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, form and tone color. The students have thought about what music means to them. The theme this year from the Association for Music Education is "Music makes me _____!" Some of the responses were: Music makes me happy! Music makes me sing! Music makes me jiggly! Music makes me dance! Music makes me move! Music makes me smart! Music makes me rock! Elementary students are preparing for future concerts to showcase their talents. Elementary students are chosen during music class to have the opportunity to use an iPad with music apps such as Garageband, Monkey Drum, Singing Fingers, and Music Lab. The iPad opportunity ensures another way to differentiate musical content.
Pictured left to right: Aiden Ostermann, Ali Kelly, Isabel DeBauche, and Haley Ives.
Mrs. Huseby's Art Gallery
Crescent Elementary School Principal Kelly Huseby recently used artwork from students to decorate the school office. Featured artists for the month of April include Ali Kelly (Kindergarten), Aiden Ostermann (Grade 1), Haley Ives (Grade 2), and Isabel DeBauche (Grade 3). Crescent students, with the help of art teacher Mrs. Roche, did a great job brightening up the office with their wonderful abstract art work.
Diversity Club Teaches Lessons to Middle Schoolers
Members of the Rhinelander High School (RHS) Diversity Club recently taught a series of lessons, focusing on bullying, to Northwoods Community Secondary School (NCSS) middle school students. The Be Safe curriculum, published by Michigan State University, uses experiential learning techniques to address bullying, cyberbullying, diversity, healthy relationships, the development of emotional intelligence, the learning of social skills, how to be an ally to victims, and an understanding of the influence of media on attitude formation.
The Diversity Club team of Nick Wagler, Megan Marvin, Anavay White, and Phoenix Bise met several times in preparation to teach the activities. The leadership, role modeling, and teamwork skills they developed fostered a supportive and safe environment where youth could express their views and personal feelings about bullying issues. As a result, the team developed the basis for future teen teaching on the topic.
Researched-based, the Be Safe curriculum was adapted for the classroom setting from its original design as an afterschool program. With the success demonstrated by the recent Diversity Club work, a goal is to expand this program to other classrooms in the future.
Left to Right is Gracie Weatherley, Kris Michlig, Addison Bates, Landon Bates, and Grace Lopez. Photo courtesy of Marcus Nesemann of The Northwoods River News.
Jump Rope For Heart
Each year Crescent Elementary participates in Jump Rope For Heart. Students work on jump rope skills, get a great heart healthy workout, learn about making heart healthy choices and raise money for children who are born with hearts that aren't as strong as theirs. This year, Crescent Elementary raised $2,313 for the American Heart Association. Leading the effort this year was Gracie Weatherley who raised $300, Grace Lopez who raised $260 and Landon Bates with $200 and his sister Addison Bates with another $200. Way to go Crescent!
Crescent Big Top All-School Circus Celebration
The Crescent Big Top All-School Circus Celebration was held on Friday, March 28th, at the Crescent Elementary School Gym in recognition of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative. Students were selected from each classroom by their teachers from a pool of amazing and enthusiastic "performers." There were also "acts" culled from the ranks of the teaching staff performing in each ring of the Crescent 4-Ring Circus.
Ms. Pekoc lead the entire school with piano circus music as classes entered the "Big Top." Principal Kelly Huseby served as the Crescent Big Top Circus Ring Master. Students and staff were given animal or clown masks to decorate and cut out, helping deepen the circus ambience. The events included: Seals Bounce, Monkeys Ride, Lions Leap, Ponies Pull, Elephant Nudge, and Clown Pop.
At the end of the celebration, the school conducted its third quarter PBIS prize drawing. Almost a hundred students went home for break with a special prize that they earned, just by being "caught" doing the right thing and earning a Hodag High-Five.
Second Grade Culture Club Visits Grace Lodge
The Culture Club is made up of second graders who participate in different activities each month. Last month, they visited the residents at Grace Lodge and participated in the music social that residents have each week. The club brought along musical instruments for the students and the residents to play together while they sang some fun songs.
Culture Club has also attended a play at the Grand Theater in Wausau, a show at Nicolet College Theater, a basketball game at the high school, and a meal at the Friendship House. This club is funded by a Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF) grant and is designed to help the students develop friendships with students from other schools, learn and practice social skills in the community that will help them later in life, and it gives them a chance to experience things they may not get a chance to experience otherwise. Mary Bloch and Denise Check are the advisors for the groups.
Pelican Students Read with Therapy Dogs
Students at Pelican Elementary School have new friends to read with. Quincy, Napa, and Scuba, the therapy dogs, have been visiting Pelican to listen to students read once a week.
Quincy visits Mrs. Votis' kindergarten classroom every Thursday where students take turns reading him their favorite books. Napa and Scuba have been visiting the Special Education department where students come down to practice their reading skills to their furry friends.
The teachers have noticed that when their children are reading with the dogs, any sense of anxiety about reading melts away. Josh Murray, first grader at Pelican School shared that starting his Friday by reading to the dogs really helps him have a good day.
Arion St. Peter and his Potato Clock investigation.
Central School Hosts Science Fair
Central Intermediate School held its annual science fair on Thursday evening, March 20, and Friday morning, March 21. Students were invited to participate as a family and present a display using a science investigation plan. The gymnasium was packed with 68 participants this year. Central's PAC provided funds so that each student would receive a science medal and a certificate of participation. It was a great learning experience for all who attended.
Left to right is Ava Catlin (first grade), Melissa Dibbles (mother), and Landon Catlin (4K).
Crescent Four Year Old Kindergarten Outreach Events Include Moms, Dads, and Grandparents
4K has a variety of outreach events that they hold throughout the school year. These events range from home visits, parent education opportunities and parent/child activities. To accommodate as many people as possible, the events are offered on different days and at different times throughout the month.
Their most recent outreach opportunities include Granola with Grandparents, Muffins with Mom, and Doughnuts with Dad. These clever names are tied into Laura Numeroff's stories (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, etc.) which they are reading in 4K. The turnout has been wonderful, and family members seem to be very excited to join their student in the classroom. 4K teachers are thankful to have so many strong family connections by holding these outreach opportunities.
Pictured left to right: Event organizer Richard Entenmann from Asset Builders, Brendan McGuire, Mike Anderson, Lukas Kreger, Andrew Stafford, and RHS teacher Patrick Kubeny.
Rhinelander High School Wins Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl
The Rhinelander/Northwoods Regional Tournament Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl (FICB) was held at Nicolet College on Tuesday, March 11th. Teams from Rhinelander, Merrill, Three Lakes, Northland Pines, and Crandon competed throughout the day. Rhinelander #3 ended up winning the competition. The team from Merrill placed second. Both Rhinelander #3 and Merrill advance to the state competition in Milwaukee on April 30th.
FICB is a financial literacy study program culminating in a college bowl quiz competition. The FICB aligns with statewide learning standards for financial literacy and is an effective strategy to promote learning. The competition features student teams (up to 4 members and an alternate) competing for trophies and fabulous prizes. All FICB teams are led by adult coaches who help students study and prepare, as a classroom or an after school activity.
Mrs. Rodziczak's Kindergarten class at Crescent.
Kindergartners Make Cards for Cancer Center
On March 4-5, Ms. Rodziczak's Kindergarten class from Crescent Elementary School made cards and a banner for the James Beck Cancer Center Open House. The cards were made for people visiting and going through treatments.
The event was open to the public on Wednesday, March 12th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. It involved a tour through the center and a chance to meet staff. Ms. Rodziczak's Kindergarten class cards will be on display for all who visit the James Beck Cancer Center.
The RHS Green Shades Jazz Ensemble in Shawano
Green Shades Jazz Ensemble Participates in 5th Annual Shawano Jazz Festival
The Rhinelander High School (RHS) Green Shades Jazz Ensemble participated in the 5th Annual Shawano Jazz Festival this past Saturday at Shawano High School.
Out of 21 bands participating, Green Shades was presented with the Class Act Award. This award is given to one band demonstrating respect for others, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. The recipient of this award is determined by a variety of people working with the band students over the course of the day.
Also, lead trumpet player, Ben Sawyer and lead trombone player, Kayla Wenos were recipients of Outstanding Soloists Awards.
Rhinelander High School Mock Trial Team Wins State Championship
In their record 22nd appearance before the justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Rhinelander High School (RHS) Mock Trial team defeated Shorewood High School to become the 2014 state champion. In so doing, the defending state champion Hodags broke their own state record by winning their 17th title since the inception of the Mock Trial tournament 31 years ago.
The Rhinelander team has only two returning members from last year's state championship team; senior co-captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O'Brien. The other members are juniors Mike Anderson and Erin Tenderholt, sophomores Anna Catlin and Emily Ditzler, and freshmen Albi Sabani, Ellie Rickman, and Sydney Schallock.
The Rhinelander team will now represent the State of Wisconsin in the National High School Mock Trial Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin, May 8-10. Anyone wishing to contribute to tournament expenses may send a check to the high school, made out to the RHS Mock Trial Team, in care of Kathy Vick-Martini.
Left: Amber Sheth, Right: Elise Ditzler
RHS Students Compete at Poetry Out Loud
Elise Ditzler and Amber Sheth, both seniors, competed in the state Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition in Madison, Wisconsin on March 8, 2014. The girls finished in the top two in the regional competition against 6 other students in Wrightstown to get to this point. Students needed to memorize and recite three poems, demonstrating accuracy, dramatic appropriateness and understanding. Amber Sheth placed 2nd among some very strong competition from the 8 other students from across the state.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. POL has grown every year with over 365,000 students competing in 2011-2012.
Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.
Karie Blemke teaches English at James Williams Middle School
JWMS Teacher and RHS Student Recognized by Herb Kohl Educational Foundation
The 2014 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship and Initiative Scholarship winners have been announced. Congratulations to Karie Blemke, a James Williams Middle School (JWMS) teacher, on being a recipient of this fellowship. Congratulations to Destiny Baitinger, a Rhinelander High School student on being recognized as an Initiative Scholar.
Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Fellowship recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, and representatives of education-related associations and the program's co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), and regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA).
Initiative Scholarship recipients, chosen by their schools, have demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond, but have not yet received other academic-based scholarships.
Pennies for the Pups and Purrs
On February 20th and 21st, Mrs. Bishop's multi-age class sponsored a spare change fundraiser so all the classes at Crescent Elementary School could raise money for the Rhinelander Animal Shelter. The event became known as "Pennies for the Pups and Purrs." Students brought in pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to help out our area pets in need.
The two day total was $349.53. Bria Swartout from the animal shelter came to Crescent Elementary to accept the raised money from the multi-age class. The money will help pay for pet food, litter, cleaning supplies, and vet expenses.
Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" was a rousing success. The RHS/NCSS Drama department held four performances this past weekend and they were very well attended. The performance on Sunday included a visit from the play's authors, Adam Moreno and Michelle Matusin. It was magical to have the authors on stage and talking to the kids. They said they were impressed with our rendition of their script. Thanks to all the students' parents and families for their support and thank you to all the adults who helped produce the play.
RHS hockey player Melissa Walenton assists CHAMPS student Coral Hardy.
CHAMPS Students Enjoy an Afternoon on the Ice
For an early release day on February 26th, approximately 70 Crescent CHAMPS students visited the Rhinelander Ice Arena for an afternoon of activities. The Rhinelander Ice Association (RIA) donated the facility, and the high school boys and girls hockey players tied skates and led all training for the day. The major activities included large group instruction, small group work, and open skate. Hot chocolate was also provided to the students.
Kudos to the 17 members of the boys and girls hockey teams for their expertise, patience, general nurturing, and youthful carefree manner. These high school students donated their time on an early-release day so that students 4-8 years old could have a positive experience on the ice. The interaction between the little ones and the teenagers was amazing.
Central Geography Bee
Central School recently held their annual Geography Bee for all fourth and fifth grade students. It began with classroom competitions. Each classroom holds a preliminary bee. Scores are entered for each class and the students with the top ten scores from each grade level participate in the championship round of the bee.
Twenty students entered the championship round. After several grueling rounds, Lilli Bishop, a fifth grader, came through as the Central School champion. Wyatt Leonard, a fourth grader, was the runner up. Lilli has since completed a written test attempting to become eligible for the state geography bee. Central staff will be notified in the next few weeks if Lilli will continue on the journey to the state competition in early April. Success there will send Lilli to the national competition and the chance to win a $25,000 college scholarship! Congratulations to Lilli and all of the students for their participation. Good luck, Lilli!
Crescent Winter Olympics
On Friday, February 21, Crescent Elementary celebrated a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) all school incentive by hosting the Crescent Olympics. It was a terrific competition between K-3 students and staff.
Some of the exciting events were: Potato Race, Ping Pong on a Spoon, Basketball Relay, Clothing Race, and a Wheelbarrow Race! All of the participants were outstanding athletes who gave their best effort. The crowd cheered with their creative individual PBIS paper hands which had one of the four B's on the back. Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Here, and Be Safe.
RHS Teacher Earns Statewide Recognition
The Governor's Council on Financial Literacy has announced that seven individuals and 13 organizations are recipients of the 2013 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award given for their efforts in promoting financial literacy among Wisconsin citizens.
The recipients were selected from 52 nominations submitted for consideration. Criteria used in the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups.
Patrick Kubeny, Business Education Teacher at Rhinelander High School, was one of the seven individuals selected to receive this award. Recipients will be honored in a ceremony hosted by Governor Walker at the Capitol on February 26th. Way to go Mr. Kubeny!
Logan Keso (left) and Cody Sedlacek (right) are working on their calculations for their parabolas.
JWMS Algebra Students Create 'Angry Bird' Levels
At James Williams Middle School (JWMS), students in Mrs. May's Algebra I class recently designed their own Angry Bird level and used the drawings to identify the vertex and axis of symmetry. They wrote equations in vertex form of a quadratic function using the parabolic flight paths of the birds.
Mrs. May came up with the idea while researching parabolas on Pinterest. The students' goal was to identify the coordinate points of the vertex and another coordinate point to develop an expression that described the parabolic flight of two of the birds on their drawings. After this, they went on to reveal an expression on a picture of a turtle fountain that had a parabolic stream of water spraying out of its mouth. Students then looked at the physics of golf and how different club heads can provide varying parabolic flights of golf balls.
Students were excited to be doing something creative and fun. Every student in both Algebra classes had played Angry Birds before and were competent enough to create their own design. Some students used their own personal devices for inspiration of their design while others looked at example pictures. The drawings and subsequent equations were completed in three class periods.
Mock Trial Team Captures 28th Consecutive Regional Championship
Rhinelander High School broke its own state record this past weekend at the Wood County Courthouse in Wisconsin Rapids, capturing its twenty-eighth consecutive Regional Mock Trial championship. The tournament was power-paired, resulting in a match between the only two undefeated teams in the final round, Rhinelander #1 and Wisconsin Rapids #1. RHS #1 prevailed, to remain perfect on the day with a 4-0 record and 12/12 ballots.
RHS #2 finished in fourth place with a 3-1 record and 7/12 ballots. Both teams defeated Lakeland Union High School, which finished fifth. Other teams participating in the competition were Marshfield #1 and #2, Stratford #1 and #2, Wisconsin Rapids #2, Phillips #1 and #2, and Merrill. The tournament was sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Foundation and was coordinated by attorney Richard Weymouth of Wisconsin Rapids.
RHS #1 is led by senior co-captains, Lydia O'Brien and Amber Sheth, the only returning members of last year's state championship team. Their teammates are juniors Mike Anderson and Erin Tenderholt, sophomores Anna Catlin and Emily Ditzler, and freshmen Albiona Sabani, Ellie Rickman, and Sydney Schallock.
Members of RHS #2 are sophomores Jarod Hoha, Faith Carris, and Bethany Stelbrink and freshmen Erin Bloom, Max Holperin, Zack DuBois, and Matthew O'Melia.
The RHS teams are coached by Kathy Vick-Martini, attorney Jim Jacobi and Oneida Circuit Court judge Michael Bloom. Also assisting the team this year are Nicolet play director, Jim Nuttal, attorneys Amy Ferguson, Steve Michlig, and Jim Weis and retired Oneida Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Kinney.
RHS #1 will now advance to the State Mock Trial Tournament in Madison on March 9-10. In the past thirty years since the program's inception, teams from Rhinelander have won the state championship sixteen times, including six of the last ten years. Approximately 100 teams statewide are competing in the tournament this year
Mock Trial Team to Compete at Regional Tournament
Rhinelander High School (RHS) will be defending its championship title on Saturday, February 8, at the 31st annual Mock Trial Regional Tournament. Last year, RHS broke its own state record by winning its 27th consecutive regional title and its 16th state title.
The tournament is sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Foundation and will be held in the Wood County Courthouse in Wisconsin Rapids. Four rounds of competition will be held, with trials scheduled for 8:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. The tournament is open to the public.
Other high schools participating in the regional tournament are Lakeland Union, Merrill, Marshfield #1 and #2, Phillips #1 and #2, Stratford #1 and #2, and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln #1 and #2.
This year's case involves a collision between a teenage pedestrian and a fellow classmate who was operating her vehicle with a probationary license. The pedestrian, the star player on the high school basketball team, was permanently crippled from the injuries he sustained. Both parties allege negligence on the part of the other. Students will play attorney and witness roles in the competition, which is judged by local attorneys and judges.
Team #1: Front (L-R): Anna Catlin, Erin Tenderholt, Albiona Sabani. Middle (L-R): Ellie Rickman, Amber Sheth, Emily Ditzler. Back (L-R): Sydney Schallock, Mike Anderson, Lydia O'Brien
Team #2: Front (L-R): Bethany Stelbrink, Erin Bloom, Faith Carris. Back (L-R): Max Holperin, Zack DuBois, Jarod Hoha, Matthew O'Melia
The teams are coached by Kathy Vick-Martini, attorney Jim Jacobi, and Judge Michael Bloom.
Rhinelander FBLA Competes at Regionals
On February 1, 2014, students from Rhinelander High School (RHS) traveled to Greenwood, WI to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) regional tournament. Students from across the region competed in events that would prepare them for a future in business. These events ranged from Accounting to Job Interviews.
Out of the 36 students who attended, 34 took 5th place or better. Those who qualified for third place or higher will be moving on to the FBLA State competition which is held in Appleton WI, April 6-8.
First place winners include: Alyssa Ellis (Business Financial Plan), Jon Chizever (Accounting I), Ian Bishop (Computer Problem Solving), Schye Skinner & Jessica Swearingen (Desktop Publishing), Connor Funk & Jordan Stuart -(Global Business), Andrew Stafford (Personal Finance), Morgan Blaser (Public Speaking II), and Kim Trochlil (Web Site Design).
Second place winners include: Logan Sackett (Business Law), Heidi Gray, Megan Evans, Madison Godawa (Emerging Business Issues), Liz Krug ( Accounting I), Adam Woebbeking (Client Services), Vince Berry, Nick Wright, Mitchell Reinthaler (Digital Video Production), Annika Hempel (Economics), Lukas Kreger (Insurance & Risk Management), Mike Anderson (Personal Finance), and Colton Fralick (Computer Problem Solving).
Third place winners include: Eva O'Melia, Hallie Wright, Kim Bilogan (Hospitality Management), and Erin Tenderholt (Impromptu Speaking).
Rhinelander took 2nd place overall as a chapter at this year's Region II Conference.
To learn more about Future Business Leaders of America, please visit http://www.fbla-pbl.org. For further information, please contact Mischell Fryar or Erin Tenderholt at (715) 365-9500.
JWMS Continues Partnership with Local Veterans
During the months of November and December, James Williams Middle School (JWMS) partnered with our local veterans to help with their Cellphones For Soldiers drive. They filled up half a box of cellphones that will be refurbished and distributed to troops overseas to help them stay connected with families and friends.
JWMS Continues Partnership with Local Veterans
Mrs. Arnott's 6th grade homeroom collected the most cellphones and was awarded with home-made cookies, juice, and milk. Mr. Leroy Eades and Mr. Ray Zastrow were present to serve the students, to congratulate them, and to share some thank you letters from the troops.
Dance Team Places Second for Hip-Hop
The Rhinelander High School Dance Team took 2nd place in Division 2 Hip Hop at the WACPC 2014 Dance Eastern Regional Championships at DC Everest High School on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The team will travel to La Crosse on Saturday, February 1 to compete at State.
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Fitness and Aquatic Facilities Open to Community
The School District of Rhinelander is offering free trial memberships for the Aspirus Community Fitness Center and the Heck Family Community Pool.
Employees of the School District of Rhinelander and their immediate families (children 12 and older) will be able to use the Aspirus Community Fitness Center free of charge during the month of September. A free two-week membership is being offered to the general public from October 1 through October 15. Membership purchases during the free trial time-frame will result in free membership for the remainder of the month.
The Aspirus Community Fitness Center and the Heck Family Community Pool have recently changed their hours of operation. New hours for the Aspirus Community Fitness Center are:
Monday - Friday: 6:00 - 7:45 am
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 - 11:00 am
Currently, a fitness coach is on duty during all hours of operation. Effective November 1, 2013, a fitness coach will be on duty Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm.
The Heck Family Community Pool will be open every Sunday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and is free to the community.
For more information or to print a membership application, please click here.
School District of Rhinelander 665 Coolidge Ave. Suite B Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: 715-365-9700 Kelli Jacobi, Superintendent