District News

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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  • Phone: 715-365-9700