District News

Second Annual Senior Citizen FREE Lunch and Tours of Rhinelander High School set for October 20th

Senior Citizen Lunch and Tours

On Monday, October 20th, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, students from the RHS Key Club will be hosting the "Second Annual Senior Citizen FREE Lunch and Tours of Rhinelander High School." Citizens age 55 and older are invited to enjoy a free hot meal and learn about RHS facilities, renovations, and recent happenings.

Free Lunch will include:  Grilled cheese on Texas toast and tomato soup with saltine crackers, ruffle potato chips, and a brownie.  Water and coffee will also be available.  

Tours will include, but will not be limited to, information about the following areas of the high school: The RHS Library, One Prospect Technologies Digital Media Center, Heck Family Community Pool, Aspirus Community Fitness Center, Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium, Superior Diesel Advanced Learning Center, Spine and Sport Spirit Shop, classrooms, family locker rooms, Chrome Books, and more!

The lunch will take place in the RHS Commons/Cafeteria from 11:30 am until 12:15 pm.  Please use the main entrance (Door #1).  Key Club students will be serving the lunch.  Tours will follow from 12:15 - 1:00 pm.  Staying for the tours is not a requirement.

There will be a donation box set up for Student Academic Scholarships, but donations are not required.

Registration is not required.  Stop down, grab a free lunch, and check out the high school!  

For more information, please contact Community Education Coordinator Mike Cheslock at 715-365-9745 or by email at cheslmik@rhinelander.k12.wi.us.

97-3 WHDG Presents Nicolet College Educator of the Month

Educator of the Month
Photo courtesy of Hodag Country 97-3 WHDG.

Congratulations to Rhinelander High School Social Studies teacher Doug Nelson, who was recently recognized as the Nicolet College Educator of the Month for September. Mr. Nelson teaches a variety of classes at RHS including Psychology and Accelerated Global Studies. Mike Michalak (right) from Hodag Country 97-3 WHDG presented a plaque to Mr. Nelson (left) last week.

Firefighters Visit Crescent Elementary

Crescent Firefighters

Earlier this year, students at Crescent Elementary School learned about fire safety from the Crescent Volunteer Fire Department. Students were given the opportunity to demonstrate a fire drill in the Smokehouse and learn about the tools and devices on board the firetruck. The Crescent Volunteer Firefighters did a great job teaching and encouraging students to be safe from fire hazards in their homes.

Homecoming Brings Out Spirit at RHS

Homecoming Spirit
Pictured left to right, front row: Ali Johnson, Elisa Jensen. Back row: David Ditzler, Matt Knott, Kay Coates, and Becky Blaser. Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.

Each year, the Homecoming football game and Saturday evening dance is preceded by the week-long event "Spirit Week."  Spirit Week takes place at all the schools PK-12. Each school celebrated in their own way. At Rhinelander High School (RHS), students and staff dressed up in themed costumes. The festivities led up to the Friday afternoon pep rally where sports teams were introduced, the dance team performed, and the homecoming court put on skits to rally their fellow students.

For the Friday evening football game, the Hodags lost a close one to the Ashland Oredockers. It was a hard-fought game that was decided by a late field goal by Ashland. The Hodags played hard and should be proud of their efforts.

Saturday evening was the Homecoming Dance. The theme this year was "The Wizard of Oz." Everyone had a great time! Even the RHS staff found a way to get into the fun, as they dressed up as characters from the classic movie. Thank you to all who worked hard to make Spirit Week and Homecoming successful this year!

RHS Homecoming Talent Show

Talent Show
Pictured left to right: Zach Schreiber, Bryce White, Gunnar Millot (MC), Faith Bartelt, and Ben Sawyer. Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.

The RHS Homecoming Talent Show took place last Sunday, October 5. Once again, a great time was had by all. Bryce White and Faith Bartelt took the $100 first prize singing an original duet, "Tears". In second place, winning $50, was Zach Schreiber with a guitar improvisation. With an abundance of talent present in the show, there was a tie for the $25 third place slot between Bryce White singing an original song entitled "Pieces" and Ben Sawyer and Faith Bartelt with a Trombone/Saxophone duet of Crazy Train and Super Mario Brothers.

Special guests visit CHAMPS program

CHAMPS Visitors
A representative from Wild Instincts talks to students about injured animals.

For the September early release day, French's Veterinary Clinic and Wild Instincts came to Crescent Elementary School to talk to the CHAMPS students about animal safety. The students had been working on a pet safety unit during their power academic hours and these presenters continued with this theme.

Nancy Eliason from French's Veterinary Clinic answered questions about the enormous responsibilities involved in pet ownership, how to take care of a pet, and how to be safe around animals. Nancy also made all the CHAMPS students fun treats to give to their pets!

The children were fascinated by the red tailed hawk that stared down at them with it's one good eye and the falcon who had lost it's wing after a collision with an automobile. Students learned not to approach an injured animal and that sometimes our carelessness can cause injury to animals. They were all surprised at how dangerous fishing line and hooks are to animals.

Fourth graders write letters to Korean War Veteran

Letters to Veteran

Ms. Biscobing's 4th graders at Central Intermediate School were given the opportunity to write letters to a Korean War veteran. The veteran to whom they wrote participated in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on October 6, 2014 to see the Korean War Memorial and the National Arlington Cemetery.

Each veteran on the Honor Flight received a surprise package of letters from their loved ones and others who are grateful for their services. The 4th graders watched the documentary Honor Flight: One Last Mission, which features WWII veterans from Wisconsin, to help them better understand what the Honor Flight is and why it is so meaningful to the men and women who have served our country.

The students took great ownership in this project and worked very hard to brainstorm reasons they are grateful for the veteran's services, and questions to ask him. The students are very excited for him to read, and maybe respond to, their letters when he gets a "mail call" after the well deserved "welcome home" in Washington D.C.

Central School students raise money for animal shelter

Central Lunchtime Sales

Students at Central Intermediate School have taken part in various fundraising activities to raise money for the Rhinelander Animal shelter. The students were able to raise $110.08 through lunch hour sales of bracelets, poems, math problems, necklaces, and other items. The Rhinelander Animal Shelter is thrilled to receive the donation.

Pictured are students who helped with the fundraising -- Back row, left to right - Madison Jorgensen, Jordan Brost, Cassidy Klaver, Olivia Terbeest, Lily Eternicka, Sophia Cook, Kathryn Borski, and Skylar Peitsch. Front row, left to right - Annalexis Jensen, Sabrina Fus, Zack Volinek, Tia Fredrick, Lilli Bishop, Kaitlynn Wilmot, and Sadie Helgeson-Schultz.

School District seeks lifeguards - offering lifeguard course

Lifeguards

The School District of Rhinelander is looking for more individuals to take the lifeguard course and help out in the Heck Family Community Pool. Interested individuals must be at least 16 years old and must take the lifeguard course on October 18th and 19th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Registration is open to the public. The fee for this course is $200 with no commitment required. The School District will pay the registration fee if the lifeguard agrees to cover at least 10 hours in the pool. Lifeguards are needed before and after school and on the weekends.

Space is limited, so don't miss out on this opportunity. The rate of pay is $12 per hour. To register for the lifeguard course, or to inquire about the position, please contact the School District of Rhinelander business office at 715-365-9700 ext. 5734.

4K Program benefits young learners

4K Program
Grace Gaedtke, in Mrs. Palmer's 4K class at Pelican Elementary School, practices cutting while creating a card for her mother.

The 4K program is in full-swing with the youngest learners attending school on either Tuesdays/Thursdays or Wednesdays/Fridays. At Pelican Elementary School, Crescent Elementary School, and Northwoods Community Elementary School, the students are learning what school is all about. Their days include table activities, whole group time for literacy and music, learning centers including sensory exploration, imaginary play, free art, and so much more. These young learners are working hard to understand the routines and expectations of school, as well as increasing their beginning academic skills.

Europe 2015 selling cranberries at Hodag Farmer's Market

Cranberry Sales

Although harvest for most cranberry marshes in the state won't start until next week, Rhinelander residents have an opportunity to not only get their favorite fall fruit early, but to also support RHS students at the same time.  

Thanks to the generosity of Thunder Lake Cranberry Marsh in Three Lakes, students going on the Europe 2015 trip are selling freshly picked, sorted and cleaned cranberries from 8:00 am - noon at the Hodag Farmer's Market the next three weeks. Prices are $2 per pound with ALL proceeds benefiting students going on the trip.

For more information, or to place an order, contact Linda Goldsworthy at goldslin@rhinelander.k12.wi.us.

Grandparents' and Grand "Friends" Day Celebrated at NCES

NCES Grandparents

Many smiling faces at Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) greeted grandparents and grand "friends" to a celebration of our older generations. Students shared handmade gifts, songs, activities, interviews and cake and coffee at the Friday, September 19 event. A big thank you goes out to the many older adults who visited our children on that day. Many new happy memories were made!

District implements one-to-one learning environment

Chromebooks

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

In addition, if students do not have access to a district Chromebook, they may use their personal devices in the classroom. Upon instructor approval, students can use personal devices such as laptops, netbooks, tablets and smartphones to access the district's wireless network during the school day. Students who connect their device(s) will have the same access to district resources when using the Chrome Browser.

Students who do not have personal wireless devices will not be at a disadvantage. Teachers may choose to borrow classroom sets of devices for specific activities and, as in the past, students can make arrangements to access computers before and after school.

The School District of Rhinelander is dedicated to the goal of putting tools into the hands of students to help support and enhance education. We are excited to offer both opportunities to our students and we have developed guidelines to ensure learning remains the key focus.

For additional information and guidelines for our One-to-One Chromebook program and our Bring Your Own Device Policy, please visit  the following websites.

One-to-One Chromebook -
http://www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us/Chromebooks.cfm

Bring Your Own Device -
http://www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us/byod.cfm

Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation to hold Neon Hodag Raffle

RASF Neon Hodag

Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation (RASF) is holding the 2014 Neon Hodag Sign Raffle. Your support will help in raising scholarship money to award more scholarships for Rhinelander High School (RHS) graduates, annually. The RASF is a non-profit charitable organization with a volunteer governing board that raises money and distributes scholarships to Rhinelander students, many of whom may not get scholarship support from other sources. In 2014, 87 students were awarded 170 local scholarships, totaling $288,350.00.

Community support is essential, as a foundation cannot do this alone. Through partnering with local businesses owned by Rhinelander High School Alumni, the Rhinelander Area Scholarship Foundation has worked to raise scholarship dollars throughout the summer and early fall.

Raffle tickets are $10 per ticket or 3 for $25 to win the unique Hodag Neon sign. Local business owners are selling these tickets to the customers that patronize their business. They will be taking turns displaying the Neon Hodag until the raffle drawing which will be at halftime of the Homecoming Football Game in Rhinelander on October 10, 2014.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform at Rhinelander High School October 1st

MSO

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will be performing for 4th - 6th grade students (School District of Rhinelander, Nativity, and Zion) on the morning of October 1 at 9:30 am at the RHS Auditorium. The Northwoods Concert Association made this concert possible and the Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF) has generously donated $6,500 to fund the concert. Funds were generated from HSF's annual Green Tie Gala event. Attendees of the event helped raise about $3,300, and HSF matched that amount to cover the cost of the concert for students.  

HSF helps support Rhinelander schools in many ways. The Green Tie Gala helped raise at least $18,500 for their classroom grant program. These are funds that go to support academics in the classrooms. A primary goal of HSF is to support music and the arts. The MSO is able to perform in Rhinelander now because of an enlarged stage, which HSF helped fund. HSF also provided funding last year for a grand piano at RHS.

Later that evening, The Northwoods Concert Association is pleased to present the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in concert at the Rhinelander High School (RHS) Auditorium on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm.  This concert is open to the public.
 
Advance ticket sales for the evening concert are available from now until the night of the concert. Tickets for adults are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Student tickets (K - 12) are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Lattitudes Clothing & Gifts, the Northern Coffee Haus, Stoxen's Pharmacy or the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce. This presentation of the MSO is made possible by a grant from the Jean Simmons estate.

Pelican Elementary School "Exceeds Expectations"

Pelican Exceeds

The 2013-14 School Report Card Summary has been released. A huge congratulations goes out to all staff at Pelican Elementary School for moving into the "Exceeds Expectations" category! Keep up the good work!

There are two additional Rhinelander schools, Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) and Rhinelander High School (RHS), that are just a little bit shy of moving to the "Exceeds Expectations" category. Congratulations to them as well!

Application for the Aspirus Community Fitness Center now ONLINE!

Fitness Center

Membership application for the Aspirus Community Fitness Center is now available online! Become a member from the convenience of your own home! To become a member of this wonderful LOW COST fitness center, visit http://www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us/community/fitnesspool.cfm.

The membership fee is only $15/month for a single and only $25/month for a family. Membership for students in the School District of Rhinelander is FREE! The month of September is FREE for everyone! Try it out today! Hours of operation can be located at the above website.

Crescent Elementary hosts PBIS Kick-off and Matrix Walk

Crescent PBIS
"The Hodag" made a special appearance at Crescent's PBIS Kick-off.

On Friday, September 5th, Crescent Elementary School held their PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) kickoff for the 2014-15 school year. A very special guest to the school, the Hodag, helped the staff introduce and review the school wide expectations for behavior. These expectations are known as the four B's: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be Here.

As a follow-up to the PBIS kickoff, on Friday, September 12th, the school had their Matrix Walk. This was an opportunity for the students to go to other parts of the school and review what the four B's expectations are for assemblies, the playground, the hallway, the lunch line, and the playground.

Habitat for Humanity Northwoods and the RHS Building Trades Program Team Up

RHS Building Trades
Pictured is last year's Building Trades home.

The School District of Rhinelander and the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International (Northwoods affiliate) recently announced that they will be working together during this school year to build a home for a family in Rhinelander. This effort will be a collaborative effort between the Building Trades Program students at Rhinelander High School (RHS), and the local Habitat for Humanity (Northwoods affiliate), which presently supports Oneida and Vilas counties.

This will be an excellent opportunity for the students enrolled in the Building Trades Program to gain valuable skills that are sure to enhance their classroom curriculum experience. This home also represents the nineteenth (19th) such project that the Northwoods affiliate has been directly engaged in building since it was first established here in the Northwoods in 1998.

Both organizations are excited to be working together on this project and recognize the value this will provide to the educational community as well as the general Northwoods community. The School District of Rhinelander is very enthusiastic about working collaboratively with Habitat for Humanity.

Music performance dates set for 2014-15

Music Performances

The new school year has begun and with that the excitement of creating new music is in full swing. Although the K-12 music department is diverse in activities and curriculum, there is one overall goal and that is for each child to develop the concepts, skills, and attitudes for a lifetime enjoyment and appreciation of music.

Many Rhinelander students participate in music programs in the School District of Rhinelander. Although very few will major in music or work in the music business, their lives have been enriched by the experience. They have been introduced to the concepts of teamwork, discipline, self-confidence, determination and camaraderie. They have been taught life skills, and have had a whole lot of fun along the way. They have been given the gift of art and expression and the opportunity to develop a love and appreciation of music that can remain an integral part of their lives.

Elementary concert dates can be found on each school's webpage. A complete listing of secondary music performance dates can be found by clicking here.

R.W. Baird and Economics Wisconsin recognize RHS Teacher Patrick Kubeny

Mr. Kubeny

Rhinelander High School congratulates Mr. Patrick Kubeny on another recognition of his classroom teaching and how he helps inspire a passion for financial literacy in our high school students.  R.W. Baird and Economics Wisconsin recognize Mr. Kubeny as placing second in the Excellence in Teaching Economics & Financial Literacy competition across the state of Wisconsin.

Mr. Kubeny will be recognized at the 8th Annual Get Your Students Pumped Up on Economics and Personal Finance.  This event is held at Lambeau Field on October 17, 2014 and is sponsored by Economics Wisconsin and Lakeland College.

Stephanie Czosnek, Program Coordinator for Economics Wisconsin stated in a letter to the school district, "We appreciate Patrick using his voice within the classroom and beyond to improve and stimulate economic understanding and financial literacy amongst his students."  RHS principal, David Ditzler, also congratulates Mr. Kubeny for his outstanding efforts and instruction in the area of financial literacy.  He remarked that, "It is evident to anyone who asks Mr. Kubeny about financial topics that he has a deep passion for helping others be aware and wise about financial matters surrounding us all."

NCES receives Title I School of Recognition Award

NCES Recognition

Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) is one of the schools receiving the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award for Beating the Odds.

This category is for schools in the top 25% of high-poverty schools in the state with above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.

Schools meeting the recognition award criteria will receive a plaque at an October 13th ceremony at the State Capitol and $500 for use by the school. During the awards ceremony, three schools will receive banners for earning the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award for 10 consecutive years, and 10 schools will receive flags for earning the award for five consecutive years. This year's 173 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 133 elementary schools, 29 middle or junior high schools, and 11 high schools.

For more information, and a full listing of schools that received recognition, please see the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction press release at
http://dpi.wi.gov/files/eis/pdf/dpinr2014_91.pdf

Congratulations to all the students and staff at NCES!

Hodag Tech Fest Featured in Teaching Today

Hodag Tech Fest
Shari Wendland learns valuable information from District Reading Specialist Casey Gretzinger

The most recent edition of "Teaching Today" has been published and it features information about the first Hodag Tech Fest, which took place for School District of Rhinelander (SDR) staff over the summer. Hodag Tech Fest was modeled after a program from another school district, and was organized by Instructional Technology Coordinator Heidi Catlin and the rest of the Instructional Technology team. Catlin also wrote the article for the publication. Many SDR staff contributed to and attended the summer technology training.

"Teaching Today" is a publication that addresses current national, state and local developments in education, as well as highlights from programs and curriculum of Wisconsin and Minnesota schools. To read the article about Hodag Tech Fest, visit the "Teaching Today" website at www.teachingtodaywi.com.

Community Education announces fall and early winter course offerings

Community Course Offerings

The School District of Rhinelander has announced its Fall/Winter 2014 community course offerings. Discover something new with lifelong learning! We offer classes that cover many topics such as food and cooking, garden and floral, jewelry making, fabric, art, dancing, games, fitness, photography, financial health, computer courses, and others.

The class session kicks off on September 16th with a 'Saving and Growing Herbs for the Winter Months' course at Forth Floral. The registration deadline for this class is September 12th. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Registering for a class is easy. Simply visit the community section of the School District of Rhinelander website. Click on the link for class registration, print off and complete a registration form, and mail it with payment to the address listed on the form.

For a full listing of course offerings, click here! If you have questions about classes, please call 715-365-9745 or email coordinator Mike Cheslock at cheslmik@rhinelander.k12.wi.us. We hope you consider continuing your education with lifelong learning!

Pelican staff attends PBIS conference, accepts "School of Merit" banner

Pelican School of Merit
Pictured left to right: Katie Andrastek, Becky Kecker, Katie Morois, Tanya Cook, Jodi Belter , Kim Frederickson

Recently, a team of staff from Pelican Elementary School traveled to the 2014 PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Leadership Conference held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. They attended two days of seminars and were able to listen to a lot of amazing speakers.

Staff in attendance learned a lot about PBIS. Kindergarten teacher Katie Andrastek said, "I was able to bring back and share with the rest of the Pelican staff in a presentation on one of our inservice days." Earlier in the year, Pelican found out they had been chosen as a PBIS School of Merit, based on the PBIS initiatives and several other criteria. On the first day of the conference there was an award ceremony where all Schools of Merit and Schools of Distinction (what Pelican is working toward next) were recognized and presented a banner.

Try out the Aspirus Community Fitness Center! September is FREE!!!

Fitness Center
The Aspirus Community Fitness Center is open for community use. TRY IT OUT!

All community members are encouraged to try out the Aspirus Community Fitness Center located in Rhinelander High School! The entire month of September is FREE!

Starting September 2nd, hours will be as follows for the fitness center:

Monday - Friday:  6:00 - 7:45 am
Monday - Thursday:  3:30 - 9:00 pm
Friday: 3:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 - 11:00 am


The Heck Family Community Pool is open on Sundays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Use of the pool during this time is FREE year-round!

Hall Walking is available to the community free of charge during fitness center hours of operation (see above).

Additional information about the Aspirus Community Fitness Center:

*    Fitness coaches will be on staff from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday
*    A personal trainer will be available upon request
*    An Athletic trainer will be available upon request to assist in the designing of safe and efficient workouts.  
*    The fitness center has been REORGANIZED! The cardio and weight areas are now separate! There is also new cardio equipment available.

CAP

Central After-School Program (CAP) to be offered for 4th and 5th graders for the 2014-15 school year

For the 2014-15 school year, Central Intermediate School will be offering an after-school program for 4th and 5th graders. The program will be known as CAP (Central After-School Program).

The program is for all students in grades 4 and 5 and will be offered Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:30 pm at Central Intermediate School. There is no cost for free lunch students. Cost for reduced lunch students is $5/day or $15/week. Cost for paid lunch students is $10/day or $30 per week. Certified licensed staff will be on site for small group learning. Other activities will include tutoring, extra-curricular/club activities, a nutritious snack, and social time. This program will focus on fun, academic enrichment, and physical activity.

For more information, contact CAP Coordinator Shari Wendland at 715-308-3809.  To register for the program, please call the Central School office at 715-365-9600 or stop by Central School to regsiter.

CHAMPS

School District of Rhinelander currently accepting registrations for CHAMPS program
    
The School District of Rhinelander is currently accepting registrations for the CHAMPS (Community Helping Afterschool to Mold Positive Students) afterschool program.

In-person registration for the CHAMPS afterschool program is currently open for 6th - 8th graders who plan to attend either James Williams Middle School (JWMS) or Northwoods Community Secondary School (NCSS).  To register, please stop by the JWMS main office between the hours of 6:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday - Friday, from now until August 18th.  Hours for registration starting August 18th will be 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.  

Beginning August 18th, in-person CHAMPS registration will be open for 4K - 3rd graders who plan to attend either Crescent, Pelican, or NCES (Northwoods Community Elementary School).  To register, please stop by either the Crescent or Pelican main office from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, Monday - Friday.

Mail-in registrations are currently being accepted for both age-groups.  Registration forms can be found on the School District of Rhinelander website - www.rhinelander.k12.wi.us.  Please mail completed forms to the following addresses:

For 6th - 8th graders:

James Williams Middle School
915 Acacia Lane
Rhinelander, WI 54501

For 4K - 3rd graders:

Crescent Elementary School
3319 Boyce Drive
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Those who were enrolled in the CHAMPS program last year will be given first consideration for this year's program.

New Teachers

New teachers hired for the 2014-15 school year
    
The School District of Rhinelander held a new teacher orientation on Monday, August 18th. The new teachers are excited to begin the 2014-15 school year, which starts for students on Tuesday, September 2nd.

New teachers are pictured (left to right): Front row - Sara Stieve (RHS English), Jordan Rzempoluch (JWMS Mathematics), Alexis Koshollek (JWMS English/Language Arts), Kersti Lamers (RHS Mathematics), Jessica Hunter (JWMS Sixth Grade), Megan Biscobing (Central Intermediate). Back row - Ronja Zweifel (Crescent Elementary), Gretta Layman (RHS Science), Josh Legrey (RHS Technology Education), Britney Bolkema (District Psychologist), Emily Rose (JWMS Counselor), Krysten Hintz (Crescent Elementary), Jolene Fink (Crescent Elementary), Sarah Zurowski (JWMS Health), Christopher Ferge (RHS Physical Education). Missing from the photo - Katie Morois (Pelican Counselor) and Kimberly Nolan (Crescent Counselor).

Fitness Center

School District of Rhinelander to take over operations of Aspirus Community Fitness Center and Heck Family Community Pool - GRAND OPENING/OPEN HOUSE to be held on August 18th from 9:00-11:00 am
    
As of August 18th, the School District of Rhinelander will be taking over operations of the Aspirus Community Fitness Center and Heck Family Community Pool. All community members are invited to join us for a Grand Opening/Open House celebration at the Aspirus Community Fitness Center located in Rhinelander High School on August 18th between 9:00 and 11:00 am. Come see our new improvements!

The fitness center is open for community use for a reasonable monthly fee!  

Hours of operation starting September 1st will be...

Monday - Friday:  6:00 - 7:45 am
Monday - Thursday:  3:30 - 9:00 pm
Friday: 3:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 - 11:00 am

*    Fitness coaches will be on staff from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday
*    A personal trainer will be available upon request
*    An Athletic trainer will be available upon request to assist in the designing of safe and efficient workouts.
*    The fitness center has been REORGANIZED! The cardio and weight areas are now separate! There is also new cardio equipment available.

*    THE ENTIRE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER IS FREE FOR THE COMMUNITY!!!  Try it out!

4K and K

Register for 4-year-old and 5-year-old Kindergarten

The School District of Rhinelander is currently registering for 4-year-old and 5-year-old kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Children who will be four years of age on or before September 1, 2014, are eligible to attend four year-old kindergarten and children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2014, are eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2014-2015 school year.
 
Online registration forms are available on the School District of Rhinelander website. Forms can also be obtained by contacting Crescent Elementary School, Pelican Elementary School or Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES).  Registration forms may be mailed, faxed or delivered to 4K and kindergarten location sites.

For more information, please contact Kelly Huseby, Crescent Principal at 715-365-9120; Martha Knudtson, Pelican Principal at 715-365-9160; or Wil Losch, NCES Principal at 715-282-8200.

Family Day
Photo courtesy of Bob Mainhardt.

Rhinelander Gridiron Club to Host Hodag Family Day
    
The Rhinelander Gridiron Club is hosting a Hodag Family Day on Saturday, August 9th. Watch the Rhinelander High School (RHS) varsity football team practice from 8:00 - 10:00 am at Mike Webster Stadium. From 10:00 am - 2:00 pm there will be several fun-filled activities for families to enjoy including a free bounce-house, a dunk tank, fire trucks, U.S. National Guard trucks, test drive a Rhinelander GM vehicle, a performance and carwash by the RHS dance team, an art table, a live broadcast and music by 96.5 Sports Radio, full concessions including brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers, raffle ticket sales that include Brewers tickets, Hodag apparel available for purchase, and get your picture with the Hodag mascot, football players, and coaches. Come support Rhinelander Hodag Football!

Student Council

RHS Student Council Attends Two-Day Summer Session at CAVOC

Summer is always filled with fun activities within the Rhinelander High School (RHS) student council. Earlier this month, on the 8th and 9th of July (from 8:30 am Tuesday morning until about 4:00 pm Wednesday evening), right before the Hodag Breakfast for country-festers, the full student council (those who were able to make it), including incoming freshmen through seniors, attended a 2-day session at Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC). Activities included: getting to know each other, going over the constitution, planning homecoming, team bonding, ropes course, and other fun activities! The group accomplished a lot during this time. They are looking forward to a fun and productive upcoming school year.

Take a tour of the School District of Rhinelander!

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
  • Sunday: Closed

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