District News

A Tradition of "Family" Continues at Pelican School

Pelican Family Night
Pictured: This year over 350 family members joined over 30 professional and support staff members for a fun filled night of food, activities and getting to know you conversations.

On Thursday, November 5th, Pelican Elementary School continued a tradition which started over 15 years ago. At that time Becky Wilson, retired school guidance counselor, expressed a need for families to come together with school staff and celebrate all the wonderful things happening within the walls of Pelican School. The event "FAMILY NIGHT" was born. Family Night would also give the staff and families the opportunity to interact in a fun filled activity based event outside the traditional school day.  

What started out as one family night has grown to three per year. Each "Family Night" offers a free meal to the families as well as many activities the parents, grandparents and children can participate in together.

The Family Nights at Pelican School have been successful accomplishing their goal of bringing families and staff together to share in a night of positive interaction. In a time where families are scheduled in all directions and time together is often short, it is nice to see a school staff going the extra mile to make all who enter feel welcome.

The future is looking very bright for the continuation of this "TRADITION" as the staff is already planning the next "FAMILY NIGHT" in February.

The following are quotes from parents, teachers, and students:

"We really enjoy the families nights at Pelican School. It is a great way to spend time with our kids doing art projects, crafts and reading /math activities. Also, our kids love showing us projects that they created throughout the building." -- Stephanie Pudlowski, Pelican Parent

"The best thing about family nights is the opportunity for staff to foster relationships with our families." -- JoEllen Lieck, 1st Grade Teacher

"My dad works a lot so it gives him a chance to come to school and see all the things I do.  That makes me feel good." -- Tripp (student)

"There are so many fun things to do and I get to show my parents my school and how wonderful it is." -- Myah (student)

Crescent Students Write Letters to Veterans

Veteran's Day
Pictured: Some of the letters and art work students sent to veterans.

Last week, in recognition of Veteran's Day, the Crescent Elementary School multiage teachers asked families to send a veteran's name and address to school. Students learned about Veteran's Day and they wrote heartfelt "Thank You" letters to these heroes. Students and staff were privileged to have a veteran with them last week. "Papa" Howland, one of Crescent's premier volunteers, served in the army. Thank you to all veterans. You are truly heroes.

Special Olympics Bowling Team Has Success in Weston

Special Olympics

After two months of hard work and practice, the School District of Rhinelander's Special Olympics team showed off their bowling skills competing in a Special Olympics bowling meet at Dale's Weston Lanes on October 25th. All of the athletes participated in singles bowling events.

Medals were awarded to 1st through 3rd places, and ribbons were given to 4th through 8th places. Spencer Smith received a 1st place gold medal in his division while Miguel Gonzalez, Emma Knapp, Krystal Kriesel and Keegan Marko took home 3rd place bronze medals in their respective divisions. Ribbon winners for their divisions were Maria Dornfeld, Hannah Karstedt, Devon Stanley and Sarec Trudeau placing 4th; Cassie Gleesing earning 5th; Gabe White receiving 6th place; and Paige Appling finishing in 7th place.

All of the coaches were extremely proud of the performance and sportsmanship that the athletes displayed as the School District of Rhinelander Special Olympics team. The next season is Track and Field in the spring. Go Hodags!

Perfect Attendance at Pelican

Perfect Attendance
Pictured (left to right): Eva O'Melia, Kali Skubal, Vivian Lamers, and June Chiamulera.

Recently, students at Pelican Elementary School were recognized for having perfect attendance for the month of October. Rhinelander High School senior, Eva O'Melia, and community member Jess Gaedtke, were the guest readers. Both guests emphasized the importance of being at school or work, being on time, and doing their best. The students received a certificate for their achievement. Eva stayed after the celebration to read with some of the students.

GNC Honors Band and Choir Festival

GNC Honors Band and Choir

The students pictured on the left were selected to participate in the GNC (Great Northern Conference) Honors Band and Choir Festival this past Saturday at Medford High School. Members were selected from each of the 7 schools to form a band and a choir. Students rehearsed all day in preparation for the evening performance. Guest conductors were Dr. Peter Haberman, band and Dr. Axel Theimer, choir.

Pictured (left to right):
Front Row: Alyssa Burg, Katie Harder, Rachel Uhlarik, Kayla McFadden, Brianna Perry, Bethany Stelbrink, Faith Bartelt.
Back Row: Jane Kubisiak, Mitchel Modic, Anthony Klabunde, Elliot Fehlen, Jordan Keso, Andrew Padgett, Seth Bowen, Bailey Nebgen, Heather Riesbeck, Katie Olkowski, Thomas Melancon.

RHS/NCSS Drama Department to perform Mary Poppins - November 19th-22nd

Mary Poppins

You'll have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time at the RHS/NCSS Drama Department's production of 'Mary Poppins', November 19th through the 22nd! This Broadway edition of 'Mary Poppins' includes all the classic songs you can sing along with, plus new tunes you'll surely love! So make plans to fly on into the Rhinelander High School Auditorium for 'Mary Poppins'! Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 19th through 21st at 7:00 pm, with a Sunday Matinee on November 22nd at 1:00 pm. General admission tickets are only seven dollars, and will be available at the door.

Pelican Homecoming Activities Mix High School and Elementary Students

Pelican Homecoming
Pictured: An RHS football player reads with a group of enthusiastic students from Pelican Elementary School.

Last month, Pelican Elementary School wrapped up Homecoming Week in style! The Hodag Mascot, the high school dance team, and a few football players helped celebrate the spirit of homecoming. Following a pep rally, the football players and dancers stayed to read and interact with the students. It was a great opportunity for the younger students to show off their reading skills, as well as a chance for the high school students to share their enthusiasm for learning. The events of the morning were best summed up by a student who was asked what she thought about having the chance to read with one of the dancers. She said, "This was the best day of my life!"

Crescent First Graders Visit Helene's Hilltop Orchard

Pictured: Adaline Juedes, Neo Martin, Daniel Zimmerman, and Dalton McCarty picked the perfect pumpkin to take home.

The first graders from Crescent Elementary School visited Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill on Friday, October 23. Helene Pagoria, owner of the orchard, informed the students about the life cycle of a pumpkin. She also showed them a dried out vine and explained that the roots of a pumpkin are shallow. Therefore, when it is dry, the pumpkin plant needs to be watered often.  

The first graders also learned about the importance of honeybees at the orchard. Helene hires a beekeeper to bring in many honeybees each year. In turn, the honeybees' fuzzy body helps to move the pollen from plant to plant.

After the students learned about how a pumpkin grows, they went on a wagon ride through the orchard. They noticed a lot of apple trees, rows of corn and many pumpkin patches.  

The students also used their navigational skills to make their way through the corn maze. There were so many trails through the corn field, but there was only one way to get out!

Finally, the first graders went into the pumpkin patch to find their perfect pumpkin to take home. A big thanks to Helene for teaching the first graders about how pumpkins grow and sharing her orchard.

RHS Junior Faith Bartelt participates in the WSMA Honors Choir in Madison

Pictured: RHS Junior Faith Bartelt recently took part in the WSMA Honors Choir on Thursday, October 29.

Some of Wisconsin's finest young recently met up for what could be the most rewarding musical experience of their lifetime - Wisconsin School Music Association's (WSMA) 2015 High School State Honors Music Project. One of these talented music students is Faith Bartelt, currently a junior at Rhinelander High School.

Auditions were held in seven sites across the state this past February. Of the more than 1,600 auditions, 427 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 were invited to be part of the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles. The last time a music student from Rhinelander High School was selected to participate in these honors events was eight years ago in 2007. Faith auditioned against students from all division schools, big and small across the state and was selected based on her vocal and musical ability as well as sight singing. On Thursday, October 29, Faith Bartelt joined many of the best young musicians in Wisconsin for a concert with the WSMA Honors Treble Choir at the Madison Overture Center.

Students that are selected to participate in the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project met for the first time this summer at an intensive four-day camp at UW-Green Bay. This WSMA Camp is a unique and essential component to the High School Honors Project experience, as it is the first opportunity they have to see their music, meet their conductor and rehearse as a newly formed ensemble.  All Honors students reconvene in Madison in late October to perform at the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference. The Honors concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of Wisconsin's finest young musicians and commemorate music teachers throughout Wisconsin, many of whom attended the event in conjunction with the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference.

The High School State Honors Music Project is designed to provide musically talented students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation's finest conductors in a professional and highly disciplined setting. Students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the rehearsal period, which culminates with an inspired performance, celebrating the reach of music education statewide.

"The difference between the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project and other programs like it is this: Students come to camp having not seen the music. They learn it with the help of section coaches and the guidance of a conductor. After camp is over, the students then return home and continue to put the finishing touches on the music working from the foundation of camp. As a result, the concert is more than talented students playing together in an ensemble -- it's a musical experience that can never be recreated in any other way," said Tim Wurgler, WSMA program director. "It is this synergy of effort that is the purpose and experience of the WSMA High School State Honors Project," he said.

The WSMA Honors Concerts were open to the public and Wisconsin Public Television will be broadcasting the concert sometime in late November. Please go to wpt.org to watch clips from past and present concerts. For more information about the WSMA State Honors Music Project and other programs, visit www.wsmamusic.org.

RHS Diversity Club hosts Mix-it-Up Lunch at JWMS

Diversity Club

On Friday, October 23rd, students from Rhinelander High School (RHS) Diversity Club visited James Williams Middle School (JWMS) to coordinate an event with students. They participated in a Mix-it-Up Lunch where they had to do things differently than what they normally do at lunch. When they entered the cafeteria they had to pick a color and sit at that corresponding table. The hope is that students will start to understand what it feels like to be out of their comfort zone and what other students might feel like when they don't have a sense of belonging at school. It will also help students connect to each other in ways they haven't before and start new friendships. The Diversity Club students then led discussions with the students about their thoughts and feelings about bullying and acceptance. JWMS is promoting kindness this year in several different ways and this was just one activity to help students become more accepting and understanding of each other.

Crescent Elementary Students Learn About Fire Safety

Fire Safety
Pictured: Mrs. Deitz's first graders toured a fire truck on October 16th.

Students at Crescent Elementary learned about fire safety with the help of the Crescent Volunteer Fire Department on October 16. The students had the opportunity to go into a large fire truck. They were surprised at all of the controls that the fire fighters needed to operate when driving the fire truck.

Then the students went into the Oneida County Fire Safety House. While visiting the fire safety house, the students had to find items that were misplaced. The students found a gasoline can and a rug next to the fire place. In the kitchen, the students also spotted a chair placed close to the stove and paper towels placed directly over a toaster. In turn, firefighters Josh and Tony lead a discussion to why those misplaced items were unsafe in homes.

The students also learned that working smoke detectors save lives. They were reminded to check their smoke detectors for working batteries twice a year.  Students learned that once they are out of a burning building, they should meet their family members at a designated meeting place. Last, students learned that once they are out of a burning building, they should never go back. Thank you to the Crescent Volunteer Fire Fighters for teaching Crescent Elementary students about fire safety.

Hanson's Garden Village Partners With FBLA/DECA To Host Fall Fest

Fall Fest

When looking for help at the 3rd Annual Fall Fest, Hanson's Garden Village asked Rhinelander's local Future Business Leaders Of America (FBLA) /DECA. The chapter thought that Hanson's would be a beneficial partner for community service because students could work with both a local business and the community.
Fall Fest was a great way for families with children to celebrate the beautiful fall season.  Hanson's had a Corn Maze, Petting Zoo, Indoor Straw Bale Maze, Pumpkin Patch, a Dog Agility Course, and several 4-H demonstrations.  Concessions such as hot apple cider were a must to stay warm on a chilly autumn day.
FBLA/DECA had over 20 people come to help with the event as community service.  Vice President of Community Service, Faith Bartelt, coordinated with Beth Hanson to make the day successful. Bartelt said, "It was our first time working with Hanson's, but we're excited to continue the partnership, and I know almost all of the members that participated this year asked if they'd be able to help again next year."
Future Business Leaders of America and DECA are both national organizations that Rhinelander High School has combined into one chapter.  The difference between the two organizations is that FBLA's focus is business as a whole, while DECA has more of a marketing slant. For more information about either of the two groups, look at their web pages: http://www.fbla-pbl.org/ and http://www.deca.org/.

Fourth Graders Visit CAVOC

4th Grade CAVOC

On Thursday, October 8th the fourth graders from Central Intermediate School visited the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC). Students participated in eight different rotations about various outdoor education topics. These included: Tree identification, Aquatic Invasive Species, Terrestrial Invasive Species, nature hike, wolves, team building games, healthy snack, and the Department of Natural Resources. Central staff is extremely grateful for all our community and parent volunteers who helped make the day successful.

Crescent CHAMPS Afterschool Program Celebrates Engineering

Top photo - Brett McKinney talks to students about design and the challenges of engineering. Bottom photo - Keith White discusses the process and meaning of engineering.

As a conclusion to the first two STEM units that the CHAMPS students completed, there were two engineers who came and shared with the students. Mr. Keith White, of AirPro, came and discussed the process and meaning of engineering. Mr. Brett McKinney, of Plane Parts and Flight Talk, talked about design and the challenges of engineering. The entire night held the students attention and lead to some terrific discussion. Next up are lessons taken from NASA!

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Performs at RHS

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

On Wednesday, October 7th, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performed in front of packed house of Rhinelander students. The night before, they performed for the general public. The annual concerts took place in the Rhinelander High School auditorium.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by the Northwoods Concert Association. The concert is made possible largely in part by a grant from the Jean Simmons estate. This, in addition to other fundraising efforts, make it possible for the student concert to be free and the community concert to be offered at a reduced rate.

Those involved are looking forward to hosting the event again next year.

Crescent Multi-age Students Explore Rhinelander and Take Part in Living Timeline Project

Crescent Living Timeline
Crescent students pose for a picture in front of Rhinelander City Hall.

On September 29, Mrs. Vannatter's 1/2 and Mrs. Bishop's 2/3 Multi-Age Classes from Crescent Elementary explored downtown Rhinelander. The students visited the Pioneer Park Logging Museum, the Oneida County Court House, and they also spoke with Mayor Johns at the Rhinelander City Hall. Students came prepared to ask questions and to hear all about Rhinelander's past to help them with their fall project, "A Living Timeline: Celebrating Rhinelander's History."
The Living Timeline performance was held on October 8th. Many parents and grandparents were present to see the play. The Crescent Multi-Age Classes want to thank Mayor Dick Johns, Mr. Leighton, and all the Pioneer Park volunteers. Some of the characters included Anson Vaughn, Anderson Brown,  John Curran, 1880s school teacher and students, Frederic Rhinelander, and even the Hodag!

Middle School Students Learn About Sign Language

Sign Language

Bobbi Jo Aschebrook recently shared some of her sign language talents with Susan Stefonek's 7th-8th grade elective class Foreign Language in Perspectives at James Williams Middle School. Bobbi Jo, who works in Rhinelander as a sign language interpreter part-time, introduced the 7th and 8th graders to signing the alphabet, basic commands, and some Halloween vocabulary. Bobbi Jo came to class with an interpreter who explained what Bobbi Jo would be showing the class because she is not able to communicate using her voice. Bobbi Jo was born with a hearing impairment and communicates using sign language. The visit was facilitated by Rhinelander Partners in Education and Headwaters, Inc. Day Services.

Baladino Performs for Rhinelander Area Students

Baladino performs as part of their workshops presented to Rhinelander area 4th - 12th graders.

Recently, Rhinelander area 4th - 12th graders took a musical journey through the Mediterranean. The Israeli ensemble Baladino spent a week in the Rhinelander area presenting workshops and culminated the week with a concert at Nicolet College.

"Ladino music is an immigrant music," said Yonnie Dror, one of the group's founding members. "Its story is one of Jewish people who were expelled from Spain and spread throughout the Mediterranean. With them they carried their language, which is basically medieval Spanish. As Ladino Jews moved and founded new communities from North Africa to Greece and Turkey, their songs took on local color."

In addition to sharing the music's history and featuring many different instruments, the ensemble also showcased how music can bridge generations by bringing a fresh and innovative take on this traditional style of music, incorporating a Gypsy groove while embracing rock and electronic influences.

Baladino is one of four international ensembles that will visit the Northwoods under Nicolet College's two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. In January, the progressive French folk group Le Vent du Nord will be in the area for a similar number of performances and workshops.

Arts Midwest World Fest is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and 3M Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.

First Graders Visit CAVOC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September Super Stars at Central

Central Super Stars

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

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

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

Help Mary Fly!

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

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

Celebrate Bike and Walk to School Day on October 7th

Bike and Walk to School Day

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

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

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

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

Grandparents Day at Northwoods Community Elementary School

NCES Grandparents Day

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

Antigo Marching Showcase - October 3rd

Marching Band

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

RHS Gears Up For Homecoming: Activities Announced for 2015

Homecoming 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Central Intermediate School Celebrates Grandparents Day

Central Grandparents

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

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

Crescent Contest

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

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

Rhinelander High School FBLA/DECA 2015-16

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

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

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

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

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

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

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

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

Open Swim is FREE for the Community

Open Swim

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Citizenship Tip: One-to-One with Chromebooks


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

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

One-to-One Chromebook -

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

Donors Recognized for Football Field Renovations

Football Donors

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

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

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

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

Packers Football

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

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

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

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

Athletic Trainer

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

Central School Flower Garden

Central Garden

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

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

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

RHS Band Preparing for Homecoming Game

Marching Camp

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

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

Nutty Run

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

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

Registration is $30 before September 15 and $35 after that date. Like to run in a group? Group rate is available. A group of 10 or more is only $25 per entry; group registrations must be submitted together to receive this rate. For more information or to register, call the YMCA of the Northwoods at 715-362-9622 or visit www.ymcaofthenorthwoods.org. or register at active.com (additional fee).

Rhinelander Special Olympics

Special Olympics

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

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

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

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