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Working together with home and community, we are dedicated to providing the best education for every student, enabling each to be a thoughtful, responsible contributor to a changing world.

Rise Together – Get Support, Stay Involved
We had some amazing presentations from Rise Together on March 23-24 at the PAC concerning substance abuse and its impact on individuals and local communities! Many students and parents have been asking about support, follow up, or how to stay involved with this movement to combat substance abuse in our community. Adults and adolescents can find the resources they need and get involved by by clicking here. Special thanks to Riverview Health Care Foundation and the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department for their collaborative efforts and support in bringing this important message to our community!

Lincoln DECA Students Qualify for International Competition


The Lincoln DECA team performed well at the 2015 DECA State Career Development Conference held recently in Lake Geneva! Approximately 1,350 students from across the state participated in the conference. Twenty-four Lincoln High School DECA members attended the conference where they demonstrated their skills and knowledge in various marketing-related occupational categories such as restaurant and food service marketing, sports and entertainment, accounting, business, hospitality services, automotive services, travel/tourism, and hotel/lodging management. Twelve DECA team members qualified for the international competition to be held in April in Orlando, Florida.

An Opportunity to Receive Free Books


Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools will be sponsoring a used book give-away at River Cities High School, 2390 48th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. If you go, look for signs which will direct you to the room where the books are located. A number of used and outdated textbooks in a variety of content areas are available, as well as novels and library books. Questions may be directed to Kathi Stebbins, Director of Instruction, at 424-6721, ext. 1053 or via email at kathi.stebbins@wrps.net.

Vesper Students Use Technology to Connect With Classrooms Across the Country
Students at Vesper Community Academy started video chatting with other classrooms across the country this school year by using the telecommunications software, Skype. A game was invented by teachers called “Mystery Skype.” The game is played between two classrooms using video conferencing. The point is for each classroom to guess the location of the other classroom using a series of questions created by the students as they gain information. Read more…

March is Youth Art Month!


It is time to recognize and appreciate the arts and art education – help us celebrate by visiting KidZArt at McMillan Memorial Library and see all of the talent that our youth have to offer! The show highlights grades K-5 student artwork from elementary schools across the district. There is something for everyone to admire: sculptures, weavings, paintings and prints, realistic and abstract. The artwork will be on display from March 2 - 31, 2015 and everyone is invited to a reception to be held on Monday, March 16th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The elementary art teachers would like to extend warm appreciation to McMillan Memorial Library. This is a great location to display the artwork of students in our community.

National School Breakfast Week Emphasizes Importance of Breakfast


Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools celebrates National School Breakfast Week during the first week of March. The theme is “Making the Grade with School Breakfast.” All schools within the district offer a school breakfast program, and we serve about 1,400 school breakfasts each day.

Research shows that students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory recall. Studies also reveal that students who participate in school breakfast show improved attendance, behavior, standardized test scores, and decreased tardiness. Read more...

Guest Lecturers Share Knowledge, Experience


It is our privilege to invite experts from various fields into classrooms to share their knowledge and experience with our students. Dave Stark, President of Bull's Eye Credit Union, has been guest lecturing in our Lincoln Personal Finance classes. Mr. Stark is volunteering as part of the Junior Achievement "JATitan" program. He is speaking to the students about entrepreneurship, product life cycle, pricing, and business capital. The students will use this information to compete against other schools in central Wisconsin at the “Junior Achievement Business Challenge” to be held in March at Renaissance Learning.

High School Ice Fishing Team Takes First Place in Tournament
WRPS offers a great variety of co-curricular activities to reach the many interests and passions that our students possess. One of the unique clubs formed to engage students who enjoy being outdoors is the Lincoln Conservation Club’s Ice Fishing Team. The team recently took first place out of 44 teams competing at the state tournament on the Chetek Chain of Lakes. Points were awarded for the weights of various species caught such as walleye, northern, bluegill, largemouth bass, perch and crappie. The team scored a total of 247.8 points, with the second place team coming in at 218. Like many of our co-curricular activities, family members get involved in the ice fishing events to support and contribute to our students’ success!

Students Learn in Art Workshop Facilitated by Book Illustrator and Artist


Anne Horjus was a guest artist-in-residence at Grant Elementary in February. Mr. Horjus is originally from the Netherlands, and currently lives in Baraboo, WI. He is a children's book illustrator and puppet maker. One of his most famous books is called "Sleep." He collaborated with author Charles Anthony Sylvestri, and composer Eric Whitacre in performing the book as a choral production at the Kennedy Center. Mr. Horjus presented an assembly program on his work as an artist which was followed by an art workshop for Grant Elementary and virtual school students. The students were very interested and engaged in Mr. Horjus’ visit! Art work created by the students during his workshop will be displayed throughout the school.

Strong Career and Technical Education Programming Prepares Students to be College and Career Ready


Career and Technical Education (CTE) is celebrated each February, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Department of Workforce Development, and the Wisconsin Technical College System encourages students, schools, parents, and educators to discover the high standards, innovation, and excellence offered through the state's CTE programs. More than 1,900 Wisconsin Rapids Public School students in grades 6-12 are taking CTE courses in fields such as agriculture, business, family and consumer science, health occupations, marketing, and technology and engineering. Wisconsin’s economy depends on preparing students to be college and career ready, and CTE is instrumental in that goal. Read more….

Bloodstone Literary Magazine Receives Superior Rating


Bloodstone, Lincoln High School’s art and literary magazine which contains a collection of student works in poems, prose, and art received a “Superior” rating, which is the highest award, from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). NCTE recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines. Congratulations to the student editors, artists, writers and faculty advisors for this well deserved honor!

New Global Education Opportunity for Wisconsin Rapids Students


Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High students can now earn a “Global Scholar” designation on their diploma and transcript! The Global Education Achievement Certificate, or GEAC, will allow students to focus on becoming more aware of the world around them. According to State Superintendent Tony Evers, “We need students who are knowledgeable about the world and who have an understanding of how other cultures work and how other people think.” The diploma endorsement will be given to graduating high school students who have demonstrated a strong interest in global citizenship by successfully completing a global education curriculum and engaging in co-curricular activities and experiences that foster the development of global competencies. Read more…

Students Selected to Serve on Mayor’s Youth Council


Recently, ten students from East Jr. High School and eleven students from Lincoln High School were selected to serve on the newly developed Wisconsin Rapids Mayor’s Youth Council.

According to Mayor Zach Vruwink’s office, the intent of the Mayor’s Youth Council is to give area youth an opportunity to be civically engaged and participate in community efforts including policy, service, and recreation. Youth councils have proven to be an effective way to get youth more involved in solving local problems and more actively engaged in the community.

The Mayor’s Youth Council will advise high-level decision makers and elected officials, as well as give members a chance to be involved in activities that are important to them and have a direct impact on the community around them. These young people will be included in the decision-making process regarding issues that most concern them. It is important for the youth in our community to have a meaningful voice to affect change.

Applying for 2015-16 Open Enrollment


The open enrollment application period for the 2015-16 school year is active from February 2 through April 30, 2015. The open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. The open enrollment application period is very specific in terms of when you may apply. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason. Please click here to read more about the open enrollment process, and how to apply. Students who are currently attending WRPS under open enrollment do not need to reapply. If you have any questions related to open enrollment, please call Candy Blakeslee at 715-424-6710.


Click here to register for additional Nixle Updates from our area.

Nixle is a FREE system that provides a quick, efficient, and secure way to get neighborhood-level information out to community members who subscribe to the system. Through www.nixle.com, agencies (including WRPS) will be able to send text message (SMS) and e-mail alerts to subscribers in a specific area, down to .25 miles. Click on the picture above to receive community safety alerts instantly by text message and email!  Registration is quick, easy and secure.  Read more...

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