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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.

The Lorax Project Promotes Learning for Students of All Ages


This year marks the second year that the unique Lorax Project has been in effect at WRPS. The Lorax Project began through the efforts of a Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce leadership class which included community member, Mary St. John.

The Lorax Project involves high school Science Teacher Scott Stankowski training junior and senior students in his Principles of the Environment class on the “tragedy of the commons.” Originally used by ecologist Garrett Hardin, tragedy of the commons is the notion that anything that does not have direct ownership does not get taken care of, and degrades as a result. Read more...

Lorax project


Superintendent Dickmann Expresses Concern Over Potential Harmful Effects of Proposed State Budget


As the Wisconsin State Legislature deliberates a budget proposal approved by the State Joint Finance Committee, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Dickmann would like parents/guardians to be aware of what the potential impact could be for our District students and schools.  Please click here to read more about why the proposed budget is so concerning and detrimental to public education.



Lincoln Students Connect With Elementary Students Through World Language


Lincoln High School French and Japanese students spent three consecutive weeks in a service-learning project to teach their languages to elementary school students after school. They learned basic conversations and vocabulary, playing games and singing songs. Next year German and Spanish students will do the service-learning project. Lincoln students are always amazed at how quickly the young children learn and retain the language!

Woodside Running Club Promotes Wellness


This school year marks the fourth year that Woodside Elementary School has offered a running club to students in 4th and 5th grades. The club was started by teachers Karen Medo and Connie Bohn, in an effort to increase students' level of fitness, nutrition, and enjoyment while exercising. The club averages 50-60 student members and meets twice a week, with 10-15 parent/staff volunteers. By the end of the running club season, the students are able to walk/run a 5K, or 3.1 miles. Special thanks to the Riverview Health Care Foundation for their support in the running club.

running club

Summer Feeding Program Offered
The Summer Food Service Program, which is funded by the USDA and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are unavailable. Free meals will be made available to any child 18 years of age and under. The meals will be offered at Lincoln High School and Mead Elementary Charter School. Read more...
 summer feeding program

Lincoln Pro Cooks Team is Finalist in Madison Competition
Great job Team WR Pro Cooks! The team was a finalist in the "Whipping Up Wellness Student Chef" competition sponsored by the DPI Wisconsin Team Nutrition and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in May. A total of 150 teams submitted recipes, and their recipe for Chicken Cherry Salsa Flatbread Pizza was in the top five for creativity and met the nutrition analysis requirements. The team's recipe and photo will be published in the ?WI DPI Whipping Up Wellness 2015? cookbook! Read more...
 pro cooks team

Authentic Learning Through Projects


As part of a project on comparing and contrasting world communities, third grade students had this driving question: What is life like for a kid like me in a different country? Students were given a choice of which country to focus on, based on the availability of community experts in each of those countries. The options were: France, Germany, India, Mexico, and Nigeria. Read more…

country project

District’s Farm to School Program Continues to Expand


The District continues to expand its Farm to School program in both the number of pounds of locally grown items purchased for school meals and the number of dollars spent. This year 12,676 pounds of local produce were purchased at a cost of $12,885, a 15% increase over last year’s total. Last summer the District purchased 360 pounds of fresh strawberries from Altenburg Farms. These were cleaned and frozen by the staff at the Opportunity Development Center (ODC) in Wisconsin Rapids and served to students with school meals in the fall. The District also purchased locally grown cranberry items from Rubi Reds and Ocean Spray, as well as other farmers throughout the state who provided both fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. Purchasing locally supports and promotes local businesses and provides students with excellent quality produce. Read more…

farm to school

Process Changing to Receive Free School Supplies


We’re already starting to think about next school year! School supplies will be collected throughout the summer to be given to area children in need. Are you interested in donating supplies? The WRPS District Office located at 510 Peach Street will again be accepting donations. Other drop-off locations are listed on the United Way website.

If you would like help in obtaining school supplies for the 2015-16 school year, we invite you to complete a registration form in order to get what you need. Please NOTE that the process is changing this year – you must fill out a Stuff the Desk registration form and mail or drop it off at the United Way office between May 1st and August 1st. In August, a letter will be sent to those who registered, informing them about what time they should plan to pick up school supplies at Lincoln High School. Learn more about the event and how to donate or register to receive supplies.

stuff the bus


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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