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NOTE School Calendar Revision


Last Day of School for Students is Friday, June 6, 2014

The original 2013-14 school year calendar was set with a final release day for students on Thursday, June 5, 2014.  Due to the fact that four instructional days were lost because of inclement winter weather, the school year was then extended with a new release day for students set for Monday, June 9, 2014.

After reviewing building schedules and DPI requirements for instructional minutes, it has been determined that building schedules could be slightly modified in order to end the school year for students on Friday, June 6, 2014.  The modifications will occur within the daily schedule of each building as necessary, and will not cause any major disruption for students.  The end result means that students will be released for the school year after a full day of instruction on Friday, June 6, 2014.  Students will not need to attend school on Monday, June 9, 2014.

While spring has arrived, there is always a chance that April and May could bring some challenging weather days.  If we have another inclement weather day, students would be required to attend for a full day of instruction on Monday, June 9th.  Please keep this possibility in mind as you make summer vacation plans.

If you have any questions, please contact your school office.


Important Update


Registration Dates Set For Summer Swimming and Tennis Lessons


Registration for summer swimming and tennis lessons will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Lincoln High School, 1801 – 16th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, in the Performing Arts Center. Plan to enter through the Center’s main entry doors. The swim program will begin on June 10th, and operates in three-week sessions which meet Monday through Thursday. This program serves a variety of swim levels from pre-beginner to advanced stroke development. The “Tennis FUN-damentals” class is available to any student who is entering grades 3rd through 10th in the fall of 2014. The first session will run June 16-19, with a second session running in August. Students will have fun learning the basic skills of tennis. To learn more about the offerings, click here.

Be Aware of 6th Grade Vaccination Requirements


Wisconsin Student Immunization law requires a dose of Tdap vaccine in students entering the 6th grade. Tdap is the adolescent combination vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Only one dose is required. Parents are required to have their children vaccinated or claim a waiver. To learn more about this requirement, please click here.

Nest Boxes the Focus of a Hands-on Learning Project for Students


Kim Marshall's fourth grade students at Washington School will begin their 4th year of monitoring seven nest boxes that are located on school property. Four species of songbirds use the nest boxes: Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, House Wren, and the Black Capped Chickadee. Data collected by students is particularly useful to the Bluebird Restoration Association Project which continues to work to increase the population of bluebirds in the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Kent Hall of the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin and Audubon Society has been an important mentor through this process. To view the bluebirds nesting via live stream, click here.


WRPS Elementary Students Excel in Contests


Students often enjoy entering contests where they use their academic and artistic abilities to showcase their talents. A couple of students from our district recently did just that, and were happy to be named the contest winners.


Lincoln Student Council Members Make a Difference in the Community


Lincoln High School's Student Council is comprised of 43 dedicated 10-12th grade students whose goal is to gain or improve leadership skills, be engaged in their school and community through activity and service, and to strive for academic excellence. Much of their work is done at school; however, they certainly are making a difference in their community as well.


Staff Member Wins “Excellence in Science Education” Award


The District continues to celebrate the talent and professionalism of its outstanding educators on staff. Science Teacher and Coordinator, David Bergerson, was recently presented with the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers “Excellence in Science Education” award. The award is given annually to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of science education in Wisconsin.

Tickets on Sale Now for Lincoln Spring Musical


Our students have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming April 4-6 performance of “Once Upon a Mattress.” Tickets are on sale now! If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise!


Music Program Talents Showcased at Festival


Music education expands learning opportunities for students and offers many benefits in brain development and critical thinking. A number of talented high school music students recently participated in a solo & ensemble festival held in Marshfield. Out of 67 events registered, there were 42 First Division ratings, 17 Second Division ratings, and 5 Third Division ratings. Twenty-two events qualified for the State Festival coming up at UWSP in May. Best wishes to those participating at the next level!

Woodside Elementary Named Wisconsin School Recycling Champion


Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, announced the Wisconsin winner of “Recycle-Bowl,” a comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students. Recycle-Bowl reached hundreds of thousands of students across America, with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia competing. First place in Wisconsin went to Woodside Elementary School!


Student Artwork on Display at Regional Shows


It is “Youth Art Month” in March, and many of our students have art work on display throughout the area. Twelve students ranging from elementary to high school age have received the distinctive honor of having their artwork chosen for display at the regional Youth Art Month show at the Wausau Mall during the month of February. Students' art work from this show will then be sent to Madison to be on display at our State Capitol during March!


ProStart Teacher of the Year


Congratulations go out to Lynn Borski who was awarded the Wisconsin ProStart Teacher of the Year Award in a surprise ceremony recently held at Lincoln High School! The award is given to one instructor in Wisconsin each year by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation to recognize exceptional educators who utilize the ProStart program in their classrooms.

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Activity by Students Promotes Anti-Bullying and Anti-Harassment Tactics


Three teams of students in the Lincoln High School junior class have been trained to present information on an anti-harassment/bullying concept called “Name It. Claim It. Stop It.” They performed role-play presentations and facilitated discussion during sophomore English classes this fall which tied directly to the local curriculum. As an extension of that activity, the students then created an additional service-learning project to benefit elementary students.


Students Work Cooperatively to Learn About Budgeting for Meals


LHS Family and Consumer Science students participating in On Your Own classes put their budgeting and relationships skills to the test with the project “Mealtime Matters: Cooking a Meal on a Tight Budget with Roommates.” Groups researched current food prices and planned a well-balanced, nutritious, and low cost meal to make together.


Rising to the Challenge to Prepare Students While Strengthening Community Partnerships


Career and Technical Education (CTE) is dynamic, flexible, and responsive to the changes and advances of technology, education, the workforce, and the economy by incorporating methods, ideas, and resources to keep CTE relevant and contemporary. Business and Information Technology, as well as Marketing Education, are important to the economy. Students who concentrate in the area of Business and Information Technology, and Marketing, graduate at a rate over 96%. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, job growth in these areas is projected to grow faster than the average for all other jobs. Lincoln High School (LHS) understands the importance of these areas and offers a comprehensive course selection to meet the needs of our students and local economy. Students have the opportunity to earn Transcripted Credit / Dual Enrollment credits in courses related to accounting, marketing, and technology. Last year, sixty-nine LHS students took advantage of this opportunity to earn LHS and Technical College credit, at a value of $36,787. Partnerships with our local technical college and business and industry professionals are preparing our students to become college and career ready!

Open Enrollment Application Period Announced


The open enrollment application period for the 2014-15 school year is active from February 3 through April 30, 2014. 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.



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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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