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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.


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!
 
 
 

WRPS Children’s Theatre Presents…Cinderella!

 

Students have been working hard to prepare for their presentation of the delightful tale of “Cinderella,” which is sure to charm audiences of all ages! Plan to attend this WRPS Children’s Theatre performance on March 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m.; and on March 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center located at 1801 16th Street South. Advance ticket sales are available at Arts Council of South Wood County, Heart of WI Chamber of Commerce, and at the WRPS administrative office located at 510 Peach Street. Questions may be directed to 715-424-6721, ext. 2. We hope to see you there!


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.


Free Preschool Developmental Screening To Be Offered

 

WRPS is offering developmental screening to any child between the ages of 3-5 who resides in the Wisconsin Rapids School District boundaries. The screening will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Wood County Head Start - Biron Center located at 550 Center Street in Wisconsin Rapids. For additional information or to make an appointment, please call Stephanie Minch at 715-424-6724 x1070.


Summer School Registration Begins Soon

 

Summer is just around the corner, and the opportunity for students to register for the 2015 Summer School program is coming soon! The first registration date is scheduled for Thursday, February 26th. Please click here to learn more about program dates and offerings, locations, and how to register. The first session of Summer School begins Monday, June 15, 2015. We look forward to working with your children in the 2015 WRPS Summer School program!


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.


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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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