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Students Learn About Locally Grown Foods


Kindergarten students at Washington Elementary School learned about how foods from local farmers grow and are used in the District’s school nutrition program. Sue Anderson, Wood County Farm to School Coordinator; Julie Marie, WRPS Director of Food Service; and “Mrs. Carrot” showed the students various fruits and vegetables that have been purchased from local farmers and asked students to identify them. Students were given a demonstration of how carrots grow, learned a song about carrots, and watched a video featuring how local carrots have been harvested, cleaned, and served in the WRPS school lunch program. At the end of the presentation, “Mrs. Carrot” gave each student a carrot slice to enjoy!

LHS Building Construction Application Process for 2015-16


The Building Construction class at Lincoln High School has a history of building one fully functional residential home per year for an applicant. The goal of the class is to provide students the opportunity to get real life experience related to residential building. It is now time for the selection process to begin for the 2015-2016 school year. Are you planning to build a home soon? Click here to find out more about the timelines and where you can send your application to have your home building project considered.

East Jr. High Team Wins 2014 ASE AstroSat Challenge
Under the guidance of Jeanne Grant, Science Teacher at East Jr. High, the East Eagles student team was one of 15 selected from across the country as winners of the 2014 ASE AstroSat Challenge. The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) partnered with Ardusat, an education company, to challenge students and spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields. Teams learned about the Ardusat satellite, and then brainstormed ideas to develop an experiment to conduct over a one-week period in orbit. Criteria used in selection of the winning experiments included originality, technical feasibility, and proper use of the scientific method. Winning teams will now have the privilege of collecting one week of data from a real satellite in orbit!

WRPS Placed on College Board’s 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll


Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools and Lincoln High School are one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that the District is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. Since 2012, Lincoln High School has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Read more...

Care Packages for Soldiers


Students at Mead Elementary in grades K-2 learned about soldiers and then discussed ways that they could help soldiers. They decided to collect items to send to soldiers for the holidays. The students wrote letters to teachers and support staff at Mead School, asking them to donate items to send to the soldiers. Donations included ramen noodles, granola bars, rice crispy treats, socks, toothpaste, tissues, hot chocolate, lip balm, and restroom supplies. Once the items were collected, the students sorted them and colored holiday cards to put with each package. A total of 125 packages were sent to “Care Packages for Soldiers.” Shipping was paid for by Power Packer in Westfield. The students then wrote thank you letters to those who donated. It was a full circle learning opportunity for the students as they came up with an idea and made it happen!

Keep Kids Warm Event Displays the Care in our Community
A huge thank you goes out to all in our community who helped make this year's “Keep Kids Warm” event a huge success! We were able to help 283 students, which is 74 more than last year. Daily Tribune Media provided coverage for the event, as did WAOW-9 out of Wausau. Many caring people in our area made it possible for children to receive the winter wear they need to stay warm and participate in school activities, such as outdoor recess. Traditions Cleaners kindly cleaned the gently used clothing that was donated. Wisconsin Rapids firefighters also provided support by gathering donations through their partnership in “Operation Warm.” Firefighters, school counselors, and social workers volunteered their time on distribution day. Parents were grateful, and children walked away all smiles!

Project SEARCH Partnership Program Kicks Off in 2015-16


WRPS is proud to be a major partner in a new high school transitional program known as Project SEARCH. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, students ages 18-21 with intellectual disabilities will have an opportunity to spend their final year of high school focusing entirely on transitioning into the world of work. The lead agency, Opportunity Development Center (ODC) will coordinate the program with WRPS and community partners Riverview Hospital and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Riverview Hospital will serve as the host business, providing student internships within a wide variety of hospital departments and providing space for classroom instruction. The District will dedicate a full-time classroom instructor to the program. Superintendent Dickmann stated, “WRPS is excited about the opportunity to offer our students extended support in their learning, and preparation for the world of work in a real-life setting.”

Middle School Students Compete In "Battle of the Books"


To promote a love of reading among our students, the Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School’s Library Media Center is providing the opportunity for students to participate in a state wide “Battle of the Books” competition through WEMTA, Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association. Battle of the Books is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school districts throughout the state in encouraging students to read. Read more...

Engineering Exploration Promoted Throughout All Grade Levels


A recent article developed by Daily Tribune Media focused on the “Engineering is Elementary” part of the District’s science curriculum. Students in all grade levels across the WRPS system have opportunities to learn and grow in areas related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through exploration and discovery projects tied to real-life experiences. Students are actively engaged in research-based, teacher-tested activities to develop and hone creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Secondary level courses in the areas of aviation, algebra and physical science, carpentry and building construction, engineering, computer aided drawing and drafting, and wood and materials processing are just a few of the courses offered to help students develop 21st Century skills in order to become innovative, productive leaders in a competitive global marketplace.

Be Prepared For Inclement Weather


Snowflakes will be flying soon! When winter storms cause questionable travel conditions, the potential for school closures due to inclement weather will be on the rise. Local television and radio stations will broadcast school closure information, and our District webpage as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts will have up-to-date weather posts as well. Click here to learn more about how to be fully prepared to watch and listen for important weather related announcements.

School Nursing Staff Are Closely Monitoring Student Health
As you may have heard through national news, there have been some cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) popping up in several states. This is a virus that causes respiratory illness. As of right now (9/10/14), there are no confirmed cases in Wisconsin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is watching this situation closely and helping states with testing. WRPS nursing staff continues to work collaboratively with local Health Department officials to monitor and assess the threat of this virus locally. Read more...


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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