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Students Extend Learning Through Fun, Interactive Summer School Courses

 

While swimming lessons continue, elementary students who have been attending summer school are wrapping up the last session scheduled for 2014.  A variety of courses were offered in the areas of foreign language, mathematics, science, reading, art, social studies, community safety, computers, music, and physical fitness.  Through hands-on activities and exploration, students improved their skills in the areas of problem solving, creative thinking, deductive reasoning, multimedia use, teamwork, cooperation, sportsmanship, and so much more!  Continue Reading…  

 

Annual Stuff the Bus/Desk Campaign is Underway

 

School supplies are being collected throughout the summer and will be given out in August to area children in need. Are you interested in donating supplies? A number of drop-off locations would be happy to receive your donation, including the WRPS District Office located at 510 Peach Street.

Perhaps you are at an unfortunate financial disadvantage and are in need of some help to obtain school supplies for the 2014-15 school year. Children and youth in grades 4K-12 who are enrolled in public and private schools in the South Wood County area are invited to attend the “Stuff the Desk” event with their families on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Lincoln High School. Learn more about the event and how to donate or receive supplies by clicking here.


Mead Elementary Charter Hosts Summer Innovation Institute

 

In mid-June, a total of 118 elementary teachers from across the state attended the second annual “Summer Innovation Institute” held at Mead Elementary Charter School. The theme for this year was Innovative Teachers Grow the Future. Teachers from Mead, Vesper Community Academy, THINK Academy, and Forest Lane Elementary in Montello facilitated interactive sectionals about successful innovations. Local leaders were featured as keynotes. Gus Mancuso from Incourage Community Foundation inspired the audience as he spoke about the power of change. Kathi Stebbins-Hintz, WRPS Director of Instruction, shared inspirational statistics on the success and power of public schools. Community members were also involved in leading sectionals on the “Speak Your Peace” initiative.

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Former Student Gives Back

 

It is always a pleasure to have our former students come back to share a little bit of themselves with current staff and students. Washington Elementary alum Vince Biegel was a strong force on the Lincoln High School football team before graduating in 2012. He is now playing successfully for the Wisconsin Badgers. Vince came back to visit the students at Washington on the last day of school to autograph yearbooks and play some kickball. He had a few kindergarten fans that never left his side!


Summer Feeding Program Offered

 

The Summer Food Service Program, which is funded by the USDA and administered by Wisconsin Department of Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer when free or reduced-price lunches are unavailable. Free meals will be made available to any child 18 years and under. Persons over 18 years of age, who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year, may also receive free meals.

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Mumps and Measles Cases on the Rise in Wisconsin

 

The Wood County Health Department has informed us that there has been an increase in both mumps and measles cases in Wisconsin. Both diseases can have serious health effects, and both can be prevented with a vaccine. At this time, it is especially important that all children are properly immunized to avoid becoming ill with either mumps or measles. You can read more about the symptoms of these diseases and the vaccination that prevents them by clicking here.


Students Express Gratitude to Veterans

 

Students across our district have been participating in a letter-writing campaign to honor our veterans. Working with the Honor Flight Network, students wrote letters to be given to veterans after a “mail call” announcement is made during an Honor Flight trip. Through this organization, America’s veteran heroes are transported to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect on all of their memories, with top priority being given to senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with other veterans who may be terminally ill. These veterans are often not financially or physically able to make such a journey on their own.

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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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