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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.

Wisconsin Rapids Children’s Festival Coming Soon!
WRPS is a proud co-sponsor of the 20th Annual Wisconsin Rapids Children’s Festival – the theme this year is Sports! This FREE event offers hands-on activities for children aged toddler to 10 years old, and will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lincoln High School located at 1801 16th Street South in Wisconsin Rapids. There will be entertainment by Tom Pease, David Landau, and Karate America. A bounce house, costumed characters, and many fun activities are planned! Outside activities include a display of many community service vehicles, Smokey the Bear, and a petting zoo! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Come out for the fun, and be sure to bring your camera!

Students Compete in NASP State Tournament


A total of thirty-seven students in fourth and fifth grade from every elementary school across the district competed in the 2015 Wisconsin State NASP Tournament held recently in Rothschild, WI. NASP stands for "National Archery in the Schools Program." Students are introduced to NASP in physical education class in grades 4-5. Archery is a lifetime skill which students can learn that is safe, wholesome, and promotes responsibility, cooperation, and self-discipline. The students who expressed an interest in competing at the state tournament met after school to gain additional practice and prepare for the tournament. Coached by Tom Nolan and Andy Klemme, the students had fun and did a nice job representing Wisconsin Rapids as they competed against 1,400 students from all over the state.

Sign Up Is Coming For Summer Swimming And Tennis Lessons


Registration for summer swimming and tennis lessons will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, 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 8th, 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 2015. The first session will run June 8-11, 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.

WRPS Awarded Grant to Expand Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities


The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has announced the approval of a Wisconsin Fast Forward Blueprint for Prosperity High School Pupil Workforce Training grant to Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools for up to $33,555! The funds are available through the Youth and At-Risk Populations Section at the DWD. The grant will support a WRPS “Filling the Skills Gap in Central Wisconsin” high school pupil workforce training project. Up to 12 high school students will be trained for careers in STEM Engineering, STEM Bioscience, Information Technology, and Manufacturing Processes. The goal of the grant is to expand youth apprenticeships in high demand sectors, providing a future labor force with needed skills. Partners supporting the grant include Incourage Community Foundation, Pointe Precision, Verso Corporation, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Mariani Packing Company, Renaissance Learning, Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Port Edwards Public Schools, and Mid-State Technical College.

Rise Together – Get Support, Stay Involved
We had some amazing presentations from Rise Together on March 23-24 at the PAC concerning substance abuse and its impact on individuals and local communities! Many students and parents have been asking about support, follow up, or how to stay involved with this movement to combat substance abuse in our community. Adults and adolescents can find the resources they need and get involved by clicking here. Special thanks to Riverview Health Care Foundation, the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, and the Ruth B. and Hartley B. Barker Memorial Fund for Youth through Incourage Community Foundation for their collaborative efforts and support in bringing this important message to our community!

Lincoln DECA Students Qualify for International Competition


The Lincoln DECA team performed well at the 2015 DECA State Career Development Conference held recently in Lake Geneva! Approximately 1,350 students from across the state participated in the conference. Twenty-four Lincoln High School DECA members attended the conference where they demonstrated their skills and knowledge in various marketing-related occupational categories such as restaurant and food service marketing, sports and entertainment, accounting, business, hospitality services, automotive services, travel/tourism, and hotel/lodging management. Twelve DECA team members qualified for the international competition to be held in April in Orlando, Florida.

Vesper Students Use Technology to Connect With Classrooms Across the Country
Students at Vesper Community Academy started video chatting with other classrooms across the country this school year by using the telecommunications software, Skype. A game was invented by teachers called “Mystery Skype.” The game is played between two classrooms using video conferencing. The point is for each classroom to guess the location of the other classroom using a series of questions created by the students as they gain information. Read more…

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...

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.


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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