Welcome to Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools

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.

Walking School Bus Volunteers Needed


The local “Walking School Bus” program is seeking volunteers! Children walk with adults as a group to Mead or Howe Elementary school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings during fall and spring months. You can walk one, two, or all three days if it works for you! For more information, please contact Beverly Ghiloni, WR Safe Routes to School Coordinator at 715-459-5599 or bghiloni@wirapids.org.


 Walking School Bus

City of Wisc. Rapids Needs Crossing Guards


The City of Wisc. Rapids has school crossing guard positions open, and would like your help in spreading the word to potential candidates! Shifts are approximately 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 3:15-4:15 p.m. on school days. A person could work morning or afternoon shifts, or both shifts. Compensation is $10.50 to $11.56 per crossing. CPR and First Aid training is preferred.

Applications are available at www.wirapids.org or at City Hall Human Resources located at 444 West Grand Avenue, Room 303. Questions may be directed to Officer Kasie Borchardt at kasandra.borchardt@wrps.net.


 Crossing Guard


Student Bus Route Information Now Available ONLINE

Parents should be aware that bus route information is now available on Skyward Family Access.  To view this information, log in to Family Access, click on the "Student Infotab at the left panel, and then on "View Bus Schedule" toward the middle of the page (4K parents are not using Family Access at this time).  To see bus routes assigned to your student(s), click on the blue view links.  If you do not see a "PM Drop Off" route, then your PM route bus number and stop location are the same as your AM route.  If you have any questions regarding bus information, please contact Jody Gruber a715-424-6704.  If you have questions about your username and/or password to log in to Family Access, contact your school office.

Bussing Information

School Resumes on September 1, 2015

Summer is flying by quick! As the end of summer approaches, it is once again time for parents and guardians to start thinking about the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. The school year begins on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. The Online Enrollment Verification process has opened for parents of students in grades 5K-12. Please be sure to take care of this requirement before the school year begins. To view the school calendar and learn more about lunch and breakfast prices, school sessions, etc., please click here.


 Back to School

Teachers Prep for Science Instruction in the Coming Year
Last year, teachers were introduced to the four strands of the new elementary science curriculum including life science, physical science and earth science, and engineering. This summer, they are busy looking at curriculum mapping, reviewing science and engineering processes, literacy in science, and assessment in science. Theory is discussed in morning sessions, and implementation is planned by the educators in the afternoon. These sessions will help our staff continue to deliver excellent science instruction in the coming year!
 Teachers at conference

WRPS Selected as ACP Pilot Participant


The Department of Public Instruction has selected 25 public school districts to participate in the Academic and Career Planning (ACP) pilot during the 2015-16 school year, with Wisconsin Rapids being one of them. These districts are expected to serve as models for the entire state. State law requires every school board to provide ACP services to all students, grades 6-12, by the 2017-18 school year.

ACPs are a part of the state superintendent’s Agenda 2017, which is focused on having all Wisconsin students graduate from high school college and career ready. The pilot participants will implement ACP practices and processes, and will use various resources to provide students and families with information they need to plan academic and career exploration activities.

“The academic and career planning process will help to support the great work already taking place in our public schools through our top-notch teachers,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers.

More information about the ACP initiative can be found at http://dpi.wi.gov/acp.

Educators Attend Danielson Group Conference
Melanie Kozlowski and Nic Sydorowicz, Educator Effectiveness Coaches, along with Kathi Stebbins-Hintz, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, recently attended a conference in order to learn from internationally recognized author and educator Charlotte Danielson and other trainers from the Danielson Group. The conference was entitled, "Building Educator Expertise with the Framework for Teaching." The new Wisconsin teacher evaluation system is based on Danielson's research-based instructional model which defines effective teaching. Student engagement, implementation strategies, teacher leadership development, quality teaching practices, goal setting, and so much more was covered in this very informative professional development offering. Ms. Stebbins-Hintz commented, “This conference helped us gain an even better understanding of how to integrate the Framework for Teaching into what we are currently doing to connect our processes in ways which enhance and improve student learning even further.”
 Teachers at conference

The Lorax Project Promotes Learning for Students of All Ages


This year marks the second year that the unique Lorax Project has been in effect at WRPS. The Lorax Project began through the efforts of a Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce leadership class which included community member, Mary St. John.

The Lorax Project involves high school Science Teacher Scott Stankowski training junior and senior students in his Principles of the Environment class on the “tragedy of the commons.” Originally used by ecologist Garrett Hardin, tragedy of the commons is the notion that anything that does not have direct ownership does not get taken care of, and degrades as a result. Read more...

Lorax project


Superintendent Dickmann Expresses Concern Over Potential Harmful Effects of Proposed State Budget


As the Wisconsin State Legislature deliberates a budget proposal approved by the State Joint Finance Committee, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Dickmann would like parents/guardians to be aware of what the potential impact could be for our District students and schools.  Please click here to read more about why the proposed budget is so concerning and detrimental to public education.



Process Changing to Receive Free School Supplies


We’re already starting to think about next school year! School supplies will be collected throughout the summer to be given to area children in need. Are you interested in donating supplies? The WRPS District Office located at 510 Peach Street will again be accepting donations. Other drop-off locations are listed on the United Way website.

If you would like help in obtaining school supplies for the 2015-16 school year, we invite you to complete a registration form in order to get what you need. Please NOTE that the process is changing this year – you must fill out a Stuff the Desk registration form and mail or drop it off at the United Way office between May 1st and August 1st. In August, a letter will be sent to those who registered, informing them about what time they should plan to pick up school supplies at Lincoln High School. Learn more about the event and how to donate or register to receive supplies.

stuff the bus


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.

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