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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.


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.


THINK Academy Receives Funds For Fuel Up To Play 60

 

THINK Academy has been chosen to receive $1,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative! THINK Academy was selected from several schools that applied for funding across the state to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Physical Education Instructor Kevin Mlodik is spear-heading the Fuel Up to Play 60 movement with a team of student leaders at THINK Academy. Read more...


USDA Smart Snacks In Schools Nutrition Guidelines Being Implemented

 

Effective July 1, 2014, federal regulations implemented Smart Snack nutrition standards in all schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. These standards apply to all foods sold to students on the school campus during the school day. This includes student vending machines, a la carte sales, school stores, snack carts and fundraising. The school day is defined as midnight the night before until 30 minutes after school ends. Smart Snack standards do not apply to foods sent from home (i.e., birthday treats, classroom parties) or events that occur on the school campus more than 30 minutes after school ends, on evenings or weekends.

Is your snack a Smart Snack? Take the guesswork out of the USDA nutrition guidelines using the Smart Snack Calculator. Enter the nutrient information to determine if the food item meets the guidelines. Questions concerning the new guidelines may be directed to Director of Food Service, Julie Marie at 715-424-6703 or julie.marie@wrps.net.


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...
 
 
 

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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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