Rice Lake High School

Student Services Newsletter Term Two 2021-2022

From the Desk of the Principal, Mr. Pacholke

It's hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us and the student course request process for the 2022-2023 school year is right around the corner. Students will make their course requests for the upcoming school year in January.

Families of Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors you will be receiving course request information over winter break. Planning for your son or daughter's future classes is important and I want to be sure you all have ample time to review the documents. Students who attend Rice Lake High School have the opportunity to request classes from a comprehensive list of course offerings, including many Advanced Placement courses. This process requires a great deal of time by students, family, and the RLHS faculty. Students will make their course requests for the upcoming school year in the coming months. Once these requests are processed, administrators work to develop a final schedule that best meets the needs of our students and available staff.

Scheduling resources will be posted on our website and shared with families. It is our hope that students and parents take time to review the materials and be well-informed about what great opportunities we have to offer. When accessing the online version of the Rice Lake High School Course Planning and Description Booklet, the Table of Contents page was created with links to all pages.

For our Seniors, the year is flying by! However, we want you to know that there are resources and staff available to assist as seniors finalize post-high school plans. College visits are always encouraged as students make these important decisions. Opportunities that we offer at the high school include teaching students how to apply for college and sharing what financial and scholarship possibilities are available.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Important Contact Information

Dial 715-234-2181 and enter the extension or say the name of the person you are contacting:

Attendance (Mrs. Leamy): 5641

Food Service (Mrs. Hackel): 5184

Financial/Student Services (Mrs. Young): 5510

Athletic Secretary (Mrs. Lenhart): 5242

Principal's Secretary (Mrs. Groth): 5653

Counselor Last Names A-G (Mr. Kowalski): 5836

Counselor Last Names H-N (Ms. Spear):5726

Counselor Last Names O-Z (Mr. Shomion): 5335

School Nurse (Mrs. Neuser): 5110

School Social Worker (Mr. Morey): 5262

Please Join Us for Term Two Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 9th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Please refer to the email Mr. Pacholke has sent to families regarding how to schedule conference times in Skyward.

Welcome New Staff Member

Say hello to Boomer the new Rice Lake High School Therapy Dog. Boomer is a 2.5 year old hypo-allergenic certified therapy dog. His handler and owner is Mr. Kowalski. Stop by and say hi!
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Senior Parents: Important Cap and Gown Ordering Information

Attention seniors! Cap and gown order information is now live and ready to go! Please click on the links below for more information regarding this process. Total cost for cap, gown and tassel is $26+tax = $27.43. All orders MUST be processed online. These orders will be sent to the high school for distribution.
Deadline for orders is Sunday, December 19, 2021

Senior Grad Informational Video
Digital Graduation Packet
Rice Lake Essential Order

Transcript Requests

One of the required documents students need when applying to college is an official high school transcript. Rice Lake High School uses an online service called Parchment that allows students to send their transcripts to colleges, individuals, and themselves electronically and easily. Students can request their transcripts from anywhere. All they need is an internet connection and to visit Parchment.com or click on the "request my transcript" icon on the high school web page. Current RLHS students can send transcripts through Parchment at no cost. Alumni will be charged $4.15 per transcript.

Current high school students must use a personal email address as their username with Parchment. Do not use your school email.


Attention Seniors - Be sure to check the scholarship files in Student Services for scholarship information. As scholarships come in they will be announced in the morning announcements, made available to you in the scholarship file organizer in Student Services, and posted online on the Scholarship web page. Students can also access the website of the college or university they plan to attend to look for available scholarships.

Scholarship Writing Guidelines

Print neatly or type. Assure correct spelling and grammar. If you can't type, use pen - not pencil.

Make a copy of the application. Use one copy to prepare a rough draft. Keep a copy of the completed application to use a reference when filling out future applications.

Allow yourself plenty of time - 3 to 4 weeks - to complete the scholarship. Always proofread.

Pay attention to deadlines and where the application needs to be submitted. Make sure to leave yourself enough time to get to the post office if needed.

Be sure to include:

  • Involvement in clubs and sports (list any officer or leadership positions)
  • Honor roll, NHS, Badger Boys/Girls, Rotary, Fortnightly, Student of the Month or any other recognition
  • ALL community involvement (church activities, 4-H, scouts, etc). Be sure to list the amount of time spent.
  • Your career goals, college you are planning to attend, major or profession you are interested in.

FAFSA Checklist: Have These Documents On-Hand

Get It...Got It...Check It Off

Having the following information and forms on-hand will help you fill out the 2022-23 FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your driver's license
  • W-2 Forms from two years prior (2020) and other records of any money earned
  • Your (and/or your parents') Federal Income Tax Return from two years prior - IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
  • Any untaxed income records for two years prior (2020) - e.g., payments to tax deferred pension and savings plans, tax exempt interest and child support received in 2020
  • Records of taxable earnings from Federal Work-Study or other need-based work programs in 2020
  • Records of any grants, scholarships, and fellowship aid that was included in you or your parents' 2020 adjusted gross income (AGI)
  • Any current bank statements
  • Any current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bonds, and other investment records
  • Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen, if applicable

If you have questions about the FAFSA application, contact the financial aid office at the college you wish to attend. They can assist you in finding free help to complete the FAFSA - don't hesitate to call them!

Senior Website

Did you know that RLHS has a web page with need to know information for Seniors and parents? You can check it out on the RLHS website under Parent and Student Resources or by clicking here.

Yearbook Sales and Senior Pictures

Yearbooks may be purchased online at www.yearbookforever.com. Cost is $60 before winter break. After break, the cost will increase to $65. Access the RLHS yearbook website here.

Senior picture deadline is February 1st. Pictures can be emailed to Mr. Panasuk at panasukt@ricelake.k12.wi.us.

Playing a Sport in College?

Any junior student who will be playing a Division 1 or 2 sport in college needs to register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) by the end of their junior year. Students must complete both the academic information and amateurism questionnaire. Registration is available at the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Spring Testing Timeline

The following assessments will be administered this spring to students in the identified grade levels. As you are planning appointments and family vacations, please keep the following dates in mind. If at all possible, please avoid scheduling other events at these times.

ACT Plus Writing - 11th Grade

On Tuesday, March 22nd, all 11th grade students will be taking the ACT Plus Writing at RLHS. All juniors in the state of Wisconsin take the ACT test during school each year. Because this is a state test, there is no cost to the students to take the test.

Forward Exam - 10th Grade (Testing Window March 21st-April 29th)

All 10th grade students will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam. This exam will be in the area of Social Studies and will consist of two computer-based tests. The sections are not timed, but each section takes about 50 minutes to complete. Any 10th grade student scheduled in a term four US History 10 course will complete this exam during history class (over the course of two days). Students who are not in a section of US History 10 during the testing window will complete the test at an alternate time during the school day.

ACT Aspire - 9th and 10th Grades (Testing Window April 4th-May 4th)

All 9th and 10th grade students will take the full ACT Aspire assessment. The ACT Aspire is a state assessment where students test in the areas of Reading, Math, Science, English, and Writing.

Sophomore Conferences

Sophomore Conferencing is a part of Rice Lake High School's School Counseling Program. Mr. Shomion, Ms. Spear, and Mr. Kowalski will be conducting Individual Planning Conferences with sophomore students and their parents starting in term three. Parents are asked to call or email Alissa Young at 715-234-2181 ext 5510 or younga@ricelake.k12.wi.us to schedule an appointment. Information discussed includes: student's academic progress toward graduation, career plans, and post-secondary education/training opportunities. Mr. Shomion, Ms. Spear, and Mr. Kowalski look forward to meeting with Sophomores and their parents. These conferences are a great opportunity for all to gain insight as to where the student is, the direction they are headed, and how they can be assisted in getting there. Parents who have attended these conferences in the past comment that it has been very helpful in planning for their son or daughter's future goals.

Winter Break

A reminder that winter break begins at the close of the school day on Wednesday, December 22nd. School will resume on Monday, January 3rd. We want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

School Success Goes Hand in Hand with Good Attendance

Did You Know?

  • Starting in Kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school - and themselves. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

What You Can Do?

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Don't let your child stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Information from Reach Out and Read, Inc. and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

A reminder that state law requires absences to be arranged in advance and in writing by a note from a parent or guardian to be excused. Absences due to illness may be excused by a phone call on the day of the absence or a note the following day from a parent or guardian.