Parent Tiger Talk

December 19, 2017

Welcome Winter!

The forecast has shifted with a lesser amount of snow falling throughout Thursday. While that does not automatically trigger a snow day, it does appear like we will have a white winter break.

This time of year is filled with culture and traditions. In my attached monthly article, I reference a recent podcast by CESA 6 CEO Ted Neitzke in which he explains, “Every culture has traditions. Traditions are the fabric of a family, a community, a workplace, a classroom, and civilization.” In our district, we are motivated and driven by our vision as one of Wisconsin’s finest districts fostering excellence for all through innovation.

That is a tall order as we preserve the past yet constantly consider ways to improve the work we do. In the weeks to come, consider the traditions that drive the way you spend your time with family and friends. Appreciate the efforts of those preserving the traditions, but be open to making adjustments as the traditions you support will lead generations to come.

Thank you for all you do to make this a wonderful district. Enjoy your time with family and friends over the winter break. School resumes on January 2. Have a safe winter break and we will see you in 2018!

Your Superintendent,


December Board Brief

The Board Brief for the December 18 School Board meeting is attached. Action items included:

  • approving the calendar for the 2018-19 School Year;
  • approving the New Course Proposals for RHS/Lumen Charter High Schools
  • approving the Virtual Project Based Learning Charter School Recommendation.

Other items discussed included a teaching position for one section of a 4K - 6 virtual program for the 2018-19 school year and Open Enrollment Seats for the 2018-2019 school year.

2018-19 District Calendar

Attached, please find the Board approved calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The decision was to continue with a more traditional calendar for the 2018-19 school year in terms of start and end dates while making adjustments to move spring break into March and add a four day Easter weekend.

Wellness Team Update

The Staff Wellness Team and Ripon Medical Center have joined to expand wellness opportunities within Ripon. The team started a community-wide Wellness Calendar in Google. Staff, parents and community members can use the calendar to see events and activities that promote wellness. Click here to view the community-wide Wellness Calendar. Please share with others so events can be added. If you have an event you would like included please contact Britnie Meyer at (920) 748-4600 or Attached is a flyer about the new Walk with a Doc program starting in January at RHS.

Wellness Policy Review Meeting

Please join us in reviewing the District Wellness Policy

January 4, 2018


RHS Community Room

The committee will consist of the superintendent, administrators, food service director, teachers, parents, and students. If you have any questions please feel free to call the district office at (920) 748-4600.

Best Wishes to SRO Michels

School Resource Officer (SRO) Lindsey Michels announced to staff on Tuesday, December 19th that she has accepted a new position within the Ripon Police Department as Sergeant. Officer Michels will continue to be in our schools through January as the police department works to fill the SRO position and train the new officer. We congratulate Officer Michels and wish her well on her new position in the department. In her message to staff, Officer Michels stated, “The decision was difficult as I greatly enjoy working with all of you and the students. I have learned so much from each and every one of you and appreciate all that you do for our students and families. Thank you for your hard work and dedication in providing a fun, safe, and innovative environment to our students!” The District is grateful for Officer Michel’s dedication to our students and the excellent work that she has done in her time as our SRO. We look forward to welcoming our new SRO and working together to continue to provide students, staff, and families with support and resources.

Upcoming Events

December 21: Journey Winter Music Concert at 6:00pm

December 21: Late Fall BRAVE Session Ends

December 22: BP/J Holiday Sing-a-Long at 2:15pm

December 25-January 1: Winter Break

January 2: Classes resume

January 15: No school

January 19: End of first semester

Ripon Area School District

RASD Mission Statement

Inspiring learners, engaging community, enriching the world