Parent Tiger Talk

November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Congratulations to the students and staff for success on the recently released district and school report cards. At a time of year when we count our blessings, I want to thank you as parents for your efforts to make our district growth possible. We are in a time of economic and social change and see the effects in our classrooms every day. Together, with our joint effort and care for each individual student, we continue to make great strides.

Enjoy your time with family and friends over the long weekend. Have a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving!

Your Superintendent,


November Board Brief

Attached is a summary of business conducted by the Board of Education at the November 19, 2018 meeting. Full agendas for all Board meetings are available on the District website under the Board tab.

Emergency School Closings

Recently the Emergency School Closing Weather Letter was shared via IC Messenger as crisp, chilly and slippery winter days are just around the corner. Please know that the decision to close school or delay openings due to inclement weather is based on the best information available at the time the decision is made; however, we can never be sure how the weather will affect all 117 square miles of the school district. If you do not feel that it is safe for your child to attend school or your teenager to drive to school, use your best judgment. Weather-related absences are excused absences.

The Ideal Ripon Graduate

There is exciting work being done across the district to address the needs of all of our students to ensure everyone is Future Ready – Prepared for College, Prepared for the Global Workplace, Prepared for Personal Success! Please consider joining us on December 12 from 5:00-6:30 in the RHS Community Room as school and community members come together to continue our conversation about the characteristics of the Ideal Ripon Graduate.

District and School Report Cards

RASD earned four out of five stars on state report cards from the DPI, issued for the 2017-18 school year. Ripon exceeds expectations for educating students! The district retained the same four-star rating received last year and increased the overall score by 2.2 points. This is something worth celebrating. See the results for each school on our district website.

Upcoming Events

November 22- Vacation day, no school

November 23- Vacation day, no school

November 30- End of First Trimester (Grades K-5)

December 3- RHS Winter Choir Concert, 7:00 PM

December 4- RMS Winter Choir Concert, 7:00 PM

December 6- MP/Q Conferences

December 10- RHS Winter Band Concert, 7:00 PM

December 11- RMS Winter Band Concert, 7:00 PM

December 12- Ideal Ripon Graduate Meeting, 5:00 PM

December 17- Board of Education Meeting, 6:00 PM

December 17- Barlow Winter Concert, 6:00 PM

December 18- Journey Winter Concert, 6:00 PM

December 19- MP/Q Holiday Sing-a-long, 2:00 PM

December 21- BP/J Holiday Sing-a-long, 2:00 PM

Ripon Area School District

RASD Mission Statement

Empowering learners, engaging community, enriching the world

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Ripon Area School District Board does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; national origin; age; sex (including transgender status, change of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity); pregnancy; creed or religion; genetic information; handicap or disability (in accordance with Policy 3123, AG 3123A, and AG 3123B); marital service; citizenship status; veteran status; military service (as defined in 111.32, Wis. Stats.); national origin; ancestry; arrest record; conviction record (in accordance with Policy 4121); use or non-use of lawful products off the District’s premises during non-working hours); declining to attend an employer-sponsored meeting or to participate in any communication with the employer about religious matters or political matters; or any other characteristic protected by law in its employment practices.

The district encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy. If any person believes that the Ripon Area School District or any part of the school organization has failed to follow the law and rules of S.188.13 Wis. Stats., or in some way discriminates on the basis listed above, s/he may bring or send a complaint to the Administration Office at 1120 Metomen St, P.O. Box 991, Ripon, WI 54971.