Parent Tiger Talk

March 2019

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Happy Spring!

Today, I am at the FIRST Robot Competition in Milwaukee. Thanks to the financial and engineering support of Alliance Laundry Systems, this is the first year Ripon has sent a team to this high energy competition where high school teams from across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois are facing off.

Partnerships such as this one with Alliance is just one example of how the district continues to work to position our graduates to be ready for the ever-changing job market that awaits them. The competition is a wonderful culminating experience for our students who work with robotics through our K-12 engineering program.

Strategic planning work is currently underway to formalize a Ripon Graduate Profile that will capture all of the hopes and wishes we have for our children as they move through the district. The profile will be discussed at the annual spring ESSA Strategic Planning Meeting. Please consider joining us on April 22 and 29 from 6:00-7:30 in the RHS Community Room.

Included in this newsletter is a link to this year’s parent satisfaction survey. We appreciate you sharing feedback to help us improve. The survey will be open today through April 10. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. We are working with Joe Weitzer, a third party Wisconsin-based professional service provider with expertise in continuous improvement and conducting school surveys. He is assisting us with our data gathering and interpreting efforts. His analysis of the survey will be shared at the Spring ESSA Strategic Planning meetings.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mary Whitrock

March Board Brief

Attached is a summary of business conducted by the Board of Education at the March 25, 2019 meeting. Full agendas for all Board meetings are available on the District website under the Board tab.

Nurses Notes

Do your children get enough sleep? Sleep is critical for everyone's health. Click the attachment below to discover more information on the recommended amount of sleep needed, advantages of sleep, and tips to get a good night's rest.

Reminder: Free Community Viewings

REMINDER: A FREE community viewing of the film "Resilience" will be held on Sunday, March 31 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the RHS Auditorium. Supervised children's activities will be provided to assist parents interested in attending. Those who were able to attend the March 28 viewing expressed their appreciation for the opportunity and encouraged us to send this reminder out for the Sunday viewing. To learn more about the film please view the attached trailer.

This opportunity is being provided through The Ripon Area School District Coalition for Youth Mental Health.

Spring Election

REMINDER: The Spring Election is Tuesday, April 2. All polling places will open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm. Three school board seats are on the ballot.

Summer School Sign Up is Open

Just a reminder that the window to sign up for Summer School has opened. Parents interested in signing their child up for summer school must use the link below. All classes are on a first come-first serve basis and many fill up fast. Please contact your child's school office if you have any questions. Also, if you need transportation please be sure to complete the transportation request form.

Upcoming Events

April 1- Lumen Showcase Night, 5:15

April 1- Special Board Meeting, 6:00

April 2- Election Day

April 3- Third Quarter Ends

April 4- RMS Musical "Annie" Performance, 7:00

April 5- RMS Musical "Annie" Performance, 7:00

April 6- RMS Musical "Annie" Performance, 2:00

April 12- Preschool Screening

April 15- School Board Meeting, 6:00

April 16- Craft Creations Outreach Night, 5:30

April 19- No School

April 22- School is in session

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.