Rice Lake High School

Student Services Newsletter Term One 2022-23

Important Contact Information

Attendance (Mrs. Leamy): 5641

Food Service (Mrs. Hackel): 5184

Work Permits (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

School Psychologist (Mrs. Christofferson): 5405

Please Join Us for Term One Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent -Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, September 29th, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please see the email and information sent by Mr. Pacholke last week how parents can schedule conference times in Skyward.

Mosaic and School Climate

9th and 10th grade students will be taking the ACT Mosaic on September 26th. The ACT will measure the skills students need to take charge of their education, work, and life. Areas such as Sustaining Effort, Getting Along with Others, Maintaining Composure, Keeping an Open Mind, and Social Connection.

11th and 12th grade students will be taking an anonymous 8 question survey to gather information about the school's climate. We will use the survey results to develop strategies, procedures, and programs to enhance our school's climate. Students will take this survey on September 26th.

If you have any questions please reach out to Pupil Services or Mr. Pacholke.

RLHS Graduation Requirements

The following requirements need to be met in order to earn a diploma from Rice Lake High School:

4 credits of English

3 credits of Social Studies

3 credits of Science

3 credits of Mathematics

1.5 credits of Physical Education

.5 credit of Health

.5 credit of Freshman Success

10.5 credits of Electives

Academic and Career Plan

Citizenship Test

New Staff Introduction

Chris Christofferson: School Psychologist for grades 7-12. I have been practicing as a school psychologist for just over 20 years and in the Rice Lake Area for over 10. I am responsible for a variety of tasks with an overarching goal of helping students, staff, and families remove or overcome barriers to student learning. I am looking forward to working with individuals at the high school level. Please stop by or contact me whenever needed. 715.234.2181 ext. 5405 or christoffersonc@ricelake.k12.wi.us

Education Fair

Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) will be hosting in person and virtual fairs for Juniors or Seniors interested in attending. Students will have access to over 150 college, military branches and specialty schools. To register see the https://www.wefs.org/fair-schedule/ . See your counselor for more information.

Financial Aid Tips for High School Seniors

Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) for academic year 2022-2023 is available at fafsa.gov starting October 1, 2022. The FAFSA determines student's eligibility for federal Pell grants, student loans, work-study, and state grants (if going to an in-state college).

Prior to applying for FAFSA, a student and one parent must each create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) at fsaid.gov. This FSA ID can be created at any time, even prior to October 1st. It is very important that the FSA ID and password for parent and student be kept in a safe place that can be found each year. This FSA ID is used to apply for financial aid each academic year and the FSA ID is used by students after accepting student loans offered by a college to sign their loans and complete loan counseling at studentloans.gov.

Want free help to apply for 2022-2023 FAFSA? "College Goal Wisconsin" at Northwood Technical College in the Conference Center, Monday, October 17th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. This event is for all students and parents no matter which college a student plans to attend. Both student and parent are encouraged to attend together.

What do I need to bring to receive help with FAFSA at College Goal Wisconsin?

  • 2021 Federal Tax Return and W2s.
  • 2021 Untaxed Income Records, such as child support or veteran’s non-education benefits
  • Information on savings, investments, business assets and farm assets (if applicable)
  • Driver’s License (if you have one)
  • Cell phone (if you have one)
  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Card or Permanent Resident Card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Date of birth for parents
  • Month and year of parents’ marriage, divorce, or separation
  • Feel free to bring your own laptop, if you wish.

    It is highly recommended that a dependent student attends the event with a parent so the FAFSA can be submitted that evening.

College Goal Wisconsin

Monday, Oct. 17th, 6pm

1900 College Drive

Rice Lake, WI

Free assistance with completing the FAFSA! Open to all students and parents no matter which college a student plans to attend. https://collegegoalwi.org/

"MUST Know" for Seniors

Senior Conferences: Mr. Kowalski, Ms. Spear, and Mr. Shomion are in the process of conducting conferences with all seniors concerning post-high school plans.

College Applications: Most college systems should now be accepting applications for Fall 2023. University of Wisconsin application can be completed at www.apply.wisconsin.edu. Application deadlines can vary from college to college so students should pay close attention to those dates.

Transcript Requests: One of the required documents needed when applying to college is an official high school transcript. RLHS uses Parchment to send transcripts securely to any college or university. Seniors should have a Parchment account created from an email link they received last spring. Please use a personal email when creating an account. Current RLHS students can send transcripts at no cost. Alumni will be charged $4.15 per transcript. See Student Services if you have any questions.

Scholarships: Most scholarship applications arrive in early spring; however, a few scholarships trickle in earlier. When a new scholarship becomes available it will be announced in the daily announcements, paper copies will be available in student services, and electronic copies will be available on the Scholarship website:


The PEO STAR scholarship is a $2500 non renewable scholarship for Senior women who exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service, and have a potential for future success. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be recommended by a PEO chapter. Please check the RLHS Scholarship website for info or stop-in Student Services for a paper copy.

Academic and Career Plan: All seniors are required to have an Academic and Career Plan (ACP). Rice Lake High School uses the online Xello program to maintain their ACP requirements. For more information on the ACP see https://rlhs.ricelake.k12.wi.us/parent__student_resources/e_portfolio__a_c_p

ACT - Frequently Asked Questions

ACT Assessment - What is it?

The ACT is a national college admissions exam that consists of tests in English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning and an optional Writing test. The ACT is not an aptitude or IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, Math, and Science.

Why should students take the ACT?

  • The ACT is an important step in the college search and admissions process. Many colleges require that students submit test results as part of the application process. The ACT is accepted by virtually all colleges and universities in the United States.
  • The ACT results are often considered as part of scholarships and grant awards for colleges and scholarship agencies, and many state scholarship programs.
  • The ACT is more than a test. The ACT also provides students with a unique interest inventory that contains valuable information for career and educational planning.
  • Because grades may not tell the whole story about a student's academic ability.
  • ACT scores, together with high school grades, indicate how prepared a student is for college.

When should a student take the ACT?

Again this year, all juniors in Wisconsin will be taking the ACT at their high school, during the school day on March 7th, at no cost to the student. In the past, it has been recommended that students take the ACT for the first time in the spring (April or June) of their junior year of high school. Students still have the option to take the ACT on the national test dates if they wish to take the test more than once.

How often should students take the ACT?

Students may take the ACT as often as they wish. Many students take the test twice, once on the state test day and again at the end of junior year or the beginning of senior year. There are no limitations on how many times students can retest.

ACT Test Dates and Fees

  • October 22 (late registration deadline September 30)
  • December 10 (registration deadline November 4)
  • February 11 (registration deadline January 6)
  • April 15 (registration deadline March 10)
  • June 10 (registration deadline May 5)
  • July 15 (registration deadline June 16)

ACT non-writing $60; ACT with writing $85. Students should register for the ACT online at www.actstudent.org


The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be administered to interested juniors on Wednesday, October 12th during first and second hours. The PSAT is designed for students expecting to go to a four-year university and is the vehicle by which students become eligible for the National Merit Scholarship. Juniors interested in taking the PSAT should pick up information and sign up with Student Services; registration forms are also available on the Student Services website. Study guides are available for students who sign up for the test, so encourage your student to sign up early! Cost for the test is $18. Registration is due by Friday, October 7th.

Early College Credit Program and Start College Now (College Courses in High School)

Students can earn college credit through the Early College Credit Program (ECCP) and the Start College Now (SCN) Program. The ECCP is through the UW System (UWEC-BC). The SCN is through the Wisconsin Technical College System (Northwood Technical College). Students are eligible to apply if they are in good academic standing, have met any course pre-requisites, have written approval from their parent or guardian, and have no history of disciplinary problems. Application deadlines are October 1 for spring semester and March 1 for fall semester. More information, including application forms, is available in student services and on the High School Student Services webpage.