Parent Tiger Talk

May 2018

It's Time to Celebrate!

Each May, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. This is a time to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication. The success of our students is a direct result of their mindfulness, detailed planning, and preparation. So from teachers, educational assistants, office staff, custodians, food service staff, bus drivers to principals, we thank them for striving to make our vision as one of Wisconsin’s finest school districts, fostering excellence for all through innovation, a reality. They truly inspire learners, engage the community and enrich the world.

On May 21st, the Board celebrated the 202.5 years of RASD service from our retirees: MPES Title One Teacher Sherry Byng (29 years); BPES/Journey School Counselor Jocelyn Hoeper (37.5 years); RMS/Catalyst Physical Education Teacher Julie Feidt (33 years); Quest 4th Grade Teacher Brenda Rapp (30 years); Health Office Specialist Wendy McCulloch (27 years); BPES Journey Head Cook Carol Leahy (20 years); Custodian Leslie Klawitter (14 years); Maintenance and Grounds Brian Peppler (12 years). We extend our thanks to them for their dedicated service to the families of Ripon and wish them the very best.

As we look to wrap up another wonderful school year, please remember to sign up your child for summer school if you have not already.

Have a wonderful summer,


May Board Brief

Attached is a summary of business conducted by the Board of Education at the May 21, 2018 meeting. Full agendas for all Board meetings are available on the District website under the Board tab found here.

Pack the Track

Mark your calendar now for “Pack the Track”, a special event of the Morning Mile program. Join Mr. Dale Nehls, Physical Education Teacher this Thursday, May 24 from 7:30 - 8:00 am at the BPES/Journey track to kick-start your day with a walk or run. Join with students, parents and community members to promote health and wellness by moving first thing in the morning! Around 75 participants have been coming regularly to Morning Mile but now we want to ramp it up and PACK THE TRACK on Thursday! It's free, it's fun and it's for your health! See you at the track!

Science and Engineering Camp

The Ripon Area School District, in collaboration with Ripon College, will host a two-week residential engineering and science camp for interested students entering grades 9-12. As a camp participant, students will explore many types of engineering fields and see how they can lead to great careers while interacting with students from another country. Students will have the opportunity to work with Ripon High School and Ripon College Staff to explore chemical engineering and science in the natural world during the day. Students may also choose to participate in optional leadership activities with their high school peers and our international guests during the evening at no cost. This entire camp, offered as an extension to summer school, is free of charge to RASD students. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to earn a 0.5 science credit toward their graduation requirements. Contact Britnie Meyer at or (920) 748-4600 today.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) will be offered FREE of charge on June 9th from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm in the RHS Community Room. YMHFA teaches adults about the signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge as well as an action plan of how to respond and connect youth with the support they need. Anyone 18 or older can take YMHFA, but it is recommended for those who regularly have contact with young people ages 12-18; parents, teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders, and other caring citizens.

Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. To register use this link MHFA Registration or call Mandy Hughes at (920) 361-5459.

Athletic Department Golf Outing

The Athletic Department Golf Outing will be held at Lawsonia Golf Course in Green Lake on Friday, June 15. 11:00 a.m. shotgun start, four-player scramble. $95 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, door prizes, buffet at Lawsonia, and awards. Proceeds support the RHS Athletic Fund. Register your team by returning the attached registration form to Bill Kinziger, RHS/Lumen Athletic Director before June 5th.

Upcoming Events

May 24- Journey Gallery Walk

May 24- Spring BRAVE Session Ends

May 26- Graduation at 11:00

May 28- No School

May 31- Jazz Ensemble at Village Green

June 7- Last Day of School

June 18- Summer School Begins

June 18- School Board Meeting at 6:00

Ripon Area School District

RASD Mission Statement

Inspiring learners, engaging community, enriching the world


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.