The Roadrunner Review

January 6, 2023

Notes from the Principal

Welcome to the New Year! This month, our third grade teachers and students are taking the lead of collecting hats and mittens to donate to students and families who are in need. We are keeping track of our goal by counting how many we have already collected and displaying that information on our bulletin board. Thank you to all who have donated so far!
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Important Dates

January 13th - Early release @ 11:30 am & end of Quarter 2

January 16th - No School - Professional Development Day

January 17th - PTO Meeting @ 6:30 pm

January 18th - 20th - 5th grade to the School Forest

January 24th and 26th - 5th grade Art Cluster

January 25th and 27th - 4th grade Art Cluster

March 14th - Spring Concert

Construction update

The ceiling tiles are out in the 4th/5th corridor to run lines to the new section and the perimeter of the addition is taking shape. Check out the pictures below!
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Q3 Art Update 2022-2023

This quarter students are using the end of our current season, and next season Spring as inspiration for artwork with the use of our art elements (Color, Space, Form, Value, Shape, Texture, Line). Winter and Spring are very different but have unique colors thanks to the changing of temperatures, light, sound, and texture. This quarter all students will be incorporating moments from our life and our environment into artwork of 2 dimensions (drawings and paintings), plus 3-dimensional art using clay, paper mache, and other found objects to create 3D art. This is the students’ favorite season in art I have discovered! We will be having fun, making messes, learning and growing in art and problem-solving skills. Students take from personal experience to add their voice and vision to their artworks. Don’t forget to ask your students about their learnings in art and their other encore subjects! Watch for images of their work via their Seesaw Art class posts and in the halls at school.

K-1 students are creating 2D and 3D art using Color, Line, Shape, Pattern, Space, Texture and Form. Principles of Design such as Balance, Repetition, Contrast, Movement, and Proportion will come into the artwork this quarter. Projects include icons of Owls, Butterflies, shapes, abstract art, mice, gumballs, mittens, monsters, self, and fish.

2-3 students are creating 2D and 3D art using Color, Line, Shape, Value, Space, Form and Texture. Students will also be learning about drawing and creating texture, sculpting form using clay and paper, and understanding how light affects color and shape/form at night. Principles of Design (which add more interest to their artwork) such as Emphasis, Contrast, Repetition, Proportion, and White Space will be used. Projects include icons of abstract art, animals, mugs, snowmen, trees, rocks, donuts, and barns.

4-5 students are creating 2D and 3D art using Color, Line, Shape, Value, Texture, Form, and Space. Students will also be learning about contemporary artists and how their ideas influence our work, historical time periods and how modern art is shaped by those concepts of progress in society, and how modern technology can aid in art making. Principles of Design (which add more interest to their artwork) will be used including Emphasis, Balance, Contrast, Repetition, Proportion, Scale, and Movement. Projects include icons of graffiti, cupcakes, Onomatopoeia, landscapes, gnomes, vessels, food, modern objects, and self.

PTO update

Happy New Year!

We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, and that 2023 is going well for you and your families.

Here are some PTO updates:

Monthly Lounge Treats Next Wednesday, January 11

1st Grade Families, it's your turn to host! Please click the link below to sign up.

PTO Meeting Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Come find out about all of our second semester events and activities. New ideas are always welcome!

Yearbook Helpers Needed!

We have a parent volunteer leading the Yearbook Committee, but she is in need of some help!

The Yearbook G2M Course will take place Mondays from 3:30-4:45 running from February 6 - March 16.

If you are available to help, please contact Jamie Hoover:

We hope all the students enjoyed the popcorn!

Thanks to all who helped make popcorn and who donated reusable shopping bags!

-Margy and April


Nominations are now being accepted from parents and teachers of second through fifth grade students in need of gifted and talented evaluations. Parents and teachers are welcome to nominate students who are currently achieving at a high level in mathematics and/or reading, approximately at the top 5% of the class. Please note, students cannot be tested in consecutive years. Teachers have already nominated some students for these

evaluations. If you have already completed a Permission to Evaluate for Gifted and Talented Identification Form, no further steps need to be taken. Students who are already identified as gifted and talented do not need to be re-evaluated.

Parents whose second through fifth grade child has not been previously nominated as gifted and talented and who feel that they have a high achieving child may pick up a Permission to Evaluate for Gifted and Talented Identification Form with the Parent Inventory Form on the back from the school office. Nominations from parents are due by January 13, 2023.

When the completed parent forms are returned to the school office, each student will be scheduled for several assessments. These will be done sometime during the school day. These assessments, along with other test data, will provide the district with a student profile. This profile will help determine whether or not a child meets the District’s guidelines for gifted and talented identification. The assessment review is expected to be completed in May and the results will be shared before the end of the school year.

The Wausau School District recognizes that appropriate instructional challenge is needed for all students regardless of ability. The GT identification process is one way to help us provide for the educational needs of high ability students. Should you need further information, please contact your building’s GT Learning Resource Teacher or Tammy Steckbauer, Coordinator for Gifted and Talented, at 715-261-0220.

Notes from the Nurse

Wausau School District Covid-19 Testing Information:

We are reaching out to let you know that COVID-19 testing in the Wausau School District has expanded to include immediate family members of students and staff. We are offering both the antigen and PCR tests at no cost to you. That said, we do want you to know that only Rapid Antigen tests are currently available. PCR tests should be available by the end of the week or early next week.

There has also been a change to the testing sites. The Wausau School District will only have four site locations available.

We will not be using a mobile van site, but locations within our buildings. Please see the schedule below for instructions and availability.

Covid-19 Testing Schedule and Locations:

Wausau East High School (Monday-Thursday): 7:00 -10:30 a.m.

Testing on the east side of the building. Look for a COVID testing vehicle and

signs telling you which door to enter

Wausau West High School (Monday-Thursday): 11:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Testing is on the north side of the building. Look for a COVID testing vehicle

and signs telling you which door to enter

Rib Mountain Elementary School (Tuesday-Friday): 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Enter through the Front Door

Longfellow Administration Building (Tuesday-Friday): 11:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Testing is on the east side of the building. Look for a COVID testing vehicle and signs telling you which door to enter.

Just a reminder if your child is not feeling well to please keep them home until their symptoms have improved. With the Holidays approaching we would like to work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Email : or (715) 261-0035

It's Getting Cold out...

Please make sure you are sending your children to school with the MAGIC FIVE (jacket, hat, mittens, snowpants, and boots). Students will need snowpants and boots in order to play in the snow.

If you are in need of winter gear for your child(ren), please contact Mrs. Payant at 715-261-0038

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Riverview 2022/2023 Staff


Budny, Sarah -

Administrative Assistant

Knapp, Patty -

Regular Education


Hall, Kristin -

Szekeress, Danica -


Burnett, Amber -

Hiles, Chelsie -

Steinagel, Nathan -

1st grade

Lor, Baonhia -

Meyer, Ella -

Witt, Laura -

2nd grade

Burmeister, Michelle -

Differt, Kayla -

Heil, Kari -

3rd grade

Hoppenjan, Margaret -

Richardt, Cindy -

Smith, Chris -

4th grade

Brown, Courtney -

Helke, Casey -

Moe, Rebecca (Becky) -

5th grade

Kleczewski, Christine -

Soukup, Megan -

Widmar, Kristin -

GT Resource Teacher

Adams, Matt -

EL Teacher

David, Patty -

Vang, Chi Neng -

Special Education

Boller, Amy -

Connor, Kearsten -

Ermeling, Ashley -

Holdridge, Julie -

Hrdina, Jessica -

Husnick, Donna -

Kressel, Renee -

Persha, Morgan -

Puetz, Nancy -


Hau, Mackenzie -


Lodahl, Mia -

Pupil Services

Boulanger, Kris -

Morrow, Jenna -

Noltemeyer, Nicole -

Smith-Payant, Shelly -

Bridge Coordinator

Sturm, Taylor -

G2M Program Coordinator

Ramthun, Emily -


Allee, Jennifer -

Dienger, Victoria -

Koser, Andrea - akoser@wausauschools.orgf

Lenselink, Angela -

Rodziewicz, Kathy -

Sullivan, Christin -

Wais, Jeff -

Withers, Alicia -

Wressell, Sana -

Support Staff

Terri Kankelfitz, Jackie Keller, Tammy Kromrei, Sandy Wirkus, Dia Thao, Andrea Cordova, Tammy Davisson, Cher Her, Lynn Haucke, Cindy Schuster, Loretta Lazaroff, Breanna Bolssen, Leanne Matz, Caitlyn Sitte, Julia Radke, Kristy Durkes, Emily Walker

District Nurse/Health Paraprofessional

Glovinski, Jenny -

Hoerter, Emilee -

Nutrition Services

Huntington, Susan -

Leitch, Sara -

Rosso, Kay -


Cook, Angela -

Dotter-Begay, Beth -

Schilling, Tonia -

The Wausau School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability (“Protected Classes)”