Parent Tiger Talk

January 2019

Welcome Winter!

At the Joint Education Convention in Milwaukee this week, I had the opportunity to hear Michelle Borba, internationally renowned educator, best-selling author, parenting, child development, and bullying expert. Borba spoke about nine competencies of empathy noting empathy is at the core of everything that makes a school caring, a teacher responsive, and a society civilized. When empathy wanes, she cautioned, narcissism, distrust, aggression, bullying, and hate rise—and schools suffer. Borba’s nine competencies include:

  • Emotional Literacy
  • Moral Identity
  • Perspective Taking
  • Moral Imagination
  • Self-Regulation
  • Practicing Kindness
  • Collaboration
  • Moral Courage
  • Growing Changemakers

Borba noted students need more than academic rigor and test preparation to succeed and noted the importance of schools turning their focus to social-emotional qualities like empathy. Our district has been working on social-emotional learning over the last two years. The Board is currently reviewing 4PS-Grade 12 social-emotional learning competencies for adoption in the district.

Your Superintendent,


January Board Brief

Attached is a summary of business conducted by the Board of Education at the January 21, 2019 meeting. Full agendas for all Board meetings are available on the District website under the Board tab.

Barlow Park Charter Proposal

The Community Information Session regarding the Barlow Park Charter Proposal has been postponed to Tuesday, February 5, 2019. The session will be held in the Ripon High School Community Room from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. You are welcome to come any time.

There has been ongoing conversation and research since this topic was proposed last year. Barlow Park staff are now interested in pursuing this further. We want to collaborate with parents in deciding if this is right for our children in Ripon. All community members and parents are welcome.

Odyssey Academy Information Sessions

Odyssey Academy of Virtual Learning is a tuition-free, 4K-12 public school. It is a project-based learning charter school and is part of the Ripon Area School District. Opening in the 2019-2020 school year, anyone interested who is not a Ripon resident can open enroll to the school February 4 - April 30.

Information Sessions:

February 4, 2019, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at RHS in room #1101

February 25, 2019, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at RHS in the Community Room

An informational booth will also be available at RHS in the hallway near the office on February 21 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. during parent/teacher conferences.

Ideal Graduate

The Ripon Area School District is seeking input to help us define our ideal graduate on Wednesday, February 13 from 5:00-6:30 in the RHS Community Room. As part of our strategic planning review process that began last spring, the district has worked to refine our mission and vision, establish our core values, and review our guiding principles to ensure alignment with our mission and vision. As a final step, we will determine what traits constitute lifelong learning to help us develop our portrait of the ideal graduate. We hope you are able to join us for this important discussion.

Reunification Information Session

Please mark your family calendars for the Reunification Information Session for parents on February 11, 2019, in Room #1712 at Ripon High School from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This session will provide you with important information on what to expect should an emergency event such as a natural gas leak, natural disaster or other safety-related event require a school to be evacuated and students to be picked up from another site.

In any evacuation situation, our first priority is to keep students and staff safe. Our second priority is to follow reunification procedures to assure that every child in our care is reunited with a parent or identified emergency contact adult. In the best interest of our students, this process will take time, patience, and cooperation.

In such a situation, it will be imperative for families and the district to work hand-in-hand to support our children and reunite them with their families. To that end, we are offering this information session so you can know what to do and how to do it as well as have a general idea of how the process will work.

Our District Safety Team looks forward to seeing as many parents as possible at the information session on February 11. RSVP to Jolene Meyer or (920) 748-4600 if you require childcare during the information session. Thank you!

Informational handouts and a link to a reunification video will be sent to all families via Infinite Campus Messenger after the February 11 session.

Upcoming Events

February 2- Father/Daughter Dance

February 6- EL Family Night at 5:00 PM

February 7- Quest Showcase Night at 6:00 PM

February 14- RHS Musical at 7:00 PM

February 15- RHS Empty Bowls at 4:30 PM

February 15- RHS Musical at 7:00 PM

February 16- RHS Musical at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

February 18- School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM

February 19- RMS Solo and Ensemble

February 21- Catalyst Gallery Walk

February 21- Conferences Grades 6-12

February 22- No school, conferences

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.