Parent Tiger Talk

October 2018

Happy October!

As part of our district’s work with continuous improvement, the school board approved revised RASD Core Values at their October meeting. These values were first developed by the Strategic Planning Team this spring and then reviewed by staff in buildings over the last few weeks. These values define how we will work together as a team:



  • Integrity: Exemplifying honesty and trustworthiness while adhering to high moral principles;
  • Excellence: Striving for the utmost quality in any endeavor;
  • Commitment: Devoting full energies and talents to successfully completing undertakings;
  • Collaboration: Working together inclusively toward a positive outcome, locally and globally;
  • Innovation: Taking initiative and risks to seek better solutions; and
  • Kindness: Treating ALL others and self with consideration and generosity



The Strategic Planning Team will be meeting again on November 5 at 5:00 in the RHS Community Room to review Beliefs and Guiding Principles as well as define our ideal graduate. If you are interested in attending this session, please email Jolene Meyer at meyerj@ripon.k12.wi.us or call 920-748-4600 to RSVP.


Thank you for considering joining this important work.


Your Superintendent,

Mary

October Board Meeting

Attached is a summary of business conducted by the Board of Education at the October 15, 2018 meeting. Full agendas for all Board meetings are available on the District website under the Board tab.

Ripon Tiger Nation

The Ripon Tiger Nation was launched over Homecoming week and we are thrilled to share this new community of Tiger supporters is growing. If you haven't already, we invite you to join Ripon Tiger Nation today. The Ripon Tiger Nation connects parents, alumni, and friends, supports reunion coordinators, and publicizes upcoming alumni and Ripon Tiger Nation events. The Ripon Tiger Nation was developed to cultivate the pride and connections among our proud alumni and friends. Learn more at:


Ripon Tiger Nation

http://ripontigernation.nationbuilder.com/

ILLNESS AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

In order to promote a healthy environment at school for our students, please be alert to early signs and symptoms of illness in your child. Keeping your child home while they are ill, until he/she is fully recuperated, will help prevent the spread of illness to others in the school.


Your child should be kept at home when the following symptoms are present:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or greater
  • Vomiting
  • Symptoms you should watch for, that may prevent him or her from participating in school, such as:
  • Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
  • Productive coughing, sneezing
  • Headache, body aches, earache, sore throat
  • A minor sore throat is typically not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and upset stomach. Contact your child’s primary health care provider for further testing


Students who show signs of communicable disease must be kept at home. If your child has signs of a communicable disease, please notify the school office. For communicable disease symptoms, modes of transmission, exclusion criteria, and more important information, please refer to the Wisconsin Childhood Communicable Diseases Chart on the following link:

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/p44397.pdf


Please keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Returning to school too quickly may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness. If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office to notify them if it is due to illness or other reasons.


It is important that contact names and phone numbers are kept up to date in Infinite Campus. If your child becomes ill while at school, we must have a working number to contact you and/or someone else in case you are unavailable.


If your child is prescribed medication that must be given during the school day. There must be a medication authorization form completed and signed by both parent and health care provider. This form is provided on the following link:

https://www.ripon.k12.wi.us/cms_files/resources/Medication%20Authorization%20Form2.pdf


Medication must be in its original container and must match the health care provider orders.


Tips to promote staying healthy:

  • Good hand washing prevents the spread of germs. Use plenty of soap with warm water. Proper hand washing should take about 20 seconds.
  • Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their sleeve
  • Keep your child’s environment tobacco free
  • Keep an annual well-child exam to follow changes in your child’s health
  • After your child is feeling better, clean all surfaces and wash their bedding
  • Keep surfaces like doorknobs, phones, remote controls, toys, and keyboards clean

Upcoming Events

October 25- Quest Showcase Night, 6:00 PM

November 1- Spudmobile Family Outreach Night, 5:30 PM

November 7- End of First Quarter (grades 6-12)

November 8- RMS/RHS Conferences

November 8- Catalyst Showcase Night, 3:15 PM

November 15- Community Coalition for Mental Health, 4:30 PM

November 19- Board of Education Meeting, 6:00 PM

November 22- No School

November 23- No School

Ripon Area School District

RASD Mission Statement

Inspiring 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.