Fourteen new teachers began three days of orientation this week. In addition to learning about curriculum, instruction and assessment, they met with district administration and their mentors. The teachers took a tour of Ripon and visited the Ripon College campus where they were officially welcomed by President Zack Messitte and Rally.
Members of the RHS Outdoors Club assisted the Otter Street Fishing Club with their annual kids fisheree. About 300 young anglers ages 3 to 12 along with their families fished in Memorial Park in Oshkosh recently. Many prizes were given out to anglers. This event is free to all children that registered. RHS students manned the concession stand, worked the weigh in/bait table, and walked the grounds helping children with various fishing tasks. Organizers of the event praised the high school students as being extremely helpful and patient. (More photos on Facebook)
The Ripon School Board approved Seth Meinel as the next Ripon High School and Lumen Charter High School principal at a special meeting on Monday, July 28, 2014. Mr. Meinel was one of two finalists invited back on July 23, 2014 to participate in additional interviews, a community tour, lunch with Board members, and a meet and greet with community members.
The selection committee and administrative team processed feedback from the students, staff, and Board members that interacted with the candidates throughout the day. The selection committee and administrative team unanimously recommended Mr. Meinel noting the differences in style between the two candidates and their belief they could work with either candidate.
Seth Meinel, a native of Green Bay and former high school social studies teacher, is the assistant principal of Portage High School and principal of the Portage Academy of Achievement where he has been an administrator for three years. A graduate of Lawrence University, Mr. Meinel played two years of college football before becoming a high school football coach. Subsequently, he received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from UW-Madison. As the Portage High School assistant principal, Mr. Meinel’s responsibilities included developing curriculum, co-directing Career and Technical Education, evaluating staff using the CESA 6 model, and providing discipline and attendance support. He worked with teachers to create learning labs and modify courses to personalize instruction for students needing academic assistance.
References noted Mr. Meinel is highly regarded as a great communicator, a quick learner, and a person with integrity. His current supervisor described him as “intuitive and very professional,” then noted his strong curriculum knowledge and willingness to make tough decisions and stand behind them. A former supervisor stated, “Seth knows education, kids love him, and he is a hard worker.”
Mr. Meinel was present at the School Board meeting when the Board approved his contract. He said he was "honored and humbled to be chosen as the next high school principal." Mr. Meinel's first day in Ripon will be August 4.
Summer School 2014 came to a close on July 18th and school personnel will certainly miss the enthusiastic buzz of student activity! Thank you to all the students and parents who participated in the wide variety of courses offered for students in grades 4PS through high school. Over 1071 students participated in about 76 summer school courses this year. A great time was had by everyone attending summer school whether students sharpened up their reading and math skills, explored a creative new artistic medium, or raised their heart rate through biking, swimming, and games. Students in grades 8-11 also had the opportunity to take a 1/2 credit course in Health and Asian-African Studies or a ¼ credit of English in the Reading Workshop course to get a jumpstart on meeting high school graduation requirements. The RASD would also like to thank our generous community partners---Agnesian Healthcare and The Volunteer Center of Fond du Lac County---for offering our students two new ways to enjoy summer school. We look forward to seeing all of you back for more exciting experiences in Summer School 2015! (See more photos on Facebook)
District Administration along with CG Schmidt Construction and Plunkett Raysich Architects presented a facility planning update at a joint Community Engagement Session and Board of Education Workshop on Monday, July 14. This seventh Community Engagement Session covered survey results with comments analysis, feedback from Ripon city staff, budget verification, scope of work with schedule milestones, and the roadmap to referendum on November 4, 2014. The facilities planning update was then shared at a joint School Board and City Council meeting on Tuesday, July, 15.
Refining Plan C is a continuous process, and during the pre-design phase the Board, administration and staff will continue to make decisions relative to the educational model; size and capacity; number of education spaces; large system upgrades; site layout and viability; and programming adjacencies. Should a referendum pass, six to eight months of actual design work would occur before any construction would start.
As the process continues, the District will be meeting with city officials, staff, and hosting additional Community Engagement Sessions and buildings tours. If the Board votes to proceed to referendum, the deadline for the Board to approve the resolution is August 18. The Board encourages the entire community to participate and offer feedback during this exciting process.
Two finalists for the Ripon High School and Lumen Charter High School principal position have been announced today by Dr. Mary Whitrock, Ripon School Superintendent. Community members are invited to a Meet-and-Greet Reception for each candidate on Wednesday, July 23. These public receptions are scheduled back-to-back at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., in room 167 of Ripon High School. (Read more)