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Quest Elementary School offers a dynamic, hands-on, project-based learning environment for 200 students in grades 3-5 in the Ripon Area School District. Quest students are learners who thrive in collaborative, interdisciplinary learning environments and are afforded an opportunity to delve into the exciting world of interactive, inquiry-based project learning. Their learning is enhanced through designing projects that explore personal, real-life issues which students collaboratively share with peers and teacher/facilitators. Community showcase events provide a forum for project presentations.  Autonomous charter school governance attends to the daily operations of Quest Elementary School. Parents and community members, along with educators, utilize democratic decision-making to guide the Quest Governance Council as it leads the school in its mission to benefit students, parents and the community.

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The School District officially started construction on the 6th -12th grade facility on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The beginning of construction was recognized with an official groundbreaking ceremony. Mayor Gary Will, Superintendent Mary Whitrock, board members, school principals, teachers, parents and students came together to celebrate the improvement of Ripon Area School District facilities with golden shovels in hand. Work will begin with the high school parking lot and the surrounding site work to prepare for the additions to the high school. Additions and renovations to the existing high school building include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) spaces; an agriculture room; a community room; a MS/HS music suite; new high school gymnasium; upgrades to the existing auditorium and pool; and additional parking. The construction will result in a combined middle and high school facility with separate entrances, commons, administrative offices, and classrooms for each school. The high school will move into the new additions in spring of 2016, while the middle school will move into renovated areas of the existing building in August of 2016. Additionally, maintenance will be completed at the district’s elementary schools over the summer of 2015

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Ripon Area School District (RASD) Board of Education and Administration are pleased to announce the start of construction on the new combined middle and high school facility. The official groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 8th, at 2:00 pm. The Board encourages members of the Ripon Community to attend the event, taking place at Ripon High School.

 

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Ripon Area School District Plans to Break Ground for New Middle and High School Facility

The Ripon Area School District (RASD) Board of Education and Administration are pleased to announce the start of construction on the new combined middle and high school facility. The official groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday, April 8th, at 2:00 pm. The Board encourages members of the Ripon Community to attend the event, taking place at Ripon High School. 
(Link to Press Release)

 

 

Ride into Reading

On March 19th, Barlow Park families were able to "Ride into Reading" at their second School-wide Title 1 Reading Rodeo Family Night. The evening was well-attended with 190 people attending the event. The evening included a visit from a pony named Ringo, as connections were made between reading and preparing horses for a horse show. Both require hard work and perseverance, despite the obstacles along the way. Families had the opportunity to learn about strategies they can use to support growing readers at home and practice them together in their child's classroom. Students were also able to choose a free book to keep. The culmination of the event included families enjoying root beer floats prepared by Barlow Park Elementary teachers. The final Reading Rodeo is scheduled to take place in May. (more photos on Facebook)

 

The Power of Movement

The "Power of Movement" was the theme as students of Barlow Park Elementary and Journey Charter Schools had the opportunity to demonstrate a variety of activities they do in Physical Education class during the evenings of March 23 and 24. Families were able to witness how the activities that are done in Physical Education help develop and enhance the critical readiness skills needed in other core areas throughout the day. Physical Education activities help develop and enhance large and fine muscle skills, visual perception, eye-hand coordination, and auditory skills. These skills are necessary for learning to read and academic success. (More photos on Facebook)

 

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Budget Resolution

This year, the proposed budget allocation for the district is less than anticipated. At the March Board meeting, the Ripon Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution regarding the impact Governor Walker’s proposed biennial budget plan would have on RASD for the 2015-17 school years. The resolution notes the reductions to the district budget since 2008 and calls on legislators to advocate on behalf of the district in the short term by addressing the current budget proposal as well as in the long term by addressing the State’s school funding formula. The proposed budget change has increased conversations across the state between school districts, school boards and legislators. The Budget Resolution is posted on the district’s website.

 

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For 28 years, seventh-grade students at Ripon Middle School and Catalyst Middle School participated in the annual Agribusiness Fair.  An afternoon each spring welcomes community members, FFA members, silage smells, several animals, and snacks for students to expand their knowledge in the evolving Agribusiness field.  Over the years, several community members take the time out of their busy day to present careers in organic farming, landscaping design, banking, mining, animal nutrition and health, breeding, and more.  This day could not happen without the dedication and coordination of Bryan and AnnDee Peth.  The Peths have been the driving force every year organizing speakers, acting as the liaison between the high school and middle school, and ringing the cow bell in the hallways to keep the day moving on schedule.  We can not say thank you enough for all the work the Peths put into this tradition.  The opportunity to climb in a combine, pet an alpaca, sample some local crops all while being exposed to a variety of career options make this half day a wonderful experience for all students. (more photos on Facebook)