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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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)
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.
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)
Congratulations to Catalyst 6th-grade student Cali for taking 1st place local division in the Fond du Lac County Land Conservation's Poster Contest! Cali's work was selected from many other student entries from communities within Fond du Lac County to show the theme " Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators".
The Ripon Education Foundation is again sponsoring Great Conversations. The event, scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Great Hall on the Ripon College Campus, features dinner, fifteen tables of great conversations, and a live auction of donated items. Tickets are availablethrough the Administrative Office of the Ripon Area School District, Ripon Drug, and REF Board members. This year REF has added online registration at www.riponeducationfoundation.org. Join REF in support of education by attending Great Conversations 2015.
Ripon had 24 students compete in the Junior Math Meet held in Menasha on March 2nd. Every member of our team scored points!! Congratulations to 7th grader Kyleigh for taking 1st place among all 7th graders at the meet! Also, kudos to Cali, Kai, Jessica, and Celina for competing in the Pi reciting competition. (More photos found on Facebook)
The two-page Special Facilities Insert was not included as planned in the March edition of the District Newsletter. Just before print, the insert was pulled from the newsletter as inserts need to be four pages rather than two pages for print. The tagline announcing the insert was, however, not removed. The district apologizes for any confusion this caused and will include a four-page Special Facilities Insert with the April edition of the District Newsletter. The original two-page Special Facilities Insert can be found at the following link: http://www.ripon.k12.wi.us/district/Insert.pdf