The Northland Pines School Board met last night to discuss the proposal to move the 7th and 8th grades into the high school next year. A dozen community members weighed in with passionate opinions and prepared statements, coming down evenly for and against. Those in favor of the proposal called for people to trust the school board, such as 3rd and 4thgrade teacher Gretchen Yagow:
Parents have a chance to hear more about a controversial plan to move Northland Pines middle school students to the high school. An informational session is scheduled Monday night at 6:30 pm at the Northland Pines high school.
A petition asking the Northland Pines school board to stop all plans to combine grades 7 and 8 with high school students has garnered more than 900 signatures. David Eliason --a St. Germain business owner and father of two—was one of the people involved in creating the petition.
Northland Pines School District has a new vacation this school year. Students and teachers will have the whole week off at Thanksgiving for deer season.
Last year, nearly 200 students in the Northland Pines middle school and high school were absent from school on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving break, many of them to take part in the 9-day deer hunting season. That’s nearly 15% of the district student body. This year, the Northland Pines School District responded by adjusting its vacation schedule accordingly. As superintendent Dr. Mike Richie explains,
A new Montessori school is set to open next year in St. Germain. The district is taking applications starting next week.
The Northland Pines Montessori Learning Center will span 4K through second grade, with 3rd and 4th grade to be added in 2016. When paired with the new project-based learning program SOAR in Land o’Lakes, students will soon have the opportunity to attend 4K through 12th grade in an alternative learning environment.
The impact of dwindling state school aids in the Northwoods is shown in a recent Department of Public Instruction report.
Many schools received substantial hits in revenue.
Rhinelander schools saw their aid drop $565,000 to just over $3 million dollars, the sixth highest percentage drop in the report. Wabeno had the fourth highest percentage drop, though the dollar total was lower, at $41,000. Tomahawk lost nearly $300,000, Many districts not in the Northwoods saw their revenue increase. Three Lakes lost $9.200 and Phelps about $1,500.
School is finally out for the summer, for most students. Mercer has its last day Friday. Northland Pines and Rhinelander school districts finished Thursday. Several other districts like Three Lakes and Tomahawk finished last week.
It was a long year for many students, thanks to canceled days of school during the winter months.
Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie says rain and cloudy weather on the last day of school helped the kids hang in there.
One Northwoods school district is upping its security efforts.
The state Department of Public Instruction this week sent out a report saying they wanted to, among other tasks, increase safety at schools by increasing help for students with mental illness issues.
While school administrators were sifting through the recommendations, Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Ritchie says they have already upped security at their schools. He says they still do the standard drills, but have added others..
The YMCA of the Northwoods is stepping away from its facility in Eagle River. As of March 1st the Northland Pines School District will run the fitness center that’s housed at Northland Pines High School.
YMCA Interim CEO Laurie Schlitt says the Eagle River facility has been operating at an average loss of $15,000 a year, subsidized by fundraising and the Rhinelander location.
Open enrollment begins this week. Wisconsin families have the option of enrolling their kids in any public school district, even if they live outside its boundaries.
For some districts open enrollment brings more revenue, while for others it draws resources out of the area.
Northland Pines right now is losing about 70 students, but has a net positive gain with around 85 coming in. District Administrator Mike Richie says they’ve been on the positive end of the equation since 2010, and he keeps a close eye on the numbers.
A project of Northland Pines high school is one of six to be honored by the Department of Public Instruction Friday at the state capitol.
High school Science teacher Robin Indermuehle's "Growing Your Own Food In the 21st Century" began, she says. as a class project.
Indermuehle says the food is donated to the local food pantry. She says there are a series of guest speakers who also help the project including the Seed-To-Seed Garden Project and Master Gardeners. She says the students learn about science and also have something they can take away.