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home : education January 24, 2015

Rube Goldberg contest Jan. 30
The Future Engineers club of UW-Barron County host a regional competition of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest on Friday, Jan. 30. The public is invited to come to campus and observe this event free of charge.
Rube Goldberg (1884-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist who is best known for his wacky inventions. The goal of the contest is to conceptualize and build an overly complex contraption designed to accomplish a simple task. Some of the past contest tasks were to inflate a balloon and pop it, water a plant, squeeze juice from an orange, hammer a nail, or assemble a hamburger.
The 2015 task: Erase a Chalkboard.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WITC

Cameron schools may take on North Star financial leadership
There may be a change in who handles funds for the North Star Academy in Cameron. Cameron School Board members listened to a discussion presented by Chris Crowe, administrator of North Star Academy, at a meeting Dec. 9.
Crowe spoke about the possibility of NSA changing its fiscal agent from CESA II to the Cameron School District.
Joe Leschisin, Cameron School superintendent, said, "It makes sense. The building that the students use is here in Cameron, our technicians serve NSA, and they also use our food service."
NSA serves at-risk students from the school districts of Barron, Cameron, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser and Turtle Lake. The school provides nontraditional learners, working teens, teen parents and teens receiving day treatment and other support services with flexible options for completing academic coursework. NSA helps at-risk youths not only earn a high school diploma, but to also transition from high school to work experiences or post-secondary programs.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Kuffel named Sheriff's school liaison officer
A police liaison officer will begin duties to keep schools safe and create positive relationships when local students return from their holiday break this Monday.
David Kuffel is set to begin work as the Barron County school resource deputy.
"I look forward to working with staff and students to ensure the safety of everyone. I am hoping to bridge some gaps between the students and their perception of law enforcement," said Kuffel.
He added that he will assist in handling drug-related issues.
Kuffel is a Rice Lake resident and 18-year veteran of the sheriff's department. He has experience in patrol, investigations and SWAT. He is also certified the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate protocol to handle the threat of an active shooter.
"I am very excited to begin this new position and hope to work with each school district on their concerns and issues that I can assist with. I am very happy to have a chance to make an impact on the futures of our children in such a positive sense of working with the children and not just enforcing laws," he said.
Kuffel's wife Carla is a teacher in the Cameron School District. They have two daughters.
Local school districts cover 30% of the cost of the position with county funds and grants making up the rest.
Schools involved are Barron, Rice Lake, Cameron, Cumberland, Chetek, Turtle Lake, Prairie Farm and New Auburn.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
CHS girls spread holiday cheer
For the 17th year, Cameron High School girls basketball team worked to make Christmas a little merrier for families that needed a little cheer this year. They participated in the Spirit of Christmas for needy families in Barron County and is run by the Barron County Health Department and is organized by Sherry Shipman in Rice Lake.
"We adopt as many families as the money we raise allows," said coach Tom Moon. "In the first year, 1998, we sponsored two families. I am proud to say that this year we will sponsor 21 families.
"Our players are asked to raise $150 each by asking for donations and then we have them make 200 free throws on the Saturday after Thanksgiving," he said.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
New WITC commons to open soon
Construction is nearing completion on WITC-Rice Lake's new commons and food service area. With an expected mid-January opening, the area will be known as The HUB and will include a new central information desk, student life center and full-service eatery.
"Student Senate leadership has, over the last few years, set aside funds to help with this project. The college is grateful for their support," said Craig Fowler, WITC-Rice Lake campus administrator.
With expanded food offerings and Starbucks brand coffee, The HUB Café will replace the current undersized snack bar. The completed project will also feature a new full-service kitchen, which the campus did not have. In the past, WITC-Rice Lake relied on the neighboring UW-Barron County for its food service. The new kitchen on campus will help make the college more efficient.
The HUB, which will provide casual seating for nearly 150 people, will also feature a new Fireside Room to provide a place for relaxed reading and casual conversations. Putting their own stamp on this location, students in WITC-Rice Lake's residential construction and cabinet making program created and installed the mantle for the signature fireplace.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Franklin School to be renovated for apartments
A Jan. 2 closing on the sale of the Franklin Elementary School on Main Street was approved at Monday's regular meeting of the Rice Lake Area Board of Education.
Impact Seven, a community development corporation based in Almena, is the purchaser of the former school that closed in 2003 after 67 years. The purchase price is $112,500.
The development corporation's plans are for a major rehabilitation of the historic school into Franklin School Apartments.
"That school is an important landmark," said Matt Wysocki, vice president of organizational development at Impact Seven. "This is really putting it to great use."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
School projects get grants
The Rice Lake Board of Education heard about seven classroom projects that received grants from the Rice Lake Education Foundation at its regular meeting Nov. 24.
Education Foundation president Lori Bowman said the grants, totaling $6,000, varied in amounts depending on the project costs.
St. Joseph School principal Jill Bennett said her school received two grants, one that was used to purchase new physical education equipment for a unit on lacrosse. She said the grant allowed for the purchase of two sets and 25 safety goggles.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Birchwood students pack products for soldiers
The Birchwood School Student Council recently held a service project in honor of Veteran's Day. Students from Grades K-12 donated powdered drink mixes, socks, wet wipes and snacks to fill up 24 care packages that are being sent to active duty service members overseas. The packages, along with notes from each class, will be mailed to an army unit in the Middle East. Supplies were donated by community members, parents and students for this project. The unit who will be receiving the packages has already expressed their gratitude and excitement over the project and they have promised to send a picture when they receive their gifts.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Preschoolers learn colors of fall
Preschoolers at St. Joseph School in Rice Lake learned all about colors this fall. Each week, the students celebrated a color of the rainbow with special snacks and crafts. This rainbow is the culmination of their color work. For any inquiries regarding the preschool program at St. Joseph School, contact principal Jill Bennett or preschool teacher Jenny Oestreich at 715-234-7721, Oestreich teaches 3K and 4K classes.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014


 




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