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home : education April 15, 2014

Motorcycle safety classes begin Saturday
A 16-hour motorcycle safety training class at WITC-Rice Lake begins this Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 and runs through April 27. The course is approved by the Department of Transportation. It is designed to teach the beginner or experienced rider safe techniques . . .

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


First UW-BC open house tomorrow
Discover UW-Barron County has two open house events at UW-Barron County for high school juniors, seniors and their parents.
• The first Discover UW-Barron County is Thursday, April 10 at 4 p.m., followed by the program at 4:30 p.m.
• The next open house is Tuesday, April 15, with an optional campus tour scheduled at 6:15 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m.
The program informs participants about UW-Barron County's tuition, admissions and financial aid. Attendees may meet faculty and staff, find out about transferring to a 4-year institution, visit with current students and hear about opportunities for student life and activities.
To register for either event, call 715-234-8176, press 1 or email ""

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
UW announces upcoming courses
Short courses starting in April at UW-Barron County are as follows:
• Tribal Bellydance-six sessions, April 7-May 12 from 6-7 p.m.
• Grow Your Business with Facebook-one session, April 8 from 6-8 p.m.
• How to Play the Piano by Ear-one session, April 12 from 1-3:30 p.m.
• Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People-one session, April 12 from 9-a.m.-noon.
• Using LinkedIn for Business-one session, April 15 from 6-8 p.m.
• Ballroom Dance Level one-five sessions, April 22-May 20 from 6-7:15 p.m.
• Ballroom Dance Level 2-five sessions, April 22-May 20 from 7:15-8:30 p.m.
• Creating Email Newsletters--one session, April 22 from 6-8 p.m.
For information about these courses and course fees, and to register and pay online, go to "" and clicking on community outreach or by call Samantha Heathman at 715-234-8176, Ext. 5403 or email ""

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Students explain engraving business
A report on an engraving endeavor now ready for business by students from Northern Lakes Regional Academy and an update from the school nurses on the health of the district highlighted last week's meeting of the Rice Lake Board of Education.
NLRA business instructor Mark Beise said the students have been trained to use a laser engraver and are ready to start making money to replenish the school's activity fund, which is in the red.
The engraver was purchased from a charter school grant for initiatives involving science, technology, engineering and math.
The 20 charter school students involved chose The Crave to Engrave as their business name.
Student Amber Voiles, production manager, said the design team came up with the business logo and the engraving team developed a mission statement.
Student Jon Myer, a production . . .

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cameron Middle School students honored
Cameron Middle School has named students on the Trimester 2 honor roll and those receiving honorable mention.
Honor roll
• Grade 8-Haley Bossany, India Carpentier, Colin Davis, Katie Daniels, Kayla Gerber, Kiara Hestad, Caiden Johnson, Allison Kacizak, Alexandria Kringle, Kaitlyn Kreier, Brittany Kutchera,Madalyne Moen, Madison Otto, Micaela Parkhurst Murphy, Alexis Potvin, Amara Rodriguez, Sidney Trotter, Carli Wanink, Taylor Weis and Gunner Wilder.
• Grade 7-Carter Bennett, Brianna Crotteau, Tori Gerber, Derek Gifford, Caitlin Gillet, Hannah Gillett, Ashley Hestad, Kiara Hestad, Zawadi Hester, Brett Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Carley Kisling, Brandon Kurshinsky, Sydney Lucas, David Meznarich, Julia Murphy, Caleb Peet, Jake Salm, Payton Sevals, Autumn Thome and Hannah Zimmerman.
Honorable Mention
• Grade 8- . . .

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Classes explain social media in business
Four one-session classes concerning using social media to help businesses connect with clients and customers will be held throughout April at UW-Barron County.
These professional development courses are taught by Shelly Cedarblade, owner of Woo! Social Media Marketing, "" Classes meet on a Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. in Room 202 of Ritzinger Hall. The registration fee for each course is $39.
• Facebook for Absolute Beginners meets on April 1 and helps participants get started in the Facebook world.
• Grow Your Business with Facebook meets on April 8. Business owners and entrepreneurs hear about how to start business Facebook pages and advertise to a variety of people and find other businesses to connect with. A prerequisite for this course is a personal Facebook page.
• Using LinkedIn for Business . . .

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Eagle Scout project highlights roots of freedom
We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The above preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America, and the document in its entirety, is one of 23 pictures and documents ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Kuffel, Groskopf honored by Kohl group
Rien Groskopf of Turtle Lake High School is the recipient of a $1,000 Herb Kohl Educational Scholarship.
Students earning the award have demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding leadership, citizenship, community service, integrity and other talents.
Carla Kuffel, Cameron High School teacher, . . .

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Gardeners offer scholarships
The Barron County Master Gardeners announce the availability of a $200 scholarship for eligible students interested in pursuing an education in horticulture, landscape design or turf management.
Eligible students must be a Barron County High School senior or have graduated from a Barron County school and currently attending an accredited 2- or 4-year school. They should have a . . .

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Youngsters engineer the future
Using catapults, electromagnets and paper airplanes, a college club is showing pre-teen students that there are fun futures in engineering.
For the past 4 weeks, the Future Engineers of UW-Barron County have designed projects for fifth- to eighth-grade students of the Barron County Boys & Girls Club to teach them skills in engineering, communication, critical thinking, teamwork and more.
The college kids also learn from the experience through designing the projects and teaching the children, said Christa James-Byrnes, club faculty advisor.
Packaging engineering student Joe Brown said, "The best way you can learn things is to teach others."
In the most recent project, Brown and mechanical engineering student Devan Lihrman used wood, screws, springs, bungees and pet food scoops to build catapults with students.
Once the kids screwed the contraptions together, they fired bean bags for distance and accuracy in the campus commons.
The catapults worked well with the exception of a couple malfunctions, which were quickly corrected.
"If it breaks, you learn a lot . . .

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Serving the community
Students from the Northern Lakes Regional Academy in Rice Lake recently cooked and served a meal for the residents of Benjamin's House. Pictured are participating students,...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Choir, band students take part in concert
Students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Assn. sanctioned Concert Music Festival hosted at Rice Lake High School on Tuesday from 1-7 p.m. During the festival, which is free and open to the public, each school's concert ensemble groups will perform before a panel of adjudicators while students from other schools listen in as part of their own learning experience.
The festival will draw concert bands and choirs from a number of area schools, including Barron High School, . . .

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Makeup days announced
School will be in session in the Rice Lake Area School District on Thursday, April 17 to make up for last Friday's snow day, Feb. 21.
That was confirmed Monday, Feb. 24, at a 20-minute, late-night meeting of the Rice Lake Board of Education.
Superintendent Larry Brown said he will offer options for additional make-up days at the board's next meeting. The district has cancelled school six times so far this winter due to snow or extreme cold.
In other news, middle school assistant principal Nathan Vlcek informed the board of plans to begin a Saturday School as a consequence for students who are chronically misbehaving or refusing to complete academic expectations and not reporting for noon or after-school detentions.
Modeled after a similar program at the high school, it takes place Saturdays from 8-10:30 a.m., with staff volunteers to receive stipends for their time,
Used as a last resort for . . .

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Language, music classes at UW begin in March
A variety of enrichment courses begins in March at UW-Barron County.
• Survival Japanese is an eight-session class that run on Tuesday evenings, March 4-April 29 (skipping March 18) from 6-7 p.m. in Room 237 of Ritzinger Hall. This course introduces participants to Japanese culture through survival Japanese and useful phrases, basic sentence structure and the Japanese syllabary, numbers and other basic kanji. Course instructor is Lee Friederich. Course registration fee is $39.
• For the area's stringed instrumentalists . . .

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Two RLHS students among finalists
Two Rice Lake High School students are named as National Merit Scholarship finalists. Haley Strouf, daughter of Sue Strouf and Terry Strouf, and Teague Tomesh, son of Jeff and Jill Tomesh, received a Certificate of Merit from Rice Lake High School principal Curt Pacholke.
This is the fourth consecutive year that RLHS has had a National Merit finalists, having had three in the Class of 2010, two in the Class of 2011 and one in the Class of 2012.
The National Merit Scholarship competition begins during the fall of a student's junior year. The first step is a qualifying score on the PSAT exam. In a typical year, about 1.5 million high school juniors enter this first step of the competition.
In the spring of their junior year, . . .

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


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