Students and Alumni Make News

Ripon Students and Alumni Continue Making News!

 

It’s easy to forget about school in these warm summer months, but Ripon Tigers continue to make headlines by excelling at what they do best: making our community proud. 

 

We like to keep you periodically updated on the exciting things happening in our community to build connections and share news with our alumni, supporters and community members. Check out some recent highlights:

 

Former Ripon standout joins new Wisconsin pro basketball team

 

Alumnus Taylor Wurtz (‘09) has returned home to Wisconsin to join the new women’s professional basketball team, the Wisconsin Glo. Wurtz set the all-time scoring record at Ripon, then went on to play five years at the University of Wisconsin Madison, redshirting her freshman year. After college, Wurtz went overseas, playing in Sweden and Luxembourg, and is currently playing for a league in France. 

 

The Wisconsin Glo are based in Oshkosh and play in the Global Women’s Basketball Association. This will be the team's inaugural season.

 

RHS alum receives poetry honor

 

Recent grad Elizabeth Stanfield (‘19) received the Council for Wisconsin Writers Young Writer Award for her poem “Hand-Me-Downs.” Stanfield has been writing poetry since middle school. She was also a National Honor Society member, trumpet player, soccer goalie and was the lieutenant governor of Badger Girls State, a prestigious youth government and leadership organization. 

 

Tigers reach podium at state track & field

 

Ripon Tiger boys had a solid showing at the 2019 WIAA State Track & Field Championships in La Crosse. Sophomore Hunter Cook finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 13-6. Cook holds the Ripon record for boys’ pole vault at 13-9. 

 

Junior Carter Hahn also earned a spot on the podium in the 100-meter dash, breaking his personal record with a time of 11.09 seconds and placing fifth. Junior Alex Rodriguez placed 16th in the shot-put. Congrats to these Tiger student-athletes!

 

National Honor Society students recognized

 

Ripon High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society finished out the school year by inducting the newest members into the ranks. The ceremony included lighting a candle for NHS’ four areas of excellence—scholarship, service, leadership and character—and presenting current members with gold cords and pins. New members signed into Ripon’s decades-old register of NHS students. 

 

Ripon's Schmidt receives outstanding FBLA adviser honor

 

Ripon teacher Sheri Schmidt received the honor of being the Wisconsin Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser for Future Business Leaders of America at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio. Schmidt was honored onstage at the conference during the Parade of States. 

 

To stay up to date with the latest news coming out of the Ripon Area School District, be sure to stay tuned to Tiger Nation. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 


5 Great Benefits of Alumni Mentoring for Ripon Students

When you serve as a mentor, you can pass on your knowledge, wisdom and advice to students as they learn and grow. More than that, it also allows you to give back to the educational institution that helped you get to where you are today. It speaks volumes about your character and can even help you grow and develop as a leader and professional.

Mentorship is something that’s valuable both ways. More than the good feeling you get from teaching and encouraging someone your junior, that individual is gaining access to a wealth of understanding and experience. Mentees often go on to do big things, thanks in part to the person who took time to be their mentor. They may even go on to become a mentor themselves—creating a legacy of giving back.

How mentoring benefits students

For students, having a mentor brings with it numerous, long-lasting benefits. Let’s take a look at five ways Ripon students benefit from mentorship:

  1. Students gain practical, applicable advice that might not be taught in the classroom, which can be applied throughout their personal and future professional lives. They’ll enter college or the job force a leg up on pure classroom learners.
  2. Mentorship creates a bond that may benefit everything from professional networking to personal growth—especially at a pivotal time in a high school student’s life. A mentor is a guide for students facing uncertainty in their future and someone on whom they can rely.
  3. Mentees get one-on-one attention that helps them to better understand and retain information, while also connecting that knowledge to classroom lessons. They’ll benefit from more focused learning and a stronger grasp on content.
  4. Students get a better understanding of real-world expectations and applications, direct from someone who has experienced them firsthand. This necessary dose of reality will shape their understanding of the world outside the classroom.
  5. Mentorship is free! It affords students access to a crucial resource for development that’s not hidden behind a financial barrier. For students unable to afford tutoring or those disadvantaged by a lack of available programs, mentoring is an incredibly valuable experience.

Serving as a mentor

For mentors, being able to pass along wisdom to a younger generation is a truly gratifying experience. We invite you to sign up as a volunteer and see for yourself the profound effect mentorship can have on a student.

 


News and Updates

Stay up to date on all that is happening in our schools by following us on Facebook and Twitter. The month of May is jam-packed with concerts, art exhibitions, Senior class events, field trips, Playschool, ACE (formerly DARE) Graduation, French Adventure and more!

RHS Choir Director Adam Minten rewrote the RHS alumni song into four-part harmony and the choir performed the song at their Spring Concert. Senior choir students were honored during the performance of the song. Kudos RHS Music Department! Check out their performance on our Facebook page.


News and Updates

News, Updates and Highlights from Ripon Schools

It's finally spring here in the Ripon area! As we look to finish the 2018-19 school year strong, we are pleased to share some great news and updates from the Ripon Area School District. Below are some recent highlights, milestones and accomplishments for our schools, students and staff:

Graduation rate climbs at RHS

Our four-year graduation rate continues to rise in the district, hitting a mark of 94 percent for 2018 RHS and Lumen Charter High School students. This places us well above the state average of 89.6 percent. We remain committed to delivering the academic opportunities our students need to be successful and constantly working to improve graduation rates on a year-by-year basis.

District announces charter proposal

The district recently introduced a charter proposal for Barlow Park Elementary School. If approved, the charter proposal would give staff and teachers at Barlow Park the freedom to develop creative curricula to provide creative and flexible learning experiences to students. The school board is currently requesting input from parents on the charter proposal.

Tigers boys' basketball team makes it to regional final

The Ripon High Schools boys' basketball team capped off a great 2018-19 season with a run to the regional title game. The Tigers beat Wautoma and Luther Prep to get to the final, where they fell a little short against Waupun. This year's team demonstrated an incredible level of dedication and hard work. Congratulations for a terrific season!

 

If you want to stay up to date on all the latest out of the Ripon Area School District, stay tuned to Ripon Tiger Nation. Go Tigers!





Stay Involved

Why Should You Stay Involved with Your Alma Mater?

 

If you're like most people, you may not have the tightest connection with your high school alma mater. It's typical for graduates to go out into the world, heading off to college, trade school, the workforce or the armed forces. It’s the beginning of adult life.

 

As time goes on, we tend to lose a strong sense of connection with the schools we attended in our formative years. But more than any yearbook, class ring or Facebook group, staying engaged and involved with your alma mater is a great way to keep that connection—and even help out current students in meaningful ways.

 

Even if you are someone who put considerable distance between your high school and your current life, you can still stay involved. And, a good place to start is by joining Ripon Tiger Nation.

 

Why should you stay connected?

 

There are many beneficial reasons to stay involved with your high school as an alumni—more than just for nostalgia’s sake. Here are just a few examples:

 

  • High schools are always looking for examples of successful alumni. From mentorships and speaking engagements to a feature in the newsletter, your alma mater wants to see that its students have gone on to achieve something.
  • Panels, workshops and seminars are all popular with staff and parents. Schools often seek leaders and contributors for these events and frequently find the best option is an alumnus.
  • Reconnecting with former teachers and peers through an alumni network helps grow your personal and professional circles. There’s no telling what opportunities will come from simply reaching out to those who were important to you from your past.
  • You can have a voice. If you’re someone in a position to donate time or money to your alma mater, being an active alumnus can afford you all sorts of benefits. This includes having key input when it comes to the future direction of the school district.
  • It’s fun! You’ll get the chance to connect with current students and staff and involve yourself in numerous ways. You might work directly with student organizations or assist administrators as they enrich a school's programs or services.

 

Your high school days may be behind you, but your opportunities to involve yourself in the future of your alma mater have just begun. Reach out to Ripon High School through our alumni network and explore the many possibilities for affecting real, positive change.


Upcoming Events

Ripon Alumni: You're Invited to These Upcoming Events

As our students, staff and families get ready to finish out the school year strong, they are also preparing for a variety of great spring events here in the Ripon Area School District. These include everything from concerts and theater performances to athletics and more.  

We would like to send a special invitation to our alumni, supporters and community members to attend these winter and spring events:

Ripon High School Musical: "Oklahoma"

February 14, 15 and 16

Ripon High School

The RHS/Lumen Drama Department performs a colorful Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. For showtimes and other event information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2319087861661392/.

 

Empty Bowls

Friday, February 15 at 4:30 p.m.

Ripon High School Commons

Support the Rippon Art Department and get a delicious meal while you’re at it.

 

Big Band Jazz Concert

Saturday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Ripon High School Commons

Refreshments and live music provided by the RHS jazz band featuring classic and contemporary jazz hits. Bring your dancing shoes! More information available at https://www.facebook.com/events/1090129074524743/

 

Varsity Baseball

Friday, March 29 at 4:45 p.m.

Barlow Park Baseball Diamond

Cheer on the Ripon varsity baseball team as the Tigers open the season against Laconia.

 

Ripon Middle School Musical: "Annie"

April 4, 5 and 6

Ripon High School

Our middle school students put on this classic musical, which follows the story of an orphan named Annie living a “hard-knock life" at the New York City Municipal Orphanage. Find more information and showtimes at https://www.facebook.com/events/625884134513809/.

 

RHS Spring Band Concert

Monday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Ripon High School

 

RHS Spring Choir Concert

Monday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Ripon High School

 

RHS Graduation

Saturday, May 25 at 11:00 a.m.

Ripon High School

Celebrate the Class of 2019 as students walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

 

Mark your calendar with these upcoming events and celebrate the season of new beginnings with our incredible community here at the Ripon Area School District. You can also learn more by checking out our online events calendar. Go Tigers!

 


5 Great Benefits of Alumni Mentoring for Ripon Students

When you serve as a mentor, you can pass on your knowledge, wisdom and advice to students as they learn and grow. More than that, it also allows you to give back to the educational institution that helped you get to where you are today. It speaks volumes about your character and can even help you grow and develop as a leader and professional.

Mentorship is something that’s valuable both ways. More than the good feeling you get from teaching and encouraging someone your junior, that individual is gaining access to a wealth of understanding and experience. Mentees often go on to do big things, thanks in part to the person who took time to be their mentor. They may even go on to become a mentor themselves—creating a legacy of giving back.

How mentoring benefits students

For students, having a mentor brings with it numerous, long-lasting benefits. Let’s take a look at five ways Ripon students benefit from mentorship:

  1. Students gain practical, applicable advice that might not be taught in the classroom, which can be applied throughout their personal and future professional lives. They’ll enter college or the job force a leg up on pure classroom learners.
  2. Mentorship creates a bond that may benefit everything from professional networking to personal growth—especially at a pivotal time in a high school student’s life. A mentor is a guide for students facing uncertainty in their future and someone on whom they can rely.
  3. Mentees get one-on-one attention that helps them to better understand and retain information, while also connecting that knowledge to classroom lessons. They’ll benefit from more focused learning and a stronger grasp on content.
  4. Students get a better understanding of real-world expectations and applications, direct from someone who has experienced them firsthand. This necessary dose of reality will shape their understanding of the world outside the classroom.
  5. Mentorship is free! It affords students access to a crucial resource for development that’s not hidden behind a financial barrier. For students unable to afford tutoring or those disadvantaged by a lack of available programs, mentoring is an incredibly valuable experience.

Serving as a mentor

For mentors, being able to pass along wisdom to a younger generation is a truly gratifying experience. We invite you to sign up as a volunteer and see for yourself the profound effect mentorship can have on a student.

 


Planned Giving Supports Ripon Area Schools

A great education is critically important for our children, community and society as a whole. Ripon area students, parents and alumni are well aware of the impact a strong K-12 education can have in preparing young people for life beyond the classroom.

During this season of giving, you can make tax-deductible charitable contributions to support the Ripon Area School District, just like you would any other organization or cause important to you. Our donors allow us to expand our programs and services, providing our students with the best educational experiences possible from pre-K through high school.

If you’re thinking about making a contribution to support Ripon area schools, now is the perfect time of the year to do so. Not only does charitable giving in December give you the opportunity to spread some holiday cheer, but it also allows you to enjoy some benefits come tax time in April.

Charitable donations to the Ripon Education Foundation support the mission of our district and enable us to enhance the programs, events and academic opportunities we can deliver to our students. You can make a gift online using a credit card or send a check by mail to the Ripon Education Foundation Office. Donations are tax deductible.

You can also help support the Ripon Area School District by shopping with Amazon Smile. When you select the Ripon Education Foundation on Amazon Smile, .5 percent of your purchase will be donated to the foundation. It really adds up in the long run!

You can also contribute to Ripon area schools as a volunteer. We have a variety of great volunteer opportunities in which you can participate, whether you’re interested in hosting an event, serving as a mentor or simply supporting our schools on social media.

No matter how you choose to help out Ripon's students, we encourage you to get involved and contribute to all the incredible things happening in our schools and community. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to learn more.

 

 

 

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Ripon Alumni Offer Great Feedback Through Recent Survey

The Ripon Area School District recently launched an Alumni and Community Interest Survey, asking our former students to provide us with feedback and input on their impressions of the district and how we can best engage them.

In large numbers, alumni spoke to the positive outcomes for Ripon graduates, made possible by quality programs, teachers and facilities. The district's academics, fine arts, athletics, STEM program and recent facility enhancements also received high marks from survey respondents.

"Almost all of my family graduated from this wonderful school district," wrote one alumnus. "Our success as adults is due in part to our preparation from Ripon schools."

Another wrote: "I am proud to be a Ripon Tiger because it was in that school that I figured out who I am. Between the classes I took and the teachers who mentored me, it all led me down the path that I currently walk today."

Communicating with our former students

It was wonderful to read all the great responses and comments. However, we also received a lot of practical feedback that will help us as we work to connect with more alumni in the coming months.

For example, many respondents reported that they would like to receive alumni-focused news and updates via the Ripon Nation website, social media and email and e-newsletters. They also expressed interest in getting invited to more school- and alumni-related events and activities.

More than 70 percent of alumni said that they would find considerable benefit in keeping in touch with their former classmates through an online directory — something Ripon Nation provides. They also said that they would like more information on volunteer opportunities, along with guest speaking in classrooms and mentoring current Ripon students.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this survey. It was a great experience for our district and staff, and we look forward to taking the results and brainstorming how we can best serve you, our alumni, as we move forward.


Ripon Wraps Up Another Great Homecoming Week

Homecoming is truly a special time of year in Ripon. In addition to being a fantastic experience for our current students, the week also allows our entire community—and especially our outstanding alumni—to come together in support of our schools. It's a wonderful tradition we have the honor of celebrating each fall.

This year was particularly special, as Tuesday brought with it the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the all-new RASD tennis courts! We're looking forward to many generations of students and community members enjoying the new facilities.

    

We were also pleased to name Tracy O'Brien with our 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Tracy is a Ripon High School graduate who taught fourth grade in the district for many years until his retirement in 2011. He is now on the Ripon Historical Society board of directors and serves as its education coordinator. Tracy has demonstrated a true commitment to education throughout his life.

On Friday, the Ripon High School hosted its annual Homecoming Breakfast, followed shortly thereafter by the Pep Assembly, where this year's homecoming court was announced. In the afternoon, the Homecoming Parade marched through downtown Watson Street, leading up to the varsity football game.

We would like to thank all of our alumni, community members and supporters who took part in the homecoming festivities this year. You are such a big reason of what makes Ripon a wonderful place to live, work and learn. #RiponNation