It's Great to be a Warrior - 10 Reasons Why

It's Great to be a Warrior - 10 Reasons Why
Posted on 07/06/2016

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  1. ACT Scores – 2015 graduates scored a composite average of 23.3.  This was higher than neighboring schools and all but one in the Big River’s Conference.

  2. College Readiness – 56% of our 2015 high school graduates planned to attend a 4 year university.   Each year 10 -14 students are accepted to UW-Madison, which has the reputation of a rigorous admission process.  We have many more students who choose prestigious private and other D-1 universities.

  3. Career Readiness – We continue to collaborate with local businesses.  Our recent pathways in welding, machining, construction, agriculture, and business are early examples of how we have successfully partnered with local stakeholders.

  4. Ability to Innovate – During engineering course at RLHS, 2015 graduate Sam Burdick invented a putter that was later approved for use by the USGA.  He utilized Independent Study and Technology and Engineering courses taught by RLHS staff to prototype, design, and manufacture his idea. 

  5. Facilities – Our recent referendum supported new science labs, auditorium lobby, and Career and Technical Education renovations.

  6. Athletics – Warrior spirit is running strong with 21 WIAA sanctioned sports offered.  Last school year 5 teams qualified for state –Girls’ Golf, Boys’ Soccer, Football, Boys’ Basketball, and Gymnastics – along with individuals and relays in Cross Country, Track, Wrestling, and Boys’ Swimming.  Additionally, numerous school records have been shattered recently.

  7. Vocal and Instrumental Music – Both our band and choirs have memberships of more than 160.  In addition to an awesome summer performance at Disney World in 2015, the RLHS music programs qualified for 76 state events that year alone.

  8. Clubs and Activities – 29 different clubs offer students of diverse interests a way to be involved, many of them earning state and national recognition.

  9. NLRA – Northern Lakes Regional Academy provides a Project-based Learning experience for high school students and complete Makerspace Fablab for district use.

  10.  Course Offerings – At RLHS we are proud to offer 152 different courses including 10 Advanced Placement options.  16 suggested career clusters are included in the Course Description Booklet to help parents guide their child through the four-year high school plan.

The list proves we have quality programming and continue to value community involvement.  As principal, it is my job to encourage students to take risks and challenge themselves to be sure each student reaches his/her full potential.  One thing I have learned from having grown-up in Rice Lake is that great schools are created by co-dependent relationships with parents, local businesses, and leaders in the community.  

-Curt Pacholke
Principal, Rice Lake High School