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Safe Schools Grant Recipient Spencer Receives Safe Schools Grant

Spencer Recieves Safe Schools Grant

Spencer Pride Pump

Pride Pump

The School District is proud to announce a generous donation from Baltus Oil company.  They have installed a Rocket’s Pride Pump at the gas pumps near our Great Lakes store. Two cents of every gallon sold through the Rocket’s Pride Pump will be donated to the Spencer School District on a quarterly basis.  The proceeds from this will go to support our School programs. I am very thankful to John Baltus for his support of our school and kids.

Now Hiring: High School English Teacher

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Spencer High School is in search a a full time teacher to primarily teach 9th and 10th grade English.  Candidates should possess the ability to foster positive relationships with students and colleagues, strong knowledge of English curriculum and a desire to help students become the best versions of themselves.  The school district also has needs in the area of ELL programming, Foreign Language (Spanish), and alternative education.  Applicants with additional licences in any of those areas will be given strong consideration.  Other coaching and advising opportunities will be available.  Questions may be directed to Principal Jason Gorst at jgorst@spencer.k12.wi.us or 715-659-4211 ext 106.  Applicants should apply on WECAN

Project Search Graduation

Project Search GraduationOne of our students graduated from Project Search on May 18, 2018.  Alex Mowbray completed this 9 month program.  The School District of Spencer is so proud of all of Alex's hardwork during this past 9 months.  Alex participated in 3 unpaid internships and these all enhanced his communication and employability skills.   Alex completed this program with a total of 8 students from area schools.  

Transitioning in High School

Wisconsin DVROur lives are full of transitions.  People are constantly faced with changes from being a small child going into kindergarten to an aging adult going into an assisted living facility.  At the high school level, a big transition for students is leaving high school to either continue their education at a college or join the workforce full time.  This is a big decision and involves some preparation. Now consider how having a disability can add to that challenge. That is why transitional services are provided for students with a disability.  (READ MORE)

Video WSAW Chooses Mrs. Bezlyk as a Teacher to Salute!!

 

One of our own was nominated and chosen to be a "Teacher to Salute" on Channel 7, WSAW! Her nomination stated, "Mrs. Bezlyk goes above and beyond every day to make education in her kindergarten classroom engaging and fun for her students. The activities she plans are both educationally sound and based on best practice for kindergarten. Her creativity shines and her students truly benefit from the time she takes to plan every minute of their day. Finally, the students in Mrs. B's class all hold a huge piece of her heart, each of her students truly feel special and valued in her classroom." This ad will run from Wednesday through the end of the week during the newscasts as well as periodically throughout the day. Congrats Mrs. B!!

 

Hanging Baskets Greenhouse Plant Sale
History Club Field Trip

History Club Field TripOn Wednesday May 9th the history club took a field trip to the EAA (Experimental Aviation Museum) in Oshkosh. While there, students were introduced to various forms of aviation since the Wright brothers first flight in 1903. Planes ranged from the beginning of aviation through World War Two and into the modern SpaceShipOne missions. Submitted by-Mr. Cole, Mr. Wagner, and Mr. Sprenger

Honoring Excellence in Education Banquet

Honoring Excellence BanquetCongratulations to Lukas Ellefson and his Honored Educator Mr. Veale along with Lexi Baehr and her Honored Educator Mrs. Rotar on their recognition at the Marathon County Honoring Excellence in Education Banquet.

Vote for Hannah

High JumpSpencer track athlete Hannah Zastrow has been nominated for the WDLB-WOSQ
Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports.com April High School Athlete of the Month
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help spread the word.

Employment Opportunities

Rockets LogoThe Spencer School District is in search of candidates in the following areas:

Middle School Special Education Teacher (Cross- Categorical)

Physical Education Teacher (Two Positions)

Athletic Director

Drivers Education Teacher

Varsity Girls Head Basketball Coach

More information can be found on our Employment Tab

Choir Festival

Choir FestOn Thursday, April 19 both Spencer Junior High Choir and Spencer High School Concert Choir participated in the Southern Marawood Conference Large Group Choir Festival held at Stratford High School. Adjudicators awarded each ensemble first (excellent) ratings in Class A (high school) and Middle School Class (junior high). Congratulations to ALL musicians on your hard work and dedication!  You make Spencer SO proud!- Submitted by Ms. Stewart

Middle School Physical Education

Middle School Phy Ed

Spring is here, and with the warm weather the Middle School Physical Education program is heating up. Students have spent the winter months performing strength and conditioning activities to enhance strength, build flexibility, and help their overall fitness levels. Along the way, students have also learned many new games and activities. The Middle School students are all excited to take their new skills to outdoor activities as we near the end of the school year and into the summer. GO ROCKETS- Submitted by Mr. Thomas

Cloverbelt Scholar Recipients Honoroed

Cloverbelt Scholars

Congratulations to Hayley Scheppler and Leah Higgins for their recognition as Cloverbelt Scholar Recipients. Also, congratulations to Mrs. Roehrborn and Mrs. Pickett for being selected as their Honored Educators.

EF Global Education Excellence Award 

Foreign Exchange Students

Spencer High School has received national recognition for excellence in global education from EF High School Exchange Year, the leader in high school exchange. 

The EF High School Exchange Year Global Education Excellence Award is presented annually to high schools that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness. Spencer High School was one of a select group of high schools and districts recognized across the United States for the 2017-18 school year.  Please click "Read More" for more details. 

 

 

Microbiology and Parasitology Course Offered by Spencer High School

MicrobiologyStudents from several high schools enrolled in Spencer's distance-learning Microbiology & Parasitology class met at Spencer High School on April 9th & 10th to experience hands-on learning with biotechnology equipment related to molecular biology, genetics, and immunology. Biochemist Ryan Olson from the Promega Corporation's BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute was present to help with the labs. The students this year also had two days of lab time in December, as well as field trips to learn about waste water treatment and to study medical laboratory procedures. - Submitted by Mr. Benton

8th Grade FACE Sewing Projects

Emojis

The 8th grade students in Ms. Polka’s FACE class completed their sewing unit by making emoji pillows. Students learned about sewing safety, identifying tools and equipment, hand sewing, and constructing a pillow. Each student selected their own emoji and created a pattern to cut out their fabric. Students then sewed their pillows by hand. They began by assembling facial features, sewing the fabric with right sides together, stuffing the pillow, and finishing it with some more hand sewing. The finished product was a 12 inch pillow. Students learned consistency, time, and patience were important during this process. They all enjoyed this experience as they  wanted to make a second one! - Submitted by Ms. Polka

 

 

Missoula Children's Theatre At The LTCA

Jack and the Beanstalk

Cloverbelt Scholar-Athlete Banquet

Scholar AthletesCongratulations to Lukas Ellefson and Sadie Mercier as they were honored at the Cloverbelt Scholar-Athlete Banquet

Middle School Language Arts is “In Sync” with Today’s Learners

Middle School ELA

 

Three years ago Spencer Middle School adopted a new English Language Arts curriculum called StudySync.  This curriculum was one of the first fully electronic programs used in our district. After also adopting one-to-one student Chromebooks last year, the curriculum started to become a seamless way to complete reading, writing, speaking, and listening assignments that students truly enjoy.  The classroom looks very different at times compared to the traditional teaching of the past which included very large reading anthologies and a good number of supplemental workbooks and novels. Now, everything the students need is available in a virtual and weightless space--the Chromebook.  Students also don’t have to remember to bring homework to class (nor can one say they forgot it) because it is nearly always stored in a virtual space! Interactive elements like videos, virtual flashcards, and annotation storage make the program both convenient and thorough to a point that we could never have achieved in a 42-minute class period in the past.  The students are benefiting greatly and they are engaging more because they like the platform of the class. It is as second-nature for a student today to hear “log in” as to the past when a teacher said “turn to page…” - Submitted by Mrs. Much

School Closing

Spencer School District will be closed on Tuesday April 3, 2018 due to inclement weather.

Business and Information Technology Teacher

Business and Information Technology

The Spencer School District is in search of a dynamic teacher to lead the growth of a Business and Information Technology Program. The District is committed to offering a wide variety of opportunities to the students of Spencer in all areas, including Career and Technical Education (CTE). This position would include middle school survey courses in grades 6-8 designed to build student interest in business education and informational technology. Providing our students with personal finance, digital citizenship and digital literacy skills is a priority of ours. Our students have expressed a strong interest in business and informational technology courses, especially in the area of coding. This position may include, but is not limited to the following courses: Introduction to Business, Personal Finance, Marketing, Coding, and Accounting. We will work with Northcentral Technical College to provide dual credit opportunities for our students. 

Interested candidates should apply on WECAN. Questions may be directed to Principal Jason Gorst 715-659-4211 ext 106 jgorst@spencer.k12.wi.us

Middle School Girls Attend UWSP STEM Career Exploration Day

UWSP STEM

The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point sponsors three STEM (Science, Engineering, Math, and Technology) events for junior high students each year. Sponsored by the Spencer Science Club, four girls from Spencer Middle School attended a day designed for girls to explore STEM careers on Friday, February 23. This one-day conference is designed to get them fired up and excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The event showcased STEM career professionals from throughout Wisconsin and faculty from UW-System. The girls engaged in hands-on workshops and learned the many career paths available with an education in STEM.- Submitted by Mrs. Roehrborn

High School Science Classes Continue to Implement New Technology

High School Science

One of the great things about high school students is that they are often very knowledgeable about new technology. Many of the high school science courses use Vernier sensors as a large component of the lab work. Digital sensors allow students to gather and analyze data in real time. A new type of technology that we tried this year in Biology 2 is using cell phones with microscopes to take videos of the organisms being observed. Not surprisingly, many of the students were excited to try this and took almost no time to master the process. - Submitted by Mrs. Roehrborn

7th Grade Combines Social Studies, Science and Art Concepts

The 7th grade students in Mrs. Rogney's World History class are wrapping up their unit on Ancient Greece.  Topics covered in the unit included geography, government, wars, and Athens vs. Sparta. Students were asked to combine content from all topics and create a shield that would represent themselves and their beliefs if they were to live during this era.  

 

The class also explored a new art technique called patina, that they could add to their shields.  Students used a small piece of copper to create a crest that would be displayed on their finished piece.  Liver of Sulfur was then used on the copper to help iodize it and create this cool old look.  The students were excited to try something new and their finished pieces turned out fantastic. Middle School Social Studies

Five Spencer Students To Participate In Health Career Connections

HCC Students

Rachel Busse, Shelbi Hoefs, Lindsey Loos, Hope Ngirwe and Shaelee Neitzel will particpate in the Health Career Connections program next year. 

Health Career Connections is a sequential program for high school students interested in health careers. The program provides students with an understanding of skills needed for a variety of careers within health services. Health Career Connections offers internships designed to familiarize students with the various careers in the medical profession. Students will learn skills necessary for their health care career pathway, in addition to working with others, legal and ethical responsibilities cultural considerations in the health care industry, problem solving, decision making, accepting personal responsibility and self-management.

More information can be found by clicking on this LINK. 

Reality Store

Reality Store

On March 13th, Spencer 8th grade students were shocked with a dose of reality.

The Reality Store is an interactive financial simulation where middle school students learn how their education, life choices and finances are all interrelated and impact their future.  During this hands-on experience students are given a hypothetical family situation. Based on that information they make spending decisions for their household. Their goal was to balance a monthly budget which included paying taxes, saving/investing, health and car insurance costs, and paying monthly bills (such as rent, utilities, phone, cable, childcare, groceries, car, clothing, etc.). Balancing their budget wasn’t easy, especially with unexpected financial fates along the way.

Spencer 8th grade students definitely got a glimpse of the future.

Spencer Math Students Celebrate Pi Day

Math Students

The past couple weeks Spencer 7th graders have been examining the circumference and areas of circles. Therefore, it seemed fitting to celebrate something as infinite as the value of pi.

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi is used in mathematics to represent a constant (the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter) which is approximately 3.14159. If you haven’t figured it out, Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three digits of pi.

On this special day the 7th graders became a little “irrational” when sharing their "Pi" projects. They also listened to some "Pi" tunes and played "Pi" cards, but the best part was eating some delicious "Pi" food.​- Submitted by Mrs. Barton

Social Studies Students Interact With Dr. Nyseth Brehm From Ohio State University

Students Learning About Rwanda

 

Part of the learning experience for me in the social studies field is giving students interactive learning opportunities. One of those experiences was hearing from Dr. Hollie Nyseth Brehm from Ohio State University. The class did a Skype call with her, where she talked about her experiences during her nine trips to Rwanda, and her extensive research regarding the Rwandan genocide, which we learned about in class. Dr. Brehm talked about interviews she conducted with those involved with the Rwandan genocide, the past, and the current state of Rwanda. Students truly enjoyed this experience and hearing first hand accounts regarding what they learned in class. -Ryan Sprenger 

History Speaks

Historical Speaker

 

On Monday March 12th the Marathon County Historical Society came to Spencer and brought Harlan Grinde to talk about the role China plays in the world today. Harlan talked in the LuCille Tack center in front of community members from Spencer, Wausau, Stratford, and other communities in Central Wisconsin. Thanks to the Marathon County Historical Society, Diane Veale, and the Spencer History Club for helping out with the event. - Submitted by Mr. Wagner, and Mr. Sprenger 

Student Council Visits Stoney River

Student VolunteersMiddle School student council members went with Mrs. Wilke to visit our friends at Stoney River last week and together, they made St Patrick’s day crafts! They also brought them toasty warm blankets!

AP Calculus Taught via Distance Learning as a Dual Credit Course

AP Calculus

Students have been working hard in our AP Calculus class with Mr. Oestreich.  This class is also a Dual Credit course affiliated with Northcentral Technical College which allows students multiple pathways to earn college credit. This is one of our many classes that is taught via distance learning allowing our students to collaborate with area students while also providing the opportunity for students from other schools the chance to take a class that is not offered at their school.

SC Rocket State Wrestlers

State Wrestlers

Congratulations to our State Wrestlers: Carson Hildebrandt, Dominick Wichlacz, Hunter Luepke, and Logan Zschernitz.  Hunter and Logan captured state championships!

Spencer Elementary is Exceeding Expectations!!

 

           School Report Card Score Exceeding Expectations!    

Spencer Elementary is EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS according to the Wisconsin Department of Instruction school report cards.  Our staff and students continue to work diligently to grow as learners and this is evident by our score which actually rose 3 points over last year's score.  Both our overall student achievement and closing gaps scores well exceed the state average!!  Great job to our students and staff!!

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Open Enrollment
Formal Dress Consignment Sale

Spencer Kids Group

UW-Green Bay MS/HS Summer Camps 2018
School Closing at 1:30 PM

The School District of Spencer will be closing at 1:30 PM today, Thursday, Jan. 11.  All after school activities are cancelled.  Spencer Kid's Group will be open at 1:30 PM.  

Parents guide to cold, flu, pertussis
Holiday Choral & Handbell Concert

LTCA

The December 18th concert begins at 7:30 in the Lucille Tack Center for the Arts

School District of Spencer Staff Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the Staff and Students of the School District of Spencer I would like to wish you each and Happy and Joyous Holiday season.  

Cold vs Flu
SC Rockets at Amherst

Cheer on the SC Rockets this friday night

Spencer PTA night at Applebees

Join us for an Applebee's Fundraiser Benefitting Spencer PTA on Oct. 15.  

Wisconsin School Board Association Appreciation Week Oct. 1 - 7

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set Oct. 1-7 as WASB Appreciation Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function our elected board of education plays in our communities.  The School District of Spencer is joining public school districts across the state to celebrate the Wisconsin School Board Association and honoring our local school board members for their commitment to the community of Spencer and its children.

Welcome to the Spencer School District

Mission

Spencer Public School empowers students to achieve their greatest academic, emotional, social, and civic potential.

Vision

The vision of Spencer Public schools is to provide a foundation for all students to be actively engaged in a positive, safe, and inclusive learning environment utilizing 21st Century Skills.

Spencer Public School Values:

Individuals have a right to a safe, welcoming environment

Individuals have value and deserve to be treated with respect

Individuals are responsible for their actions

Mistakes are opportunities for learning

Individuals have unique strengths and abilities

Character Education leads to personal and academic growth

Community, parents/guardians and schools inspire student growth

Knowing all students by name enhances personal connections and student learning

Providing a strong foundation for continuous learning includes critical and creative thinking

Assembly WAOW 9 Assembly
Website Tip - Events Calendar

Many of the calendar events are now school specific (Elementary, Middle School, High School).  You can either select the school you wish to view or select multiple schools when on the calendar page.

 

PTA Annual Craft Sale

Saturday, November 25, 2017

To apply to be a vendor, please click here.  

Parent Links
New Staff Welcome our New staff

Front Row L-R

Saydi Stewart, MS/HS Choral Director

Nicole Polka. FACE

Melanie Lorentz, PK-7 School Counselor

Brittany Oblak, School Psychologist

Back Row L-R

Bobbie Bunge, Elementary LD Teacher

Kristy Ehlers, 4 year old KIndergarten

Holly Strey, Ealry Childhood

Whitney Eckes, Grade 4

Rocket WELCOME

WELCOME TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.