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Respect Word Cloud

Spencer’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Word of the Month is RESPECT.

In other words….The Golden Rule…Treat others as you want to be treated.

Perseverance

Perseverence

The SEL Word for November is PERSEVERANCE.  The meaning: Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition.  A NEVER GIVE UP attitude. (cont...)

 

Science Is Cool!

One of the awesome things we love about being a 4K-12 grade building is being able to bring our learning full circle by involving different departments into the learning process. This was the case this past week with our 4th grade science unit on cells. 4th graders have been reading and learning about cells for the past couple weeks. This week we applied our reading of cells to a hands-on learning experience by visiting the high school lab where Mrs. Roehrborn's AP Biology class prepared cell slides and activities for us. THANK YOU to Mrs. Roehborn and her students for helping get our students excited about science and help their learning come alive.Science Lab

A Letter from our SEL Team

Optimism

It’s a new school year…SEL is the word….And September’s word of the month is OPTIMISM.   Trust us when we say good things will happen.

Will you be a part of it?

2019 Cloverbelt Art Show

Art show

SHS Art Students

The Cloverbelt Art Competition is an annual event featuring the work of area students grades 9-12. The work is judged by a select group of artists, professors, and professionals. This year Spencer will be submitting thirteen pieces by the following artists: Ken Frisch, Jay Taylor, Bobbi Mancl, David Ellefson, Daniel Clark, Franziska Fuchs, and Rhys Schafer. Congrats and good luck to them!

SHS Drama Club Presents: Silent Sky

Silent Sky PromoComing soon:  Spencer High School Drama Club presents Silent Sky, a play by Lauren Gunderson, Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th at 7:30 PM in the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts.  The play tells the saga of Henrietta Leavitt, from Beloit, Wisconsin, who discovered the standard for measuring the distance between stars and planets.   Tickets are $5.00 at the door.  

Cloverbelt Scholar Athletes

Cloverbelt Scholar Athletes

Congratulations to Carson Hildebrandt and Tiffany Meinders on their selection as Spencer's Cloverbelt Scholar Athletes for 2019.  Carson participated in Football, Wrestling and Baseball.  His honored educator is Mrs. Rotar.  Tiffany participated in Softball,  Basketball and Cross Country.  Her honored coach is Coach Canfield.  

SHS Students Learn About The Brain

BSF Students in lab coatsStudents in the Body Structure and Function class wrapped up their unit on the nervous system by dissecting sheep brains in class. Sheep brains have the same parts as human brains and students were able to find them and compare their relative sizes and locations. Dissections are always a fan favorite in this class.

Spencer Senior Musicians take on NYC!

Seniors in Times SquareEarlier this month, the class of 2019 musicians traveled to NYC for their senior music trip. During their time in New York, students toured the United Nations, NBC Studios, attended broadways shows and saw the New York Philharmonic and world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform.

SHS Students Prepare For Life After High School

Student has article publishedStudent testing robotEnglish 4 prepares students for college rigor, the workforce, and community involvement.  After writing a college-level research paper in the fall,  students work with an adult mentor to complete a project based on their research topic.  Pictured are Jade Hubbel who researched the dairy crisis in Wisconsin with her project, an interview of local dairy farmers published in the 2/27/2019 issue of the TRG; and Mason Barth who is testing out the robot he designed and programmed after researching robotics in the workplace.

Referendum

Dome

The School District of Spencer will be going to Referendum on April 2, 2019.  

The purpose of the referendum will be to pay for the cost of:

  • renovating the school building to improve safety and security;
  • maintaining, upgrading and equipping facilities; and
  • constructing and equipping an addition to the school building for education, music and athletics.

 

For more information about the referendum please click HERE

 

There will be informational meetings held on March 21st and March 26th in the Lucille Tack Center for the Arts at 6:30 pm.  The referendum question will be on the April 2nd ballot.

 

 

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School Cancelled Wednesday January 30th

Due to low temperatures school will be cancelled on Wednesday January 30th.  

Special Visitors at Spencer

UWSP Wind Ensemble

The School District of Spencer was proud to host the UWSP Woodwind Ensemble last Friday. With two past members of the Rocket Family , Courtney Buss and Elijah Schuh, the ensemble stopped off on their way to a performance to work with our kids. Thank you Mr. Veale for setting up this outstanding experience for our students.
Hope Ngirwe is the High School Student of the Month

Student

Hope Ngirwe was selected as the Student of the Month in the High School. Hope is a Senior at Spencer High School and serves as the President of Student Council. 

 

If you know of a student that you would like to nominate for Student of the Month in October, you can do so at the following link.

 

Spencer Rocket Pep Band

Pep BandThe High School Pep Band is made up of SEVENTY-SIX talented musicians!  You can hear them rocking out before many Rocket sporting events and at homecoming in a few weeks.  This morning they were rehearsing "Burning Heart" which is the traditional song that Rocket athletes have run out of the locker room to before games. 

Military Appreciation Event

American Flag

The Spencer School District would like to inform the community of our "Military Appreciation Event" being held tonight September 7th at the football game. During this event soldiers from 1st Battalion 120th Field Artillery unit will be firing off their M119 Howitzer cannon after every Rocket touchdown! Thank you! 

High School Supply List

Please click HERE for the 2018-2019 High School Supply List

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)

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
Award.

Voting begins at midnight Monday night and runs through midnight May 7 at
MarshfieldAreaSports

Voting is limited to one vote, per 24-hour period, per IP address. Please
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

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

Cloverbelt Scholar-Athlete Banquet

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

School Closing

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

Solo & Ensemble Comes to Spencer

On Friday, March 23, nearly 250 students from Greenwood, Abbotsford, Stratford and Spencer will be performing at this year's Solo & Ensemble Event in Spencer. 

Formal Dress Consignment Sale

Spencer Kids Group

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.  

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.  

High School Biology

Students in the High School Biology 2 classes visited the Spencer School Forest in SeptemberSchool Forest Picture As part of a field biology unit, the students gathered data from the pond community as well as the forest community there using traditional methods as well as new digital sensors. Students also observed and analyzed phenotypes of a variety of organisms and specific adaptions that allow them to thrive in that particular environment. Everyone also found some time to relax and enjoy the forest with some fishing and a campfire.

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.

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Welcome to the Spencer Public School New Website. 

Please continue to check back as we will be adding new information.

Spencer Schools Welcome International Speaker

The Human Connection

We encourage all parents and invite all community members to attend this gratifying experience working in conjunction with our Social Emotional Learning movement.  Please contact Katrina Rotar with any questions at krotar@spencer.k12.wi.ua or 715-659-4211.    

Open Enrollment Window

 

The open enrollment window is now open!  You may consider open enrolling your child from February 4th to April 30th at 4 PM.  The online application is available here.  Please contact Katheryn Green in the High School office at 715-659-4211 with any questions or click here for more information.  

Where Are They Now?

AlumniStacy Springob Class of 2012

News Producer

Nashville, Tennessee

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

Holiday Choral & Handbell Concert

LTCA

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

Spencer Music Department

Fall Concert

The leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping! We hope that you will spend your chilly fall evening supporting Spencer's 7-12 musicians as they present their first concert of the 2019-2020 school year! Performances will include Junior High Band and Chorus, High School Concert Band and Concert Choir, The Spencer High School Handbell Ensemble and Oriana Madrigal. Admission is free of charge and open to the public

Adding Minutes to the Day

This crazy winter has caused us to have 6 snow days already. Two days are built into our calendar, this leaves 4 to be made up. Please note the following changes:
*School day will be lengthened starting Monday, Feb. 18, this will make up 2 of the days. Middle and High school hours will be 8:07-3:22 and elementary will be 8:10-3:15. Buses will arrive 5 minutes earlier with this new schedule. 
*Students WILL be in school on March 8
*Last day for students will be in JUNE 7
Keep your fingers crossed that the ground hog was right and we have an early spring!!

 

Here is the MS/HS Bell Schedule 

Bell Schedule

Student and Staff Member of the Month

ideasStudent and Staff Member of the Month nominations are now open.  Please consider nominating someone who makes us all proud to be a Spencer Rocket! Please click on the links below!

Student of the Month

Staff Member of the Month

Aaron Pankratz Nominated for Athlete of the Month

Spencer track athlete Aaron Pankratz has been nominated for the WDLB-WOSQ
Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports.com March High School Athlete of the Month
award.

Voting has begun and will be held through midnight Tuesday at
MarshfieldAreaSports.com. Voting is limited to one vote per IP address per
24-hour period.

Please spread the word. Thank you.

http://www.marshfieldareasports.com/site/?p=59820

Senior Class Prepares for Graduation

Spencer SeniorsThe class of 2018 is now in their final semester.  Mark your calendars for their graduation on May 19th.

INTEGRITY-The Word of the Month

 

Integrity word cloud

The Social and Emotional Learning Committee at Spencer Schools is bringing you the word for the month of October….INTEGRITY.

Spencer MS/HS Exceeds Expectations

Report Card Score

For the second consecutive year the Spencer MS/HS has exceeded expectations on the school report card.  More detailed information can be found at this website

Spencer Music Department Recognized

Music Award

Spencer High School has met the Wisconsin School Music Association's criteria for Accreditation. The honor recognizes the school's outstanding participation in WSMA programming and distinguishes our music program for the valuable music education opportunities we create for our students. Thank you to Mr. Veale, Ms. Stewart and all of our student musicians for their hard work and dedication.

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

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!

2017/2018 Spencer High School Course Description Book

Course Description Book

Spencer High School is offering new and updated courses.  All courses can be found in this catelog.  Final decisions as to what courses will run for next year are subject to school board approval.

Crystal Apple Award Nominations now Open!

This morning representatives from the Chamber of Commerce went into all of our classrooms to kick-off the Crystal Apple awards program. As many of you know, this is an opportunity to acknowledge all of the great teachers we have here in Spencer. This year you are able to nominate teachers online using this link: https://forms.gle/AbppJjoAdhsZX9rU6

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. 

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.  

Technology Education at Spencer High School

Tech Ed

From time to time we will be highlighting the various courses offered at Spencer High School. We will start with our Technology Education Department. Along with listing the name of the class, the course description is included. Spencer High School offers a wide variety of classes in the field of technical education to help prepare our students for a number of career pathways.

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 

Cold vs Flu
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 

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.

Parents guide to cold, flu, pertussis
Spencer Middle/High School Exceeds Expectations

School Report Card Score

The Spencer Middle/High School received its first score in the "Exceeds Expectations" category since the advent of the School Report Card.  The school showed improvement in the areas of student achievement, school growth and in closing the gaps.  More information about school report cards can be found at this link

Rocket Newsletter
Open Enrollment
UW-Green Bay MS/HS Summer Camps 2018