Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D.
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Students at New Richmond Middle School are busy applying the final touches to their fall play, "Snow White," which will be performed for the public on Nov.
New Richmond School District administrators were surprised with good news earlier this month when the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the results of the new school report cards. The cards, which are a way of measuring college and career readiness, are new this year and focus on more rigorous state standards. A report card is issued for each school in the state and the scores determine whether that specific school is meeting expectations.
Students in Rachel Sauvola's large animal science program at New Richmond High School welcomed a new member to the class on Tuesday, Oct. 16, when a 79 pound bull calf arrived. The calf, whom the students have named Duke, is on loan from Jim and Chris Miller. He will spend the first few months of his life in the agriscience classroom. The students are responsible for his upkeep. According to Sauvola, Duke will live at the high school through January 2013, when the class ends. It's unclear what will happen to him at that time.
Roughly 25 science teachers from western Wisconsin descended on New Richmond on Oct. 3 to share ideas and gather input. The WIShare organization is a group of area science teachers who meet every other month to support each other and discuss what is and isn't working in the classrooms. The Oct. 3 meeting was held in New Richmond and featured a presentation by Shelley Lee, science education consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
When Madison Tornio-Belisle heard about the Young Horse Development Project, offered by the American Quarter Horse Association, she jumped at the chance to apply - but her expectations were low. The program offers free weanlings to youth nationwide to further young people's education of horse training, care and health. When the 15-year-old New Richmond High School sophomore heard that she had been selected as one of the 13 members nationwide to receive a foal, she couldn't believe it. More than 60 youth applied for the young horse development program, according to Brandon Black, manager of
The new principal at New Richmond High School is working to learn about the school's strengths and weaknesses. Tom Wissink, principal at NRHS, distributed a survey earlier this month to school staff, students and parents. The survey, which asks questions like "What makes NRHS special?" and "What is working well at NRHS?," will help Wissink gain a better understanding of the community's wants, he said. "I don't know if there will be any big changes, but this could help us identify areas we can work on," he said. Wissink, who started his job as principal of the school earlier this year, said
The School District of New Richmond is seeking more classroom grandparents, at least that's what the elementary students call them. Classroom grandparents, otherwise known as those enrolled in the district's Senior Tax Exemption Program (STEP), is open to seniors 62 years and older living within the district's boundary. STEP offers seniors the opportunity to volunteer in the schools in exchange for credit of property taxes. Each household enrolled in the program is required to put in 78 hours each school year in exchange for $507 of property tax credit.
New Richmond High School's ACT scores continue to beat out other local schools. The New Richmond High School class of 2012 scored an average composite score of 23.3, beaten only by Hudson (23.6) in all of St. Croix County. The score is a half point lower than the average score of the class of 2011, but it's still better than the state average of 22.1 and the national average of 21.1. Only 55.3 percent of New Richmond seniors took the ACT test last year and that's something the school continues to work on. One hundred fourteen students took the test.
In an attempt to keep New Richmond's teens safe and focused while driving, WESTconsin Credit Union and the New Richmond School District are hosting the "Remember Alex Brown," don't text and drive presentation. The Oct. 25 presentation, put on by Johnnie Mac and Jeanne Brown, tells the story of Alex Brown, their daughter, who died in 2009 in a single car accident her senior year - a result of texting and driving. "We lost our daughter, Alex Brown, in a single-car accident as she drove to what seemed like just another ordinary day of her senior year in high school.
When Buster woke up on Wednesday, Aug. 1, he had no idea how drastically his life was about to change. That night the 4-year-old yellow lab was hit by a car and abandoned by his owners after a domestic argument at their Somerset home. After Buster was hit, deputies asked the owners what they'd like done with the dog, to which they responded, "Just shoot it." Instead, they called Dr. John Swingle of Countryside Veterinary Clinic.