EAGLE RIVER - Students in one Northwoods district will now have more than one choice for high school.
The Northland Pines School District will open the SOAR Charter High School next fall.
The school will focus more on project-based learning than traditional schools.
"Instead of classes where bells ring every 45 minutes or on block days, longer, students will have chunks of time to work. They'll use projects to prove their knowledge and expertise in content. It won't be a grade on an assignment. The projects will be used to reach those goals," said Land O' Lakes Elementary and SOAR Middle School Principal Scott Foster.
Students will still be able to take classes.
Educators find some students prefer to take math or hands-on tech ed classes instead of doing a project.
The school district already offers a charter school for 5th through 8th graders in Land O' Lakes.
It opened in the fall of 2013.
The district will create the charter high school, in part, to give those students the option to continue with that type of learning.
"In the theme of, as we did with our middle school, we're looking to have options for students. Not every kid learns exactly the same way, so why not provide those options within our district and have our district have ownership and some opportunity to help all those students," Foster said.
Charter school students will have more graduation requirements than Northland Pines High School students.
Students will need to take more credits, do a senior capstone project, and complete a community service project.
They'll also need to have some type of work experience and take an online course.
"They're going to have to do one of their credits online through a different school. And we're excited about that because we think that is how most people work for their employer, have to take online courses, or colleges are now requiring a big chunk of their time be online so why not give those students the chance to do it when they're still supported," Foster explained.
Students will also need to get accepted into an educational program for after their high school years.
"We're not going to force them to go, but we want to assist them and prove to them that every student can and should find an opportunity post-high school. And that could be a large range of things. It doesn't have to be just a 4-year school. Society needs people in the military, 2-year degrees, 4-year degrees, the Peace Corps, whatever it is," Foster added.
The school will be located on the Eagle River campus.
It will be open to 9th and 10th graders in the fall and expand to include 11th graders in the fall of 2016, and 12th graders in the fall of 2017.
Administrators will hold an informational meeting on January 6th at 6:30 p.m. It will be held in the Northland Pines High School LGI.
The district will begin accepting applications on January 5th.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
LINCOLN CO. - The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office is calling a death east of Merrill on Thursday a homicide.
In a press release on Friday morning, the sheriff's office said a 77-year-old woman was found shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. In the same home, a 78-year-old man was found critically injured from a gunshot wound.
It happened at a home on Range Line Road in the Town of Pine River.
The sheriff's office said it believes the shooting is isolated and the public is not in danger.
The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab worked to process the scene.
RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.
Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon. Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal. Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.
In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.
Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
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