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Bodwin Renews National Board Certification

Congratulations to Washington Jr. High School English Language Arts teacher Lisa Bodwin for renewing her National Board Certification, the gold standard in teacher certification!
Bodwin is one of 42 Wisconsin teachers who renewed their certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Another 102 Wisconsin educators earned new national certification in 2018. Read more in DPI press release.
State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release: " Through this rigorous process, these educators demonstrate dedication to their students, communities and profession. This transformative investment in professional development has demonstrated benefits for our kids." 

MPSD Employees Start Student Scholarship Program

Compassion is one of the Manitowoc Public School District’s six core values, and our students and staff are living those values to enhance our community. MPSD employees launched a new charitable initiative this school year to give back to our students and families — the MPSD Employee Scholarship Program.

Our district-wide staff donated $8,500 to the MPSD Education Foundation to award scholarships to graduating seniors and support MPSD students whose financial circumstances may not allow them to participate in co-curricular or enrichment learning opportunities.

Our students and school families also are giving back to the community. Here are just a few examples of their charitable efforts to help those less fortunate in our area:

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MPSD School Forest a Hidden Gem

Copy Of 1st Grade School Forest 1

One of the unique traditions and opportunities the Manitowoc Public School District (MPSD) offers students is the chance to learn about the environment in our 293-acre Rahr Memorial School Forest.

MPSD and Rahr Memorial School Forest have a long history of providing quality outdoor education to children of all ages.

Did you know that MPSD owns nearly 300 acres just north of the Point Beach State Forest? The Rahr Memorial School Forest is along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and has been an outdoor educational facility for more than 60 years. Last year, the school forest was visited by 9,554 students and adults.

Tradition began 68 years ago

The idea of creating a school forest took root in 1950 when a group of fifth- and sixth-grade students from Manitowoc’s Madison Elementary School planted trees in Silver Creek Park. In 1951, the students planted 3,500 pine seedlings at Point Beach State Forest, just south of where the school forest is today.

Eugene Krejcarek, then-principal of Madison School, realized students were so enthusiastic about tree planting and spending time learning outside that he envisioned an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of nature, and the idea of the school forest was born.

In 1955, a 40-acre tract of land was purchased for $2,000. Shortly thereafter, a 65-acre tract of land with one-quarter mile of Lake Michigan frontage was purchased for $5,000. The funds for both purchases came from the generous gifts by the Rahr Foundation. Both properties were dedicated as the Rahr Memorial School Forest on May 1, 1955.

To this day, fifth-graders from the district visit the forest in the spring and plant trees on the school forest property, continuing the tradition started 68 years ago. Students last year planted 1,200 trees of 12 varieties — red pine, jack pine, white pine, red oak, black spruce, white spruce, aspen, river birch, black cherry, bur oak, red osier dogwood and silky dogwood.

Sixth-grade camp

Today, five structures provide classroom space, housing and storage for the MPSD school community to maximize the learning experience for MPSD students and staff.

Another tradition that all MPSD sixth-grade students cherish is the opportunity to spend three days and two nights at the forest. Students engage in teamwork, environmental science studies, human survival and fun.

Visit to learn more about the School Forest curriculum, service projects, and district and external groups who benefit from the forest.

Advanced Coursework Growing in MPSD

Did you know MPSD continues to be a leader in participation in advance coursework completed by high school students? 

This past year, students in grades 10-12 enrolled in 212 Advanced Placement classes and 162 International Baccalaureate courses.

MPSD students also earned more than 376 college credits and 512 advanced standing credits while attending Lincoln or McKinley Academy.

MPSD had 33 students in the Youth Apprentice program, 30 students in the Youth Options program and 21 students served as student assistants.

The Manitowoc Public School District is small enough to provide personal attention and large enough to provide a variety of programs, including a significant amount of career or college preparation before graduation.