Connections Online/Home-Based School Program

Connections Home-Based Schooling

Rice Lake Area School District

Program Handbook
Online Agreements
Cornell Notes- Required for all courses

Welcome to the Rice Lake Area School District’s Connections Program. The Connections Program is for home-based learners to receive their education through the Rice Lake Area School District in a collaboration between the school district and RLASD families. Elementary and middle school students receive promotion to the next grade level, and high school students can earn credits through Rice Lake Area School District. Upon completion of all graduation requirements, students will receive a Rice Lake Area School District graduation diploma. Our program follows the RLASD school calendar. Placement into the Connections Program is determined by the principal and the Connections Program Director. Individual Education Teams (IEP Teams) must convene in order to determine if Connections is a placement option for a special education student to receive a free and appropriate public education. If a parent is wanting his or her child to join the Connections Program and the child is not residing in the Rice Lake Area School District, the student would need to go through the steps necessary to be considered for open enrollment to the Rice Lake Area School District. A student assistance team would determine whether the Connections Program would be the best placement for the student.

The Connections Program allows for flexible, blended learning options for students. With this delivery model, students are encouraged to take courses at their home school, if desired, in addition to learning from home, which may include online and traditional textbook-based learning. Connections students are also encouraged to participate in clubs, sports, and school events. Handbooks are available online or from the office. Please note that students enrolled in on-campus courses may only drop a course within the first two days of each term. After two days, students are not be allowed to change courses. Schedule changes must be approved by the local education guide and the principal.

Our goal is to create a rigorous and challenging academic experience for students to achieve their personal best. We use the elementary and middle school curricula when possible, so an easy transition back to school is an option. Please let us know at the start of the year if your child may be returning to school this year, so we can contact teachers to align chapters and course content.

Online Course Login: Apex Login and Grad Point Login
Online Course Catalog 2015 Apex Course Catalog  
and Grad Point Course Catalog (Not V, H, or A)


Ms. Kiersten Kopp
Connections Teacher
Red Cedar School
33 Ann St., Rice Lake WI 54868 
715-234-8612 Ext. 5495

Mr. Tim Lipke
Connections Principal
Rice Lake High School
30 S Wisconsin St, Rice Lake WI 54868
715-234-2181 Ext. 5245


Writing Items

Student Planning


Hours Log

Writing Piece Ideas- Variety of Graphic Organizers

Unit or Chapter
Due Dates

Reimbursement Form

Attendance Log

RLHS Writing Rubric


Elective Course Plan

Attendance by Sunday

Cornell Notes


Materials Request Form











Academic Support

This Year's Items

2014-15 Standards- Based
Report Card Template

Wisconsin Course Standards

Learn 360- Teaching Video Library Online*

School Calendar

Term Progress Sheet

Grades K-8 Curriculum 5-21-2015

Sample Course Syllabus with Standards

Assessment Calendar Grades K-12

* Use a short video to introduce each unit or chapter. This creates a better opportunity to understand new information. Usernames by Level: ricelakeHS, ricelakeMS, ricelakeES. All have the password warrior.