Connections Online/Home-Based School Program

Connections Home-Based Schooling

Rice Lake Area School District

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 a 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 child's 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 Connexus Login
Online Course Catalog Apex Course Catalog  
and 6-12 Connexus Course Catalog (Not V, H, or A)

2017 Program Handbook with Online Agreements
Cornell Notes- Required for all courses

Contact Us

Mrs. Kristy Thurs
Connections Teacher and Coordinator
Red Cedar School
33 Ann St., Rice Lake WI 54868 
715-234-8612 Ext. 5349

Mr. Curt Pacholke
Connections Principal and Admissions
Rice Lake High School
30 S Wisconsin St, Rice Lake WI 54868
715-234-2181 Ext. 5003

Attendance Writing Items Student Planning Forms 
Hours Log Writing Piece
Graphic Organizers
Unit or Chapter Due Dates Reimbursement
Quarter Attendance RLHS Writing Rubric Student Schedule
Materials Request 

Taking Cornell Notes Elective Course Plan

 Grading Standards Academic Support  This Year's Items
Standards Based Report Cards
K  1  2  3  4  5
WI Standards Learn 360 Teaching Videos* School Calendar
Term Progress Sheet Grade K-8 Curriculum Sample Elective Course
Syllabus with Standards
Assessment Calendar

* 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.