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State’s report card shows Middleton-Cross Plains district exceeds expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District was rated as exceeding expectations.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas; student achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments, student growth in those assessments, closing achievement and graduation gaps and readiness for college or careers.

If you would like to find out how your school district did, click here.

Middleton emergency crews host family safety day

Middleton fire, police and EMS crews are teaming up with West Bend Mutual Insurance for a family safety day on Saturday.

Parents can help their children stay safe by signing up for safe assured ID kits, learning what to look for when choosing a babysitter, and understanding the appropriate way to respond to common medical emergencies, organizers said.

More than 20 local organizations will be on hand with information for parents. There will also be fun, educational activities for kids, organizers said. Children will have a chance to see fire extinguisher demonstrations, and be able to climb into and explore a Middleton fire engine.

The event, in its seventh year, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middleton Fire Station. Family Safety Day is free, and will be held rain or shine.

Capital Brewery to host fundraiser for soccer pavilion

Capital Brewery to host fundraiser for soccer pavilion

Two events this weekend are scheduled to celebrate and support the high school soccer program. 

A match Saturday will pit former Middleton High School soccer players against the 2014 boys varsity soccer team. And an event Sunday will raise money for the proposed soccer pavilion. 

The Middleton High School Soccer Reunion and Pavilion Fundraiser will take place Sunday at Capital Brewery from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers said there will be music from the Evan Riley Band, food, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more.

Attendees can purchase bricks engraved with a message, which will be incorporated into the building of the pavilion.

The pavilion is slated to be built at the MHS Soccer Stadium on Airport Road. It will house concessions, restrooms and a trophy case. 

Wednesday last day to register for kids triathlon

The Tri 4 Schools Organization will be having its fourth annual kids triathlon Saturday at the Bauman Aquatic Center in Middleton.

The event gives kids the chance to swim, bike and run for a good cause.

Registration for the triathlon will close Wednesday at 6 p.m.

To register a child and find out more information about the event, visit www.tri4schools.org/events/middleton.

Organizers said kids between the ages of 3 and 14 years old are qualified to participate.

Middeton's National Night Out

Middeton's National Night Out

You and your family, friends and neighbors are all invited to attend the 2014 Middleton National Night Out! This free community event will take place at Lakeview Park, 6300 Mendota Ave., in Middleton on Wednesday, August 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. National Night out is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie.

This year's festivities will include free food, door prizes, a DJ, children's games and fun activities for all. There will be a VIP dunk tank and participation by our fire department, EMS, police department and other local law enforcement and public safety agencies, including K-9 and horse patrols. Med-Flight, DEA and Air-one helicopters have also been invited. Citizens will be able to tour the squad cars, fire truck and ambulances and have a chance to meet and talk to law enforcement officers, paramedics, firefighters, and more!

 

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

A Sun Prairie business will offer food and free massages at its official grand opening next week. 

Elements Massage's open house will take place from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the business, 2804 Prairie Lakes Drive, Suite 102. 

The company said it will offer free 15-minute chair massages and serve light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees can get tours of the facilities and information about massage and overall wellness. 

The Sun Prairie Chamber of commerce will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Elements Massage of Sun Prairie is located across from Costco. There are two other Elements Massage business in the Madison area including Fitchburg at 6317 McKee Road and in Middleton at 1950 Cayuga St., according to the company website. 

Middleton first responders team up to battle childhood cancer

On Thursday July 31, Middleton Fire Chief  Aaron Harris and Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke will flip  a special Middleton Police Department coin to decide who will be the home team at the second annual Battle of the Badges on August 9.

The charity softball game between the two departments will raise awareness and funds to help families affected by childhood cancer.  This year they will play for four-year-old Blake Rickert, who was diagnosed with Burkitt Leukemia in January. The fire department won Tuesday’s toss and will be the home team at the softball game. A 5K run will happen prior to the game.