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Final paving of Branch Street scheduled for this week

Final paving of Branch Street scheduled for this week

The final phase of the Branch Street construction project will start this week, according to a release.

The entire roadway will be closed during different phases on Wednesday and Thursday to accommodate the final paving process, officials said.

The contractor plans to start paving at University Avenue and work north, according to the release. Approximate road closures are listed below.

 

Wednesday closures

  • University Avenue to Franklin Avenue until 8 a.m.
  • University Avenue to the north side of Sauk Trail Elementary School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • North side of Sauk Trail Elementary School to Pheasant Lane after 2 p.m.

Thursday closures

  • Pheasant Lane to Century Avenue

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.

Walker questions Burke's record on school board

Walker questions Burke's record on school board

Gov. Scott Walker says his Democratic opponent and Madison school board member Mary Burke is not doing enough to help close that district's achievement gap.

Walker on Wednesday hammered Burke for not supporting expansion of the private school voucher program, which he said would give students another option. The program makes taxpayer money available for students to attend private school.

Burke opposes the statewide voucher program and says if elected she would end it outside of Milwaukee and Racine.

Walker also says Burke is hurting the Madison district by not arguing for implementing Act 10, the law that forces teachers and most other public workers to pay more for pension and health care benefits.

Burke says the best way to improve student achievement is ensuring there are quality teachers.

MHS dance team has successful summer

The MHS Dance Team won multiple honors at the Universal Dance Association Camp at UW-Milwaukee from July 19-22.

"We had an extremely successful camp,'' coach Jackie Jaucian said.

Team members include: seniors Samantha Dresen, Lexi McCann, Maria McMahon, and Amanda Ramirez; juniors Madison Pincombe and Lauren Smith; sophomores Nikki Clyce, Krya Neuser, Olivia Schneider, and Camille Wirkus; and freshmen Katherine Bekasova, Felicity Cole, Sydney Friedle, and Maia Giles. Dresen and McCann are captains, while Pincombe and Schneider will fill the co-captain roles.

The team, which has six new members on among its 14 dancers, took first place in the Home Routine. You can watch the Home Routine on YouTube.

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.

Builders update district on construction progress

Builders update district on construction progress

The pace of construction at Glacier Creek and Kromrey middle schools will pick up over the next few weeks as crews work to finish projects.

The interior additions at Glacier Creek are all but complete, Findorff project manager Matt Premo told Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District officials at a construction meeting Tuesday. The only area that has minor touch-ups is in the new student services area in the front of the school.

Meanwhile, he said the pouring of concrete for parking lots and roads around the school should be done in less than a week. The front entrance sidewalks should be poured this week, while seeding on the east end of the site will also take place this week. Furniture for the fifth-grade wing and other new rooms should be delivered July 31.