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Fifth grade class expected to reach 550 enrolled next year

Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services George Mavroulis provided his monthly update on projected enrollment for the 2015-16 school year at the Board of Education regular meeting on April 27.

He pointed out there are large class sizes at fourth and fifth grade but some drops at the younger elementary level. He said there will be more than 550 fifth-graders next year, the largest class of any K-12 grade in the District.

He said birth rates declined during the recession, which explains why enrollment was down for this year's kindergarten class along with next year's class. However, the University of Wisconsin Applied Population Lab expects those numbers to increase starting in 2016-17.

MHS production of 'Pippin' continues Friday, Saturday

MHS production of 'Pippin' continues Friday, Saturday

Middleton High School will present "Pippin," the award-winning musical by Stephen Schwartz and Robert O. Hirson Friday and Saturday in the Middleton Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are available online at www.middletondrama.org/tickets or may be reserved by calling 608-829-9770. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors.

More than 100 students are participating in the Middleton Drama production.

The magic begins as the audience is welcomed to the show and promised intrigue, humor, romance, battles and a grand finale to rival all others.

WATCH: Madison West tops Middleton 2-1

Madison West faced off against Middleton at Mansfield Stadium. 

Relay For Life fundraiser returns to high school Friday night

Relay For Life fundraiser returns to high school Friday night

The third annual Middleton High School Relay for Life, which has raised more than $70,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society over the past two years, will be held on April 18-19.

This year's event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 and continue until 6 a.m. on Sunday in the MHS Field House and other areas in MHS. The Relay for Life's executive committee hopes to raise $35,000 from the event this year.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently reported that within 16 years, cancer will be the leading cause of death in the United States. Many of us know someone who has been impacted by cancer, including several in our District along with an MHS freshman.

Spring elections candidate forum set next week at Kromrey

The Middleton Action Team will sponsor a spring elections candidates forum on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at Kromrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive.

Board of Education candidates Todd Smith and Linda Yu, who are vying for the seat in Area IV, along with incumbent Anne Bauer and Tia Edy, who are competing for the seat in Area V, are scheduled to attend the school board forum, which will go from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Middleton City Council candidate forum will follow from 8 to 8:30 p.m. First District candidates Kathy Olson and Robert Stipicevich along with 4th District registered write-in candidate Briana Giosta are scheduled to attend.

There will be prepared questions, and attendees are encouraged to submit their questions for consideration. The forums are being moderated by the League of Women Voters of Dane County.

A tour of Kromrey will be held at 6:30 p.m. for anyone interested.

Glacier Creek eighth-graders to perform musical

Glacier Creek eighth-graders to perform musical

Eighth-grade students in the music theatre class at Glacier Creek Middle School will perform "Into The Woods, Jr." on Thursday at 7 p.m. on the school stage in the school's "cafetorium."

The musical is part of The Broadway Junior Collection. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Glacier Creek music and chorus teacher Tim Barsness said.

There is no cost to attend the performance and the public is welcome.

Middleton schools nominated for federal conservation, health accolade

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District officially learned on Tuesday that it had been nominated for the Green Ribbon Award, which is given annually by the U.S. Department of Education.

The award is given annually to schools and districts showing a commitment to conservation and to the health of students and staff.

Besides the district, three schools in the state -- Columbus Elementary-Discovery Charter School, Lake Mills Elementary School and Colby Elementary School -- were nominated for the award by State Superintendent Tony Evers.

Two district schools have already received the Green Ribbon Schools award. Park Elementary won a year ago, while MHS won in 2012.