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Walker might use new program to complete college degree

Walker might use new program to complete college degree

The governor is considering using a newly launched educational program to complete his college degree.

Gov. Scott Walker spoke to students at Elm Lawn Elementary School in Middleton Wednesday morning.

Walker left Marquette University 34 credits short of graduating so he could start working at the Red Cross 24 years ago. He studied mostly political science while he was there.

Walker said he?s looking at the new flex-degree options to get the degree, and said this conversation is about a bigger picture.

?What we?re really trying to get at is reduce the amount of time and money that it takes, but still have it be competency based,? Walker said. "The whole idea with the flex option is that it?s not just an online alternative classroom that could be an option, but part of it is just competency based testing, so that if someone?s got a base of knowledge they could prove that and earn credit for it.?

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

A federal program aimed at getting kids to eat healthier snacks could force cuts in certain districts' lunchrooms.

Susan Peterson is in charge of nutrition for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Peterson said the effects of the Smart Snacks In Schools program will have a much greater impact on her lunch line and her bottom line.

Peterson estimated the changes will lead to a $100,000 structural deficit for the food services sector, thanks to the impact they will have on her al a carte items.

"These programs are a rare opportunity to give kids a look at what a balanced meal looks like with fruits and vegetables and milk in an appropriate portion size for their age. But I can't provide that for them if I can't keep them in my lunch line," Peterson said.

Park Elementary recognized for conservation efforts

Park Elementary has been nominated by State Superintendent Tony Evers for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award.

Park is one of four schools and one school district nominated by Evers.

To earn recognition, schools must save energy and water, improve indoor environmental quality, promote health and well-being for students and staff, and offer robust environmental education curriculum and programs to boost student academic achievement and community engagement.

The nominees were tops in the state in demonstrating progress to reduce a school’s environmental impact and cost, improve the health and wellness of students and staff and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.

MHS skiers, snowboarders fare well at state

MHS skiers, snowboarders fare well at state

The MHS Ski and Snowboard team competed at the 39th Wisconsin High School Ski & Snowboard Championships Feb. 15-17 in La Crosse, Wis. 

Snowboarders participated in the giant slalom and boardercross events. Their time in each event was combined to determine their overall finish.

Meggie Acker was the top MHS girls snowboarder, taking eighth in the combined giant slalom and boardercross, while Kaitlin Hanarahan placed 18th.

Scott Fabbri was the top MHS boys snowboarder, taking 15th in the combined giant slalom and boardercross, while Max Lawrence placed 24th. Fabbri finished 30th in state in 2013.

Nine boys teams competed at state and MHS finished eighth.

Skiers competed in the slalom, giant slalom and Super-G. Their time in each event was combined to determine their overall finish. Olivia Krigbaum was the top MHS skier, placing 24th.

MHS biology students help with DNR deer study

For the second year in a row, MHS Field Biology students from Dan Drangstveit and Jeff Erickson's classes took part in collecting field data as part of a five-year Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources buck mortality study.

In 2006, a panel of experts in big-game population modeling recommended that the DNR document buck recovery rate through a long-term mark-recapture study, thus making this study a top priority. As the name suggests, this means capturing and tagging bucks, monitoring their activity, and determining the causes of buck mortality, or death. 

Two study areas have been established; one primarily forested area in northwest Wisconsin, and one farmland area in east-central Wisconsin. The different study sites were chosen to monitor differences in buck mortality and harvest rates across areas with different habitat types, hunting pressure, types and relative densities of predators, and vehicle traffic.

Girls basketball back on top in conference

The Middleton girls basketball team earned the Big Eight conference title Thursday with a 74-64 win over Madison La Follette. 

Middleton held the conference title for six consecutive years before slipping to fourth place last year, according to the Middleton Times-Tribune.

Gov. Walker wants revocation hearing for Middleton teacher

Gov. Walker wants revocation hearing for Middleton teacher

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Gov. Scott Walker is asking Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers to start proceedings to revoke the license of an embattled teacher in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District.

In a letter sent Tuesday, Walker said it appears the behavior of Andrew Harris meets the definition of immoral conduct cited in state statutes.

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Harris was a seventh-grade teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School until he was terminated in 2010 after being accused of receiving and sharing explicit emails while on the job. Arbitrators ruled the school district wrongly fired Harris and he should be reinstated. He returned to the classroom last week.