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MHS performers to showcase music before overseas trip

MHS performers to showcase music before overseas trip

The Middleton High School fine arts tour group will showcase this weekend the music they will be performing in London at the end of the month.

The Open Tour Rehearsal will be held at the Middleton Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The open rehearsal provides an opportunity for parents and the Middleton community to hear the fine music that the MHS students will be bringing to London. The public is invited to attend.  

Members of the MHS band, orchestra, choir and drama departments will be traveling to London on a fine arts tour from Dec. 27 through Jan. 3. The MHS tour band will be marching in the prestigious London New Year’s Day parade.

The MHS tour band and orchestra will be performing at London’s Cadogan Hall on Monday, Dec. 29. The MHS tour orchestra and choir will perform at the London New Year’s Day Parade Festival Concert at St. John’s Smiths Square on Dec. 30.

High school club to host 4th film festival in April

High school club to host 4th film festival in April

The fourth annual student Film Festival, which is hosted by the Middleton High School Productions Club, will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at the Performing Arts Center and entries are now being accepted.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the red carpet, formal event with films starting at 7. The top 15 submissions will be shown, which will be followed by an awards ceremony.

All Dane County high school students are eligible to compete. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet other filmmakers from Wisconsin, while professionals who work in the field will critique and nominate the student films.

Refreshments and music will be provided. The invite is free and all students and community members are encouraged to attend.

Award categories include Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Script, and Viewers Choice Award. The audience at the festival will also vote for the Viewers Choice.

2 Middleton schools, youth center get grants for appliances, field trip

2 Middleton schools, youth center get grants for appliances, field trip

Clark Street Community School, Middleton High School and the Middleton Youth Center received grants totaling more than $2,200 from the Middleton Community Endowment on Thursday.

The grants were announced by MCE board chair Ray Riddle at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Get Moving Middleton breakfast meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn.

CSCS, a project-based charter school for students in grades 9-12, received $933 for the purchase of a range and refrigerator for its Heat It Up, Cool It Down program. The grant will allow students to explore the biology connections associated with experiencing food, chemistry concepts with different recipes, thermodynamics with calorimetry experiments, and to explore the mind/body connection related to personal nutrition and eating habits over a three-week time period, CSCS educator Heather Messer said.

Discussion continues on adding school resource officer, crossing guard

Superintendent Don Johnson and board President Bob Green updated the board of education on the status of having a school resource officer at Glacier Creek Middle School in the village of Cross Plains, along with adding a crossing guard at its regular meeting.

Johnson said at the on Oct. 27 meeting that the village is interested but is concerned about the impact on its budget. The village prefers a half-time position but Police Chief Tom Janssen has told the village board that will be difficult to fill. Johnson said he asked them to consider going to a full-time option if they find a half-time position isn't viable.  

Johnson said a couple of village members said they only wanted a school resource officer if the district paid for everything. He reminded them that is not the arrangement the district has with the city of Middleton with the school resource officers at Middleton High School and Kromrey Middle School.

Middleton tennis wins sectional

Middleton tennis wins sectional

The Middleton girls tennis team qualified for the WIAA State Team Tennis Tournament Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, as the Cardinals edged Waunakee 50-42.

Kaisey Skibba won the number one singles crown, beating Onalaska's Shannyn Waltz in the final and Waunakee's Meg Mathison in the semifinal.

In number one doubles action, Middleton's Abbey Webber and Alison Ragsdale of Middleton beat Bobbi Stricker and Bailey Chornery of Waunakee in straight sets to advance to state.

Individual State Tennis is October 16-18. Team State is October 24-25. Both are held at Nielsen.

Volunteers visit schools during Fire Prevention Week

Volunteers from the Middleton Fire District will be visiting elementary schools in Middleton to discuss fire safety and prevention this week, according to a release.

The goal of Fire Prevention Week is to generate awareness of fire prevention and protection among young children, specifically grades K-3, officials said. The program features live skits, puppets and music for the children to take part in.

Evacuation plans, kitchen safety, electrical safety and smoke detector usage will be covered during the programs, according to the release.

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