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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

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.