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Fri
27
Jan
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MHS Theatre Presents ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

MIDDLETON-Middleton High School (MHS) Theatre is will present William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” as part of the 2022-2023 season.

Directed by Tim Gittings, with set designs by Zane Enloe, “Much Ado About Nothing” is widely considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies and has been challenging actors and delighting audiences with its wit and warmth for over four centuries.

Fri
27
Jan
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MHS Training ‘Future Teachers’

MIDDLETON–Looking to lessen the teacher shortage situation, the Middleton Cross Plains Areas School District (MCPASD) has begun the Future Teachers Program, an introduction for students to the teaching profession.

“It’s giving everyone an opportunity to see what the field is like, take courses, and perhaps expedite a pathway to an education career,” said Keith Schneider, director of secondary education.

Ten Middleton High School (MHS) students are currently enrolled in Intro to Teaching and Education where they not only learn teaching methods but see them in action. 

Students spend 50 hours in elementary classrooms watching teachers teach. So far, they’ve observed at Elm Lawn, Sauk Trail and Northside elementaries.

Next year, Education in Pluralistic Society will be offered.

Sat
17
Dec
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District to Halt Busing St. Francis Students

MIDDLETON–A chronic shortage of bus drivers has prompted the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District to stop busing St. Francis Xavier (SFX) school children beginning next month.

“They are sad (that) we have to take this step, (they) understand it and they are working with us, which is wonderful,” Superintendent Dana Monogue said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting about the Cross Plains’ parochial school’s response.

State law obligates the district is to transport students to another school within the district if their parents choose to have their children attend another school.

The district’s decision affects 36 families, she added.

The district will contract with parents to transport students to the 4K-8 grade school effective its suspension of bus service on Jan. 24, 2023, the start of the second semester.

Mon
12
Dec
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MCPASD to Host Two Vaccination Clinics for Students, Community

MCPASD to Host Two Vaccination Clinics for Students, Community

MIDDLETON–As we approach the holiday season, the school district wants to ensure our community is healthy and safe! That's why the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) is partnering with SSM Health to provide two vaccination clinics to our community before winter break.

The clinics are for all children and adults, regardless of whether their families are affiliated with MCPASD. The dates and locations of the two clinics are as follows:

Dec. 14 at Park Elementary School, 1209 Park Street, Cross Plains from 3:30-7 p.m.

Dec. 20 at Pope Farm Elementary School, 816 Schewe Rd, Middleton from 3:30-7 p.m.

Depending on age, there are two different signup forms.

Every person receiving a vaccination is encouraged to sign up and complete the forms before the day of the clinic.

Mon
05
Dec
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Former Student Sues School District

MADISON–A former Middleton High School (MHS) student filed suit against the school district and principal Peg Shoemaker alleging his privacy was violated and he was defamed when a widely distributed text message mistakenly stated he had brought a gun to school. 

The suit filed Nov. 23 in Dane County Circuit Court alleged that:

On Jan. 24, the then 15-year-old student was wrongly believed to have a gun on campus.

Shoemaker’s text stated:

“Middleton High Sch: Staff, We received word that a student was on campus with a gun in his backpack. The student’s name is: (redacted from the complaint). We believe he has exited the building but have not confirmed. Please continue to keep students calm.”

The student is a juvenile and is not being identified by the Times-Tribune. He denied in the suit that he brought a gun to school that day or any other.

Fri
18
Nov
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Board Discusses Resignations, Referendum Passing

MIDDLETON–Resignations and “retirements” have created five openings on next April’s ballot for Middleton Cross Plains Area School District Board of Education.

Long-term members Annette Ashley, 12 years, and Paul Kinne, nine years, both representing Area IV, said Monday that they will not seek reelection.

Newly appointed members Tabitha Hansen and Catherine Kells told Board President Bob Hesselbein that they would seek election next spring. Hansen is an Area III representative, and Kells is an Area II representative. Bob Green, Area II, also said he would seek reelection.

There were many thank you(s) voiced at Monday’s board meeting after the prior week’s successful referendum.

“It wasn’t close,” Hesselbein said of the outcome, in which nearly 63 percent of more than 23,000 votes cast approved the $24.9 million operational referendum.

Tue
08
Nov
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MHS Theatre Presents ‘She Kills Monsters’

MIDDLETON–Middleton High School (MHS) Theatre will present multiple performances for the 2022-23 school year. This season's theme is Fantasies and Fairytales.

The play “She Kills Monsters” will be presented on November 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. in Middleton High School’s Black Box Theatre.

Written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Katrina Williams Brunner, “She Kills Monsters” tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Mon
07
Nov
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School Board Adopts Budget

MIDDLETON–The Board of Education for the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District last week adopted a 2022-23 budget that shaves 1.19 percent off the property tax mill rate while spending $1.411 million more than it takes in.

The rate at which the school district will tax property fell from $9.95 per $1,000 of assessed evaluation in 2021-22, to $8.89 in 2022-23, a 10.69 percent cut, according to the school district.

The mill rate decreased due partly to increase in the value of taxable property across the eight municipalities, which are entirely or partially in the district. District-wide the assessed value of property rose 14.67 percent to $9.174 billion, higher than the state average of 13.8 percent, and a record increase for the past several years. 

Mon
07
Nov
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Color Guard, Marching Band Place First & Second at State

WHITEWATER–On the weekend of Oct. 15-16, the Middleton High School Marching Band finished their 2022 season at the WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Association) State Championships achieving second place and state champion runner up as well as first place color guard. With over 30 bands competing at the event, which was held at UW-Whitewater, the marching band is proud to tie its personal best from last year and represent the Middleton area.

"The marching season was a lot of hard work, but it was also very rewarding, not only because of how we did at state, but also because of all the priceless memories we made." said Naomi Janquart, a junior clarinet player.

When asked about the achievement of the color guard, Anika Cermak, a senior color guard captain stated "When we're performing, we have no idea where we will place. All we can do is trust the work we put into the show." 

Fri
07
Oct
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Homecoming Events Planned

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Cardinals are set to take on Madison East at the Middleton Homecoming game on Oct. 14, but events are scheduled throughout the week.

Theme Days for students are as follows:

Monday–“Home” Run: Jersey Day

Tuesday–Make yourself at “home”: PJs/comfy clothes

Wednesday–“Homies” day: Match your class color

Seniors: Black

Juniors: White

Sophomores: Pink

Freshman: Blue

Thursday–“Home” for the Holidays: wear your favorite holiday attire

Friday–We are “Home”: Cardinal Colors

Spirit Night is Oct. 12 on the Middleton High School (MHS) campus.

Events are as follows:

4 p.m.–Ninth Grade Cookout at Fireman's Park put on by the MHS Link Crew Leaders

6 p.m.–Homecoming Parade

7 p.m.–Spirit Night Powderpuff Football Game including

• Fireworks show to kick off the game.

• MHS Cheer Team Performance

• MHS Dance Team Performance

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