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MMSD continues work to improve attendance

Many Madison Metropolitan School District students woke up early Tuesday easing back into their school routines.

Step by step students made their way back to class at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Parents, including Anita Kulas, felt mixed emotions as they dropped their kids off.

"I'm feeling really kind of nervous but excited at the same time because my kids, they really want to go back to school, but it's that end of summer feeling right now," Kulas said as she walked her third-grader to the door.

On the other hand, feelings weren't very mixed for MMSD Superintendent Jen Cheatham. She said she feels great about her second year in the district and believes they're off to a good start, building on positive momentum from last year.

"What we're shooting for is to make sure every school provides a thriving school environment that really puts students on track to graduate, ready for college, career and community," Cheatham said about the district's focus.

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Man injured, windshield shattered in bike vs. car wreck

Man injured, windshield shattered in bike vs. car wreck

A Madison bicyclist was injured after he was struck by a driver on the north side of Madison Sunday night, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 27-year-old man was driving east on Commercial Avenue at 8:08 p.m. and making a left onto Packers Avenue when he struck a man on a bicycle.

The 55-year-old cyclist was taken to a hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The car's windshield was shattered in the crash, according to the report.

No citations were issued as of Tuesday afternoon. The incident remains under investigation, police said.

Credit union hosts shred event, food drive

A local credit union will be holding a shredding event and food drive Saturday morning, according to a release.

The Dane County Credit Union will be sponsoring the event where personal documents will be confidentially destroyed and recycled for a non-perishable food donation, organizers said.

The event will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Dane County Credit Union at 709 Struck Street in Madison.

Food donations will go to area food pantries through the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, according to the release.

Organizers are asking participants to only bring personal papers and to be as generous as possible with the food donations.

Many 6th-graders falling behind on required vaccination

Getting kids back to school is just one priority for parents. Another is making sure kids are caught up on their vaccinations.

Many schools report that the biggest gap in school immunizations is with the Tdap, a vaccine that boosts protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is required for entry into the sixth grade.

In July, the Madison Metropolitan School District sent 1,200 letters to parents of incoming sixth-graders who still needed their Tdap boosters. Other districts will be taking similar actions over the next couple of months.

"Whooping cough is particularly hard on kids. While it looks like a common cold in the beginning, severe coughing soon follows. Even with treatment, extreme coughing fits may last several weeks," said Immunization Specialist for Public Health-Madison and Dane County Diane McHugh, RN.

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A message from the MPD's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team

With the school year right around the corner, the Madison Police Department would like to remind Madison residents to slow down and obey school zone speed limits.

Watch for crossing guards and please follow their directions. Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street and be aware of children present in the area.

Obey posted parking restrictions and park your vehicle accordingly.

The MPD considers School Zone safety a top priority and will be enforcing School Zone violations throughout the school year, to help keep children safe.

They also want to remind the public of Wisconsin State Statute 346.46 (2m) when approaching a crossing guard.

To read more about MPD rules and regulations, click here for more information.

Police looking for east side vandals

Madison police are seeking the public's help in identifying the vandals responsible for a rash of graffiti on the city's east side.

Police said several residents in the Galileo Drive area east of the interstate reported finding homes and vehicles with paint dumped or sprayed on them. About a dozen cases were reported.

Justin Bell owns one of the homes hit Thursday morning.

?As bad as this is, I kind of feel like it was kind of light compared to what could have happened. I mean, we could have had our cars broken into. We could have had someone break into our houses,? Bell said. ?I hope this is it and it doesn't escalate from here.?

Similar damage was found on homes and vehicles on streets off North Thompson Drive just west of the interstate.

Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said the messages are mostly anti-law enforcement and pro-marijuana.

Official: Madison woman hangs up on 'largest scam we've ever seen'

Official: Madison woman hangs up on 'largest scam we've ever seen'

An east Madison woman saved herself from a scam that federal officials called the largest scam of its kind by hanging up the phone Wednesday.

Madison police said a 75-year-old woman who lives on Spicebush Lane received a call from a person claiming to be "IRS Officer Frank Martin" at 9:28 a.m.

The caller told the woman she owed $4,388 in unpaid taxes, but the woman didn't buy it, police said. She told the caller he could contact her through the mail and hung up. She then reported the call to police.

The federal Internal Revenue Service warned citizens earlier this year to be wary of callers claiming to represent the IRS.