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State’s report cards show MMSD meets expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Madison Metropolitan School District was rated at 69.8, which is meeting expectations. That score is an improvement over last year’s score of 68.5.

While Madison remained in the bottom third of districts statewide, it moved up from 11th to eighth among districts located in cities.

“As a school district, we’ve been very focused on the school improvement process. That means tightening up the process by which we set measurable goals for them to choose a few powerful strategies for meeting those goals and then consistently monitoring them along the way so they can make adjustments,” MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “We believe this is how you raise student achievement to narrow achievement gaps.”

Henry Vilas Zoo announces 2 new residents coming to zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo announces 2 new residents coming to zoo

Madison?s Henry Vilas Zoo announced Wednesday that two new residents will be moving in as soon as their home in the zoo?s new Arctic Passage Exhibit is finished.

Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz said the new residents are two grizzly bears who are currently at the Bismark?s Dakota Zoo, in North Dakota.

The bears were born in the wild, and their mother and grandmother were nuisance bears, which mean they were too comfortable being around people. They broke into campsites, and the grandmother had to be relocated 11 times to keep her away from people.

Then the grandmother broke into and raided a pig farm and became too dangerous. Officials euthanized the mother and grandmother, leaving four cubs behind.

Madison will be helping the zoo in North Dakota out by taking two of the cubs. The bears don?t have names yet, but zoo officials hope the community will help them out with that.

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.

Center to host back-to-school 'Kick-back' with backpacks, food

An event at a Madison community center is meant to get kids ready for the school year.

The Back to School Kick-back at the East Madison Community Center will offer backpacks, haircuts, food and more, according to event organizers.

The event takes place at the center, 8 Straubel Court from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event is open to all ages.

Free ballpark movie Sunday is 'Despicable Me' sequel

The Madison Mallards will host the Zimbrick Honda Movie night series at the Duck Pond ballpark on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The free, family friendly event is open to public.

Gates are open at 3:30 p.m. and the movie "Despicable Me 2" will start at 4 p.m., organizers said. The movie will be shown on the Zimbrick Honda video board and movie-goers can sit in the outfield grass or in the Mallards grandstand.

The TDS Triple Play Club concession stand will be available with food, beer, soda and water.

Find more information at www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/moonlightmovieseries.cfm

Author to perform alien puppet show

Author to perform alien puppet show

A family friendly puppet show is scheduled to take place this week at several Madison libraries. 

Award-winning science journalist Jacob Berkowitz will perform the "Lost Alien Show" about Ambrosia, an extraterrestrial who needs help finding her way home, according to a city of Madison news release. 

The 30-minute interactive theatrical-style show with puppets will take place at: 

  • Sequoya Library, Tuesday, July 15, 2 p.m.
  • Hawthorne Library, Wednesday, July 16, 10:30 a.m.
  • Meadowridge Library, Wednesday, July 16, 2 p.m.
  • Lakeview Library, Thursday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.
  • Pinney Library, Thursday, July 17, 2 p.m.

The "Lost Alien Show" is based on Berkowitz's 2009 book "Out of This World: The Amazing Search for an Alien Earth." Berkowitz more recently released a book about the relationship between Earth and stardust called "The Stardust Revolution," which was published in 2012.

Habitat for Humanity Seeking Families for Homes to be built in Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, Madison

Earlier this year, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County purchased 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie and will be building homes in both the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods over the next several years, according to a press release.   Habitat also recently purchased 24 lots in Fitchburg in the Renaissance in the Park neighborhood and three lots in Southwest Madison.

For individuals and families interested in building with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County starting in 2015, informational meetings will be held: