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Lockdown lifted at Madison College

Lockdown lifted at Madison College

Students at the Madison College Truax campus were asked to stay inside the building because of an emergency in the area Thursday morning.

The lockdown was lifted at 8:38 a.m.

Madison police said they took precautions because they received information that there was a suicidal person heading for the Truax area, but the threat never materialized.

The incident was also a test of the campus alert system.

Madison College administrators immediately put the school into lockdown after Madison police informed them of the threat.

A Wolfpack Alert, the school's emergency information system, went out to students and staff telling them to stay inside, draw blinds and shelter in place.

The school's communications manager said he's proud of how everyone cooperated.

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

Local education groups and leaders will be holding meetings to discuss the most effective ways that Madison can help families work with providers, schools and the local government for the well-being of children, according to a release.

The city of Madison, the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Out-of-School Time will be hosting community conversations about family involvement with Madison's out-of-school-time programs, officials said.

Madison is one of 14 cities selected by the National League of Cities to partner with the U.S. Department of Education to hold community conversations with educators, parents and community leaders, according to the release.

Parenting workshop offers doctor's advice on topics from bullying to teen alcohol use

Parenting workshop offers doctor's advice on topics from bullying to teen alcohol use

Raising healthy, happy kids is no easy task, which is why Dean Clinic is again joining forces with area educators and community leaders for Parent University.

The 2014 Parent University will take place March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Rome Corners Intermediate School, at 1111 S. Perry Parkway in Oregon.

Parent University is free for families with kids of all ages. 

Girls' basketball: Middleton rolls over La Follette

Girls' basketball: Middleton rolls over La Follette

Middleton took on La Follette Friday at La Follette High School. 

The Cardinals rolled over the Lancers with a final score of 62-44.

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Official: Extreme cold closes MMSD schools Monday

Official: Extreme cold closes MMSD schools Monday

An official announced Friday afternoon that Madison Metropolitan School District Schools would be closed Monday. 

MMSD spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said just before 5 p.m. that all school buildings would be closed Monday due extreme weather conditions.

The Madison School and Community Recreation department activities, athletics and other extra-curriculars scheduled Monday were also canceled.

The district said said a decision about school Tuesday had not yet been made, and families with children attending MMSD schools should monitor local media and email for Tuesday's status. 

For additional area announcements, visit the cold weather announcements page on Channel3000.com.

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Div. 1 Cross Country: West, La Follette boys, Stoughton, Middleton girls make it to state

Div. 1 Cross Country: West, La Follette boys, Stoughton, Middleton girls make it to state

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Led by senior Olin Hacker, the Madison West boys cross country team advanced to state by winning the Division 1 sectional meet in DeForest.

Hacker won the individual title with a time of 16:08. The Regents win the team title with 56 points.

Middleton took second with 110 points, winning a tie-breaker over Baraboo.

On the girls side, led by a third place finish by sophomore Samantha Valentine (14:55), the Middleton girls cross country team advanced to state with 51 Points. Sun Prairie took second with 54 points; and they also advance to state.

In Verona Stoughton's Nikki Staffen won the individual title in the girls Division 1 sectional with a time of 16:15. The Vikings also won the team title with 38 points.

Fort Atkinson took second with 99 points.

Dozens watch anti-bullying film at library

More than 40 people showed up to watch the documentary "Bully" downtown at the Madison Central Library on West Mifflin Street Wednesday.

"Bully" is a powerful and provocative film that follows the lives of five kids who are bullied every day. Its message is that the culture of our schools is broken and needs to change.

The film resonated with many viewers, bringing some close to tears, who discussed the film after the 6:30 p.m. showing. The dialogue was moderated by News 3 Anchor Susan Siman as part of WISC-TV's year-long "Time for Kids Buddy Project" to fight bullying.

Eleven-year-old Terriana Brown said the movie hit close to home for her.  

""I might cry right now," Brown said. "It feels like it's me that is on the screen."