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MMSD To Cancel After School Activities Outside Of Dane County

MMSD To Cancel After School Activities Outside Of Dane County

The Madison Metropolitan School District will cancel after school and evening activities outside of Dane County Friday due to inclement weather.

Other activities within Dane County, including events, athletics, MSCR activities and practices, will go on as scheduled, unless canceled by the event organizer, officials said.

Grant To Madison Schools To Bolster Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

Grant To Madison Schools To Bolster Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has awarded the Madison Metropolitan School District a $20,000 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse prevention grant.

The grant funds will allow MMSD staff to further implement the Second Step curriculum for social-emotional learning, train security officers and other staff to recognize behaviors of students under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, improve communication and collaboration with local alcohol and drug use and abuse treatment service providers, and better support parents and families.

"No single activity or practice in isolation can wholly prevent youth alcohol and drug use," said Nancy Yoder, Director of Student Services for MMSD, in news release. "MMSD takes a comprehensive approach that accounts for the complexities and nuances of the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that play into whether a student abstains from, uses, or abuses alcohol or drugs."

Madison, Eugene Mayors Make Community-Based Rose Bowl Wager

Madison, Eugene Mayors Make Community-Based Rose Bowl Wager

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Eugene, Ore., Mayor Kitty Piercy have made a friendly wager on the Rose Bowl that will make either community a winner pending the outcome of the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks match up.

"We wanted to develop a wager that could benefit our entire community and particularly those most in need," Soglin said in a news release.

Each mayor has committed to privately raising $500 if their team loses. The money will then be used for tools for Habitat for Humanity organizations in either Madison or Eugene.

"Each of us will raise the money privately and no city funds are involved," Soglin said. "This is a great program and we both want to support it."

Both mayors said they are aware of the growing need for shelters and services for the homeless. They each credit Habitat for Humanity for the work it is doing. But each also is rooting on their favorite teams in the Rose Bowl.

MSCR Healthy Self Night Scheduled At Glendale Elementary

MSCR Healthy Self Night Scheduled At Glendale Elementary

The Madison School & Community Recreation Safe Haven After School program at Glendale will hold a Healthy Self Night on Friday, Dec. 16 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

The evening’s theme is called the “Taste of Glendale.” Teams of participants will be making food samplers to highlight their assigned fruit and vegetable. More than 120 students participate in the Safe Haven program. The program is co-sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Extension and Group Health Cooperative.

The Healthy Self program began in 2003 by MSCR in collaboration with Group Health Cooperative, which funds the program, and Madison Metropolitan School District school nurses. 

The program teaches elementary school children the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. The Healthy Self Program is incorporated into MSCR Safe Haven after school programs at Emerson, Glendale and Falk Elementary schools and at Allied Learning Center.

Middleton Girls Basketball Team Tops Madison East, 70-42

Middleton High School girls basketball team defeated Madison East.

 

Educational Alliance Grants Awarded To 14 MMSD Schools

Educational Alliance Grants Awarded To 14 MMSD Schools

Exxon Mobil announced that it will award Educational Alliance grants to 14 schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The grants will support math and science education in each school.

The $500 for each school were awarded to Orchard Ridge, Chavez, Sandburg, Leopold, Muir, Franklin, Falk, Lindbergh, Emerson and Thoreau Elementary Schools. Sherman, Spring Harbor, and Toki Middle Schools and West High School also received grant awards.

School principals can quickly name the specific activities their schools have been able to implement or expand.

“Thoreau has used these funds to host a family math night. Families learned together while playing math games and reading math picture books,” said Thoreau Elementary Principal Kathy Costello.

MMSD Teacher Receives 2011 Woman of Achievement award

MMSD Teacher Receives 2011 Woman of Achievement award

Rachel Byington received recognition this fall as one of four 2011 Women of Achievement, an award given by the Wisconsin Women of Color Network. She is the Title VII Instructional Resource Teacher for Madison Metropolitan School District. Title VII is legislation to support Indian and Alaska Native education.