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Citywide Battle Of The Books Begins Tuesday

Citywide Battle Of The Books Begins Tuesday

Over the next three days, middle school students from across the city will face off in an educational battle, testing their literary knowledge against their peers.

Cherokee Heights Librarian Laura Holt said that the students have been preparing for the competition since mid-November, reading from a suggested list of books, including titles by Roald Dahl, Phillip Pullman, Mark Twain, and Jon Krakauer.

Students competing in this week’s events have already won their school-level Battles. Battle of the Books champions will be awarded with a medal and a traveling trophy.   

The competition challenges students to read carefully, learn about literature, and explore genres they might not try on their own. Teams of readers will be put to the test as they work to answer trivia questions about the books’ content.

Madison Metropolitan School District Hosts First Public Meeting On Achievement Gaps

Madison Metropolitan School District Hosts First Public Meeting On Achievement Gaps

Community members and concerned parents gathered at West High School to discuss district plans to close the racial gap in student learning

Madison residents gathered Tuesday night at West High School for the first in a series of public meetings to discuss Madison Metropolitan School District’s (MMSD) plan to address the district’s achievement gap in student learning.

In the school’s library, community members, concerned parents and MMSD employees formed small groups to share feedback and ideas regarding key programs and initiatives proposed in the plan.

MMSD To Host Parent Meetings For Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs

MMSD To Host Parent Meetings For Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs

The Madison Metropolitan School District will hold information sessions for Dual Language Immersion programs for the 2012-13 school year, with the first community-wide information session this Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Centro Hispano.

DLI programs offer academic instruction in both Spanish and English with a goal of full academic and cultural literacy in both languages for every student.

Community-Wide Info Sessions:

Globe Universityst Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

Globe Universityst Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

Globe University - Madison East has been selected as the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools Honorable Mention winner for the Community Service Recognition Award 2012.

Medical Assistant Program Chair Elisha Terre submitted the nomination, which was chosen as one of the top three finalists nationally by representatives from the ABHES Conference Planning Committee.

The nomination highlighted the campus’s St. Baldrick’s Day event, which raised more than $8,500 for children’s cancer research last year. This service learning project began as a classroom conversation about patient empathy and grew into a campus-wide effort involving several student clubs and programs.

The award will be accepted at the ABHES National Conference in Las Vegas on Feb. 23.

Madison School District To Present Plans To Close Achievement Gaps

Madison School District To Present Plans To Close Achievement Gaps

Superintendent Dan Nerad will present the Madison School District’s preliminary plan to build the future of the district and eliminate the achievement gaps for low-income and minority students at a special meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Fitchburg Public Library.

After the initial plan is presented, the district will provide opportunities for community input over the next two months, and will use that input to revise and refine the plan.

More information and a full calendar of community input sessions will be released on Monday.

The Fitchburg Public Library is located at 5530 Lacy Rd.

Herzing University To Host Global Game Jam 2012 Event

Herzing University To Host Global Game Jam 2012 Event

Herzing University-Madison students, faculty and other local game development enthusiasts will compete to create the best game for computer, tablet or cell phone use against participants in hundreds of local teams across dozens of countries. The Global Game Jam 2012 Event started on Friday, Jan. 27 and runs through Sunday at Herzing University at 5218 E. Terrace Dr.

In 2011, teams in 44 countries created over 1,500 games in one weekend.

Global Game Jam 2012 gives aspiring game developers, such as Herzing students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Game Development program.

The game development industry is growing rapidly with global industry sales for console games predicted to grow to $34.7 billion this year and U.S. sales of all types of video and computer games expected to reach $11.7 billion in 2012, officiails said.

Brink To Host MMSD School Board Candidate Forum

Brink To Host MMSD School Board Candidate Forum

A Madison Metropolitan School District candidate forum will be held at the Brink Lounge on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Issues facing the new school board will include decreased state funding, new opportunities in changed labor relationships, crime in the schools, low and decreasing performance levels for some students. 

The four candidates for two seats will vie for election to the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education for three-year terms.

The election will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 3.

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