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Fri
16
Apr
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Middleton High School Theatre to Present Cinderella

MIDDLETON–This pandemic year has been full of altered and interrupted plans in the academic and extracurricular lives of students and teachers. Since it has not been possible to bring audiences to the Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School (MHS) Theatre has presented several virtual performances this year.  

MHS Theatre is excited to present its spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” on a virtual platform, available for viewing from April 16-18 only.  But while the performance will be virtual, the creation of Cinderella allowed some in-person gathering of students and staff in socially-distanced, masked cohorts, working together to produce a visually stunning, filmed performance.  

Fri
16
Apr
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MCPASD Board Discusses First Evaluation of SROs

MIDDLETON–The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) Board of Education reviewed its first time evaluation of the school resource officer (SRO) program which embeds a police officer at each of the middle schools and the high school.

In June 2020 students, parents and community members called on the City of Middleton to suspend its contract with the MCPASD while the SRO program was reviewed. 

The Middleton Common Council tabled its agreement with MCPASD to provide police officers at Middleton High School and Kromrey Middle School. School district administrators said they would undertake a thorough review of the program to be completed by January.

Superintendent Dana Monogue presented the evaluation to the board noting it was the first evaluation since the program began in the mid 1980s.

Fri
26
Mar
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Board Increases In-person Instruction for Middle School, Keeps Two-Day High School Schedule

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) Board of Education voted to increase in-person instruction for middle school students to four days a week beginning April 19. High school students will continue with two days of in-person instruction through the end of the 2020-21 school year. 

Superintendent Dana Monogue explained the administration recommendation to have middle school students attend four days a week. The start date of April 19 is intended to provide a buffer to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 from traveling during spring break. 

Wednesday will remain as a planning day for staff and virtual independent instruction for students. Educators have to plan for in-person and virtual instruction because they are teaching students in the room and over Zoom simultaneously.

Sat
27
Feb
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Board Reviews Reopening, Reduction of Relief Funds

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) Board of Education reviewed the latest updates to the district’s in-person blended instruction as the next grade level of students is phased in. While elementary students began Feb. 1, middle school students had their first day back on the day of the board meeting Feb. 22. High school students are set to begin Mar. 11. 

Superintendent Dana Monogue said the blended instruction model at the elementary level has been going great since it started. While 20 students reported testing positive for COVID-19 there are no cases reported that are associated with MCPASD as of Feb. 23.

Virtual instruction is also going well for families that are choosing not to return to in-person instruction, Monogue said. She noted families will not be able change models after high school students begin on March 11.

Fri
12
Feb
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School Board Approves Opening Dates for All Grades

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) Board of Education approved start dates for middle and high school students enrolled in the district’s blended in-person/virtual instruction model. Students in grades PK-4 began Feb. 1, while grades 5-8 are set to begin Feb. 22 and 9-12 on Mar. 11. The district will continue offering fully virtual instruction through the end of the year, of which about 10 percent of district students are enrolled. 

The school board met in-person for the first time since schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Mar. 18, 2020. 

School board members toured the middle and high school buildings before the week prior to voting on the start dates. 

Board member Bob Hesselbein said he was impressed with all the work staff have done to ensure a safe return to in-person instruction.

Thu
04
Feb
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School Board Members Tour Schools Ahead of Reopen

MIDDLETON–Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) School Board members have been touring the district’s schools in the past week, including a tour of Kromrey Middle School on Jan. 28. The board has been learning about the protocols that will be put in place as schools return to in-person learning through hybrid models. 

Kromrey Principal Dom Rick, Associate Principal Eric Engel, Dean of Students Brandon Tewalt and Kromrey school nurse Jenna Blizard led the small group through the school explaining the procedures that will be followed by students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tour began with Ricks telling the board members, “This is a little bit of excitement for us,” referring the opening the school. He said that about 1,000 of Kromrey’s 1,200 students would be returning in two cohorts and that class size would be limited to 12-15 students per class. 

Mon
01
Feb
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School Board Reviews Reopening Plan as Students Return Next Week

MIDDLETON–The Middleton-Cross Plains School District (MCPASD) Board of Education reviewed the latest preparations and changes in the district’s plan to return to in-person instruction. A blended in-person/virtual instruction model for students in grades PK-4 begins Feb. 1, grades 5-8 begins Feb. 22 and 9-12 begins Mar. 11, while the fully virtual instruction will continue to be offered through the end of the year with some changes.

Superintendent Dana Monogue said the district has every intention to fully open schools in the fall, but at this time there is still the need to be responsive to the pandemic.

“We are encouraged by the vaccine distribution schedule for our staff and the downward trajectory of COVID-19 in Dane County and we hope this trend continues,” Monogue said. 

Thu
14
Jan
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School Board Reviews Reopening Plan

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Cross Plains Area School District Board of Education reviewed the latest developments implementing a blended in-person/virtual instruction model for students in grades PK-4 beginning Feb. 1, grades 5-8 beginning Feb. 22 and 9-12 beginning Mar. 11.

Superintendent Dana Monogue said despite passionate and divergent opinions about how and when to reopen schools she is confident the model the district is developing will benefit most students and their families.

Thu
17
Dec
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School to Shift Reopening Plan Due to New Guidance from PHMDC

MIDDLETON–The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Board of Education is poised to adopt a new plan for students to return to in-person instruction in light of new guidance released for schools by Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC) at its Dec. 21 meeting. District administration asked the board for one week to review the guidance and develop a virtual/in-person blended model for all students.

The guidance from PHMDC was released hours before the board’s Dec. 7 meeting and shifts the direction the district will go in implementing a virtual/in-person blended instruction model. The change comes one week after the board approved a half-day blended model for students in grades 4K-2.

Superintendent Dana Monogue said the newly released guidance is significantly different than the guidance the district has been operating under since August.

Mon
14
Dec
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Board Recall Petition Fails

MIDDLETON–A petition to recall Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) board members Minza Karim and Bob Hesselbein has fallen short on signatures. 

Angela Rachidi, one of the organizers of the group Parents for Change who filed to begin the petition for recall, said the group gathered about half of the 6,200 signatures it needed to force a recall election. “Pandemic-related restrictions on gatherings really hampered our efforts,” Rachidi said. 

Parents for changed organized and filed paperwork for the petition with the Wisconsin Elections commission on October 8 and had 60 days to collect the necessary signatures, which is equivalent to 25 percent of the electors in the last gubernatorial election. 

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