April Monthly Update With Monogue - Cardinal holding an umbrella

For this month's episode of the Monthly Update with Monogue, we had the opportunity to visit the Compass and the Brush class at Clark Street Community School!

This class makes learning even more fun because it combines both math and art! 

Our students never cease to amaze us, not only with their talent and intellect but also with their generosity. We are incredibly proud of two MHS juniors that have worked towards their goal of fighting childhood cancer. 

Since the age of 10, Divya Goel has been collecting donations for the UW Kids Cancer Fund every year for her birthday. Last year she designed and sold childhood cancer awareness t-shirts, raising a total of $2,000 for the cancer fund! This year she plans to take it up a notch by hosting a 5k run/walk at Elver Park on Sunday, June 12th at 9am! You can learn more about Divya's story here.

Our community continues to mourn the loss of Middleton High School students Jack, Evan, and former student, Simon. Despite the hardship, close friend and fellow student Owen Sheehan found a way to turn his grief into positive action. In honor of Jack, who once battled childhood cancer at the American Family Children's Hospital, Owen decided to raise funds to donate D-I-Y tie blankets and a gaming system to support the patients. While he is no longer accepting donations at this time, he managed to raise $15,000 and far exceeding his original goal of $5,000. Learn more about Owen's story here.

Thank you to both Divya and Owen for serving as an example of what a spark of kindness and compassion can do! 

Did you know that one of our students wrote the Representing Community Through Murals article? 

Katarine Miller is a 7th grader at Glacier Creek Middle School and a talented member of the journalism club! The article is about all the unique murals that have been painted in some of our schools, which are representative of all students' identities and nationalities.

She set up all the interviews, visited the schools and wrote the article with the help of her journalism teacher, Christopher Conohan. The article even got the attention of the Middleton-Times Tribune!  Great job, Katarine!

Kromrey Middle School was honored to host State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski at the school library as she presented a check totaling over $330,000. This money goes towards providing tools and resources to every school library in our district. 

Kromrey students Lily Tressler, Makedah Kabindi, and Divit Konduru took this opportunity to say a few words at the presentation, sharing meaningful anecdotes about the importance of reading and writing. Thank you to our students, Principal Dom Ricks, and the rest of the KMS staff that helped organize this event. 

Clark Street Community School recently hosted its biannual exhibition night! This event showcased the seminars the students have been working through for this term. 

We were blown away by the creativity and well-rounded learning that each student project featured. Some of the projects were feature-focused, such as the student film festival. Some seminars allowed students to meet with specialists in their field to build on their projects!

For example, one class met with local law enforcement to learn how they use science and math to uncover what happened during a car crash long after it had already happened. In this project, students wrote up a story of a mock fender bender and used math and physics to discover who was at fault. There were a lot of other amazing projects that night, so be sure to head over to our TikTok account to learn more! 

Middleton High School and Clark Street Community school recently hosted a "one night only" performance in the Black Box Theater at Middleton High School. The students entertained their audience through a series of sketch comedies written, directed, and performed entirely by students! Keeping true to a sketch comedy timeline, the students only had three days to get their performances up and running! Congratulations on your outstanding performance!

Shout out to the Metro Lynx Girls Hockey Co-op! They recently received their first sportsmanship award from The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association after participating in the State Tournament. The award is presented to one school and community that exhibit exemplary sportsmanship not only from their athletes but from coaches, spectators, bands, and all those that support the team. Fantastic job, everyone! What an awesome way to prove that teamwork really does make the dream work! 

Our district is proud to offer numerous programs that help students succeed once they graduate from high school. We are excited to announce that MCPASD will now be offering the Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy and Community Interpreter Certificate to eligible high school students.

Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, MCPASD will join 14 other Wisconsin school districts in offering the opportunity for qualifying seniors to earn a Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy. This certificate will help our students stand out in the college admission processes and the job market, as they will be proficient in speaking, reading, and writing another language in addition to English. American Sign Language is also an eligible partner language.

Also being offered next school year is the Community Interpreter Certificate. Our district will be 1 of 3 school districts in the state to offer this certificate. 

The Community Interpreter Certificate or CIC is a college-level course sequence at Viterbo University that trains bilingual individuals to interpret in the community and professionally. This certificate cost $5,000 and will be free for our students. This is considered a Dual Credit program. This means that participating students will earn high school and college credit at the same time.

To learn more about these free programs and if your child qualifies, click here.

Congratulations to the Bilingual Resource Teacher at Kromrey Middle School, Mercedes Martin! She is being recognized as an Educator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education! Mercedes was nominated for her outstanding work to help her colleagues and aspiring teachers build upon their skillset and also for serving as an advocate for her students and their families. She will be honored at the Educator of The Year and President's Reception at the WIABE Conference at the end of April. Congratulations once again Mercedes!

Hooray to the 14 MHS students who qualified in the top 4 at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference! These students will now head over to the National Leadership Conference in Chicago Illinois, early this summer. Students from around the country will compete at this conference to sharpen their business skills, expand their networks, and aim for the opportunity to win awards and scholarships. Congratulations once again to all that participated. 

A round of applause is in order for the all-girls robotics team called Pleiades Robotics! 

They recently competed in a robotics competition hosted by FIRST WISCONSIN, which is a nonprofit organization centered around providing opportunities for students K-12 to develop skills in STEM, business, team work and real-world problem-solving. This talented team took home several awards including first place for the MOTIVATE award, 2nd place for the CONNECT award, and 2nd place for the INNOVATION award. 

To learn more about Pleaides robotics, click here