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The Foundation is sharing stories from grant and scholarship recipients to show how funding makes an impact. Hear how MCPASD staff, teachers and students are using their grants and scholarships, and see how your dollars make a difference! Amy Galassi, an advanced learning specialist, and Kirsten Haag, a social worker, received a $610 grant for a program called Learning Through Leadership at Sauk Trail. They received the grant in 2017 and have used it to pay for and promote several projects. “This grant allowed a diverse group of students to learn about issues pertaining to social justice that impact their…

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The tree lot to benefit the MCPASD Education Foundation and Middleton High School DECA program will open on Friday, Nov. 23 and is scheduled to remain open for about three weeks. This is the fourth year the lot has been located in the MHS parking lot across from the tennis courts. John Docter, the owner of Docter Evergreens, approached the District in 2015 about a tree lot and has donated more than $15,000 to the Foundation and MHS DECA program over the past three years. Docter will still supply trees, wreaths, garland and other items for the lot, but the…

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With a grant from the district’s Education Foundation, two Sauk Trail teachers brought a colorful, Mexican culture lesson to the school to demonstrate how ancestors who have passed continue to be remembered and honored by their friends and families. First grade teachers Kristina Mendiola and Paige Bessick, instructors in the Two-way Immersion program where students are taught in English for half the day and Spanish for the other half, presented a heritage demonstration on Mexico’s Day of the Dead on Oct. 31. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died. Traditions…

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The Good Neighbor Festival has brought our community together for over 50 years, to support many charitable organizations.  Once again this year, The Foundation sponsored a trivia contest during the festival.  This year, there were two sessions of trivia – one with a Harry Potter theme! The contest was held on Saturday, August 25 in the VFW tent on the festival grounds in Fireman’s Park in Middleton.

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Director of Communications Perry Hibner, who formerly was the executive director for the Education Foundation and now serves on the board, gave an update on the organization’s efforts over the past year at the Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, June 11. Hibner noted that the Foundation has raised more than $350,000 over the past four years. Its general endowment fund with Madison Community Foundation is nearing $300,000, while a second endowment fund with MCF, which was established last year, to help disadvantaged students, is already at $35,000. The Foundation also has close to $90,000 in cash reserves. The…

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Sauk Trail students had the opportunity in their end-of-the year concerts to make music with professional jazz musicians on May 23. The MCPASD Education Foundation sponsored the concerts through a 2018 inspiration grant of $750. Children sang, played keyboards, drums, and some improvised on music teacher John Becker’s vibraphone instrument. Fourth-grade orchestra students also had the chance to improvise on their string instruments.  Some of the original music and lyrics performed reinforced the “Sauk Trail Way” learning and behavior goals, sung in English and in Spanish.  The live band working with the students included Middleton residents Laurie Lang Croasdale, bass, and…

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The Education Foundation and Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District will once again have an entry in the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival parade, and officials are encouraging adults and their children to participate. More than 50 Foundation board members, along with District staff and their children, have participated each of the past two years. The District will provide a gift to anyone who participates. To be eligible, you must e-mail Communications Director Perry Hibner by August 10. T-shirts have been provided the past two years. This year’s parade will take place on Sunday, August 26, starting at noon. The parade starts…

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The MCPASD Education Foundation raised more than $28,000 in its 2017 annual appeal campaign, board president Courtney Ward-Reichard announced recently. The amount is the most the Foundation has raised in the five years it has held an annual appeal. The previous record was a little more than $14,500, which was raised in 2016. The appeal included a $5,000 match from Intuit, which creates business and financial management solutions that simplify the business of life for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. Intuit also provided a $5,000 match in 2016. The Foundation also received $5,000 in matching funds from former school…

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The Education Foundation will sponsor Amanda Schmitt’s presentation at the ninth annual Human Rights Week at Middleton High School in February. HRW takes place Feb. 12-16. More than 25 people are expected to present. Most presentations run 35 minutes. There are typically two presentations per block. Presentations will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Schmitt, a 2005 MHS graduate and art curator in New York, will speak about being part of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year edition. She and other women were part of a piece on the Silence Breakers. The session will begin at 2:20 p.m….

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The MCPASD Education Foundation has released its 2018 grant application — download it here.  Applications and recommendations must be received by April 2, 2018 to be considered in the Foundation’s 2018 grant cycle.  Grant recipients will be announced in late April. Each year, the Foundation reviews the goals of the District and establishes grant goals that align while also recognizing the changing environment and needs within the District. For the 2018 grant cycle, we are seeking grant applications that require full or partial funding between $250 and $2,500. Please thoughtfully consider how the Foundation can help you provide Inspiring Experiences in…

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