The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District learned on Sunday night that it won a $6,000 grant from the Berbee Derby Technology Education Foundation. The grant was written by Education Foundation board member Tom Kobinsky earlier this summer, and will be used to purchase more Chromebooks as part of the District’s Access for All Program, Director of Technology Jim Blodgett said. This is the third grant the District has received from the Berbee Derby TEF. In 2012, Elm Lawn Elementary received a $5,000 grant for a new computer lab. In 2011, Northside Elementary received a $2,730 grant to purchase six document…

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The MCPASD Education Foundation launched its Bricks to Build a Strong Foundation campaign on Aug. 1, 2014 and invites all staff, students, families and businesses to purchase an engraved brick at Glacier Creek and/or Kromrey middle schools. There are approximately 800 spaces available at Glacier Creek and another 800 spaces available at Kromrey. The campaign will run until Oct. 15 or when all of the spaces are sold, whichever comes first. The bricks are expected to be installed no later than Nov. 30. “This is a wonderful fundraising project for our Foundation, allowing individuals and businesses to show their support…

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After learning from senior citizens about the importance of preserving local nature, 4th grade students at Sauk Trail Elementary created more than 60 pieces of art demonstrating their concern. The works are now proudly on display, and in coming weeks will travel to several locations for public viewing. The project, Students Intergenerational Art to Protect Nature, began by observing and discussing nature, wildlife, and habitats seen at Pheasant Branch Conservancy and behind their Branch Street school. The students then spent an afternoon interviewing senior citizens at Middleton Glen Retirement Community, Heritage Senior Living, and Middleton Senior Center to hear what…

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The MCPASD Education Foundation handed out 10 grants to seven schools as part of its second spring bus tour on Tuesday. Staff members to receive grants included Northside’s Ami Schmidt, Kari Brezenski and Beth Bergman-Kessenich; Sunset Ridge’s Sara Reeves-Metz and Roberto Moreno; Glacier Creek’s Jason Needham and Marilyn Bowers; Park’s Amy Callies, Jodi Klare and Julie Gibbs-Soeteber; Pooh Bear 4K MCPASD community site’s Emily Brucker; Sauk Trail’s Paige Bessick and Jeanette Wiederhoft; and Kromrey’s Fred Bartman, Darlayne Coughlin and Kimberly Chapman. The Foundation handed out more than $5,200 as part of its spring cycle. That total included two $500 grants…

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With a light blanket of snow on the ground, it almost felt like Christmas for a number of Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District students and staff when teachers at six schools – Clark Street, Elm Lawn, Glacier Creek, Kromrey, Park and Sauk Trail — received grants worth nearly $4,500 from the MCPASD Education Foundation. To see more photos from Monday’s event, please visit the District’s Facebook page. The nearly 2-hour yellow bus tour included stops at all six of the schools. The Foundation held its first bus tour in the spring when it handed out more than $3,200 in grants….

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In May 2013, the MCPASD Education Foundation awarded over $3,000 in grants to programs in our schools. Grants ranged from supporting art programs, to puchasing a classroom iPad to buying tools for a program at Clark Street School. The recipients were informed during surprise visits from Board members and members of the Middleton High School marching band during school. The Foundation is excited to award its next round of grants this Fall.

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The MCPASD Education Foundation met its goal of reaching $70,000 in contributions to its endowment fund and as a result has received a $35,000 grant from Madison Community Foundation. “The existence of MCF’s generous matching grant has been a huge asset in our fundraising efforts,’’ Foundation board chair Courtney Ward-Reichard said. “Now that we have reached our goal, these funds will allow us to expand our grants in coming years.’’ The Foundation partnered with MCF in 2011. MCF handles the Foundation’s endowment fund and finances, which allows board members to spend more time meeting with potential contributors, raising funds and…

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Donations from staff are helping our district’s Education Foundation endowment fund grow so much that the Foundation’s first grants will be awarded in 2013. Right now, MCPASD staff are donating more than $450 per pay period to the MCPASD Education Foundation via automatic payroll deductions. These donations, combined with more than $40,000 in donations from various corporate partners and families, have allowed the Foundation to make substantial progress toward the creation of a lasting endowment that will allow us to fund inspiring experiences for our students far into the future, such as enrichment grants to teachers and support for unique…

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MHS physical education teacher Tom Kaufman plans to retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year after 17 years of service to the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District and his friends have come up with a very special way of honoring him. Tom’s friends would like to raise $2,500 so a donor recognition plaque can be placed in his name at MHS. “We need some help from you to pull it off. Tom feels that a donation to this organization would be a meaningful way to honor his commitment to the students and the school he has served over…

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