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Lessons on the Underground Railroad
The Milton House Museum and Milton School District are getting some help from the Janesville Foundation, to develop an envisioned Wisconsin school curriculum on the Underground Railroad.

New Appleton charter school focused on African culture and history opens next fall
This story has been updated to more accurately reflect that the Appleton Area School District has 14 charter schools and one magnet school. APPLETON — Next fall, the Appleton Area School District is getting a new charter school: The Ọmọladé Academy. The school will incorporate African and Black history and culture into its everyday instruction, the first school of its kind in the area.

Retired Army colonel thanks second graders for letters
Thursday afternoon at Howard Elementary School the thank you’s were mutual thanks to some kind letters.

Beloit School District may seek up to $12.8 million in April operating referendum
Beloit School District Superintendent Willie Garrison gave voters a glimpse Wednesday into a possible operational referendum question on the April 2, 2024 ballot.

2024 School Referendum
One year ago Platteville School District voters approved a $36 million building referendum.

Unions file new lawsuit challenging Act 10 collective bargaining law
Seven Wisconsin unions representing teachers and other public workers filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Act 10, which ended collective bargaining for most public employees. 

Chilton Board briefed on test results
At the recent Chilton School Board of Education monthly meeting, Superintendent Sue Kaphingst addressed the district’s report card for the 2022-23 school year which was recently made available by the Department of Public Instruction saying, “We as a district overall have consistently, over the last several years, either met or exceeded expectations.”

Beginning robotics program starts in Kiel Area School District
Kiel Area School District staff have started a beginning robotics program for students in kindergarten through third grade.

Benoy to retire as Viking Middle School Principal
The Baldwin-Woodville School District has seen relatively no turnover within its administration over the last few years. That’s going to change at the end of this school year.

Board approves $5 million open line of credit
The Verona Area School District (VASD) Board of Education approved a $5 million open line of credit during its Nov. 20 meeting, a move common by districts that will serve as a “cushion” to borrow money if needed.

Shell Lake Schools above average in state data assessment
The Shell Lake PK-6 and 7-12 principals gave an update on the state assessment data report at the School Board meeting Monday, Nov. 20.

North Lake School District residents show support of referendum question on ballot
The North Lake School District is considering an operational referendum in April 2024. The proposed referendum would maintain educational programming due to inflationary pressures and inadequate funding from the state, according to the district.

School district to buy Jorgenson Field for $96,000
After years of talks and discussions, the School District of Amery will be purchasing Jorgenson Field, the memorial softball facility that borders the school campus on the south, for the asking price of $96,000.

Wisconsin’s Teacher Pay Predicament
Median teacher pay in Wisconsin has fallen on an inflation-adjusted basis over the last decade, with retirements and limited pay increases both playing key roles.

Door County Schools Score Well on State Report Cards
Door County school districts received solid test scores on the annual state report cards, with areas needing improvement centered on high school students in target groups for several of the districts.

Luxemburg-Casco Schools Ranked Among Top 7% Of Wisconsin Districts
The Luxemburg-Casco School District continued to be one of the highest-performing  districts in Northeast Wisconsin and across the state based on the District Report Cards from 2022-23 released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Fundraising For Playground Projects At Sturgeon Bay Elementary Schools
Sawyer Elementary and Sunrise Elementary schools in the Sturgeon Bay School District are planning to improve their playgrounds to be developmentally appropriate, handicap accessible and safe.

Gibraltar Wins Advanced Placement Gold
The Advanced Placement Office, also known as the College Board, named Gibraltar High School to its Gold honor roll in November.

School Looking at Logging Some 200 Trees Killed by Pests
Cutting down dying trees for safety purposes could bring in some revenue for Southern Door County School district, according to a local resident and forestry expert.

Medford school board talks school building needs
The Medford School Board is getting the ball rolling on a potential November 2024 referendum to address educational building needs and to get ahead of maintenance needs district-wide.

Making the grade
Across the board, the Medford School facilities all met or exceeded expectations under the recently released school district state report cards.

Coulee River Trails group urges school district not to sell land
The Prescott School District received bids earlier this month on a 14.6-acre parcel of land that school officials say is unusable by the school district.

Lodi and Poynette Schools 'exceed expectations' in District Report Cards
The Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction released its annual School District Report Cards, offering good news for both Lodi and Poynette School Districts.

Beyond Crayons and Chromebooks: Grants awarded to Tomahawk educators
Educators from the School District of Tomahawk and St. Mary’s Catholic School were recently awarded Beyond Crayons and Chromebooks grants from the Support Tomahawk Area Resources (STAR) Foundation.

Stevens Point Area Senior High students prepare for futures as medical professionals
Wisconsin needs to fill more than 12,500 health care jobs in 2023, according to the Department of Workforce Development. Some central Wisconsin high school seniors hope to one day fill the state’s health care worker shortage. 

Solon Springs students receive the gift of safety
With the support of the Solon Springs Education Foundation , 10 seventh grade students at Solon Springs School were individually certified with the official Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-approved online All-Terrain Vehicle and Off-Highway Motorcycle safety course during the first quarter of the 2023-2024 school year.

Therapy dogs support students in the Osseo-Fairchild classrooms
For the last 3 years, there has been a furry friend inside the Osseo Fairchild Elementary School. Now, for the first time this school year, there are two.

DPI releases annual report cards: How Monona Grove and McFarland schools scored
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently published school and district accountability report cards for the 2022-23 school year.

Wisconsin teacher pay has lagged inflation for 15 years, report says
Average Wisconsin teacher salaries have failed to keep pace with inflation over the past 15 years, according to a new report.

Hartford Union High sees jump in state rating
Hartford Union High School scored solid marks in state ratings this year, as the state report cards recently issued for the 2022-23 school year placed HUHS at "meets expectations."

Boundary Changes The Next Challenge For Green Bay Schools
Next month, a new community committee will start its work in changing Green Bay school boundary lines for the first time in 23 years.

DPI report cards show progress with school districts
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released its school and school district report cards for the 2022-23 school year on Nov. 14. Both Chequamegon and Phillips school districts are reporting overall progress. Prentice and Butternut school districts will be reported on next week.

Kenosha school closures; protests as district explores cuts
A protest started outside of Reuther Central High School on Wednesday, Nov. 29, as the Kenosha Unified School District put forward its recommendations for school closures and consolidations.

La Follette High School hosts first-ever school meal roundtable
Local, state and national leaders met with farm and school grant recipients at La Follette High School on Wednesday to discuss the present and future of school meal programs during the first-ever school meal roundtable.

Cadott School Board - Changes to policies reflect what district expects
No policy ever stays the same and the Cadott School Board is updating theirs to reflect that. The board went over the policies Nov. 13, in a first reading.

Vaccine exemption rates rising among Wisconsin students
Vaccine exemptions are on the rise for students across the country and in the badger state.

Beloit School District may seek up to $12.8 million in April operating referendum
Beloit School District Superintendent Willie Garrison gave voters a glimpse Wednesday into a possible operational referendum question on the April 2, 2024 ballot.

School Board gives update on restructuring plan
After it was made official that Wausau East and West would remain separate schools, the School Board's focus turned to the city's 13 elementary schools, and how they cold best help the district's elementary-aged students.

Board reflects on State Report Card results
The Verona Area School District (VASD) Board of Education reviewed VASD’s 2022-23 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction report card outcomes during their Nov. 20 meeting. 

Public Input Continues For Crivitz Elementary School
The second of two focus group meetings designed to provide Crivitz School Board with public input prior to proceeding with plans for improving or replacing the current Elementary building was held on Thursday, Nov. 16 in the school cafeteria with over 25 district residents in addition to school staff and presenters.

Muskego-Norway hires Muskego High School principal Todd Irvine to be its next superintendent
The Muskego-Norway School District has selected its next superintendent, and it's someone who has already been working in the district over the past nine years.

New Appleton Charter School to Focus on Cultural Heritage of African Descendants
A new charter school will be coming to Appleton for the 2024-2025 school year. It’s the result of a partnership between the district and a local organization, African Heritage Inc.

More students, pinched for room
Two remarkable things are happening at Fremont Elementary School: the new STEM Academy within the school is growing – up to 23 students now – and class sizes of elementary school students are increasing.

New Auburn High School students rank nationally at FFA convention
Members of New Auburn High School’s Future Farmer’s of America (FFA) chapter appeared before the school board during its Monday, Nov. 7 meeting to be congratulated for qualifying at the FFA National Agriscience Fair in Indianapolis in November.

La Crosse residents attend virtual public hearing, criticize recommendation to close North Woods, Hintgen schools
La Crosse school district residents took to a virtual public hearing Monday night to voice concerns over a recommendation to close two elementary schools.

McFarland School Board discusses referendum timeline, enrollment trends
McFarland School District Director of Business Services Jeff Mahoney updated the school board on the timeline to file a referendum resolution for the April 2, 2024 election at the Nov. 20 meeting.

School of Education works with area district to break down language barriers
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Education is partnering with the Darlington (Wisconsin) Community School District to help break down language barriers. The collaboration aims to give English as a Second Language students in the district access to higher education resources and opportunities through the university.

We asked Wisconsin teachers to send in student artwork. See the result: over 400 pieces
This fall, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endeavored to complete a seemingly simple project: to showcase artwork from elementary and middle school students across Wisconsin. To that end, we asked art teachers to submit examples of their students' art. The response was overwhelming.

Hustisford district administrator recognized by U.S. National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan
Heather Cramer was recently named the National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan 2023 Ambassador of Excellence.

Therapy dogs support children at Osseo-Fairchild Elementary School
For the last three years, there’s been a furry friend inside the Osseo-Fairchild Elementary School. Now, for the first time, this school year there are two. With long noses and wagging tails, Clark and Milo are the therapy dogs at the elementary school.

Peshtigo Students Volunteer And Tour Local Businesses To Learn Work Skills
Peshtigo High School teacher Scot Skarda teaches high schoolers work skills to transition from high school to the work world.

DNR Offers Free Tree Seedlings To Wisconsin Fourth Graders Ahead Of Arbor Day 2024
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering free tree seedlings to every fourth-grade student in Wisconsin as part of the department’s annual Arbor Day tree planting program.

Free COVID tests headed to nation's schools
Schools across the U.S. will soon be able to order free rapid COVID-19 tests from the federal government.

Republican bill would require Wisconsin libraries to tell parents what their children are checking out
School and library staff would have to tell parents what materials their children younger than 16 check out from school and public libraries under two Republican bills that received a public hearing Tuesday.


District has mixed results on state education report cards
The Hartford Jt. 1 School District had mixed results in the state school report cards for the 2022-23 school year, with two schools exceeding expectations and one school scoring lower.

Growing number of Wisconsin schools adopting Stop the Bleed kits, but funding still holds some back
A growing number of Wisconsin school districts are adopting Stop the Bleed kits and training. But experts say the cost of the equipment and some skepticism continue to be barriers to getting the kits in schools.

Rosendale Intermediate and Brandon Elementary schools honored
U.S. News & World Reports recently published its rankings of public elementary schools, and the news is fantastic! Rosendale Intermediate School and Brandon Elementary School placed among the top 40% of elementary schools in the state of Wisconsin, making them both U.S. News Best Elementary Schools.

Wausau School Board moves forward after crucial vote
Two weeks after nixing a plan to restructure secondary schools, the Wausau School Board District is finding a way forward to complete referendum-related updates previously approved by voters.

Waterloo School Board at odds over disciplinary changes, parks agreement
At a meeting on Nov. 8, the Waterloo Board of Education discussed implementing an appeal process for suspensions, comparable to the process used for expulsions.

'A wonderful way to build community': The walking school bus leads to more kids in the classroom
The Madison Metropolitan School District is noticing a rise in attendance rates at an elementary school on the city's. A unique initiative could be the reason why.

Appleton School District, African Heritage Inc. partner to create new charter school
A new charter school will be coming to Appleton for the 2024-2025 school year. It's the result of a partnership between the district and a local organization, African Heritage Inc.

Hudson School Board discusses district library media plan
So now, media specialists is the more apt term. The District Library Media Team, while sharing a portion of their library media plan in a Hudson School Board work session meeting on Monday, emphasized ways they could maintain a sustainable and secure learning environment that can meet various standards, such as the ones for Information and Technology Literacy (ITL).

GOP bills would make librarians tell parents everything kids check out
A pair of Republican proposed bills that would require public and school librarians to inform parents what books their children check out would overwhelm librarians with an increased workload, critics said during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday. 

Referendum vote on spring ballot
Voters in the School District of Rhinelander will decide in April whether the tech ed programs at Rhinelander High School and James Williams Middle School will be upgraded.

Survey: Community supports $70M max referendum
Recent results from a survey sent out to Shawano School District residents show the maximum amount of referendum money they’d support is around $70 million, which is putting district officials into an interesting situation.

Beloit School District holding listening sessions on upcoming referendum
The Beloit School District is getting the ball rolling when it comes to having conversations about a referendum on the 2024 spring ballot.

Clintonville does not release school bids information
After discussing purchase bids received for the Rexford Longfellow Elementary School complex at two consecutive meetings, the Clintonville School Board has taken no action and the district has not released any information about the bids.

Warhawks go to Lambeau
During the Nov. 28 school board meeting, Director of Pupils Nick Schultek said the girls’ flag football team will play at Lambeau Field at halftime during the Green Bay Packers game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at noon Sunday, Dec. 17.

Former Waukesha teacher asks judge to deny the Waukesha School District's motion to dismiss her lawsuit
The lawyer for former Waukesha teacher Melissa Tempel has asked a judge to deny the school district's motion seeking to dismiss Tempel's lawsuit against it.


One Community Bank Celebrates Concession Stand Grand Opening at Middleton High School Stadium
One Community Bank is delighted to invest in our communities and support the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) with their new High School Stadium. OCB was thrilled to donate $100,000 to the MCPASD Education Foundation for their High School Stadium Complex Improvement Project.

District differences provide insight into its DPI scores
Statewide school district report scores for the 2022-23 school year were released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction earlier this month.

Kewaskum scores high on state education report cards
The Kewaskum School District received four-star marks on state ratings for the 2022-23 school year, as the recently released accountability report cards showed the district as exceeding expectations.

Wausau School Board looks for new plan to address district concerns after nixing high school merger
The Wausau School Board is back to the drawing board as it looks for new ways to address declining enrollment and increasing costs of providing services within the Wausau School District.

School District Headquarters Relocation Is Off The Table
Green Bay’s school board voted Monday night to keep its headquarters in its current location on Broadway.

Menomonie Board of Education passes a $4.2M operational referendum
Members of Menomonie's Board of Education voted to pass a $4.2 million operational referendum, sending it to next year's ballot.

'We made a big step forward tonight', three approved GBAPS topics you need to know
Online schooling, the NFL Draft and the centralized location of Green Bay Area Public Schools District building were three of significant topics discussed at Monday's board meeting.

La Crosse residents attend virtual public hearing, criticize recommendation to close North Woods, Hintgen schools
La Crosse school district residents took to a virtual public hearing Monday night to voice concerns over a recommendation to close two elementary schools.

Elementary schools make grade on report cards
Officials at the elementary schools in the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District have much to be happy about, as both schools received four-star ratings that indicate they’re exceeding the expectations set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in the annual report cards released in November.

Enhancing School Food Service Assets with the Beef Resource Guide
Do you enjoy cooking dinner for your family each night? Imagine having to cook lunch for hundreds of kids with different preferences every single day. The Wisconsin Beef Council has stepped in to make the school nutrition staff’s job a little bit easier with their innovative Beef Resource Guide.

School Board hears report on test scores
Makenzi Schwarz provided a presentation on school report card data for 2022/2023 during the KASD board meeting on November 15, 2023.

Second DPI community engagement session held
In a new effort to hear from families across the state, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is holding listening sessions about their upcoming strategic plan.

Youth apprenticeships and new industries helped drive Wisconsin apprenticeships to record numbers
Wisconsin shattered several records for youth and adult apprenticeships this fall, and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) officials credited federal funding, youth apprenticeships and a new industries for successfully breaking the state record. Construction apprenticeships remained strong in the state’s historical program, while new apprenticeships in industries outside the norm began to catch up.

Rural School Districts Encouraged to Apply for UWSP's Equity Grants; Application Due this Friday
Rural school districts looking to promote professional development for their faculty and staff may apply for a number of $10,000 grants through the Harju Center for Equity in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


Ho-Chunk Nation flag to fly at all district buildings
Thursday, Nov. 16 was a day of celebration and honor in the Verona Area School District (VASD), as students, staff and members of the Ho-Chunk Nation gathered outside the Verona Area High School (VAHS) to watch the Ho-Chunk flag fly for the first time. 

Students are the best at Cornell, thanks to staff
Cornell is among the 2024 Best Elementary Schools and Best Middle Schools rankings, according to U.S. News, which included the district in their recent report. As such, Cornell earned a Best Elementary Schools badge and a Best Middle Schools badge, because they place among the top 40 percent in the state.

Ellsworth Gift Box is integral part of the season
Character education is an important part of the fabric at Ellsworth High School and that tradition continues with the annual Gift Box Program.

Colby schools see ‘22‘23 DPI scores increase
At the latest school board meeting held on Monday evening, Colby school district superintendent Dr. Patrick Galligan discussed the results of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s annual district report card.

Abbotsford makes decision to stick with $17 million referendum
The Abbotsford School Board voted at its meeting on Monday, November 20 to go to referendum for the $17 million base plan after months of gathering information from the community and consultants.

The results are in for ECSD referendum survey
A recent survey of Ellsworth Community School District residents revealed that a majority of voters would not support a $34.3 million referendum plan.

Edgar to re-evaluate grading for dual credit classes
Members of the Edgar School Board have agreed to reconsider the district’s grading practices for dual-credit college courses after a couple of parents claimed that the current system puts students at a disadvantage when trying to maintain a high grade-point average (GPA).

‘Brighten somebody’s day:’ Green Bay Packers great LeRoy Butler shares hope, stories with local students
Butler shared his messages of hope and positivity in the face of bullying and adversity in response to questions from Lombardi Middle School eighth graders. Some students asked what Butler’s life was like as an NFL player, while several others asked him how he dealt with negativity, stress and obstacles. 

Most area schools pass DPI standards
School districts in Shawano and Oconto counties have met the education standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, according to the 2023 report cards released in mid-November.

Neillsville School District's Administrator Discusses Items From the November School Board Meeting
The Neillsville School Board held their monthly meeting on Monday.

State report card: Germantown district ‘Exceeds Expectations’
The Germantown School District is in the “Exceeds Expectations” category on the State Report Card for school districts and schools that was released by the state Department of Public Instruction on Nov. 14.

Private-School Voucher Program Keeps Growing

The amount of local school tax revenue diverted to the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program has grown every year since the state established the school voucher program in 2013-14.

Increased architectural costs OK'd for schools
The Racine Unified School District Board during its business meeting Monday approved new architectural costs to build two referendum-funded schools.

Bonduel Elementary exemplifies excellence
Bonduel Elementary School is showing it’s doing something right when it comes to education at the lower grade levels, being one of the only schools in the area to get a five-star rating from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in 2023.

FabLab Stoughton Celebrates decade of innovation, inspiration
FabLab Stoughton's journey began during the 2012-2013 school year when it was built and assembled. In the fall of 2013, it opened its doors to students, becoming the first public high school in Wisconsin and the second in the nation to establish a FabLab.

Krueger to retire at end of school year
After three and a half decades in the Wisconsin school system, West De Pere School Superintendent Dennis Krueger will retire.

7 Beloit schools fail to meet expectations in DPI report cards
Seven Beloit School District schools failed to meet expectations in the Wisconsin Department of Instruction’s annual report cards.

SCC District voters vote no on Daisy Hill purchase
The St. Croix Central School District held a special meeting of the District Electors last week to discuss whether to give the School Board the approval to purchase 207 Packer Drive in Roberts. 

Joseph Greget recognized as Outstanding Educator
WAOW Channel 9 presented their Outstanding Educator Award for November 2023 to Medford Schools Director of Special Education and Student Services Joseph A Greget.

Referendum ahead for Rib Lake
At the Rib Lake Board of Education meeting on November 15, 2023, the Board viewed a plan redrawn by Excel Engineering - a company that the Board hired last winter to study all School District facilities and create plans to update the schools to a modern age.

Wisconsin libraries would have to notify parents about the books their kids check out under GOP proposal
Young people's use of libraries would face increased scrutiny under Republican bills being considered in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Beloit School District to host referendum listening sessions ahead of spring election
The Beloit School District will host five community listening sessions ahead of a potential operational referendum question on the April 2, 2024 ballot.

Lake Holcombe School Board - Elementary report scores rising in the right direction
School districts have waited anxiously for their report scores to come in from the state, and for Lake Holcombe School, a sneak peek was shared at the regular school board meeting Nov. 13.

Neillsville School Board Approves Academic and Career Plan and More
The Neillsville School Board approved the Academic and Career Plan at their meeting on Monday.

Community referendum survey on the way
With a potential referendum next year, the Stoughton Area School District Board of Education is looking for public input on the amount and purpose of borrowing.

State report card - SASD ‘meets expectations’
The Stoughton Area School District is “meeting expectations,” according to the annual Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) school and district accountability report cards for the 2022-23 school year, released last week.

Board hears personnel monitoring report
To serve students and hold true to the Verona Area School District’s (VASD) mission, it is important to have committed, effective staff and a culture where each employee feels valued, Superintendent Tremayne Clardy said. 

Sheboygan County students may not be learning all they could about Wisconsin's Native peoples
Wisconsin state law requires public schools teach about Native American history and culture, but with locally controlled school districts that determine and enforce much of the curriculum, the learning experience and information shared can be very different. That’s seen across Sheboygan County schools, too. 

Beloit Turner earns 3-star rating from DPI
The Beloit Turner School District met expectations on the Wisconsin Department of Instruction’s annual school district report cards.

State report card: HUHS ‘meets expectations’
Hartford Union High School is in the “Meets Expectations” category on the State Report Card for school districts and schools that was released by the state Department of Public Instruction on Nov. 14.

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