Middleton High School October 2009 C A R D I NA L C O N N E C T I O N IMPORTANT DATES: Homecoming Week SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 3 U P DAT E F R O M P R I N C I PA L H E R R M A N N MHS Team to Attend century will need to develop unprece- Application Deadline for Youth Conference on Global dented levels of intercultural cooperation, Option Program mutual moral concern, creativity, and skill (for semester 2) Education OCTOBER 1 in effectively addressing the challenges of Six members of the MHS the world today – challenges economic, Homecoming Pep Assembly and staff will attend the con- ecological, and inter-cultural/religious in Parade ference “Educating World OCTOBER 2 nature. An education that will prepare Citizens for the 21st Cen- young people to become competent and Advisory Community Event tury” on October 8-9th in OCTOBER 2: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM compassionate world citizens in such a Washington DC. Conference attendees will context cannot be measured only in terms Homecoming Varsity Football to learn ways our school can continue to of cognitive skills and knowledge, but Game evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st OCTOBER 2: 7:30 PM must address wider aspects of the heart, century and will share their professional including skills and qualities of awareness Homecoming Dance learning experience with others upon return. associated with conscious self-regulation, (Student IDs Required) In addition, each member of the team is an OCTOBER 3: 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM ethical and social responsibility, and em- active participant on one or more commit- pathy and compassion for others. Picture Re-take Day tees at MHS and will share relevant informa- MHS Courtyard tion with their group, including: K-12 Social OCTOBER 5: 7:30 AM-3:30 PM CH 27-Madison Showcases Lori Hunt and Studies Curriculum Renewal; 6-12 World “Moodle” Courses at MHS Academic Letters Breakfast Language Curriculum Renewal, 6-12 Mathe- MHS Courtyard On Thursday, September 29th, Channel 27 matics Curriculum Renewal, 6-12 Science OCTOBER 9: 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM news reported Lori Hunt’s innovative use Curriculum Renewal; Cardinal School Im- of Moodle software to place the curricu- Last Day to Drop a Class provement Team; Attendance Cohort, and OCTOBER 12 lum for her computer programming and Graduation Requirement Committee. math courses on-line. This format of in- Sophomore Class Ring Info. Dis- Featured speakers at this international tributed 2nd Hour struction is referred to a ‘hybrid’ because gathering will include the Dalai Lama, US OCTOBER 12 it combines on-line curriculum/ resources Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and with face-to-face instruction. Ms. Hunt PSAT Test : MHS Gym our neighbor at the University of Wisconsin- OCTOBER 14: 7:45 - 11:45 AM presented her work at the last Parent Con- Madison, Dr. Richard J. Davidson, Director nection meeting in September and will Sophomore Class Ring Orders of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience continue to hold after school “Moodle Taken during lunch hours and the Center for Investigating Healthy MHS Courtyard workshops” for the MHS staff. Please OCTOBER 15-16 Minds. click on the following link to view the tele- National Honor Society (NHS) vision story. Below is an overview of the conference. Induction Ceremony http:// MHS PAC Please visit the web site for more informa- www.wkowtv.com/Global/story.asp? OCTOBER 18: 1:00 PM tion. http:// S=11196119 Parent Connection Meeting www.educatingworldcitizens.org/index.html OCTOBER 20: 7:00 PM - LMC ACT Scores Jump at MHS Conference Overview Red Cross Blood Drive I am very proud to announce a significant OCTOBER 22 The urgent challenges of a globalized and increase in ACT scores for the graduating interdependent world demand a new vision CRT / Early Release (1:15 PM) class of 2009. The table below shows the of world citizenship that is not confined to OCTOBER 28 trend data for the past five years. The national boundaries, but encompasses composite score ranges tops out at 36, so NO SCHOOL moral and ethical responsibilities to all hu- STATE TEACHER CONVENTION a 0.8 point increase in composite score is OCTOBER 29 30 manity. People coming of age in the 21st Page 2 MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL U P D A T E F R O M P R I N C I PA L H E R R M A N N equivalent a 5% increase overall. Congratulations to the students and staff at MHS for working hard to improve student academic achievement. Grad Total English Mathematics Reading Science Composite Year Tested MHS State MHS State MHS State MHS State MHS State 2005 339 23.6 21.5 25.1 22.0 24.3 22.4 24.5 22.3 24.5 22.2 2006 343 23.8 21.7 24.9 22.0 24.4 22.4 24.5 22.2 24.5 22.2 2007 351 23.8 21.6 24.7 22.2 24.4 22.4 24.5 22.4 24.5 22.3 2008 365 23.8 21.7 25.3 22.3 24.5 22.6 24.5 22.3 24.6 22.3 2009 364 24.9 21.7 25.9 22.2 25.2 22.6 24.9 22.3 25.4 22.3 SCHOOLS OF HOPE Hello All! A new addition to the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District's goals for academic achievement is the literacy initiative. As a part of this initiative, MHS and MASH in have invited The Urban League of Greater Madison's Schools of Hope Program into the school community. Schools of Hope is one of our community’s most important efforts to ensure that all students live up to their full academic potential and realize their dreams. Together with numerous community partners in thirteen schools throughout Dane County, the Urban League matches tutors with students to ensure that they are prepared to suc- cessfully complete algebra early in their high school career and graduate on time. Currently we have both middle school and high schools programs operating in Madison, Middleton, Oregon, Sun Prairie and Verona. However, due to the Middleton-Cross Plains’ recent literacy initiative the primary focus for us at MHS and MASH students will be bridging the literacy achievement gap. We wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves to both the MHS and MASH community. Our names are Ronnicia Johnson-Walker and Mary Beth Johnson. We are your tutor coordinators for the Urban League of Greater Madison’s Schools of Hope Tutoring program. As your Schools of Hope Tutor Coordinator, Ronnicia Johnson-Walker will interview prospective volunteers/tutors, train, and match students with tutors. Mary Beth Johnson, your Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Tutor Coordinator, will interview prospective volunteers/tutors, train, match students with tutors AND tutor/mentor students (yes, we know, it’s a lot). There will be a procedure set up when it comes to referring students to our tutoring services. If your child is re- ferred to our program, you will be contacted. As a part of the Schools of Hope Program your child will benefit from one-on-one tutoring available both during and after school. We are currently accepting applications for volunteer tutors. Please contact us for more information. If you have any questions, or would like to contact us before we have a chance to reach out to you (we are still learning our way around here!) please email either Ronnicia or Mary Beth or come see us in room 1003C (In the business office, across from the Administration Office). We are very excited to work with all of you! :) Mary Beth Johnson Ronnicia Johnson-Walker Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Urban League of Greater Madison Tutor Coordinator Schools of Hope Tutor Coordinator Middleton High School Middleton High School (608) 829 9867 (608) 829 9862 Mjohnson2@mcpasd.k12.wi.us Rjohnsonemail@example.com CARDINAL CONNECTION Page 3 TEACHING AND LEARNING J I L L G U R T N E R , A S S O C I A T E P R I N C I PA L EPAS Assessment Day On September 29, freshmen participated in the Explore test and sophomores and juniors participated in the Plan test. Explore and Plan are part of a series of assess- ments which are designed to assist schools in determining strengths and areas for improvement in their curriculum and instruction. These assessments are also great tools for students as well. Not only can they give students a sense of how their skills compare to their peers locally and nationally, but because students take these re- Jill Gurtner lated tests multiple years, they are able to monitor their growth. Associate Principal, Teaching & Learning One of the other benefits to students is that these tests are designed to improve their success on the ACT. Last year’s seniors were the first class to have all taken the Plan test prior to taking the ACT. We were thrilled to see a 0.8 average increase in scores over the previous year. Our ACT composite scores had been very consis- tent over the previous four years, so a 0.8 point increase is quite significant. Students will receive the results of these tests in late October or Early November. Look for more information in upcoming newsletters on how to best use these results. Literacy The literacy team has had a great start to our year. We have established action plans related to four main goal areas: Improving content area reading for all stu- dents, improving our system of identifying and supporting struggling readers, creat- ing a literacy rich environment, and creating a common language around writing im- provement. Within each of these areas we are working on plans for professional de- velopment and putting structures in place for teachers to better support students as readers and writers. Elsewhere in this newsletter you will see information about the Cardinal Book Club. This is a great opportunity for you to get involved in reading, support our literacy ini- tiative, and hopefully engage in some quality conversation with your teen. Please also pay attention to the information from Ronnicia Walker Johnson and Mary Beth Johnson about our Schools of Hope partnership with the Urban League and the United Way. Ronnicia and Mary Beth are looking for tutors from the community who would be willing to give a little bit of their time to make a big difference for a student who may be struggling. If you would be willing to volunteer yourself or know of some- one they should contact, please get them that information! Curriculum Renewal The K-12 curriculum renewal process continues this year. In the core content areas, math is entering their second year. The math team is piloting some new materials this year and will continue to study the effectiveness of this curriculum in order to prepare for a curriculum adoption for the 2010-11 school year. Science and social studies begin the three year cycle this year. It has been very exciting to be a part of this process. It is inspiring to see a group of dedicated educators do this work to support students! Page 4 MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING NEWS Homecoming is an annual fall tradition on most high school and college campuses. It is held to celebrate school-community spirit and to welcome Alumni home. In keep- HOMECOMING ing with this tradition, Middleton High school has a fun filled week of activities planned that includes spirit night, a pep assembly, parade, advisory program potluck, WEEK: football game and dance. Additional information is posted on our website. September 28 - Although we have a lot of really great homecoming traditions, some schools are struggling with the negative aspects of these traditions. Unfortunately harassment October 3 and vandalism are also associated with homecoming. One local school has even canceled all homecoming activities this year. We have canceled our annual lip sync contest. However, we are also very proud of our students for sponsoring the first homecoming parade last year since the 1980s and we hope to continue this tradi- tion for many years to come. To keep our homecoming activities going in the right direction, we held a homeroom and explained some of the guidelines to our students. Please help us celebrate our school-community spirit in a fun, positive, and safe manner. HOMECOMING PARADE ROUTE C A R D I N A L C O N N EC T I O N Page 5 HOMECOMING NEWS HOMECOMING WEEK AT A GLANCE Theme: Wild West Monday, Theme: Neon September 28 ♦ Class Banners Submitted to Director of Student Organizations by Noon ♦ Dance Ticket Sales Begin (during lunch periods) $10 ♦ Sales will be held all week during lunch periods Tuesday, Theme Day: Hippy September 29 ♦ EPAS Testing for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors ♦ Seniors: College Visits, Letter of Recommendation, Scholarship Searches, Career Planning, or Job Shadows Wednesday, Theme Day: Wild West September 30 ♦ Spirit Night in Stadium @ 7:00 PM ♦ Snacks, Athletics Teams Recognized, Powder Puff Football, Relays, Inflatable Games, Tug- of-War, and Homecoming Court Introduced Thursday, Theme Day: Class T-shirt Day October 1 Friday, Theme Day: Red and White Day October 2 ♦ Pep Assembly and Parade (see alternative schedule above) ♦ Assembly in Stadium: Class cheer and other class competitions; performances by Cheer- leaders, Dance and Drill Teams; Winner of spirit award announced. Parade: Approximately twenty co-curricular activities represented including the MHS Marching Band ♦ Girls Swimming at 5:00 PM in the MHS Pool ♦ Freshmen Advisory Program Potluck 5:00PM – 7:00 PM in the Courtyard ♦ Football Game against LaFollette at 7:30 PM ♦ Court introduced and class competition results announced at half time Saturday, Cardinal Invite: Boys Volleyball at 9:00 AM in the Field House October 3 Dance at MHS Field House with a Live Band and DJ, 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM, Admission $15 (when purchased at the door), coat/shoe check, snacks for sale, and Grand March at 10:00 PM Note: All theme day attire must observe the dress code except hats worn as part of a costume. Reminder: Toy guns, or look-alikes, are also against school policy. MHS HOMECOMING PEP ASSEMBLY AND PARADE SCHEDULE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009 PERIOD 1 7:55-8:25 PERIOD 2 8:30-9:00 PERIOD 3 9:05-9:35 PERIOD 7 9:40-10:10 PERIOD 8 10:15-10:45 PERIOD 4 10:50-11:20 PERIOD 5 11:25-11:55 PERIOD 6 12:00-12:30 ASSEMBLY 12:30-1:30 STAGING 1:30-2:00 PARADE 2:00-3:00 Page 6 MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL S T U D E N T S E RV I C E S Keeping on Track- The ABCDs to a Successful School Year. Attendance- The Middleton High School community approaches the attendance/tardy procedure with the understanding that something of educational value happens in class every day and Karen Strandt-Conroy that these activities and interactions can never be exactly dupli- Associate Principal cated. We encourage good attendance and punctuality. Stu- Student Services dents are responsible for attending all classes, study halls, and functions scheduled within the school day. HOUSE - RED MAPLE Students must check out or they will not be excused. It is the students’ responsibil- ity to check-out/check-in with their dean’s secretary in the Student Services Office. Appropriate check out is important for safety reasons and to verify that parental per- mission was received prior to leaving the building. Students must check-out through the Student Services Office with their dean’s secretary and pick-up a “leave school Dean: pass.” The only exception to this procedure is if students become ill during the Mr. Falcone school day; then, they can check-out through the Health Office where the nurse can 829-9922 assess and assist the student prior to leaving the building. RFalcone@mcpasd.k12.wi.us Student attendance is posted in Infinite Campus on a daily basis. Look for YELLOW School Counselors: or RED boxes as they highlight unknown or unexcused absences/tardies. If you be- Ms. Burke lieve an error was made, please encourage your student to take steps to correct it 829-9654 immediately. It is best to start with the staff member who marked the student ab- MBurke@mcpasd.k12.wi.us sent. Mr. Needham 829-9915 Students who do not get to class on time will be marked as tardy (noted as a yellow JNeedham@mcpasd.k12.wi.us “T” in Infinite Campus under attendance) and are given a consequence for the unex- cused tardy/tardies. Students should listen to the music in the hallways. The music Ms. Smith will stop with one minute left in passing time. Students not arriving to class on time 829-9909 will be marked tardy. MSmith@mcpasd.k12.wi.us The following is a schedule of consequences for being tardy to class: Social Worker / AODA: Ms. Wilson 829-9793 1-3 tardies – classroom teachers discuss need to be on time KWilson@mcpasd.k12.wi.us 4th tardy – verbal warning (from Student Services) 7th tardy – written warning to parent/guardian School Psychologist: 10th tardy – detention assigned to student (students continue to receive one Ms. Pyka detention for every three tardies after ten) 829-9859 13th tardy – second detention assigned, student placed on “No Pass” list CPyka@mcpasd.k12.wi.us Belongings. Unfortunately, thefts do occur at school. Students should consider not bringing valuables to school or lock money and other valuables in their lockers. School Resource Officer: Ipods, cell phones, and electronic items should be locked at all times. Often stu- dents say that all of their items do not fit in the locker. If that is the case, the student should consider locking valuable items in the hallway locker rather than keeping items out in locker rooms. When carrying these items in a back pack, students should keep them concealed and not flaunt expensive items. Officer Travis Kakuske 829-9665 TKakuske@mcpasd.k12.wi.us Parents, please be aware that while bringing cell phones to school is permitted, it is highly discouraged. C A R D I N A L C O N N EC T I O N Page 7 S T U D E N T S E RV I C E S We want to remind parents and students that if your student brings electronic devices such as cell phones, ipods, MP3 players, etc., it is imperative that you have the serial numbers of those devices recorded. Like any part of society, we have thefts at school. It is very difficult to return stolen property without serial numbers or other identifying HOUSE - WHITE SPRUCE marks etched into the device. Students may only use the locker rooms during sched- uled times. Violation of this rule will lead to both school and legal consequences. Classes Keeping up to date on assignment completion and grades is important. Use Infinite Campus’ Parent/Student Portal. If you don’t have a log-in see Ms. Yaktus in the MAC Lab. Students can then log into the system and: Dean: Ms. Maurice 1.CLICK the “missing assignments button” to see what work is not turned in yet. 829-9920 2.CLICK on each instructor’s gradebook to check assignments and scores. MMaurice@mcpasd.k12.wi.us 3.CLICK on the monthly calendar to see what days we have school and any missing work. School Counselors: Mr. Athanas 4.CHECK your attendance to correct any unexcused absences that were errors. 829-9916 GAthanas@mcpasd.k12.wi.us Detentions. Detentions will be assigned by the deans for three basic reasons: (a) for being truant from study hall (including intervention study hall), (b) for disciplinary ac- Ms. Pellegrino tion resulting from unacceptable behavior, and (c) for accumulating multiple tardies. 829-9914 Students will are notified of their detentions on a weekly basis. Attendance is the stu- JPellegrino@mcpasd.k12.wi.us dent’s responsibility and detentions will be cleared or served within one week of re- Ms. Salzwedel ceiving notice. Supervised Study (located near the Administration office) will be open 829-9910 during lunch periods 4, 5, and 6. Students who have not served detentions by the end CSalzwedel@mcpasd.k12.wi.us of the second week will be assigned to CRT or Saturday school. Failure to report for CRT or Saturday school will result in in-school suspension. See the following impor- Social Worker / AODA: Ms. Scallon tant dates: 829-9432 • Students need to serve detentions before September 25 or on September 29 BScallon@mcpasd.k12.wi.us they will need to serve the detentions during CRT release time. Students with School Psychologist: unserved detentions will not be allowed to attend the Homecoming Dance on Ms. Pyka October 3rd. 829-9859 • Students need to serve detentions before October 23 or on October 28 they will CPyka@mcpasd.k12.wi.us need to serve the detentions during CRT release time. • Students need to serve detentions before November 20 or on November 25 they will need to serve the detentions during CRT release time. School Nurse: • Students need to serve detentions before December 4 or on December 12 they will need to serve the detentions during SATURDAY SCHOOL. • Students need to serve detentions before January 8 or on January 14 they will need to serve the detentions during CRT release time. Detentions not served on CRT, must be served in-school during semester exams January 20-22). • Students need to serve detentions before February 10 or on February 16 they Ms. Foster will need to serve the detentions during CRT release time. 829-9686 • Students need to serve detentions before March 12 or on March 17 they will LFoster@mcpasd.k12.wi.us need to serve the detentions during CRT release time. • Students need to serve detentions before April 23 or on April 29 they will need to serve the detentions during CRT release time. ALL Detentions must be SERVED TO GO TO PROM on May 8. • Students need to serve detentions before May 14 or on May 18 they will need to serve the detentions during CRT release time. • Detentions not served on CRT, must be served in-school during semester exams June 9-10). Page 8 MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL S T U D E N T S E RV I C E S Detentions MUST be served to attend Homecoming, Prom, and/or the Senior Trip. Detentions must also be served in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. For any dance or mixer, detention reports will be run three days prior to the dance. Any outstanding detentions will prohibit you from attending. Remember, attending classes in a timely manner, monitoring attendance, and serving detentions is the students’ responsibility. WKCE Test Information • All 10th graders in the state of Wisconsin are directed to complete the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts test during November. • The test will be administered over the course of two days: Thursday, November 5th and Thursday, November 12th. • On November 5th, sophomores will be tested from 7:55 AM until 9:15 AM. During that time Freshmen will be in their Advisory classes and Juniors and Seniors will be involved in variety of activities. • At 9:15 students will begin an eight period day (40 minute periods). Attendance is mandatory for all grade levels. • On Thursday, November 12, 2009, only sophomore students will attend Middleton High School from 7:55 AM until 3:15 PM. There will be a sixty (50) minute closed campus lunch scheduled from 11:15 AM through 12:05 PM. • Freshmen, Juniors, and Seniors are asked not to attend school on that day (or visit any other school). It is im- perative that sophomores attend school on Thursday, November 12th. Sophomores will need: Number 2 pencils, scientific calculators, homework or reading material to utilize time when individual tests have been completed. Students not in school should refrain from visiting the middle or elementary schools! SENIORS: Get ready, get set, and let’s go! The counselors are extremely busy throughout the 1st semester assisting seniors with college applications, recommendations, scholarships, etc. Don’t wait to the last minute to make an appoint- ment with your counselor or to have your applications processed. If you have not already done so, please make an appointment with your counselor to discuss your high school plans. Senior Meeting: There was a senior meeting held for all seniors on Wednesday, September 9th. During the meeting the counselors covered topics related to high school graduation and college entrance requirements, the effects of senioritis, col- lege planning, online resources, application timelines and deadlines, standardized testing, letters of recommenda- tion and scholarship information. Again, the senior meeting was just the start of our work with the senior class. Seniors should make appointments with their counselor as soon as possible if they have not already done so. College Preparation Timeline: September: -Double check graduation requirements -Get on the Naviance software and familiarize yourself with the program and all of its advantages to you! -See your counselor BEFORE beginning college application process -Register to re-take ACT/SAT as needed -Continue meeting with college reps and making college visits -Begin checking for scholarships (announcements, student services office, and website) -September 15 is the start date for all UW system schools accepting college applications C A R D I N A L C O N N EC T I O N Page 9 S T U D E N T S E RV I C E S October: -Continue working on college applications -Pay attention to early decision/early action deadlines Dates to plan ahead for in October: November: -MATC begins processing applications October 1: Application Deadline for Youth Options -Be certain counselor has the school report part of all for Semester 2 your applications by December 1st October 9: Academics Letters Breakfast at 7am -Keep copies of applications October 12: Last day to drop a class December: -Finalize student part of selective college applications October 14: PSAT test 7:45-11:30am (January 1st is common deadline) October 18: NHS Induction Ceremony at 1 pm -ALL college applications MUST be turned into your October 20: Parent Connection Meeting at 7 pm counselor by Dec. 1st. January: -File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -Check graduation requirements again as second semester begins -Verify that colleges have received applications -Send thank you notes to those who wrote letters of recommendation February: -Sign up for AP Tests if applicable -Continue scholarship search March: -Complete local scholarship application -March 1st is Priority deadline for filing for financial aid April: -Meet with counselor to help with college choice decision and to review options -Be certain housing plans are finalized and final contracts submitted (refer to deadlines) May: -Notify colleges you have decided NOT to attend -Notify school counseling office of college you WILL attend so final transcript can be sent ACT and SAT Test Dates for 2009-2010 ACT TEST DATES Test Date Application Deadline Late Fee Required October 24, 2009 September 18, 2009 September 19-October 2 December 12, 2009 November 6, 2009 November 7-20, 2009 February 6, 2010 January 5, 2010 January 6-15, 2010 April 10, 2010 March 5, 2010 March 6-19, 2010 June 12, 2010 May 7, 2010 May 8-21, 2010 SAT TEST DATES Test Date Test Application Deadline Late Fee Required October 10, 2009 SAT/Subject Tests September 9, 2009 September 25, 2009 November 7, 2009 SAT/Subject Tests October 1, 2009 October 15, 2009 December 5, 2009 SAT/Subject Tests October 31, 2009 November 13, 2009 January 23, 2010 SAT/Subject Tests December 15, 2009 December 30, 2009 March 13, 2010 SAT Only February 4, 2010 February 18, 2010 May 1, 2010 SAT/Subject Tests March 25, 2010 April 8, 2010 June 5, 2010 SAT/Subject Tests April 29, 2010 May 13, 2010 Page 10 MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL S T U D E N T S E RV I C E S MHS students are able to take FREE online ACT prep tests through WisCareers. Theses are actual timed practice tests or sections of tests (you choose). Take advantage of this great preparation tool!! If you have a WisCareers account, you can access the tests immediately. If you do not have an account, go to your Naviance account and you can access the MHS account through clicking on setup and then WisCareers. It’s that easy and free to you! PSAT The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is an important first step towards college. Test results and their accompanying analysis are valuable tools that can help prepare students for the SAT® and education opportuni- ties beyond high school. Each year, more than 3.4 million high school juniors, sophomores, and younger students take the PSAT/NMSQT to: Help assess academic skills necessary for college-level work • Prepare for the SAT • Enter competitions for scholarships • Receive information from colleges • Begin college and career planning The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for prestigious National Merit scholarship and recognition programs. Test- takers also receive My College QuickStart™, a free personalized college planning kit that includes access to My- Road™, the College Board's online majors, college, and career exploration program. The national test date is Oct. 14th this year. The cost for this test will be $21. Sept. 24th (Back to School Night) will be the first opportunity for parents to register their son/daughter for the PSAT. Students will be offered the opportunity to register Sept.25th through Oct. 2nd. Registration will take place in the Student Services office. Fall 2009 Wisconsin Education Fair: Juniors and Seniors: Verona High School will be hosting the Fall 2009 Education Fair on Monday, October 12th from 6:30-8:30pm and Tuesday, October 13th from 9-11am. Admission is free. Students and parents will be able to meet with representatives from colleges, universities, tech colleges, armed forces, and community colleges. There will also be information on financial aid, the UW System Help Office, and the Wisconsin Education Opportu- nity Program. For more information please see www.wefs.org. College Visits: A list of college representatives visiting Middleton High School can be found on the MHS website at: http://www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us/mhs/guidance/collegevisits.cfm National Merit Scholarship MHS News: Program Semifinalists Drama Director Lynda Sharpe Wins Teacher of the Year Award Congratulations to the following students on Lynda Sharpe was awarded the John C. Barner Teacher of the becoming National Merit Semifinalists in the Year award by the AATE (American Alliance of Theater in Educa- 2010 Scholarship Competition: tion) at the Mariott Marquis hotel in New York August 9, 2009 for Eric B. Anderson having created an exemplary Drama program. She was in Scot- Janet J. Eom land at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the time with 28 students Maria T. Krupenkin and chaperones having a technical rehearsal for Ken Ludwig’s Benjamin Lin adaptation of THREE MUSKETEERS so she was unable to attend Amy L. Oetzel in person. Brittany M. Phelps To accept the award, two former MHS Drama students , Tommy Isabel Pohlkamp Berklund (who recently appeared on Broadway in “A Chorus Line” Emma Svenson and Ruth Pferdihirt (who recently appeared in “Godspell” at the Miranda Torkelson MUNY) attended the ceremony on her behalf. The pool of semifinalists includes the highest Ken Ludwig, the playwright , was awarded an award for scoring entrants in each state. his playwrighting. C A R D I N A L C O N N EC T I O N Page 11 MASH HAPPENINGS Community Agreements Mutual Respect Attentive Listening Share Appreciations Right to Pass / Right to Participate 2429 Clark St. Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 829-9640 Welcome to 2009-10 at MASH! The year has gotten off to a great start. Once again, we were fortunate to start Ms. Jill Gurtner, MASH Principal the school year with all of our classroom teachers returning and virtually all of our student spots filled and schedules made prior to the start of the school Ms. Cheryl Hoff, Social Worker year. The student spots are now all filled, and students’ schedules should be set. This stability has given us a great opportunity to start the year off well and to really work on quickly establishing our community. It is our strong desire at MASH to work with all of our students, their families, and support networks to Jill Gurtner keep this energy going throughout the school year. A key to this is working to MASH get to know each student and this support network well. We welcome you to Principal become an active part of our community. We hope that many of you were able to join us for the open house and parent meeting. If you were not able to come, we encourage you to set up a time to meet with your child’s life skills teacher and visit the school. We want you all to feel free to contact us if you have concerns, thoughts, suggestions, or appreciations. We love to hear from Community Agreements you! Mutual Respect Attentive Listening Share Appreciations Right to Pass / Right to Participate Work Completion Initiative Wow! What an amazing job students have done completing their work and MASH is committed to keeping coming to class prepared! As many of you know, this was a focus area for us these four agreements in order this summer and fall. Working with students and parents, the staff at MASH to maintain a safe, healthy learning environment for all. created our new policies and procedures in order to encourage students to Please talk with your child complete quality work in a timely manner. We have put into place a lot of sup- about what these agreements ports and structures that are designed to help students know what assign- mean to them. ments they have, seek help prior to class when they need it, and stay on top of their homework load. We have also been talking a lot about the benefits to students and those around them when they are able to keep up on their work. Many of you have played a very important role in all of this. Whether you at- tended one of the meetings this summer, reinforced the importance of timely work completion or are serving as a support person, your role is important, and Welcome to Scott Brown we appreciate your efforts. We firmly believe that helping students change We are very excited to welcome their habits can help them improve their perception of themselves as learners Scott Brown to our administrative and lead to life long success. team. Scott will be playing a dual role here at MHS both supporting students at MASH and working on Renewable Energy Curriculum in Earth Science facilitating the re-design of our Heather Messer and her science students took on a great project to assess service delivery model for all stu- and reduce our energy usage at MASH. Based on their data collection and ac- dents. Scott’s enthusiasm and tion planning, we were able to find significant energy savings in our already positive energy have made it very efficient building. This summer, Heather was able to attend a renewable en- easy for him to quickly become a ergy conference and has added a lot of information and activities to her earth contributing member of our team. Scott brings a great variety of life, science class based on this. Students in earth science will have the opportu- education, and professional ex- nity to learn about solar electric systems, geothermal systems, windmills, perience to us at MASH. Please biofuels and other energy related topics. help us welcome him Page 12 MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL MHS NEWS Best Buddies Varsity Boys Soccer Congratulations to the girls golf For students interested in joining the Takes 1st Place team - Big 8 Conference Best Buddies club at MHS, register Champions! at bestbuddiesonline.org and go to at New Berlin Invitational! the high school section. Once there, complete the form and submit it Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Congratulations to the girls golf electronically for our records. If in- Soccer Team for taking first place at team who went undefeated in con- terested in being "matched" one-on- ference play and won outright the the New Berlin West one with one of our cognitively dis- conference title! Team members tournament on include: abled buddies at MHS, complete the 9/18/09 and Matching Survey and submit that as Monica Enderlin 9/19/09. Allison Van Heuklom well. We hope to match as many in- terested members as Sydney Tokach possible. The Award Cup is on display in the Emily Bollom Athletic Office! Sydney Peters There are two levels of participation in Best Buddies: Associate Members National History Day - MHS Student Places 7th in the Nation! attend meetings after school on al- ternating Wednesdays, and plan and Congratulations to Emma Swenson who placed attend our monthly socials. Matched 7th in the National History Day Finals Competition Buddies do the same, but they go in Washington, D.C. beyond this commitment and com- municate with their buddies during She chose to write about her Great-Great Aunt the school week as well as get to- Theresa Menardi's impact on her community. gether once or twice a month on the weekends for fun and friendship. Emma’s research for her paper included We welcome everyone to join our interesting oral interviews she conducted. chapter of Best Buddies. Contact club advisors Connie Finnegan at Middleton High School Social Studies teacher firstname.lastname@example.org or Kari Weiss was the advisor on this project. Paige Ross at email@example.com with any Congratulations on a job well done! questions. MHS Drama Goes to Scotland MHS Drama spent two weeks in London and Scotland this summer watching theatre, visiting museums and working on acting skills with Trilby James, UK film, stage and television actress as well as director for the ROYAL ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS third form students. Another highlight for the group was the opportunity to sing atop a double decker bus (see photo at right) in Holy Rood Park in the Edinburgh Cavalcade Parade which fea- tured bagpipes from the UK, South Africa, incredible drummers from Switzerland and China and other fabulous acts. Students performed musical numbers on the Royal Mile to promote their production that were written by Drama alums Peter Mackie and Tim Wendorff. The students heard raves from singers, actors and drama enthusiasts from around the world Touring Edinburgh and Stirling castles delighted the group as did viewing the Military Tattoo, the National Theatre’s production of Warhorse in the West End, a world premiere at the Globe Theatre and a production of Brian Friel’s “Faith Healer” from Irelands prestigious Gate Theatre. C A R D I N A L C O N N EC T I O N Page 13 UPCOMING EVENTS Middleton High School Human Rights Week : November 2 – 6, 2009 This year marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations of the Rights of the Child. The docu- ment spells out basic rights that all children everywhere are entitled to--food, education, health care—as well as the right to protection from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination. These and other human rights issues will be spotlighted during Middleton High School’s first ever Human Rights Week, November 2 – 6, 2009. The week is being organized by teachers David Piovanetti and Tim Davis who teach two courses related to these issues--Modern World Affairs and Social Challenges in the 21st Century. Along with their students they hope to raise awareness and stimulate discussion about human rights issues around the world. During the week students will have the opportunity to hear from expert speakers in the field of human rights as well as ordinary people doing extraordinary work related to human rights (Please check the high school website for a complete list of all the speakers who will be speaking during the week and consider attending one or more of the presentations.) As part of Human Rights Week we will be raising funds for The Cambodian Schools Project http:// www.khmerschool.com/ a Madison, Wisconsin based organization that builds schools and educates children in some of the poorest areas of Cambodia. Our goal is to raise $6,000 to build a two room extension to a school was just built in 2007 and is already bursting at the seams. We also hope you can join us in the MHS Concourse on Friday November 6th from 11:30AM-3:30PM for a Fair Trade sale. More than a dozen area vendors will be selling fair trade items from around the world. This program is made possible thanks to the support of the MCPASD Global Initiatives Mini Grant Fund, which supports projects that are in line with the District’s globalization goal. For more information and a copy of the program for MHS’ Human Rights Week events go to the MHS website at: www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us/mhs Cardinal Book Club Debut Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens, in all our communities.” In that spirit, the Middleton High School community will shine a light on issues related to human rights and the rights of children during our first ever Human Rights Week, November 2nd – 6th. Thanks to the efforts of teachers David Piovanetti and Tim Davis, students will have the opportunity to hear from expert speakers, authors, and human rights advocates throughout the week. In addition, students, staff members and parents are encouraged to join in by reading one of the following four Book Club discussions for adults will take place books: from 7pm – 8pm in the MHS library on the fol- A Crime So Monstrous by Benjamin Skinner lowing dates: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah Monday, 11/2 Sold Sold by Patricia McCormick, Tuesday, 11/3 Three Cups of Tea, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. Wednesday, 11/4 A Long Way Gone, Thursday, 11/5 A Crime So Monstrous. Note: A Crime so Monstrous author, Benjamin Skinner, will be speaking to students on Friday November 6th in the MHS Performing Arts Center. Please let us know the date you plan to attend by contacting Jill Larson at You can find copies of all of these books in our school library, public li- firstname.lastname@example.org. braries, and local bookstores. For more information about Human Rights Week in general, contact: David Piovanetti: DPio- email@example.com or Timothy Davis: TDavis@mcpasd.k12.wi.us Page 14 MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL UPCOMING EVENTS 2010 Trip to Guatemala! Señorita Faith Hoenecke is organizing another trip to Central America: destination Antigua, Guatemala. WHAT: Spend a week + in Guatemala, living with a local family, hiking, exploring volca- noes, beaches, markets, and Mayan ruins, learning about local traditions, and improv- ing your Spanish skills! Spend time working on a local service project to help the community. WHO: MHS students enrolled in Spanish II or higher or native speakers WHEN: mid-late June 2010 Students should check the announcements for upcoming organizational meetings. Final enrollment will be sub- mitted in October. Email Ms. Hoenecke for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org . Broadway Bound and Cat’s Pajamas A Capella Group to Perform at PAC November 13 On November 13, 2009, MHS’ Choral Boosters will partner with the Friends of the PAC to bring a night of highlights from West Side Story performed by the Broadway Bound singing and dancing troupe along with a vocal perform- ance by The Cat’s Pajamas. The Cat’s Pajamas is a four-voice a capella MHS Will Host Big 8 Choral Festival group, founded and directed by Middleton High School graduate, Nate and Concert: Monday, Oct. 5 Mendl, that sings everything from classic rock to doo wop to barbershop to current hits. The Big 8 Choral Festival will take Since their inception in 2005, The Cat's Pajamas have participated in the TV place at MHS on Monday, October show The Next Great American Band, finished in the top 10 for the national 5, 2009. The Big 8 Choral Festival Oreo Cookie Jingle Competition hosted by Randy Jackson, have been seen is an annual fall event that has on the Oprah Winfrey Show, have two full length albums, and have toured been taking place for over 20 years internationally as guest entertainers on multiple cruise lines. and has been held at the MHS PAC Broadway Bound is made up of students who audition to participate in the the past six years. This year Tom stage revue. Auditions will take place in early October with rehearsals Mielke, MHS’ choral director is the throughout the month of October in preparation for the performance. chair of the event, which will include Tickets for the event will be $10 for students, $20 for senior citizens, and the concert choirs from all of the Big $25 for adults and will be available soon for the November 13 event. Check 8 schools and will bring together the Friends of the PAC website (www.friendspac.org) for more information about 500 singers. on ticket sales. This year’s Festival will feature spe- Moliere’s “The Miser” will be MHS’ En- Fall Play: November 5, 6 at MHS cial guest clinician, Stephen Hat- try in Drama Festival The fall play is MUSICAL COMEDY field, who is an internationally THE MISER features seniors Eric MURDERS of 1940 featuring a known composer and arranger from Anderson as Harpagon, the miser, Sam preshow written by drama alums Victoria, British Columbia. Kemp, Chris River-Paprock, Emmy Charles Stone and Tim Wendoff Roach and transfer student Becki The play opens in the PAC Novem- The day will culminate with a free Schmidt. Jess Mackie and Katie Mil- ber 5 at 7:30. There is a second public concert at 2:30 PM in the liken play Elise and Marianne. Their performance November 6 at 7:30 PAC. Parking will be available in the beaus are Mick Kjorle as Valere and p.m. also in the PAC. Details are MASH parking lot on the northwest Sam Kemp as Cleante. Sophomores forthcoming in the next newsletter corner of the campus for those at- Sara Schnelle and Taylor Craney will and on the MHS website. tending the concert. The lot will be costume the group. Chayaoa “Monica” marked “Big 8 Choral Festival Park- Boonkaa plays piano. The public is ing.” invited to see the show 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22, in our PAC or at Oregon High School (time TBA) on Saturday, October 24th C A R D I N A L C O N N EC T I O N Page 15 PARENT CONNECTION CORNER I’m excited to be working with MHS parents and staff to help carry out the objectives of the Parent Connection Program provided below: • Promote communication between MHS parents and administration; • Provide a forum for parents to learn about school initiatives first hand; • Facilitate the discussion of parental concerns with administration; • Assist parents’ access school and community resources as they relate to their adolescents. A tentative calendar of Parent Connection Programs for the upcoming months is outlined below. September 15th Principal Denise Herrmann will provide an update of important initiatives at MHS. October 20th Overall View of the College Planning Process November 17th Contact Information: An Understanding the Emotional Lives of Teens. Nancy Gunder, Parent Representative January 19th Email address: email@example.com Keeping Teens Safe (Driving, Internet, Going Out) Telephone Number: 836-9250 February 16th Summer Enrichment Opportunities for Teens (Resource Fair) Other ideas for programs are listed below, but I would like to hear what most concerns or interests you as parents of adolescents at MHS. Please email your ideas to me and/or indicate your preferences from the list below. _Teen Brain Development and Impact on Behavior _Gender differences in learning _The Ins and Outs of Using MHS Technology _Steps to Meeting the Challenge of Raising Teens _Global awareness and why it is important in the high school setting _Getting Organized for Success (Paperwork, Study Habits, Meal Planning) Also, if you have a burning question (see example below), don’t hesitate to call or email me and I will get back to you with a contact or answer as appropriate. The questions and answers may be published anonymously on the MHS web page link for Parent Connection on a periodic basis. Parent Question: Will there be a published MHS Student Directory for the 2009-2010 school year? Response: An on-line MHS Student Directory is currently being developed at the District Office and is expected to go “live” in October. So stay tuned! In Step with the Physical Education Department Fall Fitness Facts 1. Exercise sparks new brain cell growth. 2. Exercise produces a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction to stress. 3. Exercise initiates the release of endorphins which results in more energy in your daily activities. 4. Exercise can strengthen your immune system. 5. Exercise improves cardiovascular function making daily activities feel easier to accomplish. Frolicking in the Fall: Take advantage of the weather and colorful scenery this fall by: *Hitting the trails in a local state park or preserve *Jogging, walking, biking or canoeing *Raking leaves *Walking through a corn maze *Visiting an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch Middleton High School Non-Profit Org. 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