Badger Ridge Middle School Newsletter
November Volume 3, Issue 2
740 N. Main Street, Verona, WI 53593
November 3 – No School David Jennings, Principal Phone: (608) 845-4100
Cindy Schoen, Associate Principal Fax: (608) 845-4120
November 5, 6 and 7 – Web address: www.verona.k12.wi.us
November 6 – Parent We are a site based managed school and school district. What does
Teacher Conferences this mean? This means that the decisions that impact your child
happen closest to them, within the building in which they attend
November 7 – Fun Night - school. In this edition of the Newsletter you will find the goals set by
6th grade - 3:30 – 5:15 the Badger Ridge Middle School site council.
November 7 – 1st quarter Your site council representatives are:
John Bremmer – 6th grade representative
Beth Burke – 7th grade parent
November 10 – Magazine
Jodi Guttman – 8th grade representative
Jennifer Griffith – EEN/UNITY representative
Renee Wedderspoon – Resource representative
November 21 – PLUS Trip
Sue Stodola – 7th grade representative
David Jennings – Administrative representative
November 26, 27 and 28 –
Linda Chang – Support Staff representative
Karen Watson-Newlin – ENCORE representative
Heather Thorpe – ENCORE representative
Barbara James – CKCS representative
Inside: Vacancy – 8th grade Parent
School News 2-4 Vacancy – 6th grade Parent
6th grade happenings 5
7th grade happenings 6 If you have questions about Site Council or are interested in filling the
8th grade happenings 7 6th or 8th grade parent vacancy, please contact David Jennings at 845-
Encore 8 4110.
Magazine Sale to begin November 10th
Social Work Snippets 12
Badger Ridge Middle School students will begin our annual
fund raiser November 10th. Each class will listen to a
presentation from the representatives of Genesis regarding
the process related to selling magazines. If you are not
interested in purchasing a magazine subscription for yourself,
and would like to help out Badger Ridge Middle School you
can purchase a subscription for our LMC. Students will have a
“gift” subscription form to be filled out. As always, thank you
for your support to this fund raiser.
SUMMARY OF ATTENDANCE REMINDERS SKI and
1. Parents must call in each and every day a child is absent. Attendance line 845- SNOWBOARD
2. Homework requests should be made at the same time you call your child in for an
absence. Request should be made no later than 9:30 a.m. for a full day absences.
Our mandatory meeting
3. If your child has a prolonged illness or hospital stay you are encouraged to call
for all 6th graders and
845-4108, and speak to the attendance secretary.
students new to the
club is MONDAY,
FREE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING Get your pictures in the yearbook! The December 1 at 7:00
DINNER Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to
submit photos for the yearbook. If you’ve got great p.m. in the BRMS
photos of school and community events or Commons. You do not
November 27th from 11:00to 1:00 pm
BRMS/CKCS Students just having fun, we’d like need to know how to ski
to see them. Our photographers can’t be or snowboard to
The 11th annual Thanksgiving Dinner everywhere. Help us get as many photos as
will be held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 possible to create a terrific book everyone will
want to have. students have been
from 11:00 to 1:00 pm. The traditional
Here is how you can submit photos online: introduced to these
Thanksgiving feast with all the
• Log on to: images.jostens.com exciting sports through
trimmings is prepared and served by • Enter Login ID: 1171485 this club.
volunteers. There is NO CHARGE for • Enter Your Password: BRCK
the meal. All individual and families • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to
Our first trip will be
who do not have a place to go for the upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide Friday, January 9,
holiday are welcome.
contact information in 2009 and continue
case the staff needs additional information. every Friday night
Memorial Baptist Church will be • Click "Save Details". through February 20.
hosting the dinner in their fellowship
hall at 201 South Main Street in
Verona. Local Verona home deliveries FIRST QUARTER REPORT CARDS
are available but reservations for
deliveries must be made by Nov. 26. Your child’s report card will be mailed on or before
November 14, 2008. Please watch your mail for this
The event organizers would appreciate important school document. Students that earn
you making reservations if you plan to Academic Recognition, a grade point average of 3.5 or
attend by calling 845-7125 or 271- higher will be acknowledged on their report card and in
5753. If you don't, WALK-INS ARE the December/January Newsletter.
Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam is scheduled for November 5, 6 and 7. Please do not schedule medical appointments
or vacations during this time. Testing for students in grades 6 - 8 is from 8:30 ~ 10:30 am on the dates listed above. For 8 th grade,
testing continues in the afternoon from 12:00 – 2:30 on November 5 and 6. A good nights sleep, breakfast and good attendance
are especially important during testing. We encourage you and your child to visit the Department of Public Instruction website
http://www.dpi.gov/oea/releaseitems.html for a chance to review and practice sample test items.
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Energy drinks, like Red Bull, Amped, Monster and RockStar, can make a can of Mountain Dew
look like child’s play. Energy drinks provide more than just a sugar rush. These drinks may
contain high-powered ingredients like guarana, taurine, ginseng, mega-doses of vitamins and
caffeine. The caffeine content of an energy drink can be up to four times that in a soda.
Consuming these drinks can result in a vicious cycle of ups and downs. For some, it can lead to
an addiction to caffeine and stimulants.
Each person’s response to caffeine and stimulants vary. These drinks should be treated very
carefully because of how powerful they are. Energy drinks stimulant properties can increase
heart rate, dehydrate the body, disrupt sleep patterns and worsen hyperactivity and
attention deficit disorder. Symptoms of high caffeine intake are irregular behaviors,
headaches, restlessness, and sleeplessness and chest pains. Athletes should not consider
these energy drinks as performance enhancing drinks or fluid replacement options.
Young people don’t need to consume products that contain large amounts of sugar, caffeine or
stimulants. It’s unhealthy.
LATEX-FREE HOLIDAY ART AND CRAFT SALE
SCHOOL The Verona Area Education Foundation will host the Tenth Annual Holiday Art
and Craft Sale at Badger Ridge Middle School on November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to
We would like to remind 3:00 p.m. The proceeds from the event help support the ropes courses at both
you that VASD is a latex- Badger Ridge and Savanna Oaks. Over 100 artists will participate in the show
free school district. offering a wide variety of hand crafted items. Concessions will be available
throughout the day. This is a great way to start your Holiday shopping and
Latex balloons are not
decorating. If you have questions about the sale please call Nancy Horns at 270-
allowed in the buildings. 2673
Mylar balloons are
acceptable. Thank you for Community Health Clinics
helping keep students safe Access Community Health Centers has appointments available for sports physicals. We
accept Medical Assistance, Badger Care, Unity and other private insurance plans.
at all schools. They offer low-cost sport physicals for $25 to teens who are uninsured.
IPOD IPOD The appointment line number is (608) 443-5480
We have found an IPOD. Clinic locations:
Please see Mrs. Reed in the William T. Evjue Clinic South Side Clinic
office with type and color. 3434 E. Washington Avenue 2202 S. Park Street
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Boxtops for Education
The middle school student council (BRMS and CKCS combined), has enrolled in the Boxtops for Education program
this year. This is a simple fundraiser in which families clip "Boxtops for Education" coupons off of product packages
and send them to school to be counted. The coupons are then sent in to the Boxtops program, redeemable for cash.
A typical coupon is worth ten cents. We are in the middle of our first Boxtops Challenge for this school year,
tracking submittals by grade level. The three grade levels and staff are competing for the first ever Boxtops
Champion title. At this point, nearly 5,000 coupons have been sent in and counted. That is nearly $500 worth! The
student council will determine how to spend this money.
Our next challenge will be in a few months. Feel free to send the boxtops in at any point and we will store them here.
Make sure that the package is labeled with your student's grade level so that we can give credit to the right team.
If you're interested in learning more about this program, you may visit www.boxtops4education.com for details.
That's a great place to see lists of products bearing the coupon and additional ways you can add to our school's
In past years, thousands of Wisconsin children caught diseases such as measles, whooping cough, polio and
rubella, and many were left with severe disabilities. The WI Student Immunization Law was passed in order to
keep these and other vaccine-preventable diseases from returning and harming the health of our children.
This 2008-2009 school year, students entering grades 6, 9 and 12 are required to have a dose of adolescent
Tdap. An exception is made for students who already received a tetanus containing vaccine within 5 years of
entering the grade where Tdap is required. Also starting this school year a second dose of the varicella vaccine
is required for students entering grades K, 6 and 12. Students with a history of chicken pox disease are exempt
from the varicella vaccine requirement.
If your child’s immunizations are not up to date you will be receiving a notification letter by mail. Please contact
your child’s physician or see information below regarding Dane County Public Health Immunization Clinic.
Contact Ann Juzwik RN, 845-4115, with questions or concerns.
Immunization Clinic for Dane County and City of Madison Residents
Thursday, November 13
M & I Bank
5250 Verona Road
*no appointment needed
*parent or guardian must accompany children under 18 years of age
immunization record to School
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SALVATION ARMY HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE SIGN-UP INFORMATION
If you are interested in the Adopt-a-Family Program, Toys for Tots, Gifts for Teens, or are in need of a
winter Holiday Food Basket please contact the Salvation Army for information at 250-2245.
When: Monday - Friday, November 3 - November 21, 2008
Hours: 9am - 11:45am and 1:00pm - 2:45pm
ALSO ON WEDNESDAYS November 5, 12, and 19 from 6:00pm - 7:45pm
AND SATURDAYS November 8, 15, and 22 from 9am - 11:45 am
Where: The Salvation Army, 3030 Darbo Drive, Madison, WI 53714
Toregister, clients MUST HAVE WITH THEM THE FOLLOWING:
Photo ID for head of Household
Proof of address (utility bill, lease)
Proof of income (paperwork for any assistance they receive such as: SSI, SSDI, Food stamps, WIC,
Forward Card OR pay-stub if they do not receive any assistance)
Form of ID for everyone else in household such as: birth certificate, photo ID, school ID, printout
from school or doctor, TIN paperwork , Passport, Social Security card, hospital footprints, Forward
Card, or any other "official" statement with that persons full name and date of birth
Does your son or daughter have
clothes in their locker for Physical
Education? Please remember if
they are in PE at this time the
expectation is to change clothes
each day. Your help with this is
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6th grade happenings
PAC Representatives 2 EMPOWER U
2 EMPOWER U HOUSE The 2 Empower U House has had a great start to the school
Vanessa Villacrez year. Great weather and wonderfully behaved students made
email@example.com for a very enjoyable trip to Upham Woods.
In science class, the scientific method unit (PHEOC) has ended
64 R CLUB HOUSE and the ecology unit has begun. We are in the process of
Erika Hotchkiss firstname.lastname@example.org 848-2993 creating terrariums and aquariums and making observations
Beth Johnson email@example.com 848-1208
Beth Cutler firstname.lastname@example.org
We are finishing our map skills unit in social studies class and
64 R CLUB’s Top Ten Ways to be a moving into land and water forms followed by the “Five
Successful 6th Grader Themes of Geography.” We will be learning about the
PowerPoint computer program and using it to demonstrate
10. Fill out your planner and have it signed. knowledge of the “Five Themes of Geography”.
9. Don’t wait until the night before a test to
study. We have jumped right into reading and writing in language arts
this quarter. We are currently reading Jaguar and working on
8. Ask questions.
vocabulary development and the Elements of Literature. Now
7. Come to class prepared with a planner, a
that Jake is finally in Brazil with his father, the plot is getting
pencil, a folder, a notebook, and homework.
quite exciting! Using their experiences at Upham Woods,
6. Get a good night’s sleep. students are beginning the Step Up to Writing process to
5. Eat healthy. develop their expository writing skills.
4. Get your reading log signed each Thursday.
3. Talk to your parents each night about what After reviewing multiplication skills, we recently began our first
you did in school that day. book, Prime Time. This unit uses lots of game playing and
2. Have a sense of humor. problem solving to develop the number sense related to
1. Believe in yourself! factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers. When this
book is completed, we will move on to fractions, decimals and
Please read the house emails, as they are filled percents in Bits & Pieces I.
with information about what is happening in our
classrooms. If we do not have your email In connections, we are finishing up The Ghost of Blackhawk
address yet, please remember to email it to us at Island. Mr. Kisting will begin teaching a unit that continues
email@example.com with “House Email” in activities involving the scientific process, and Mrs. Hanson will
the subject line. start a unit on statistics. Students will continue independent
reading and will begin a weekly Reader’s Workshop journal.
It has been great seeing so many of you at
conferences. For those of you who have not had a
conference yet, we look forward to seeing you
6TH GRADE FUN NIGHT
Please check out the 6th grade math website The first 6th grade FUN night is November 7th from 3:30 to
(http://www.verona.k12.wi.us/page.cfm?p=2709) 5:15. The cost for this event is $3. Encourage your son
to answer any questions you may have regarding or daughter to come and hang out with friends, eat great
math. food and listen to music.
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Please call or email us with any questions or
7 grade happenings
In 74 Discovery, students are “discovering” themselves, their environment, and their world. In SCIENCE,
we will be investigating the tiniest forms of life, cells. There are many lab activities with this unit and also a
model cell project. Following cells, we will begin our studies in genetics. In LANGUAGE ARTS, students
will finish the short story unit and will have a test. We will begin reading the novel entitled: The Giver. The
next book report is from the historical fiction genre due on November 11th. In MATH, we began our second
unit, Stretching and Shrinking. In this unit we are focusing on geometry skills and concepts. Please
encourage your child to be working on the rubric work and meeting the deadlines. There will be a unit test
in December. In SOCIAL STUDIES, classes were focused on geography foundations. The “Five Themes
of Geography” were reviewed and will continue to serve as a framework for our study of the areas of the
Eastern Hemisphere. After a short unit on the presidential election, students will begin to study East Asia
during November and December. Also, if you are not receiving the house mass email, please contact Heidi
Konop with your current information. Heidi.firstname.lastname@example.org
72/3 EG-MW HOUSE
Penny Nangle email@example.com 848-2404
Angela Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org 845-3621
Kathy Hankard email@example.com 845-8368
Beth Burke firstname.lastname@example.org 848-2824
74 DISCOVERY HOUSE
Representatives needed contact Mona Clayton at 845-
4106 if you are interested in volunteering.
Update from House 72/3 EG-MW
Following units in creativity and mapping, students are now reading short stories in language arts. The
students have been reading numerous short stories, creating plot diagrams and will eventually write a story
of their own.
Science finds the kids studying the characteristics of life. Insects have been collected and cells are being
studied. Thanks to parents for lab assistance.
In November, students will tackle the Famous Scientist research project. This is a science/language
arts/social studies integrated unit. Be sure to ask your child which famous scientist he/she is studying.
The students have completed a beginning algebra unit entitled Variables and Patterns. From here, they move
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8th grade happenings
DREAM TEAM PAC Representatives
We’re off and running! Linda Freitag email@example.com 845-4791
Ann Schaefer firstname.lastname@example.org 848-9142
Our two field trips, one to the high school to
see The Pirates of Penzance and the second to Maria Heide email@example.com 845-5543
the Talking Spirits show at Forrest Hills
Cemetery, were wonderful! It was a pleasure
to take the students on of both these wonderful 9th Grade Transition Meeting & Course Info Fair
trips. We want to thank the families that Schedule for February
provided additional funds to support our two
Eighth grade parents and students are invited to Verona Area High
field trips. THANK YOU! School on Wednesday, February 4th from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. for an
important meeting regarding the transition to 9 th grade and
Parent-teacher-student conferences will be scheduling for classes for the 2009-2010 school year. Ms.
held the morning of October 29th and the Koenecke, 9th grade counselor, and Ms. Hale, ELL counselor, will
evening of November 6th. If you did not sign present valuable information regarding the 9th grade transition
program, graduation requirements, course selection, and scheduling
up for a conference time at Back to School for the 2009-2010 school year. All of this information will be a
Night, your child’s history teacher will be follow-up to their presentation made to students at Badger Ridge
contacting you to schedule a time. Middle and CKCS Middle in late January.
You child is now the proud owner of a On February 4th at the Course Information Fair, parents and
students will have an opportunity to converse with VAHS staff
professional football team for their data project about curricular offerings in each department, prerequisites,
in math! Be sure to ask your child about the sequencing, and potential careers related to department offerings.
team they own! There will be work space available for people to complete Course
Request Forms with staff will be available to help.
83 PIZZAZZ Schedule:
5:30 – 6:30 Counselor Presentations (VAHS Performing Arts
We are off to a great start! We’ve had two Center)
successful fieldtrips. We all enjoyed the high 6:30 – 8:00 Course Information Fair/Course Request Form
school production of Pirates of Penzance, and Workshop/Building Tours
our trip to Forest Hill Cemetery was a great
Please add this irreplaceable evening program on your calendar.
experience. We are proud that our students
Students and parents have found the information to be beneficial in
received compliments on their excellent kicking off high school and post high school planning. Ms.
behavior. Thank you to all families who Koenecke and Ms. Hale look forward to meeting you and working
donated scholarships and also to our together next year.
Students are working hard in their classes,
and we look forward to meeting with you and
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discuss his/her individual progress.
Middle School Music Concert Etiquette, Concert Apparel, and Fall Concert Schedule
Concerts represent the final product of months of hard work in the classroom. Parents are asked to show support for these
efforts by attending as many concerts as possible.
If a student cannot attend a concert, a parent MUST write a note in advance excusing them from the event. In the case of
family emergencies, as soon as possible following the performance. Music students and families are given concert dates
months in advance, so conflicts with previous commitments rarely occur.
Attendance and participation at concerts are graded activities in Band, Choir and Orchestra. Students are expected to stay at the
concert until it is finished, as community service clean-up is always needed following a performance. Also, important
evaluation material is expected to be learned from watching and listening to other groups perform.
It is each student's individual responsibility to be a polite listener. It is also the responsibility of teachers and parents to model
these behaviors. Our examples as adults are the best lessons that a young musician could observe.
Audience member expectations:
1. Turn off all pagers, cell phones, watches, etc.
2. Arrive early to find a seat. If you arrive late, wait until the music has stopped to find the nearest available seat.
3. Remain silent during the performance. Talking during a music performance in a concert hall is never appropriate.
4. Young children need to be instructed to maintain silence and stay in their seats during the performance. If a child
begins to cry or fuss, they should be immediately taken out of the concert hall, comforted, and settled down
5. Remain seated until the end of the concert. If you must leave, please wait until an appropriate time in between
pieces or performing groups.
6. Please hold applause until the very end of a piece. It is appropriate to clap after a piece is completed, but not
between movements of a large work or multi-movement piece. You can tell by the position of the conductor’s
hand when a piece is truly completed.
7. Whistling and yelling are not appropriate when applauding. Vigorous, lengthy, or standing applause signals to
the performer particular pleasure with a performance.
8. Food and drink are never allowed in an auditorium or concert hall.
Students performing in concerts should be neat and clean. Avoid denim, t-shirts and sweatshirts of any kind. Collared shirts
that are tucked in are most appropriate for the boys, and neck ties are also often required at particular performances. For the
girls, particular attention should be made to the skirt and dress length, being to the knee or longer. Musicians standing on risers
or sitting in the front rows of an ensemble need not be distracting to the audience. Concert participation is our foremost
concern, but we also expect performances to be professional and distinguished activities. This policy is printed in every
Fall Concert Schedule
Musicians are expected to be in their warm-up area for each of the concerts at least 30 minutes before the start of the show.
Each Concert listed below begins at 7:00p.m., warm-ups begin at 6:30p.m.
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Mon. Nov. 17 BRMS 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra in the BRMS Gym
Thur Dec. 4 BRMS 6th Grade Strings in the BRMS Step Room
Thur. Dec. 18 BRMS 6th –8th Grade Choir at the High School PAC
Mon. Dec. 22 BRMS 7th & 8th Grade Bands & Jazz in the BRMS Gym
Subject Date Detail
"B" Day 11/4/2008
BB Home vs.Oregon 11/4/2008
4:00 pm -7:00 pm
“A” Day 11/7/2008
6 Grade Fun Night 11/7/2008 3:33 pm – 5:15 pm
“B” Day 11/10/2008
Wrestling Home vs. Oregon 11/10/2008
“A” Day 11/11/2008
Wrestling @ Kromery 11/11/2008
“B” Day 11/12/2008
“BRR” Day 11/12/2008
“A” Day 11/13/2008
BB @ Mt. Horeb 11/13/2008
Wrestling @ Glacier Creek 11/13/2008
"B" Day 11/14/2008
“A” Day 11/17/2008
7/8 Orchestra Concert 11/17/2008 7:00 pm
"B" Day 11/18/2008
BB Home vs. WI Heights 11/18/2008
Wrestling @ DeForest 11/18/2008
"A" Day 11/19/2008
"B" Day 11/20/2008
BB Home vs. McFarland 11/20/2008
Wrestling @ Lodi 11/20/2008
“A” Day 11/21/2008
PLUS Trip 11/21/2008
Parent Advisory Council Minutes
"B" Day 11/24/2008
October 9, 2007
“A” Day 11/25/2008
Members present: Trevor Nagle, Lori Moynihan, Kristin Nagle, Angie Shaw, Carrie Wickstrom, Barb Prescott,
BB @ WIBurke, Linda Freitag, Lisa Bloomfield, Jeff Twing,11/25/2008 Janet Rasmussen, Jamie Schultz, Dean
Beth Darla Peterson,
Musical Chair Day
Gorrell, David Jennings, and Cindy Schoen 11/25/2008 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
NO SCHOOL 11/26/2008
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NO SCHOOL 11/28/2008
Updates – Reports:
Site Council – David: In the middle of analyzing data to determine what our building goals will be next year.
Halloween Celebration – organized by Sue Vareka
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By Stacie Molitor
Once again the Verona Area High School FFA club and school social workers,
along with Joining Forces for Families are sponsoring a holiday gift opportunity
for low income families with children attending Verona Area Schools and their
pre-school age siblings. Gifts will be age appropriate, but requests for specific
gifts will not be taken due to the number of participants. If you are in need of
holiday gift assistance, please completely fill out the form below and return it to
the school social worker by Friday November 21st.
Names of Children School Child
(please list both first and last name) Attends
If you are interested in donating gifts to local children you may come in to
school to pick a student from the bulletin board (starting in November) or you
may choose to donate items in a more general way. Gifts should be unwrapped
(or labeled with the age) and can be dropped off at any school in the district.
The gifts all eventually make their way to VAHS for sorting, so any gifts can be
taken directly to the high school for the FFA gift drive.
Thank you for your assistance.
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