eNews from May 16, 2013

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IMPORTANT DATES
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Wednesday, May 22 - MHS Future Freshman Night - (see article below)
 
Thursday, May 23 - Kromrey Orchestra Concert  7:00 PM @ the PAC
 
Friday, May 24 - 5th Graders Visit Kromrey - 
                               NO SCHOOL FOR 6th GRADE THIS DAY
 
Tuesday, May 28  GALLERY OPENING 6:30PM and KMS Choir Concert 7PM - BOTH AT THE PAC
 
Wednesday, May 29 - KMS changes bus dismissal - (see article)
 
Thursday, June 6 - LAST DAY FOR 8th Graders - 8th Grade Ceremony 6PM @MHS (students report @ 5:30PM to the Concourse).  8th Grade Celebration @KMS following - ending at 9PM.
 
Friday, June 7 - LAST DAY FOR 6th and 7th Graders  
 
 

KROMREY MIDDLE SCHOOL CHANGING BUS DISMISSAL

TO PARK LAWN AREA WEDNESDAY, MAY 29

 

 

We need a few days this school year to practice bus dismissal before we start school next year.  Please pay close attention to the following points:

  • Parents/Guardians WILL NOT be able to park/pick students up along the school side of Park Lawn beginning May 29th.
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  •  The main entrance/lot will be open, the remainder of this year,for dismissal pick-up with two lanes along the front loop sidewalks.
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  •  PLEASE keep the lane from the back lot open so staff can exit as of May 29.
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  • THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE PARKING OR DRIVEWAY ACCESS AS OF JUNE 10, 2013.  We do not have a date on when parking on-site will be made available next school year, or beyond.
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  • PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY about where you will pick your student up next school year.   Please consider using district transportation, bikes or walking next school year if at all possible.
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  • PLEASE BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS DURING THIS TRANSITION, IT IS NEW FOR EVERYONE.  
 

 


 

END OF THE YEAR LEADING UP TO THE LAST DAY 
FIELD TRIP/ACTIVITIES EXPECTATIONS
 
We have had an outstanding year with a big drop in negative behaviors reported an school suspensions.  We have also seen a big upswing in the positive behaviors referred to the office.  We are currently running at 4 positive referrals to every 1 negative.  That is outstanding! 
As we draw closer to the last day field trips/activities we wanted families to be aware of the high expectations we will continue to have for students so they can continue to keep the privilege of attending the following activities:  
Privileges Include:
 
** 6th grade students enjoy a breakfast together, take a trip to a movie theater, picnic back at school and then go off to the Middleton Pool during the afternoon.
 
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7th grade students visit 
Kalahari in the Dells for the day 

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8th grade students enjoy a day together at Governor Nelson State Park, an 8th Grade Completion Ceremony and Celebration 
 
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ALL STUDENTS have an all school assembly on Friday, May 31 

 

Students referred to administration these final weeks will begin to take part in a discussion about a "Three Strikes" procedure we have used for the past eight years.  Students disrupting the learning environment will begin to earn a strike toward losing the listed privileges.  
 
Our concern 
heightens when we face disruptive behavior near the end of the year. Excitement is high and thinking before acting becomes troublesome.  
KMS administration will continue to work with students to find solutions for disruptive behavior to avoid a second and third strike.  
 
Administration will communicate with families when a strike has been given. 
 
Students who earn a third strike will be assigned community service at KMS for the last day.

 

5th Grade Visitation Day: May 24th

We look forward to welcoming next year's 6th graders from Sauk Trail, Elm Lawn and Northside for a visit and tour.

 

There will be NO SCHOOL for current 6TH GRADERS ONLY on this day.  

 

Private school families interested in joining one of the tours listed above can contact the Kromrey Student Services office at (608) 829-9538 to make arrangements for May 24th.

 

Parent Information Night

 

May 28th (rescheduled from May 30th)  Current 5th grade parents are invited to an informational meeting in the Kromrey LMC on Tuesday, May 28th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

 


 

News from the LMC:


Last day to check out books will be Friday, May 24th
 
All materials are due Tuesday, May 28th

Students will need to return or pay for materials that are checked out to them in order to receive their yearbook.

 


 

MHS FUTURE FRESHMAN NIGHT
 
As you might have known, a fabulous opportunity for incoming Middleton High School freshman will be happening May 22nd, 8th Grade Transition Night!  Every year, United Way of Dane County and Middleton High School come together to create an event to introduce incoming ninth graders to Middleton High School and answer any questions.
 
The meeting will start in the MHS Courtyard (lunchroom) at 5:30 and run to 7:30 PM.

 

District Provides Primer on Fund Balance

 

With the University of Wisconsin System's budget reserve fund in the news over the past couple of weeks, we thought now was a good time to share information with our families and taxpayers about our fund balance.

 

The District conducted an online survey in December, and when we asked what kinds of information people would like from the District, a large number of respondents indicated more budget details. This explanation of our District's fund balance fills an area of interest in these two respects.

 

The most commonly asked question regarding fund balance is how large should it be?  The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction makes no recommendation regarding the amount a district should have as its fund balance. Perhaps the best answer would be: "an amount sufficient that short-term borrowing for cash flow could be avoided or minimized and would also allow a district to set aside sufficient assets to realize its longer range goals."

 

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District strives to maintain an appropriate fund balance that is not excessive.  District policy calls for the fund balance to be maintained between 15-25% of its annual operating expenses.  At the close of the 2012-13 fiscal year, the District's ending fund balance is projected to be $15.2 million of an annual operating budget of $67.7 million.  This equates to just over 22%. The Board of Education Finance Committee reviews the status annually to ensure the fiscal strength of the district.

 

To read more, please visit the district website(https://www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us/news/district-provides-primer-fund-balance
 

 

Summer Enrichment  

Opportunities Available

 

Are you looking for something to do this summer? Then check out the 10-page Summer 2013 guide provided by the Greater Dane County Talented and Gifted Organization.

 

Among the items you'll find in the guide are:

 

  • A comprehensive list of links to camps
  • Academic and intellectual opportunities for elementary, middle school and high school students.
  • Multiple programs at UW-Whitewater, including Forensics Camp, Music Camps and a Forensics Camp.
  • Multiple programs at UW-Madison, including Engineering Camp, Earth Day Camp and Science on Wheels.
  • Other opportunities in art, music, writing, dance and nature.

 

You can find the guide by visiting the district website and clicking on Community Announcements or by clicking on or copying and pasting this URL into your browser

https://www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us/sites/www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us/files/content/community/community-announcements/community-announcements/summer-opportunities-2013.pdf).


 

DISTRICT COMMUNITY FLYERS/ACTIVITIES LINK

 

Go to the following link to get updated information about happenings around town.

 

 

Qustions or comments?  Please do not respond to this email because the mailbox is not monitored.  Please contact the school office at 608-829-9530.