Director of Communications Perry Hibner, who formerly was the executive director for the Education Foundation and now serves on the board, gave an update on the organization’s efforts over the past year at the Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, June 11. Hibner noted that the Foundation has raised more than $350,000 over the past four years. Its general endowment fund with Madison Community Foundation is nearing $300,000, while a second endowment fund with MCF, which was established last year, to help disadvantaged students, is already at $35,000. The Foundation also has close to $90,000 in cash reserves. The…

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Sauk Trail students had the opportunity in their end-of-the year concerts to make music with professional jazz musicians on May 23. The MCPASD Education Foundation sponsored the concerts through a 2018 inspiration grant of $750. Children sang, played keyboards, drums, and some improvised on music teacher John Becker’s vibraphone instrument. Fourth-grade orchestra students also had the chance to improvise on their string instruments.  Some of the original music and lyrics performed reinforced the “Sauk Trail Way” learning and behavior goals, sung in English and in Spanish.  The live band working with the students included Middleton residents Laurie Lang Croasdale, bass, and…

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The Education Foundation and Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District will once again have an entry in the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival parade, and officials are encouraging adults and their children to participate. More than 50 Foundation board members, along with District staff and their children, have participated each of the past two years. The District will provide a gift to anyone who participates. To be eligible, you must e-mail Communications Director Perry Hibner by August 10. T-shirts have been provided the past two years. This year’s parade will take place on Sunday, August 26, starting at noon. The parade starts…

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Seniors Chan Bowman, Juliana Castillo and and Kian Djamali were awarded 2018 Education Foundation scholarships during the annual Scholarship Night at the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 16. Foundation board member and MCPASD Director of Communications Perry Hibner awarded Djamali with a $500 scholarship renewable for up to four years. Previous winners of the scholarship are Jessica Wang (2017), Rebecca Turk (2016) and Dana Angeli Rodriguez (2015). Bowman was awarded a Futures Scholar scholarship for $1,250 from the Foundation. Hibner also presented that award. It is the second year the Foundation has offered the scholarship. Last year’s winner was…

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The MCPASD Education Foundation held its favorite day of the year on Wednesday, April 25, awarding inspiration grants to educators throughout the school district. The Foundation awarded ten inspiration grants worth $11,273 as part of its bus tour. In addition, the Foundation announced it will provide more than $6,000 to the District to address equity and achievment gap efforts across all levels, chair Courtney Ward-Reichard announced. Staff members to receive grants included Clark Street Community School’s Jason Pertzborn, Park’s Karla Freimuth, Kromrey’s Brenda Weiss, Sauk Trail’s John Becker, Stephanie Spence, Barb Beyer, Paige Bessick and Kristina Mendiola and Middleton High School’s Gust…

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The MCPASD Education Foundation raised more than $28,000 in its 2017 annual appeal campaign, board president Courtney Ward-Reichard announced recently. The amount is the most the Foundation has raised in the five years it has held an annual appeal. The previous record was a little more than $14,500, which was raised in 2016. The appeal included a $5,000 match from Intuit, which creates business and financial management solutions that simplify the business of life for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. Intuit also provided a $5,000 match in 2016. The Foundation also received $5,000 in matching funds from former school…

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The Education Foundation will sponsor Amanda Schmitt’s presentation at the ninth annual Human Rights Week at Middleton High School in February. HRW takes place Feb. 12-16. More than 25 people are expected to present. Most presentations run 35 minutes. There are typically two presentations per block. Presentations will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Schmitt, a 2005 MHS graduate and art curator in New York, will speak about being part of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year edition. She and other women were part of a piece on the Silence Breakers. The session will begin at 2:20 p.m….

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The MCPASD Education Foundation has released its 2018 grant application — download it here.  Applications and recommendations must be received by April 2, 2018 to be considered in the Foundation’s 2018 grant cycle.  Grant recipients will be announced in late April. Each year, the Foundation reviews the goals of the District and establishes grant goals that align while also recognizing the changing environment and needs within the District. For the 2018 grant cycle, we are seeking grant applications that require full or partial funding between $250 and $2,500. Please thoughtfully consider how the Foundation can help you provide Inspiring Experiences in…

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The tree lot to benefit the MCPASD Education Foundation and Middleton High School DECA program was a great success, with hundreds of trees sold.  This was the third year the lot was operated in the MHS parking lot. John Docter, the owner of Docter Evergreens, approached the District in 2015 about a tree lot and has donated more than $10,000 to the Foundation and DECA program over the past two years. Docter supplied trees, wreaths, garland and other items for the lot this year, but the Foundation ran the lot and handled all funds. High school students, under the supervision of MHS business…

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The Education Foundation was the monthly sponsor at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s Get Moving Middleton morning meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Former executive director and current board member Perry Hibner gave a 5-minute presentation. Also in attendance were current board members Tom Kobinsky, George Mavroulis and Steph Mueller, along with former board member Brenda Delabarre. More than 170 members were in attendance at the 75-minute meeting. Each attendee received a Foundation folder with information about the 70-plus grants the Foundation has awarded since 2013, an updated Bricks to Build a Strong Foundation campaign and…

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