Every year, the MCPASD Education Foundation awards Inspiration Grants throughout our District to support individual schools, teachers and programs.  The Foundation seeks to fund grants that are Inclusive, Innovative and Inspiring. These grants are not intended to replace what the District should fund but rather enhance already great projects or help new ideas become reality. The application period for the Foundation’s 2017 inspiration grants is now open, and the application can be downloaded here.  Applications and recommendations must be received by April 7, 2017 to be considered for funding this year.  For the 2017 grant cycle, we are seeking grant applications that require full…

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The MCPASD Education Foundation is excited to announce the Middleton Future Scholars Fund, a new endowment fund to provide an annual scholarship for MCPASD seniors who have overcome signficiant barriers and are pursuing post-secondary education. The fund was established by the donation of more than $20,000 from an anonymous family in our school district. The first scholarship will be granted in the spring of 2017, and is expected to be $1,000.  Criteria for the scholarship will be announced by March 2017, and the scholarship will be awarded at the 2017 Middleton High School and Clark Street Community School Scholarship Night on Wednesday, May…

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The MCPASD Education Foundation has received a $5,000 match for its 2016 annual appeal from Intuit, Inc. The Foundation has raised approximately $7,500 in its first two annual appeals to the community. “This is a great way for donors to see their contributions maximized,” Foundation board chair Courtney Ward-Reichard said. Intuit creates business and financial management solutions that simplify the business of life for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services include QuickBooks®, TurboTax® and Mint.com.   Founded in 1983, the company has approximately 7,900 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom,…

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The Harlem Globetrotters are offering tickets at 20-30 percent below the regular price to District staff members and families for their game on Monday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center. The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that has been entertaining fans for 90 years with a combination of athleticism, theater, and comedy. They have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 122 countries and territories. To learn more, please visit the Harlem Globetrotters website. There is no minimum ticket purchase requirement. Three types of seat locations are available. A separate MAGIC PASS, which includes…

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The MCPASD recently received a $1,750 grant from the Madison Area Sports Commission to fund scholarships to potential student-athletes who show a considerable financial need. The grant was written by Education Foundation secretary Tom Kobinsky and executive director Perry Hibner. Middleton High School athletic director Bob Joers also was instrumental in the application. It is the first grant the District has been awarded from MASC. A ceremonial check was presented to MHS from MASC vice president Jamie Patrick, MASC senior marketing manager Kate Dale and MASC account manager Brandon Holsteinn at an all-school Homecoming assembly on Thursday, Sept. 22. Kobinsky and fellow…

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The MCPASD Education Foundation joined the Good Neighbor Festival board of trustees this summer and shared an information booth with the Middleton Chamber of Commerce at the three-day event Aug. 26-28. The Foundation distributed more than 200 Cardinal Alumni Network lanyards during the festival. The lanyards were available for free to any District graduate. “It was great seeing so many alumni at the Good Neighbor Festival,” Foundation executive director Perry Hibner said. “We thought providing free lanyards was a great way to help alumni connect, which is what the Cardinal Alumni Network is all about.” Hibner also gave tours of…

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Rebecca Turk, a senior at Clark Street Community School, received the 2016 MCPASD Education Foundation Scholarship during the annual Scholarship Night at the Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 18. CSCS principal Jill Gurtner presented Turk with a $500 scholarship renewable for up to four years. “I was so excited to hear that I received a scholarship,” Turk said. “It was such a great surprise, and it eased my mind a bit about starting college in the fall. I texted my advisor as soon as I opened the letter because I couldn’t have done it without her. … I am…

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The Foundation held its annual meeting on July 20, electing new and renewing Board members, as well as electing officers for the coming year. First, three new members have been added to the Board recently: Superintendent George Mavroulis, Chris Denney and Anne Bauer. Mavroulis became Superintendent of the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District on July 1, and assumed the position on the Foundation Board reserved for the current Superintendent. Denney is a Senior Program and Policy Analyst at Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. He has also worked as a middle school social studies teacher, and has earned Master’s degrees in Teaching and Public Administration.  He…

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Thanks to its generous donors, the MCPASD Education Foundation was able to make more wishes come true for students and staff. The Foundation awarded 11 grants worth more than $14,000 to eight schools as part of its bus tour on Friday, April 29. Staff members receiving grants included Elm Lawn’s Amy Holt, Kromrey’s Fred Bartman, Northside’s Carrianne Baumgart and Travis Follen, Park’s Jodi Klare, Sauk Trail’s John Becker, Ann O’Rourke and Amy Galassi and West Middleton’s Erin Lettau. In addition, an MHS student services team was awarded a grant to help pay for Respect Week, while Tri 4 Schools executive director Katie…

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The Education Foundation held its inaugural Partners in Education (PIE) Celebration Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 25 at the Kromrey Middle School cafeteria and more than 150 attended. The event was an opportunity to thank donors while also creating additional awareness about what the Foundation has accomplished since it was formed in 2011, executive director Perry Hibner said. Hibner is still waiting on a few expenses, but he expects that the event will net the Foundation more than $4,000. Sponsors for the event included Galin Education, J.H. Findorff & Son and Madison Community Foundation. Sprecher’s Restaurant also sponsored the event and…

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