School News

Wed
24
Dec

OSD: OHS principal placed on leave after multiple OWI arrests

Oregon High School principal Kelly Meyers has been placed under “administrative leave” by school district officials after she was arrested three times earlier this month on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. 

If convicted, that would make her the second straight OHS principal to be arrested for OWI, following a previous principal’s arrest in 2008.

Wed
24
Dec

OSD: Investigation clears coach

An independent investigation of Oregon High School basketball coach Jon Nedelcoff has concluded after school board members decided last week he did not violate district policy. 

Wed
24
Dec

VASD: Non-union employees get raise

Non-union staff around the Verona Area School District will receive the same wage increase as their union peers for the 2014-15 school year.

The school board approved the 2.5 percent increase Monday night for non-union support staff and administrative staff.

The board’s personnel committee had recommended approval of the increase, and it passed unanimously.

Wed
24
Dec

VASD committee: ‘Don’t reinvent the wheel’

In 2010, the Sun Prairie Area School District opened a new high school for grades 10-12.

This year, the Middleton-Cross Plains School District added fifth-graders to its traditional grades 6-8 middle schools.

But whether either of those configurations or another alternative would work in the Verona Area School District remains to be seen. 

Fri
19
Dec

MMSD: A Fluent Influence


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Deana Zorko grew up with her father’s side of the family speaking Italian around her house daily.

“From an early age, I just kind of had the language bug,” Zorko said of her time growing up on the south side of Chicago.

But when she and her family moved to Poynette, Spanish was the only foreign language offered, so she embraced it.

Mon
08
Dec

OSD: Teacher compensation ballot measure would revise pay scale to recruit, retain best educators

When Oregon School District residents went to the polls on Nov. 4, they approved by more than a 60-40 margin two referendums designed to improve the district’s buildings and facilities. 

Now, a committee of teachers, district officials and school board members is working on another referendum planned for April to improve teacher compensation and opportunities, with hopes to keep teachers in the district. 

Fri
05
Dec

VASD: NCS charter gets OK

The Verona Area School District’s two oldest charter schools each took a step forward Monday night in setting up their next five years.

For New Century School, that was gaining approval from the school board to spend the years until another charter renewal is required in 2019 transitioning to a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum.

Thu
04
Dec

VASD: Equalizing the ‘utility’


Photo by Scott Girard. Stoner Prairie Elementary School is one of the schools in the district closer to a 1:1 ratio between students and devices. Here, Jamie Puent, Brynn Stacey and Sotera Boado play with iPads during “SP Design Lab,” which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday.

The Verona Area School District has had dozens of conversations about inequality in recent years.

But this time, it’s not the usual test scores or access to high-level classes for low-income and minority students. Instead, it’s the access to mobile devices at school.

Mon
01
Dec

VASD: VAHS receives jazz society grant

 The Verona Area High School jazz band will have an expanded music selection after receiving a grant from the Madison Jazz Society (MJS).

The $295 grant will be used to purchase pieces composed by Fred Sturm, who passed away in August. He founded the Lawrence University Jazz Weekend and was “a good friend to Verona Jazz,” VAHS jazz instructor Paul Heinecke wrote in the grant application.

Fri
28
Nov

OSD: Opposite Sides


Photos submitted. OHS and German students collaborated earlier this year during the students’ trip to Germany on posters for a World War I exhibition that opened in Langen, Germany on Oct. 18.

Nearly a century ago, they could have been bombing, shooting and stabbing the futures out of one another in the muddy trenches of Western Europe.

Today, teenagers from Germany and the United States are instead learning together about the great common tragedy of World War I from their respective points of view, strengthening bonds between peoples who were once bitter enemies.

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