Schools

Thu
26
Feb

VAIS Chinese New Year photos

Verona Area International School students and staff celebrated the Chinese New Year Friday, Feb. 20, with activities throughout the day and a song and dance performance for parents in the afternoon. Students at the Chinese language immersion school performed popular Chinese songs to celebrate the Year of the Sheep.

Mon
23
Feb

Officials plan referendum info sessions

The Verona Area School District will hold 12 information sessions throughout March to spread the word on the April referendum.

Some are open to the public, while others are with specific groups such as the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club.

The question on the April 7 ballot asks VASD voters to authorize the district to take out bonds up to $8.35 million to purchase three pieces of land.

The ballot question is different from what was originally planned in that it also asks voters to authorize the district to exercise eminent domain on the West End land after the property owner, Vanta, could not satisfy all of the contingencies on the original deal. 

Fri
20
Feb

NCS Africa Day photos

New Century School students learned about different aspects of Africa Monday, Feb. 16, in an event put on by the school’s recently resurrected Diversity and Equity Committee. Students rotated between four different presentations and learned about growing up in Burkina Faso and the water issues Africans face, heard from someone who spent a year with the Maasai Tribe in Africa and played music with a drum group. 

Fri
13
Feb

EA application deadline Feb. 20

Verona Area School District high school students have until Friday, Feb. 20 to apply for a spot at the Exploration Academy (EA). The district’s only charter high school, the academy will enter its third year next school year with 10 new open spots.

If the school gets more than 10 applications, it will hold a lottery after the deadline to determine who gets in. Those who do not get in will be put on a waiting list.

EA director Pheng Lee said students in grades 8-11 can apply.

The school practices extremely personalized learning techniques, with students in control of much of their days and the projects they complete. They work with advisers to determine how their projects demonstrate the standards they must meet throughout high school to graduate.

Tue
10
Feb

Alice in Dairyland visit photos

Zoey Brooks, Wisconsin’s 67th Alice in Dairyland, has been presenting an interactive classroom lesson called “Mapping Out a Healthy Wisconsin” to fourth-graders throughout Dane County, including a visit to Stoner Prairie Elementary School on Jan. 30. The trivia game highlights the impact of agriculture on the state’s economy and quizzes students on 16 healthy food choices grown or produced in Wisconsin. 

Mon
09
Feb

VASD staff recital photos

The Verona Area School District music staff got to show off their talents Thursday, Jan. 15, at the staff recital.

Mon
09
Feb

School choice deadline Feb. 13

Verona Area School District parents have until Friday, Feb. 13, to choose a charter school.

That’s the deadline for submitting the application for one of the district’s three elementary charter schools or its charter middle school. Parents have the option to choose Core Knowledge Charter School, New Century School or Verona Area International School. 

CKCS is K-8, while the others are K-5.

NCS recently renewed its charter, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It has historically had a focus on the environment, and its previous charter made it the first “green” charter in Dane County.

Mon
09
Feb

2015 Multicultural Showcase photos

Verona Area High School held its annual Multicultural Showcase on Friday, Jan. 30. The event is completely run by students on the Multicultural Leadership Council - on stage and behind the scenes.

Fri
06
Feb

Lab: Enrollment will keep rising

Having more than 100 fewer students than predicted this year created some questions around the Verona Area School District.

Considering the upcoming April referendum to buy land is for building schools to house continued projected growth, the drop this year seemed conspicuous.

So on Monday, Sarah Kemp from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Applied Population Lab, which has done projections for the district over the last decade, attempted to explain to the school board how the group makes its predictions and outline the models they use. 

“A lot’s going on here because all of these models are very different,” Kemp told the board, pointing to the fluctuating predictions for the coming years depending on what model is used. “Something is very unique about your district, and I haven’t really pinpointed it.” 

Thu
05
Feb

Badgers visit Glacier Edge photos

Badger basketball players visited Glacier Edge Elementary on Jan. 28 and taught the children the importance of kindness.

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