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    Janesville schools, education, politics

Nick Crow

Janesville schools look further abroad
- Last week, Karen Schulte, Janesville School District superintendent and Yolanda Cargile, director of at-risk and multicultural programs, visited Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Read more >>
House fire a valuable lesson, family says
- It can happen so fast. In the blink of an eye. That's how Sarah Hessian described a fire that began in her garage at 1516 Manor Drive on April 10. Read more >>
Rummage sales transition outdoors
- Saturday was the final indoor "Mega Sale" at the Craig Center Fairgrounds until September. A sure sign the weather has finally changed, say vendors, many of whom will begin taking their products to outdoor rummage sales for... Read more >>
Burns resigns as principal of Monroe
- Monroe Elementary School Principal Lori Burns has resigned her position as principal at the school effectively immediately. Read more >>
Dale Thompson to be sworn in Tuesday
- Former Janesville School Board member Dale Thompson will be sworn into outgoing board member Scott Feldt's seat Tuesday night. Read more >>
Dead man learns lesson in Craig's 'Winner'
- Craig High School English teacher Lindsay Swanson believes Mitch Albom's play “And the Winner Is…” has something that appeals to everyone. Read more >>
Gackstatter running for Clerk of Courts
- Jacki Gackstatter has announced plans to run for the open Rock County Clerk of Courts post after incumbent Eldred Mielke said he doesn't plan to seek re-election in November. Read more >>
Chinese student grasping life in U.S.
- Edward arrived at Craig High School at the beginning of the second semester. His real name is Jiming Ye, and he is the first Chinese student to attend classes in the Janesville School District. Read more >>
Craig Spotlighters gear up for nationals
- The Craig Spotlighters have qualified for their first national competition April 26 in Chicago. They are under the direction of Adam Miller, who is in his first year after taking over for former instructor Robert Schrank. Read more >>
Blackhawk's success to affect funding
- In July, the Wisconsin Technical College System will begin using a new formula to distribute some of its state funding based on performance. Read more >>
Plan ok'd for charter school at UW-Rock
- The Janesville School Board pushed ahead with a planned fall opening of the Rock University High School at UW-Rock County by voting for two measures that will bring the idea closer to reality. Read more >>
Janesville exceeds state test averages
- The Janesville School District scored 7 percent higher than the state average in math and 4 percent higher in reading in this year's Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams, according to numbers released by the Wisconsin Dep... Read more >>
Parkview tablets teach tech, save cash
- While school districts slash budgets and cut costs, Parkview School District was able to save $13,000 without losing curriculum. Read more >>
Stability balls help classroom behavior
- What if a teacher could do something to prevent the outbursts, the slouching and the kicking of chairs? Some teachers in the Janesville School District believe they may have found the key: Stability balls. Read more >>
Janesville School Board to view grants
- The Janesville School Board will look at approving two grants Tuesday. One would assist homeless youth, and the other would bolster the district's tech program. Read more >>
St. Paul's first grade praised for reading
- St. Paul's Lutheran School first-graders placed second nationally out of 85 Lutheran schools in an accelerated reading program. Read more >>
Janesville Parker students like gritty 'Streetcar'
- Sam Gulotta was thrilled when he found out Parker High School planned to stage “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Gulotta and other student actors were eager to take on the complex issues the play presents, including d... Read more >>
Incumbents returning to board
- Incumbents Kevin Murray and Bill Sodemann and former board member Dale Thompson have been elected to the Janesville School Board. Read more >>
Craig students attend China summit
- Seven Craig High School students, along with Craig teacher Albert (Fritz) Elsen, spent 10 days in China. They participated in the 2014 Global Student Leaders Summit in Shanghai before traveling to Beijing and Shenyang. Read more >>
Three seek two seats on Milton School Board
- Spearheading a technology initiative, obeying budgetary limits and examining space needs will be the job of the Milton School Board as two incumbents and one newcomer vie for two open seats. Read more >>
Janesville board talks career and tech
- The marketing career cluster within the Janesville School District has produced six students who will compete in an international DECA competition in May, Steve Huth, career and technical education coordinator for the Janes... Read more >>
Five candidates vying for three Janesville School Board seats
- Expanding the international program, better communication with teachers and teacher compensation are the main issues for the candidates looking to fill three open seats on the Janesville School Board. Read more >>
Teen parent grant benefits students
- Students such as 17-year-old Jalyn Braxton will benefit from a $103,500 InSPIRE grant recently received by the Janesville School District from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Read more >>
Students attending white privilege event
- Neil Deupree, former pastor and officer on the Diversity Action Team of Rock County, believes this week's White Privilege Conference in Madison will go a long way to teach middle and high school students the importance of d... Read more >>
School program rewards kindness
- Harrison Elementary staff hope Kindness Week is teaching students respect, kindness and an understanding of paying it forward. Read more >>
Job competition teaches life skills
- Between 80 and 90 high school students from Janesville, Clinton, Watertown, Beloit, Milton and Parkview lined the halls of Blackhawk Technical College on Friday to participate in the first Job Olympics sponsored by the Coop... Read more >>
Janesville Craig to honor three grads
- Craig High School will add three graduates to its honor wall in a ceremony Friday, March 21. Read more >>
Low income student numbers rise
- The percentage of low income students in the Janesville School District has almost doubled in the past decade according to numbers presented to the school board Tuesday night. Read more >>
Debate continues on use of e-cigarettes
- Some Wisconsin lawmakers are moving to pass legislation that would differentiate between electronic cigarettes and regular cigarettes to allow the “e-cigarettes” to be smoked indoors despite the state's 2009 ind... Read more >>
Janesville School Board to talk staffing
- Steve Sperry, director of human resources for the Janesville School District, says it is time once again for the district to review its enrollment driven staffing plan. Read more >>
Janesville trio use music to inspire
- The Trio performs faith and gospel, show tunes, old favorites, Christmas songs and patriotic music for service clubs and retirement homes throughout Janesville free of charge. Read more >>
Slow syrup flow reflects bad winter
- Last year unseasonably warm temperatures in the area took a toll on syrup production. This year production could be affected for the opposite reason, according to Lena Verkuilen, director of the Welty Environmental Center. Read more >>
Family ties for Wilson School volunteers
- Three moms volunteer to help in the classrooms of their children, who are teachers at Wilson Elementary School. Read more >>
School board is focus of forum
- Candidates sparred over issues ranging from international students to teacher compensation during a forum Tuesday night. Read more >>
Mechanics weigh in on pothole dangers
- Thump thump, thump. That could be the sound of your car hitting pothole after pothole or your heart beating increasingly louder as the potholes send your blood pressure through the roof. Read more >>
Cold weather not going anywhere
- Feeling hopeless yet? It's not just in your head as this winter ranks as one of the worst on record for many cities in the Midwest. Read more >>
Minutes count at Parker's 10-Minute Play Festival
- Parker High School teacher Andrew Holmes decided it was time to spice things up.That's how he brainstormed the idea for a 10-minute play festival, which opens Friday at Parker with nine speedy plays. Read more >>
Marshall Middle School adding dean
- Marshall Middle School needs an interim dean of students to increase their stagnate student growth score, Principal Synthia Taylor told the school board Tuesday night. Read more >>
Benefits panel formed by Janesville schools
- The Janesville School Board supported the formation of an Employee Benefits Committee during its meeting Tuesday. Read more >>
Janesville schools host legislator forum
- Four members of the Assembly and one state senator visited the Janesville School District on Monday to discuss statewide issues and their impact locally with administrators and members of the school board. Read more >>