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Future Problem Solvers
Virtual State Bowl

 (FPS team qualifying for IC -clockwise from top left, Kavya Kashyap, Radhika Gupta, Asha Chakravartula & Izzy Woods.)

Update  - Congratulations to Glacier Creek 6th graders Kavya Kashyap, Radhika Gupta, Asha Chakravartula & Izzy Woods who placed 8th in the world at the International Conference! Also MHS student Nikki Yu placed 6th as an individual!

In our last edition from early March, we reported that many district students in middle school and high school participated in a program called Future Problem Solvers this year.  In this program, students study a variety of topics and work to solve problems related to those topics in the future.  They worked in February to complete the qualifying problem this year on the topic of "Gamification".  Over 130 students have qualified to attend the FPS State Bowl to be held April 23-25 in Green Lake, Wisconsin. However, the in-person State Bowl was cancelled, but replaced with the 1st ever Virtual State Bowl.  Many district students continued to compete in that including:

Glacier Creek 

Ty Carbon
Asha Chakravartula
Kaelana Faessler
Addy Foltz
Arya Girirajan
Nayan Goyal
Radhika Gupta
Laina Gustafson
Lauren Hare
Reganne Hartman
Parker Hunn 
Kali Johannsen
Anastasia Jones
Iniyan Karthikeyan
Kavya Kashyap
Jeremiah Kim
Vitalii Litvintsev
Katarine Miller
Kaitlin Mooren
Ben Pralat
Ethan Sanders
Opal Sharma
Mirielle Spahn
Ermerson Turner
Izzy Woods
Kevin Wu

Middleton High School

Gus Balasubramaniam
McKenzie Barrett
Ian Bohachek
Ivan Cermak
Sneha Chandrashekar
Trevor Chau
Tyler Choedak
Jahnvi Datta
Abby Evans
Shradha Godishala
Maddie Goscha
Varsha Gouraram
Jonah Guse
Adam Hanson
Maylyn Hu
Sarah Ann Huber
Aarush Jain
Jonathan Kim
Natasha Kinne
Kaitlyn Ko
Rohan Kommuri
Lauren Lamson
Claire McLellan
Saketh Peddireddy
Zaki Siraj
Nikki Yu
Kromrey

Deeba Ajamian
Amogh Akella
Cuvin Bhagavath
Ethan Bo
Anton Cermak
Tarun Chilakapati
Isha Chilukuri
Diya Dhawal
Jai Dhawal
Ray Feinberg
Katrina Feltz
Micah Friedman
Shivani Ganesan
Vishal Ganesan
Rayna Garn
Ziva Gibson
Annabel Goldberger
Lily Hanson
Shaila Holland
Katie Jiang
Harry Jin
Sai Kandukuri
Isa Killian
Chris Kirk
Will Kirk
Rishika Kommuri
Owen Lapcinski
Braedon Lukey
Amritha Mavuri
Zoe Mayer
Porter McGee
Ian McGinley
Roddy McLellan
Sofia Ortiz-Lunyova
Lydia Paulsen
Shriya Rajesh
Sam Raysbrook
Conner Roth
Sydney Schultz
Raghvi Sethi
Nestor Sharaf
Neal Sharma
Benjamin Shaw 
Ryan Slattery
Netra Somasundaram
Samantha Thomas
Gavin Wiese
Grace Wu
Shelley Yang
Fatima Zeeshan
Ryan Zhu



Nikki Yu
Five district students placed 1st in their categories and will advance to the FPS International Conference in June which will also be virtual this year.  Those students include:
6th grade 1st Place Junior Team - Izzy Woods, Radhika Gupta, Kavya Kashyap and Asha Chakravartula from Glacier Creek

and 1st Place Senior Individual - Nikki Yu from MHS.


Other students who placed in various categories:

Problem Solving:
3rd Place Junior Team - Kaitlin Mooren, Opal Sharma, Emerson Turner and Addy Foltz
3rd Place Magic Team - Sam Raysbrook & Will Kirk

Scenario Writers:
2nd Place - Laina Gustafson
3rd Place - Ian McGinley
Scenario Writing Team:
3rd Place - Arya Girirajan, Lauren Hare & Deeba Ajamian

Congratulations students and good luck Izzy, Radhika, Kavya, Asha and Nikki!

FPS coaches this year include Stacey Bohacheck at MHS, Jaclyn Fallin at Kromrey and Ruth Frawley at Glacier Creek & Kromrey.
Yahara River Writers Contest
Virtual Top 10 Workshop and Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 10 for the Yahara River Writers Contest and attended a special virtual event on Tuesday, May 12.   These students wrote poems, short stories, editorials or created cartoons or other art work for cover or divider pages. Thousands of students from all over southern Wisconsin submit work to this anthology.

Addie Sloan
Graham Luetscher
Kirtin Anand
Keegan Stockbridge
Shilpasri Pooruli Balaji
Austin Andler
Harper Carlin
Kevin Wu
Laina Gustafson
Logan Cassie
Marissa Joyce
Nancy Liu
Kavya Kashyap
Katarine Miller
Trey Goldberg
Adeline Valencia
Katie Kim
Shelley Yang
Nuha Khatri
Rishika Kommuri
Zachary Tang
Jackie Lanear
Thea Rowling

Special thanks to all the district literacy teachers who help students with writing and encourage them to submit work to this publication.

Congratulations students!  You will receiver your anthology in the fall.
Young Playwright's Spring Festival - 
Children's Theater of Madison (CTM)
& Kromrey 8th Grade Partnership Project

(Kromrey 8th grader Maggie Tate, right with CTM's Erica Berman)

All Kromrey 8th graders had the opportunity to write short plays this year as part of a national program called Playwrights for Change.   This program encourages young (middle school) writers to write short plays (under 10 minutes) about a new topic each year.  This year's topic was "Take a Stand".  Last December about 40 students had the chance to participate in writer's workshop with CTM educators to work on their short plays.   These plays were submitted to CTM for consideration for the Spring Playwrights Festival.  

Earlier this winter, we learned that Maggie Tate's play entitled, We Deserve to Be Lucky, was chosen to be performed in Children's Theater of Madison's 1st ever virtual Young Playwright's Spring Festival on May 7.  Maggie chose to write about a student who bravely takes a stand by participating in a march supporting school safety after a community school shooting.  

Kromrey students who received honorable mention recognition for their one-act plays at the Playwriting Festival included Jackie Lanear and Claire Neblett.  The following eighth-grade playwrights were selected to participate in the CTM Workshop in the fall: 

Tina Pham
Gabi Spotts
Koen Reiter
Keira Cason
Madelyn Watson
Audun Niesen
Clara Cruz
Angelina Gonzalez
Elia Careaga
Henry Graw
Kasen Ko
Piper Garcia Hall
Marin Durkee
Jivnic Degbedji
Isha Chilukuri
Peyton Trolinger
Shelley Yang
Danny Richards
Claire Neblett
Bailey Mosling
Katrina Feltz
Claudia VanBendegom

Alexa Garber
Maggie Tate
Srija Katukam
Harper Patenaude
Jackie Lanear
Amritha Mavuri
Charlotte Kosek
Penelope Cunningham
Grace Wu
Naomi Janquart
Sydney Schultz
Aili Mendelin
Robin Strasma
Raju Rawal 
Claire Von Bergen
Anna Barker
Thea Rohlwing
Sarah Reichard
Nicky Cyra
Evie Washburn
Adriana Cooper
Nina Henderson


Congratulations Maggie and all the students who wrote short plays this year.  Special thanks to Kromrey 8th grade literacy teachers Jean Holman, Hannah Rose and Molly Nelson for doing this project with their students this year!
Virtual District Math Meet

On Tuesday, May 5 almost 200 district middle school students participated in our first ever virtual math meet.  Students had about one hour to complete three math meet events (google forms) and submit them.  These students placed in the top 20 from each grade level:

5th Graders:
Benya Vavilov
Brynn Sundell
Zachary Tang
Sai Suchet Pulivarthi
Divit Konduru
Devin Conners
Paul Wozniak
Lawrence Lee
Logan Cassie
Shreyas Vangala
Saanvi Kondoju
Anastasia Moreau
Barrett Wochos
Vivian Feng
Noah Borman
Roger Chang
Max Malyk
Parker Hunn
Anastasia Jones
Jayden Qian
William Tong
Brooke Von Bergen

7th Graders:
Harry Jin
Owen Weisenberger
Margarita Vavilov
Akshay Manna
Ryan Zhu
Jonathan Schecher
Venkat Peddinti
Luke Zhang
Arya Girirajan
Shreya Ramesh
Jesse Mai
Sai Suhas Pulivarthi
Nikhil Quintin
Ethan Bo
Matthew Arnold
Andrew Chen
Ryan Slattery
Raghvi Sethi
Rishika Kommuri
Jeremiah Kim
6th graders:
Radhika Gupta
Shilpasri Pooruli Balaji
Shivani Haker
Micah Friedman
Sophie Shi
Shivani Ganesan
Alexander Bo
Asha Chakravartula
Sanaa Waraich
Kavya Kashyap
Edward Yao
Rohan Dileep
Vitalii Litvinsev
Luke Weiss
Lily Kulow
Tarun Chilakapati
Isaac Nichols
Izzy Woods
Sahitya Sajjala
Aryan Jindal
Vishal Ganesan

8th Graders:
Alexa Garber
Kevin Wu
Grace Wu
Amritha Mavuri
Isha Chilukuri
Nathan Kwon
Celia Nichols
Miles Wagener
Laina Gustafson
Nancy Liu
Nicholas Olson
Sam Ganco
Ben Pralat
Conley Dohse
Katie Kim
Will Heil
Lily Giefer
Shelley Yang
Netra Somasundaram
Anoushka Kuckreja
Congratulations students!  

Special thanks to all the middle school math teachers and particular thanks to Alyssa Hoyman, Jennifer Degner, Sonja Hungness, Catherine Bartzen, Jen Lohr, Brian Stubbe, Ben Saltzman, Bill Luebke, Amy Weber, Tanya Thuesen, Erin Bares, Marlene Feinstein, Dennis Neylon, Aly Becker, Carol Pincombe and Kim Longfield who helped out with the math meet and announcements.
Literacy Enrichment Activities 
 
If your child is looking for some enrichment activities in the area of literacy, please check out this document:

Summer Academic Opportunities

Here is a document that lists many area summer opportunities for students - likely many of these are happening virtually this year.
Congratulations to Kromrey 7th grader 
Harry Jin 
who qualified for both the State Spelling Bee 
and State Geo Bee this year!
Future Problem Solvers
State Bowl Qualifiers
 
Many district students in middle school and high school participated in a program called Future Problem Solvers this year.  In this program, students study a variety of topics and work to solve problem related to those topics in the future.  They worked in February to complete the qualifying problem this year on the topic of "Gamification".  Over 130 students have qualified to attend the FPS State Bowl to be held April 23-25 in Green Lake, Wisconsin.  Congratulations to:

Glacier Creek 

Mariam Afifi
Ty Carbon
Asha Chakravartula
Mazvita Dossa
Genevieve Eck
Kaelana Faessler
Addy Foltz
Arya Girirajan
NayanGoyal
Radhika Gupta
Laina Gustafson
Lauren Hare
Reganne Hartman
Mikaela Hummel
Parker Hunn 
Kali Johannsen
Anastasia Jones
Sharmili Karthik
Iniyan Karthikeyan
Kavya Kashyap
Baylee Kelly
Jeremiah Kim
Lauren Klein
Vitalii Litvintsev
Lily Mair
Katarine Miller
Kaitlin Mooren
Ruthie Nelson
Ben Pralat
Ethan Sanders
Avery Scholz
Opal Sharma
MirielleSpahn
Haley Stoffregan
Ermerson Turner
Bethany Wareing
Izzy Woods
Kevin Wu

Middleton High School

Gus Balasubramaniam
McKenzie Barrett
Amanda Beckman
Lily Bloch
Ian Bohachek
Ivan Cermak
Sneha Chandrashekar
Trevor Chau
Tyler Choedak
Jahnvi Datta
Abby Evans
Shradha Godishala
Maddie Goscha, 
Varsha Gouraram
Emre Gunay
Jonah Guse
Adam Hanson
Maylyn Hu
Aarush Jain
Jonathan Kim
Natasha Kinne
Kaitlyn Ko
Rohan Kommuri
Andrew Kruck
Lauren Lamson
Claire McLellan
Saketh Peddireddy
Elena Sacchetti
Warren Shepard
Zaki Siraj
Nikki Yu
Kromrey

Deeba Ajamian
Amogh Akella
Cuvin Bhagavath
Ethan Bo
Audree Brunke
Anton Cermak
Tarun Chilakapati
Isha Chilukuri
Lily Coleman
Diya Dhawal
Jai Dhawal
PatrickFeagan
Ray Feinberg
KatrinaFeltz
Isabel Frantz
Micah Friedman
Shivani Ganesan
Vishal Ganesan
Rayna Garn
Ziva Gibson
Annabel  Goldberger
Myles Gurney
Lily Hanson
Shaila Holland
ManhaHussein
Katie Jiang
Harry Jin
Sai Kandukuri
Lily Kastman
Isa Killian
Bella Kinne
Chris Kirk
Will Kirk
Rishika Kommuri
Owen Lapcinski
Braedon Lukey
Amritha Mavuri
Zoe Mayer
Porter McGee
Ian McGinley
Roddy McLellan
Julia Mroch
Sofia Ortiz-Lunyova
Lydia Paulsen
Shriya Rajesh
Sam Raysbrook
Conner Roth
Sydney Schultz
Raghvi Sethi
Nestor Sharaf
Neal Sharma
Benjamin Shaw 
Ryan Slattery
Netra Somasundaram
Samantha Thomas
Gavin Wiese
Grace Wu
Shelley Yang
Fatima Zeeshan
Ryan Zhu



FPS coaches this year include Stacey Bohacheck at MHS, Jaclyn Fallin at Kromrey and Ruth Frawley at Glacier Creek & Kromrey.
MathCounts State Event

  On Saturday March 8, 11 district middle level students competed in the State MathCounts Competition in Sheboygan Wisconsin.  The team from Kromrey placed 1st at that event and 8th grader, Grace Wu, advanced the the National MathCounts Event by placing 4th overall as an individual.  Participates included from Kromrey - Amogh Akella, Isha Chilukuri, Alexa Garber, Harry Jin, Roddy McLellan, Amritha Mavuri and Grace Wu and from Glacier Creek - Luke Zhang, Kevin Wu, Nathan Kwon and Ian Lam.  Congratulations students and good luck at nationals Grace!
Special thanks to MathCounts Club Advisors teachers Ben Saltzman and Sarah Borchardt, and to parent coaches Monica Gupta, Abigail Ochberg and Oh Hoon Kwon for all their work with these students this year.  
Battle of the Books

Kromrey held a Battle of the Books event on Thursday, February 13th.  Our Battle of the Books is sponsored by WEMTA - the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association.  The statewide Battle of the Books program is designed to promote a love of reading among our students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and helps to expose students to different authors and genres.  It is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school districts throughout the state in encouraging students to read.
 
WEMTA sponsors three division - elementary, middle and senior. In our district, middle level includes students in grades 5 - 7, and 8th graders read the senior level books.  The middle level participants read the Golden Archer nominated titles for the intermediate and junior high level plus ten other titles which are determined by media specialists throughout the state. The senior division reading list aims to expose students to current award winning literature. The list incorporates awards such as: Golden Archer, Newbery, Printz, Siebert and others.

The 1st Place Middle Division Team includes 6th graders Harry Jin, Ryan Zhu, Owen Weisenberger and Ryan Slattery. 
  
The 1st Place Senior Division Team includes 8th graders Thaddeus Arrington, Amritha Mavuri, Roddy McLellan and Alexa Garber. 
 
These teams did an online competition this week with hundreds of team from all over the state and our middle division team of Harry, Ryan, Owen and Ryan placed 3rd in the state!  

All of the students did a nice job reading 20 books this fall and winter and working together as teams last week! Special thanks to Nanci Marshall, Bets Pilon and retired teacher Diane Boles for helping to run the events! The book lists for next year will be published in the last eNews of the year in June.



























MathCounts Update
 
Congratulations to all the students who participated in MathCounts Clubs at Glacier Creek and Kromrey this year! 
We held the MathCounts District Event on Thursday, January 9th.  Fifty 6th, 7th and 8th graders participated.  These students qualified to move on to the MathCounts Regional Event to be held on Saturday, February 8th.

From Kromrey - Amogh Akella, Grace Wu, Harry Jin, Roddy McLellan, Isha Chilukuri, Amritha Mavuri, Ryan Zhu, Owen Weisenberger, Alexa Garber and Gavin Wiese.

From Glacier Creek students include Kevin Wu, Nathan Kwon, Ian Lam, Luke Zhang, Radhika Gupta, Asha Chakravartula, Shreya Ramesh, Eric Ma, Venkat Peddinti and Jeremiah Kim.

Special thanks to Club Advisors teachers Ben Saltzman and Sarah Borchardt,  and to parent coaches Monica Gupta, Abigail Ochberg and Oh Hoon Kwon, and to all the parent volunteers who helped with the event at Kromrey!
Yahara River Writers Project
 District Finalists Announced

We have submitted over 160 pieces of writing, cartoons or artwork to the Yahara River Writers Contest from students in 5th through 8th grade. This contest includes students from 25 school districts in southern Wisconsin.  Students can submit work in one of these categories: poetry, cartoon, short story, editorial or cover/divider pages.  New this year, the Yahara contest is also accepting poetry and editorials in Spanish. Contest results generally come by spring break.  At that point, winners will be notified and invited to attend a workshop and awards ceremony to be held at the Union South at UW on Tuesday, May 12th.  Congratulations to the following students whose work was selected to be sent on.

5th Graders
Andler, Austin
Barnes, Audrey
Biyani, Krisha
Burkard, Kiki 
Carlon, Harper
Cassie, Logan
Castillanos Arroyo, Dante
Chang, David
Chumanov, Bradley
Cintham, Ananya
Cressman, Ellie
Delaney, Darby
Eades, Rachelle
Earll, Cayden
Ebert, Norah
Enaya, Qadir
Gibson, Ziva
Holzheimer, Cale
Hunn, Parker
Johnson, Drake
Johnson, Jameson
Jones, Elise
Joyce, Marissa
Kim, Audrey
Kim, Kristi
Kimball, Clifton
Klaas, Paige
Kliefoth, Alaina
Kondoju, Saanvi
Kulkarni, Tanvi
Loughrin, Patrick
Lucas, Cayla
Luetscher, Graham
Mahair, Sarah
Miller, Katarine
Montecchi, Reina
Muramoto, Coco
Odum, Jamall
Pralat, Zack
Pulivarthi, Sai Suchet
Reeson, Ella
Sampath, Prarthna
Sommerfeldt, Alexis
Spahn, Mirielle
Studee, Camden
Tang, Zachary
Thompson, Logan
Thusius, Charlie
Upton, Drew
Ward, Jasmine
Werlein, Reese
Wipperfurth, Sage

8th Graders
Cason, Keira
Cruz, Clara
Feltz, Katrina
Garber, Alexa
Gustafson, Laina 
Johnson, Taylor
Jones, Erik
Kim, Katie
Kosek, Charlotte
Kyaw, May
Lanear, Jackie
Liu, Nancy
Nelson, Ruthie
Niesen, Audun
Ouattara, Siejohn
Pralat, Ben
Rawal, Raju
Reiter, Koen
Richards, Danny
Rowling, Thea
Sanchez Cortes, Ricardo
Stricker, Haley
Tate, Maggie
Wu, Kevin
Yang, Shelley


6th graders
Anand, Kirtin
Balaji, Shilpasri Pooruli
Barker, Liam
Bhagavath, Cuvin
Byrd, Xander
Cooper, Ashton
Cordio, Cameron
D'Onofrio, Eytan
Dhawal, Diya
Dresen, Kaleb
Engbloom, Tessa
Felton, Camille
Franz, Izzy
Gad, Mallak
Goldberg, Trey
Goldberger, Annabel
Goyal, Nayan
Hendricks, Addi
Kashyap, Kavya
Killian, Isa 
Kim, Sophie
Kleine, Natalie
Kobelski, Cate
Li, Sarah
Liegel, Natalie
Mendelin, Marla
Mroch, Julia
Neill, MIa
Pawola, Megan
Prell, Henry
Rahman, Syeda Habeeba
Rizal, Juna
Saez, Celia
Schneck, Abby
Sharaf, Zoe
Sharma, Opal
Shi, Sophie
Sloan, Addie
Smith, Celeste
Stockbridge, Keegan
Valencia, Adeline
Vaughn, Stehanie
Wiese, Gavin
Wipperfurth, Andrea
Woods, Isabella
Zeeshan, Fatima
Zhu, Iris

7th Graders
Alexander, Audrey
Bloch, Izzie
Boorstein, Asher
Borseth, Megan
Burkholder, Julia
Chung, Eunice
Davis, Olivia
Delaney, Casey
Feinberg, Ray
Hwang, Kaitlyn
Johnson, Jack
Khatri, Nuha
Khatri, Reya
King, Samuel
Kommuri, Rishika
Krueger, Grant
Kubly, Attie
Kydd, Amelia
Lapcinski, Owen
Machleidt, Hannah
Maron, Zachary
Mottram, Ian
Murphy, Tony
Nybroten, Madisyn
Peddinti, Venkat
Picasso, Santi
Quintin, Nikhil
Rathnam, Reyna
Rauch, Brooke
Rogers, Luke
Rosenblatt, Edan Scott
Sanders, Ethan
Sanger, Abby
Sethi, Raghvi
Sherman, Armani
Wedding, Poppy
Weisenberger, Owen
Zumbrunnen, Ben

A huge thank you to all the literacy teachers who worked with student writers and encouraged kids to submit work their work to this program!
District Spelling Bee

The District Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday evening, January 29 at Kromrey Middle School.  Forty students qualified for this at school bees held at Glacier Creek and Kromrey in December.  Eight of our students will move on to the Regional Spelling Bee held at Stoughton High School on Wednesday, February 5th.  Congratulations to those students and 4 alternates including:

1st Place - Akshay Manna
2nd Place - Maddy DeCabooter
3rd Place - Asha Chakravartula
4th Place - Radhika Gupta
5th Place - Harry Jin
6th Place - Arjun Suresh
7th Place - Will Kirk
8th Place  - Julia Pinka
9th Place - Suhas Pulivarthi
10th Place - Kavya Kashyap
11th Place  - Aadil Ahmad
12th Place - Gia Shah

Special thanks to retired teacher Barbara Snell for being the pronouncer and to teachers Emily Stousland, Jaclyn Fallin and Amy Heatherman, and all the custodial help at Kromrey.
Future Problem Solvers Updates

All Glacier Creek and Kromrey students who have been participating in the Future Problem Solvers program this year will complete their State Bowl Qualifying Packets in early February.

These students have been studying the topic of "Gamification". They will work in teams to analyze a set of challenges related to this topic. All students will be notified in early March if they qualify for the State FPS Bowl. 

If teams qualify for the State Bowl, there will be an important parent meeting in early March, and the State Bowl is scheduled for April 23-25 in Green Lake, Wisconsin.

Additionally all 7th and 8th grade FPS students wrote scenarios - short stories set in the future on one of the FPS topics for this year. Twenty-six of these scenarios were submitted to the State FPS Scenario Writing Competition. These students include Deeba Ajamian, Kaelana Faessler, Arya Girirajan, Laina Gustafson, Lauren Hare, Reganne Hartman, Abby Hummel, Srija Katukam, Jeremiah Kim, Chris Kirk, Rishika Kommuri, Charlotte Kosek, Anoushka Kuckreja, Ellen Kwon, Lilia Mair, Juliette Mandelbrot, Punitha Manne, Amritha Mavuri, Ian McGinley, Roddy McLellan, Ruthie Nelson, Reyna Rathnam, Sydney Schultz, Raghvi Sethi, Netra Somasundaram & Gabi Spots.  Excellent work!
Science Bowl Update
Science Bowl Update
This year, 7th and 8th grade students at Kromrey had the opportunity to participate in a Science Bowl Club thanks to the work of 7th grade science teacher, Ms. Mullen.  These students practiced once a week this fall to prepare for the Regional Science Bowl event which was held on Saturday, January 25 on the UW-Madison Campus.  Here is more information about this program.

"Launched in 1991, the National Science Bowl® (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. Regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation.

Regional science bowl championship teams receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the national event. High school and middle school teams travel to Washington, D.C. in April. The national events are several days of science activities, sightseeing, and competitions. Teams enjoy the entire science bowl experience and take home many prizes. There are cutting-edge science seminars and hands-on science activities."  (from the National Science Bowl webpage)

Our teams did not advance this year, but did a great job representing Kromrey at the Regional.  Thanks to Ms. Mullen and the parent chaperones who helped out.

Middle Level
School Spelling Bees
 
Congratulations to all students at Glacier Creek and Kromrey who participated in the School Spelling Bees this month  They did a great job!   The top 20 students from each school will advance to the District Spelling Bee to be held on Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Kromrey Middle School:
  
Glacier Creek

Winner - Venkat Peddinti
Runner Up - Radhika Gupta
Akshay Manna
Asha Chakravartula
Suhas Pulivarthy
Darby Delaney
Akshar Oza
Kevin Wu
Julia Pinka
Lily DePauw
Nikhil Quintin
Oskar Siemsen
Aidan Hampton
Logan Cassie
Pavil Jones
Isaac Nichols
Kavya Kashyap
Celia Nichols
Evan Henry
Gia Shah

Kromrey

Winner - Ray Feinberg
Runner Up - Raju Rawal
 Will Kirk
Nina Chan
Sammy Hammil
Aadil Ahmad
Amogh Akella
Harry Jin
Maddy DeCabooter
Grace Charles
Arjun Suresh
Isha Chilukuri
Dima Llanos
Chris Kirk
Isa Killian
Lars Wubben
Dresden Drexler
Liev Schiffman
Justin Stimson
Micah Friedman

Special thanks to everyone who helped to run the Spelling Bees including Amy Weber, Sue Brumm, Barbara Snell, Doreen Klotz, Kodie Johnson, Todd Duquette, Ann Redmond, Shelley Festge, Jessica Korsmo, Jaclyn Fallin and Tom Gundeck.
Middle Level 
Geography Bees

School Geo Bees were held at both Glacier Creek and Kromrey this week. The winners will take a written test in January to see if they qualify for the State Geo Bee later this winter.  Here are the finalists & winners:

 

Glacier Creek

Winner - Nikhil Quintin
Runner Up - Kevin Wu
Domenica Conrad
Braden Dzwonkowski
Peter Francois
Jay Gavin
Nathan Kwon
PatrickLoughrin
Max Malyk
Akshay Manna
Isaac Nichols
Shilasri Pooruli Balaji
Suhas Pulivarthi
Gia Shah
Shreyas Vangala
Izzy Woods
Kromrey

Winner - Harry Jin
Runner Up - Amogh Akella
Niko Anderson-Radej
Nina Chan
Jack Drye
KseniaEdwards
Isa Killian
Cameron Little
Noah Lucchesi
Diego Moreno-Palumbi 
Abhinav Mundas
Geoffrey Nelson
Tom  Reuter 
BrookeVon Bergen
Henry Wagener 
Ryan Zhu
Thank you to Michelle Schreier, Kristin Davis, Tracy Dahl, Sue Giles, Jaclyn Fallin, Carol Pincombe, Qwantese Winters, Todd Duquette, Tom Gundeck & Eric Engel for all your help with these events!
Yahara River Writers Information 
for All 5th - 8th graders - All entries due tomorrow - Friday, December 20th.

The Yahara River Writers Contest is an exciting opportunity for 5th through 8th grade students who like to write or draw to become published. The top 12 district entries from each category (poetry, short story, editorial and cartoon and - poetry and editorial entries in Spanish - also cover and divider pages) at each grade level will be entered into this Greater Dane County Advanced Learners Network competition to be judged along with other student entries from over 25 school districts in Dane County and beyond.

Authors/artists who place in the top 10 will be invited to take part in a Writer's Workshop and Awards Ceremony, to be held on Tuesday, May 12. This event will take place at Union South on the UW-Madison campus and includes a guest speaker, breakout sessions for the student authors/artists, an awards presentation and publication in the Yahara River Writers Anthology.

The deadline for submissions to this contest is December 20, 2019.   Please contact middle school advanced learning specialist, Ruth Frawley if you have any questions.  For specific contest requirements, click on the link below:
Math Meets Coming Up

Again this year, the district advanced learning staff along with our county-wide association are planning a series of math meets for students in 5th - 8th grades. Sixty students from each grade level will qualify based on their performance on a math meet screener. These screeners will be given in January to accelerated math classes, but all students are invited to take the screener if they would like to be involved. Interested students should talk with their math teachers to confirm their interest in this opportunity. Teachers will also invite students to take it. Top students from the District Math Meets will advance to the Regional Meets with students from other area school districts, and possibly advance to the Mega Math Meets at UW and Madison College.

Dates for the Math Meets are as follows:

District 5th/6th Grade Meet - Tuesday, March 17
District 7th/8th Grade Meet - Monday,  March 16

Regional 5th/6th Grade Meet - Tuesday, April 21
Regional 7th/8th Grade Meet - Wednesday, April 22

Mega 5th/6th Grade Meet at UW Madison - Thursday, May 14
Mega 7th/8th Grade Meet at Madison College - Tuesday, May 19





Middle School Literary Magazines
Kromrey - The Gallery
Glacier Creek - In Black & White
1st submission deadline - 
Friday, December 20th

Both Glacier Creek and Kromrey publish school literary magazines.  Teams of 8th grade students serve as "editors" of these publications and would like to encourage students to submit art work and shorter pieces of writing before our first deadline of December 20th.  All art and literacy classrooms have submission envelopes for students.  

Congratulations to this year's editors at both schools:

Kromrey

Anna Barker
Kailey Arbuckle
TyGina Booker
Maja Cicero
Abby Culver
Penelope Cunningham
Nicky Cyra
Jivnic Degbedji
Anna Dorman
Elise DuChateau
Marin Durkee
Cecily Eisenhauer
Alexa Garber
Amelie Harris
Nina Henderson
Jackie Lanear
Tejaswini Manivannan
Leaura Manuel
Aili Mendelin
Christian Carranza Montes
Claire Neblett
Miriam Porter
Sowmya Rajana
Sarah Reichard
Nova Reinhardt
Jaeanna Sabally
Sadie Smith
Robin Strasma
Maggie Tate
Claudia VanBendegom
Claire VonBergen
Shelley Yang
Glacier Creek

Cara Biodrowski
Jaya Booth
Jonah Brunner
Genevieve Eck
Karter Erlandson
Eva Fieschko
Zaina Gadalla
Marisa Gorwitz
Reganne Hartman
Ellie Ikeda
Tessa James
Rose Jezuit
Taylor Johnson
Katherine Khomyk
Anoushka Kuckreja
Allison Li
Nancy Liu
Lily Mair
Juliette Mandelbrot
Ruthie Nelson
McKenzie Pertzborn
Whittaker Peters
Florian Riese
Addi Schweke Pletzer
Nora Svendsen
Zoe Van Nest
Cadence Wells
Claire Wozniak

There will be one more submission deadline, April 15, this year.
Yahara River Writers Information 
for All 5th - 8th graders

The Yahara River Writers Contest is an exciting opportunity for 5th through 8th grade students who like to write or draw to become published. The top 12 district entries from each category (poetry, short story, editorial and cartoon and - poetry and editorial entries in Spanish - also cover and divider pages) at each grade level will be entered into this Greater Dane County Advanced Learners Network competition to be judged along with other student entries from over 25 school districts in Dane County and beyond.

Authors/artists who place in the top 10 will be invited to take part in a Writer's Workshop and Awards Ceremony, to be held on Tuesday, May 12. This event will take place at Union South on the UW-Madison campus and includes a guest speaker, breakout sessions for the student authors/artists, an awards presentation and publication in the Yahara River Writers Anthology.

The deadline for submissions to this contest is December 20, 2019.   Please contact middle school advanced learning specialist, Ruth Frawley if you have any questions.  For specific contest requirements, click on the link below:
Middle Level Math Opportunities

MCPASD Students in grades 5-8 have the chance to participate in a number of math opportunities each year:

MathCounts Clubs have started for students in grades 6-8
Math 24 Clubs will be starting soon for kids in grade 5 & 6
Math Meets - students will have the chance to take screeners after winter break to potentially qualify for the District Math Meets this winter.  The District Meet is a qualifier to move on to Regional and then Mega Math Meets.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these programs, please contact Ruth Frawley, advanced learning teacher for Glacier Creek and Kromrey at rfrawley@mcpasd.k12.wi.us or phone 608.826.7659.
Middle Level School Spelling and Geography Bees

Middle level students in grades 5-8 will have a chance again to participate in School Spelling and Geo Bees.
 
Spelling Bee Info:
In the next few weeks, classroom literacy teachers will inform students in grades 5 through 8 about how to become eligible to participate in their School Spelling Bee.  The school bees are scheduled for the following dates:

Spelling Bee Dates:
Kromrey - Tuesday, December 10 at 8:20
Glacier Creek  - Friday, December 13 at 1:40

Based on their performance at the school bees, some students will be invited to attend the District Spelling Bee which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th  at Kromrey Middle School at 6:00 p.m. All finalists will receive a letter and spelling list at school.  Students who would like to study words to prepare for the bees can check out the following websites:
 


 Geography Bee Info:
All middle school district students will have a chance to participate in the National Geo Bee Program sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Each year district students qualify for the State Geo Bee and could possibly qualify for the National Geo Bee in Washington D.C.

Interested students should talk with their social studies teachers for more information about how to become involved.  
 
Students can try to prepare for this opportunity by working on their geography knowledge.  Ten sample questions are posted everyday at: 

Students and parents may find many fun additional geography games at 

 and there are geography categories on the website 
 
Geography Bee Dates:
Glacier Creek - Monday, December 16 at 8:20
Kromrey - Tuesday, December 17 in the afternoon

Special thanks to teachers Amy Weber and Michelle Schreier for helping to coordinate the Glacier Creek bees this year!

 Interested parents are welcome to attend the bees!
Destination Imagination
Community Opportunity
Info for Families 

Does your child want to spend this winter working with friends to create something AWESOME??  Maybe a super invention that solves a problem, or a story about a cool new species. How about building a super-strong, uncrushable bridge, or an improv skit? Destination Imagination is forming new teams for the upcoming season in the Middleton/Cross Plains area.
Destination Imagination (DI) is a project based, kid-driven program that teaches kids to be innovative problem solvers. Using STEAM, teams of students collaborate, think outside the box and create unique solutions to one of seven different challenges in preparation for a fun, problem-solving competition.

Groups of 2-7 kids form a team, choose a challenge, and work collaboratively over a period of several months on solutions to that challenge. Teams then present their solutions at the DI regional tournament on February 29, 2020 at Kromrey Middle School. Teams that qualify at their regional level have the opportunity to compete at their state tournament.  The top-tiered teams from each state qualify to compete at DI's international tournament, Global Finals, which takes place each May.

DI is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization. The purpose of DI is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.
Teams are forming NOW! Join Us!

If your kid is interested in participating in Destination Imagination please email Derren Slinde, at: dlslinde@gmail.com, DI team coordinator for the Middleton/Cross Plains area. Further questions may be directed to Blackhawk DI Regional Director Mark Brylski at: mark.brylski@wisconsindi.org.




Yahara River Writers Information 
for All 5th - 8th graders

The Yahara River Writers Contest is an exciting opportunity for 5th through 8th grade students who like to write or draw to become published. The top 12 district entries from each category (poetry, short story, editorial and cartoon and - poetry and editorial entries in Spanish - also cover and divider pages) at each grade level will be entered into this Greater Dane County Advanced Learners Network competition to be judged along with other student entries from over 25 school districts in Dane County and beyond.

Authors/artists who place in the top 10 will be invited to take part in a Writer's Workshop and Awards Ceremony, to be held on Tuesday, May 12. This event will take place at Union South on the UW-Madison campus and includes a guest speaker, breakout sessions for the student authors/artists, an awards presentation and publication in the Yahara River Writers Anthology.

The deadline for submissions to this contest is December 20, 2019.   Please contact middle school advanced learning specialist, Ruth Frawley if you have any questions.  For specific contest requirements, click on the link below:
Future Problem Solvers
Day Away

Over 190 district 5th and 6th graders participated in our Future Problems Solver Day Away held at Dejope Hall on the UW Madison Campus on Thursday, October 16th. Future Problem Solvers is an international problem solving program which helps students develop critical and creative thinking skills and encourages students to develop a vision for the future.  Nice job students!

If you have questions about FPS, please contact Ruth Frawley, advanced learning specialist at Glacier Creek and Kromrey at rfrawley@mcpasd.k12.wi.us or Jaclyn Fallin also at Kromrey at jfallin@mcpasd.k12.wi.us.  

Special thanks to teachers Heather Jones, Tricia Everett, Alicia Hoyman, Jen Davidson, Karen Doll,  Carrie Murphy, Tanya Thuesen, Marilyn Sharrow, Chris Conohan & Sarah Steele for all your help with this event.  Also thanks to the Middleton High School FPS students who came along to share their expertise!
Parents and MHS Juniors & Seniors 
Opportunity to help out with the FPS program 
(and be paid!)
 
Wisconsin Future Problem Solving is looking for individuals to provide valuable feedback to Global Issues teams and Individuals. 

Evaluation days are held in our area on three Saturdays during the 2018-19 school year: November 2, January 4, and February 22. 

Why Evaluate?
  • Evaluators provide students and coaches with valuable feedback that helps them develop and improve their problem solving skills. This authentic assessment of student thinking uses specific criteria for each step of the process. We work hard to make evaluation fair, consistent and reliable.
  • Evaluators gain a strong grasp of problem solving skills and a respect for what students can accomplish through FPS.
  • WE PAY YOU!
  • High school FPS students who evaluate become better team members!
Parents of students who have participated or are currently participating in FPS and high school former FPS students - please consider helping out in this way. 

Wisconsin FPS really needs your help!  For more information please view this link:  FPS Evaluator Information

If you are interested in being an FPS Evaluator, please contact Ruth Frawley, advanced learning teacher for Glacier Creek and Kromrey at rfrawley@mcpasd.k12.wi.us or phone 608.826.7659.
Middle Level School Spelling and Geography Bees

Middle level students in grades 5-8 will have a chance again to participate in School Spelling and Geo Bees.
 
Spelling Bee Info:
In the next few weeks, classroom literacy teachers will inform students in grades 5 through 8 about how to become eligible to participate in their School Spelling Bee.  The school bees are scheduled for the following dates:

Spelling Bee Dates:
Kromrey - Tuesday, December 10 at 8:20
Glacier Creek  - Friday, December 13 at 1:40

Based on their performance at the school bees, some students will be invited to attend the District Spelling Bee which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th  at Kromrey Middle School at 6:00 p.m. All finalists will receive a letter and spelling list at school.  Students who would like to study words to prepare for the bees can check out the following websites:
 


 Geography Bee Info:
All middle school district students will have a chance to participate in the National Geo Bee Program sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Each year district students qualify for the State Geo Bee and could possibly qualify for the National Geo Bee in Washington D.C.

Interested students should talk with their social studies teachers for more information about how to become involved.  
 
Students can try to prepare for this opportunity by working on their geography knowledge.  Ten sample questions are posted everyday at: 

Students and parents may find many fun additional geography games at 

 and there are geography categories on the website 
 
Geography Bee Dates:
Glacier Creek - Monday, December 16 at 8:20
Kromrey - Tuesday, December 17 in the afternoon

Special thanks to teachers Amy Weber and Michelle Schreier for helping to coordinate the Glacier Creek bees this year!

 Interested parents are welcome to attend the bees!
Battle of the Books at Kromrey

At Kromrey, students will have the opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books. The Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association sponsors a statewide Battle of the Books program for students every year.  It encourages students to read a variety of books that reflect many different genres and cultural experiences.
 
Kromrey students in grades 5- 8 can participate. Students compete in teams of four. Teams typically split up the reading list of 20 books to lighten the reading load. Sign up has started and will run until next Friday, October 25.  Students in grades 5 -7 will read the books on the middle school list. Students in grade 8 will read the more challenging high school list. 

Middle Division Booklist -for grades 5-7

Students will participate in check in meetings 3 times before the school battle events to be held in February.
There are many additional community opportunities in our area for students posted on our district website at the following link:

 
The Middleton-Cross Plains School District does not directly sponsor or endorse the community opportunities listed here.
 
If you have questions about any of the district events, please contact the advanced learning specialist at your school - names and phone numbers are listed on this page.
Upcoming Events

School Spelling Bees - Glacier Creek - Friday. December 13
Kromrey - Tuesday, December 10
School Geo Bees - Glacier Creek  - Monday, December 16
Kromrey - Tuesday, December 17
Yahara River Writer's Contest deadline - December 20
Middle Level Literary Magazines 1st Deadline - December 20
District Spelling Bee - Wed, Jan 29 at Kromrey 6:00 p.m.

For more upcoming dates/programs, please view the advanced learning website for your grade level.  The middle level website includes calendars for the year for Glacier Creek and Kromrey students.

BadgerBOTS and Destination Imagination Info

These are community-based programs. To participate in these programs, parents and students form teams and work together outside the school day.
 
BadgerBOTS Robotics Corporation is an educational organization whose mission is to inspire young people to be excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math (STEM). Does your child like to have fun?  Do you value science, technology, and teamwork? Consider forming a First Lego League team through BadgerBots, a local non-profit organization helping students in a global competition around a socially relevant theme, such as this year's World Class challenge.    Students in grades 4 and above fully compete, but there is a farm league for grades 3 and below.  It is note too late for a team to form and the coach really does not need experience, and there might still be teams that would take a single interested student.  For more information or to try to connect that single student, visit their website at http://www.badgerbots.org/
  
Destination Imagination  - In a world with growing cultural connections, increased levels and types of communication, and a new need for real-time teamwork and problem solving, the ability to solve problems quickly is becoming increasingly critical. Destination Imagination is an educational program where student teams build a lifelong confidence in our working together to solve any challenge! 
 
In our school district many parents have formed Destination Imagination teams.  If you would like your child to be a part of DI, please consider forming a team.   Destination Imagination challenges teach teams many important life skills ...                                   
  • Time Management                                                               
  • Teamwork                                                                             
  • Creative Thinking & Critical Thinking                                          
  • Conflict Resolution                                                              
  • Public Performance & Communication Skills                                                                               
This is an extra curricular activity where teams of 2 - 7 students work together from late fall through early spring, with a parent "manager" preparing their Challenge Solution presentation for the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament Challenge Previews include: TECHNICAL, SCIENCE, FINE ARTS, IMPROVISATIONAL, STRUCTURAL, SERVICE LEARNING, EARLY LEARNING, and "Instant Challenges".  The Regional Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at Edgewood College.  For more information about starting a DI team, please explore the website at  https://www.destinationimagination.org/
UW-Madison - Science Opportunity 
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Experience science as exploring the unknown every week at Wednesday Nite @ the Lab. Discover the latest from UW-Madison researchers as they describe their investigations and inventions that are changing how we look at life and how we lead our lives. Join the discussion as learners of all ages find out more and share their ideas, questions and insights.

WN@tL runs every Wednesday night, 50 times a year, and the topics cover the full range of science, engineering and technology research at UW-Madison, from astronomy to zoology, and from bioethics to biomedical engineering. The Genetics/Biotechnology Center is at the intersection of University Avenue and Randall Avenue and is served by over a dozen Metro bus lines.

Program Information
FREE Admission
7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Room 1111, The Auditorium
425 Henry Mall
UW-Madison Campus 

For more information about Wednesday Nite @ the Lab, please view their website at: https://science.wisc.edu/wednesday-nite-at-the-lab/

There are many other community opportunities in our area for students posted on our district website at the following link:

 
The Middleton-Cross Plains School District does not directly sponsor or endorse the community opportunities listed here.
 
If you have questions about any of the district events, please contact the advanced learning specialist at your school - names and phone numbers are listed on this page.
Upcoming Events

Future Problem Solvers Day Away 5/6 Graders -October 10
MATHCOUNTS Clubs Starting - early October
School Spelling Bees - Glacier Creek - Friday. December 13
Kromrey - Tuesday, December 10
School Geo Bees - Glacier Creek  - Monday, December 16
Kromrey - Tuesday, December 17
Yahara River Writer's Contest deadline - December 20
Middle Level Literary Magazines 1st Deadline - December 20

For more upcoming dates/programs, please view the advanced learning website for your grade level.  The middle level website includes calendars for the year for Glacier Creek and Kromrey students.
 


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News from 2018-19

Yahara River Writers Contest
Top 10 Workshop at Union South

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 10 for the Yahara River Writers Contest and attended a special ceremony at the Union South on the UW-Madison Campus on Tuesday, May 14th. These students wrote poems some in Spanish, short stories, editorials or created cartoons or other art work for divider pages.  Thousands of students from all over southern Wisconsin submit work to this anthology. 

Kromrey Students
Baloch, Huda
Carranza Martinez, Omar
Cason, Caitlin
Chandrashekar, Sneha
Davis, Olivia
Feltz, Katrina
Fernandez Romero, Abby
Garcia Hall, Piper
Goldberger, Annabel
Jones, Adi
Khatri, Reya
Kirk, Will
LaScala, Jordan
Lee, Daniel
Li, Celeste
Lima, Justin
Lopez Osorio, Jennifer
Luna, Jamie
Orlikowski, Claire
Sanchez Carranza, Leslie
Sanchez Cortes, Ricardo
Sehgal, Shayen
Glacier Creek Students
Achenbach, Espen
Brenson, Landon
Eck, Genevieve
Hannam, Rhylie
Hui, Angelina
Merino Vicuna, Monica
Olson, Nicholas
Poehling, Hannah
Prakash, Dhriti
Pralat, Ben
Quintin, Nikhil
Roy, Vijay
Smith, Celeste

Special thanks to teachers Molly Tormey, Melanie Chanos, Carrie Murphy, Kodie Johnson, Damaris Falcon, Lindsey Harmon, Diane Boles & Emily Stousland for helping with this event and to all the district literacy teachers who encourage students to create submissions for this anthology. 

Congratulations students!
Children's Theater of Madison
Young Playwrights Festival
Kromrey eighth-grader Celeste Li's play was chosen to be performed in Children's Theater of Madison's Young Playwrights Festival on May 1.Li's play,
American Born, features two college freshmen who met in a dorm as roommates, one is from China and the other an American-Chinese born student.  The Chinese-born student is taken back when he introduces himself to his new roommate in Chinese and discovers he doesn't understand the language. He is baffled. Shouldn't he understand his own language? So the American-born Chinese student recalls and shares a series of memories in which he had been made fun of by other students for being Chinese while growing up.  These memories include ones such as his classmates making fun of his father for having an accent and of kids making fun of Chinese people for the shape of their eyes. The Chinese-born student encourages his new roommate by telling him it is not too late to embrace his culture and to feel proud of who he is.
"Celeste's play stood out because it addresses the heartbreaking consequences of racism and its impact on kids growing up,'' Kromrey literacy teacher Jean Holman said. "Her play features an important message of being proud of who you are but also respecting others for their language and cultural identity. The manner in which the actors brought Celeste's play to life at the Playwriting Festival was truly poignant and impactful. Celeste is a very talented writer.''
With help from advanced learning teacher Ruth Frawley, students in Holman's and Marah Larsen's literacy sections partnered with CTM and the Young Playwrights for Change playwriting program again this year. This year's theme for the playwriting competition was Discovering the Truth About Ourselves and Others. The product includes the writing of a one-act play, about 10 minutes in length.
While students in the 8th-grade literacy sections had an opportunity to co-write plays with partners or to write plays individually, students who chose to write independently were encouraged to enter the competition, Holman said. A panel of teachers at Kromrey first selected the plays they felt best exemplified this year's theme. These students were invited to participate in a Playwriting Workshop with CTM professionals in December. At this workshop, students had an opportunity to read each other's plays aloud and seek feedback from CTM staff.  They then were encouraged to make revisions before the Playwright's for Change competition submission deadline in January.
More than 100 submissions were received this year. The other finalist was Ann Devitt from O'Keeffe Middle School in the Madison Metropolitan School District. The Festival also featured seven other plays written by Madison-area high school students.
Kromrey students who received honorable mention recognition for their one-act plays at the Playwriting Festival included Balia Becker, Caitlin Cason, Reilly Wagner, and London Williams. The following eighth-grade playwrights were selected to participate in the CTM Workshop in the fall: Aubrin Allison, Vera Akimova, Maddie Ancheta, Jessica Baer, Maggie Bailey, Gus Balasubramaniam, Baila Becker, Amanda Beckman, Maya Benton, Sydney Blindt, Caitlin Carson, Anika Cermak, Sneha Chandrashekar, Natalie Charles, Jahnn Feliciano Santiago, Arely Galan, Varsha Gouraram, Peyton Howardsmith, Riley Howardsmith, Eve Kaegebein, Kaitlyn Ko, Daniel Kim, Jordan LaScala, Jenni Lopez, Lizzy Lahaie, Lauren Li, Celeste Li, Hannah Nygard, Brock Paulisse, Sam Prestigiacomo, Claire Shin, Jasmine Shoates, Reilly Wagner, London Williams, and Chris Yang.
Mega Math Meets

Mega Math Meets were held this week for students from southern Wisconsin.  Middleton-Cross Plains teams qualified at Regional Meets at both the 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade Mega Math Meets.  

On Monday, May 20, the 5th/6th grade team traveled to UW-Madison where they took 1st place at the meet!  Congratulations to these students:

Amogh Akella
Micah Friedman
Miles Gustafson
Kavya Kashyap
Harry Jin
Venkat Peddinti
Shreya Ramesh
Li Ying
In that meet two of our students also place individually - Li Ying took 1st place and Amogh Akella took 3rd plac.

Wednesday, May 22, the 7th/8th graders competed at MATC's Mega Math Meet and also took 1st place.  Congratulations to:
Ian Lam
Roddy McLellan
Grace Wu
Kevin Wu
Josh Chen
Kaitlyn Ko
Dheeraj Pasikanti
Caleb Sanders

Special thanks to math teachers Brian Stubbe and Tanya Thuesen for helping out with these meets and to all the district math teachers who work to challenge students all year!
Summer Programming Ideas:

Many families are looking for summer programming ideas for their children.  Here is a comprehensive list of many academic opportunities in our area:
There are many other community opportunities in our area for students posted on our district website at the following link:

 
The Middleton-Cross Plains School District does not directly sponsor or endorse the community opportunities listed here.
 
If you have questions about any of the district events, please contact the advanced learning specialist at your school - names and phone numbers are listed on this page.
Upcoming Events:

Have a great summer!






Congratulations to Kromrey 6th grader Harry Jin and Glacier Creek 8th grader Aditya Kamat who have both qualified for the State Geo Bee!  
The Bee will be held on Friday, March 29 - 
Good luck Harry and Aditya!
Yahara River Writing Contest Winners!
 
Congratulations to the following middle school students whose work has been selected by the Yahara River Writers Contest.  These students placed in the top 10 for English poetry, short story, editorial, cartoon, Spanish poetry, cover or dividers. This contest includes thousands of students from all over southern Wisconsin.  All 35 of our winners will be invited to attend the Top 10 Writers Workshop and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 14 at the Union South on the UW-Madison campus.

Glacier Creek:
Achenbach, Espen
Brenson, Landon
Hannam, Rhylie
Smith, Celeste
Prakash, Dhriti
Quintin, Nikhil
Roy, Vijay
Eck, Genevieve
Olson, Nicholas
Pralat, Ben
Hui, Angelina
Merino Vicuna, Monica
Poehling, Hannah

Kromrey:
Goldberger, Annabel
Baloch, Huda
Davis, Olivia
Khatri, Reya
Kirk, Will
Carranza Martinez, Omar
Feltz, Katrina
Garcia Hall, Piper
Jones, Adi
Sanchez Cortes, Richardo
Cason, Caitlin
Chandrashekar, Sneha
Fernandez Romero, Abby
LaScala, Jordan
Lee, Daniel
Li, Celeste
Lima, Justin
Lopez Osorio, Jennifer
Luna, Jamie
Orlikowski, Claire
Sanchez Carranza, Leslie
Sehgal, Shayen

Special thanks to all the district literacy teachers who encouraged students to create work for this opportunity!

 Math 24 Regional 

Students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade had a chance to participate in Math 24 Events at the Union South on the UW Campus this past Tuesday.  Students also were able to engage in hands-on science experiments at the Biotech Center for part of the day.  A few kids placed in the top 6 students from in this region.  Congratulations to...
4th Graders
1st Place - Tavni Kulkarni - Sunset Ridge
2nd Place - Jayden Qian - Sunset Ridge
5th Place - Ziva Gibson - Northside
6th Place - Joshua Vaughn - Sunset Ridge

5th Graders:
1st Place - Gavin Wiese - Kromrey
2nd Place Sai Kandukuri - Kromrey
5th Place - Vishal Ganesan
6th Place - Radhika Gupta - Glacier Creek

6th Graders
1st Place - Luke Zhang - Glacier Creek
2nd Place - Duke Allen - Glacier Creek
3rd Place - Claire Rieder - Kromrey
4th Place - Reya Khatri - Kromrey
5th Place - Lydia Paulsen - Kromrey

Special thanks to Math 24 Club advisors Emily Stousland,  Brett Batura, Jenna Degner, Diane Boles and Jen Sadkovich, and to all the parents who helped out with this event.
                   District Math Meet Results

The District Math Meets were held on March 4 and 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Middleton.  120 students participated each day.  The top 12 finishers individually advance to the Regional Math Meets in April and from there they may qualify for the Mega Math Meets in May.

On Monday, March 4 at the 5th/6th grade meet, the following students placed in the top 12 + 2 alternates.  

Congratulations to:

5th graders - Amogh Akella, Caden Cheng, Micah Friedman, Shivani Ganesan, Aaron Gepner, Nayan Goyal, Radhika Gupta, Miles Gustafson, Russell Hellmer, Kavya Kashyap, Vitalli Litvintsev, Isaac Nichols, Sanna Waraich & Gavin Wiese
6th graders - Ethan Bo, Harry Jin, Rishika Kommuri, Lucas Kurtz, Akshay Manna, Venkat Peddinti, Shreya Ramesh, Ethan Sanders, Jonathan Schecher, Owen Weisenberger, Li Ying,Kevin Zhang, Luke Zhang & Ryan Zhu.

The 5th/6th grade Regional Math Meet will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at Kromrey Middle School and will include teams from Sun Prairie, Verona and Madison too.

On Tuesday, March 5 at the 7th/8th grade meet, the following students placed in the top 12 + 2 alternates. 

Congratulations to:
7th Graders -  Keena Cheng, Isha Chilukuri, Alexa Garber, Brett Gilge, Nolan Johnson, Nathan Kwon, Ian Lam, Eric Ma, Roddy McLellan, Corbin Slinde, Will Whiteis, Tavis Willox, Grace Wu, & Kevin Wu

8th Graders - Naveed Ansari, Nihar Ballamudi, Josh Chen, Flynn Ewer, Biagio Gargano, Aarush Gupta, Kaitlin Ko, Lauren Li, Nathan Ma, Oscar Ma, Dheeraj Pasikanti, Dhruv Prakash, Caleb Sanders & Zaki Siraj

The 7th/8th grade Regional Math Meet will be held on Thursday, April 25 at Kromrey Middle School and will also include teams from Sun Prairie, Verona and Madison.  Good luck teams!

Special thanks to teachers Jen Sadkovich, Diane Boles, Emily Stousland, Amy Weber, Tanya Thuesen, Catherine Bartzen, Sonja Hungness, Marlene Feinstein, Brian Stubbe and MHS student explainers Meghna Datta and Rupa Ballamudi.  Also THANK YOU to the many parents who helped proctor and score for the meets!
Future Problem Solvers State Bowl

The Wisconsin Future Problem Solving Program will hold its 39th annual State Bowl in Green Lake from April 11-13. Hundreds of fourth through twelfth graders from around the state will participate in the Global Issues Problem Solving competition at the State Bowl. Working in teams of four or as individuals, students will analyze the challenges and develop solution ideas for a situation set in a fictional future and related to the global topic of Coping with Stress. Additionally some students wrote "Scenarios" - these are short stories set in the future that are based on one of the topics.

Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for the State FPS Bowl:

Duke Allen
Arya Girirajan
Ela Gunay
Lauren Hare
Mikaela Hummel
Jeremiah Kim
Punitha Manne
Reyna Rathnam
Jonathan Schecher
Kaelana Faessler
Nolan Johnson
Nathan Kwon
Juliette Mandelbrot
Felix Monroe
Ben Pralat
John Steinmetz
Kevin Wu
William Bush
Jahnvi Datta
Monroe Durand
Shradha Gosdishala
Emre Gunay
Aarush Gupta
Sarah Ann Huber
Sophia Jorgensen
Lauren Lamson
Olivia Pan
Sean Adzomfoa
Amogh Akella
Annabel Goldberger
Zoe Mayer
Griffin Schumacher
Benjamin Shaw
Luke Weiss
Izzie Bloch
Jai Dhawal
Violet Goscha
Parin Gouraram
Keito Hatta
Katie Jiang
Harry Jin
Chris Kirk
Will Kirk
Rishika Kommuri
Owen Lapcinski
Braedon Lukey
Ian McGinley
Lydia Paulsen
Sam Raysbrook
Leah Saleh
Liev Schiffman
Raghvi Sethi
Ryan Slattery
Li Ying
Ryan Zhu
Rowan Coder
Charlotte Kosek
Gabi Spotts
Grace Wu
Gus Balasubramaniam
Amanda Beckman
Lily Bloch
William Boettinger
Sneha Chandrashekar
Tyler Choedak
Katrina Clark
Isa Garay
Maddie Goscha
Varsha Gouraram
Mikael Hauser
Jonathan Kim
Kaitlyn Ko
Sophie Kushner
Carson Lyons
Sarah Mounajjed
Craig Nielsen
Hannah Nygard
Ella Ryan
Anya Shaw
Zaki Siraj
Eliot Spence
Aarush Jain
Rohan Kommuri
Claire McClellan
Warren Shepard
Ian Bohachek
Ivan Cermak
Trevor Chau
Abby Evans
Jonah Guse
Priya Nandagopal
Zinnia Nie
Akshita Pattnaik
Pooja Prabahara Sundar
Alexia Spevacek
Luke Whittingham
Althea Wincek
Nikki Yu
Yale Yuang
Maylynn Hu
Natasha Kinne

Global Issues Problem Solving, a component of the Future Problem Solving Program International, is an educational program in which students learn a six-step problem solving process and apply it to future situations in three practice topics they have researched. The practice topics this year were Mission to Moon, Mars and Beyond, Drones, and Food Loss and Waste.The goals of the program are to encourage students to become more creative in their thinking, to develop richer images of the future, to increase their research skills, to learn cooperative teamwork skills, and to increase their written and verbal communication skills.

At the State Bowl, Global Issues Problem Solvers will brainstorm 16 challenges, an underlying problem, and 16 solutions for a future situation. They will also develop criteria to use in selecting the best solution, and write an action plan for implementing it. This written team effort is completed in a two-hour time frame. In addition, students will plan and present four-minute presentations to introduce their best solution action plan to an audience. 
Summer Programming Ideas:

Many families are looking for summer programming idea for their children.  Here is a comprehensive list of many academic opportunities in our area:

medals and pizza for ALL participants


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