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Yahara River Writers Project
 District Finalists Announced

Nearly 200 pieces of writing, cartoons or artwork were submitted 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 in Spanish.  Seventeen students' Spanish poetry entries were also submitted.  Contest results generally come in late February.  At that point, winners will be notified and invited to attend a workshop and awards ceremony to be held at the Union South on the UW-Madison Campus on Tuesday, May 8th.  Congratulations to all those students whose work was selected to be sent on.  Please see the following link for the names of all our district finalists by grade:

Thanks so much to all the district literacy and Spanish teachers who encourage students to write and submit their work to this contest!  Also special thanks to the parents who helped serve as judges for Yahara this year. 
Playwriting Event at Kromrey

This fall some 8th grade students at Kromrey had the opportunity to write short plays in collaboration with the Children's Theater of Madison (CTM) thanks to support from a District Globalization Grant.  CTM partners with the American Alliance for Theater & Education to offer students the chance to submit their plays to a playwriting contest called "Young Playwrights for Change".  Each year this organization creates a theme for students to consider in writing their plays.  The theme for 2017-18 is "Rise Up:  Fighting for Love and Inclusion in the Face of Hatred and Bigotry".  

Thirty-seven students' plays were selected to move on for consideration in the CTM/Young Playwrights experience.  These students included Elora Doxtater, Lexi Lund, Maya Lemke, Cole Barker, Catherine (Cate) Ohly, Liliana Roden, Emily Tsipis, Catie Harris, Taylor Nordeng, Maeve McGinley, Avery Brutosky, Julia Torresani, Christie Munson, Eli Kinne, Michael Lee, Janice Peng, Fei Smith, Griffin Ward, Daphne Wu, Cecilia Kasper, Evelyn Williams, Emily Lynch, Prisha Rajesh, Ivan Chairz-Lomas, Blaise Lin, Daniel Lee, Arturo Tamayo-Jimenez, Anna Kessenich, Noah Lorman, Alynn McLeod, Joshua Sampson, Franklin Hu, Cheyenne Halverson, Rowen Hansen, Sierra Gudel , Kaitlyn Narman and Sajid Habib.  They participated in a special workshop with CTM staff at Kromrey on Monday, November 20.

Taylor Nordeng's play was selected to be the finalist from CTM for the national contest.  Four other students received special recognition for their work - Daphne Wu, Catie Harris, Liliana Roden and Franklin Hu.  CTM will produce Taylor's play at the Spring Youth Playwrights Festival in May.  Congratulations Taylor!

Special thanks to all of the staff people who helped with this project including Jean Holman, Marah Larsen, Ruth Frawley and Marisha Ashe.
MathCounts Update

Good luck to the following students who placed in the top 10 at the District MathCounts event from Glacier Creek and Kromrey and will advance to the Regional Competition at UW on Saturday, February 3rd.
Kromrey's team includes Hansen Jin, Sanjay Suresh, Franklin Hu, Dheeraj Pasikanti, Krish Parikh, Daphne Wu, Amanda Zhu, Michael Lee, Grace Wu and Rohan Kommuri.

Glacier Creek team is Harsha Chilakapati, Caleb Sanders, Teddy Burkard, Aviral Srivastava, Kevin Wu, Aarush Gupta, Olivia Pan, Dhruv Prakash, Jahnvi Datta and Seoyoung Min.
District Spelling Bee Results
The District Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, January 24 at the Performing Arts Center at Middleton High School. The following students placed in the top 12 - 8 will go on to the Regional Bee and 4 are alternates. Congratulations to:

Ray Feinberg  - 1st Place
Annabelle Reppen  - 2nd Place
Hansen Jin - 3rd Place
Beckett Reppen - 4th Place 
Grace Wu - 5th Place
Naveed Ansari - 6th Place
Rajeshwari Rawal - 7th Place
Ryan Zhu - 8th Place
Janice Chung - 9th Place
Sajid Habib - 10th Place
Chris Kirk- 11th Place
Aarush Jain - 12th Place

The Regional Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, February 6thbeginning at 6:00 p.m. at Stoughton High School.  Good luck students!  
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 February on the following dates:

6th Graders at KMS - Thursday, February 8
5th Graders at KMS - Friday, February 9
All Glacier FPS students - Monday, February 12
7th & 8th Graders at KMS - Tuesday, February 13

These students have been studying the topic of Philanthrocapitalism and will work in teams to analyze a set of challenges related to this topic. All students will be notified by the end of February if they qualify for the State FPS Bowl. 

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-one of these scenarios were submitted to the State FPS Scenario Competition. These students include Gus Balasubramaniam, Katy Bouril, Elora Doxtater, Sneha Chandrashekar, Abby Gessler, Erin Gonter, Aarush Jain, Lydia Hanson, Franklin Hu, Heba Haq, Elaina Jones, Kaitlyn Ko, Sophia Jorgensen, David Ma, Christie Munson, Sarah Mounajjed, Finn Patenaude, Warren Shepard, Daphne Wu, Zaki Siraj & Rachel Yoo.  Excellent work!
Science Bowl

Five Kromrey 8th graders Rohan Kommuri, Aarush Jain, Sam Gustafson, Griffin McGrath and Sanjay Sureshr took the initiative to form a Science Bowl team this year.  Science Bowl is sponsored by the US Department of Energy.  These students participated in the Science Bowl on Saturday, January 29 hosted by the UW School of Engineering.  The kids did a great job! Special thanks to 8th grade science teacher, Bruce Koeller, for all his work helping these students prepare for this event.
Upcoming Area Parent Opportunity

Have you ever wanted to just talk to someone about the issues you have with your gifted child?  Are you looking for some strategies that would help your child or children be successful? Know someone who is?

A parent discussion group will be starting on March 8 at the Oregon, WI Area Senior Center for parents of gifted kids.  We will be reading and discussing A Parents Guide to Gifted Children and offering you other information, tips, & ideas.  The greatest value of these groups is the connection with other parents who are experiencing similar issues.

The discussions will run once per week for six weeks from 6:00 - 7:30.  The book will be delivered to you before the first meeting.  To register, print and send the attached document (below) with your check for $30.  Please register before February 21st so we can order enough books.  Hope to see you in March!
Kitty Ver Kuilen, Recording Secretary
WATG Board of Directors

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

MathCounts Regional Competition - Saturday, February 3 
Math 24 Interschool Event - Wednesday, February 7
FPS Qualifying Problem Team Work - February 9-13
Kromrey Battle of the Books - Friday, February 16
District 5th/6th Grade Meet - Monday, March 12
District 7th/8th Grade Meet  - Tuesday March 13
Future Problem Solvers State Bowl - April 12-14
Regional 5th/6th Grade Meet -Wednesday, April 25
Regional 7th/8th Grade Meet - Thursday, April 26