Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Congratulations to these 4th Grade 2016 Haiku Project Winners,
from the Middleton, Cross-Plains School District:

Brooke Clark Weeping Willow
Kaelana Faessler Dance Party
Pierce Falcon Haiku
Kate Greller Fall
Juliette Mandelbrot Snow
Aili Mendelin Calm Blue River
Jude Mosley Pollen
Ruth Nelson Transformation
Cole Novak Tom Sawyer
Thea Vigor Snow Wonder

Math 24 Regional Tournament Results!

On Tuesday, March , 45 district students in grades 4 - 6 participated in a Regional Math 24 Competition with students from all across southern Wisconsin.  The tournaments were held at the Union South on the UW-Madison Campus.  Some of our students placed in the top 6 competitors in their division.  Congratulations to:

4th Graders
2nd Place - Henry Bohachek (Park)
3rd Place - Mckenzie Pertzborn (Park)
5th Place - Jake Leslie (Park)
6th Place Bowen Li (Sauk Trail)

5th Graders
2nd Place - Dhruv Prakash (GCMS)

6th Graders
1st Place - Karen Liu (KMS)
3rd Place - Varun Gupta (GCMS)
4th Place - Kevin Spahn (GCMS)
6th Place  - Franklin Hu (KMS)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Battle of the Books a Success!

On Tuesday, February 23, approximately fifty students in grades 3 and 4 competed in the District Battle of the Books competition at Kromrey Middle School. All students who participated qualified by winning 1st place in the Battle of the Books competitions at their home school.  Students who participated worked in teams of 3-4 members to read 14 books (3rd grade) or 20 books (4th grade).  During the competition, students were asked a question related to one book and could earn points by identifying the title (5 points) and the author (2 points).  Congratulations to these district-level winners!

3rd Grade:
West Middleton Elementary School 
Ethan Sanders, Jeremiah Kim, and Drew Kick

4th grade: 
Sauk Trail Elementary School
Carter Kadow, Oliver Mayer, Ryder Broadbridge, and Miles Wagener

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Battle of the Books February 8-23

The third and fourth graders are getting geared up for the actual "Battle."  Depending upon the school and the grade, the individual battles are being held at different times and dates.  It is not a spectator event, so only the students who opted to participate will be present for the book battles.  The first place winning team from each elementary school will represent their school at the district battle on February 23rd.  It has been exciting to meet with students to hear about how their reading is going and which books they like best.  During the battle teams will be asked to correctly identify the title and author of the book that matches the question.  Points are given for the correct title and additional points for the correct author's name.  Good luck to all of the participants!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

District Spelling Bee

Tonight, January 20, 2016 is the Middleton-Cross Plains District Spelling Bee.  Tonight's Spelling Bee will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Participants should arrive at 5:45 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Middleton High School.  The top school spelling bee winners from each of the elementary schools and the middle schools in grades 4-8 will compete.  Winners will represent our district in the Regional Spelling Bee on February 10 at Stoughton High School.  The regional winner goes to the Badger State Spelling Bee March 18th.  Good luck to all of the spellers!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Battle of the Books Update

Students in third and fourth grade have chosen teams and selected their books.  Each student is reading approximately 4-6 books.  We've attached some books report templates under the heading of "Battle of the Books" so that students may have some direction for keeping notes on important events, characters, and details from their readings.  Since students may be finishing some books now and the battle competition won't be until February, these notes will make handy "refreshers" for students to read before the battle.  (Notes and copies of the book are not permitted into the actual battle of the books, however!)

Here are some things you may want to know about the Battle.  During the actual Battle of the Books, students will sit with their teammates.  The team will have a white board and a marker for answering questions, and they may confer with teammates about each question.  The individual child is responsible for having read the books s/he chose and to recognize when the Battle Question is about those books.  The Team will have a set amount of time to discuss the question and write the answer on the white board.  All answers will be the title and author of the book in question, and it is the job of the team to recognize the correct book from the clue.  When time is up, the teams all hold up the white boards.  All correct answers will earn points for the team.  Incorrect answers are zeros.  The top three scores will be the winners at the end of the battle.

This is not a spectator event so only teams and supervisors will be in attendance for the Battle of the Books.  The top three teams will receive medals.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Battle of the Books Information:
This year the Middleton-Cross Plains Elementary Schools are offering a Battle of the Books competition to third and fourth grade students.  Presentations are being given to students to share information, but there are some things parents might like to know too.  Students will form teams of 4 students within their school and grade level.  There is a reading list for the separate grade levels, which you may access on this website.  Once students are in teams and the Advanced Learning Specialist in your child's school has received a permission slip (which will go home November 2 and be due back at school November 6), the team members will select the books each will read.  If the list is equally divided, each student will read about 6 books.  The reading can count for at home reading logs, and some teachers may permit students to do part of the reading in class.  All of the meetings and the actual competitions will take place during the school day in coordination with the classroom teachers.  The school Battle of the Books will be held the week of February 8th.  During the Battle of the Books Competition, student teams will answer questions, "In which book does..." by giving the title and the author of the correct book.  Team members may help one another so it is beneficial but not necessary to the team if students have a chance to read more than their assigned books.  The top winning team will compete against other teams from the district on February 17th.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Welcome the Advanced Learning blog / website for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Elementary Schools!  We will try to keep you updated on upcoming events for students as well as keep a variety of online links for your learner.  Students are just now being introduced to the Battle of the Books reading competition in grades 3 and 4.  The sign-up deadline for participants is October 28th.  Students compete in teams of four readers in the "Battle," which will be held the second week of February.  There are links to the reading lists on the right of this webpage.  Once students sign up on teams, a permission slip will go home the first week of November so that parents may acknowledge their child's decision to participate in the event.  Team members will meet in November to divide the reading list so that each team member does a reasonable share of the reading.  I urge students to keep notes on the books that help them remember: titles, authors, main characters, and important events.  The competition will be held in February, giving readers three months to accomplish their reading.