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Friday, 01 September 2017 13:52

Bring a chair to the square for bluegrass

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — If you’re a fan of bluegrass, you know exactly where you’ll be come Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and Sept. 10: listening to the sweet blend of guitars, banjos, mandolins and fiddles at East Troy’s 24th annual Bluegrass Festival. Take a moment while you’re there to stop and thank the woman behind the festival — she’ll be mingling with bluegrass lovers on the square — award-winning composer Melissa Sherman.

In 1994, Sherman was a single mom with three young children and a business, Melissa’s Country Baskets and a Touch of Heart, located across from the village square in East Troy. She was also a bluegrass guitarist and upright bass player looking to play, but busy with life.

EAST TROY -- The Trojan boys’ tennis team made history by qualifying for the WIAA Division 2 state tennis tournament in Madison.

The team tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 2017 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The individual championship was held June 1-3, 2017.

Thursday, 17 November 2016 19:57

Area schools get report cards

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released its school report cards.

The state report cards take into account more than just test scores, although those account for more than half of the total score in one way or another.

The four standards used are:

-- Student achievement: Performance on the state's reading and math tests.

-- Student growth: Individual improvement over time on the state's reading and math tests.

-- Closing gaps: The progress of students in subgroups such as special education, English as a second language and minority groups. The state looks at progress on test scores and graduation rates.

 -- Being on track to graduation: Readiness for post-secondary education or the workplace.

The five categories are "significantly exceeds exceptions," "exceeds expectations," "meets expectations," "meets some expectations" and "meets few expectations."

Each school district is given an overall score, and each school is scored. For districts with only one school, the school score is the same as the district score.

Albany School District

Community Middle School, 55.6, meets few expectations.

Elementary school, 65.6, meets expectations.

High school, 65.2, meets expectations.

Big Foot Unified School District

High school, 68.9, meets expectations.

Badger Unified School District

Badger High School, 61.9, meets few expectations.

Beloit School District

District score, 58.4, meets few expectations.

Aldrich Intermediate, 58.5, meets few expectations.

Beloit Learning Academy, alternate rating, satisfactory progress.

Beloit Virtual School, alternate rating, satisfactory progress.

Converse Elementary, 85.4, significantly exceeds expectations.

Cunningham Intermediate, 59.8, meets few expectations.

Fran Fruzen Intermediate School, alternate rating, satisfactory progress.

Gaston Elementary, 60.6, meets few expectations.

Hackett Elementary, 54.8, meets few expectations.

McNeel Intermediate, 63.3, meets expectations.

Memorial High School, 58.2, meets few expectations.

Merrill Elementary, 53.5, meets few expectations.

Robinson Elementary, 61.4, meets few expectations.

Roy Chapman Andrews Academy, alternative rating, satisfactory progress.

Todd Elementary, 66.6, meets expectations.

 Beloit Turner School District

District score, 75.5, exceeds expectations.

Powers Elementary, alternate rating, satisfactory progress.

Townview Elementary, 79.6, exceeds expectations.

High school, 75.3, exceeds expectations.

Middle school, 70.8, meets expectations.

Big Foot Unified School District

High school, 68.9, meets expectations.

Brodhead School District

District score, 70.6, meets expectations.

High school, 65.7, meets expectations.

Middle school, 67.5, meets expectations.

Ronald R. Albrecht Elementary, 73.2, exceeds expectations.

Clinton Community School District

District score,72.3, meets expectations.

Elementary school, 77, exceeds expectations.

High school, 61, meets few expectations.

Middle school, 72.4, meets expectations.

Delavan-Darien School District

District score, 63.3, meets expectations.

Darien Elementary, 67.5, meets expectations.

High school, 60.5, meets few expectations.

Phoenix Middle School, 64.6, meets expectations.

Turtle Creek Elementary, 61.6, meets few expectations.

Wileman Elementary, 62.3, meets few expectations.

East Troy Community School District

District score, 71.8, meets expectations.

Doubek Elementary, alternative rating, satisfactory progress.

High school, 71.5, meets expectations.

Middle school, 63.5, meets expectations.

Prairie View Elementary, 73.7, exceeds expectations

Edgerton School District

District score, 71.5, meets expectations.

Community Elementary, 73.8, exceeds expectations.

High school, 65.1, meets expectations.

Middle school, 71.8, meets expectations.

Yahara Elementary, 73.4, exceeds expectations.

Elkhorn Area School District

District score, 77.1, exceeds expectations.

High school, 72.5, meets expectations.

Middle school, 75.8, exceeds expectations.

Elkhorn Options Virtual School, alternate rating, satisfactory progress.

Jackson Elementary, 79.1, exceeds expectations.

Tibbets Elementary, 74.5, exceeds expectations.

Walworth County Alt High School, alternative rating, satisfactory progress.

West Side Elementary, 70.1, meets expectations.

Evansville Community School District

District score, 76.9, exceeds expectations.

High school, 63.6, meets expectations.

J C McKenna Middle School, 73.2, exceeds expectations.

Levi Leonard Elementary, alternative rating, satisfactory progress.

Theodore Robinson Intermediate, 81.5, exceeds expectations.

Fontana J8 School District

Elementary, 79.3, exceeds expectations.

Geneva J4

Woods Elementary, 88.5, significantly exceeds expectations.

Lake Geneva J1 School District

Central, Denison Elementary, 80.7, exceeds expectations.

Eastview Elementary, 72.2, meets expectations.

Lake Geneva Middle School, 68.8, meets expectations.

Linn J4

Traver Elementary, 75.3, exceeds expectations.

Linn J6

Reek Elementary, 91.6, significantly exceeds expectations.

Monroe        

District score, 77.5, exceeds expectations.

Abraham Lincoln Elementary,70.4, meets expectations.

High school, 65.7, meets expectations.

Middle school, 78.7, exceeds expectations.

Northside Elementary, 87.6, significantly exceeds expectations.

Parkside Elementary, 73.4, exceeds expectations.

Parkview School District

Elementary, 81.5, exceeds expectations.

High school, 68.7, meets expectations.

Junior high school, 65.7, meets expectations.

Sharon J11

Sharon Community School, 74.8, exceeds expectations.

Walworth J1

Walworth Elementary, 79, exceeds expectations.

Whitewater Unified School District

District score, 70.2, meets expectations.

JEDI Virtual K-12, alternate rating, satisfactory progress.

Lakeview Elementary, 85.6, significantly exceeds expectations.

Lincoln Inquiry Charter School, 76.2, exceeds expectations.

Washington Elementary, 91.6, significantly exceeds expectations.

High school, 69.2, meets expectations.

Middle school, 63.4, meets expectations.

Williams Bay

Middle school, 78.1, exceeds expectations

Friday, 28 October 2016 09:21

Local teens star in high school productions

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The plays taking center stage on Walworth County high schools next month showcase some wonderful theater, with several presenting familiar stories given a new twist.

Big Foot High School

Audience members will see a familiar fairy tale turned on its head with “The Cinderella Complex” at the newly remodeled auditorium at Big Foot High School, said director Rachel Wenndt.  

Friday, 02 September 2016 12:18

Crisscross the county for festival fun

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Music takes center stage on the village square when the East Troy Bluegrass Festival kicks up its heels Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

The East Troy festival is among one of four fun events planned next weekend. There’s also Darien Corn Fest, the Taste of Lake Geneva and the Whitewater Main Street Festival to squeeze into your social calendar.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dona Palmer is an unapologetic steward of the earth.

The environment -- and concern for its resources among all people on the planet -- has colored everything in her life from work to politics. Palmer grew up on a farm, living close to the land. She joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, a religious order named for the patron saint of all creation. As a backpacker, she’s taken in the beauty of the national parks. As a longtime teacher, she’s introduced hundreds of children to nature.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Andy Gehl is a fourth-generation Wisconsin food manufacturer whose great-grandfather started Gehl Guernsey Farms in 1896. Initially, however, Gehl was intrigued by the manufacturing side of the business -- getting degrees in computer science and industrial engineering.

“I would have been just as happy making lawn mowers and widgets, but there’s just something extra fun about working with food,” Gehl said.

Students from East Troy Middle and High School took ordinary sidewalks in the downtown square and created works of art.  East Troy celebrated the first "Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival" on May 5. With a canvas of cement and brushes of chalk, the students expressed their inner artistic creativity.

JANESVILLE -- Want to party on a parking structure rooftop high above Parker Drive? Check out a church-turned-entertainment center? Step out on the third-floor ballroom at the Odd Fellows Lodge?

You can do all those and more, thanks to a one-day Downtown Open House Wisconsin on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 14:45

Photo gallery: Open Houses

The inaugural event is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Main Street Program "to showcase unique historic and cultural assets of Wisconsin downtowns," according to a WEDC news release. The organizations hope to get residents and visitors to explore their communities, learn what's new and discover the established places that they might not have checked out before.

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