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Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the YMCA of Dane County recently announced the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program, and that it will host a July 7 Pop Up Pantry at Westside Elementary School.

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The Sun Prairie School Board is scheduled to act July 13 on two resolutions relating to financing for the 2019 Sun Prairie Area School District referendum.

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The 2021-22 Sun Prairie Area School District calendar will begin Aug. 23 and end on May 26, 2022 — extending summer break by two weeks to allow completion of school construction projects — according to a 2021-22 calendar approved June 22, 2020 by the Sun Prairie School Board.

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Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) School Nutrition Department recently announced the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program through at least July 15.

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The Class of 2020 became the first Sun Prairie High School class to graduate virtually on Friday, June 12 with an online video tribute that included music from the Sun Prairie High School band, orchestra and choir, as well as four speeches from class seniors.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) will be transitioning to two high schools and three middle schools effective Sept.1, 2022. As part of this transition, boundaries will have to be drawn for the high schools and middle schools.

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During a roughly two hour meeting June 8, members of the Sun Prairie School Board approved the charge for the new task force to determine secondary school boundaries in the Sun Prairie Area School District.

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Windsor Elementary School teacher Jennifer Richardson was recognized for her entrepreneurial spirit in striving to meet their students’ distance learning needs during COVID-19.

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Donations for the Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) 2019-20 school year are less than half of the total received for the 2018-19 school year, according to a report distributed to Sun Prairie School Board members as part of its May 26 board meeting packet.

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Thanks to a suggestion from Nancy Everson, the Sun Prairie Area School District and Sun Prairie Utilities will be constructing an outdoor classroom with a water well near the southern edge of the staff parking lot at Sun Prairie High School.

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Unable to honor them at a luncheon due to social distancing and COVID-19 related guidelines, the Sun Prairie School Board presented a video of the retiring Sun Prairie Area School District staffers as part of its May 26 agenda.

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Acting on a recommendation from district staff, the Sun Prairie School Board on May 26 approved a 2020-21 Fund 80 budget totaling $730,035 that will include the addition of a sixth community school site and a facilities rental manager.

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Sun Prairie Area School District students in grades 6, 9 and 12 will enjoy 3,700 new Chromebooks this year, thanks to a $899,100 lease and service contract approved May 26 by the Sun Prairie School Board.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District’s contract with Kobussen Buses Ltd. of Sun Prairie will extend through June 30, 2022 but the SPASD will pay Kobussen’s drivers 85 percent of the money they would have received had COVID-19 not closed schools.

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Board members could be facing a budget deficit of $2.1 million and some tough choices, according to comments made by Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) administrators during the May 26 Sun Prairie School Board meeting.

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In collaboration with the Sun Prairie Area School District, the Sun Prairie Media Center recently announced it will assist in producing a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020.

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After changing its guidelines of how to handle sponsorships, the Sun Prairie School Board on May 11 voted unanimously to accept a $250,000 payment from the Bank of Sun Prairie to refer to the new facility under construction at Ashley Field as “Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field.”

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The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) will honor two graduation dates for the Class of 2020, according to SPASD Superintendent Brad Saron.

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Sun Prairie School Board members during their April 27 meeting reelected Steve Schroeder as president, Tom Weber as vice president, Bryn Horton as board clerk, Caren Diedrich as board treasurer, Dave Hoekstra as board governance officer and Marilyn Ruffin as deputy clerk.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) will be conducting millions of dollars of capital projects in district facilities this summer and has already completed some projects in Sun Prairie schools, according to workshop materials provided to the Sun Prairie School Board last week.

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During the same meeting it postponed a budget forecast and reallocation of conserved funds, members of the Sun Prairie School Board on April 13 voted to approve a new administration compensation plan.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) recently announced that Kirsten Vetterli will serve as the new Aquatics Manager for the Sun Prairie High School pool.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District recently announced that after an extensive search and interview process Michael Morgan Jr. will serve as the next principal at Prairie Phoenix Academy (PPA) in Sun Prairie.

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A decision to go to pass/fail grades at Sun Prairie High School has left some parents upset with the Sun Prairie School Board and pleading with board members to change the decision.

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Wisconsin Community Media, in conjunction with the Alliance for Community Media’s Midwest Region, recently announced its annual award winners for the 2020 Best of the Midwest Media Fest.

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The closing of schools across Wisconsin due to the COVID-19 epidemic means teachers and students will pursue instruction opportunities online in the coming weeks. One useful tool readily available for middle- and high-school students is the Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, or Wiscon…

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The Sun Prairie School Board officially welcomed Sarah Chaja-Clardy as Director of Secondary Teaching, Learning and Equity (TLE) during its Monday, March 10 meeting at Token Springs Elementary School.

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The Sun Prairie School Board on Feb. 24 continued to celebrate diversity during Black History Month by recognizing students who attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in January and voting to support a Hmong resolution.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District will spend up to $579,865 to replace lockers at four elementary schools and cubbies at Royal Oaks Elementary thanks to action taken Monday Feb. 24 by the Sun Prairie School Board.

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Pancakes by any other name — flapjacks, johnny cakes, crepes (in France), cakes, hotcakes and even griddle cakes — might have the power to fill the emptiest stomach, but when the Rotary Club of Sun Prairie makes them, they have an even stronger power: the ability to raise money.

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This winter, Madalyn (Maddie) Quint and I attended the annual Wisconsin FFA Halftime conference in Stevens Point, with our FFA advisors.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District on Friday, Feb. 21 announced that Jamie Racine will be the candidate recommended to the School Board for the Community Schools Program Coordinator Position.

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In late October along with my classmates Jillian Finucane, Kailey Brault, Emme Damm, Sophia Hale, Rhianna O’Toole, Madalyn Quint, Danialle Janutolo, and Charles Czaplewski, along with our advisors Kristen Kvalheim and Jennifer Herman, I attended the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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This year at World Dairy Expo in Madison the Sun Prairie FFA chapter was given a great opportunity to learn about all things dairy and farming.

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Join the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO), PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio for the 14th annual “Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte,” featuring Sun Prairie High School senior Michael Wu, on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Overture Hall.

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Despite getting “99.9 percent of what it wants,” the Sun Prairie Area School District’s proposal for the new Sun Prairie West High School received approval Feb. 18 from the Sun Prairie City Council — but not after considerable discussion about public road access.

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This is my first year actively participating in FFA and what a pleasure it has been! I’ve never had so much fun with any other group of people!