May 22, 2014
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The Town of Verona is accepting sealed bids for the purchase of a 2008 Ford 550 with 9 ft Western plow and Swenson spreader. Axel weigh is 17,000 lbs. and the truck has approximately 43,000 miles.
The minimum bid considered will be $28,000. Bids will be opened at 1 PM on Friday, May 30. Send bids to Attn.: Truck Bid, 335 N. Nine Mound Rd., Verona WI, 53593. Town Board authorization of the sale will take place at approx. 6:45 PM on June 3. The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any bid. Possession of the truck can be taken on Friday, June 6th. Payment in the form of cashier’s check only. Please call 608-845-7187 with questions.
Skatepark competition celebrates volunteering
A youth skatepark com-petition will coincide with a national day of service to connect youth and adults.According to a press release from National Mutual Benefit, “Join Hands Day” has been cel-ebrated since 2000 by America’s fraternal benefit societies, including NMB.There is no entry fee for interested skaters, though participants are asked to supply their own skate-board and protective gear.All participants will win a prize, and winners of the different competitions will win bigger prizes donated by local businesses.The competitions include beginner lev-el from 12-12:30 p.m., intermediate from 12:30-1 p.m., advanced from 1-1:30 p.m. and “Best Trick” from 1:30-2 p.m.Winners will be chosen between 2 and 2:30 p.m. and prizes will be given out beginning at 2:30 p.m.Free snacks and drinks will be provided at Verona Skatepark, located in the Community Park between the baseball and softball fields near the Eagles Nest on East Verona Avenue.Registration will pre-cede the competition beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Dianne Gintz of National Mutual Benefit at 845-5346 and 513-5346.
If you go
Saturday, May 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
845-5346 or 513-5346
Verona Area School District
Graduation rates: State improves, Verona still ahead
Unified Newspaper Group
A successful school career almost always leads to high school graduation, leaving the percentage of students who graduate as a big indicator of successful school districts.Across Wisconsin, those rates have risen in recent years, but the Verona Area School District continues to remain well above average in comparison.A recent Wisconsin Depart-ment of Public Instruction (DPI) press release showed the state has continued its recent upward trend, graduat-ing 88 percent of students at the end of the 2012-13 school year, up from 87.5 percent the year before.State superintendent Tony Evers said the data confirm national reports placing Wis-consin among the best states in the nation for graduation rates. Wisconsin’s 88 per-cent rate tied for second in the nation with three other states behind only Iowa at 89 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.“Earning a high school diploma is critical to the next steps in a young person’s life – (getting) ready for college and careers,” Evers said in the press release. “Through the hard work of teachers, school staff members, parents and the students themselves, we are making progress to improve graduation rates for all students.”Verona’s numbers are even higher, with a rate of 92.9 percent in 2013. Though that number was down from the 93.5 percent rate in 2012, it’s still nearly 5 percent ahead of the state rate.
CKCS student wins coding contest
Unified Newspaper Group
A Verona eighth-grader was one of four winners in a Madison area coding con-test for middle schoolers.Noah Goth, a Core Knowledge Charter School student, won the Madison Area Middle School Cod-ing Contest put on by Edge-wood College for his game “Flappy Birds 2.”Goth designed the game, which asked players to use the arrow keys to move a bird around the screen and avoid getting hit by fall-ing objects, through a coding pro-gram called “Scratch.”To make the game, Goth had to decide when the objects would fall and how quickly, and after some friends tested it out and found “trick spots,” he adjusted the times.“It got considerably hard-er,” Goth said, noting his record time was only seven seconds of survival.Goth said he spent about three days coding and recoding the game dur-ing the contest period from April 7 to 27.For his win, Goth got the first choice among a group of four devices and he went with the iPad Mini 2, which he received at an award banquet Tuesday, May 13.Goth is now working on a new Zombie game, and said he began to enjoy cod-ing in a seventh-grade sci-ence class when a project required it.While his game may not have been the best look-ing, Goth said he just had to offset that with his coding skills.“It’s a good thing I’m good at programming,” he said, “Because I’m definite-ly not an artist.”For more information on the contest, visit middle schoolcodingcontest. studentserver.org.
Core Knowledge eighth-grader Noah Goth plays “Flappy Birds 2,” a game he designed for the Madison Area Middle School Coding
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National Center for Education Statistics
Reports collected from the log book at the Verona Police Department.
Two different Apple products, an iPad mini and iPhone 5s, were stolen in separate incidents from the boy’s locker room during and after the school day.
A 38-year-old woman reported accidentally locking her keys in the car with her 18-month old daughter. Upon arrival, the child was crying and was only buckled in by the chest strap of her child safety seat and slowly slip-ping down in the seat. The lockout kit used on the vehicle was unsuccessful, and the woman gave police permission to break the passenger side window due to the baby being in imminent danger. The woman was hoisted through the broken window to due to the unlock button not working to retrieve the child.
– Kimberly Wethal