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Lunchroom Worker Shortages in MMSD and their Impact on School Food Nutrition

Lunchroom Worker Shortages in MMSD and their Impact on School Food Nutrition

Sophia Jiang October 28, 2022

In the recent weeks, MMSD parents and staff have filed complaints regarding the school food quality and service, citing limited nutritional value, incorrect listing of menu items, and repeated menu items....

2023 Dane County Budget

2023 Dane County Budget

Alexandra Saffman October 27, 2022

On October 3rd, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi revealed a record $834 million budget for the upcoming year. Highlights include $12 million in funding for a new election facility located downtown, a $30...

Second Ancient Native American Dugout Canoe Found in Lake Mendota

Second Ancient Native American Dugout Canoe Found in Lake Mendota

Jonathan Buscher October 27, 2022

Marine archaeologist Tamara Thompson was somewhat surprised when she discovered a canoe of Native American origin dating back 1,200 years in November of 2021. More of a surprise however, came when, less...

Incident at La Follette Homecoming

Incident at La Follette Homecoming

Ava Kahn October 27, 2022

La Follette, like many other high schools, was set to have their homecoming dance from 7 to 10 pm on October 8, 2022. At around 8:45 pm, a physical altercation broke out between two 14-year-old boys. As...

MMSD Board of Education Votes in Support of Specific Water Access Policy Language

MMSD Board of Education Votes in Support of Specific Water Access Policy Language

Sophia Jiang October 9, 2022

On September 29th, the MMSD Board of Education (BOE) voted in support of specific language regarding water access. The general policy, which includes health-related topics such as nutrition, physical activity,...

With Complaints About School Lunches, MMSD Responds

With Complaints About School Lunches, MMSD Responds

Jonathan Buscher October 8, 2022

With the fall semester starting, MMSD has begun to receive complaints from teachers, students, and parents alike regarding the quality, quantity, and variety of school lunches being provided to all grade...

One of MMSDs job fairs hosts potential teaching candidates

Teacher Shortages Find MMSD as School Begins

Jonathan Buscher October 8, 2022

As the school year loomed in late August of 2022, MMSD faced a teacher shortage, an issue that continued through the start of school on September first. A few months prior, the district was down over 570...

Start of the School Year COVID-19 Case Update for MMSD

Start of the School Year COVID-19 Case Update for MMSD

Jonathan Buscher October 8, 2022

With the first few weeks of school, MMSD has faced COVID-19 returning at the start of the year. From August 29-September 9, MMSD reported 253 total positive COVID-19 tests, an increase from the early weeks...

New Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Now Available

New Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Now Available

Priyanka Lucey October 8, 2022

From September 25th to October 2nd, COVID-19 cases in Dane County dropped to a seven-day average of 112 cases, the lowest seen since April 6, 2022. The community COVID level also dropped from Medium to...

Abortion Access in a Post-Roe Wisconsin

Abortion Access in a Post-Roe Wisconsin

Alexandra Saffman August 25, 2022

After the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in June 2022, abortion providers in Wisconsin were forced to shut down their practices in response to a 173-year-old state abortion ban. While this statute...

Wisconsin Midterm Primary Election Results

Wisconsin Midterm Primary Election Results

Jonathan Buscher August 25, 2022

Every four years in August, Wisconsin holds primary elections for a range of different jobs, both within the state and nationally, just about halfway through the presidential election cycle. Up for grabs...

COVID-19 Update for the U.S. and MMSD

COVID-19 Update for the U.S. and MMSD

Jonathan Buscher August 25, 2022

Unlike students taking time off from school this summer, COVID-19 did not take a break, instead remaining a constant threat, one which experts and scientists are continuing to combat with the release of...

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