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State’s report cards show MMSD meets expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Madison Metropolitan School District was rated as meeting expectations.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas; student achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments, student growth in those assessments, closing achievement and graduation gaps and readiness for college or careers.

If you would like to find out how your school district did, click here.

Waunakee rolls 49-21 in season opener

Waunakee rolls 49-21 in season opener

Thursday night at Breitenbach Stadium, Waunakee avenged last year's loss, running through Madison Edgewood 49-21.

The Warriors got off to a good start as the offensive line opened up a gaping hole and Troy Laufenberg galloped into the end zone for the first touchdown of the season.

Later, with Edgewood trailing 21-6, Jack Dunn knifed his way through the Waunakee defense and scored to make it 21-13.

From there, it was more Laufenberg. He found the pylon to make it 28-13, and the Warriors never looked back.

Laufenberg tallied five touchdowns in Waunakee's 49-21 win.

Hippie Christmas prompts bed bug, insect discussion

Hippie Christmas prompts bed bug, insect discussion

The yearly chaos when students move out of their current apartments and into their apartments for the next year is happening in downtown Madison the next couple of days.

Leases for apartments turn over Thursday into Friday, and the massive move means Hippie Christmas on many downtown streets near campus.

Students are dumping what they don't want on the curb, which is everything from TVs and school supplies to old furniture.

Officials with the Tenant Resource Center are urging people to be mindful of bed bugs and other insects when picking up stuff off the street.

"Tenants are always very concerned they're going to be charged a thousand bucks for the heat treatment (to get rid of bed bugs)," said Anders Zanichkowsky, program director of the Tenant Resource Center. "Landlords are very concerned that if the tenant doesn't report it, it's going to spread to all their units before they even know about it."

Sun Prairie shocks West in girls soccer 1-0

Sun Prairie shocks West in girls soccer 1-0

The Sun Prairie girls soccer team scored in the third minute to hand Madison West its first Big Eight conference loss Thursday night, 1-0 at Mansfield Stadium.

Hannah Zacher got the early goal to put the Cardinals in front and it held up as Sun Prairie goalkeeper Courtney Craighead got the shutout for Sun Prairie

West is now 6-1-2 in the Big Eight. Sun Prairie improves to 5-3 in the conference.

Friday night, Madison Memorial (6-0-2) plays at Middleton (6-1). The winner gets the Big Eight conference championship.

Police offer burglary prevention tips

Police offer burglary prevention tips

A daytime burglary of a residence on St. James Court Tuesday prompted police to warn University of Wisconsin-Madison students headed out of town for spring break this month to take steps to prevent similar crimes. 

In a statement Wednesday morning, Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain suggested downtown residents lock doors on homes, garages and vehicles and secure sliding doors and windows. 

"Deadbolts are best," DeSpain said. "But utilize whatever type you have even when you are at home."

In securing vehicles, valuables such as GPS units should not be left in plain view. Police suggested drivers bring any valuables inside or put them in the trunk.

English program provides medical terminology lessons to non-native speakers

By Aparna Vidyasagar and Mengyuan Zhang

Guadalupe Torres is soft-spoken; her quiet, tentative, English is highlighted by a lilting Mexican accent. She appears shy, perhaps even timid. But when she last visited her doctor and her interpreter was late, she was unfazed, even eager to take on the challenge of speaking to the doctor alone. Torres was confident about navigating the health care system in the United States, all thanks to one class.