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State’s report cards show Verona exceeds expectations

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

The Verona School District exceeds 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.

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Verona parish moves into old bowling alley

A Verona parish is making the big move to a new location at a facility that's a little out of the ordinary.

Sunday marked the first service for the Sugar River Methodist Church at its new location on West Verona Road. Parishioners say the move has been a long time coming, but the place they picked might come as a surprise.

"A bar and a bowling alley turns into a church, that's kind of unusual," says parishioner Matt Bell.

Sugar River is now holding its services on the upper level of what used to be Wildcat Lanes. The congregation will soon move downstairs, where lanes are currently still set up, once construction ends.

"It is pretty funny, no question about that," says Pastor Gary Holmes.

Pastor Holmes says after a decade of growth in the Verona community, it was time for his church to find a new home.

"It took some vision and commitment to say this could be a good place for us, and I?m really excited about how it?s coming together," he says.

‘Farm’ UGM to bring 10,000 to Verona

Around 10,000 health care professionals will head “Down on the Farm” next week for Epic Systems Corp.’s annual Users’ Group Meeting.

With 8,100 employees also expected to traverse the company’s Verona campus during the four-day event, Monday through Thursday, Epic will have more than 18,000 total people on hand.

That’s likely to bring extra traffic as customers are bused in and out from their hotels in the area, as all of the events will take place at the Verona campus, with the exception of three small receptions, according to a fact sheet provided by the company... Read More

Girls tennis: Doubles teams carry the Wildcats in wins last week

By: Jeremy Jones

The Verona girls tennis team steamrolled the Janesville Parker Vikings 6-1 last Thursday behind three solid doubles victories.

The Wildcats undefeated No. 1 doubles team of senior Steph Keryluk and junior Greta Schmitz only dropped one game en route to a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Joey Turner and Gabriel Bradley.

Senior Genna Sticha and junior Carissa Witthuhn added a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles, while seniors Gabby Johnson and Erica Norman took their 3 doubles match 6-3, 6-1.

Verona added a 6-1, 6-1 victory from junior No. 1 singles player Lauren Supanich and a 6-3, 6-2 win from junior Elizabeth Thompson.

Playing in by far the most competitive match of the evening, freshman Kayla Johnson hung on for a 7-5, 6-4 win to highlight the dual meet win at No. 4 singles.

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Epic annual meeting to cause Beltline delays

Next week, thousands of visitors will come to Madison for the annual Epic Systems Users Group Meeting.

Significant backups and delays are anticipated on the Beltline, Verona Road (Highway 18/151), and other area roadways, especially during the morning rush hours Monday through Thursday.

Make sure you plan ahead if you travel on these roads.

As we are also in the midst of the Verona Road project, use the signed alternate route, which can be viewed on the Verona Road Project website.

Verona cheerleading leads Wildcats off the field

Watching just a few minutes of Verona cheer leading practice, laughs and smiles aren't hard to find.

The team learns stunts, cheers, and dances, while leading the way for a bigger cause -- accepting others. Something they are learning from head coach Staci Schneider.

The girls are learning to be "leaders of the school and being there as role models for all the other sports," Schneider said.

Three girls on the team -- Morgan, Grace and Elizabeth -- have special needs. That doesn't stop them from leading alongside their classmates. It also doesn't intimidate Morgan Strutt.

"I wasn't nervous at all."

Rather than being spectators, all three girls are involved in cheers, dances, and even stunts. Their teammates Megan and Molly hope this sets a precedent not just in Verona, but everywhere.

"The message is being sent that, no matter who you are, there's some place that you can be."

Edgewood wins "Crusade For A Cure"

Edgewood won the "Crusade For A Cure" golf tournament at Maple Bluff Country Club Monday afternoon by five shots over Verona.

The event featured pink flags and 18 teams and 91 golfers wearing pink to highlight the fight against breast cancer.

Caroline Lake had the low score of the day with 70 and her Edgewood teammate, Tess Hackworthy came in second with 75.

Verona's Jessica Reinecke was the only other player to break 80. The defending Division One state champion shot 76.

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