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Janesville schools see increase in graduation rates

The Janesville School District has seen an increase in high school graduation rates for the past three years. Data released by the Department of Public Instruction this month shows the district is continuing to make improvements, specifically with minority and economically disadvantaged students.

"We believe that when you set goals, when you set a small number of goals and really target those goals, typically you're going to see an increase and that's what we have done," Superintendent Karen Schulte said.

Craig and Parker high schools in Janesville surpassed the state?s 88 percent graduation average. In the 2012-13 school year Parker High School graduated 91.8 percent of students, while Craig High School graduated 95.1 percent, with minorities showing the biggest improvements.

3 area students recognized for academic achievement

3 area students recognized for academic achievement

Three area students were among the nine Wisconsin semifinalists named for the 2014 Presidential Scholars award. If chosen, they could be headed to Washington, D.C., for the White House's annual ceremony for academic achievement. 

Eden H. Girma of Madison, from Middleton High School; Samuel C. Schendel from Parker High School in Janesville; and Breanna N. Aldred from Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha were among those recognized nationwide as distinguished high school students. 

Edgerton high schooler wins car through safety program

Edgerton high schooler wins car through safety program

An Edgerton High School senior was the winner of a car Thursday as part of a campaign to keep teens safe on the road.

Julia Snell was the excited winner of a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt at the Rock County chapter of Operation Click, a peer-enforced driver monitoring program aimed at reducing fatalities from crashes involving teen operators.

VIDEO: Watch as teen wins car

Snell was the sixth student from a Rock County school to choose a key and attempt to start the red sedan, valued at $10,000, provided by Burtness Chevrolet of Orfordville.

In addition to Edgerton High School, students from Parker and Craig schools in Janesville, Evansville and Orfordville high schools were at the banquet Thursday in Janesville.

Local athletes, Edgerton Hospital rally to fight cervical cancer

Local athletes, Edgerton Hospital rally to fight cervical cancer

On Feb. 27, Edgerton Hospital, the Edgerton High School girls’ varsity basketball team, cheerleaders and Evansville High School will partner to raise awareness of cervical cancer. The event will take place during the girls’ varsity game, which begins at 7 p.m. at Edgerton High School. The community is invited to attend and encouraged to wear teal and white to show support. A 50/50 raffle will be held and proceeds will be donated to the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation. Medical staff from Edgerton Hospital will be on hand to provide cervical cancer education and prevention tips.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, and 4,000 will die. The good news is that cervical cancer can often be detected early, and even prevented through regular PAP tests. And if it’s found early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers.

Kromrey science teacher among 2013 Presidential awardees

Kathy Hiteman, a sixth-grade science teacher at Kromrey, was named one of 102 teachers to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by President Obama.

The 2013 awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. Hiteman and the other educators will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C., event in the coming year.

Hiteman was one of five Wisconsin educators to be nominated for the awards in July 2012. The state's math winner is Mary Fernan, a fifth-grade teacher at Northside Intermediate School in the Milton School District.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level.

Milton senior earns 1st finish at state swim meet

Milton senior earns 1st finish at state swim meet

Milton senior Bridgette Alexander finished first with a time of 56:21 in the state girls swimming and diving meet at the UW Natatorium Friday.

Alexander set the state record last year in the 100-yard backstroke.

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Beloit teacher remixes lesson plans into rap songs, videos

Beloit teacher remixes lesson plans into rap songs, videos

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A Beloit teacher is gaining in popularity online for turning classroom lessons into song lyrics and music videos.

John Honish creates parodies of popular songs and uses them as lessons in his classroom. He said he wanted his students to retain the material, so he started rapping.

Honish said he likes to put the most important information in the chorus, since it will get repeated.

"Oh, Mr. Honish, you're so crazy to the kids that can recite every word from every video I've put out there," said Honish.

He remixed Kanye West's "Power" to teach students about World War II and Hitler.

For the last three years, Honish, a geography teacher, has been dropping rhymes and giving students a valuable lesson with each line.