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2014 seniors receive scholarships

Sun Prairie High School (SPHS) senior Samantha Johnson has been named a recipient of Summit Credit Union’s $1,500 continuing-education tuition scholarship... Read More

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.

Ducks take annual walk through elementary school

The six ducks caught on video inside a Sun Prairie elementary school aren't lost, they're taking an annual trip to the outdoor world.

Sun Prairie Area School spokeswoman Sarah Heck said that every year, a new family of ducks hatches in the Westside Elementary School's courtyard. The ducklings and the mother live in the courtyard until sometime in May. Then the group is escorted out into the world through the school.

This year five ducklings stayed near the mother ducks side as they hustled through Westside over the carpet and through the hallway. In the video, one of the ducklings loses its footing and takes a couple tumbles in the hallway. 

Near the exit, the videographer had to help the mother get outside.

Westside students share hopes, dreams

During the month of March, third grade students at Westside Elementary School researched the stories, struggles and successes of some of the greatest Americans of all time... Read More

Candidates discuss variety of education topics at school board forum

The three candidates for Sun Prairie Area School District board talked about the role of the school board, staffing levels, educational equity and a variety of other topics during a forum held at the library Sunday.

The forum, hosted by the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition, included candidates Carol Albright, Jessica Moehr and Tom Weber, who are vying for two open positions on the school board during the April 1 election, according to a Sun Prairie Star report.

Read more on what candidates Albright, Moehr and Weber said during the forum through the Star online... Read More

Sun Prairie preschool hopes to win Facebook contest

Sun Prairie preschool hopes to win Facebook contest

A nonprofit preschool in need is hoping to win a cash prize to update and build new play areas.

Students at the Sun Prairie Nursery School entered a contest that will award $7,500 to the school that gets the most likes on Facebook.

At more than 1,000 likes, they're now the front-runner for the preschool makeover.

School officials said a larger budget will go a long way.

"We do very well with what we've been so generously donated from our families, and what we've been able to piece together, but this opportunity would just be tremendous," Sun Prairie Nursery School Program Director Elizabeth Knudten said.

Voting will be open online until March 20.

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

A federal program aimed at getting kids to eat healthier snacks could force cuts in certain districts' lunchrooms.

Susan Peterson is in charge of nutrition for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Peterson said the effects of the Smart Snacks In Schools program will have a much greater impact on her lunch line and her bottom line.

Peterson estimated the changes will lead to a $100,000 structural deficit for the food services sector, thanks to the impact they will have on her al a carte items.

"These programs are a rare opportunity to give kids a look at what a balanced meal looks like with fruits and vegetables and milk in an appropriate portion size for their age. But I can't provide that for them if I can't keep them in my lunch line," Peterson said.