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MMSD and UW Early Literacy and Beyond Recommendations Report

Experts from the MMSD and UW–Madison provide new path to early literacy 

On December 6, 2021 the Early Literacy and Beyond Task Force, a joint effort between Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Education (UW-Madison), released its final report during a public presentation at the MMSD Board of Education’s Work Group meeting. The report is the culmination of months of collaborative work to review evidence and identify the most effective ways to teach literacy in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Read more about COVID health and safety at MMSD, including vaccine clinics, COVID testing, masking, contact tracing, and universal health practices.

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Winter is coming, and when weather is severe, we want you to know how we will make decisions about closing any in-person programming in MMSD buildings. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and we always follow a set of guidelines to make decisions about whether school will be open or closed.

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Burst of Gratitude, send a gratitude Gram

During the month of November, we ask that you share your gratitude with our MMSD community with a video message. It can be directed at a person or at something that brings you joy. We in turn will share on our social media outlets and amplify the joy with "Gratitude Grams" to our MMSD Community.

Shoutouts

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Sarah, Sue, Paula, Megan, Nikki, Tanya, Chris, Jovi, Reily, Brian, Lea, Thank you all so much for your hard work and dedication to our students! It’s because our team works so hard together to meet the needs of our students. Keep up the great team work. #TogetherWereBetter! -Love, Suggs

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Thank you to Jerome Flowers, Dean of Students at Whitehorse, for connecting with students and making even a very reserved 6th grader smile on a regular basis! You help students feel seen and connected to the school community, and I really value that as a parent!

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Sending a HUGE shoutout to Crystal Cone in Material Handling. So grateful that she was able to safely package and send some really big but necessary mobility equipment to a student who had moved to another state. Thanks to her work the student will continue to make progress towards her goals!

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Amber, thank you for the super-helpful email you sent families with resources for getting younger children vaccinated, as well as for your support for families all year. You answer questions and provide warmth and support during these crazy times, and we appreciate it so much.

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Shout out to Ms. Sarah Urban, our school psychologist. Sarah goes above and beyond every day for students, families, staff and future school psychologists. She brings SEL and Mental Health to the forefront and educates our students and staff about the importance of self care and learning strategies to be successful. We are so lucky to have Ms. Urban at Elvehjem.

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A huge shout out to Web Programmer Bradley Mackey who went beyond the call of duty in helping out with a major website project. You are most appreciated! Lynn from Shabazz