Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

Welcome to a new school year! We are excited to start the school year together – with students, families and staff.

Last month, we released our fourth annual report, which outlines our progress. We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring every child graduates ready for college, career and community. 

As we start the school year, we are focused on continuing to strengthen relationships with families while also strengthening relationships between students and teachers in the classroom. That's because we know culturally responsive teaching that starts with the establishment of a safe and trusting learning community is necessary if we are to foster deeper learning for every child. 


Back-to-school information

The first day of school is September 5, 2017 for all elementary students, 6th grade students and 9th grade students. All other middle and high school students attend on September 6. Check the school year calendar for details.

Visit mmsd.org/backtoschool for all your back to school needs!


Send us your first-day-of-school pictures

Celebrate the first day back to school with us! We are collecting and sharing photos of students on their first day on our Facebook page. Send yours to mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us  or share it on Facebook tagged #FutureMMSDGrad.


Tips for talking with students

One of our greatest strengths as a school district is the diversity of our students, families and staff. It is important that we work with determination to create safe, inclusive and trusting learning environments for all of our students that honor the value of every child.

As educators, we cannot be neutral when we see racism and hate in our country. It is our role to always speak out, condemn racism and oppression in all of its forms and disrupt the inequities we see in our country and in our own school system.

To our students of color, we see you, we love you and we support you. And we will continually work to improve ourselves and take action on your behalf.

To our families, we thank you for your partnership in talking with your children about our country and our community. Our youth are making sense of the world around them, no matter what, and they need our help. Below are tips on engaging in challenging conversations with children:

  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your child about recent events that appear in the news and on social media. It’s ok to share your feelings and experiences.
  • Promote a sense of safety by acknowledging the current events, and ask your child if they have any questions or concerns that the two of you could talk about.
  • Use age-appropriate language (for example, talk to elementary-school-aged children about the importance of being a good friend and valuing each other’s differences).
  • Remind them that there is good in the world – model being supportive of other cultures.
  • Share ideas about how your child can respond to racism that they may have encountered.


Want to receive text messages from us?

We communicate with families in a variety of ways, including sending text messages. You may opt in to receive MMSD text messages by texting YES to 68453.


You may qualify for free or reduced-price meals

Children need nutritious food in order to be healthy, active and productive. If there is any possibility that you qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please fill out the form. Learn more about free and reduced-price meals.


Bus drivers wanted

Badger Bus drivers and bus aids play a vital role in our school communities. Attend their upcoming job fair for an immediate interview:

Wednesday, August 30

10:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m.

200 W. Beltline Hwy.


Get ready for fun! The MSCR fall guide is available

The Madison School & Community Recreation Fall 2017 Program Guide is out. Madison residents should have received the guide in the mail earlier this month. The guide is also available at mscr.org. Look for a variety of fun fitness, arts & enrichment, sports, adventure, swimming and after-school programs.

Registration began Monday, August 14 for Madison School District residents and will begin on August 28 for non-residents. Please review or create your account and make any necessary updates to avoid registration delays. Go to mscr.org  or call 608-204-3000 for more information.