2019-2020 school year calendar is now available

The 2019-2020 school year calendar is now available! You can view the calendar on our website. We want to highlight one of the changes in next year’s calendar. Beginning in 2019-2020, middle schools will have early release every Monday. Keep an eye out for more information from your child’s school.

Enroll now in Personalized Pathways

Applications for enrollment in Personalized Pathways for the 2019-20 school year are now available online. We hope you consider enrolling before the January 16 deadline. You can enroll on the website.

Although there are a limited number of spots available at each high school, this opportunity is open to every incoming 9th grade student.

In a Pathway, students will receive more opportunities to:

  • Study subjects they are passionate about
  • Explore options for schools and college majors
  • Make connections between what they learn in class and the real world
  • Connect with area colleges, universities, businesses and community organizations

If you’d like to learn more about Personalized Pathways, visit our website or contact your high school’s Pathways Learning Coordinator.

As you may know, we are in our second school year of our Health Services personalized pathway. Last month, the Madison school board approved the next pathway at our high schools. Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the Information Technology and Communication pathway will be available for students. Personalized pathways would not be where it is without our anchor partners.

  • City of Madison
  • Dane County
  • Edgewood College
  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
  • Madison College
  • UW - Health
  • UW - Madison
  • Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

We are thankful to our partners who put in the hard work and collaborate with us to ensure our students have the best learning experiences.

Reminder: 10th grade students, apply for the Early College STEM Academy

Are you a 10th grade student and interested in science, technology, engineering and math? Apply now for the Early College STEM Academy. The Early College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy is a partnership between the Madison school district and Madison College. The Academy is designed to expand access to college courses in science, technology, engineering and math and to increase opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school at no cost to them or their families.

The deadline to apply is January 25th. If you would like to learn more about the Early College STEM Academy, visit the website. There will be a family meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 5:30 p.m. at Madison College. This will give families an opportunity to tour the campus and learn more about the school. Register through Eventbrite. East High School also is hosting an information session on Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Check out new episodes of the MMSD Voices podcast

Over break we released three new podcast episodes for you to check out:

Listen in iTunes, TuneIn, Google Play, Stitcher or Spotify.

Call for student designs illustrating Black Excellence

Black Excellence can mean something different to everyone. We know that Black Excellence is grounded the understanding that it already exists. For some, it may be a process of discovery to uncover and nurture it. For others, it only needs to be affirmed and supported.

For MMSD, it starts with the belief  in the brilliance, creativity and bright futures of Black youth throughout Madison; the brilliance, creativity and important contributions of our Black staff; and the beauty, persistence and value of our families raising Black children.

We want to see Black Excellence through the eyes of our students. Do you know a young artist who exemplifies Black Excellence and who may be interested in illustrating what Black Excellence means to them through an original graphic design?  

Students who submit original artwork illustrating their idea of Black Excellence by 9 p.m. on Friday, January 25, will have a chance to have their design featured in multiple formats, including print materials, websites, social media and on T-shirts for sale in our new MMSD Store during Black History Month and beyond.

Find details, including artwork specifications, at mmsd.org/black-excellence Questions? Contact Amy Knight at ajknight@madison.k12.wi.us.

Wright Middle School families graduate from CLEAR Family Partnership Program

Last month, several Wright Middle School families graduated from the CLEAR Family Partnership Program. CLEAR represents the values of Wright—Citizenship, Leadership, Equity, Achievement and Relationships.

This was the second group of its kind at the school. The first group started in 2016 and focused on the Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF) Parent School Partnership curriculum with our Family, Youth and Community Engagement team. The program is aimed at building community at schools—especially among families of color—and working together to advocate and support Wright scholars. Several other schools have similar programs for families.

Congratulations to the graduates! And thank you Wright staff for their support.

Capital High students perform with Theatre LILA at Overture Center

Capital High partnered with Theater LILA to form "Lab 360," a project where resident teaching artists worked with students from Capital High's creative writing class to write narratives and perform a variety of scenes, poems, songs and theatrical pieces.  Through a variety of theater games and acting exercises students learned to collaborate, ignite their creativity and improve their leadership and communication skills. Students also took their imagination and real life stories and put them into writings. Each student kept a journal to explore different styles of writing including: dialog, argumentative pieces, monologues, poems/spoken word and songs.  These journal writings became source material for a final performance, where pieces written entirely by students from Capital High were performed by a combination of students and Theater LILA actors at the Overture Center on December 20th.

Join educators and community members for the MLK Forum for Social Action

Local organizations Madison365 and Critical Consciousness are holding the MLK Forum for Social Action: A Revolution of Values: The State of Education 65 Years Post Brown. The event will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Middleton High School’s performing arts center (2100 Bristol St., Middleton). It will feature speakers and performances.

Madison West students perform ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’

Story and video by Evan Halpop

The true beauty of autism isn’t what is great about it. It is what is challenging about autism. The hardships that autism bring were shown beautifully by the Madison West Theatre cast and crew.

‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time’ performed by Madison West theater students is an adaptation from the book of the very same name. The play takes place in Swindon and London, England. Emmett Glazer portrays the main character, Christopher, a 15- year-old who comes across his neighbor’s dog that had been killed overnight.

Christopher, who has autism, sets out to find who killed his neighbor’s dog, which leads to Christopher finding information about his estranged mother whom he thought was dead.

Glazer says that he had to study hard to make his character as relatable as possible. “We had a guest student speaker come in to speak to us about what it is like to have autism,” Glazer says.

The hardship of autism does not just affect only Christopher, it is also experienced by everyone who is in contact with the character.

“One of the challenging parts of playing a father of an autistic son is that my character is under a lot of stress from work, life, and then having to care for my son,” says Hugh Gabriel. Gabriel plays Christopher’s father, Ed.

The play itself showed what it’s like for an individual living with high functioning autism. It allowed the audience to see the world from his perspective. “What I took away from managing this play is, we say we are alright with autism, but when people show any signs of it, they are not alright with it anymore which isn’t right,” says stage manager Madeline Walaszek. View a short video of the play.