Planning for the future

The City of Madison is growing. The Capital Times did a nice job recently highlighting how we are planning for this growth with an equity lens to ensure that our facilities equitably serve teaching and learning needs districtwide. Our strategies aren't isolated to building capacity in areas of growth projected on our city's borders but, importantly, aim to invest in areas of Madison that have been historically underserved, like the Allied Drive area, which lacks a neighborhood school. We're going to be asking for your input on our recommendations and plan, so please stay tuned.

Look for your child’s report card this month

Report cards will be issued later this month. View our video to learn about what to expect on your child's report card. Visit mmsd.org/report-cards to find additional resources.

Best Selling Author Visits La Follette High School

Published less than a year ago, The Hate U Give is making a lasting impression on readers, including students at La Follette High School. Author Angie Thomas visited La Follette last month.

The Hate U Give follows Starr, an African-American teen who witnesses the death of her unarmed friend at the hands of law enforcement. The book focuses on how Starr deals with the tragedy, what it means for her community, her school and for her family.

About 160 La Follette students attended the event. Senior Sharita Holden performed her original, spoken-word poem, “Melanin Monroe.” Holden said she felt her poem and Thomas’ book tied together nicely. “It’s the idea that you’re more than what you might be perceived by society,” she said. Holden described Thomas as a “sweet, cool, inspiring person.” Another senior, Eden Parisi, attended the event because she liked the book and wanted to meet Thomas. Parisi read The Hate U Give as part of a social justice unit in her English class.

Thomas’s book opened at number one on the New York Times young adult, bestseller list. It’s currently in development as a movie. Thomas told students that artist Common will appear in the film version.

La Follette’s English department chair Keri Hornung, along with Mari Morgan from Reading Group Choices, organized Thomas’ visit. Thanks to Reading Group Choices and a grant from La Follette’s Student Support Foundations, more than a hundred students received their own copy of The Hate U Give.

Want to be a tutor? Join us for tutor training.

The Tutoring Network is hosting a Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop for prospective and current volunteer tutors on Thursday, January 25 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at La Follette High School, 702 Pflaum Road.

The Tutoring Network is a citywide coalition of volunteer-based tutoring program providers that serve students during and after school. Every year our schools benefit from the hard work and dedication of more than 1,000 volunteers, but there are still many students who need your help. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a volunteer tutor, please join us for the training workshop. Learn about the available volunteer opportunities on our website. If you have any questions, contact Laura Whitmore, MMSD Community Partnership Coordinator at (608) 663-4941.