Thank you for your partnership

We want to thank you for your partnership over the last couple weeks as we closed schools due to extreme weather conditions. We know closing school can put an extra strain on families. We appreciate your understanding as we make the best possible decision for our students. You can read the guidelines for closing school on our website.

Reminder - School day being ADDED Feb. 8, 2019

Because of the recent school closings due to weather, we are adding a school day to the calendar this Friday, February 8.  After-school programming and transportation will follow a regular school-day schedule.

The Department of Public Instruction requires that students be provided a specified number of instructional minutes per year. With four instructional days to make up so far this winter due to snow and cold, several options are being explored for making up those days throughout the remainder of the school year.

In the near term, it has been decided to use Friday, formerly a staff-only day, as one of these make-up days. We will be providing additional updates as soon as we can letting you know how we plan to make up the remainder of needed instructional days and minutes this school year. We know that having this information sooner rather than later will be helpful as you plan your summer.

If you have any questions, please contact your school principal. Thanks again for your patience, flexibility and feedback.

Join us in celebrating Black History Month

Throughout February, we’ll introduce you to Black students and staff who are writing history every day. We’ll also give you a front row seat to a few of the events, celebrations and activities that will be occurring at schools across our district. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see these amazing stories of Black Excellence in our district.

First up, meet three standout La Follette High School students:

Senior Krystyn Jones’ experience having spina bifida and scoliosis inspired her create a musical and speaking tour called Create a Smile. She’s touring the Midwest, visiting children’s hospitals across several states. Check out her story.

Ryan Jackson, also a senior, not only keeps up an impressive GPA but is heavily involved in extracurricular activities. Teachers describe him as “a dedicated student” who is “extremely thoughtful and gracious.” Read about Ryan. 

Lancer freshman Lilyana Sims has performed her original, award-winning spoken word speech, “Don’t Touch My Hair,” at the Overture Center and at UW-Madison, in Washington D.C. in front of the White House and at the Kennedy Center, at an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet, and in a La Follette High School staff workshop. Now in her second year of writing and performing, she’s working on a new speech that she's hoping will rival the success of her first. Listen to her podcast episode here.

The hub for all of our Black History Month stories is our new website, mmsd.org/stories. We’ve got lots more stories about history makers from all of our high schools and more on the way.

Madison students recognized at Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Young Person Breakfast

Madison school students were recently recognized at the 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Recognition Breakfast. The event celebrates students’ academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and community service. Nearly 200 middle and high school students of color in Dane County were given awards. Exceptional high school seniors were given scholarships.

La Follette senior Krystyn Jones, mentioned above, received the Betty Franklin-Hammonds Memorial Scholarship. She says the scholarship meant people saw her potential. “It showed me that hard work and perseverance pays off,”  says Jones. Jones plans to attend Tennessee State or Clark Atlanta University in the fall and major in Pre Med to become a pediatric nurse or surgeon.

This Saturday’s FYCE Family Session: Our Children and Understanding Stress

Please join us at our first event for Winter/Spring 2019, “Our Children and Understanding Stress,” with Dr. Armando Hernández, Assistant Director of Integrated Health Behavioral Health in Schools Coordinator at MMSD.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

11 am -1 pm

Badger Rock Middle School

501 E. Badger Rd.  Madison, WI 53713

Snacks/refreshments and food will be provided. Upon request, we will offer childcare and interpretation.

Madison students named Presidential Scholar Candidates

Twenty-one Madison high school students have been named Presidential Scholar Candidates. The Presidential Scholars Program recognizes our nation’s most distinguished high school seniors. Each year, more than a hundred students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars. Students can be recognized in one of three components:

  • General - Seniors who scored exceptionally well on the SAT or ACT college admissions tests.
  • Art - Seniors demonstrate academic achievement and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts and participate in the YoungArts program
  • CTE - Seniors are selected based on their accomplishments in career and technical education.

Presidential Scholars semifinalists will be selected in April and the finalists will be announced in May.

Madison Public Library hosts “I Am Jazz” readings across the city

Join us on Thursday, February 28 for a community reading of I Am Jazz, a book co-written by transgender trailblazer Jazz Jennings about her experience as a transgender girl. The National I Am Jazz school and community readings are an annual event hosted by the Human Rights Commission’s Welcoming Schools in recognition of the first I Am Jazz reading in Mount Horeb.

Madison library locations Alicia Ashman, Meadowridge, Central, Sequoya, Hawthorne, Pinney and Lakeview will hold readings at 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. Superintendent Jen Cheatham and community leaders will be among the readers.