Black Girl Magic Conference inspires MMSD youth

When Rosa Thompson, Advanced Learning Teacher Leader at Schenk Elementary and Founder of the Black Girl Magic Conference, had the idea to unite young Black girls in Madison for a day of empowerment and academic engagement, she drew on her own experience of growing up here and attending MMSD with limited cultural diversity in her classrooms and community.

Thompson's goal was to create an inspirational experience for Black girls by introducing them to successful Black women in Madison, connecting them with their peers and fostering a supportive environment promoting resilience and community.

With support from MMSD and a host of community partners, Thompson organized the first Black Girl Magic Conference in 2018 with 80 girls at the Goodman Community Center on Madison's near east side. In 2019, 550 girls from across MMSD in fourth through seventh grades attended the conference at a larger venue, Madison College. This year the event has evolved into a two-day conference happening on May 21-22 with 1,000 girls; 500 girls on each day, at Madison College featuring workshops on various topics including STEM activities, Health & Wellness and career exploration in art, technology and architecture.

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Young Poets Reflect on Black History

Young poets in Mr. Stovall's third grade classroom at Frank Allis Elementary School wrote their own Langston Hughes inspired "I, Too" poems this month highlighting African American culture and identity. Hughes was a Black poet and social activist known for his colorful depictions of Black life in America from the 1920s through the 1960s.

Listen in as A'Nylah and Benton reflect on Black History in America in their own words (1:14).

Join us at the Wisconsin Education Fair

This year's Wisconsin Education Fair will be held at Memorial High School on Monday, March 9 from 5:00-8:00pm. Over 100 representatives from a variety of postsecondary institutions (public, private, military and service) will be present to chat with students and answer questions. All students, families and community members are invited to attend.
We encourage students to pre-register on the Go To College Fairs website. Find additional information and details on our website here. We hope to see you there!

Are you a caring adult with great people skills who enjoys working with kids? We want you as a bus driver on MMSD's Transportation Team!

The demand for motivated and enthusiastic bus drivers is rising at a steady pace, especially in growing areas like Madison. If you care about children's safety and have the dedication it takes to transport our students to and from school each day through rain, sleet, sunshine or snow, then we are looking for you. Badger Bus offers great benefits with a $600 sign-on bonus for those who are fully licensed. It's okay if you're not licensed, they'll pay for your training. This role is perfect for someone looking for flexibility in their schedule and an opportunity to connect with our school community.  Start working as a bus driver with MMSD immediately, apply here!

Volunteer to hear from students about their emerging plans

Please consider the opportunity to volunteer to hear from our 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students about what they have learned about themselves, their growth, and future emerging plans as part of their Academic and Career Planning/College, Career & Community Readiness Process.
Academic and Career Planning interviews are a key part of students' Academic and Career Planning (ACP) Process. ACP is the process by which students grades 6-12 are supported to explore their growth, identity, and future plans. According to the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, final projects such as interviews are cited by students as their school's most beneficial ACP-related activity, along with job shadowing. 
There are several events and school locations to choose from that are listed in this form. Dates range from April 17 to May 29.  After you indicate your commitment to one or more of these events via the form, a school-based coordinator/s will contact you to provide you more details. Please share this information widely with your networks!

Summer School 2020

It's hard to believe it, but we're already planning for summer school. Summer School is part of a year-long strategy that provides critical additional learning time to support students on their pathway to college, career and community readiness. 
Enrollment is reserved for students who meet both criteria (grades and assessments), recommended by their principal and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Summer School invitations will be emailed and mailed to families on March 4, 2020.  Enrollment opens on March 11 at 9:00 a.m. Register early! Enrollment closes on April 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Summer School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
For more information, visit the Summer School Website or contact us at or 608-663-1914.

What is the BEP? How does it work? What should I know?: Find out on March 10

Join us on Tuesday, March 10, from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Goodman South Public Library, 2222 S. Park St., to learn about the Behavior Education Plan (BEP). You will also hear from community members about their own experiences. Featured speakers include: Bryn Martyna, MMSD Coordinator of Progressive Discipline, and Hector Portillo, parent and Director of Padres e hijos en acción. 
Food will be provided. To reserve childcare, request transportation or interpretation, please contact Janice Chestnut at 608-663-5977 or

MSCR Summer 2020 Program Guide and Camps Booklet

The Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) Summer 2020 Program Guide will be available online starting this weekend. The guide begins distribution in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, March 8. Madison School District residents who are not Sunday subscribers will receive their guide in the mail beginning March 9.

The Summer Program Guide is filled with a variety of activities for all ages. It includes arts and enrichment, boating, camps, paddling, fitness, sports, adapted recreation, swimming and tennis. Registration begins Monday, March 16, for MMSD residents.

Parents can find the Camps Booklet in the center of the guide. Choose from a variety of camp options including Kids Kamp, Camp Tall Oaks, CR8TV U, Middle School on the Move, Soccer, Wrestling and many more! Camps serve children age 3 through grade 9.

Fee assistance is available for most programs. A Spanish version is available at MSCR, a department of the Madison Metropolitan School District is a public recreation department serving the community since 1926. 

"Sábado Con Nosotros" Family Event

Join us for an afternoon of free family fun! On Saturday, March 21, 4-6pm at MSCR Hoyt, get a taste of some of the many programs MSCR offers and enjoy, dance, arts, active games and more! Light afternoon snack included. Bring the whole family! 

This event is free, but please pre-register. Use course #25586 to register. Designed as a bilingual Spanish event

Girls Inc. International Women's Day Photo Project

MSCR hosts Girls Inc. groups at 13 afterschool sites. In February, MSCR Girls Inc. programs hosted a GALentine's Day event to celebrate friendship and positive relationships. During the event they discussed inspirational women, chose a quote that they could relate to and had their photo taken by a professional photographer. These photos will be on display at the Girls Inc. of Greater Madison fundraiser event on Tuesday, March 10 at the Monona Terrace. Many MSCR Girls Inc. participants will attend the event for free! 

Want to work for MSCR?

MSCR is hiring for a variety of summer camps, arts & enrichment, sports, swimming and more. Please go to and apply today.

Mark Your Calendars Now to Join the Foundation's Circle of Friends Annual Luncheon 

Wednesday May 20, 2020 at Alliant Energy Center; 11:30am - 1:30pm

The Foundation's signature fundraiser, Circle of Friends gathers over 650 friends together in support of our public schools.

Circle of Friends is a celebration of Madison's greatest assets: Our public schools and young scholars. The Madison Metropolitan School District's passionate faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every student graduates ready for college, career, and community. To fully realize this vision, city-wide support is fundamental to guaranteeing every student reaches their full potential.

That is why the Foundation is here as that go-to partner, linking support to our schools. Every dollar we raise is a win for our public school scholars, and for the Madison community. Please join our Circle of Friends on May 20th!

Join us to celebrate 27,000 Scholars, 50 Public Schools, ONE Foundation and a World of Possibilities! Tickets are on sale now

Reminder: The Foundation's Adopt-a-School Summit & Community Breakfast is coming up on March 25
Registration is still open!

Attendance is free, but please pre-register. Visit us online to learn more and get registered to attend!

Our program will kick off with a community networking breakfast and feature performances by MMSD scholars, a robust panel discussion and key breakout sessions, including: 

  • Advocacy and Referendum: Partnering for Future-Ready Schools - Public schools advocacy and the upcoming referendum
  • Employee Engagement: A Competitive Edge in the Talent Wars - How Adopt-a-School can help with employee recruitment and engagement
  • Faith-Based Partnerships:  Rooted in Faith, Connected in Service - Faith-based partners find fellowship through Adopt-a-School
  • Black Excellence: Advancing Black Excellence - Fostering racial equity and inclusion through community partnerships. 

Join us at the MMSD Planetarium: Exploring the Invisible Universe

Our eyes are incredible instruments for exploring the universe, but there is so much more to "see" and learn if we build instruments that can detect other types of light. Join us to see the sky and yourself in infrared light! We will explore and celebrate some of the amazing tools astronomers have been using to explore the invisible universe like the Spitzer Space Telescope, and SOFIA the flying observatory. You'll also get an overview of what Memorial High School students learned by mining the Spitzer data archive. We will also explore the current night sky.

Program dates: 

  • Monday, March 16:  6:30-7:30 PM  
  • Tuesday, March 17:  6:30-7:30 PM  
  • Wednesday, March 18:  6:30-7:30 PM  
  • Wednesday, March 18:  7:45-8:45 PM 

Tickets are $2.50 and available online, by mail, or at the door. Buying tickets in advance is recommended. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. We accept walk-ins on stand-by for sold-out shows.