Safety and security reminders

In the past few weeks, safety has become top of mind for many families. It’s something we never stop thinking about, as we continuously improve our systems. We recognize how important it is to be vigilant about building access and security, and our schools have been reviewing their safety procedures and may be reaching out to you with reminders about visitor access or pick-up drop off procedures to ensure students are safe and focused on learning.

We also want to underscore the value our staff place on knowing their students, listening to them and trusting them to come to an adult if they have a safety concern. We hope your children feel this way and welcome their (and your) questions, concerns and ideas as we work to ensure our schools are welcoming, positive and safe learning environments.

With our schools’ safety protocols in mind, and with the fate of DREAMers still unknown after Monday’s Supreme Court decision, this is a good time for ALL our families to ensure that you have at least two current emergency contacts listed in Infinite Campus.

Please take a moment to do this now: Log on to Infinite Campus and check now. Or simply print out this form and give it to your child’s teacher or office with updated emergency contact information. These forms are also available in school offices. For help ensuring that your emergency contacts are up to date, talk to your school secretary or contact our Enrollment Office at 608.663.4957 .  

We additional resources available for immigrant and refugee families at mmsd.org/immigration.

Students plan to make their voices heard about gun control

In case you missed it, read Superintendent Cheatham's letter to families about the events surrounding our students' plans to voice their concerns about gun control and their right to be safe at school. 


 

Read about our progress in our Mid-Year Review – Culturally responsive teaching, cultivating relationships and more

Thank you for your partnership and support this school year, especially recently in ensuring that our schools and communities are safe.

We want to keep you updated on our work so far this year. We believe it is important to review our progress and report publicly. In this review, you’ll find our students’ and district’s accomplishments and progress since our July 2017 Annual Report. View the text only version.

In addition to our normal check on progress, we are also bringing you a summary of the listening and learning process we’ve gone through this school year to define our future strategy – one that will lead our district and community to transformational change and bring our vision to life for all students.


 

Madison West student takes first place in local Youth of the Year competition

Congratulations to Madison West junior Terjuan Short, who won first place in the local Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year competition held last month. La Follette senior Peter Kamara won second place and Deonte Seroy, a senior from West took third place. All three winners are AVID/TOPS students.

Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all or our nation’s young people.

Are you interested in helping students? Volunteer to interview students about their goals

We are looking for volunteers to interview Madison Metropolitan School District 7th through 10th grade students about their identity, goals, plans and future aspirations. The purpose of these interviews is to give students an opportunity to share with an adult what they have learned about themselves, their growth and future plans as part of the Academic and Career Planning process. You will provide students feedback during the interview and via a feedback form.

There are several events and schools to choose from. After you indicate your interest and availability in one or more of these events, a school-based coordinator will contact you to provide more details and specific instructions. Thanks so much for supporting MMSD students in their journey to become who and what they want to be!

To select the events you would like to participate in, please complete this Google Form.

If you have questions, email Julia Steege-Reimann, Academic and Career Planning Coordinator, at jesteege@madison.k12.wi.us.

Join us on March 17 for Family, Youth and Community Reading Day

Kindergarten through 2nd grade families, we hope you’ll join us for Read Out Loud!, our Family, Youth and Community Reading Day. This free event will take place on Saturday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Badger Rock Middle School, 501 E. Badger Road, Madison.

We’ll have a family resource fair, sound drum, book giveaway and much more. Snacks and lunch will be provided. To register and request interpretation and transportation, visit mmsd.org/parent-academy or call 608.663.5977.

Join REAP Food Group for a benefit breakfast

REAP Food Group will host its Chef in the Classroom benefit breakfast on Saturday, March 10 from 8:30 a.m.- Noon at the Madison Senior Center. Attendees can enjoy a delicious, locally sourced meal of breakfast pizza, sweet potato home fries, salad and raspberry tiramisu for $12. In addition to Chefs Lisa Jacobson and Tory Miller, Sherman Middle School students who participate in REAP’s Chef in the Classroom program will be assisting with the meal.  

Are you ready for A Night to Remember?

Local non-profit Selfless Ambition is hosting A Night to Remember on Sunday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Monona Terrace. A Night to Remember is a prom-like experience focused on celebrating teens and adults with special needs. Attendees are treated to dresses, tuxedos, makeup, hairstyling, jewelry, limousine rides, a walk down the carpet, dancing and much more! The event is free and for Madison area teens and adults (ages 14 and up) with special needs.