High school completion rate up for Madison students

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently released 2017 graduation rates for schools across the state. We are proud to report that the four-year high school completion rate for our students is climbing. The overall completion rate for 2017 was 83%, compared to 78% in 2016. Results for our African-American students were especially strong. Four-year completion rates for African-American students increased from 59% in 2016 to 73% in 2017. 

While we know we have more work to do to ensure all of our students are graduating and reaching their potential, these numbers show we are headed in the right direction. 

You can read more in this story from the Wisconsin State Journal

Update on middle school start times 

We are moving forward with a plan to explore changing middle school start times. A final decision by the Madison school board is expected by the end of the current school year. If the board votes to move forward, we’ll have a planning year in 2018-19 and are proposing a phased-in approach over three years. 

We’ve gathered some frequently asked questions and answers about the process of changing middle school start times. You can read them on our website

Cheer on Madison students at the African American History Challenge Bowl

Join us for the annual African American History Challenge Bowl on Saturday, April 7 at 9 a.m. at the Doyle Administration Building (545 W. Dayton St., Madison). This will be the 24th year of the event, which is presented by 100 Black Men of Madison.

The event is an educational African American history competition between teams of Madison middle school students in a quiz show format. The winning team from the April 7th competition will go on to represent Madison at the national competition.

East High School Hmong Literacy Night

We hope you’ll join us this Friday, March 23rd for an evening celebrating Hmong language and literacy. The free event will be held in the East High School cafeteria from 5:00-8:00 p.m. There will be a potluck dinner, followed by a literacy program. 

Contact May Choua Thao at 608. 204.1807 or mcthao@madison.k12.wi.us if you have questions.

Food, fun and prizes at the Early Childhood Parent Resource Fair

Join us and the Madison Area Early Childhood Council on Wednesday, April 4th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. for the Early Childhood Parent Resource Fair. The free event, held at the Madison Children’s Museum, will feature community resources, food, fun activities and prizes. We hope to see you there.  

What are you doing on spring break? Join MSCR for fun activities

Spring break is right around the corner for Madison schools. Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) has a fun line up of Fascination Station Programs — Amazing Art, Dare to Dance, Definitely Drama, Magical Music, Taste of Tae Kwon Do and Silly
Science for grades K-2 and  3-5, March 26-29. These programs will be held at MSCR East (4620 Cottage Grove Rd) and at MSCR Hoyt (3802 Regent St). Register on the website

Register for the first annual spring break gaming and coding day

Is your child interested in video gaming and computer coding? The Urban League of Greater Madison and the City of Madison will host a Video Gaming and Computer Coding Workshop for middle and high school youth. The free event will be held on Tuesday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Madison Central Library. Breakfast and lunch will be served. 

Those interested in attending must call 608.729.1208 or email jyoung@ulgm.org  to register. 

Are you looking for after-school and summer programs for your child? Check out MOST

If you are looking for after-school and summer programs for your child, Madison-area Out-of-School Time’s (MOST) online program finder can help. You can search for programs by grade, distance from where you live or the type of program you're looking for, as
well as other searchable criteria.

MOST is a city-wide collaboration between the Madison Metropolitan School District, the City of Madison, and 40 different youth-serving organizations. The goal is to help close Madison's opportunity gap by ensuring all Madison'schildren have access to comprehensive, high-quality out-of-school time programs. Start your search at mostmadison.org  and let your child dream, explore and discover their passions.