Thank you to our outgoing School Board members and welcome to new members

We want to thank outgoing Madison school board members James Howard, Dean Loumos and TJ Mertz for their many years of dedicated service to our district. Howard served on the board for three terms - two years as Vice President and five years as President; Loumos and Mertz served for two terms each.

We also want to welcome new board members, Cris Carusi, Ananda Mirilli and Ali Muldrow, as they begin their three-year terms with the Board.

Wright Middle School wins 25th annual African-American History Academic Challenge

Congratulations to Wright Middle School scholars, Abby, Leilani, Micah and Coach Kilburg on their win at the African-American History Academic Challenge. The team beat several other Madison middle schools at the competition held on April 6th. View video from the event.

Wright represented Madison schools at the inaugural regional competition held last week and beat Savanna Oaks Middle School (Verona). Wright now moves on to nationals in La Vegas on June 13th.

Will you be with us on the 4th?

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader won’t be there but we hope you’ll join us for Read Out Loud! - Family, Youth  and Community Day. This event takes place on Saturday, May 4th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Badger Rock Middle School (501 E. Badger Rd.) This is a day for families to take part in celebrating our cultures and stories - together.

We will provide food and snacks. If you need transportation or interpretation, let us know. Everyone should RSVP by Wednesday, May 1st at 608-663-5977 or jchestnut@madison.k12.wi.us.

Learn more about the event and register at mmsd.org/family-events.

MMSD AVID/TOPS Coach recognized by Governor Tony Evers

Governor Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers recently presented Terrica Peyton, an enrollment coach with the AVID/TOPS College Success Program, with the 2018 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award. Peyton supports and advises more than 225 of our high school seniors who will be the first in their families to attend college. All 225 students who Peyton supported, graduated from high school and more than 90% enrolled in college last fall Congratulations, Terrica Peyton on your award. Thank you for all you do for our students.

Too much screen time?

A recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control reveals that 43 percent of high school students are playing computer and video games for more than three hours on an average school night. How does this impact sleep for adolescents?  Check out this editorial from the New York Times to learn more about the impact of screen time on adolescents.

One of our goals is to increase the amount of sleep time for our middle school students. That’s why our start and dismissal times are changing next school year for middle schools and elementary schools. View the website to learn more about the change. Use the drop down menu on the website to check times for your school. Crestwood, Huegel and Thoreau elementary schools, as well as, Jefferson, Cherokee and Spring Harbor middle schools will make major changes in their start/dismissal times. In addition, all remaining elementary schools will make a five or 10 minute change to begin transition to the new start/dismissal times.


 

MSCR after school at East helps the community, Friends of MSCR Auction and MSCR Softball

MSCR after school at East supports the community with Jam4Food

Madison School and Community Recreation’s (MSCR) Equity Leadership Council at East High School recently organized Jam 4 Food, a Hip Hop Festival. The event featured various DJs, dancers, families, out-of-state visitors and more, who came to enjoy and compete in the dance competition. The event raised money and cereal bars to help the East community. Thanks to all those who participated and supported this community.

Join the Friends of MSCR for an auction

You can support MSCR and its programs and services by bidding on hundreds of items during the Friends of MSCR auction. Since 2013, Friends of MSCR has given $390,000 to MSCR. Money raised supports new program initiatives, new equipment, outdoor and environmental education, adapted recreation and inclusion services, Latino community outreach, after-school clubs, and neighborhood center programming. The auction is April 17-May 1. For more information call 608-709-1927.

Do you love softball? Sign up to play with MSCR

If you are 16-years-old or older and enjoy softball, you can sign up to play in the MSCR Softball League. The league runs from early May to early August. Teams play games at various parks throughout the city of Madison. To learn more about MSCR adult softball, visit the website.