Thank you, Superintendent Cheatham

Thank you, Superintendent Cheatham for your leadership, vision and love over the past six years. You have led our district with dignity, grace and care, and for that we are grateful. We will nurture and grow the seeds that you have planted, and continue this work so that every child is able to thrive. You will be missed, but the impact you have made in our community will not be forgotten.

We wish you all the best at Harvard University.

Reminder: Join us at Madison East for the May 20th School Board meeting

We hope you can make it to the Madison school board meeting at East High School (2222 E Washington Ave) on Monday, May 20th. We’ll have a mix and mingle with board members starting at 5:15, and then the board will start its meeting at 6:00.

Have you listened to our MMSD Voices podcast?

If you’re not listening to our MMSD Voices podcast, you’re missing out on great stories from students and staff across our district. We recently released a few new episodes.

You can listen to them in iTunes, TuneIn, Google Play, Stitcher or Spotify.

Nichelle Nichols and Silvia Gomez de Soriano named YWCA Women of Distinction

Congratulations to Family, Youth and Community Engagement Director Nichelle Nichols for being named a YWCA Woman of Distinction. Madison East Bilingual Resource Specialist Silvia Gomez de Soriano, also was named a Woman of Distinction.

The Women of Distinction Awards “honor outstanding women who have demonstrated a commitment to eliminating racism and empowering women and have made outstanding achievements in their spheres of influence.” The awards began in 1974.

The community is invited to celebrate these amazing women at the luncheon on Thursday, May 30 at Monona Terrace. You can read more about Nichelle, Silvia and other award recipients in this story from Madison 365.

Check out our Black Excellence and school start times websites

Have you seen our Black Excellence website? If you haven’t, be sure to check it out. We have information on Black Excellence in our district, how to get involved with the coalition and videos from the winners of our Black Excellence art contest.

You can also check out our school start times website. As you may know, school start times are changing in the 2019-2020 school year. You can use the drop-down menu to check your school’s start time for next school year.

Lake View students showcase their work from STEAM Clubs

Last week, students in Lake View’s MSCR Afterschool STEAM Clubs showed off their hard work to staff, families and the community. STEAM stands for Science, Teachnology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The clubs meet various days after school. Activities range from African drumming and dancing, to engineering, art and girl empowerment.

Reminder: Join us for the Hmong Spelling Bee and Spanish Spelling Bee

We hope you can come cheer our students on as they participate in the Hmong Spelling Bee On Friday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. at East High School. The Spanish spelling bee is also on Friday but it will take place in the McDaniels Auditorium at the Doyle Administration Building (545 W. Dayton St.) at 5:00 p.m.