Celebrate our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week 2019

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! While we appreciate our teachers all year long, next week is a special time set aside to shower our teachers with all the wonderful things they deserve. Want to thank a teacher? Send them a note. You can download and print one from our resource site.  Join us in celebrating our terrific teachers!

Draft preliminary budget available now

On Monday, we introduced our draft preliminary budget for next school year, and we’re excited about the investments it makes across our district.

This school year, we launched our new framework, and this budget presents an opportunity to align our resources with this new strategy. We’re incredibly proud of the investments you’ll see in this budget. Things like:

  • Black Excellence through a Black Excellence Community Coalition Fund to invest in efforts to support Black youth

  • Investments in People, like our new Accelerated Licensure program for Special Education

  • Mental Health through additional investments in social workers and psychologists, expansion of our Behavioral Health in Schools program as well as programming to address the effects of trauma

  • Special Education through $1 million in additional staffing for schools

  • Expansion of programs that lead to post-secondary success, like the Early College STEM Academy at Madison College which focuses on dual credit  opportunities for students of color, female students and first generation college going students.

  • Strong compensation package for staff, including steady health insurance benefits, fully funding of steps and lanes and a minimum of .5% base wage increase, with additional discussion pending state budget passage.

You can learn more and provide your feedback at mmsd.org/budget. The board reviewed the preliminary budget on Monday, will review again in May and take a vote in June.

Madison Memorial student named U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist

Congratulations to Madison Memorial senior, Anusha Sahai, who has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar Semifinalist. Anusha is one of 621 semifinalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the only semifinalist in the Madison area. This is one of the highest honors given to graduating high school students. Scholars are selected for their outstanding academic and artistic achievements, leadership, strong character and involvement in their school and community activities. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the finalists next month.

Thank you to all of our school volunteers

We are grateful for all of the people who volunteer in our schools throughout the year. Last week was National Public School Volunteer Week and we want to recognize some of the family and community members who volunteer their time to help our students.

Barbara Handa has volunteered at Sennett Middle School and Crestwood Elementary School for three years. A Sennett teacher says Ms. Handa comes in twice a week for the entire year to support her two, 90 minute 8th-grade math classes. “She helps to take notes, administer assessments and make copies for any and all students. She also supports the outdoor education program at Crestwood with a group of retired teachers and parent volunteers.  She often goes in to support any teacher with activities or programs. Ms. Handa is a person who helps hold all students to high expectations. She is kind and caring yet does not allow students to misbehave. She is able to explain processes and strategies in a way that supports how concepts are being taught in class that makes sense to students. She is often sought after by students when she comes in.”

Jacqueline "Jackie" Hunt, volunteers at Leopold Elementary School in Ms. O’Donahue’s  5th grade class. “Jackie provides us with service learning opportunities to support her community, "Sister to Sister".  She facilitated us making gingerbread houses and has come in to read for Read Your Heart Out Day. She not only read, but she taught the whole class and brought in prizes, for Black History Month. Most recently, Jackie (Aunt Jackie) came in to talk to students about preparing for state tests and how best to do that. She motivated the students by letting them know that the community is behind their efforts. Jackie is very interactive and playful with the students.  She creates games for them and provides opportunities for the kids to give back. Her support is ongoing.”

We have more stories of wonderful volunteers who generously give their time to our students. You can read about them on our website. If you’re thinking of volunteering next school year, visit our website to learn about opportunities.

Enrollment News:  Application materials for new internal transfers available beginning May 6

The internal transfer process provides an opportunity for students to attend an MMSD school that is outside of their regular MMSD attendance area. Transportation is not provided to students attending under an internal transfer.

Beginning May 6, you can submit an internal transfer request for the 2019-20 school year on the website. If you have any questions about new or existing internal transfers please contact the Enrollment Office at: enrollment@madison.k12.wi.us or call (608) 663-4957.

The following school(s) will not be accepting new Internal Transfer applications for 2019-20 due to capacity constraints:

  • Falk Elementary
  • Muir Elementary
  • Thoreau Elementary
  • Randall Elementary
  • Van Hise Elementary

Apply online starting May 6, 2019. Round 1 application closes at 4pm on May 24, 2019.

  • Applicants will know if their request has been approved or placed on a waitlist on or before July 1.
  • Students on the waitlist will know if their application has been approved or denied on August 29.
  • Requests on the waitlist are processed before second round requests.

Second round application opens May 24, 2019 at 4pm. Application closes on August 21, 2019 at 6pm.

Applicants will know if their request has been approved or denied on August 29, 2019.

10th, 11th and 12th grade students, apply for the Summer Youth Construction Academy

Madison students entering grades 10-12 in the 2019-2020 school year are invited to apply for the free Summer Youth Construction Academy. For one week, students will have the opportunity to work with skilled trade professionals, such as carpenters, electricians, laborers, steamfitters, painters and more. This academy allows students to learn about job requirements and long-term career potential, while participating in hands-on experiences. View the flyer for more information about the Summer Youth Construction Academy. Students can apply through the online application. The deadline is Friday, May 10th.

Cheer on our student spellers at the Spanish and Hmong Spelling Bees

Join us Friday, May 17 at 5 p.m. at the Doyle Administration Building (545 W. Dayton St.) for the Spanish Spelling Bee. Students in grades 4-8 will showcase their spelling skills. Schools across the district are holding their own spelling bees and the winners and runners-up will participate in the district-wide event. Come for the spelling bee and stay for cake and punch.

The Hmong Spelling Bee also will be held Friday, May 17th. The event will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Madison East High School. The Spelling Bee is open to all high school students in Wisconsin. We hope to see you at these events!

Join us at East High School for the May 20th Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education and Madison School District are inviting the community to engage with board members and join the Board’s May regular meeting on Monday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m.at East High School, Address, Madison.

As the board works to create more opportunities for engagement with the community, it will hold regular meetings at schools across the district for the next several months.

The meeting will include a meet and greet at 5:15pm, with an opportunity to see student work and performances. Refreshments will be served, and the regular meeting will begin at 6pm.

Do you need a language interpreter at a board meeting? Call (608) 663-8440 to speak to Claudia Verhagen or email her at cmverhagen@madison.k12.wi.us.


MSCR after school at Cherokee Scholars of Excellence Group visit Washington, D.C.

The MSCR after school at Cherokee Scholars of Excellence took a college trip to Washington, D.C. The group toured the historical black college, Howard University, and these youth of color got to experience true black excellence. This trip offered a different experience than school trips

in the past because it was purposefully geared toward students of color. The trip included stops at museums, monuments and other enriching opportunities. A ‘Friends of MSCR’ grant helped support the trip.

Are you interested in working with our students?

If you enjoy working with kids and you’re looking for part-time work, why not become a crossing guard? The City of Madison Police Department is seeking crossing guards for the 2019-2020 school year. As a crossing guard, you will provide a friendly face and kind presence to our students each morning and afternoon.

Starting pay is $17.42 an hour, 10-15 hours a week. Applications will be available on the website in late June or early July. Contact the crossing guard supervisor at 608-266-4703 for more information.