Help us celebrate our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week 2018

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 your teacher? Give them a gratitude gram! Visit our website to download a gratitude gram to decorate for your teacher. Our teachers do so much for our students, families and district. Please join us in celebrating them!  

Join us for an informational session on use of technology beyond the classroom

We are working to prepare digital devices to send home with students in grades 5-8 at Group 1-4 schools and to all La Follette High School students for the 2018-2019 school year. We are hosting informational sessions next month for families to learn more about how we will provide students with access to technology beyond the classroom. We will serve light refreshments and raffle off a Chrome device. We hope you can join us!

Monday, May 21
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sennett Middle School Library ( 502 Pflaum Rd.)

Tuesday, May 22
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Jefferson Middle School Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor (101 S. Gammon Road) 

Are you a high school senior? Sign up for text reminders over the summer

High school seniors (and their parents/guardians) can now sign up to receive text messages throughout the summer as they transition to college. Students will receive approximately 15 text messages during summer to remind them of important next steps. 

High school counselors will send messages and support students with applying for and obtaining financial aid, responding to unanticipated college-related expenses, completing required college paperwork and much more. Interested students can sign up online to receive the messages.  

Students in grades 8-12, apply for the Summer Youth Construction Academy

Madison students entering grades 8-12 in the 2018-19 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.
Students can apply through the online application. The deadline is Friday, May 11th. 

Celebrate Hmong American Day with us

Three years ago, Madison’s mayor declared May 14 as Hmong American Day. For the last two years, we’ve commemorated Hmong history, culture and language with a read aloud at Kennedy Elementary. This year we are celebrating Hmong American Day at several of our schools! 

We will have several activities taking place, May 14-May 18. Families and community members will be invited to read to students. Also, the Hmong Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at the Doyle Administration Building (545 W. Dayton Street). It’s open to all high school students in Wisconsin. 

We’ll close out the week with a Hmong American Day Celebration with students, families and community member performances at the Doyle Administration Building on Saturday, May 19 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. 

Cheer on our student spellers at the Spanish Spelling Bee

Join us Friday, May 18 at 6 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. We hope to see you there!  

Madison school students’ poems selected as winners in local contest

Congratulations to several Madison students on having their poems selected for the latest edition of Madison Metro Bus Lines Poetry. The theme for this year’s contest was Home. 

The students’ poems will be featured along with other poems, on Madison Metro promotional materials or Madison Metro buses this fall.  

Connecting through movement – Memorial High School Yoga Club

In the competitive high school atmosphere, one club stands out from the rest. Rather than promoting academics, sports, or other competitive endeavors, it is a place to simply relax and practice mindfulness. JMM’s yoga club seeks to provide students with a calm place to meditate, practice yoga, and spend time with friends. Through the peaceful morning sessions, high school students have the chance to learn these skills of self-care that are key to success in today’s busy world.

Here’s the story from our Communications intern and Memorial student Beatrice Naujalyte.