Finish the school year strong and have a great summer

It’s hard to believe we are near the end of another school year. This school year, we began work on the next version of our strategic framework. Over the summer, we’ll continue that work and release our plan for the next five years of the framework.

We'll pause the family newsletter over the next couple of months. Enjoy your summer as we gear up for a great 2018-19 school year!

Hawthorne and Lake View are our two newest community schools

We are proud to announce that Hawthorne and Lake View Elementary Schools are our two, newest community schools! Starting in the 2018-19 school year, Hawthorne and Lake View will provide coordinated services and supports to students and families in the schools’ neighborhoods.

Hawthorne and Lakeview will join Mendota and Leopold Elementary Schools as community schools. Earlier this month, the Madison Community Foundation announced a $1.1 million challenge grant to support future community schools, the largest grant in the foundation’s history.

For more on what it means to be a community school, check out this video on Mendota Elementary School.


Watch your email - school start time survey coming June 4

Based on feedback we’ve heard from families across the district, we are conducting another survey about school start times. We want to hear from you! This survey provides a way for parents to provide feedback on the current proposed plan. We'll be inviting elementary and middle school families to share  their thoughts on school start times. Watch your email for instructions on how to take the short survey on June 4.

As you may know, we’ve been looking into the possibility of changing school start times – some elementary and all middle schools will be changed. This process started in 2014 when several families, staff and students asked us to explore the topic. Since then, we’ve gathered research and conducted surveys to understand the impact any potential change to school start times would have. To read more about the research and the process so far, visit the Changing School Start Times website.

We’re providing free, nutritious meals for kids this summer

Did you know that we provide free meals for kids during summer vacation? Kids can eat free, nutritious food, Monday through Friday, June 18 - August 10. Times vary by location. Meals will not be served on July 4th.

Nearly 50 locations, including schools, parks and community centers will offer breakfast, lunch and snacks. These locations will be open to the general public and you don't need to fill out an application. Children 18 years of age and under can receive up to two free meals per site.  

Three schools - Chávez, Stephens and West - are not open to the public. Meals at those locations are open only to children enrolled in the program.

The Summer Food Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the State of Wisconsin. Call 2-1-1, text “food” to 877-877 or visit the Find A Summer Meals Site website to find a site near you.

Check out summer programs from MSCR

Are you looking for activities for your child this summer? Check out the programs offered by Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR)! There are tons of summer classes, camps and events to choose from. You can register on the website.

Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year - What you need to know

Will your child be in elementary or middle school next fall? If so, you may not need to print a paper enrollment form or attend your school's enrollment day in August. If you meet the requirements below, you may complete the enrollment process entirely online at beginning August 1.

  • Your student will be in elementary or middle school next school year

  • Your student is currently enrolled and continuing from one grade to the next at MMSD schools

  • Your student has no address changes and the address and date of birth have been verified

  • Your 4K or 5K student is new to the district for the 2018-19 school year AND you completed the 2018-19 online application along with verifying your child's date of birth and address at an MMSD school or office before August 1.

High school students are still required to go to school during their assigned enrollment days, even if they complete the enrollment process online and have no changes to key enrollment information.

Learn more about enrollment.

Schenk Elementary students channel their inner superhero

On Thursday, May 17th, Schenk Elementary hosted its 3rd annual Ally Superhero Night in celebration of its Welcoming Schools work, which has helped create a school environment where all students feel safe, valued and respected. Students shared their published writing about being an ally superhero  to help celebrate their ally leadership. As part of the event, all students created their own superhero capes!

Schenk and Nuestro Mundo were recently awarded the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence. The Seal of Excellence is given to schools that meet required benchmarks which demonstrate a supportive school community where LGBTQ students and families feel included, respected and valued.

Olson Elementary School celebrates 10th Anniversary

Olson Elementary is celebrating 10 years as a school! An all-school assembly and family arts night are just a couple of the events the school has hosted to mark the special occasion. Next month, Olson will hold a dedication ceremony for its new mural. The mural includes student artwork and poetry, as well as a celebration of school namesake Paul Olson’s legacy of conservation. The mural dedication will be held on June 11th from 10:30 a.m. until Noon at Olson (801 Redan Dr, Verona).

District Policy Guides

Our district is required by state statute to provide the Student Handbook/Policy Guides to every family, every year. In order to save on printing costs, we are again offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving a printed version of this 120-page guide and read it online instead.

Last year, you helped us save thousands of dollars in printing costs. Help us continue to save by opting out again this year. Please note, if you do not opt out of a paper copy, you will receive a printed guide.

Yes, I would like to opt out of receiving a printed copy of the student handbook/policy guide

If you feel you no longer need to receive a printed copy and are willing to review the copy online, please click on the link above to complete the opt out form. The guide is always available on our website, and at the start of the school year you will receive an email with a direct link to it.