May 31, 2017

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Finish the 2016-17 school year strong

We started the 2016-17 school year with students and families sharing their strengths. Now, we're in the home stretch for the end of the school year and we want to encourage our students to finish strong.

Over the summer, we'll pause the family newsletter. Enjoy your summer as we gear up for a great 2017-18 school year!

Get ready for the final report cards of the school year

kids in class

We want to remind you about the new, standards-based elementary report cards we've been using this year. Rather than giving number grades (1-4), K-5 teachers have been reporting on students' progress toward grade-level expectations, or standards, that they should meet by the end of the school year. Visit the website to read more about the new report cards.

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 19 - August 11. Times vary by location. Meals will not be served on July 3rd and 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.

two students eating school lunch

Four schools - Chávez, Olson, 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 or visit the website to find a site near you.

163 Madison seniors commit to college success

students with their college shirts on

Families, friends, educators and community members recently came together to witness the class of 2017 AVID/TOPS seniors announce their college plans. The 163 AVID/TOPS students signed letters of intent on May 18 at an event held on UW's campus. The students have secured a combined total of $1.4 million in scholarships to support their college plans.

AVID/TOPS serves students who will be first in their families to graduate from college. The program is a partnership between our district and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

Congratulations to the 2017 AVID/TOPS graduating class!

Madison students celebrate 'Disney Musicals in Schools' performances

disney musical being performed

Students from Falk, Glendale, Hawthorne and Mendota elementary schools were excited to present the culmination of their hard work at Disney Musicals in Schools - Student Share Celebration at the Overture Center on Wednesday, May 24. The students performed songs from "The Aristocats Kids", "The Jungle Book Kids" and "The Lion King Kids."

Thanks to a $100,000 grant to the Overture Center which funded the Disney Musicals in Schools Program, these students were given the opportunity to express their creativity through theater and song, enriching and expanding upon their experience with the arts.

Reminder - Family, Youth & Community Day on June 3

Join your friends and neighbors at Family, Youth and Community School Day on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at Mendota (4002 School Rd, Madison).

Both youth and adults can choose from a variety of workshops on topics like college opportunities, summer activities, resources for immigrant families, financial literacy, managing stress and helping your children succeed in school.

This free event also includes lunch, child care and interpretation services. Transportation is available as well. Register online or by phone at 608.663.5209.

Bring the whole family! We hope to see you there.

School Spotlight: La Follette students are first group of Seal of Biliteracy recipients in Madison schools

We are proud of the first group of students from Madison schools to receive the Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy. This first group is from the Dual Language Immersion program at La Follette High School.

We have established a goal to provide every student access to a challenging and well­-rounded education, inclusive of world language learning and courses that have a global focus. The Seal of Biliteracy (SBL) reflects this goal because it promotes linguistic and cultural competence, affirms the value of diversity and identifies students' bilingual and multilingual skills, which are highly valued in our global society.

The Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition given by a school or district to students who are proficient in English and one or more partner languages, and have demonstrated high levels of global and sociocultural competency by high school graduation. Wisconsin is among 26 states to present the Seal of Biliteracy and we are one of three school districts in our state that offers this certificate. Read more.

School Spotlight: Shorewood teacher receives Crystal Apple Award honorable mention

Sally Corry

Congratulations to Shorewood teacher Sally Corry, who was presented with a Crystal Apple Award honorable mention for her outstanding contributions to education. Each year, NBC 15 honors local teachers for the work they do to help our children succeed.

School Spotlight: Lindbergh library offering fun activities for all families this summer

Lindbergh Library

Lindbergh's library will be open to all families on eight separate dates this summer.

Lindbergh is not a summer school site this year so the school is partnering with the Madison Public Library to help decrease the effects of the summer reading slide and bring families together. Activities will include story time, book check out, creating with makerspace and exploring new technology.

Families are encouraged to play on the playground, eat at Lindbergh's new garden benches and harvest food from the school garden when available. Kids will be able to go home with a free, used book each day they attend. The program will offer prizes and incentives for summer reading.

Lindbergh's library will be open from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on the following days:

  • June 14, 21 and 28
  • July 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • August 2

This isn't a drop-in program and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

School Spotlight: Students, teachers and volunteers help spruce up Lake View playground

Lake View Playground

The Lake View playground is looking great thanks to a group of hard workers. Students, teachers and volunteers from Blackhawk Church were all work and a little play earlier this month while giving some love to the playground at Lake View. Thank you to everyone who worked to make the playground look amazing!

Friends of MSCR distributes grants to support programs in our community

presenting an mscr grant

Thanks to Friends of MSCR, five grants totaling more than $19,000 will support services and programs at several Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) program sites. The grants will fund the following:

  • MSCR 50+ Yoga Suave en Español, a successful program held at MSCR East taught in Spanish to Spanish speaking older adults
  • MSCR elementary after-school staff professional development
  • High School summer programming
  • Soundproofing the Meadowood Neighborhood Center Media Room
  • Fee waivers for youth attending Allied Learning Center to attend two weeks of Camp Tall Oaks at the Jackson School Forest

Friends of MSCR is a non-profit organization, providing financial support to Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) programs and services. MSCR began in 1926, and Friends of MSCR is committed to ensuring that MSCR public recreation programs remain accessible and affordable. Thank you, Friends of MSCR for all you do!

And don't forget about the Friends of MSCR Golf Outing on July 18 at Cherokee Country Club. Learn more on the website.

Join MSCR for a Night at the Duck Pond

Nothing goes together like summer and baseball! Join MSCR on Thursday, July 20 at Warner Park for a Madison Mallards baseball game. Game time is at 7:05 p.m.

You can purchase tickets at mallardsbaseball.com (enter promo code: MSCR Hat) or purchase at the stadium. Online tickets must be purchased by Friday, July 7. Call 204-3000 for more information.

Community Events/Activities

The events/activities on the page linked below are from local non-profit groups. All activities are for school-aged children and are not sponsored by the MMSD.

View all opportunities and submit yours at mmsd.org/CommunityEvents!

Elementary school community events/activities

Middle school community events/activities

High school community events/activities

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