Dear families, 

Congratulations. We did it! The school year has officially ended, and I am so proud of each and every one of you for the amazing things you have achieved this year. I want to extend a special congratulations to our graduating seniors, who you can watch walk across the virtual stage starting this evening at 7 p.m. on WISC-TV/Channel 3 (and live-streamed at Channel3000.com). The Class of 2020 was truly born to make history, and I am so looking forward to seeing where they go and what they accomplish in the next chapter of their lives. If you have a senior, I also encourage you to share this congratulatory video message from our State Superintendent, Carolyn Stanford Taylor. 

School might be over, but remember that we will continue to send this weekly newsletter through the summer, so keep checking your inbox. As our plans for the fall are developed, refined and finalized, we will send you updates on what to expect. Newsletters are also archived each week at mmsd.org/newsletter
 
We miss you and wish you a safe, relaxing and healthy start to summer break,

Jane Belmore
Interim Superintendent

We got through this together. Because that's what families do. #MMSDFamily

Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore sent the following message out to families on Wednesday: 

View the video.

Our world has changed in many ways over the last few months. A global pandemic transformed the way we live and learn. Devastating incidents of racism and violence shook us as a nation and a community and inflicted immeasurable pain upon people of color. 
 
I am deeply humbled and inspired by the voice and brilliance of Madison's youth as they make sense of our world from day to day and as they envision a better, kinder, more just future. And I am equally moved by the limitless grace and support our community members have shown one another through this all. 
 
Students, staff, families, we are getting through this together, and we are committed to our continued partnership and unity with you as we move forward into the future. 
 
If there is one thing I can be certain of, it is this: We are stronger and better together. 
 
As we close out the school year, I want you to know how proud I am of our #MMSDFamily.
 
With peace, 
 
Jane Belmore
Interim Superintendent 

Important Dates

June 22: First day of summer school; summer food sites open

The district google calendar is updated daily with key dates and upcoming events and opportunities. Check back frequently.

In case you missed it on social media

Muir held one last school assembly for the year -- virtually! Check out the video here

Make sure to follow your school on social media so you don't miss the great things they're posting! 

West Fine Arts Week

For almost 50 years, Fine Arts Week has been a large part of the culture at Madison West High School. Each Spring, we honor the talent and the hard work of the students in performing and visual arts classes. One solid school week is filled with art exhibits, musical concerts, dance recitals, plays and other events. Even a COVID-19 Quarantine couldn't stop these students' creative impulses this year. See the playlist on YouTube.

Don't miss our high school graduation ceremonies on WISC-TV tonight and tomorrow! 

WISC-TV/Channel 3 will be airing a special broadcast for each of our high schools on June 12, 13 and 14. Prior to the first ceremony on June 12, there will be a broadcast of News 3 Now: 2020 Graduation from 6:30-7pm. If you don't have cable, don't worry! These ceremonies will also stream concurrently with the television broadcast on channel3000.com. 
 
Friday, June 12th:
7-8pm - East HS
8-9pm - La Follette HS
 
Saturday, June 13th:
6.30-7pm - Capital & Shabazz 
7-8pm - Memorial HS
8-9pm - West HS
 
In addition, all of our high school graduations will re-air as a 4.5 hour block on Sunday 6/14 from 11:30am-4pm on TVW, Digital Over-the-air channel 3.2, Charter Cable 14, and Direct TV channel 14, and will be available on demand on SBTV OTT App and channel3000+ on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android TV.

Solidarity and Support in Times of Racial Violence and Injustice

This week, four MMSD educators came together for a special Facebook Live session on dismantling racism and empowering our young MMSD scholars as they navigate daily life amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and most recently, mass protests and demonstrations stemming from racial violence across America. In this session, our Black teachers informed the community on how they discuss racial injustices with their students. They shared best practices for promoting anti-racism in the classroom and community, and gave their advice on how to talk to your children about racism. Angela Fitzgerald Ward, MMSD's Director of Family Youth and Community Engagement led the session, joined by MMSD educators Camara Stovall, Frank Allis Elementary; Alexis Dean, Mendota Community School; and Jessica Fleischmann, Wright Middle School. We encourage you to tune into this special conversation to gain more insight on racial injustices from the lens of these seasoned educators. View the video here.

Discussing racism with your children

Jesse Hagopian is an author, an activist, a father of two sons and a black teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle, a city where more than 80% of teachers are white. And he is the co-editor, with Dyan Watson and Wayne Au, of the 2018 Book Teaching For Black Lives. NPR talked with Hagopian about what it means to teach for black lives and why it's important. Find additional resources for talking with your children about racism on our website here.

New pop-up mobile food site: La Follette High School

COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for each community. Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, in partnership with MMSD and the YMCA, will be providing food for those in need. This will be a drive-thru Mobile Pantry every week to distribute food.

La Follette High School Area Pop-Up Mobile:

  • The first Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry will be Tuesday June 16, 2020. 
  • Distribution will start at Noon and will end around 1:30 pm or until the food is all distributed
  • Location will be the drive thru in front of La Follette High School at 702 Pflaum Road, Madison.

Any changes to times or locations for mobile pantry distributions will be communicated via our new texting service. To receive a text message when there is a change to the regular schedule, text FOODDANE to 555888.
 
Safety is our number one priority at Second Harvest during this crisis. We have adjusted to as many "no touch" practices as possible. All participants must keep a six-feet social distance at all times. We ask that you be ready with your trunk open, and if your trunk does not work volunteers will place boxes near your car for you to load directly. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not come to pick up food.  

2020 Summer Food Program

The MMSD Summer Food Program provides free, nutritious meals during summer vacation. Children can eat breakfast, lunch and snack for free Monday - Friday starting June 22nd. Meals vary by location, and no application is required. All sites will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. All children 18 years of age and under can receive up to two free meals per site. 
 
We will be following best practices for social distancing at all our sites. Meals can be picked up by parents and/or students to take off site with them. No meals will be eaten on site. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the same time. You can find more information online using the summer meals map, call 2-1-1, or text 'food' to 877-877.

School Sites

11:00 - 11:30
Mendota Elementary
Lapham Elementary
Sandburg Elementary
Glendale Elementary
Jefferson Middle

11:45 - 12:15
Lake View Elementary
Emerson Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Badger Rock Middle
Toki Middle

12:30 - 1:00
Sherman Middle
Schenk Elementary
Allis Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Midvale Elementary

1:15 - 1:45
Leopold Elementary

Community Sites
Serving times will vary per site.

Allied Learning Center
Neighborhood House
Theresa Terrace
Elver Park Neighborhood Center
MSCR East
Packers Apartments
Northport Apartments
Bay View Apartments
Boys & Girls club Allied
Boys & Girls Club Taft
Midvale Baptist