Dear MMSD Families,
I hope this message finds you and your family well. I want to provide an update on our planning for school this fall. Although there are many things we still don't know, we know that you need as much information as possible now so that you can start planning for fall.
First, I want to underscore our commitment to student and staff health and safety. This will always be at the center of our planning. Secondly, we'll need to be flexible and fluid, knowing that we may need to switch between in-person and virtual learning at any moment.
We are preparing for three scenarios for the fall:
- all-virtual learning
- all in-person learning
- a hybrid model that is a blend of both in-person and virtual
Right now we're focusing efforts on what a hybrid model might look like at elementary, middle and high schools. So far, we believe that our model would involve all students learning virtually three days per week and learning in person two days per week.
- Students would be divided into two cohorts.
- Cohort A would learn in person on Mondays and Tuesdays and would learn virtually on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
- Cohort B would learn in person on Thursdays and Fridays and would learn virtually on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- In addition to virtual learning for all students, Wednesdays would be used for virtual teacher professional development and planning as well as deep cleaning of the schools between cohorts.
- We are also exploring an all-virtual learning opportunity for students who may not be able to be in-person until conditions change or a vaccination is developed.
Again, the health of our students and staff is our top priority, and we rely on guidance from the county and state to develop our plans. Early this week, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released guidance on reopening Wisconsin schools. We expect to receive further guidance from Public Health - Madison & Dane County as soon as possible after July 6*, which could affect our plans.
I want to thank those who have informed our work on this so far. Incorporating students, staff and family members in our planning is a key strategy, and to get to this point we have some focus groups to thank. Their input has been incredibly insightful, and I want to thank those who participated.
Next, we need to hear from all of our families. Next week you will receive more information and a questionnaire that will ask for your feedback on our developing hybrid model. We'll be asking for responses by July 12 so we can move forward.
We know there are many, many details that have yet to be worked out for this hybrid model - childcare and transportation among them. We know this is a challenge and we are grateful for your continued grace, understanding and feedback.
*An earlier version erroneously stated that this guidance would be available on July 6.
Superintendent finalists announced + save the date
I am very excited to report that on Monday, June 22, my fellow school board members and I selected two final candidates to participate in the next step of the interview process to become the district's next Superintendent.
We were very fortunate to have an impressive pool of highly qualified candidates participate in this process. With a focus on how candidates aligned with the Leadership Profile, we were able to select two phenomenal finalists, both with deep roots in education and instruction.
I am so pleased to introduce them to you:
Dr. Carol Kelley
Currently Dr. Kelley is in her 5th year as Superintendent of Oak Park Elementary School District 97 in Oak Park IL. Prior to Oak Park, she served 3 years as the Superintendent of Branch Township School District in NJ. Dr. Kelley's experience includes 25 years in education including serving in roles of Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Principal and Middle School Assistant Principal, K-12 Supervisor of Mathematics, and classroom teacher. Dr. Kelley holds an Ed.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA degree from the University of Virginia, Darden School and a BS in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Carlton Jenkins
Dr. Jenkins is currently in his fifth year as Superintendent of the Robbinsdale School District in New Hope, Minnesota which serves a diverse student population. He has held leadership positions in several states including Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan. In addition to two superintendencies, his educational leadership roles include; chief academic officer; principal; assistant principal; and physical education/health teacher. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin.
Digital Days in the District - June 30 & July 1
Given COVID-19, we aren't able to host a physical "Day in the District" as we did with our previous finalists, but each candidate will have an opportunity to meet with students, staff, families and community members virtually. We hope you can join us.
Save the dates and times
Dr. Carlton Jenkins - June 30, 7:15 - 8:30pm
Dr. Carol Kelley - July 1, 7:15 - 8:30pm
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Follow us on social media
Make sure to follow your school on social media so you don't miss the great things they're posting throughout the summer!
MSCR Makes: A special edition about Black Artists
In our new MSCR Makes and Appreciates video series, we are learning about art history in a kid-friendly way. Here's Miss Julia talking about some her favorite Black Artists and why representation in art matters.
Summer Inside Out classes begin Monday
MSCR's Summer Inside Out virtual and outdoor summer programming starts June 29! Check out arts & enrichment, camps, dance, fitness, nature, boating, sports and tennis. Registration is open now. Here are just a few examples of the opportunities available.
Virtual Classes for Youth
Keep your child busy and build their creative knowledge. Register for Dance, Awesome Art, Drawing and more. Supply kits are available for curbside pick-up. Weekly recorded video lessons and handouts are offered through Google Classrooms.
View & Register for Youth Art classes
Adult Arts & Enrichment
Supply kits are available for pick-up for virtual classes.
- Virtual Embroidered Landscapes: Fridays, 7/17 - 7/31, 9:30 - 11:30am
- Virtual Pottery: Handbuilding Succulent Planter Workshop - Wednesday, 7/29, 1-4pm
- Outdoor Photography: Neighborhood Walks, Wednesday, 7/15 - 7/29, 6 - 8pm
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.
11:00 - 11:30
11:45 - 12:15
Lake View Elementary
Badger Rock Middle
12:30 - 1:00
1:15 - 1:45
Serving times will vary per site.
Allied Learning Center
Elver Park Neighborhood Center
Boys & Girls club Allied
Boys & Girls Club Taft