Dear Families, 

I know many of you are curious about the start to the virtual school year. We'll be coming to a decision about the start date soon but as a reminder we are building in professional learning days into the calendar to ensure the strongest start possible to the school year, and September 8 is the latest date we would start. 

I also wanted to note that enrollment will also take place virtually this year. Enrollment Office staff are standing by to help all families through the enrollment process. We'll have more details on enrollment in the next couple of weeks. 

Have a great weekend, 

Jane Belmore
Interim Superintendent 

From Public Health and the City of Madison: How to get help during COVID-19

These are extraordinary times. Due to the challenges of COVID-19, every Madison family needs a little extra support, and our community is stepping up to help. The City's "How To" series provides an online list of community resources that can help with everything from eviction to finding healthy food. You'll also find printable handouts on each topic. View the "How To" community resources pages here.

Athletics Update 

Decisions regarding MMSD athletics are in the process of being finalized in response to the Big 8 decision and WIAA plans. The status, update, and details will be released Wednesday, July 29th via a virtual kickoff meeting. Additional guidance related to all activities and facility/grounds use will also be shared next week. 

2020 Graduation Videos

As we prepare for the new school year, we can't help but look back at our amazing graduates from last year. The Class of 2020 will always be remembered for their resilience and strength as they made history graduating in these unprecedented times. If you haven't already, we encourage you to watch their inspiring virtual ceremonies, which can be found at the links below or on our YouTube channel. Ceremonies are available in English and Spanish.

English Video Links

Capital High & Shabazz Graduation
East Graduation
La Follette Graduation
Memorial Graduation
West Graduation    

Spanish Video Links

Graduación de Capital y Shabazz
Graduación de East
Graduación de La Follette
Graduación de Memorial
Graduación de West

Virtual Press Conference - Virtual plans for the fall

We held a virtual press conference last Friday, July 17, to discuss our plans for the fall. We addressed questions about what virtual learning will look like compared to what we did in the spring, attendance, grading and more. You can view the full conference, or jump to the section that interests you most, here.

Tune in to our August 6 radio show ¿Qué pasa en nuestras escuelas?

During the August 6 edition of our Spanish-language radio show ¿Qué pasa en nuestras escuelas? ["What's happening in our schools?"], Fatima Bendada will provide information about what virtual enrollment for the next school year will look like and explain what you need to know to enroll your children. Tune in and participate on La Movida Radio, 1480 AM or 94.5 FM, on Thursday, August 6, from 9 to 11 AM. Listen to the promo.

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!

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
Boys & Girls club Allied
Boys & Girls Club Taft
Midvale Baptist