Hello MMSD family and community,
 
It is an absolute honor and privilege for me to be your new superintendent.  Although I have always held great respect for the tremendous responsibility that comes with this title, it has long been one of my core beliefs to let the people, not a title, drive me.  
 
As an alumnus of UW-Madison, who began my administrative career here with MMSD, I have always considered the people of Madison to be family. Your incredibly warm welcome verifies my long felt connection and love for this community. I thank you for your faith, trust and confidence in me to uphold the high standards of education this district has come to expect, and (most importantly) our students deserve.
 
At this time, I would like to express my admiration for Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore by celebrating her incredible leadership over the past year. Our district will always have tremendous gratitude for her decades of work and meaningful contributions to public education and the MMSD community.  
 
As we prepare to welcome back our students for the 2020-21 school year, our district continues to work closely with local health officials for guidance to inform our decisions, and ensure they are in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, families and staff.  Our goal for the months ahead is to provide the best instruction possible while keeping all students and staff safe.  We remain committed to keeping you informed as we move forward during these very uncertain times. 
 
For everyone, this summer has been one we will never forget, and has left us with a variety of very different emotions. We witnessed the horrors of racial injustice happening across America; just this week, we felt immeasurable pain when a child in our own community was taken from us due to gun violence. We have also felt tremendous anxiety and uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic, while being encouraged by so many people, from every background and race, standing together in solidarity to rally for true change, and continuing the fight for human decency. 
 
As a school district, we will engage our community and have conversations with our students, our education leaders, business owners, community leaders, and our elected officials. It is a fundamental demand of social justice and a requirement of human dignity for all to participate. Our collective charge as leaders and staff is to provide a nurturing community for ALL of our families and children, so our students can reach their full potential. 

As a district we have come a long way, and we have many challenges ahead. It is with sincere appreciation that I am able to be a part of the MMSD story. I look forward to working with all of you. 
 
Sincerely,
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Thank you, Jane

Dr. Jane Belmore's final day as interim superintendent was August 3, and permanent Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins began on August 4. We are incredibly grateful to Dr. Belmore for her unwavering support of our students, families, staff and community over the years, serving as interim superintendent not just once, but twice! Thank you, Dr. Belmore. You will always be part of the #MMSDfamily. 
 
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Digital Device Exchange for the 2020-21 School Year

As we prepare to begin the year 100% virtually, it is critical that all students have a working digital device before September 8. Most students will be turning in the device they currently have and receiving a new one. We know some schools have collected devices already. If that's the case for you, please do come on the date scheduled to pick up your new device. 

Throughout August, we will be communicating with families in waves about how, when and where to exchange devices, beginning with incoming 9th grade students, who will exchange their devices August 17 and 18.

You can find the schedule here. Only the schools that are already scheduled are currently listed, and we will be updating this page as we finalize plans for additional schools.

Thank you for your patience. Know that we are working through a complex plan and will be reaching out to you when it is time to exchange your student's device. Expect to receive an email and a text message (if you have opted in to receive text messages from MMSD) from us about your student's exchange date, time and location, once we finalize all plans.

Single Sign-On Starts August 17

As you might imagine last spring allowed both the instructional technology and technical service departments to reevaluate the student experience on district-issued devices. We wanted to take the time to inform you of a major change that will impact the way students sign into the district-issued devices. 

As you are aware, ClassLink is the district Single Sign-On (SSO) platform. Starting this school year, we will totally integrate both students and staff into this platform. Moving forward Classlink will allow all stakeholders to access all of the district's curriculum/resource sites that are SSO. This change allows the user to only log into Classlink versus multiple platforms moving forward.

When logging into school-issued Chromebooks, each student will now need to use their 6 digit MMSD student ID# as their account username, and their current MMSD account password versus using their email address in previous school years. Please know that the password will remain the same. 
 
Once logged in to ClassLink, the Dashboard of application icons will be the default web page. These icons include essential software such as G Suite tools like Google Docs, Sheets, Classroom, Gmail, and a host of other instructional software programs. To use these icons, a student just needs to click onto the icon and they will automatically be logged into that application.

Lastly, last spring forced us to realize the need to have 4K students in our domain, so this school year all 4K students will also need to log in with their student IDs to access Classlink as well. 

To access ClassLink Launchpad from a non-MMSD issued device, a student would go to: https://launchpad.classlink.com/mmsd

Please know that these changes will be made as of August 17th, 2020.

Child Care Options in the Fall

MSCR Full-Day Child Care
In support of our working families, MSCR Cares is offering a full-day child care program this fall that provides both structured and free choice activities in a school community. Children entering grades K-5 will be provided virtual school support, indoor and outdoor play and special interest activities led by MSCR and MMSD staff. MSCR Cares runs from September 8 - October 30, 2020, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. There are a limited number of enrollment slots available at each school site, so please use the links below to register online. 

MSCR Cares Fall 2020 Registration Form in English
MSCR Cares Fall 2020 Registration Form in Spanish

Here's a link to the full MSCR Cares program guidelines including eligibility criteria and program structure, plus visual instructions to assist you with registering. Registration forms must be received by August 21, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. If you have registration questions, please contact Vicki at vmejeris@madison.k12.wi.us or call 608-204-3000.

If you are interested in supporting MSCR Cares, please donate to the Foundation for Madison Public Schools COVID 19 MSCR fund. We appreciate all the help from the community.

Need assistance locating additional childcare options? 
4-C assists parents with their search for early care and education for their children. Request a free child care or youth program referral via one of the following methods:

Learn more at www.4-c.org

Equity Projects and the 2020 Referenda

The continued growth of strategic equity projects in the 2020 Referenda is aimed at disrupting societal and historical inequities and eliminating disparities based on race and socioeconomic status. Just a few examples are Full Day 4K, Early College Stem Academy (in partnership with Madison College), Behavioral Health in School, English Language Learner (ELL) services, Special Education, Advanced Learning, Forward Madison and TEEM Scholars, Black Excellence Coalition Fund, Academic and Career Planning (ACP), Personalized Pathways, 9th grade on track and AVID/TOPS.

Another example is Dual Language Immersion (DLI), a program that exists in nearly half of our schools. In DLI programs, native Spanish speakers and native English speakers maintain and develop their first language while acquiring native-like communication and literacy skills in a second language. Academic content is taught and assessed in two languages over an extended period of time.

DLI programs honor the linguistic and cultural diversity of our community, and prepare students for academic and personal success in today's interconnected and increasingly competitive global context.
 
Learn more about DLI and other Equity Projects and Programs at mmsd.org/equity-projects.  #FutureReadyMMSD

We will be holding community informational sessions via Zoom in September to discuss the referenda in more detail. Stay tuned for more information about those. 

Exciting opportunity for juniors and seniors

Get paid professional experience while learning about a career in one of the fastest-growing, highest-paid fields - data analytics, the art and science of answering questions about the world and identifying patterns using numbers. This partnership between the City of Madison and Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) provides work credit and an opportunity to earn the Employability Skills Certification.

The City of Madison's Data Team is seeking a paid high school intern to assist with collecting, entering, and finding patterns in COVID-related data. You'll learn skills for analyzing data and using data software. Open to all interested students. No prior training or experience required. The City of Madison, in partnership with MMSD, is a multicultural learning and working environment where differences are valued and respected. We encourage students from all backgrounds-including students of color, low-income students, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, female students, and students at the intersections of these identities-to apply.

We're looking for students who:

  • can work with both the big picture and the small details
  • are open-minded, curious, and always want to learn more
  • are always teaching themselves something new (school-related or not)
  • are always looking for new and better ways of doing things
  • are systematic thinkers
  • can to dig in and find out why when something doesn't work right
  • are quick to notice patterns
  • are good at working independently and as part of a team

Important info:

  • $14.10/hour
  • 10 hours per week - two hours every weekday when school is in session, either during your first two
  • class periods or your last two class periods
  • Time period: beginning of the school year until winter break
  • Must be authorized to legally work in the US
  • By applying, you agree to meet MMSD's Education and Training Agreement if selected

Application process:

  • No special materials or preparation needed - you only need to answer a few questions about yourself
  • We'll contact selected students the week of August 24, for a telephone interview the week of August 31
  • If we get a high application volume, we may randomly select applications to review
  • The application will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, August 23

If this describes you, fill out the application now! Please contact datateam@cityofmadison.com with any additional questions. 

In case you missed it

Enrollment is 100% virtual this year and is going on now. If you need assistance, you can contact your school starting next week. View the MMSD School Year Calendar for specific dates and times that your school is available. Learn more about 2020-21 enrollment here

Need help paying for meals? We will be offering curbside meal service at 40 school sites starting the week of September 8, 2020. Learn more

School start and end times during virtual learning are different from normal school hours. Learn more.

Update on grounds and facilities: We are now allowing limited use of our grounds for families and our students. Learn more

Update on MMSD Athletics: Here is the latest information on MMSD Athletics that was shared on July 29. 

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.

Supporting MMSD and MSCR families in crisis during COVID-19

Since March, the Foundation for Madison Public Schools has been raising emergency relief funds and collaborating with community partners to ensure our MMSD and MSCR students, families and staff have the resources and financial support to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We need your support. Please join our efforts to help our families who are impacted the most by this health crisis with a gift to one or both of these funds. To learn more, visit this page.