Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year 

Dear families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We hope you had a fun and relaxing summer. 

We are moving into the second year of our updated Strategic Framework, our roadmap to raising achievement for all students and eliminating the gaps in opportunity that lead to disparities in achievement. We will continue to build on the goals laid out in that strategy:

  • Every child on track to graduate college, career and community ready

  • The district and every school in it is a place where children, staff and families thrive

  • African-American children and youth excel in school 

And next Monday, August 26th, we’ll report out on our progress over the last school year. Watch for information in your email and on our website about our annual report. 

We hope you have a great start to the new school year!


Jane Belmore
Interim Superintendent

Back to school information 

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3 for all elementary students, 6th grade students and 9th grade students. All other middle and high school students attend on Wednesday, September 4. Check the school year calendar for details.

Visit mmsd.org/backtoschool for all your back-to-school needs!  

Are you ready? New start/dismissal times begin soon!

As you may know, new start/dismissal times for some Madison middle schools and all elementary schools begin in September. New start/dismissal times mean new bus schedules and drop-off times for our students. We expect delays during the first couple of weeks as our drivers and schools adjust to new routes. We ask for your patience as everyone gets used to the changes. 

You can view your child's specific bus route in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

  1. Log in to the Parent Portal

  2. Select the Transportation tab

  3. You will see your child's bus/color, pick-up/drop-off times and the bus stop location

If you have questions, please reach out to your school’s principal. You can also find information on our website.

Revision to the MMSD school year calendar for high school students

We made two small revisions to the MMSD school year calendar:

  1. Wednesday, April 15, will now be an ACT Aspire testing day for grades 9 and 10; grades 11 and 12 will have no school that day.ACT Aspire assesses students in grades 9 and 10 for readiness in English, mathematics, reading, science and writing. These scores predict future ACT scores and WorkKeys level of achievement.  

  2. Shabazz Scheduling, previously scheduled for August 27, has been moved to August 28 from 9am-12pm.

 You can view or download the updated calendar at mmsd.org/calendar.   

You may qualify for free or reduced-price meals 

Children need nutritious food in order to be healthy, active and productive. If there is any possibility that you qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please fill out the form. It’s easy and confidential. You can also call the Food and Nutrition Department at 608- 204-4001. Learn more about free and reduced-price meals.  

Be here to get there

Consistent school attendance is one of the building blocks for student success. Good attendance contributes to students doing well in school and eventually in the workplace. You can check your child's attendance with Infinite Campus

  • You can check your student’s attendance in Infinite Campus online 

  • You also can check using the Infinite Campus, Campus Parent mobile app

  • The app will notify you in real time when your student is absent from or late to class

Learn more about the importance of good attendance and the Infinite Campus, Campus Parent mobile app on the website

Meet the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools

 27,000 Scholars, 50 Schools, ONE Foundation, Infinite Potential. 

We are the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, and we believe that every child deserves a high quality, equitable education. We know that Schools Make Madison, and we are here as the go-to partner connecting the community in support of our public schools. Since our founding in 2001, the Foundation has given over $20 million back to our public schools through endowments, programs and funding of novel school-based initiatives. Our capacity to give relies on strong community support for our managed funds (over 170 total), our support services and our community partnership programs.

Learn more about the Foundation by visiting us online at SchoolsMakeMadison.org, explore our latest Report to the Community, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter - @Schoolsmakemsn. Connect with the Foundation today!

·   Consider joining A Principal Experience on Tue, October 8 as a principal partner;

·   Explore our Adopt-a-School program to see if your office or faith community may be a good fit;

·   Give a gift to the Foundation or one of our dedicated funds. (LINK)

We know that Madison’s future depends upon today’s investment in the education of tomorrow’s leaders. Get to know us in our mission to help ensure that every MMSD public school is a place where every scholar can thrive.

Send us your first-day-of-school pictures

Celebrate the first day back to school with us! We are collecting and sharing photos of students on their first day of school on our Facebook page. Send yours to mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us  or share it on Facebook/Instagram tagged #FutureMMSDGrad.