Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year

We’re excited to welcome you back for the 2018-2019 school year! We hope you had a fun and relaxing summer. In case you haven’t seen it yet, we recently released the new version of our Strategic Framework (2018-2019). This refreshed strategy serves as a roadmap for our district and the important work we have yet to do. You'll see the new Framework priorities include a focus on providing deeper learning experiences for all students, ensuring positive cultures and climates, and creating personalized options for post-secondary success. You can also check out our 2017-2018 Annual Report, where we take a look at the progress we’ve made over the last five years.

We look forward to a strong start to the new school year!

Back to school information

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 4 for all elementary students, 6th grade students and 9th grade students. All other middle and high school students attend on Wednesday, September 5. Check the school year calendar for details.

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

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 tagged #FutureMMSDGrad.

Could your child benefit from Advanced Learning?

If you feel your child shows high capabilities or the potential for high performance in a subject, or if your child has leadership potential, is a creative thinker, excels in art or music, or is a highly driven and curious learner, you can request to have them assessed for possible Advanced Learning interventions.

Simply tell your child’s teacher you would like to start this process, or complete an inquiry form at mmsd.org/AL-info.

Information about student digital devices

This school year will bring some changes with student digital devices and we want to make sure you have the latest information. Students in grades 5-8, as well as La Follette High School students, will take their devices home.

You can learn more about digital devices on the website. In addition to take home resources, you’ll find information on low-cost WiFi for families who qualify. To support you with devices going home, we’ll launch a new platform called Securly. Securly is the leading provider of cloud-based web filters for schools and has a presence in thousands of schools across the country. Check out our new family portal. Here you will find more digital learning resources.

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 at 608- 204-4001. Learn more about free and reduced-price meals.

Get ready for fun! The MSCR fall guide is available

The Madison School & Community Recreation Fall 2018 Program Guide is out. Madison residents should have received the guide in the mail earlier this month. The guide is also available at mscr.org. Look for a variety of fun fitness, arts and enrichment, sports, adventure, swimming and after-school programs.

Registration began Monday, August 13 for Madison School District residents and will begin on August 27 for non-residents. Please review or create your account and make any necessary updates to avoid registration delays. Go to mscr.org or call 608-204-3000 for more information.