Making a backup plan for your student after bus drop off

Do you have a backup plan in place for when your student gets off the school bus and no one is there to meet them? Sometimes communication for students' after school plans can get mixed up and lead to confusion for students after their bus drop off. We want to ensure all of our students know exactly what to do in these situations.

Having a backup plan with a family member, friend or neighbor can help ease the confusion and ensure your student knows what to do in case there's a mix up.  

Parents, Do You Know Your Rights?

Join us on Thursday, September 19 for FYCE's Parent Leadership Academy: Parents, Do You Know Your Rights?, one of a series of community events that will be taking place in September. This is a great opportunity for parents and families to be informed and engage with MMSD staff about crucial issues that impact students.

Thursday Sept 19, 2019
5:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Goodman South Library
2222 S Park St. in Madison, Wi

Sherrice Perry, Associate General Counsel for MMSD
Ms. Perry will present on the importance of parents to know their rights and will discuss concerns/questions regarding special education process and student privacy rights and records.

Bryn L Martyna, Coordinator of Progressive Discipline
Bryn will be to present to parents the information and resources that are essential in understanding a behavior education plan and what are their rights as parents and best support their children.

Learn more about this event at

Read the District Policy Guide

The 2019-20 Madison Metropolitan School District policy guides for our elementary and secondary schools list several key policies and standards that pertain to behavior, family engagement, attendance, emergency situations, special education, computer and Internet use and more. Please read the policy guide and review the information with your student so that you're both informed and understand the policies and procedures of our schools. You can view or download the policy guide, as well as your school's supplemental information, at

National Merit Semifinalists named

Congratulations to our students who have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists! Nineteen seniors from West, six from East, one from La Follette and nine from Memorial have been named as semifinalists. Finalists will be announced starting in spring. You can read more about the semifinalists in this article from  

Dine out to support Farm to School

Join several Madison-area restaurants and REAP Food Group to celebrate Farm to School Night Out on Wednesday, October 2nd. Several Madison-area restaurants will donate 10 percent of their proceeds to the Farm to School Project, which provides fresh, locally-grown snacks, garden bars, nutrition education and hands-on culinary training throughout the year to Madison school students. Dine in or carry out. Find a list of participating restaurants on the website.

News from the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools: New School Year Means New Board Leadership for the Foundation

While it's Back to School for our scholars and teachers, it's Back to Work for our Board of Directors. The Foundation for Madison's Public Schools - the go-to partner connecting the community in support of our public schools - rolls into a new Board year, welcoming incoming Board Chair, Cathy Gillman, with North Central Group, who leads a hard-working group, rich in connection to the schools and businesses in our district, as well as a passionate dedication to the Foundation's mission.

This fall, we welcome new Board members:

  • Jane Belmore, Interim Superintendent (non-voting);
  • Marty Malloy, M3 Insurance ;
  • Kerry Motoviloff, MTI, MMSD;
  • Dan Nerad, Consultant and former MMSD Superintendent; and
  • Genia Stevens, Belwah Media;

who join a seasoned group of directors in working to ensure the Foundation's fiscal strength, capacity to fund novel programs and the success of each initiative we launch to help make every public school a place where every scholar thrives. Learn more about our Board and our programs at

MSCR Fall Youth Programs

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is a department of the Madison School District and offers a variety of recreation programs for all ages. Fee assistance is available. Check out these exciting fall program openings:
Learn volleyball skills including serving, bumping, passing and spiking. Rules and game strategies are also covered. Each week children build upon what they learned to improve their skills and play an instructional practice game at the last class. Takes place at MSCR Hoyt.
Age 6-7 -- Thursdays, September 19 to October 24, 6-6:30 pm, use course # 23220 to register.
Age 6-7 -- Thursdays, November 7 to December 19, 6-6:30 pm, use course # 23222 to register.
Age 8-10 -- Thursdays, September 19 to October 24, 6:40-7:10 pm, use course # 23221 to register.
Age 8-10 -- Thursdays, November 7 to December 19, 6:40-7:10 pm, use course # 23223 to register.
Madison Marimba Club
Learn to play several multi-part ensembles on wood marimbas. Learn about keyboard geography, steady beat, sticking technique and simple pitch and rhythmic notation. The last class meeting offers a performance for friends and family. No experience necessary, all equipment provided.
Grades 4-5 --Tuesdays, October 1 to December 10, 4:15-5 pm at Chavez Elementary School, use course #24123 to register.
An adult class takes place at 5:15-6:15,use course #24161 to register.
Nature Nuts
Wild about wilderness and want to learn more? Join us for an adventure learning all about the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it. Takes place at MSCR Hoyt.
Grades K-2 -- Sundays, September 22 to October 27, 2-3 pm, use course #24119 to register
Grades 3-5 -- Sundays, September 22 to October 27, 3:15-4:30 pm, use course #24120 to register
Grades K-2 -- Sundays, November 3 to December 8, 2-3 pm, use course #24121 to register
Grades 3-5 -- Sundays, November 3 to December 8, 3:15-4:30 pm, use course #24122 to register
MSCR also offers adult programs featuring arts and enrichment, fitness and sports. Programs are available at east and west locations and child care is available during some classes at Warner Park Community Recreation Center. Take a break, explore your hobbies and take a class for yourself! Register at or call 608-204-3000 for more information.