Superintendent Cheatham welcomes students back to school

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We hope our students enjoyed their first day of school and feel welcome and energized to learn. As we focus on strengthening relationships with our students, several of our staff share their hopes and dreams for students. We look forward to a great school year.


We stand by all our students, staff and families

As we welcome back our students, we especially want our immigrant students and families to know that we support you. All students and families, regardless of immigration status, are important members of our community and we are committed to ensuring that you are always welcome and safe in our schools. No matter what, we support you, and we are here for you. 
You can find helpful resources in our brochure.


Madison students all smiles on the first day of school

Group of students on the first day of schoolStudents across the district started the new school year with smiles. They also shared their strengths and what they'll do this school year. We can’t wait to see all the wonderful things our #FutureMMSDGrads accomplish this year.  


Updated healthy classroom snack list now available

Check out the newly updated MMSD Healthy Classroom Snack List. The list was developed to help parents and school staff select healthy and nut-free snack options when bringing in snacks for the entire class for celebrations such as birthdays, holidays, and parties.

The list contains nutrition guidelines for healthy snacks, snack preparation recommendations, food allergy guidelines, suggestions for healthy classroom snack options and ideas for non-food celebrations and rewards. You can view the healthy classroom snack list at along with other wellness documents and resources.


Did you know you can now report your child absent online?

We have a new attendance webpage for families, making it easier for you to report your child absent from school: This link can be found on all school websites in the “For Families” and “Contact Us” menus. You are welcome to continue using your school’s Safe Arrival / Attendance Line phone number if you prefer. The online form is simply an additional option for attendance reporting.

The new page also includes an electronic version of the Pre-Approved Absence Form that is required to excuse students when they have to miss school for vacations, special events, etc. Again, you will still be able to obtain a paper copy from your school's office.


Nominate an outstanding teacher for a Kohl Fellowship

The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in Wisconsin. The goal is to support teachers in the pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development. 100 Herb Kohl Fellowship recipients and the 100 schools of those teachers will each receive a $6,000 grant.

The deadline for nominations for the Kohl Teacher Fellowship is September 22nd. Complete the online form on the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website.


Give us your thoughts on the draft 2017-2020 Advanced Learning Plan

A draft of the 2017-2020 Advanced Learning Plan is now available. We want to know what you think. View the draft plan and provide your feedback on the website.


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