Students, staff and families share their hopes and dreams

We recently set up a whiteboard at Cherokee Heights Middle School and asked students, staff and parents to write down their hopes and dreams for the new school year. Check out the video to see what they wrote.  


Pathways students gear up for the new school year

School is back in session, and students and staff alike are excited about the year ahead, filled with opportunities for personal and academic growth. High school students who are participating in our first Personalized Pathway are gearing up for an exhilarating year of learning, building relationships with their fellow students and teachers, and making connections with the organizations who partner with us. “We are excited to share our enthusiasm for our careers with the students who are embarking on the health sciences pathway,” says Bridgett Willey of UW Health.
Phurbu, at West High School, shares what she’s looking forward to this year:

Throughout the year, we’ll be sharing stories and information about our Pathways students in this newsletter as well on our social media channels. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page and visit the Pathways website for additional information. 


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.  


Save the date: Farm to school night on October 4

Dine out on October 4 and support the Farm to School Program in Madison schools! Farm to School Night Out is a day-long, city-wide local food celebration that encourages individuals, families, organizations and businesses to eat at local restaurants. 

Participating restaurants will donate 10% of sales to the REAP Farm to School Program. The program provides fresh, local snacks, garden bars, nutrition education and hands-on culinary training for students. Visit REAP Food Group’s website for a list of participating restaurants. 


Two Madison science teachers attend Bioenergy Institute for Educators

Over the summer, La Follette High School teacher Brad Harrison and Sandburg Elementary School teacher Collette Cass attended the Bioenergy Institute for Educators. The three-day program is held at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the Wisconsin Energy Institute at UW–Madison. It offers teachers the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in energy research and to discover tools and materials for teaching students about energy and sustainable energy systems.

Mr. Harrison and Ms. Cass toured UW–Madison labs and field sites dedicated to developing biofuels derived from non-food crops such as switchgrass. They also worked with other teachers to develop new classroom projects on key bioenergy concepts.


Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools holds 14th A Principal Experience

It's almost time for A Principal Experience, a program hosted each year by the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. On October 11th, 90 community leaders will serve as Principal Partners at each of our 50 schools and see firsthand what principals and school staff experience every day. 

Since the program started, more than 750 leaders have tried their hand at running one of our schools. Learn more about the program on the Foundation's website and email Mary Bartzen if you are interested in participating next year.


A look back at Cassini’s 20-year mission

Join the Madison school district planetarium in October as it takes a look back at the 20-year mission of NASA’s giant orbiter, Cassini.

Tickets are $2.50 and available on the planetarium’s website, by mail, or at the door. Buying tickets in advance is recommended. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. We accept walk-ins on stand-by for sold out shows.