We support our immigrant, refugee and undocumented students and families

As we continue to monitor  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity in our community, we wanted to provide the following resources for all families.

If you need support directly related to ICE activity, please contact Fabiola Hamden, Dane County Immigration Affairs Specialist at (608) 242-6260 or hamdan@countyofdane.com.

If you would like to support immigrant families in our community, Dane County has established an Immigrant Assistance Fund.

New school year, refreshed strategy and our commitment to you

We are so happy to see all of our students back for a new school year. We captured some of the excitement during the first week of school in this video and saw your beautiful first-day-of-school pictures. Thank you for sharing those moments with us.

Not only is it a new school year, it’s also the beginning of our refreshed strategic framework, which we released in late July. Our new strategy builds on the progress we’ve made and is a direct reflection of the feedback we gathered over the last year. In it, we make a commitment to deeper learning and belonging for every child, with a special commitment to ensuring Black youth excel in school. And we introduce a strategy that focuses on empowering and tapping into the expertise of school communities, investing in educators as allies to children and families, and embracing innovation. We invite you to read our new strategic framework on the website.

We can’t wait to see all that our students accomplish this year!

National Merit Scholarship semifinalists named, Madison West leads the state

Congratulations to our students who have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists! Twenty-six seniors from West, seven from East, one from La Follette and 22 from Memorial are part of a group of 100 seniors across the state named as semifinalists. Finalists will be announced starting in spring. You can read more about the semifinalists in this article from the Wisconsin State Journal.  

Madison East Bilingual Resource Specialist to receive award

Silvia Gomez de Soriano, a Bilingual Resource Specialist at Madison East, will receive the Roberto G. Sanchez Award from Centro Hispano. The award honors an individual that has demonstrated leadership in advancing educational and career opportunities for Latinos in Dane County. The organization says Silvia has been dedicated to advancing the dreams of Latino students in our city. Silvia will receive her award at Centro Hispano’s annual celebration on Friday, September 28th. Congratulations on your award, Silvia!

Monitoring students’ online activity

As we continue to implement technology in our classrooms, our district uses Securly to keep students safe on their school-issued devices. You will have access to the Parent Portal of Securly and you’ll receive weekly email reports with samples of your child’s online activity while they use the school issue device at home.

Families will have access to Securly starting October 15. We will provide information in a future newsletter about training opportunities for Securly. If you have questions, reach out to TJ McCray, Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services— tjmccray@madison.k12.wi.us or 608-663-5231. You can also check out our website for more information.

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 3rd. Twenty-five 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.  

Nominate your child’s teacher for a Kohl Teacher Fellowship

The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program is still accepting nominations. Nominations are due by October 8th. The 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. Complete the online form on the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation website.