Dear MMSD Family, 

I hope you and your families are enjoying October. It's hard to believe second quarter just around the corner! I wanted to give this edition of the Family News a personal intro to thank you in advance for helping our school board navigate some pretty significant decisions they are making this school year. The first being their search for a new superintendent and the second, their decision on whether to put two referenda on the ballot in 2020. You can learn more about both below. Thank you as always for your partnership!  


Dr. Jane Belmore 
Interim Superintendent

Investing in the future: Transforming space, transforming student experience

The school board is considering two referenda questions for the community to vote on in 2020 - one for facilities and one for operating expenses - that would further our academic vision for the future, maintain our position as an employer of choice that attracts high-quality staff, and have the farthest-reaching positive impact on students for generations to come.

Over the last three years we have developed a new academic vision in partnership with students, staff, families, and our larger community. We believe we have identified the most pressing and promising projects to take on next in a facilities referendum

  • Significant renovations that would transform learning environments in our four main high schools so that they are more welcoming, functional, innovative, safe, adaptive to students' diverse learning styles and supportive of positive climate and culture.
  • Moving our Capital High Westside and Eastside students into a permanent home in a school building we own, Hoyt School. 
  • Exploring the possibility of building a new elementary school in the Rimrock Road area to give underserved students and families a much-needed school in their neighborhood.

An operating referendum would allow MMSD to stabilize the budget, while maintaining high quality programs and supports for students and adhering to the class size policy. 

Through mid-December 2019, we will be seeking your ideas and feedback through community meetings, focus groups, online surveys, and more. Watch your email next month for the survey. You can find out more at

Join us at an upcoming informational and feedback session
Our upcoming community info sessions are listed here. The primary focus at these sessions is to discuss the possible facilities' upgrades at that particular school, but you are welcome to attend any of the sessions.

  • Tuesday, October 22, 6:00-7:30pm, at La Follette High School 
  • Wednesday, October 23, 6:00-7:30pm, at East High School
  • Wednesday, November 6, 6:00-7:30pm, at West High School 
  • Thursday, November 7, 6:00-7:30pm, at Memorial High School 

Help us find our next superintendent

The School Board is searching for the district's next superintendent. You're invited to attend an upcoming input session. Your ideas will help create a unique leadership profile that the board will use to evaluate and make decisions about candidates. Join us on Tuesday, October 29, from 7:00-8:30pm at Memorial High School or Wednesday, October 30, from 7:00-8:30pm at La Follette High School to voice your thoughts. Interpretation in Spanish and Hmong will be provided. Please RSVP to request child care (ages 4+) by emailing

You can also participate by giving your feedback on this survey, which will be open through midnight Nov.4, 2019.

Learn more about the superintendent search

We need your voice to select K-5 reading materials

We are looking for parent input to help inform our selection for new K-5 reading materials. Please attend our first family group session on Thursday, October 17th at Meadowridge Library from 6:00-7:30 pm. Your voice is a valuable part of our selection process.

If you can't make it tomorrow, we'll be having additional sessions in November. The next one will be on November 14 from 6-7:30pm at the Lakeview Public Library, 2845 N Sherman Ave. 

Reminder: Learn about IEPs at our family event on October 23

Join us to hear from the district and participate in understanding more about Individual Education Plans at our What is an IEP? event on Wednesday, October 23, from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm at the Lakeview Public Library (2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI). Also hear from community members about their own experiences and how they have supported their children in the process.

Bring the whole family! Food will be provided. To reserve childcare or request transportation or interpretation, please contact Janice Chestnut at 608-663-5977,

Visit or FB/mmsdfyce for more info.

Immediate need for Special Education Assistants!

The MMSD has a significant need for Special Education Assistant applicants. We find the most success in our hires through referrals and word of mouth - please share this opportunity with your friends/family/network! We have immediate vacancies and an ongoing need for subs. We are looking for people with a passion to support students with identified disabilities. Starting wage 15.69/hour
Apply here.

Learn to Wrestle at La Follette High School

Come to the FREE Wrestling Clinic Saturday, November 2 and Saturday, November 9, from 10 am until 1 pm. This clinic is open to all La Follette attendance area students in grades K-8 (boys AND girls), in the La Follette Wrestling Room, and is hosted and coached by La Follette wrestlers and coaches. Come join the fun and learn to wrestle!

Laser Shows at the MMSD Planetarium

Our annual laser show fundraiser at the MMSD Planetarium, in which lasers draw animations on the dome to go with the music or story, will run from October 28 to November 2 this year. The shows feature themes such as Halloween, Stranger Things, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Michael Jackson, and more! Proceeds pay for students to travel to the  American Astronomical Society conference to present the results of their research.Tickets are $2-5 online or at the door. Look for the full schedule and playlists on our website.