Reminder: Two more input sessions on the potential referendum 

Thank you to everyone who came out to give us feedback during our referendum input sessions last week. We had some great conversations with you and look forward to really digging into your comments and questions.
There are still two opportunities to join us in person to give your feedback:
Wednesday, November 6, 6:00-7:30pm, at West High School, and
Thursday, November 7, 6:00-7:30pm, at Memorial High School.

We hope to see you there!

If you can't make it to an in-person session, there are other ways to find the information and give your feedback. Sessions will be streamed live on Facebook, where you can leave comments and questions that will be addressed in real time. You can also fill out our survey.
Learn more about the two referenda questions the school board is considering at

Reminder: Session tonight to 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 tonight, 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

La Follette student chosen to participate in Global Youth Institute

Congratulations to La Follette 11th grade student Nyah Lues for being selected as one of five Wisconsin delegates to attend the Global Youth Institute, a three day conference focused on food security and agricultural issues.
Nyah got involved in this project last spring, when La Follette teacher Jason Roth had his World History students research topics related to food security/insecurity in various parts of the world. A number of these students shared their research at a conference hosted by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW Madison. Based on her presentation that day, Nyah was selected as a finalist, and she worked over the summer to revise her paper for the national conference.
The conference was held in Des Moines and gave Nyah the opportunity to interact with global leaders, connect with other student leaders around the world and participate in guided team projects.

FutureQuest event gives seventh graders a glimpse into their professional future

On November 21, MMSD 7th grade students will participate in FutureQuest, a hands-on event at the Alliant Energy Center to give students opportunities to interact with professionals from all careers. Visit this page to find out what your student/s will gain by participating and how you can help

What is Restorative Justice? How does it work? Why is it important?

Come out and hear from student practitioners as well as district leaders and participate in understanding what Restorative Justice is and how the district, students and community partners are working together in MMSD schools.
November 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, 
at Meadowridge Public Library, 5726 Raymond Rd
Food will be provided. To reserve childcare, request transportation and interpretation, please contact Janice Chestnut at 608-663-5977,
This Parent Leadership Academy session is a partnership between Family Youth & Community Engagement, YWCA, Restorative Justice, MMSD RJ practices and the Madison Public Library. Find more information at

K-5 reading materials selection: Let us know your thoughts on November 14

Thank you to everyone who came out to our input session on October 17. There are additional opportunities to give your feedback to help inform our selection for new K-5 reading materials. Your voice is a valuable part of our selection process. Join us on November 14 from 6-7:30pm at the Lakeview Public Library, 2845 N Sherman Ave.  

Join us at the MMSD Planetarium for Portals to the Universe

Our November show in the MMSD Planetarium is Portals to the Universe. Telescopes and binoculars serve as portals, transporting us through space and time. Join us to explore how they capture those beautiful scenes we enjoy, learn how to use them, and get tips on how to choose them. We will also explore the current night sky. The dates are:

  • Monday, November 18: 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, November 19: 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 20: 6:30-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 20: 7:45-8:45 PM

Tickets are $2.50 and available online, 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.

Special Kids Event at the MMSD Planetarium: The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 12's mission to the Moon, the planetarium is teaming up with local author Dean Robbins for a special presentation and planetarium program based on his children's picture book The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean, on Saturday, November 23 from 2:30-3:30pm. The interactive, multimedia presentation will introduce kids to Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, the only artist to travel to the Moon. Dean will explain how Bean's paintings express the magic and mystery of walking on the Moon and what it was like to collaborate with this one-of-a-kind American hero on the book. 

Then the planetarium will take you on a virtual trip to the Moon. Thanks to our partners at the local bookstore A Room of One's Own, after the show you'll have an opportunity to buy the book and have Dean sign it! Tickets are only $2.50 and available online now, 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.

News from the Foundation: A record 115 community leaders reported to the Principal's Office for A Principal Experience

The Foundation for Madison's Public Schools sixteenth annual A Principal Experience took place Tuesday, October 8. The principals of each of Madison's 50 public schools were joined by local business and community leaders, dubbed Principal Partners, to see first-hand what it takes to make our public schools thrive.
"The 115 community members who gave their time yesterday during our 16th Annual A Principal Experience once again demonstrate Madison's commitment to our public schools," noted Foundation for Madison's Public Schools Executive Director, Melinda Heinritz. "Madisonians truly show up - as volunteers, taxpayers, voters, and donors. I'm so grateful to live in a place like this."
Principal Partners - including Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway who spent the morning at La Follette High School - had the chance to learn firsthand about the challenges and rewards local school principals navigate every day. More than one Principal Partner remarked how impressed they were with school administrators' personal connection to each student.
Kim Jones, with Dane County Regional Airport was impressed by her principal, Sandburg Elementary's Brett Wilfrid. "He knows the names and the life stories of each of the 500 scholars in this school. He strives to ensure that every kid is valued as more than a test score."
During the afternoon, Principal Partners met at the Alliant Energy Center for lunch and a discussion forum, hosted by Jason Ilstrup, President of Downtown Madison, Inc. Jason spent the morning shadowing Badger Rock Middle School's Hong Tran, and credits Tran and the Badger Rock community for great strides the school has made to ensure every scholar thrives. He notes the importance of strong schools for a strong community.

"When businesses are looking to move here to Madison or grow here, quality public schools that help build tomorrow's workforce are critical considerations."
Service in the Foundation's A Principal Experience is often the stepping stone that compels local leaders to formally link their company, church or group with a school as part of the Foundation's Adopt-a-School program. Alexzandra Shade, the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for CUNA Mutual Group, spoke about her morning at Hamilton Middle School - one of four schools formally adopted by CUNA Mutual. Reflecting on her morning as a Principal Partner, Shade notes that the larger community shares in the responsibility to support good public schools, and "to provide a diverse, equitable learning space were all scholars truly feel supported."

Through the Foundation, 75 different organizations serve as Adopt-a-School partners, committing a minimum of one full year of support and investing time, material, talent and financial resources into Madison's Public Schools, commitments which - in 2018 - were valued at over $1 million.
To see a complete list of 2019 Principal Partners and learn more about A Principal Experience or Adopt-a-School, please visit the Foundation's website at