Shorewood Hills Elementary wins National Blue Ribbon Award

Congratulations to Shorewood Hills Elementary School for being named a National Blue Ribbon School! The Blue Ribbon Schools program award is given to schools for academic excellence or for improving student achievement. Shorewood was one of eight Wisconsin schools to be nominated for the award earlier this year. Shorewood Hills will celebrate the honor with a party on October 13.

Kohl Teacher Fellowship deadline extended

The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program has extended its deadline for nominations. Nominations are now due on Friday, October 6. 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.

Do you want to be a volunteer tutor? Join us for tutor training

The Tutoring Network, a citywide coalition of volunteer-based tutoring program providers that serve MMSD students during and after school, is hosting a Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop for prospective and current volunteer tutors. The training will take place on Tuesday, October 10 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Road.

Please consider volunteering one hour a week to tutor an MMSD student. As a volunteer tutor you can help an elementary student develop a love of reading, or help a middle school student refine their math or literacy skills and be prepared for high school, or help a 9th grade student develop the needed foundational skills in algebra. Every year our schools benefit from the hard work and dedication of more than a 1,000 volunteers but there are still many students who need your help. Learn about the available volunteer opportunities on our website. If you have any questions, contact Laura Whitmore, MMSD Community Partnership Coordinator at (608) 663-4941.

We need your help. Volunteer at FutureQuest 2017 

FutureQuest 2017 is a few months away and we need your help! We are working with the Dane County School Consortium to sponsor the event, which features a wide variety of postsecondary and business exhibitors. 

The event provides more than 5,300 middle school students from the Madison area an opportunity to relate their interests to future education and career opportunities. 

FutureQuest is Wednesday, December 6 at the Alliant Energy Center. We need more than 200 volunteers. All volunteers will be given a t-shirt and lunch. Those interested can sign up on the Sign Up Genius website by November 1.

Questions? Contact Sherrie L. Stuessy, Experiential Learning Coordinator, at or 608-622-7482.

Notice of Correction - District Policy Guides

Please note that there has been a small change to the online versions of the District's Policy Guide.  Previously, the guide inaccurately identified the agencies with which families of students with a disability can file a discrimination complaint under the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Families of students with a disability who believe the District has discriminated against their child on the basis of disability can do so with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (Region V) and/or the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Please refer to the online Policy Guide for more information regarding the complaint process. This new information can be found on page 105 of the Elementary Guide and 109 of the Secondary Guide. No other changes were made to the guide.

Tickets are selling fast for Lip Sync for Schools 

Last year's event was a hit and this year’s event will be too! Don't miss seeing some of your favorite principals and community leaders perform on stage. Lip Sync for Schools is Friday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brink Lounge. Tickets are $50 each, $40 for teachers. You can purchase tickets online. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools and its work to provide enriching educational opportunities for all MMSD students.

Join MSCR for a night of crafts and dancing

Calling all superheroes, princes and princesses! Throw on your capes and crowns and show off your moves! Enjoy dancing, crafts and games for characters of all ages on Friday October 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at MSCR East, 4620 Cottage Grove Rd. The cost is $5 per child for ages three years and older. Adults and children two-years-old and under are free with a registered participant. We recommend pre-registration. If space permits, tickets will be available at the door. You can register on the MSCR website. The deadline is October 18.