Fostering safe and welcoming schools

Over the last year, MMSD’s Safety and Security team has been working closely with school communities throughout the district to strengthen safety measures and protocols. The team’s aim is simple: create safe and welcoming learning environments that nurture the cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being of all students, staff, and families. 

The team’s work so far has included important safety-enhancing endeavors, including re-training all staff on our safety and emergency procedures, reviewing active threat protocols, and facilitating and planning trauma informed practice and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) trainings. 

Their work continues this year with a greater focus on strengthening systems and structures, including conducting individual school security assessments in partnership the Madison Police Department, revising school safety plans, enhancing emergency communication protocols with families, improving interior (classroom) door hardware and exterior door monitoring, and installing additional cameras.

As this work progresses, we’ll continue to provide you with updates and highlights. 

Your partnership in this work is incredibly important. Please do not hesitate to share your questions, suggestions or comments on the website.  

Adjustments to the Behavior Education Plan - Let us know what you think

We believe in the importance of student, family, and staff voice in decision making. Right now, we're in the process of considering several adjustments to our district's Behavior Education Plan. In addition to considering any necessary policy shifts, we are also looking to make adjustments to the way we implement and provide training on our policy.

We’ve gathered feedback over the years, and we want to continue gathering feedback from you as we move forward. Adjustments will not be made without your input. Please visit our website and fill out the form to make your voice heard. Please also keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for information about listening sessions over the next two months in each high school attendance area.  Thank you for your help.

You can also hear Superintendent Cheatham's talk on the Behavior Education Plan and what else is happening in our district in this interview with WORT.

Information and training opportunities for Securly

This school year we’ve started using Securly to help keep students safe while they use their school-issued devices. Securly is the leading provider of cloud-based web filtering for schools using technology.

Securly allows you to gain important insight into your child’s browsing habits and online activity while they use their devices at home or off the school’s network. You will have access to Securly through email and the family portal. You can use it on your computer or an app on your smartphone. The family portal allows you to control your child’s access, as well as add filters and blocked pages when the device is used at home.

Please read this letter with information on how to access Securly. Also, we’ll have two opportunities for families to receive support in signing up for Securly. If you have questions, email TJ McCray at

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
La Follette High School Library
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Jefferson Middle School Library/Lecture Hall
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Wright Middle School families gather to build community and support their scholars

Families at Wright Middle School are working to build community. Last month, families attended orientation for the CLEAR Family Partnership. CLEAR represents the values of Wright—Citizenship, Leadership, Equity, Achievement and Relationships.

This is the second group of its kind at the school. The first group started in 2016 and focused on the Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF) Parent School Partnership curriculum with our Family, Youth and Community Engagement team. The program is aimed at building community at schools—especially among families of color—and working together to advocate and support Wright scholars. Several other schools have similar programs for families.

Balloons, crafting and dancing — Oh, what fun!

What’s better than a family dance party, crafts and a balloon drop? Join Madison School and Community Recreation for the MSCR Balloon Ball Family Dance Party on Friday, October 12 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at MSCR East (4620 Cottage Grove Road).

The MSCR Balloon Ball features a festive mix of music, dancing and crafts for the whole family. And don’t miss the balloon drop! Families can expect a variety of dance floor games, Imagination Playground, a photo booth and craft corner where children are encouraged to create an art project with any of the materials provided.

The fee is $5 for children three and older. We strongly encourage pre-registration. Register at and use course #19635.