An update on changing school start/dismissal times

As you may know, in July 2018, the Madison school board approved changing school start/dismissal times starting in the 2019-2020 school year. This year, we are working on a plan for the changes. We want to keep you updated along the way.

Next school year Crestwood, Huegel and Thoreau elementary schools, as well as, Jefferson, Cherokee and Spring Harbor middle schools will make major changes in their start/dismissal times. In addition, all remaining elementary schools will make a five or 10 minute change to begin transition to the new start/dismissal times. We'll have the complete schedule on the website soon. 

Also, our team has met with Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) and Madison-area Out-of-School Time (MOST) providers. We want to ensure after-school program providers are informed of the changing start and dismissal times so they can make any adjustments if needed.

Stay tuned for another update in December on school start/dismissal times.

We want to hear from you. Join us to give your input on the Behavior Education Plan

As you may have seen in the last family newsletter, MMSD is in the process of considering several adjustments to our district's Behavior Education Plan. As a district, we believe in the importance of family voice in decision making. By taking a step back to improve our policies and systems, we are hoping ensure we have the right supports for implementation.  

We’ve learned a great deal about behavior support and what it takes to make sure every classroom is a safe and supportive one. We’ve gathered feedback over the years, and we want to continue gathering feedback and ideas from you as we move forward. Please consider attending one of the following input sessions, facilitated by district staff. To request interpretation, please email or call 663-1879.

Wednesday, October 17th

Memorial High School Library


Wednesday, October 24th

La Follette High School (room to be announced)


Tuesday, October 30th

West High School (room to be announced)


Wednesday, November 7th

East High School Auditorium


We will take what we learn to strengthen our approach.  Thank you for your help.

It’s time to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

How are you paying for college? All families, regardless of income, should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will qualify your student for grants, loans and work study. Many colleges require this to provide financial award packages to students. You can find the FAFSA application on the website. You should complete the application as soon as possible to qualify for the most aid. Parents and students need to register for an FSA ID before completing the FAFSA.

If you need help, be sure to attend a College Goal WI event in your area for individual support. View the list of College Goal WI events. We also have pre-college and post-secondary opportunities information for our immigrant students on our website. If you or your student have questions or need more information, contact the counselor at your high school.

National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. We know how important it is for our students, staff and families to feel a sense belonging in our school communities. Schools across Madison have been talking with students about what it means to be an ally and the importance of being kind. Check out what students at Nuestro Mundo have been learning this month on the school’s website.

Congratulations to Spring Harbor Middle School!

Congratulations to Spring Harbor Middle School for its win at the National African-American History Challenge Bowl over the summer. The Madison school board recognized team members Genesis Woodards, Paul Eichoff and Simon Kellum and their coach and mentor at a meeting last month. Spring Harbor’s team defeated a group from Omaha in the championship round. This is the second year a team from Madison took home the national championship.

Community leaders experience serving as principal for a day at Madison schools

On Tuesday, October 9th, 90 community leaders participated in A Principal Experience. The community leaders served as Principal Partners at each of our schools and learned firsthand what principals and school staff experience every day. Sabrina Madison, Founder of The Progress Center for Black Women, served as Superintendent for a Day. Madison spent time with Superintendent Cheatham and got a glimpse of what it’s like to be the “principal of all schools.” This was the 15th A Principal Experience, put on by the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools.

Check out the laser shows at the MMSD Planetarium!

Join the MMSD Planetarium for its annual laser shows, October 24-31. You’ll see a spectacular show accompanied by music from the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and more. The shows serve as a fundraiser for the planetarium. Tickets are on sale now. You can find the schedule and playlists on the website.