Do you know a college-aged student looking for work or volunteer opportunities?

We are seeking college-aged students to work with youth in our AVID and AVID/TOPS programs. AVID is a college readiness system that serves approximately 1300 students across our district. AVID aims to provide college and career readiness to students who are traditionally underrepresented on college campuses. Tutors work with small, collaborative study groups of students in 7th -12th grades. They serve as facilitators as AVID students work through questions they have from their content classes.

This is a wonderful part-time opportunity to engage in the Madison community, earn service learning hours, and get a sense of what it might be like to work in education. This is a paid position, but we also accept those looking to volunteer their time. You can find AVID positions on our website.

For questions, contact Stephanie Marshall, AVID Tutor Coordinator for Madison schools and Boys and Girls Club of Dane County at  or 663-1902.

Help us chart the next phase of our Strategic Framework

The Strategic Framework is our roadmap to raising achievement for all students and closing achievement gaps. Now that we are in the fifth year of the framework, we believe it’s the right time to reflect on our progress, gather information and ideas and determine what changes we need to make to our strategy for the future.

This fall and winter we will be tapping the expertise of families, teachers, community members, and students in a series of sessions. We want to hear your ideas about how we can get dramatically closer to our vision of every child graduating ready for college, career and community. And we'd like your feedback on the ideas we've generated so far.

Save the date: Two community sessions are tentatively scheduled for Nov. 7 at East High School and Nov. 16 at Memorial High School. Stay tuned for session times and details.

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

On Wednesday, October 11, 90 community leaders participated in A Principal Experience. The community leaders served as Principal Partners at each of our 50 schools and learned firsthand what principals and school staff experience every day. This was the 14th A Principal Experience, put on by the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools.

MSCR receives National Award

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently presented MSCR with the 2017 Excellence in Inclusion Award. MSCR offers adaptive recreation – sports and recreation designed for people who have disabilities, and inclusion services for individuals with and without disabilities to participate together. The department serves 4,685 participants with disabilities. MSCR received the award at the NRPA National Congress in New Orleans, Louisiana.  MSCR is a member of NRPA and shares the organization's vision that everyone can have access to park and recreation opportunities in sustainable communities.

Laser shows are back at the MMSD Planetarium

Join the MMSD Planetarium at its laser shows this month. The shows run October 23 through October 28 and serve as a fundraiser for the planetarium. During the shows, lasers accompanied by music or a story, draw animations on the dome. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the door or on the planetarium's website.