Share your thoughts on the potential referenda before December 5

Thank you to everyone who attended our community input sessions on the potential referenda. If you missed the sessions and would like to see what was presented and hear what questions have been asked, video of all four sessions are on our Facebook page. More information about the potential referenda can be found on our website here. If you haven't already, please share your feedback with us via this online survey. The survey will close on December 5.

Don't miss tonight's Parent Leadership Academy session: 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.
Tonight, 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

Spanish-language radio show to broadcast live from Memorial High School

Our ¿Qué pasa en nuestras escuelas? Spanish-language radio program is going on the road! For their November episode, they'll be broadcasting live from Memorial High School. We'll feature Memorial staff and students and highlight some of the programming and initiatives that are being implemented at the school. You won't want to miss it! 

The show is on Thursday, November 21 from 9:00-11:00am on La Movida Radio, 1480 AM or 94.5 FM. Note that it is broadcast entirely in Spanish. Listen to the radio promo for our November program here

Early College STEM Academy student and family input sessions going on now

The Early College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy, a partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison College, is designed to expand access to college courses in science, technology, engineering and math and to increase opportunities for students to earn college credit in high school at no cost to them or their families. We are currently holding info sessions for students and families and invite you to attend to learn more about it. The dates are listed here
See what current students (and their parents) enrolled in the Early College STEM Academy have to say about their experience so far.
The application window will open on December 15. More information can be found on our website here

Revisiting a Day in the Life of a Student in Personalized Pathways

Back in November 2017, we followed Vivek, then a ninth grade student in Personalized Pathways at West High School to explore what a typical day was for our Pathways students in our feature "A Day in the Life". Two years and an additional Pathway option later, we thought it was time to go back in and see what's the same, what's new, and how Pathways has evolved.
This time we shadowed Harmony, a tenth grade student at Memorial High School in the Health Services Pathway. Harmony showed us what she's currently working on in her classes and talked to us about her experiences so far. Here's a quick peek into another day in the life of a Personalized Pathways student. Read on to learn more.

The application to enroll in a Personalized Pathway is available now on our website

Are you ready to lead Madison? Are you ready to champion outcomes for students of color?

Do you know someone who can lead Madison? The MMSD is seeking Principals and Assistant Principals for the 2020-21 school year. Please share our application with your MMSD & external network. Any interested parties can be directed to Emily Nyquist via phone (608-663-1698) or email (

News from the Foundation: The Foundation salutes our teachers!

As the season of giving thanks approaches, we are grateful for our teachers!
The Foundation for Madison's Public Schools is MMSD's go-to partner in connecting the community in support of our public schools. We help mobilize financial support, partnership programs and fund management to help ensure that Madison public schools prepare every single scholar to graduate ready for college, career and community.
We know that our programs and funding would not go far if it weren't for the amazing teachers and support staff serving at each of our public schools. We're so grateful for Madison's strong teachers and staff that we shouted it from the sky in our 2018 billboard series last year!
Thank you, teachers and staff, for ALL that you do! Please take time to thank a teacher who has meant the world to you or your young scholar.
Since our founding in 2001, the Foundation has given over $20 million back to our public schools through endowments, programs and funding of novel school-based initiatives. Learn more or consider a gift to public schools today - visit

Tickets are still available for this month's public show at the MMSD Planetarium

This month's show 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.