School start time changes

This fall we began a three-year implementation of moving our middle schools to later start times. The 2020-21 school year will kick off the second year of the new start times process. Hamilton, Toki and Wright middle schools will move to an 8:40am school start time, and Midvale, Lincoln, Chávez and Olson elementary schools will move to an earlier start time of 7:50am. Visit the website for a complete schedule and to check your school's start/dismissal times for the 2020-21 school year.

Reminder: Enroll now in Personalized Pathways

Enrollment is now open for Personalized Pathways. Eighth graders who are interested in enrolling in the health services or information technology & communications pathways should submit their applications now online.

The search is on! Progress on our superintendent search

Thank you to everyone who joined us at a superintendent search meeting or who completed the survey. Your voice is so incredibly important in this process, and we are grateful for your partnership.On November 11, 2019, Illinois search firm BWP & Associates met with the school board to present their findings from their survey and community input tour. The consultants then used community feedback to draft a leadership profile that will help guide the board's decisions as they begin to interview candidates in January. Learn more and read the summary or full report here.

You still have a week to take the referenda survey

Now's the time to submit your feedback on the proposed possible referenda. The survey will be open until December 5. Your opinion matters. Take the survey now!

Early College STEM Academy Student Profile: Meet Serrae, Adela, Tawanrat and Chungyi

Throughout the next few months, we will be profiling some of our current Early College STEM Academy students. The Early College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy is a partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison College, designed to expand access to college courses in science, technology, engineering and math, and increase opportunities for students to earn college credit in high school at no cost to them or their families.
 
Opportunity drives these four STEM Academy 11th graders who met this summer during College Success, a week-long STEM Academy "boot camp"where students learn successful college-life skills. The camp has continued as an 8-week STEM Academy class at Madison College's new South Madison campus.

Left to right: Serrae Conerly (West) says opportunity means becoming a first-generation college student and a woman of color in a white male-dominated field. Serrae, who loves art, has added math to her area of interest and is feeling more "well-rounded"in her education. Adela Miranda (La Follette) says studying science early "will solidify what I want to do."Her areas of interest are plastic surgery, biotechnology and pathology. Tawanrat Supatchaipisit (La Follette) loves art, too, but STEM has given her the opportunity to diversify her interests and "makes learning more interesting."Chungyi Law (La Follette) sees STEM Academy as a way to expand her interest in science and engineering so that she can "help a lot of people."

Apply for the Early College STEM Academy beginning December 15. More information can be found on our website here.

National Merit Scholar semifinalists recognized in special meeting

The MMSD Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday, November 18 to recognize 35 National Merit Scholar semifinalists and their families. The semifinalist designation is based on high performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Less than one percent of the 1.6 million students nationwide who took the test were awarded semifinalist status. Congratulations to our semifinalists on their achievements! Watch the video.

Board of Education congratulates high school research interns 

On Monday, November 25th, the Board of Education recognized 21 high school students who exemplify the culture of excellence embedded in our Strategic Framework through their participation in the High School Science Research Program. Through the program, Madison high school students are partnered with researchers at UW-Madison each summer, and are immersed in an authentic science research experience. Over the course of nine weeks, interns developed and researched a question, designed protocols for data collection and collected data under the guidance of a professor, degree candidate, postdoctoral candidate or research associate. They presented their findings this month at the UW Engineering Centers Building. To learn more about the High School Science Research Program, and how your student can apply for the next installment, check out the internship website.

Spanish-language radio program airs from Memorial High School

On November 21st, our Spanish-language radio program ¿Qué pasa en nuestras escuelas? ["What's happening in our schools?"] aired live on La Movida radio from inside Memorial High School. The radio broadcast featured Memorial students and staff, highlighting several school activities including Personalized Pathways, AVID, the Green Card Voices project, Early College STEM Academy and more. The JMM Latin Music Club also performed live on the show. Please note the show is broadcast entirely in Spanish. Watch the video.

TEEM Scholars visit Chicago!

The Forward Madison TEEM (Tomorrow's Educators for Equity in Madison) Scholars are on the move!
 
On Friday, October 25th, 17 TEEM Scholars traveled to Chicago for a unique educational experience. They visited the National Museum of Mexican American Art and were intrigued by an impressive Día de los Muertos exhibit. They also spent time in downtown Chicago to meet with staff from OneGoal, a national organization that provides programming to Chicago area teachers and underrepresented youth interested in pursuing college. TEEM Scholars learned from staff and students about the Chicago Teacher strike and were present for teachers gathering in downtown Chicago to protest.
 
Forward Madison TEEM (Tomorrow's Educators for Equity in Madison) Scholars is aimed at students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in teaching in MMSD. Students engage in college preparation programming through this partnership between MMSD and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education. During the academic year, students meet on the UW-Madison campus and engage in education-specific course work, including research around educational issues and teaching internships earning the Wisconsin Youth Leadership Certificate. During the summer, in collaboration with UW-Madison School of Education College Access Program (CAP), students participate in a summer academic enrichment camps on the UW-Madison campus.

MMSD teachers receive Rockwell Awards

The UW School of Education honored outstanding cooperating teachers in mid-November with the Rockwell Awards, which "recognize excellent teachers who have chosen to pass on their expertise by providing professional experiences for UW-Madison student teachers." Congratulations to Ellen Boyle and Tonya Rasmussen (Franklin), Scott Mullee (Black Hawk), James Reichling (La Follette), Tara Schluesche (Schenk) and Robin Staley (Memorial).

Winter weather: How will I know if school is closed?

Winter weather came early this year, and we want to make sure you know how we make decisions and communicate when the weather is severe. The safety of our students is our top priority and we always follow a set of guidelines to make decisions about whether school will be open or closed.
 
On days when the weather is bad, check our website or listen to any local radio or television station for information about school closings. If you provided your email address and/or cell phone number during enrollment, you will be contacted in the morning regarding a school closing via email, phone and text message.
 
We must make a decision that is best for all students. We realize, at times, our decisions may not fit with your individual circumstances. Therefore, we encourage and strongly support you in making the decision that is best for your child(ren). You are always the best judge of your child's health and safety. Read more about the winter weather guidelines on our website.

News from the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools: Calling All MMSD Alumni & Friends!

In an effort to connect and engage Madison Public School alumni and friends, the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools is pleased to announce the recent hire of Kari Mueller, the Foundation's first ever Associate Director - Alumni Engagement. Kari is currently working with MMSD high schools to form boards of visitors modeled after the La Follette High School Board of Visitors, which was formed five years ago and has now raised over $275,000 on behalf of current Lancer scholars and staff.
 
Comprised of alumni and non-alumni living in Madison and abroad, boards of visitors will work hand-in-hand with high school scholars and staff to bring resources and experiences back home to empower and build community. The boards of visitors will play a pivotal role in a variety of ways; fundraising for programs and projects, communicating stories of scholar and staff success, mentoring, tutoring and serving as a classroom resource for teachers.
 
Kari has kicked off efforts with boards of visitors brainstorming meetings at both Madison West and Madison Memorial high schools. East, Shabazz and Capital High efforts will follow in the coming months.
 
Whether you're an MMSD alum or a friend of Madison's Public Schools, we invite you to join us in this important effort to support Madison's schools and scholars, today and tomorrow. If you are interested in learning more about boards of visitors, or getting involved with a specific school, please contact Kari Mueller at kmueller@fmps.org.​​​​​​​

MSCR Winter Spring 2020 Program Guide & Registration Information

The Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) Winter Spring Program Guide was released on November 17th. Look for a variety of fun fitness, arts & enrichment, sports, adventure, swimming and after school programs. Registration begins Monday, November 25th at 8am for residents and December 9th for non-residents. Please review or create your account today and make any necessary updates to avoid registration delays. Go to mscr.org or call 608-204-3000 for more information. View the Winter Spring Program Guide​​​​​​​

MSCR Annual Pottery Sale: Perfect for Holiday Shopping

The Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) Pottery Sale showcases over 1000 pieces of work from MSCR instructors, pottery students and local ceramic artists. The sale takes place Thursday, December 12th and Friday, December 13th, 8am-6pm, and Saturday, December 14th, 9am-3pm at MSCR, 3802 Regent Street. Proceeds of the sale support the MSCR Pottery Program including pottery at Warner Park Community Recreation Center. You'll find unique gifts like vases, dishes and mugs available for every budget.

New this year, join us for our VIP Night on Thursday, December 11th, 6pm-8pm at MSCR Hoyt. Meet the artists and get a sale preview. Tickets are limited-register today! Use course #24572 to register at mscr.org.
 
MSCR offers pottery classes for youth, families and adults. For more information contact 608-204-3000 or go to mscr.org. MSCR is the Madison public recreation department offering a variety of recreation programs for all ages since 1926.