Madison school board recognizes National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

The Madison school board held a special meeting on November 19 to recognize 56 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!

Check out what the students had to say about their accomplishments.

High School Research Interns recognized by Madison school board

On Monday, November 26th, the Madison school board recognized a group of students who participated in the High School Science Research Program. Through the program, Madison high school students are partnered with researchers at UW-Madison each summer where students are immersed an an authentic science research experience. Interns develop and research a question, design protocols for data collection and collect data over the summer under the guidance of a professor, degree candidate, postdoctoral candidate or research associate. You can learn more about the High School Science Research Program and how your student can apply for the next installment, on the internship website.

Madison school board approves expansion for Early College STEM Academy

On Monday, November 26th, the Madison school board approved expansion of the Early College STEM Academy. The Early College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy is a partnership between the Madison school district and Madison College. The Academy is designed to expand access to college courses in science, technology, engineering and math and to increase opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school at no cost to them or their families.

This school year, 26 La Follette and East students are enrolled in the Academy. The board approved expanding the program starting next fall to include 100 more students. The focus will be on students of color, students from low-income households and first generation college students. 10th grade students are eligible to apply. If you would like to learn more about the Early College STEM Academy, visit the website and join us at an information session during the following dates and times:

West High School

December 3rd - 6:00-7:00 p.m. (LMC)

East High School

December 4th - 6:00 p.m.

Memorial High School

December 6th - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

LaFollette High School

December 12th - 6:00 p.m. (C17)

Were you affected by the August 2018 flooding? Apply for Disaster Assistance

As you may know, severe storms and heavy rain caused widespread flooding in our area this past summer. If your home was damaged by the flooding in August 2018, you may be eligible for disaster assistance. You can apply on the Research Program website. You will need the following information when you apply:

  • Social Security number (one per household)
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address
  • Bank account & routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

You may also apply at the Disaster Recovery Center in Middleton. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) caseworkers are available to help you with registration and case status updates. The Small Business Association and local/state partners will also be at the Disaster Recovery Center offering assistance and information. The deadline to apply is December 17, 2018

Disaster Recovery Center

2413 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI, 53562.

Hours: 9am-6pm (Monday-Saturday)

Reminder: Come learn about and apply to Personalized Pathways

We hope you can make it to the GuidEd Expo on December 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center. You and your eighth grade students can learn about and apply for a Personalized Pathway and see how the high school learning experience may be different. If you need transportation, contact your school’s counselor. Check out the video to learn more about pathways and the expo. 

Students at Glenn Stephens practice mindfulness, Toki students showcase their work at student-led conferences

Marci Speich, the positive behavior coach at Glenn Stephens Elementary, was recently featured in NBC 15’s story about mindfulness practices. Speich launched ‘Movin Minds Practice’ at the school years ago. At the start of each day, students take two minutes to breathe and focus. Speich believes this practice is making an impact and says families are noticing a difference too.  

Our schools wrapped up parent-teacher conferences a couple weeks ago. At Toki Middle School, students took part by showcasing their work. Student-led conferences are designed to have middle school students prepare, present their work and progress, articulate their goals and lead the conversation, instead of families sitting down and listening to the teacher talk about their children. Read more about student-led conferences in this story from the Wisconsin State Journal.

Thank you for your feedback

Thank you for providing feedback on our Behavior Education Plan over the past two months.  Through responses to our online feedback form and through our series of feedback sessions, we've gathered significant input on our policy, resources and implementation that will guide our planning over the next few months.  Strong themes on the need for efficient and consistent response to classrooms to minimize disruption, and the need for more supports for students with intensive needs emerged.  Our Board of Education Ad Hoc Committee will be drafting recommendations and policy revisions in December that will go to the Board for review in January.  We plan to use the spring to collaborate with school teams in making sure we are ready to implement the changes in the fall of 2019.