November 30, 2016
MMSD Giving Gratitude: What we're grateful for

Over the past two weeks, we asked students and staff to share what they're grateful for. Food, family, colleagues and school were just some of the things for which our MMSD community gave gratitude.

We are proud to be part of this community and we are grateful for our students, families and MMSD staff. Read Superintendent Cheatham's Madison 365 column about her gratitude for parents.




Madison school board recognizes National Merit Scholars
The Madison school board held a special meeting on November 21 to recognize 48 National Merit Scholar semifinalists and their families. This designation is based on high performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Less than one percent of the 1.5 million students nationwide who took the test were awarded semifinalist status. The total number of Madison semifinalists is the highest among all districts in the state of Wisconsin. Congratulations to the semifinalists!


Join us for the GuidEd Expo on Dec. 5
Have you been hearing about Personalized Pathways and wondering what exactly it is and how your eighth grade student can benefit from it? Join us on December 5 at 6pm at the Alliant Energy Center for a GuidEd Expo in which you and your eighth grade student can learn about and apply for a pathway and see how the high school learning experience may be different within that pathway.

 
You can request transportation for the event here.
School Spotlight: La Follette Key Club opens food pantry
La Follette's Key Club opened Key Harvest Food Pantry at the high school on September 1, 2016. Thanks to multiple fundraisers and donations from the community, Key Harvest is able to provide La Follette students and families with accessible snacks, personal hygiene items and complete meals.

There are five Key Club officers who are involved with maintaining, stocking and running the pantry. Six Key Club members work in the pantry during open hours. Key Club President Danielle Wendricks played a large role in contacting different organizations for donations. She also worked with Key Club Advisor and La Follette Business Education Instructor Donna Kennedy and different administrators at La Follette to make the pantry the best that it can be. It is a cooperative effort involving the officers, Key Club members and donors. The pantry served more than 70 students and gave more than 1,000 food items during the first quarter of the school year.

The La Follette Key Club is excited to see how the pantry continues to flourish and grow. If you would like to get involved or want more information, visit the website.

Families get FAFSA help at College Goal Wisconsin event
More than forty families across the Madison school district and the state attended College Goal Wisconsin on Nov. 12 at La Follette High School. Volunteers from UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison supported 12th grade students and their families as they completed the FAFSA. 

All students who attended the event were entered into a drawing to win a $1000 scholarship. This year's winner was Luis Portocarrero. Congratulations Luis!





School Spotlight: Lindbergh collects food items for Goodman Community Center 
and a donor replaces lost books
Lindbergh staff, students, families, PTA and community partners TASC, Catholic Charities and Lakeview Public library, collected more than 800 non-perishable food items to help the Goodman Community Center provide Thanksgiving baskets for more than 3500 families.

Also, Lindbergh was able to eliminate lost library book fees. The school's general lost book fees totaled $700. An anonymous donor gave the school $700 to order books so that it could replace the lost ones and not charge students for the books they lost.

School Spotlight: Huegel Shout Out
Congratulations to students at Huegel Elementary. The school recently won the Week in Rap Junior Shout-Out Contest through Flocabulary. Flocabulary is a web-based learning program for all grades and subjects that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement. Huegel student Christine Negovani submitted an answer to the question,"If you could honor any writer with a Nobel Prize in Literature, who would you choose? Why?"

Christine chose author J.K. Rowling. Read Christine's submission here. You can also view Huegel's shout-out.

Season of Light shows at the MMSD Planetarium

Join the MMSD Planetarium for its public shows in December. The delightful multicultural program will lead you through the discovery of many basic astronomy concepts as you explore the holiday traditions of several cultures and religions.

Tickets are $2.50 and available online, by mail, or at the door (if it's not sold out). Buying tickets in advance is recommended. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Planetarium accepts walk-ins on stand-by for sold out shows.

MSCR is hiring
MSCR, a department of the Madison Metropolitan School District, is hiring for 
a variety of positions. Earn extra money getting career experience or share your talent. 

MSCR is hiring:
  • Sports Officials
  • Basketball and Soccer Coaches
  • Swim Instructors
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Recreation Inclusion Staff
  • Elementary Afterschool Group Leaders
  • High School Afterschool Tutors
  • Middle School Activity Group Leaders
Visit the website to learn more.

Community Events/Activities
The events/activities on the page linked below are from local non-profit groups. All activities are for school-aged children and are not sponsored by the MMSD. 

View all opportunities and submit yours at

Elementary school community events/activities
Middle school community events/activities
High school community events/activities
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