Students working on ‘Healing House’ through Operation Fresh Start

Several students earning their Madison high school diploma through partnership with Operation Fresh Start (OFS) are helping to build a place where people can go to heal. Madison Urban Ministry’s Healing House is a place where homeless individuals can go to recuperate after a hospital stay. Operation Fresh Start Legacy Crews have been assisting on the project. OFS Legacy gives young adults on-the-job training while they work toward their high school diploma. The OFS Graduate Crew (former Legacy crew participants) is serving as the general contractor on Healing House.

Memorial students to publish book about their immigration experiences

Several Madison Memorial students are telling stories about their immigration experiences in a book. The students' stories will be part of a series of books published by Green Card Voices, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis. Read more about their journey in this article from The Capital Times.

MULTICO spreads a message of acceptance and empathy across the district

Now in its 22nd year, MULTICO continues to bring a message of acceptance, diversity and empathy to elementary and middle schools across the district. MULTICO is a multicultural theater group at Madison West High School which meets for two periods a day and performs sketches about race, gender, sexuality and conflict. The group strives to provide younger children with role models from their own and other racial and ethnic groups who are working together, creating together, having fun together and performing. After the show, they break into small groups with students to discuss some of the skits and answer questions.

Nashawn, one of the performers, says he joined the group to share his story and help shine a light on heavy topics, reminding kids that they don’t need to go through things alone. “Some of the topics that we talk about, I've been through that, and I want to put my voice out there and let the kids know I've been through the same situation. I want to help you, and I'm here to let you know how high school's gonna be, and that you don't have to be depressed,” he says.

The group gathered on Wednesday, November 14, for a dress rehearsal and potluck with their families to kick off their 2018-19 tour. Their 30-minute performance is made up of 30-60 second long original sketches created by the students. Watch the video to learn more.

Middle school students and sleep deprivation

As you may know, school start and dismissal times will change starting in the 2019-2020 school year and the plan will be implemented over three years. The change will allow for a later start time for our middle school students. Did you know many teens are continually sleep deprived?  Check out this article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for advice on
sleep for middle and high school students. You also can visit our website to check your school’s start time for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond.

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

Winter is coming and we want to provide you with information about 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, listen to any local radio or television station for information about school closing. If you provided your email address and/or mobile phone number during enrollment, you will be contacted in the morning regarding a school closing via email and phone. You may also check our website. 

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.

Looking for the perfect gift? Find it at the MSCR Annual Pottery Sale

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 tomorrow, December 13 and Friday, December 14, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, December 15, 9am-3pm at MSCR, 3802 Regent Street. Proceeds support the MSCR Pottery Program. Items are available at a range of price points including mugs, dishes, vases and unique gifts.

MSCR offers pottery classes for youth, families and adults. For more information contact 608-204-3000 or go to mscr.org.

Seeking student  and family representatives for District Wellness Advisory Council

In support of creating healthier schools for students and staff in MMSD, we are forming a District Wellness Advisory Council. The council will meet two times per year to provide feedback and guidance for the development of district wellness goals and programming, as well as the implementation of the new district Wellness Policy.

We are making it our mission to create a diversified council that will include parents/families, students, MMSD staff, and community organizations. We are seeking individuals who represent the awesome, unique families we serve in MMSD. The first meeting will be held towards the end of February 2019 and the 2nd meeting in May. For student or parent/family interest in joining the council, please fill out the following form no later than, Friday, December 15th. Translators and/or child care can be requested for the meetings.