Students across the district listen to reading of “I Am Jazz”

Students at Schenk and Nuestro Mundo recently listened to a reading of the picture book “I Am Jazz.” "I Am Jazz" is based on the childhood experiences of transgender teen, Jazz Jennings. On December 7, Welcoming Schools National Director Johanna Eager and Sarah McBride with the Human Rights Campaign visited Schenk and Nuestro Mundo and participated in the readings. A community event was also held at the Madison Children’s Museum in the evening. These were all part of “I Am Jazz” readings in schools and communities across the country.

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, phone and text message. You can also opt in now to receive MMSD text messages by texting the word “YES” to 68453.

You may also check our website. Please note: If you’d like to receive text messages, you’ll also need to provide a cell phone number during enrollment or to your school to be added in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

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.

Early Childhood Zone making a difference for Northside families

The Northside Early Childhood Zone (NECZ) is making a difference for our families. NECZ offers services to pregnant women and to families with infants born this year. Research shows that programs like those in the NECZ can be critical in helping children get off to a great start.

We are proud to partner with the Rennebohm Foundation, United Way, City of Madison and Dane County to support NECZ. Read more about NECZ’s efforts in this article from Northside News.

Reminder - Join us for a community listening session on Dec. 19

We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial High School library for a community listening session on our next Strategic Framework. The Strategic Framework guides all of our work to raise achievement for all students and close achievement gaps.

If you need childcare, transportation or interpretation services, please email

While you’re at the listening session, please check out Memorial’s annual Winter Art Sale!