Reminder: 4K and 5K enrollment opens on March 5

Enrollment for four-year-old kindergarten (4K) and five-year-old kindergarten will be Monday, March 5 from 2pm - 6pm at all MMSD elementary schools. Online enrollment for 4K and kindergarten programming will open on February 26. Enrollment is for families who have NOT previously attended a 4K or early childhood program through MMSD.

Learn more about 4K at and kindergarten at

Reminder: Tell us how we’re doing

We are conducting a survey that focuses on school climate. Thriving schools require environments that are vibrant, engaging, and nurturing to the students, staff, and families within them, and we believe measuring school climate will help us know and grow those environments over time.

Last month, you should have received an email with a link to the survey. If you believe you didn’t receive it, please contact Jill Brown at 608-663-1966. If you received the survey but haven’t yet taken it, please do so. We would love to hear your thoughts! The survey closes on February 28th.

Tell us what you think about wellness in our schools

In our district, we want to ensure we have our students’ best interests at heart. This means great teaching and building trusting relationships with students. It also means making sure we have policies in place to support the health and wellness of our students.

As we work on the vision for wellness in our schools, we want to hear your feedback on what wellness will look like in MMSD and how it is integrated into the school environment. We are modeling our wellness policy after the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. This model combines a collaborative approach to improving student learning and health.

We hope you’ll join us for a listening session and give us your input.  If you have any questions, email

Monday, February 26, 2018

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Hawthorne Library

2707 E Washington Ave., Madison

Wednesday February 28, 2018

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Sequoia Library

Midvale Plaza Shopping Center

4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison

Calling all writers! Your work could be featured on a Madison Metro bus

Madison Metro Transit and Madison’s Poet Laureate are requesting submissions for poetry for Bus Lines 2018. You can send short poems, haiku, prose poems or excerpts from longer poems. Entries may not be longer than five lines. This year’s theme is Home.

Chosen poems may be featured in Madison Metro promotional materials and on buses. You can send up to three poems. Email your work to by Friday, March 16.

Madison students take their talents to national competition

Several Madison high school students are paving their way and honing their skills in the arts. The students advanced to NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) national competition Baltimore in 2017. ACT-SO is a yearlong program aimed at encouraging high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. It features 32 competitions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), humanities, business, as well as performing, visual, and culinary arts.

  • Poetry Written - Danielle Crim (West)

  • Dramatics - Jalen McCullough (East)

  • Poetry Performance - Jhanae Harris (La Follette)

  • Drawing - Akil Cooper (East)

  • Painting - DeMarco Wimbish Patton (Memorial)

  • Photography - Amadou Kromah (La Follette)

Amadou Kromah from La Follette won the silver medal at the competition for his photography. In addition to the medal, Amadou received a $1500 scholarship and a Samsung tablet. Amadou says the competition challenged him to look at his work critically and present himself and his work professionally.

“This experience has enhanced my ability to set goals, meet deadlines and speak publically. I believe that all of these skills will help support my current coursework as well as any future endeavors that I pursue,” he says.     

Jhanae Harris, a La Follette student who also competed in the national competition, recently returned from the NAACP Arts and Entertainment Intensive in Los Angeles. Jhanae was selected as one of 12 students nationwide to participate in the intensive which allows students to interact with NAACP Image Award nominees and winners, tour the ABC/Disney studio, and participate in classes and other activities.

Jhanae called it a great opportunity. “It’s going to help me get more information and learn more about how to become a better actor and I think that’s going to be great for me because I am really interested in acting and modeling and singing.”

Frances Huntley-Cooper, 2018 NAACP ACT-SO Chairperson, encourages African-American students to get involved in the program. To learn more, visit