Enrollment for 4K and five-year-old kindergarten starts next month

Enrollment for four-year-old kindergarten (4K) and five-year-old kindergarten will be Monday, March 6 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at all MMSD elementary schools. Online enrollment for 4K and Kindergarten programming will open on February 27.

Enrollment is for families who have NOT previously attended a 4K or early childhood program through MMSD.

Learn more about 4K at mmsd.org/4k and kindergarten at mmsd.org/kinder.



Registration is now open for Advanced Placement (AP) tests

Registration for AP tests is now open. AP tests are developed by The College Board and given each spring in 32 different subjects, ranging from Chemistry and Calculus to Languages and Music Theory. Each test takes approximately 4 hours to complete.  

The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Contact your high school AP coordinator if you have questions. You can find a list of coordinators here.



Share your thoughts about your school’s climate

We want to ensure our families feel connected to and engaged in their school community. We are conducting a survey that focuses on five areas of school climate: Relationships, Teaching and Learning, Safety, Institutional Environment and Family Engagement.

Watch for an email or text message from your child's school with instructions on how to take the survey.



Join us in celebrating Black History Month

Throughout February, we hope you will follow us on Facebook and on Instagram, where we'll be sharing daily trivia in honor of Black History Month.



Do you want to be a Nurse’s Assistant for Madison schools?

If you are interested in becoming a Nurse’s Assistant for Madison schools, consider enrolling in required training at Madison College. The course is Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 21 through May 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Truax Campus (no classes April 11 and April 13).

Learn more about the program and register for Course #62749.



Nancy Hanks, JoAnne Brown and Valerie Chesnik honored as 2017 ‘Women to Watch’

Brava magazine recently recognized 26 local women on its 2017 Women to Watch list. Among the Women to Watch were Chief of Elementary Schools Nancy Hanks, Memorial Multicultural Services Coordinator JoAnne Brown and Valerie Chesnik with the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools.

Thank you for the work you do for our students and families. Congratulations on being Women to Watch!



School Spotlight: Capital High student wins all-expenses paid trip to D.C.

Capital High sophomore Eda Diaz-Coppernoll was selected as a winner of the American Soapbox Challenge and was awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Eda won the trip for her speech on issues impacting the Latino community.

Last fall, Capital High entered the American Soapbox Challenge, a competition where students were asked to write and deliver a two-minute speech addressed to the president. Capital High held its own competition at its East and West Side locations and submitted a winner from each location to the Soapbox Challenge.

In D.C., Eda and 28 students from across the country participated in a youth summit and delivered their speeches outside the White House. Eda's 10th grade English teacher Joel Jarosky accompanied her on the trip. Congratulations, Eda!


School Spotlight: Sandburg students showcase their ‘I Am From’ poems

Last month, Sandburg families were treated to breakfast and the opportunity to see students’ work at the Quarterly Student Showcase. Sandburg students created poems and displayed them in the hallways for families to see. The “I Am From” poems reflect learning, diversity, love of school, family, fears, strengths and passions.



School Spotlight: Glendale students highlight award-winning books

Each year in January, the American Library Association announces awards for children’s literature. School libraries take this time to highlight the award-winning books through talks, readings and projects.

Glendale students researched some of the award-winning authors and illustrators and created posters. Some students also created iMovies to show award-winning books to younger students. Check out the student movies.



School Spotlight: Jefferson sweeps the 2017 Wisconsin Regional Science Bowl Championship

Jefferson’s science bowl team won the 2017 Wisconsin Regional Science Bowl Championship.  Another team from the school, Team 2, placed 5th overall.  The tournament is sponsored by the UW-Madison Chemistry Department and was held late last month. Jefferson also won this tournament in 2015.

As the winning team from Wisconsin, Jefferson’s team and their coach will receive an all-expenses paid, five-day trip to Washington, D.C. in April to compete at the 2017 National Science Bowl competition. Congratulations to the Jefferson science bowl team on their win!


Join the MMSD Planetarium for Astronomy in the Air

Join the MMSD Planetarium for its February show, Astronomy in the Air. Show attendees will get a look at NASA’s SOFIA aircraft, which hosts a telescope more than eight feet wide. The telescope studies the universe in infrared light, which unveils mysteries in planets, comets, asteroids, star formation and more. Tickets are only $2.50 and can be purchased online or at the door (if not sold out).