Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year - What you need to know

Will your child be in elementary or middle school next fall? If so, you may no longer need to print a paper enrollment form or attend your school's enrollment day in August. If you meet the requirements below, you may complete the enrollment process entirely online at mmsd.org/enrollment beginning August 1.

  • Your student will be in elementary or middle school next school year
  • Your student is currently enrolled and continuing from one grade to the next
  • Your student has no address changes and the address and date of birth have been verified
  • Your 4K or 5K student is new to the district for the 2017-18 school year AND you completed the 2017-18 online application along with verifying your child's date of birth and address at an MMSD school or office before August 1.

High school students are still required to go to school during their assigned enrollment days, even if they complete the enrollment process online and have no changes to key enrollment information.

Learn more about 2017-18 enrollment.



Reminder - Check your email for the middle school start time survey

We are conducting a survey of elementary and middle school families on the possibility of a 9:15 a.m. middle school start time with a 4:17 p.m. end time. You should have received an email from us with instructions on how to take the short survey. If you think you didn't receive the email, check your spam folder or call 608.663.1966 for assistance.

View the report from our previous survey on middle school start times.

View the proposal on middle school start times here.



Help us prepare for the future - Give your input on facilities planning

Over the past year, we have been developing Building Excellence, a database of resources to make smart decisions about facility planning. Building Excellence is in the final stages of development and we need your input to move forward.

Visit the website to learn more and share your feedback. We will use your input to revise resources during the final stages. The feedback form will be open until Friday, June 9. Contact Beth Vaade at  envaade@madison.k12.wi.us with questions.



Future Pathways students meet their peers and teachers

Incoming 9th grade students who are part of Personalized Pathways recently spent some time getting to know one another and their future teachers at meet and greets held by East, La Follette, Memorial and West High Schools.

Students shared with each other their future aspirations and what they're looking forward to. "I'm looking forward to meeting new people and getting to know people around me a lot better," said Maya, a student who is interested in nursing. 

Marissa said she is excited for Pathways because she wants to be more hands on with activities.

Pathways will begin at East, La Follette, Memorial and West in the 2017-18 school year. Students involved in Pathways will engage in learning focused around health services. Learn more about Personalized Pathways



Join us at Family, Youth and Community School Day at Mendota on June 3

Join your friends and neighbors at Family, Youth and Community School Day on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at Mendota (4002 School Rd, Madison).

Both youth and adults can choose from a variety of workshops on topics like college opportunities, summer activities, resources for immigrant families, financial literacy, managing stress and helping your children succeed in school. 

This free event also includes lunch, child care and interpretation services. Transportation is available as well. Register online for the Youth and Community School Day here or by phone at 608.663.5209.

Bring the whole family! We hope to see you there. 



Join REAP Food Group for family, food and fun on May 21

Join Bucky Badger and REAP Food Group for the third annual Family Food Fest on Sunday, May 21 at Lincoln Elementary School. More than 30 local organizations will offer games, art projects, samples and educational activities about healthy eating, active living, how food grows and more.

The event will also feature live performances by a variety of Madison-based youth groups. Food carts will sell lunch options for $5 or less. The first 200 attendees will receive a voucher for a free food cart dish. The event takes place from 11 a.m–2 p.m. on the playground and field behind Lincoln.



Four Madison students win National Merit Scholarships

Four seniors from our high schools are among 2,500 nationally to win National Merit Scholarships. Each receives a $2,500 scholarship. Congratulations!

Winners from MMSD include:

  • Jim Bryan, Madison West
  • David Chen, Madison Memorial
  • Casey Gregorich-Trevor, Madison Memorial
  • Luke Vander Meer, Madison Memorial 

This year's competition began in October 2015, when more than 1.6 million juniors at over 22,000 high schools took the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

This is just one of three types of Merit Scholarship awards. Several Madison students received the Corporate-sponsored and College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. Celebrations were held at their schools.



Madison teacher honored, students receive scholarships at annual banquet

On May 13, the organization GSAFE honored O’Keefe teacher Abigail Swetz with its Educator of the Year Award at its annual Celebration of Leadership, Scholarship and Awards Banquet. West student Alan Morales and East student Elijah Holmes also received $1000 scholarships at the ceremony for their advocacy and service.

GSAFE increases the capacity of LGBTQ+ students, educators and families to create schools in Wisconsin where all youth thrive.



School Spotlight:  Memorial student receives Community Youth Volunteer Award

Congratulations to Memorial High School’s Alfred “Freddie” Lopez-Daniel for being awarded the United Way of Dane County Community Youth Volunteer Award! He was honored among other volunteers during the Community Volunteer Award celebration on May 2.

Freddie was nominated for his commitment to service and leadership by JoAnne Brown, Multicultural Services Coordinator at Memorial. JoAnne has been working with Freddie to find and apply for scholarships that would help make his dream of attending art school in San Francisco a reality. This award is helping him achieve that goal – he received $500 for college as well as $500 to give to his favorite organization. Read more about school spotlight here.



School Spotlight: Muir kindergarten students use their research skills to learn about animals in zoos

Kindergarten students at Muir recently spent a week researching different animals in zoos and their behaviors, diets and habitats. The students used teamwork and cooperation to gather research, create a poster and present their animal facts. Parents, staff and other students were impressed with the kindergarten students’ animal facts and creative posters!



School Spotlight: Future kindergarten students and their families get an inside look at Van Hise

On April 22, Van Hise staff held their 4th annual "Kindergarten Round-Up" to welcome incoming kindergarten students and their families to the school. Children were able to engage in activities in the kindergarten classrooms and meet the staff who will be working with them next school year. Principal Keeler gave information about Van Hise to families and answered their questions. This was a great day for families and children to build community with one another before coming to kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.



School Spotlight: Lindbergh teams up with Madison Public Library to create animations

3rd to 5th grade students at Lindbergh recently used stop motion animation equipment to create stories. The Madison Public Library provided the equipment, props and markers, while Lindbergh’s librarian provided instruction.

Students worked in groups and spent a week learning how to create stop motion animation. Stop motion animation is a technique that manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. Thank you, Madison Public Library, for partnering with us and allowing our students to explore stop motion animation.


School Spotlight: Spring Harbor students share their research at annual conference

On May 3, Spring Harbor  hosted its 20th annual Environmental Conference where students presented their independent research projects to an audience of their peers. More than 150 students presented research on topics ranging from water quality in Lake Mendota to the reaction rate of young people to stress.

In the afternoon, students were given the opportunity to explore local environments and participate in service-learning projects which included painting the school’s sustainable greenhouse, planting the school’s gardens, fishing, biking, hiking and canoeing.

In addition, presenters from a variety of outside groups shared their research. Among the organizations who supported the event and shared their scientific expertise were the Madison Herpetological Society, Science is Fun, Filament Games and Badgerbots.



School Spotlight: Cherokee students enter their plays in national contest

Several 8th grade students at Cherokee recently wrote and entered plays in the Playwrights for Change national contest. Zoe Buettner's play, “The Box,” won first prize in the regional contest hosted by Children's Theater of Madison (CTM). CTM performed Zoe’s play last month.

The following students also wrote plays with the theme of combating bullying: Isaiah Zingg, Teresa Monday, Jimesha Walker, Rhiannon Wilson, Zaryaa Howard and Marcy Grant-Fohl (Marcy's and Rhiannon's plays received honorable mention). Congratulations to all the playwrights!



School Spotlight: 5K run and community celebration to benefit Nuestro Mundo

Nuestro Mundo, Inc. is holding its first annual Puma Pounce and Bounce on Saturday, May 27, at 10:15 a.m. at Winnequah Park in Monona. The event will feature a 5K fun run, short distance runs for kids and a community celebration with food, music and activities.

All proceeds will support Nuestro Mundo Inc., a non-profit organization that strives to enhance multicultural educational opportunities in Spanish and English. Learn more about the 5k run and community celebration and register here.



Dive into summer with MSCR: Registration now open for summer programs

Are you looking for fun activities for your child this summer? Check out MSCR for activities like art, soccer, swimming and much more for your child to enjoy. Visit mscr.org to see a complete list of activities for children of all ages.