Missed our first referendum info session? Come to Memorial

If you weren't able to make it to the referendum information session last week, we are holding another session.

The session will include a presentation at 6:30pm, followed by question and answer from attendees, as well as questions submitted through social media. Questions will be answered by a panel of district representatives including Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, board members and district staff.

Thursday, October 27

Memorial High School (201 South Gammon Rd.)


We will be livestreaming the meeting on Facebook. Go to facebook.com/MadisonWISchools to watch and take part in the discussion.

Those needing interpretation or childcare are asked to RSVP at least 10 days before the event to 608-663-1879 or referendum@madison.k12.wi.us.

Learn more about the referendum here.



Chief of Elementary Schools honored

MMSD Chief of Elementary Schools Nancy Hanks has been named one of the 100 most influential African Americans by the website The Root. The website honored Chief Hanks after she gave a speech at a summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. Read more about her recognition in this article by The Cap Times.



Nov. 4: Early release day for 4K

There is an early release day on Friday, November 4. There will be AM sessions only. 4K students in AM sessions, who ride the bus, will have an adjusted busing schedule. Your child's principal and secretary will provide detailed busing information soon.



Elementary schools spread kindness in chalk

Chavez and Falk Elementary Schools recently spread kindness through chalk. Parents at both schools covered sidewalks with positive words and messages. It was part of the Kindness in Chalk Anti-Bullying Campaign. October is National Bullying Prevention Month.



2017 Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship

Graduating high school students can now submit an application for the 2017 Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship. The scholarship program aims to recognize student leadership, school and community involvement and academic achievement. Students must submit the application to their principal by November 4. Learn more about the application process.



Wisconsin celebrates Gifted Education Week

In Madison schools, we hold high expectations for every child and embrace the incredible strengths each student brings to the classroom, including students served by our Advanced Learning Department. Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers has proclaimed October 16-22, 2016, as Gifted Education Week.

His Proclamation acknowledges the importance of valuing the potential and abilities of students of every race, ethnicity, gender, income level, sexuality, religion and exceptionality in a variety of areas, including academics, creativity, leadership, and the arts. We are working with an external organization to conduct a review of our Advanced Learning Department, and this review will help determine the extent to which we are currently meeting the needs of our students.



Got an idea for a school grant?

Grants bring resources ranging from school gardens to flexible classroom furniture to visiting artists to MMSD's schools. The Strategic Partnerships & Innovation Department supports schools and community organizations writing grants that impact MMSD. We can help you assess if your project is a fit with a funder's interests, give feedback on grant narratives, and share tips to increase your chances of success. 

The first step for school staff writing grants is to complete the Grant Inquiry Form, while the first step for organizations outside of MMSD is to complete the Grant Support Review and Request Form. Check out MMSD's list of grant opportunities to get ideas about what's out there!


School Spotlight: West receives scholarships for student summer travel

Students at West High School will have the opportunity to explore cultures around the world this summer, thanks to $25,000 in Global Navigator Scholarships. The scholarships will go to students to participate in summer study abroad programs directed by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

West was one of only 90 high schools in the U.S. to receive the scholarships. Any West student graduating in 2018, 2019 or 2020 may apply. Learn more about these scholarships.



School Spotlight: Memorial Bezos Scholars plan local ideas festival

A Madison Memorial High School student had a unique learning experience this summer, one he says was the best of his life. Memorial senior Peter Yang and school counselor Dan Maloney, were selected as Bezos Scholars and received an all-expenses-paid trip to Aspen, Colorado this past June.

The Bezos Scholars Program is run by the Bezos Family Foundation, a private, independent foundation established by Jackie and Mike Bezos. Each year, the foundation selects 12 students from the U.S. and six students from Africa to participate in the week-long, Aspen Ideas Festival. 

The festival helps participants develop leadership and communication skills and gives them the opportunity to plan their own ideas festival. The Aspen Ideas Festival featured a wide range of speakers, including Vice President Joe Biden, former First Lady Laura Bush, and many scientists and authors. Read more about Peter and Mr. Maloney's experience.



MSCR is hiring

MSCR, a department of the Madison Metropolitan School District, is hiring for a variety of positions. MSCR has openings at several elementary afterschool sites for Academic Enrichment Coordinator and Group. Earn extra money helping children after school.  

MSCR is also hiring:

  • Sports Officials
  • Swim Instructors
  • Recreation Inclusion
  • High School Afterschool Tutors
  • Middle School Activity Group Leaders

Learn more about job opportunities with MSCR .



Lasers and music come together at the MMSD Planetarium

The MMSD Planetarium is hosting a laser show featuring music by Pink Floyd, the Beatles and more. During the show, lasers draw animations on the dome to go with the music or the story.

The laser show runs October 24-29. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the door or online.