Families Tell Their Stories in Our Traveling Audio Booth

If someone made a movie about our family, what would it be called? Can you talk about a difficult time in our family, and how we got through it? What is something about our family you feel thankful for? 

In our "Family Strengths" story booth, stopping at schools throughout Madison, families asked and answered questions like these and reflected on what makes their family strong. Here's a preview of just a few of their stories.

Middle School Students Love Their New Reading Materials

As a district, we believe in providing equitable access to rigorous texts through instruction led by the teacher, as well as providing students choices in what they read to foster their love of reading. This year, every middle school classroom across the district received four copies of 30 different culturally responsive texts so that every student can find a book that is relevant to them. In addition, teachers received instructional materials in the form of anthologies that include poems, myths, short stories, essays and other non-fiction titles. Read more about choice texts.

Do You Have Questions About the 2016 Referendum?

The Madison Board of Education voted to put a referendum on the November 8 ballot asking taxpayers for approval to raise the school district's revenue limit authority by $26 million over 4 years. It would mean a $3 increase in property taxes per month for the average Madison homeowner.

 We are holding two information sessions for those wishing to learn more and ask questions.

 Doors open at 5:30 pm, with Superintendent Cheatham presenting at 6:30 pm, followed by a Q&A with Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Michael Barry.

 Thursday, October 13

La Follette High School (702 Pflaum Rd.)


Thursday, October 27

Memorial High School (201 South Gammon Rd.)


We will be livestreaming the meetings 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.

Ever Wonder What Neptune’s Atmoshpere is Like?

Join the Madison Metropolitan School District Planetarium during our upcoming public shows to learn more about our atmosphere and the atmosphere of other planets in our solar system and beyond.

The show, which runs October 10-12, includes fun demonstrations. Shows sell out quickly so get your tickets ($2.50) now.

School Spotlight – Surprise! Sandburg Students Are Given New Instruments

 Sandburg Elementary School recently received $35,000 to purchase new string instruments. The school received the donation through the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and local company Music Notes. WISC-TV featured the story on its newscast. Congratulations, Sandburg!

Tickets Are Selling Fast for Lip Sync for Schools

 Last year's event sold out, and this year's looks to sell out even earlier. Don't miss seeing some of your favorite principals and community leaders perform onstage. Tickets are $40 each and are available to purchase online. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools and their work to provide enriching educational opportunities for all MMSD students.

October is National Farm to School Month

 There's a lot to celebrate in Madison with REAP Food Group's Farm to School program entering its 13th year! This school year, each week, the program will serve local fruit and vegetable snacks to more than 5,000 students in schools with a higher number of students from low-income households. The program teaches students about where their food comes from and how it was grown, provides hands-on culinary training and transforms school lunch with garden bars at 32 Madison schools. REAP hopes to double the local fruits and vegetables it serves - from 50,000 pounds last school year to 100,000 pounds in 2016-17. Learn more about Farm to School.

National Health Grant Helps MSCR Upgrade School Cafeterias

 MSCR recently received a $20,000 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Commit To Health Grant. The grant funded the purchase of twelve breakfast/snack serving carts and cafeteria upgrades at five elementary schools, designed to promote healthy eating. The grant also allowed MSCR to hire two dietetics interns who provided nutrition education at eight MSCR Summer Recreation & Enrichment Centers. The children loved working with the interns and playing fun games like Food Group Jeopardy, Strawberry Toss Relay and Fruit and Vegetable Bingo.

 This fall, MSCR will continue nutrition education at eight after-school sites and provide a cooking workshop at the MSCR Meadowood Neighborhood Center. This is the fourth NRPA grant MSCR has received, raising more than $75,000 for our schools.

A Principal Experience Coming to Madison Schools

 Next week, more than 90 Madison-area business and community leaders will learn what it's like to be a principal. They'll participate in A Principal Experience, a program hosted by the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. The leaders will serve as Principal Partners at each of our 50 schools and see firsthand what principals and school staff experience every day. Learn more about A Principal Experience.