MMSD Families Share Their Strengths

This year, a major focus across our district is partnership with parents. We know that we cannot be successful without you. We know that every parent has dreams for their children. We know that every parent has the capacity to support them. On September 20, we rolled out the red carpet for Sandburg Elementary School families attending Welcome Back Night and asked them to reflect on their strengths as families. Our traveling photo and audio booth will be visiting several other schools in the next few weeks. View the schedule here.


Learn More About the 2016 Referendum

On November 8, a referendum to raise the district's revenue limit authority by $26 million over four years, will be on the ballot. We are holding two informational meetings for those interested in learning more and asking questions about the referendum. You can find meeting details at


Thank You

Last week, we experienced system-wide phone and internet outages. Thank you for your patience as we worked to resolve those issues.


Volunteer Tutor Training

The Tutoring Network, a volunteer-based tutoring program that serves Madison school district students during and after school, will host a Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop on Thursday, September 29, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Madison Memorial High School. The training is for prospective and current volunteer tutors.
Please consider volunteering one hour a week to tutor a Madison school student. As a volunteer tutor, you can help an elementary school student develop a love of reading, or help a middle school student refine their math or literacy skills and prepare for high school, or a 9th grade student develop needed foundational skills in algebra. Every year our schools benefit from the hard work and dedication of more than one thousand volunteers, and despite that, there are still many students who need your help. Learn more about becoming a volunteer tutor!
Nominate Your Favorite Teacher for a Kohl Teacher Fellowship
Do you have a favorite teacher at your school? Now is the time to nominate them for the Kohl Fellowship Award! The Kohl Fellowship Award recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin.

To nominate a teacher, complete the nomination form by September 23
Lip Sync for Schools
Don't miss this year's Lip Sync for Schools on Friday, November 4! Based on popular skits from "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon", the event features lip sync battles between school and community leaders with the audience determining a winner. The night also features a silent auction, photo booth, food and drink.
Tickets are $40 and support the Foundation's work in providing creative and innovative programs to enrich the education of all Madison's public school students. Get yours today before they're gone!
School Spotlight: New Playground at Midvale Elementary
On August 30 the Midvale Elementary community joined together to celebrate the grand opening of the new Midvale playground! The new playground was the result of years of fundraising by the Midvale-Lincoln PTO and the surrounding community. The great generosity of many individuals and organizations allowed the school to build a new, safe playground with structures that meet the diverse needs of the Midvale 4K-2nd grade students. 

This includes playground pieces that highlight innovative sensory play. At the grand opening, students, neighbors, and yes, even Principal Galvan, couldn't resist getting into the fun! The school and PTO would like to thank everyone who helped make this new playground a reality.


School Spotlight: Memorial High School Student Featured on Local News

WMTV - Madison recently featured Memorial High School Sophomore Samik Partha on one of its newscasts. Samik received perfect scores on five advanced placement exams. Hear more of what Samik and his teacher, Mr. Collins, had to say about the accomplishment. Congratulations, Samik!


Rotary 50+ Fitness - Free Bilingual Yoga Class

In celebration of Active Aging Week, MSCR Goodman - Rotary 50+ Fitness will host a free, bilingual yoga class on Monday, September 26, from 10-11 a.m. at MSCR East. The class combines slow, gentle yoga movements and breathing awareness. It is a good fit for all ability levels. The class is free but you must register at