First Day Pictures Celebrate Our Students' Strengths

 

We hope all of our students are enjoying their first week of school. Last week, we challenged many students and staff to start the year thinking about and celebrating their diverse strengths. Take a look! We expect great things from our amazing #FutureMMSDGrads!

 

Referendum on November 8 Ballot

 

On August 29, the board of education voted to put a referendum on the November 8 ballot asking taxpayers to permanently raise the school district's revenue limit authority by $26 million over 4 years. Without a referendum, the board would face reductions that are deep and disruptive - nearly $12 million in cuts for the 2017-18 school year alone, followed by similar cuts in future years. Learn more about the referendum on the November 8th ballot.

 

Dress Code Guidelines: Native American Team Names, Mascots and Logos

 

After a year-long review and ongoing discussion by the Native American Team Names, Mascots and Logos Committee, we have finalized guidelines for the 2016-2017 school year related to limitations on student apparel depicting Native American team names, mascots and logos. 

 
Please take time to review the guidelines to understand what clothing is prohibited and what clothing is strongly discouraged. Additionally, these guidelines explain the harmful nature of these depictions and the district's efforts to improve curriculum related to Native American history, cultures, tribal sovereignty, and contemporary status with information specific to Madison and the state of Wisconsin. View the dress code guidelines.
 
 
Forward Nursing Magazine Features MMSD Nurses
 
 
Several Madison school district nurses were featured in the summer issue of Forward Nursing. In the magazine, the nurses discuss the work they do at schools, from vision and hearing screenings, to teaching health classes and picking up medication for students. Read more about how school nurses help to keep kids healthy and ready to learn
 
 
Local Program Supports Families with Children Who Have Food Allergies 
 
 
A local program is helping families with children who have food allergies. The Buddy Program connects families with a new diagnosis with families who are knowledgeable about food allergies. The Buddy Program was created by the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin (FAAW) and was recently featured in the Wisconsin State Journal.
 
 
Calling All Superheroes!
 
 
Madison is targeted by an evil super villain and needs help! MSCR is holding a Superhero Training Camp for kids ages 4-8 (and an adult helper) on Saturday, September 17 at Kennedy Elementary School.
 
Perform extraordinary challenges, training trials and astonishing activities to become a Superhero! Register for 1-3 p.m. (#11721) or 2-4 p.m. (#11722) at www.mscr.org.
 
 
MSCR East Class Offerings
 
 
MSCR East is offering 152 classes this fall, with something for every interest - ballet, jewelry, boot camp, hip hop aerobics and much more. The facility is also hosting one day workshops that include Peaceful Power for
Women, Aromatherapy & Yoga and Glowga (Glow in the Dark Yoga for Youth). MSCR East is MSCR's newest program site which opened in February 2016.
 
For more information call 608-709-1927 or go to www.mscr.org.
 
MSCR East Fall 2016 Class List:  
http://www.mscr.org/images/PDFs/Registration/MSCREastFall2016.pdf 
 
 
 
School Spotlight: Memorial Science Teachers Take Part in Energy Institute
 
 
Three Memorial High School science teachers -- Kelly Cook, Michelle Fuller, and Nathan O'Shaughnessy -- recently attended the Energy Institute for Educators, a teacher workshop hosted by the Wisconsin Energy Institute on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The Energy Institute for Educators is a three-day program offering interested teachers the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in energy research and to discover practical tools and materials for teaching students the fundamentals of energy and sustainable energy systems.

During the institute, the teachers toured UW-Madison research labs and field sites, learning directly from the scientists and researchers working on sustainable biofuels, solar energy, micro-grids, and other areas of clean
energy research.