49 SCHOOLS     26,000+ STUDENTS     5,500+ STAFF          MAY 29, 2013 - EDITION #13
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DISTRICT EVENTS
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A CONVERSATION WITH SUPERINTENDENT CHEATHAM

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6:30 - 8pm
2013-2014 MMSD SCHOOL CALENDAR (FINAL) 
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MMSD IN THE NEWS
School Spotlight: Mendota Elementary students write book about their community

First-graders at Mendota Elementary School learned a great deal about their neighborhood by creating a book that in turn will enlighten the rest of Madison.

 

The 36-page book created by the four first-grade classes is called "Welcome to Our Community: A Guidebook to Our Neighborhood." More (from the Wisconsin State Journal) >> 

COMMUNITY EVENT

Simpson Street Free Press Distinguished Lecturer Series: David Maraniss

On June 3rd at 7pm, Simpson Street Free Press is hosting the third in a series of lectures at Edgewood College. The series is called "Achievement, Journalism, and Today's Young People." David Maraniss is the featured speaker and will be introduced by Dave Zweifel. Learn more here. 
OPPORTUNITIES

Are you an educator interested in teaching children about Aldo Leopold, the Land Ethic, and the outdoors? Or maybe you would like to teach others on how to use the Leopold Education Project curriculum?

  

Join Treva Breuch, LEP Wisconsin State Coordinator, in a Leopold Education Project educator and facilitator workshop on June 20th and 21st at the Aldo Leopold
Nature Center in Monona. 
Learn more here.  

Exploring Streams: Stream Monitoring Curriculum Guide
for Middle and High School Teachers and Students


Learn how to implement the Exploring Streams Curriculum: Hands-on Learning About Streams Within and Outside the Classroom 

Upcoming Teacher Trainings  
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Volunteer Children's Pioneer Gardener

 

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is looking for a volunteer to help maintain and care for their beautiful Children's Pioneer Garden & Greenhouse this summer. More >> 
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Event Coordinator

 

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is looking for a volunteer(s) to help the Director of Development help plan, promote and coordinate a major fundraising event, Pipers in the Prairie scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013 (or help with next year's event, The Brainiac Bowl). More >> 

CONNECT WITH THE DISTRICT
Update from Superintendent Cheatham

 

Dear MMSD Staff,

 

I am happy to report that by the end of this week, I will complete my visits to all schools in the district!

 

As I visit my last few schools in the La Follette attendance area this week, I want to thank you for your open, honest and productive conversations. I have learned an incredible amount about our district in the last two months, and I am energized and optimistic about our future.

 

I want to update you about our next steps. >> 

CONNECT WITH PEOPLE
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What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Whether it's catching up on reading, enjoying the sun, fishing, gardening, or climbing the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, we want to know what you're most looking forward to this summer! Email your photo any time before Monday, June 10th to have it added to the slideshow.
CONNECT WITH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
CONNECT WITH EVENTS
Whitehorse Art Teacher Peter Ferguson Partners with Absolutely Art to Host Fundraiser this Saturday
 
About the Fundraiser: 
Art Fundraiser for Whitehorse Middle School 
Saturday, June 1st from 1 - 5pm 
Absolutely Art, 2322 Atwood Avenue 
About Peter:
I moved to Madison two years ago from Moorhead, Minnesota. Prior to coming here I spent one year teaching 4th grade in Moorhead and a year teaching in Taiwan. Growing up in Minnesota as a Packer and Badger fan was fun, but it has been an absolute treat calling Madison home. 
More >>
CONNECT WITH TECHNOLOGY
End of Year Phone Password Change

Please make the following change to your phone password at the end of the school year. At the start of next school year, the new staff to a room can use this password to gain access and reset up the voicemail. This saves our staff a lot of time resetting passwords due to room changes and staff transitions. Learn how to change your password here.
CONNECT WITH DEPARTMENTS 
Periodical Routing Service 2013-14

Sign-up to have professional journals routed to you at your work site for the 2013-14 school year. Access our electronic form and learn more about the Professional Journal Routing Service.  

 

New Books & eBooks @ the Professional Collections Library 

Start your summer reading list with the Professional Collections Library @ Doyle! View the newest titles in our collection. 
CONNECT WITH PROGRAMS
Bike Safety Unit Being Taught in Gym Class
Curriculum & Assessment

Phy Ed teachers at Spring Harbor and Jefferson Middle Schools taught bicycle safety to their students this past April and May, thanks to a fleet of 30 bikes donated and maintained by DreamBikes.
Learn more, including how you can reserve a bike fleet, here.
CONNECT WITH GOING GREEN
Contribute to MMSD in Bloom!

For the next edition of MMSD Connect, we'd like to feature all the green spaces that make our district beautiful. Email us pictures of any outdoor space at your school and we'll add it to the "MMSD in Bloom" slideshow that will appear in the final edition of the newsletter for the school year on June 11th.
CONNECT WITH POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Changes to Backpack Mail

At the start of the school year a committee convened to address the current "backpack mail" system. The committee drafted new guidelines, procedures, and a policy for a revised system which will greatly reduce staff time and still meet the goal of providing information about enriching opportunities for children. More >> 
CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS 
Operation Fresh Start announces new  
Options Program
 
A new initiative aims to help Madison students stay on the right path and graduate from high school. For decades Operation Fresh Start has been helping young people gain work experience and job skills. Now they want to help more make academic gains. At a recent press conference, leaders from Operation Fresh Start and program participants announced their new Options Program. See video here.

Upcoming event:
Turning Dropouts Into Graduates luncheon: Thursday, June 6th  
100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. Educator and Mentor Appreciation Breakfast   

On May 11th, 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. hosted the third annual Outstanding Educators and Mentors Appreciation Breakfast recognizing and celebrating those who have made positive differences in the lives of our children. More >> 
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