East High School recently held their annual Fine Arts Week.
For those who were off last week, welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing, restful spring break. As we enter this final stretch of the school year, I encourage everyone to do what you can to stay focused on ending the year strong-- which means getting great results for our students. We still have plenty of time left to make a positive impact.
Have a great week,
HP laptop return and replacement to take place June 1-9
In the summer of 2014, MMSD established a three-year lease for 2,500 staff laptops. The lease requires that the laptops and chargers be returned to the leasing company at the end of the lease, which is July 2017. Another 350 laptops were purchased for the student services staff, which will also be replaced at this time. Both the leased and purchased laptops will be replaced by June 9, and the process will begin at district buildings on June 1.
April 'Live Well, Work Well' Newsletter
Check out the April edition of the MMSD Employee Wellness newsletter Live Well, Work Well. The newsletter contains information about various MMSD wellness opportunities: winter wellness campaigns, Be WELL Hour, Site-Based Wellness Liaisons, and Mindfulness training opportunities. Also included are articles titled, Phlegm: A Key Player in Fighting Off Illness, Are You Getting Enough Calcium?, and a recipe for Basic Quiche.
Apply for a $30,000 MMSD Innovation Grant!
Intent to apply form due this Wednesday
The Department of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation is pleased to announce the 2017-2019 Innovation Grant opportunity, a program designed to provide up to $30,000 to support the planning and implementation of an innovative school-based project over one to two years. Intent to apply form is required and due by April 19.
Information for retiring staff
RSVP for May 23 Retirement Reception
The MMSD Retirement Reception will be held on Tuesday, May 23. Retiring staff should RSVP and indicate # of guests.
Submit photo for Retiree Edition of MMSD Connect
The Retiree Edition will be distributed at the end of May. If you would like your photo included, please email it or send to Central Office, Communications Department (Rm 222) by Friday, April 28.
ETF distributes WRS Statement of Benefits
The Wisconsin Retirement System annual Statement of Benefits has been released for delivery between mid to the end of April. Here are some resources to assist you in understanding the statements.
ETF Discontinues Walk-in Appointments, Improves Customer Service
Learn about the ways you can access information about Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.
2017-2018 MMSD School Year Calendar
The calendar for the 2017-18 school year has been finalized and posted at mmsd.org/calendar. Here are some highlights:
- We are dedicating two additional days to staff professional development for a total of six. They are scheduled approximately every 6 weeks.
- In order to compensate for these days, we are adding five minutes of instruction to the end of the school day, with the exception of any early release days lunch is not served. See next year's dismissal times.
Do you have questions about the calendar or how it's developed? We've created a list of frequently asked questions and answers that we hope you'll find helpful.
Discussion and planning for the 2018-19 school calendar will begin in May 2017. Our goal is to improve our timeline, process and communication. We welcome your feedback as a part of this process.
Lapham students explore sculpture and public art in 'Buildementary' class
Lapham’s “Buildementary: Outdoor Sculptures by Kids” is a 12-week class where students study public art and sculpture. As they learn about the work of artists based in Madison and around the globe, students simultaneously create their sculptures. The class culminates with a display of the students’ art along the Yahara River.
Shout out to Principal Clardy, Sennett Middle
Shout outs can be submitted at the link below. Recipients receive a copy via email and they are posted on the MMSD shout out page.
Find additional updates and announcements from departments and schools, published on Staff eNews. If you would like to share good news from your school or building, you can submit content at www.mmsd.org/goodnews.
Resources - see more Resources in eNews
Opportunities - see more Opportunities in eNews
- [Chief Koval's Blog] Youth Outreach Opportunities for the Summer
- Join the City of Madison at three exciting events about the future of our parks! Hip Hop PARKitecture Workshop (April 22), Panel Discussion: Madison Parks and Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change (May 18) and Discover Madison Parks! Workshop: Connecting Kids to Nature (June 4)
- 2017 Teaching Safe Bicycling Classes - April 22 opportunity in Fitchburg
- Free Spring Outdoor Learning Network Workshop at Lowell Elementary School! April 24
- Elementary School Leaders: You are invited to a MMSD Lexia Core5 event on May 10
- Grant Opportunities through the Meemic Foundation!
- Middle School Developmental Designs 1 - June 27-30
Events - see more Events in eNews
- April 22 - Electronic-Waste Recycling Drive - West Green Club
- April 30 - MTI Cares Bowl-a-thon
- May 3 - Info Meeting for Grow Our Own - Teacher Dual Certification Program
- May 4 - Who You Lookin' At? Portraits of Potential DAMA Exhibition, featuring Madison West High’s SAIL program (Student Achievement through Individualized Learning)
- May 6 - Family, Youth and Community School Day at Leopold, 10am-3pm
- May 21 - REAP Food Group’s 3rd annual Family Food Fest at Lincoln Elementary. Learn how you can get involved!
- May 23 - MMSD Retirement Reception, 4–6pm at the Lowell Center
- June 3 - Family, Youth and Community School Day at Mendota, 9am-2pm
In the news
- Thoreau Elementary School student Katherine Matthews featured in Blue Sky Science video series asking “How are robots and humans similar?”
- Madison365: Who Is Going To Be This Year’s Top Chef? (O'Keeffe) 4/14
- Capital Times: Lapham students explore sculpture and public art in 'Buildementary' class 4/12
- WISC-TV3: Hip-Hop education aims to engage students 4/11
- Cap Times: Middle school students get a taste for the professional world during 'School Makes a Difference' Day 4/9
- WSJ: Nearly 8 percent of water fixtures in Madison schools have elevated lead levels 4/8
- WKOW: MMSD completes water testing for lead 4/7
- WMTV: REAP Food Group brings healthy, local food into Madison schools 4/2