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The Lowell community gave thanks at their all-school assembly yesterday.

Dear Staff,

Congratulations on a wonderful first quarter of the school year.

I want to take this moment to tell you how grateful I am for your hard work, passion and commitment to each and every one of our students. You are an amazing group of educators and staff members who inspire me, our students, our families and our community. I am proud to work with you and for you!

I hope that you have a restful Thanksgiving break. Please take this time to cherish those you love.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Over the past week, we’ve been asking our families, staff and community to tell us what they're grateful for (written or illustrated) as part of our #MMSDGivingGratitude campaign. Here are the printable signs, in English and Spanish.

If you'd like to participate, send photos to and we will share on social media!

Memorial High School staff create video as a 'thank you' to students

The Excellence with Equity Awards are designed to celebrate staff whose work brings to life the district’s vision that every school will be a thriving school that prepares every student for college, career and community. The nomination period is open through December 16.

Have you completed the Biometric Screenings & HRA Questionnaire?

For those employees who carry MMSD insurance in their name, please remember to complete the Biometric Screening and the online Health Risk Assessment (HRA) questionnaire by December 14th. The Biometric Screening and HRA provide you with valuable information about your health and wellbeing. Information on how to sign up for the Biometric Screening and to complete the HRA is located on the MMSD Employee Wellness website.

November Live Well, Work Well Newsletter

Check out the November edition of the MMSD Employee Wellness newsletter Live Well, Work Well. The November edition includes articles on Holiday Stress: Healthy Eating, Flu Vaccines, and a yummy Apple Crisp recipe.

Deadline to apply for 'Grow Our Own' Staff to Teacher Program is Dec. 2!

'Grow Our Own' Staff To Teacher Program is designed to support current MMSD staff into becoming teachers. The program is available to MMSD employees who wish to become teachers and all current, non-certified MMSD employees who hold at least a Bachelor's degree are eligible to apply. MMSD will provide mentoring and financial support throughout the program. The deadline to apply is Dec. 2.

Participants will attend UW - Madison's Accelerated Elementary Education certification program, beginning in late January 2017. This is a two year program that meets on Saturdays. Program participants will earn their certification in elementary education.

Preparing for winter weather: What you need to know about Snow Days or Emergency Closures

Below is a memo that includes a summary of the various Employee Handbook provisions, District policies and guidelines with regard to snow days and other emergencies which result in the closure of school buildings and the District offices.

See also: "When is school closed due to weather?"

Families get FAFSA help at College Goal Wisconsin event

Eighty-four people (44 families) across the Madison School District and the state attended College Goal Wisconsin on Nov. 12 at La Follette! Volunteers from UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison supported 12th grade students and their families in completing the FAFSA. All students who attended the event were entered into a drawing to win a $1000 scholarship. This year's winner was Luis Portocarrero. Congratulations Luis!

Join the Hour of Code 2016 during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11

This year, let's give our students the opportunity to explore coding! Join the Hour of Code 2016 during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11. Get the word out. Host an event. Sign up your school and/or classroom or try the Hour of Code yourself—everyone can benefit from learning the basics.

Lindbergh Elementary participates in 'Thanksgiving Baskets and Books'

With the help of Lindbergh staff, students, families, PTA, and community partners, TASC, Catholic Charities, and Lakeview Public library, they collected 803 non-perishable food items to help the Goodman Community Center provide Thanksgiving Baskets for over 3500 families so families can cook and share Thanksgiving together.

In addition, Lindbergh was able to eliminate lost library book fees at the same time. Lindbergh students had $700 in lost books and an anonymous person donated $1/can up to $700. All of this money will go towards new library books for kindergarten through 5th grade. This partnership began with an idea, a conversation, and strong partnerships.

Mandy Meloy, Library Media Technology Specialist, was looking for a way to help students eliminate lost book fees. The Goodman Community Center Thanksgiving Baskets felt like a great way to collect non-perishable food cans as many of the families who benefit from this food drive live right here in our local Northside neighborhood. After talking with Principal Lindsay Maglio and community partners, it seemed like a nice fit and a realistic goal. Our goal was to collect 700 cans and we exceeded the goal and collected 803 cans!
MMSD teachers honored by UW School of Education as part of American Education Week
The UW School of Education recently held a celebration of teachers and teaching as part of American Education Week. Participating MMSD teachers were Anthony Cao of West High, Mary Ann Feutz of Lincoln Elementary and Dominique Lark of Huegel Elementary. The teachers, all alumni of the School of Education, described their work and why they do it in video profiles that the School of Education called “uniformly moving and inspiring”.
Shout out to West High School's Mai Her!
Staff eNews

Here are additional updates and announcements from departments and schools, published on Staff eNews.