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The Positive Behavior Support (PBS) team at East High School, supported by Band Director Mark Saltzman, continues a tradition of hosting student musicians in the mornings before school begins to set a positive tone for the day. See a brief clip of East’s bluegrass band (pictured above) from a recent Thursday morning.

Dear Staff,

We are pleased to report that the referendum to permanently raise the school district’s revenue limit authority passed with a 74% majority vote! Thank you to everyone who voted and who helped spread the word about this opportunity to keep our district moving forward and to continue our gap-narrowing progress. We are energized by this support and our team will continue work hard to make more progress for more children. With strong support from our community like this, we know we can get there.

In the coming months we will share next steps as we work through the budget process. Again, thank you for your support.

Have a great week,

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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 now through December 16.

Learn more and nominate an MMSD employee for their amazing work!

Upcoming opportunities to learn more about Personalized Pathways

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MMSD will be implementing Personalized Pathways for approximately 120 to 150 9th grade students next year. Eighth grade students will be able to begin applying in the next couple weeks. To learn more about Pathways, watch for upcoming opportunities at your school, take a look at some of our printed materials (like this fact sheet for staff and this student brochure) or go to the website linked below.

Go to the Pathways website

'Grow Our Own' Staff to Teacher Program -
Apply for openings today!

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'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.

Learn more and submit an application

Insurance Open Enrollment - Vision (NEW), Flexible Spending and Health Insurance

Don’t forget to make your 2017 benefit elections before open enrollment ends on Nov. 15.

Vision Insurance - New Benefit!

MMSD is now offering vision insurance as an optional benefit. You must enroll during open enrollment to have this benefit for 2017.

What is open enrollment?

Open enrollment is the time of the year to make changes to your benefits and/or make your 2017 flexible spending account elections.

  • Flexible spending accounts do not roll over from year to year. If you wish to have a flexible spending account in 2017, you must make your election during open enrollment.

  • You can change your health insurance plan and/or change your dependents covered on your health insurance plan during open enrollment.

  • You can enroll in vision insurance during open enrollment.

  • If you do not want to make any changes to your current benefits and not elect flexible spending for 2017, you do not need to do anything.

Where can I find more information?

Visit our Detailed Guide Book or Forms for more information.

Questions? Please contact

Congratulations to Innovators at East High and Huegel Elementary

Congratulations to East High and Huegel Elementary for being selected to receive a 2016-2018 Innovation Grant!

East High School’s “The Mentor Project” will build a strong, sustainable schoolwide structure to support the successful transition of primarily African American young women and men to 9th grade and is generously supported by the MG&E Foundation.

Huegel’s “Building Community and Capacity for Learning through Intellectually and Culturally Responsive Play-Based Teaching” seeks to expand 4K early childhood programming through learning events called “play parties” for families with young children.

Read more about "play parties"

Historically black college fair shows high school students 'A Different World' beyond Madison

Students reading about colleges. This links to the cap times article.

Read the Cap Times story on the historically black college fair

Shout out to Allis 4K teachers Caitlin Gibson and Lisa Carlson!

This image reads: Shout out to 4k allis elementary teachers Caitlin gibson and lisa carlson for making our kids' first months of school so fun!  The love, patience and flexibility you show each student is certainly creating lifelong lvoers of school and learning!

See more shout outs

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