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.
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,
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.
Upcoming opportunities to learn more about Personalized Pathways
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.
'Grow Our Own' Staff to Teacher Program -
Apply for openings today!
'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.
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?
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Historically black college fair shows high school students 'A Different World' beyond Madison
Shout out to Allis 4K teachers Caitlin Gibson and Lisa Carlson!
Here are additional updates and announcements from departments and schools, published on Staff eNews.
- Badger Rock Middle School took this year's #GreatAppleCrunch to the next level! See photos.
- Lindbergh teams up with Home Depot to built kid kit projects
- Coding at Crestwood: Computer Programming Starting from Scratch
- With the East High School theater renovation underway, The Eastside Players take the show on the road
- Improving the School Eating Environment: Lindbergh works with REAP Food Group and Dane Arts Mural Arts to create kid-inspired lunchroom mural (with video!)
- Schools Celebrate and Learn During Digital Citizenship Month
- Reminder: To improve security at MMSD, the password change process is underway. Learn more and see the rules to use for your new password.
- Want to write a grant? Here’s how to get started…
- Summary of October Teacher Advisory Work Group
- Wear green on Nov. 16 for National Runaway Awareness Month
- School Zone Safety brochures from the School Traffic Safety Committee are available in English, Spanish and Hmong. Are you interested in creating/updating a brochure for your school? Connect with your principal and Marquette Principal Pam Wilson, email@example.com
- Environmental Education in Wisconsin - November Newsletter
- MSCR Winter & Spring 2017 Program Guide now available - registration begins on Monday!
- East High School PA-MOJA Benefit: Learn more and purchase tickets - Thurs., Nov. 10
- La Follette hosting free FAFSA Completion Workshop open to all Madison students applying to college - Sat., Nov. 12
- Are you interested in a piano? Pianos that are in need of a new home and that have been in service to schools for between 30-60 years will be available at a surplus piano liquidation at Building Services (Pflaum Road) - Sat., Nov. 12
- In recognition of American Education Week, the UW-Madison School of Education invites you to “ Celebrating Teachers and Teaching: A Night of Thanks” - Tues., Nov. 15
- The M List 2016: Ones to Watch
- WIAA state cross country: La Follette's Finn Gessner, Madison West win Division 1 boys titles
- Fitchburg Amendment Defeated, Boys & Girls Clubs Retain Funds For Allied Drive Location
- Literacy Network Celebrates Grand Opening, Announces Special Donation Challenge
- Teachers spend 200 weekend hours learning classroom wellness practices (Lapham)
- Diana Li of Memorial High School is one of two Wisconsin Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars
- Historically black college fair shows high school students 'A Different World' beyond Madison
- Literacy Network’s new programs will make a difference
- Madison teachers toast at a happy hour dedicated to coding and tech
- First-time voters prepare for Election Day (Memorial)
- Madison students assist voters at the polls on Election Day (East)
- $26 million MMSD referendum overwhelmingly passes
- In the Spring of 2017, the Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association will be presenting awards to public high schools, for existing innovative programs implemented in the 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 school years. Learn more about the challenge award program for innovative projects at high schools.
- Volunteer opportunities at Henry Vilas Zoo
- Spring Adult Education Internships available with Literacy Network
- Fabrication Laboratories Grant: Equipping students with skills to thrive in today’s global economy - apply by Dec. 15
- REAP Food Group’s 2016 Taste of Wisconsin Holiday Sale is underway! You can purchase gift boxes and/or individual items directly through REAP to support the Farm to School program.