Dear MMSD families,

I want to congratulate you on your first week of school! YOU DID IT!

I hope you were able to connect with teachers and staff at your child's school, begin to settle into routines, and build the relationships we all need in order to have a successful school year.

Learning in this virtual environment can be challenging, and this week our families demonstrated how they are up for the challenge. Thank you for all your hard work, patience and flexibility as we enter into this historic school year. We are all in this together.  

We understand families may still have questions as we continue to navigate through the virtual learning environment. For answers, we encourage you to visit the HelpDesk feature on our Virtual Learning Resources Hub. This is a great resource for families, providing tools  specifically designed to support you, and ensure your family understands the expectations and requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. We also invite you to join us on September 24th for a Facebook Live session, where we'll discuss the first few weeks of school and also provide you with an opportunity to ask questions. 

Enjoy the weekend. I hope you are able to rest up and recharge, as we head into our first full week of school.

Sincerely, 
Carlton D. Jenkins, PhD
Superintendent

Third Friday Membership Count

Madison Metropolitan School District is required to count students for membership purposes on the third Friday in September (not the third Friday of the school year) and report the membership count to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This year the 3rd Friday Membership Count is scheduled for September 18, 2020. This is an important day for our district because the majority of our funding is tied to our 'member students' who are enrolled and in attendance as of that date. Under existing state law, a student may be counted for aid and revenue limit membership purposes regardless of the specific setting in which they are receiving instruction, if the student is actively enrolled on September 18 and:

  • In attendance on Friday, September 18, 2020

OR

  •  in attendance for the 2020-21 school year on any day before September 18, 2020, AND any day after September 18, 2020, with no change in residency or enrollment during that period (the Before and After Rule for counting students does not restrict the before and after dates to Thursday, September 17 and Monday, September 21)

Teachers are responsible to take daily attendance for classes they are scheduled to teach on any given day, and for all classes on Wednesdays when all learning will be asynchronous. 

To be counted as "in attendance" for a subject/class, the student will need to:

  • attend the synchronous instruction time (in Zoom), 
  • complete and submit an asynchronous task (assigned by the teacher in Google Classroom, SeeSaw or Ready Rosie) that day between 12am-11:59pm, OR
  • engage in two-way communication (phone call, email exchange, or office hours virtual visit) 

On Wednesdays, attendance will be based solely on completion of asynchronous tasks and/or any two-way communication that may occur.

Learn more about our attendance practices during virtual learning at mmsd.org/attendance.

Free breakfast and lunch for students: Weekly Schedule

As a reminder, we are offering curbside meal service at 40 school sites, for any child 18 years of age or younger. Each site has pickup one day per week for family convenience. Students will receive a market food box with all of the components for 5 balanced breakfast and lunch meals. The schedule was condensed this week due to the holiday, but our schedule starting next week is as follows: 

Weekly Schedule (starting September 14)

Times

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

10:00-11:45am

East
Falk
Hamilton
Lincoln
Van Hise

Emerson
Elvehjem
Olson
Thoreau

Black Hawk
Crestwood
Gompers
La Follette
Leopold
Sennett

Lindbergh
Marquette
O'Keeffe
Stephens
West

Chávez
Franklin
Sandburg
Schenk
Whitehorse

12:00-1:45pm


Badger Rock
Orchard Ridge
Sherman
Shorewood
Toki
 

Jefferson
Kennedy
Lapham
Memorial
Midvale

Cherokee Heights
Henderson (Glendale)
Lake View
Spring Harbor

Lowell
Mendota
Muir
Randall

Allis
Hawthorne
Huegel
Nuestro Mundo
Wright

Learn more here

Advanced Learning at MMSD

During virtual learning with the district, we want to assure you our Advanced Learning Specialists will continue to collaborate with teachers, support staff and families to implement programming as outlined in your student's Advanced Learning Plan. While some aspects of Advanced Learning (AL) will look differently during this virtual period, AL specialists will identify and meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our advanced learners and connect with students and families regarding service delivery, progress monitoring and guidelines set forth by the Department of Instruction and Office of Civil Rights. 

Here's what you can expect from our Advanced Learning Department during virtual learning:

  • The AL Department falls directly under the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and will focus 2020-21 on the delivery of instruction in Math, English/Language Arts and Social Studies/Humanities.
  • AL instruction will be delivered through videotaped recordings to AL learners and students with potential, noted as Talent Development students. Talent Development students are AL learners, but may be new to AL instructional services.
  • Five days of videotaped lessons will be recorded on Loom and sent to grade level core teachers every Friday to be embedded in core teacher's lessons for the following week.
  • Some AL students will continue to receive online instruction in accelerated mathematics by AL specialists or Teacher Leaders.
  • An AL specialist with English as a Second Language experience will be tied to a grade or grade levels to assist in planning lessons and creation of the videos supportive of language needs. These may be the same lessons, or an extension to ensure these learners needs are addressed.

If you have additional questions about advanced learning, we're here to help you. Please reach out to the AL Department Director, Dr. Sharon Alexander or Amanda Jamae, Advanced Learning Coordinator. Team Leaders can also assist you with your questions - look them up by school using the Advanced Learning Staff Directory.