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Join us for a Meet and Greet with the Board of Education, followed by the Regular Meeting on April 29 at Chávez Elementary

The Board of Education and Madison School District are inviting the community to engage with board members and join the Board’s April regular meeting on Monday, April 29 at 5:15pm at Chávez Elementary School, 3502 Maple Grove Drive, Madison. As the board works to create more opportunities for engagement with the community, it will hold regular meetings at schools across the district for the next several months.

The meeting will include a meet and greet at 5:15pm, with an opportunity to see student work and performances. Refreshments will be served, and the regular meeting will begin at 6pm. The meeting will also include swearing in of new board members and recognition of Wright Middle School’s winning team in the African American Academic Challenge.

2019 Winter Weather Make-Up Overview

We have a plan for making up the lost instructional time due to extraordinary winter weather. We have added 2 more school days for students -- March 18 and June 12 -- and extra minutes to the school day. For all the details, see mmsd.org/weather-make-up. We know that schedule changes can be inconvenient and disruptive to plans you may have already made, so we appreciate your grace and resilience.

Descripción del plan de compensación debido al clima

Hemos creado un plan para compensar el tiempo de instrucción perdido debido al clima invernal inusual. Hemos agregado 2 días más para los estudiantes, el 18 de marzo y el 12 de junio, y unos minutos extra a la jornada escolar. Para ver todos los detalles visite mmsd.org/compensacion-por-clima. Sabemos que los cambios en el horario pueden ser inconvenientes e interrumpir los planes que ustedes ya habían trazado, por lo tanto agradecemos su amabilidad y resiliencia.

IMPORTANT: School day being ADDED Feb. 8, 2019

Because of the recent school closings due to weather, we are adding a school day to the calendar next Friday, February 8. Students should report to school February 8. Afterschool programming and transportation will follow a regular school-day schedule.

The Department of Public Instruction requires that students be provided a specified number of instructional minutes per year. With four instructional days to make up so far this winter due to snow and cold, several options are being explored for making up those days throughout the remainder of the school year.

In the near term, it has been decided to use next Friday, formerly a staff-only day, as one of these make-up days. We will be providing additional updates as soon as we can letting you know how we plan to make up the remainder of needed instructional days and minutes this school year. We know that having this information sooner rather than later will be helpful as you plan your summer.

If you have any questions, please contact your school principal. Thanks for your patience, flexibility and feedback.

We want to hear from you. Join us to give your input on the Behavior Education Plan

As you may have seen in the last family newsletter, MMSD is in the process of considering several adjustments to our district's Behavior Education Plan. As a district, we believe in the importance of family voice in decision making. By taking a step back to improve our policies and systems, we are hoping ensure we have the right supports for implementation.  

We’ve learned a great deal about behavior support and what it takes to make sure every classroom is a safe and supportive one. We’ve gathered feedback over the years, and we want to continue gathering feedback and ideas from you as we move forward. Please consider attending one of the following input sessions, facilitated by district staff. To request interpretation, please email mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us or call 663-1879.

Tuesday, October 30th

West High School (room to be announced)

6-7pm

Wednesday, November 7th

East High School Auditorium

6-7pm

Thursday, November 8th

Memorial High School Library

6-7 p.m

We will take what we learn to strengthen our approach.  Thank you for your help.

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