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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.
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.
"Kindness. It’s one of the earliest things we learn as children. Even though the idea is elementary, people around the globe, including the Dalai Lama, are looking to research being done in Madison to understand the positive qualities of life – kindness, compassion, and happiness." Stephens students were recently featured in the article "Mental Hygiene - Madison researcher uses modern neuroscience to study kindness, compassion & happiness" on NBC 15. Read the full story.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 663-1879.
Tuesday, October 30th
West High School (room to be announced)
Wednesday, November 7th
East High School Auditorium
Thursday, November 8th
Memorial High School Library
We will take what we learn to strengthen our approach. Thank you for your help.
We have many opportunities for families to volunteer at our school. If you are interested in serving at our school, please complete the Volunteer Background Check Form. Then contact us about available opportunities.
Thank you for your willingness to serve our school and our students!