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MMSD releases budget recommendations

MMSD releases budget recommendations

The Madison Metropolitan School District presented its preliminary budget recommendations on Friday for the Board of Education’s review.

"This preliminary budget recommendation makes strategic choices to fill our budget gap and lays a strong foundation for the important work ahead," Superintendent Dan Nerad said.

The budget recommendations fill the district’s budget gap, maintain current programs and include:

Public Meetings Continue On District's Plan To Close Achievement Gap

Public Meetings Continue On District's Plan To Close Achievement Gap

About 150 Madison residents gathered Wednesday night at CUNA Mutual Group to discuss the programs and recommendations included in the Madison Metropolitan School District's plan.

Closing the achievement gap in Madison schools takes commitment, courage, collaboration and unity, according to community members present at Wednesday night’s Madison Metropolitan School District input session at CUNA Mutual Group.

Suspicious Person Seen Taking Photos Of School Children

Suspicious Person Seen Taking Photos Of School Children

A man driving a silver four-door sedan was observed taking photographs of school children on Feb. 29, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the man was parked near a fence at Whitehorse Middle School on Richard Street at 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

A staff member told police that the man had a golden retriever sitting next to him. When a security officer went out to check on the situation, the man was gone, police said.

Anyone who lives in the area and has noticed suspicious behavior is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Globe University Students To Host Massage-A-Thon

Globe University Students To Host Massage-A-Thon

Globe University's Madison East student massage club is hosting the Global Healing Touch Massage-a-Thon on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Madison Community Center located at 8 Straubel Court. 

A 15-minute chair massage will cost $10 and a 30-minute table massage will cost $30. 

All proceeds collected will go toward the creation of a free massage clinic for East Madison Community Center patrons. This free massage clinic is expected to be open this summer and will be run by Globe University massage therapy students, alumni and faculty.

"We want to open this free massage clinic because massage is beneficial for relieving stress and pain," said Massage Therapy Program Chair Robin Rinehart. "This is something everyone should experience and we are alleviating the monetary limitations for a group that, without the free clinic, may never get to experience massage."

Citywide Battle Of The Books Begins Tuesday

Citywide Battle Of The Books Begins Tuesday

Over the next three days, middle school students from across the city will face off in an educational battle, testing their literary knowledge against their peers.

Cherokee Heights Librarian Laura Holt said that the students have been preparing for the competition since mid-November, reading from a suggested list of books, including titles by Roald Dahl, Phillip Pullman, Mark Twain, and Jon Krakauer.

Students competing in this week’s events have already won their school-level Battles. Battle of the Books champions will be awarded with a medal and a traveling trophy.   

The competition challenges students to read carefully, learn about literature, and explore genres they might not try on their own. Teams of readers will be put to the test as they work to answer trivia questions about the books’ content.

Madison Metropolitan School District Hosts First Public Meeting On Achievement Gaps

Madison Metropolitan School District Hosts First Public Meeting On Achievement Gaps

Community members and concerned parents gathered at West High School to discuss district plans to close the racial gap in student learning

Madison residents gathered Tuesday night at West High School for the first in a series of public meetings to discuss Madison Metropolitan School District’s (MMSD) plan to address the district’s achievement gap in student learning.

In the school’s library, community members, concerned parents and MMSD employees formed small groups to share feedback and ideas regarding key programs and initiatives proposed in the plan.

MMSD To Host Parent Meetings For Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs

MMSD To Host Parent Meetings For Spanish Dual Language Immersion Programs

The Madison Metropolitan School District will hold information sessions for Dual Language Immersion programs for the 2012-13 school year, with the first community-wide information session this Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Centro Hispano.

DLI programs offer academic instruction in both Spanish and English with a goal of full academic and cultural literacy in both languages for every student.

Community-Wide Info Sessions: