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Madison Metropolitan School District

Current Weekly Announcements

Course Selection for 2022-2023

Course Selection for the upcoming 22-23 school year starts this week!  Be sure to visit our Memorial Course Selection Website to get the information you need to make your course choices for next year.  Students will have until Friday, February 4th to complete course entry into Infinite Campus.  Between January 18th and February 4th, you can make changes to your course requests through IC.  Course request changes made after February 4th need to go through counselors and may not be able to be honored, so choose wisely!  Staff will be available across this week to provide students with information and support via drop-in Zoom Sessions.  Visit this link for more information.  Though parent/ guardian signatures on course request cards will not be required this year, we strongly encourage students to use this month to discuss their next year courses and post-high school planning with their parents/guardians, teachers, and their counselor.

Semester 2 Study Halls / Approved Activities

If your student is currently scheduled into a study hall for Semester 2,  you can choose to have them sign out of their study hall(s) and not attend during that period by completing our Approved Activity Form (EnglishSpanish).  This form requires a parent/ guardian signature in order to be processed.  Your student should return the form to school as soon as possible.  As a reminder, students that sign out of a study hall are not allowed in the building during that time. Please consider transportation issues when making the decision to have your student stay or sign-out of Study Hall.

Class Assistant Opportunities

Students in grades 10-12 can continue to have the opportunity to earn ½ credit per semester by serving as a teaching assistant during one of their scheduled Study Halls.  If you are interested, be sure to contact the teacher of the course in which you are interested in being a TA to make sure it is okay with them and then complete this TA/ Class Assistant Form.  TAs serve a variety of classroom roles and can also serve as a peer tutor for students in need of additional course help.

Memorial Letter Jackets

Due to demand, we will have an additional letter jacket fitting and order on Tuesday, February 1st from 11:30-1 in the Athletics conference room.  Please make sure that if your student would like to get a letter jacket, they attend the fitting and sizing session as these are custom made pieces.  You may view the order form here.

Attention Seniors & Families of Seniors

DIPLOMAS: Soon it will be time to order diplomas for the 2022 Senior Class. Please check Infinite Campus and verify that your name is spelled correctly. If your middle name is missing or your name is incorrect in ANY way, you must contact Rachel Braun in the Wisconsin Office at your earliest convenience. She can be reached by email at rcbraun@madison.k12.wi.us or by phone at 663-6101 (Monday-Friday 7:30-4:00). Please correct mistakes NOW! If it is wrong in IC, it will be wrong on your diploma.

CAPS & GOWNS: If your student did not receive their packet from Midwest Scholastic for ordering their cap & gown, please contact Rachel Braun in the Wisconsin Neighborhood Office. All paper orders with checks must be mailed to Midwest Scholastic or orders can be placed online at mwscholastic.com/2022-jmm-store. Orders and payments must be made directly to Midwest Scholastic, Memorial will NOT accept orders or payments. ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT ORDERS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED DIRECTLY TO MIDWEST SCHOLASTIC at questions@mwscholastic.com.

Please check the Memorial Graduation web page periodically for updates. If you should have any questions, feel free to contact Rachel Braun in the Wisconsin Neighborhood Office at 663-6101 or by email at rcbraun@madison.k12.wi.us.

Youth Apprenticeship Info Nights

Learn about how you can work in and explore a career you are interested in! The following informational sessions go over the program entrance requirements and program opportunities.

  • Monday, January 24th at 6:30pm (Virtual)
  • Wednesday, February 16th at 6:30pm (Monona Grove HS)
  • Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30pm (Virtual)

For more information and to register for one of these sessions click here: Youth Apprenticeship Information Night 2022 Registration

Health & Mitigation Efforts Update

We want to emphasize the updates you received last week.  The recent surge in COVID-19 infections highlights the importance of building on our success in following risk mitigation strategies in order for us to safely remain open for in-person learning. As we renew our focus on safety protocols, we want to inform you of two important updates to our layered risk mitigation strategy. These updates come after close consultation with our medical advisory team, and after consideration of revised guidelines for schools from Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC), Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The updates include:

  1. Contact tracing and positive case notification - With positive COVID-19 case counts at unprecedented levels, our health services staff have needed to prioritize their work in order to stay ahead of an increased demand for services. As a result, health staff is shifting from tracing contacts of positive cases to contacting only individuals who test positive and their high-risk close contacts (household members), assuming there is adequate supply of COVID-19 tests.  As a part of this shift, schools will no longer be issuing emails, texts, or phone calls to close contacts, nor providing school-wide notifications of positive cases. In order to stay informed on the number of positive cases in MMSD, we encourage visiting the district’s public case count dashboard, which is updated weekly. MMSD data shows there is very low spread of COVID-19 in Madison schools due to rigorous and layered mitigation strategies, and MMSD is one of only a few school districts in Wisconsin who, at any point during the pandemic, provided this high level of contact tracing, far exceeding requirements for schools.
  2. Isolation and quarantine times - Beginning Tuesday, January 18, keeping with new guidance from CDC, DHS, and PHMDC, our district will implement a change in quarantine or isolation time from 10 days to five days for people who meet determined criteria. Strict mask wearing at school and in the community continues to be required after isolation or quarantine. For more information, we encourage you to visit the MMSD webpage.

Memorial COVID Testing Site

The COVID Clinic Testing site located at Memorial High School can be found on the Mineral Point Road side of the building.  It is at the far end of the parking lot  in the Stadium Refreshments area.  It is the small building between the stadium and the school.  You can park in the parking area near the stadium and go down the stairs.  At the bottom of the stairs turn left and follow the path to the end.  Ahead of you, you will see two dumpsters.  You are looking for a green door behind the dumpsters. The site is open Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30.

Student Attendance

If you need to report an absence, a parent/ guardian should contact their neighborhood office and/or complete the district’s online excused absence form.  You may also send a signed note with the student to take to their Neighborhood Office.  More information about the district’s attendance policies and about reporting an excused absences can be found at https://jmm.madison.k12.wi.us/about-us/attendance.

School Options if Sick or Quarantined

Students who need to miss school due to COVID infection or COVID quarantine can access their course’s google classrooms as needed/ appropriate.   We also encourage students to seek assistance from their Neighborhood Student Services staff, ESL staff, and/or case managers.