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Madison Metropolitan School District

Welcome to Ninth Grade

We’re excited to welcome you to the Spartan Family and we look forward to helping you plan and prepare for your Freshman year of High School.  Our vision at Memorial is that we are a place where students thrive because we believe in identifying and disrupting educational inequities, creating opportunities for all students that are rigorous, engaging, and relevant to student’s lives, creating a community where students, staff, and families feel a sense of belonging and all identities, abilities, and personal assets are valued.  We believe in being responsive to student needs and invested in student success.  We are Memorial and we can’t wait for you to join us.

-Matt Hendrickson, Head Principal

Welcome Class of 2028

8th to 9th Grade Transition Overview - Welcome to Memorial

This event will provide an overview of the 8th to 9th grade transition and course selection process, as well as information about electives course offerings.  It will also provide you with an opportunity to ask drop-in, program-specific questions.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm (SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION)

  • Location: Vel Phillips Memorial High School (201 S. Gammon Road) The event will be hosted in English in the Auditorium and in Spanish in the Wisconsin Neighborhood Center.  Please park in the parking lot on Mineral Point Road and enter the building near the Welcome Center.

Time Topic
6:00 - 6:30pm

Welcome to VPM and overview of the transition and course selection process.

  • English Presentation - Auditorium

  • Spanish Presentation - Wisconsin Neighborhood Center

6:30 - 7:00pm


VPM Programs and Electives Departments will be hosting Open House and Drop-In question and answer sessions which afford students and families an opportunity to learn more about the following: 

  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

  • DLI (Dual Language Immersion)

  • English Language Learner Programming

  • Special Education Programming

  • Art Department 

  • Business Department 

  • Family and Consumer Education Department

  • Music Department

  • Technical Education Department

  • World Languages Department

There will be no formal presentations during this time.  Please see below for program and department specific information prior to the event. 


Additional Resources

Supports for LGBTQ+ Students