- Wyeth Jackson, who will be a senior at West HS next school year, was elected the Student Liaison to the Board of Education. He begins his term in July. He replaces Sarah Maslin, West HS, who served for two years as the Liaison and is headed to Yale in the fall.
Jessica Brooke, who will be a senior at La Follette HS next year, was elected the Student Alternate Liaison to the Board of Education and, as such, will be President of the MMSD Student Senate.
- For the first time in the history of Memorial HS, an English as a Second Language student, Tenzin Yougyal, has won the competition to become one of the three speakers at this month’s graduation commencement. Tenzin is also the proud recipient of a scholarship from "Rubin for Kids," and another from the Madison Community Foundation.
Tenzin has been here in the USA for a scant three years. He had just finished 8th grade when he came here, and is therefore graduating in three years. Congratulations, Tenzin!
- Kathy Price, MMSD Community Partnerships Coordinator, recently received the YWCA "Women of Distinction Award". Kathy was honored, along with four other recipients, at an awards luncheon attended by over 500 persons on May 27.
Since 1971, the YWCA has "honored women whose lives, leadership, pursuit of excellence, achievement, integrity, and commitment to our community have distinguished their lives and work." Yes, that’s the Kathy Price we know.
Kathy Price surrounded by friends, family and her two nominators for the award, former school board member Barbara Arnold (left of Kathy) and former MMSD grant writer Howard Landsman (right of Kathy).
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Gramling/"The Capital City Hues”.
- Madison students earned the top three places in this year’s 2nd Congressional District Art Competition. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin announced the prize winners of the juried show.
First Place – on right in photo; piece to hang in the Capitol in Washington, DC: Aubree Legg, La Follette HS, colored pencil, “Ship in a bottle”
Second Place – on left in photo; piece to hang in Baldwin’s Washington, DC office: Adam Nelson, East HS, pen and ink drawing, “Castle”
Third Place – not pictured; piece to hang in Baldwin’s Madison office:
Emma Pryde, East HS, acrylic and ink painting, “Running Early”
- A Jefferson MS student has been named the state winner in a 6th grade essay contest during May for Older Americans Month.
was judged the winner in the contest for essays about 6th
graders’ favorite grandparent or older adult, and sponsored by the WI Association of Senior Centers. Click here
to read his winning entry.
Students from four MMSD middle schools submitted essays which were read by the students at a presentation event. The students and their school are:
Black Hawk: Kelly Khamphouy
Cherokee: Maggie Robert and Aidan Willkomm
Jefferson: Jake Genskow and Rachel Radomski
Whitehorse: Jessee Beierle and Allison Uselman
- Three MMSD students’ art works have been judged the state’s best in the national Doodle 4 Google contest.
Oliver Gerber, Van Hise ES, for “The Wild Side of Google”
Becky Mei, Stephens ES, for “Being with Nature”
Chelsi Bookstaff, Memorial HS, for “Untitled”
Four hundred State Finalists were chosen from a total of 33,000 entries; in each state, two doodles were selected in each grade group. Click here
for more on Doodle 4 Google.
- Two Madison students are being honored as the city’s sportspersons of the year by the Madison Hall of Fame Club.
diver Kylie Rosenstock
is co-Sportswoman of the Year for becoming the first Division I diver to win four straight state titles.
football and basketball player Marquis Mason
is the sole Sportsman of the Year for his outstanding performances in both sports.
- MMSD Security Director Luis Yudice (back row, left) looks on as Gov. Jim Doyle signs Senate Bill 154 (Act 309), which requires school districts to have bullying policies, allows for the select exchange of information about students between school officials and police, and requires all public and private schools to have a school safety plan. Yudice served on the Legislative Council study group in the summer of 2008 that recommended the law changes to the Legislature.
Yudice accepts a pen used to sign the bill into law from Gov. Doyle.
- Valerie Shen, a senior at Memorial High, has been selected as a 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Shen becomes one of 141 truly outstanding American high school seniors – and one of only two in the state - who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, leadership, citizenship, and service at school and in their community.
Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 3,000 candidates qualified on the basis of outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars
and a teacher of each scholar’s choice will be honored in Washington, D.C., in June. The teacher chosen for recognition by Shen was Timothy Scheffler, forensics coach at Memorial.
- Six MMSD students are among the 120 graduating seniors to be named All-State Scholars.
The students are:
Timothy Choi, West
Laurel Hamers, Memorial
Jane Lee, Memorial
Valerie Shen, Memorial
Wendi Sun, West
Eric Swaney, West
MMSD students represent 40% (6 of 15) of the All-State Scholars from the 2nd Congressional District of WI.
All the students were chosen by a committee of school administrators based on the students’ overall grade-point average and their scores for the ACT or SAT college admission tests. Click here
for the news release about the Scholars.
- Sherman Middle School has been chosen to receive funding for a new 21st Century Community Learning Center program at the school.
Sherman will receive $70,000 per year over five years to support after-school activities intended to improve student achievement, attendance, and behaviors through a blend of academic, enrichment, social, and recreational activities. School sites also promote parent involvement through outreach activities such as family literacy events and parental skill development programming.
Sherman joins nine other MMSD schools in the federally-funded CLC program. They are: Falk, Glendale, Hawthorne, Lake View, Lincoln, Mendota and Midvale Elementary Schools, Wright Middle School and La Follette High School.
- Two teachers have received awards of distinction recently, and both are from Hamilton Middle School.
Kris Bauer and Loi Nguyen
Math teacher Loi Nguyen has been selected as a winner of the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Junior High School Mathematics Teaching.
Administered by the Mathematical Association of America, this award recognizes the excellence of those teachers who contribute so much to the success of the highest scoring teams on the annual American Mathematics Competitions 8. The “consistent excellent effort” of the top Hamilton students on this assessment vaulted Nguyen into this echelon of 48 teachers nationally.
Kris Bauer, 6th grade teacher and Hamilton’s Future Problem Solving coach, recently received the Marian Carr Award from the Wisconsin Future Problem Solvers. This award is given to honor adults who have shown exceptional service and dedication to the state program.
Bauer has worked hard to develop the FPS program which has become very successful and popular. Not only has she guided countless students to think creatively and critically in team problem solving, she has also mentored many students in scenario writing. In addition, she is one of the finest evaluators and provides insightful feedback to hundreds of students across the state.
To see the text of this award presentation – courtesy of WI Future Problem Solving - at the state event, click here.
- The MMSD Positive Behavior Support Team has been nominated and awarded Community Partnerships’ Circle of Hope Educator Award for 2010, and Kathy Halley will be receiving the Circle of Hope Leadership Award.
The PBST members are: David Hill, Andrea Meyer, Patrice Bentley, Amy Wiersma, Caroline Racine Gilles, Dennis Whitish, Katherine Conley and Jim Haessly. The award goes to those who “have exemplified an outstanding ability to engage students with mental health needs in the learning process by incorporating individual learning styles, strengths and interests of the student(s).”
Halley is in program support for school psychologists. The award she’s receiving is for “demonstrated leadership in advancing awareness of children’s mental health through [her] involvement and advocacy within the community.”
Community Partnerships Inc. supports children with mental health needs to promote success in their homes, schools and communities.
- Sean Storch has been chosen to be principal for Black Hawk Middle School beginning in the 2010-11 school year, pending the approval of the Board of Education.
For the last two years, Storch has been assistant principal at Toki Middle School and before that was Dean of Students there.
Sean has a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, and in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from UW-Madison. After teaching at Stoughton HS for two years, he taught journalism, student leadership, and alternative education at La Follette HS for five years.
Carlettra Stanford, who has been the interim principal at Black Hawk and Gompers Elementary this year, will be the new principal at Mendota Elementary. She replaces Dennis Pauli, who is leaving to become the Superintendent of the School District of Edgerton (WI).
- Leopold Elementary School teacher Troy Dassler has been awarded a $10,000 Toyota TAPESTRY grant for excellence and innovation in science education.
Dassler was one of 79 teachers selected by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Toyota from more than 500 applications to receive the grant this year, the 20th year of promoting science education in classrooms through the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers Program.
Under Dassler’s instruction, Leopold students will participate in MicroExplorers, an after-school science class that teaches students to use inspiration from nature to problem solve. The goal of MicroExplorers is to offer elementary-aged children the opportunity to explore how nature designs structures to inspire them to solve two of society’s greatest challenges: energy production and efficiency.
TAPESTRY is the largest annual K-12 science teacher grant program in the U.S. Award-winning projects are selected from three critical areas for today’s youth: environmental science (MicroExplorers’ area), physical science, and science applications that promote literacy.
- Art student Connor Driscoll of La Follette HS won the Bronze Medallion of Excellence for his design work “Dreidel” in the 2010 Scholastic Art Awards hosted by the Milwaukee Art Museum. His work was recognized by the reviewers from among more than 1,200 works submitted from middle and high school students throughout the State of Wisconsin. His La Follette art teacher is Monique Karlen.
Thirty-three artworks from MMSD students also received the Gold Level distinction and will go on to be judged at the national level.
- Darrel Butcher of East HS and Ricky Jones and Darien Power of West HS are among six students who scored at the top of last week’s Wisconsin Youth Poetry Slam Team Finals. They will now gear up to compete at the Brave New Voices Spoken Word International competition in Los Angeles in July.
Photograph by Deborah Berke-Torres
“Spoken word poetry is an ancient art that is experiencing a renaissance among youth because of its healing power, along with aspects of team-building and the sometimes under-estimated degree of intellectual rigor it requires,” said Katrina Flores, Arts-In-Education Director for the UW-Madison Office of Multicultural Arts, which sponsors the Poetry Slam and hosts a summer institute about spoken word and hip-hop pedagogy.
- Memorial HS student Iris Xu is the top female student in Advanced Placement math and science courses and as such, has been named the winner of the Siemens Award for AP®. The 12th grade student wins a $2,000 college scholarship from the Siemens Foundation.
One male and one female student in each state are honored. As the letter announcing the award to Iris states, “It is an outstanding accomplishment to be named a winner in your state.”
- Mary-Beth Rolland, a speech/language clinician at Randall Elementary, has been chosen to receive the Mentor Award from the state chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. As the only award given by this association to teachers, it was in recognition of Rolland’s “recognizable dedication, kindness, caring, exemplary work ethic and consistent openness with the students who shadow you.”
- Vishal Narayanaswamy, a 7th grader at Jefferson MS, won the 2010 Madison All-City Spelling Bee on February 27th. Four of the top five finishers attend Madison public schools.
Vishal's correct spelling of "apparatchik" clinched the victory over 49 other Madison elementary and middle school students. Vishal now advanced to the Badger State Spelling Bee on March 20 in Madison. The winner of that competition will go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.
The top five finishers:
Vishal Narayanaswamy, Jefferson MS
Ben Gellman, Spring Harbor MS
Anne Wolf Pulsiano, Eagle School
Umer Sohail, Sandburg Elementary
Fletcher Rehbein, Toki MS
- East HS trumpet player Ansel No rris is one of only five Gold Medal winners in the YoungArts competition of the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts.
At least 6,000 students register for YoungArts each year, with only 150 selected for the all-expense paid YoungArts Week in Miami – a week of master classes, showcase performances, exhibitions, enrichment programs, and final adjudications. There, 45 students were recognized as winners, with only 5 receiving gold medals – including Norris.
Scott Eckel is Ansel’s Band teacher at East.
- The district’s coordinator for Career and Technical Education, Gabrielle Banick, has been selected to receive the Financial Literacy Award for 2010 from Governor Jim Doyle’s Council on Financial Literacy.
The award recognizes excellence in promoting money management and financial skills. Banick is one of six individuals to be recognized along with nine organizations.
- Three MMSD musicians were among the four students chosen for the Final Forte of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Bolz Young Artist Competition.
Left to right in the photo:
Alice Huang of West HS won the Steenbock Youth Music Award (violin) for 2nd place,
Leah Latorraca of La Follette HS received Honorable Mention for her violin performance,
MSO Maestro John DeMain,
Joel Weng of West HS received Honorable Mention for his piano performance.
Greg Riss of Oregon won the Bolz Youth Music Award.
Photo credit: James Gill.
Lynn Scoby, a 2/3 grade teacher at Lindbergh Elementary, received National Board Certification in 2006 while employed in California.
So that now makes 30 MMSD teachers who are Board Certified – 2nd most among school districts in the state.
- Seven MMSD elementary school students scored exceptionally high on the American Mathematics Competitions for Grades 8 and under. In fact, Chris Xu, a 5th grade student at Muir Elementary, earned the highest score among all 1,477 Wisconsin participants. (Chris’ older sister, Iris, received the Siemens Award reported above.)
Peter Yang, also a 5th grader at Muir, made the Honor Roll of Distinction for scoring - like Xu - in the top 1% nationally among all test takers.
Bryan Jin, a 5th grader at Van Hise Elementary, joins Xu and Yang on the national Honor Roll for scoring in the top 5%.
Sage Ono, a 5th grader at Thoreau Elementary, earned a Certificate or Merit with the other 3 for scoring 15 or higher on the 25 question exam.
Three other elementary students earned Participation Certificates for scoring higher than the national average on this test intended for middle schoolers:
Connie Cai, 5th grade, Van Hise School
Charles Hua, 4th grade, Van Hise School
Noah Stockwell, 5th grade, Randall School
- Four business and accounting teachers have received Accounting Careers Awareness Grants from the WI Institute of Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundation. The $2,500 grants are going to Darrin Graham – La Follette HS, David Krutchen – East HS, Mary Lehrer – West HS, and Dave Thomas – Memorial HS.
- Eleven MMSD high school students have been selected as candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. This is the first of three levels leading to Presidential Scholar designation. Candidates, semifinalists and scholars are chosen based on their accomplishments in many areas.
The students are:
Nelson Auner, East HS
Timothy Choi, West HS
Laurel Hamers, Memorial HS
Benjamin Klug, West HS
Jane Lee, Memorial HS
Ansel Norris, East HS
Valerie Shen, Memorial HS
Wendi Sun, West HS
Eric Swaney, West HS
Peter Wear, West HS
Jacob Wolbert, West HS
- East HS student Darrel Butcher and West HS's Richard Jones won first and second place, respectively, in a Dane County spoken-word poetry competition at the Goodman Community Center. The competition encourages young people to use poetry as a means to tell their stories and to be agents of social change.
- Chelli Riddiough, a 2009 MMSD graduate, is one of 48 students in the nation whose submitted manuscript will be included in the book "The Best Teen Writing of 2009" from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
- La Follette High School received $2,500 from State Farm® Insurance in Friday Night Feats - a national video contest highlighting the biggest moments from the 2009 high school football season.
The play featured a terrific block by La Follette's Will Norton against an opponent from Janesville Parker. It earned enough fan votes on YouTube to be one of 25 Zone Winners for the second half of the season. Click here to see the La Follette play. The $2,500 check was presented at a La Follette basketball game on January 12.
Lexi Slater, a 7th grader at Hamilton Middle School, recently entered and won a writing competition sponsored by the Commonwealth Development Corporation of Madison. It was called the Dane County Money Smart Kid Essay.
Lexi won a $1,000 EdVest scholarship for her age group, 6th - 8th grade. In her essay to President Obama, Lexi wrote about the ways that her family is coping with the tough economic times.
She will go to Governor Doyle's office in January to receive her award. Her letter will also be forwarded to the President.
MMSD Fine Arts Coordinator Julie Palkowski is the author of the featured article in the latest edition of Wisconsin School Musician magazine. Making the Most of the Concert Festival Experience is a case study of a collaborative project among the Madison School District, the Overture Center for the Arts, and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association that took place in April.
The project - Large Group Festival 2009 - provides "great information to help build successful performance and clinician experiences in the future."
- Emerson Elementary School physical education teacher Kitty Erdman is the Dance Educator of the Year according to the WI Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Erdman recently received the award which recognizes a dance educator who "shows evidence of effective teaching linked to standards, uses creative methodologies, promotes the understanding of dance, encourages the development of a sequential curriculum and encourages an overall appreciation for dance while serving as a positive role model for students."
Three MMSD elementary schools and one MMSD middle school are among the 138 recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with their annual Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition Award.
Congratulations to Black Hawk Middle and Hawthorne, Lowell and Orchard Ridge Elementary Schools for meeting the strict criteria set by DPI for this award:
- the school must have a high student poverty rate;
- student achievement on statewide reading and mathematics assessments is higher than the state average for schools with similar poverty rates;
- the school made adequate yearly progress for the past two years as defined under federal education laws;
- the school is Title I eligible or receives Title I funding.
The schools were recognized by the Madison Board of Education with a resolution on October 12, and by DPI during a special October 20 ceremony at the State Capitol.
- National Board Certified Teachers for the 2009/10 school year
Debora Gil R. Casado
Chris Vander Ark
- Valerie Shen, a junior, and Troy Arneson, student counselor, both from Memorial High School, have been selected as 2009 scholars for the prestigious Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute.
Valerie and Troy are among only 12 students and 12 educators selected for the program, open to juniors and educators at public high schools across the U.S.
Shen and Arneson receive scholarships to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival - June 30 - July 6, - in Aspen, CO where they'll meet world leaders, global thinkers and creative artists. They'll participate in seminars, plenary sessions and informal meetings offered throughout the Aspen Institute campus.
These top public high school juniors and engaged educators not only want to meet and share ideas with global visionaries, they plan to return home and replicate the acclaimed festival's spirit of inquiry, dialogue and debate in their schools and communities.
It should be noted that this marks the second consecutive year of Bezos Scholars from Memorial. In 2008, Hannah Postel attended the Aspen Ideas Festival with English teacher Kara Glasser.
- A team of students representing Hamilton Middle School took first place in the nation in WordMasters Challenge - a national language arts competition entered by over 230,000 students annually.
Coached by English teachers Betsy Sato, Mark Siegel, and Meredith Raimer, the school's 8th graders placed first in the nation in the year-end cumulative standings among 309 school teams participating in this level. The Challenge consists of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year.
Students Myfanway Adams and Ari Pollack won highest honors for the year-long individual achievement as well. Each made only one mistake in the course of the year's three meets. They were among the 28 highest ranked 8th graders in the entire country in the year-end standings.
In addition, six other Hamilton students won highest honors for individual achievement in the year's final meet: Micah Baum, Eric DeVries, Joe Monette, John O'Connell, Oliver Redsten, and Libby Scholz.
The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of relationships.
- The Madison School District has received a What Parents Want Award for meeting the seven criteria most commonly cited by parents according to SchoolMatch - a school selection company.
SchoolMatch gave 16 percent of the nation's public school systems the award for meeting the criteria most commonly expressed in over 95,000 questionnaires. They are:
- competitive in academic test scores and academically solid, but not so rigorous as to intimidate their children
- recognized for excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education
- competitive in teacher salaries
- above average in instructional expenditures on a national percentile basis
- above average in expenditures for library/media services on a national percentile basis
- known for small class size.
- Another recognition for the design of the Paul J. Olson Elementary School. The building won a 2009 Commercial Design Merit Award for Best Green-Built Project, a competition sponsored by In-Business Magazine of Greater Madison. See all the winners.
One of the judges wrote, "I think it's important that our kids grow up thinking it's normal to be green, to be sustainable... This is what it should be."
MMSD students are well-represented in two prominent recognition and scholarship programs.
- Suvai Gunasekaran of Memorial HS is one of two Wisconsin students named a Presidential Scholar, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Suvai will receive the Presidential Medallion in a White House ceremony in June.
Steve Guziewski, Suvai's physics teacher at Memorial, will accompany her to the nation's Capitol and receive the annual Teacher Recognition Award.
A few weeks earlier, two other MMSD students were among 12 in the state named Presidential Scholar Semifinalists. They are Hannah Postel of Memorial HS and Chelli Riddiough of West HS. They are among 560 semifinalists chosen among roughly 2.8 million high school seniors.
- Six MMSD students are 2009 All-State Scholars. Their names and high schools:
Dianna Amasino, West
Yang He, West
Antonio Puglielli, Memorial
Benjamin Seeger, Memorial
Runqi Song, West
Rachel Wang, Memorial
The 120 All-State Scholars are chosen based on their overall grade-point average and scores for the ACT or SAT college admission tests. Fifteen students are chosen from each of the eight Congressional districts in the state.
- Bonnie Augusta, GLBTQ Resource Teacher for the MMSD, received the Adult Ally of the Year Award from Diverse and Resilient, Inc. "for her ongoing support and encouragement of school-aged LGBT youth" in the Madison area.
Bonnie's accomplishments were highlighted at the awards ceremony in late April. Diverse and Resilient is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Wisconsin through the development of groups and communities to take action.
- The new Olson Elementary School is winning awards for its environmental design and construction.
Designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Olson School has been selected by the editorial advisory board of the Real Estate & Construction Review as one of the best new green projects in the Midwest region. The project will be publicized as a Green Building of America Award-winning project.
Also, the school's design is one of only four to win a GOLD level award in the category of Sustainable Design by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.
See this listing.
- Three of the 16 Excellence Awards given by the Wisconsin Association of Public, Educational and Government Access Channels went to MMSD-TV.
Congratulations to producer Lindy Anderson for her exceptional work on this year's video contest entries including:
"Don Hunt: A Lasting Impression"
"Welcome to Crestwood"
"Growing School Gardens.
The sponsoring organization, WAPC, represents community media centers throughout Wisconsin, and advocates for citizen access to and involvement in local, non-commercial media.
- A team of four La Follette HS students produced a winning multimedia documentary at the Wisconsin History Day competition earlier this month. Nick Jensen, Wendy Wolf, Colin Brochtrup and Bailey Derks produced Isaac Newton: Space Pioneer which, due to its selection, will be presented by these four students at the national competition next month.
Susan Huang, an 11th grade West HS student, won a bronze medal for her research project at the 2009 International Sustainable World Project Olympiad held in Texas last month. Susan presented her research on the "Fabrication of Micro-Structured Stencils to Study Biofilm Formation".
Susan first worked on this project as part of the MMSD Summer High School Research Internship Program.
- The MMSD has been mentioned as a "pioneering school district already engaged in robust energy conservation efforts" as part of a news release announcing a green computing certification program by a professional association for school district technology.
The release from the Consortium for School Networking quotes Supt. Dan Nerad on two reasons for MMSD's efforts toward energy conservation: "Clearly, it provides many ways for us to reduce our operating costs and save money but more importantly, it allows us to model for our children and the community we serve, steps each of us must take to protect our Earth."
In the spotlight - City Spelling Champ, Topnotch Teachers and others
- Congratulations to Toki Middle School 8th-grade student Brandon Dumas, who took 1st place in Madison's 2009 All-City Spelling Bee.
Several other MMSD students were among the top 10 finishers. They include:
3rd place: Ben Gellman, Spring Harbor MS,
4th place: Miriam Plane, O'Keeffe MS, and
5th place tie: Kyson Dams, Emerson Elementary School, Cayleigh Hickey, Sennett MS, Chloe Robinson, Thoreau ES and Libby Scholz, Hamilton MS.
Brandon Dumas represented Madison in the Badger State Spelling Bee on March 14.
- Brooksy Beilke-Skoug and Fawn O'Brien have been featured recently as Topnotch Teachers of the Month by WISC-TV. Beilke-Skoug is a dynamic chorus teacher at East High School while O'Brien -- a 6th grade teacher at Whitehorse Middle School -- is cited for her excellence in math instruction.
The video reports on each of these outstanding teachers can be viewed by clicking here and choosing February and/or January 2009 Topnotch Teacher.
- Four Madison high school teachers have been awarded Accounting Careers Awareness Grants from the Wisconsin Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundation.
The four business teachers are Darrin Graham - La Follette, David Krutchen - East, Mary Lehrer - West, and Dave Thomas - Memorial.
The grants will be used so that students can participate in an accounting seminar and in financial literacy events called Mad City Money.
- A 5th grade student at Stephens Elementary, Bryce Piotrowski, has qualified to participate in the 2009 Wisconsin State Geographic Bee.
After Bryce won a competition at his school, his score on a National Geographic Society qualifying test was among the top 100 scores in the state, advancing him to the State Bee in early April in Madison.
In the spotlight - Memorial sweeps Siemens Awards in state
[img_assist|nid=2557|title=|desc=|link=none|align=|width=375|height=281]The prestigious scholarships - also sponsored by the College Board - are given to two students per state who have earned the greatest number of scores of 5 in math and science Advanced Placement courses during their high school years. Each student receives a $2,000 college scholarship from the Siemens Foundation.
Suvai is a very active member of her senior class. Among her many activities is that she serves as president of the Spanish Club. Antonio is also a senior and has volunteered numerous hours for various organizations in Madison.
Congratulations to Suvai and Antonio, their families and all the teachers and other MMSD staff who have worked with these outstanding students.
- Five MMSD students have been selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They are Emma Cornwell, Hannah Postel and Benjamin Seeger of Memorial High School, and Dianna Amasino and Chelli Riddiough of West High School.
Each year some 3,000 candidates are identified based on having scored exceptionally well on the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Scholars are eventually chosen on the basis of their leadership and involvement in school and community in addition to their academics.
Congratulations to these five students.
- The following ten students will represent Memorial HS at the state conference of the Future Business Leaders of America, having qualified at the regional conference:
Anna Seely & Nathan Powell (Global Business)-1st Place Team
Ebony Balele (Personal Finance)
Jordan Carlin (Business Law)
Julia Gu (Accounting I)
Suvai Gunasekaran (Business Calculations)
Connor Haas (Economics)
Michael Miernowski (Accounting I)
Arjun Seshadri (Business Math)
Sam Shabtaie (Public Speaking II)
In the spotlight - 2 out of 3 … is great
- Two of the three Wisconsin students who scored a 36 on the ACT in October 2008 are from Madison. Valerie Shen, an 11th grade student at Memorial HS, and Sungik Yang, a 12th grade student at West HS, attained the highest possible composite score on the college qualifying test.
Only 69 students in the nation achieved this score, making this "truly distinguished", according to the ACT.
- Madison teacher is one of 74 in Wisconsin to earn national board certification in 2008. Debora Gil R. Casado, a social studies teacher at Memorial HS, now has board certification status - a voluntary process that requires teachers to demonstrate exceptional professional practice and in depth subject-area knowledge.
Debora is one of 20 teachers in the MMSD who now hold national board certification; that's the 3rd highest number of nationally certified teachers.
Recognition for MMSD educators and schools
Six MMSD educators have been honored recently by the UW-Madison School of Education.
(L-R) Suzanne Folberg of O'Keeffe MS, Jane Stimac of Stephens ES, Leslie Kebbekus formerly of Stephens ES, and Geoffrey Herman of Memorial HS all received the 2008 Rockwell Award (Ruth and Roland Rockwell, bottom row) for excellent teachers who have chosen to pass on their expertise by providing professional experiences for UW-Madison student teachers.
Carlettra Stanford, principal at Gompers ES, received the Nemec Distinguished Elementary Education Award as a graduate in Elementary Education who has demonstrated commitment and distinguished service as a classroom teacher and/or educational administrator. Stanford is shown with MMSD Supt. Dan Nerad.
Monica Urbanik, art teacher at East HS, received the Heideman Secondary Education Award for demonstrated commitment and distinguished service as a teacher and/or educational leader.
These six educators were honored at the School of Education's Partners Banquet during American Education Week.
Photos by Kerry G. Hill.
Spring Harbor and Wright Middle Schools have been commended recently by being named an Exemplary Middle School as determined by the Association of WI School Administrators and the WI Dept of Public Instruction.
The recognition is based on high scores or high growth in scores on student reading and math assessments in the past year.
Luis Yudice, MMSD Coordinator of Safety and Security, has received a special honor from Edgewood College. The Madison-based college honored Yudice with the Mazzuchelli Medallion Award, the school's highest honor for alumni and given to persons who exemplify the values of St. Dominic.
Luis is a retired captain from the Madison Police Department and has been in his MMSD post since August 2006.
The Madison School District received the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air Recognition Award from the WPCA for its voluntary efforts to improve air quality. The MMSD is the only school district and one of only four organizations so honored this year.
The award says the district will make "significant improvements on air quality (through its) ingenious approach of using internal improvements to save energy and money while also educating students."
David Ross, social studies teacher at West HS, has received the Outstanding Teaching in Wisconsin Award from Lawrence University, one of two K-12 teachers so honored this year.
Nominated by Lawrence senior and former West student Jeanette Devereaux-Weber, Ross graduated from West and has been teaching there since 1993. He previously was given two outstanding teacher citations by the University of Chicago also based on former student nominations.
Five MMSD principals -- Nancy Evans of Wright MS, Anne Fischer of Affiliated Alternatives, Sandy Gunderson of Mendota ES, Alan Harris of East HS and Lisa Kvistad of Lowell ES -- have earned a 10-year WI Master Educator License that, according to DPI's announcement, "shows true devotion to education."
Earlier this year, the same five principals completed the WI Urban Schools Leadership Project -- a Wallace Foundation funded project which brought together strong urban school leaders with education faculty from three Wisconsin universities to transform school leadership in the state.
At the 25th annual recognition event in November for this year's finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Wisconsin DPI also recognized finalists for the past 25 years for this award. Eighteen of the former finalists were or are from the Madison School District.
Do you know or remember these outstanding teachers?
Math finalists: Peter Barbella, Ray Blum, Karen Falkner, Suzanne Folberg, Cheryl Hoyt, Mazie Jenkins, Jo Olson, Doug Yost and Nan Youngerman;
Science finalists: Sheila Briggs, William Carey, Alan Ginsberg, Marilyn Hanson, Kathryn Lee, Candace Nerge (2000 National Award winner), Don Vincent, Mark Wagler and Frank Zuerner.