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Education fund to focus on traditional subjects, plus arts

The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools will focus its efforts for the foreseeable future on the achievement gap and STEAM education, according to Executive Director Stephanie Hayden.

"We just felt that it was true to our mission and our vision for all schools to be successful, and so we knew the achievement gap had to be part of our focus moving forward," she said.

STEAM refers to the traditional STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- but  includes the arts.

PTO presidents consider education challenges

PTO presidents consider education challenges

Although the school board elections are over, education-related issues still weigh on parents’ minds.

For Suzanne Swift, the president of Franklin-Randall Elementary School’s parent-teacher organization, the issues are the same as they have always been, despite certain ones being used by candidates to "hang their hats on.”

School board debates keeping Spanish immersion at Chavez Elementary

School board debates keeping Spanish immersion at Chavez Elementary

Parents still had questions as they filed out of the March 4 Madison School Board committee meeting held in the Doyle Administration Building’s McDaniels Auditorium.

The topic before the Student Achievement and Performance Monitoring Committee was whether to continue the Dual Language Immersion program at Chavez Elementary School. One of the committee’s concerns was the program’s lack of native Spanish-speaking students.

DLI programs ideally have a 50-50 split of native Spanish- and English-speaking students, interim Superintendent Jane Belmore told News 3 and Channel3000.com on Jan. 31.

Urban League helps recruit diverse staff for MMSD

Urban League helps recruit diverse staff for MMSD

Tuesday event draws 40 job seekers   

Diversity among staff has become a priority for the Madison Metropolitan School District to meet the needs of its diverse student body. The Urban League of Greater Madison hosted a recruitment event for Madison Metropolitan School District Tuesday to help fill open faculty positions and promote diversity within the district.

"We need you badly in our schools," Kaleem Caire -- president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison -- said to attendees.

The school district's Employment Manager June Glennon said the emphasis on diversity is an emphasis on better serving students.

MacKenzie environmental education program could be cut

MacKenzie environmental education program could be cut

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' decision to restructure funding could put the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center's school programs on hold.

The Poynette facility plays host to thousands of students every year.

DNR officials acknowledge the value of MacKenzie's school-based environmental education, but the state is questioning whether the current curriculum can survive without addressing cost concerns.

Hospital hosts teddy bear care event for grade schoolers

Hospital hosts teddy bear care event for grade schoolers

Experience helps kids feel more comfortable in medical setting    

St. Mary's Surgical Suites staff opened a teddy bear hospital at St. Mary's on Wednesday for Lincoln School students.

About 29 students brought stuffed animals, action figures and dolls to the teddy bear hospital for care. The toy companions were treated for a variety of injuries including broken arms and legs from falling off monkey bars, a pool stick in the eye and even a broken arm from falling off bunk bed. Following the event students left with comfort kits, coloring pages and a bookmark.

The teddy bear hospital is just one way that St. Mary's educates Lincoln School students about the types of treatments that happen at a hospital. It also helps make the hospital experience a less scary one in the future should a student or member of the student’s family require medical attention.

Madison school district names 2 superintendent finalists

Madison school district names 2 superintendent finalists

The Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education on Sunday named two finalists for superintendent.

Following a national search, the initial paper screening by the board's search consultants, a paper screening by the board and an initial round of interviews, the board has identified the following finalists: Jennifer Cheatham, chief of instruction for Chicago Public Schools, and Walter Milton Jr., superintendent of Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Ill.

The finalists will participate in a community forum on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5:45 p.m. at the Monona Terrace. Community members will have the opportunity to hear from the finalists and ask questions.

In addition to the community forum, finalists will also visit schools, meet with district staff and have their final interview with the board.

If community members are unable to attend the forum, they are also invited to submit comments to board@madison.k12.wi.us.