If you are having problems or issues with accessing your class materials, you can reach out to us at 608-663-5990 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Reopening Information
Week 9 Progress Grades
By the end of the day on Wednesday (April 7), teachers will have posted their Semester 2-Week 9 progress grades to Infinite Campus. Remember, in keeping with changes the district has implemented for high school grading this year, the purpose of the Week 9 progress grade is to give you a snapshot of where your child is currently performing in each of their courses. If you need assistance navigating the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, be sure to watch this video: English/ Spanish.
High School In-Person Schedule
A reminder that when students have the option to return to in-person school beginning the week of April 20, we will also begin following a new daily schedule. Here is some additional information as to two key revisions to the daily schedule:
College Career Connections
On Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:15 to 9:15, students will have a dedicated time on their schedule to focus on personalized academic support, social/emotional check-ins, community building, and future planning activities. Students should plan to report to their first-hour class and will see this as an extended first hour on their schedule in Infinite Campus.
Afternoon Virtual Mentor & Student Support Time
Staff will continue to support all students virtually in the afternoon through mentoring, student support times, counseling, and other targeted academic and social-emotional supports. In the interest of safety and to ensure that staff are available to support students at home, student access to the building will be very limited during this time. Only students with specific needs will receive in-building support and only at designated times. School staff will identify these students in advance and connect with families around planning for these in-person times. We will provide students and families with additional information as we move through the month of April.
Returning Student Cohort Assignments
For those of you that elected to have your students return to in-person learning, we anticipate that families will learn of their cohort assignment through a district email on or around April 9. We will then follow-up with a Memorial-specific email on or around April 12 with more details you will need to know regarding the return to in-person school. We appreciate your patience as we work through the logistics of preparing a safe and successful reopening for our students who are returning to the building. A reminder that families can shift their return preference from in-person to virtual at any time by contacting Meg Filkins at email@example.com or 608-663-6042. For students who opted to stay virtual, a second opportunity to select in-person schooling will occur from May 3-7 with a start date of May 25.
Study Halls/Approved Activities
If your student is currently scheduled into a study hall when they return to school in-person, 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 (English/ Spanish). This form requires a parent/ guardian signature in order to be processed. Your student can return the form to school on their first day back or you can scan and email it back to us at any time. As a reminder, any student that is signed out of a study hall is not allowed in the building during that time. Please consider transportation issues when making the decision to have your student stay or sign-out for Study Hall.
We are moving forward with plans to offer both online/ virtual and in-person options for high school students in need of credit recovery, work experience credit, and/ or first-time credit courses. Summer school will run Monday-Thursday from June 21 - July 29, 2021 with no school on July 5. Please be sure to reach out to your child’s counselor to get enrolled in summer school 2021.
First-Time Credit Opportunities
For students who will be in grades 10-12 during the 2021-2022 school year, Memorial HS is tentatively planning to offer four first-time credit classes in an online format during the summer. These courses will be: Personal Fitness (meets .5 of the required 1.5 PE credits), Health (meets required .5 Health credit), Personal Finance (meets required .5 Financial Literacy credit), and ACT Prep (.25 of elective credit). If you/ your child is interested in this opportunity, please complete this form by May 14, 2021. Please note this form does not enroll you/ your child in the course, rather it informs us of your interest. If we have more students interested in taking a course than seats available, we will hold a lottery. For students interested in Personal Fitness, priority will be given to students in grades 10-12 who have not yet taken any of the 1.5 required PE credits for high school graduation. Students who have V-PHY4040 recorded on their transcript are not eligible for this summer PE course. Families will receive an email confirmation by early June if these online courses are definitely running and if your child has been offered a seat or placed on a waitlist.
Families of 11th grade students should have indicated whether they plan to take the ACT on April 13th or not. THIS UPDATE provides information about required registration with ACT and test prep. Details about the day will be provided to students and families this week. Today would be a great day for Juniors to take a practice test. See this information on the JMM Student Services webpage.
Attentions Seniors and Families of Seniors
Please visit our Graduation Webpage for up-to-date information.
Help to Families in Need
Many of our families are in need of additional support during this time and we also know that many of you are interested in offering support to our school community. If you are able, please consider donating a giftcard to Amazon, Target, Walmart, Woodman's, Pick n' Save, or local gas stations to support our students and families. Any amount -- from $5 to $50 -- is greatly appreciated. To donate gift cards, you can either mail to Elizabeth Contrucci (Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Rd., Madison, WI 53717) OR drop them off at Memorial's Welcome Center between 8:30am and 3:30pm Monday-Friday. Thank you for considering!
A reminder that clubs and organizations are meeting virtually. Students can check out this Google classroom using this link or using the class code epg5tuj to find clubs and locate when they are meeting. Be sure to go to the “Classwork” section and explore some of the unique club opportunities Memorial has to offer!
We are excited to have started small group distanced activities following MMSD’s plan and schedule for a phased return to in-person activities. The district’s plan for return is purposeful and in phases to support community health, student and staff safety. Activities will begin with small group outdoor gatherings of individual sports which do not require sharing equipment and allow for 6 feet of distance between participants at all times. With successful mitigation strategies, it is expected these opportunities and activities will expand gradually over time. Please contact the athletic office and Mr. Schlitz, firstname.lastname@example.org, for contact and sport specific details and connections.
We will continue to distribute instructional materials to students who need them. If a teacher contacts your student that something is at school to be picked up, stop by any school day between 9-3. If you are not able to pick up materials and need them delivered, please ask the teacher to share the delivery request form.
School Name Change Process
At their March 22 meeting, the MMSD Board of Education announced that a proposal to rename James Madison Memorial High School has been received. There is a process that the School Board goes through when a name change proposal has been brought forth. This proposal meets the criteria for renaming an existing MMSD building as stated in our Board Policy, and therefore marks the beginning of the 30-day period when the community is invited to submit name proposals to the District. Additional information about this process, including the form to submit proposals, can be found on this webpage. Please note this window will close on April 23, 2021.
Chromebook & Tech Problems
If you are having Chromebook problems, internet/ wifi needs, or need other technical assistance, visit the District Webpage for Chromebook support or contact JMM’s Library Media Specialist, Ms. Delorme at email@example.com. Additionally, remember that students now log in to their chromebooks using their 6-digit district ID number and their password (same password they previously used).
School Photos/School IDs
At this time, there is no date for school photos. When we are ready to return to face-to-face instruction, we’ll provide more information. School IDs are not necessary for virtual instruction, but sometimes prove useful for other reasons (employment, as a photo ID for banking, etc.). More specific information will be communicated when we have it.