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.
Thanks for your patience as we navigate best practices in attendance-taking for a virtual world. A reminder that there are three ways that a student can be marked as present:
- attend the scheduled synchronous instruction time (in Zoom),
- complete and submit an asynchronous task assigned by the teacher in Google Classroom that day between 12am-11:59pm
- or engage in two way communication (phone call, email exchange, or student support time virtual visit)
While students can turn in assignments or send out a communication until 11:59pm on each day, teachers have to mark preliminary attendance in Infinite Campus by 4pm. Therefore, if you need to correct an attendance error, a parent/ guardian should contact their child’s neighborhood office and/or complete the district’s online attendance form.
Monday, December 7 is a school day. This is a shift from what was previously published in the district calendar. If you have made plans for your child to miss this day that cannot be changed, you can contact their neighborhood office and/or complete the district’s online attendance form to request a pre-approved absence.
The week of January 19-21 is designated as Finals Week on our school calendar (reminder, there is no school on Monday or Friday of this week). As part of our district High School Grading Shifts, high school teachers across the district will not be conducting traditional finals during this week. Instead, we will use this week to provide students with opportunities to redo and make-up assignments/ assessments. We will also be providing students with asynchronous college & career planning activities that will assist in planning for 21-22 course selection.
Early College STEM Academy Information Sessions
Early College STEM Academy (ECSA), a partnership program between Madison College and Madison Metropolitan School District, is continuing for its third year. ECSA is a program for 11th and 12th grade students that allows MMSD students to earn college credit as high school students at no cost to them or their families while taking their classes at Madison College. Information sessions are scheduled in the coming weeks for 10th grade families to learn about this opportunity as they consider their goals for junior and senior year and beyond. Here is additional information about the ECSA program with links for a series of December information sessions. To watch a video about the program and complete an application, visit the ECSA website.
Please make sure to sign up for sports you are interested in to receive communications about virtual opportunities and general speed and strength virtual training details. The MMSD winter athletics and activities update along with video presentation is available at this link.
Please be sure to check out the district’s Neighborhood Food Distribution website for important information on meal pick-ups, locations, and preordering. For additional assistance, be sure to contact our JMM Social Workers, Trina Menges (Fox/ Rock students), Lauren Schwartz (Wisconsin/ Wolf Students), or Rosemary Barrientos (ELL/ Spanish-speaking students).
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.
Staff Work Hours
Our staff are teaching and supporting students across their workday between 8am and 4pm. While many of our staff have given you options to contact them via email, phone, and text, please remember that messages might not be received or responded to if they are sent outside of normal school hours. We appreciate your understanding.
Chromebook & Tech Problems
There have been performance and stability issues with Zoom on Chromebooks and Zoom has now just released an updated Chrome extension that is intended to remedy this. To properly install, students need to completely power off their Chromebook (not just close the lid) and upon powering the Chromebook back up, the new Zoom extension should install.
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.