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      Allis Elementary School


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      At Allis Elementary School, physical education is no monkey business. After learning about the benefits of an active lifestyle in the classroom, Allis students will soon be climbing, shimmying, and dangling off the walls on a new indoor rock wall …

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      Nuestro Mundo Elementary School


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      Through a 2012-13 Foundation grant, Nuestro Mundo Elementary School created a Parent School Partnership program, which invited parents of minority and economically disadvantaged students to become stronger advocates of their children’s education. The project addressed the need to teach Spanish-speaking …

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      Elvehjem Elementary School


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      With support from FMPS, Elvehjem Elementary was able to build Wisconsin’s first Boundless Playground that allows children of all physical ability to play side-by-side. With features such as wide ramps, there is room for multiple children to play in the …

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      Glendale Elementary School


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      Through FMPS, the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has partnered with Glendale Elementary School. DATCP has provided volunteers to help with various tasks at Glendale such as tutoring, mentoring and newsletter development. Students at …

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      Kennedy Elementary School


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      Through a Foundation grant for the 2012-13 school year, Kennedy Elementary endeavored to teach students social skills in specials classes. A team of art, music, physical education, and REACH educators developed lessons linking social skills taught in classrooms to their …

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      Schenk Elementary School


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      At Schenk Elementary, FMPS funded a grant that allowed the school to purchase a new set of headphones for their mobile lab.  The lab consists of 40 laptops and the new headphones will allow students to take full advantage of …

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      Sennett Middle School


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      Through an FMPS grant, Sennett Middle School was able to purchase new equipment to improve the Sennett News Network, a student-lead news program that allows classmates to produce and broadcast school news to their peers. The new equipment is also …

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      Badger Rock Middle School


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      Through FMPS, Badger Rock Middle School was adopted by CUNA Mutual Group, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Summit Credit Union and Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation. These partnerships have allowed the school to widely expand by means of human, …

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      Whitehorse Middle School


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      Located on the near East side of Madison is Whitehorse Middle, where diversity thrives and respect is highly emphasized. Whitehorse is one of the few Madison schools that does not have an Adopt-a-School Partner.  Partnerships between local schools and businesses …

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      LaFollette High School


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      Through FMPS’ Adopt-a-School program, Summit Credit Union and La Follette High School have joined forces to create new learning experiences for students. In 2011, Summit Credit Union became the first in-school credit union in the Madison area.  At this branch, …

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      Gompers Elementary School


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      A significant achievement gap emerging early on between white and non-white students at Gompers Elementary has prompted staff to make innovative changes in their classroom instruction. FMPS will fund a program for the 2013-14 school year, called Culturally and Linguistically …

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      Lake View Elementary School


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      Thanks to the Adopt-a-School program, UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center donated dozens of snow pants and boots for students at Lake View Elementary. Through this new partnership, which began in 2012, the clinic has provided fruit for students’ breakfast …

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      Lindbergh Elementary School


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      Income from Lindbergh Elementary’ s school endowment fund was used to increase student engagement, and foster a sense of belonging and ownership for each student. Having a shared sense of community and school spirit among students promotes a safe, respectful …

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      Mendota Elementary School


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      At Mendota Elementary, FMPS funded a grant to support the individual needs of each student on a daily basis and prevent academic failure. The grant, called Providing Every Student WIN (What I Need) Time to Ensure Every Student Succeeds Every …

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      Hawthorne Elementary School


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      Thanks to the Adopt-a-School program, Hawthorne Elementary students are benefiting from the school’s partnership with DEMCO, a library supplies company. Hawthorne faculty, in collaboration with the DEMCO design team, refreshed the school’s library to better accommodate students. Innovative changes, including …

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      Lapham Elementary School


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      Thanks to FMPS’ endowment fund at Lapham, the school was able to purchase more books for their Reading Resource Room. By providing leveled and interesting reading material, each student will have access to books that suit their individual needs. FMPS …

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      Lowell Elementary School


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      At Lowell Elementary, the income from their FMPS school endowment fund is being used to expand Parent Empowerment Projects. Once a month, staff will invite parents to a Parent Empowerment meeting to discuss what kinds of things parents can do …

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      Marquette Elementary School


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      This year, money from the endowment fund created by FMPS at Marquette Elementary allowed the school to purchase engaging and level-appropriate reading materials. By providing books in various genres and at all levels, Marquette staff members hope to meet the …

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      Emerson Elementary School


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      Tucked away on the East side is Emerson Elementary school, where over 68% of the student population qualifies for free or reduced lunch. It’s also one of just a few Madison schools that does not have an Adopt-a-School Partner. These …

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      Sandburg Elementary School


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      Sandburg Elementary was one of two schools chosen to receive the FMPS “We Can Do It” grant to enhance current efforts to close the achievement gap and improve student achievement. The school will be awarded $200,000 annually for the next …

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      Blackhawk Middle School


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      FMPS funded the Middle School Restorative Justice Initiative for the 2012-13 academic year at Black Hawk and Sennett Middle Schools, which provided proactive and creative solutions for school discipline and conflict resolution. In partnership with the YWCA, the project focused …

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      O'Keeffe Middle School


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      FMPS provided a grant to the Spoken Word Initiative for the 2012-13 school year to O’Keeffe Middle School, which provided students a unique outlet to express their identities, voice their feelings, and explore their own cultures. With richer resources opening …

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      Sherman Middle School


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      At Sherman Middle School, students get the benefit of volunteer tutors, thanks to their Adopt-a-School partnership with the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC). The partnership has been on-going for a couple years and the DOC has provided close …

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      East High School


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      With Support from FMPS, East High piloted the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program beginning in 2007. AVID helps students reach their full potential, many of whom will be the first in their families to go to college. It assists …

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      Shabazz High School


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      Through Shabazz City High School’s endowment fund, the school was able to buy the necessary tools, helmets, and spare bike parts for their newly created Bicycle Maintenance class. Shabazz staff and FMPS agree that students will benefit from transportation independence, …

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      Lincoln Elementary School


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      Thanks to FMPS’ Adopt-a-School Program, St. Mary’s Hospital adopted Lincoln Elementary. St. Mary’s has helped Lincoln by providing volunteers and opportunities to educate kids about health and health careers. St. Mary’s has also started new traditions such as an annual …

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      Leopold Elementary School


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      FMPS provided a grant to Leopold Elementary School to fund its Open Schoolhouse program. This program offers parents, and students, fun and enriching activities weekly. Families can access library materials, take computer classes, improve their English language skills, and benefit …

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      Midvale Elementary School


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      Thanks to FMPS’ Adopt-a-School program, Midvale Elementary School was adopted by World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA), a national consortium for improved linguistic development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students. WIDA has donated books in English and Spanish, …

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      Thoreau Elementary School


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      At Thoreau Elementary School, FMPS funded a grant to provide disco-sits, stability balls, and rocking chairs to classrooms, and support to teachers on how to effectively use them. This alternative furniture allows children a little bit of movement, and all …

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      Franklin Elementary School


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      Funds from Franklin Elementary School’s endowment were used to implement the Fountas and Pinnell phonics and word study program. Teaching phonics provides students the ability to “sound out” new words; and improves spelling. By providing teachers and staff with resources …

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      Randall Elementary School


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      With the help of FMPS, renovations of the playground at Randall Elementary were recently completed. The three phase project transformed Olive Jones Park, which serves as Randall’s playground, from dull and deteriorating into a safe, engaging space for students and …

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      Shorewood Hills
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      FMPS funded a grant, piloted at Shorewood Hills Elementary, called Fostering Rainbow Connections Through Quality LGBTQ Children’s Literature. Now expanded to all 32 MMSD Elementary Schools, the project encourages inclusiveness by purchasing level-appropriate books relating to LGBTQ topics, such as gay …

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      Van Hise Elementary School


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      At Van Hise Elementary School, income from their endowment fund was used to create a “Spanish for Spanish Speakers” after-school club. The club helps students maintain their home language while developing their English skills, and provides an opportunity for culturally …

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      Cherokee Middle School


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      Thermo Fischer Scientific, an analytical instruments and laboratory equipment company, is the Adopt-a-School partner paired with Cherokee Middle School. Thermo Fischer is supporting Cherokee students through the Koats for Kids drive, as well as through other school supply and food …

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      Wright Middle School


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      Through FMPS’ A Principal Experience event, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) has adopted Wright Middle School. As part of this partnership, GHC-SCW provides primary health and eye care services to Wright students who do not have insurance. …

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      Hamilton Middle School


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      Funds from Hamilton Middle School’s endowment are being used to add an archery unit to the PE curriculum and will also be used to enable two staff members to attend the Central States conference on the teaching of Foreign Languages. …

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      West High School


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      Income from West High School’s endowment fund is being used to purchase media technology for the Foreign Language Department. Speakers and a projector will enable students to experience language as a living entity by watching foreign-language newscasts and other media. …

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      Crestwood Elementary School


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      FMPS funded a grant at Crestwood Elementary to promote positive character development and social emotional growth. The grant, Responsive Classrooms for the Changing Face of Crestwood Elementary School, supplied anti-bullying books and DVDs for use in the classroom. By providing …

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      Muir Elementary School


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      At Muir Elementary, the income from their FMPS school endowment fund was used to support a school-wide quilting project. Local artist Nancy Daly worked with students to make a large quilt “mural” for display at the school. This effort by …

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      Stephens Elementary School


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      Through their school endowment at FMPS, Stephens Elementary now offers yoga classes to the 4th and 5th grade students. These yoga classes, taught by a trained children’s yoga instructor, promote physical activity and fitness in an innovative way. The instructor …

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      Chavez Elementary School


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      Thanks to the school endowment provided by FMPS, Chavez Elementary was able to purchase a Casio XJ-M140 projector to create an interactive white board station. Through this additional station, Chavez can now provide more students access to a collaborative and …

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      Falk Elementary School


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      Falk Elementary School was adopted in November 2009 by the Customer Operations Divisions of CUNA Mutual Group. The partnership kicked off with a Thanksgiving food drive. Since 2009, CUNA has sponsored initiatives such as holiday gift giving trees, winter outerwear …

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      Huegel Elementary School


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      During summer 2012, Huegel Elementary was adopted by American Girl, nationally known for their line of premium-quality dolls, books, clothes, and toys for girls ages 3 to 12. One of the first things American Girl did after establishing the relationship …

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      Orchard Ridge Elementary School


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      Through Orchard Ridge Elementary School’s endowment fund, the school purchased materials to strengthen and support oral language and vocabulary development. By funding this program, FMPS and Orchard Ridge hope to improve the literacy levels of students in all grades. Income …

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      Jefferson Middle School


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      Income from Jefferson Middle School’s endowment fund was used to sponsor Kevin Andrews’ Artist-in-Residency. Andrews, a professional dancer and instructor, spent a week at the school teaching hip-hop. Through Andrews’ dance lessons, students will experience fitness in an innovative and …

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      Spring Harbor Middle School


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        This year, FMPS funded a grant to send seventh and eighth grade students from Spring Harbor Middle School to Courage Retreats by Youth Frontiers. The Youth Frontiers organization addresses the need to foster mutual respect while building a positive …

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      Toki Middle School


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      With support from FMPS, Toki Middle School implemented the Expeditionary Learning (EL) Model to increase achievement levels in reading and writing. The EL model increases student motivation to learn; engages students, teachers and the community; and empowers all to become …

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      Memorial High School


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      At James Madison Memorial High, FMPS funded a grant to provide a safe and productive learning environment and venue for Memorial students to come together to share ideas and create music. The JMM Music Collective grant assists students in forming …

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      A Principal Experience


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      85 Principal Partners Slated to Participate in 2014 A Principal Experience! Click here to view the full list of 2014 Principal Partners and the schools they’ll be attending on October 14. Since its inception in 2004, our A Principal Experience (formerly Principal …

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      Adopt-a-School


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      In order to transform our great schools to extraordinary ones, the community must get involved. One of the unique ways that FMPS fosters community involvement is through the Adopt-a-School program. Through this program, Madison’s public schools are “adopted” by a …

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      School Endowments


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      FMPS maintains School Endowments for each of Madison’s fifty public schools. Annual income from the endowments is used to support creative and innovative grants which enable projects and programs not otherwise funded through the core school budget. School Endowment funds …

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      ABC Funds


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      FMPS’ ABC Funds provides schools the opportunity to fundraise without the accounting worries. Individual schools, groups such as a PTO or booster club, or even a group of individuals can create an ABC Fund for a special program or project that …

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      Circle of Friends Luncheon


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      The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools’ Ninth Annual Circle of Friends Luncheon, held on May 6, 2014, brought together over 770 business and civic leaders, educators, and community members who have a vested interest in supporting quality education in our …

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