East's Weekly Newsletter for Students, Families, and Staff
Friday, March 5th, 2021
New Virtual Learning Schedule and Monday Attendance Shift Beginning March 8th
Beginning March 8th, Mondays will become asynchronous learning days for all High School students and synchronous virtual learning will be available Tuesday through Friday. Students will be attending on asynchronous days by completing assigned work, getting additional support as needed, or connecting with virtual mentors. Due to the flexibility in this approach, staff will presumptively submit all students as present when taking attendance on Mondays.

Families should continue to communicate with Neighborhood Administrative Assistants to provide an excusable reason if their student will not be attending on Monday.

This shift will mitigate the disproportionate negative impact of habitual truancy tagging compounded on asynchronous days by secondary students and bring our district into full attendance practice alignment as we make the shift to in-person learning.

We are truly hoping this shift will help reduce stress for all involved and allow additional to promote relationship, engagement, and wellbeing as we all adjust to our new weekly schedule.
Fall Alternate Season and Spring Sports Update
Last week, the district announced an update on Fall Alternate and Spring Sports Seasons.

Fall Sports coaches are preparing virtual training opportunities so student athletes are ready when we get the all clear to return in-person athletics. The district will announce final decisions about in-person activities related to current and approaching "Alternate Fall Sports Season" by March 26th. These decisions will be made on an individual sport program basis. Sports may take place according to the WIAA calendar dates or later in the school year, possibly. Virtual programming will continue to follow WIAA alternate fall allowable dates:
  • Girls Swim - February 8th
  • Volleyball - February 22nd
  • Girls Tennis - March 8th
  • Football - March 8th
  • Cross Country - March 15th
  • Boys Soccer - March 22nd
  • Girls Golf - March 29th

The Spring WIAA sports seasons begin April 19th, at the earliest. The district will announce a timeline for phasing in these sports by March 12th, with a goal of providing the most complete and genuine experience for our athletes. Using the WIAA allowed contact days, programming will include training on symptom screening and other mitigation strategies and potentially some March in-person activities, depending on local health and weather conditions. As our athletes return to spring sports, we know they will need time to re-adjust physically and mentally, and we will intentionally make this a gradual, supportive process. 
Spring WIAA Start Dates:
  • Baseball - April 19th
  • Boys Golf - April 19th 
  • Softball - April 19th
  • Track & Field - April 19th
  • Girls Soccer - April 26th
  • Boys Tennis - May 3rd 

For information and updates on the status sports seasons, fill out the Madison East Athletics 2020-2021 Interest Form or contact the coach directly.

Student athletes should complete the Online Athletic Permissions so coaches know they are interested in joining the team. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Office.
March Is Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. We invite you to join us in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Our Gender Equity Club and Black Student Union are highlighting the incredible accomplishments and contributions made by women to move the world forward. Check out the google slides presentation that Gender Equity Club put together and follow @purgolder_bsu on Instagram for daily posts with highlights of Black Women in history.
Senior Information
Seniors, make sure to check your student email account daily. This week a "to-to" list was sent out that included:
  1. Don't forget to place your order for your FREE cap/gown/tassel/stole at mwscholastic.com/mmsd
  2. You can also join a group who are discussing creative ways to honor and celebrate the Class of 2021 by emailing Mr. Kearney
  3. Fill out the February Senior Survey if you have not already
  4. Fill out the Senior Spotlight Google Form so we can celebrate your post-high school plans and highlight your Senior year
  5. Fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the form a student needs to complete to apply for financial aid, such as grants and loans.
All Senior information can be found at east.mmsd.org/senior-information
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