For Immediate Release: May 22, 2018

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 663-1903

Community Schools Coordinate Services and Supports for Families

The Madison School District announced today that Hawthorne and Lake View Elementary Schools will become the district’s two newest community schools starting in the 2018-19 school year, providing coordinated services and supports to students and families in the schools’ neighborhoods. 

“Community Schools build on the strengths of our school communities and prepare our students to excel in the classroom,” said Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham. “When students and their families are fully supported, our students can be ready to excel in the classroom. We are so energized to add two more community schools to our district.”

Hawthorne and Lake View will join Mendota and Leopold Elementary Schools as community schools. Last week, the Madison Community Foundation announced a $1.1 million challenge grant to support future community schools, the largest grant in the foundation’s history.

“Public schools are our most important community asset. Nearly 87% of kids in Madison are educated in our public schools,” said Bob Sorge. "So even if you don’t have kids in our schools, this is a topic that directly affects you. Public schools are the foundation of civil society and nothing has greater power to shape our community’s future."

For more on what it means to be a community school, check out this video on Mendota Elementary School.

Based on need, 19 schools were invited to apply to be community schools starting in the 2018-19 school year. Both Hawthorne and Lake View will have a resource coordinator tasked with planning and facilitating programs and services for families, students and the community. Each school will analyze the assets and needs of their school community in order to develop their plan for identifying and delivering services to families, students and the community.