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January 2024

Principal's Message


The new year is here and the beginning of a new semester is right around the corner!  With two weeks left before finals, this is an excellent time to refocus and set goals with our students.  Goals could include overall academic achievement, academic achievement in specific classes, and completion of make up work within specific timelines.  The process of discussing and setting goals may help your student transition back to school coming off of break and feel like they have a game plan leading up to the end of the semester.

On December 4th we held our Future 9th Grade Night. Current 8th graders and families learned about our course offerings and graduation requirements prior to beginning the course selection process for the 2024-25 school year.  Last year, our School Counselors were able to meet with each individual student in grades 10 and 11 as a key step in the course selection process. Counselors will hold these meetings again this year prior to and after finals. These individual meetings are pre-scheduled and students have been notified of their time slots via email.  Each meeting lasts 15 minutes and allows counselors to meet face to face with each of their students in grades 10 and 11.  Students have a chance to discuss and receive guidance on course selection and post secondary planning. 

For our current 9th graders, counselors will meet with all English 9 classes.  Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about courses, sequences and receive guidance from a School Counselor in their classrooms.

Please take advantage of the opportunity to discuss the options with your student as well as their rationale for selections.

Along with setting goals for finishing the first semester, the beginning of a new semester presents a great opportunity to revisit expectations and review helpful information.  As a school, we will be reviewing information we originally shared with students on September 5th in this slidedeck.  Our points of emphasis will include our Academic Honesty policy and the need to use a school issued Chromebook as opposed to one’s own device.  Using one’s own device circumvents our Go Guardian filter and monitoring system and presents other complications.  Please take time to review the information we shared at the start of the year and determine if there are points of emphasis you would like to discuss with your student.

In addition, as we approach the new semester I am resharing our MGHS Grading Practices Guide as well as our MGHS Calendar of Events to help keep you informed and organized. 

I hope you are off to a great start to 2024!  I look forward to seeing you at events and continuing our partnership in the new year.


Mitch McGrath

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Attendance: 7:15-3:45


Main Office: (608) 221-7666

Fax: (608) 221-7690

Student Services:

(608) 316-1373

Athletics: (608) 316-1395

Attendance: (608) 316-1393 or contact via email

School Website
School Calendar
District Website
Digital Flyers


  • Jan 15- No School
  • Jan 19- yearbook ordering deadline
  • Jan 22- Parent Forum 6:00 IMC; YAP Family Info Session 6:30pm (virtual)
  • Jan 23-25- Final Exams
  • Jan 26- No School, Winter Ball
  • Jan 31- Local Scholarship Application Deadline


  • Feb 3- ZAPS ACT test prep seminar 9:00am-3:00pm IMC
  • Feb 7- Orchestra Concert 7:00pm
  • Feb 11- Band Chili Luncheon/Pops Concert 12:00pm
  • Feb 13- YAP Family Info Session 6:30pm (in-person @ MGHS)
  • Feb 17- Silverstage Show Choir Competition
  • Feb 19- Parent Forum 6:00pm IMC
  • Feb 22-23- No School

News from Student Services

In this month's newsletter, Student Services has updates on the following:

  • course registration (9th, 10th, and 11th graders)
  • local scholarship app (12th graders)
  • FAFSA help for college-bound 12th graders
  • ACT and test-prep options (11th graders)
  • Youth Apprenticeship Program [YAP] (10th and 11th graders)
  • new CTE website
  • AP Exams and preparation
  • Early College Credit Program [ECCP] and Start College Now [SCN]

And as always, you can find resources for students & their families as well as the Student Services department staff directory. Click the button below to access all of this month's information from Student Services.

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MLK Outstanding Young Person Awards

Each year the Urban League of Greater Madison celebrates the achievements of outstanding youth across Dane County in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. To celebrate these achievements, awards and scholarships will be presented at the 40th annual MLK Youth Recognition Breakfast on Sunday, January 14, 2024.

Two students from each grade were selected for their hard work, tenacity, and overall dedication to our school and their education.

9th grade: Keira Kangogo and Madory Custodio

10th grade: Sherly Flores Zuniga and Oscar Chapa

11th grade: Miriam Israel and Cassie King

12th grade: Tia Justice and Jarvis Deh

And our nominee for the Betty Franklin-Hammonds Scholarship for the class of 2024 is Ariana Griffin - wish her luck as award winners will be announced later this month.

A Cappella Students Perform in Nutcracker

Congrats to members of Blue Notes and Silver Singers, MG's high school a cappella choirs, who sang for Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker performances! Along with caroling to open the show, they also sang with the pit orchestra for Waltz of the Snowflakes!

Chili Luncheon/Pops Concert - February 11

The Chili Luncheon/Jazz Concert portion of the event on Sunday, February 11th starts at noon featuring the GDS Jazz Band and MGHS Jazz Band. The Pops Concert portion of the event starts at 2pm and features the GDS 8th grade band followed by the High School Concert Band, High School Symphonetta Band, and ends with a combined song. Tickets will be available for puchase with cash or check at the door.

Yearbook News

The yearbook ordering deadline is fast approaching! The last day to place your order at is Friday, January 19th. If your student wants a yearbook but you have not ordered one because the cost is prohibitive, please email their school counselor or have your student see Ms. Boyde in Student Services before Friday, January 12th.

The yearbook staff is looking for sibling pictures! If you have 2+ children that are currently attending MGHS, please email photos to or drop them off in the main office.

2024-25 School Year Calendar

Visit our website to view the approved 2024-25 school year calendar.

News from the Athletic Department

In this month's newsletter, the Athletic Department has updates on the following:

  • MGHS main gym livestream + accessing livestreams for other conference schools
  • online ticketing for WIAA state tournaments + trend toward cashless entry at regular season sporting events
  • athletic training room hours and contact info

Click the button below to access this month's updates from Athletics.

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New Infinite Campus Attendance Feature

Does your student have an upcoming absence? Entering an absence request is quick and easy, and can be done using your desktop computer or the Parent Portal app on your mobile device. Log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account and follow these simple steps:

  1. Select More from the Navigation area
  2. Select Absence Requests
  3. Fill in the required information, including the date and reason for the absence, and submit your request

Travel Opportunities

If you and your student are interested in international travel, contact Stephanie Rossing at to find out how you can make it happen. She is taking a group to Italy summer of 2024 and Iceland summer of 2025.  There are still spots available for both trips!

January Safety Drill - Tornado/Severe Weather (Shelter) Drill

Monona Grove High School will hold a tornado/severe weather (shelter) drill on January 11th for all students and staff. Click the button below to read more on how we'll conduct the drill and more.

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MGEF Newsletter

Click to read the Monona Grove Education Foundation Fall 2023 Traditions Newsletter.

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