Community Events

The following is a listing of events in the greater Madison region that may be of interest to the Cherokee Heights Middle School community. These events are not organized by the Cherokee Heights Middle School PTO. Know of an event you think others would be interested in? Send us an email


English and Spanish Classes


Cherokee Heights Middle School will be offering FREE English and Spanish language classes and exchange for parents during the spring 2017 semester.  Parents will have the opportunity to attend Free weekly classes of either English or Spanish language instruction and then practice their new skills in conversation exchanges with other parents. These classes are brought by the Literacy Network of Madison and a Graduate Student from the Spanish Department at UW Madison. Classes begin Tuesday, January 22, 2018 and run to March 13th.  6-8pm.  Held at Cherokee Heights Middle School. Free childcare provided. For the last 30 minutes of class, the classes join for an Intercambio session. This means learners of English and learners of Spanish interact, talk, and practice their skills. This also means that people who would not speak English or Spanish are now sharing a common ground of interchangeable knowledge.

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Here is the testimony of a parent who participated in an Intercambio class: "I was part of the Intercambio Language Classes at Midvale Elementary when my daughter was a kindergartener at the school 7 years ago. Besides offering language classes for English and Spanish language learning parents, the format of the group allows for native Spanish speaking and native English speaking parents to practice their emerging skills together. The exchange of skills and relationships built between native English speakers and native Spanish speakers is what makes this program so wonderful."

La escuela de Cherokee Heights va a ofrecer clases gratis de español e ingléspara las familias de nuestros y nuestras estudiantes durante el semestre de la primavera de 2018. Los papás y mamás tendrán la oportunidad de asistir a clases semanales de inglés o español y practicar el lenguaje con otros padres y madres. Cuidado de niños y niñas gratis. Estas clases son impartidas por el Literacy Network. Las clases comienzan el martes 22 de enero, 2018. De 6-8pm y serán cada martes hasta marzo 13 (con una clase de reposición el 20 de marzo, si por causas climáticas se cancelara una clase). Durante los últimos 30 minutos de la clases, se unen los grupos de español e inglés para conversar. Según testimonios de otros padres y madres, ésta es la parte más bonita del programa pues el intercambio fomenta amistades y crea una comunidad de familias.


2018 Black History for a New Day

Class on Black History for adults who are non-black people of courage and conviction. 

Fountain of Life Covenant Church
633 West Badger Road, Madison, WI 53713
7:00-9:00 PM on the following dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19; and April 2, 9
Course fee: $100. Registration deadline: January 19, 2018. Register Online

Offered by Justified Anger in collaboration with history professors from University of Wisconsin-Madison, this class is designed for non-black people of courage and conviction to come together to think and learn about the history that has shaped our world and worldviews. The purpose of the clss is to understand how the African-American experience has shaped the world we all live in, and how allies can find roles supporting racial justice today. Instructors will lead this process without the use of guilt, finger-pointing, or propaganda, and will lead from a place of compassion, community, and understanding. Rooting ourselves in our history, and understanding how we got here, will help us move forward together to make a better world and a stronger Madison. Instructors include:  Alex Gee, Christy Pujara-Clark, Alexander Shashko, Steve Kantrowitz, Neil Kodesh, and Lilada Gee. Space for the course is limited to 250 participants.


¿Qué pasa en nuestras escuelas?

El Distrito Escolar Metropolitano de Madison (MMSD, por su sigla en inglés) se ha asociado con La Movida para sacar al aire mensualmente el programa radial llamado ¿Qué pasa en nuestras escuelas? El personal de La Movida y el Distrito comparten información importante con los padres y la comunidad y también dan la oportunidad para que los padres llamen a hacer sus preguntas. El programa radial se transmite en español y es un medio eficaz para que MMSD se conecte y comparta información con la comunidad hispanohablante de Madison. Nuestro compromiso es ayudarles a los padres y tutores legales a establecer una mejor comunicación con la escuela de sus hijos y a convertirse en socios activos en la educación de sus hijos.

The Madison Metropolitan School District partners with La Movida to host a monthly radio show called ¿Qué pasa en nuestras escuelas? (What's happening in our schools?) or ¿Qué pasa? for short.  La Movida & MMSD staff share important information with parents and the community, and also provide time for parents to call in with questions.  The radio show is conducted in Spanish and is a great way for the MMSD to connect and share information with Madison's Spanish-speaking community.  It is our committment to help parents and guardians become more connected with their child's school and to become active partners in their child's education. 

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2017 dates: October 26, November 16, December 21
2018 dates: January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21


Boy Scout Troop Accepting New Members

Parents and Guardians, please share this invitation with sons interested in joining a Boy Scout troop in the area: 
Are you interested in having fun? Do you like going camping, climbing, canoeing, and hiking? Are you ready to meet new people, and make new friends? Please join BSA Troop 420 at 7:15pm on Monday nights in the lunchroom of Velma Hamilton Middle School (4801 Waukesha Street, Madison, WI 53705). We work together to learn life skills, play games, and go on outings once a month. Questions? Contact Laurie at or call 233-1389. All are welcome! Bring a friend and try us out. (No previous experience necessary.) We hope to see you there! Learn more: Troop 420