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MCDS Welcomes Lacrosse to our Athletic Program

It’s the “Fastest Game on Two Feet” and our students are joining in on the fun!

MCDS student-athletes are now playing lacrosse through our newly formed partnership with the Westside Lacrosse Club.  Many of our participating students are learning how to play lacrosse for the first time and thoroughly enjoying the fast paced nature and uniqueness of this great sport.

The Westside Lacrosse Middle School teams gather students from MCDS and the westside of Madison while the High School teams bring together students from MCDS, West, Memorial, Edgewood, and St. Ambrose.

For more information on how your child can begin playing lacrosse, check out the Westside Lacrosse Club website or contact Jeremy Clements at


An Outstanding Year for MCDS Theater!

MCDS students have performed in three captivating theater productions this year including:

- The musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” performed by students in grades 6 – 12.

- The musical “Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids” starring our cast of singing jungle critters from grades 2 – 4.

- Our very first student-directed performance production. “Waiting for Godot” was directed, performed, and produced by our high school students.

Mark your calendars for the next big performance by our students in grades 5 – 12: ”Hamlet or Does Father Reeeeeeally Know Best?”  This light-hearted version of Hamlet digs into the “real” Shakespeare while making it fun and accessible for all ages. Three wise, sassy, irreverent storytellers relay the story and make you laugh at the craziness of human behavior—whether in 15th Century Denmark or 21st Century Madison!

- Friday, May 3rd at 7:00pm
- Saturday, May 4th at 7:00pm
- Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for Students, Seniors and Military
- This comedy/drama is adapted for younger performers and audiences. It is suitable for all ages. We hope you can join us!

See the Poster!


MCDS Launches New Tennis Program

MCDS is excited to bring the sport of tennis to our community!  If your family is interested in learning more about our future tennis programming, join us on Wednesday, March 5th from 4:00-6:00 PM for Tennis Night in the MCDS gym.  Everyone is welcome to participate in tennis games while also learning about our new partnerships with the United States Tennis Association and Cherokee Country Club.

tennisfreeclipartRepresentatives from MCDS, the USTA and Cherokee CC will be available to help you learn how your family can become more involved with the newest sport coming to MCDS.  The first 50 students through the door will receive a USTA bracelet and BOUNCE youth tennis magazine.  Lower school students must attend the event with a parent.

For more information on MCDS Tennis, feel free to contact Jeremy Clements, Athletic Director at


Summer Camp Registration is Open. Sign Up Today!

Summer is fast approaching, and Madison Country Day School is proud to offer six packed weeks of full-day summer programming on our beautiful 45 acre campus. The entire program runs from June 16 to July 25 and features weekly themes focused on exploring the fields of nature, science, and art, and enriching the minds of students entering Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.

Each weekly session will feature a field trip, guest speakers, and a full slate of both outdoor and indoor activities relating to the week’s theme. In addition, families seeking academic enrichment have the option to register for one or more classes in the MCDS Jump Start Program, an opportunity for students to prepare for the fall in two core subjects, mathematics and Spanish, with 45-minute classes offered both before and after the day camp session.


Camp Director Jeff Stenroos announces open registration.

Camp Director Jeff Stenroos, an enthusiastic Humanities teacher at MCDS, hopes to see as many families as possible join him this summer, “You can sign up for any of the sessions that you like, but we hope you sign up for all six. We have a lot of fun here at Summer Camp.”

Registration forms along with more information including pricing, details on the weekly topics, and information about the MCDS Jump Start Program can be found on the MCDS Summer Camp webpage. Any families with questions are welcome to contact Camp Director Stenroos at, or Director of Admissions and Marketing Dana Asmuth at

Don’t let a beautiful Wisconsin Summer go to waste! Explore nature, science, and art in an environment where each child is truly known. Sign up for MCDS Summer Camp today!


Outstanding Opportunity for New Students to Join MCDS Middle and High School

Do you know a motivated student entering Fifth to Ninth Grade next year who is looking for a more challenging academic experience and supportive community? Encourage this prospective student to apply for The Prairie Hawk Merit Scholarship!

The Prairie Hawk Merit Scholarship is a one-year, full-tuition scholarship, renewable for up to $7,000 every year through graduation from MCDS High School and is awarded to up to five applicants each year. Applications are due March 12, 2014.

MCDS started the scholarship three years ago in order to broaden access to an independent education for area students. Twelve Prairie Hawk Merit Scholarships have been awarded to local students in the last three years.

“These select Prairie Hawk Scholars benefit from MCDS’ world-proven curriculum that produces critical thinkers and effective communicators, as well as personalized attention from smaller class sizes. In turn, the MCDS community benefits from welcoming additional engaged, well-rounded students,” said Luke Felker, Head of School.

Prairie Hawk Scholars demonstrate a fierce work ethic, relentless pursuit of learning, creative approach to challenges and commitment to their communities through their applications.

Sixth Grade student Drake Moschkau, a 2013 recipient of the Prairie Hawk Scholarship, outlined the difference he felt between MCDS and his previous school with particular attention to the increased standard in the classroom, “I really like being here because it challenges me more academically.”

Ninth Grade students and fellow Prairie Hawk Scholars Pearl Beach and Matthew Raihala shared similar sentiments.  Matthew noted the increased opportunity the Prairie Hawk Scholarship opened up for him, “There’s a bigger range of things that I might do now than I would’ve done if I’d gone to a different high school,” he said. “[At MCDS] you get exposed to more fields in a bigger way than you would elsewhere.”  While increased academic rigor is certainly a hallmark of MCDS’ independent education, the sense of community at the school does not escape these students. “The community [includes] intermixing between the grades,” said Pearl Beach. “I have lunch with the sophomores . . . I walk a Kindergartner from the bus to her class every morning. The school is more interconnected than my old school.”

“We encourage any student who loves to learn and support the community to apply for the Prairie Hawk Merit Scholarship. The scholarship is a tremendous opportunity for both new students and our growing Middle and High Schools,” said Dana Asmuth, Director of Admissions and Marketing.

More information on The Prairie Hawk Merit Scholarship can be found under the Admissions section of the MCDS website.


Sophomore Student’s Blog Records Arctic Adventure

While online publications written by High School sophomores are certainly not in short supply, Aiden Campbell ’16 has a topic that elevates her blog to a truly rarified level. In the summer of 2013, Aiden took her first of several trips to the far northern reaches of the Alaskan wilderness, 130 miles above the Arctic Circle, with the most recent trip ending in mid-December. While such a trip is certainly no mean feat in its own right, Ms. Campbell elected to take the extra step of keeping an excellently written record of her journey.  If you’re looking for a good read that will take your mind off  the Wisconsin cold, head over to Aiden’s blog at, and you’ll soon find that in the face of -38˚F in a 10′ x 10′ tent, winter here in Madison doesn’t seem quite so bitter after all.


MCDS Chosen as a Top School in Annual Food Drive

Madison Country Day School has been chosen as a top school for NBC 15′s Share Your Holidays Food Drive for 2013, an annual event focused on driving donations of meals from schools and businesses across the Madison area.  The school donated a total of 2,478 meals, or 6.81 meals per student, placing it second among area schools in per capita donations, an achievement that every member of the MCDS community worked hard to accomplish: one student even accepted extra donations in lieu of gifts at his recent birthday party.

The city-wide food drive raised a grand total of over two million meals , all of which will be handled and distributed by  Second Harvest Food Bank, southern Wisconsin’s largest hunger relief organization, which serves over 140,000 hungry people each year.





Young Basketball Program Claims First Win

The Madison Country Day School Boys Basketball team claimed the first victory of the program’s short history on Wednesday night with a 35-23 home win over Johnson Creek.

The program is in its second year, and while every player on the team is enrolled at MCDS, they play as a part of an athletic co-op with Abundant Life Christian School. The team was winless in their inaugural season, but that didn’t dull the dedication of any of the players: every member of the 2012-2013 team that is still enrolled at MCDS came back for this year’s campaign, and worked harder than ever; it’s that work ethic that’s made an impression on Athletics Director Jeremy Clements. “I know how much work these guys put in…during the summers coming in, every Saturday morning,” he said, speaking the day after the victory. “We have a good amount of dedicated student athletes here. As a collective team, I think this team is more dedicated as a whole group.

That dedication became more and more apparent as the season went on, even as the pressure to record their first win built, something Head Coach Bob Camosy compared to a “500 lb. gorilla” that was “lifted off the team’s back” as soon as the final buzzer sounded Wednesday night.

But even as the pressure dissipates, the program certainly isn’t resting on its laurels. Clements noted that “It’s one win, now we have to move forward,” adding that his goals for MCDS Basketball in the coming years include teams, both boys and girls, that are completely independent, and compete only under their own name with no need for a co-op.

It’s a young program with a promising future, and if its players and coaches continue to work as hard as they have over the past few months, they’ll be celebrating countless more wins to come.


Join us for the 2013 MCDS Winter Concerts

It’s time once again for the Madison Country Day School Winter Concerts.  On the evenings of Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 Lower and Middle and High School students will bring a celebration of festive music to the MCDS stage.  Ten ensembles will perform a repertoire of holiday music over two nights in the MCDS Gym, and all are welcome. So join us for the Lower School concert on December 11 at 6:00 p.m. and for the Middle/High School concert on December 12 at 6:30 p.m. and start your holiday season in song!