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Register Today for the First Annual Prairie Hawk Golf Open!

Play Golf with MCDS at the First Annual Prairie Hawk Golf Open

Sponsored by the MCDS Athletic Booster Club
August 4th, 2014  |  Bishops Bay Country Club

Join us for the first ever MCDS golf outing! Have a fun day with the MCDS community on one of the area’s most beautiful golf courses.

Take part in a day of golf or simply join us for dinner. All of the funds raised by the Athletic Booster Club go directly into MCDS Athletics to support coach development, team expenses, and other needs of the Athletic Department.

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Two MCDS students win 2014 Tommy Awards in Musical Theater.

Two MCDS students win 2014 Tommy Awards in Musical Theater. The Overture Center’s Tommy Awards program is an education initiative that recognizes, honors, and encourages excellence in musical theater production among area high school students. This year over 60 schools and over 500 students participated in the program. The MCDS production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for an impressive 13 awards.

Fiorella Fernandez won the Outstanding Lead Performer and Alexandra Pozniak won the Spirit Award.

Other individual MCDS students nominated include Maria Lozonschi (Lead Performer), Alexandra Pozniak (Lead Performer) and Patrick Coy-Bjork (Supporting Performer).

The annual Tommy Awards Ceremony held on Sunday, June 8th at 6pm in Overture Hall. Tickets for the ceremony are available to the public from the Overture Center Box Office. The Ceremony will also be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television this fall.


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!


Join us for Rocky’s Fun Run on May 16

Come join the MCDS community on Friday, May 16th at 4:00 PM for Rocky’s Fun Run. This fun filled event is open to individuals of all ages as we welcome our community members to run or walk the beautiful trails of MCDS. Participants have the option of taking the 1 mile Water Course or the 2.7 mile Prairie Course. All of the participants will receive a spirit-wear approved Rocky’s Fun Run t-shirt and newly designed finisher medal. Plus, all of the participants will also receive their choice of hot meal and beverage.  Meal options include a chicken or falafel pita from Banzo or a hot dog and chips.


To register yourself and your family members, fill out the registration form and return it to the LS front desk with your check.  Families can also sign-up by utilizing our registration website: Early bird registration ends May 2nd, so act now and get your family members registered! Packet pick up will occur outside of the gym before and after the LS and MS/HS music concerts on May 14th and 15th.

Rocky’s Fun Run is brought to you by the MCDS Athletic Booster Club.  The Athletic Booster Club is a group of dedicated community members that assists the development of MCDS Athletics through their generosity of organization, fundraising and volunteerism. All of the proceeds of Rocky’s Fun Run will go directly toward supporting our K-12 athletic programming through coaching development, equipment and uniforms.

For more information, see the flyer.

Questions? Contact Jeremy Clements, Athletic Director at


Hamlet or Does Father Reeeeeeally Know Best?

Join us this Friday, May 2 and this Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. as our middle school and high school students perform “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! This comedy/drama is adapted for younger performers and audiences. It is suitable for all ages.  We hope you can join us. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for Students, Seniors and Military.


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


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.