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Schools Make Madison Summit 2023

Schools Make Madison Summit 2023

April 27, 2023 | 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Thermo Fisher Scientific
5225-1 Verona Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53711

This event was focused on creating systems of support and opportunity for our MMSD students. Attendees heard from educators, and business and community leaders on the significance of K12 public schools to our community and regional economy, and from current Adopt-a-School partners about the difference they’re making through their involvement with our schools and students.

Among the attendees were Adopt-a-School partners, school leaders, business professionals, and interested community members. Thank you to our host, Thermo Fisher Scientific.

This event was FREE to all attendees.


  • 7:30 AM – Check-In, Breakfast & Networking
  • 8:00 AM – Panel Conversations
  • 9:15 AM – Break
  • 9:30 AM – Breakout Sessions (A/B)
  • 10:30 AM – Becoming a Partner for Progress in Our Schools
  • 11:00 AM – Summit Concludes / Optional Tour of Thermo Fisher Scientific Facilities

“Since 2011, WIDA has been fortunate to share an invaluable Adopt a School relationship with Midvale Elementary. Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of not just collaborating and connecting with educators, but also with students through our volunteer work in classrooms and at school events. Through events like educator roundtables, we’ve gained valuable insight into how to better support educators, students, and families.” 

– Rachel Maske, Finance Coordinator, WIDA

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Alumni: Antonio Cruz-Rodriguez

Born in Mexico, Antonio Cruz-Rodriguez moved to the United States with his family when he was just a few years old. The Cruz-Rodriguez family settled on the east side of Madison, where Antonio’s educational journey began. He attended Lapham Elementary for 4K, then moved to Hawthorne Elementary, and later to Sandburg Elementary due to new district lines. He continued his education at Sherman Middle School and graduated from East High School in 2010.

Alumni: Scott Swanson

Scott Swanson’s deep connection to the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) reflects his family’s long-standing history with the district. Growing up on the far east side of Madison, Scott attended Kennedy Elementary, Whitehorse Middle, and La Follette High School, graduating in 2002. His journey through MMSD was profoundly influenced by his parents, Paul and Ruth, both of whom were esteemed teachers and Athletic Directors at La Follette.

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