Meet our new president

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The Board of Directors has elected a new president. Catrin Weimbs has been with the German School of Madison since 2012. First working as a teacher, Catrin transitioned to the role of Board member and member of the Instructional Committee in early 2014. In this role, Catrin has actively participated in curriculum development and school year planning. As president, Catrin hopes to expand the cooperation with the ZfA and have the GSoM become part of the PASCH-Network of German schools abroad.

Our thanks go to former Board president Mary Wyman, who was instrumental in turning what started as a parent cooperative into a thriving organization with 501 (c) 3 status. Mary stepped back from her position as president because she will be spending the 2015-16 school year in Germany with her family.

News from our youth class: Badger Blättchen April 2015

A portrait of Madison’s sister city (Freiburg), an opportunity to spend a day with a youth choir from Austria (Grazer Kapellknaben), a call for our summer camp, and information about standardized German language exams that our Deutsch 3 students will take this spring — check out what our kids are up to:

Click here: Das Badger Blättchen 2015 April

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Meet our new partner: UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic

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We are happy to announce that the UW Law @ Entrepreneurship Clinic has agreed to take as on as a client and has been working with us since mid January. “The Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic (L & E Clinic) provides free legal services to nascent entrepreneurs and early stage companies through the work of law students supervised by faculty and private sector attorneys”.

Third year law student Stephanie Whirry and supervising attorney Rebecca Burkes have been advising us on a variety of business planning, state licensure and other legal issues. Thanks to their invaluable advice and assistance we are getting close to file our application for federal non-profit status. This will allow us – once approved – to operate as a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization and to solicit and accept tax-deductible donations.

We feel fortunate to be part of a University community that offers services such as the L&E Clinic. The Wisconsin Idea at its finest!

Book grant from the ZfA

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We gratefully acknowledge our first grant from the German government: The  Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) generously provided funding for the purchase of more than 60 textbooks, workbooks, Duden grammars, teacher resource books, and poetry collections for our students.

Selection of books provided by ZfA

Selection of books provided by ZfA

These books will mostly be used in our Deutsch 1/2/3 series. Board member Catrin Weimbs was delighted to deliver them to these classrooms.

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Educational director Catrin Weimbs distributing textbooks to Deutsch 1 teacher Morgan Achterberg

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Deutsch 1 students with their new textbooks

The books belong to the German School of Madison and can be checked out by teachers for short-term or long-term use. If your child received one of these books (they are marked with a ZfA sticker inside), please make sure that they do not write or draw in the book. Books will be collected at the end of the year and redistributed in the new academic year.

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Deutsch 1 student enjoying working with her new book




Curriculum update

We’re excited to report that more than 50 children have enrolled for the 2014-15 academic year at GSoM! After processing all registration forms, we have the following updates to share:

  • Due to an unexpected demand for a class for beginning readers with prior knowledge of German, there will be an additional class: Vorstufe Deutsch (mostly for children with a German-language background who are entering Kindergarten) will take place on Thursdays from 4.30-5.30 p.m. (with additional project classes — shorter than those for Deutsch 1 — on selected weekends). This class will focus on the connection between letters and sounds (working with an  Anlauttabelle). A work book will be provided.
  • There will be only one DaF1 (German as a Foreign Language) class (meeting Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. and on three project weekends). No “split” class with meetings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • There will be only one Deutsche Dachse class (meeting on Thursdays from 4:30 pm- 5:15 p.m.). No second class beginning at 5:15 p.m.
  • Due to an overlap with Yom Kippur, our October project class (Deutsch 1/2/3)  has been moved from Oct. 4 (Saturday) to Oct. 5 (Sunday), still from 1-4 p.m. Please consult our calendar for all calendar updates throughout the school year.
  • Curious about your child(ren)’s teacher? See our teacher profiles here. You will also receive a welcome email from your child(ren)’s teacher(s) prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • Online registration will close on August 15. If you would like to enroll your child, please do so now. Some courses are close to capacity at this point, while our Youth Group (for middle and high schoolers) still needs some more students.

Reminder: 

Our teachers take great care to assign children to the most appropriate class level, to ensure a challenging yet not overwhelming language learning experience for all children. During registration, we are asking parents to choose a preferred class for their child(ren); however, teachers will have the final decision regarding class placement. Prior to the beginning of the school year, you will receive an email with information about your child’s initial placement, based on the information provided by you in the registration process and, if applicable, teachers’ prior experience with your child(ren). After a period of four weeks, teachers will reassess each placement and children may be advised to move to a different class.