Middle School U

2018 Summer Information - 2019 Information Available This Winter

Middle School U (MSU) offers students a fun and safe place to spend their summer days! MSU offers at least 10 different hands-on, skill-based morning, afternoon and all day course options each week that allow students to discover new skills and/or to explore hobbies. Available courses include fencing, archery, baking, computer programming & coding, dog behavior & training, Lego robotics, rock climbing, glass fusing and more!  Skilled and knowledgeable instructors and staff create a warm and welcoming environment, ideal for students to develop their independence and build supportive relationships with peers and staff. 

Middle School U is located at Jefferson Middle School, 101 S. Gammon Road, Madison and offers weekly enrollment from June 12-August 17.

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(608) 276-9898

Ages  |  For students entering grades 6-9.

Enrollment & Fees  |  The number of participants in each course is based on an appropriate instructor-student ratio and is, therefore, limited.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Fees for each course are listed next to the course descriptions.  A $25 deposit per course is due at the time of registration to be applied toward the course fee.   The remaining amount of fees is due Monday (5 p.m.) five business days prior to the start of the program week.  Middle School U (MSU) offers courses from June 12-August 17.  There are no courses Wednesday, July 4. Courses with low enrollment will be canceled.

Registration Deadline You may register or add weeks any time until the end of the business day on Friday (5:30 p.m.) six business days prior to the week being requested, provided space is available.

Hours | Morning courses are from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Afternoon courses are from 1-4 p.m.  All day courses are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Students enrolled in a morning course can arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and can remain as late as 1 p.m.   Students enrolled in an afternoon course can arrive as early as 12 p.m. and can remain as late as 5:45 p.m.  Students arrive and depart from courses independently and are expected to sign into and sign out of each course on an attendance sheet.  Parents should call the attendance line, 608-276-9898, before the course start time, to report absences and late arrivals. Please note:  on Friday, August 17, all MSU participants must be picked up by 4:45 p.m.

Course Location  |  Located at Jefferson Middle School, 101 S. Gammon Road.  Some courses are taught off-site at area businesses and schools.  Course descriptions will note off-site course locations.

Off-Site Courses & Field Trips  |  Transportation from MSU for field trips or to other course locations is provided by school bus, shuttle bus or van.  Due to the number of courses and the number of students being transported, the bus or van schedule may vary by 10 to 15 minutes.  It is imperative that students taking off-site courses be on time for the start of their courses, 9 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Buses will not be held for late arrivals.  Course transportation schedules for the current week will be emailed to parents the week prior and available at MSU for the convenience of students and parents.

Snacks and Lunches  |  Students who are on-site for lunch need to bring their own meal which does not require refrigeration or heating.  Snack is provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and milk is provided for lunch and snacks.

Non-Course Time  |  MSU staff supervise free-choice, independent activities before and after course times and during the lunch hour.  There is no additional charge for this time. 

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Personal Property  |  MSU is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property, including clothing.  Students are discouraged from bringing personal items beyond what is needed for the day.  Parents and students are encouraged to label their personal items.

Participation in Middle School U: Differing Abilities and Health Concerns  |  Each registration that indicates a student has differing abilities or health concerns will be reviewed to determine necessary accommodations that will best meet the needs of the student.  Our goal is to provide a safe and successful environment for every student.  MSU program management staff will work with parents to create an accommodation plan that meets the needs of the student and the program.  This plan will be shared with staff and course providers as necessary.  We acknowledge that MSU may not meet the individual needs of all students and families.

Behavioral Expectations  |  If a student is experiencing difficulty due to an inappropriate behavior, the program staff will work with the student and family to help the student improve his/her behavior.  MSU reserves the right to remove or suspend a student from the program if the student has needs that cannot be accommodated within the normal staffing pattern or if the safety of the student, staff or other students is jeopardized.

Sunscreen/Insect Repellent  |  Wisconsin Youth Company will provide Rocky Mountain SPF 30 sunscreen and Cutter All Family Pump Spray, 7% DEET to MSU students.  MSU staff, instructors and contracted businesses are not responsible for these applications.  If your student requires a different strength or brand of sunscreen or insect repellent, please have your student bring it.

Acknowledgement of Risk Forms  |  Course-specific acknowledgement and assumption of risk, waiver and release of liability forms are required at time of registration.

Qualified and Experienced Staff  |  Courses are led by instructors and staff from area businesses selected for their course-related skills and experience with and interest in working with middle school students.  MSU is also staffed by site directors and youth leaders who assist instructors, and supervise and support students during non-course time.

Keeping Parents Informed  |  Parents registering online will receive an emailed confirmation of their child’s registration along with a welcome packet including a student/parent handbook and payment instructions.  You may request a printed welcome packet by contacting the administrative office.  Parents who do not provide an email address will receive a printed confirmation of their child’s registration along with a printed welcome packet.  During the summer, parents will receive an email the week prior to the course with helpful reminders, and the sign-in area will have posters or notices providing important information.  Parents should feel free to contact our office or any of the on-site directors with questions or concerns.

Social Media  |  Follow Wisconsin Youth Company on Facebook! In order to share our summer fun with our friends and families, we will periodically post photos of our amazing MSU adventures on our Facebook page. Feel free to like and share them. Wisconsin Youth Company abides by our photo release policy which can be found on the registration form (part 1A) and in the MSU Student-Parent Handbook which will be sent out after registration and will be available at site.

  • = Course Confirmed to Run
  • = Course Filled & Wait-list Available
  • = Course Cancelled

From skateboards to bridges, engineers design and build just about everything! We'll have a brief introduction to basic principles of engineering before jumping right into the design process. As teams of engineers, you will be given tasks where you must develop, construct and test solutions. But don't forget to keep in mind real life constraints, such as time and money. Get the chance to design and build different projects ranging from bridges to cars and even your own glider.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Fantasy games grow more and more popular every year! In this course, learn how to play several fantasy-based board games such as Ascension and Talisman. Discover new ways to strategize and problem-solve your way to victory. Critical thinking and competition come together in different board game worlds and are sure to lead to a winning experience.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 6-10
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Learn all about glass fusing in this four-day course! Complete several projects and discover the chemistry behind the melting and fusing of glass. Create unique pendants, slumped plates and scrap glass vases. Projects completed on the last day will have to be picked up the following week at Middle School U! It is recommended that students wear closed-toed footwear.

Transportation provided daily to The Vinery, 1422 MacArthur Rd., Madison.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 2-6 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Let's swing our way to a hole-in-one! Learn the basics and brush up on your technique. This course will review the fundamentals of golf including grip, club selection and more. Clubs will be provided, or you can bring your own set. Summer will be in full swing in this course!

Transportation provided for field trips


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 23–27
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Kabobs, sliders, flat bread pizzas and serious salads are just the beginning of what you will prepare from scratch! It doesn't matter if you call it a starter or an appetizer, we've got you covered. Cook with a variety of foods, learn basic kitchen skills and familiarize yourself with an awesome menu. Enjoy cooking, sampling and sharing your creations! Bon Appétit!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 30-August 3 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Dive into what makes “role” playing different from “roll” playing. If you have enjoyed table-top role-playing games, this course will help you find new ways to plan adventures, build a character and play the games. You will learn about new resources (including some free ones) and some tried & true tricks of the trade from an instructor who first started gaming in 1978.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 25-29 (wait-list available)
    • p.m.
  • July 9-13
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Mold, decorate and experiment with soaps, scents, lotions, bath salts and more! Add your favorite scents to a variety of different soap and lotion bases to see what you can create. Mix in your colors, select your base and start creating. Personalize your soaps and turn them into gifts or keep them for yourself. The soaps will look and smell so great that you won't want to wait to use them!


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • August 6-10
    • p.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Would you like to be able to make your favorite candies and tasty treats in your very own kitchen? Try your hand at sculpting and molding candies, whip up some fudge, create amazing cupcakes and much more. Learn kitchen safety and correct handling of these delicate foods. Use your imagination and cute packaging choices to turn your yummy creations into easy gifts to share with family and friends.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • July 16-20 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.

Do you have what it takes to be a survivor? Take on a new challenge each day. From building a small raft to creating a shelter, these tasks are sure to challenge your imagination. Discover your inner navigator and hone your orienteering skills. Grab a GPS unit and go on a geocache adventure.  Test out your new skills, build a fire and don't forget to try your hand at outdoor cooking. This is a week of challenges you won't want to miss! Each day will bring a new adventure!  


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 12-15
    • p.m.
Course Provider
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Aldo Leopold Nature Center

is leading the way to ensure visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature by offering positive and constructive learning opportunities that capture their interests, engage their senses and teach them to appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things.

Calling all aspiring scientists! Spend time touring the UW campus learning from professors and faculty in a variety of science fields. Explore and learn at venues including the Physics Museum and Primate Center and get hands-on at the Stem Cell Lab and Biotech Workshop. Finish out the week at Babcock Dairy Hall with a tour and a tasty treat! Join us for a week of discovery, hands-on exploration and world-class fun!

Transportation provided daily for field trips.


Course Availability
Jefferson Middle School
  • June 18-22 (wait-list available)
    • a.m.
Course Provider
T.B.A.
  • = Course Confirmed to Run
  • = Course Filled & Wait-list Available
  • = Course Cancelled
Dates Morning Courses
9 a.m.–Noon
All-Day Courses
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Afternoon Courses
1–4 p.m.
June 12-15Engineering
Ultimate Survivor
June 18-22UW Science
June 25-29Role Playing Games (RPGs)
July 2-6
(no courses 7/4)
Glass Fusing
July 9-13Role Playing Games (RPGs)
July 16-20Sweet Treats & Food Gifts
July 23–27Golf
July 30-August 3Gourmet Appetizers
August 6-10Fantasy Board Games | August 6-10
Soaps, Lotions & More | August 6-10
August 13-17