Thank you students, staff, families, and community for a great school year.
We wish you a fun, safe and relaxing summer!
Are you curious about the High School experience? Want to learn about athletics, clubs, counseling and other activities and events at West Seattle HS? Get in the know about West Seattle High School now by signing up for the Westside Weekly.
The WW is a weekly email that includes information about activities, events, sports, counseling, academics, PTSA and much more. If you don't sign up now, you will miss out on the summer editions...here's the link!
This summer, take a picture of yourself and the book you're reading:
- At the beach
- On vacation
- In your backyard
- With your pet
- On the soccer field
- At the Mariners game
- In the pool
- Eating ice cream
- In the hammock
- At the public library
8th Grade Celebration information and tickets will go home with students today. The Celebration will be on Wednesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at West Seattle High School in their Gym. Pictures will be taken before hand beginning at 5:00 p.m. Four tickets per family will be distributed to each 8th grade student.
Attention: Madison's annual talent show will be on Friday, June 13th this year. The order of the three shows is as follows:
- 1st period is the 7th grade show: 7:50 - 8:40am
- 2nd period is the 6th grade show: 8:45 - 9:35am
- 3rd period is the 8th grade show: 9:40 - 10:30am
The talents are shaping up. It should be a great show!
It has been a fantastic year of reading at Madison. In fact, there has been almost 15,000 books checked out from our Madison Library. Wow! But now it is time to start bringing back all of those Madison books and start checking books out from your local public library to read over the summer (let Ms. Bell know if you need a library card application). Next Monday (June 9th) is the FINAL due date for all Madison Library books. Overdue books after this coming Monday will hold you back from being able to purchase or pick up a pre-paid yearbook, so be sure to finish the book you’re reading this week so that you can return it on time next Monday.
West Seattle High School Football 2014 9th Grade Football, Team Mini-Camp (1-day)
Who: Interested incoming West Seattle H.S. 9th graders
When: Friday, June 6th 2:45 - 4:30
Where: Madison Middle School Field
Introductory Football Techniques and Drills, with the WSHS Football Staff.
Food & Refreshments provided.
Parent information meeting to follow at 5:00 Bring: Shorts, and cleats (if you have some)
The first of your end of year activities is here! Information regarding the 8th grade cruise has been distributed to students through their Advisory teacher.
This is a super fun activity and a great memory for the 8th grade class. Tickets for the cruise will go on sale Tuesday June 3rd – Friday, June 13th. The cost is $42.00 – please make checks out to Madison Middle School.
Tickets will be sold at lunch. The informational flyer has a required permission slip on the back. This must be turned in at the time of ticket purchase. Also remember, you must be on Honor Level 1 or 2, have turned in your Community Service hours and completed your NAV 101 conference to be eligible for the cruise. See Mrs. Swiftney if you have any questions. Bon Voyage!!
Click here for the 8th grade behavior contract.
Click here for the cruise information.
Madison Middle School PTSA is excited to invite you to an Open House and Potluck on Tuesday, June 3rd from 6-8 pm in the Madison Commons area.
We want to celebrate all that we have achieved this school year! We have extended this invitation to incoming 6th grade families as well, and hope you will join us in welcoming them to our community.
There will be members of the PTSA, students from ASB (Associated Student Body), and some staff including Dr. Gary, our principal and Ms. Swiftney, our assistant principal on hand to answer questions. Students will give a tour of the school and answer questions about what it’s like to attend Madison. There will be people on hand to give information about Band and Music Boosters, the MOST program (after school activities) and how to use the SOURCE online. Plates, beverages & utensils will be provided.
Please bring a dish according to your last name. Of course, if you have a favorite dish to share, by all means BRING IT and ignore the suggestions below!
A-K Main dish
L-R Side Dish/salad
We hope that you will join us.
Warmly, The Madison Middle School PTSA
Contact Kara Centioli for any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Yearbook Pre-Order Sale – May 12th through May 30th. Order forms can be picked up in the main office or from your advisory teacher. Check payments can be placed in locked box outside of fiscal office and cash payments need to brought to Ms. Penner at lunch or after-school for a receipt to be written at the time of purchase.
Madison’s school book fair is on the stage today during lunch! It will be open for purchasing books during lunch today and tomorrow and tonight during Super Science Night! Bring your money and come check it out!
The Choice Activity is coming up at the end of next week - Friday, May 30th. If you want to be able to attend all of it, be sure you take care of any overdue books by this coming Tuesday at the latest. You can either return the book or renew it if you’re still reading it. Or, if you’ve lost the book, talk to Ms. Bell about a plan for replacement. Remember, after next Tuesday, your name will be added to the Choice List, so return those overdue books now!
Check out the Dog Pound Lost and Found for your jacket, sweatshirt or lunch box. Items will be given away in just three short weeks.
Bring your family to Super Science Night tonight! Wednesday, May 21st from 6:30 - 8:00pm.
Come make a root beer float then check out all of the awesome, hands-on science going on in the Commons! You can even earn extra credit from your Science Teacher! There will also be a book fair going on up on the stage. The fun starts at 6:30 tonight. See you there!
Attention: Talent Show auditions are tomorrow, Tuesday, May 20 after school in the Commons. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to Ms. Isaacson in Room 305. Let’s show that Madison’s Got Talent!
We will practice the next four Tuesdays if we need to so all acts are prepared for the talent show. The talent show will be during 1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods on Friday, June 13th.
Do you know of a teacher who has made a difference? Or a volunteer who has gone that extra mile to help a student or the school? Now is the time to write a short nomination for the PTSA Outstanding Teacher and Volunteer awards.
It doesn't take long and you'll be glad you did it. There are so many deserving teachers and volunteers that it often makes it difficult to choose only one. However, it all starts with your nomination. CLICK HERE For the nomination form.
Please return nominations by May 22th , 2014 to Jana in the Madison front office or to Lora Bunch at email@example.com
Amazon is hosting its first ever AWEsome Technology Open House on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 1-5pm, sponsored and led by Amazon's Women in Engineering.
Come to Amazon and get excited about pursuing a career in technology. See what’s being developed here and meet the people behind it.
This event is FREE, but you’ll need to register at: http://tinyurl.com/AWEsome-Open-House-2014
Who: Young Adults, Grades 4-12
When: Saturday, May 31st, 1-5pm, Panel of speakers from 2-3pm
Where: Arizona Building, First Floor, 207 Boren Ave N., Seattle, WA
The Technology Open House will include:
- Teams demonstrating their products: Amazon Instant Video, Fulfillment by Amazon, Kiva, Good Reads on Kindle, Imaging, Amazon Locker, Prime Air, Amazon Student, Video Games, Amazon Fresh, and University of Washington Dawg Bytes
- A panel of Amazonians from different roles with different experiences discussing their work and answering questions from the kids
- Computer Science activities to teach kids CS fundamentals in a fun and interactive manner
- Swag giveaways!
Download a PDF flyer by clicking: AWEsome Tech Open House 2014 Flyer.
These students wrote an essay on “Why I say No to Alcohol and Drugs.” And won the contest. Mari Drake got first place and won $200. And Jet W. won 3rd place and $100. Ben A. got honorable mention. Way to go Bulldogs!
Spring MAP testing (Measures of Academic Progress) has just started for Reading and will continue through this next week. After that, the Math MAP test will start. Students are reminded to get plenty of sleep the night before their testing day and to eat a healthy breakfast. Below is the MAP testing schedule by teacher. Students are testing through their Language Arts class and their Math class.
In the Bulldogs Read grand prize drawing for April, it was a tight race this month between grade levels with the 7th graders just barely beating out the 6th grade by only 4 books.
Our 7th grade grand prize winner is Ruby Philp who read Binky Takes Charge. In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison remain undefeated this year. Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison is 6th grader Katy Jones who read The Adventures of Beanboy. Our two runner-up winners for April were 7th grader David H. Nguyen who read Island of Thieves and 6th grader Husmig Ohanian who read Wonder.
Lastly, our staff member prize winner for this month was Ms. Matter who read The One and Only Ivan. Congratulations, winners! Remember that May is the last month of the Bulldogs Read competition. So if you haven’t turned in slips for some of the Bulldogs Read books you’ve read this year, now is the time to do it.
May 30th is also the deadline for trying to read at least 30 Bulldogs Read books in order to be invited on our end of year field trip in June. Talk to Ms. Bell in the library if you are getting close.
There has been a change in the track meet schedule. Metro Championships are not Thursday, May 8th. Metro Championships will be held on Thursday, May 15th. Please inform your family members! The track team will have regular practices on Tuesday May 6th and Thursday May 8th. Meet in Mr. Urdal’s room both days. Go Bulldogs!
7 PM – 10 PM
Join us at 6pm for a special reception for Naramore 2014:Seattle Public Schools Middle and High School Art Show
The Naramore exhibit runs through May 25th and is displayed on the first floor corridor. 9am - 5pm.
Featured exhibitions: Miro: The Experience of Seeing & LaToya Ruby Frazier: Born By a River
Our camp is a four day basketball journey! We welcome all skill levels into our great facility to improve self confidence, individual skills, and team work! Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt! Please bring a sack lunch, and your hoop game! CLICK HERE for our camp flyer, and link HERE to register for the camp. See you all in the gym!
July 7, 8, 9, and 10th
West Seattle High School
3000 California Ave SW
Seattle WA 98116
Below is a copy of the various summer programs that are available in our city for Summer 2014! We hope that you find something in which your student may be able to participate! Have a safe summer everyone! Credit and kudos go to Ms. Dawn Cunanan of Cleveland High School who created and spend the time to put this document together!
CLICK HERE to see all the offerings this summer!
You will be testing with your Advisory teacher, so at the start of school report to your Advisory room. It is VERY important to be to school on time during those testing days, as testing begins as soon as school starts. All students must have something to read when they finish their test – books or magazines – no electronics are allowed.
Please make sure you get a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast in the morning. School breakfast will shut down at 7:50am, no exceptions. The school will provide a each student who is testing a small snack. And as always, be confident and do your best!
Thanks to all of our families, students and staff who participated in our student-led conferences this year! We appreciate all of your feedback as we continue to work together in preparing our students for the next grade level!
School Counselors will be instructing your child to register with Connect!
Madison Middle School If you would like your child to opt out of creating an account, please inform Ms. Divina or Ms. Hong, school counselors at Madison Middle School.
District’s Timeline: 2013-2014 All 8th graders are to be registered.Click HERE for the flyer.
Madison students and families – you are all invited to West Seattle High school’s 3rd annual “Taste of the Arts” Event, Saturday, April 5 at 6pm.
Enjoy appetizers prepared by WSHS culinary arts students and entertainment from the WSHS orchestra students while you browse a display of student artwork including photography, painting, drawing, ceramics and woodworking.
Your ticket includes VIP seating to the student musical “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” at 8 pm in the school theater. This is a great way to learn more about the art, music, and drama programs offered at West Seattle High School! See the official flyer attached for full details.
Tickets can be purchased online at:https://wshs.schoolauction.net/tota2014/register/ticket_sales.
Hope to see you there!
Don’t forget that tomorrow, Tuesday, is the last day to take care of your overdue books by either returning them, renewing them or paying for a lost book in order to be able to attend the Choice Activity this Friday.
After tomorrow, your name will be added to the Choice List. So if you’d like to be able to fully participate this Friday, make sure you take care of your library responsibilities by tomorrow at the latest.
This choice activity will be a movie day. Monsters University is just one of the many movies that will be shown! Turn in your missing work and be nice so you can attend!
Congratulations to Madison’s state semi-finalists for the annual Letters about Literature essay contest: 6th graders Marissa Rackner, Jackson Sullivan, and Amalia Heron, and 7th graders Julia Ge, Travers Sorenson, Braeden Swanson, Maddie Rainwater, and Gracie Patten.
This contest encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to its author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves.
Last year, there were more than 3,000 entries from our state and only about 10 percent of these were selected as semi-finalists, so this is quite an honor for our Madison writers! Come read their winning letters in the library display case.
Remember to help the PTSA raise funds when shopping at Amazon Do you use Amazon to make purchases online?
Use this special link (http://amzn.to/1bIpLxz) and Madison Middle School PTSA will receive 4 – 6.5% cash for every purchase you make!
That’s right! EVERY SINGLE AMAZON PURCHASE WILL BRING $$$ BACK TO OUR SCHOOL.
Thank you everyone for a fabulous PTSA Casino Night!
With over 120 tickets sold, we played casino games, purchased silent and live auction items and experiences, enjoyed dinner and more, all while raising funds to support our school. A special shout out to our school administrators, Dr. Gary, Ms. Swiftney, and Mr. McDonald and our school staff who joined in the fun, volunteered their time, and contributed donations.
Thanks too, to our intrepid Auction Crew, chaired by Natasha Woolfolk and Sarah Leggett, with volunteers coordinated by Lora Bunch, and hours and hours put in by all our volunteers. So many thanks to everyone who contributed to our successful fundraising event!
Julie Howell, PTSA President
There's still time to get your tickets to the Madison PTSA casino night and auction! Go to http://madisonptsa.com/madison-casino-night-tickets/ to purchase.
Casino Night is this Saturday, March 15th. It begins at 5:30pm at the Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College.
Support your schools and have fun doing it!
Auditions for Disney's High School Musical are Wednesday, March 19th 12:30-4:30 and Thursday, March 20th 2:30-4:30 in the Commons.
Students must bring a completed MOST activity form and a list of conflicts to the first day of auditions. New drama students must also bring 2 written teacher recommendations.
Yearbook pre - order sales will be held from March 3rd – 21st. The new order forms can be picked up in the main office and given to Ms. Penner in room 101-R during your lunch or after-school.
There is a drop-off box outside her office for check payments made out to Madison Middle School. The cost is only $ 17.00 and only a limited amount are available, so get your order in to guarantee one at the end of the school year.
Do you like to throw strikes and spares? If you answered yes, please make sure your parents/guardians are attending the Madison PTSA Casino Night and they sign up for Bowling with Ms. Bell, Ms. Isaascson, Mr. Urdal, and Ms. Riach.
This auction ticket fills up quickly so make sure you let your parents know it’s for a GREAT cause and we promise tons of bowling fun!
Congratulations to 8th Graders William Foster, Mari DiViccaro, Krister Persson, Ashley McFarlane, Anna Friederich, and 7th Grader Romy Ehrsam whose artwork was selected for the 2014 Seattle School District Art show at the Seattle Art Museum.
Check out their work on display outside the art classroom (room 116) all week and for Family night Thursday. After that it heads to the Art Museum to be on display at S.A.M. from March 13-May 25th.
Wally Bubelis, SPL teen librarian at West Seattle Library, visited the Madison MS library on Monday to talk with students about the great programs and services offered through Seattle Public Library as well as to book chat some great new books. Check out these programs and books below.
Your Next 5 Books: This is a great online tool to get 5 new book recommendations from a teen librarian based on the type of books you usually read and enjoy. They will email you a list of 5 book recs within 48 hours of making a request. Check it out at https://www.spl.org/using-the-library/get-help/your-next-5-books.
Homework Help at your Library branch or Online: SPL offers homework help after school at their local library branches as well as online from 1pm-10pm seven days a week. Check out this great FREE resource at http://www.spl.org/audiences/teens/teen-homework-help.
For a list of Wally's recommended reads today, go to:
Track practices will begin next week on Thursday, March 6th. If you have any questions about track talk with Mr. Urdal or Mr. Rubio. We look forward to seeing you this spring! Go Bulldogs!
Girls Volleyball tryouts will occur in the next two weeks. Pick up your forms in the main office and listen for updates.
Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee tryouts will be happening in the next two weeks. Pick up your forms in the main office and listen for updates.
Madison’s Drama Production is coming soon! Listen for reminders. There will be an informational parent meeting in the Madison Library next week on Tuesday, March 4 and auditions begin the third week of March.
8th Graders! Your baby pictures are due for the yearbook by this Friday! See Ms. Andreasen in room L210.
At Madison, getting students to school on time is a priority for us. It’s important students are here on time every single day to take advantage of learning opportunities. To that end, we are making some changes in order to reduce the number of late arriving students.
Beginning Monday, March 3rd, if a student arrives late to school unexcused, they will be serving lunch detention that very same day. This applies to unexcused late arrivals. An EXCUSED late arrival is a note from a doctor appointment or a late district bus.
Things like oversleeping, traffic, missing Metro – even with a note from a parent – are all considered unexcused. This is only a partial list of unexcused reasons. If you don’t want to sit at the lunch detention table….just arrive to school on time.
Let’s all make a commitment to get to school by 7:45am!
In just one bag of garbage collected from the lunchroom on Monday, 94% of the waste could have been diverted from a landfill, Madison! Don’t waste food: only take as much as you can eat, save it for later, or give it to a friend! Change the statistics! – From Madison’s Earth Service Corps Club
Thursday, March 6th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The evening’s theme is “The World is Text.” Sponsored by the Humanities and Exploratory Departments, the event will spotlight all the ways in which people use literacy skills in the 21st century. After enjoying a variety of student performances in the cafeteria, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between a number of hands-on activities or workshops.
Come write a poem and/or create art inspired by poetry. Do the “Book Walk” – just like a Cake Walk but with books as prizes. Play language and geography games. Learn how to make a difference in the world through social action and community service. Discover intriguing books to add to your reading list. Explore hunting and fishing through literature. Check out great technology projects created by students in the Unified Art and Multimedia classes. Learn the ins and outs of Writer’s Workshop and how you can support your writer at home. Take a virtual trip to Paris as you learn about Madison students’ trip to France.
Please return the RSVP form to your student’s Humanities (Language Arts/Social Studies) teacher as soon as possible so that we can purchase enough snacks for everybody. We’re also in need of gently used books for the Book Walk. Please send donations to your student’s Humanities teacher. We look forward to celebrating literacy with all of you!
Hey Bulldogs! It’s that time of year again, love is in the air…and flowers are for sale!
On Tuesday and Wednesday the ASB will be selling flowers in the commons during lunchtime. So stop on by and purchase a flower for your friends, loved ones, and maybe even your teachers. These flowers will be sold for $1 each and will be delivered on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
Attention all Madison Students! Are you interested in being on a sports team? Do you want to get stronger and build your stamina? Do you want to experience what it is like to push yourself and improve?
If you do, track is the perfect sport for you. The Madison track team is open to both boys and girls and to all grade levels. Last year our team ranked 4th in the district. So if you are interested in being part of an awesome team, competing against other schools in our district, and getting stronger, pick up your forms in the YMCA office today.
Track practices will begin Thursday, March 6th. If you have any questions about track talk with Mr. Urdal or Mr. Rubio. We look forward to seeing you this spring! Go Bulldogs!
Yes, we do collect Boxtops for Madison and are able to submit hundreds of dollars worth of funds which benefit many programs here at our school.
The next collection date is March 1st, so clip those Boxtops and send them in by February 25th. The collection box is in the main office.
Boxtops are found on many items such as cereal boxes, Kleenex, green giant vegetables, Avery office products, baking mixes, and much more. Thanks for helping support Madison Middle School!
Blue Thursday is coming!
Bulldogs, we are convinced that it is because of our awesome Seahawk spirit that our team is going to the Super Bowl. We must keep that energy going!
So, this Thursday (no school Friday) will be our final chance to show our Seahawk pride and root our team to victory in the Super Bowl. We just might even have a contest at lunch to see who is the most spirited fan!
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Madison Middle School Commons
Enjoy the sounds of the Madison Jazz Band, Concert Band and Orchestra followed by the Amazing sound of the West Seattle Big Band.
Vietnamese sandwiches, baked good, drinks and snow cones will be for sale, along with FREE Swing Dance lessons. Raffle for fantastic prizes and have a whole lot of fun with the family!
All proceeds benefit Madison Music Boosters.
$10 at the door; students and children are free .
RSVP today by clicking here.
Time:5:30 pm Check-in , 6:00 pm games begin
Where: South Seattle Community College Brockey Center
Try your hand at Craps, Black Jack, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, or Red Dog. Mingle with the Madison community over heavy appetizers and [no host] drinks.
Then come the fundraising activities! Take a chance on a raffle ticket. Bid on fabulous live and silent auction items, and one-of-a-kind teacher experiences.
YOU CAN’T LOSE…proceeds go to support vital programs at Madison Middle School!
For the school. For the kids. For education.
To purchase tickets, the price per person is $60. To pay online with credit card or PayPay, go to this link (http://madisonptsa.com/madison-casino-night-tickets/) and click on Add to Cart. If you prefer to pay by check or credit card by mail, use the attached Hard Copy form.
Would you like to donate an auction item? Click here to learn how.
We have had some recent “close calls” again with students and cars during drop off and pick up. Families, when dropping off or picking up your child, please pull over to the curb and have your student exit your car curb side.
Do not have your child exit in to the street. With the dark mornings, and added fog of late, letting kids out of cars in to the street is creating very dangerous situations. It may take an extra minute or two, but the extra time is well worth it.
There is nothing more important than keeping our students safe!
With Black History Month coming up in February and the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this coming Monday, the library has put together a book display in the library celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and other African Americans who made very important contributions to our country and who played a significant role in the civil rights movement. Come check out one of these books from the library to learn more.
Below you will also find a two-minute video clip of present day Ruby Bridges at the White House with Barack Obama. As she looks at a Norman Rockwell painting of her walking to school as a child, she reflects back on that first day of school as the only black child at an all-white elementary school in the South and how, as an adult, she has now prevailed over the prejudice she faced as a girl.
PSCSTA is hosting the 5th annual STEM Out! Girl's Event on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9:45am-2:30pm, sponsored and led by Amazon.com's Women in Engineering.
This event is to encourage girls from grades 7-12 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers!
It's a FREE event and more information/registration can be found here: pscsta.org/p/stem-out.html
Please help us spread the word and encourage your girls to participate!!
Download a PDF flyer by clicking: Stem Out 2014 Flyer.
Students who have PE starting second semester. Required PE t-shirts will be on sale during all lunches starting on Tuesday, January 28- Thursday, January 30th.... $5 per shirt.
The new M.O.S.T. session of afterschool classes begins next Monday, January 13. Make sure your permission slips are turned into the Y office.
Come by the Dog Pound today during lunch and meet your M.O.S.T. instructors!
CLICK HERE for a copy of the sign up form.
When we are expecting snow or inclement weather, a Seattle Public Schools Central Office team continually monitors conditions across the District. That includes having staff drive some of the streets that are typically more treacherous in snow and ice.
After consulting with other agencies, a decision is made about whether to delay school by two hours or if a closure is necessary. That decision is typically made by 5:30 a.m.
You can learn if there is a school delay or closure through:
• local TV and radio stations
• the District website at www.seattleschools.org
• an automated phone call you will receive
• the Public Schools Emergency Communications System at www.SchoolReport.org
Don’t forget to come to the library to check out some great books to last you over winter break. There are tons of Bulldogs Read books in right now for you to check out and help your grade level win this month’s Bulldogs Read competition.
Ms. Bell also just purchased 59 new e-books that you can check out and read on your own personal device like a phone, I-Pod, Kindle, or even your home computer. Come chat with Ms. Bell in the library to find out more information about downloading the digital books to your own devices. And above all, keep reading over the break. There are too many good books not to!
School will be dismissed this Friday one hour early at 1:20 as a start to winter break.
You can help the PTSA raise funds by shopping at Amazon!
Do you use Amazon to make purchases online? Use this special link (http://amzn.to/1bIpLxz) and Madison Middle School PTSA will receive 4 -- 6.5% cash for every purchase you make!
That's right! EVERY SINGLE AMAZON PURCHASE WILL BRING $$$ BACK TO OUR SCHOOL.
In honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 9th-13th), Code.org is recruiting 10 million students from across the United States to participate in an Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to help students easily understand how to code and show that anyone can learn.
Students and adults can participate any time during this week by going to http://csedweek.org/learn and picking their one-hour tutorial of choice. Let Ms. Bell in the library know if you participate so that she can keep a record of all the coders from Madison.
So far, 2,354,859 people have participated in an Hour of Code--will you be the next? Check out this quick two minute pitch video about this event. As President Barack Obama puts it in the video, "Don't just play on your phone--program it!"
Madison Casino Night Planning Meeting Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30pm Madison Library.
Casino Night is PTSA's biggest fundraiser and we need YOU to help make this event a success. Along with the evening gaming the committee would also like to offer a silent auction (100 items or so) and a live auction (10 big ticket items).
We need a procurement chair/team to carry this through.
If your interested please email the Casino Night Chairs:
Natasha Woolfolk firstname.lastname@example.org and
Sarah Leggett email@example.com ASAP.
Students who were absent on Nov. 26 and missed the Advanced Learning Opportunity exams will take the exams on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Request-to-report slips will be distributed to the students.
In the Bulldogs Read competition for November, it was a tight race between the 6th and 7th grade, but the 7th graders are back on top and are the grand prize winners for the month of November with 106 Bulldogs Read books read. Our 7th grade grand prize winner is Long Tut who read Pale.
In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison are still undefeated this year with 168 Bulldogs Read books read in November. Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison was 6th grader Sophia Seago who read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Our two runner-up prize winners for November were 7th grader Abshira Salat who read Play Ball and Rose Siegmund who read The Fault in our Stars. And our staff winner of the month was Ms. Ovens who read We’ve got a Job. Congratulations to all of our winners! Keep on reading those Bulldogs Reads!!
Madison – Our next Choice Activity is coming up! December 20th is the date. In order to participate in the Choice Activity, you need to be passing all your classes and have positive citizenship and effort. Your teacher will notify if you are on the warning "choice list" on Monday, December 9th. You have one week to get off the choice list.
In addition, your Honor Level counts. Only Honor Level 1 and 2 students will be allowed to participate. Coincidentally, we will be rewarding all Honor Level 1 students on December 20th. Any infractions earned after Friday, December 6th will remove you from Honor Level 1.
The West Seattle High School band has invited the Madison Senior Band students to play with them in the Macy's Holiday Parade in Downtown Seattle on Friday, Nov 29th.
For a list of the Top 10 Library checkouts in November, click here: Madison's Top 10 for November
Pre-order your yearbook before December 20th to guarantee that you will get one! They are only $17 or $20 if you want your name stamped on the cover.
During lunch or after school, take your order to the office & give to Ms. Penner in Room 101R.
If you were not able to sign up for your student-led conferences during the Curriculum and Math Nights, please contact your advisory teacher and select the best date and time for you! Our conferences will take place on March 19, April 2 and April 9, 2014.
Jeff Kinney, author of the hugely popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, visited Seattle this week and about 100 lucky students in and around Seattle got a chance to meet him. Our very own Madison ASB president Miles Durnwirth was one of those students! Be sure to ask Miles what he thought of funny man, Kinney. And if you haven't read Jeff Kinney's newest book yet, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, check it out from the library today!
Do you use Amazon.com to make purchases online?
Use this special link (http://amzn.to/1bIpLxz) and Madison Middle School PTSA will receive 4% to 6.5% cash for every purchase you make!
That’s right! EVERY SINGLE AMAZON.COM PURCHASE WILL BRING $$$ BACK TO OUR SCHOOL.
Help Madison Help the Philippines
We, the students at Madison, are encouraging our families to consider donating money or goods for Typhoon Haiyan relief through the following organizations:
CLICK HERE for a powerpoint about the devastating Typhoon.
Providence Hospice of Seattle’s Grief Support Services invites you to a gathering for those individuals and families* who have lost a loved one in the past year. This time of remembrance is an opportunity to share in community and to create a memory keepsake in honor of your loved one.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Susan Nyman, 9th grade Counselor at West Seattle High School, will present at the November 19th Madison PTSA meeting, discussing everything from graduation requirements, courses offered (honors/regular) and community service requirements to traits and characteristics of a successful student, and what parents can do to help with the transition to high school. Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm Madison Middle School library.
Help Madison Families. November 6th – 22nd.
It's that time of year again to kick-off the 2013 Madison Middle School Thanksgiving Food Drive with the Science Classroom Food Competition. Last year our school donated and delivered over 3,600 pounds of food to Madison families and some Madison families received gift cards to shop at local grocery stores thanks to the monetary and canned food contributions from Madison Middle School staff and families.
Together we can meet our goal of helping 25 Madison families have a better Thanksgiving.
6th, 7th & 8th grades please donate canned vegetables/fruit/soup, apple sauce, pasta & pasta sauce, chili & beans (dried or canned). These are suggestions– any canned food is appreciated. Thank you.
Please have your student(s) drop off canned goods to their science teacher's classrooms during the food drive dates. The competition is based on weight and the winning class will be announced on Monday November 25 and given much praise for doing service to our community.
Thank you very much for your generosity and participation. Please contact us if you have any questions. Cash donations or grocery store gift cards are also welcomed.
Lora Bunch, 206-932-6803 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse Kate, 206-252-9207 or email@example.com
Parents: Please plan to attend an upcoming presentation by Mothers Against Drunk Driving on how to talk with our kids about alcohol and drug use. MADD wants to equip all parents and caregivers with the tools needed to help them start these important conversations.
This Power of Parents workshop is open to everyone. It will be held at West Seattle High School as part of their PTSA meeting on Nov. 6th from 7:30-8:30. Contact Jen Shaughnessy at 206-399-6586 for more info.
This week’s 6th Grade Dog Stars are Josiah Clark and Maya Moreno.
Josiah takes pride in his work and consistently strives to do his best. He is extremely on task and responsible in the classroom.
Maya is a self starter and takes ownership of her education. She has a genuine interest in learning and is a role model for others.
Jake Jonsen is one of this week’s Golden Bulldogs for the 7th grade. Jake rises above the chaos and distractions around him, and shows great self-control and maturity when those around him do not. Jake leads by quiet example both in citizenship and in academics. Way to go Jake!
Emma LaPlante is also one of this week’s 7th grade G-Dog. Emma is a hard worker, leading by example and by helping others whenever she can. As if playing one musical instrument isn’t difficult enough, Emma is the top 7th grade clarinetist in the band and plays piano for the jazz band!
ULTIMATE FRISBEE GAMES THIS SATURDAY ARE NOT AT INGRAHAM, but are at Rainier Beach HS Stadium.....(Directions below).
Note about playoffs from the league: "Rounds on this Saturday, November 2, will be short, 75-minute rounds. The hard cap will blow at 65 minutes. Thus, it is critical that you start on time and take short timeouts. On November 9, rounds will be the normal 90 minutes, with hard cap at 80 minutes."
http://www.discnw.org/events/FallMS/Playoffs.html Tabs at the bottom of the spread sheet have a tab for each division.
Info on Rainier Beach HS Stadium: 8815 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Madison A team 1:15 pm start time....competing in the A2 division Vs. loser of TOPS A or Mercer A blue (A division game 5 loser) Rainier Beach Stadium field 2
Madison A2 team (no game Nov.2...bye weekend) competing in the B division Nov.9th at Ingraham 11am semi-finals game South 2 field..if we win, go to the finals...lose, no 2nd game
Madison B team 10:45 am competing in the D division vs Whitman C at Rainier Beach Stadium field 2... if we win, Nov 9th 8am game at Ingraham...if we lose, no game. (if we keep winning, championship at 9:30 am 11/9)
Madison 6th Grade team 8:15 am competing in the 6th C division vs. Jane Addams 6th at Rainier Beach Stadium field 2 IF WE WIN vs TBA at 9:30 am Rainier Beach Stadium field 2 (If we win 2 games 11/2, we play in the championship 11/9 at 9:30 am)
Only the 6th grade team has a chance for a 2nd game this Saturday. All other will play one game (minus A2) this Saturday and a chance for more Nov. 9th. See attachment for detail on brackets, show your kids, print them out and follow along.
The ASB will be judging costumes during lunch on Thursday, and you might win a prize! The categories will be Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative and Best Group costumes. There will also be a Best Teacher costume category. So come to school in a costume, Bulldogs, and see if you can win the contest.
Remember, hats are okay if they are part of the costume, but no masks are allowed, and all make-up needs to be applied at home first. Teachers may ask you to remove any costume accessory that is distracting from the learning environment.
This Wednesday is a district wide two hour early release day. School will be dismissed at 12:20 on Wednesday. There are no after school programs on early release days.
Students are permitted to wear costumes on Thursday for Halloween. Toy weapons and masks are not allowed and Madison’s dress code must be respected. Administration reserves the right to determine if a costume is inappropriate for a school setting.
This Friday is “Eat Lunch with your Child” day at Madison. Invite your parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or favorite adult to join you for lunch on Friday.
Mark your calendars, Math Night is coming up soon on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30pm in the Madison Commons.
Math night is our first family night of the year. Bring your parents, grandparents, whomever to play math games, learn oragami, or purchase books from the book fair. You may challenge your family to "Are you Smarter than a Middle Schooler" with Ms. Isaacson. Ms. Andreasen will provide a session on "Math after Middle School." Mr. Trotter will lead us in a mathematical raffle. Ms. Riach will help conduct the "Estimation Station." And if you are interested in volunteering to help set-up and take down math night for community service, please contact Ms. DeMarco. Refreshments will be provided.
Ask your math teacher if there are any incentives for attending math night! Maybe there will be some "effort" points available.
October 25th will be our first Choice Activity for this year! For students who have 0 or 1 demerit on their record. It takes 14 calendar days for an infraction to clear your record, and there’s more than enough time to make sure your slate is clean. Do what you need to do to be on Honor Level 1 on Friday, October 25th.
Furthermore, adequate effort is a criteria to attend this activity. Do your homework. Do your class work. Follow the Bulldog Bark. It’s that simple, and Friday will be a reward day for you! Your teacher will let you know if you are ineligible to attend the choice activity.
8th Graders – This Friday, October 18, Kennedy High School will be hosting Madison students who are interested in touring Kennedy for high school next year. Transportation will be provided by Kennedy. Parents must contact John F. Kennedy High School admissions office for more information and to register to attend this tour.
If you are in the MOST after school program, please report directly to your activity after school from now on! Check the roster outside of the YMCA office if you don't know what program you're signed up for, or if you need the assigned classroom number. For transportation questions come to the Y office as well!
The Magazine Drive is HERE! Madison students - get PUMPED for our one and only Madison ASB fundraiser! The Madison Magazine Drive has started!!! Students can earn cool prizes and rewards for selling magazine subscriptions or collecting donations!
Students received magazine packets and a letter explaining the program on Tuesday, October 8th.
- Tuesday, October 15th is our first turn in day, and the
- second is Tuesday, October 22nd.
1) Shop Online:
- Go to www.aphearst.com & Click Shop Now
- Be sure to enter the School/Online code: MADISONMIDDLE
- Enter the student's name for them to receive credit for your order.
2) Spread the Word!
3) If you don't need or want a magazine subscription, you can make a donation to Madison Middle School.
Thank you for your support. This money will help support our ASB, grants for field trips, student recognition funds and other fun activities for our students!
This Saturday 10/12 we travel to Ingraham High School again for our slate of games. There is a Husky home game so check traffic and allow extra time to get to the north end. Directions to Ingraham High School:
- Madison A-2 (8th grade and experienced 7th) 8:00 am @ Ingraham HS - South 2 Madison A-2 vs Eckstein MS B
- Madison 6th grade (6th grade and new 7th or 8th grade) 9:30 am @ Ingraham HS - South 2 Madison MS 6th vs HIMS 6th
- Madison A (experienced 8th) 11:00 am @ Ingraham HS - South 2 TOPS 8th Grade vs Madison Middle School A
- Madison B (7th grade and experienced 6th grade) 12:30 pm @ Ingraham HS - South 1 Madison Middle School B vs Eckstein MS 6th V
Washington State's Letters About Literature 2014
Students in grades four through 12 are invited by the Washington State Library to enter the national Letters About Literature contest, in which they can write a personal letter to their favorite author, living or dead.
Letters About Literature encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Entries in Spanish are accepted and will be translated for the Washington State judges. In their letters, contestants must explain how the author's work has shaped the contestant's view of the world or how the contestant views herself or himself.
Letter writers compete at three levels: Level 1 is grades 4-6; Level 2 is grades 7-8 and Level 3 is grades 9-12. State judges select the top letter writer in each level and the three winning letters advance to the national competition
At the state level, a $125 cash prize is up for grabs, as well as the ability to advance to the national competition. The first-place prize in the national contest is $1,000. Students, if you are interested in participating, check in with your Language Arts teacher about it or ask Ms. Bell in the library for more information.
Madison Students--voting for the 2013 Teens' Top Ten reads is now open. Vote for your favorite titles now through October 19th at http://www.dogobooks.com/book_clubs/teens-top-reads.
GEMS encourages girls to maintain and broaden their interest in STEM subjects by providing mentoring, hands-on activities, field trips, and information pertaining to a variety of scientific fields and careers.
So see the flyer for GEMS click here.
To apply or find more information click on their website: http://seattleawis.org/programs/gems
Deadline is October 24th 2013.
Madison A (8th grade team)
Aki Kurose B vs Madison Middle School A
Madison A-2 (8th graders -new and experienced- and experienced 7th)
Aki Kurose C vs Madison A-2
Madison B (7th grade and experienced 6th)
Whitman C vs Madison Middle School B
Girl’s Soccer Game this Saturday, October 5th!
Madison will host Eckstein at Sealth Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 12:30pm. Go Bulldogs!
Middle school ultimate games will play tomorrow, rain or shine. We are on synthetic surfaces, so games will not be rained out. We will cancel or postpone play only in the case of dangerous weather, such as lightning. If you have any question about the weather's effect on your game, you can call the DiscNW weather hotline at 206-504-3472.
Next Friday, October 4 is “Eat Lunch with your Child” day at Madison. Invite your parent, guardian, or favorite adult to join you for lunch on Friday. They can brown bag it with you, purchase lunch from the cafeteria, or bring in a special lunch for you both!
If your student did not give you their schedule today, CLICK here to find an empty schedule for them to fill out so you know where to go on Thursday night!
Ms. Bell, our librarian, is offering an optional Source training in the library from 5:50pm - 6:20pm.
At 6:20pm, parents are invited to go to their student's advisory class then walk through their full schedule to meet their student's teachers and learn about this year's curriculum.
The evening is schedule to end at 8:00pm. Just a friendly reminder, this is a chance to meet the teachers and learn about the classes, and not a time to conduct individual parent-teacher conferences.
See you tomorrow night!
7th grade parents – please return the Neighborcare Dental Screening consent forms by October 1st to the school nurse (206) 252-9207.
- Thank you! Nurse Kate Bobo
CLICK HERE if you woud like to read or print the Madison Family Handbook. This is a 50 page document that has all the policies, guidelines, tips, calendar, and events for Madison families.
This file will also be linked in the "about our school" section of the website.
Try these steps to log onto the Source.
- 1. Please log onto the Source. (If you can’t log on to the Source, please visit the Source page for more information) 2. Click School Information & Website from the left menu.
- 3. Click Reset Your School Website Password.
- 4. Enter your Source account email address in the Email Address field.
- 5. Click Ok.
- 6. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org
- 7. Click the link within the email to reset your website password.
- 8. Click the back arrow of your browser to go back.
The Source Tour and helpful QRD for creating Source Account: CLICK HERE
The Source website also has helpful information: CLICK HERE
School FusionPage website help: CLICK HERE
New Madison Middle School spirit wear is HERE! Click the link below to view our options.
Ordering deadline is September 23rd for our first round, so don’t delay. There is a link on the left sid titled Madison Spirit Wear.
Madison School Picture Day is September 18th. See attachment for info on online ordering and pre paying for your students picture packet. This is a real time saver. As well as a great value. You can get more variety and choices at no extra charge.
Click HERE to learn how to pre-order pictures.
Students, teach your parents about LIBRARY RESOURCES to help you succeed in school!
-High Point Branch: Tuesday, September 10th at 4 pm
-South Park Branch: Monday, September 16th at 5:30 pm
-Delridge Branch: Tuesday, September 24th at 5:30 pm
*Have fun exploring Library resources that will help with school assignments
*Meet our super Homework Help volunteers
*Take part in a fun Library scavenger hunt
*Refreshments and prizes!!
Interested in having your student placed in honors Language Arts next year? Current sixth and seventh graders may now apply for advanced-learning testing through the school district.
The deadline is Thurs., Oct. 3, and the application requires a teacher recommendation. For incoming sixth graders, it may be most appropriate to request this recommendation from the fifth-grade teacher. Students who receive a "Spectrum" or "APP" designation through this testing process have guaranteed placement in honors Language Arts classes at Madison ("Spectrum"). (Madison does not offer the APP program for highly academically gifted students, but APP students may choose to be placed in our honors LA classes.)
Other high-achieving students may be admitted to the honors Language Arts class on a space-available basis, but continued placement for the following year may depend on whether or not the student has qualified for advanced learning through the testing process.
Please pick up application materials in the main office or click here to access the forms online and to obtain further information about advanced-learning opportunities in Seattle Public School.
Further information about Madison's advanced-learning program can be found under the Academics tab on our website.
Attention Madison Families!
Beyond the district early releases, Madison Middle School will have their own early release days. Five of these will be professional development for teachers to plan with the common core standards. Three of these days will be used for student-led conferences: Navigation 101.
- Wednesday, October 16, 2013
- Wednesday, November 20, 2013
- Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- Wednesday, February 5, 2014
- Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (Navigation 101)
- Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (Navigation 101)
- Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (Navigation 101)
- Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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6th grade orientation will be held in the evening on Tuesday, September 3 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Families and students will be introduced to some staff and teachers and will be given a tour of the school. They will given their class schedules. New students will have a chance to practice with their locker locks of Wednesday morning at the first day of school. See you then!