At Madison, we would like each person to value who he or she is, and to value others who make up this school. We each have something to contribute to our community. As one of our traditions, on the last school day before winter break, we welcome our students in the morning with lights.
The light created by lighted votive candles inside paper bags, cut out with holiday patterns, create the path to school. The patterns reflect the different traditions that our students, staff and their families bring and the celebrations that they join in during the winter break, a brief two-week away from school. The songs also reflect music from our diverse groups. The sweet treats are often symbols of joyous occasions as we greet each other to mark the holidays.
Whatever holiday you and your family celebrate at this time of the year, we wish you a restful break from your daily homework and schoolwork.
In the Bulldogs Read competition for November, the 7th grade came out on top for the second month in a row with 120 Bulldogs Read books read. Way to keep up the great reading 7th grade! Our 7th grade grand prize winner is Shuai LaVielle who read My Name is Blessing.
In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison remain dominant with 162 books read in November. Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison is 8th grader Ruby Philp who read Johnny Delgado: Private Detective. Our two runner-up winners for November are 7th graders Katerina Winge who read Battle Bunny and Nekosea Trotter who read My Name is Blessing. Lastly, our staff member prize winner for this month was Ms. Christensen who also read My Name is Blessing.
Congratulations, winners—be sure to come to the library to claim your prize.
Last year, the Hour of Code was super successful and had over 15 million students world wide participate in just one week alone. This year, in honor of Computer Science Education Week next week (December 8th-12th), the Hour of Code is going big and recruiting 100 million students world wide to participate in 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://code.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. There will also be FREE computer programming classes for teens sponsored by Seattle CoderDojo (Teaching Kids to Code--One Saturday at a Time) on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10am-12pm. Go to http://www.seattlecoderdojo.com/upcoming-events/ to find out more information and reserve your spot.
Will you be one of the 100 million to participate? Check out this quick two minute pitch video about this event and get started coding today!
Highline Mid-Season Soccer Tryouts for their Boys U-13 and U-12 Team will be held on Wednesday, December 3 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and Saturday at Highline High School Stadium.
School will be dismissed one hour early on Wednesday. Students will be dismissed at 1:20. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday. Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.
Mark your calendars! Madison's Winter Concert is at 7:30 p.m. (NO LONGER 7:00) on Thursday, December 11th in Madison's gym. Our 6th, 7th and 8th grade music students have been working hard and are excited to entertain you.
All are welcome! 8th GRADE MUSIC PARENTS & STUDENTS MOVING ON TO WSHS: The start time of the concert was pushed later in order for you to be able to attend the WSHS Open House with your students, which begins at 6:00pm. Mr. Bathum would like students to arrive no later than 7:00 to warm up for the concert. If you are not attending the open house please plan on arriving between 6:30-6:45.
The National Geographic Geography Bee is a school-wide event. Each Social Studies teacher gives an initial quiz and then invites the students who did well on the quiz to prepare for the grade level Geography Bee in December. Sometimes a teacher will host a Prep Room where students can go and prepare by studying together, quizzing each other, playing games, and simulating the actual Bee.
In January, we hold a school-wide Geography Bee with all grade levels sending 10 candidates to the competition. The winner for the school takes a written test in hopes of being invited to compete at the State Geography Bee. Last year, one of our students went on to compete at the state level. State winners advance to the National Level to compete for scholarships and cash prizes.
Preparing for the Bee is a great way for parents and guardians to get involved with their kids!!! Dust off the old maps, atlases, and videos about the world-----have a Family Quiz Night!
Madison Families – Madison Bulldogs participated in our first Lockdown drill of the year today. By district law, schools have to conduct emergency drills monthly. This month, we chose to do our first of three required lockdown drills. Our students and staff secured the building and remained silent in classrooms throughout the entire drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the drill today and how they may have felt. Talking about “what if” scenarios can sometimes help alleviate anxieties. If you have any questions about Madison’s emergency preparedness procedures and practices, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Swiftney.
Girls and Boys Basketball tryouts are scheduled to begin on December 10. The season will begin on January 10. Athletes must have permission forms completed and turned in including the Sports Physical. Forms can be found on the Seattle Public Schools website or pick up one in the main office.
Want to see your future? Well you can get a sneak peak. Tomorrow, November 20th Neighborhood House at High Point is hosting a College and Career Fair. There will be Northwest College and career representatives and workshops to help you start preparing for college now. It’s from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 20.
Attention 8th grade parents: Parent Night will be held on December 11th at West Seattle High School. WSHS is very happy to have so many families excited to learn about our wonderful school! Open House begins at 6:00 pm!
It's that time of year again to kick-off the 2014 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. Some 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 20 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. **If pulling from your pantry, please be sure that canned foods are not damaged or foods shelf life has not expired. We did have to dispose of a lot of canned and pasta goods last year.
Please have your student(s) drop off canned goods to their science teacher's classrooms during the food drive dates - November 10th - 21st. The competition is based on weight and the winning class will be announced on Monday November 24th and given much praise for doing service to our community. They will also receive the coveted “Turkey Cup” trophy to display in class for the year. Thank You for your support.
There are some specialty item donations needed and volunteer needs with this event.
If interested please contact: Lora Bunch, 206-349-3280 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How’s your Honor Level looking? Are you an All Star – no infractions this year? Are you on Honor Level 1? It’s time to reward our fantastic Honor Level 1 students!
Tomorrow, Friday November 7th, will be our first monthly Honor Level 1 reward for all students who, by the end of day are either an All Star or on Honor Level 1. Our goal is to have 100% of our school earning Honor Level rewards each month! If you follow the Bulldog Bark each and every day, we KNOW we can reach this goal.
Veteran's Day is observed on Tuesday, November 11th. There will be no school that day. Madison Middle School is having a Veteran's Day assembly on Monday, November 10th at 9:20am.
All friends and family who are veteran's of our students are invited to attend this assembly. Please check-in at the front office before you go to the assembly. We would love to intorduce and honor you during this assembly. Thank you veterans, for your time and service!
What is WalkAbout? The WalkAbout is a new program at Madison Middle School. This is a school supported, parent staffed program that provides a positive adult presence on campus during peak traffic times ,morning 7:20-7:55 and lunch 11:00-12:30pm.
The additional adult presence discourages inappropriate behavior allowing students to feel safe. It also gives parents the opportunity to volunteer in an area that directly impacts their child's safety and gives them an additional connection to a big part of their child's day.
- WalkAbout receives great administrative support from our teachers and staff!
- It is a very popular program at other area schools among working Moms and Dads because of the flexible times to volunteer!
- Fill out Seattle Public Scools-Screening Form for Criminal History Information and DisclosureStatement . This form is used to run a Washington State Patrol Criminal History Background Check. You need to turn this form into the Madison main office and have administration check and verify your picture ID. This form is kept on file at Madison and is valid for two years. You may have had this done at your grade school however this also needs to be done at Madison for specific Madison volunteer activities.
- Attend a WalkAbout Orientation. This will give you the information you need and answer any questions you may have about the WalkAbout program. We would love more parent volunteers. The more we have the more flexible it is for scheduling purposes. If you can give a shift a week or even a shift a month that would be great!!
Pre-Order Yearbook Sale: Oct. 27th through Nov. 14th. Pick up your order forms from your Advisory teacher or in the main office. Payments can be made on Tuesdays and Thursdays during all three lunches or if paying by check can be dropped off in the box outside of the Fiscal Office.
There are still a few 2013 & 2014 yearbooks that can still be purchased at a great discounted rate.
The Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma will be hosting the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival on Sunday, November 2nd, from 1pm - 4pm. This free festival gives students a chance to work collaboratively on fun, inspiring math problems.It is open to all students in grades 3 - 8. Snacks and raffle prizes will be provided. Kids can register at: http://www.aw.org/Page/Community/Math-Festival
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 6th for our annual math family night! This is an evening for Madison families to learn about the math resources at our school, and enjoy math games and activities together.
Math Sessions: - “Are you smarter than a middle-schooler?” Hosted by: Ms. Rubio. 7:00pm. Room 113
- Set, Chess
- Estimation Station
- Raffles for prizes
This is an opportunity to play games with your familyand the Barnes & Noble Book Fair will be there. Refreshments will be provided. See you then!
Next week is Spirit Week, Madison!
Here’s what to wear:
- Marvel Monday – dress as your favorite comic super hero
- Tie Die Tuesday – dig out your best tie-die
- Wear Your Color Wednesday – 8th will wear blue, 7th will wear green, 6th will wear red.
- Thursday is Pajama Day, but keep it school appropriate, and no slippers.
- Friday is Costume day.
Show that spirit, Madison: dress up all next week!
Find these winning titles in our Madison Library today!
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin)
- Splintered by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
- The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile)
- Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
- Earth Girl by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
- The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
- The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press)
Choice Activity info: in just two weeks, we will have our first Choice Activity celebration. It will be on the afternoon on Friday, October 31st. This is a reward for students who have passing grades, no missing assignments, on Honor Level 1 or 2, and have consistently demonstrated good citizenship.
Just like any reward, participation in the Choice Activity is something students have to earn. If you are currently ineligible, there still might be time to earn the reward. Check with your Advisory teacher about what you can do.
If you want to be able to attend all of the Choice Activity next week, be sure you take care of your overdue library books by either returning them, renewing them if you are still reading them, or talking with Ms. Bell about a plan for replacement if you have lost your book. The deadline for returning overdue books so as to be able to attend all of the Choice Activity is next Tuesday, October 28th. But don’t wait until the last minute—take care of those overdue books now so that someone else can read them!
“Do you have a favorite teacher? Think they deserve recognition? Head to the library and put your vote into the teacher of the month box.”
Soccer Practice is held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 until 4:00. ALL Soccer players practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Ultimate Frisbee Practices are on Mondays and Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00.
Madison Out of School Time (MOST) programs have begun! There is still room in some programs including Futsal. See Reggie in the YMCA office during lunch today for more information.
Are you looking for a wider audience for your writing? If so, check out these upcoming writing contests!
What: What Nature Means to Me Poetry Contest
*original poetry of any length
When: *deadline* November 15, 2014
Why: $200 cash prize, $100 REI gift certificates, plus more
Who: Students between the ages of 11 and 19 years old
What: Letters About Literature (write a letter to an author describing personal reactions to the work of the writer)
When: *deadline* January 15, 2015
Why: $125.00 to the winner
Who: Students in grades 4-8
What: Young Playwrights for Change (National Middle School 10-minute playwriting contest sponsored by the Seattle Children’s Theatre)
Topic for Playwright: What is Family? What makes a family? Why is family important? (go to website for more specific directions)
When: *deadline* December 21, 2014
Why: Plays selected by SCT will receive a reading at SCT and one play will be chosen to compete with other finalists at the AATE nation competition. One play in the nationwide contest will be chosen to be presented in a staged reading at the 2015 One Theatre World conference at DePaul University in Chicago. The playwright and one family member will have the opportunity to attend the conference, with hotel and travel expenses provided.
Who: Students in grades 6-8
Contact: http://www.sct.org/School/Young-Playwrights-for-Change (application on the website) or contact the SCT Drama School at (206) 443.0807 x1186
Workshops: SCT will provide 3 free playwriting workshops for aspiring contestants on October 11, November 15, and December 13 at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Call SCT to reserve a space.
Check your student's progress on the Source! Mid term grades are not sent home on paper, you must check electronically on the Source,. Teachers will have entered mid-term scores by October 13th. All grades are up to date on this day!
Madison Out of School Time (MOST) programs start this week! A complete list of enrolled students and their classes can be found outside of YMCA room 112 next to the lunchroom.
All classes will meet in the lunchroom at 2:30 pm each day. There is still time to sign up for MOST programs if you haven't already! Please stop by YMCA room 112 if you have questions.
GEMS is a free science enrichment program for 7th and 8th grade girls currently attending a Seattle Public Middle School. The goal of the program is to encourage 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.
We meet one evening per month and host various field trips throughout the year. We have two locations, one at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in South Lake Union, and one at South Seattle Community College in West Seattle.
The program is free and fully funded by Seattle AWIS, a nonprofit organization. Transportation to and from all events is required, but if there is enough demand, we will try to organize ride shares or other transport. We are currently accepting applications for the 2014/15 school year, and submissions are due by September 25th but if there is still space available, late applications will be accepted.
A link to the application and more information about the program is available at:
CLICK HERE for a flyer with additional information.
The Magazine Drive is HERE! Madison students - get GO BIG 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 Monday, September 15th.
Tuesday, September 23rd is our first turn in day, and the second is Tuesday, September 30th. Students will need to bring order forms and payment with them to school on turn-in days.
Also….IF you send out emails through the online program by Tuesday morning, print confirmation you did so and earn a prize. Our school goal is $45,000. So Bulldogs……. get ready to GO BIG and sell, sell, sell!!!
1) Shop Online:
- Go to www.apmags.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!
M.O.S.T. forms are will be going home with students on Wednesday. After school activities will begin on Monday, October 6. You must have a signed permission form to stay after school and participate in activities.
CLICK HERE for an elecronic version of the MOST form and after school activities.
READING AND BOOK SIGNING @ University Bookstore, University District location, Seattle, WA
A note from University Bookstore: A dystopian YA adventure about a fight for survival inside a shape-shifting maze, James Dashner's bestselling Maze Runner series has already captivated millions of readers. Filled with life-threatening monsters, action-packed adventure, and a powerful story about a group of teens working together to break free from an evil authority, it's also no surprise that its big screen adaptation is one of the most anticipated movies coming out this month. As we gear up for the film's release, we're excited to welcome Dashner for a reading and signing to introduce his gripping series to those who have yet to read it and explore it further with everyone who already has.
Are you interested in honors Language Arts for next year? Placement in 7th or 8th grade honors Language Arts is only guaranteed for students who successfully complete the district’s advanced learning testing.
You must apply for this testing, and the deadline is October 2nd. The application includes a teacher recommendation. Sixth graders should ask their fifth grade teachers to complete the recommendation.
Applications are available in the main office, on Madison’s website, or on the district’s Advanced Learning website.
Middle school is a time where you want to stay in touch with what is happening at school and with your student. PTSA is a great way to make that connection.
Please join us for our first PTSA meeting on Wednesday, October 1st at 7pm in the school library. Dr. Gary will be on hand to answer your first month questions and provide updates.
We will also hold an election for the three offices that weren't filled in the spring.
The following are the nominees for each office:
• Carla Rogers - President
• Kelly Kimball - Vice President
• Vikas Luthra - Secretary
Any additional nominations can be made at the time of the election. Please contact any PTSA leader if you have questions. We hope you will join other engaged Madison parents at our meeting. All are welcome
We are going to the State Fair on Friday, September 19th as a whole school. Permissions slips will go out Monday through advisory. We can't wait to "Do the Puyallup" with all of our students!
CLICK here if you misplaced your permissions slip and would like to print out another one.
Voting is now open for students to vote for their favorite books from last school year. Click HERE to vote for your top 10 books and to see a complete list of the 25 nominees. Voting will be open from August 15th through Teen Read Week, which is taking place October 12-18 of this year. Have a say in which books you loved best from last year!
To see book trailers for the 25 nominees, go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/YALSA1957/videos
Student packets will be going home with students this week. Please make sure to share these with your parent or guardian. Completed and signed forms are due back next week.
Sports forms are available on Madison’s website or pick up a copy in the main office. Listen to the morning bulletin to learn when practices will begin.
Madison Out of School Time (M.O.S.T.) programs will begin on October 6th. Selection forms will go home with students next week.
Madison has a tradition of inviting parents and guardians to join students for lunch once per month. “Eat Lunch with your Child Day” this month will be NEXT Friday, September 12th. For the remainder of the school year those lunch days will be on the first Friday of each month.
Students that have received a letter from Seattle Schools Transportation Department indicating they have been assigned an ORCA card, must bring their signed ORCA use form to the main office in order to pick up your ORCA card for the school year.
Take time to review your student planner including Madison’s dress code. Though it’s still summer outside, remember to leave your flip flops at home.
Welcome to Madison Middle School!
We are looking forward to seeing our new 6th grade students and their families at 6th grade orientation on Tuesday, September 2nd from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
Students will have a chance to meet their teachers, get a feel for the layout of our school, and learn how to open lockers.
See you then!
Students and Families: Student schedules are not yet finalized and will not be complete until the first day of school, September 3rd. Any schedules you have seen posted up to this point are most likely inaccurate. Thank you for your patience.
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
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!
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!