An important PTSA and community initiative is our Madison Food Pantry and Outreach efforts. We are proud to work with Madison High School to help students and families in need. But it is an ongoing endeavor to keep it fully stocked. We welcome your donations and, for ease, we have created an Amazon wish list of much needed items which ship directly to the school.
And for the month of December, we will be collecting health and hygiene products for our Madison Pantry. Items needed include: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, soap, bodywash and deodorant. Collection bins will be located in the front office.
Please support those in need this holiday season! And thank you for your generosity!
Student Government Association: The SGA food drive will continue until December 12th. The SGA is collecting cans every RED day during fifth period. All donations of non perishable foods would be hugely appreciated! Please support this important effort by our students!
Please Give the Gift of Warmth! Please send in NEW or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, boots. A donation box is in the front office at Madison HS. All sizes are welcome! Every item donated will go to a member of our Madison community or will be given to a local shelter if not a correct size – but please no wool coats.
ALL DECEMBER EVENTS Newly elected FCPS school board member Rachna Heizer is working to provide a new path to a standard diploma option for Virginia students with disabilities. This option will allow students who are not successful in passing SOL tests due to the nature of their disability, but who can otherwise demonstrate grade level subject mastery, to receive standard diplomas. These students would then be eligible for college and other post-secondary education and federal student aid. Rachna discussed the new option, how to obtain, the pros and cons, and how regulations vary by school district.
Congratulations to the following DECA members who won top honors at the Fairfax county DECA district competition on Monday November 4 at Dulles Expo Center. These winners will have the opportunity to compete at the Virginia state competition in Virginia Beach in March.
1st place Overall Evan Blair in Quick Service Restaurant Marketing Avery Carpenter in Marketing Communications Annie Fry in Principles of Marketing Audrey Hicks in Business Services Marketing Walker Hubbard in Automotive Services Marketing Ashley Wooh in Job Interview
2nd place Overall Kendall Castlellaw Marketing Communications Ella Karp in Food Marketing Lauren Kish in Restaurant Marketing Martin Troy in Quick Service Marketing Marcus Young in Social Media
3rd Place Overall Corinne Albert in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism Matthew Eastham in Selling Caroline Garrod in Human Resources Management Brendan Morrissey in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Xianwen Zhang in Principles of Finance
Pampered Chef – December 20 We just launched an online fundraiser to complement our other fundraisers. As you may know, our operating budget is primarily self-funded with proceeds from fundraising, parent dues and a small contribution from the school. Check out the online party and start your holiday shopping today. We earn 15% of sales over $600!
Chipotle Dining for Dollars – December 9 Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Madison HS Swim And Dive Team. Come in to the Chipotle at 213 Maple Avenue East in Vienna on Monday, December 9th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Madison HS Swim And Dive Team.
MOD Pizza Dining for Dollars – January 16 Warhawk Swim and Dive can earn 20% of sales for the entire day! RSVP here.
All Night Grad (ANG) is a drug and alcohol-free celebration held at Oak Marr RECenter, following the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 2 (11pm-5am). This fun-filled, all-night extravaganza is sponsored by the PTSA. Oak Marr is transformed into a teen entertainment venue, complete with a casino, carnival games, food, tattoo & caricature artists along with use of the pool and putt-putt course! The night ends with raffles and drawings for fabulous prizes.
Planning meetings for ANG take place each month at 6:00pm in the school library before PTSA meetings. Many sub-committees make up our planning group. We have several of those positions filled but we are still in need of committee chairs or co-chairs in the areas of Decoration and Set Up, Fundraising Letters, Publicity, Entertainment, and Volunteer Coordinator. We are always looking for underclassmen parents to help, especially due to the later time of the graduation ceremony and to carry the knowledge forward into the next year.
ANG is made possible by the generous support of local businesses, parents, and many volunteers. Consider being part of helping with this longstanding tradition by contacting Cathy Wasilewski at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our next meeting on January 13 at 6:00 pm, preceding the PTSA meeting at 7:00 pm.
Mad Drama would like to thank the following local businesses for their most generous support of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”:
The Columbia Group
Northwestern Mutual – Gunnar Spafford
We would also like to thank the following local eateries which generously donated catering for the show’s cast and crew. Please consider supporting them when dining out.
Great Harvest Bread Company
Maggio’s Family Restaurant
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Mad Drama will produce two December shows in the Black Box Theater. On Wednesday December 18, come see the “Winter Cabaret” where students perform whatever they want. The acts include individuals & groups, and may consist of singing, dancing, musical performance or the always enjoyable “all of the above”. Admission is $5, cash at the door; show starts at 7:00 p.m. The following evening, December 19, Mad Drama will host an “Improv Cabaret” with JMHS students performing improv comedy. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and admission is free!
It has been a busy November in the Madison Choral Department. We were thrilled to have 35 students and 3 alternates selected for All-District Chorus early in the month. And of those selected, 17 qualified to audition for the All-State Choir this Spring!
We are in the midst of preparing for Winter performances and our new Snowman Concert Fundraiser. The Madison Select Singers will perform with the Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, Dec 7th- providing the live soundtrack to Raymond Briggs’ classic holiday movie The Snowman. The Madrigals will carol throughout the hallways and all the Madison choir and orchestra students will serve as ambassadors to our building as we welcome young guests. Families will be able to enjoy the concert, make winter crafts and have a meet and greet with the Snowman and Santa Claus. The ticket-only event is a fundraiser for our program that will help support all our musical endeavors throughout the rest of the year. Please share your excitement about this fun new tradition with all your local friends and family. Tickets are available on the JMHS website under the Features Tab.
The Madrigals will begin their Caroling Season performances in early December. Currently, they are slated to sing for the Vienna Rotary, the Vienna Optimists, the INOVA Pediatric Oncology Holiday Party, the annual Money and King Remembrance Ceremony, the Mayor’s Party at Town Hall and at a number of area schools. We hope to see you as we sing our way down Church St on Friday, December 13th and then entertain the community at 5:00 pm at Town Hall. For questions about performance opportunities, please contact Claire Rowan, Choral Director at email@example.com
Many thanks for your support of MadChoir.
The JMHS Choral & Orchestral Departments are also putting on a Snowman Concert on Saturday Dec 7 at 10:30 AM. Children of all ages will be transported into a magical world of orchestral and vocal music while watching the classic story of the “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs play out before their eyes. Following the concert there are children’s crafts and light refreshments plus photo ops with the Snowman and Santa. Join the fun! Tickets available here!
The JMHS Marching Ensemble would like to thank the Madison community for all their support during this award-winning marching season. On November 2nd, the Ensemble was named Virginia state champion for the second year in a row at the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative competition. They also received caption awards for Best Music, Visual and General Effect.
The Ensemble finished the season by being the only band from Virginia to reach the semi-finals, ultimately receiving 2nd Place Silver Medalist in Class 3A, at the 2019 Grand Nationals Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana November 15-16. The Ensemble was touched that many of the JMHS students, staff, and teachers watched their Grand Nationals performance live in the JMHS Auditorium. They very much appreciated being recognized by the Mayor of Vienna, Laurie DiRocco, and the JMHS football fans during halftime at the Nov. 22nd playoff game.
In other news, concert season is just around the corner! Hear the great Jazz Band on Thursday, December 12th at 7:00pm in the JMHS Auditorium. Come out for the Winter Band Concert featuring the Concert Band, the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00pm in the JMHS Auditorium.
Tickets are on sale for the 40th Annual Tiny Tots Holiday Concert in the JMHS Auditorium on December 5th and 6th. Advance purchase is highly recommended to ensure admission. The advance ticket price is $9.00 per person. Note there is an additional processing charge for online orders. Walk-in tickets may be purchased in the lobby by check, cash or credit card 30 minutes prior to the show for $10.00 per person if the concert has not sold out.
Warhawk SPIRIT WEAR Holiday Sale The Merchandise Holiday Sale will be held after school for 3 days, Wednesday, December 4 – Friday, December 6. The sale will be located outside the main gym. This is a great time for students and faculty to purchase items for the holidays and as a bonus ALL youth sizes are more than 50% off! Are you looking for something in particular? We are always looking for new merchandise ideas, so let us know!
Congratulations to MAD Dance! Regional Champs! JV Pom-1st place, Varsity Pom- 2nd place & Outstanding Artistry Award, and Varsity Jazz – 1st place.
Booster Volunteers Needed We are looking for volunteers to help with Concessions, Merchandise and the Booster Auction. There are many opportunities to provide your support. If interested please reach out to Jennifer Sorrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.