November PTSA Meeting and Parent Program

Our next PTSA meeting will be held on Monday, November 11th at 7:00pm in Warhawk Hall.  The meeting will be brief but will feature a teacher discussion on What is Deeper Learning at Madison and how do equitable assessment practices align?  The meeting will be followed by a screening of LIKE.  LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain.  Click here for more information on the film.  I hope that you can join us!

Madison Food Pantry and Outreach

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.

Volunteers Needed!

Vision and Hearing Screenings on November 6th-7th:  Volunteers Needed!  Hearing and Vision Screenings are done for all 10th grade students and those new to the county yearly and your help is needed.

Ethics Day on November 18th:  Ethics Day is a fabulous experience for our students but we need your help to make it a success!  Please sign up here.

Winter Clothing Drive

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.

Volunteer for All Night Grad

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 allnightgrad@jmhsptsa.org or attend our first planning meeting of the year November 11 at 6:00pm in the library.

SENIORS: JMHS Class of 2020 All Night Graduation Celebration

Starts at 11pm Tuesday, June 2 and ends at 5am, Wednesday, June 4
Where: Oak Marr RECenter 3200 Jermantown Rd., Oakton,VA

Sign up early to SAVE (NOT included in Senior Dues)
COST = $60 until 2/28/20, $75 until 5/15/20, and $90 up to event 
Register & Pay Online

Want to help in planning the 2020 All Night Grad or other questions?  Contact:  ANG Co-Chairs: Cathy Wasilewski & Linda Arick — Email us at allnightgrad@jmhsptsa.org 

The All Night Grad celebration is an alcohol/drug free event, sponsored by the JMHS PTSA, and partially funded by community and business donations.

Academic Boosters

The JMHS PTSA Academic Boosters is proud to partner with Educational Connections and offer full-length practice ACT & SAT exams at James Madison High School on November 9th for the Mock SAT test and November 16th for the Mock ACT test.

Mock test registrations are now OPEN. Space is limited to 125 students per test and is ideal for sophomores and juniors. This round of mock testing will include the option to register with extended time accommodations. Those taking the test with accommodations will start at 8 a.m.

The cost is $20 per test and maximum registration is 125 students.  All students will receive a full score report (via the email used on the sign up) and an optional free consultation after the mock test.   Please email chair Ellen MacGregor at 2ndvicepresident@jmhsptsa.org with questions.

Mock SAT registration link.
Mock ACT registration link.


Yearbooks

Yearbooks are available now for $70.00. Purchases can be made online, over the phone at 1-866-287-3096, or you can mail in an order form with a check.

MAD Drama News

Mad Drama will present William Shakespeare’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
November 14-16 in the JMHS auditorium.

Tickets are now available!
$12 at the door but only $10 if you buy in advance. 

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on November 14, 15 & 16, plus a 2:30 p.m. matinee on the 16. For the best seats in the house, become a Patron of Mad Drama.

Choral News

October is a busy month in Madison Choir and we are excited for all that is underway.

Tuesday, October 22nd is our Annual MadMusic Day.  We will welcome over 300 students from Thoreau and Kilmer Middle School for a joint concert with our Orchestra program.  We will then enjoy lunch with our fellow middle school musicians.  At 7:00pm, we will present our performance for the community in the JMHS Auditorium.  All are welcome.

Members of the Madison Select Singers and the Madrigals are excited to again join with Vienna Choral Society in a concert on Saturday, October 19th at 7:30pm at Providence Presbyterian Church.  Tickets will soon be available online at https://viennachoralsociety.org/events/  It is sure to be a lovely evening of music featuring our local choral ensemble and fabulous Madison students.

Our annual Pie Sale is under way.  MadChoir students are selling our favorite Chef Pierre Pies through the first weekend of October.  Students will pick up their pies on October 23rd and start delivering.  Save yourself a bit of baking this upcoming Thanksgiving with a (frozen) delicious pie and support MadChoir at the same time!

Band and Guard News

Congratulations to the JMHS Marching Ensemble for their continued success this season. They were named the Regional Champion of the Bands of America (BOA) Mid-Atlantic Regional competition on October 5th. They are the first Virginia band to win a regional competition in over 40 years. With this win, they were invited to compete at the 2019 Grand Nationals Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 15-16.

The Ensemble also earned straight Superior ratings at the Virginia Band & Amp; Orchestra Directors Association State Assessment on October 19th. They received third place at the BOA Virginia Regional on October 26th at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and will be competing in the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative (VMBC) State Championship in Lynchburg, VA on November 2nd.

The JMHS Ensemble is grateful for the tremendous support it receives from the Madison family and the Vienna community. On October 21 st , the Vienna Town Council even recognized the JMHS Marching Ensemble for winning the 2018 VMBC State Championship.

Please continue to support them and their fundraising efforts to attend the Grand Nationals Championship by
1) Purchasing White House Ornaments at upcoming football games and at local polling places on Election Day,
2) Participating in the 17th annual Vienna Turkey Trot 5k/10k/Fun Run which will be held November 24th (the Sunday before Thanksgiving),
3) Buying tickets for the 40th Annual Tiny Tots Holiday Concert in the JMHS Auditorium on December 5th and 6th
4) Donating directly at www.jmhsband.org.

More information about these fundraisers and other upcoming band performances can be found on the band website at www.jmhsband.org


Athletic Booster News

THANK YOU to all who participated in the 2019 Madison Masters Mark McGinly Memorial Golf Tournament. We hope all enjoyed a great day of golf!  Proceeds from this successful event will greatly benefit our JMHS Athletes.

Wear your Warhawk Pride around town! Start holiday shopping early for your Warhawk fan. Merchandise can be purchased at the November 1st Varsity Football game vs. Oakton High School.

Winter sports Tryouts will be held November 11-15 : Before participating, athletes must be sure to complete all requirements including,

  • Physical Form
  • Concussion Education Document
  • Emergency Care Card

Any questions please refer to your sport’s tab on the Madison Athletic site, https://www.warhawksports.org/ or contact the Activities Office.
 

Volunteers Needed!!There are many opportunities to provide your support by volunteering for any of the upcoming events by using the following links.