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JHMS Best Buddies

The newly formed JMHS Best Buddies group has successfully increased participation this school year, tripling the number of members!  Many in the group walked in the Homecoming Parade, participated in a ‘Match’ party, and walked in the Friendship Walk!  This school year, these young adults have raised nearly $4,000 to date!

Best Buddies is life changing for so many people because it brings positivity, laughter, and genuine friendships into people’s lives. #Inclusion

Please join the Special Education Liaisons on Wednesday, November 7th at 7 pm to learn about several inclusive programs happening in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Open to staff and parents!

Featured programs include: Best Buddies, Unified Special Olympics, Camelot Acceptance Team and Buddy program, Frost Unified Special Olympics, Robinson Partnership, Walk in My Shoes, Welcoming Inclusion Network, Plus Inclusive Schools Week ideas
**Refreshments will be served**

Robinson Secondary School Recital Hall, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax VA 22032
Questions? Contact Joanne at

Link to Eventbrite to register.

Madison Swim & Dive Poinsettia Sale

This has been a long standing fundraiser at our high school for many years.  Due to the fact that the plants are healthy and beautiful, faculty and parents look forward to this sale year after year.  Prices are $10 for a 6.5-inch plant or $15 for an 8-inch plant.   If you are interested in supporting our team, orders are being accepted between now and Wednesday, November 14th.

Order forms are attached, you may give checks and forms to a swimmer or diver, or contact to make arrangements.

Plant pick up is December 1 in the JMHS cafeteria.

All Night Grad Planning Meeting November 12, 6:00 pm

Find more information here.

Loyalty Rewards Program is Back!

Get all the details here.

The Madison Directory is Live!

The 2018-19 Madison HS directory is now online and accessible for all Madison parents. Find all directory information here.

PTSA Meeting and Parent Program 11/12

On Monday, November 12th, we will be holding our monthly PTSA meeting. Please join us in the library at 7:00 pm.  We also have exciting news on our food pantry, Teacher Appreciation, Academic Boosters, Ethics Day and more.  We also will be hearing from our Principal, Mr Hood, and Director of Student Services, Mr Buckley.

Immediately following the meeting, we will be hosting Rachel Bailey, Parenting Specialist, presenting on RAISING A CONFIDENT, LESS STRESSED STUDENT.  Many students struggle when faced with events that cause stress, frustration, disappointment or anxiety. This workshop will teach you what to SAY and DO to help your child handle challenges as they occur. Simple, realistic strategies that will improve resilience.

Volunteers Needed Hearing and Vision Screening 11/7 and 11/8

Hearing and Vision Screenings are done on all 10th grade students and those new to the county yearly. This year screenings will be done Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8.

Parent volunteers are needed to assist. No previous experience is necessary. Training is provided. Volunteers may choose from one of 2 shifts: 8-11:15 or 11:15-2:45.

Please contact your School Health Aide Lynn Jones @ or 703-319-2310.

Parent volunteers are always welcome in the School Health Room. Training is provided for Hearing and Vision screenings on site. Parents wishing to assist in the health room on a continual basis need to attend a 2 hour training provided by the Public Health Nurses. Please see the flyer for training details for the present school year. For more information please contact your School Public Health Nurse, Vivienne Goldstein or School Health Aide, Lynn Jones at 703-319-2310

Ethics Day Volunteers Needed

Please sign up for Ethics Day, we need a lot of volunteers to make this day great for our Senior Class.  We have afternoon clean up positions for middle school students needing volunteer hours.  We also want to encourage any non-senior grandparents or parents who might be interested in being table leaders to sign up.

JMHS Food Pantry

Madison High School and the PTSA are working together to provide a Food Pantry for students and families in need. Thank you in advance for your support and a huge THANK YOU to all who have already donated to our Madison Food Pantry.

Here are ways that you can help:  Purchase items needed on a continuing basis and deliver to Madison HS front office, order items directly from Amazon, they will ship to the school, or make an on-line donation.
And, through November 2nd, we have also added HYGIENE PRODUCTS to the Sign-Up including shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and body wash.  Your support is much appreciated.  All donated items can be shipped via Amazon or dropped off at the school office addressed to the attention of Ms Elise Fasick.

Thank you for supporting our Madison community!

Sponsored by the James Madison PTSA

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JMHS Winter Coat Drive

Our annual Winter Clothing Drive is currently underway!  Many thanks to those who have already donated. Please drop off any new or gently used winter coats (non-wool), hats, scarves and mittens or gloves at the front office at Madison HS.  Specific sizes greatly needed are Men’s XL, L and Medium and Women’s Medium!

Academic Boosters: Mock ACT and SAT Tests and Parent Program

Academic Boosters is sponsoring a Webinar for Parents – Road Map to College: The SAT and ACT on Thursday November 8, 2018, from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm.

Registration for Mock SAT and ACT  tests is open. Registration is limited to 125 students per test.

Tests are scheduled for Saturday November 10th (SAT) and November 17th (ACT) at 9 am in the Madison cafeteria. Please arrive 20 minutes early to sign in.

At this time in the school year, the test is recommended for 10th, 11th and 12th graders. It is still early for 9th graders to take the test, mostly due to where they are academically in math.

With more and more colleges no longer requiring the essay portion (and the subjective nature of the scoring) the mock test will continue to offer the essay but Educational Connections won’t score it. Students can still practice taking the essay under timed conditions and are welcome to take their essay home with them.

Athletic Hall of Fame 20th Induction Celebration Weekend

Madison Athletic Boosters are hosting the Athletic Hall of Fame 20th Induction Celebration Weekend on November 2nd-3rd.

Congratulations to the newest Hall of Fame Members:
Warren Edney, Class of 2006, Basketball
Andrea Johnson Kowal, Class of 1993, Field Hockey, Swim & Dive, & Track
2011 Girls Lacrosse Team
With special recognition to the 1968 Baseball Team & the 50th Anniversary of their State Championship

On Friday, November 2nd, Inductees will be honored at half time of the Madison-Centreville Football Game.  And on Saturday, November 3rd will be the Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner at 6:30 pm at Westwood Country Club
Cost:  $65.00, cash bar
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Yearbook Purchase

Yearbooks can be ordered online (school code: 5307) or by printing and mailing this order form.

Band and Guard News

The Marching Ensemble’s 2018 show, “Playing with Fire,” features dynamic music with incredible visual effects! Movements are entitled “Incipient,” “Evolution,” and “Fully Developed.”  Musical selections include the compositions of Kent Baker, Benoit Jutras, Igor Stravinsky, and John Mackey.  Catch a performance of “Playing with Fire” at all home season football games.

The ensemble won 1st place at their first competition of the season at the Virginia Marching Band Coalition (VMBC) Northern Virginia Regional at Herndon High School and received the highest overall score of all bands participating.  JMHS received caption awards for outstanding Visual Effect, Color Guard and Percussion. The ensemble also placed 4th overall and was the Class AAA champion at the Bands of America Regional Competition at University of Delaware, which took place on October 20th.   The band won the caption awards for outstanding Music Performance, Visual Performance, and General Effect.

The band boosters are selling the annual White House Historical Association’s 2018 Ornament at upcoming football games and at local polling places on Election Day.  Ornaments are also available for purchase at the JMHS Front Desk.  We are also preparing for the 16th annual Vienna Turkey Trot 5k/10k/Fun Run which will be held November 18th (the Sunday before Thanksgiving) with start and finish at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.  See information below to register for the race.  Even though it has just turned cooler, it’s time to think about the holidays!  Members of the band program will present the 39th Annual Tiny Tots Holiday Concert in the JMHS Auditorium on November 29 and 30.   More information about Tiny Tots, including ticket sales, and other upcoming band performances can be found on the band website. Tickets for Tiny Tots go fast, so reserve yours today!