Special Education Parent Newletter for May

The Department of Special Services (DSS) publishes a regular electronic newsletter for parents of special education students to provide updated DSS information, and tips and ideas to support you and your family. Click here to view upcoming community events.

Help Wanted:  Events List Editor, Assistant, Trainee, or Sub for monthly list of information on upcoming events for families of students with disabilities.  Apply to this email

Help Wanted:  High School Student seeking volunteer work experience that supports Fairfax County SEPTA in publicizing this events list for families with children with disabilities.  Experience needed in using Excel. Apply to: Cathy Greulich  [email protected]

2024 Baccalaureate Inter-Faith Celebration

The Baccalaureate Committee of James Madison High School would like to invite faith leaders and the Class of 2024 students to speak at this year’s inter-faith service. The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Monday, June 3rd at 6:00 pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church.

Musical selections, both voice and orchestral, are traditionally part of the Baccalaureate Service, as well as student speakers and faith leaders. It is a time of reflection for our seniors and their families on the eve of graduation.

We have chosen the following quote from the 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, as the theme of this year’s Baccalaureate:

“We are the good news that we have been looking for,
Demonstrating that every dusk holds a dawn disguised within it.
Today we don’t burst into a new world.
We begin it.”

As our graduates move forward into the wider world, they will come in contact with a greater range of individuals from various cultures, races, ethnicities and backgrounds. Their faith traditions provide the context and foundation for them to practice tolerance, equity and kindness.

If you are interested in participating or would like to provide a recommendation for a speaker, please email Beth Eachus.

PTSA Meetings

Please join us for the last PTSA Meeting of the school year on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 pm in the library.  We will be voting our proposed slate for our 2024-2025 PTSA Executive Board.
President Regan Morgan
1st Vice President Beth Eachus
2nd Vice President Angela Sorrell
Treasurer Kara Reynolds
Secretary Tana Keeffe
Please click here to review the latest meeting minutes in advance so they can be voted on at the start of the meeting.
Click here for more information and how to join.

DEIA Corner

May brings us:  

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Haitian Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
Cinco de Mayo
(May 5th)
Mother’s Day (May 12th)
International Day of Families (May 15th)
World Day for Cultural Diversity (May 21st)
Africa Day (May 25th)
Memorial Day (May 27th)

Please click here to see more detailed information as well as events that are occurring in our community this month.

JMHS PTSA continues to strive to be even more inclusive for our James Madison High School community. We want to hear from you! Please reach out by email at [email protected] to share any thoughts, ideas, events, topics to discuss, and/or feedback you’d like the Madison PTSA to explore or share with the wider community.

Community Event

Triple I Award Nominations for JMHS Teachers

Nominate a teacher for our PTSA sponsored Triple I (Innovate-Instruct-Impact) Award for Madison teachers and staff! In 2002, a JMHS parent, Maria Coyle, developed a this teacher recognition award to acknowledge exceptional educators. Ten teachers will be awarded with $250 each. Nominations from parents, students, teachers, and administrators are being accepted now through Sunday, May 5th. Award recipients will be announced at Convocation.

Note: teachers who received the award last year are not eligible this year.

Nominate a teacher here.

Contact Beth Eachus with any questions.


Making a Difference Scholarship

The PTSA will award a $1000 scholarship to three seniors who exemplify the qualities of service within school and community, such as involvement at school, volunteer work, community service, paid work such as babysitting, helping their family, or enriching the lives of others in some other way.

Criteria: seniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college or a professional or technical school.

Requirements: an essay, recommendation letter, documentation of service and activities.

Due date: Sunday, May 5th

Scholarship recipients will be announced at Convocation.

Apply here.

Contact Beth Eachus with any questions.

All Night Grad

Don’t miss the Warhawk Wrap – Madison’s All-Night Grad party on June 4!  Get your senior a ticket through this link today!  Tickets are $90 until May 24 (then go up to $100) and include all-night entertainment, food, friends and prizes.  Walk our red carpet entrance and try your luck in the casino, run through a giant inflatable obstacle course, get photos with friends at our photo booth, and snack on a food smorgasbord all night long.  

Donations Needed!!

Our All-Night Grad (Warhawk Wrap) party is a smashing success!  Every senior goes home with a gift card to a local business, and many other amazing prizes are won (air pods, iPads, TVs, etc).  Please help us fund the excitement by donating a prize to our epic night of fun!  Support our generous local businesses by purchasing $5 gift cards to hand out, or larger amounts for bigger prizes.  Everything helps!  Sign-Up Genius

Calling All Volunteers!  We need a slew of volunteers for our All-Night Grad party coming up on June 6.  Ever wanted to deal at a casino?  This is your chance!  That is one of many jobs we need to fill.  Come hang out with Madison’s newest graduates – whether or not you have a senior.  It is wonderful to interact with these kids and see what your future graduates will experience soon!  Sign up today!  All-Night Grad Volunteers  

Parent Programs

The PTSA is proud to partner with Applerouth, one of our educational partners, and share the following webinars:

Ask the Experts: Advice from Top College Admissions Directors
Over the past few years, the world of college admissions has seen substantial change. Join us at “Ask the Experts”, a panel discussion on May 7th from 7-8pm that is designed to help you make sense of the ever-evolving landscape.  You have questions and these admissions officers have answers. Students, parents/guardians, and educators are all welcome for this highly informative session.  Topics will include:  testing, classes and course selection, grades, extracurriculars, college visits and essays.

Register at this link to participate.

Path to College: What Your Student Should Be Focused On Now  
No matter where you are in your high school career, you can lay the groundwork for an amazing college application. Take this trip with Applerouth – and we will show you how to navigate the college admissions process with confidence.  In this special event on May 14th from 8-9pm for students in the Classes of 2025, 2026, and 2027, we’ll discuss what your student should do this summer (and beyond!) to set themselves up for application success.

Register at this link to participate.

Staff Appreciation Committee

Our May event is a big one and we will need lots of help! During teacher appreciation week, on Tuesday, May 7, we will host a taco bar for our teachers and staff. You can sign up here. In June, we will treat teachers to MidnightTreats cookies the morning after graduation and we will help our teachers and staff celebrate the end of the year by hosting breakfast during their staff meeting the morning after the last day of school. 
Thank you for your wonderful support. Questions? Email us at [email protected]

JMHS Food Pantry

The PTSA is proud to partner with Madison High School in supporting our students who need additional support.  

We are always asked, what do we need?  Our most requested items are toiletries from the list below. 
– Shampoo/Conditioner
– Body Wash
– bar soap
– deodorant
– dish soap
– sponges
– small size laundry detergent (37 ozs or less)
– sanitary pads (no tampons please)

We are always collecting nonperishable food items.  Some of our most requested items are –

– pasta
– granola bars
– shelf stable boxed milk
– shelf stable juice boxes or bottles
– small size cooking oil 
– salt and pepper shakers
– ramen cups
– canned fruit
– cereal

Donations can be dropped off at Madison at Door 1 during school hours.  These items are available through our Amazon wishlist as well.  You can also make a cash donation below.

Thank you again for your continued support and generosity!  We especially want to thank our Food Pantry Community Partners: Rustic Love, Cease Hunger, Vienna Presbyterian Church, and One Neighborhood Foundation. 

The Madison High School PTSA Tax Id is: 52-1289266

MAD Drama

Now Showing! The Spring Musical: PIPPIN

Thursday May 2nd at 7:30pm 
Friday May 3rd at 7:30pm
Saturday May 4th at 2pm and 7:30pm

James Madison High School Tickets (etix.com)

Stay Connected with MAD Drama:

Website: www.madisondrama.com
Parents’ Group Email: [email protected]

Instagram: dramamadison

Facebook Groups:
MAD Drama Parents’ Association (closed group – for parents)
MAD Drama (public page – student driven)
MAD Drama Thespian Troupe #2541 (closed group – for MAD Drama Students)

Athletic Boosters

Scholarships and End-of-Year Awards
Due Date May 17th

The Athletic Boosters provides (4) $1,000 to Madison graduating seniors to offset college expenses. 

Booster of the Year Award recognizes a Madison Athletics Booster Member that goes above and beyond to see that our student athletes succeed on and off the field.

Mentor of the Year Award goes to a coach or athletic trainer that is an inspiration to the students they engage with.

All of the forms and information for applying/nominating can be found here.

Open Booster Positions for 2024-2025 school year:

Interested in supporting Madison athletics?  The booster club is looking to fill the Secretary Role, an Assistant tot the Treasurer role and Concessions Organization Committee Positions. If you have any interest in these rewarding opportunities or would like to ask questions, please feel free to contact current secretary, Natacha Moore at [email protected]  or our current treasurer, Rob Pfelghardt at [email protected]

Student-Athlete Registration:

Madison is hosting Sports Physical Night – Wednesday, May 8th. All are welcome! Come and take care of your pre-participation health screening for the 2024-25 school year. Register HERE to select an appointment time. The cost is $50. Questions? Contact Athletic Trainers, Karina Bertness – [email protected] and Erin Finucane – [email protected]  

Volunteer Registration:

Calling the Warhawk community! Sports Physical Night is just around the corner – Wednesday, May 8th! This serves as the primary fundraiser for AT supplies and facility maintenance. We are looking for medical professionals (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs, etc) and other community members to help make this event run smoothly. If you are interested in helping out, please register HERE. Questions? Contact Athletic Trainers, Karina Bertness – [email protected] and Erin Finucane – [email protected]

Please visit our Athletic Booster website at https://warhawkboosters.com  There you will find information including our most recent meeting notes.  Thank you for your support!!

Be sure to follow the Warhawk Boosters on Facebook for all the latest news!


Warhawk Crew

James Madison Crew Boosters Organization, Inc. Vienna, Virginia

Warhawk Crew Class of 2024


Ava Duffy/ Sarah Bennett/ Britain Fehd/ Maggie Hanlon/ Thomas Brune/ Thad Remmers/ Sean Lyons/ Olaf Zurawski/ George Dowell/ Oscar Zurawski/ Lucas Sienknecht/ Nicholas Jopek

Congratulations to our amazing seniors on a fantastic season and high school career! We are proud of each of them for their hard work and dedication to the club and wish them all the best in the future!

Warhawk crew is a competitive club sport open to all JMHS students. Find out all about us at WarhawkCrew.org.

Orchestra News

James Madison Orchestra is proud to host its spring concert on May 9, 2024 at 7:00pm in the main auditorium.  

We look forward to celebrating our year of music with all of you!

Mad Choir

Mark your calendars for the end of the year Pops Concert on May 22nd  in the Madison auditorium.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  The first set will be at 6:30pm and the second set will start at 7:30pm.

The Madrigals will sing at the Town Memorial Day Ceremony on the afternoon of May 29th during Viva Vienna.

Please Join the James Madison PTSA

Membership in the James Madison Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is an invaluable way to contribute to your child’s education and stay connected with them during high school. Specific programs include:

  • Providing Faculty and Staff Enrichment and Education
  • Assistance to Student Activities and Events
  • Sponsorship of Student Events and Parent Education Programs
  • Support Academic Boosters and Provide Mock Testing Opportunities
  • Hosting the Baccalaureate Ceremony
  • Fund Making a Difference Scholarships and the Triple I awards
  • Hosting Senior Celebrations and the All Night Grad celebration
  • Supporting our Madison students and families in need

In addition to your PTSA membership, we suggest a donation of $50 per family. Your one-time, tax-deductible donation allows the PTSA to promote the academic excellence and well-being of our students. Donations are tax deductible. (Please check to see if your employer has a donation matching program.)

It’s so easy to join online! Alternatively, membership forms can also be downloaded and mailed with a check.

Questions? Contact Regan Morgan, President or Heather Buescher, PTSA membership chair.

Join the Academic Boosters!

The Academic Boosters is a PTSA initiative dedicated to enriching the educational experience of all Madison students. Click here to join.

Academic Boosters has proudly sponsored the following programs and initiatives:

  • Funding of materials, tools, and technology to enhance classroom instruction across all subject areas
  • Annual Academic Awards Ceremony recognizing students with academic letters and pins for notable achievements
  • Funding of teacher conferences, faculty training, and other staff development activities
  • Hosting of SAT and ACT mock tests in the fall and spring
  • Triple “I” Teacher Awards Program recognizing outstanding teachers at Madison
  • Funding “Making a Difference” scholarships for graduating seniors

Jazz Band News


Band & Winter Guard News

Winter Guard:
Congratulations to the Winter Guard students and instructors for their 1st Place Gold Medal finish in Class 3 at the AIA Championships. What an amazing
Concert Band: Congratulations to Mr. Hackbarth and all band students for their performances at State Assessments. For the 10th year in a row, both the Wind Symphony and
Symphonic Band were rated superior (on all ratings) – the highest possible score!
Upcoming Events:

  • May 7th – 7:00 pm Night of Percussion Concert, McLean HS
  • May 8th – 5:00-8:00 pm Dining for Dollars, Chick-fil-A (see below)
  • May 15th – 7:00 pm Spring Concert, JMHS Auditorium
  • May 29th – 7:00 pm Night of Jazz, Jammin’ Java (see below)

    Dining for Dollars at Chick-fil-A (538 Maple Ave. W, Vienna)
  • May 8th
    5-8 pm * Make sure to mention “JMHS Band Boosters” when ordering in-store, at the
    drive through, or online to help us earn 15% of those sales.
  • Let neighbors and classmates know to come out to dine too! Hosted by the JMHS Band Boosters, make your and your students’ week a little easier by
    grabbing dinner out!!

    Night of Jazz at Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna)
  • May 29th
    7pm * This is a ticketed event! Please buy your tickets now on the band website
    (here). This concert is not to be missed and will sell out fast!