March Notables

Happy Women’s History Month!
Women’s History Month lasts the entire month of March. It is a time where you can celebrate the contributions of women from past and present. In 1987, Congress designated March, Women’s History Month. Women have contributed an unbelievable amount to this country from inventing household items that made homemaking a “little easier” – Josephine Garis Cochran invented the first automatic dishwasher in 1886 – to commanding a U.S. space shuttle – Eileen Marie Collins, astronaut and pilot, was the first woman to command a space shuttle mission in July 1999, where she led the deployment of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. You can celebrate Women’s History this month in and around our area, visit 17 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month Around DC – Washingtonian to check out different activities.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is on March 8, 2023. The theme for this year’s IWD is “embrace equity”. Celebrate with Girls on the Run of NOVA at Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic, sign up at Girls on the Run of NOVA | Kindful.

 Happy Greek American Heritage Month!
To all of our JMHS community members of Greek heritage we wish you an amazing month celebrating and sharing your culture and influence on American society. Greek American Heritage Month or Hellenic Heritage Month coincides with the month of celebration. Save the date for the Saint Sophia Annual Greek Festival that will take place at some point in May 2023, for an opportunity for you to immerse yourself and your family in Hellenic culture.
Greek Festival – Saint Sophia (

And thank you to parent Paris Henderson for providing our monthly notables!

Class of 2023

Visit the Class of 2023 page for information on graduation products, cap and gown measurements, yearbook deadlines and more.

PTSA Meetings Take Place the Second Tuesday of Each Month (with some exceptions)

Our next PTSA meeting will be held Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm in the library. The All Night Grad committee will meet the same day at 6:00 pm. Please click here to review the draft minutes for the February 15 PTSA meeting.

If you are interested in serving on the JMHS PTSA Executive Board 2023-2024 or if you know someone who might be a good fit, please contact President Beth Eachus at!

Upcoming Parent Programs

Wednesday, March 8th
 at Panera in Vienna Shopping Center, 7pm
This month’s focus will be on Summer Ideas — camps, work, and more! 

Hidden in Plain Sight – Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program for Parents
Thursday, March 9th
— 6:30-8:30 PM – Door 12 (Town Hall, Room 32)

The Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for parents or guardians only to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults.  It touches on drug and alcohol use, vaping, mental health and behavioral concerns,  risky sexual behaviors, trending “challenges”  and more. 

The number of attendees is limited so please register in advance here

Save the Date!  We will be hosting a virtual parent program featuring Rachel Bailey on Tuesday, March 28th.  More information to follow!

All Night Grad


The All Night Grad Committee has big plans for the class of 2023!  Come to the WARHAWK WRAP!  Seniors spend the night of graduation with their class for one last time (“that’s a wrap!”):  try your luck at the casino, win amazing prizes, play games with friends, check out our giant inflatable obstacle course, and eat a seemingly never ending supply of food.  

Get a ticket to this bash for your senior here!  For all students who have purchased a ticket by March 6, they will be eligible to win a 32in TV, so get your ticket today!  

Please help us by donating prizes or gift cards – every senior will receive a $5 gift card at the event, and prizes range from $25 gift cards to airpods, speakers and other electronics. Every donation helps!  Gift card/Prize signup

If you are interested in helping to plan this epic night, or have questions about the event, email co-chairs Sarah Espanol and Jennifer Hallworth at

Lawn Signs celebrating the class of 2023 are on sale!!  The senior class has designed their own sign and it will be distributed in early spring.  Buy yours today and check it off your list!  Orders must be placed by March 15 to guarantee availability.  These look great at grad parties! 

Staff Appreciation Committee

On March 13, we are excited for our annual JMHS “STARS” event with fun Oscars-themed decor and yummy Nothing But Bundt bundtlets! 

We are grateful for the gift cards we received for our previous events this year. Your donations fully covered our Dunkin Donuts breakfast in December! Once again, we will be asking for gift cards, specifically to Panera and Nothing But Bundt. In addition, we need volunteers to help setup this March event. 

March 13th Signup here.

What happens if we get more gift cards than needed to pay the bill for any of the vendors? We use the higher denomination gift cards first when paying off hospitality bills at local restaurants and the remaining gift cards will be used during teacher appreciation week when we shower our teachers with a week of gift card raffles!

The School Directory Is Now Live!

The 2022-23 Madison High School directory is now online and accessible for Madison parents. If your family is listed in the directory, you should have received a welcome email on February 18, providing you with directions to access this digital directory and update/verify your family’s information contained in it (or create an account if you are a new user). Download the app, too, for those times you’re on the go!

This school directory, provided through AtoZ Connect and now powered by Membership Toolkit, conveniently displays information at your fingertips—including students’ names and grades, along with parents’ email addresses, phone numbers, and home address. This information is only to be shared with our JMHS families and staff, and not to anybody outside of the Madison community. Please use the information contained in the directory responsibly.

  • Check your inbox from February 18th for a “School Directory – Invitation to Register and Create Account” email from the James Madison High School PTSA. If it’s not there, and it’s not in your spam folder, please email Sarah Lundquist at

  • For any Madison teachers or staff who would like to access the online directory, email from your FCPS email address, and you will be sent a welcome email with a link to access the directory.

Families can update their profile in the directory throughout the school year, so if any of your family data changes, you can just go on the website or app and edit your own information.

Hope you enjoy the directory!

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 Beth Eachus, President or Robyn Nguyen, PTSA membership chair.

JMHS Food Pantry

The PTSA is proud to partner with Madison High School in supporting our students who need additional support.  Every year we are in need of school supplies for many of our students.  Please consider donating!  Items especially needed include backpacks, pencils and pens, spiral notebooks, pencil cases, folders and loose leaf paper.  Any donations can be dropped off in the Main Office at Door 1 or you can place an order through our Amazon wishlist.

The PTSA is also proud to partner with Madison High School and local non profits to support students and their families who are food insecure.  The Madison Pantry and Outreach team distributes food weekly to students and their families.  

– Cereal
– Rice
– Pasta
– Canned vegetables
– Granola Bars
– Tomato sauce (please no glass)
– Juice
– Beans (dry or canned)
– Fruit (canned or in plastic)
– Milk (shelf stable)

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 towards this effort below.

On November 9th, we are kicking off our ANNUAL Winter Clothing Drive! Please consider signing up for one of the clothing donations to support Madison students in need of winter clothing. And huge thanks to Madison teacher Ms Slingerland for again organizing this effort! 

And Saturday, November 18 is our Fall Giving Day.  All Madison families are invited to stop by the school cafeteria between 10am-12pm to pick up free food, school supplies, and other household products they may need for the upcoming holidays. All items are courtesy of the Madison Food Pantry and the community.

Thank you for your incredible support and generosity!

Food for Students Grab and Go Locations

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


Order a yearbook today! Go to and enter school code 5307. The price is $70.

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

MAD Drama

Bravo to All MAD Drama Students Involved in the February 2023 ONE ACTS!

Audiences loved:
The Fernsby Theatre written and directed by Susan Pirnat
Hide the Body written and directed by Mary Ulses
Bobby Wilson Can Eat His Own Face directed by Alex Lundquist
Here Boy! written and directed by Erika Nielsen
Rapunzel Uncut directed by Allison Schumer and Leslie Payne
Cash Monet written and directed by Zee Azari

Congratulations to MAD Drama’s Naked Mole-Rat play!
On Wednesday 2/8, MAD Drama’s Naked Mole-Rat Play, under the direction of Erika Nielsen, placed 3rd at the VHSL Northern Region One Act Festival.

Lori Collins (Ramsey) and Erika Nielsen (Narrator) were named to the Regional All-Star cast.

Up Next – MAD Drama Presents:

April 27-29

Stay Connected with MAD Drama:

Parents’ Group Email:

Facebook Groups:
® MAD Drama Parents’ Association (closed group – for parents)
® MAD Drama (public page – student driven)

Warhawk Crew

Is your student looking for something do this spring?? Its not too late to join crew!
New Rower Registration is open until Friday, March 3.

We have a seat for EVERYONE! We are a club sport that represents JMHS while competing in regattas as a member of the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association. We have about 70 athletes and we are always looking to grow. Warhawk Crew provides opportunities for students to become highly trained, competitive, and successful student-athletes. All while making friends, getting fit, and having fun!

2023 is off to a great start!
*In January, Madison was the Victor at the Annual Madison vs. Oakton Ergathon.

*In February, 18 Warhawk rowers and coxswains participated in the Youth 2K at the 2023 ErgSprints in
Alexandria, VA. Special congratulations to Dillan Pakes for winning the Bronze Medal in the Men’s U17 event!

*Spring training on the Occoquan began February 20th.

Important Dates:
March 3 – New Rower Registration Closes March 18 – Polar Bear Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park
March 25 – Regional Park Regatta, Sandy Run Regional Park
Find out all about us at Questions can be directed to

Band & Winter Guard News

Concert Band is busy in March with numerous performances:
3/9 – 7:00 pm Pre-Assessment Concert, JMHS Auditorium
3/17 – 7:25 pm VBODA Symphonic Band Assessment, Langley HS
3/18 – 3:30 pm VBODA Wind Symphony Assessment, Langley HS
3/24 – 7:00 pm Jazz Night, JMHS Auditorium

Winter Guard continues its AIA season on:
3/25 – South County HS
4/1 – Championships, Hampton Roads, VA

See you there!!

Orchestra News

Madison Orchestra is off to a fine start working on their spring musical journey. 

* March 4, 2023 – Assessment concert at South Lakes High School – friends and family come support your musicians
* May 23, 2023 – Spring concert – a culmination of the year’s musical journey

Does your musician have concert black attire that is gently worn but no longer fits? Madison Orchestra will be collecting these garments for donation to future students. More information to come, but start planning now to pay it forward with concert black clothing.

We look forward to seeing you in our audience!

Athletic Booster News

Get your family booster pass HERE!

Student pass HERE

Spring Sports Season has begun!  Come support our Warhawks by checking out schedules on!

* Save the Date: Madison Physical Night is May 10th

* The next booster meeting is March 20  

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

Mad Choir

It is a busy time of year for MadChoir! 
We are in the midst of Assessment rehearsals.  The pre-assessment concert will be held on Tuesday, March 7th at 7 pm in the JMHS Auditorium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  On Thursday, March 9th all choir groups will sing in our State Choral Assessment at Wakefield HS.
On Monday March 13th MadChoir will be host the Carthage College Choir for a workshop during the school day.  The Carthage Choir will then present a free concert, open to the public that evening at 7:00pm at Oakton HS.  Come by to enjoy this fabulous performing group under the direction of Dr. Maggie Burk.
Choir and Orchestra students will be heading down to Orlando, Florida on March 15-19th for the departments’ spring trip to spend time at Walt Disney World and attend a clinic at the Imagination Campus. 
Congratulations to our singers selected for the 2023 All State Choir in Richmond, April 27th, 28th and 29th

     Gianna Gecan- soprano 1
     Maggie Ricciardiello- soprano 2
     Advai Govind- bass 1
     Luke Mudrick- bass 2

     Sofia Remondino- soprano 1
     Varenya Rao-Mallela- soprano 2
     Sydney Topoleski- alto 2
     Evan Moss- bass 2
Looking ahead, mark your calendars for the end of the year Pops Concert which will be held on May 31st  in the Madison auditorium.  Everyone is welcome to attend!