Thank You!

Thank you to all the parents that helped make our Senior “Drive-Thru” Breakfast a success!  The students enjoyed the celebration and the treats!

Also thank you to our Staff Appreciation chairs Angie Gutenson and Dara Dirth – and thank you for the generous support of the PTSA!  We were able to give a Madison coffee travel mug to every teacher and staff member!  

PTSA Volunteer Opportunities

The PTSA is looking to fill the committee chair (or co-chair) positions for:  

  • Baccalaureate Overseeing the Baccalaureate service prior to graduation. 
  • Loyalty Programs Promoting use of and coordinating JMHS PTSA accounts with Amazon Smiles & Harris Teeter

Please fill out the volunteer interest form or contact Chris Lande at president@jmhsptsa.org if interested or if you know someone who might be interested in any of these positions.

JMHS Food Pantry

Thank you for the many, many donations that have been made to the Madison Pantry and Outreach efforts!  

We have supported our Madison families who need assistance since January 2018 though our Pantry.  Thank you for your incredible support and generosity!  Direct food distribution to our students and their families began again on Monday, September 21st after a summer program focused on grocery card distribution due to COVID-19 precautions.  If you are able, please consider ordering something for those in need from our Amazon wishlist.

We are also kicking off our annual Giving Tree winter clothing drive! Please consider signing up for one of the clothing donations to support Madison students in need of winter clothing. Our students appreciate any kind of welcoming note in the package and each entry has a specific story about the student who has requested the donation. Donations may be brought to the Giving Tree donation bin outside of Door 1 of Madison High School starting November 4th through December 18th. Any questions can be directed to Madison HS teacher, Ms Slingerland, who deserves our appreciation of her time and energy that went into creating this list and sharing our students’ stories.  And, thank you, as always, for the generosity and warmth the Madison community demonstrates towards our students!

Another way to support our Madison students and their families is donating to our Madison Pantry below. We are a 501c3 and the funds are most flexible to address the needs of our families in this ever-changing situation.

We also continue to work very closely with the Vienna Student Food Initiative, a partnership with BELONG!, Christ Church Vienna, First Baptist Church of Vienna, Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna Baptist Church, and Madison PTSA in direct coordination with the administration and social workers at schools in the Madison High School Pyramid.

Cunningham Park ES in Vienna is a Grab and Go location and our Madison students and families can receive food at that location as well.  Afternoon snack and supper meals are available for pick up between 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  The food is FREE for anyone 18 and younger and $2 for adults over 18.  Any child qualifies.  Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites or bus route stops to pick up a meal during these time periods. 

Food for Students Grab and Go Locations

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

Donations Requested

We have supported our Madison families in need since schools closed in March largely by providing grocery gift cards.  Thank you for your incredible support and generosity!  Direct food distribution to our students and their families will begin again on Monday, September 21st.  If you are able, please consider ordering something for those in need from our Amazon wishlist  linked here. And as you are purchasing school supplies, please consider purchasing some of the following for Madison students in need:

  • Loose-leaf lined paper
  • Composition or spiral notebooks
  • Pens (packages of 10)
  • Pencils (wooden or mechanical) – packages of 12
  • Pencil pouches/boxes/holders
  • Any in-kind donations would be greatly appreciated! You may drop off items in the bins outside at Madison (door 1).

Academic Boosters Events

The JMHS PTSA Academic Boosters are proud to partner with Educational Connections and offer full-length practice ACT and SAT exams virtually but with a live proctor and individual detailed reporting and results.  Mock tests help determine which test is right for your student.  They also provide a baseline score to identify natural strengths and weaknesses in a simulated testing environment.  To get the most accurate results, only official full-length tests published by College Board and the ACT are used during the mock test.  We are offering the following mock tests this fall:

Mock ACT: Saturday, December 5th from 9:00am to 1:00pm virtually. Register here.

Mock SAT: Saturday, December 12th from 9:00am to 1:00pm virtually. Register here.

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.  

Academic Boosters also looking for volunteers to get involved! Every year, we host an Academic Awards Assembly to honor our students.  This year we are planning either an in person event later in the year or a drive-through awards recognition event!  Please contact our Chair of Academic Boosters Beth Eachus if you are interested, have ideas or want to find out more information.  

All Night Grad News

All Night Grad (an “all night” party held for Madison students the night of graduation) crew will meet to brainstorm for this year in the upcoming weeks.  Want to be part of the planning committee?  Parents of 9-11th graders, we need you!  Please email allnightgrad@jmhsptsa.org if you’d like to join. 

MAD Drama News

MAD Drama welcomes all students interested in the Performing Arts!  There are many opportunities for students to be involved in MAD Drama: acting, improv, tech, directing, costumes, props, set, choreography, lighting, publicity and more.   The Thespian Honor Society will have monthly (virtual) meetings after school on the first Wednesday of every month.  All students are welcome to attend and find out about what is going on in the drama department.  You do not need to be taking a drama class or have been inducted into the Thespian Honor Society to participate.  Interested students can join the Thespian Troupe #2541 2019-2020 Facebook page for more information.  For parents of interested students, there is a MAD Drama parent group and they will have monthly (virtual) meetings on the first Thursday of every month.  Interested parents can join the MAD Drama Parents’ Association Facebook page for more information.  There is also a MAD Drama Facebook page you can follow.  The Facebook groups are the primary means of communication.  Parents can also be added to the MAD Drama email list through the MAD Drama website: http://madisondrama.com/.  We look forward to meeting all of you soon!  

Highlights from the Choral Department

31 students from Madison are working on new music as a part of the FCPS County Wide Virtual Choir.  These students will be featured with over 300 singers from all over FCPS in a virtual performance video in January.  Seniors are preparing for their virtual Senior Honors Choir auditions and all students will soon start preparing for the District Chorus Virtual Auditions.  While traditional concerts and events aren’t happening as in the past, we are working hard to create new memories and traditions in this novel way of learning and performing.

Band & Winter Guard News

Even though Marching season was cancelled, the JMHS Band Director, Mr. Hackbarth, and his students are exploring innovative ways to maintain excellence in our band program in this new virtual world.  The program will still incur costs associated with our specialized music instructors to continue its emphasis on individual musicianship.  These instructors are integral to the yearly success and quality of Madison’s music education and performance programs.  To raise funds for these instructors, student leadership training and awards, and for the purchase and maintenance of instruments, the Band is still holding its Vienna Turkey Trot virtually and selling White House Ornaments.Please support the Pride of Vienna by registering for the 18th Annual Vienna Turkey Trot 5K/10K & Dog Walk/Fun Run.  Due to state and county restrictions, we will offer a VIRTUAL event this year. Run your miles – or walk your pooch – anytime between November 22 and November 28 and join the community fun, all while supporting the JMHS band program and the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.  Please visit https://www.viennaturkeytrot.org/ for the latest information and registration details. Register by Nov. 5 to make sure you get a special edition Vienna Turkey Trot winter beanie!
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It is also time to purchase your 2020 Official White House Ornament benefiting the White House Historical Association. This ornament honors John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States. With this ornament, we remember President Kennedy through his posthumous official White House portrait, made in 1970 by Aaron Shikler.  They are $23 each and make wonderful holiday gifts for family and friends.   Email Becky Lewis to make a purchase.