Letter from the Principal

Greetings Madison Community,

Welcome to fall! It has been such a joy being present in the hallways, observing extracurricular activities, and cheering on our teams at sporting events over the past several months. We can tell from the enthusiasm from students, teachers, and families how glad everyone is to be able to gather on campus and connect with one another.

Connecting with one another is the main goal of our new Advisory class this school year. As we shared in this year’s first MADmemo, all students are a part of an Advisory class that meets every other day. The purpose of this time is for students to have a safe place where they can confidently share their voice, build community, connect with each other, and reflect on their learning.

This year, all students and their advisors will spend time discussing the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Competencies: Communicator, Creative & Critical Thinker, Collaborator, Ethical & Global Citizen, and Goal-Directed & Resilient Individual. These competencies are a reflection of what our community values for all of our students – and the skills we collectively endeavor to equip them with upon graduation. During advisory, students and teachers will discuss how we individually grow and develop POG competencies through our school and daily life activities.

Our focus on Portrait of a Graduate is inspired by our FCPS community and our larger Virginia educational communities. Recently, the VDOE designated FCPS and four other districts School Divisions of Innovation. The press release shared that Fairfax County is “…implementing the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate to provide equity in access, opportunity and outcomes for students…”  We are honored to be one of the high schools leading this work and collaborating with schools in the Madison pyramid to develop meaningful POG experiences for students.

At Madison, these core competencies have been embedded in our Vision and Mission statement for years prior to the FCPS and VDOE focus on POG. As our mission statement states, we aim “To develop creative and resilient global citizens” and we know that these attributes will support our students in an ever-changing world.

We are excited to learn with the students as we more deeply and intentionally explore and share how POG is part of our daily lives. We invite you to join us in the conversation: How are the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate Competencies part of your life as an adult, in your workplace, or in your past school or job experience? Sharing and chatting with your children about these at home will support our conversations in Advisory. More resources from FCPS are linked here to support your conversation about POG at home.

Sincerely,
Gregory S. Hood, Principal
James Madison High School
2500 James Madison Drive
Vienna, Virginia  22181
Phone:  703-319-2311
Email: gshood@fcps.edu
Website: http://www.fcps.edu/MadisonHS/