Letter from the Principal

Dear Madison Community,

It’s MADISON MARCH MADNESS! While some people might think about college basketball to me it means Life at Madison High School during Springtime.

Academically, Madison March Madness is about our teachers and staff members implementing Deeper Learning strategies in the classroom as highlighted by our freshmen history students who created driving research questions anchored to the class content, Prehistory to the Renaissance. Some of the student’s questions included; How did gender inequality begin and develop over time? and What role did pirates play in pivotal points in history? Also the librarians, Alice Pleasants and Liz Liebman jumped into the March Madness by integrating “thinking routines” in over ninety percent of their lessons. In terms of external assessments, our eleventh grade students completed the English SOL writing exam and the Personal Finance students finished the state W!SE exam. The finance students and the economics students are participating in the Governors Personal Finance Challenge and the Econ Challenge, respectively. Depending on their performance the students may advance to regional and state levels. Similarly, out of the 22 science fair projects competing at the Regional Science Fair, one was chosen to advance to the International Science & Engineering Fair, two students received for their invention free patent filing from the US Patent Office, and six students won second place honors.  The intellectual ability and talent of our Madison students never cease to amaze me!

Madison’s March Madness also defines JMHS activities and athletics! We recently learned and are proud to announce that seven members of our State Champions Girls Swim and Dive team received All-Met honors and the Coach, Andrew Foos, was named Coach of the Year. What an honor for the ladies and Mr. Foos whose extensive training and difficult competitive meets led to this incredible recognition! The SGA also attended training on leadership at Robinson Secondary school, these students came back energized with new ideas to share with the student body!  The sharing of ideas and perspectives is occurring in our Library too. Madison Book Madness has over forty students participating in a reading competition with the goal of choosing the BEST book at Madison High School.

The staff is a part of Madison March Madness, for on March 11th the Madison staff participated in Cultural Proficiency training to further develop and understand perspectives and equity as we continue to work with our students and the parent community. The Junior class received an FCPS training on Alcohol and Drug awareness.

Madison High School is truly a wonderful school. I am proud of the students and staff of Madison and I consider it an honor to be the Principal. As always, I encourage you to support our students by attending some spring events, like JAMnesty, Performing Arts performances, spring athletic competitions and/or attending parent programs!


Gregory S. Hood

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/