Letter from the Principal

Dear Madison Community,

During November the students and staff brought the JMHS mission statement to life!   Developing creative and resilient global citizens guides our work and was seen on our campus, in the community, as well as, across the state.   The superb performances of the Fall play, Noises Off, and the JMHS Marching Band fall show, Playing With Fire, showcased our students’ creative talent and awarded the Band the Championship Cup of the Commonwealth. Likewise, creativity was evident in the classrooms.  The Health and PE classes researched and created a Health Fair, the World History 1 Social Studies classes recreated the River Valley civilizations as amusement parks and Spanish V classes explained their Day of Remembrance projects in Spanish to classmates.

Resilience, our second mission trait, was observed at the Vienna Community Center during Ethics Day as our seniors discussed and deliberated on four realistic and ethical scenarios. The students interacted and collaborated with each other and community members to reach a decision, further developing the essential skills of communication and resilience. Furthermore, the MAD Mentors received training called The Attitude of Gratitude which they in-turn shared with the freshmen homerooms. These risk taking situations expanded the students’ ability to work productively with peers while increasing their self-confidence.

Our third mission trait, global citizenship, was promoted through numerous activities and lessons. The Octagon Club provided food to the Lamb Center and the Student Government Association (SGA) launched its’ Annual Food Drive, where donations support the MAD Food Pantry, as well as, Food for Others. English 12 classes explored the United Nations International Global Goals as a springboard into their Social Justice unit. In Science classes, thirty members of the Trout in the Classroom project began their annual program of raising trout in the classroom. Once the trout become juvenile fish, students will release them into a suitable stream or river. These are just a few of the ways our students are developing global citizenship and making a positive impact in our world! Further lessons in creativity, resilience and citizenship will be highlighted in the months to come.

Sincerely,
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/