Letter from the Principal

Greetings, Madison Community!

Our school year is happily underway and we are off to a fantastic start – thanks to you and our wonderful Madison community. Over the past several weeks we have had many opportunities to welcome our community back together. We welcomed back our full faculty for the first time in person in over 18 months to connect and collaborate after a long time apart. We welcomed back freshmen, and many sophomores, to our campus for the first time to meet with mentors and explore campus. We welcomed back all students at our annual fall kick-off and open house to reunite with friends and faculty. Finally, we welcomed families to a virtual and in-person Back to School Night to learn more about our outstanding faculty.

At the heart of all of our welcome back gatherings is building relationships. Most important is the relationship our teachers and students establish with one another. During the two first weeks of school, all students have met with their advisory teacher and classmates during 4th period. The purpose of this time is for students to have a safe place where they can confidently share their voice and build community. If you were to walk through the hallways during advisory these first few weeks, this is what you might see:

  • An advisor leading her 9th grade advisory students on a walking tour of the building, helping students find their classes and pointing out what exciting new developments the construction will bring
  • A group of students sitting in a circle creating personalized name tags with stickers, markers, scissors, and glue while reconnecting after a long summer break.
  • 12th grade students reconnecting after 18 months apart – sharing the highlights of their summer and what they are most looking forward to this school year and post-Madison.

One of our advisory teachers shared how grateful they were, “to have dedicated time and space during the hectic school week to sit down and check in with students, hear about their lives, and support them however they might need.” A student shared, “It was nice to have time during advisory to just hang out with friends.”

As we continue to gather and settle into the new school year, we could not be more grateful for all of you and your support. We look forward to all of the wonderful things to come this year and all of the new relationships that will be built and strengthened.

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/