Letter from the Principal

Dear Madison Community,

Welcome to 2019! Since the last edition of the MAD memos in November 2018, our students have continued the pursuit of our mission, to develop into creative resilient global citizens! Several student groups need commendation including; the Theater students and staff who produced Madison’s Fall play, Noises Off! This play with its wonderful complexity and humor delighted all audiences.  At the beginning of December the Performing Arts department invited nursery school students to participate in Tiny Tots where the children encountered toy soldiers, characters from Frozen and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The evening concerts by the orchestra, band and chorus were outstanding and the Madrigals entertained the Vienna community at several venues throughout December.

Each January as the students resume their studies and activities after Winter break, the Academic Advising season begins. Academic Advising is the time when ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students learn about and choose their classes for the following year. Information about courses was shared with parents at Curriculum Night on January 10th and students received information during the Electives Fair and from the Counseling Dept. Over the years, I have seen some students overload their schedule with AP and honors level classes, thus sacrificing time with family and friends. Your child’s schedule is a critical decision for you as a family to make. As you discuss the choices with your child, I believe balance is the key to a successful year – a balance between academics, activities and family life. If you have questions about this process or about your child’s scheduling options, please contact his/her counselor.

It is hard to believe January 24th marked the end of the second quarter and the first semester. As we have previously announced, FCPSOn will be unrolled at Madison High School as well as all high schools in the county beginning 2019-2020.  FCPSOn is a digital transformation initiative that provides students with access to one device to use for learning. This is an extraordinary opportunity for Madison students! It will help ensure they have equitable access to technology and to instructional practices that support their development of Portrait of a Graduate attributes including communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Employers will expect these skills, along with tech fluency and innovation, from tomorrow’s workforce. FCPSOn helps prepare students to meet those demands.  Additional information will be forthcoming in the coming months.

I am looking forward to an amazing 2019.

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/