Letter from the PTSA President

Dear Madison Community, 

Only a few short days remain in the 2020 – 2021 school year and the heavy lifting is over. Students promenaded at the Prom, all the big tests have been taken and the Class of 2021 graduated together and in-person at a fabulous venue with family & friends in attendance. What a difference a year makes. 

Last March, when I contemplated becoming PTSA President, COVID was just starting to drastically affect all of our lives. Like a freak blizzard, nobody knew how bad it would get or how long it would last. Now, ~16 months later, I think most people would say far worse and longer than expected. 

While the world changed around us, the PTSA’s goals remained the same: to support the students, teachers and administrators at James Madison HS. How the PTSA would achieve those goals had to adapt. We did what much of the rest of the world was doing, learning to meet via Zoom, figuring out which of our usual activities and programs would not be allowed due to COVID restrictions and identifying new needs or opportunities for the PTSA to help our community. 

Over the course of the past year I have been so impressed by the willingness of the Madison community to generously contribute time, money & ideas to support the PTSA and our programs. You have greatly exceeded our modest expectations for this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support! And special thanks to the PTSA Executive Board (Sonya Marsden, Beth Eachus, Sarah Lundquist & Tarah Weaver) and all of the PTSA Committee Chairs and other volunteers. You all made so much happen this year to improve the lives of others. 

We all hope the 2021-2022 school year will look a whole lot more like normal and I believe it will. So Carpe Annum: Seize the Year! Think of it as your opportunity to make next year the best kind of normal possible, not just like previous non-COVID years. For instance, the SGA is already considering holding the 2021 Homecoming dance outside under a tent – partially because dances in the gym get so hot & stuffy. New situations can bring new revelations. Watch this space and the PTSA web page for opportunities to get involved with the PTSA next year and make it as perfect as possible!

Christopher Lande,
President, JMHS PTSA