Letter from the PTSA President

Dear Madison Community,

Thank you to all the volunteers that supported Ethics Day on November 16th.  It was a tremendous opportunity and learning experience for our Senior Class.  Thank you to Monica Cramer for chairing this event!  Also huge thanks to Linda Colbert and Sheila and Matt Brennan.

On Monday, November 12th, we held our monthly PTSA meeting. We were fortunate to host representatives from the Warhawk Foundation as well as Rachel Bailey, Parenting Specialist, presenting on Raising a Confident, Less Stressed Student.  And thank you to Ann Dolin, M.Ed., President of Educational Connections, for the interactive webinar that she hosted in November designed to Demystify College Admissions Testing and to reduce stress along the way.  Thanks to Monica Anschel for organizing our JMHS PTSA Parent Programs.

As the holiday season is upon us, please consider supporting our community through the JMHS Giving Tree. Stop by the school office to pick up a tag with a needed item from the tree.  If you would like to participate, but can’t get to school, please email me at president@jmhsptsa.org.  I will be happy to choose a tag and get the information to you.  (And Amazon gift cards are also always welcome!)

Thank you to all that continue to support our Madison Pantry for students and families in need.  In addition to our Food Pantry, we are also collecting Hygiene products including shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and body wash.  Ways to support our Madison Pantry efforts: Purchase items  needed on a continuing basis and deliver to Madison HS front office, order items directly from Amazon, they will ship to the school, or make an on-line donation.   Thank you to Anne-Stuart Kirkhorn and Rossana Carney for leading these efforts!

Over 300 students were recognized at Academic Achievement Awards Assembly in November.  Thank you to Academic Boosters chair Ellen MacGregor for chairing this very important event!  Ellen also organizes our mock ACT and SAT testing opportunities.  Almost 200 students participated in November and our next mock exams will be offered in February.  Mock tests assist in determining which test is right for your student (appropriate for 10th and 11th grade).  They also provide a baseline score to identify natural strengths and weaknesses in a simulated testing environment.

Thank you also to all the volunteers that have helped with our Teacher Appreciation events with special thanks to chair Kebra Krol.  And thank you to those gave their time to help with Hearing and Vision testing.

Thank you to all that have already joined the PTSA!  If you have not and would like to support our school, please join online at Join the PTSA.   We do not hold a meeting in December but will meet again in January on Monday, January 14th at 7pm!

Thank you for your continuing support – and wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season!

Beth Eachus, PTA President