Letter from the PTSA President

Dear Madison Community,

Welcome back and I hope parents, guardians and students are adapting to virtual learning this year. Traditionally the PTSA begins the year by providing a hearty “Welcome Back” breakfast for all teachers, administrators and staff the week before school starts. That was not possible this year, so the the PTSA Hospitality Committee adapted. The PTSA will provide all those who would have attended the breakfast with a special token (still a surprise) of our appreciation for all they do for our children. Thank you Dara Dirth & Angela Gutenson – Challenge accepted and overcome! I hope we can all continue to creatively accomplish our goals this school year. 

If you have not done so already, please Join the JMHS PTSA then Join the JMHS PTSA Facebook Page. We have lots of opportunities to get involved and in particular are looking for volunteers to help with Baccalaureate, Loyalty Rewards and serve as a Liaison to Kilmer MS. More details on membership are below.

Please join us for our next PTSA meeting on Tuesday, October 13th at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting link will be made available on the date of the meeting to ensure security. Our meetings are a great way to keep in touch with what is happening around Madison. Principal Greg Hood, Director of Student Services Tim Buckley, administrators, teachers, parents and students all attend to share information and ideas. All are welcome! 

In October, the PTSA is hosting a parent program on “Learn How to Send Your Kids to College Without Going Broke!” This meeting will be virtual and immediately follow the October PTSA Meeting. Details are further down in this issue. Thank you to PTSA 1st Vice President Sonya Marsden for arranging this program.

Another wonderful PTSA and community initiative is our Madison Food Pantry and Outreach efforts. We are proud to work with Madison High School to help students and families in need, especially those most impacted by COVID-19. Those needs are even greater this year and despite not being physically at school, we are working to provide food and necessities to the most neediest families of students at JMHS. We welcome your donations and for ease, we have created an Amazon wish list of much needed items which ship directly to the school.

Staff Enrichment Events. The PTSA provides faculty and staff enrichment opportunities throughout the school year. Over the last few years, the PTSA has provided over $30,000 in funding for continuing education and professional opportunities for our Madison teachers and staff through the PTSA Academic Boosters. And Academic Boosters will again be organizing (online) practice ACT & SAT tests, details below. Please consider joining Academic Boosters which will be chaired this year by 2nd VP Beth Eachus!

The PTSA has volunteer opportunities for everyone who wants to be involved so please contact me at president@jmhsptsa.org for more information or check out our website at jmhsptsa.org!  And please don’t forget to mark your calendars for our October PTSA meeting on Tuesday, October 13th at 6 p.m.

Looking forward to a virtually fabulous school year! 

Christopher Lande,
President, JMHS PTSA