Letter from the PTSA President

Dear Madison Community,

Our next PTSA meeting will be held on Monday, February 11th in the library at 7pm. We will have exciting news on our Madison pantry and its expansion into additional areas for support.  Mr. Hood will be discussing the future renovation and expansion to Madison High School.  A school-wide project involving Mindful Memorial will also be discussed.  Finally, we will hear from Mr. Buckley and our committee chairs. All Night Grad will meet immediately preceding the PTSA meeting at 6pm.

Madison High School and the PTSA have been working together to provide a Food Pantry for students and families in need. THANK YOU to all who have already donated!  We distribute approx 30-40 bags of food each week to Madison students (and their families) in need.  This school year, we have also provided school supplies as well as coats, hats, scarves, boots and gloves to students. Through a partnership with Community for Helping others (CHO), we were able to provide bicycles for those that needed them to get to work and school.  And we provided approximately 125 bags personal hygiene items to students before winter break. We also have partnered with BRAWS to provide feminine hygiene products each month to students in need.  Here are ways that you can still help: 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. We have also extended our efforts to support any family that may have been negatively impacted by the partial government shutdown, please contact your child’s counselor for further information.

JMHS SCIENCE FAIR Volunteers and Donations are NEEDED on Wednesday, Feb 6th (snow date: Feb 13th) from  1:30 – 6pm  (arrive late/depart early can be accommodated). We will meet in the JMHS media center (library) and will work in teams within a judging category to assess projects and determine which of the projects should be recommended to move forward to the FCPS regional fair.  Feedback will be provided to all students on their project strengths and weaknesses.  You DO NOT need to be an expert in a judging field. A logical person can evaluate most projects, at minimum in terms of their purpose, process, and results.  As Einstein said, “if you can’t explain a concept simply, then you don’t understand it well enough.”   Our students should be able to explain their experiments in straight-forward language. Please indicate your interest in participating in the science fair by clicking on this link. Your participation is vital.  We simply cannot conduct the science fair without your help.  The JMHS PTSA is also coordinating a light lunch and snacks for the Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, February 6th. The Science department has about 70 volunteers who evaluate and judge the student projects.  Please contribute if you can!

Please join us for the JMHS PTSA Parent Program: PREVENTING RISKY BEHAVIOR on Wednesday, February 20th – 7:00 to 9:00pm (Warhawk Hall).  Risky teen behavior concerns all parents. This program will review current trends in teen substance abuse, strategies for engaging students in discussions about their choices and signs that your child or their friends are involved with illegal substances.   Presented by Brian Maslowski, FCPS Prevention Teacher.

Thank you for supporting our Madison community!

We have volunteer and support opportunities for anyone who wants to get involved, please contact PTSA President Beth Eachus at president@jmhsptsa.org for more information!

Beth Eachus
JMHS PTSA President