Letter from the PTSA President

Dear Madison community-

First, I want to thank you for all your support!  We are so fortunate to be a part of community where so many are willing to help and it is greatly appreciated. 

We held our second 2021-2022 PTSA meeting on Tuesday, October 12th. Many of you joined us for a update with Principal Hood and Mr. Buckley, our Director of Student Services, as well as a report from our committees.  Our next in-person meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00 pm in the library. Please join us!

As I shared in last month’s Mad Memos, I strongly encourage you to join the Madison PTSA.  Membership in the James Madison Parent-Teacher-Student Association is an invaluable way to contribute to your child’s education and stay connected during high school.  Your support allows the PTSA to promote the academic excellence and well-being of our students as well as support our teachers and staff here at Madison.  It is never too late to join!

Huge thanks also to the Madison Student Government Association for planning Homecoming events including Spirit Week, the Pep Rally, the Parade and the Homecoming Dance!  Over 1300 students attended the dance under two tents – the most that Madison has ever had!  The PTSA voted to utilize general funds to host a celebratory dessert for all their efforts – and here are some of the members enjoying their bundt cakes from local bakery Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Another tremendous PTSA and community initiative is our Madison Food Pantry and Outreach effort.  We are proud to partner with Madison High School to help our students and families in need by providing food and grocery gift cards but it is an ongoing endeavor to keep it fully stocked. We welcome your donations and, for ease, we have created an Amazon wish list of much needed items which ship directly to the school.  

Also due to the efforts of the incredible Madison teacher, Ms. Slingerland, we have kicked off our ANNUAL MADISON WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE.  Please consider signing up for one of the clothing donations to support Madison students in need of winter clothing.  Each entry has a specific story about the student who has requested the donation. Thank you, as always, for the generosity and warmth the Madison community demonstrates towards our students!

Last month we hosted our first 2021-2022 Parent Programs with PAYING FOR COLLEGE on October 21st at 7pm.  We are planning other events but would greatly appreciate any other programming ideas that you might have!  Please contact our VP Gayle Schlueter with suggestions – and also huge thanks to Gayle for coordinating these programs.

We have amazing staff at Madison and the PTSA hosts teacher and staff appreciation events throughout the year. Thank you to our wonderful chairs Angie Gutenson and Dara Dirth who organized a Smoothie Surprise for all Madison teachers and staff from Tropical Smoothie Cafe this past Friday. In November, the PTSA Teacher and Staff Appreciation Committee will kick off “Thankful Thursday”, a weekly raffle for our amazing teachers and staff. Every Thursday, staff names will be randomly selected to receive (parent donated) gift cards from various restaurants and stores. If you would like to learn more and get involved with this committee, please send a message to Angela and Dara at hospitality@jmhsptsa.org

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. We hope you consider joining Academic Boosters which is chaired by VP Abby Shannon!

Thank you to Alene Metcalf for setting up our Madison community school directory!  And thank you again to Shelly Koshuta for creating our monthly Mad Memos and please check out our PTSA website (thanks to Jennifer O’Beirne) for how to join the PTSA.  If you have any questions or ideas, you are always welcome to contact me directly.

Beth Eachus
Madison PTSA President