Letter from the PTSA President

Dear Madison Community,

Please join us for our next PTSA meeting on Monday, March 9th at 7pm in the library.  Mr Hood has invited members of FCPS to discuss the planned addition and construction at Madison HS scheduled to start later this year.  Our meetings are a great way to keep in touch with what is happening around Madison. Our Principal Greg Hood, Director of Student Services Tim Buckley, administrators, teachers, parents and students all attend to share information and ideas.  All are welcome! 

We are also looking for volunteers to participate in the Nominating Committee! Please contact PTSA President Beth Eachus if interested in serving on the committee or serving on a board or chair position next year.

The PTSA is sponsoring the following parent programs this spring for our Madison community.  Please add them to your calendar and join us!  

Raising Resilience: Helping Students Handle Stress: March 4th 7-9pm
Many teens struggle when faced with events that cause stress, frustration, disappointment or anxiety.  This workshop will teach you want to SAY and DO to help your teen handle challenges as they occur.  Simple, realistic strategies that will improve your teen’s resilience. 
Presented by Rachel Bailey, Parenting Specialist.

Crisis or Concern: March 30th 7-9pm
The PTSA is partnering with the Eric Monday Foundation to discuss “Crisis or Concern?” including a  panel discussion with representatives from The Women’s Center, FCPS, Crisis Link and Fairfax County.

Navigating College Admissions:  April 16th  7-9pm
Through his many years in the education space working with students, counselors, financial advisors, and admissions officers, Dr. Applerouth has gained many insights into the world of college admissions.  This seminar will arm you with timelines, dispel unhelpful myths, analyze key components of the college application, and explore how test scores and grades factor into the admissions process.  Presented by Jed Applerouth, Founder & President of Applerouth Tutoring.

The JMHS PTSA Academic Boosters are proud to partner with Educational Connections and offer full-length practice ACT and SAT exams at James Madison High School. The LAST Round of Mock SAT and ACT tests for this school year tests are offered in March.  Mock tests help determine which test is right for your student.  They also provide a baseline score to identify natural strengths and weaknesses in a simulated testing environment.  To get the most accurate results, only official full-length tests published by College Board and the ACT are used during the mock test.  We are offering the following mock tests: Mock SAT on Saturday, March 21 and the Mock ACT on Saturday, March 28. The cost is $20 per test and maximum registration is 125 students.  All students will receive a full score report (via the email used on the sign up) and an optional free consultation after the mock test.  Further information on registration is included in this edition of Mad Memos.

HELP needed!  We are looking for a volunteers to help with planning the All Night Grad (ANG) celebration.  Consider helping to make ANG 2020 a success by contacting ANG Chair Cathy Wasilewski at allnightgrad@jmhsptsa.org or attend our next planning meeting on Monday, February 10th at 6:00pm in the school library (ANG Committee meets one hour prior to PTSA meetings)

Our Madison Pyramid Art Show is right around the corner!  Work will go up in Warhawk Hall on Monday March 16th and our opening will be on the evening of March 19th from 6-7:30.  If you’re interested in helping out, we’d love your support!  We are in need of parents to help hang the show and food/drink donations.  

Donations needed!  Thank you for the many donations that have been made to the Madison Pantry this school year.  It has been a wonderful help to some if the families in our community that are food insecure.  If you would like to help, there are a few items that we need.  Please drop them off in the school front office or send via the linked Amazon list: shelf stable milk and juice, rice, canned beans, canned vegetables, canned tuna or chicken, chewy granola bars, and paper bags with handles. 

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

Thank you for your continued support of the Madison community –
Beth Eachus
JMHS PTSA President