Letter from the PTSA President

Dear Madison Community,

Hope that the 2018-2019 school year has started well for your student and your family!

Thank you to all that have joined the James Madison Parent-Teacher-Student Association!  Membership in the Madison PTSA 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.  Also, to eliminate the burden of fundraisers throughout the year, we are continuing our “No Fuss Fundraiser” effort. In addition to your PTSA membership, we suggest a donation of $50 per family. Your one-time, tax-deductible donation allows the PTSA to promote the academic excellence and well-being of our students as well as support our staff.   You can join and make a donation here.

Some specific PTSA programs and initiatives include:

–    Sponsorship of student assemblies and parent education programs.  In October, we will host an evening program for parents on Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College held at JMHS on October 16th at 7 pm.  Thanks to our Vice President Monica Anschel for coordinating this effort.

–    The PTSA also provides Assistance to Student Activities and Events including funding and support for student driven clubs and activities.

–    We have an incredible staff at Madison and the PTSA hosts Teacher Appreciation events events throughout the year.  Thank you to all that supported our back to school breakfast and dinner – and special thanks to chair Kebra Krol.  Our next event is Fall Treats on Wednesday, October 17th.  Please sign up if you can support this event.

We are proud to work with Madison High School to support students and local families in need through our Madison Food Pantry and our upcoming Winter Coat and Clothing drive which will be held from October 10th through November 9th.  (The flyer is included in this edition of Mad Memos.)  We have received tremendous support from many of you and it is greatly appreciated.  If you want to contribute to the Food Pantry, for ease, we have created an Amazon wish list of much needed items which ship directly to the school.  Click here for the link. Thank you to PTSA co-chairs Rossana Carney and Anne-Stuart Kirkhorn for leading this effort!

The PTSA provides faculty and staff enrichment opportunities throughout the school year.  Over the last two years, the PTSA has provided over $20,000 in funding for continuing education and professional opportunities for our Madison teachers and staff through the PTSA Academic Boosters.  Academic Boosters is a PTSA initiative dedicated to enriching the educational experience of all Madison students and has proudly sponsored the following programs and initiatives:

Annual Academic Awards Ceremony recognizing students with academic letters and pins for notable achievements
Funding of teacher conferences, faculty training, and other staff development activities
Hosting of SAT and ACT mock tests (our next SAT mock test will be held on November 10th and the ACT on November 17th)
Funding the Triple “I” Teacher Awards Program recognizing outstanding teachers at Madison and Funding “Making a Difference” scholarships for graduating seniors.

Please consider joining Academic Boosters and thank you to chair Ellen MacGregor!

Finally, volunteers are a critical part of the PTSA!  Many of you may have seen a recent article in the Wall Street Journal which reported that involved parents lead to better grades and more resilient and happy students.  But our busy schedules often make it difficult – the PTSA has support opportunities for everyone who wants to get involved regardless of time constraints.

Beth Eachus
JMHS PTSA President