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Thank you for your Participation in Navigation 101!

Thanks to all of our families, students and staff who participated in our student-led conferences this year! We appreciate all of your feedback as we continue to work together in preparing our students for the next grade level!
Register with Connect!

School Counselors will be instructing your child to register with Connect!

Madison Middle School If you would like your child to opt out of creating an account, please inform Ms. Divina or Ms. Hong, school counselors at Madison Middle School.

District’s Timeline: 2013-2014 All 8th graders are to be registered.Click HERE for the flyer. 
West Seattle High School's "Taste of the Arts"

Madison students and families – you are all invited to West Seattle High school’s 3rd annual “Taste of the Arts” Event, Saturday, April 5 at 6pm.

Enjoy appetizers prepared by WSHS culinary arts students and entertainment from the WSHS orchestra students while you browse a display of student artwork including photography, painting, drawing, ceramics and woodworking.

Your ticket includes VIP seating to the student musical “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” at 8 pm in the school theater. This is a great way to learn more about the art, music, and drama programs offered at West Seattle High School! See the official flyer attached for full details.

Tickets can be purchased online at:

Hope to see you there!
The Choice Activity is this Friday.

Don’t forget that tomorrow, Tuesday, is the last day to take care of your overdue books by either returning them, renewing them or paying for a lost book in order to be able to attend the Choice Activity this Friday.

After tomorrow, your name will be added to the Choice List. So if you’d like to be able to fully participate this Friday, make sure you take care of your library responsibilities by tomorrow at the latest.

This choice activity will be a movie day. Monsters University is just one of the many movies that will be shown! Turn in your missing work and be nice so you can attend! 
Letters of Literature

Congratulations to Madison’s state semi-finalists for the annual Letters about Literature essay contest: 6th graders Marissa Rackner, Jackson Sullivan, and Amalia Heron, and 7th graders Julia Ge, Travers Sorenson, Braeden Swanson, Maddie Rainwater, and Gracie Patten.

This contest encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to its author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves.

Last year, there were more than 3,000 entries from our state and only about 10 percent of these were selected as semi-finalists, so this is quite an honor for our Madison writers! Come read their winning letters in the library display case.
Raise funds while shopping at Amazon!

Remember to help the PTSA raise funds when shopping at Amazon Do you use Amazon to make purchases online?

Use this special link ( and Madison Middle School PTSA will receive 4 – 6.5% cash for every purchase you make!

PTSA Casino Night & Auction | A Note of Thanks

Thank you everyone for a fabulous PTSA Casino Night!

With over 120 tickets sold, we played casino games, purchased silent and live auction items and experiences, enjoyed dinner and more, all while raising funds to support our school. A special shout out to our school administrators, Dr. Gary, Ms. Swiftney, and Mr. McDonald and our school staff who joined in the fun, volunteered their time, and contributed donations.

Thanks too, to our intrepid Auction Crew, chaired by Natasha Woolfolk and Sarah Leggett, with volunteers coordinated by Lora Bunch, and hours and hours put in by all our volunteers. So many thanks to everyone who contributed to our successful fundraising event!

Julie Howell, PTSA President
Madison's Annual PTSA Fundraiser - This Weekend!

There's still time to get your tickets to the Madison PTSA casino night and auction! Go to to purchase.

Casino Night is this Saturday, March 15th. It begins at 5:30pm at the Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College. 

Support your schools and have fun doing it! 
Audition's for High School Musical

Auditions for Disney's High School Musical are Wednesday, March 19th 12:30-4:30 and Thursday, March 20th 2:30-4:30 in the Commons.

Students must bring a completed MOST activity form and a list of conflicts to the first day of auditions. New drama students must also bring 2 written teacher recommendations.
Yearbook Pre-Order Sale

Yearbook pre - order sales will be held from March 3rd – 21st. The new order forms can be picked up in the main office and given to Ms. Penner in room 101-R during your lunch or after-school.

There is a drop-off box outside her office for check payments made out to Madison Middle School. The cost is only $ 17.00 and only a limited amount are available, so get your order in to guarantee one at the end of the school year.
Madison PTSA Casino Night

Do you like to throw strikes and spares? If you answered yes, please make sure your parents/guardians are attending the Madison PTSA Casino Night and they sign up for Bowling with Ms. Bell, Ms. Isaascson, Mr. Urdal, and Ms. Riach.

This auction ticket fills up quickly so make sure you let your parents know it’s for a GREAT cause and we promise tons of bowling fun!
Art Show Participants

Congratulations to 8th Graders William Foster, Mari DiViccaro, Krister Persson, Ashley McFarlane, Anna Friederich, and 7th Grader Romy Ehrsam whose artwork was selected for the 2014 Seattle School District Art show at the Seattle Art Museum.

Check out their work on display outside the art classroom (room 116) all week and for Family night Thursday. After that it heads to the Art Museum to be on display at S.A.M. from March 13-May 25th.
Seattle Public Librarian, Wally, Visits the Madison Library!

 Wally Bubelis, SPL teen librarian at West Seattle Library, visited the Madison MS library on Monday to talk with students about the great programs and services offered through Seattle Public Library as well as to book chat some great new books. Check out these programs and books below.

Your Next 5 Books: This is a great online tool to get 5 new book recommendations from a teen librarian based on the type of books you usually read and enjoy. They will email you a list of 5 book recs within 48 hours of making a request.  Check it out at

Homework Help at your Library branch or Online: SPL offers homework help after school at their local library branches as well as online from 1pm-10pm seven days a week. Check out this great FREE resource at

For a list of Wally's recommended reads today, go to:

Spring Activities Announcements:

Track practices will begin next week on Thursday, March 6th. If you have any questions about track talk with Mr. Urdal or Mr. Rubio. We look forward to seeing you this spring! Go Bulldogs!

Girls Volleyball tryouts will occur in the next two weeks. Pick up your forms in the main office and listen for updates.

Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee tryouts will be happening in the next two weeks. Pick up your forms in the main office and listen for updates.

Madison’s Drama Production is coming soon! Listen for reminders. There will be an informational parent meeting in the Madison Library next week on Tuesday, March 4 and auditions begin the third week of March.

8th Graders! Your baby pictures are due for the yearbook by this Friday! See Ms. Andreasen in room L210.
Reducing Late Arrivals to School

At Madison, getting students to school on time is a priority for us. It’s important students are here on time every single day to take advantage of learning opportunities. To that end, we are making some changes in order to reduce the number of late arriving students.

Beginning Monday, March 3rd, if a student arrives late to school unexcused, they will be serving lunch detention that very same day. This applies to unexcused late arrivals. An EXCUSED late arrival is a note from a doctor appointment or a late district bus.

Things like oversleeping, traffic, missing Metro – even with a note from a parent – are all considered unexcused. This is only a partial list of unexcused reasons. If you don’t want to sit at the lunch detention table….just arrive to school on time.

Let’s all make a commitment to get to school by 7:45am!
Bulldogs Read Winners for January!

We’re a little late this month around, but here are the winners for the Bulldogs Read grand prize drawing for January. In our race between grade levels, we keep going back and forth each month between the 6th and the 7th graders, and this month the 7th graders regained the title of most Bulldogs Read books read in January. Our 7th grade grand prize winner is Henry Meyer who read Temple Grandin.  In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison remain undefeated this year. Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison was 6th grader Brielle Martin who read Planesrunner.  Our two runner-up winners for January were 8th graders Miles Durnwirth who read Wonder and Nathan Villegas who read Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip.Lastly, our staff member prize winner for this month was Ms. Clement who read The Fault in our Stars.  Congratulations and keep on reading, Bulldogs!!
Message from Earth Service Corps Club

In just one bag of garbage collected from the lunchroom on Monday, 94% of the waste could have been diverted from a landfill, Madison! Don’t waste food: only take as much as you can eat, save it for later, or give it to a friend! Change the statistics! – From Madison’s Earth Service Corps Club
Madison Family Night - 3/06/14

Please join us for the next Madison Family Night on
Thursday, March 6th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The evening’s theme is “The World is Text.” Sponsored by the Humanities and Exploratory Departments, the event will spotlight all the ways in which people use literacy skills in the 21st century. After enjoying a variety of student performances in the cafeteria, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between a number of hands-on activities or workshops.

Come write a poem and/or create art inspired by poetry. Do the “Book Walk” – just like a Cake Walk but with books as prizes. Play language and geography games. Learn how to make a difference in the world through social action and community service. Discover intriguing books to add to your reading list. Explore hunting and fishing through literature. Check out great technology projects created by students in the Unified Art and Multimedia classes. Learn the ins and outs of Writer’s Workshop and how you can support your writer at home. Take a virtual trip to Paris as you learn about Madison students’ trip to France.

Please return the RSVP form to your student’s Humanities (Language Arts/Social Studies) teacher as soon as possible so that we can purchase enough snacks for everybody. We’re also in need of gently used books for the Book Walk. Please send donations to your student’s Humanities teacher. We look forward to celebrating literacy with all of you!
Flowers for Sale this Week

Hey Bulldogs! It’s that time of year again, love is in the air…and flowers are for sale!

On Tuesday and Wednesday the ASB will be selling flowers in the commons during lunchtime. So stop on by and purchase a flower for your friends, loved ones, and maybe even your teachers. These flowers will be sold for $1 each and will be delivered on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
Participate in Track this Spring!

Attention all Madison Students! Are you interested in being on a sports team? Do you want to get stronger and build your stamina? Do you want to experience what it is like to push yourself and improve?

If you do, track is the perfect sport for you. The Madison track team is open to both boys and girls and to all grade levels. Last year our team ranked 4th in the district. So if you are interested in being part of an awesome team, competing against other schools in our district, and getting stronger, pick up your forms in the YMCA office today.

Track practices will begin Thursday, March 6th. If you have any questions about track talk with Mr. Urdal or Mr. Rubio. We look forward to seeing you this spring! Go Bulldogs!
Boxtops for Education

Yes, we do collect Boxtops for Madison and are able to submit hundreds of dollars worth of funds which benefit many programs here at our school.

The next collection date is March 1st, so clip those Boxtops and send them in by February 25th. The collection box is in the main office.

Boxtops are found on many items such as cereal boxes, Kleenex, green giant vegetables, Avery office products, baking mixes, and much more. Thanks for helping support Madison Middle School! 
Blue Thursday

Blue Thursday is coming!

Bulldogs, we are convinced that it is because of our awesome Seahawk spirit that our team is going to the Super Bowl. We must keep that energy going!

So, this Thursday (no school Friday) will be our final chance to show our Seahawk pride and root our team to victory in the Super Bowl. We just might even have a contest at lunch to see who is the most spirited fan!

Jumpin' Jive

Friday, February 7th
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Madison Middle School Commons

Enjoy the sounds of the Madison Jazz Band, Concert Band and Orchestra followed by the Amazing sound of the West Seattle Big Band.

Vietnamese sandwiches, baked good, drinks and snow cones will be for sale, along with FREE Swing Dance lessons. Raffle for fantastic prizes and have a whole lot of fun with the family!

All proceeds benefit Madison Music Boosters. 

$10 at the door; students and children are free .

RSVP today by clicking here.

Save the Date: Casino Night!

When: Saturday, March 15th
Time:5:30 pm Check-in , 6:00 pm games begin
Where: South Seattle Community College Brockey Center

Why: This is Madison PTSA’s biggest fundraiser of the year and we need YOU to help keep quality education on the table. Can we deal you in?

Try your hand at Craps, Black Jack, Roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em, or Red Dog. Mingle with the Madison community over heavy appetizers and [no host] drinks.

Then come the fundraising activities! Take a chance on a raffle ticket. Bid on fabulous live and silent auction items, and one-of-a-kind teacher experiences.

YOU CAN’T LOSE…proceeds go to support vital programs at Madison Middle School!

For the school. For the kids. For education.

To purchase tickets, the price per person is $60. To pay online with credit card or PayPay, go to this link ( and click on Add to Cart. If you prefer to pay by check or credit card by mail, use the attached Hard Copy form.

Would you like to donate an auction item? Click here to learn how.
Drop off/Pick up safety reminders

We have had some recent “close calls” again with students and cars during drop off and pick up. Families, when dropping off or picking up your child, please pull over to the curb and have your student exit your car curb side.

Do not have your child exit in to the street. With the dark mornings, and added fog of late, letting kids out of cars in to the street is creating very dangerous situations. It may take an extra minute or two, but the extra time is well worth it.

There is nothing more important than keeping our students safe!
Ruby Bridges Visits the White House

With Black History Month coming up in February and the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this coming Monday, the library has put together a book display in the library celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and other African Americans who made very important contributions to our country and who played a significant role in the civil rights movement. Come check out one of these books from the library to learn more.

Below you will also find a two-minute video clip of present day Ruby Bridges at the White House with Barack Obama. As she looks at a Norman Rockwell painting of her walking to school as a child, she reflects back on that first day of school as the only black child at an all-white elementary school in the South and how, as an adult, she has now prevailed over the prejudice she faced as a girl.  


PSCSTA is hosting the 5th annual STEM Out! Girl's Event on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9:45am-2:30pm, sponsored and led by's Women in Engineering.

This event is to encourage girls from grades 7-12 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers!

It's a FREE event and more information/registration can be found here:

Please help us spread the word and encourage your girls to participate!!

Download a PDF flyer by clicking: Stem Out 2014 Flyer.
PE T-Shirts for next Semester

Students who have PE starting second semester. Required PE t-shirts will be on sale during all lunches starting on Tuesday, January 28- Thursday, January 30th.... $5 per shirt.
MOST Activities - Round Two!

The new M.O.S.T. session of afterschool classes begins next Monday, January 13. Make sure your permission slips are turned into the Y office.

Come by the Dog Pound today during lunch and meet your M.O.S.T. instructors!

CLICK HERE for a copy of the sign up form. 
Where to look for School Delay or Closure

When we are expecting snow or inclement weather, a Seattle Public Schools Central Office team continually monitors conditions across the District. That includes having staff drive some of the streets that are typically more treacherous in snow and ice.

After consulting with other agencies, a decision is made about whether to delay school by two hours or if a closure is necessary. That decision is typically made by 5:30 a.m.

You can learn if there is a school delay or closure through:
local TV and radio stations
• the District website at
• an automated phone call you will receive
• the Public Schools Emergency Communications System at
Check out Books for the Break!

Don’t forget to come to the library to check out some great books to last you over winter break. There are tons of Bulldogs Read books in right now for you to check out and help your grade level win this month’s Bulldogs Read competition.

Ms. Bell also just purchased 59 new e-books that you can check out and read on your own personal device like a phone, I-Pod, Kindle, or even your home computer. Come chat with Ms. Bell in the library to find out more information about downloading the digital books to your own devices. And above all, keep reading over the break. There are too many good books not to!

School will be dismissed this Friday one hour early at 1:20 as a start to winter break.
Holiday Shopping Season is Upon Us!

You can help the PTSA raise funds by shopping at Amazon!

Do you use Amazon to make purchases online? Use this special link ( and Madison Middle School PTSA will receive 4 -- 6.5% cash for every purchase you make!

The Hour of Code--Will you participate?

In honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 9th-13th), is recruiting 10 million students from across the United States to participate in an Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to help students easily understand how to code and show that anyone can learn. 

Students and adults can participate any time during this week by going to and picking their one-hour tutorial of choice. Let Ms. Bell in the library know if you participate so that she can keep a record of all the coders from Madison. 

So far, 2,354,859 people have participated in an Hour of Code--will you be the next? Check out this quick two minute pitch video about this event. As President Barack Obama puts it in the video, "Don't just play on your phone--program it!"

Madison Casino Night Planning Meeting

Madison Casino Night Planning Meeting Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30pm Madison Library.

Casino Night is PTSA's biggest fundraiser and we need YOU to help make this event a success. Along with the evening gaming the committee would also like to offer a silent auction (100 items or so) and a live auction (10 big ticket items).

We need a procurement chair/team to carry this through. 

If your interested please email the Casino Night Chairs: 

Natasha Woolfolk and
Sarah Leggett ASAP.
ALO Testing Make-up - Dec. 12th

Students who were absent on Nov. 26 and missed the Advanced Learning Opportunity exams will take the exams on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Request-to-report slips will be distributed to the students.
Bulldogs Read Winners for November

In the Bulldogs Read competition for November, it was a tight race between the 6th and 7th grade, but the 7th graders are back on top and are the grand prize winners for the month of November with 106 Bulldogs Read books read. Our 7th grade grand prize winner is Long Tut who read Pale.

In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison are still undefeated this year with 168 Bulldogs Read books read in November. Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison was 6th grader Sophia Seago who read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.   

Our two runner-up prize winners for November were 7th grader Abshira Salat who read Play Ball and Rose Siegmund who read The Fault in our Stars.  And our staff winner of the month was Ms. Ovens who read We’ve got a Job. Congratulations to all of our winners! Keep on reading those Bulldogs Reads!!
2nd Quarter Choice Activity - Dec. 20th

Madison – Our next Choice Activity is coming up! December 20th is the date. In order to participate in the Choice Activity, you need to be passing all your classes and have positive citizenship and effort. Your teacher will notify if you are on the warning "choice list" on Monday, December 9th. You have one week to get off the choice list. 

In addition, your Honor Level counts. Only Honor Level 1 and 2 students will be allowed to participate. Coincidentally, we will be rewarding all Honor Level 1 students on December 20th. Any infractions earned after Friday, December 6th will remove you from Honor Level 1. 
Macy's Parade

The West Seattle High School band has invited the Madison Senior Band students to play with them in the Macy's Holiday Parade in Downtown Seattle on Friday, Nov 29th.
Madison's Top 10 Reads for November 2013

For a list of the Top 10 Library checkouts in November, click here: Madison's Top 10 for November
Yearbooks are on Sale Now!

Pre-order your yearbook before December 20th to guarantee that you will get one! They are only $17 or $20 if you want your name stamped on the cover.

During lunch or after school, take your order to the office & give to Ms. Penner in Room 101R.
Conference Sign-Ups:

If you were not able to sign up for your student-led conferences during the Curriculum and Math Nights, please contact your advisory teacher and select the best date and time for you! Our conferences will take place on March 19, April 2 and April 9, 2014.
Jeff Kinney Visits Seattle

Jeff Kinney, author of the hugely popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, visited Seattle this week and about 100 lucky students in and around Seattle got a chance to meet him. Our very own Madison ASB president Miles Durnwirth was one of those students! Be sure to ask Miles what he thought of funny man, Kinney. And if you haven't read Jeff Kinney's newest book yet, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, check it out from the library today!
SPL Reading Marathon a Huge Success!!

The Seattle Public Library Reading Marathon this past weekend was a huge success. The Southwest Library, representing students from Madison, Denny, and Pathfinder, had the highest attendance across the city.  Over the course of 6 hours, Madison had 38 students show up ready to read, and a full 14 of them read for the entire 6 hours of the program—amazing reading stamina!  Madison readers read for a total of 193 hours and 5 minutes, making us the public middle school with the most combined minutes read in all of Seattle. Wow! By comparison, our rival, Denny Middle School, had 25 students show up who read for just under 96 hours, so Madison more than doubled Denny in terms of students reading and hours spent reading.  Way to go Madison readers! Thank you to all those students who participated!  
Helping Madison through Amazon

Do you use to make purchases online?

Use this special link ( and Madison Middle School PTSA will receive 4% to 6.5% cash for every purchase you make!

Typhoon Haiyan

Madison Students Care

Help Madison Help the Philippines

We, the students at Madison, are encouraging our families to consider donating money or goods for Typhoon Haiyan relief through the following organizations:  

CLICK HERE for a powerpoint about the devastating Typhoon. 
Grief & The Holidays 2013

Providence Hospice of Seattle’s Grief Support Services invites you to a gathering for those individuals and families* who have lost a loved one in the past year. This time of remembrance is an opportunity to share in community and to create a memory keepsake in honor of your loved one.

CLICK HERE for more information.
Getting Ready for High School

Susan Nyman, 9th grade Counselor at West Seattle High School, will present at the November 19th Madison PTSA meeting, discussing everything from graduation requirements, courses offered (honors/regular) and community service requirements to traits and characteristics of a successful student, and what parents can do to help with the transition to high school. Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm Madison Middle School library.

Help Madison Families. November 6th – 22nd.

It's that time of year again to kick-off the 2013 Madison Middle School Thanksgiving Food Drive with the Science Classroom Food Competition. Last year our school donated and delivered over 3,600 pounds of food to Madison families and some Madison families received gift cards to shop at local grocery stores thanks to the monetary and canned food contributions from Madison Middle School staff and families.

Together we can meet our goal of helping 25 Madison families have a better Thanksgiving.

6th, 7th & 8th grades please donate canned vegetables/fruit/soup, apple sauce, pasta & pasta sauce, chili & beans (dried or canned). These are suggestions– any canned food is appreciated. Thank you.

Please have your student(s) drop off canned goods to their science teacher's classrooms during the food drive dates. The competition is based on weight and the winning class will be announced on Monday November 25 and given much praise for doing service to our community.

Thank you very much for your generosity and participation. Please contact us if you have any questions. Cash donations or grocery store gift cards are also welcomed.

Lora Bunch, 206-932-6803 or
Nurse Kate, 206-252-9207 or
MADD Meeting at WSHS

Parents: Please plan to attend an upcoming presentation by Mothers Against Drunk Driving on how to talk with our kids about alcohol and drug use. MADD wants to equip all parents and caregivers with the tools needed to help them start these important conversations.

This Power of Parents workshop is open to everyone. It will be held at West Seattle High School as part of their PTSA meeting on Nov. 6th from 7:30-8:30. Contact Jen Shaughnessy at 206-399-6586 for more info.
Students of the Week!

This week’s 6th Grade Dog Stars are Josiah Clark and Maya Moreno.

Josiah takes pride in his work and consistently strives to do his best. He is extremely on task and responsible in the classroom.

Maya is a self starter and takes ownership of her education. She has a genuine interest in learning and is a role model for others.

Jake Jonsen is one of this week’s Golden Bulldogs for the 7th grade. Jake rises above the chaos and distractions around him, and shows great self-control and maturity when those around him do not. Jake leads by quiet example both in citizenship and in academics. Way to go Jake!

Emma LaPlante is also one of this week’s 7th grade G-Dog. Emma is a hard worker, leading by example and by helping others whenever she can. As if playing one musical instrument isn’t difficult enough, Emma is the top 7th grade clarinetist in the band and plays piano for the jazz band!
Ultimate Frisbee

ULTIMATE FRISBEE GAMES THIS SATURDAY ARE NOT AT INGRAHAM, but are at Rainier Beach HS Stadium.....(Directions below). 

Note about playoffs from the league: "Rounds on this Saturday, November 2, will be short, 75-minute rounds. The hard cap will blow at 65 minutes. Thus, it is critical that you start on time and take short timeouts. On November 9, rounds will be the normal 90 minutes, with hard cap at 80 minutes." Tabs at the bottom of the spread sheet have a tab for each division. 

Info on Rainier Beach HS Stadium: 8815 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118  

Madison A team 1:15 pm start time....competing in the A2 division Vs. loser of TOPS A or Mercer A blue (A division game 5 loser) Rainier Beach Stadium field 2 

Madison A2 team (no game Nov.2...bye weekend) competing in the B division Nov.9th at Ingraham 11am semi-finals game South 2 field..if we win, go to the finals...lose, no 2nd game 

Madison B team 10:45 am competing in the D division vs Whitman C at Rainier Beach Stadium field 2... if we win, Nov 9th 8am game at Ingraham...if we lose, no game. (if we keep winning, championship at 9:30 am 11/9) 

Madison 6th Grade team 8:15 am competing in the 6th C division vs. Jane Addams 6th at Rainier Beach Stadium field 2 IF WE WIN vs TBA at 9:30 am Rainier Beach Stadium field 2 (If we win 2 games 11/2, we play in the championship 11/9 at 9:30 am) 

Only the 6th grade team has a chance for a 2nd game this Saturday. All other will play one game (minus A2) this Saturday and a chance for more Nov. 9th. See attachment for detail on brackets, show your kids, print them out and follow along. 

Go Bulldogs!!
Costume Contest on Halloween

The ASB will be judging costumes during lunch on Thursday, and you might win a prize! The categories will be Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative and Best Group costumes. There will also be a Best Teacher costume category. So come to school in a costume, Bulldogs, and see if you can win the contest.

Remember, hats are okay if they are part of the costume, but no masks are allowed, and all make-up needs to be applied at home first. Teachers may ask you to remove any costume accessory that is distracting from the learning environment. 
This Week's Announcements

This Wednesday is a district wide two hour early release day. School will be dismissed at 12:20 on Wednesday. There are no after school programs on early release days.

Students are permitted to wear costumes on Thursday for Halloween. Toy weapons and masks are not allowed and Madison’s dress code must be respected. Administration reserves the right to determine if a costume is inappropriate for a school setting.

This Friday is “Eat Lunch with your Child” day at Madison. Invite your parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or favorite adult to join you for lunch on Friday.
MATH NIGHT! November 7th

Mark your calendars, Math Night is coming up soon on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30pm in the Madison Commons. 

Math night is our first family night of the year. Bring your parents, grandparents, whomever to play math games, learn oragami, or purchase books from the book fair. You may challenge your family to "Are you Smarter than a Middle Schooler" with Ms. Isaacson. Ms. Andreasen will provide a session on "Math after Middle School."  Mr. Trotter will lead us in a mathematical raffle. Ms. Riach will help conduct the "Estimation Station." And if you are interested in volunteering to help set-up and take down math night for community service, please contact Ms. DeMarco. Refreshments will be provided. 

Ask your math teacher if there are any incentives for attending math night! Maybe there will be some "effort" points available. 

Choice Activity - Friday, Oct. 25th!

October 25th will be our first Choice Activity for this year! For students who have 0 or 1 demerit on their record. It takes 14 calendar days for an infraction to clear your record, and there’s more than enough time to make sure your slate is clean. Do what you need to do to be on Honor Level 1 on Friday, October 25th.

Furthermore, adequate effort is a criteria to attend this activity. Do your homework. Do your class work. Follow the Bulldog Bark. It’s that simple, and Friday will be a reward day for you! Your teacher will let you know if you are ineligible to attend the choice activity. 
8th Grade: Opportunity to Visit Kennedy HS This Friday

8th Graders – This Friday, October 18, Kennedy High School will be hosting Madison students who are interested in touring Kennedy for high school next year. Transportation will be provided by Kennedy. Parents must contact John F. Kennedy High School admissions office for more information and to register to attend this tour.
MOST Afterschool Program Information

If you are in the MOST after school program, please report directly to your activity after school from now on! Check the roster outside of the YMCA office if you don't know what program you're signed up for, or if you need the assigned classroom number. For transportation questions come to the Y office as well!
Madison's Magazine Fundraiser

The Magazine Drive is HERE! Madison students - get PUMPED for our one and only Madison ASB fundraiser!
The Madison Magazine Drive has started!!! Students can earn cool prizes and rewards for selling magazine subscriptions or collecting donations!

Students received magazine packets and a letter explaining the program on Tuesday, October 8th. 
  • Tuesday, October 15th is our first turn in day, and the
  • second is Tuesday, October 22nd.
Students will need to bring order forms and payment with them to school on turn-in days. Also….IF you send out 7 emails through the online program by Tuesday morning, print confirmation you did so and earn a prize. Our school goal is $45,000. So Bulldogs……. get ready to be a HERO and sell, sell, sell!!!

1) Shop Online:
- Go to & Click Shop Now
- Be sure to enter the School/Online code: MADISONMIDDLE
- Enter the student's name for them to receive credit for your order. 

2) Spread the Word!

3) If you don't need or want a magazine subscription, you can make a donation to Madison Middle School. 

Thank you for your support. This money will help support our ASB, grants for field trips, student recognition funds and other fun activities for our students! 
Ultimate Frisbee Games

This Saturday 10/12 we travel to Ingraham High School again for our slate of games. There is a Husky home game so check traffic and allow extra time to get to the north end. Directions to Ingraham High School:
  • Madison A-2 (8th grade and experienced 7th) 8:00 am @ Ingraham HS - South 2 Madison A-2 vs Eckstein MS B
  • Madison 6th grade (6th grade and new 7th or 8th grade) 9:30 am @ Ingraham HS - South 2 Madison MS 6th vs HIMS 6th
  • Madison A (experienced 8th) 11:00 am @ Ingraham HS - South 2 TOPS 8th Grade vs Madison Middle School A
  • Madison B (7th grade and experienced 6th grade) 12:30 pm @ Ingraham HS - South 1 Madison Middle School B vs Eckstein MS 6th V
Letters About Literature

Washington State's Letters About Literature 2014

Students in grades four through 12 are invited by the Washington State Library to enter the national Letters About Literature contest, in which they can write a personal letter to their favorite author, living or dead.

Letters About Literature encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Entries in Spanish are accepted and will be translated for the Washington State judges. In their letters, contestants must explain how the author's work has shaped the contestant's view of the world or how the contestant views herself or himself.

Letter writers compete at three levels: Level 1 is grades 4-6; Level 2 is grades 7-8 and Level 3 is grades 9-12. State judges select the top letter writer in each level and the three winning letters advance to the national competition

At the state level, a $125 cash prize is up for grabs, as well as the ability to advance to the national competition. The first-place prize in the national contest is $1,000. Students, if you are interested in participating, check in with your Language Arts teacher about it or ask Ms. Bell in the library for more information.
Vote for your Favorite Teen Read!

Madison Students--voting for the 2013 Teens' Top Ten reads is now open. Vote for your favorite titles now through October 19th at
GEMS - Girls in Engineering Math and Science

GEMS encourages girls to maintain and broaden their interest in STEM subjects by providing mentoring, hands-­on activities, field trips, and information pertaining to a variety of scientific fields and careers.

So see the flyer for GEMS click here.

To apply or find more information click on their website:

Deadline is October 24th 2013.

Ultimate Frisbee Practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Four (4) games this Saturday, October 5.   Please arrive 30 minutes before game time. 

Madison A (8th grade team)
8:00 am @ Ingraham HS - North 2 
Aki Kurose B vs Madison Middle School A

Madison A-2 (8th graders -new and experienced- and experienced 7th)
9:30 am @ Ingraham HS - North 2 

Aki Kurose C vs Madison A-2
Madison 6th graders (6th graders and new 7th/8th)
11:00 am @ Ingraham HS - South 1 
Washington MS 6th Grade vs Madison MS 6th

Madison B (7th grade and experienced 6th)
12:30 pm @ Ingraham HS - South 1 

Whitman C vs Madison Middle School B
Go Bulldogs!!!
Soccer Game this Weekend

Girl’s Soccer Game this Saturday, October 5th!

Madison will host Eckstein at Sealth Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 12:30pm. Go Bulldogs!
Ultimate Frisbee

Middle school ultimate games will play tomorrow, rain or shine.  We are on synthetic surfaces, so games will not be rained out.  We will cancel or postpone play only in the case of dangerous weather, such as lightning.  If you have any question about the weather's effect on your game, you can call the DiscNW weather hotline at 206-504-3472.   
Eat Lunch with your Child Day

Next Friday, October 4  is “Eat Lunch with your Child” day at Madison.  Invite your parent, guardian, or favorite adult to join you for lunch on Friday.  They can brown bag it with you, purchase lunch from the cafeteria, or bring in a special lunch for you both!
Curriculum Night is this Thursday!

If your student did not give you their schedule today, CLICK here to find an empty schedule for them to fill out so you know where to go on Thursday night! 

Ms. Bell, our librarian, is offering an optional Source training in the library from 5:50pm - 6:20pm. 

At 6:20pm, parents are invited to go to their student's advisory class then walk through their full schedule to meet their student's teachers and learn about this year's curriculum. 

The evening is schedule to end at 8:00pm. Just a friendly reminder, this is a chance to meet the teachers and learn about the classes, and not a time to conduct individual parent-teacher conferences. 

See you tomorrow night!  

Attention: 7th Grade Parents

th grade parents – please return the Neighborcare Dental Screening consent forms by October 1st to the school nurse (206) 252-9207.

- Thank you! Nurse Kate Bobo
Madison Family Handbook

CLICK HERE if  you woud like to read or print the Madison Family Handbook. This is a 50 page document that has all the policies, guidelines, tips, calendar, and events for Madison families.

This file will also be linked in the "about our school" section of the website.

Are You Having Trouble Logging on The Source?

Try these steps to log onto the Source. 
  • 1. Please log onto the Source. (If you can’t log on to the Source, please visit the Source page for more information) 2. Click School Information & Website from the left menu.
  • 3. Click Reset Your School Website Password.
  • 4. Enter your Source account email address in the Email Address field.
  • 5. Click Ok.
  • 6. You will receive an email from
  • 7. Click the link within the email to reset your website password.
  • 8. Click the back arrow of your browser to go back.

The Source Tour and helpful QRD for creating Source Account: CLICK HERE

The Source website also has helpful information: CLICK HERE 

School FusionPage website help: CLICK HERE 
Madison Spirit Wear

New Madison Middle School spirit wear is HERE! Click the link below to view our options.

Ordering deadline is September 23rd for our first round, so don’t delay. There is a link on the left sid titled Madison Spirit Wear.
Go Bulldogs!
Picture Day!

Madison School Picture Day is September 18th. See attachment for info on online ordering and pre paying for your students picture packet. This is a real time saver. As well as a great value. You can get more variety and choices at no extra charge.

Click HERE to learn how to pre-order pictures. 
School Your Parents at the Seattle Public Library

Students, teach your parents about LIBRARY RESOURCES to help you succeed in school!

-High Point Branch: Tuesday, September 10th at 4 pm
-South Park Branch: Monday, September 16th at 5:30 pm
-Delridge Branch: Tuesday, September 24th at 5:30 pm

*Have fun exploring Library resources that will help with school assignments
*Meet our super Homework Help volunteers
*Take part in a fun Library scavenger hunt
*Refreshments and prizes!!
Honors Language Arts

Interested in having your student placed in honors Language Arts next year? Current sixth and seventh graders may now apply for advanced-learning testing through the school district.

The deadline is Thurs., Oct. 3, and the application requires a teacher recommendation. For incoming sixth graders, it may be most appropriate to request this recommendation from the fifth-grade teacher. Students who receive a "Spectrum" or "APP" designation through this testing process have guaranteed placement in honors Language Arts classes at Madison ("Spectrum"). (Madison does not offer the APP program for highly academically gifted students, but APP students may choose to be placed in our honors LA classes.)

Other high-achieving students may be admitted to the honors Language Arts class on a space-available basis, but continued placement for the following year may depend on whether or not the student has qualified for advanced learning through the testing process.

Please pick up application materials in the main office or click here  to access the forms online and to obtain further information about advanced-learning opportunities in Seattle Public School.

Further information about Madison's advanced-learning program can be found under the Academics tab on our website.
Early Dismissal

Attention Madison Families! 

Beyond the district early releases, Madison Middle School will have their own early release days. Five of these will be professional development for teachers to plan with the common core standards. Three of these days will be used for student-led conferences: Navigation 101. 
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014
  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014  (Navigation 101)
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014      (Navigation 101) 
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014      (Navigation 101) 
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Promotion Pictures

Want to order your 2013 8th Grade Promotion Portrait? Visit
6th Grade Orientation

6th grade orientation will be held in the evening on Tuesday, September 3 from 6:30 – 8:00pm.  Families and students will be introduced to some staff and teachers and will be given a tour of the school.  They will given their class schedules.  New students will have a chance to practice with their locker locks of Wednesday morning at the first day of school. See you then! 

School Supply List for 2013-2014

Click HERE 
to see the 2013-2014 supply list.
Bulldogs Read Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations to our three Bulldogs Read grand prize winners for the year.

6th grader, Kristina, was our top grand prize winner and won a $100 gift certificate to Amazon donated by the PTSA.  6th grader Marlee and 7th grader Selam were also winners and each won $50 gift certificates donated by the PTSA.

All students that read 30 or more Bulldogs Read books this year were entered in the grand prize drawing and got to attend a field trip to West Seattle Bowl during the last week of school. 

If you want to be in on the fun next school year, get started reading those Bulldogs Read books this summer so that you can get a head start.  Happy reading over the summer!
Lost N Found

Jackets and sweatshirts and Lunch Boxes in the Dog Pound. Check the Lost and Found this week and claim your lost item.

Lost a small item? Come by the main office and find your key, eye glasses or earrings.
7th Grade Book Trailers!

Looking for something good to read this summer?

Check out these incredible book trailers, made by Madison 7th graders in Reading class.

Science Fair Winners!

Madison Middle School 7
th graders won 3 awards at the district science fair!

Gabrielle Rackner won Most Beneficial to Puget Sound

Brynne Hunt won Best Aeronautics Project

Lily Trinneer won Best Field Study Project.

Participating in the science fair was an optional challenge project. These wonderful young scientists did all of the work on their own time at home! What a great job!
Madison 8th Grade Promotion

Thursday, June 13th, 6:30 pm
West Seattle High School Gymnasium
Want to buy a candy Lei for your grad?

Surprise your graduate with a candy lei and help support the West Seattle High School Music Program, to help fund new marching uniforms. These fun and beautiful leis will be available in a limited supply for you to pick up at our table outside in the courtyard at WSHS the night of promotion.

They are made with Madison Bulldog school colors for $10 each, cash or check only. To reserve one for your grad by June 10th, email Anne Weglin,, or the night of promotion, first come first served, don't miss out!
Yearbooks are Here!

The yearbooks are here and they are fabulous!

- Distribution to people who pre-ordered will be Tuesday, June 11th during Advisory.

- Sales to 8th Graders will start before school on Wednesday, June 12th in the cafeteria.

- Sales for everyone will be during lunches and after-school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week, OR until they are sold out. These will be $22.

- Signature Supplement Sheets will also be sold. They can be used as separate autograph books or attached inside a yearbook. Plain/White for $1.00  Graphic design for  $2.00.  There are also special school nameplates for $3.00.
Mayor McGinn Visits!

Mayor McGinn visited Madison Middle School Tuesday afternoon to do a press conference about the awesome work happening at Madison and in the community around bringing oral health care to our students in need on site.

A few of our Madison students got to meet the mayor and listen to how the city is partnering with Neighborcare to bring oral health care to other schools as well. They toured our Wellness Center and got to meet our amazing nurse, Sami Hoag! Exciting work!

And while he was here, he even took a picture for a READ poster in the library! Thanks for supporting literacy and dental care!

Spring Band Concert - A Success!

The students showed their musical talent in last night's band concert. Mr. Bathum was awarded an unofficial "Greatest Conductor on Earth Award" from Madison parent.

Congratulations Mr. Bathum! We are grateful to have a wonderful teach like you here at Madison. 
Bulldogs Read for 2013-2014

The Bulldogs Read list for 2013-2014 is out and kids can get started reading the 50 titles now to be entered into the competition for next school year! Each student at Madison is encouraged to read at least one Bulldogs Read book throughout the year.This list would be a great starting point for students to get some ideas for summer reading as well. Happy reading this summer!

Bulldogs Read List (Fountas & Pinnell Reading Level included)

Bulldogs Read List (Six Word Book Review included)
Seattle Public Librarians Visit Madison Middle School
On Monday, June 3rd, Seattle Public Librarians Wally Bubelis (West Seattle branch), Ken Gollersrud (High Point branch), and Cheresse Thoeny (Southwest branch) visited Madison's library to talk with students about the Summer Reading Program through SPL. They challenged each student to read at least five books this summer to avoid that "summer slide" we all hear about. They also left kids with lots of great book recommendations to get them started reading this summer. Click on the links below for a list of books each librarian talked about. 

Wally's Summer Reading List

Ken's Summer Reading List

Cheresse's Summer Reading List

Fun Day with Chihuly!

Sixth graders got the chance to check out water and wildlife at Seward Park and glass art at the Chihuly Glass Museum both yesterday and today.

They were lucky enough to even get some pictures with Mr. Chihuly himself! What a wonderful way to end the week.  
Fun Run Planning Meeting!

The Madison PTSA is forming a planning committee for the first-ever Madison Middle School fun run, tentatively planned for Fall 2013.

The first planning meeting is Thursday, June 6th at 7 pm at The Cask on Admiral. Please join us! We welcome your ideas, energy and creativity as we develop this new fundraising event. Can't make it but want to be included on future communications?

Email Loni at
Track Pizza Party Today!

There will be a track pizza party this Friday the 30 in the dog pound during Advisory.  Come celebrate our awesome season with your wonderful teammates!
Turn in those Library Books!

This year, Madison students and staff checked out almost 16,000 books! Way to read, Madison! Sadly, this is the last week for book checkout through the library. All Madison library books are due back by this coming Monday, June 3.

So finish up the book you are currently reading, return it to the library and then make sure you’ve got your Seattle Public Library card so you can start checking out books from your local public library branch this summer.  

Again, all books are due back to the Madison library by this coming Monday.  Talk to Ms. Bell in the library if you have a special situation.
A special invitation from the Madison PTSA:

The Madison PTSA invites all current and incoming new students and their families to a potluck dinner at Madison Middle School on Wednesday, June 5, from 6 - 8 pm.

Current students will give tours and answer questions about student life, academics and what to expect at Madison. Parents of current students will help prepare you for navigating the world of middle school and to be a part of the Madison community.

Please bring a dish to share with others. Drinks will be provided.

RSVP here:
Outstanding Madison Teacher and Volunteer Nominations EXTENDED to Wed. May 29th

Do you know of a teacher who has made a difference? Or a volunteer who has gone that extra mile to help a student or the school?

Now is the time to write a short nomination for the PTSA Outstanding Teacher and Volunteer Awards. It doesn't take long and you'll be glad you did it. There are so many deserving teachers and volunteers that it often makes it difficult to choose only one. Please return nominations by May 22, 2013 to the Madison front office or to Lora Bunch at

Click here for Nomination form attached. 
Madison Clothing Bank

Madison Parents-
Madison is starting a clothing bank and needs your help. Please take a look through your closets and drawers for gently used, age (middle school) appropriate clothing to donate. We also need new undergarments (boys and girls) and sox. These need to be new packaged items.

This will go a long way to help our Madison school families in need. You can bring any items to the the Main office. If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Ferguson

Thanks for your support,
Lora Bunch
Madison Volunteer Coordinator

Game 2 You Winners!

The below students who sold 25+ items in the cookie dough/tote bag sale this year plus, a couple of top sellers from last year that missed out due to the game truck scheduling, will be participating in the Games 2 You Truck fun on Friday June 7th from 12:30-2:15.

Winners, you will also be able to bring a friend to join in the fun with you. To insure your friend will be excused along with you on June 7th, please report his or her name to Jana in the main office by June 5th.

Grace Gunlogson, Raishad Woodiest, Alex Johnson, Cami Quade, Heckano Aklilu, Sofia Sallas, Chloe Simmons, Jaela Jinka, Maddy Wyse, Jack Rhea, Spencer Tazioli, Foster William,  and Jordan Berridge-Green

Super Science Night!

Bring your family to SUPER SCIENCE NIGHT on May 22 from 6:30-8pm in the Madison Commons!  This year Science Night will feature some way cool scientists from Seattle to teach you about bacteria, biotechnology, weather, owls & owl pellets, future of flight, and much more!  

You can earn extra credit and win fun science prizes too.   There will even be a Root Beer Float Bar!!   Don’t miss the fun next Wednesday, May 22!
Writing Contest Runner Up!

Congratulations to Madison 6th grader Sofie Phillips, one of 10 runners-up in Scholastic Book Clubs’ Survival Writing Contest!  Sofie wrote a letter in the voice of a young woman accused of witchcraft in Salem.

Her historical fiction competed against 2,000 entries, submitted from student writers around the nation.  Sofie will receive a ten-volume “Amazing Events in History” library from Scholastic Books.
Spring Book Fair at Madison

Madison Middle School's spring book fair is coming up next week, Tuesday-Thursday (May 21st-23rd). This book fair will be hosted by University Book Store and will be set up on the main stage in the cafeteria.  Students and families will be able to visit the book fair to purchase books during lunchtime on Wednesday and Thursday. The book fair will also be open during the Band Concert on Tuesday, May 21st and during Science Night on Wednesday, May 22nd. 

Families can also order books online using the group code MMS at checkout ( Along with a great selection of new books, there will also be some University of Washington items available for purchase for all of you Husky fans out there.  

So mark your calendars for May 21st through May 23rd and plan on visiting the book fair on the main stage in the cafeteria.

Happy book shopping!
Golden Acorn Awards

The Golden Acorn Outstanding Volunteer Award Outstanding Educator Award are for exemplary service toward the betterment of Madison Middle School.

Click HERE to download a nomination form for the Golden Acorn Awards. 

SPS Family Climate Survey

Family Climate Surveys will be taken May 21 - June 6 online or over the phone. For more information and details see this flyer...Family Climate Survey Flyer
Dress Code Reminder

As the weather gets warmer, you might be tempted to break out those summer outfits.  Most summer attire is NOT appropriate for school and violates Madison dress code. 

Here are a few reminders:  leave the flip flops at home; skirt and short length must be THREE INCHES BEYOND the fingertips as they lay at one’s side; 3 inch straps at the shoulders are required; boys pants must fit a the waist and all shirts must cover the entire torso.  There’s still a lot of school to happen.  Keep the focus!
Yearbooks Update

The last day to pre-order a yearbook is Thursday, May 9th.  That is also your last chance to get your name stamped on it.  This is the only way to guarantee you will have a yearbook.

When yearbooks are delivered in June, any extras will be available to purchase on a first come first served basis.  8th graders will get priority for these.  These will cost $22.
Is Your 8th Grader heading to West Seattle High this Fall?

Ms. Susan Nyman, 9th grade school counselor at West Seattle High School, will have a Family Night on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the high school library, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  The goal is to inform parents and guardians on how to help their students register for the right 9th grade classes/courses on Monday, May 6, 2013.  This promises to be a very informative evening.
MSP Testing Next Week

MSP testing begins next week.  Madison’s testing days will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Your attendance for these days is critical.  

Please do not make any appointments during the morning hours, as we will be testing until 11am.  Get lots of rest, eat a good breakfast, and be sure to arrive to school on time.  

Because of the testing, Madison’s two hour early release next week has been cancelled on Wednesday May 1st.  

Things to know for MSP:
  • The testing will take place between 7:50am – 11:05am each testing day.  The building will need to be quiet to give everyone the best opportunity for success.
  • Cell phones and electronics are not allowed in the testing room.  Please leave them in your locker during the testing period, or they will be held by your teacher if you bring them into the testing room.
  • Bring a book to read once you have finished the test.  Reading is the only activity allowed, so make sure you have reading material.
  • Bring one or two #2 wooden pencils (not mechanical) and an eraser.
  • On your testing days, we will be providing a snack for you.  No outside snacks allowed.
  • Do your best.  Be confident in your ability. Trust yourself. Good luck! 
May 1st Early Release is Cancelled

ATTENTION: Next Wednesday, May 1st will NOT be an early release day due to MSP testing. Thank you in advance for making the appropriate accommodations for this day.  

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