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Bring your family to SUPER SCIENCE NIGHT!

Science night is on May 27 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, neurobiology, oceanography, plankton, owl pellets, and much more!

You can earn extra credit from your Science teachers. There will even be dessert served!! In addition to all this fun, there will be a book fair going on!! Don’t miss the fun next Wednesday, May 27!
Book Fair coming up May 26th-28th!!

With summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to stock up on some great summer reads. Luckily, Madison’s last Book Fair of the year (hosted by Secret Garden Books) is coming up next week on May 26th-28th, Tuesday-Thursday. Students can shop for books during lunch on the main stage in the cafeteria and also during Science Night on Wednesday, May 27th. Cash, check (made out to Secret Garden Books) and credit card will be accepted. A portion of every sale will come back to Madison to help us purchase new books for our library.  Ms. Bell will also be unveiling the 2015-2016 Bulldogs Read list at that event. Purchase a few of the upcoming Bulldogs Read books at the book fair to get a jump start on reading them this summer.  Thank you for supporting literacy at Madison!

8th Grade Celebration Information

Madison’s 8th Grade Celebration Ceremony is Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gym at West Seattle High School. Yuen Lui, our school photographer will be available in the West Seattle High School Commons beginning at 5:30. Tickets will be required for admission. Four tickets per family will be sent home with students in June. 8th graders are not required to have a ticket for admission.

Attached is the letter that went home with students about year end expectations. 
Outstanding Madison Educator and Volunteer Nominations

Do you know of a educator 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. However, it all starts with your nomination. Please return nominations by May 22, 2015 to the Madison front office or to Lora Bunch at . 

CLICK HERE for nomination form. 
Bulldogs Read Winners for April!

Listen up for the Bulldogs Read grand prize drawing for April.   In the race between grade levels, the 6th grade maintains their dominance with another win in April. Our 6th grade grand prize winner is Hannah Kim who read Scarlet.   In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison won once again to maintain their undefeated streak over the past two years. Wow! Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison is 8th grader Emma LaPlante who read Rose Under Fire.   And our two runner-up winners for April are 7th graders Josiah Johnson who read Fortunately, the Milk and Duyen Au who read Coaltown Jesus.  Lastly, our staff member prize winner for this month was Ms. Wies who read The Runaway KingCongratulations, winners—be sure to come to the library to claim your prize.

And remember that if you are trying to read at least 30 Bulldogs Read books so that you can go on our end of year field trip, you’ve only got until the last school day of this month—May 29th—to reach your goal. Be sure to let Ms. Bell in the library know if you are on track to read at least 30 so that you get invited to the field trip.

Poetry Competition Grand Prize Winners!

In our library poetry competition to celebrate National Poetry Month, we had so many excellent original poems submitted as well as super creative book spine poems. Thank you to all those students and staff members that took a chance and shared their amazing poetry with the rest of us. Keep on writing because telling a story through poetry is very POWERFUL! Congratulations to our grand prize winners for best original poem per grade level and to our one grand prize winner for best book spine poem for all grades combined. Come to the library to read their winning poems and other poems submitted by your classmates!

Book Spine Poem Winner: 6th Grader Jack Thomson (see picture of his book spine poem above)

6th Grade Original Poem Winner: Jonah Elbaum ("Big Fat F")

7th Grade Original Poem Winner: Alexia Samuels ("Spelling Bee")

8th Grade Original Poem Winner: Xander Thomas ("The Trial")

Staff Grand Prize Winners: Ms. Ovens (Best Book Spine Poem) and Ms. Tihista (Best Original Poem)
End of Year Celebration

Please join us to an open house and potluck on Tuesday, June 2, from 6-8 pm. This is a chance to celebrate the end of the school year. Incoming 6th grade families are also invited.

This will be a potluck dinner - more details coming soon!
Pirates of Penzance Performance

Madison Middle School students will be performing the Pirates of Penzance! The performance dates are  Friday 5/15 at 7pm and Saturday 5/16 at 10am.

Tickets are $10.00 in advance/$15.00 at the door. Please come and support our actors!

For advance tickets, contact Karen at
Attention 8th Graders!

There are 6 weeks left until you complete middle school and become high school students! Has this made you think about your time at Madison? Maybe you are a little nostalgic about your time here but also excited to be taking the next steps of your life! Would you like to share these thoughts with your fellow 8th graders? If so, then speaking at our 8th grade celebration on Wednesday, June 10th, might be right for you!

If you are interested in speaking in front of your fellow peers and their families on the evening on June 10th as we celebrate your time in middle school and send you off to high school, come see Mr. Urdal and tell him you are interested!

You have until May 8th to let us know if you would like to speak at the celebration on June 10th.
Madison Night at Pecado Bueno is THIS WEDNESDAY!

All-you-can-eat buffet from 5:00 to 8:00! All food proceeds go to Madison PTSA! Come out to support our school on Wednesday, April 29th at Pecado Bueno, 4523 California Avenue SW, anytime betweeb 5:00–8:00 pm.

Invite your friends and neighbors to join you for a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet and some drinks if you wish.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Save time in line and buy your tickets online. You can also pay at the door (cash and checks only).

This is a Madison PTSA Community Event.
Washington State Essay Contest Winners

The Washington State Law Enforcement Association announced it's 2015. Statewide 8th Grade winners to the 'Why I Will Not Do Drugs or Alcohol' essay contest.
  • The Statewide First Place Winner is Naomi Meredith. She won $200.
  • The Third Place Statewide essay winner is Raymond Sifferman. He won $100.
  • Camille won a Participation certificate.
All winners were from Dr. Harris' Humanities morning and afternoon classes.

Congratulations Madison Middle School Writers!
Report Cards Come Home Today

Report cards are going home with students today. Please share these with your family and help them log on to The Source to help you with your school priorities.
SBAC Starts Monday

Students, state testing season is here! Smarter Balanced testing - called SBAC for short - starts Monday, April 27th and runs through the end of May.

It's very important for you to be at school on time each and every day! Also, every student will need headphones for testing, so make sure you put a pair in your backpack.

Be here! Be on time! Bring headphones!
Talent Show - June 12th

Madison's Talent Show will be on Friday, June 12th this year.  Auditions and practices will begin Tuesday, May 19th and continue every Tuesday until the show. See Ms. Rubio if you have any questions. 

Start practicing those talents! 
Letters about Literature

Congratulations to 6th graders Indira O’Byrne and Rayan Habib. Their Letters about Literature were amongst 10 entries to receive Honorable Mention at the state level.

To achieve this honor, these writers competed against 1,617 other Washington state students in the Level 1 division of the contest, which is sponsored by The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

Keep writing, Bulldogs!
Madison Night at Safeco Field - May 15

The Madison PTSA has booked a fun family event at Safeco Field on Friday, May 15th. It's sure to be a great game against the Boston Red Sox! Invite your friends and neighbors and buy your tickets online to reserve your seats.

Madison PTSA will get $4 from each $16 ticket sold. Batter Up!
April is National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month and, in celebration, Ms. Bell is challenging students and staff to release their inner poet and create a book spine poem!  Book spine poetry refers to the art ofApril is National Poetry Month and, in celebration, Ms. Bell is challenging students and staff to release their inner poet and create a book spine poem!  Book spine poetry refers to the art of arranging books so that the titles on the spine form a poem. For this challenge, all you need to do is arrange any 3 or more books into a poem, take a photo, and submit it to Ms. Bell by April 22nd.

Ms. Bell will post some of the best book spine poems on the school website and also have them on display in the library.  There will be a grand prize winner announced at the end of the competition.

Here are the details: 

  1. Use any 3 or more books to create a book spine poem and take a picture of it (there will also be books available in the library for you to use to create a book spine poem).
  2. For privacy reasons, make sure there aren’t any people in your picture. 
  3. Submit your entry to Ms. Bell by April 22nd –email your entry to or have Ms. Bell take a photo of your book spine poem in the library.  Be sure to include your first and last name with your entry.
  4. Have fun and get creative!
Bulldogs Read Winners for March!

Listen up for the Bulldogs Read grand prize drawing for March.
   In the race between grade levels, the 6th grade maintained their dominance with another win in March. Our 6th grade grand prize winner is Cub Gionet who read Doll Bones.   In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison won once again to maintain their undefeated streak over the past two years. Wow! Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison is 6th grader Megan Golden who read Paperboy.    And our two runner-up winners for March are 8th grader Ulysses Hammer who read Never Say Die and 6th grader Kambel Fiser who read This is What Happy Looks Like.
Lastly, our staff member prize winner for this month was Ms. O’Donoghue who read the incredibly thought provoking book, Binky: License to Scratch! Congratulations, winners—be sure to come to the library to claim your prize.


March Madness Battle of the Books!

Our March Madness Battle of the Books tournament in the library has finally come to an end with the last book battle yesterday between our two finalists—
The Testing and Scarlet. It was definitely a close race, but in the end Scarlet was voted Best Bulldogs Read of the year with a vote of 86 to 60. The students at Madison have spoken and our visiting author last week, Marissa Meyer, will be very excited to hear the news!

That win means that 6
th grader Natalie Hinkey is our grand prize winner in the brackets race with 14 of the 15 book battles predicted correctly. Runner-up winners Devon Asmus and Evan Johnson were right behind her with 13 of the 15 predicted correctly. See Ms. Bell to claim your prizes! And if you haven’t read Scarlet yet, be sure to come by the library to check it out—after all, your classmates sure think it’s a winner!


Author Marissa Meyer visits Madison MS!

Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles 
series, visited Madison Middle School today and spoke with 6th and 7th graders about her books and her path to becoming an author.

She had a great message to share with students about persevering to reach their goals, whether it be to become a published author, a famous musician, a world-renowned chef, or even a video game creator! At the end of the author talk, Marissa even treated kids to a retelling of Grimm's original grisly version of Cinderella. If you want to know how the real story goes (not the Disney version), just ask any 6th or 7th grader!
State Geography Bee

Madison Geo Bee Champion Jack Crowley will be representing Madison at the State Geography Bee on March 27th at Pacific Lutheran University. 

Good Luck Jack!! 

Smarter Balanced – The New State Standardized Tests

The district has produced a video designed to help families understand Smarter Balanced and view portions of the test format.

Here is a link for families with some information:

In addition to the video, new resources have been added to the Seattle Public Schools Smarter Balanced page:
Spirit Week March 16 - 20th!

  • Monday – Pajama Day
  • Tuesday – Mix and Match day 
  • Wednesday – Hippy Day
  • Thursday – Disney Day
  • Friday – Formal Friday 
Show us your Spirit Bulldogs! 

Scholastic Book Club Ordering is Back!!

Interested in a cheaper way to purchase some great new books for your family? You should consider ordering books through Scholastic Book Clubs.   Come talk to Ms. Bell in the library to find out more information or use the following information to access the online book catalogs. This month, online orders must be submitted by Friday, March 27th.  

Shop Online:
One-Time Class Activation Code: HJ37V

Letters About Literature

Congratulations to the following students who are state semi-finalists in the national Letters about Literature contest. Thousands of Washington state students enter this contest, so this is an impressive accomplishment! Each of these students now has the chance to advance to the national level of this competition, which is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Sixth graders: Rayan Habib, Natalie Hinkey, Sirma Hoffman, Amelia Jones, Indira O’Byrne, and Ruby Sullivan

Seventh graders: Ana Dillen, Sophia Palmer, Lexie Russ, Cole Stephenson, Haley Taylor, and Ashley Young
SPL Librarian, Wally, Visits the Madison Library!

Wally Bubelis, SPL teen librarian at West Seattle Library, visited the Madison MS library last 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 from Monday, go to:

Composting at Madison!

Our Madison Green Team, with help from the YMCA, spent all of last week educating our students during all three lunches how to do the compost/recycling/landfill dance. By the end of the week, the majority of our students were doing a good job of efficiently sorting their waste. It was really fun to see!

Today it ramped up: the woman behind the trash cans in the above picture is Rina Fa’amoe, the district Resource Conservation Specialist. She is overseeing our transition to having composting at lunch. She has helped supply some of the stuff we need (like those cool bins and signs) and is helping our custodians get ready. We are excited to see this happening.

Here’s what we need to understand as a building: the city of Seattle passed a law. As of Jan 1 this year all households and schools in the city will be fined if we don’t effectively compost and recycle. Starting in July (so we have time to practice and get this right before the next school year) Madison will be fined $50 per garbage/recycle/compost bin that has the wrong kind of waste in it every time the bin is collected by the city. We have three bins emptied a total of four times a week (garbage is twice) so we could be potentially fined up to $200 per week.

The biggest thing will be creating a system whereby students share time as “monitors” of the bins during lunch. This will take some thinking and some organizing Though the custodians are often there, and do a great job of helping with this, they cannot be asked nor expected to do all the monitoring of the students as they empty their trays. We need to rotate our students through that responsibility.

Overall, this is a good thing, as the shared responsibility will help educate them, and should motivate them to do a good job with it. I’ll share one final piece of data on this. By the end of all three lunches today, the recycle bin was filled and emptied three times, both compost bins were filled and emptied three times, and our “landfill” bin wasn't filled at all. It wasn't even half full. That’s pretty amazing. That’s our new reality, and really, that’s a great change.
Spring Musical Auditions!

Calling all Singers, Actors, Dancers and Comedians! Auditions for Madison’s Spring musical – Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance Jr. will be Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 from 2:30 to 4:30 in the Commons.

Parents are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 10 in Madison’s Library from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Students interested in auditioning must complete a drama registration form, and students new to drama need two teacher recommendations.

Pick up forms in the YMCA office. These forms are due when you audition.
Volleyball Tryouts

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday for Volleyball. Tryouts will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 2, 3, and 4. Dress ready to play on Monday.
February Annoucements

Stop by the cafeteria in the mornings and fuel up with breakfast! During the month of February, enter to win an ITunes gift card or an IPad Mini! Our winner this week is Asma Jama! Congratulations Asma!

First Semester grades went home with students last week. Please remember to share these with your families. Teach them to log on to The Source to help you with your school priorities.

Paw Prints is now Published! Read interesting bits and pieces about your school! Pick up your Madison School NewsPaper in the Library.

Reminder Athletes! Grade sheets are due each Wednesday, by the end of the day. Grades must be submitted in order to play weekend games.

Soccer Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, March 3. Practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pick up your forms in the main office for Volleyball, Soccer and Track. Track starts Thursday, March 5th.   Please make sure your name is printed and legible on all forms before turning them in to the main office.

Hey 7th graders! You could spend 4 days and 3 nights having fun at Mount Rainier Institute! The forests around Mount Rainier will be your science laboratory, plus take a trip up to Paradise at 5,400 feet. Learn more about going to Mount Rainier Institute this Thursday, February 19th at 5:30 in the commons...or talk to Mrs. Rand in room 210.

Students: Any Attendance issues should be brought to the Attendance window located right next door to the main office. If you have an early dismissal, please bring a signed note to the Attendance window before school. Parents and guardians must sign students out at the Attendance window. Pre-planned absence forms are available at the Attendance window. The Attendance phone number is 252-9204.

Students requesting to ride a yellow school bus other than the bus they are assigned, must bring a signed note from a parent or guardian and receive a green card from the main office. Signed notes from students requesting a different bus must be submitted to the main office before noon.

Remember to uphold our Bulldog Bark! Take care of our school environment, and remember to clean up your lunch table space after eating.
Jumpin' Jive Swing Dance is Feb. 27th!

Madison Booster’s 3rd Annual Jumpin’ Jive Swing Dance is coming up next Friday, February 27 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Madison Commons! Invite your family and friends and come and enjoy music, free dance lessons, games, treats and a silent auction. Visit the Madison website for cost and ticket information.
Literacy Night is this Thursday!

Join us for a Dramatic Performance
Presented by Living Voices!
Thursday, February 12th: 6:15-8:00pm

This multimedia dramatic presentation tells the story of the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America. The Right to Dream recreates a studen'ts coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950's and 1960's. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.

Show is about 45 minutes. Recommended for 4th grade and up. Refreshments will be served.  Following the performance, come celebrate student work from 7:30-8 in the Language Arts/Social Studies classrooms and hallways. Enjoy student work focused on this engaging themes: Courage (6th grade), Power (7th grade) and Voices (8th grade).
Join Track this Spring!

What do Earl Thomas, Marshawn Lynch, Jeremy Lane, Ricardo Lockette, Paul Richardson, and Richard Sherman all have in common? Yes, of course, they are all members of the NFC champions, Seattle Seahawks, but did you also know that they were all track and field athletes in high school or college!

So if you want to be a star athlete or just become stronger and faster, get more exercise, and be part of an amazing team, join Madison's Track team! Get paperwork from the main office. Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting March 5th. If you have any questions see Mr. Urdal, Madison's head track coach. Go Bulldogs!
Bulldogs Read Winners for January!

In the Bulldogs Read grand prize drawing for January, it was a come from behind victory this month. The 6th and 7th grade were leading most of the month, but on the last day, the 8th grade turned in a bunch of entries and won with 76 books read in January. Way to step it up 8th grade and claim your first grade level victory of the year. We’ll see if you can keep it going into this month.

Our 8th grade grand prize winner is Meseret Habte who read Ghost Hawk. In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison remain dominant with 146 books read in January. Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison is 6th grader Alexandra Reifel who read Sure Signs of Crazy. And our two runner-up winners for January are 6th grader Lucy Keegan who read This is What Happy Looks Like and 7th grader Keyradin Adem who read Donner Dinner Party. Lastly, our staff member prize winner for this month was Ms. Ovens who read Sidekicked. Congratulations, winners—be sure to come to the library to claim your prize.
Author Joelle Charbonneau visits Madison MS!

Joelle Charbonneau, author of The Testing series, visited Madison Middle School today and spoke with 7th and 8th graders about her books and her unusual path to becoming an author (from actress, to model, to opera singer, to finally an author). Connecting it back to her inspiration for The Testing series, she left students with a great word of encouragment about how NO test can ever define our potential--they just sometimes let us know we have to work that much harder to reach our goals.

Now we have local author Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress), to look forward to this spring when she comes to speak with 6th and 7th graders in March about her books. Can't wait! 
End of Semester Annoucement

First semester ends this Friday Jan. 30th. For those student who will have PE second semester, Madison PE T-shirts are mandatory.

T-shirts will be on sale for $5 each. You can purchase them in front of the stage all 3 lunches starting Monday, Feb. 2nd thru Wednesday, Feb. 4th.
Literacy Family Night! February 12th

Join us for a Dramatic Performance
Presented by Living Voices!
Thursday, February 12th: 6:15-8:00pm

This multimedia dramatic presentation tells the story of the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America. The Right to Dream recreates a studen'ts coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950's and 1960's. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.

Show is about 45 minutes. Recommended for 4th grade and up. Refreshments will be served.  
Go Hawks!

Seahawks had an EPIC win Sunday afternoon and we’re going to the Superbowl!! Get your Hawk spirit ready because we will have Blue Friday two days from now and next week will be an unofficial official Seahawk Spirit Week!

All week long we want you to show your Seahawk pride! Dress up for Blue Friday and every day next week! GO HAWKS!
Career Day is Thursday!

Career Day is this tomorrow! Thursday, January 22nd. 

Today’s career skills are Meeting Due Dates and Deadlines … and Responsibility and Self-Discipline. It is important to know that there are definite dates in the calendar when assignments are due to complete all the requirements of the assignment; to submit the work promptly, and not to lose any points for tardy or incomplete work. Someone who is responsible and self disciplined, is a self starter, is committed to and accountable for work assigned; does not just do the bare minimum to get the job done, and is loyal to his or her employer.
Signing Up for MOST Activities

M.O.S.T. Program Winter M.O.S.T. forms are available for students to pick up in the YMCA office. After school programs will begin again on Tuesday, January 20th. Written forms may be found HERE. for online registration.
Directions for signing up:

• Follow LINK to YMCA Home Page

• Once at the YMCA Home Page sign in, or create an account. If you currently have a membership with the YMCA you should use your current membership. Please make sure that you ADD your child to your membership account, if they are not already on your membership.

• Once you have signed in and/or registered and signed in, you will need to make sure that you are on the YMCA HOME page by clicking HOME in the top left hand corner.

• On the YMCA Home Page you will click on Register for Activities on the left lower side of the page.

• Once you are on the Activity Search page you can type “Madison” into the search bar. You can also go over and down to Filter Search (find on left side of the page) and under Location choose Madison.

• Once you have found Madison MOST classes you can add to your Cart. When searching for classes you are able to SORT (find at right top of page) by date, location, time, etc…

• Select participant. (Please make sure that your child’s name appears as class participant).

• Add any additional information.

• Proceed to shopping cart and verify your class selection.
Joelle Charbonneau--author of The Testing--is coming to Madison!

On Tuesday, January 27
th, we are super lucky to have Joelle Charbonneau, author of the hugely popular Bulldogs Read book The Testing, visiting Madison to talk with students about her books and what it means to be a writer and an author. The entire 8th grade will have a chance to hear from Joelle during 2nd period in the commons as well as a few lucky 7th graders (7th grade students who have Ms. Rippe, Mr. Bathum, Ms. Cahill, Ms. Christensen, Ms. O’Donoghue, or Mr. Chin during 2nd period). Parents are also welcome to attend this assembly. Ms. Bell is still working on getting a different author to visit later this year to talk with the 6th grade and the rest of the 7th grade, so stay tuned!  

The author 
will be available afterwards during advisory for students and adults to purchase a book and have it personally signed by her. Students who are not able to listen to the author talk (6th and 7th grade students) but still love Joelle's books and want to get one personally signed by her will be invited to come to the commons at advisory time for the book signing.  Come pick up a price sheet from the library today for a list of the books she’ll be selling.  Cash, check (made out to Third Place Books) and credit will be accepted.  Watch a book trailer for The Testing below. 

Book Recommendations for 2015!

Want some great book recommendations for 2015? Check out these two book lists created by the Nerdy Book Club and Epic Reads!
Bulldogs Read Winners for December!

In the Bulldogs Read grand prize drawing for December, it was the closest race yet between grade levels. The 6th and 7th grade kept trading the lead throughout December and were actually at a dead tie on the last day before break…that is until a 6th grader turned in one last Bulldogs Reads submission, pushing the 6th grade ahead of the 7th grade by just one book. Nice work and keep up that good competition! 

Our 6th grade grand prize winner is Darby Palmer who read Big Nate Flips Out.In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison remain dominant with 90 books read in December. 

Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison is 7th grader Hinari Denebo who read I am Malala.

Our two runner-up winners for December are 7th grader Ana Dillen who read Johnny Delgado and 6th grader Jordan Gromlich who read Fortunately, the Milk.

Lastly, our staff member prize winner for this month was Ms. Wies who read Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer. Congratulations, winners—be sure to come to the library to claim your prize.
Barrels of Fun PTSA Fundraising Social - Feb 7

Help us reach out goal of raising $40K for Madison! Tickets are on sale now for the PTSA's main fundraising event of the year.

This is a unique event being held at the Wine Academy at South Seattle College. There will be sensory stations, wine pairings, raffles and a great opportunity to network with Madison families. BUY YOUR TICKETS today or make a donation to show your support.
Basketball Annoucement

JV girls will practice from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm. Varsity girls will practice from 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm.

Click on the Athletics link to find updated schedule for the varsity and junior varsity schedules for the 2015 season. 
Happy Winter Break!

At Madison, we would like each person to value who he or she is, and to value others who make up this school. We each have something to contribute to our community. As one of our traditions, on the last school day before winter break, we welcome our students in the morning with lights.

The light created by lighted votive candles inside paper bags, cut out with holiday patterns, create the path to school. The patterns reflect the different traditions that our students, staff and their families bring and the celebrations that they join in during the winter break, a brief two-week away from school. The songs also reflect music from our diverse groups. The sweet treats are often symbols of joyous occasions as we greet each other to mark the holidays.

Whatever holiday you and your family celebrate at this time of the year, we wish you a restful break from your daily homework and schoolwork.
Bulldogs Read Winners for November!

In the Bulldogs Read competition for November, the 7th grade came out on top for the second month in a row with 120 Bulldogs Read books read. Way to keep up the great reading 7th grade! Our 7th grade grand prize winner is Shuai LaVielle who read My Name is Blessing.

In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison remain dominant with 162 books read in November. Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison is 8th grader Ruby Philp who read Johnny Delgado: Private Detective. Our two runner-up winners for November are 7th graders Katerina Winge who read Battle Bunny and Nekosea Trotter who read My Name is Blessing. Lastly, our staff member prize winner for this month was Ms. Christensen who also read My Name is Blessing.

Congratulations, winners—be sure to come to the library to claim your prize.
Early Dismissal on Wednesday

School will be dismissed one hour early on Wednesday. Students will be dismissed at 1:20. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday. Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.
Madison's Winter Concert - TIME CHANGE

Mark your calendars! Madison's Winter Concert is at 7:30 p.m. (NO LONGER 7:00) on Thursday, December 11th in Madison's gym. Our 6th, 7th and 8th grade music students have been working hard and are excited to entertain you.

All are welcome! 8th GRADE MUSIC PARENTS & STUDENTS MOVING ON TO WSHS: The start time of the concert was pushed later in order for you to be able to attend the WSHS Open House with your students, which begins at 6:00pm. Mr. Bathum would like students to arrive no later than 7:00 to warm up for the concert. If you are not attending the open house please plan on arriving between 6:30-6:45.
The National Geographic Geography Bee

The National Geographic Geography Bee is a school-wide event. Each Social Studies teacher gives an initial quiz and then invites the students who did well on the quiz to prepare for the grade level Geography Bee in December. Sometimes a teacher will host a Prep Room where students can go and prepare by studying together, quizzing each other, playing games, and simulating the actual Bee.

In January, we hold a school-wide Geography Bee with all grade levels sending 10 candidates to the competition. The winner for the school takes a written test in hopes of being invited to compete at the State Geography Bee. Last year, one of our students went on to compete at the state level. State winners advance to the National Level to compete for scholarships and cash prizes.

Preparing for the Bee is a great way for parents and guardians to get involved with their kids!!! Dust off the old maps, atlases, and videos about the world-----have a Family Quiz Night!
Lock-down Drill Information

Madison Families – Madison Bulldogs participated in our first Lockdown drill of the year today. By district law, schools have to conduct emergency drills monthly. This month, we chose to do our first of three required lockdown drills. Our students and staff secured the building and remained silent in classrooms throughout the entire drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the drill today and how they may have felt. Talking about “what if” scenarios can sometimes help alleviate anxieties. If you have any questions about Madison’s emergency preparedness procedures and practices, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Swiftney.

Girls and Boys Basketball tryouts are scheduled to begin on December 10. The season will begin on January 10. Athletes must have permission forms completed and turned in including the Sports Physical. Forms can be found on the Seattle Public Schools website or pick up one in the main office.

Want to see your future? Well you can get a sneak peak. Tomorrow, November 20th Neighborhood House at High Point is hosting a College and Career Fair. There will be Northwest College and career representatives and workshops to help you start preparing for college now. It’s from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 20.
West Seattle High School Open House

Attention 8th grade parents: Parent Night will be held on December 11th at West Seattle High School. WSHS is very happy to have so many families excited to learn about our wonderful school! Open House begins at 6:00 pm!

It's that time of year again to kick-off the 2014 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. Some 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 20 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. **If pulling from your pantry, please be sure that canned foods are not damaged or foods shelf life has not expired. We did have to dispose of a lot of canned and pasta goods last year.  

Please have your student(s) drop off canned goods to their science teacher's classrooms during the food drive dates - November 10th - 21st. The competition is based on weight and the winning class will be announced on Monday November 24th and given much praise for doing service to our community. They will also receive the coveted “Turkey Cup” trophy to display in class for the year. Thank You for your support.

There are some specialty item donations needed and volunteer needs with this event.
If interested please contact: Lora Bunch, 206-349-3280 or
Hey Bulldogs!

How’s your Honor Level looking? Are you an All Star – no infractions this year? Are you on Honor Level 1? It’s time to reward our fantastic Honor Level 1 students!

Tomorrow, Friday November 7th, will be our first monthly Honor Level 1 reward for all students who, by the end of day are either an All Star or on Honor Level 1. Our goal is to have 100% of our school earning Honor Level rewards each month! If you follow the Bulldog Bark each and every day, we KNOW we can reach this goal.
Veteran's Day Assembly

Veteran's Day is observed on Tuesday, November 11th. There will be no school that day. Madison Middle School is having a Veteran's Day assembly on Monday, November 10th at 9:20am. 

All friends and family who are veteran's of our students are invited to attend this assembly. Please check-in at the front office before you go to the assembly. We would love to intorduce and honor you during this assembly. Thank you veterans, for your time and service! 

New Walkabout Program at Madison Is in Full Swing

What is WalkAbout? The WalkAbout is a new program at Madison Middle School. This is a school supported, parent staffed program that provides a positive adult presence on campus during peak traffic times ,morning 7:20-7:55 and lunch 11:00-12:30pm.

The additional adult presence discourages inappropriate behavior allowing students to feel safe. It also gives parents the opportunity to volunteer in an area that directly impacts their child's safety and gives them an additional connection to a big part of their child's day.
  • WalkAbout receives great administrative support from our teachers and staff!  
  • It is a very popular program at other area schools among working Moms and Dads because of the flexible times to volunteer!
All Madison parents are welcome to participate after completing the following requirements:
  1. Fill out Seattle Public Scools-Screening Form for Criminal History Information and DisclosureStatement . This form is used to run a Washington State Patrol Criminal History Background Check. You need to turn this form into the Madison main office and have administration check and verify your picture ID. This form is kept on file at Madison and is valid for two years. You may have had this done at your grade school however this also needs to be done at Madison for specific Madison volunteer activities. 
  2. Attend a WalkAbout Orientation. This will give you the information you need and answer any questions you may have about the WalkAbout program. We would love more parent volunteers. The more we have the more flexible it is for scheduling purposes. If you can give a shift a week or even a shift a month that would be great!!
To get more information and to sign up please email me asap Lora Bunch Madison Volunteer Coordinator
Pre-Order your Yearbooks!

Pre-Order Yearbook Sale: Oct. 27th through Nov. 14th. Pick up your order forms from your Advisory teacher or in the main office. Payments can be made on Tuesdays and Thursdays during all three lunches or if paying by check can be dropped off in the box outside of the Fiscal Office.

There are still a few 2013 & 2014 yearbooks that can still be purchased at a great discounted rate.
Mathematics Festival

The Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma will be hosting the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival on Sunday, November 2nd, from 1pm - 4pm. This free festival gives students a chance to work collaboratively on fun, inspiring math problems.It is open to all students in grades 3 - 8. Snacks and raffle prizes will be provided. Kids can register at:
Math Night! November 6th

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 6th for our annual math family night! This is an evening for Madison families to learn about the math resources at our school, and enjoy math games and activities together.

Math Sessions: - “Are you smarter than a middle-schooler?” Hosted by: Ms. Rubio. 7:00pm. Room 113

  • Dominos
  • Set, Chess
  • Checkers
  • Brainology
  • Estimation Station
  • Raffles for prizes 
  • Graphiti
  • Origami

This is an opportunity to play games with your familyand the Barnes & Noble Book Fair will be there. Refreshments will be provided. See you then! 
Spirit Week- October 2014!

Next week is Spirit Week, Madison!

Here’s what to wear:
  • Marvel Monday – dress as your favorite comic super hero
  • Tie Die Tuesday – dig out your best tie-die
  • Wear Your Color Wednesday – 8th will wear blue, 7th will wear green, 6th will wear red.
  • Thursday is Pajama Day, but keep it school appropriate, and no slippers.
  • Friday is Costume day.
For Friday, Halloween costumes are fine, and hats are okay, as long as you don’t wear a mask, cross dress, or wear costumes that don’t conform to the dress code.
Show that spirit, Madison: dress up all next week!
2014 Teens' Top Ten Titles Announced!

Find these winning titles in our Madison Library today!


  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin)
  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile) 
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press) 

“Do you have a favorite teacher? Think they deserve recognition? Head to the library and put your vote into the teacher of the month box.”

Soccer Practice is held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 until 4:00. ALL Soccer players practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Ultimate Frisbee Practices are on Mondays and Wednesday from 2:30 – 4:00.

Madison Out of School Time (MOST) programs have begun! There is still room in some programs including Futsal. See Reggie in the YMCA office during lunch today for more information.
Upcoming Writing Contests!

Are you looking for a wider audience for your writing? If so, check out these upcoming writing contests!

  What Nature Means to Me Poetry Contest
*original poetry of any length

When:  *deadline* November 15, 2014
Why:  $200 cash prize, $100 REI gift certificates, plus more
Who:  Students between the ages of 11 and 19 years old

  Letters About Literature (write a letter to an author describing personal reactions to the work of the writer)

When:  *deadline* January 15, 2015

Why:  $125.00 to the winner

Who: Students in grades 4-8

Contact: or (entry form on the website)


What: Young Playwrights for Change (National Middle School 10-minute playwriting contest sponsored by the Seattle Children’s Theatre)

Topic for Playwright: What is Family? What makes a family? Why is family important? (go to website for more specific directions)

When: *
deadline* December 21, 2014

Why: Plays selected by SCT will receive a reading at SCT and one play will be chosen to compete with other finalists at the AATE nation competition. One play in the nationwide contest will be chosen to be presented in a staged reading at the 2015 One Theatre World conference at DePaul University in Chicago. The playwright and one family member will have the opportunity to attend the conference, with hotel and travel expenses provided.

Who: Students in grades 6-8

Contact: (application on the website) or contact the SCT Drama School at (206) 443.0807 x1186

Workshops: SCT will provide 3 free playwriting workshops for aspiring contestants on October 11, November 15, and December 13 at Seattle Children’s Theatre. Call SCT to reserve a space. 

October 13th Mid-Term Grades

Check your student's progress on the Source! Mid term grades are not sent home on paper, you must check electronically on the Source,. Teachers will have entered mid-term scores by October 13th. All grades are up to date on this day! 
MOST Activities Begin Today!

Madison Out of School Time (MOST) programs start this week! A complete list of enrolled students and their classes can be found outside of YMCA room 112 next to the lunchroom.

All classes will meet in the lunchroom at 2:30 pm each day. There is still time to sign up for MOST programs if you haven't already! Please stop by YMCA room 112 if you have questions.
Healthy Youth Survey

Healthy Youth Surveys will be administered in advisory classes on Monday, October 13th. 

Click HERE for the Parent Flyer

Click HERE for the Parent Flyer in Spanish 
GEMS - Girls in Engineering, Math and Science

GEMS is a free science enrichment program for 7th and 8th grade girls currently attending a Seattle Public Middle School. The goal of the program is to encourage 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.

We meet one evening per month and host various field trips throughout the year. We have two locations, one at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in South Lake Union, and one at South Seattle Community College in West Seattle.

The program is free and fully funded by Seattle AWIS, a nonprofit organization. Transportation to and from all events is required, but if there is enough demand, we will try to organize ride shares or other transport. We are currently accepting applications for the 2014/15 school year, and submissions are due by September 25th but if there is still space available, late applications will be accepted.

A link to the application and more information about the program is available at:

LICK HERE for a flyer with additional information. 
Madison's Magazine Fundraiser

The Magazine Drive is HERE! Madison students - get GO BIG 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 Monday, September 15th.  

Tuesday, September 23rd is our first turn in day, and the second is Tuesday, September 30th. Students will need to bring order forms and payment with them to school on turn-in days.

Also….IF you send out 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 GO BIG 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!
MOST Activities are Starting Soon!

M.O.S.T. forms are will be going home with students on Wednesday. After school activities will begin on Monday, October 6. You must have a signed permission form to stay after school and participate in activities.

CLICK HERE for an elecronic version of the MOST form and after school activities. 
Author James Dashner visiting University Bookstore this coming Saturday

SATURDAY • September 13 • 3:00PM

James Dashner
Author of The Maze Runner Series (film adaptation soon to be released)

READING AND BOOK SIGNING @ University Bookstore, University District location, Seattle, WA

A note from University Bookstore: A dystopian YA adventure about a fight for survival inside a shape-shifting maze, James Dashner's bestselling Maze Runner series has already captivated millions of readers. Filled with life-threatening monsters, action-packed adventure, and a powerful story about a group of teens working together to break free from an evil authority, it's also no surprise that its big screen adaptation is one of the most anticipated movies coming out this month. As we gear up for the film's release, we're excited to welcome Dashner for a reading and signing to introduce his gripping series to those who have yet to read it and explore it further with everyone who already has.
Interested in Honors Language Arts?

Are you interested in honors Language Arts for next year? Placement in 7th or 8th grade honors Language Arts is only guaranteed for students who successfully complete the district’s advanced learning testing.

You must apply for this testing, and the deadline is October 2nd. The application includes a teacher recommendation. Sixth graders should ask their fifth grade teachers to complete the recommendation.

Applications are available in the main office, on Madison’s website, or on the district’s Advanced Learning website.
First PTSA Meeting Date and Agenda Scheduled

Middle school is a time where you want to stay in touch with what is happening at school and with your student. PTSA is a great way to make that connection.

Please join us for our first PTSA meeting on Wednesday, October 1st at 7pm in the school library. Dr. Gary will be on hand to answer your first month questions and provide updates.

We will also hold an election for the three offices that weren't filled in the spring.
The following are the nominees for each office:

• Carla Rogers - President
• Kelly Kimball - Vice President
• Vikas Luthra - Secretary

Any additional nominations can be made at the time of the election. Please contact any PTSA leader if you have questions. We hope you will join other engaged Madison parents at our meeting. All are welcome
Madison is "Doing the Puyallup"

We are going to the State Fair on Friday, September 19th as a whole school. Permissions slips will go out Monday through advisory. We can't wait to "Do the Puyallup" with all of our students! 

CLICK here if you misplaced your permissions slip and would like to print out another one.  

Teens' Top Ten: Vote on your favorite books from last year!

Voting is now open for students to vote for their favorite books from last school year. Click HERE to vote for your top 10 books and to see a complete list of the 25 nominees. Voting will be open from August 15th through Teen Read Week, which is taking place October 12-18 of this year. Have a say in which books you loved best from last year! 

To see book trailers for the 25 nominees, go to:

Welcome Back!

Student packets will be going home with students this week. Please make sure to share these with your parent or guardian. Completed and signed forms are due back next week.

Sports forms are available on Madison’s website or pick up a copy in the main office. Listen to the morning bulletin to learn when practices will begin.

Madison Out of School Time (M.O.S.T.) programs will begin on October 6th. Selection forms will go home with students next week.

Madison has a tradition of inviting parents and guardians to join students for lunch once per month. “Eat Lunch with your Child Day” this month will be NEXT Friday, September 12th. For the remainder of the school year those lunch days will be on the first Friday of each month.

Students that have received a letter from Seattle Schools Transportation Department indicating they have been assigned an ORCA card, must bring their signed ORCA use form to the main office in order to pick up your ORCA card for the school year.

Take time to review your student planner including Madison’s dress code. Though it’s still summer outside, remember to leave your flip flops at home.

Welcome to Madison Middle School! 
6th Grade Orientation

We are looking forward to seeing our new 6th grade students and their families at 6th grade orientation on Tuesday, September 2nd from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.

Students will have a chance to meet their teachers, get a feel for the layout of our school, and learn how to open lockers.

See you then!
Student Schedule Update

Students and Families: Student schedules are not yet finalized and will not be complete until the first day of school, September 3
rd. Any schedules you have seen posted up to this point are most likely inaccurate. Thank you for your patience.
Supply List for Upcoming School Year
Where will you and your book go this summer?

This summer, take a picture of yourself and the book you're reading:
  • At the beach
  • On vacation
  • In your backyard
  • With your pet
  • On the soccer field
  • At the Mariners game
  • In the pool
  • Eating ice cream
  • In the hammock
  • At the public library
...You get the idea. Get creative and use your imagination! Either print out your picture for Ms. Bell in the library or email it to her at Come fall, we'll track all of the places our books have been this summer!

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