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News and Events
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:

http://seattleawis.org/programs/gems

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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 www.apmags.com & 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: https://www.youtube.com/user/YALSA1957/videos

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
Happy Summer!
 
Thank you students, staff, families, and community for a great school year.

We wish you a fun, safe and relaxing summer!
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 smbell@seattleschools.org. Come fall, we'll track all of the places our books have been this summer!
The Bulldogs Read list for next year is here at last!!

The BULLDOGS READ LIST for next school year is ready at last! Check out the 50 new titles below and get a head start on the competition by reading some of them over the summer. You can also find out more about each book by visiting our Bulldog Buzz

Bulldogs Read List 2014-2015
AWEsome Technology Open House

Amazon is hosting its first ever AWEsome Technology Open House on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 1-5pm, sponsored and led by Amazon's Women in Engineering.

Come to Amazon and get excited about pursuing a career in technology. See what’s being developed here and meet the people behind it.

This event is FREE, but you’ll need to register at: http://tinyurl.com/AWEsome-Open-House-2014

Who: Young Adults, Grades 4-12
When: Saturday, May 31st, 1-5pm, Panel of speakers from 2-3pm
Where: Arizona Building, First Floor, 207 Boren Ave N., Seattle, WA

The Technology Open House will include:
  • Teams demonstrating their products: Amazon Instant Video, Fulfillment by Amazon, Kiva, Good Reads on Kindle, Imaging, Amazon Locker, Prime Air, Amazon Student, Video Games, Amazon Fresh, and University of Washington Dawg Bytes
  • A panel of Amazonians from different roles with different experiences discussing their work and answering questions from the kids
  • Computer Science activities to teach kids CS fundamentals in a fun and interactive manner
  • Swag giveaways!
Please help us spread the word and encourage others to participate!!

Download a PDF flyer by clicking: AWEsome Tech Open House 2014 Flyer.
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!
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!
The Hour of Code--Will you participate?

In honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 9th-13th), Code.org 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 http://csedweek.org/learn 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!"

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