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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 karenkasameyer@gmail.com.
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 smbell@seattleschools.org 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!
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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:
https://youtu.be/sDvHFFEytis?list=PLd1qfjKjaOxTbw7Zsk4nauEeDsFTp11XG

In addition to the video, new resources have been added to the Seattle Public Schools Smarter Balanced page: Smarter Balanced Assessments
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: scholastic.com/readingclub
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 https://www.spl.org/using-the-library/get-help/your-next-5-books.

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 http://www.spl.org/audiences/teens/teen-homework-help.

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

http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/list/share/89472233_westseattleteenlibrarian/363997247_madison_ms_school_visit_winter_2015

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

https://apm.activecommunities.com/seattleymca/Home

• 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.

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