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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) 
Choice Activity! Friday, October 31st

Choice Activity info: in just two weeks, we will have our first Choice Activity celebration. It will be on the afternoon on Friday, October 31st.  This is a reward for students who have passing grades, no missing assignments, on Honor Level 1 or 2, and have consistently demonstrated good citizenship.

Just like any reward, participation in the Choice Activity is something students have to earn. If you are currently ineligible, there still might be time to earn the reward. Check with your Advisory teacher about what you can do.

If you want to be able to attend all of the Choice Activity next week, be sure you take care of your overdue library books by either returning them, renewing them if you are still reading them, or talking with Ms. Bell about a plan for replacement if you have lost your book. The deadline for returning overdue books so as to be able to attend all of the Choice Activity is next Tuesday, October 28th. But don’t wait until the last minute—take care of those overdue books now so that someone else can read them!
Madison Book Fair: November 5th-7th

The holidays are right around the corner and now is the perfect time to do some early holiday book shopping. Luckily, Madison’s first Book Fair of the year (hosted by Westwood Village Barnes & Noble) is coming up on November 5th, 6th and 7th--Wednesday-Friday.  Students can shop for books during lunch on the main stage in the cafeteria and also during Math Night on Thursday, November 6th. Cash, check (made out to Barnes & Noble) and credit card will be accepted.

You can also shop in-store or online from November 5th-14th at (be sure to use the Bookfair ID 11481942 at checkout) to benefit Madison's book fair. A portion of every sale will come back to Madison to help us purchase new books for our library. 

Hope to see you there!

“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.
SPL Librarian, Wally, Visits the Madison Library!

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

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

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

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

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 
Bulldogs Read winners for September!

In the Bulldogs Read competition for September, it was a tight race between grade levels with tons of participation.  The 7th grade read 160 books, the 8th grade read 150 books, but the 6th grade came out with the win this month with 285 Bulldogs Read books read. Way to set the standard 6th grade! Our 6th grade grand prize winner is Kiera Golden who read The Runaway King.   In the competition between boys and girls, the girls at Madison started the year super dominant with 485 books read. Wow! Fellas, you need to step it up next month! Our grand prize winner for the ladies at Madison is 7th grader Chloe Rushing who read My Name is Blessing.  And our two runner-up winners for September are 7th grader Yahaya Hussein who read Zombie Baseball Beatdown and 6th grader Mari Lennon who read ScarletLastly, our staff member prize winner for this month was Ms. Andreasen who read The TestingCongratulations, winners—be sure to come to the library to claim your prize. 

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!
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), is recruiting 10 million students from across the United States to participate in an Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to help students easily understand how to code and show that anyone can learn. 

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

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

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