Do you know of a teacher who has made a difference? Or a volunteer who has gone that extra mile to help a student or the school?
Now is the time to write a short nomination for the PTSA Outstanding Teacher and Volunteer Awards. It doesn't take long and you'll be glad you did it. There are so many deserving teachers and volunteers that it often makes it difficult to choose only one. Please return nominations by May 22, 2013 to the Madison front office or to Lora Bunch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for Nomination form attached.
Madison is starting a clothing bank and needs your help. Please take a look through your closets and drawers for gently used, age (middle school) appropriate clothing to donate. We also need new undergarments (boys and girls) and sox. These need to be new packaged items.
This will go a long way to help our Madison school families in need. You can bring any items to the the Main office. If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Ferguson email@example.com
Thanks for your support,
Madison Volunteer Coordinator
The below students who sold 25+ items in the cookie dough/tote bag sale this year plus, a couple of top sellers from last year that missed out due to the game truck scheduling, will be participating in the Games 2 You Truck fun on Friday June 7th from 12:30-2:15.
Winners, you will also be able to bring a friend to join in the fun with you. To insure your friend will be excused along with you on June 7th, please report his or her name to Jana in the main office by June 5th.
Grace Gunlogson, Raishad Woodiest, Alex Johnson, Cami Quade, Heckano Aklilu, Sofia Sallas, Chloe Simmons, Jaela Jinka, Maddy Wyse, Jack Rhea, Spencer Tazioli, Foster William, and Jordan Berridge-Green
Bring your family to SUPER SCIENCE NIGHT on May 22 from 6:30-8pm in the Madison Commons! This year Science Night will feature some way cool scientists from Seattle to teach you about bacteria, biotechnology, weather, owls & owl pellets, future of flight, and much more!
You can earn extra credit and win fun science prizes too. There will even be a Root Beer Float Bar!! Don’t miss the fun next Wednesday, May 22!
Congratulations to Madison 6th grader Sofie Phillips, one of 10 runners-up in Scholastic Book Clubs’ Survival Writing Contest! Sofie wrote a letter in the voice of a young woman accused of witchcraft in Salem.
Her historical fiction competed against 2,000 entries, submitted from student writers around the nation. Sofie will receive a ten-volume “Amazing Events in History” library from Scholastic Books.
Madison Middle School's spring book fair is coming up next week, Tuesday-Thursday (May 21st-23rd). This book fair will be hosted by University Book Store and will be set up on the main stage in the cafeteria. Students and families will be able to visit the book fair to purchase books during lunchtime on Wednesday and Thursday. The book fair will also be open during the Band Concert on Tuesday, May 21st and during Science Night on Wednesday, May 22nd.
Families can also order books online using the group code MMS at checkout (ubookstore.com). Along with a great selection of new books, there will also be some University of Washington items available for purchase for all of you Husky fans out there.
So mark your calendars for May 21st through May 23rd and plan on visiting the book fair on the main stage in the cafeteria.
Happy book shopping!
Click HERE to download a nomination form for the Golden Acorn Awards.
Family Climate Surveys will be taken May 21 - June 6 online or over the phone. For more information and details see this flyer...Family Climate Survey Flyer
As the weather gets warmer, you might be tempted to break out those summer outfits. Most summer attire is NOT appropriate for school and violates Madison dress code.
Here are a few reminders: leave the flip flops at home; skirt and short length must be THREE INCHES BEYOND the fingertips as they lay at one’s side; 3 inch straps at the shoulders are required; boys pants must fit a the waist and all shirts must cover the entire torso. There’s still a lot of school to happen. Keep the focus!
The last day to pre-order a yearbook is Thursday, May 9th. That is also your last chance to get your name stamped on it. This is the only way to guarantee you will have a yearbook.
When yearbooks are delivered in June, any extras will be available to purchase on a first come first served basis. 8th graders will get priority for these. These will cost $22.
Tickets go on sale this Tuesday during lunch. Tickets are $10 per person. Checks can be made payable to Madison Middle School.
An evening performance will be held Friday, May 10th at 7:00pm and a matinee performance Saturday, May 11th at 10:00am.
Don't miss seeing your friends in this fun performance!
Student – Teen Employment Preparation (STEP) is a team based job readiness program designed to provide youth with hands on work experience, life skills and career development training and academic planning. Work focuses on addressing community needs; team projects in the past have included: environmental restoration, urban agriculture, organizing community building events, creating public service announcements, graffiti removal, painting public murals, and improving facades of local businesses. Participants will develop good work habits, strong communication and leadership skills, as well as learn a sound cultural awareness of the environment in their communities.
Summer of Service 2013: The Seattle Parks and Recreation in partnership with Innovations in Civic Participation, AmeriCorps and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service, are proud to offer the fourth annual Summer of Service in Seattle. The purpose of SOS is to provide underserved middle school aged youth with engaging, meaningful, relevant and effective service learning experiences that demonstrate measurable impacts on environmental issues.
YES! Youth Engaged in Service: YES is a six week summer program open to teens between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age. YES teen volunteers will be placed at various Seattle Parks & Recreation parks, programs, and facilities -paired with an adult mentor.
Programs Include Student Teen Employment Preparation (STEP), Summer of Service (SOS) and Youth Engaged in Service (YES!). Programs offer volunteers a stipend.
The June meeting has been moved up a week to June 5th. We will be having an Open House/Pot Luck meeting to celebrate our successes over the past year and to welcome incoming 6th grade families. Look for more information on this meeting in upcoming Bulldog Bulletins.
MSP testing begins next week. Madison’s testing days will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Your attendance for these days is critical.
Please do not make any appointments during the morning hours, as we will be testing until 11am. Get lots of rest, eat a good breakfast, and be sure to arrive to school on time.
Because of the testing, Madison’s two hour early release next week has been cancelled on Wednesday May 1st.
Things to know for MSP:
- The testing will take place between 7:50am – 11:05am each testing day. The building will need to be quiet to give everyone the best opportunity for success.
- Cell phones and electronics are not allowed in the testing room. Please leave them in your locker during the testing period, or they will be held by your teacher if you bring them into the testing room.
- Bring a book to read once you have finished the test. Reading is the only activity allowed, so make sure you have reading material.
- Bring one or two #2 wooden pencils (not mechanical) and an eraser.
- On your testing days, we will be providing a snack for you. No outside snacks allowed.
- Do your best. Be confident in your ability. Trust yourself. Good luck!
ATTENTION: Next Wednesday, May 1st will NOT be an early release day due to MSP testing. Thank you in advance for making the appropriate accommodations for this day.
Spring Break is just around the corner, which means it’s time for a Spirit Week! Let’s head in to our break with a little school spirit fun.
- Wednesday, April 10th – Everyone’s favorite - Pajama Day! (this is the ONLY time pajamas are okay to wear to school)
- Thursday, April 11th – Twin Day
- Friday, April 12th – Show your Madison pride by wearing our school colors for Grade Level Color Day:
- 6th graders wear Bulldog Blue
- 7th graders Gold
- 8th graders wear White
Remember, for ALL spirit days, school dress code applies. Start planning your wardrobe!
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and input.
Washington's 2013 Letters About Literature Champions Announced!
In the contest promoted through some of the Humanities classes and the Madison Library we had three state semifinalists from the 7th grade and two from the 6th grade! 7th grader, Tahlia Hammer read a book by Sharon Draper, and wrote about Out of My Mind. Hailey Hirano read and wrote about a book titled, Ms. Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. Ethan Kuhn read a book by Carl Dueker and wrote about his book titled, High Heat. In 6th grade, Marlee Bennett wrote about Sharon Draper's Out of My Mind and Erika Yoshino wrote about Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Look for excerpts from their letters on display in the library soon!
Letters About Literature encourages young readers to write letters to their favorite authors. There were approximately 3,400 letters from Washington students that advanced to round 1 judging in the 2013 contest Tahlia, Hailey, and Ethan wrote letters that made it to the final round of judging (round 3) at the state level. Marlee and Erika's letters were among the 112 letters that moved on to round 3 state judging. The students will be acknowledged with a certificate for their award-winning letters. Congratulations Madison Readers and Writers!
Please mark your calendars for a very special evening of music, dancing, food and fun! Join us for Madison Middle School's first Jumpin' Jive Swing Dance on Friday, April 26, from 6pm-9pm in the Madison Commons.
The Madison Middle School Sr. Concert Band, Jazz Band and Sr. Orchestra, along with the West Seattle Big Band, will perform for your entertainment. There will be Vietnamese sandwiches, baked goods and snowcones for sale. Free swing dance lessons, raffles for great prizes and fun for everyone!
Bring the whole family! $10 per person, students/children free - all donations/proceeds benefit the Madison Music program.
They don’t call it March Madness for nothing! After the first full weekend of basketball games in the NCAA tournament, is your team still in the NCAA Tournament? There were a lot of upsets and surprises. Check the board in the main hallway to see how the tournament is progressing. The door decorating contest in on! Doors must be completed and hung by the start of school FRIDAY for judging. Good luck Everyone.
Congratulations!! The following students names were drawn and are the winners of the Cookies n Cream VIP party sponsored by Madison PTSA and Otis Spunkmeyer. This will take place in the commons Friday March 29th during advisory. We thank you students for your participation in the Cookie Dough sales and helping the PTSA to raise funds for Madison.
David Syrstad, James Goodwin, Ja'Niya Donaldson, Alan Chirino, Brynne Hunt, Kristina Carpio, Sam Logan-Warshaw, Andreas Stark, Xavier Douros, Alaina Turner, Alex Johnson, Ally Veenhuizen, Henry Chapman, Grant Matthews, Sofia Phillips, Madalyn Stewart, Erika Yoshiro, Lola Demurger, Isabella Strom, Anthony Coats, Bryanna Howery, Erin Conroy, Adele Arutunian, Angelo Guerrero, Peter Guyon.
Thanks again- Madison PTSA and Otis Spunkmeyer
There has been a change in the cost of yearbooks. For those who have already paid if you want your name on your yearbook it will cost you $3 more. Go and see Ms. Andreasen about that issue. For those who have not ordered your yearbook as of yet you will have two choices - $22 without your name or $25 with your name on the front cover. New order forms will come out shortly.
On Thursday March 28th Mr. Urdal's 8th grade students will go to the Museum of Flight and Ms. Quynn’s students will go to the Wing Luke Museum.
Then on Friday, April 26th, the students will switch and Mr. Urdal’s students will go to the Wing Luke Museum while Ms. Quynn’s students will go to the Museum of Flight.
Click HERE if you need another permission slip for Wing Luke.
HERE is the permission slip for Museum of Flight.
Congratulations to 6th Grader Ruby Whorton, 8th Graders, Sydney Dinnison, Michaela Coontz, Ariana Frigillana, Ngan Le, Lucas Lavoie, Michalska Rodriguez, and Andrei Hadley. Their artwork was selected to be on display at the Seattle Art Museum for the Seattle School District Art Show. Their work will be on display from now until May 13th in the main lobby of the museum. Join us at the art museum on Friday May 10th for Teen Night Out and the ceremony celebrating their art work! (See Ms. Baker with questions.)
Family Night is Tonight! Invite your family! It runs from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m in the Madison Commons. Let your Humanities teacher know if you will be attending with your family. Italian Sodas will be served!
Not only is Exploratory and Literacy Night this Thursday from 6:30 - 8:00pm, but it is also pi day!
You can earn a prize on Thursday by memorizing the most digits of this infinite, irrational number in your grade level. Go to this website - Pi-Trainer - to practice your skills before the big competition.
See your math teacher for more information!
If you can't figure out what to read next, try going to the RIYL (Read If You Like...) Wiki! It's a great source of readalike books listed by theme/topic/author, including some you may have never thought of before like Bromance (romance for boys) or Twisted Endings. http://riyl.wikispaces.com/
Last week’s 8th Grade Top Dogs were Tyler and Ariana!
Last Week’s 7th Grade G-Dog was Emily Cossette! Emily pursues excellence in all she does academically while always keeping a positive attitude and a kind smile for everyone!
Last week’s 6th Grade Dog Stars were Braeden Swanson and Chris Rudolph. Braeden is a hard worker. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her both academically and in the classroom community. Chris is a standout student when it comes to his academic performance. He has high standards for himself and has high strong follow through.
Have you set up your conference dates with your families? If you have not, please confirm your student-led conferencedates soon! March 27, April 3 or April 10. Be sure to ask your advisory teachers for the available openings!
Click Here to find release form to participate in athletics.
Last week’s 6th Grade Dog Stars were William Nobis and Cali Januto. William is an alert, attentive, and responsible learner. Cali shows perseverance and dedication to her own learning and is a great model for her peers.
Last week’s 7th Grade G-Dog was Angelo Tambagan. Angelo is studious and quiet but has a sense of humor that makes him likeable and popular with his peers. He is also respectful to adults, responsible with his school work, and helpful to his classmates.
Last week’s Blue Angel was Hamdi Dirye (pronounced ham-dee deer-ya). Hamdi is always a cheerful helpful and the first to volunteer for any job. She happily helps her classmates and is often one of the first raise her hands. She always puts in 110% effort. Keep up the good work, Hamdi!
Wednesday, March 6 is a district wide two hour early release day. School will be dismissed at 12:20 on Wednesday. There are no M.O.S.T. activities, including sports on early release days.
This March, we are so lucky to have four great authors coming to visit Madison Middle School to promote literacy and to share about their latest books being released. During assemblies on three separate days, students will have the opportunity to hear from these authors and ask questions about the writing process and their new books. We would love for parents to join us for these events as well. How cool for our students (and us!!) to be able to see and hear from authors up close and personal! There will also be a book seller on site so that students can purchase and take home a personally autographed book that day. Price sheets will be going home with students soon. See below for the list of authors, their featured books and book trailers, and the day the author event is happening. Hope you can join us for one or all of these days!
- PATRICK CARMAN, author of the popular Skeleton Creek and Dark Hills Divide series, is back with a new dystopian trilogy series entitled Pulse. We are so excited to have our first male author visiting Madison Middle School! (Visiting Wednesday, March 6th during 3rd period in the cafeteria)
- JESSICA BRODY, author of My Life Undecided and The Karma Club, is out with her first book in a new science fiction series entitled Unremembered, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten. Jessica visited Madison MS last year and was a huge hit! (Visiting on Thursday, March 7th during 6th period in the cafeteria)
- LISA MCMANN, author of Dead to You, is out with the third book in the new Infinity Ring series entitled The Trap Door. In this time travel adventure series, the year is now 1850 and the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. (Visiting with Jennifer Nielsen on Tuesday, March 12th during 6th period in the cafeteria)
- JENNIFER NIELSEN, the author of The False Prince, is releasing the sequel entitled The Runaway King, set in a kingdom on the brink of destruction with a king gone missing. The False Prince is going to be one of our Bulldogs Read books next year, so I can't wait to meet and hear from this author. (Visiting with Lisa McMann on Tuesday, March 12th during 6th period in the cafeteria)
Please join us for the next Madison Family Night on Thursday, March 14, from 6:30-8 p.m.
The evening’s theme is “The World is Text.” Sponsored by the Humanities and Exploratory Departments, the event will spotlight all the ways in which people use literacy skills in the 21st century. After enjoying a variety of student performances in the cafeteria, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between a number of hands-on activities or workshops.
Come write a poem and/or create art inspired by poetry. Play language and geography games. Learn how to make a difference in the world through social action and community service. Discover intriguing books to add to your reading list. Hear the latest about social media from the experts – our kids! Check out great projects created by students in the Unified Art and Multimedia classes. Learn the ins and outs of Writer’s Workshop and how you can support your writer at home.
Please return the RSVP form to your student’s Humanities teacher so that we can purchase enough snacks for everybody. We look forward to celebrating literacy with all of you!
Are you interested in joining the Bulldog Track Team this year? If so, get your paper work turned in! The necessary paperwork can be picked up in the main office or found on Madison’s Website, under “athletics.”
The first practice will be on March 7th. Practices begin in Mr. Urdal’s room (L204) at 2:45. Bring clothes and shoes appropriate for working out in sunny or rainy weather. Track is a no cut sport, so if you are interested in running, competing, getting in shape, or just want to be part of an amazing team, turn your paperwork into the main office by March 7th.
HONK JR.” Live! Is coming soon to a theatre near you! Auditions for Madison’s Spring Musical will be held Wednesday, March 6th from 12:30-4:30pm. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from March until May. Stop by the YMCA office or the main office to pick up a permission slip. This completed and signed form must be brought to the audition in order to participate.
Students will be asked to read a scene and sing a song from the show. Materials for auditions will be provided the day of auditions.
M.O.S.T. after school activities begin on Monday, February 25! Check the roster posted outside the YMCA office in the Commons to see if you made it into your first choice! Activities run from 2:30 to 4:15 Monday through Thursday. There are no afterschool activities on Fridays or Early Release days.
Early estimates are that we raised approximately $22,000! Included in this amount is the fund-an-item for Technology at Madison, which raised over $6000 thanks to the dream team - Mr. Gerston, Ms. Isaacson, and Mr. Rubio! These three teachers shared personal stories and observations of how technology purchased with PTSA donations keeps students engaged and learning. A special thank you to Mr. Rubio for donating back a prize basket he won to raise more money for all the students at Madison!
The second HUGE thank you goes to Mr. Meltzer and his 6th period math class. These games were some of the most popular making Mr. Meltzer the hardest working dealer all evening. Kudos to Mr. Meltzer and his students for making probability both educational and fun for everyone!
So many families, teachers, and staff contributed to Casino Night. They donated experiences, door prizes, and auction items. They made desserts, decorated the hall, volunteered at the event, and cleaned up at the end of the evening. The 150 people who purchased tickets and all the volunteers that made it happen all see the vision and importance that Madison community has on our students. They understand that we need to do what it takes to make it possible for every student to learn.
We would like to recognize the volunteers who made Casino Night possible:
Madison Teachers and Staff
Behind the Scenes and Day of Volunteers
This will be the second Saturday sign up day! If you are a 7th or 8th grader and have not signed up yet, come to school on Feb. 9, from 11:00am to 12:30 pm and sign up for your College Bound Scholarships!!!!
Congratulations to Ryan Nakatani and Cameron Tanyi for winning the drawing for Perfect Attendance for January! They will both be receiving 2 tickets to the Seattle Symphony for them and a guest. We will be drawing again for February for Symphony Tickets so you have a chance to win! Keep up the great attendance!”
Chinese New Year is coming on Feb 10. This is the Year of the Snake. New Year is the most important holiday of the year for Vietnamese and Chinese families. Everyone who can go home, does go home. Special foods that symbolize health, wealth and happiness are prepared for new year. Everyone cleans their home and goes to the temple to pray.
This Friday is “Eat Lunch with Your Child Day”. Invite a special adult to eat with you and get to know your friends.
CLICK HERE if you need to download the permission slip for the Seattle Aquarium. Sixth Graders will be attending this field trip on Friday, February 22nd, 2013.
The lunchroom is selling Izze and V-Fusion drinks during lunch at the cash machine for $1.00. Cash only and no $20.00 please.
PE T-shirts will be sold during all three lunches next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. $5.00 cash or check.
Register today to take part in the activities, tour the UW campus, and learn about the College of Engineering.
While both days are open to all, each day has a primary focus:
Friday April 26, 2013: Grades 4-8
Saturday, April 27, 2013: Grades 9-12
Ongoing updates about the event will be posted here:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Jessica Perkins (206-543-1770) in the Student Academic Services office.
PE t-shirts for 2nd semester PE students will be sold next week during lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday $5.00!
This week’s 6th grade Dog Stars are Ruby Phillip and Adam Wayss.
Ruby is a strong leader with Penny Harvest as well as academics and peer support in the classroom.
7th Grade’s Blue Angel this week is Tyler Lam. Tyler is kind, considerate and a diligent student. In small groups he is an involved motivated team member. Tyler is always developing himself to be the best he can be. He brings refreshing insights to his class work and projects. Tyler could win an award for “Most Polite”!
This week’s 7th grade G-Dog is Tess Carden. Tess is super responsible, highly motivated, and cares about others around her. She is unafraid to question, which leads to consistently thorough work.
8th Grade Top Dogs this week are Andres Schiller and Madison Brodahl.
Andrew is a hard worker and a great role model for his peers. He works well with anybody, gives input to class discussions, and asks great questions that further the learning of himself and his classmates. He is also very helpful, always lending a hand in class, at home and in his community.
6th Grade Dog Stars this week are Turner Mead and Lola Demurger.
7th Grade Blue Angel this week is Selam Russom.
7th Grade’s pick for G-Dog this week is Vincent Tran.
8th Grade Top Dogs this week are Holden Watkins and Erica Bower.
Attention Students – ASB is looking for participants who wish to help us celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King and his dream for equality and respect. If you would like to perform in the assembly on January 25th – reading a poem, speech, quotes, singing, dancing, or some other act, audition for a spot. Your act should connect to our theme of equality and respect. Auditions will be held on Friday, January 18th and Tuesday January 22nd during lunches. These are the ONLY two days you can audition for the assembly. Individuals and groups welcome. Report to Mrs. Swiftney on the stage.
The Madison PTSA is investigating whether there is enough interest to start an after-school Chinese class. The first step is to determine the number of students who are interested. This is a parent-funded class, held once a week, probably on Wednesday. It would begin in February and would run through the end of the school year. The estimated cost is somewhere in the $15/session range, the final cost depends on how many children sign up.
If you are interested in your child learning Chinese after-school then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email include the number of years your child has been studying Chinese, if any, and if you are able to help John in any way, please add that to your email.
The school Geography Bee was held on Monday, Jan. 14th. The top three finalists were:
- Jason Jonson – 3rd place
- Grant Matthews – 2nd place
- Andy Chin – 1st place
8th Grade Top Dogs this week are Dominic Fanucchi and Sidney Watts. Dominic is a great team player. He always carries his load while working in a group and comes to class prepared. Dominic is an avid reader.
After the Penny Harvest penny drive and Choice Activity fundraiser we totaled our pennies and we blew our old collection record out of the water! Approximately $1,000 was collected by Madison Middle School to help local non-profits. The 6th grade will be celebrating their collection win with a popsicle party, and Mr. Jenner’s advisory class wins a pizza party and trophy!
Way to go Bulldogs!
Click HERE to find out ways you can help.
Also, there is a planning meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday January 8th at 7:00pm, in the library. See you there!
School resumes today, Monday January 7th, after two weeks of a restful holiday.
Information on Casino Night:
What is Casino Night? A great way to mingle with other Madison parents and staff while raising money for a great cause. Participants gamble with play/fake chips so you can try your luck, risk free, at black jack, craps, Texas hold'em, red dog, Caribbean stud, and roulette, without losing any real money. A black jack table with celebrity dealers will be an event highlight - come meet our celebrity guests!
The event ticket covers the cost of appetizers, door prizes, and four hours of entertainment. The PTSA raises money through raffles, a silent auction, drinks,and most importantly , your generous donations. Our amazing team of volunteers promises an evening of fun and lots of surprises! Whether you are a high roller or a small potato gambler, come unwind and mingle while supporting our great school.
Don't miss out! Please return your RSVP by mail, or drop it off in Madison's front office, before January 15th to take advantage of the lower $60 per person ticket price.
After January 15th tickets go up to $70. If you have any questions, please contact the two co-chairs:
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- Zoe is filled with enthusiasm in class and takes a genuine delight in learning
- Sophia is a quiet leader, she is positive and always meets or exceeds expectations.
- Khalid is curious and is always making connections in his learning. He also self advocates for his own learning.
- Travers is a very insightful student who elevates the level of discussion in any class he is in.
Enjoy your time with family and friends. We’ll see you next year, on January 7th, 2013!
Madison Middle School tours will occur in February. Tour dates are not yet set.
CLICK HERE for the Early Enrollment information form.
Madison Casino Night invitations have gone out. Please return your RSVP to reserve your tickets today!
Whether you are a high roller or a small potato gambler, come have fun and mingle - proceeds support Madison.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year promises to be a festive, adults-only evening to socialize with other Madison families, teachers and staff. Enjoy gourmet food, wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, raffles, prizes and entertainment for everyone. Try your luck at blackjack, roulette, craps, Texas hold’em, red dog, or check out our celebrity VIP blackjack table.
CLICK HERE TO RSVP!
Click HERE for the Procurement Form
Monday is Husky vs. Cougar Day!
Who is the better Washington college? The UW or WSU or Seattle U? Wear your Purple and Gold or sport your Crimson and Gray. Red and White works for Seattle U.
Tuesday is Soccer Day
Wednesday is Basketball Day
Thursday is Baseball Day
And you guessed it….Friday is WHACKY FAN DAY!!!
This week’s 7th Grade Blue Angel is Cole Rupert! Cole is happy to go the extra mile, from putting extra effort into his classwork to helping out a classmate. He know how to both work hard and play hard!
This week’s G-Dog is Josh Carver! Josh is enthusiastic about learning and eager to do his best! Josh sets a great example for his classmates!
8th Grade Top Dogs Ulysses Lowe! Ulysses is polite, cooperative, hardworking and is happy to help out the group!
6th Grade will double up their students of the week next week due to a Field Trip to the King Tut Exhibit today.
The fundraising totes and cookie dough will be available for pick up in the gym from 2-6pm. We highly recommend that if your student sold 4 or more tubs of cookie dough and, if they ride the bus or walk home, they should make arrangements to be picked up Tuesday afternoon. There is no storage space at Madison for the cookie dough.
Thank you to all the family volunteers, teachers, staff, and students who made the Madison Cookie Dough/Totes fundraiser a huge success. We raised approximately $27,000 total and over $11,300 for Madison. This funds ASB activities at Madison and is 20% of our yearly PTSA budget.
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Thursday, December 6th - Basketball game at 4:30! Students must have a signed permission slip from parents in order to stay and cheer for Madison Bulldogs. Permission slips were handed out during all three lunches on Wednesday. We will not allow students to enter the gym without this permission slip. Ne Exceptions.
Friday is “Eat Lunch with your Student” Day at Madison. Invite your parent, guardian or favorite adult to join you for lunch on Friday. They can bring their lunch, bring you a special lunch, or buy lunch in Madison’s cafeteria.
Q & A with Principal Carlisle
Tuesday, December 11th
7:15-8:00am in the Madison Library
Madison Parents and guardians - please come join our Principal Mr. Carlisle for an informal question and answer session. Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided.
No after school activities on early release days.
December PTSA meeting
Come and see what your PTSA is doing for the Madison community. Everyone is welcome - parents, guardians, Madison teachers and staff.
Hope to see you there!
Madison MS Winter Concert
Congratulations to this week’s 6th Grade Dog Stars Arianna Guerra and Thomas Lappenbusch!
- Arianna is fun-loving, positive, focused, and always on task. She is eager to help others.
- Thomas takes responsibility for his behavior and he also looks for challenges academically. He is very positive and always smiling!
- Brandon Weglin is G-Dog! Brandon shows academic consistency, creativity, and respect to all on a daily basis.
- Marley Yamada-Nartker is this week’s Blue Angel. Marley is know by her teachers as always being responsible, respectful, and reliable. Way to go Marley!
- So far this year, the 8th grade teachers have chosen the following 8th graders for the Top Dog award. They were chosen for their excellent citizenship qualities and their motivation towards academics.
- The Top Dogs so far this year have been: Isabella Johnson, Sean McCabe, Marley Nettey, Caden Snodgrass, James Applewhite, Amy Ijeoma, Yasmin Edey, Chris Picinich, Riley Montemayor, Ngan Le, Triffon Papahronis, and Tina Nguyen. Congratulation Top Dogs!!
We’re three months in to the school year, so this is a perfect time for us all to pause and remind ourselves of Madison expectations.
Cell phones seem to be making an appearance. Remember, cell phones are to be turned off and kept in your locker during the school day - that means before school, after school, during lunch and passing times. If a teacher has specifically given permission for academic use inside their classroom, the cell phone is allowed ONLY during that ONE class for that ONE period. The rest of the time it should be in your locker. Consider this your one and only warning. If they are seen they will be held.
First offense – you may pick it up in the office at the end of the day
Second offense – phone is held in the office and parents must come to pick it up
Third offense – Student loses privileges of using a personal device for the rest of the quarter
Please remember we are a gum free and hat free campus. As the weather gets colder, hats become an article for warmth. Please remove the hat once you enter the building and leave it in your locker until you leave campus at the end of the day.
Attention 8th graders! West Seattle High School is hosting an information night for students interested in attending next year. Tuesday, December 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Check the Seattle Public Schools website for more information
On November 20, 2012, 21 Madison MS female 8th graders went to Microsoft as part of the IGNITE program.
Students got hands on experience at Microsoft with the programming language “Small Basic”. Women from high-tech careers at Microsoft helped students learn to code . They also presented about their careers followed by a Q & A session. Students had a chance to speak with the volunteers directly over lunch, which was provided.
The students were accompanied by Technology teacher, Mr. Rockwell, and school counselor, Mrs. Divina. This is the first year that Madison MS has participated in the IGNITE program which was introduced to the middle school counselors in June 2012.
Click HERE to learn more about IGNITE
Introduction Letter from Assistant Principal Swiftney
Hello Madison Middle School Students, Families and Community,
I am very excited to be joining the community of Madison Middle School. Our school has a wonderful tradition of learning and success, and I am proud to be a part of this learning community.
So, who am I? For the past 18 years, I have been in a middle school teaching Humanities, coaching Cross Country, Volleyball, Gymnastics and Track, serving as ASB advisor, Athletic Director, and facilitating candidates as they pursue National Board Certification. I love middle school students! I find their energy and enthusiasm contagious. I want nothing more than to see every student reach their full potential. You have my commitment to work every day to make your child’s experience at Madison Middle School a safe and successful one.
I have called the Northwest home for my entire life. I received my Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Washington, and purple runs deep in my veins! In 2005, I earned a Masters in Education from Antioch University, and I received my Principal Certification from Seattle Pacific University.
My husband is also an educator, teaching IB chemistry at Skyline High School. My son is a freshman in college and my step-daughter is a 6th grader. Rounding out our family is Boone, Bailey and Bagheera, our dog and two cats. In my spare time, you’ll find me running, reading, watching movies about historical events, and being a fan at my children’s sporting events.
I look forward to getting to know each of you. Together, we can make 2012-2013 an incredible school year. Go Bulldogs!
Wow, thanks to all of you who contributed 1,158 pounds of food to the Madison food drive!
Ms Rand and Ms Clement beat all of the other science teachers for collecting 419 pounds of food in their class.
Mr. Urdal and Mr. Trotter combined to collect 326 pounds of food.
Mr. Jenner collected 199 and Mr. Thomas collected 147.
Ms Quynn collected 120 pounds.
Thanks also to the ASB officers and other students who stayed after school Friday to sort through the food.
Together we are better.
Report cards went home with students on Wednesday. Please share your report card with your families. Help them log onto The Source to help you with your school priorities.
Thanks to all of the staff and students who contributed food for the Madison food Drive this year. With your help, we hope to make Thanksgiving better for 50 families at Madison this year. Together we are better. Thank you to Mr. Urdal, Ms. Quynn, Ms. Rand, Ms. Clement, Mr. Jenner, Mr. Thomas and Mr. Trotter.
Click the "Athletics" tab to find the basketball schedule for 2012 - 2013, both girls and boys.
Madison Boys Basketball tryouts are Thursday, November 15th from 2:30 – 4:15. You must have all the required paperwork submitted in order to participate.
WHAT: Participate in hands-on activities and visit research labs to find out what computer science is all about! UW Computer Science & Engineering students, faculty and academic advisors along with representatives from local technology companies will introduce you to the broad range of problems computer science can address.
WHO: Middle and high school students and their families.
WHEN: 1pm - 3pm on Saturday, December 8th, 2012
WHERE: UW Paul Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering (free parking after noon on Saturdays!)
WHY: Celebrate Grace Hopper's Birthday and the beginning of Computer Science Education Week.
RSVP so that we get enough snacks and giveaways! Are you curious about what it takes to hack into common electronic devices... and protect them from future attacks? UW CSE's security group will be displaying research they have done on car hacking. Want to impress your friends? Learn some cool card tricks (and a little discrete math)!
Grace Hopper popularized the term "debugging" when a moth was found stuck in a computing machine she used, causing calculation errors. Do you know what it takes to make sure a program is bug free? Representatives from UW's Information school will help you debug code in a game-like environment. Have you always wondered what kind of thinking computer scientists engage in? Come solve Amazon.com's computational thinking puzzles to find out! All this and more at the CS Open House — we hope to see you there!
Today is the first day of the Madison Canned food drive. You can help hungry families in West Seattle by donating a can of food through your science classes. We are having a competition between each grade level to see who can collect the most food. We especially would like to have canned fruit, vegetables, soup, chili, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter and tuna. Help people and at the same time help bring fame and glory to your science class and your grade level.
Italian Sodas will be Served.
See you there!
We are celebrating the end of a successful first quarter on Friday, November 2, 2012
All staff and students are encouraged to wear their university sweatshirts. Students can wear their dream or favorite university sweatshirts. Some 8th graders have requested or suggested that they can wear their future high school sweatshirts, too!
See you tomorrow in your future school colors!
Invite Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Grandma, or your favorite adult to join you for lunch on Friday. Make sure your lunch guest knows our special Activity Day Schedule on Friday.
- 6th grade lunch is at 10:40.
- 7th grade lunch is at 11:15.
- 8th grade lunch is at 11:50
Now is the time to bring your Private applications to the main office. It is important that you allow us enough time to process the teacher recommendation and records request.Please give your teachers up to a week in advance to complete your private school application.
Dress up in one of three categories: scary, funny or creative. There will be a winner in each category at each lunch. There will also be three staff winners. All winners will be announced at lunch and at the end of the day on October 31.
If you collected cash from your customers, if at all possible we kindly request that you send a check to cover all the cash you collect rather than sending the cash with your student. This is by no means a requirement, but it would make our order tallying and bookkeeping much easier and more efficient. Make checks payable to the
6th graders are going to King Tut!
Click HERE if you need a new permission slip.
Due to your advisory teacher on Friday, October 26th.
Detective Stefanie Thomas from the Seattle Police Department will talk with Madison parents and students about cybersafety. Think you know all about what to do and what not to do online? After hearing Detective Thomas, it just may change the way you view and post information on the internet, especially your son or daughter's social network sites. Learn the basics about teaching your child good internet safety and etiquette.
For the past two years, Detective Thomas has been the public face of internet safety in the Seattle area. Please join us to learn how to keep kids out of online trouble and prevent cyber-bullying.
For those folks unable to make tonight's presentation here is a video link to Detective Thomas' Cybersafety Presentation given last year at Denny MS.
This Wednesday, October 17th, we will have our second incentive prize day for our fundraiser. Students who are eligible for prizes should bring their signed prize coupon(s) to The Commons in front of the stage, starting at 7:15 a.m. until 7:55. Please note that while students may turn in their fundraiser packets on the 17th if they are done selling, they still have the following week to sell items.
Students who are not planning on turning in their packets on the 17th should just bring their prize coupon(s) and leave their fundraiser packets and money at home. This will decrease the chances of packets and/or money getting misplaced. The final turn-in dates are October 24th and 25th. Please see the attached link "Fundraiser Advisory" for more information.
Teen Flashlight Hunt on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00p.m
Loads of prizes and candy await all hunters at Hiawatha Community Center. A best dressed prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the hunt. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight and goodie bag.
Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball Coed Sign Ups are happening now at Hiawatha!
Hiawatha Community Center also has an after school open gym to shoot hoops, play ping pong, do weight training and drop in on free cooking and yarn works classes.
Cartoonist Raina Telgemeier, author and illustrator of two graphic novels entitled Smile and Drama, visited the Madison libray today to talk with kids about her passion for reading, writing, and especially cartooning! What a great opportunity for students to meet an actual author and illustrator. And she left a cartoon drawing of her main character, Callie, to decorate our library. She'll be doing another book signing Tuesday night (tonight) at 7pm at the Ravenna Third Place Books.
Admiral Theatre in West Seattle is showing the documentary film BULLY through this Thursday, October 18th, with screenings at 1:15 and 7pm. It is rated PG-13 for language. See below for the movie trailer and a note from the producers about this important film.
Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The documentary film BULLY, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.
Watch the Movie Trailer
Lisa Love is thrilled to announce the annual Seattle Public Schools LGBT Families Dinner coming up Thursday, November 8th from 6-8pm at the NOVA/Seattle World School. Notices will be going home from schools over the next few weeks, so watch for those as well. Attached is a flyer with more information. I do hope you will be able to join us at this wonderful and welcoming event. As you know, this is two days after Election Day —a great time to seek community.
Please RSVP to me, Lisa Love, with your name and the number of people in your party. See you in November!
Lisa Love - Seattle Public Schools Health Intervention Office
(206) 252-0982 email: LLove@seattleschools.org
Highland Ice Arena is hosting a Free Skate on Friday, October 12 from 9:30 – 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for everyone! Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $3.00.
Click play to see an online video that helps you navigate through the Source and Fusion!
Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile and her newest book entitled Drama, will be visiting Madison Middle School to talk with classes during 6th period on October 16th about the writing process and her newest book, Drama. For those students that are not able to attend the talk, they will still be able to purchase Raina's books during advisory and have them signed by her in person. Both of her books will be available for sale for $12.03 (tax already included--make checks payable to Third Place Books). Contact Ms. Bell in the library if you have any questions.
Mark your calendar for October 17 at 6:30 pm at Madison. Detective Stephanie Thomas from the Seattle Police Department will talk with Madison parents and students about cybersafety. Think you know all about what to do and what not to do online? After hearing Detective Thomas, it just may change the way you view and post information on the internet, especially your son or daughter's social network sites. Learn the basics about teaching your child good internet safety and etiquette.
For the past two years, Detective Thomas has been the public face of internet safety in the Seattle area. Please join us to learn how to keep kids out of online trouble and prevent cyber-bullying.
Zelma Zieman, PTSA President
6:30 - 8:00pm
Madison Middle School Commons
If you would like to volunteer with this family evening event or have ideas you would like to share with the math department, please contact:
Lora Bunch (volunteer coordinator) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Meltzer (math department head) - email@example.com
CLICK HERE to see the 2012 girls soccer schedule for the season.
You may also look at the "Athletics" tab to see sports schedules for the year.
You are welcome into Madison Middle School (typically the first Friday of the month) to eat lunch with your student or child. This gives parents the oppotunity to see the school, meet your child's friends, and bring some yummy food to school! Please check in with the main office to receive a visitor's pass before you go into the cafeteria.
6th Grade Lunch: 10:35 - 11:05
7th Grade Lunch: 11:05 - 11:35
8th Grade Lunch: 11:35 - 12:05
Future Dates: November 2nd, December 7th, January 11th , February 8th, March 1st, April 5th, May 3rd, June 7th
See you at Curriculum Night!
This year is the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, an event that celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of ensuring the availability of all viewpoints to those who wish to read them.
Madison Middle School will kick off this event with an assembly this Friday put on by actors from Book-It Theatre called “Danger: Books!”
We will also have a book display in the library with some of the books from the Top Ten Most Challenged Books list from the past ten years. To find out more about this event, please visit http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek.
All Madison students are required to facilitate their own student-led conference in the Spring. These conferences typically last 20min and the students share their working portfolio with their parents and advisory teachers.
Dates for the Navigation 101 conferences are:
- Wednesday March 27th, 2013
- Wednesday April 3rd, 2013
- Wednesday Aprill 10th, 2013
These are all Madison-only early release dates and the time slots for conferences will be approximately 12:30-4:00pm. Your advisory teacher can make accommodations if these times do not work.
Sign up for your student-led conference on curriculum night! Or anytime thereafter.
CLICK HERE to find out more about Navigation 101 and student-led conferences.
A new season of Ultimate Frisbee has began!
CLICK HERE to download this season's schedule.
Students will run an all-school penny drive and by the end of the drive, they have $1,000 to give away to any charities they choose. Past charities the kids have chosen include animal aid organizations, homeless groups, anti-bullying groups and more. If you are interested in joining Penny Harvest, please email me with any questions you might have.
Along with gathering pennies we also do some fun things like pizza parties and outings to Menchies or Freshy’s coffee. This is my 3rd year running Penny Harvest and I am looking forward to it!
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Madison Office or Madison YMCA office. Penny Harvest counts toward community service hours that are required for 7th and 8th graders. This group tends to be made up of 6th graders, but we welcome all grade levels!!! We will meet once a week starting sometime in September.
The whole school will head to the Puyallup Fair on Friday, September 21st. Permission slips will be passed out in advisories on Monday, September 10th and are due, at the latest, on Friday September 14th.
The cost is $10 for transportation.
This is a traditional community building field trip that we do every year. Students are invited to bring their own money for rides, food and games.
CLICK HERE to print off another copy of the permission slip.
See you at the Puyallup!
Welcome Back to School Madison.
We would like to welcome parents and guardians to curriculum night on Thursday, September 27th from 6:30 - 8:00pm.
During this evening event, you will have the opportunity to get to know your students' teachers and what their learning goals, objectives and standards are for the year.
See you then!
Click HERE to find the supply list for 2012 - 2013 school year.
"By administrative request, 2012-2013 schedules will not be displayed until the first day of school because schedules are not final."
Hey future 9th graders,
Your photos are ready. There are many varieties of packages and special items you can order. It's easy!
Go to www.lifetouchevents.com and enter the password:MMS12
Then all you do is follow the online directions and get your pictures!
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Lifetouch at:
- The Achievements.
- The Victories.
- The Fun.
Happy Summer Madison!
Just because you don't have classes, doesn't mean you can't still improve upon your academic skills. Check out these websites below to help you maintain your math skills over the summer.
Enjoy your time off!
Madison students and staff checked out almost 13,000 books this year from the school library! Wow--that is some fantastic reading! Keep that momentum going over the summer by visiting your Seattle Public Library or the King County Public Library. Or for other sites to find great books, go to:
http://library.seattleschools.org/oneclickdigital/oneclickdigital.html and follow the prompts.
For some great tips on helping your child get reading this summer, go to http://www.readkiddoread.com/uploads/summerreadingtips.php.
JUST A REMINDER THAT ALL LIBRARY BOOKS WERE DUE BACK THIS PAST MONDAY, JUNE 11TH. Thank you for helping your student find their overdue books so that we can get them back on the shelves in the library. And keep up the awesome reading!!
THIS WEEK: Thursday, June 7th Orchestra and Jazz Band Concerts Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. Musicians must arrive dressed and pressed by 6:15.
IndieFlix is proud to present the documentary Finding Kind. This powerful film is part of the Kind Campaign, a movement that brings awareness and healing to the effects of meanness within "girl world."
Date: June 12, 2012
Location: Madison Middle School Library
Support: Girls at Madison (no admission fee) by attending a screening!
Finding Kind was recently nominated for the Social Justice Award for Documentary Film and has been written about by CBS News, Variety and the Huffington Post.
CLICK HERE for more information.
CLICK HERE for a list of print and web resources on bullying.