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Weekly Updates from Madison High School - February 20, 2020

It's Scholarship Season!

Every year a significant number of Madison seniors earn money for college by applying for scholarships. There are many opportunities that are out there for students from all different backgrounds, interests, ethnicity, family origin, etc. Sometimes students have to submit a short essay describing their accomplishments, career interest and financial need, but the small amount of time required by the student to dedicate to this effort can pay big dividends. We encourage all students to apply to multiple scholarship opportunities to make full use of their personal essay, Plus, describing your accomplishments is good experience for landing a future job. Reality Changers has good tips for scholarship seekers on their website. Seniors can check out the many scholarship opportunities on Naviance or sign up on the Remind app to receive scholarship notices from Mrs. Balzer, Madison's Head Counselor. Mrs. Sponix-Rust also publishes a bimonthly scholarship newsletter, Show Me the Money, which is available on Madison's website or in the counseling office.

SAT Scholars Program

The SAT Scholars Program is now taking applications for a free SAT preparation course presented on Saturdays in June, July and August 2020 at USD. This course is open to students in grades 9, 10 and 11. Priority consideration is give to low-income and first generation students. However, all applications will be considered. The course includes a mock SAT pre-test and post-test. Accepted applicants must attend an orientation at USD on Wednesday, June 17 at 6 pm. On average, students improve their scores on the SAT by 70+ points. Sessions are Saturday mornings, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Apply at https://tinyurl.com/SATScholars2020.

Students With Academic Goals (SWAG)

Students with Academic Goals (SWAG) is a summer SAT Prep Academy (different from the one being hosted at USD) offered by CalSOAP at Bayview Baptist Church in Linda Vista, June 11-26, 2020. The program offers 40 hours of test prep instruction and tutoring, visits to San Diego State University and UC San Diego, as well as a career exploration day on June 19. Students will also learn about admissions, financial aid and hear from career speakers. A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required for grade 9, 3.0 for grade 10 and 3.3 for grade 11. The priority deadline to apply is March 31, 2020. Register at https://beatriton.ucsd.edu/register/2020swag.

Family Notices for the Week:

  • Students interested in employment should check the SDUSD job board; there are a variety of seasonal and part-time jobs.

  • Healthy Start Time Announced: Beginning this fall, James Madison High School will start at 8:45 AM. Our bell schedule and academic calendar reflecting modified days and school dismissal times will be sent home and posted on our website in the coming months.

  • ASVAB testing: The ASVAB is an exam that your student can take that will help them determine their strengths in certain areas, and direct them towards potential careers based on their answers on the test. They can also clear up to 16 tardies during Saturday Core Academy for only three hours of their time. Sign up on the Madison website; select ASVAB sign up. There are only a handful of spots for February 22nd, but several openings for Wednesday, February 26. Please sign up before it’s too late!


  • Free Dental Health Screenings for children ages 1-18 years-old, seven locations, call for an appointment.

  • Saturday Core Academy: Saturday, February 22, 8:00 AM, Rm. B22; students should bring homework to complete, study materials or reading that needs to be accomplished. Enter through the back of the school off of Doliva (main campus is closed and in use by the Minato Japanese School). See article above for more detail.

  • From Nurse Jen: Three fun facts about golden nugget tangerines:

    California grows more than 90% of the tangerines in the USA.

    This specific variety of tangerines was developed at UC Riverside in the 1950’s.

    The rind of this tangerine is known to be slightly bumpy and very easy to peel.

    Taste this delicious winter fruit every Wednesday at your school café salad bar!