The Friday Feature!

News and Notes for the Madison Staff (12/11/15)


As you may have noticed in the BOE update, PARCC scores have been released. The media can start reporting on them Friday, although some jumped in early. With that, I'm sure you both have questions and are anticipating questions from our community.

Please note the following components to PARCC communication:

  • Board presentation: 12/9 (Click here to view slides)
  • Friday Focus on Learning to include a student performance update from Dr. Schuler: 12/11
  • Staff email communication from Faith: 12/11
  • Phone and e-mail communication from Faith to parents about test scores coming home: 12/16
  • Student test scores sent home: 12/16 The letter to parents will ask to direct PARCC questions to me and parents can contact their child’s teacher any time to talk about present levels of learning.

I will also be communicating our school and individual scores to you soon with an explanation on how to interpret the parent handout. We are above state and district averages across grades and subjects.

Merry Christmas Second Grade!

84 new desks and chairs will be delivered on Wednesday for our second graders! Jamie and I won a grant to Ecolab last spring for $9,000. District office has supported the rest! Hopefully, 2nd grade will be a pilot for what is to come! To make way for the delivery, there will be no parking along the entry to the West parking lot on Wednesday. We will also cone off a couple spots in the West lot on Wed and Thursday for assembly work.

Winter Concert Decoration and Sign-Up

If you have Christmas decorations light-up, outdoor, etc that could adorn our stage that you are not using this year or can do without for two days; please bring them in to school. We'd love to tchotchke up the place on Monday evening! We just need them for Monday and Tuesday night. The louder the better!

Specialists, it is time to sign-up for the winter concert assignments. Here is a shared document!

Hooray for Craig!

Our EL teacher, Mr. Craig Babich, will be moving to a full-time EL teaching position very soon! He will remain with us at Madison for 1/2 day and teach EL at Emerson for 1/2 day. Congrats to Craig!


Diane has a full class set of the student cards. Please let me know if you try it. I'd love to check it out!


Fri, Dec 11: 9:20AM Edison Band and Orchestra performance

Fri, Dec 11: 2:00-3:30PM Birthday Books (Nov and Dec)

Fri, Dec 11: 3:45PM Helping Hands at the Tameling house

Mon, Dec 14: Fun Fur Day and cookie exchange

Tue, Dec 15: Bring on the Bling

Tue, Dec 15: 9:30AM Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal

Tue, Dec 15: 7:00-7:40PM Gr 1-3 Winter Concert

Tue, Dec 15: 8:00-8:40PM Gr 4 ,5, Chorus Winter Concert

Wed, Dec 16: PARCC scores go home

Wed, Dec 16: 2nd Grade Furniture delivered!

Wed, Dec 16: Head Adornment Day

Wed, Dec 16: 8:30AM Staff Meeting

Thu, Dec 17: Christmas movie character

Fri, Dec 18: Ugly Christmas Sweater

Fri, Dec 18: Holiday lunch

Wed, Jan 6: 8:30AM Staff Meeting

Mon, Jan 11: ACCESS testing for EL begins

Wed, Jan 13: 8:30AM MIT Meeting

Wed, Jan 13: 7:30PM BOE Meeting at Madison

Thu, Jan 14: Local Assessment window closed (all spreadsheets in)

Fri, Jan 15: Institute Day

Mon, Jan 18: No School

Tue, Jan 19: Shift Day - Monday

Wed, Jan 20: 8:30AM Staff Meeting

Sat, Jan 23: Pancake Breakfast

Mon, Jan 25: 10AM K-2 Reading Incentive Kick-off

Mon, Jan 25: 11AM 3-5 Reading Incentive Kick-off

Wed, Jan 27: 8:30AM MIT Meeting

Thu, Jan 28: 2:15PM Group photos for yearbook

Fri, Feb 12: ACCESS testing window closed

Wed, Feb 17: Coin Recipient Lists Due Date

Wed, Mar 2: 7PM Kindergarten Round-up

Thu, Mar 3: 10:30AM Coin Assembly

Thu, Mar 3: 1:30PM K-2 Reading Incentive Assembly

Thu, Mar 3: 2:30PM 3-5 Reading Incentive Assembly