Madison Middle School

October 8, 2021

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Madison Update

Dear Madison Families,

We hope you are enjoying the Fall weather! Students and teachers are working hard here at Madison. We are well into our first quarter and the grade window will be closing on 10/22. Tutoring and Clubs are in full swing (more info below).

All families need to sign up for Independent Study in event that your student needs to Quarantine this year. We need to have an Independent Study Agreement on file for every student in order to earn attendance credit while the student is in quarantine. Our IT department emailed all families with a personalized link to the I.S. Agreement forms on 9/24 and followed up with reminders to those that had not completed them on 9/27, 9/29 and 10/1. As of 10/4 we have only 34% on file!!! Please click on this link to fill out today! Please let us know if you need assistance. By the way, Mr. Bailey just filled his out for his two daughters this morning!!! Shhh... Don't tell =)

Unfortunately, we have a new Tik Tok Challenge we need you to be aware of and make sure you talk with your student about the seriousness of "Slap/Smack a Teacher Month". Please let your student know that there will be serious and significant consequences if they choose to participate in this Tik Tok Challenge or any future Tik Tok Challenge moving forward.

Events coming up!
  • Girls Volleyball: Tue - Thur 3:30-5:00 in the Gym
  • ELAC: Wednesday October 13th: via Zoom 6:00 pm
  • Open Gym: Boys Basketball 6-7:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (10/12 - 1010/20)
  • Mustang Boys Basketball Tryouts: 10/26 & 10/28 School Gym 3:30 - 5:30
  • End of Quarter One: 10/22 (More details below)
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Passion Lab Highlight: Surf Life w/ Mr. Critchlow

Surf Life Design Lab is taught by Mr. Critchlow. For years he was the advisor for the MMS Surf Club. This class is an attempt to bring back as much of the old surf club as possible. The ultimate goal is to get the students to the beach and in the water. Since MMS is not near the beach the class can't go for daily surf sessions. Instead, students will explore other aspects of surf culture, including the history and science behind surfing. In addition, this class will try to find fun activities that many surfers around the world have found for those flat waveless days that are the opposite of SURFS UP.

See you in the line up.

Clubs @ Madison

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Taming the Technology Monster

We are hearing more recently about the effects of technology on our teens. In recent editions of this newsletter, we provided insights into the effects of technology and social media on kids and what parents can do to mitigate the influence of technology on their kids. This newsletter will look at how limits can further help parents with this increasingly difficult problem.

Do you ever feel like your child’s cell phone, game console, or computer has taken over your home? Although these devices can be wonderful tools for communication, learning, and healthy enjoyment, they can also become dark and destructive influences in the absence of necessary parental supervision and limits. Below are a few examples of enforceable limits that we, as parents, can provide:

  • You may have your computer in the living room, not in your room.

  • You may be on the internet, as long as I’m allowed to review your internet history.

  • You may be on social media, as long as I can have access to your accounts.

  • Feel free to have a cell phone, as long as you can pay for the service.

  • You may keep your cell phone, as long as you are not using it during meals, at religious gatherings, in class, or while driving.

  • I allow kids to use technology in my home, as long as I feel that they are being respectful and responsible.

Although we can’t control what our kids do when they are away from home, we can set good, solid limits when they’re under our roofs. If they complain, “You don’t trust me!” reply, “I don’t even trust myself. Lots of good people get in trouble with technology. That’s why I always make sure that your dad knows what I’m doing on my computer, too.”

For more technology tips and techniques listen to our MP3 audio, Teens and Technology.

Thanks for reading!

If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend. Our goal is to help as many families as possible.

Dr. Charles Fay

Middle School Grading Periods 2021/2022

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Is your student having to isolate / quarantine? Here is some info for you!

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Call us if you have more questions!!!

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Explore the Arts and Express Yourself PTA Reflections Program

Do you enjoy art? Do you have a talent for photography, dance, film, writing, or music composition? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year's theme is "I Will Change the World By...". Now is your chance to get creative. What does "I Will Change the Word By..." mean to you? Interpret this through your chosen art. Draw a picture, take a photo, compose a song, make a movie, or choreograph a dance. We want to see your talent shine.


Student winners from the local level have the opportunity to move up through their district, region, council and state PTA programs to the national level.

How To Participate

Think about what "I Will Change the World By..." means to you. How can you express that in your chosen art? Then, submit your final work via this link:


The submission deadline is October 29, 2021 by 5:00 pm.

More Information

Lots more information can be found here:


Please email us at

******************************Older News**************************

  • Thursday, September 23rd: Title I Meeting 8:30 am Library
  • Thursday, September 23rd: STEM Club Library after school
  • Friday, September 24: Popsicles @ Lunch $1
  • Tuesday September 28th: ELAC via Zoom 6:00 pm
  • Friday, October 1: Back to School Get Together
  • Tutoring and Clubs starting soon! More info coming.

Covid-19 Weekly Reporting:

In order to keep our families informed on Covid-19 cases in our school, we will be utilizing the following procedures:

  • All families will be notified weekly of our Covid-19 cases in this section of our Weekly Update (Smore). Our Smore will go out every Monday

  • If your student is identified as a "close contact" of a Covid-19 positive person on campus, you will be notified immediately by email, text, and phone and will be provided directions for quarantine.

  • To view Covid-19 cases for the entire district, visit the VUSD Covid-19 Case Dashboard.

Week of 9/13 through 9/17: 1 Total Covid-19 cases

Picking students up and dropping off on Lake Blvd and at the Palm Tree Plaza (Walgreens):

Parents, we are urging you not to drop off or pick up your student on Lake Blvd or at the Palm Tree Plaza. Picking up or dropping off on Lake Blvd. is dangerous and increases the chance of an accident. At Palm Tree Plaza, we are unable to supervise the parking lots at the mall. Furthermore, the high traffic of students and cars impact the businesses. Please consider picking your student up at school after 3:20 when the traffic dies down. Thank you.

Have an awesome week!

Welcome Back Party : 5-6:30 pm

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Message from Mr. Bailey 091621.mp4

Dress Code

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Girls Volleyball Clinics

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Boys and Girls Club Sports - Coming back soon!

Though there has been a delay at the beginning of this school year, we are working with Boys and Girls Club to get our middle school sports up and running as soon as possible. In the meantime, Boys and Girls Club is offering middle school girls volleyball at the Boys and Girls Club right now through November. Vista Parks and Rec has flag football openings right now as well. Updated sports info can be found at

We will be starting boys basketball in October followed by girls basketball and co-ed soccer. We are working to see if we can get cross country as well. Thank you so much for understanding and support. We all know how important it is for our students to have as many positive outlets as possible!

Canvas for Parents

  1. Go to:

  2. Select “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here for an Account

  3. Enter your name in the Your Name field.

  4. Enter your email in the Your Email field.

  5. Enter your password in the Password field.

  6. Re-enter your password in the Re-enter Password field.

  7. Enter a pairing code to link your account to your student in the Student Pairing Code field.

  8. Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use checkbox.

  9. Click the Start Participating button

Got the quarantine blues? We are here to help!

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Vaccine Clinics

VUSD Health and Safety Call to Action for Parents

  • Action #1: Notify your school immediately if your child or any member of your household becomes ill with COVID-19.

  • Action #2: Keep your child home from school if they have ANY of the symptoms listed on the decision tree guidelines (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).

  • Action #3: Keep your child home from school if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. They should NOT return to in-person learning until given a return date by our nursing staff. This includes exposure to someone living in the home who is positive.

  • Action #4: Do not send your child back to school if the child or anyone in the household is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. Only send your child back if they have a negative test result or if they have completed the entire quarantine period.

  • Action #5: Have your child vaccinated if they are 12 to 17 years old. Remember, your child will not need to be quarantined if they come in close contact at school if they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. The vaccination will keep them in school and able to participate in all of the extracurricular activities like athletics, band, dance, ASB, etc.

If we can proactively respond to these five calls to action, then we can dramatically reduce the impact of quarantine on all students.

Important COVID-19 Information and Quarantine Updates

Q: Will we know if there is an active C19 case on campus?

A: Yes, If there is an active COVID + case on campus this year an email will be sent to the entire school community as a general notice (just like last year).

Q: Will I know if my student was or is considered a close contact?

A: Yes, If a student or adult is considered “Close Contact” to a COVID-19+ person, a notice to families in those classes will be sent to those families. Close contacts will be quarantined as determined by the COVID decision tree. Quarantine Exceptions would be for the student or adult that is fully vaccinated (defined as 2 weeks post-final vaccination). Proof must be provided in this case.

Close Contact: is defined as anyone who was within 6' proximity of a COVID-19+ person for a cumulative 15 minutes in 24 hours.

Q: How does my student access school if they are required to quarantine?

A: If your student is quarantined, then they will receive an email and phone call to set up support from our Academic Coach, Aimee Blanchard. Aimee will reach out to families and any student on quarantine to set up a plan for each students quarantine period based on the most updated Decision Tree.

If your child is quarantined, they are to access their coursework in CANVAS .

COVID-19 Prevention: 5 things to do to prevent the spread

  1. Wear masks indoors
  2. Don't eat inside or share food
  3. Bring your own water bottle everyday to fill up at the hydration station
  4. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Or, sanitize your hands often
  5. Stay home if you are sick

COVID-19 Testing Center

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Madison Mustangs are Building Relationships

Got C-STEAM? Madison does!

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Madison Virtual Tour


Face mask Rules

Are required to be worn indoors

Are optional outside

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New Student Agreements

New Student Agreements for 2021-2022

New Vista Unified Student Agreements will be reviewed with each student on the first day of school. These agreements will provide guidelines and requirements for students that are designed to keep everyone safe, such as the use of face masks and reminders about social distancing and handwashing. CLICK HERE for a copy of the Secondary 21.22 COVID-19 Student Agreements that all students will review and sign.

VUSD Parents: Notification for Remind

Vista Unified School District is committed to engaging families as partners in education. We continue to refine our communication systems to provide up to date information about teaching and learning, collaboration, family engagement, and college and career pathways. One important improvement of our plan is to implement a more efficient and seamless communication platform called Remind. The information below provides a preview of this important new feature of our communication plan.....[READ MORE]

School Year at a Glance

VUSD Calendar

  • This is the 2021-22 VUSD Calendar: CLICK HERE
  • This will help you know when schools are closed, when there are Minimum Days, and when the school year ends.

Exciting New Opportunities for Students, Design Labs come to Madison!

We are excited to announce the expansion of our PLC (Personal Learning Communities) initiative to offer 7th and 8th grade students a content or subject specific Design Lab where they can pursue a skill or passion outside of the main core classes. In a way, this class is their second elective! The class will maintain a few of our PLC elements such as mentoring, character building, advisory, etc. but for much of the week students will explore and learn in their Design Lab content!

Students will begin by showing their interest in classes they would like for their design lab. Based on what students select, Madison will determine which design labs to offer next year. Students will then be scheduled into design labs with consideration of their interests and academic needs.

What do I need to know?

  • Students will have the opportunity to enroll in a Design Lab each semester.

  • Most design labs are 1 semester in length, but there may be some that are a full year.

  • The purpose of Design Labs is to support the expansion of our PLC initiative by allowing students to pursue a skill, passion and/or real world problems outside of a main core class!

  • Descriptions will be sent out to students next week.

  • Madison will work very hard to match students with their interests; however, we cannot make any guarantees due to student demand and staffing. Design Lab switches may not be accommodated once the semester begins. Students will switch Design Labs at semester.

  • All interests are due by Wednesday 5/26/21. Students who don’t select by the due date will be placed in a design lab that has available space.

Sneak Peak: Design Labs

Here are just a few we thought we'd share with you!!!

Advanced Coding and 3D Printing

Video game design/coding and 3D printing- what could be better? Computers II builds upon the concepts learned in Computers I. Explore various types of coding software, including Scratch, Gamestar Mechanic, Code Warriors, Code Avengers, and others. Learn to code games through object oriented programming as well as JavaScript. 3D design through Tinkercad and SketchUp with real-world applications. Keyboarding is practiced daily

Entrepreneur Study

In this course, students will learn the ins and outs of running a business, from ordering products, managing a schedule, working as a cashier, managing employees, and dealing with money such as taxes and deposits. Students will also learn how to prepare for interviews and how to make yourself stand out for an employer.

Student Store Management

This course would require time outside of class so that we can sell products such as school supplies and food to everyone on campus.

Mixed Media Arts

This class gives students a chance to explore a wide range of media including fiber and textile arts, collage, painting, drawing, sculpture, and more. Projects are developed for students to express themselves through their work and vary from session to session. This course will also offer in-depth exploration of techniques and new ways to see, use, and interpret found objects. Students will create multi-directional compositions with a variety of materials, paint, images, found objects, and other materials. Students will develop technical skills and personal style.

Topics include:

  • Dyeing, batik, shibori (indigo), tie-dye, natural dyes, resist dyeing, cyanotype.
  • Stitch Arts: Hand and machine sewing, quilting, embroidery, samplers.
  • Paint & Pencil: Acrylics, watercolors, graphite.
  • Yarn and Fiber: Knitting, crochet, weaving, macrame, friendship bracelets.
  • 3D Arts: Wire-working, jewelry and beading, stuffed plushes, clay, candle-making.

Video Game Design

Study the aspects of video game design and examine the successful and unsuccessful traits of a large variety of video games. Then as a class embark on the process of designing the ideal game. Including art, character design, Storyboarding, dialogue scripting, game mechanics and level progression, marketing, music, sound effects etc. If time and resources permit use Unity software or other programing tools to make a basic version of the game.

Creative Writing

In this course, students will learn to share their thoughts in a fun and creative way. Students will learn how to write characters, plot twists, and genre specific pieces.

Aspiring Authors

Do you dream of becoming a published author someday? Well, Christopher Paolini wrote his first novel, Eragon, when he was fifteen years old. So “someday” can start NOW! In this course, you will learn the fundamental strategies and techniques used by published authors for planning and writing your own novels!

Book Club

What’s better than reading? Reading with friends! In this class, you will group up with friends to read and discuss the books that interest you most.

World Explorers

This is a class for kids who dream of traveling the world. We’ll explore the cultures, sights, and histories of the world’s coolest travel destinations as well as the practical requirements that it takes to get there. We’ll finish up the semester by applying what you’ve learned to plan your very own Bucket List trip to a destination of your choice.

Mysteries in History

Was King Tut murdered? Did the Trojan Horse actually exist? Was King Arthur a real person? Who really discovered the Americas? In this class, we will investigate some of history’s greatest and most pervasive mysteries.

Race Cars and Roller Coasters

On 3 different engineering projects, students will use design thinking in order to create a product. Students will create carbon dioxide dragsters, prop racers, and very large marble roller coasters from cardstock and other materials. In addition to using design thinking, students will also enrich their understanding of the physics principles involved in motion.