Warhawk News

Weekly Updates from Madison High School - August 20, 2019

Welcome New Vice Principal

By Heather Seaton

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Michael Salamanca to the administrative team here at Madison High School. Mr. Salamanca is a former math teacher, math department chair and instructional leader. He has been instrumental in developing Madison's Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) initiative and working with a group of teachers to pilot the program. Mr. Salamanca has worked in Madison cluster schools for many years. He was a math teacher at Kroc Middle School, a mathematics lead teacher at Innovation Middle School, an instructional leader for mathematics here at Madison, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego. Mr. Salamanca is also adept at using instructional technology in the classroom to engage students. He had a leading role in working with the University of San Diego to identify and develop effective instructional practices which embedded technology. He will be a significant asset to our teachers and the school as a whole.

Family Notices for the Week:


  • Early out day, Wednesday, September 4: the school day ends at 1:07 pm; lunch will be 11:05-11:35 a.m., followed by periods 5 and 6 (this is a change from last school year).
  • ATTENTION FRESHMAN! Your Link Crew Leaders are hosting a Pizza Party Tailgate for the first Varsity Home Football game this Friday, August 30th vs. Steele Canyon. Meet your Link Leaders at the Workout Room Fences in between the school and football field @5:30PM for Pizza, Games, and Fun! We will walk into the game together and sit in "The Nest" our Stadium's student section for the game. This is a free event for freshmen. GO WARHAWKS!!!
  • Free meals for all Madison students: All students enjoy free breakfast, nutrition snack, and lunch at Madison. Students hear a two-minute warning bell before the start of 2nd period to remind them to wrap up getting their snack and move to their second period class.
  • ASB Cards: ASB cards are available for purchase at the finance office for $25. The card gets students free admission into regular season football and basketball games, discounted dance tickets and more….
  • Schedule Changes: There will be NO student initiated schedule changes during the first few days of school. A schedule change form is available in the counseling office for students with a request. Counselors will review these requests, and if it can be accommodated, make the change at their earliest opportunity. Changing classes in core level subjects will be subject to review by an administrator.
  • School Expectations: The school policies concerning dress code, electronic devices and Loss of Privileges, along with the Citizenship Rubric was reviewed this week with all students in their 4th period class. The Student/Parent Handbook, which contains these policies, will be distributed to all Freshmen and Juniors through their English classes on Thursday, August 29. Seniors and Sophomores received theirs at the Warhawk Walk. The Student/Parent Handbook is also posted on Madison’s website under the Student Life and Parents tabs. Please review these policies with your student. Parents play a key role in enforcing school policies.
  • Make-up Pictures: Make-up picture day will be Tuesday, September 24, beginning at 7:30 am. Students who need a school ID will be called to room 101 during the school day to get their picture taken; photos IDs are required for school events, the after school drop-in center, library and other school related activities.
  • Madison’s After School Drop-in Center: opens for students on Tuesday, September 3, 2:30-4 pm. The drop-in center and adjoining classroom will be available Monday through Friday. A hot supper option that includes an entree, fruit, vegetable and milk will be available to students at no charge. Students must present their student ID to check in and out of the drop-in center.
  • Student Dress Code: The dress code was reviewed with all students in their 4th period classes this week. The policy is included in the Student/Parent Handbook on page 11 and is available on Madison’s website under the Student Life and Parents tabs. Students are expected to follow the policies outlined in the handbook. Parents should review the policies with their student.
  • Construction Begins at Madison: Coming back to school, students and parents are beginning to see the changes happening at Madison under the school’s Whole Site Modernization plan. Construction begins this month to install air-conditioning in all classrooms and buildings throughout campus; estimated completion date is fall 2020. Parents and students should be aware of limited parking availability in the student parking lot adjacent to the automotive building. This will impact parking for school events. Visit Madison’s website for construction updates.
  • Dropping Students Off: Parents are reminded that the student parking lot, Doliva and Warhawk Way are the recommended drop-off points for students in the morning hours. The front parking lot is reserved for staff parking; congestion going in at out of the staff lot is challenging, which is why we request that parents drop off their student curbside or in the parking lot behind the Performing Arts Center.

Open House

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 4:30-7:30pm

4833 Doliva Drive

San Diego, CA

Join us for the following parent meetings (schedule below), experience your student's class schedule, meet the teachers, learn about the school. The more you know; the more we grow!


4:30-5:00 pm Youth Wellness: Ways to Cope with Stress (Presented by Live Well San Diego)

5:00-5:45 pm Preview Sex Ed Materials (Room 1002)

5:15-5:35 pm Parent Meeting - Access to Success (Title I, GATE, ELAC)

5:35-5:50 pm Resource Tables (Athletics, Foundation, Community Partners; food for purchase)

5:50-7:30 pm Classroom Visits