Madison Middle School
September 10, 2021
We finished another wonderful week here at Madison! Our students are continuing to demonstrate respect, responsibility and relationships, and ensuring that everyone here feels a sense of belonging.
Events coming up!
- Wednesday, September 15th: Minimum Day 11:30 am Dismissal
- Monday, September 20th: SSC Meeting
- Tuesday, September 21st: PTA General Meeting
- Thursday, September 23rd: Title I Meeting
- Friday, October 1: Back to School Get Together
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 9/7 through 9/10: 1 Total Covid-19 cases
Picking students up at Palm Tree Plaza (Walgreens):
Parents, we are urging you not to drop off or pick up your student at the 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.
See you Monday!
Weekly MBC Broadcast with Remembering 9/11
Canvas for Parents
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Got the quarantine blues? We are here to help!
Girls Volleyball Clinics
Helping Kids Develop a Healthy Sense of Self
How many young people live with constant feelings of inferiority and discontent because their self-perceptions don’t match the ideals presented in various forms of social media? How many reach young adulthood extremely anxious about their ability to cope?
“I’m a loser in real life! The only time I’m not is when I’m on-line.”
As they grapple with the already-challenging task of understanding themselves in relation to the world, this dangerous theme pervades the lives of far too many children, teens, and young adults. When true identity battles with social-media identity for emotional territory, kids can suffer painful conflict and develop understandable escape behaviors.
Many kids will dive deep into the murky waters of internet and video game overuse because they feel calmer, stronger, and more accepted in cyberspace than in their true relational world. The seeds of addiction are sown. Full-blown dependency looms just around the corner.
Taking away their devices addresses just the tip of the iceberg. Although it’s sometimes necessary to do this, it only scratches the surface. Helping them develop a healthy self-concept addresses the larger issue below the water line.
Denial in epic proportions
One might argue that most parents in America are in denial over the impact of technology overuse and its effects on their children’s identities. Teaching me to drive, both of my parents gave great advice: “Always assume someone is in your blind spot.” Applying this to parenting, it’s probably wise to assume that most us have a “blind spot” when it comes to technology and our kids.
Helicopters and Drill Sergeants develop dependency
Chronic helicopter parenting creates insecure kids who doubt their ability to make good decisions and succeed in the real world—so does clinging to the drill sergeant model. Both styles are the enemy of healthy identity development and can create damaging anxiety and despair.
Consultants empower strength
Consultant parents empower their kids to make decisions, live with the consequences, and see that they are capable of coping with the real world. This style also preserves healthy parent-child relationships. Coping skills plus relationships serve as antidotes for depression and dependency.
We can’t control others
At the heart of consultant parenting is the awareness that we can only increase the odds of healthy identity development. We cannot ensure it. Sometimes highly ineffective parents end up with strong kids—and highly competent parents can end up with kids who have big problems. What Love and Logic does guarantee is that we can face life knowing we’ve done our best.
Our Teens and Technology audio title contains additional insights into how consultant parents can help their kids develop a stronger true identity and avoid the social-media trap.
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Vaccine Event 9/18/21
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
COVID-19 Testing Center
Madison Mustangs are Building Relationships
Got C-STEAM? Madison does!
Madison Virtual Tour
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]
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
Advanced Coding and 3D Printing
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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.