Madison Middle School

May 20, 2022

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Events coming up!

  • 5/24 Shrek Musical Theater in the gym at 6pm
  • 5/24 PTA meeting at 6:00pm
  • 5/25 Band "Finale Concert" in the gym at 6pm
  • 5/25 ELAC in the library at 6pm
  • 6/3 8th Grade Promotion Dance 6-8pm/ 8th Graders only
  • 6/8 Promotion Ceremony 10:00am
  • 6/13-6/24 Summer Camps! Escuelas de verano!
  • See flyers below for more events!


Dear Parents/ Estimados padres,

The yearbooks have arrived and we will be distributing them soon. Please make sure to order your yearbook as soon as possible so we can prepare our list for distribution! Don’t let your child be left out!

Los anuarios han llegado y los estaremos distribuyendo pronto. ¡Asegúrese de pedir su anuario lo antes posible para que podamos preparar nuestra lista para su distribución! ¡No deje que su hijo(a) se quede sin uno!

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Madison students prepared a short presentation and dressed the part of the character they were representing. They also gave a short talk explaining the person's accomplishments and importance in history.
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Madison AVID students visited UCSD Campus. They posed in front of the famous Geisel Library named in honor of Dr. Seuss!
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The MMS Intermediate Band and Mustang Band gave excellent performances at the Music in the Parks Festival on Saturday. They played with passion and precision and even brought home a couple of trophies! We are so proud of them. They also had a ton of fun exploring Knott's Berry Farm together.

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Madison Middle School supports parents and equips them with tools to, in turn, support their child's learning at home. Parents develop a partnership with their student teachers and school staff; resulting in a positive academic impact. That is why we celebrated our tech parents on Thursday for attending the Madison Technology Workshops. For more information on upcoming workshops contact your Family Community Liaison, Ms. Hila.
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Madison mustangs enjoyed Kona Ice treats at our campus.
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Principal Bailey and a group of hard working Mustangs beautified Madison campus this Friday.
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We apologize for the inconvenience, but campus parking will not be available for the Promotion Ceremony. There will be shuttle service available from St. Thomas More Church to Madison MS in order to accommodate Mustangs families.
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Vista Boys Basketball for Future Vista Panthers!

Vista Basketball will be hosting a summer basketball camp as well as a summer basketball league for incoming freshmen beginning June 13th. If you are interested in receiving information about Vista Panthers Basketball, please click on the following flyer and fill out the prospective athlete form to receive further information.

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We are really proud of our Mustang's soccer team! One of the best games they played took place on May 12th at Madison field!
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The Girls on the Run team participated in a 5K on May 14th at Crown Point Park in San Diego. Thank you for supporting our 14 wonderful girls who are on the team.
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Some Problems with Intentional Praise

Dear Steven,

Last week’s newsletter described spontaneous and intentional praise, and we presented an alternative to intentional praise that can encourage kids and help avoid having praise backfire and cause more behavioral problems. This week we will look at some of the problems with intentional praise and how the messages that Love and Logic sends to kids can help them develop a healthy self-concept.

Self-Concept Conflict
Children who feel poorly about themselves usually become extremely uncomfortable when praised. On a subconscious level they react by thinking, “This doesn’t match up. I’m not that great, and I don’t do great things. In fact, I can probably think of a million examples of why this person is wrong about me.”

For many children, praise actually triggers a myriad of negative self-images, all intended to confirm the child’s negative view of self. While no positive, rational person would compel a child to construct a laundry list of all their perceived failures, this often occurs when a hurting child hears something like, “That’s awesome!” The resulting conflict and anxiety contribute to the difficult behaviors following our attempts to be positive.

Zero- Sum Orientation
Many kids who are highly controlling have a real problem with other people being happy about their behavior. One psychological characteristic of these kids (and adults) is a zero-sum orientation. In their head, only one person can win: “If my parent or teacher is happy about my behavior, I must be unhappy about it.”

These are also the kids who are wondering, “What do you want from me?” When they experience praise, they feel a strong need to prove that any efforts to manipulate (even if this is not intended by the adult) will not work.

The Pedestal is Slippery
I suffer from this one. When praised, I often find myself feeling a bit panicked. My mind begins to race, “What if I can’t maintain this? What if I fail? What if I disappoint these people who think I’m so great?”

As a child, I learned how to avoid these feelings and told myself, “Don’t try so hard. Be mediocre. Be a bit resistant. Don’t give adults much to be excited about. When they try to be positive, be a little more negative.” These internal messages do not contribute to developing a healthy self-concept.

Fortunately, the development of Love and Logic helped my parents realize that all their loving attempts at praise were making things worse. Things began to change when they began to consistently send two messages through their words and actions:

We love you unconditionally.
You don’t have to earn our love, and you can’t lose it.

You get to decide how you feel about your accomplishments.
We’ll just be happy for you.

By sending these messages, we can truly encourage our kids to develop a healthy attitude toward their themselves and their accomplishments. Our Success with Underachievers: Creating Self-Motivated Learners webinar is an excellent resource for ways to help kids develop a healthy self-concept.

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


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Since our schools recently pivoted to Group Tracing, we understand that receiving a group notification letter and testing an exposed student can be challenging. We have developed a plan to help!

We are excited to announce that weekly COVID testing is taking place at Madison Middle School. If your student participates, they will be tested once a week and will no longer have to test each time they are exposed at school. This is not a requirement but a service we are providing to help simplify the testing process for your family.

On February 7, 2022, Inspire Diagnostics started visiting our school every Wednesday to conduct a PCR test on students signed up for our weekly testing program. The test results will be sent directly to you, the parent. Results will also be shared with the school.

If you are interested in participating, please click here

weekly testing form/formulario de prueba semanal

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Clubs @ Madison

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Mrs. Miller’s design lab students ~ Animal Conservation ~ went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park to learn about life in a biodiversity hot spot. They learned about what is threatening our habitats and how seeds get spread. They were able to spend time seeing the animals on the safari tram and enjoy the lab.
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CSUSM STEM class created lightsavers!

MMS students engineered their own light sabers at CSUSM STEM club after school last Thursday. There will be no club next Thursday, May 5th. Join us May 12th in room 304 for our final club day with Cal State San Marcos. Students will build catapults!

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Madison hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast for volunteers. Members of ELAC, SST, PTA, VTO, and Band were present. We were also honored with the presence of Vista Unified School District Board of Education: Superintendent Matt Doyle, Cipriano Vargas, and Debbie Morton.
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On Wednesday night, Madison Middle school celebrated the achievement of twenty-seven students who were reclassified from the English Learner program. Students, families, administrators, and staff members watched as they were welcomed by our VUSD Superintendent, Dr. Matt Doyle; Director of Special Education, Ms. Nereida Gutierrez; ELAC President (and proud parent), Blanca Alvarez, and VUSD, School Board President, Cipriano Vargas. Mr. Vargas was our Keynote speaker for the evening and inspired students by sharing his own experiences as an English Learner and emphasized that being bilingual provides many opportunities for the future.

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High School Registration in the Library

8th grade students were able to make their high school course selections during this in person meeting with all Rancho Buena Vista Counselors, Vista High School & Mission Vista High School Counselors on April 11th.

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The Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Vista Education Foundation presented the 11th Annual Heroes of Vista Gala on Friday, March 18, 2022 4:00 p.m. at The Vistonian. Mr. Zachary Squibb, Madison Middle School Band Director, was recognized as the Art Educator of the Year.

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Drama club premiered their play Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up) on Thursday, 3/24 to an audience of family and friends. They also performed for the Design Lab classes during the day. Drama Club would like to thank all of the students, staff, and families that showed up to support the show!
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Last Monday, March 21st, Madison counselors held a workshop on the high school course selection process and post secondary options.
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Last week we held our parent teacher conferences. Our teacher teams worked long ours to meet with parents to discuss students' progress, strengths and needs. Interpretation services were provided to parents.
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The Advanced Band walked over to Lake Elementary on Thursday, March 24th to perform for all of their 5th grade students. Mr. Squibb was able to tell them all about our great band program and answer lots of questions. Special thanks to Mrs. Corso, the music teacher at Lake, for her help and support. Go Mustangs!
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Design Lab Theater Arts

Ms. Bottini's Theater Arts Design Lab has been hard at work creating character masks! Students were challenged to communicate character solely through their design choices. Before creating their masks, students gained inspiration by studying theater masks from around the world. Japanese, Mexican, Greek and Italian are just some of the various cultures that influenced students in their creation. Check out their stage-ready masks in these pictures!

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The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation Family offers their support to the Madison Middle School Community after losing Marco Benitez to sudden cardiac arrest. The Paredes Family founded EP Save A Life to protect young hearts by changing the standard of care so kids like Eric and Marco are not lost to undetected heart conditions.

To remember Marco, the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Madison Middle, which is the only way to restart a heart in cardiac arrest. The AED will be dedicated to Marco.

POP was a success!

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On February 14th we had our Breakfast of Champions! This breakfast was for students who earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher on their 1st semester report card. They celebrated all of their hard work!
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Science is fun at Madison! Our students are testing a theory of Newton's 1st Law of Motion.

Click on the link to see the video.

Madison Science video click here

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Math students worked on a performance task for unit on Systems of Equations. They picked a domestic and international city and researched costs for plane tickets and hotel. They represented each trip with a system of equations and used a graph to model the system. They solved the system to compare the number of nights they could spend in each city within a budget.
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The Marine Biology Elective class recently attended a field trip to Sea Camp San Diego. The students participated in a boat trip where they collected and learned about lots of different marine animals like crabs, shrimp, fish, sea pens, sponges, and stingrays. The second half of the day was spent snorkeling in Mission Bay where students observed fish, chiton, sea slugs, brittlestars, octopus, and many other marine animals. It was a great opportunity to see real life examples of what we've been learning about in class.
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February as Black History Month

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.


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Thanks to the help of our staff and student leaders, our campus tours were a success! They stayed long hours welcoming many prospect families from diverse populations. They saw why Madison is a great place to be. After each tour, there was a Q & A session where families were able to interact with staff and our principal, Mr. Bailey. It was a delight to see so many raised hands big and small waiting for their turn to ask their questions. Families were able to see how well we work together taking with them a long lasting impression. Undoubtedly, this could not have been possible without our Madison family teamwork. Go Mustangs!
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Madison campus in-person last tour is February7 for potential incoming Madison students. Click the following flyer to sign up.

Recorridos en persona de la escuela de Madison son el 7 de febrero para estudiantes nuevos. Haga click en el siguiente volante para registrarse.


After a successful summer program and a great start to the year, the Madison Middle School Bands presented an amazing Fall Concert on Wednesday, Nov. 3rd in the campus quad. Both the Intermediate Band and Advanced Band performed. The music was exciting, varied, and included all things Fall. "Creatures in the Attic" and "Attack of the Cyborgs" brought the spooky while selections like the "USS Hornet March" honored our veterans. The concert also served as an official launch for the newly formed MMS Band Boosters who provided concessions during intermission and after the show.

The MMS Band Program strives to impact our peers and community through high levels of music performance and academic achievement. It is our goal to share not only music, but also the friendship and creativity that comes along with making music. If you're interested in supporting the program, contact the booster president Jenni Matsumoto at You can also use the QR code below to make a direct

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MBC Broadcast

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Team Up Against Hunger!

Thank you for your donations for the Annual Food Drive for the Vista Teen Outreach program. Our students worked hard to organize this event.

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What Bullying is and is not

Bullying is a phrase we hear regularly and often: in the media, on TV shows and movies, in schools and in conversations among both adults and children. Parents, students and schools are rightfully worried about bullying. It is a problem and cause for concern but may not be as widespread as many think because the term “bullying” is often used as an umbrella to describe all kinds of mean behavior—from a rude comment to a conflict between two people to a one-time physical altercation. In the U.S., 20.2% (NCES, 2017) of students age 12-18 report being bullied at school and 36.5% (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2019) of 12-17 year-olds have experienced cyberbullying over the course of their lifetime.

Definition of bullying

Bullying is defined as follows:

The repeated actions or threats of action directed toward a person by one or more people who have or are perceived to have more power or status than their target in order to cause fear, distress or harm. Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological or any combination of these three.

Here’s a definition to use for younger, elementary age children:

When a person or a group behaves in ways—on purpose and over and over—that make someone feel hurt, afraid or embarrassed.

It is important to distinguish bullying from other unkind, mean and harmful behavior. Calling someone a name or pushing someone once, being rude or having an argument with someone is not bullying. Of course, these behaviors should be addressed but may have different consequences and interventions, which is why the distinction is critical. To be defined as bullying, all three components must be present: (1) repeated actions or threats, (2) a power imbalance and (3) intention to cause harm. If bullying is identified correctly, there are various ways to address it.

Identity-based bullying

Many bullying incidents can be described as “identity-based,” which is any form of bullying related to characteristics that are part of a person’s identity or perceived identity group, such as race, religion, disability, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical appearance, etc. Because identity-based bullying targets who the student is—a core part of their identity—it can be especially harmful. It impacts not only the individual student but everyone else around them who identifies in the same way and who worries that they may be the next target. In discussing identity-based bullying with young people, it’s important to make the point that bullying happens because of an aggressor’s bias, not because of the target's identity.

Ally behavior

Because a great deal bullying takes place when and where adults aren't around and because young people increasingly (as they get older) don’t report bullying to adults, it is especially important to help young people learn how to be an ally which includes: supporting targets, not participating, telling aggressors to stop, informing a trusted adult, not judging people and getting to know them and being an ally online.

What can we do to help? What actions might make a difference?

Consider one of the six simple ways to move from being a bystander to being an ally when faced with a bullying situation.

  1. Support targets, whether you know them or not.
  2. Don't Participate
  3. Tell aggressors to stop
  4. Inform a trusted adult
  5. Get to know people instead of judging them
  6. Be an ally online


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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.


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

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  • 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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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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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.

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