Madison Middle School

Weekly Update: November 16, 2020

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Principal's Message

Dear Madison Families,

We were excited to have our Classic students back on campus last week! Wow, the energy they bring each day to school exhilarating. It was awesome to see our students engaged and eager to learn. Please continue to remind your student to socially distancing as much as possible when they are on campus, on the bus and walking home.

Remember to keep your student home if they are showing ANY symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 or if they have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19. Please notify the school immediately if they are showing any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. See below under the Health & Safety section for more information.

Two weeks ago we ordered every student their own portable desk barrier. The desk barriers will be checked out like text books. Students will take the barrier to and from school. Please encourage your student to wipe down and clean their barrier each day when they get home from school! We are hoping to receive them early next week!

Thank you for the continued collaboration and support. Have a wonderful week!


Registration for Second Semester Learning Models

Parents will have an opportunity to select their learning models for the second semester during the window of November 16th through December 4th.

Today the district will be sending a learning model selection survey for everyone to complete so that you can confirm the learning model you'd like for second semester. The email will come from "SVCFORMS" so please be on the lookout for it and don't delete it. SVCFORMS is not Spam

It's important that every family complete this form so that we can make any needed adjustments to the master schedule. This window allows Madison to have at least a month to recreate their master schedules to adjust for the different choices and be able to provide those updated schedules to students and teachers before the second semester begins February 1st, 2021.

Progress Reports

Progress reports are now available in AERIES Parent Portal under the "Grades" tab. This is a progress report and not the final semester grade. If your student is struggling academically it is important that you have your student communicate with their teachers as soon as possible. Please encourage your student to participate in our tutoring program that is offered Monday - Thursday's after school. We offer both in person and virtual options for our students. All of our teachers offer office hours and are available to students who need extra help. Also, please feel free to reach out to your student's counselor as well.

For more details on grades for specific assignments in each class, please continue to monitor the grades section in Canvas. We are still working out some of the glitches with the grade synching between AERIES and Canvas.

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Thanksgiving Break - 11/25 - 11/29

In observance of Thanksgiving there will be no school on Wednesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 29th. Note: school will be in session on Monday and Tuesday 11/23 and 11/24 this year.

Health & Safety

Before You Leave Home

Check your child for the following non-chronic or non-previously reported pre-existing symptoms:

  • Fever (>100 degrees)

  • Cough

  • Congestion, runny nose (non-allergy related)

  • Sore throat

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Shortness of breath

If you/your child has any of these symptoms, stay home and have a parent call the office at: 760-940-0176


Tutoring will be held for any student Classic or Virtual. Click here for the weekly schedule with the links to the virtual tutoring classes.
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Parent Corner

Parenting with Dr. Bortnick

In this pandemic, many parents are struggling with navigating uncharted territory of challenges while trying to establish new norms in the household. Given the drastic changes in daily life, it is not uncommon for parents to doubt their parenting approach, whether they are doing enough, and wonder about what else they could be doing.

Many parents are understandably feeling overwhelmed. And while they are doing they best they can as a parent, using some additional strategies can be helpful. Link to the Article

Stay safe and strong...

Glenn Bortnick, Psy.D.


Vista Unified School District

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Madison's Giving Tree runs until December 11. Please see flyer below

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District News: A Letter from Dr. Doyle

Alternative Income Verification

Dear Parents,

All school districts in California are required to submit an annual notification of students who need additional support. This year, more than ever before, we want to make sure that all families are able to provide information so that we may continue to expand support for students during this challenging time. The income verification form is strictly confidential and will only be used to submit the annual application for school funding. While it is not our intent to ask personal income questions, our district-wide funding depends largely on parents responding to this request. In fact, over 35,000 meals distributed over the past four months and the 14,000 computer devices distributed were the results of this funding from the state and federal level. In recent months, many people have lost their jobs or dramatically reduced their work hours, and that has resulted in a dramatic reduction in their annual income. Our school district is ready and prepared to support students from these families in a variety of ways, including breakfast and lunch, counseling, family engagement support, technology and internet access, nursing support, and many, many other areas. Please assist us by providing this valuable information so that we may maximize the state and federal funding for students.

Please complete the online form by going to

We encourage all families to stay updated with VUSD school reopening information on the VUSD School Reopening Webpage. In addition, many questions can be answered in the Districts School Reopening FAQ document.

Dr. Doyle's latest Community Update can be found here !


Older News

Isaac Butts: Unique Value

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Rainy Day Protocols for Secondary Schools

When it rains, Madison has very little space that is covered where students can take shelter. This is also the case for the other Middle Schools and High Schools here in VUSD.

In the case that there is rain predicted, the following protocols will be followed for the Classic Program.

  • We will pivot all middle and high schools to virtual learning if there is a 30% or greater chance of rain.

  • We will be using a 48-hour notification procedure for parents and students if we shift Vista Classic students from in-person to virtual for the rainy day or days.

  • We do not have a rain day identified at the moment; however, we will notify all middle and high school parents 48 hours before we implement a rainy day schedule.

  • This pertains only to secondary students; elementary students will continue to be on campus with Vista Classic on rainy days.

School-Level Parental Involvement Policy

Madison Middle School has developed a written Title I parental involvement policy with input from Title I parents. The School Site Council, ELAC and Title I meeting is where Madison obtained feedback to create a Title I Parent Involvement Policy. It has distributed the policy to parents of Title I students. The Title I Parent Involvement Policy was emailed and sent home with students. The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parental involvement requirements [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(a)-(f) inclusive].

Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program

To involve parents in the Title I program at Madison Middle School, the following practices have been established:

  • The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents of Title I students about Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I program.

  • Each September Madison holds a Title I meeting in the morning and in the evening. We post the Title I slides including Parent Compact and Parent Involvement Policy.

  • The school offers a flexible number of meetings for Title I parents, such as meetings in the morning or evening.

  • The school involves parents of Title I students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review*, and improvement of the school’s Title I programs and the Title I parental involvement policy.**

  • Each year we reach out to parents to be involved with planning and reviewing improvement of Madison’s Title 1 programs and parent involvement policy.

  • The school provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs.

  • Madison sends out notification a week or more in advance of each meeting.

  • The school provides parents of Title I students with an explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

  • Madison reviews curriculum and assessments during our back to school nights and at parent teacher meetings.

  • If requested by parents of Title I students, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.

  • Madison consistently reaches out to parents for involvement in all aspects of the school.

**The policy must be updated periodically to meet changing needs of parents and the school. If the school has a process in place for involving parents in planning and designing the school’s programs, the school may use that process if it includes adequate representation of parents of Title I children. [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(c)(3)]


Home / School Compact

It is important that families and schools work together to help students achieve high academic standards. Through a process that included teachers, families, and students, the following are agreed upon roles and responsibilities that we, as partners, will carry out to support student success in school and life.

Student Pledge:

As a STUDENT I will be responsible for: appropriate Digital Citizenship, Showing courtesy and respect to others. Showing initiative, effort and perseverance. Showing responsible behavior by following school rules. Attending school daily and on time. Bringing all necessary materials (example: Paper, pens, pencils, etc.). Completing all classwork and homework assignments to the best of my ability. Discuss my learning and my day at school. Asking my teacher and parents for help when needed. Studying and reviewing my notes, class work, and new learning or reading for enjoyment for 30 minutes daily at home.

Parents Pledge:

As a PARENT I will be responsible for: Sending my child to school each day and on time. Ensuring a time and place for studying, encouraging good study habits and completing all tasks. Assisting my child with their work or ensuring that they go to regular tutoring sessions with their teachers. Providing necessary materials to support my child’s learning. Monitoring grades (homework completion, test scores, class-work completion etc.). Scheduling ALL appointments on non-school days or after 3:15 p.m. Attending all parent/teacher conferences, parent events and workshops. Reinforcing positive character traits and focusing on making education a priority.

Staff Pledge:

As a TEACHER I will be responsible for: Teaching rigorous grade level skills and concepts using effective teaching strategies. Addressing the individual needs of all students in my class and providing extra assistance. Communicating frequently with parents regarding student progress. Providing a safe, positive, and healthy learning environment for the students. Correcting and returning student work in a timely manner. Communicating to students and parents expectations for homework, class work, and behavior. Encouraging students to do their best and ask for help when needed.

As a PRINCIPAL I will be responsible for:

Creating a welcoming environment for students and parents. Communicating to students and parents for school’s mission and goals. Ensuring a safe and orderly learning environment. Reinforcing the partnership between family, student, and staff. Acting as the instructional leader by supporting teachers in their classrooms. Providing appropriate professional growth opportunities for teachers. Encouraging parent involvement and education.


Bell Schedule Reminder

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Counseling Corner

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Please Bring Water bottles Each Day!

MMS and VUSD have suspended the use of drinking fountains and are encouraging students to bring water bottles to school. Water bottles will be allowed to be refilled using our bottle filling stations.

Morning Drop Off, Afternoon Dismissal and Bus Info

Morning Drop Off

In order to ensure that our students are socially distanced at drop-off and pick-up, we have created new guidelines and procedures.


Drop-off will start at 8:00am. Buses will arrive between 8:00am-8:25am.

Bus Drop Off

  • Buses will be unloaded one-at-a-time and students need to walk to their assigned gate.

  • All students must be wearing a face covering while on and upon exiting their bus.

  • After students enter the campus, they will go to the quad area. If a student eats breakfast at school, they will walk directly to the cafeteria for a “grab and go” breakfast.

  • Students must stay in the quad and cafeteria area until 8:20 am at which time they may begin to move to their 1st class of the day.

Parent Drop Off

  • Parents must use the main/staff parking lot to drop off students no earlier than 8:00am

  • All students must be wearing a face covering upon exiting their/the drop-off vehicle.

  • If a student is dropped off/arrives before 8:00am. Social distancing must be adhered to.

Student Entering Campus

As students exit the drop-off vehicle, they need to walk directly to the assigned gate. See pic below

  • 6th Graders Enter Main Gate (Orange)

  • 7th Graders Enter North Gate (blue)

  • 8th Graders Enter Fire Lane (Hot Pink)

After students enter the campus, they will go to the quad area . If a student eats breakfast at school, they will walk directly to the cafeteria for a “grab and go” breakfast. Students must stay in the quad and cafeteria area until 8:20 am at which time they may begin to move to their 1st class of the day.

***Visitors are not allowed on campus at this time. Parents/Guardians will not be allowed into school buildings unless there is a special circumstance or an appointment has been made. Any attendance issues can be addressed via email or a phone call. If there is an issue or concern please call the main office at 760-740-0176.

Late Arrivals

  • All students must be wearing a face mask upon exiting their drop-off vehicle.

  • Families are required to send a note with their child explaining why they are late.

  • Any student who arrives after school has started will enter the school via the front door of the main office.

  • The student will check-in with attendance, get a late pass, and go directly to their class.

  • At this time visitors will not be allowed on campus. Parents/Guardians will not be allowed into school buildings unless there is a special circumstance or by appointment only. If there is an issue or concern please call the main office at 760-740-0176.

Drop Off Map & Hallway Directions- Large

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Afternoon Dismissal

Buses will arrive and dismissal will begin at 3:08 pm. Classrooms will be grouped into small groups and students will be dismissed one area group at a time.

Dismissal Plan: Just like last year we will not have a dismissal bell.

500’s will be released at 3:02 - Front Main Gates (Orange)

300’s will be released at 3:05 - Front Main Gates (Orange)

400’s will be released at 3:08 - North Gate (blue)

PE and 100’s will be released at 3:08 - Fire Lane (Hot Pink)

  • Maximizes social distancing and minimizes contact between students, staff and parents.

  • Maximizes the number of exit points from the campus while maintaining student safety.

  • Establishes plans to prevent/minimize the congregation of students on campus or near campus at the end of each day.

Buses: students will go directly to their bus. Face masks must be worn at all times.

Pick up: students will go directly to the pick up vehicle or, if needed, wait on the grass in front of the band room or outside the front gates while maintaining social distance and wearing a face mask at all times. Parents must wait in their vehicles for their students.

Walking home: All students are expected to exit campus safely and follow all health and safety protocols (masks/social distancing) while walking home.

Afternoon Dismissal Map - Large

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School buses will be available for students who qualify per district boundaries (see below); the following protocols must be adhered to in order to utilize VUSD transportation. Please note that social distancing guidelines will be followed as much as possible but cannot be guaranteed. Should you have questions, please contact transportation.

Students who live two miles away or more from the school, may apply for school bus transportation. For more information please call transportation at 760-726-2170 ext. 92804.

For students who choose to ride the bus to and/or from school:

  • Face masks will be required at all times. If a student forgets their face mask, one will be provided for them. If a student refuses to wear a face mask, they will not be permitted to enter or ride the bus. It is the parents/guardians responsibility to know this before they arrive at the bus stop.

  • Buses will be loaded from back to front in accordance with current county and public health guidelines. A seating arrangement that fits these guidelines will be put in place.

  • All buses will be disinfected according to CDPH guidelines before and after each and every daily run.

  • Buses have appropriate ventilation and windows and roof hatches will be partially open, when weather permits.

  • All school bus drivers will wear face masks; this includes any additional VUSD staff who may be on the bus and this could also include gowns or gloves, if deemed necessary.