Madison Middle School

Weekly Update: September 15, 2020

Back to School Night - September 24th @ 5:30 pm

Hello Madison families.

Welcome to week two of distance learning!

We are beginning to plan our Back to School Night that will be held virtually on September 24th at 5:30 pm.

We are requesting feedback from you on what topics and information you would like the teachers to share with you during Back to School Night next week!

Please click on the grade level your student is in to access the feedback form.

6th Grade Form En español aquí

7th Grade Form En español aquí

8th Grade Form En español aquí

At 5:30 pm we will release a document for each grade level with links to the teachers pre-recorded BSN videos and a link to a form for you to tell us more about your student and ask any additional questions you may have after you've watched the video.


All Madison Families are eligible for free meals.

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Madison Middle School COVID-19 Prevention Plan.

Madison Middle School has developed a safe reopening plan to keep all students and staff safe, called the Madison Middle School COVID-19 Prevention Plan. This plan is waiting for approval before it can be published to our community. In the meantime, as part of the overall Vista Unified School District COVID-19 Prevention Plan, we are providing important information related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to all students, parents, and guardians.

Attached is the information for you to review carefully and discuss with all members of your household. Our collective efforts as a school community will protect one another and contribute towards ending this pandemic.


Thank you


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Parent Pairing Codes for Canvas

Keep up to date on your student progress here at Madison by signing up to be an observer in Canvas in three easy steps!!!

How to generate a pairing code to join as an observer

  1. Have your child open their Canvas account through Cloud Connect.
  2. Go to Account > Settings> Pair with an observer (right side of the screen)
  3. Then view this video to set up a parent account.

Download the Canvas App to have easy access from your smartphone or device.


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Virtual Back to School Night

Save the date!

September 24 @ 5:30

More information to come!


Fall 2020 School Meals

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Parent Corner

Distance Learning Preparations: Addressing School Anxiety Directly

By Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

To tackle concerns about the new school year head-on, follow these steps:

Click here to be taken to the article.


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Welcome Back Mustangs!!! Video link below

Student Directions on how to log on to Canvas the first day of school.

On Tuesday morning at 8:30 students will be logging into their Cloud Connect here: Also see instructions below or click the link here for Eng or here for Espanol.

Note: Teachers will have the Zoom link pre-loaded and ready to Launch for Tuesday morning.

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First Day Reminders: From our Chromebook Hospital

  • Test your Chromebook
  • Double check that your Chromebook is charged
  • Test your Login to ensure you can get on to Cloud Connect

Cant log on or forgot your password?

  • If you are locked out of your Chromebook and can't reset the password, use a phone or other device to go on-line to VUSD Cloud Connect. Using your 9-digit student ID you can RESET your password there. CLICK HERE
  • Need more help? Click here for the Chromebook Hospital

Band Update!

School Instrument/Materials Check Out

  • Date/Time: Thursday, Sept. 24th and Friday, Sept. 25th 1:30PM-6PM

  • Where: Madison Middle School

  • Who is this for?: Students/families who do not have the means to obtain an instrument and materials through rental from a music store or purchasing on their own.

  • Instructions: Arrive whenever is convenient for you within the time period described above. Bring $30 (cash or check made out to Madison Middle School) if you would like to make an optional donation to help cover the cost of materials and repairs. Pull your car up to the green gates that lead to the band room. I will be waiting there for you at a table. Do not exit your vehicle. I will have you fill out and sign an instrument check out form. Once the form is complete, I will take it from you and hand you your student’s instrument.

Students with Disabilities & Students with 504's

Students with IEP's:

  • Have been assigned a Case Manager.
  • You will find out who your case manager on Tuesday by look at Period 0 "Consultive."
  • The Special Education Team will also be reaching as they review IEP's and accommodations.
  • Teachers will receive copies of IEP's for students in their classes by the end of the first week of school.

Students with 504's:

Our Counselors will be reaching out to families to set up 504 meetings over the next few weeks.

You may also contact the directly by alpha:

Parent Corner

Distance Learning Preparations: Daily Routines

By Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Embrace the unknown. This is the first, incredibly difficult step for familiar making the school transition this year. Flexibility is key. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t build a predictable structure at home.

To read more click here for the entire document.

Helping our kids succeed in Distance Learning

Helping Our Kids Succeed In Distance Learning

Lake/Madison Bond Project Parent Forum

We will be convening a parent forum to discuss a Lake/Madison Bond project that's been in the works for a while. We will be joined by our superintendent, Dr. Doyle, a school board member, and Lake's principal, Krista Berntsen. If you have interest in joining the discussion, please complete join the meeting using this link:

Date: Wednesday, September 9th

Time: 9:00 am

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New and Improved Distance Learning here at Madison!

  • Daily live/synchronous instruction with teachers
  • Roll will be taken each day
  • Students will be assigned a set schedule and will need to be logged in and ready to learn at set times during the day
  • Teachers will assign specific meeting times within periods for the whole class instruction and small groups.
  • Each period will be a mix of asynchronous instruction and synchronous instruction
  • Daily Office Hours
  • Revamped Personal Learning Class
  • Increased Mentoring and Coaching
  • All students will receive Letter Grades v. Credit/No Credit
  • Use of Learning Management System called Canvas. Which is used in Colleges and Universities.

What is a Learning Management System?

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a way to simplify teaching and learning by connecting the digital tools teachers, students and parents use into one place. As observers, parents can view the course content but cannot participate in the course. Parents will be able to create an observer account so they can view their student’s grades and course content. It’s a versatile and user-friendly tool.

In the most recent Community Update Dr. Doyle reviewed the Vista Institute of Parents (VIP) and what parents will need to know about Canvas!

Learning Model Definitions

  • Distance Learning - Our school board has voted that all of our students will begin in Distance Learning for the first six weeks of school from 9/8 to 10/20.

  • Vista Classic Model - When Public Health orders allow students to return in-person to school, students who choose to do so are considered in the “Classic Model.” This is what we all knew pre-pandemic.

  • Vista Virtual Model - When Public Health orders allow students to return to in-person learning at school, students who chose NOT to return in person are in the “Virtual Model.”

When we exit Distance Learning, and students begin Vista Classic or Vista Virtual, each student will remain with their same teacher and same class period. It is important to note that the class period start and end times may change.

Vista Classic students will return to the traditional Madison schedule on campus.

Vista Virtual students schedule has not been confirmed at this time. It is important that students will remain with their same teacher and same class period.

Distance Learning Schedules

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Back-to-School Information

Got questions?

On Boarding: 6th Grade Orientation and Orientation for New Mustangs

  • At this time, based on current County Health Orders, Orientation is not considered essential"
  • Our 6th grade team is working on how to create a virtual orientation this year.
  • Our Counselors are working on how to create a virtual orientation for new students to Madison.

District Updates

We encourage all families to stay updated with VUSD school reopening information on the VUSD School Reopening Webpage. Reminder: All VUSD students will begin the year with Distance (Online Learning) for at a minimum of 6 weeks.

In addition, many questions can be answered in the Districts School Reopening FAQ document.

Dr. Doyle's latest Community Update can be found HERE as well.

School Calendar Reminder:

School Starts September 8, 2020 and will end June 18, 2021. More details to follow about how this affects our calendar year including holidays, breaks, etc.

Have a great evening and please feel free to visit the Vista Unified website, the Madison website or call the school at 760-940-0176 if you need additional information.


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