Madison Middle School

March 19th, 2021

Madison Update

Dear Madison Families,

We are finishing up our third week of Classic students back on campus. Student Led Conferences were a blast! Congratulations to our Mighty Mustangs!

As a reminder each week, Classic students will have:

  • one day of in-person instruction (Tuesday for A-L, Wednesday for M-Z)
  • three days of synchronous, virtual live instruction with the teacher, (Monday, Thursday and Friday)
  • and one day of asynchronous instruction (without the teacher) on their own through Canvas (Tuesday for M-Z, Wednesday for A-L). On the asynchronous day, teachers will provide the work for students to access in Canvas. Teachers will take roll that day based upon students accessing Canvas and completing the asynchronous work that is assigned.

As a reminder each week, Virtual students will continue to learn from home and will not come on campus.

  • They will follow the same bell schedule as Classic students. Virtual students will have the same amount of synchronous learning time as their Classic peers, and will log on to zoom every day for attendance, as they are accustomed to doing.
  • Virtual students will have four days of synchronous, virtual live instruction with the teacher and one day of asynchronous (without the teacher) learning.
  • Teachers will inform students and provide details about class meetings and activities each week. Please contact your student’s teacher or our front office if you have any questions.

Rainy Day Reminder:

We will no longer shift to a rainy day minimum day moving forward. Classic students will be eating in covered areas 6' apart from one another. We will be adding temporary coverings when needed to keep students covered during lunch time. We recommend students to continue to bring umbrellas since we are an outdoor school and have limited awning space around campus.

Thank you for your continued support & flexibility.

Have a wonderful week!

Student Led Conferences were a success!

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I wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking the time to get online and visit with your student and their PLC teacher! It's amazing to watch our Mustangs discuss the growth and achievement they have made this year. I had the opportunity to observe a student-led conference. As a principal, it was exhilarating to listen to our Mustangs share with their family the work they were proud of and what they’ve learned about themselves and what their goals are moving forward. It's amazing to see every student have this opportunity to take ownership of their learning/performance and grow as leaders.

We continue to receive positive feedback from our conferences.

"I think that this type of conference makes students more aware of their grades, strengths, and weaknesses. It has them take initiative and encourages them to have an open conversation with their parents about their education. "

"I believe this was a good way for my child and myself to recognize all his accomplishment. It was nice hearing him speak about all his hard work. Super proud! "

"I liked hearing my student take ownership over her goals, learning, and grades. It was great."

"I thought the student-led conference was great because my son gained confidence in speaking in front of his teacher and in front of me. I think it was nice to hear him show me what he has been learning and the goals he has set for himself, instead of just hearing about it from the teacher. I think him saying these things out loud will help him obtain his goals better. "

"I found this conference rewarding for my child because he had to present where he is excelling and where he is struggling. "

Bell Schedules

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We had a successful drive-by Mighty Mustang Awards for our Virtual students. Thank you Madison PTA for all your help!

Make-up day for Mighty Mustang Awards will be Wednesday, March 24 from 4:00 - 6:00pm.

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Parent Corner

Inspiring High Achievement!

We can’t make young people excited about learning, but we can create homes and classrooms where they are inspired to develop this passion from the inside out. Do we desire kids who always require outside-in motivation or do we want them to have it from the inside out?

When we slide toward the cliff of trying to coerce kids into becoming highly motivated students, we take on the task of trying to control someone else. Because we can only control our own behavior (and that’s often quite difficult as well!), we find ourselves becoming more and more frustrated with the child and with ourselves. It doesn’t take long for all this frustration to push us toward counterproductive behaviors such as threats, lectures, punishment, begging, bribing, and taking more responsibility than the child for learning.

Inspiring high achievement is a puzzle of many pieces. An essential piece involves inspiring by modeling. That is, demonstrating our own excitement and commitment to four essential values for achievement:


Willingness to take healthy risks


Awareness that paying dues earlier in life leads to more contentment later

These values are most effectively transmitted when our children overhear us describing our real-life experiences. Kids are far more likely to listen when we are talking to someone else just within earshot. They are also far more likely to internalize these lessons when they see that we are positive and passionate about the experience. At least once or twice a week, let them overhear a story like the following:

I’ve always been so curious about the software that some people are using at work. It’s a bit complicated and I spent most of Monday afternoon trying to get it to work and couldn’t. It’s taken me all week to figure out how to create the spreadsheets correctly, but it seems like I’m starting to get it. I felt like giving up, but now I see how great it’s going to work. That’s exciting! I guess it’s like everything else. If it’s worth doing, and it makes life better, it’s probably going to be a bit tough in the short term.

Whether at home, in the classroom, or in an online class, successfully motivating our kids and students comes down to modeling and building positive relationships with our kids and students. This will help them take the risks required so that they can learn that perseverance and hard work will give them a great sense of accomplishment.

In my book, From Bad Grades to a Great Life!, I described a variety of strategies for building intrinsic motivation.

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

Coming Soon From Child Nutrition Services

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Get your picture in this year's yearbook!!!

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Talent Show

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Updated Tutoring Schedule Click here for link

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Classic Updates

Principal's Message

Dear Madison Families,

I want to forewarn you that this update is long and we need you to read it in its entirety. It has a lot of important information (some review and some new). I thank you in advance!

We look forward to Classic students returning next Tuesday and Wednesday. As a reminder we are dividing the students up into two different groups based on students' last names.

  • Group A-L will come to campus on Tuesday's and will be asynchronous on Wednesday's
  • Group M-Z will come to campus on Wednesday's and will be asynchronous on Tuesday's

Note: On the asynchronous day, teachers will provide the work for students to access in Canvas. Teachers will take roll that day based upon students accessing Canvas and completing the asynchronous work that is assigned.

Breakfast: Gates open at 8:00 am and breakfast will be served to all students. Both Classic and Virtual classes start promptly at 8:30 am.

Lunch time: Students will be social distancing at lunch (6ft apart). Two students per Square and circle tables and 6ft apart on the long tables and planter box seats. As soon as students are done eating we will be opening up our track, fields and courts for students.

Sneeze Guards: All Classic students will be checked out a portable sneeze guard to take to each class. They will be taking their sneeze guard home with them each day and are required to wash their sneeze guard prior to returning to school.

It is imperative that our entire Madison community follow clear expectations so that we can return as safely as possible. These expectations will include procedures and requirements for the following:

  • wearing of face masks
  • arrival and dismissal
  • one directional hallways during passing periods and lunch
  • social distancing inside and outside of the classroom
  • lunch procedures
  • bringing their charged Chromebook* and personal supplies every day
  • practicing safe hygiene, including washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer when entering classrooms
  • daily health screening of your student

To help our students understand and follow these expectations, we will be re-sharing a Madison COVID-19 Student Agreement that we will ask parents to read and students to sign. We really want to see our students, and we definitely want to see them safely! We will also be covering these important details in the first few days of in-person learning once Classic students are on campus with us. The first week of school we will be taking student temperatures. Our Madison Covid-19 Prevention Program is posted on our Madison website for your reference, along with other important documents.

We continue to need our families to be partners in these efforts to keep everyone safe by reinforcing these requirements and by ensuring that if students are showing ANY symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school.

We will continue to cover and share information with our students and families as we get it so that we can be sure everyone understands procedures.

As always, reach out for any questions and or concerns you may have.

Below are the health and safety reminders. Please review them with your student.

We are excited to see our Classic Mustangs coming back to campus!

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

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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 760-940-0176.

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 760-940-0176.

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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Bussing Info


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.

Classic Schedules

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Counseling Corner

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District News

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

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.


Mr. Bailey