MJS Update

April 14, 2023

Mayhem Poets Assembly - Thank You MEF!

Yesterday we hosted the Mayhem Poets in an all school assembly. A BIG thank you to the MEF for supporting this fantastic programming for our students. Scottt (with three Ts) and MC (short for Mikumari) performed poetry, spoken word and slam poetry for our students, focusing on the power of our words and using them wisely. Be sure to ask your child about this assembly!
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Upcoming NJSLA & Headphones

Our NJSLA testing for grades 6 through 8 will run Monday, May 8, through Friday, May 12. Students will come to school at their regular time; however, we will run a delayed opening schedule so that we can complete testing during the first two hours of school.

Students are required to use plug-in headphones or earbuds during testing - no blue tooth ear devices are permitted. If your child has a pair of plug-in headphones they would like to use, please have them bring them all week. The office will provide plug-in ear buds for any students that need them.

Take Your Child to Work Day

Take Your Child to Work Day is next Thursday, April 28. If your child will be joining you at work, please call the attendance line (973-593-3149) or email Linda Damiano (damianol@madisonnjps.org) to inform us of your child's absence and the reason. We will be noting this day as excused for students joining their family members at work!

Attention Current 6th & 7th Grade Families - Cycles/Electives Next Year

On Wednesday, April 26, our 6th and 7th-grade students will learn about their cycle and elective class choices next year. The choices available to our students will be posted on the website and emailed home to families in the coming two weeks.

We ask families to join their students in making these selections through the Genesis Parent Portal this year. An email home on the day of the presentations will share the website link and provide information on how this process works.

Selections for cycles open on Thursday, May 5, at 3 pm. This is not a first-come, first-served process, so please take your time to make these choices thoughtfully with your child. Cycle choices should be completed by families the following Thursday, May 12.

Important Dates

Monday, 4/17 - 5th to 6th Grade Student Orientation, 9-11:00 am

Monday, 4/17 - 5th to 6th Grade Parent Orientation, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, 4/19 - District Strings Concert @ MJS

Thursday, 4/20 - Coming up for A.I.R. Assembly - 8th grade only

Thursday, 4/20 - Color Run 3:00 pm

Saturday, 4/22 - Dessert & Jazz @ MHS

Tuesday, 4/25 - District Band Concert @ MJS, 3:00 pm

Thursday, 4/27 - Take Your Child to Work Day

Friday, 4/28 - MEF 5k Classic T-shirt Day

Wednesday, 5/3 - Music trip “Wicked” NYC

Sunday, 5/7 - MEF’s 20th Madison 5K

Monday-Friday, 5/8 - 5/12 - NJSLA Testing - following delayed opening schedule

Wednesday, 5/17 - Chorus Spring Concert, 5:00 pm, Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:00 pm

Friday, 5/19 - AERSHES Kickball Fundraiser, 3:00 pm

Monday, 5/22 - NJSLA Science Testing, Grade 8 only

Madison Steam Academy

The Madison STEAM Academy returns this summer for its sixth year and is bigger than ever before! The STEAM Academy offers a hands-on, engaging camp experience for students entering grades 1 through 12 in the 2023-24 school year. With a diverse range of interesting courses, there's an exciting opportunity for every interest!

Programming is offered across six week-long sessions in either AM, PM, or full-day options, and enrollment is not limited to Madison residents. Extended-day options and tuition assistance are also available to ensure that any interested student can access this amazing program! For enrollment, course offerings, and more information, please visit www.madisonpublicschools.org/steamacademy

Color Run - Thursday April 20 - 3pm!

Please join us for our first-ever MJS Color Run sponsored by the PTO and Student Council. Our Color Run route, approximately 2 miles, will start at MJS and cross through several local neighborhoods, with the finish line at the back fields of the school. Madison Police are partnering with us to support safety with traffic and crosswalks. Music, drinks, snacks... let's Color Run for a cause. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend!

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the event. Purchases are available via PTO Venmo or on the PTO Square Site. Tickets purchased before April 10 are $20.

Funds raised for this event will support the beautification of MJS, including updating and restoring our Main Street school marquee.

Buy a Color Run t-shirt, and you will also help us raise funds for the Goryeb Children's Hospital Bambaci program, which aims to bring musical instruments to the activity center for Goreyb patients. A big thank you to Giulia Bambaci, who designed the t-shirt in honor of her Madison high school brother Luca. Order forms are available in the main office, and if we have an overstock, shirts may also be bought at the event.

Students are encouraged to wear a white t-shirt as they will run through several color stations and get their Madison or Rainbow Color shower. Sunglasses will be provided. A beach towel is recommended to cover any seats in the car that might need protection from the loose color powder.

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Educators of the Year Nominations

Do you know a classroom teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? If so, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program by completing this nomination form template and returning it to Ms. Phillips by April 17. Community members and families are encouraged to participate and send in nominations.

Click here to open the nomination form.

Questions? Educator & Educational Services Professional job titles and eligibility requirements are available by clicking here.

Madison Summer Arts Program 2023

Just a reminder that there are only 2 more weeks left to receive Early Bird Pricing for the Madison Summer Arts program!

Registration is now open for our Madison Summer Arts Program from June 19 to July 14. Started many, many years ago as a way to give rising 4th graders a head start in instrumental music instruction, the Madison Summer Arts Program has expanded to include instrumental instruction for grades 4-12, plus classes in visual art, dance, and musical theatre for grades 1-12. The Program is given administrative support from Madison Music & Arts.

Click here for the Brochure or Registration form. Early bird pricing is available through April 30. Register your family for three or more classes and receive a 10% discount. For more information or questions, contact Ms. Kathleen McCormick at mccormickk@madisonnjps.org

Teen Substance Abuse - Parent Information Night April 20 at MHS

Join Madison Public Schools and the School District of the Chathams for this interactive parent presentation, including a display of a teenager's room containing signals of potential substance use. DEA Special Agent Tim McMahon, with support from local law enforcement, will provide parents with the latest drug trends and powerful insights on what to look. Parents and guardians only, please. Register today using the link: http://bit.ly/41ur4vo

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Dessert & Jazz

Registration is now open for Madison Music & Arts' 33rd Annual Dessert & Jazz fundraiser to benefit the visual and performing arts in Madison! This family-friendly event features a cabaret of talented MHS students followed by performances from the MHS Chamber Strings, MHS Jazz Chorus, MJS Jazz Band, and MHS Jazz Ensemble. Dessert will be provided.

For more information and to make your reservations, visit dessertandjazz.madisonmusicarts.org.

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Registration is open for the 3rd Annual MEF Pickleball Tournament on Saturday, June 3rd! Paddle up for a great cause... our schools! Registration is also ongoing for another MEF event---the 20th Annual MEF Madison 5K Run/Walk. Join us on May 7th for a 1-mile run/walk, 5K run/walk, and Kids Fun Run. All funds raised help MEF award teacher grants in Madison Public Schools. Visit the MEF website to learn more.

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Yearbooks are available for ordering, they are are $52. Order now to reserve your yearbook for June! Order Yearbooks by clicking here.

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