Madison Mustang Weekly Update
September 24, 2023
IMPORTANT EVENTS THIS WEEK:
- 9/26 JV/Varsity Volleyball@Madison 4:30PM
- 9/27 Flag Football@Madison 4:30PM
- 9/28 JV/Varsity Volleyball@Madison 4:30PM
- 9/28 Girls Soccer@Madison 4:30PM
Fall Sports are Underway!!!
Hi Mustang Families,
This week's 3 R's (Respect, Responsibility, Relationships) focus is going to be on all three of our 3 R's. This week kicks off our fall sports season!!! Sports are a great opportunity for our students and families to model and reinforce the importance of Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships. Sports build Respect through the act of competing with one another on the field or in the arena and doing it with Respect for our opponents through good sportsmanship and understanding that while we may be on different teams, we are all still part of the same community. Sports also helps our students develop Responsibility through the hard work of showing up to practice, being engaged while at practice, and doing the extra work outside of practice to continue to improve and strive to be our best. Finally participating in youth sports allows our students to build positive Relationships with one another by working in a team environment, and it helps our community build relationships with each other through the fun and spirited events where we can all root each other on.
Please take a moment to review our VUSD Middle School Sports policy and to remind our students to make sure to uphold our strong community standards for sporting events.
As always, we are here for you and your student. If you need support with your student's attendance or for anything at all please don't hesitate to reach out to us and we will do whatever we can to support you. Enjoy the rest of the your weekend and we will see you all on Monday!
September is Attendance Awareness Month
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FRIDAY'S ARE SPIRIT WEAR DAYS----ORDER YOUR SPIRIT WEAR TODAY
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT IS THIS WEEK 8/31 FROM 4:30PM to 7:00PM
OUR YOUNG MATHEMATICIANS
Order your spirit wear today!!!
Band Student Social this Friday 8/25
5/30: Jazz Band Performance@Grand Slam Pizza
6/2: 8th Grade Dance
A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Good Afternoon Madison Families,
Happy Friday! It's been another amazing week at Madison with so many great events going on both inside and outside of the classroom at this time of year. A huge shout out to all of our faculty and staff members who are providing so many great opportunities for our Mustangs to connect, learn, and grow. Also, a huge shout out to our band and choir students who put on an amazing performance this week!!!
We are down to our last 7 days of school!!! Information about 8th Grade Promotion and end of year activities has been sent out via email. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the office for additional information as well. As always we are here to support you and your student so if there is anything you need help with at all please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Con amor y respeto,
8th Grade Dance
8th Grade Promotion is June 7th!!!
Jazz Band Night Show May 30th!!!
Summer Camp Sign Ups are Underway
8th Grade Field Trip Information
8th Grade Legacy Tiles!!!
MADISON PTA MEETING TUESDAY MAY 9th at 9:00AM in the Madison Staff Lounge
Mental Health Week
Our School Lunch Hero's!!!
The Color Run was great Success!
MBC Broadcast 03/13/2023
MMS Advanced Band
Band Boosters words of encouragement
We are officially a kindness certified school!
Sounds like music!
UCSD CURSOS REGULARES DE PRIMAVERA 2023
Mustang resource corner
Free Bus passes
Contact Mrs. B to get your free bus pass.
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Weekly food pick up
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Junior Achievement Finance Park Fieldtrip
Students in Mrs. Moynihan’s Game of Life Explore Lab went on a field trip to the Junior Achievement Finance Park facility in San Diego last week. While there, they took part in a simulation that, as one student said, “showed you how to prepare to be an adult”. Guided by volunteers, the Finance Park program took students through an adult life simulation in which they were given a career, family situation, education loans, and credit card debt. They had to work through 12 stations that included housing, investing, insurance, purchasing transportation, food and clothes, and entertainment. They learned about all the things that go into creating a monthly budget, including taxes, saving, and spending for themselves and their virtual families. In the process, students learned the important difference between needs and obligations and wants and luxury items. While doing their simulated shopping, one student was heard saying “I want that one but it’s too expensive.” Several students discovered that they ran out of money before paying for all their necessities so they had to change their entertainment from Disneyland tickets to the beach and Balboa Park because they were free.
Some of the big takeaways the students reported were “it’s important to watch how much you're spending”, “children cost way too much”, “there are a lot of little expenses in life that add up”, and “the world is expensive”.
What was the best part? According to Carlos, it was the certificate provided by Mission Federal that will allow the students to open an account with $25 and have Mission Federal add $50 to their account. Isaiah’s advice for future students is “don’t have children and be smart with your money”.
It was definitely a day well spent!
WE ARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
New Boys and Girls Club program for 6th graders
VTO FOOD DRIVE
The Buena Vista Park Run to Benefit Biodiversity
ERIC PAREDES SAVE A LIFE FOUNDATION SCREENING WAS A SUCCESS
THE GREAT SHAKE OUT
Madison Middle School, along with nearly 9 million other participants, practiced the California Great Shakeout Drill last Thursday being safe in the event of an earthquake and subsequent evacuation.
For this drill, we practiced our Duck, Cover, and Hold On procedure as well as our On-Site Evacuation procedure to the track.
"Last Wednesday, the Madison Middle School band performed their first concert of the year! More than 500 people were in attendance to support the 150-member combined bands. First in the program was the beginning band which is made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Madison students, as well as 5th-grade students from Lake Elementary. The band director, Zach Squibb walked the audience through the first 7 weeks of learning an instrument, showing how much growth the students have experienced in such a short time. Next were the Intermediate and Advanced Bands, who played a crowd favorite "Ghost Busters!" Closing out the night, the Advanced Band performed "Hope Rising" and "Armory."
The band is supported by the newly-formed MMS Band Boosters. They are a group of parents who are committed to the success and longevity of the music program at Madison Middle School. They can be found at www.mmsmustangband.org. If you'd like to be a part of this amazing parent organization, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
See the advanced band perform on Saturday, October 22 at 10:40 am at the VUSD Festival of the Arts in Downtown Vista on the Cinepolis stage. Join the band at our "Eat and Meet" at Lamppost Pizza at 11am right after the performance.
If your student is interested in joining band, please email email@example.com
ENGINEERING ACTIVITY: CO2 CARS
Critchlow and Spandikow were in the Gym with students from period 1 racing CO2 Cars. Carbon dioxide race cars are an opportunity for students to engage in an extra engineering activity that utilizes elements of design thinking. Students are challenged to engineer either fast cars, cars that have creative designs, or cars that are creative and fast.
Madison choir is 1x week and meets on Thursdays after school in the Band Room until 4:30. We will be performing at the VUSD Festival of the Arts in Downtown Vista on Saturday October 22nd.
I won’t be taking any new students until after the Festival of the Arts on 10/22, but will take new students on the Thursday after, the 27th, as we will switch gears and start learning Winter music for our Holiday performance on December 14th. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
RBV AND MADISON BANDS
THANK YOU, PTA FOR YOUR COMMUNITY NETWORK!
SCHOOL MORNING PROGRAM/PROGRAMA ANTES DE LA ESCUELA
MORNING PROGRAM STUDENT ACTIVITIES
ART WITH MS. MOFFETT
The students enjoyed tie-dyeing last Thursday during periods 3, 7, and 8. They will continue this project on Monday September 12th. Students can bring a shirt or some socks, we'd be happy to have more garments to experiment on and do it for you!
(this is definitely an experiment, so don't send your nice stuff )
PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS SNAPSHOT
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW ELAC BOARD!
The English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) first meeting at the library. Each table was filled with families enjoying pizza, cookies, and soda. The topics were the Importance of Attendance, nominating our new ELAC Board, and a presentation about what ELAC entails. Congratulations to our new Board!
KEEPING OUR STUDENTS SAFE
Stores near our school are selling the one chip challenge and one of our 8th graders became horribly ill yesterday. Madison is proactively informing parents of safety issues in our community.
Please read the following article to stay informed:
WHAT IS THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER AT MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL?
THANK YOU, TEACHER ASSISTANTS!
This year Dr. Guerrero is conducting the Teacher/Office Assistant program These students attend Explore Lab and are trained on expectations on being an assistant. Students identified teachers and departments offices they were interested in supporting the whole semester. Here are some pictures of some students helping in the Front Office. Some of their duties include greeting visitors and helping with the check in of students.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT GRATITUDE
THANK YOU PARENTS, TEACHERS, STAFF AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES DONATIONS!
Each year, Staples customers have a chance to purchase a school supply donation kit and Staples matches each and every donation. Thus far, Vista Staples has donated 180 school supplies kits. Principal Walanski personally thanked the Staples representative for their support.
In addition, our PTA committee were thrilled with the tremendous support family showed at Back to School Night. Our school received a large amount of school supplies donations, thank you, Mustang families!
culture wall in our Seventh Grade Science Wall.
Mr. Pezzoli shared the projects his students worked on this week. Culture is an integral part of who we are and how we learn! Studies have demonstrated that students learn better when their culture and experience is acknowledged in their classroom. Acknowledging students' culture allows them to feel more valued and connected. In Science, and in most every content as well, students are encouraged to make sense of the subjects that they are learning through the filter of their own culture and experience so that they may learn more deeply.
TEACHERS AND MONThLY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
THE IMPACT OF SLEEP
Here's a few highlights:
- Studies have found that children’s mental and physical health are directly affected by sleep. Healthy and consistent sleep habits are associated with better language development, academic achievement, and socio-emotional and behavioral functioning in young children.
- Recommended sleep - Children 6-12 years old: 9-12 hours, Teenagers 13-18 years old: 8-10 hours
- Parents of teens often drastically miscalculate the hours their child actually spends sleeping. They imagine them resting from the time they “clock out” for the day until the alarm goes off, but adolescents are frequently spending hours scrolling, reading, texting, or even just thinking while their caretakers assume they are asleep.
- Misdiagnosed ADHD, depression, and other issues can often actually be attributed to lack of sleep
- When a student starts to have trouble, sleep should be the very first thing that is questioned.
WHY JOIN OUR PTA? Because our pta supports your child.
- PTA provides grade-level enrichment support.
- PTA supports student clubs.
- PTA gives teacher supply grants.
- PTA supports on campus events.
- and so much more!
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¿POR QUÉ UNIRSE A LA ASOCIACIÓN DE PADRES Y MAESTROS, PTA?
Por que nuestra PTA apoya a su hijo.
- Por que nuestra PTA apoya a su hijo.
- Le brinda apoyo de enriquecimiento a nivel de grado correspondiente.
- PTA apoya a los clubs de estudiantes.
- PTA ayuda a maestros con donaciones de útiles escolares.
- PTA apoya los eventos de la escuela
- Y mucho mas!
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Thank you for supporting your Madison PTA.
MATH WITH MS. SCHULTZ
A word from our principal
I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve as Madison's Principal. Although I've only been here a short time I've seen what an amazing place the Madison community is. We look forward to partnering with you this year to continue to help your child through these important years of their upbringing. Our number one priority is to continue to make Madison a place where all students feel safe, loved, and like they belong.
A little bit about me: I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois (Go Cubs! Da Bears!). I have been an educator for over 15 years as a high school teacher and administrator in Tucson, Arizona and Huntington Beach, California. My wife and our family live in Carlsbad, California with our two younger daughters who are 9 and 13, and our older daughter resides in Provo, Utah where she works and goes to school. I love the outdoors and going camping, and the favorite way to spend my time is out at my daughter's sporting events watching them be the fierce athletes that they are.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you need anything at all and we are looking forward to a great year!