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MLS BOE MEETINGS (UPDATED 10-20-20) NES BOE MEETING 10-20-20
Community update, October 16, 2020 Angela Smith, Superintendent

I hope that everyone has had the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful fall season. The colors have been spectacular and have provided me a sense of hope as we go into the colder months of late fall and early winter. We are fortunate here in Lake County: while the virus is with us, we are working hard to keep it at bay.  

Crossroad Health Center facilitates Trauma Sensitive Schools grant to support students’ mental health Crossroads logo

Crossroad Health Center is facilitating a Trauma Sensitive Schools grant, which is available to all Lake County Schools (K-12). The grant is focused on mental health in students, as studies have shown that mental health problems can affect many areas in a student’s life.

Successful sports season sports

It was only a few months ago that many of us were just hoping to start the fall sports season -- fast-forward to the present, and the season is coming to a close! We’ve had an amazing run; with all of the COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, it has been a successful season. All of our teams were able to have a full season and play all of their contests, which is more than we could have hoped for. 

Madison High School returns live musical theatre to Northeast Ohio Chicago

Now - more than five months after their original performance dates - Madison Theatre is attempting to be the first area high school in Northeast Ohio to return live musical theatre performances to the area. With protocols approved by the Lake County Health Department and using their original cast from the spring production, Madison Theatre is proud to lead the way on the return of live high school theatre.

Student collecting socks for homeless socktober

This October, we welcome SOCKtober -- send in a donation of new or unused socks with your students to any Madison Local School! Socks will be collected and donated to the homeless.

Community Update, September 14, 2020 Angela Smith, Superintendent

I hope that everyone has adjusted to the routines of the school year, whether virtual or in-person. We are happy to have our doors open for education and happy to see students learning again.  We continue to need your support to assess your children daily for symptoms related to COVID-19. We are asking all families, whether virtual or in-person, to let us know when your child is ill and if they have been or are going to be tested for COVID-19.

Madison Schools featured in The News-Herald for revising bus sanitization system School Bus

Madison Schools was recently featured in The News-Herald for coming up with a new way to sanitize our school buses! When approaching this school year, it was clear the bus disinfecting system would need to be revised -- COVID has changed so many routines and traditions in the effort to ensure the safety of our students, faculty/staff, students’ families, and community members. 

Welcome back, South Elementary! welcome back!

We held our first Zoom Open houses this week -- I’m writing this just as the K-1 event came to close. I popped in on several virtual meetings, ran into the Kindergarten teachers narrating through the halls into a Chromebook, raced a device down to Mrs. Ciani when her video froze, and laughed with Mrs. Gale as we tried to get her face in the camera’s view.

Rabbit Run Community Arts Association programs offered this Fall RRCAA logo

Fall in love with the arts this fall at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association.

Rabbit Run has something for everyone, whether you are new to the arts or a long-time student.  Take a look at what is available . . .  

Smiles behind the masks smiles

This week, the Madison School District was featured on WKYC for our “smile buttons!” The Madison Public Library donated over 200 buttons showcasing the teachers and staff of Madison Schools -- smiling!

Welcome back from NES! communications app

Wow -- we could not have asked for a better start to the 2020-2021 school year!

We were so excited to finally see our students walk through our halls again (after months of not being able to do so), even with all the safety precautions put in place.

Welcome back reminders Angela Smith, Superintendent

Welcome back, Madison community! We will once again be sending our Good News e-newsletters for the 2020-2021 school year. This newsletter will go out every other week and is a great way to stay updated with the ever-changing schedules and safety procedures due to COVID-19.

2020 Fall Ticket Policy

We don’t have to tell you that COVID-19 has changed just about everything. Unfortunately, in order to ensure everyone’s safety, we have had to place a limit on ticket sales for fall sports.

Madison Local Schools Opening Procedures

In Conjunction with NBD Medical/International:

 

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Bus Routes are now available

Click HERE to find the bus routes for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see the revision on NES Route 4.  

MHS 2020 Baby Video
MHS 2020 Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony graduation

I want to take the time to thank all the students and families who participated in our graduation ceremony last week.

2020 school year updates Angela Smith

The plans for next school year are still in flux as we wait for guidance from the state of Ohio. Superintendent Angela Smith will be sending out updates this summer as information becomes available.

Summer 2020 Book Recommendations the magic of a book

Summer is just around the corner -- can you believe it? We can’t! -- and our minds have been buzzing with the question: what will this summer look like? 

COVID-19 Update, May 15, 2020 Angela Smith

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your efforts these past two months.  So many in the community have reached out to help our students and our soon-to-be-graduates during this extremely challenging time.

Thank you, Teachers! Thank you, Teachers

We want to take a moment to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, which was last week. Our teachers are the backbone of our schools; without you all, our students would be lost!

COVID-19 Mental Health Toolkit ODE Mental Health

We’ll say it once and we’ll say it again: this is a difficult period in our lives. Between limited social interactions, being stuck in the house with our dear, but annoying, loved ones (we joke!) – oh, and the national pandemic – we are all overdue for a mental health check up. 

COVID-19 Update, May 8, 2020

It has been a busy week.  We have worked with Lake County Health Department, our senior class, and our administrative team to plan a commencement ceremony that captures all the pieces of what makes our Madison Commencement Ceremony special. 

Making Mother’s Day extra special Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day coming up -- this Sunday, May 10 -- we wanted to give you all some ideas on how to make the day extra-special under these unusual circumstances. Our moms have had to pull double duty this year, not only keeping up with normal work and obligations, but helping to homeschool their students. We certainly appreciate all the work our mothers do for us daily, and we want to be sure they get a little extra loving this year. 

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 5-6-20
COVID-19 Update, May 1, 2020 Angela Smith

My goal throughout this process has been to provide you information in a timely fashion.  While the focus of the past several updates has been on graduation and seniors, today’s update is looking to closing this year and planning for next.  For seniors and their families, our team is still reviewing the guidance from the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health; we are looking at all the possibilities available to us, as well as how to move forward. 

Senior Spotlight senior spotlights

Our hearts go out to our 2020 seniors for missing the remainder of their senior years and not getting a proper graduation ceremony. While we can never truly understand what that is like, we sympathize beyond measure, and we want to do everything we can to recognize our amazing graduating class of 2020. 

School Lunch Hero Day lunch hero day

Each year, School Lunch Hero Day is a chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria. This year, with all that COVID-19 has brought upon us, School Lunch Hero Day brings a more significant  meaning.. Join us as we show some appreciation to all our School Lunch Heroes who have ‘geared up’ each week during the closure, to distribute safe and nutritious meals to our students.

Thank you First Responders and Essential Workers!

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meetings 4-7-20 & 4-22-20

2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration

It’s time to register your kindergartner for the 2020-2021 school year! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the process will be different than other years - directions are below.

Eye-spy a bear bear hunt

The community is working to stay positive throughout this period of at-home school, work, and limited social interactions. In order to add a little more fun to the car rides and walks outside, the community has enlisted a “Bear Hunt!”

3D art students create virtual pottery 3D pottery

While virtual education isn’t our preferred way to teach here at Madison, we are determined to become accustomed with as many virtual resources as we can! 

School calendars for 2020-21 and 2021-22 are avilable

Click HERE to view the school calendars

Remember to vote: Madison School District is part of Lake County Finance District Remember to vote!

Due to COVID-19, voting is still open for the March 17 Primary election. The Madison School District is part of the Lake County Finance District, which has a renewal levy on this ballot. 

Staff creates 'Welcome Back' video Welcome back!

We love our staff here at Madison – and they love our students! To welcome our students back from spring break, the staff created a video compilation of short clips of teachers, photos, and more.

 

Quarantine can't stop the beat Madison Choir

COVID-19 has changed a lot of plans – not only our own school schedule, but your individual spring break plans! It’s easy to get wrapped up in quarantine-demanded isolation, but it’s important to remember you can still do some of the things you love virtually. 

MLS Returns from Spring Break!

COVID-19 Update, March 20, 2020

Dear Madison Community:

 

I hope that you found time today to get some much-needed fresh air. I know when I am done with this update, I am going to take a walk and celebrate the signs of spring. 

 

I have been getting many questions about Google Classroom and student expectations. This week was a week to learn not only for staff, but for students. Next week is our scheduled spring break; we want our students to enjoy as much as possible – and not be stressed over school work. However, we hope that on Monday, March 30, all students will have confirmed they can log on and “return to school” ready to learn. 

Meal Options for Those in Need Madison logo

We understand that the school closure creates many challenges for our community members. One of the biggest is the lack of reliable meals for our students. We have several options available for students and families who are in need of meals during this time.

Maintaining Normalcy During COVID-19

With the new adjustments to your students’ learning schedules and your work schedules, this is a stressful time for all of us. Not knowing when this will let up just adds to the anxiety. We wanted to share some tips for how to keep life as “normal” as possible with your kids – and yourself – through this period. 

Online Learning Resource Joy of Online Learning

Keeping your children occupied during this forced schooling-at-home can be a struggle - for them and for you! There are all kinds of web-based opportunities for your children to enhance their learning, and one of these websites might take the edge off their boredom when they’ve had enough of reading and other games around the house. Enjoy these options, and please share those you have found with us as well.

South Elementary 5th Grade Program 3-13-20

Superintendent Message on School Closure Madison-Coronavirus

 

 

Lake County School Financing District Q&A Madison School District Board of Education

The Madison Local Schools District is part of the Lake County School Financing District renewal levy that will appear on the March 17, 2020 primary election ballot. This is a renewal levy therefore there is no tax increase for residents. 

Calling All Artists for the 29th Annual Juried Art Show 29th Annual Juried Art Show

This year marks the 29th Annual Juried Art Show, sponsored by the Rabbit Run Community Arts Association and the Madison Public Library. Applications for admission open March 9. 

Blue Streaks Wrestler Logan Blough Earns His 100th Win Logan Blough

Congratulations to Madison High School wrestler Logan Blough, he recently earned his 100th career win. He is one of five Madison wrestlers who qualified for the district tournament, which will be held this weekend, March 6th and 7th, in Mentor.

Daylight Saving Time Is Upon Us Daylight Saving Time

It’s that time of year -- the bad news is we lose the hour of the day we’ve been so enjoying… but the good news is we will have more daylight! While not every place in the United States observes Daylight Saving Time (and note, there is no “s” on Saving), we here in the Madison Local school district do.

NES Staff Reads "Mysteries according to Humphrey"

Statement on Madison School District Financial Challenges Madison School District Board of Education

The Madison School District has financial challenges; however, the good news is the Board of Education and administration are working proactively to ensure we balance our budget and maintain the quality of what we provide our students. 

STEMpowerment Meets Artificial Intelligence STEMpowerment Members

The girls STEM club at South Elementary School had a special visit from the DriveMind Group, an organization committed to helping modern-day classrooms embrace the next-generation of teaching: computers. 

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 2-18-20

Parent Information Night for Incoming Kindergarten Students Kingergarten Info Night

Learn about the registration and screening process as well as how to prepare your child for kindergarten.

MHS Holds Signing Day for Three Senior Athletes MHS Signing Day

We could not be more proud of our senior athletes, who just signed their scholarships this past Wednesday morning! 

North Elementary School Spelling Bee Champs NES Spelling Bee Winners

A huge C-O-N-G-R-A-Tulations to all the little bees who participated in our North Elementary School Spelling Bee! 

North Elementary School PTO Variety Show Features Talented Students NES Variety Show

Our talented NES students amazed not only their friends, but their families and NES staff at the PTO Variety Show - students razzled and dazzled us from beginning to end!

Madison Local Schools Spelling Bee 1-30-20
Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 1-28-20

MHS Honors Ecology Class Improves Ecosystem One Project at a Time Madison Ecology Students

Mr. Pira’s Honors Ecology class at Madison High School had a busy first semester. The class is an extension of Ecology I, with more of a focus on hands-on, service-based projects. Students in the Honors Ecology class are required to complete 10 hours of ecologically-based projects in the Madison community. Projects are usually coordinated with the elementary schools, the senior center, and the public library.

Bright Idea Leads to Big Savings for Madison Schools Madison Light Bulb Savings created by Taylor Hughes

It may not be obvious at first glance, but there were big changes in all five of the Madison Schools buildings in 2019. The district recently completed a project to replace the light bulbs in every building with energy-efficient LED bulbs.

The History Behind MLK Day MLK in the March on Washington for Freedom

Welcome back to school Madison students and families! We hope you enjoyed your long weekend.


 

North Elementary Spelling Bee 1-16-20

Joint Operating District Levy will generate ongoing operating funds, does not raise taxes Don't forget to vote!

In March, Madison School District residents will be asked to vote on a 4.9 mill renewal levy through the Lake County School Financing District. This levy will not increase taxes and will continue to generate $1 million a year for the Madison School District.

Bond Refinancing Saves District Taxpayers $1.3 Million Mike Vaccariello, Treasurer

In 2010, Madison Local Schools issued $10.665 million in bonds under the Build America Bonds (BAB) program. One of the appealing aspects of this program was that the federal government would subsidize 35% of the district’s interest payments on the bonds, saving money for taxpayers.

Building On Our Success in 2020 2020

Welcome to 2020! It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through the school year. The past year was a great one for Madison’s students, teachers, and the overall community.

 

It's party time!

elementary students singing at nursing homeOur staff and students have been in the holiday spirit all week! Our jazz band entertained shoppers at Giant Eagle. Our elementary students visited residents at local healthcare facilities. And our staff and students dressed up in their most festive outfits for holiday parties all across the district.

Important dates 2019 turning into 2020

We hope you enjoy the holiday break with your loved ones! We wanted to take a second to remind you of some very important upcoming dates.

Reducing stress for your children during holiday times

Teenage girl holding candy canes in front of Christmas treeFinally, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and from all of us here at Madison Local Schools, we want to wish you the happiest of holidays! The holiday season is one full of cheer and love for family and friends, but some of us may experience some anxiety with people visiting – and possibly staying – during our celebrations. We wanted to share some ways to look after your family members this holiday season — this is the time for us to be together and happy, and the best way to do that is to check in on yourself and your loved ones.

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 12-10-19

Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies for SES Students Superintendent Angela Smith reads to students

Madison Local Schools superintendent Angela Smith recently joined kindergartners at South Elementary School for a very special reading celebration. She read the book, “Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies,” which tells the story of a girl named Adelaide and her special reading buddy, which is a bear.

Madison Elementary Schools Celebrate Veterans Madison elementary students honor veterans

Our elementary students welcomed a group of distinguished guests on Monday. Students at NES and SES celebrated our local service members with Veterans Day ceremonies.

Madison Varsity Football Attends SES Literacy Night

Thank you to the Madison Blue Streaks for participating in our recent Family Literacy Night at South Elementary School. Players read to students, participated in fun activities, and made the whole night memorable for the 400 people in attendance. Thank you also to all our sponsors and volunteers, including Thompson/Grand River Valley KOA, Ponyland Pony Parties, and the Madison Public Library.

 

Madison Schools Celebrates National School Lunch Week

Madison Schools celebrated National School Lunch Week (NSLW) from October 14-18. National School Lunch Week was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to celebrate and child nutrition and the importance of a healthy lunch in a child’s life. Healthy meals impact every aspect of a child’s life, both in and out of the classroom.

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