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Community Update, March 17 Angela Smith, Superintendent

Thinking ahead to next year, please mark your calendars for September 11-12, 2023.  Thanks to a generous gift from community donors, Reggie Dabbs will return to our district, bringing his anti-bullying message to all our students, K-12. This will help our students start the next school year strong. 

NEOSTEAM’23 allows students to explore intersections between STEM and the Arts stem steam

On Monday, March 6, Madison High School’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program took 22 female STEM students to Lake Erie College for NEOSTEAM’23, a collaboration between the Educational Service Center (ESC) of the Western Reserve and Lake Erie College’s Schools of Art, Education, Humanities, Social Studies and Natural Sciences, and Mathematics.

Unique partnership enhances student understanding of two curricula Ecology/Spanish

Madison High School is proud to have developed a unique partnership within our halls. For the past five years, our Ecology and Spanish departments have been developing curricula that not only enhance one another, but enhance students’ understanding of the content in both areas.

National Honor + Junior Honor Societies make Madison Schools a better place to be njhs

Congratulations to the newest members of our National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)! On Monday, March 13, our Middle School’s NJHS inducted 30 new members, and on Tuesday, March 14, our High School’s NHS inducted 19. NHS and NJHS are worldwide organizations that aim to elevate a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 3-7-23
Community Update, March 3 Angela Smith, Superintendent

March has definitely rolled in like a lamb, albeit a wet one.  We are wrapping up our third quarter next week and coming into the final quarter of the school year.  The last part of the year is very busy in all the buildings with state testing as well as the many year-end activities.  As events are finalized, we will be updating them on the calendar section of our website.  

MLS partners with Madison Public Library under Libraries Accelerating Learning Grant library grant

Madison Local Schools is thrilled to partner with the Madison Public Library in an effort to accelerate MLS students’ learning and address any gaps in learning loss experienced through COVID-19. This partnership is through the Libraries Accelerating Learning Grant funded by the Ohio Department of Education.

Model UN students impress at Cleveland International Model United Nations Conference Model UN

Congratulations to our Model UN students on their recent success at the Cleveland International Model United Nations (CLEIMUN) Conference in February! Students took home many accolades in recognition of their achievements, including the Highly Commended Delegate Awards. 

Elementary after-school tutoring closes literacy gaps after-school tutoring

Literacy is key for student success at all levels, in school and in the world. To help ensure our students are receiving the reading support they need, Madison North and South Elementary Schools are now offering after-school tutoring for students Grades K-5 with a focus specifically on literacy.

Community Update, February 17 Angela Smith, Superintendent

I hope this update finds you well.  I continue to be in awe of the amazing weather we have had this winter and the ability to keep schools open has been a plus especially with the lake not having frozen fully.  Please remember that there is no school on Monday as it is Presidents Day.  

Athletic Department continues path towards improvement for students soccer

The Athletic Department is integral to the Madison Local Schools community in providing athletic programs and opportunities for our students within the district; MLS believes providing athletic opportunities for students directly enhances their academic education, as lessons learned in the athletic arena transfer to the classroom and beyond. 

Pre-Apprenticeship Grant enrolls first cohort to Advanced Manufacturing pre-apprenticeship

As a part of the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) alternative pathways to graduation, high school students have the option to demonstrate mastery-level learning by earning industry-recognized credentials; one way to do this is by offering workforce readiness programming at Madison High School.

Project Unify team defends undefeated streak Project Unify

On Thursday, February 9, our Project Unify athletes swept the floor with their competing team – their teachers! Project Unify is an annual assembly where Mr. Sanford’s class challenges a team of staff members to a game of basketball. Students were able to keep their undefeated streak alive with the score ending at 20-18.

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 2-7-23 6:00 pm BOE
Board Meeting Agendas are Available

Madison Board of Education Meeting agendas are available to view.  Just click on Board of Education at the top of the page, then click on Board Policies & Board Agendas just below the photo of the Board of Education.  

Then click on Enter Public Site.  This will show you active Board agendas.  

If you have any questions, contact Susan at 440-428-9315. 

Community Update, January 27 Angela Smith, Superintendent

The month has flown by.  There are so many activities happening around the district to occupy you on a cold winter night.

District Leadership Team works to guide district improvements District Leadership Team

Every school district has its own individual needs based on the unique students, families, and community that participate within the district. In order to ensure MLS is utilizing all of its resources for the betterment of our students and the enhancement of their educational journeys, MLS relies on a District Leadership Team. 

Assistant Superintendent enhances MLS experience Madison

Madison Local Schools is a well-oiled machine made up of multiple parts, from the very students and families that form our community and fill our schools to the staff and administration that ensure MLS is operating smoothly each day. We are all acquainted with our Superintendent, Angela Smith, who is the chief executive officer for the Madison Local Board of Education.

Students grades 4-8 compete in District Spelling Bee Spelling Bee

Correct spelling is important for many reasons, the most important being that spelling is: a key indicator of literacy (which is a key skill in determining overall academic and future success); an integral part of effective and clear communication; and it has a direct impact on future job opportunities.

2022-2023 Madison Local Schools District Spelling Bee Molly Wilson - Madison Local Schools 2023 Spelling Bee Champion

District Champion: Molly Wilson

Community Update, January 13 Angela Smith, Superintendent

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays.  Hard to believe our second semester is well underway.  Other than today, the weather has been beyond perfect for January, and each day, we inch a little closer to more daylight.  

Learn more about MLK Day MLK

This Monday, January 16, the country will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MLK Day), a federal holiday that takes place every third Monday of January. Madison students across the district have learned who Martin Luther King, Jr. was and why his leadership was so critical to the Civil Rights Movement.

American Rescue Plan Act allows MLS to recover from pandemic + improve educational opportunities policy matters

MLS is grateful to have received over $3.1 million as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which dedicated $122 billion to support primary and secondary education in life after the pandemic. This fund was created to allow schools to address learning loss, retool for new safety requirements, and improve technology for districts across Ohio.

Pupil Services Department creates safe + supportive learning environments for all MLS students J. C-G

Madison Local Schools is proud to be a district that supports every single one of its students, whether it be in their academic and extracurricular lives, or their personal ones. We all know that each of our students are unique, not only with their own strengths and skill-sets, but their own learning styles, home-lives, experiences, aspirations, and goals.

Scholarships available for 2023 Seniors Scholarships

With the start of the second semester, seniors are now in the midst of their final months of high school! As a community, we are very blessed to have many opportunities for our seniors to receive scholarships at the Senior Awards Benefit in May. 

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 1-10-23 6:00 pm Board Members

MLS focuses on improving attendance attendance

Beginning this 2022-23 school year, Madison Local School District is focused on improving student attendance. Studies have shown that students who attend school regularly achieve at higher levels than students who do not, due to the ability to receive regular instruction and assistance from their educators and work closely with peers, leading to enhanced quality of education on all accounts.

MHS + MMS share music with the community Choirs

With the holidays right around the corner, our High School and Middle School music programs have been sharing their talents making beautiful music for our students, staff, and community!

Winner of Car Raffle announced Madison Rec

Thank you to all who bought a ticket in the MLS Car Raffle Drawing! The raffle sold 3,430 tickets – over $34,000! – and the drawing happened during half-time at the Madison-Kenston basketball game.

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 12-13-22 6:00pm

Community Update, December 13 Angela Smith, Superintendent

I hope this update finds you well and celebrating all the season has to offer.  I need to make a correction from my last update.  The Madison High School Choirs will be performing tomorrow evening Wednesday, December 14, 2022 and the Madison High School Bands will perform on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Both concerts are in the MHS gymnasium. I apologize for any confusion this might have caused.  

Five-year forecast explained Madison

The goal of Madison Local Schools is to ensure our school district is constantly moving forward; in an ever-changing world, and with ever-changing generations of students, the financial support of the district is also ever-changing. This is why the district creates and uses “five-year forecasts.” 

Treasurer’s Office works to financially support district Sarah Palm

There are many moving parts that go into upholding a successful school district, from individuals who work on the front lines with our students to individuals who work more “behind the scenes.” One of these crucial moving parts is encompassed within the Treasurer’s Office, run by Sarah Palm, Treasurer, and her team. 

MHS Robotics students attend NASA’s Young Astronaut Day Astronaut

On November 5, six MHS Robotics students had the opportunity to attend NASA’s Young Astronaut Day at Cleveland State University (CSU). The event was held at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and was designed to challenge, educate, and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 

STEM students explore CSU campus Welcome

On Friday, December 9, 40 STEM students from MHS’ Engineering classes toured Cleveland State University’s (CSU) College of Engineering labs and the Dan T. Moore MakerSpace, an innovation and design lab for the CSU community that provides hands-on fabrication equipment for working with metal, wood, and plastic.

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 11-22-22 6:00 pm (starts at 2:49)
Community Update, November 22 Angela Smith, Superintendent

Dear Madison Community,


It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving break is upon us.  I hope that each of you has a restful holiday with your family and friends.  

Family and Consumer Sciences prepare students for post-graduation Dana Clark

At Madison High School, students of all grade levels have the opportunity to explore courses in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). According to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), FCS is a set of courses that draws from a range of disciplines and contexts.

Madison Schools honor our veterans veterans day

Each year, our schools come together to recognize Veterans Day, which allows our students to commemorate the contributions of those who have sacrificed their lives for our country, as well as those who are currently serving to protect.

Bear Project enters its fifth year Bear

The 2022-23 school year marks the fifth year of Madison’s Bear Project, which bridges the age gap between some of our oldest and youngest Madison students. This project involves high school students taking the imaginations of kindergartners and making them a reality – by hand.

North Elementary Veterans Day Assembly 11-11-22
Nutrition Services Department works to promote students’ learning health Apple with Madison Schools logo on it

Students are at school for the majority of the day five times a week, working hard to learn and demonstrate the skills needed to ensure their success academically and, ultimately, professionally. There are multiple factors that aid student success as they work throughout the school day; one of the largest is nutrition. Without proper nutrition, students’ brains and bodies cannot work effectively to learn and grow. At Madison Local Schools, we are committed to providing our students with nutritious food options for meals as needed and desired to help ensure they are as successful as possible at school.

MHS Curtain Project installs new curtains School Board

Madison High School’s Curtain Project is finally complete! Thanks to the Bingo Boosters and multiple other organizations, businesses, community members, parents, and alumni who came together to make this project a success. 

Community Update, November 4 Angela Smith, Superintendent

I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather we have had these last few days. I continue to marvel at how fast the days go by and that we are already into November. 

Our schools are closed on Tuesday, November 8, for Election Day.

Community Update, October 21, 2022 Superintendent Angela Smith

Dear Madison Community,

We have just completed the first quarter of school, and the holiday hustle and bustle is fast approaching.  Grades will be posted in Infinite Campus next week.  Please check on your child’s progress, and while in Infinite Campus, please make sure your information is up-to-date so you will be sure to receive important news and calamity day notifications. 

Maintenance Department supports educational spaces for students Pat Smith

The Madison Local Schools buildings provide our students with an environment that supports their learning and growth in education. All of the buildings and grounds of the school district constitute one of the greatest investments of the Madison Board of Education: this is where our students attend class everyday, where teachers can create their own learning spaces, where students discover new interests and hobbies, and where we all come together to teach our future generations. 

MLS receives anonymous donation to fund track repairs MLS Track Repair

During the 2021-2022 school year, Madison was forced to cancel home track meets due to the school track being in poor shape. The track was in complete disrepair not only due to unfortunate weather during the winter season, but because of 30-year-old asphalt laid underneath the track that is causing the track to crack and break. After MLS canceled these home track meets, the district was expecting to be unable to host future meets and potentially multiple activities that utilize the track. 

MMS implements outdoor classroom to enhance student learning enrichment Outdoor classroom

Madison Middle School is excited to implement its new outdoor classroom, created and put into use at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year. The classroom includes 15 convertible desks to benches, an outdoor white board, butterfly garden, and the AHLI garden.

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 10-12-22
Community Update, September 30 Angela Smith, Superintendent

As we enter the month of October, there is a lot going on in the district. Next weekend is Homecoming Weekend, and with that comes the celebration of our Homecoming Court – congratulations to our Seniors who are on the court. The Homecoming Court includes Andrew Laurie, Carter Fellenstein, Julian Zappitelli, Seth Gabor, Jeffrey Smith, Elizabeth Worthy, Elizabeth Lausin, Catrina Calvert, Campbell Wood, and Kearsten Woleben.

MLS commits to the Science of Reading Science of Reading

This year, MLS will be incorporating the “Science of Reading” into our K-12 instruction, which is a body of research that guides the best practices in reading instruction, reading intervention, and early identification of at-risk readers. 

NES welcomes new Principal Mr. Baker

Madison Local Schools would like to welcome Mr. Doug Baker as the new Principal at North Elementary School! This is Mr. Baker’s third year in the district, previously serving as North Elementary’s Assistant Principal for one year and as a High School Assistant Principal the year before that. 

NES prioritizes early student success North

During the 2022-23 school year, North Elementary is dedicated to addressing the individual student within the classroom, rather than the classroom as one entity. Now more than ever, it has become apparent that adaptive learning strategies catered to each student raise overall success rates, whether this be academically or social-emotionally. 

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 9-20-22 6:00 pm

Community Update, September 16

It is hard to believe how fast the start of the school year has gone; we are halfway through the first quarter.  Madison Middle School just completed conferences and high school conferences are September 21st and September 29th.  No appointment is necessary.  Elementary teachers are scheduling appointments for conferences in October.  Check with your child’s teacher for more details regarding elementary conferences.

MLS recognized for Tier I Excellence as an Award-Winning District in PBIS Ohio PBIS Network

Madison Local Schools is committed to enhancing our students’ educational experiences through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) efforts. These efforts have clearly been making an impact, as the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has recognized all five Madison Schools for Tier I excellence, and the district as a whole as an award-winning district. 

MLS welcomes new Treasurer Sarah Palm

Madison Local Schools would like to welcome Sarah Palm as the new Treasurer of MLS. Mrs. Palm has years of acquired experience in payroll, eliminating deficit spending, and auditing. As a mentee of previous Treasurer Mike Vaccarriello, Ms. Palm is excited to join us – and MLS is excited to welcome her to our team. 

Madison Pre-K is a great opportunity for younger students Madison Pre-K

Madison Local Schools is thrilled to have a Pre-kindergarten home for almost 190 students for the 2022-23 school year. Pre-kindergarten, or Pre-K, is a voluntary classroom-based preschool program typically aimed for students between the ages of three and five; this is the age range where students are older than preschool age, but not quite ready for kindergarten.

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 9-6-22
MMS STREAK assembly offers “Perfect Attendance” awards Students at MMS STREAK assembly

MMS started the school year off with a bang as 6th grade students were welcomed into class PBIS meetings! During these assemblies, students learned what it means to be a STREAK, as they learn to exemplify Safety, Teamwork, Responsibility, Effort, and Kindness.

MHS focuses on ACADEMICS, BEHAVIOR, and ATTENDANCE Madison logo

Welcome back, MHS! High School teachers and staff were excited to welcome our students back into our halls to kick off classes and fall extracurriculars for the 2022-2023 school year. Here at MHS, we are constantly looking to promote growth in our students’ academic, extracurricular, and personal lives. As we progress into another school year, we wanted to take the time to set a new focus. 

Bonfire rouses community for Madison-Perry game Pallets and signs formed the base for the community bonfire

Bonfires – large, controlled fires that bring the community together – have been around since the late 15th century, and are used in just about every country as a way to celebrate special times including the summer solstice and Easter, among many others.

A "Minion" reasons to love full-day kindergarten "Minions" is the theme for South Elementary's all-day kindergarten program

Coming out of COVID, it is more important than ever for our young students to experience a strong start to their academic careers. That is why, for the first time in Madison history, our kindergartners are attending all-day, every-day kindergarten.

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 8-16-22
Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 8-2-22
Madison Local Schools Board of Education *Special* Meeting 6-9-22
Congratulations, Class of 2022! Madison Schools Class of 2022

It was a beautiful day for graduation!

Bingo Boosters donate to Stage Curtain Project Bingo

Madison Local Schools would like to extend a giant THANK YOU to the Bingo Boosters, which donated funds to repairing the stage curtains at Madison High School. These stage curtains have seen much wear and tear over the years as they are a critical piece of many productions, including concerts, plays, graduations, and much more. 

South brings book to life in One School One Book obos

During One School One Book, South Elementary students, teachers, and families brought The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo to life. Every family and classroom received a copy of this book that follows the adventures of a mouse named Despereaux, who sets out on a quest to rescue a beautiful human princess from the rats.

North’s STREAKs of the YEAR DQ

Congratulations to North Elementary’s 32 STREAKs of the YEAR! These students have exemplified our STREAK behaviors: Safety, Teamwork, Responsibility, Effort, and Kindness.

Middle School students impress on Field Trips TV

After a few years’ hiatus due to COVID-19, our students were finally able to take field trips again! Each of our Middle School grades was incredibly excited to take overnight trips with their friends and teachers, not only exploring the sights, but learning some history! 

Online Summer resources for students summer resources

Summer is finally here! As the 2021-2022 school year officially comes to a close, Madison could not be more proud and impressed with all of our students; as we were able to come back to a “normal” year, our students jumped right back in and pushed the boundaries of everything we had to offer.

North Elementary 5th Grade Promotion 5-25-22 9:30 am
Madison High School 2022 Graduate/Baby Video
Madison High School Commencement 5-21-22 10:00 am Lake County Captains Stadium
Madison High School Senior Awards 5-17-22 6:00 pm
Madison student wins two scholarships at LEAF Umbrella Design Contest LEAF Umbrella

Congratulations to student Pauline Forman, who won two scholarships from the LEAF Umbrella Design Contest! Pauline won 1st place in the Fine Arts Division and was chosen as the Fine Arts Choice Award Winner for her umbrella, “I AM WOMAN.”

Exploring MS extracurriculars Student Council

Throughout the school year, our Madison Middle School students have numerous opportunities to get involved in our after-school clubs and activities. Having your student get involved in an extracurricular activity not only allows them to connect with other students they may otherwise not get the opportunity to, but allows them to explore different interests and hobbies.

Madison HS Prom Court King + Queen

Congratulations to our 2022 Prom Court! Prom was a huge success and incredibly fun for all students. Madison High School was excited to host this mostly normal event for our students, particularly our seniors, who have been in desperate need of some normalcy. 

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 5-9-22
Community Update, May 2 Angela Smith, Superintendent

As we close out the school year, we begin to look to the next. We are in the process of starting our Kindergarten Registration for the class of 2035; children who will be five before September 30, 2022 are eligible to register.

Vote for Madison Art Club in Vans High School Custom Culture Vans contest

Madison High School Art Club is excited to announce that Madison has made it to the top 50 in the Vans Custom Culture Competition! At this stage, voting is open to the public, and any person can vote once a day until May 6. Go vote for Madison’s Vans design here

MHS Ecology places high at The Geauga County Maple Festival Geauga Win

Congratulations to MHS Ecology, which placed 1st in Dark Robust (Hobby Class) and 4th in Golden Delicate (Hobby Class) at the 92nd year of The Geauga County Maple Festival! This is MHS Ecology’s third year competing at this festival. 

Students accepted to OCDA Honor Choir at Otterbein University OCDA

Congratulations to a select few of our Madison High School students who were accepted into the Ohio Choral Directors Association (OCDA) Honor Choir at Otterbein University! The Honor Choirs will rehearse and perform this summer, June 20-22. 

MMS AHLI assembles Buddy Bags AHLI

Madison would like to spotlight our Middle School Arthur Holden Leadership Institute (AHLI) for their continuous consideration in giving back to the community! Each year, the eighth grade students are responsible for a community service project, and this year, students decided they wanted to make “Buddy Bags.” 

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 4-19-22
Art Club submits designs to Vans Custom Culture Competition Vans contest

Madison High School Art Club students have submitted their designs to the Vans Custom Culture Competition for 2022! Vans is a company that makes footwear and apparel inspired by skaters and originality. Students designed and created a unique shoe design that encapsulates the themes “Van D(IY)oren Legacy” and “Hometown Pride.”

Blue Streaks on Broadway Blue Streaks on Broadway

Catch the “Blue Streaks on Broadway” on April 29-30! Madison High School is so excited to be able to work on and put out performances that inspire our students to express themselves in ways they might otherwise find challenging. This is a show you won’t want to miss! 

Mother-Son and Father-Daughter Dances Father-Daughter Dance

Our mothers and sons had a blast at the Mother-Son dance! Madison Elementary loves being able to put on these dances for our families to have a fun night out to meet new friends and students’ teachers.

Madison Local Schools Board of Education Meeting 4-5-22

STAR/Renaissance Place STAR