Hello, Madison Community! We here at the middle school have had a fantastic start. We have two formats for students this year: a virtual at home learning environment and the traditional in-person learning. Both formats are working well and our teachers are doing an amazing job. Here are some other activities that are going smoothly at the middle school...
Sports are up and running and the students are excited to be able to participate this year, unlike the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Boys Cross Country has had four meets, and for the first time in our history, the team swept the top five finishers in a meet and won the boys’ meet -- crushing the other three teams! Girls Cross Country has also had an excellent year, with several top finishes and personal records. Volleyball has been very competitive, with both the seventh and eighth grade teams scoring a two game winning streak, where they held their opponent to single digit points in a two game sweep. Football and Cheerleading have been working hard all year, and have gotten four games in for the seventh grade team and five games in for the eighth grade team. The coaches and the football teams are working hard and are competitive in all their games, and the cheerleaders are at every home game getting the crowd fired up and cheering on their Blue Streak football teams.
We handed out computers to all of our virtual learners if they needed a Chromebook to use at home. The middle school has been fundraising, was awarded grants, and won competitions to acquire Chromebooks for use in our classes and to deliver curriculum, social emotional content, professional development for teachers, and to use for in-state testing. The Chromebooks have become just as important as school books in our instructional process and the educational support of our children.
Because of the social distancing protocol that was instituted statewide by our Governor, the middle school had to adjust the arrival schedule, dismissal schedule, lunchtime, and logistics of passing time between classes. To keep students as socially distant as possible, if students arrive at school before 8:05 am, they are guided to the cafeteria to wait for the bell to ring. When that bell rings, students are able to get their Chromebooks and proceed to their first period class. They also have the option to eat breakfast in the morning, if they choose. Students that arrive by bus are let into the building in a staggered fashion by grade level and then must stay to the right side of the hallway, where they can choose to eat breakfast or pick up their Chromebook and proceed to their first class. Movement in the hallways is very structured and students are advised to move with purpose, following a clockwise direction around their grade level pods directly next to their class. Students have been fantastic with following the directions and following the social distancing protocols. At lunch, students must continue to practice social distancing -- ten students are allowed at a long table, and tables are split between the cafeteria and multi-purpose room. Again, the students have been awesome following all the new rules and being active participants in the logistics of the running of the school day.
School pictures were a breeze! Several of the virtual students came in during the extended photographer hours to get their picture taken to be in the yearbook. For those who were absent, there will be a second opportunity to get photos taken on November 6, again with extended hours for virtual learners.
For the first time ever, virtual Zoom parent-teacher conferences will happen at the middle school. Parents will be able to access computer links for each teacher and that link will allow them to sign up for a conference. All the conferences will be on the computer via Zoom meeting video conferencing. Teachers will be utilizing their computers and cameras to communicate with parents on the progress of their students. It should be super cool and I can’t wait for the feedback from parents and teachers on the new format.
Take care, and have a fantastic school year!
Mr. Brady, Principal
Mr. Herald, Assistant Principal