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Community Update, September 17 Angela Smith, Superintendent

It is hard to believe that we have been back in school for over a month already. The Middle School has had parent teacher conferences, with High School conferences on September 22 and September 30, and Elementary conferences on October 13 and October 21. Now is the time to connect with your student’s teachers to find out ways to help them be successful in the classroom.

Local Optometrist providing no-cost eye care and eyewear to MLS students Eye Doctors of Madison

Eye Doctors of Madison, an Optometric Family Practice, is providing no-cost eye care and eyewear to Madison Local School students for those who demonstrate need. This is a local practice run by Dr. Michael Baker, O.D., a 2001 Madison High School Graduate. 

South Elementary puts on Constitution Day program Constitution Day

Today, September 17, South Elementary students gathered to put on a “Constitution Day” program, a fun-filled tribute to America. The program featured multiple speakers to share the history of the Constitution, as well as the second graders, who learned four songs for the program. 

High School Parent Teacher Conferences & Late Arrival Tuesdays MHS

If your child is a student at Madison High School, please view the upcoming important dates for Parent Teacher Conferences and Late Arrival Tuesday.

ROW the BOAT kick-off at North Elementary Row the Boat

North Elementary kicked off the 2021-2022 school year with a ROW the BOAT assembly on Friday, September 3. ROW the BOAT is this year’s theme: we will row the boat no matter the circumstances, together. 

FAFSA Financial Aid Meeting Night

September 29th at 6 pm in Madison High School Cafeteria

Mrs. Kubec is the LEAF Advisor and is at Madison High School on Tuesdays. You can contact her at skubec@leaf-ohio.org or call her at 440-428-9366. 

Updated Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plans
Late Arrival Tuesdays clock

Late arrival has been pushed back to begin on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Madison High School and Madison Middle School. 

Update to High School AM Bus Route 29 School bus

Click HERE for the updated High School bus route 29.  

Update to North Elementary AM Bus Route 5 School bus

Click HERE for a revised Bus Schedule for North Elementary AM Route 5.  

Mr. Fisher Retirement Tribute Video

21-22 School Calendar calendar

Click HERE for calendar

NES 5th Grade Promotion 5-26-21 9:30 am

2021 MHS Baby Video
Madison High School Commencement LIVE FEED 10:30 am @ Lake County Captains Stadium

Madison Local Schools Town Hall Meeting 4-13-21

MHS NHS Induction 3-9-21

Alyssa Lavdis Signs Letter of Intent to UTC

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

Superintendent's Message

September 17, 2021

Dear Madison Community,

It is hard to believe that we have been back in school for over a month already. The Middle School has had parent teacher conferences, with High School conferences on September 22 and September 30, and Elementary conferences on October 13 and October 21. Now is the time to connect with your student’s teachers to find out ways to help them be successful in the classroom. Our teachers are working hard to help students reacclimate to the classroom and your partnership with our schools is important. 


Superintendent's Message

September 17, 2021

Dear Madison Community,

It is hard to believe that we have been back in school for over a month already. The Middle School has had parent teacher conferences, with High School conferences on September 22 and September 30, and Elementary conferences on October 13 and October 21. Now is the time to connect with your student’s teachers to find out ways to help them be successful in the classroom. Our teachers are working hard to help students reacclimate to the classroom and your partnership with our schools is important. 


North American Young Generation of Nuclear cleans up Veteran’s Memorial at MHS Stadium Veteran's

North American Young Generation of Nuclear (NAYGN) spent some time this weekend doing some hard work to brighten up the community! On Saturday, August 21, six members of NAYGN, along with Chris Elliott, General Plant Manager, Kevin Clark, Operations Manager, and others, went to the Madison High School Football Stadium to clean up the Veteran’s Memorial. 

MHS Blue Streaks Marching Band featured on Fox 8 News Fox 8 News

The Madison High School Blue Streak Marching Band was featured on the Fox 8 News this morning, August 27, to kick off the 2021 Friday Night Touchdown season. Kenny Crumpton, of “Kickin’ It With Kenny,” welcomed the 150 marching band members to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum plaza.

Backpack Fund distributes 130 backpacks of supplies to students Backpack Fund

On Saturday, August 14, from 12-2 pm, Madison students held a Backpack Fund supply drop at the Madison Public Library, where students gave away backpacks full of supplies. A total of 160 backpacks full of supplies were collected for distribution, and only 30 were left at the end of the event. 

Row the Boat, North! Row the Boat

North Elementary is kicking off the 2021-2022 school year with a new theme: ROW the BOAT! Here at North Elementary, we are going to Row the Boat no matter what comes our way, no matter the conditions, and we will all be rowing in the same direction: toward success. 

Welcome back, Madison High School MHS

Madison High School would like to welcome back all students! It is going to be a very exciting year. MHS would also like to welcome the following new staff to the school, as well as congratulating staff on their new positions: 

True North launches the Giving Pump Program Giving Pump

Want to help support Madison Schools while filling up your gas tank? Until September 30, you can!

Community Update, May 27 Angela Smith, Superintendent

The 2020-2021 school year has come to a close.  While it had a few bumps in the road with COVID-19, we made it through the year.  The month of May was a time for celebration for our students.  We enjoyed prom, numerous awards programs, performances, 5th grade Olympics, the Eighth Grade Formal and graduation at Captain’s Stadium.  It felt good to have some normalcy in this chaotic year.  

Class of 2021 Commencement Commencement

Congratulations to Madison High School Class of 2021! Commencement was held at Lake County Captains Stadium on May 22. We were excited to give the Class of 2021 a commencement, though unusual, that recognized them and their accomplishments. Our seniors - now graduates! - have had anything but a normal senior year, and we are proud of them for staying dedicated to their schooling and passions throughout it all. 

Eighth graders view NAMI Ending the Silence presentation NAMI

On May 13, NAMI Ending the Silence presented to the Madison eighth graders. This was a fifty-minute presentation designed to help middle and high school students understand mental health conditions and make them more likely to recognize warning signs in themselves and others, and ask for the help that they, or a friend need. 

Buses pass inspections with flying colors Bus

This week, we had our second bus inspections for next year. Joe White, our mechanic, opted to put the ten buses that needed the most work up for inspection. He used that strategy so that if any of the buses needed repair before the next round of inspections, he would be able to do so. Fortunately, that proved to be unwarranted -- all ten buses passed inspection with flying colors and were stickered for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Madison Theater presents “High School Musical” High School Musical

Madison Theater presents their 2021 Spring Musical, “High School Musical.” This is a streaming event through ShowTix4U, with the remaining viewable dates being May 28, 29, and 30 at 7:00 PM. 

Madison High School Updates Cabaret

As the school year comes to an end, we would like to take a moment to feature some of the great things going on at the High School! Check out what our students have been up to, as well as what’s coming up.

SNA Mideast Regional Director of the Year Ms. Kelly Minnick

Congratulations to Kelly Minnick, Director of Nutrition Services for the Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve, OH, for receiving the Mideast Regional Director of the Year award. Madison has been lucky to have Ms. Minnick on our school nutrition team, leading efforts to manage emergency feeding programs during COVID-19 and transition meal service between remote, hybrid, and in-person learning models to ensure students’ access to healthy meals. 

Robotics teams place in 11th Annual RoboBots Competition Athena

Madison Robotics had great success in the 2021 Alliance for Working Together’s 11th Annual RoboBots Competition at Fredon Corporation on April 24. Students worked as a team with machinists, engineers, and corporate executives to research, design, wire, fabricate, assemble, and test fifteen pound combat robots, like Battlebots. 

Madison Ecology successes Madison Ecology Green School

Our Ecology classes have done it again! Not only have the classes been busy planting trees, gardens, and working on projects to help benefit our community and wildlife, but Madison Ecology has been awarded with the Northeast Ohio Education Association Green School Award, and received second place in the Hobby Class Golden Delicate at the Chardon/Geauga Maple Festival. 

Senior builds folding tray table Dillon Miller

MHS is very proud of senior Dillon Miller, who has been producing quality work in all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses.

MHS Choirs & Soloists earn I Rating in Solo & Ensemble Competition OMEA logo

Congratulations to our Madison High School Choirs for their participation in the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Virtual Solo and Ensemble Event on March 10. The Solo and Ensemble Event is an opportunity for groups to perform for judge’s comments and ratings. 

Staff Appreciation Week Thank you!

Staff Appreciation Week at Madison High School is this next week, May 3-7. There are many ways to show the MHS Staff our appreciation, one of which being a simple, digital thank you note that will be delivered during the Appreciation week on behalf of MHS. In addition, thank you notes can be sent to teachers and staff from the other Madison buildings. 

Madison Strong!



South Elementary student wins “Clean and Green Logo” Contest Julia Franz SES winning entry

Congratulations to South Elementary’s fourth grade student Julia Franz, who won the elementary division and the overall prize of our annual “Clean and Green Logo” Contest. This year, the theme was centered on “Clean and Green Lake County,” aiming to promote recycling and anti-littering education. 

Mr. Dragas named Northeast Athletic Director of the Year Mr. Dragas

Congratulations to Madison’s own Mr. John Dragas, MHS Athletic Director and Social Studies teacher, for being named Athletic Director of the Year by the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NEOIAAA). Mr. Dragas will be recognized for his award at the November State Convention in Columbus, along with the other regional award winners. 

Project Unify assembly and Teamwork Week huge successes Project Unify

On Thursday, April 1, Madison High School hosted its annual Project Unify Assembly, though due to the restrictions of the pandemic, it looked slightly different than past years. Project Unify partners students who have special needs with varsity athletes to compete in sporting events. The idea behind Project Unify is to celebrate and recognize a section of the student body that generally misses out on those opportunities. 

MLS named Super Star Breakfast & Beyond school district OSBC Medallion

Madison Local Schools has been named a Breakfast & Beyond school district by the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge (OSBC). This challenge encourages schools to start the day with school breakfast so all students are ready to learn. Madison has received “Super Star” distinction and a medallion from the OSBC for their excellence, innovative, and collaborative work to increase access to school meals during the pandemic. 

Little Libraries & Buddy Reading Benches built at North Elementary School Little Library

North Elementary has new “Little Libraries” and “Buddy Reading Benches” that have been placed in front of the school building, in the courtyard, and around the playground. These new additions to North’s building will encourage students to share the love of reading in more ways than one.

Middle Schoolers take a trip around the world Virtual Spring Break

The Madison Middle School Student Council sponsored a virtual “Spring Break” Spirit Week March 15-18. Each day, students were able to go on a virtual field trip to a new location. Students and staff were encouraged to participate and dress up based on the daily destination. 

Ecology classes great opportunity for high school students Madison Ecology

Students at Madison High School have the opportunity to take courses in Ecology, beginning with Ecology I and advancing to Honors Ecology II. These courses are great options for students who have an interest in learning how to communicate as young scientists in and beyond the community about complex environmental issues, as well as encouraging students to make changes in their community to solve real-world problems. 

Virtual Townhall to discuss levy Town Hall

The Madison Local School District will hold a virtual Townhall meeting on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 7 pm. This meeting will feature key information about the district from our Board President, Treasurer, Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and building principals. 

Cheerleading Team takes home State Championship Title Cheerleading

Congratulations to the Madison High School Cheerleading Team for winning a State Championship Title, Division 3 State Champions for Non-Tumble from the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), the highest title you can win at the high school level. OASSA is a separate organization for cheerleading and dance teams to compete. 

Crossroads’ Linkage connects those with resources & recommendations as needed Crossroads logo

Madison Local School District has partnered with Crossroads Health to bring an additional type of support to the Madison community. Not only are mental/behavioral health services being provided by referral in all four of our K-12 buildings, but now we are offering linkage support to the student families in our District.

Levy required to maintain quality of education Madison

The Madison Local Schools Board of Education voted in February to place a 6.99 mill operating levy on the May 4, 2021 ballot. If passed, the new funds will be used to fund the day-to-day operations of the district and help to maintain the programming that currently exists. If this levy does not pass, deep cuts to what the district provides our students will be required.

North Elementary aide named Cleveland Cavaliers’ Educator of the Month Head of the Class

Congratulations to Mrs. Denise Lamb, who was selected as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Head of the Class “Educator of the Month.”

Staff receives additional training on Trauma Sensitive Schools Crossroads logo

During the two asynchronous learning days on February 25-26, all K-12 staff -- both certified and classified -- that work in this district viewed four one-hour videos on Trauma Sensitive Schools, created by Crossroads Health. We have access to these videos through Madison’s year long Trauma Sensitive Schools grant. 

Madison educators receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine covid-19 vaccine

Madison educators, along with the educators of other Lake County Districts, received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week. Riverside Local Schools hosted the vaccine clinic for Madison, Fairport Harbor, Riverside Painesville, and several other non-public schools in Lake County. 

North Elementary Spirit Week - Choose Kindness

This week, North Elementary encouraged their students to promote kindness with a school Spirit Week! Students dressed up for exciting kindness theme days, listed below: 

Students inducted to National Technical Honor Society National Technical Honor Society

Congratulations to Auburn Career Center’s students who were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society! The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an educational non-profit that exists to honor, recognize, and empower students and teachers in Career & Technical Education.

PBIS Extra Degree of Effort Week Extra Degree of Effort

This week was PBIS’s Extra Degree of Effort Week at Madison High School. Our PBIS model is STREAK: Safety, Teamwork, Responsibility, Effort, And Kindness, and this event week is focused on the “E,” Effort. 

Madison Local Schools Press Release: May 2021 Operating Levy

At their February 2, 2021 meeting, the Madison Local Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to place a 6.99 mill operating levy on the ballot for the May 4 election. If passed, the levy will generate $2,782,740 annually for the district and cost residents $20.39/month per $100,000 of assessed home value. 

Community update, February 12 Angela Smith, Superintendent

We are halfway through our third quarter of the year -- time is flying by! Students have adjusted to the routine of being back in school and it is good to see students in the buildings. It is our hope that we are able to stay in school without having to go remote for an extended period of time the remainder of the year. Thankfully, our staff will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the end of the month, which will be a huge help. 

North Elementary encourages STREAK behaviors with Jeopardy Review Day PBIS Jeopardy

Last Friday, North Elementary held a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Jeopardy Review Day. Students reviewed all the STREAK behaviors by competing against each other! The competitions were held within each grade. 

Teacher receives grant for online, interactive laboratory Gizmos

Congratulations to Ms. Liz Nainiger, science teacher at Madison Middle School, who was recently approved for the Martha Holden Jennings grant. This grant covers licenses to explorelearning.com for an entire year. 

PBIS update for MLS buildings PBIS logo

Madison Local Schools utilizes Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) within its buildings to create and encourage a successful and supportive atmosphere for its students. PBIS is an evidence-based three-tiered framework that focuses on nurturing the desired behaviors of our students and staff.

MLS District Spelling Bee Spelling Bee District Winner

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Madison Local Schools District Spelling Bee! The Bee was held at Madison Middle School on Tuesday, January 26, at 9:00 A.M. 

Community update, January 15, 2021 Angela Smith, Superintendent

Thank you for a successful first week back with in person learning.  We know there were many changes to work out, and I applaud you and our staff for their efforts this week.  

Winter Sports guidelines Wrestling

Attendance at and guidelines for our Winter Sports Season will look a little different this season in order to maintain safety precautions for our students, parents, and community. Please see the updated guidelines below: 

Spelling Bee Champs SES Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Champions and runners-up! Our little “spelling bees” really spelled their way to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!

Happy Holidays from Madison Local Schools Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to you all from Madison Local Schools! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we are happy to be able to celebrate with our families. We know this year has looked extremely different than any other year, but we encourage you to find some positivity this holiday season and spread the love -- to your families, your friends, and to others in your circles! 

The Giving Tree Madison HS tree

MHS has had a large number of families reach out to me lately with needs. Around this time of the year, we always support a few families and get them gifts. The staff is always generous in their giving. 

Madison Art students take on inventing Art student invention

The MHS art students have taken on numerous projects during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, and they certainly haven’t let the back and forth of in-person to remote learning slow them down! 

Nadia’s Soft Smiles collects over 2,000 pairs of socks Nadia's Soft Smiles

You may remember this past October as “SOCKtober,” where Madison Local students were encouraged to bring in new or unused socks to be donated to the homeless. SOCKtober was created by MHS sophomore, Nadia Cruz, the founder of Nadia’s Soft Smiles, a charity that donates socks to the homeless.

Community update, December 11 Angela Smith, Superintendent

Thank you again for your efforts during this period of remote learning. I know for the families that have had to make the switch to remote learning, this has been a challenge. As of this writing, the plan is for our students to return to in-person instruction for those who have selected that option on Monday, January 11. Second semester will begin remotely for all students on January 6.

Community update, November 24 Angela Smith, Superintendent

First, I want to thank each and every family and staff member for your efforts in making the transition to virtual learning last week successful.  I know that for those who chose in-person learning, this was a transition that happened very quickly; I appreciate everyone’s ability to adapt and support one another.  

Community update, November 13 Angela Smith, Superintendent

As I shared with you this yesterday, the situation in our school community is beginning to mirror what is happening in the rest of the state. While cases among students are beginning to increase, we are also having to quarantine personnel. This is limiting our ability to continue our face-to-face instruction. Therefore, beginning Monday,  November 16, 2020, we are going to pause our in-person learning model for all buildings through November 30, 2020, with the intention of resuming face to face learning December 1, 2020.

Elementary schools hold fall family literacy nights literacy nights

Both elementary buildings held their fall family literacy nights at the end of October. Families were able to attend face-to-face and virtually! At South Elementary, staff decorated their cars for families to drive by and guess the book they were depicting.

Madison Local School District asks Governor DeWine to discuss funding Angela Smith, Superintendent

Following state funding cuts this past spring due to the pandemic, combined with a tight budget before the cuts and the potential for further reductions this fiscal year, the Madison Local School District is facing a critical juncture in funding and the quality of what is able to be provided to our 3,058 students.

Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! While many things have looked different due to COVID-19, we are excited to celebrate a little bit of normalcy with Halloween -- a time to hang out with your families, eat candy, and watch spooky movies. 

Remember to exercise all safety precautions, even over the holidays Incubation Timeline

We would like to remind all Madison Local Schools staff and students to continue practicing health and safety habits and social distancing protocols. We have procedures in place to limit contact from student to student on our campuses, but we cannot control what anyone else does outside of the school environment. We need to remember to remain vigilant to the real possibility of being exposed to COVID-19 as we go about our daily lives. 

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.

Positive Student of the Week positive student of the week

In the midst of the pandemic, it is really easy to become overwhelmed with negativity and anxiety. We always welcome the little things, but in a time like this, positivity and generosity are needed more than ever. This is why MHS Art & Design has been recognizing students as “Positive Student of the Week.” To earn this award, students have gone out of their way to help someone without being prompted, bring a positive attitude to the classroom, and put effort into what they do, taking guidance and pushing themselves to be better. 

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.

Middle school updates

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... 

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