FEBRUARY 2018

James Madison High School
2500 James Madison Drive
Vienna, Virginia 22180

In this Issue

PTSA President Letter   
Principal Letter  
Student Services Letter
Membership/JMHS Student Directory
JMHS Food Pantry
Parent Education Programs 
Academic Boosters
All Night Grad
Grad Lawn Signs
Silent Auction & Casino Night
Capitol Steps
Mad Crew Mulch Sale
Spring Sports tryouts
One Acts Drama Club
Band & Winter Guard News
FCPS News related to Madison HS
Parent Resource for Special Education
AP Exam Fees/Extracurricular Activity Fees
Yearbook orders
Upcoming Events

 6 Parent Program: Navigation through College Admissions Process
 7 Science Fair
10 Winter Charity Dance
12 PTSA meeting, 7:30pm
14 Valentine's Day
19 President's Day, no school
27 Military Academy/ROTC Night

Casino Night
10 SAT exams at Madison HS
11 Daylight Saving
12 PTSA meeting, 7:30pm (ANG meeting at 6:30pm)
21 College Planning Night for juniors, 7pm
22 Chorus & Orchestra Spring Concert, 7pm
26 - 30 Spring Break

2 Student Holiday
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Join the Academic Boosters 

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Letter from PTSA President - Betsy Boswell Fusca

Dear Madison Community,

The school year continues to fly by with the beginning of the third quarter. As we begin the second half of the year, you will see more information from the PTSA about end of the year activities, particularly surrounding graduation and the All Night Grad celebration. Our committees with Baccalaureate and All Night Grad are in the midst of planning and volunteers are always welcome. Please look in this issue for All Night Grad registration information and think about volunteering for the event. We particularly encourage parents of underclass students to help – it’s a good way to learn about senior year!  
Thank you to the entire Madison community for the wonderful support that has been given with the beginning of our Food Pantry.  We have been able to supply food on a weekly basis to students in need. This will be an ongoing effort throughout the year and we will continue to ask for help in keeping the supplies stocked. A flyer in this issue of Mad Memos lists items that we need on a continuous basis such as canned beans and vegetables, canned fruit and shelf stable milk. We will also send out a Sign Up Genius for items that we need less frequently, like cooking oil. We will collect food at every PTSA meeting and program and hope to take collections at select sporting events through the year. You can help by collecting food through your neighborhood, clubs, office or places of worship. Please contact with questions or suggestions.
WE REALLY NEED SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES!!!!! The Science Fair is Wednesday. February 7th  and judges should be available from approximately 1:30 – 6pm. If you or someone you know can help provide a very valuable service to our Madison students and the Science department, please contact Mr. Marty Romeo at He will provide all the judging and planning information for the event. The PTSA will provide lunch and snacks for the judges. Please check the Sign Up Genius or contact Kebra Krol at
Our next PTSA program is “Navigating the College Admissions process with Dr. Jed Applerouth. It will be held on Tuesday February 6th at 7pm in the auditorium. This is a useful and popular program for both students and parents. Mock testing will also take place in February; information on all these programs are in this issue and on the PTSA website.  
We are beginning in earnest to look for board and committee chair volunteers for next year. Our February meeting will include information on the nominating committee, with plans for a slate to be presented in April. Please think about how you would like to become more involved next year!! We are open to co-chairs on almost any committee as this has been an effective way for people to manage a position, even with our busy lives.
Please join us for the next PTSA meeting on Monday February 12th at 7:30pm in the school library. All Night Grad committee will meet in the same place from 6:30-7:30. All are welcome!!                                                                                                                                                                          
Betsy Boswell Fusca
President, JMHS PTSA                                                                                                                                                                


Letter from the Principal - Greg Hood

Dear Madison Community,
In two of my previous letters, I mentioned that one of our goals this year was to identify what Madison students, staff and parents believe makes a great school. We have collected input from students and staff and are still collecting the thoughts of our parent community. To put this request in perspective, here is some information I shared in the October edition of MADmemos:
There are many outside groups such as U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post, and Newsweek that rank high schools. All use different methods in their approach. It’s a great feeling to be consistently ranked as one of the top high schools in Virginia, but are we measured based on what’s important to our students, parents and faculty?
Outside groups often use formulas based on criteria like number of students enrolled in AP courses, scores on AP tests, SAT scores, ACT scores, SOL scores, and graduation rates. However, is that all that matters when ranking a high school? What about school spirit, caring teachers, a supportive community, good citizenship, highly trained teachers and the number of students participating in activities? Also, should the success of our athletic teams, clubs, and performing arts programs be a factor in what makes a great school? What about the climate of the school? Are our grounds and school clean and inviting? Do students and parents feel welcome at school? Do alumni want to come back and visit? Do students return to give back to their school? Does our community feel welcome in our school and do they attend events at Madison?
Although, many of the things I mentioned are not as easily measured as compared to a score on a test, they are often more important to the success of students. A great school comes from a variety of factors that are both academic and non-academic. My goal this year is to identify what parents, students and faculty believe makes a great school. This is how we should be ranking our success as a school.
Now that we have collected the input of students and staff, we would like to add your perceptions of these factors to the feedback that we have already received. After we have received input from parents, we will work to identify the top factors and the standards for measuring our success on those factors. Please take a minute to rate the top factors identified by Madison students and staff (in alphabetical order) in the Google form linked here. If you believe there are other factors that should be considered, space is provided at the bottom of the form.
Thank you for taking the time to help us identify what makes a great school?
Greg Hood

Gregory S. HoodPrincipal
James Madison High School
2500 James Madison Drive
Vienna, Virginia  22181
Phone:  703-319-2311


From Student Services -

Academic Advising:
Welcome to the second half of the year! The counselors and the entire Student Services Department have had a busy January preparing for the upcoming Academic Advising season. Over the next six weeks the counselors will be meeting individually with every student currently in 9th, 10th and 11th grade to discuss their course selection options and choices for next school year. After they have met with your student their selections will be available to view in StudentVue and ParentVue to review for accuracy.
Report cards:
Thursday January 25th was the last day of the quarter for the students. Teachers will be finalizing and entering grades this week. Report cards will be distributed during their Warhawk Time period on Monday February 5th. ParentVue and StudentVue grading page will be down for public view until Friday February 2nd. However, grades will be viewable under the Report Card tab during that time.
Senior Semester Grades:
All senior semester grades (7th Semester Report) will automatically be mailed to every school that they applied to unless we have been informed otherwise between February 6th-8th. Please encourage your students to report college decisions to Mrs. Geary in the Counseling Office. If a student has decided not to apply to a certain school or if they know where they will be attending it will help prevent us from needlessly sending reports to schools the student is no longer applying to. This information needs to be supplied to Mrs. Geary by Friday February 2nd as the reports will be printed on February 5th.
Counseling Intern:
The counseling staff is pleased to announce that we have a counseling intern from Marymount University who is currently working on her Masters in School Counseling. Sarah Rowland will be working directly with Ms. Erin Kennedy and our entire staff until May. We anticipate Ms. Rowland to be at Madison most Tuesdays with some other days mixed in as well. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to have Ms. Rowland work with your student. She is very excited to be a part of the Madison community.

Timothy Buckley
Director of Student Services
James Madison High School

Volunteer Opportunities:
PTSA has many openings for anyone interested in getting involved and/or offering your talent and time.  Go to Volunteer Page.

Membership in the James Madison Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is an invaluable way to contribute to your child’s education and stay connected with them during high school.

First Parent - $25
Second Parent - $10
Student(s) - $10 each
JMHS Staff - $10

You can join online through 
Pay4SchoolStuff or by check payable to JMHS PTSA. Mail along with the form to JMHS PTSA Membership, 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna, VA  22181

Questions, contact Barb Heider or Amanda Norton at

Donations:  Please support the PTSA through our popular “No-Fuss Fundraiser.” Your one-time, tax-deductible donation allows the PTSA to promote the academic excellence and well-being of our students.
Our suggested donation is $50 per family but any amount makes a difference. Please donate online at 
Pay4SchoolStuff or with a check payable to JMHS PTSA.


Madison Student Directory ​is now on line!  
Go to 
Student Directory Page.

James Madison High School Food Pantry

Sponsored by the James Madison PTSA

Thank you to the Madison community – Parents, Students, Teachers, Community for your generosity and support!! The Pantry is an Ongoing Effort to help meet the growing need in our community.  

Please see below for items needed on a continuing basis:
~ Shelf Stable Milk
~ Canned Fruits
~Canned vegetables
~Ready made and single serve meals

How can you help?
~Donate items at Madison High School (front office) on a continuing basis
~Support a Food Drive at your place of Business
~ Support a Food Drive in your neighborhood/book club/service club
~Encourage your student to get involved with a Food Drive
Sign Up Genius link to volunteer items - click here
Questions? Please email or

James Madison High School PTSA
Parent Education Programs for 2017-2018

Navigation through the college admissions process: Tuesday, February 6, 7-9pm (Auditorium) Through his many years in the education space working with students, families, college counselors, financial advisors, and admissions officers, Dr. Jed Appelrouth has learned many insights into the world of college admissions. This seminar will arm you with information and timelines, dispel unhelpful myths, analyze key components of the college application and explore how test scores and grades factor into the admissions process.
Peak Performance: Thursday, April 5, 7-9pm Maximize your scholar-athlete’s performance with teen-specific strategies for stress management, sports psychology and nutrition. Parents and students are invited to attend. Presented by a panel of local experts and followed by a vendor fair.
The JMHS PTSA Academic Boosters is proud to partner with Educational Connections and offer full-length practice ACT and SAT exams at James Madison High School.  

A mock test is an opportunity for students to take a full-length diagnostic SAT or ACT test without scores being reported to colleges and universities.  It helps to determine which test is a better fit for your student and also plan for any preparation that your student may want to do.  A mock test is appropriate for 10th and 11th grade students.  By the spring of junior year, your student should be taking the “actual" test so it is advisable to do a mock test and any preparation prior to spring of your junior year.  

Mock ACT:  Saturday, February 3rd from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Mock SAT:  Saturday, February 24th from 9:00am to 1:00pm

The cost is $20 per test.  All students will receive a full score report and an optional free consultation after the test.  Please contact Beth Eachus at with questions.
       SENIORS: Class of 2018
ll Night Graduation Celebration
 11:00pm June 8 to 5:00am June 9
Oak Marr Rec Center: 2300 Jermantown Rd. Oakton, VA
$50 Early Registration ENDS February 28 
 $70 until 5/31/18, $90 up to event

Register & Pay Online at (All Night Grad Link)
Celebration Includes

Casino Games
Mini Golf
Cash Money Machine
Chocolate Fountain
Pool Games, Slide and Giant Hot Tub
Caricature, Face painting & Tattoos
Massage Chairs
Gift Cards and Cash Prizes
FOOD (dinner, breakfast & snacks)
ANG Co-Chairs: Patty Shields and Cathy Wasilewski
Questions? Email us at 
*ANG is an alcohol/drug free event.
*Partially funded with federal Safe & Drug-Free school funds, offset by community and
  business donations.
Purchase a Lawn Sign for your Graduate.
Send in the purchase form and check, or pay online.

Delivery of signs will be arranged beginning March, 2018.                                        
Turn in All Required Paperwork by Monday, February 12

​​The first day of tryouts for Spring Sports is Monday, February 19.  This is a school holiday but all teams will meet and begin tryouts. If you plan to try out for a spring sport, please submit your paperwork immediately. It takes 2-4 days to

1. VHSL Physical form – students should deliver directly to the Activities Office. Do not give to the coach
or Main Office.  Make a copy of the physical form for your records.
2. Participation Policy 2017-18 – students should deliver to the Activities Office.
3. Emergency Care Form  – give directly to the coach
4. Concussion Education – must be taken online by student and parent or guardian. Go here:
Forms can be found at under “Files & Links” or here:

All forms must be received, approved and logged into the compliance report to participate, so please turn in forms early to allow for processing.

Student Directed One Acts


Feb. 15, 16, 17 @ 7:30pm,

Feb. 17 @ 2:30pm

Join us in February for two different sets of One Act plays directed completely by students.​
These plays are invariably lively and quick paced. So, join us on a cold February evening for some delightful live theater.

MAD Drama auditions will be held the week of February 19, 2018. Auditions are open to any James Madison High School student.

Monologue & Song Auditions and Dance Workshops are February 20th and 21st.
Dance Auditions are February 22nd.
Callbacks are February 23 and 24th.

More details about auditioning can be found on the MAD Drama website at
Save the date for the spring musical
Fiddler on the Roof
April 26, 27, 28 
Check the MAD Drama website as details become available (
Big News! Mr. Hackbarth and the Band Program were named as 2017 National Winners of the National Band Association's Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award! JMHS joins three other band programs to receive the national award. Impressively, Mr. Hackbarth’s program is the only one to receive the honor this year under a single director.  Congratulations to Mr. Hackbarth, current and former JMHS band students, and our instructors, whose hard work and dedication contributed to this prestigious recognition.  The National Blue Ribbon Award will be presented to Mr. Hackbarth and the Band Program this spring.
Congratulations to the 20 students who made All-District Band! Christina Alegre, Christian Aliferis, Nicholas Brinkmiller, Benjamin D’Haiti, Jacqueline Dubois, Johnnie Farrington, Calvin Feidler, Jaime Franco, Emily Frederick, Griffin Jiron, Anna Liang, Lillianne Cade, Cassidy McKee, Emily O’Brien, Rachel Petrovich, Joe Rubin, Zaahir Santhanam, Stephen Sheridan, Christian Sun, and Lawrence Wang. The students will rehearse intensely over a few sessions and perform a concert, free and open to the public, on February 3rd at 3:00pm at Kenmore Middle School, 200 S Carlin Springs Road, Arlington.

Winter Guard is kicking off their 2018 season! Madison Winter Guard won the Virginia State Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016 and second place in 2017; and director Bob Nicholson was inducted into the Atlantic Indoor Association Hall of Fame.  Their shows are known for  great energy and attention getting choreography; 2018 is bound to be exciting again! The first competition takes place Saturday, February 3rd at Spotsylvania High School with additional competitions February 10th at Woodbridge High School and February 17th at Forest Park High School (also in Woodbridge). March 2 & 3 they will travel to Pittsburgh for a Regional competition. Competition times are announced close to the date and it’s great to have fans in the stands! Competition times will be noted in future This Week at Madison emails. Best wishes MAD Winter Guard!
Students Recognized for Creativity in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Art Awards
A total of 429 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students in grades 7-12 have won 648 awards in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Art Awards program. The Scholastic Art Awards program, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States.
A distinguished panel of judges awarded 186 Gold Keys, 186 Silver Keys, and 276 Honorable Mention Awards to FCPS students from over 4,200 submissions in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, digital art, design, architecture, jewelry, fashion, film and animation, mixed media, and portfolios. 
Twenty-five students from Madison are represented. For a complete list of winners, click here.
The Fairfax County School Board voted to approve the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
The FY 2019-23 CIP reflects $315 million approved by county voters in the 2017 School Bond Referendum.  Among the funded projects are a new elementary school in the northwest part of the county and two modular addition relocations, as well as planning for a Fairfax-Oakton area elementary school and additions to West Potomac, Stuart, and Madison High School.
Click here for more information
Gap Year Fair for Students and Parents Set for February 6 at Marshall High School
FCPS’ School Counseling Services and Dynamy are co-hosting the annual Gap Year Program Fair on Tuesday, February 6, at Marshall High School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. It is highly recommended for students to pre-register for this event. Click here for more information.
Parent Resource Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events become available they will be posted at:

AP Exam Fees

Students choosing to take one or more AP tests beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of $93 per AP test. For more information about the test fee process visit the FCPS website:


Extracurricular Activity Fee

Students participating in one or more extracurricular school activities will be required to pay a one-time nonrefundable $50 extracurricular activity fee per year.  Pay online

To order a yearbook, visit School code 5307

Click here for a list of all students who have purchased a yearbook as of December 19, 2017. More than half of the books have already been sold. A price increase occured on Dec. 31.
Mad Memos is published at the beginning of each month by the PTSA to inform the community of important information about school life at Madison High School. Please contact the PTSA President, Betsy Boswell Fusca or Mad Memos editor, Shelly Koshuta if you have any suggestions or questions.
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