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June 8, 2020

We are in the final week of this incredible strange, challenging, remarkable, and historic time with this class of students. I don’t know about you, but I left our staff meeting energized, grateful, and even more committed to deepening my understanding and growing my courage to continue and expand our work in becoming an anti-racist […]

June 1, 2020

Seven more kid days to go!    Staffing Updates –  We filled our 1.0 Health position with Maddy Simons! Maddy earned her teaching license this past December and has been teaching health at South this spring. She comes from a family of teachers and is excited to join the Madison team.        Schedule […]

May 25, 2020

Three weeks to go! I hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend.    Staffing Updates –  We filled two of our open positions last week! Karen Backman is staying with us and will be taking on 8th grade math and algebra. Welcome back, Karen! Cody Gulewich was a science and STEM teacher in Bethel before moving […]

May 18, 2020

We’re in the home stretch – although I doubt it feels like that right about now. You’re doing amazing things, my friends. Only educators could take what we’ve been given and make it work. Please know that we see how hard you are working to connect with kids and keep the learning engaging and manageable. […]

May 11, 2020

A big congratulations to Madison’s ACE Award Nominees, Mike and Jason! I know families definitely appreciate the hard work and efforts of ALL staff, especially during this time. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for you! Grading – The three approved grades for trimester 3 are Pass (P), Incomplete (I), and Withdrawn (W). We had been […]

May 4, 2020

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! This week you deserve to be celebrated more than any other year. I’ve learned it’s Madison tradition to celebrate our entire staff this week. You are all appreciated! Please be on the look out for a little token of our appreciation in the mail. If nothing arrives by Friday, please let […]

April 27, 2020

Week 2 down! In case no one has told you lately, you’re doing a great job! Universal Design for Learning Video – This is a must watch video. It’s about 6 minutes long and explains the principles of Universal Design. The intention is to provide content in ways that are accessible for a majority of […]

April 20, 2020

Week 1 is in the books! As we continue to adapt and change to fit this new normal, our most important focus is on our students’ and our own well-being. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of this, the kids are too. What you teach is important, but our health and wellness are even more […]

April 13, 2020

I loved seeing our kids on Zoom last week. While they drive us a little bonkers sometimes, I really do miss all of them, even the naughty ones 🙂 I hope you are finding joy in connecting with our students. I know there are some challenges and none of us asked to teach this way, […]

March 25, 2020

Hi all. I miss your faces. I hope you are doing well and making it through as best you can. My house is surviving on a diet of excessive amounts of video games, homemade baked goods, and Netflix with a little yard work thrown in. Below is the current state of affairs as we know […]