​​James Madison High School PTSA

Vienna, VA

Dear Madison Parents:

Welcome to February and the beginning of the second semester! The first semester ends on Friday, February 3rd, followed by a student holiday on Monday, February 6th and the start of the new semester on Tuesday, February 7th . Students have been working on course selection for next year, juniors are planning for the college application process, and our seniors are beginning to prepare for graduation.

Our Student Government Association (SGA) is sponsoring the Snowball Charity Dance on Saturday, February 11th in the small gym at Madison. Tickets are $10 and will be sold during ALL lunches from February 6th- 10th and at the door. Proceeds from this dance will be donated to the Children’s National Medical Center. In order to support this event and maximize their giving, the PTSA is happy to sponsor the DJ. There will be Spirit Days in the week leading up to the dance and donations will be collected at the basketball games on Friday night. The dress is casual, everyone is invited and it’s for a great cause. Please encourage your students to attend and support both the Charity and SGA.

SENIOR PARENTS: Register NOW for All Night Grad before the entry fee increases from $50 to $70 after February 28th. Register on-line or use the form in this issue of Mad Memos. This evening celebrating our Seniors will be held June 16th at Oak Marr Rec Center. We’ve been told it’s the best night of the year!! Look for more information in this issue and view the video from last year’s celebration on the PTSA website! UNDERGRAD PARENTS – we are looking for volunteers!!! Please consider helping with this important event; signup information can be found on ANG page

Our next Parent Program will be “Building Assets and Fostering Resiliency”. Resiliency and other similar skills may be as important as intelligence to the development and success of our teens. Please join us on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 pm in Warhawk Hall for the presentation and discussion. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The Hospitality Committee continues to support our staff and volunteers with two more events in February. With over 70 volunteers helping to judge the Science Fair on February 1st, the snacks and dinner provided by Kebra Krol and her committee are a welcome addition. Later in the month, they will provide a treat buffet for the staff with an Academy Award theme for “The Stars of JMHS”. Volunteers are always welcome, please contact Kebra at hospitality@jmhsptsa.org.

The Boosters will host the Casino Night and Silent Auction on Friday, March 10th at The Crowne Plaza in Tysons Corner. The theme this year is “Field of Dreams” to support the fundraising efforts toward our turf fields. This great event includes a Silent Auction, Live Auction, Casino Games, Raffles and more. Tickets are $55.00 and include open bar and hors d’oeuvres. More information is included in this issue of Mad Memos or at warhawksports.org.

On January 12th, Interim Superintendent Steve Lockard presented the proposed 2018 School Operating Budget to the School Board. In anticipation of a likely budget shortfall, Dr. Lockard has reconvened the Budget Task Force to provide input on the budget process and address areas of concern. A timeline on the budget process and the steps involved can be found on the FCPS website, search 2018 budget. Public hearings will be held during the process and I encourage you to get involved. Additional information will be presented at upcoming PTSA meetings.

It seems early in the year, but planning is already underway for next year! At the last PTSA meeting, we discussed the merits of moving to an electronic school directory for next year; discussions about that will continue. We will also be looking for volunteers for our Nominating Committee to help fill open positions for next year. Please consider getting involved – we have volunteer opportunities for every level of involvement. Whether you have one hour a year or many hours a week, we would love to have you! Please contact me at president@jmhsptsa.org with any suggestions or questions.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, February 13th at 7:30 pm in the library – all are welcome and encouraged to attend. All Night Grad will meet at 6:30.

Thank you for your interest in our school! 

Betsy Boswell Fusca

President JMHS PTSA