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Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter MADISON HIGH SCHOOL Home of the Dodgers Messa ge from the Principal Happy New Year! I hope that every- There are a number of informative www.madisonpublicschools.org one had a wonderful holiday and a guidance programs coming up over Volume 3, Issue 2 restful break with your families. As the next two months that are very January/February 2011 we prepare to enter the second half of beneficial for parents (and students) to the school year I would like to issue attend. Below is a list of the upcom- some important reminders regarding ing programs, along with a brief sum- Upcoming Events: upcoming events and happenings at mary of the topics that will be cov- 2/10: 7:00pm, Halfway Night, MHS. ered. Media Center SCHEDULING 11th Grade Parent Night - February 2/15: 7:30pm, BOE Meeting, The scheduling process for next year 1st from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. in the MHS Media Center is underway. The 2011-2012 Curricu- Auditorium. 2/18: Single Session – lum Guide will soon be posted on the This program will feature an overview guidance website for parents and stu- of the college application process. Due dismissal 12:06pm dents to view and print. I encourage to new application processing proce- 2/21 - 2/22: Winter Recess - all parents to review the course offer- dures that will go into effect with the Schools Closed ings in the guide with their child in class of 2012, I encourage all 11th order to be well informed going into grade parents to attend this event to 3/1: 7:00pm, 10th Gr. your scheduling session with counsel- learn about the new procedures. Parent Night, Auditorium ors. Scheduling sessions will be held throughout the months of February Halfway Night - February 10th from 3/2: 7:00pm, Meet the and March. Teachers have made their 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. in the MHS Media Coaches, Gym Center. course recommendations for next year. 3/9: 7:00pm, PTSO Meeting, They put a great deal of time and This program, led by MHS Guidance Media Center thought into making each recommen- Counselor, Phyllis Levy, will provide dation so that students are properly parents with practical strategies, tips, 3/15: 7:30pm, BOE Meeting, placed from the outset of the schedul- and resources so they may help sup- Media Center ing process. Unless special circum- port their child achieve academic suc- 3/17-3/20: Sweeney Todd stances warrant a change from the cess. teacher's recommendation, it is not 10th Grade Parent Night - March 1st Inside this issue: advisable to seek an override into an- from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. in the MHS other course level. Parents and stu- Auditorium. Message from the Principal Pgs.1&2 dents can expect to receive a copy of Misc. Articles Pgs.3-9 their schedule prior to the last day of This program will feature an update school. Necessary schedule changes on news related to standardized test- Message from the PTSO Pg. 10 can be made up to the last day of the ing, course scheduling for 2011-2012, Co-Presidents school year on June 17, 2011. enrichment programs, and college Class Happenings Pgs.10-13 planning for parents of 10th grade stu- IMPORTANT UPCOMING dents. HARLEM WIZARDS Pg.13 GUIDANCE EVENTS Community Corner Pg.14 (Continued on page 2) Page 2 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter Principal’s Messa ge (continued from pa ge 1) Conversations with Counselors - March 16th at 5:00 HMC in the past have not only had an educationally re- p.m. in the MHS Media Center. warding experience, but have also developed lasting The topics covered will be Understanding the Family friendships with their peers from high schools across the Connections Program, Method Test Prep, and the Com- country. mon Application. SPRING MUSICAL College Information Night for Students with Disabilities Looking for some great entertainment to help you - April 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Media Center. through the doldrums of winter? The theatrical cast and This program will feature an overview of the college ap- crew at MHS have been working around the clock re- plication process for students who have Individual Edu- hearsing for their production of Sweeney Todd: The De- cation Plans (IEPs) or 504 Plans. Jane Ozga, Special mon Barber of Fleet Street. This Tony Award winning Needs Counselor, from Centenary College will be the production, which first premiered on Broadway in 1979, presenter. is beautifully written by Stephen Sondheim and takes place in Victorian London, where the barber Benjamin ATHLETICS Barker is happily married to his wife Lucy. They have a The winter sports season is now in full swing. Thanks to lovely child, Johanna. The beauty of Lucy attracts the the success of our teams and marching band this past fall, attention of the corrupt Judge Turpin, who falsely accuses enthusiasm and spirit is at an all-time high. It would be the barber of a crime that he did not commit and therefore wonderful to see the same level of support continue for the judge has him locked up. The judge then indirectly our winter and spring teams. Please remember that good causes the death of Benjamin’s wife and appoints himself sportsmanship on the part of our student/athletes and ward of their young daughter. After fifteen years in exile, proper fan behavior are keys to making these events so Benjamin returns to London under the new identity of special. Go "Dodgers"! Sweeney Todd, seeking revenge against Judge Turpin. Spring Meet the Coaches Night - March 2nd at 7:00 He meets the widow Mrs. Lovett, who is the owner of a meat pie shop on Fleet Street. He opens a barber shop p.m. in the MHS gymnasium. This informative evening above her store, initiating brutal revenge against those provides parents with the opportunity to hear from the Athletic Director, Mr. Sean Dowling, about important who made him suffer and lose his beloved family. information relating to the athletic program and to meet Show times for this year's production of Sweeney Todd with their son or daughter’s coach who will speak about will be Thursday, March 17 at 6:30, Friday and Saturday, the upcoming season. Parent participation in this pro- March 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 20 at gram is highly encouraged. 3:00 p.m. Look on our website for further information HARVARD MODEL CONGRESS about what promises to be an excellent showcase of tal- ent. On February 17-20, Mr. Mueller (History), Mr. Largo MADISON “STAY AT HOME NIGHT” (Science), and I will be taking 28 students up to Boston to participate in 26th annual gathering of Harvard Model As parents of school-age children, we are all too familiar Congress (HMC). Harvard Model Congress is the na- with the daily demands of keeping up with our family's tions leading government simulation program offered to schedules. In an effort to recognize the importance of high school students across the United States. HMC of- spending quality time with loved ones, the Madison fers a unique opportunity to educate students about the School District has declared Tuesday, March 8, 2011, most crucial domestic and international issues facing our "Stay at Home Night". All five schools in the district nation. Students participating in HMC will take on vari- have agreed to facilitate this program by not issuing ous roles of government officials, engage in meaningful homework or scheduling any evening events on this day. debate, and reach consensus with their peers over how to Students who participate in athletics or extracurricular respond to these issues. The program is organized and programs may assemble after school, but all practices and run by students attending Harvard University and oper- meetings must conclude by 5:00 p.m. It is our hope that ates as a not-for-profit organization. MHS students have all Madison Families will take advantage of this wonder- been meeting regularly throughout the school year pre- ful opportunity to slow the pace of life down a little and paring for this event. Students who have participated in do something special with those who count the most! Page 3 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter HOLIDAY SERVICE PROJECTS The Holiday Season is always a busy time of year for the Annual Holiday Windows Painting Project: Madison High School Service Learning Program, when teach- MHS Service Learning Coordinator Mark De Biasse and Art ers and students come together to make the holiday season a teacher Kathryn Cimis-De Biasse partnered with the Madison happy one for the entire community. Here is a sampling of Chamber of Commerce, MACA and students from Drew Uni- some of the community service projects completed this year. versity to decorate storefront windows for the holiday season. MHS School Store: 40 MHS students participated, painting 21 windows in the MHS students Natalie Duffy and Lauren Ruffo, working under commercial district. This is the third year for this popular ser- the direction of Art teacher Kathryn Cimis-De Biasse, deco- vice project. rated the MHS School Store cart in time for the holiday retail Two Holiday Gift Drives: season. The store, run by students in PGC and the Pathways The annual R.O.A.R. Holiday Gift Drive was a huge success. program under the direction of Special Education Department Gifts were distributed to families in need throughout the com- Chair Chris Kenny and Special Education teacher Leslie Gen- munity. In addition, the MHS Swim Team participated in a tile, operates daily during lunch periods out of a mobile cart “Toy Drive” sponsored by the New Jersey Community Devel- that was built by MHS Industrial Arts teacher Martin Fennell. opment Corporation. Students from several area schools col- lected unwrapped toys for disadvantaged children throughout the state. These projects ensured that needy families had some- thing special under the tree on Christmas Day. Two Holiday Food Drives: The Lady Dodgers Volleyball Team completed a Thanksgiving Food Drive which collected 83 pounds of food and 50 reusable shopping bags for the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morristown. Senior Lindsay Alexander Sophomore Lauren Ruffo, (left) and Senior Natalie Duffy is pictured below deliver- (right) painting the School Store Cart ing part of the donation. The MHS Student Coun- PGC E-pals Program: cil also sponsored a food 20 PGC students will become "E-pals" with students at Hori- drive, which benefited the zon High School for young people with Cerebral Palsy. The Morris County Food Pan- students will exchange at least one email per week throughout try. This was a class com- the year and we are planning two face-to-face meetings so that petition which raised a the students can socialize collectively. The first emails that sizeable donation that was were exchanged included a holiday greeting. delivered in time for the Pictured Above: Senior Lindsay Alexander holiday season. delivers food to the Interfaith Pantry MHS WILL LAUNCH ITS FIRST “SENIOR CAREER EXPLORATION DAY” ON MAY 20, 2011 Madison High School Principal Gregory day, including spending the day with an The Guidance Department at Madison Robertson recently announced a new elementary school teacher, shadowing a High School is actively seeking addi- initiative to encourage seniors to local plumber, or seeing the life of an tional job sites that are willing to host broaden their career exposure. On Fri- investment banker. Madison High School students for Sen- day, May 20th, 2011, seniors will partici- The Madison High School community is ior Career Exploration Day on May 20th. pate in a Senior Career Exploration Day. anticipating this new program with great If you are interested in hosting Madison On this day, instead of reporting to enthusiasm. Senior Stephanie Litchfield High School students for this event, school, seniors will go out into the “real expressed her excitement about Senior please sign up by going to the Madison world” and spend the day (a minimum Career Exploration Day, saying, “I think High School Guidance website: of 4 hours) in a job setting shadowing a it’s really beneficial for us to get expo- http://www.madisonpublicschools.org/ professional and, in some cases, com- sure to the working world in a very MHSguidance pleting basic job-related tasks. Students hands-on way.” will have many different options on this Page 4 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter English Department Offers Opportunities in Poetry: Poetry Out Loud Builds Confidence Presenting themselves in public to a rooms and to the larger audience, and I dents to pronounce unfamiliar words, large audience was a unique opportunity noticed a sense of ownership of the po- find the tone of the poem through expli- for some of the contestants in the Poetry ems they chose as their confidence in- cation, and present convincingly. Class- Out Loud competition, but their inexpe- creased.” room winners included juniors, Rachel rience did not diminish their success; Organized by Ms. Kathleen Humphrey, Alvey and Michelle Wong, sophomores presentations offered the audience what thirteen classes participated in the pro- Sarah Bittner and Jesse Klein, and fresh- the program promised: “powerful lan- gram this year. Classes included 9th, 10th, men Giselle Collazos, Patty Doyle, Julia guage” and “provocative ideas.” Show- and 11th grades taught by Mrs. Breheny, Guiheen, Crosby Kapp, Ryan Lam, ing signs of support for their peers, the Mrs. Brzozowski, Mrs. DeRosa, Ms. Kaitlin McCulloch, Michas Szacillo, audience was comprised of students Vilarino, and Ms. Wessel. Individual Gregory Travers, and Daphne Yang. from participating classes. The first classroom winners demonstrated excel- The Poetry Out Loud program, sup- place winner, junior Rachel Alvey, will lence in recitation, memorization, and ported by The National Endowment for move on to the regional competition in explication. The English teachers pre- the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Morristown, presenting her two poems pared students to compete in classroom “invites the dynamic aspects of slam once again. Sophomore Jesse Klein, recitations and later for the school-wide poetry, spoken word, and theater into the second place winner and alternate, will competition which was held in the audi- English class” in an effort to help stu- also be on hand. According to Ms. torium. Teachers included the Poetry dents “master public speaking skills, Humphrey, “Students felt empowered Out Loud preparation as part of the cur- build self-confidence, and learn about presenting poems both in their class- riculum, creating opportunities for stu- their literary heritage.” Madison Education Foundation and School District Provide a Day with a Poet for Students and Teachers Through a partial grant from the Madison Education Foundation, on Monday, January 10th, students and staff were educated and entertained by the spoken word of artist and four-time national poetry slam win- ner Taylor Mali. Mali performed some of his most well-known poems, including “What Teachers Make,” and spoke about his writing process to approximately 350 students and staff during an invitational high school assembly. During lunch, Mali regaled students, staff members of Glyphs, the student literary maga- zine, with stories about his poems and experiences teaching and working in schools. A number of English classes wrote memory poems under Mali’s direction, and the High School and Junior School teachers at- tended a poetry-teaching workshop at the end of the day. According to one freshman, “Taylor Mali was the perfect person for an assembly. His poems are very unique, and best of all, very funny. He could relate to high schoolers.” “Most kids do not like poetry. It is more enjoyable when we can see it in a different, active way,” added another student. “I liked it and hope to see more poets in the future.” Page 5 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter PHYSICS OLYMPICS The Madison High Physics Olympics team won second Vincent spent much of his time working on the newspa- place overall in a field of 22 schools (47 teams), in the per bridge which needed to have the highest strength to New Jersey State Physics Olympics that took place on weight ratio. Vincent’s bridge held 65.5 times its own Saturday January 15th at Monmouth Regional High mass. School in Tinton Falls, NJ. Eleven Madison High stu- dents, accompanied by Carole Rawding and Luis Largo, participated in this annual competition. These MHS stu- dents competed in six different events throughout the day. Zach Humayun focused on the file folder catapult which was designed to launch a tennis ball into a 1 foot diame- ter hoop located 15 feet from the launch site. Zach and Vincent also led the team to a very successful Fermi Question Event where the team earned 2nd place with their abilities to estimate order of magnitude ques- tions such as “how many golf balls will fit into an Olym- Left to right, Front row: Michas Szacillo, Emily Mak, Christian Santoro, pic size swimming pool?” Rachel Newburg Middle row: Taylor Picillo, Emily Rao, Daphne Yang, Honors Physics 9 students, Emily Rao, Michas Szacillo, Nikki Bajaj, Vincent Wu Back row: Nick Santoro, Zack Humayun Daphne Yang and Emily Mak worked diligently after- The team won 1st place in the egg throw event. In this school with their classmates Umang Kansara and Kyle event, they devised a container to not only protect a raw Smith to develop the balloon powered car, the paper boo- egg from breaking when the container is thrown against merang and the egg protection device. Umang and Kyle the wall but also to rebound the maximum distance from were unable to attend the day of competition but they the wall. Ninth grader, Michas Szacillo threw the egg were important contributors to the team’s success. protection container with a raw egg inside it and the con- Seniors Taylor Picillo, Nick Santoro and sophomores tainer bounced 4.86 m without the egg cracking. This Christian Santoro and Rachel Newburg and ninth grader device had placed first in the school competition held in Nikki Bajaj also participated in the days events. December. The physics students have been meeting in the physics lab after school regularly to create their projects for each individual event. Senior AP physics students Vincent Wu and Zach Humayun led the group with their dedica- tion and persistence. Page 6 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter MYSTERY TRUNK In December 2010 Madison High School 10th graders partici- the students to draw upon pated in an interdisciplinary activity that called upon their re- the information they had search, curatorial and creative writing skills. The activity was collected to craft a story or planned by History and Language Arts teachers and centered poem about the trunk and on determining ownership of a "mystery" trunk recently found the objects found inside. in the collection of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. This interdisciplinary team The trunk, which appears to be from the colonial or revolution- of MHS teachers collabo- ary era, has the words ""For His Excellency Governor/Jersey/ rated with the staff of the New England/Baggage" stenciled on the bottom. Little else is Museum of Early Trades known about this mysterious piece of luggage. Working with and Crafts to develop this History Department members Hugh Singerline, Bob Grundfest, activity. We are grateful to Richard Bradshaw and Department Chairperson Mark De Bi- the museum staff for their asse, the students were armed with biographical information of willingness to bring these four likely owners and were asked to examine the trunk and an objects to the school so array of period artifacts placed inside. that the students could do The students analyzed the artifacts in an effort to link them to some "hands on" work to one of the four possible owners of the trunk. Once they com- learn more about the his- pleted the research portion of the activity, the students com- tory of the pleted a creative writing assignment in their Language Arts colonial Pictured Above: Sophomores Nicole Zara and Claire class. Ms. Wessel-Dwyer, Ms. Harding and Ms. Nellins asked era. Passalaqua examine artifacts from the trunk Vo-Tech Provides Students a Path Beyond High School When Bryan Iza learned of an alternative path to achieving his career other food service student, Lizzy Zara, reports that “I think all I’m goals, he was all ears. This Madison High School student hopes to be learning about cooking and baking will help me in the future. I really a professional chef one day, and he was thrilled to hear about the “Vo- love the food industry, and this will help me be successful.” Kenny Tech” program in which he could start training immediately for his Sych, is thrilled to be a part of Vo-Tech’s welding program, saying, “I future career. He applied to and was accepted into the Food Services love the welding because the teacher is really nice and what we make program at the Morris County School of Technology. and fix make welding very interesting. The kids are nice and easy to along with.” The Morris County School of Technology in Denville provides high school juniors and seniors with an excellent opportunity to receive Upon completion of their daily career and technical training. Typically, students take their aca- combination of high demic subjects in the morning at the high school and then head to school and career/ “Vo-Tech” in the afternoon. Some programs require participants to technical programs, stu- take infused math and/or science as part of their individual technology dents are ready for either programs. entry into their respective chosen professions or, as Requirements for acceptance into the School of Technology are that Bryan hopes, further train- students be enrolled as an eleventh or twelfth grader, have an accept- ing in their field. With his able record (academic, attendance, and behavior), file an application, two years of valuable have a sincere interest in the program, possess sufficient motivation to hands-on cooking and succeed in the chosen program, and have sufficient maturity to work food preparation experi- in a shop setting. ence, Bryan plans to at- tend culinary classes at a Currently, fourteen Madison High School students attend the School local community college. of Technology. School programs include Auto Body/Collision Re- pair, Automotive Service Technology, Building Construction, Build- For additional information ing and Grounds Maintenance Services, Carpentry, Computer Drafting on the Morris County and Graphics Studio, Cosmetology, Electrical Trades, Food Services, School of Technology, Plumbing, Retail/Supermarket Careers, and Welding Technology. call 973-627-4600 or visit their website at http:// Students are enthusiastic about both the instructors and the course- www.mcvts.org. Food Services student, senior, Lizzy work. Robbie Ragold, who attends the food service program, com- Zara is dressed and ready for class. ments that “Chef is a funny, nice, very experienced guy. The skills that he teaches us really help us make good sauces and food.” An- Page 7 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter GREAT WINTER TO BE A DODGER! How does one follow up a great many games in the next few the Dodgers look to once again be fall season for Madison? That dif- weeks. Come on over to Mennen competitive in the NJSIAA North ficult task has been taken on by Arena to see the boys skate. This II Group II Sectionals. our winter teams and let me tell group always has a great student The 9-2 boys Basketball team you, that they are all up for the following. have been road warriors for most task. Here is our mid-winter sum- Dodger Bowling is off to a great of the season. They will be play- mary of Dodger Athletics. start this season. The team is cur- ing many of their February games Our co-ed Winter Track team has rently 5-6. Coach Diamante has at home and they are all looking been working very hard out in the many new faces to compete in the forward to some home court ad- cold and snow. The team has been tough NJAC division. The boys vantage. Coach Librera has the very competitive in their meets at bowl at Rockaway Lanes while boys operating on all cylinders. Drew University. The biggest practicing at Madison Lanes. The boys successfully defended highlight was RJ Graddy winning While most long for the days their Oratory Prep Christmas the Morris County Championship when the league bowled all of the Tournament title by beating MKA in the High Jump. RJ cleared 6’2” matches at Madison, it is worth and our hosts. The boys are look- to best the top competition in the the trip to Rockaway to support ing to be very competitive in both county. The NJSIAA Group I Re- our boys. the Morris and NJSIAA tourna- lays and Championships are up Our girls Varsity Swim program ments coming up this month. next for the Dodgers. started the year with a new coach, So Dodger Fans, as one can see, Your Lady Dodger Basketball Emilie Rosalino. Coach Rosalino the Dodgers are again having a team started its year off in fine has come in with a new enthusi- very successful winter. Please fashion as they successfully de- asm and the girls have adjusted come out to support all of our fended their Lady Dodger Holiday very well. Many girls have rou- teams. Our parking lot is plowed Tournament by defeating a very tinely improved their times and and our gyms are warm. good Morris Knolls team for the the Lady Dodgers are beginning second year in a row. Coach to be more competitive in the divi- Finkelstein is doing a great job sion. All home meets are up at leading the girls in a very com- Drew University. Get ready to petitive division. The girls are cur- cheer loudly, because it gets aw- rently 5-7 and working towards fully loud in the pool area. the Morris County the NJSIAA The wrestling team is off to an- Tournaments. other fast start this year. After The Ice Hockey team, coming off successful individual matches in a very successful 2010 campaign, many large tournaments, the has a longer bench with many new Dodgers have started their dual faces. The boys are currently 3-4- matches and are currently 7-2. 2 with a few games snowed out. The Dodgers are rebuilding this With make-up games to be year after losing many top seniors played, our boys will be playing to graduation. Rebuilding aside, Page 8 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter Marching Dodgers Shine in Debut Season In its first competitive season, the Madi- every Dodger home football game (and Crew’ volunteers – Parents and friends son High School Marching Dodger Band most away games), the band took part in who help with the ‘heavy lifting’, trans- won second place at the Tournament of the Halloween parades at the three ele- portation and setup of some of the larger Bands Atlantic Coast Championships mentary schools, marched in the holiday instruments and percussion equipment. held at Hershey Stadium in Hershey, PA parade through downtown Madison, and on October 31. The ACC trophy came helped to kick off the T. J. Martell Walk- Fundraising goals of the MDBC include on the heels of the Marching Dodgers’ athon on October 3. The band also ex- helping to purchase lightweight portable first place win at the TOB Chapter 10 pects to participate in the Memorial Day percussion equipment, additional band championship at West Essex High observance on Monday, May 30. uniforms and flags. A pancake breakfast School on October 24. Schools that was held on January 23 at the Madison compete in the ACC are located any- Ample opportunities exist to contribute Elks Lodge to benefit the band. An on- where from the northern Poconos to to the success of the Marching Dodgers. going fundraiser is the sale of stadium North Carolina. The Marching Dodgers The Marching Dodgers Booster Club seat cushions, available for $10 for a flat held their own ‘Fall Classic’ TOB band (MDBC) was formed to assist with fund- cushion and $25 for a seat with a back. tournament in Ted Monica Stadium on raising, publicity and general support for Please contact Sue Koppenol at skoppe- October 3, hosting seven bands in com- the band. All parents, alumni and friends firstname.lastname@example.org. petition. of the Marching Dodgers are cordially invited to join the MDBC (membership General correspondence and any mone- The Marching Dodgers have not pre- form on page 9) to stay in step with band tary donations to the MDBC can be di- sented a choreographed routine in more events, opportunities to lend a hand with rected to the Marching Dodgers Booster than 15 years, making their success fundraising, and participate in other band Club, P.O. Box 34, Madison NJ, 07940. against schools with years of experience and alumni events. Also welcome are Our email address is marchingdodg- all the more remarkable. A high level of ‘Pit email@example.com. musicianship and intensive practice are essential elements of an award-winning marching band. Equally important is presenting a musically and visually daz- zling show. Band Director Mr. Russ Batsch and Assistant Director Mr. Leo Sabatino are quick to credit the excellent music programs in the Madison school district with providing MHS a steady supply of well-prepared music students. The Marching Dodgers are comprised of more than just instruments and percus- sion. Two drum majors ‘stage manage’ the performance, set the tempo and con- duct the musical performance. Color guard performs their own choreographed Jack Anzul Dre' Dobson Michael Lebwohl Simon Pajaro flag routine in time with the music, com- Andrew Benton Mary Errico Janice Lee Lucy Patke pleting the visual effects inspired by the Roz Blake Connor Forde Jessica Linnet Alex Post music. The band and color guard are Katie Brundage Neil Forde Russ Lopez Meghan Riley expected to grow in number next season, James Campbell Colin Gooby Mary Meyer Jessica Rose and Mr. Batsch indicates there is a role in Holly Claytor Patrick Hanley Brendan Ng Lainie Rowland the Marching Dodgers for any student Meredith Claytor Tyler Haupt Shawn Noetzli Aaron Shinn who wishes to participate. Dates for Kasey Colligan Caroline Kelly Kristen O'Dougherty Matt Sweeney spring activities and summer band camp Mac Corte Justin Kemp Megan O'Dougherty Julie VanHook will be announced in the near future. Tommy Cullen Billy Kennedy Jay Oh Jack D'Addario Spencer Koppenol Delia Ottomanelli School and community participation is Rob D'Addario Brian Lang Michael Pacheco an important part of the Marching Dodg- ers’ role. In addition to performing at 2010 Marching Dodgers Page 9 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter Marching Dodgers Booster Club MEMBERSHIP FORM 2011 The Marching Dodgers Booster Club is organized exclu- sively for the purpose of promoting and supporting the Madison High School marching band, their students and instructional staff. The Marching Dodgers Booster Club [MDBC] is responsible for the promotion of band activities within the school and throughout the community as well as conducting fundraising activities to provide financial support for the program. The Marching Dodgers Booster Club invites and encourages all families, parents, staff and supporters of the Madison Marching Dodgers Band Program to join. The members of the band will benefit from your support. Name(s): ___________________________________ Address:_________________________________ _________________________________ Telephone:________________________ E-mail: ___________________________ If Parent of Band Member Student’s Name(s) & Grade(s):____________________________________ ____________________________________ If Band Alumni, school name and years: ___________________________________ Membership Levels *Concert Club $10 *Bass & Treble Club $25* *Percussion Club $ 50*Director’s Club $100* *Patron’s Club $250* *Benefactor’s Club $500 or more* Please make your check payable to the: Marching Dodgers Booster Club or MDBC Please mail to: PO Box 34, Madison NJ 07940 Page 10 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter Messa ge from the PTSO Co-Pr esidents The PTSO has been busy working with vided from a student’s perspective has scheduled several meetings that you are the administration on some initiatives we proven to be a valuable source of infor- encouraged to attend to get answers and would like to complete this year. In or- mation. We thank these students for to help us get the message out to your der to fund these projects we are plan- taking time out of their already busy friends and neighbors, especially those ning to run two fundraisers as well as schedules to team up with us on our who may not have children in the encourage any families who are not yet goals. schools. Their first meeting is on Mon- members of the PTSO to join us! It is day January 31st at the High School in never too late! Information is available The PTSO in conjunction with the Madi- the Special Education conference room on our Website at son Elks have funded an additional radio beginning at 7:30pm, all are welcome to www.madisonpublicschools.org. for the High School. These portable attend. radios are carried by several staff mem- Plans are underway for a gourmet apple bers and are used as a means of commu- The next PTSO meeting is on Wednes- sale as well as a night out for adults. nication to the front office in the event of day, March 9th at 7:00pm in the Library Additional information will be sent via an emergency. The PTSO also funded a Media Center. We hope to see you there! our website as well as in an email as DVD player to be used with the monitor soon as the details are finalized. in the front hallway as an additional Cathy Penney-Hadewycz, Co-President means of providing information to our This year, the PTSO has invited the students and staff. (973-975-6696/ Class officers of each grade as well as firstname.lastname@example.org) the Student council president to be part This year more than ever we need our of our PTSO meetings. The involvement school budget to pass! To help prepare Carol Livesey, Co-President of the students in the decision making of and educate Madison residents on what the PTSO is one of the goals of our bi this budget means to our schools and to (email@example.com) laws. However, the information pro- our town, a group “Education First” has MHS Class of 2011 Graduation Lawn Signs Name as appears on sign ___________________ Full Name_______________________ Address__________________________ Town_______________ Phone number_____________ FIRST NAME (sample of sign) Your signature_______________________________ (authorizes the Class of 2014 to place the sign on your lawn) Mail or drop off the forms along with a check for $25.00 made out to the Class of 2014 to: Diane Wallace 8 Marshall Lane, Madison 973-224-2794, firstname.lastname@example.org The sign is waterproof! Celebrate your senior’s graduation with Madison High School Spirit!! Page 11 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter Page 12 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter Please support the Class of 2013... Lucky ‘13 T-Shirt S / M / L / XL White or Grey $10.00 each Dodgers Practice Pinny M / XL Maroon reversible to White $20.00 each (cut off and return to Andrea Waresk, 29 Woodland Road, Madison, NJ 07940) Name: _______________________________________ Email: _______________________________________ Please circle size(s) and or color T– Shirt: White or Grey S / M / L / XL Quantity: _____ x $10.00 = __________ Practice Pinny: M / XL Quantity: _____ x $20.00 = __________ Order Total: ________________ Check No.: ____________ Please make checks payable to: “MHS CLASS OF 2013” The Class of 2012 has maroon fleece scarves with “Madison” embroidered on it, and maroon and white golf umbrellas with “Madison” on them. The scarves are $12 each and the golf umbrellas are $25 each or 2 for $40. Please send a check made out to the” MHS Class of 2012” for the amount of the items and mail it along with your address to Linda Gilbert, 2 Brannick Dr, Madison, 07940, and they will be delivered to you. Page 13 Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter MHS Principal’s & PTSO Newsletter The Madison School District will inspire and SWEENEY TODD: challenge all students to be lifelong learners, em- powered with the knowledge, skills, and charac- THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET ter to shape their futures, realize their dreams, and contribute positively to the world Send Articles for the MHS Newsletter, to Lisa Ellis at email@example.com. Questions, please call: 973-966-1174 or 201-400-2349 MADISON HIGH SCHOOL MARCH 17-20, 2011 Volunteers Needed SPECIAL OLYMPICS New Jersey Area 3 Bocce Event Madison High School, March 27th, 2011 9:00am – 12:00pm Volunteers must register with NJ Special Olympics before 3/1/11; applications can be obtained from Mr. Kenny firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the Madison Football Field (weather permitting) or indoors MHS gym. The day will conclude around 12:00 noon with the awards ceremony. Parents and Professionals for Exceptional Children Workshop Schedule 2010-2011 Supporting Your Child's Fine Motor, Gross Motor and Sensory Needs at Home Presenters: Megan Peterson, Occupational Therapist Theresa Feron, Occupational Therapist Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Madison Junior School Media Center
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