Dear Madison Families,

Welcome Mustang Families to a new school year.   I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable summer.   With the new year comes excitement and enthusiasm.

We are excited about the future of James Madison with modernization being completed.   There are a few “touch-ups”, but as a whole, the modernization process is complete.   Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this long and sometimes frustrating process.

We are enthused to be a part of your children’s education and development.   We stand committed to providing a quality education for every student.   This commitment is not confined purely to academics.   It includes safety, well-being, and social growth.   For this reason, we are pleased to announce James Madison is officially a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) school.   What does this mean?   It means James Madison is in a transformation process to better meet all of our students’ needs.   This process is a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students (pbis.org).   We look forward to a very rewarding and growth focused year.

We have a few new faces on campus.   They are Ms. Daverin (6th grade), Ms. Hogan (6th grade), Ms. Shumate (Teacher On Special Assignment), and Dr. Walston (School Psychologist).   Please join me in welcoming them to our school.

One last thought, as you know we do our best to ensure all students are safe and protected while at school.   However, one area where we are always looking to improve is our parking lot.   We will be installing additional speed bumps to help slow traffic and permanent cones to keep drivers from driving against the flow of traffic in our lot.   In addition, we will continue to do student pick-up in the southeast corner of our lot near room 8.   We know that everyone does their part to ensure student safety and these small adjustments will make a big difference in providing a safe pick-up and drop-off area.   We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

I would like to leave you with a special thanks and deep gratitude for your support and understanding during our modernization process.   The outcome is well worth the challenges we faced during each phase.   Our classrooms are beautiful and feature modern audio and visual technology.   Our Madison students deserve nothing less.   Thank you again, and I look forward to an incredible year.

Diane Eatherly