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Superintendent Angela Smith
Madison Local Schools

April 5, 2024

Dear Madison Community:

This week has been a whirlwind as we return from Spring Break.  I hope that everyone enjoyed some time with family and friends.  Please remember that next week is also a shortened week as we are closed for the Eclipse. We have been talking about it for so long, it is hard to believe the big day is finally here.  

I want to thank Dr. Baker from Eye Doctors of Madison for his generous donation of eclipse viewers for our students.  I have attached information from Dr. Baker for watching the eclipse safely.  I know our staff has also stressed the importance of watching the eclipse safely with their students.  In addition, I have included a link to a video produced by Ms. Cindy Chaunce’s 5th graders at South Elementary School with guest appearances by Mrs. Erica Ciani’s first graders.  Thank you to Joe Measel for putting it all together.  Enjoy! The link is https://youtu.be/O_A_bs0OOBU?feature=shared.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, is our kindergarten registration meeting for the 2024-25 school year.  The meeting starts at 6 p.m.,  but we are encouraging families to come at 5 p.m. so they can begin the registration process with the help of our staff.  Please contact Dave Bull at (440) 428-9336 if you have any questions.  We look forward to welcoming the families of the Class of 2037 next week!  

During April, we have two big events for elementary students.  North Elementary is hosting the Son and VIP dance on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 6-8 p.m.  The Father/Daughter Dance is sponsored by Madison Kiwanis on Friday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m.  These events are always special for our students and families.  Please see the attached flyers for more information.  

Cabaret is next weekend at Madison High School. The theme this year is “Blue Streaks on Demand.”  Performances will be on April 12, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. and April 13, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are available online at mhscabarettickets@gmail.com.       

The week of April 15, state testing will be in full force for students in grades 3 to 12.  This testing is critical to help us see where we need to help our students improve and where we as a district should focus our instructional goals.  If you have any questions about state testing and the schedule, please contact your child’s principal.  

Congratulations to North and South Elementary School for receiving the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce Development’s Momentum Award for their continued improvement on the state report card!  We are so proud of our students and staff and the growth that our students have made.  
 
Our newsletter this week features articles on the Eclipse and Senior Scholarships.  Our teacher feature  is on Pre-K teacher, Nancy Woodworth.  Please take time to read what is going on in the district.  If there is something you would like to know more about regarding the district, please email me at angela.smith@madisonschools.net.  

Since this is the first update since the election, I want to thank the voters of Madison for the passage of our renewal levy.  We are grateful for your support.   I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  #MadisonStrong!

Sincerely, 


Angela Smith 
Superintendent

MLS Scholarships
Madison Local Schools

Every student is unique; while they all follow the path toward graduation, acquiring the requirements to reach this goal on their way, each of our students ultimately follows their own unique journey. We have students who participate in sports or other extracurriculars, who work a job before or after school, assist in the caretaking of their families, pursue hobbies outside of the school day, and so much more. Not only do we here at MLS recognize the individualized journeys our students have taken, but so do the people in our community – and we are blessed that our district and community come together to support our students, no matter their path or interests, with scholarship opportunities upon graduation. 

MLS students have the chance to apply for 55 scholarships, the majority of which are funded through donations by community businesses and/or families that want to leave money for students. “Some just want to give back to students in need of financial assistance, while others want to honor students who meet certain criteria such as GPA, essays, recommendation letters – or even have characteristics that represent the type of student they want the money to go towards,” explains Ms. Julie Behm, Counselor at Madison High School. “We even have scholarships intended toward individuals who plan to go to school for a specific major, pursue a trade, or play a sport that maybe a lost loved one played.” 

“We are grateful for those who give back to our community to support the future of our Madison students,” says Angela Smith, Superintendent.   

Scholarships support our students post-graduation; post-secondary schooling or training is expensive, as is going directly into the workforce, and any sort of scholarship is helpful to take financial pressure off students and their families. These scholarships have a wide variety of criteria – MLS is confident there is a scholarship opportunity available to meet our students' unique skills and goals, with the only requirement being to apply!

Ms. Behm adds, “Investing in the future of graduating MLS students allows these new community members to pursue their career goals, by helping them earn their degrees, complete tech schools, or get good job training so they can make a good living. This will allow students to have a successful future and, in turn, give back to MHS in order to help future generations.”

There is still time to apply for scholarships! For more information, visit our website.

Scholarship winners will be announced at the Senior Awards Night in the MHS Gymnasium on May 15 at 6:00 PM. Students with a 3.25 GPA are invited to attend, along with staff, parents, and Scholarship/Award donors. 
 

eclipse
Madison Local Schools

*** IMPORTANT INFO: To view the eclipse next Monday safely, you MUST wear the eclipse safety glasses sent home with your child(ren), courtesy of Dr. Michael Baker from Eye Doctors of Madison. Do NOT look directly at the Sun, even during totality, as you may irreparably damage your eyes! ***

This Monday, April 8, the world will witness a total solar eclipse – and our Madison Community is in the perfect location to witness the eclipse for a longer duration than most! A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun; the degree to which the Sun is obscured by the Moon depends on the observer’s location on the Earth. Madison is on the line of “totality,” meaning we are in a location where the Moon’s shadow will completely cover the Sun, allowing us to experience a total solar eclipse from our very own homes! 

Ms. Cindy Chaunce’s Grade 5 Science Class from South Elementary has worked hard to create a video (linked here) detailing the eclipse, outlining what it will entail, and instructing on how to view this phenomenon safely. The students demonstrate how the sun and moon will pass, make creative jokes, and provide excellent educational information! 

“Safety is extremely important,” Ms. Chaunce explains. “You should only view the Sun through eclipse glasses during the partial eclipse phases, before and after totality. You can only view the eclipse directly – without glasses on – during the totality period, where the moon blocks all of the Sun’s bright light and you can no longer see any part of the Sun. After this totality period, you should immediately put your eclipse glasses back on!”

In the video, students discuss a few interesting things that will happen during the eclipse, including potential temperature decreases and changes in animal behavior, with more nocturnal animals – like bats and raccoons – emerging during this time. When looking at the sky, students explain additional things that can be seen: 
The sun’s corona, or surface, which is typically hidden by the sun’s bright light, can only be seen during a total eclipse
Bailey’s Beads are the row of brilliant points of sunlight shining through valleys at the edge of the Moon, and will be seen for just a few seconds before the:
Diamond Ring, an effect that occurs at the beginning and end of totality as the last bits of the sun are seen. It will look like a ring of glittery diamonds! 

During this period of totality, the sky will darken as though it’s night. Thanks to our geographical location, this duration will last approximately four minutes, from 3:13-3:17 PM; Ohio is one of thirteen states that is on the line of totality, allowing for us to have a front-row seat to experience this effect.  

Speaking of glasses, MLS would like to thank Dr. Michael Baker from Eye Doctors of Madison for donating eclipse glasses for all staff and students of MLS to utilize! The glasses are being provided to students on Friday so if you choose to allow your child to view the eclipse, s/he can do so safely; Dr. Baker also provided students with instructional materials on how to view this appropriately. Please note: the eclipse should only be viewed with these glasses on; if viewed otherwise, you can get eclipse blindness. 

Below are specific times to view the total eclipse – be sure to use your eclipse glasses if you go out to view this phenomenon! 

1:59 – Partial eclipse
3:13 – Totality begins
3:15 – Maximum totality 
3:17 – Totality ends
4:30 – Eclipse ends


 

NancyWoodworth
Madison Local Schools

Welcome back to Madison Local Schools’ latest feature, “Why Did You Become a Teacher?” where we spotlight just a few of the incredible educators we have on staff here at MLS. All of our teaching staff deserve recognition for their efforts, and we are honored to be able to share a few of these stellar individuals. 

This week, we’d like to spotlight 45-year MLS educator, Ms. Nancy Woodworth, who knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was in Kindergarten. “Teaching is all I ever wanted to do,” says Ms. Woodworth. “I would line up my dolls and stuffed animals and pretend to be their teacher, like my own Kindergarten instructor.”

Ms. Woodworth started teaching at Madison on March 5, 1979, when she took over for a teacher who left on maternity leave. That year, she taught 4th grade, then moved to 2nd grade for nine years and 1st grade for the following 26 before briefly experimenting with retirement. Ms. Woodworth then worked as a substitute teacher around the district, and is now in her second year teaching Madison Pre-K. 

“It was a challenge when I retired to figure out how to continue to fit teaching into my life; while I wanted to focus on family time and being a Grammy, I wanted to continue with the other part of my life that I loved, as well,” explains Ms. Woodworth. “First, working as a substitute teacher gave me the flexibility to enjoy time with my granddaughters, Ella and Clare – but when I moved to Pre-K, I found I could have the best of both worlds.” 

Ms. Woodworth loves and appreciates the connections she is able to make with her students, whether it be watching them succeed at something new for the first time as a child or seeing them succeed as an adult. She says, “The most rewarding thing about teaching is seeing the relationships I made with my students continue as they become adults. I love when former students stop me to say hello or share a memory of being in my class.”

MLS has a large place in Ms. Woodworth’s heart not only for the time she’s spent teaching throughout the district, but because her own children attended Madison from Kindergarten to graduation. While her family continues to work its way through MLS, Ms. Woodworth is thankful for the additional family she’s created by being a teacher in the schools: “Our staff became a family, where everyone worked together to do what was best for every student. Those relationships expanded to working with grade levels in the other buildings, and made me realize how special those bonds were. The Pre-K has that same special dynamic!”